Just a note that I'll be at this weekends Confusion in Detroit. I'm even on a few panels. This con looks to be spectacular with an amazing attendance. If you're going, say hi. Or don't. Thinks are gonna be busy. I don't know if I'll have time enough to catch up with everyone.
Chuck Wendig on five storytelling lessons from Star Wars The Force Awakens. Here's a little more advanced class on structure and world building.
Remember that star with the weird dimming sequence? How that dimming could have been cause an alien megastructure or lots of comets? Well, it just gets weirder all the time. As scientists delve into it's mysteries, they've found that the star had been dimming since the late 1800s. And one of the researchers has calculated it would take 648,000 comets all 200 kilometers wide to cause such dimming. To be fair the scientist also thinks that an alien megastructure also couldn't be behind this (how could they have built something to cover one fifth of a stars light in just a century). Something that scientist believes to be an improbability. That's not to say it couldn't be something else; some new life cycle of a star, or some new version of a star. (Grokked from Dan)
Turns out Michigan state officials new much earlier than they've admitted about problems with Flint's water supply. In this case suspecting a Legionnaires outbreak was tied to the river water. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)
"A fact checker who has vetted all of the 2016 Republican Presidential debates was hospitalized for exhaustion during the sixth G.O.P. forum in Charleston on Thursday evening." Bwahahaha. Yes, it's satire, no actual fact checkers were hurt. (Grokked from Jim Wright)
"'They can’t achieve what Obamacare has achieved with any of things that are in the standard arsenal and they’re running on resentment of spending money on lower income and middle income people and that’s what you have to do to spread health insurance.'" Yea, that pretty well sums up the last five years of the GOP shouting "Repeal and Replace."
"Harney County, Oregon—the site of a two-week long, militia-led standoff against the federal government—is 'the most government-dependent county in Oregon,' according to a report from the New York Times." According to the report, 60% of income is from "the public sector." Of course, that wasn't always the case. They used to have a large logging industry. I'm sure they'll blame that on government over-regulation and the EPS. Look at the photo at the top of the page. Notice anything not there?
Tweet of my heart: @KagroX The Republicans haven't got a single candidate who could survive a Willie Wonka factory tour.