What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Linkee-poo flies in the face of something or other

Chuck Wendig helps you buy a clue with 25 things you should know about suspense and tension. They're two forms of bridges, right?

John Scalzi's Thanksgiving Advent Calendar finally hits the writing.

The famous David Klecha talks about the writer's website/tool 750 Words. I've been interested in this since I heard Dave first talk about it.

Now with the highest resolution maps of the Moon we'll be able to find those hidden Nazi bases before it's too late. (Pointed to by Dan)

Hint to Newt Gingrich, one does not just fuck with Barney Frank and expect to walk away clean. Because Mr. Frank has a wicked tongue and a megaphone to use it with. There's something here about people who live in glass houses and what they should or shouldn't do.

Past performance is not indicative of future earnings. Except, sometimes it is.

A NYTimes article on the census revealing the "near poor." Not like we didn't know this. But I guess since we now have some data. "'These estimates defy the stereotypes of low-income families,' Ms. Renwick said." But they're not poor, after all they have cars and homes and microwaves and air conditioning. So how can they be struggling? Yes, those last two sentences are sarcasm along the lines of, "Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?" (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Why Wall Street just doesn't get it. A Reuters article that goes into some depth and exposes a lot of angles to just what OWS is railing against. There's too many quotes to pull out of this article, but this one resonates for me: "While some members of the financial elite (are willing to pay higher taxes)… note the picture for Wall Street firms is not as sunny as some on Main Street might paint it. Wall Street banks already are beginning to shed jobs, and… is predicting bonuses for those who remain will shrink by 20 percent to 30 percent. … Many of America's well-to-do… say they don't feel particularly advantaged. A recent survey… found that half of the nation's richest 1 percent 'don't see themselves as being part of that elite group.' Also, 44 percent of those surveyed told HNW's pollsters they already pay too much in taxes." (Grokked from somebody, sorry, I lost the thread)

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