And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Linkee-poo has holiday hang-over

Just a short one for today, but high quality.

Kelly Link with tips for writing. Kelly Link is one of those writers I wish I would be compared with. In a favorable sense. Not in the, "never could be like" sense. Anyway, she also references the great book, Storyteller. Lots of stuff in there (and some good review if you've already gone over these concepts). Also, as a side note, what she (and Kate Wilhelm) call the Silent Partner is what I call "the Muse." Yes, I know their description is closer to reality. But isn't it easier to say "the Muse" than to go into the pedantic arena with how we are actually subconscious beings with a veneer of consciousness icing on top? (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Because unlimited money and campaign contributions can't possibly buy votes or legislature's loyalty. Ah, the Koch Brothers are at it again. While funding PBS science programs like NOVA, they're also working to undermine any chance we have at actually halting global climate change by getting politicians to deny science and reality. Also, they're big TP supporters (because with the TP, they know they'll never have to change or pay for their intransigence). There's your third party. (Grokked from Morgan Locke)

Remember the conservative campaign ads about "Liberals are cutting your Medicare"? Well, what they're trying to cut is the 10% extra they have to pay for private insurers to run Medicare Advantage plans. Yes, again, the private/free-market always costs more than the government to do exactly the same thing (in in this case, less). Oh no, this industry doesn't need any changing. But, hey, I never did get to sell my Wellpoint stock, so thanks, taxpayers, for your part of my $54 in dividends this past year. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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