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

Friday, January 10, 2014

Linkee-poo knows that crap is king, give us dirty laundry

And first up this year in the "reporting writing income" is Jim Hines. Congrats, Jim. Now back to the word mines with you.

Danger: Humans, A Terrifying Look at the Human Race from the Perspective of Aliens. "… avoid, if at all possible." It kinda makes you proud, doesn't it. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

We need new monsters. Actually, I know stories with all those suggestions, including the Zemu and Rusalka. (points to friends here)

A cartoon that helps explain white privilege. Just in case someone still doesn't understand this concept. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

And, going from that last panel, here's one that's new to me. I didn't grasp that "almond-shaped eyes" was a racist statement. As a writer who likes a lot of diversity in his character sets, I don't believe I've used that phrase, but I never knew it would be considered offensive. (Also grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

It's the cheesepocalypse. Or, "Is This the End of Big Cheese?" Or "The Velveeta Mines Have Hit the End of the Cheesy Vein." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

A story about micro-aggression towards women in male dominated careers. Full disclosure, my first degree program was programming. There were about 4 women in the class. I knew each of them, where as most of the guys were faceless masses. Also, I've seen this type of crap close up. (Grokked from Jer)

Jim Hines with a cartoon showing some examples of more over anger toward women. Warning, possibly triggery.

Remember that brain mapping initiative? They're off to the races. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Okay, so to those who think global warming is over because it's been chilly, how about 100,000 bats falling dead from the skies in the heatwave over Queensland. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Oh sure, I just mention exoplanet moons they other day, and then they announce that they may have spotted one. Coincidence? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The environmental disaster you've never heard of. Sure, we don't need no regulations (although in this case its our government that caused the problem). Don't worry, it only affects your drinking water. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The 2013 Nat Geo photo contest. Cool stuff. For those who get their story inspirations from photos, there's tons of material there to go from. (Grokked from Janiece)

In another crime against humanity, Salafis put the torch to a Lebanon library which held 80,000 rare books and manuscripts. In this case because a pamphlet was found in one of the library books which insulted Islam and the Prophet. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Here I'll quote the Slactivist, "Two of the Cardinal Rules for the religious right in America are these: 1) Israel must never, ever be criticized; and 2) Legal abortion is mass-murder just like Hitler Nazi Nazi Nazi Holocaust!!" Ah, and they must be in a pickle and twisting themselves in pretzels over the fact that the national health insurance of Israel now provides abortions for those 20-33 for free. But then, here in the US even birth control and family planning are considered EVIL! things by those conservatives who like to mouth about how much they're saving by cutting off funds to programs like Planned Parenthood (pauses for the boos and hisses to die down). It's unfortunate that we're relearning the lesson that unintended pregnancies cost people, society, and your tax dollars much, much more. This is why Planned Parenthood started in the first place. It's a cost savings. But, hey, conservatives, continue to cut funding and promote abstinence only sex "education." I'm just tired of sending you my tax money to support your idiot ideals. And if you want to say, "but the Bible…" let me stop you right there. (Grokked from the Slactivist, naturally)

The interactive feminist bingo card. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

Confronted with proof about how Obamacare is actually working to reduce costs, a conservative just says, "okay, maybe it is, but it's going to fail anyway." Because the conservative desire for Obamacare to fail has nothing to do with healthcare, but with their knowledge that if Obamacare even comes close to its goals, it's a huge plus for the progressive cause and disproves much of the conservative talking points.

It seems to be a meme today, the derailment bingo card. (Grokked from Steven Gould)

"In order to cover up for their historic obstruction to enabling the basic functions of government under President Obama, conservatives have decided to do one of the things they do best: lie about history. In their retelling, Republicans were pleased to work side by side with President Bill Clinton, which resulted in the economic boom of the 1990s and the peace dividend." To paraphrase the Gipper, "Oh, there you go, again." But then this is the party trying to change it's image by having to write a memo to remind members to not pick on the unemployed. Or in other words, they have to be reminded not to kick when somebody is down. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Thirteen clean energy breakthroughs in 2013. And, strangely enough, clean coal isn't one of them. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

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