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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Linkee-poo will climb that hill in my own way, just wait a while for the right day

Kameron Hurley's writing income report. Don't quit the day job, kiddies.

Naziya Mahmood, space mission planner, martial artists. Also, she likes the Jain, gotta love a woman who love sharp, pointy things. (Grokked from a thousand places, but I think it was Janiece that finally got me to check it out)

Fuck cancer. The PBS multi-part documentary, "Cancer, the Emperor of All Maladies."

"'The Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction' a workshop at the Joint Quantum Institute." Wow. Sort of like Launch Pad, except for Quantum Physics. Must consult vacation schedule. (Grokked from SFWA blog)

What it's like to have face blindness. For your world building toolkit (or curiosity). (Grokked from Dan)

Vatican Astronomer equates Creationism with Paganism. Don't worry, Evangelicals, the Pilgrims you venerate also equated the celebration of Christmas with Paganism and you survived that.

"In an effort to remain financially solvent by keeping payroll expenditures in check, executives at the Banford Group announced Tuesday they would have to start hiring more female employees." I want to have the Onion's babies. (Grokked from Steven Brust)

Sure you can trust the police. To my friends in law enforcement, you and I know what this officer's history means. Protecting these cops is going to get a lot of good officers killed. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"(W)hile LGBT Americans are the current target of this effort to repackage prejudice as “religious liberty,” they are hardly the first." A little history on the use of religion to promote political ideology and hatred. And this is why we should not be "a Christian Nation" or a nation founded on any religious sect. First, because it isn't the truth (exactly 2 colonies were founded by religious orders, and 2 colonies were founded to get away from the nut cases in those previous 2 colonies - and technically 1 of the colonies founded on religious grounds, Connecticut, was set up because they were also getting away from the nut cases in Massachusetts), and secondly, as our Founding Fathers knew and wrote about in great detail, we shouldn't commit the same errors and atrocities Europe did. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Fred Clark brings some historical information about the history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and how it has morphed from its original purpose when the states begin passing their own acts.

Boom to bust. In this case, the Texas Miracle loses it's shine. But they have all those wonderful, business friendly laws there. Well, so much for much of Rick Perry's arguments for being President. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

On selling God, capitalism, and the American Way. Or how business, scared about the rise of unions, brought the money changers back into the House of God and got the ministers to shill the concept of America as a Christian Nation, and capitalism as the most divine form of economics.

I love the insanity of the "Pro-guns Everywhere" crowd. "See, your little sign wouldn't stop me, now imagine I was a crazy person…" Way ahead of you there, Charles Heller.

Just how the Indiana law is not like all the other laws they've been comparing it to. Because there's nothing like integrity. (Grokked from someone, sorry, forgot the link)

"The average American believes that the richest fifth own 59% of the wealth and that the bottom 40% own 9%. The reality is strikingly different. The top 20% of US households own more than 84% of the wealth, and the bottom 40% combine for a paltry 0.3%. The Walton family, for example, has more wealth than 42% of American families combined." Yea, that won't come back to bite us. Well, the good thing is most people don't have a good grasp of numbers and their meaning. America, the best economy in the world… if you already have money. If the American Deal (get an education, work hard, get ahead) was still functioning my wife and I would be a millionaires by now. "(T)he United States is now the most unequal of all Western nations. To make matters worse, America has considerably less social mobility than Canada and Europe." (Grokked form Elizabeth Bear)

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