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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Linkee-poo doesn't give a damn about my bad reputation

Want to create a more realistic world for your Fantasy/SF stories? Really bad at all that earth sciency stuff? How about the Earth Primer app? It's $10, but might be worth it to you. (Grokked from Phiala)

Girl Scouts rock. Remind me to double my cookie order next year. (Grokked from Random Michelle K)

"But the downside (to having bread before dinner) may be more than just some extra calories. Turns out, eating all those carbs before a meal can amp up our appetites and spike our blood sugar." You say that like it's an accident. This is exactly why restaurants serve bread before meals. Not only does it lead to a "satisfied" feeling, but it leads to over eating.

Depression is a liar. Some self-help questions and potential responses. (Grokked from Random Michelle K)

"The number of extreme weather and climate-related events is rising." On The Economist no less. I'm sure it'll all be fine. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"Hundreds of thousands of people protested worldwide, for instance, after the Danish cartoons were published some years ago. While some people might genuinely dislike this Milwaukee work, there doesn’t seem to be any comparable level of outrage." That sounds perfectly reasonable (said with the contempt that means "that sounds perfectly potty"). Although there is a difference between publishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed and the portrait of the Pope done in condoms. One was specifically meant to harm, the other was meant as commentary. While there is a prohibition in Christianity from taking the Lord's name in vain (how's that worked out over the years), the Pope is fair game (even from other Popes). So while both can be considered offensive, the intent is strikingly different. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

Death at an Early Age. The story of a substitute teacher fired for reading Langston Hughes to disaffected black students in the 60s. Pointed to for a number of reasons (why teachers have tenure, as reference for the current battles over Common Core and AP History, teachers who try and get kids interested in their subjects are often not celebrated but fired, the cycle of schools pushing kids through and making us all out of ticky-tacky, institutionalized racism, the effects of violence against kids).

"Up until a few weeks ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves." You might be able to guess the rest, if not, read on. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

One of the side effects of the drug culture. "When meth is smoked, dangerous chemicals are released into the air that can cling to clothing, carpets and walls." And then, you buy that house without knowing the previous owner was a drug user. And then those chemicals leach out.

"Internet preacher: Because SCOTUS gay marriage ruling, Putin will destroy America for Jesus." Um, I think you must have gotten the wrong program. Can't tell which players are working for which team if you don't have the right program.

Dear Fox News, people in glass houses shouldn't, and the TV is one giant, glass house. "Conservative author and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tried to set the record straight on Monday, urging 'the left' and President Obama to forgive America for racism in the way that family members of the Charleston, South Carolina victims forgave the alleged killer." You really, really do not want to go there as the nation grows tired of being polite to ignorant people.

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