Carrie Vaughn on why she left her publisher
RNA-Loaded Nanoparticles Fight Cancer
The Somali pirate's business model — Fascinating. (Via Scrivener's Error.)
Obey, Servants — This story about a police tasering in Seattle has some odd echoes to the Peter Watts case. Apparently, simply failing to comply with any statement by a law enforcement official is now a taser-able or arrestable offense, regardless of the situation. Thank you USA-PATRIOT Act, among other things. Do you feel safer from terrorism now that pregnant women can be tased while sitting their cars and marine biologists can be arrested for asking why they're being punched in the head?
Linguistics; political language; Frank Luntz... — ozarque is wise on conservative framing techniques. See also Newt Gingrinch's infamous GOPAC memo.
Ideological Brain Freeze — But here's where David and I agree: we both grew up when conservatism was intellectually sharp and interesting. Its current brutal anti-intellectualism, its open hostility to moderation in any form; its substitution of purer and purer ideology for actual, pragmatic ideas: these are trends that have left a lot of us on the center right marooned.
Whose Country Is It? — The New York Times on demographics, conservative and the future. Even the optics must be irritating. A woman (Nancy Pelosi) pushed the health care bill through the House. The bill’s most visible and vocal proponents included a gay man (Barney Frank) and a Jew (Anthony Weiner). And the black man in the White House signed the bill into law. It’s enough to make a good old boy go crazy.
Victim of road rage sparked by Obama sticker pleads for civility — Yeah, I remember all the vehicular assaults on people with "W" bumper stickers. Liberals do it too, right? And certainly giving everyone the means to see a doctor when they're sick is a valid excuse for conservative rage. (Thanks to my Aunt M.)
Bachmann: '100% Of Our Economy Was Private' Before September 2008 — "It is really quite sobering what has happened. From 100% of our economy was private prior to September of 2008, but as of Tuesday, the federal government has now taken ownership or control of 51% of the private economy." So apparently she's never heard of Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare, defense spending, public works spending, SBA loans, student loans, public universities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, etc. ad nauseum. Must be nice to be a Republican and believe any stupid bullshit that comes into your head regardless of those pesky facts.
?otD: Have you ever been to heaven?
Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo)
Body movement: Brief suburban walk later
Hours slept: 7.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10
Currently reading: [between books]