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Terry Pratchett: 'I'm open to joy. But I'm also more cynical' — Discworld's creator on his new novel, living with Alzheimer's – and why he should be allowed to decide when to end it all. Sigh. And a bit close to home. (Thanks to tillyjane.)
Multiculturalism for Steampunk — An idea whose time has long come. (Thanks to jaborwhalky.)
SETI: The Red Giant Factor — Centauri Dreams on the tie-in between stellar evolution, interstellar propulsion and SETI. One thing I wonder about with these sorts of deep time speculations is how early intelligent life could have evolved in our galaxy, given the need for a Population I solar system in order to provide heavier elements.
A Finding on Malaria Comes From Humble Origins — Malaria and gorilla poop. (Thanks to Dad.)
Likely Losses of House Seats in Midwest Stir Partisan Feuds — Remember Rep. Bachmann telling people not to fill out their census forms, until it was pointed out to her that could imperil her Congressional seat? It's hard to stick to your principles when you're a total loon.
Why Are Conservatives Targeting Muslims? And Why Now? — Conservatives can do without a god, but they can't get through the day without a devil. Their entire model of reality revolves around the existence of an existential enemy who's out to annihilate them. Take that focal point away, and their whole worldview collapses into incoherence. This need is so central to their thinking that if there are no actual enemies around, they'll go to considerable lengths to make some (or just make some up). (Thanks to lt260.)
Tea & Crackers — How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster. A long article from Rolling Stone about the Tea Party movement. Rather deeply slanted snark (admittedly towards my own biases) but I still found it interesting and entertaining. (Thanks again to lt260.)
Proof that the Tea Party and GOP base are the same thing — Data from a leading Republican pollster. Also, this just in, water is wet.
Every single Republican Senate hopeful is against climate change action — The facts are biased against them, but that's never slowed the GOP for a moment.
?otD: Would you like to meet a spaceman who's got it going on?
Writing time yesterday: 30 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 233.6
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger