Vocabulary Lesson — Madeleine Robins is smart about word choice in fiction. For example, I refuse to use “ok” or “okay” in any setting where the United States through the late 19th century is not part of the background. Ie, never in secondary world fantasy, for example, or much alternate history. It absolutely throws me out of a story when a character in a fantasy uses that word.
When a Dictionary Could Outrage — Ah, prescriptivism.
Yesterday’s xkcd on the CERN speed of light thing — I love his mouseover.
Colbert Super Mac — Now this is the screaming hamburger of death.
It’s not ‘class warfare,’ it’s Christianity — We need to understand the so-called “Christian” underpinnings of the anti-tax, anti-government, anti-the-poor, “let him die” approach to economics and public policy today as completely un-Christian, as well as un-American. Good luck with that. Conservative America ain’t listening.
The Social Contract — Paul Krugman on class warfare. And tell me again why ordinary Republican voters are fighting so hard to protect the wealth of the top 1%?
‘The last thing I’d do is condemn you — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the empathy of Pat Robertson. Which is, admittedly, a bit like writing about Palin’s spirit of public service or Bush’s keen intellect.
Becky Fischer of ‘Jesus Camp’ Infamy Teaches Kids To ‘Raise The Dead’ — Disgusting. One of the many reasons I’m an atheist is Christians like this woman, and Pat Robertson.
The Power of Flat Out Lies — But generally speaking, [liberal] opinion leaders don’t go on national TV, look straight into the camera, and just outright lie about stuff. [Conservatives] do. Welcome to FOX News America, where the “true facts” come out despite reality. (Snurched from @lilithsaintcrow.)
‘Unfortunate’: Condemnation Of Gay Soldier Boos In Post-Debate Spin Room — Why on earth are the GOP candidates surprised? This is the party voting base they and their strategists have sent years very deliberately creating and carefully nurturing. Hateful, exclusionary, paranoid, irrational. And very specificially, deeply anti-gay. Read your own platforms, guys. Gay hate is right out front.
?otD: Butter, margarine or olive oil?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (cancer stress/post-novel ennui)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Currently reading: Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks