How Amazon Can Afford to Give Away Books, Free — Amazon makes so much on Prime that digital media has become the perfect loss leader for the company. What about the authors>
Is Sitting Too Long a Major Cancer Risk? — Study Shows Inactivity and Excess Sitting Linked to an Estimated 100,000 Cancer Cases a Year. (Thanks to David Goldman.)
Saber-Toothed Squirrel Lived Near Dinosaurs — Really? Saber-Toothed Squirrel? Heh.
Pale-faced Mars crew "lands" after 520 days in isolation
IBM Open-Sources Potential "Internet of Things" Protocol — More fascinating near term futurism. (Via
Changing Youth Migration Patterns: So Long New York, Hello... Portland? — Well, duh.
Conservatives Discover America — An entertaining and thought-provoking liberal rant from driftglass. He's got it nailed, too.
Does the 1% Distract from the Next 19?
Looking beyond their needs to determine fault — Slacktivist with an interesting perspective on the morality of the foreclosure crisis.
America's 'Oh Sh*t!' Moment — Has the U.S. deleted the very things that made it great? Niall Ferguson on how America can avoid imminent collapse. Fixing the toxic dysfunction in conservative politics would go a long way...
Red vs. Blue: Do Democrats Subsidize Republicans? — An interesting piece on the relationship between unionization and net tax burdens. Hint: the Red states benefit directly at the expense of taxes paid in the hated Blue states.
America: With God on our side — Presidential candidates feel no shame in asserting divine purpose in U.S. policies and actions. In this ubiquitous view of American exceptionalism, the nation is not bound by rules to which others must submit. (Snurched from Dispatches From the Culture Wars.)
Condi Rice Just Forgot About Pearl Harbor on Letterman — 9-11 was the first attack on American soil since the War of 1812? Really? Hey, GOP, this is reality calling. Anybody home?
Wriing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Currently (re)reading: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett