- Satirical erotica author Chuck Tingle’s massive troll of conservative sci-fi fans, explained – I’ve been loving everything Tingle has done since being nominated. Some people are crediting established SF/F authors with pointing Tingle in the right direction, but I think they were on this path all along. The Rabid Puppies basically tried to weaponize Andy Kaufman.
- No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong
- Film Crit Hulk Smash: CIVIL WAR, SPIDER-MAN 2, And The Dangers Of Assumed Empathy
- Waiting in Line for the Illusion of Security
- The “middle class” myth: Here’s why wages are really so low today – Choice quote:
“As Oil Can Eddie pointed out, a class cohttps://entomologytoday.org/2016/05/26/usda-to-release-russian-wasps-against-the-emerald-ash-borer/nsciousness discourages office workers from unionizing. There’s a popular discounting company in Chicago called Groupon, where the account executives — who are all expected to have bachelors’ degrees — earn $37,800 a year. Adjusted for modern dollars, that’s about Stanley’s starting wage, without overtime. Because they’re educated and sit safely at desks, they don’t think of themselves as blue-collar mopes who need to strike for higher pay and better working conditions.”
- Business Of Disaster: Insurance Firms Profited $400 Million After Sandy
- “Integrative” medicine versus “alternative” medicine
- The Case for Seth Meyers: The Progressive, Literary Corner Late Night Needs
- Race Row on Mount Everest: Sherpas Square Off Against Racist Western Climbers
- DHS’s 2014 Panty Raid Was Concocted by an “Eager” Federal Prosecutor
- We Don’t Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here’s Why
- USDA to Release Russian Wasps Against the Emerald Ash Borer – If you read the article, it’s actually well thought out. But as far as horrifying headlines go…
I read a few (6 or 7?) of the Wheel of Time books in high school and college, but dropped off when the books got longer and the pace slowed down (seems like many readers did around that point). Ever since Brandon Sanderson finished the series, though, I’ve been meaning to get back to it so I can read the Sanderson books (which I’ve heard are quite good). To that end, I recently checked out the audiobook for Eye of the World for a long drive last weekend (11 hours each way). I don’t want to do a full in-depth review, but I thought it’d be fun to post the comments I made on Goodreads as I went through the book.
There aren’t too many for this one, because again: driving. But as I keep moving through the series I’ll try to do more. This won’t be a regular series, bc I have a lot of other books I want to read first.
- 34%: “I’m beginning to have lots of questions about the theology/religion worldbuilding (though I guess it’s less religion and more ancient history). Two Rivers had superstition but no church. Ba’alzamon is a cartoon Satan, doing Evil just to do Evil, but he’s not opposing any Good force. Ditto the Darkfriends so far. The Children of Light aren’t *for* anything, they’re just a lynch mob.
Where are the holy books & gods?”
- 50%: Like they said on GeekNights: “Fantasy Novel: The Novel”
- 94%: “I’m confused about the Children of Light. With no organized church and no backing from the state, how do they fund and maintain a standing army?”
- The TSA is a waste of money that doesn’t save lives and might actually cost them
- New Report Says Pentagon Not Doing Enough For Sexual Assault Victims
- It’s Over, Bernie Sanders Fans. Let it Go. (which is partially in response to Sanders Campaign Now Embraces Superdelegates As Key To Nomination) – my response on the day:
Sanders fans 2mths ago: “Superdelegates should vote with the people!”
Sanders fans now: “Superdelegates should vote against the people!”
— Mike Paxton (@snipejaeg) May 20, 2016
- Donald Trump Hasn’t Killed the Tea Party. He Is the Tea Party.
- The Establishment Has Always Hated the New Kids
- How Do You Lift A Million Pounds Of Stainless Steel? Very Carefully – Science is heavy.
- Colors of autism spectrum described by researchers
- Study: Parents need to stop putting their kids on gluten-free diets without doctor’s approval
- A Man Scribbles In A Notepad — Terrorist Plot, Or Simple Math Problem?
- This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest
- Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot
- Study Shows People Still Love Inappropriately Referencing Nazis Online – Linking to this as an example of deceptive graphs (look at the x-axis units) and studies that don’t mean anything. I bet you could choose almost any name or topic and find similar statistics, as your data set & time frame get larger it becomes increasingly likely that any one specific thing will occur. That’s just how math and statistics work.
- That kid didn’t find a lost Maya city. Don’t believe what you read.
- Parents Television Council Blasts ABC’s Biblical Drama ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ – Older article, linking to it bc I saw this show on a list of cancellations. I hadn’t heard of the Parents Television Council or their objections to Of Kings and Prophets (which I didn’t watch) until that list and it made me curious. Apparently PTC was upset that a primetime adaptation of the story of Saul & David wasn’t suitable for children – which makes me think PTC has never actually *read* the Bible, specifically I & II Samuel and I & II Kings.
- How the GOP attack on the toilet backfired in Ted Cruz’s face
- Whistleblowing is not just leaking: it’s an act of political resistance
- Interview with Alix Jules: Religion & Race in the Year of Donald Trump –
- Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks ‘Hamilton’: Once A ‘Ridiculous’ Pitch, Now A Revolution – So many Tony nominations, I’m so excited.
- A New Map for America – Is the concept of ‘states’ outdated? More exciting for me, should the U.S. have a high-speed passenger rail system?
- Politics In Real Life: What Wage Stagnation Looks Like For Many Americans
- Can A Hospital Tell A Doctor To Stop Talking About Abortion?
- As A Guerrilla Movement, Tiny Homes May Emerge As Alternative To Shelters