And still I rise …

Slightly nutty day. Woke up very early due to noise, then spent much of the day running errands: Doctor, post office, bank (I’m down to two checks, and I had 12 dollars in coin rolls to deposit), hair salon (we’re attending a wedding for one of TYG’s friends soon). Then TYG took me out to a late lunch.
Despite that, I’m not behind. I worked last night, I stayed focused and wrote when I got up instead of playing on the Internet (well, playing very much) and I did some reading while I was at the doctor’s office (good thing, it took an hour—which is unusual for my GP)—Interzone, an SF/fantasy magazine I’m not previously familiar with.
But I don’t have the time for anything terribly detailed, so links it is!
•It’s time for that right-wing oddity, Human Achievement Hour, in which conservatives (some—this isn’t a big thing even on the right) triumph over environmentalists by leaving the lights on and running electrical appliances. As I noted last time this came up, it seems more about that reflexive right-wing hostility to environmentalism (and the delusion of how they’re sticking it to the man) than anything else.
•The Catholic Church works to shut down an abuse-victims network. Catholic activist William Donohue explains that “The church has been too quick to write a check, and I think they’ve realized it would be a lot less expensive in the long run if we fought them one by one.”
(past thoughts on this here).
•Right-wing paranoia about the Girl Scouts‘ corrupt lesbian/feminist/pagan brainwashing. As the article notes, they’ve been pushing this bilge since at least the early 1970s.
•Nine Lies Republicans tell about women’s bodies. Did you know, for example, that it’s impossible for a woman to get pregnant from rape? I hadn’t heard that line of bull before, but apparently it’s a recurring right-wing talking point.
•Arizona proposes that fathers can sue the doctor if a woman gets an abortion without their approval. And that’s actually moderate—an earlier proposal in South Dakota authorized shooting the doctor to save the baby.
Perhaps it’s not surprising that bombing Planned Parenthood doesn’t trigger the same outcry from the right wing about stopping terrorists and to hell with the law (after all, it’s not like Christian terrorism is the same as Muslim terrorism).
•Speaking of terrorism, the Treasury Department is investigating well-connected DC figures supporting the terrorist group MEK. Less well-connected people have been charged under anti-terrorism laws for much less than taking money from terrorist groups, so I think this is good (not betting anything results, though).

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