Vive La France

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L'étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

'Nuff said.

The Golden Age of Science Fiction is NOT 12

Not any longer.


It's Indie.

I just finished The Changeling by Dave Freer. Iron Chamber of Memory by John Wright.

Holy Hannah in a Handbasket: world-building, characterization, page-turning plot, emotional whammy....

I need to see if there's still time to tweak the Summer Reading List book order, because while Castalia House is still not available on Overdrive, Changeling is readily available on-dead-tree.


As a side note? If I'd taken the pledge of that sexist bigot wossname to not read any "cis-" or "white-" or "male" authors I'd have missed these books.

Social justice? Bppgghthgph. You'd have to be brain dead.

Stay safe out there folks: Eat Well & Pass This On.

For all of you who are living with loved ones with heart disease or incipient diabetes, please follow the link to J. M. Ney-Grimm's blog post cum book review: Why Seed Oils are Dangerous (And What You Can Do About It)

The book reviewed is Big Fat Surprise and while I'm a big fan of Author Gets Paid, so the link goes to, odds are good your local library has a copy. Even if they don't, You can see which other library does and get your library to order it from them

Brief quote from the blog post:
VLDL is a genuine villain. Patients with high VLDL-cholesterol also have high triglycerides (another proven risk factor) and are indeed at a greater risk for heart disease.But normal LDL-cholesterol turns out to be another good guy, actively protective against heart disease. And guess what?

When eating saturated fat raises LDL-cholesterol, it’s raising the good LDL stuff, not the bad VLDL stuff. Bottom line? Eating saturated fat raises HDL-cholesterol, which protects against heart disease, and it raises the good LDL-cholesterol, which also protects against heart disease. There is no down side here! Bring on the butter and cream!

The converse is also true, unfortunately. Eating polyunsaturated oils – seed oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, canola oil, soybean oil, etc. – not only lowers the good HDL-cholesterol, but it lowers the good LDL-cholesterol while raising the bad VLDL-cholesterol.

There seems to be a link (definite) between low natural-fat (egg, good quality red meat, cheese) diets high in simple carbohydrates (white rice, pasta, bread, sugar, fruit juice) and diabetes. But there may also be a link to Alzheimers, and statins are also implicated.

I'll post more as I learn more. In the meantime, a great big tip of the hat to author J. M. Ney-Grimm.

And pass it on.