The good news: Stephenson has learned how to write a good 600-page book. The bad news: Seveneves is 900 pages long.
The office of shit-show-central:
Law-abiding tea drinkers and gardeners beware: One visit to a garden store and some loose tea leaves in your trash may subject you to an early-morning, SWAT-style raid, complete with battering ram, bulletproof vests, and assault rifles. Perhaps the officers will intentionally conduct the terrifying raid while your children are home, and keep the entire family under armed guard for two and a half hours while concerned residents of your quiet, family-oriented neighborhood wonder what nefarious crime you have committed. This is neither hyperbole nor metaphor—it is precisely what happened to the Harte family in the case before us on appeal.
But by God, this is the internet. Here, we shoot the messenger. We also shoot the subject of the message. And the message itself. Imagine the internet as a forest of gun barrels, pointed everywhere all the time, firing whenever they get hit by a breeze.
Universal coverage for pregnancy is especially important considering that about half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. Before the ACA, women could easily have purchased insurance plans that didn’t include pregnancy coverage, only to find they needed it part way through the plan year and would have to pay out of pocket for all prenatal and maternity care.
Do you know why he challenged you to a duel? ‘Cause you could beat the s— out of him.
The new scheme, which 32M emphasized as being voluntary, begins on 1 August. According to the firm, the RFID chip will be implanted into their hand to “make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine,” and other work-related purposes.
The government is trying to bury this damaging information. It has already asked for evidence of Agbareia’s illegal sideline to be placed under a protective order, supposedly for national security reasons. The government is also refusing to turn over information of Agbareia’s criminal efforts to one of the accused, despite two of three suspects targeted in the sting having already pled guilty.
If you Google “sodium benzoate”, prepare yourself for a firehose of stupidity. There’s a long list of sites that are convinced that while benzoic acid is a fresh, healthy, natural ingredient, that sodium benzoate is a devilish industrial chemical that will rot your soul. No, really, that’s pretty much how it goes, and since I know that the great majority of the readers here have a good understanding of acid/base chemistry, you all must be furrowing their brows in puzzlement about that one. I’m with you.