johnshirley2024

@johnshirley2024@wandering.shop

Author of numerous novels & 11 story collections. Won the Bram Stoker Award. Writes sf, horror, fantasy, westerns, thrillers. Yes, westerns. Worked in TV & movies, eg Star Trek: DS9 and The Crow. Created Instantfuture.org site. Fronts rock bands. Very progressive Democrat. Socialist. Environmentalist. Pro LGBTQ. Writes weird, rhyming poetry & lyrics. Tired of arguing. Watching world burn and trying to think of a way to put out the fire. Interested in spirituality. Supports NASA and SCIENCE.

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johnshirley2024, to random

Au revoir, as you earth people say.

johnshirley2024, to random

Is Social Media Addictive? Here’s What the Science Says.

A major lawsuit against Meta has placed a spotlight on our fraught relationship with online social information.

free link

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/25/health/social-media-addiction.html?unlocked_article_code=1.Kk0.Gcm3.-XyyqLSzfdQK&smid=url-share

johnshirley2024, to random

The Wisdom of Living in
the Present, According to My
107-Year-Old Best Friend

Every week Raquel and Madeleine, two friends born 67 years apart, spend time together. Madeleine refuses to leave her retirement home, but Raquel finds a way to bring her on a road trip.

free link

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/14/opinion/intergenerational-friendships-madeleine.html?unlocked_article_code=1.Kk0.sY4e.hAfUgFn3ia9W&smid=url-share

johnshirley2024, to random

These politicians denied democracy on Jan. 6. Now, they want your vote.

free link

https://wapo.st/4aUeV7N

zadrozny, to random
@zadrozny@mastodon.social avatar

I try not to be shocked, but the absolute gall of the anti-vaccine movement is something to behold. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/rfk-jr-hires-del-bigtree-anti-vaccine-activist-communications-director-rcna131859

johnshirley2024,

@zadrozny Giant Gall matched by their huge ignorance.

johnshirley2024, to random

Yes let us condemn the war crimes of Israel's Netanyahu administration. Let us support the Palestinian people. But have no illusions about Hamas:

‘Screams Without Words’: How Hamas Weaponized Sexual Violence on Oct. 7

A Times investigation uncovered new details showing a pattern of rape, mutilation and extreme brutality against women in the attacks on Israel.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/28/world/middleeast/oct-7-attacks-hamas-israel-sexual-violence.html?unlocked_article_code=1.Kk0.3IAP.3NcEBcRO1ssH&smid=url-share

johnshirley2024, to random

Look for these 9 red flags to identify food that is ultra-processed

Ultra-processed foods have been linked with a litany of health problems. Here’s a guide for identifying them.

Free link

https://wapo.st/48kvtUA

johnshirley2024, to random

The new, growing power of LIES:

GOP loyalty to Trump and rioters climbs, poll finds

Republicans are less likely to believe those who stormed Capitol were “mostly violent” and less likely to believe Donald Trump bears responsibility for Jan. 6, a Post-UMD survey found.

johnshirley2024, to random
johnshirley2024,

and one of the welcome new laws in California:

LGBTQ+ FOSTER YOUTH

Foster families will be required to demonstrate their ability to meet the health and safety needs of children regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It was one of several bills the Legislature passed this year to expand protections for LGBTQ+ youth.

johnshirley2024, to random

As I mentioned the other eve, I'll be canceling my Mastodon account later today. No big deal, I know, but I mention it for those few who might want to keep in touch. And also you can always reach me through the authorized website, the person who runs that forwards me email through their contact form: https://john-shirley.com/

johnshirley2024, to scifi

My newest novel, from Titan Books, is now in an audiobook edition. https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/suborbital-7/720279

Lazarou, to StarTrek
@Lazarou@mastodon.social avatar

Right wing Green Day fans as fucking clueless as right wing Star Trek fans.

Kurt Cobain sung a song about that sort, didn't he?

johnshirley2024,

@Lazarou Green Day was always a lefty band. I doubt they're encouraging the magas unless they're being ironic. Haven't followed this closely.

johnshirley2024, to random

Let us hope this is NOT a foreseeing of Lady Liberty's fate in 2024

johnshirley2024, to Horror

Here's a photo of me performing with Cthulhu at the Lovecraft Bar in Portland. Cthulhu often sat in with my band--very good drummer--struck the skulls quite rapidly, as a percussionist. You could say Cthulhu was...a fixture at this bar. I think we were performing Runaway Python, a song Cthulhu liked. It reminded the elder god of an old serpentine pal.

https://soundcloud.com/john-shirley-12/runaway-python

johnshirley2024, to random

Did anything good happen in 2023? Actually, yes!

https://wapo.st/3vg7Eyt

johnshirley2024,

Notice about green spaces..."One study suggested that lifestyle habits, including regular mental and physical activity, eating a healthful diet, and regular social contact were linked with a slower rate of memory decline. Another found that living in areas with more natural green spaces was associated with lower rates of hospital admissions for diseases including dementia, while separate research indicated that the use of hearing aids could cut the risk of cognitive decline by nearly half."

johnshirley2024, to random

Warnings grow about risky IV drips and injections at unregulated med spas

Infectious disease and ER doctors say they are seeing more severe infections and other injuries associated with the facilities, which can operate with little oversight.

The Food and Drug Administration warned last month about reports that consumers developed severe infections and skin deformities after they got unauthorized shots touted to dissolve fat at med spas across the country.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/warnings-grow-risky-iv-drips-injections-unregulated-med-spas-rcna131495

johnshirley2024, to random

Applesauce lead cases in kids surge amid questions on FDA oversight

A Washington Post investigation found that states are examining 118 cases linked to lead-tainted cinnamon applesauce pouches

free link https://wapo.st/3TJxvcg

johnshirley2024, (edited ) to random

@futurebird - don't know if you saw this article, thought you'd like it, article should not be behind a paywall]

In January, the American Museum of Natural History’s new insectarium gained 500,000 tenants. It has taken them some time to find their footing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/22/science/leafcutter-ants-museum.html?unlocked_article_code=1.KU0.xg7D.7vVCtDABhJdY&smid=url-share

johnshirley2024,

@futurebird but then you live in NYC and for all I know you run the insectorium, being clearly an accomplished entomologist.

johnshirley2024, to random

Your Car Is Tracking You. Abusive Partners May Be, Too.

Apps that remotely track and control cars are being weaponized by abusive partners. Car manufacturers have been slow to respond, according to victims and experts.

free link

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/31/technology/car-trackers-gps-abuse.html?unlocked_article_code=1.KU0.wWOf.CE0EzfvOUvut&smid=url-share

johnshirley2024, to random

Elon Musk promised an anti-‘woke’ chatbot. It’s not going as planned.

Grok, launched this month on X, has angered conservatives by endorsing diversity. Musk says he’s trying to fix it.

free link https://wapo.st/3H4exWy

johnshirley2024, to random

"FUN IS DEAD.

"It’s become emphatic, exhausting, scheduled, hyped, forced and performative"

free link https://wapo.st/3vqVD9r

nocontexttrek, to StarTrek
@nocontexttrek@mastodon.social avatar
johnshirley2024,

@nocontexttrek Fentanyl is a helluva drug

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