Weekend Edition: 7-4

Bulletin Board

Dakota Rural Action has created a searchable online South Dakota Local Foods Directory. (Via.)

Achievement Awards

Blog headline of the week: Bernard Madoff Sentenced; Books To Come

Bookish Linkage

C. Max rounds up the releases we can look forward to the rest of the year, calling it an “epic year for books.”

The book world’s version of Alien v. Predator?

Awful Library Books looks at books some libraries might want to consider retiring from their collections (thereby making room on the shelves for others). (Via.)

Neal Stephenson’s Anathem won the 2009 Locus Award for best SF novel.

Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and Ian MacLeod’s Song of Time shared the 2009 John W. Campbell Award for the best SF novel.

The guide to international SF continues at SF Signal.

Nonbookish Linkage

This could explain a lot: “An imaging study of Chinese and Caucasian people has found that their brains respond less strongly to the pain of strangers whose ethnicity is different when compared with strangers of their own race.”

The 100 best blogs for those who want to change the world. (Via.)

You just knew Michael Jackson’s death couldn’t be immune from this.

For your Fourth of July pondering, historian Joseph Ellis observes that “nothing much happened on July 4, 1776.”

Regardless, for your Fourth of July viewing pleasure, Mount Rushmore is the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

…rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others..

Thomas Jefferson, April 4, 1819

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