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Laser cannons are real, but they don't make "pew pew" noises.

I am disappoint.
The new portable weapon system is more like burning ants with a really expensive magnifying glass than obliterating Alderaan.
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Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens

One telling quote from the study: "When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

TL;DR: Unless you have lots of money, Congress doesn't care about you.
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There's been a lot of discussion of Internet harassment lately. We've covered the harassment women can experience on Twitter, but I think there's one crucial element of all this that's been missed. Today, I'm going to talk about the online harassment you don't hear about. When you think "online harassment," you most likely think of GamerGate…
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I highly approve of this. It's certainly not the strangest ministry out there.
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Next up, the tobacco industry says that smoking doesn't cause cancer.
Leave it to the world's largest seller of sugary drinks to tell people how to lose weight.
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And this is how humanity ends...
Scientists have genetically modified mice to be super-intelligent and found they are also less anxious, a discovery that may help the search for treatments for disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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There is no place in society for political correctness. -- "I think we are facing a new era of censorship, in the name of political correctness. There are forces at work in the book world that want to control fiction writing in terms of who ‘has a right’ to write about what. Some even advocate the out and out censorship of older works using words we now deem wholly unacceptable. Some are critical of novels involving rape. Some argue that white novelists have no right to write about people of color; and Christians should not write novels involving Jews or topics involving Jews. I think all this is dangerous. I think we have to stand up for the freedom of fiction writers to write what they want to write, no matter how offensive it might be to some one else."
Writer and philosopher Voltaire once said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Once upon a time, this sentiment applied almost exclusively to... ...
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I think there's a much simpler explanation:

Generally, "hot" authors are given a lot of leeway. 

Rice is no longer "hot".

She should self publish if it's that much of a problem.

Publishing companies don't owe any author their services, and can select works based on whatever criteria they want. 

When I was kid, I tried to get signed to record company. I didn't. I wasn't able to blame it on political correctness. I, instead, had to decide how much I wanted my work to be heard, whether I wanted to foot the bill myself, and get my work out independently. 

It was so much more costly, and more difficult back then, and I had so many expenses that it simply wasn't a realistic thing for me.

Now, almost anyone who has a computer can produce any kind of art they want, be that music, literature, games, film, or 2D visuals, and find a low, or no cost outlet for that work. They only need the drive to produce. 

I have almost no sympathy for someone who's at the level of Anne Rice. I mean, one of my coworkers has published 3 books all on his own, done three runs of thousands of books, just because he wanted to, and he's not a rich man, nor is he well known, nor are any retail outlets eager to stock his work. 

I bet he wishes he had her problems, in this regard.
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