[links] Link salad for a hump day

yasminegalenorn has espresso with me — A brief, fun interview.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke travels the Hershey highway — Is funny, does not have cancer.

Wikipedia on hypercanes — In case you need some SFnal weather to write about for a disaster scenario. “The extreme conditions needed to create such a storm could conceivably produce a system up to the size of North America, creating storm surges of 18 metres (59 ft) and an eye nearly 300 kilometres (190 mi) across.”

Let the record show McCain’s cheating past — “Suppose Barack Obama had dumped a crippled wife and married a beer heiress one month after the divorce. Do you really think he wouldn’t have been tripped up by such a scandalous past? The Republicans would have had a field day mocking his character. But John McCain’s tawdry personal history is rarely mentioned.” Fascinating reading, especially for those of you loyal to the party whose mantra used to be “Character Counts.” Of course, by McCain campaign standards, even the inconvenient truth is a smear, so I suppose talking about his personal history is just more evidence of liberal media bias.

The Power of Political Misinformation — “Republicans might be especially prone to the backfire effect because conservatives may have more rigid views than liberals: Upon hearing a refutation, conservatives might “argue back” against the refutation in their minds, thereby strengthening their belief in the misinformation.” This certainly explains the McCain-Palin campaign strategy of blatant lies unretracted. (Thanks to lt260.)


9/17/08
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 234.8
Currently reading: FenCon workshop manuscripts