Goldmine bug DNA may be key to alien life — My favorite bit: “Chivian’s analysis shows that D. audaxviator gets its energy from the radioactive decay of uranium in the surrounding rocks. It has genes to extract carbon from dissolved carbon dioxide and other genes to fix nitrogen, which comes from the surrounding rocks.” (Thanks to lt260.)
pharyngula references Dan Savage on dying with dignity — I am very much with this perspective.
Palin’s religious certitude — “I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime.” How can someone who literally believes this be trusted with stewardship of our nation, our people and our resources? Her long-term thinking hits an endpoint beyond which nothing else matters. That has extremely serious implications for every branch of Federal policy.
The Palin Fallout — Canadian columnist Heather Mallick on how American conservatives reacted to her column about Palin. And conservatives wonder why liberal-progressives think they’re crazy. You guys have the “kill all the traitors” vote sewed up, not us. (Nicked from james-nicoll.)
Anger Is Crowd’s Overarching Emotion at McCain Rally — Will McCain and the GOP own up to the results of this kind of deliberately divisive politicking? This is where bullets come from. Every conservative in America should be examining their conscience right now. Are you really behind win-at-any-cost politics? (And yes, I’m aware he’s starting to reverse his rhetoric. Have you seen the video? McCain looks like a 6 year old being forced to apologize — his tone and body language make it abundantly clear he does not intend his conciliatory words.)
The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind — Back during the Clinton administration, we were told incessantly that “character counts”, and the state of the Clintons’ marriage was widely discussed in the media across the ideological spectrum. Memo to conservative America: where are those voices now? (Nicked from spencimusprime.)
More liberal media bias — A comparison of the media’s discussion of Obama’s relationship to Ayers and McCain’s relationship to Liddy. (Hint: those liberal bastards have covered the Obama side — a much thinner story on the bare facts — 18x more often than the McCain side.) Your Liberal Media at work!
Body movement: 2 hour, 10 minute suburban walk
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 230.2
Currently reading: Back issues of Fortean Times