Here’s the voting poll for the panda caption contest — Vote early, vote often, tell all your friends. Usual disclaimers apply.
Renewed Challenge to the Dinosaur Killer — Centauri Dreams on the K-T extinction event.
‘Swine flu’ name won’t be changed in Israel — Umm. I’m all for cultural relativism, but, um. (Thanks to
It’s not that wingnuts are ignorant; it’s that they know so much that isn’t so — The Edge of the American West on rampant historical illiteracy among conservatives. (Rep. Bachmann blaming Carter for the last outbreak of swine flu, when it happened during the Ford administration, for a trivial example.) I’ve long observed that in order to be a conservative in America today you have to cling tenaciously to some blatant counterfactuals. That’s a very bad intellectual habit to get into. Once you’ve learned to ignore reality in favor of your “gut”, it gets easier to keep making shit up and calling your crap “true facts.”
?otD: If this is Thursday, this must be Nebraska, right?
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson