A reader reacts to Mainspring — Interesting, positive review.
Little Dog — Oi, robots. (Thanks to
NASA Lunar Analog Testing in Moses Lake, WA — I’ve been to Moses Lake. I believe this. (Thanks to
Looking Back Across Mars — Opportunity’s backtrail, on Mars.
Toward an Abstract Courage — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Civil Rights era. In that sense, Goldwater is the more appropriate hero for today’s generation of blissfully ignorant (“How did that ‘White slavery’ sign get there?”) non-racist Republican. It’s not so much that they hate you, it’s they are shocked–shocked–to discover that some of their fellow travelers hate you. I can never understand why this sort of thing surprises conservatives. Their entire worldview is based on fear of the other, the new, and halting change. Not much more other and worldchanging that brown people getting some of what white people have.
Mark Souder’s downfall shows virtue knows no ideology — Enough with pretending that personal virtue is connected with political creeds. Enough with condemning your adversaries, sometimes viciously, and then insisting upon understanding after the failures of someone on your own side become known to the world. And enough with claiming that support for gay rights and gay marriage is synonymous with opposition to family values and sexual responsibility.
The ACORN Case and the Bill of Attainder Clause — Yep. Principled consistency on the American Right, assuming that by “principled consistency” you mean “media fraud” and “counterfactual paranoia.” As Scrivener’s Error says: “…it is impossible to foresee Congressional action being taken during the reign of George III, and under a Heffalump majority, against a pro-Tea-Party group that expended similar efforts and used similar tactics to (a) prevent them newcomers from registering to vote and/or (b) did the same thing in Appalachia… among folk of Northwest European descent.”
?otD: Would you have sat in at a lunch counter, back in the day?
Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 230.4
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold