[links] Link salad has nothing clever to say

Don’t forget the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

APOD with a very nice Perseid photo

NYT On The So-Called “Ground Zero Mosque.”The conservative media lied about the location of the project, they lied about Rauf’s background, they lied about the project’s funding, they lied about when the project would be built, and they lied about Rauf’s political beliefs. And it would have been one thing if it had just been a small group of people lying, but they had an entire cable news station to lie for them, and politicians who were willing to amplify their smears. More (and excellently so) from The New Yorker

Conservapedia: E=mc2 Is A Liberal Conspiracy — Really, guys, you’re not helping your political cause when it’s bound up with arrant nonsense like this.

Where’s This Headed?It’s simply not healthy for a Democracy when you have a relatively large percentage of the population believing crazy theories about plots against the United States executed by the UN, or a secret one-world government, or whatever it is these folks believe. This kind of paranoia is poisonous to a Democracy, and opens the doors to demagoguery of the most dangerous type.

Explaining Palin’s Manner of Speaking — Content-free discourse delivered with smiling confidence worked remarkably well for Reagan, why not Palin?

It’s getting to be embarrassing to be a conservative — How do you think the rest of us feel about this?

?otD: Doctors keep practicing medicine. When will they get it right?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours
Body movement: 40 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 7.5 (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo stress index: 8/10 (emotional distress, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Precursor by C.J. Cherryh