[links] Link salad legs it on into the week

A view of the USS Oregon

DDT is good for me-e-e — This just creeps me out.

Detailed Views of Erupting Nabro Volcano — This Earth Observatory image from NASA is pretty darned intense.

NRC and Industry Rewrite Nuke History — I feel much safer now.

Can one idea be energy’s holy grail? — Speaking of nukes.

Confessions of a Gay Christian Country Singer

Betty Bowers explains traditional marriage using Biblical sources — One man, one woman, my ass. Funny as hell. (Thanks to [info]martang.)

San Francisco considers banning the sale of all pets — Umm. I’m pretty far to the left (by American standards, at least), but this is the kind of thing that looks like liberal self-parody and, much like evolution denial on the right, makes it easier for opponents to dismiss all liberal-progressive positions by ridiculing specific examples.

Republican self-referentiality — The ‘first person singular pronoun’ meme is rapidly becoming one my favorite conservative delusions, in part because its counterfactuality is so patently and simply demonstrable. (So is evolution denial, but Creationism bears the imprimatur of faith, which confuses the issue for unclear thinkers.) That they fixate on it says so much about the quality of their thinking on other issues.

In Response To Prosser Choking Allegations, Fox’s Van Susteren Calls On Female Chief Justice To Resign — Ah, the sterling ethics and impeccable logic of American conservatism.

Michele Bachmann zeroes in on Iowa — It says a great deal about the decay of the American political system that someone like Bachmann could be a serious presidential contender. Even by conservative standards, she’s radical and bizarre.

?otD: Is it a major award, Swede?


6/28/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Hugo script draft)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (fitful)
Weight: 229.0
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad legs it on into the week

  1. Cora says:

    What I found most troubling about the DDT imagery were that the comments were immediately flooded by people defending DDT and claiming that it was harmless. You’d figure that after forty years they’d have learned.

    Also thanks for the link to the article about the lifetime extensions of nuclear reactor. If I were American and lived near one of those aging reactor, I would be very worried indeed. Makes me glad to live in Germany, where the last nuclear power plant will shut down in 2022 at the very latest.

    The personal pronoun thing is patently silly, though there are people, mostly older, who have odd issues with personal pronoun use. My Mom still insists that it is impolite to refer to someone you know well as “he” or “she” – you’re always supposed to use the name. I’ve tried explaining time and again that there is no such rule and that personal pronouns are perfectly neutral and acceptable (and I used to teach linguistics at university), but she still believes whatever her mother or some long dead teacher told her ages ago.

    What strikes me most about the whole first person pronoun issues, however, is that those Republicans complaining about excessive use of possessive pronouns have no idea what a possessive pronoun is; they seem to have them confused with personal pronouns. Which reminds me of all those people insisting that one should not use passive voice while having no clue what passive voice actually is.

    1. Cora says:

      Regarding San Francisco, I think their proposed circumcision ban for minors is a good thing, because there is no reason to permanently mutilate the genitals of little boys for alleged medical benefits that have never been proven. Though there should probably be an exception for religious reasons, if only because the religious people would probably go underground otherwise.

      As for the pet ban, though, this makes no sense at all. Especially since you are allowed to buy live animals in order to eat them, but not in order to keep them. You’d think animal rights activists would be more concerned with animals raised to be eaten than with those kept and usually loved and cared for by humans.

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