[links] Link salad changes the clocks

Kids today yesterdayLanguage Log on xkcd, John Dryden and the decline of standards in kids today.

A Boarding Pass on Your Screen — I tried this last year, and learned that I pretty much always had to print a backup boarding pass, which defeated the whole purpose. The system will need to be a lot more ubiquitous, and reliable, before I’ll bother again.

Hubble Spots Disk Around Distant Black Hole

Orange sun oozing — A pretty cool little video clip of the surface of the sun, from APOD.

HUGE sunspots turning toward Earth — And some more solar astronomy.

The 2012 Solar Flare Theory — Just some potential fun coming up. (Thanks to Dad.)

Has the American Cancer Society Been Caught Covering Up a Rejection of Atheist Money?The ACS has been stung by accusations of anti-atheist bigotry in its fundraising. Is it making things worse by trying to cover its tracks? Speaking as atheist and a cancer patient, I can only sigh in frustration at this story. (Yes, this is a followup to something I linked to a while back.)

Foil the Evil Empire: Today is Bank Transfer Day — I actually transferred to a credit union some months ago, when my previous megabank, US Bank, imposed a $5 monthly fee on most checking accounts.

Worshippers of Bully-God seek religious freedom to be bulliesSlacktivist Fred Clark on the horrid new Michigan anti-bullying law that privileges religious hatred. Christianists today are like the Puritans of yore, seeking the freedom to oppress and victimize people in their own special way. This enshrinement of a narrow set of religious “principles” in law is the true creeping Shariah, not the imaginary Islamic threat that riles so many of the ignorant on the Right.

Obama rips House “In God we trust” vote“That’s not putting people back to work,” he said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.” Cue Rush Limbaugh on Obama’s anti-Christian screed now.

Cain: I’ll never answer harassment questions — Good luck with that. Oh, wait, he’s a Republican. No one will bother him, since moral rectitude is assumed and endorsed despite any evidence to the contrary. Not like those filthy liberals who are all guilty of something.

Redefining the Right Wing — A lengthy and fascinating dialog on the roots and branches of contemporary conservatism in America. Whether your approach is “know your enemy” or “know thyself”, if you’re the least bit political in a USAnian framework, this is worth a read.

Hultgren ramping up offensive: Walsh cries foul play — Rep. Walsh is a “family values” conservative who’s seriously delinquent on his child support. He is now claiming to be victimized because this fact is being reported by the media and by his Democratic opponent. That pretty much says it all about the conservative mind, right there. This you, American conservatives. What you stand for, and who you elect. Are you proud of your Republican party?

?otD: DST much?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 211.6
Currently (re)reading: Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

One thought on “[links] Link salad changes the clocks

  1. Cora says:

    The Dutch airline KLM has allowed you to send your boarding pass to your smartphone for at least two or three years now. I have personally never used the function, since my phone is too old to support it. But I’m still surprised that it’s considered new in the US. And besides Delta is operated by KLM these days anyway, so it makes sense they would offer this function.

    As for the religious exemptions for bullies law, it’s not only completely wrong not to mention unchristian (US fundamentalists might want to read the Bible, particularly the New Testament, some time), I also wonder what sort of teachers would let bullying become so severe that a kid has eggs and syrup poured over his head. You can’t always catch everything, particularly if it happens outside the classroom. But I step in with regards to homophobia, racism, etc… even if I hear “gay” used as a slur. And while I know from personal experience that a lot of schools prefer to turn a blind eye to bullying, it’s impossible to ignore if it gets that bad. And anyone who wants a religious exemption had better come prepared to argue theology.

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