[links] Link salad has crossed the threshold, and it has overturned the order of the soul

Story Bone — Steve Buchheit with a brief, entertaining rant about the portrayal of dwarves in fantasy.

An interesting and largely civil discussion about firearms and society in the comments section of my post from yesterday on guns [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Mostly on the LJ side.

Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real WorldA new computer interface can modify the feel of almost any surface—potentially adding a new dimension to games and augmented reality apps. This be some weird science.

Crystal-clear images from Mars rover thrill NASA scientists — Not to mention how the rest of us feel about it.

Curiosity landing site: the whole mess — Where all the hardware wound up.

Mike Bloomberg’s Soda Ban and the Case for Paternalism — Ta-Nehisi Coates on food choices. Yes. This.

Disabled Spectator Arrested for Not Visibly Enjoying Olympic Event — This is in the UK, where civil rights in the American sense don’t quite exist (nor do they here so much any more, but I digress). Still, a very weird story.

Archaeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over “Paleo Diet”You simply do not see specific, trans-regional trends in human subsistence in the archaeological record. People can live off everything from whale blubber to seeds and grasses. You want to know what the ideal human diet consists of? Everything.

Ancient skull deepens human-origins mystery — Warning: facts not valid for Young Earth Creationists.

Hey White Guys intro — An interesting video on race, gender and privilege.

What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory? — Man, I got nothing here. (Thanks to [info]seventorches.)

Bryan Fischer: Children Of Same-Sex Couples Must Be Saved Through ‘Underground Railroad’ Kidnapping — And conservatives wonder why the rest of America thinks they’re nuts.

Dams, reservoirs are new global warming culprits — It will be interesting to see if this line of evidence pans out on further investigation.

No, Harry Reid is No Michele BachmannIt is difficult to find a better example of the strange mixture of paranoia, bad faith and self-pity that is behind so many conservative claims of media bias. This, in a nutshell.

Komen president resigning, founder shifting roles — Wow. I really am surprised. Conservative dishonesty rarely carries penalties for those in positions of senior leadership.

Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others — Juan Cole is sarcastic but accurate. Remember, according to the GOP, Real Americans with guns can’t be terrorists. The DHS got in a lot of trouble with conservatives for stating the obvious in this regard.

?otD: What did they mean when they said “repent”?


8/9/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 236.4
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad has crossed the threshold, and it has overturned the order of the soul

  1. Rick York says:

    Bloomberg’s soda edict:

    Rather than ban soda, wouldn’t it be smarter to tax it as a luxury item? Or, even better, tax sales of all beverages, except tap water, on an upward sliding scale by volume.

    Example: No tax on 8-12 oz, up to 20% tax on all containers over 32 oz.

  2. The Paleo Diet article is a work of fiction, as is (presumably) the quote. It’s a weird article, a fictionalized account of a fictional meeting of what are supposed to be real experts and their arguments/positions. There’s enough fiction in the nutrition/diet world that I’d avoid articles like this one and try to stick to more scientific fare, even when that is hard to parse because of biases, poor science journalism, and the inherent difficulty of research involving human subjects.

  3. Cora says:

    Fiction or not, I’d be very happy to see that Paleo diet nonsense and indeed all other forms of diet nonsense laid to rest.

    If you have a pathological hatred of grains and only want to eat meat (and let’s face it, Paleo diet proponents are all about the meat, the fresh fruits and vegetables are only window dressing), fine, that’s your good right. But don’t try to tell me that your diet is the way humans should eat and that the way I’m eating is wrong.

    As for the soda ban, I’m against banning foodstuffs, even the ones I don’t like, unless they are actively poisonous. Slap warning labels on the foods, but don’t ban them outright. Never mind that I wonder how a soda ban would function at all in the US without causing widespread riots, since Americans are such big consumers of soda, much bigger than other countries.

    And if they unban soda, could they please unban raw milk cheese, too? Cause unlike soda, raw milk cheese actually tastes good and has some nutritional value.

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