The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me,
Sex Operator Cards Against Humanity — Rebecca Blain with an Act of Whinsy pace Mary Robinette.
PolarBearSwim — Rick Novy commits an Act of, well, something, in support.
PaperTab: A Tablet As Flexible As Paper Debuts At CES 2013 — Not quite fully baked, but still cool as heck. (Via David Goldman.)
Chimpanzees possess sense of fairness akin to humans — Much like reality itself, even nature has a liberal bias.
The Airplane’s Infancy — By 1913 we’d learned how to fly. Now came the hard part—designing flying machines that were safe and reliable. A view of aeronautics from 100 years ago.
The Weathermen Don’t Know Which Way the Wind’s Blowing — Four in 5 Americans believe in global warming–but nearly half of local weather reporters don’t. Believing in global warming is like believing in tomatoes or gravity. Global warming denialism has as much intellectual credibility as tomato denialism or gravity denialism. All of those phenomena are pieces of evidence-based reality, regardless of your opinion or ideology. But weathermen? Really?
Summer Down Under — Heat-related photos from Australia, which is having a nastily record-breaking summer. Warning: Some of these might be triggery. Good thing climate change is a liberal hoax, otherwise there might be something to worry about. (Via
Debunking the Denial: “16 Years of No Global Warming” — A well constructed, ideologically confirming lie can outperform the facts for a long time if people are sufficiently enthusiastic in their willful ignorance.
Little-known laws shed light on NRA influence — The gun culture is as pervasive as it is destructive.
The Hitler gun control lie — Gun rights activists who cite the dictator as a reason against gun control have their history dangerously wrong. Like pretty much all contemporary American conservatives, gun rights advocates prefer their beautiful minds blissfully untroubled by so-called “facts”.
More Guns, Less Crime: The Switzerland Example — Ta-Nehisi Coates on why the gun culture in Switzerland is actually nothing like what a American gun enthusiasts like to pretend it is. Once again, those liberal “facts” don’t align at all with cherished conservative beliefs. Quel surprise.
Colin Powell blasts GOP’s “dark vein of intolerance” — This would be the same Colin Powell who knowingly lied to the US and the UN about Iraq’s alleged WMDs? Even though I appreciate his newfound message (a few years too late, sir, given what a much bigger difference you could have made back in the day), Powell permanently trashed his credibility with the Iraq lies.
?otD: What do you do when your deck is burning?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks