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The Atlantic in Paris: Dispatch #2 — Ta-Nehisi Coates continues his wonderful mediation on being in France with his family.

Can you name all the games and beat the cheat? — Another filmed backwards video. Some cool stuff. (Via [info]goulo.)

One Thought About the Two Deaths in Asiana Airlines Flight 214 — It’s all about the numbers.

Your Flip-Flops Are Grossing Me Out — This is easily the stupidest, most banal piece of journalism I’ve read in a very long time. How is this writer gets paid to work professionally? What the hell is wrong with their editor?

Once a Joke, Battery-Powered Airplanes Are Nearing RealityAerospace companies are working on hybrid electric airplanes, and the earliest versions will likely arrive before the end of the decade.

Possible explanation for radio bursts: Meet the “blitzar”When an overweight neutron star slows down enough to collapse into a black hole.

You’re Getting Warmer: Another Wall Street Journal Global Warming Article Misses the Target — The WSJ editorial page is FOX News for people with MBAs: deliberate misinformation that validates their confirmation biases and provides a self-valorizing sense of rightness against those damned liberals. Which is mighty schizophrenic given how good some of the WSJ reporting can be.

Composographs — Old school photo manipulation and slanted media. Interesting.

Has NSA Spying Killed US “Cloud” services, Email in Europe, Brazil?

White House gives Homeland Security control of all communication systems — The headline is slightly misleading, but only slightly. And this order was signed by Obama? The Democrats are doing the Republicans’ job for them. Sigh. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence Defends NSA Surveillance Programs — It’s some transparently unconvincing spin. (Via David Goldman.)

New Abortion Restrictions Reignite Culture Wars — I’m pretty sure that’s the idea. With the GOP losing ground badly on every front from demographic to policy to popularity polls, they need something to manufacture more angry white men. Rigging the redistricting in 2010 won’t be enough.

Mitchell man falls asleep with gun, accidentally shoots himself — Boy, aren’t we all safer thanks to this upstanding citizen’s exercise of his Second Amendment rights. How can any civilized society survive without this kind of gun use? (Via [info]threeoutside.)

An Open Letter To The Idiot Nation — Jim Wright takes apart the conservative worldview. Expertly and with vigor. Also with those liberal “facts” and “data” from the reality-based community.

QotD?: Can you explain that?


7/8/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

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