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Journalists vs ePatient — and How It Got Ugly — Janet Freeman-Daily does a much better job of responding to the Kellers than I did.

My Personal Genome Project public profile — The other side, as it were, of my open source Whole Genome Sequencing.

Does Illumina Have the First $1,000 Genome?Illumina announces a new high-end sequencer made for “factory-scale” sequencing of human genomes. These are the guys who did my (much more expensive) sequencing last year. Hooray for advances!

‘You Have to Know History to Actually Teach It’ An interview with Eric Foner, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.

Mile marker 420 in CO changed to thwart thieves — Duuude…

The Modest Victorian Proposal to Electroplate Corpses Into Beautiful Statues — UH, yeah. Heh. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Challenger Disaster — From a family photo album. (Thanks to Reynardo the Red.)

Massive Hole Discovered Under Antarctica, Bigger Than The Grand Canyon

Melting glaciers in northern Italy reveal corpses of WW1 soldiersThe glaciers of the Italian Alps are slowly melting to reveal horrors from the Great War, preserved for nearly a century. (Via [info]danjite.)

Low oxygen blamed for complete fish loss in Nev. marina

Acceptance of global warming rises on warm days — Yeah. And polling climate change is like polling gravity or evolution. It doesn’t get any less true. Reality is indifferent to ideological willful ignorance.

Medicare Is Grievously Overpaying for Penis PumpsThe reason that Medicare is more efficient than private insurance, usually, is that it has the power to negotiate prices from suppliers. When we deny it that ability, such as with prescription drugs, the problem is far more severe than overpaying for a few vacuum erection systems. (Via David Goldman.)

As part of budget deal, Congress blocks light bulb efficiency standards — The whole conservative fixation on light bulbs is just bizarre. Especially considering the efficiency standards they hate so much as a liberal intrusion were a Bush administration initiative. On they other hand, conservatives hate the ACA, which they invented. Logic is a distinct disadvantage for what passes for thought among Republicans.

State efforts to block Obamacare are working, study findsStates whose governments are hostile to Obamacare are hindering efforts to get people signed up for health insurance, according to a study released Tuesday. Laws restricting outreach and enrollment efforts have handicapped community health centers that are a key component of plans to get health insurance to millions of Americans who lack it, researchers at George Washington University found. Because denying people affordable access to healthcare is the patriotic thing to do. Any Republican can tell you letting people get sick and die is what’s best for America, given the alternatives. (Via David Goldman.)

Oklahoma ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional — Gee, imagine that. What, what? Depriving a class of citizens of their basic human and civil rights is unconstitutional? Ask any conservative: persecution of people you don’t approve of is the patriotic, Christian thing to do.

Fox News creating its own political cult Fox viewers feel oppressed and victimized because they’ve been told they are being oppressed and victimized, and if facts have to be twisted and even fabricated to justify those sentiments, they and the network are clearly willing to live inside that warped reality. The conservative movement gleefully mocks the reality-based community, and clings desperately to views that are starkly contrary to any evidence-based analysis. What the hell else would you expect from the Fox audience?

Susan G. Komen’s attack on Planned Parenthood cost Komen $77m, 22% of its income — It’s so rare that right wing operatives pay any price at all for their destructive behavior. This story cheers me unduly.

County GOP Auctions Rifle In MLK’s Honor — Oh, geese, this is Portland, no less. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Prosecutors: This wasn’t the first blow-up for Florida theater shooter Curtis Reeves — A retired police officer, armed, in theoretical defense of his essential liberties killed a man for texting in the theater after feeling threatened by a bag of popcorn. And given conservative, pro-gun “stand your ground laws”, might even get away with it. Tell me again how guns make us all safer? Tell me again why any sane and civilized society allows millions of its citizens the power of summary execution based on their sole judgement in moments of stress? If you’re a gun owner, tell me why this is okay with you. If it’s not okay with you, tell me why you’re a gun owner. Because all I can ever see is that my life and safety are worth less than the sum of the gun culture’s fears.

?otD: Do you relish chutney?


1/15/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing bridge lanes for political payback: 0
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[links] Link salad knows there is a time to dance, a time to mourn

This Guy’s Wife Got Cancer, So He Did Something Unforgettable. The Last 3 Photos Destroyed Me. — (Via Joyce Scrivner.)

Bill Keller, Get Well Soon: You’re sick — More on the criticism of people who fight their cancer battles in public. This is sad, terrible stuff. Nostalgia for the old conspiracy of silence surround serious illness is so profoundly misplaced and inhumane. (Via [info]goulo.)

Jewish Surnames Explained

Kevin Andrew Murphy on Jack Chick passing the Bechdel test with respect to gaming — Oh, wow. My head hurts.

Eating ‘Paleo?’ Don’t Forget Worms and Tubers

The ‘Nutcracker Man’ Diet: Extinct Species Of Early Human Survived on ‘Tiger Nuts,’ Not Meat

Lost Remains of Slain Ancient Queen Unearthed

African tigerfish catch swallows in flight — Yow.

A Trip to the Moon — About Georges Méliès and his 1902 movie, Le voyage dans la lune.

It’s all work and no play for SpaceShipTwo pilot on virgin flight

Virtual Museum of Decorated Windows — This architectural neepery is interesting in a slightly worry way. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500 After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The great decoupling: another phrase for an end to 20th century capital economics

About that consensus on global warming: 9136 agree, 1 disagrees — Climate change denial is like evolution denial. It’s a political position taken for ideological reasons which has no grounding in evidence-based reality. Consider this: no one arrives at either evolution denial or climate change denial after a dispassionate review of the evidence. There is always an ideological starting point, followed by a search for a convincing explanation to justify the desired ideology. That’s pretty much the opposite of how science works. The constant conservative pretense otherwise is a disgrace to American politics, media and education, and a clear and present danger to our national interests. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

Fossil Fuels causing Antarctic Glacier to Melt Irreversibly, raise Sea Levels — Nothing to see here, citizens. Move along. Just liberal “facts” and “data”, which as any good conservative knows are lies from the pit of Hell.

Beyond Fire and Brimstone — A different view of the Christian ethic of eternal torment. (Thanks to [info]daveraines.)

Catholic Church Didn’t Have a ProblemIt simply never occurred to the Catholic Church to oppose health care plans that offer contraceptive coverage until opposing the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act became a priority for the Republican Party. Nice to see America’s Christian leadership upholding Biblical standards, which by amazing coincidence swiftly evolve to repeatedly coincide with the conservative political agenda. Smug Republican Jesus smiles upon them. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Chemical Spill Shuts Down Much Of W.Va. Capital — Remember kids, regulations are always bad for the economy. That’s the most important thing. Only stupid liberal moonbats care about drinkable water when there’s quarterly profits at stake.

Keeping Public Buildings Free of Guns Proves Too Costly for Kansas TownsReasoning that more guns mean greater safety, Kansas lawmakers voted last year to require cities and counties to make public buildings accessible to people legally carrying concealed weapons. Because 30,000 gun deaths a year is a small price for you and I and everyone else in America to pay for gun owners’ illusion of safety, that’s why.

Road Rage Victim Made Multiple 911 Calls — Another proud gun owner acting in theoretical defense of his essential liberties by slaughtering an innocent driver. Ask any conservative: more guns means more safety. Now ask the victim.

Coffee With RefugeesIn Lebanon’s Mountains, Syrians Face a Grim Future. (Snurched from The Nib.)

Anatomy of an Obamacare ‘horror story’ — Surprise! Conservatives lie about the ACA, Your Liberal Media does no fact checking. Hmm, the sun must have risen in the east this morning. Also, water is wet. (Via David Goldman.)

Democracy and the Christie phenomenonHe is leading up to an explanation as to why people like the bullying tough guy types such as Chris Christie — they are looking for someone to “take charge” in a world in which they feel a loss of control. That’s a pretty good encapsulation of the whole of modern conservatism. That’s what people wanted from Reagan, after all.

Fox’s Hume: Christie Seen As A Bully Because He’s An “Old Fashioned Guy’s Guy” In Today’s “Feminized Atmosphere” — Actually, Christie is seen as a bully because he’s a bully. Pure and simple. To some people, especially many conservatives longing for a powerful authority figure, that’s admirable manliness, but those people who admire this behavior are wrong and frankly a bit sick in the head.

?otD: Is there a time for peace? Is it too late?


1/13/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (interrupted fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad wasn’t its mama’s only boy, but her favorite one it seems

Jay Lake, Cancer, and God #9: A Tale of Two Tales — My friend [info]daveraines continues his intermittent series of thoughtful posts.

Why pain is expressed differently in different languages — Ow.

The magnificent, fragile beauty of bubbles blown outside when it’s 15 degrees below freezing — Wow. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

On Ice: 100 year-old negatives discovered in Antarctic — This is seriously cool. See here for more of the images themselves. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: ‘An electron and a positron walked into a bar…’Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes.

Scientists create the world’s first glow-in-the-dark pigs after injecting them with jellyfish DNA — Mmm. Glowing bacon.

Dragonfly-Like Lenses Grown With Liquid Crystals

NASA begins work on ‘super bot’ rover for Saturn’s Titan

Navajo Nation struggles with same-sex marriage The Navajo banned such unions in 2005, but some hope to change that — especially since New Mexico began permitting gay marriage this month. Bigotry is everywhere, even among people who should understand the evils of oppression.

Cruz hires lawyers to help him ditch Canadian citizenship — Well, sure. After the Kenyan Muslim socialist usurper, Sarah Palin’s “real Americams” are hardly going to vote for a Hispanic Canadian usurper, are they? No real American ever came from anywhere else, after all.

America’s Internal CheckpointsRefuseniks fight back against feds demanding papers. This is where the American Right becomes confused. Government intrusion is bad, but oppression of immigrants is good. What’s a Constitution loving conservative to do here? (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

?otD: Did she begin to cry when you said goodbye, and sank into your dreams?


12/30/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (up too early for hotel gym)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
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[links] Link salad wakes up in freezing Omaha

What An Amazing Dam. Wait… What’s That? Are Those…? No Way! — Yup. Goats. (Via David Goldman.)

Cats Recognize Their Owner’s Voice But Chose to Ignore It — Hahaha.

Stolen cobalt-60 found in Mexico; curious thieves likely doomed

An Artificial Hand with Real FeelingsA new nerve interface can simulate a sense of touch from 20 spots on a prosthetic hand.

At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries

Could dark matter be hiding in plain sight in existing experiments?Particles called axions could be creating noise in superconducting devices.

Wonders in the Antarctic Sea and Sky — Mmm. NASA photos.

Your questions about the new IPCC climate change report answered — Mmm, science. Always with the new questions, never with the final answers.

Katie Couric Gives Anti-Vaccine Ideas a ShotThe real problem with this entire segment on the “Katie” show was the false balance: The idea that there are two sides to this story. That is grossly unfair; the evidence is vastly on the side of the vaccine having extremely little risk, and no solid evidence at all that it causes harm. It’s not as though the research on this is split. Welcome to the world of Your Liberal Media, where ridiculous and harmful fairy tales without any evidence-based support, such evolution denial, climate change denial, supply side economics and the Republican party platform, are all treated with respect in the name of balance. It is the shame of liberal America that the same erratic thinking and willful ignorance that so profoundly characterizes almost all conservative “thought” is legitimized through the fixation on vaccination. We don’t even have the excuse of a consciously reality-denying ideology to stand behind.

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Rapture Hatch” Edition — I’ve written fiction that touches on this issue. That anyone, anywhere, can take this literally is a sad, sad comment on the human condition. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Pope Forms Commission to Advise on Sex AbuseIt remains unclear if the experts will take up one of the core issues behind the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal: how to make bishops who shelter abusive priests accountable. Therein lies the rub. This is a step in the right direction, but it will do nothing to restore the Church’s moral standing until the princes of the church who sit so righteously comfortable in their gilded chairs are held accountable for the long decades of sheltering of abusers and persecution of the abused in the name of protecting their institution.

Was John Wayne a draft dodger? — Typical conservative, all for sending other people’s kids out to die without ever having put themselves on the line.

GOP: No Climate Change because, Bible — In any sane and civil society, this would be a risible Onion story. In conservative America, it’s business as usual. Sigh.

Is the Government Tampering With Witnesses in No-Fly Trial? — Gee. What do you think? Terrorists killed less than 5,000 Americans in the past decade and a half, and we install an Orwellian security state whilst stripping civil liberties in response. Firearms kill 450,000 Americans in the past decade and a half, and we celebrate our Constitutional rights. Does something about this seem a teeny, tiny bit off to you?

GOP intolerance: “It’s part of their political DNA” — That’s putting it mildly. But when a political party bases their entire political fortunes on generating angry white guys, what the hell else do you expect?

?otD: Got cold?


12/5/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept:9.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
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Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
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[links] Link salad shivers in the dark

Word of the month: Vorfreud — Huh. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Aurora and Unusual Clouds Over Iceland — Mmm wow.

The Drowned — Lost towns of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Seething volcano buried under Antarctica’s ice

Impacts of climate change observed in global precipitation patternsThe changes we’re seeing just aren’t normal. American conservatives will have an enormous burden to answer for when history, as well as their own descendants, look back and ask why the hell we didn’t do something about this when we had the chance.

Police sent to all national papers after Paris shooting — Note the total difference in France of response to a firearms incident.

Heaven Is for Doppelgangers: You will be replaced in the afterlifeSlacktivist Fred Clark is bitterly funny about idealized visions of heaven in Christianist media.

?otD: Is it raining in the park?


11/18/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 242.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
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[links] Link salad’s face at first just ghostly

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreamingA lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens. (Via AH.)

A brief history of young adult literature

The Meat Is Only the StartHungry City: Umami Burger in Greenwich Village. Mmm mmm. (Thanks to Dad.)

Colourful ‘solar glass’ means entire buildings can generate clean powerBritish firm develops colourful, transparent solar cells that will add just 10% to glass buildings’ cost. (Thanks to Ellen Eades.)

Popeye in PerspectiveIn the 1934 animated film “A Dream Walking” by the Fleischer Studios, Olive Oyl sleepwalks on a skyscraper’s scaffolding, as Popeye and Bluto try to save her. It’s a tour de force of perspective, switching effortlessly between one-, two-, and three-point perspective.

Could a Vaccine for PTSD Protect Soldiers?

Santa Fe Flyer: 1943 — Holy crap, this photo. I love industrial imagines, but an entire steam locomotive being hoisted through the air… wow…

Big clawed fossil had spider-like brainScientists have discovered the best-preserved nervous system in an ancient fossil.

Vast meteorite pulled from Russian lake, breaks upIt’s half a ton big and it came from outer space. At least that’s what Russian scientists say. Yet when they try to weigh it, it breaks into pieces.

“Thank You, Doctor. And Now, for the Opposing View, Here’s Joe Camel.”And while it chaps my hide, stuff like this is what I expect from Heartland. What really gets me is that USA Today gave Heartland a place to confuse the public about global warming. If they ran a piece about satellites, would they get an “opposing view” from a Flat Earther? Global warming is no more a controversy than Young Earth Creationism. Only conservative political pressure keeps that question alive at all, that and the media’s terror at being labelled liberal for reporting on what’s really in the world.

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Maximum Extent — And yes, this is an expected part of climate change, too.

The American Genocide Against Iraq: 4% of Population Dead as result of US sanctions, wars — Remember, kids, the Iraq War was a trillion dollar war-of-choice started on knowingly false pretenses by a Republican administration eager to be seen doing something about an attack on the United States which Iraq had nothing to do with. Plus maybe oil. And PNAC. Yet somehow people still imagine the GOP to be patriotic stewards of America’s national interest.

The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government — Ah, Dominionism, that ultimate expression God’s love as taught to us by smug, hateful Republican Jesus. (Via David Goldman.)

Scalia’s word problem — So true. Heh. The conservative mind is indeed a wonder to behold.

Thanks to the Shutdown, Republicans Are Losing Ground in Numerous Senate Races — We can only hope this will last. The country should be so lucky.

Nine things we missed during the shutdown — American conservatives are why can’t have nice things in this country.

GOP: We can easily avoid default Thursday by not paying Social Security checks — Mmm. Compassionate conservatism. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Pro-shutdown SD ranchers upset shutdown means no federal aid for devastating blizzard — Ah, the vaunted intellectual consistency of American conservatism. As I keep saying, no one, especially not conservatives, likes conservative policies when applied to them personally.

Senate Debt Deal Screeches To Halt As U.S. Looks Over The Cliff“We won’t be the last political party to overplay our hand,” he said. “It might happen one day on the Democratic side. And if it did, would Republicans, for the good of the country, kinda give a little? We really did go too far. We screwed up. But their response is making things worse, not better.” What has happened in the last thirty years of politics that would lead anyone with a pulse to imagine that the Republicans would “kinda give a little” if they had the Democrats backed into a bad political corner? This is incredibly self-serving tripe from Senator Graham.

Republicans never demanded Obamacare repeal, says Republican who demanded ‘getting rid of Obamacare’ — Of course, the GOP’s base of low-information voters will believe this flat out lie, and blame it all on Obama. But they always do.

Heritage Action: Fight Against Obamacare Will Go On — The Heritage Foundation’s Dan Holler lies smugly about the supposed disaster that is the successful Heritage Foundation healthcare proposal known as the ACA.

The huge health-care subsidy everyone is ignoringThe political right has paralyzed government over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, on the grounds that the ACA represents an unacceptable government intrusion into what today is the province of private markets. But the premise is fundamentally untrue. What? A cherished Republican talking point untrue? Not possible! (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

?otD: What shade of pale did you turn?


10/17/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 243.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad is everything a big, bad wolf could want

Metatropolis: Green Space Out Today + Metatropolis Trade PB On the Way

As We May Type — New generations of outliners and writing tools.

Small scale, small contributionThe 1.26 billion people whose countries belong to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development account for 42 percent of emissions. The rich, if they reduced their emissions by just 8 percent, could achieve more climate mitigation than the poor could achieve by reducing their emissions to zero. The rich could manage this 8 percent reduction by altering their lifestyles in barely noticeable ways. For the poor, a reduction of 100 percent would imply permanent misery. (Via [info]danjite.)

An Antarctic Journal — LJ user [info]antarctic_sue photoblogs life at the bottom of the world, including the GOP’s anti-science shutdown of US operations there. (Via [info]natalief.)

Uncommon path to Medal of Honor ceremony for Afghan war hero Swenson — This is an odd story (I heard a version of it on NPR).

Graph ‘o the day: Hey, big spenderSo, how have the Republicans managed to persuade Americans to buy into the whole “Obama as big spender” narrative? By flat out, knowing lies that their voter base eager laps up because a black Democrat is in the White House, and that means the End Times to Sarah Palin’s “real Americans” that make up the GOP.

The Tea Party Smoke-And-Mirrors Ponyfucker Express Magic Show — Chuck Wendig with a magnificent rant.

Heroic Times — Josh Marshall on the apocalyptic fever of the Tea Party Republicans. (Not that there is, or ever has been, any other kind of Tea Party but racist, radical Republicans.)

Your tax dollars at work, GOP styleWe furloughed the CDC but there is still money for shennanigans like this.

Three must-read articles about the shutdown and impending debt default — This isn’t about Obama somehow refusing to negotiate or acting in bad faith. This is about unilateral, unprecedented hostage taking by a GOP driven to desperation with their declining poll numbers and multiple election losses. These America-first patriots are willing to take the whole country down permanently if they don’t get to do things their way.

What This Cruel War Was OverIf a patriot can stand in front of the White House brandishing the Confederate flag, then the word “patriot” has no meaning. The Nazi flag is offensive because it is a marker of centuries of bigotry elevated to industrialized murder. But the Confederate flag does not merely carry the stain of slavery, of “useful killing,” but the stain of attempting to end the Union itself. You cannot possibly wave that flag and honestly claim any sincere understanding of your country. It is not possible.

Why Should the Public Trust Republicans With Power? — A question I’ve been asking since the Reagan administration, but which really came into focus during George W. Bush’s disastrous tenure in the White House. At least some people are waking up to this very long-standing issue, thanks to the House GOP and the Cruz faction in the Senate.

House Republicans Show Themselves To Be Dangerously Incompetent, AgainThere is no serious argument for Republican governance right now, even if you prefer conservative policies over liberal ones. These people are just too dangerously incompetent to be trusted with power.

?otD: Hey there little red riding hood?


10/16/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 242.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
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[links] Link salad mumbles something about Sunday

Planthopper Nymphs Have ‘Fireworks’ Shooting Out Of Their Butts! — I’ve been on dates like that. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Increased human life expectancy correlates to increase in species extinctionAs GDP per capita increases, so does the percentage of invasive species.

Why Shutting Down U.S. Antarctic Research Will Have Global Repercussions — Why in the world would Republicans care about science? As profound a loss as this is to America and the world, and to anybody who cares about this country’s future, such a shut down of Antarctic science and its focus on climate change can hardly seem like any kind of loss to the GOP or its voters.

The core Internet institutions abandon the US Government — Thanks to our invasive and heavy handed national security apparatus, the US will no longer have the strong influence over Internet governance which we’ve enjoyed up until now. (Via [info]danjite.)

Depths of irresponsibility: GOP on the debt limitRepublicans do seem to be getting ready to surrender (although they seem to have only reached the stage at which they’re asking for rewards for surrendering; it may take a while longer for them to fully understand the concept). A true economic disaster may yet be avoided. But everyone should remember just how irresponsible they’ve been on this one.

Cruzification of the GOPSeventy percent say Republicans are putting politics ahead of the good of the country. Too bad so many of those folks will have completely forgotten this basic, long-term truth about the GOP come the next election day.

?otD: Do you rest today?


10/13/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 241.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
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[links] Link salad is a New World man

Spatial Delirium: An Interview with Michael Light — This is a “wow” read in a number of different ways. Piece ranges from failed Las Vegas developments to diving in the nuclear shipwrecks of the Pacific atomic testing grounds.

Portland Public Schools Enlists 39 Goats, Llama, To Eat Back Invasive Weeds

Colorado 6th grader’s beer-making experiment headed for Space Station

First ever evidence of a comet striking EarthThe first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators.

Deep Time, Big History, and Existential Risk

Knock Knock: 1943“Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Indiana. Locomotive coupled to caboose.” A somewhat unusual perspective.

A Colorful Gathering — A mystery explained.

Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates — I’ve been on dates like that. (Thanks, I think, to Ellen Eades.)

Giant Squid Washes Ashore In Cantabria, Spain

Experts warn public not to touch cylinders washing ashore — Mmm, white phosphorus.

Mercury Azides. I’ll Get Right On Those For You.Explosions are definitely underappreciated as a mixing technique. Ah, chemistry humor. (Via David Goldman.)

Music and Color: the French Connection — Ocular harpsichord? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Destroying so many little lives — Crime as corporate endeavor. (Via David Goldman.)

Is Profit the Ultimate Value? On JP Morgan’s $11b Fine — Sigh. This story says so much about what has happened to our culture and our economy.

Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Political Parties When it comes to major policy battles, since 2009 the GOP is 0-3. Before it fails again, David Frum offers up seven ways the party is shooting itself in the foot. Things extremists should not do. I object with the piece’s thruway assessment of Obamacare costing more than we can afford — it’s actually a net budget reduction, and that is just a nod to the usual conservative lies — but otherwise this is pretty interesting. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Shutdown Cancels US Antarctic Research Program — Any good conservative will tell you science is bad. It encourages critical thinking, and as the Texas GOP has pointed out, that might cause fewer people to vote Republican.

Dear Tea Party: The Gov’t Shutdown is Hurting White People, TooMaking American science and technology less competitive in world terms, compelling our scientists to emigrate to countries that more reliably support their work, risking the public’s health, and harming investors– none of that helps the Tea Party constituency. How odd that they appear to think that it does.

Reagan and Debt Ceiling “Blackmail”House Republicans are behaving in a way that is less reasonable than behavior that Reagan dubbed blackmail, and they are doing it with no chance of success. On top of that, they are potentially exposing the U.S. to real harm in the process.

Domestic Violence Programs Brace For End Of Federal Funds After Friday — Your Republican party: enabling rapists and abusers nationwide, which is a small sacrifice in the patriotic cause of opposing the scourge of more affordable healthcare. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.

?otD: Are you a writer and arranger, and a young boy bearing arms?


10/9/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 239.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
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[links] Link salad’s father was quite surprised to find it in the county jail with the working girls

Oregon authors’ creativity shines in science fiction, fantasy books — Hey! It’s us! (Via @ahsimlibrarian.)

Laughing at Cancer — Jim C. Hines talks about his new story in which I play a tangential role.

Matchstick-sized sensor can record your private chats — Oh, how nice. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Wrap Your Head Around These Gears — Mechanical weirdness. (Via David Goldman.)

Tower-High Channels Gouge Antarctic Ice

Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them — Just a little reminder that no one likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. Especially not conservatives, those paragons of intellectual consistency and public virtue.

American healthcare was already socialized by Reagan, we’re just fighting about how to pay for it — Luckily for the GOP and their shills in Your Liberal Media, no one in America remembers this.

Putting It Into PerspectiveUsing the government shutdown and the debt ceiling as leverage to force a minority favored outcome is not how our system is supposed to work. Democracy is not a process of hostage taking to get a outcome which cannot be achieved at the ballot box. It is if you’re the ultimate sore losers, as the GOP are.

Dear President Obama: don’t cave to the GOP’s extortion politicsUnless the GOP’s brand of extortion politics is thwarted, America’s democratic institutions will be so badly subverted that the nation will simply find itself in the position of staggering from one manufactured crisis to another with potentially both political parties threatening economic and political Armageddon if they don’t get their way. That is, quite simply, no way to run a democracy and it’s why the only option facing President Obama and the Democratic party is to win this showdown and force the GOP to concede defeat. From the Guardian. Yes, this.

?otD: Are you ever going back to your old school?


10/7/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (overslept)
Weight: 242.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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