Green, Book Review — Not so much with the liking of my novel.
It’s happening again! — My dear friend garyomaha talks about the costs of segmentation in media and society.
Red Hong Yi renders Chinese scenes from makeup — Impressive. (Via Lisa Costello.)
Lego Hell — Oh, wow. Hahaha. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Chandre Oraon, Man With Tail, Worshipped As God (But Not By His Wife)
33 Powerful And Creative Print Ads That’ll Make You Look Twice — Some of these are amazing. Some are questionable. They’re all worth looking at. (Via willyumtx.)
Wildly detailed drawings that combine math and butterflies — Amazing stuff.
Photos by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji in Iran of mosque art — (Via Lisa Costello.)
Genome Surgery — Here comes the future.
NASA Mars Orbiters spots clues to possible water flows
Star Wars planets migrate into position around stellar pairs — Tatooine orbited two stars; now researchers believe planets like this actually exist.
Australian researchers say they have found the oldest star in the known universe, 6000 light years from Earth
Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex? — Wow are there a lot of unexamined cultural assumptions embedded in this article, especially around the supposed natural inviolability of monogamy.
NRA Board Member: Bullied Children Commit Suicide Because Young Boys Have Been “Neutered” — Ah, the magical sense of social responsibility that comes with gun ownership.
My Baby and AOL’s Bottom Line — That “distressed baby” who Tim Armstrong blamed for benefit cuts? She’s my daughter.
Greenland glacier sets glacial speed record — Water pressure greases the skids for Jakobshavn, clocked at 2 meters per hour.
Business as usual + sea level rise = losses of up to 9% of global GDP — But losses should be less if we’re not dumb enough to keep building on coasts.
Sowing Seeds: An Ex-Christian’s Thoughts on the Bill Nye/Ken Ham Debate — ee, there’s this stereotype in Christian culture (and elsewhere) that atheists are joyless, unhappy God-haters with hearts full of anger and lives devoid of purpose. That makes loss of faith a scary prospect, because who wants a life like that? Just by being himself, letting his love of science shine through, Nye demonstrated how joy, wonder, excitement, passion, and purpose — all things religious people tend to associate with service to God — can be a part of an atheist’s life. (To be fair, I don’t know for sure what Nye’s beliefs are, but Creationist fundamentalism does rather tend to lump together evolution belief and atheism, along with homosexuality, Communism, and baby-eating.) Yes, this. Atheists can be and often are moral, ethical, joyful people. Just as with any group of human beings. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
I’m a Member of the American ‘Used-to-Haves’ — Watching John Boehner and the Republican Congress during the past few years has been a stunning confirmation of their seeming disregard for the “Used-to-Haves.” As they pull down salaries of $174,000 a year, unparalleled benefits and the option of voting themselves a raise, their selfishness is unrivaled as they barricade health care reform, knowingly shut down the government, cut SNAP benefits and eliminate extended unemployment payments.
A commentor responds to my post on the 1% and hard work — Worth the read, as he has personal experience at multiple levels of the economy, unlike myself. I’ve never held those hard, low-end jobs, not even in my student job days. My first paid jobs were as a government clerk, then as a bank courier.
Tree Lobsters on economic inequality — Be sure to read the mouseover text.
Chastened G.O.P. Tries to Foil Insurgents at Primary Level — One of the biggest challenges for Republican leaders in the 2014 midterm elections will be how to hang on to the Tea Party support that has been so instrumental to the party’s growth, while winning back voters alienated by hard-right candidates. I dunno. Maybe by not taking hard-right positions? Confidential to GOP in America: Try the evidence-based worldview for a change. You’d be amazed how differently things look when you factor in facts, data and actual history instead of an “unskewed” ideological narrative.
Tea Party Ain’t Over Yet: How Conservatives Still Control Congress — It seems like not so long ago that people in my end of the blogosphere were angrily defending the Tea Party as an independent, non-partisan grass roots movement. How’d that work out?
Leave The Poets Alone — Trey Gowdy is a member of the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives. As such, Trey Gowdy is dedicated to working the job of governing the country as little as possible. When you elect people who think government is a failure, is it any surprise when they work for the failure of government? That such nonsensical thinking has achieved such political prominence in America is one of the great shames of our time.
Welfare State — Washington’s Republican counties depend on Western Washington’s money. How can they survive the state budget cuts they demand? Welcome to conservative America, where evidence-based thinking is proudly rejected. And yes, this phenomenon of rural conservatives opposing the very tax structure that benefits them most based on counterfactual ideological beliefs about the direction in which the money flows repeats within many states across the US, as well as at the state/Federal level. As the article comments, The irony here is not that those who benefit most from state spending are paying the least; that’s kinda the way these things are supposed to work. No, the irony is that those rural communities that are most dependent on the state—whose roads and schools and other essential public services couldn’t possibly be maintained without generous state subsidies—are also those least likely to vote for the tax dollars necessary to sustain these services. (Via David Goldman.)
CBO: Guys, We Didn’t Say Obamacare Would Cost 2.5 Million Jobs — Hmm. Unthinkable that the GOP should substantially misrepresent an important ACA point in a way that casts an unfavorable light on the president. Conservative intellectual honesty and moral probity would never permit such a thing.
?otD: How many to beam up?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 15 minutes stationary bike (resuming exercise post-operative)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block who aren’t descended from monkeys: 0
Currently reading: n/a