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Another excerpt from Jay Lake collab “Recontact” for #WIPpet Wednesday — My good buddy Ruth Nestvold is cleaning up some of our unfinished collaborative work for publication.

METAtropolis: Green Space Audiobook Review

Sarah Silverman and the Art of the Non-Dirty Joke — This is a good example of the creative process, very well explicated.

Toy Story: The True Identity of Andy’s Mom Makes The Movie More Epic — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Google Glass-wearing woman posts video of alleged S.F. bar attack

How Humans Went From Being One Shade to Many

Provide coverage for Lung Cancer Screening with LDCT — Cancer activism, courtesy of Janet Freeman-Daily.

Cheaper Cancer Gene Tests, by the DropA single-molecule gene test requires much less DNA to identify cancer-causing mutations.

Chile’s stunning fossil whale graveyard explained

Scientists re-weigh the electron, get more precise mass

Water Found in Atmosphere of Nearby Alien Planet

Space Rock Smacks Moon, Creating Biggest Lunar Explosion Ever Seen — (Via David Goldman.)

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle ColumbiaThe untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA’s finest hour.

A World Multiply Endangered: Horseman of the Four Apocalypses — About political fear and terror.

‘I Am Still Called by the God I Serve to Walk This Out’A conversation with Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis. Ta-Nehisi Coates again.

Is Religion Secularizing? Trends in Opposition to Pornography — I’m not sure this has any great significance, but it is interesting.

Christian rocker pleads guilty to trying to hire hit man to kill wife — Ah, the superior morality of Biblical marriage. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

Inside the Conservative Campaign to Launch “Jim Crow-Style” Bills Against Gay Americans“This seems to be a concerted Hail Mary campaign to carve out special rights for religious conservatives so that they don’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else does”

A License to DiscriminateThere are 17 states where it is legal for same-sex couples to marry, and there is no evidence that the accelerating progress toward equality has compromised anyone’s freedom to worship or hold religious beliefs. Unfortunately, that has not stopped religious and social conservatives from pressing lawmakers in various states to enact noxious measures to give businesses and individuals the broad right to deny services to same-sex couples in the name of protecting religious liberty.

Fox News blasts Arizona’s “Jim Crow laws for homosexuals” — Uh, really? They were certainly for it before they were against it. Let’s see if this holds up at all.

Senators on SB1062: “We made a mistake”A trio of Arizona state senators urged Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a controversial “religious freedom” bill on Monday, just days after all three cast votes in favor of the proposal that opponents say will legalize discrimination. These unAmerican conservative jerks don’t even have the balls to stand proudly for the same bigoted hate they were happy to vote in for relative anonymity a week ago? Poor widdle babies, facing consequences for their profoundly destructive actions. Such accountability rarely happens to conservatives, of course. I suppose this is progress, but it would have been a lot more progress not to embrace such a hideously immoral piece of GOP vote pandering in the first place.

Arizona Confronting Awkward Realization That Gay People Have Money, Buy Stuff Acknowledging that her vote for the anti-gay law might have been calamitous for the state’s economy, Ms. Foyler placed the blame for it squarely on the shoulders of one group: the gays themselves. “How was I supposed to know what gay people do with their money, etc., when I don’t personally know any gay people?” she asked. “I’m sorry, but it was up to the gays to tell us.” (Via Lisa Costello.)

Oops: GOP Bill Would Strip 1 Million Workers Of Health Coverage — I’m pretty sure that’s a feature, not a bug, as stripping lower income people of healthcare is an explicit and widely held Republican goal. See the widespread efforts at refusal or even rollback of Medicare expansion.

[Redacted in the Interest of National Security] — Ah, humor.

GOPer: Ranchers Should Shoot ‘Wetbacks’ Crossing Border IllegallyA Republican Senate candidate argued to The Dallas Morning News editorial board earlier this month that ranchers in Texas should be allowed to shoot “wetbacks” trying to cross the border illegally. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

?otD: Is this the middle of your week?


2/26/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minutes
Weight: 234.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block unjustly vilifying Ted Nugent: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad has a mysterious ache in its side

The Science Fiction Author on Trial (NIH trial, that is!) fundraiser made goal. Thank you! We are working on some stretch goals, if you’re interested. Keep an eye out.

A map showing lexical distance (how much similarity there is between vocabularies) among the languages of Europe — Cool…

The Ancient Ghost City of Ani — Haunting photos.

The pending demise of Facebook (and Princeton) — This is hilarious in a very geeky way.

1984 Macintosh vs. Apple iMac: Spec Showdown

Here’s What It Looked Like When Marijuana Was Growing All Over Brooklyn — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

6 reasons female nudity can be powerfulA reporter’s question about Lena Dunham’s nudity pointed to a bigger issue: Naked women can threaten the status quo.

Behold, the Kindle of the 16th CenturyJust one of the “various and ingenious machines” of Captain Agostino Ramelli. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Inside Monopoly’s secret war against the Third Reich “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find.” Fascinating. (Via David Goldman.)

Workers of the World, Faint! — I got nothing. (Via David Goldman.)

Astrobiology Underground — Deep, hot life.

Biodiversity can flourish on an urban planetFor instance, cities now support 20 percent of the world’s bird species.

Source of water ice on dark side of the Moon revealed?Interplanetary dust regularly showers the Earth and other Solar System bodies.

Rover’s decade on Mars surprises NASA A decade after landing on Mars, the rover Opportunity is still chugging along.

China Installed More Solar Power in 2013 than the US has in its Whole History — Lux fiat, baby.

The Penance of Glenn Beck — He’s a little tiny bit sorry now.

Michigan GOP official: ‘Herd all the Indians’ to Detroit, build a fence and throw in corn

Mike Huckabee and women’s uncontrolled libido, or, Uncle Sugar — This one pretty much speaks for itself. I don’t need to snark.

Why Republicans Keep Calling Women Sluts — A helpful exegesis on Huckabee’s unfortunate remarks.

?otD: Did you see them? It was dark, they were big.


1/25/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: n/a (in hospital)
Weight: n/a (in hospital)
Number of FEMA troops on my block inventing polar vortices: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad wants to take a balloon and go sailing

Skip the Supplements — I can tell from long experience as a cancer patient being treated with chemotherapy, all those ‘natural’ supplements can be a real problem. Many of the things people take thinking to protect their body can also protect the cancer from the effects of chemotherapy, for example. Good luck figuring that out by talking to anyone in the alternative medicine community. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

When Cowboys Wore Pink — The gendering of color.

Twisted light beats quantum lightTwisting a light beam makes it very sensitive to its surroundings.

Yutu Rover Rolls onto the Moon — Oh, cool.

Thinking in SiliconA new breed of computer chips that operate more like the brain may be about to narrow the gulf between artificial and natural computation—between circuits that crunch through logical operations at blistering speed and a mechanism honed by evolution to process and act on sensory input from the real world. Advances in neuroscience and chip technology have made it practical to build devices that, on a small scale at least, process data the way a mammalian brain does.

Attacking Online Poker Players — Huh. (Via [info]goulo.)

Kentucky Doctor Reason For Closing — Because Of Bush Initiative, NOT Obamacare. The Real StoryBut the problem is deeper than just fraudulent story about lying doctor in Kentucky. The real problem is with not only the conservatives who put aside any, and all facts that they don’t like, but the problem also lies with the progressive media that fail to do the research to debunk these completely bogus claims. Your Liberal Media, enabling the mendacious conservative narrative since forever. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Republicans, food stamps, and the permanent underclass — An insightful commentary on the deeper rationale of the Right’s endless persecution of the poor and the unlucky.

Republican answers for a young urban LatinoThis is the problem for Republicans. They’ve bought into the idea that the conservative ascendancy took root because of the power of their actual ideas, rather than because they combined 1% money with the prejudices of a slim majority of the white middle class against their poorer, browner brethren. Republican “ideas” have absolutely no appeal for young people, and particularly not for young people of color. Really, Republican “ideas” have no appeal for anyone who’s not already a true believer. If you’re anything other than one of the GOP’s much cherished Angry White Guys, those Republican “ideas” fall somewhere between a pathetic joke and a criminal act. If you’re someone who likes a little evidence-based reality with your ideology, most Republican “ideas” don’t even rise to the level of a pathetic joke.

?otD: Do you want to go to Venus?


12/16/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 solid
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad is dreaming its life away

Civilization and Its Stoplights — Interesting. I have found myself falling on both sides of this question over the years.

Twitter Reverts Changes To Blocking Functionality After Strong Negative User Feedback — Uh, yeah.

California to Test GPS Earthquake Warning System

Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologramA ten-dimensional theory of gravity makes the same predictions as standard quantum physics in fewer dimensions. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

China carries out first soft landing on moon in 37 years — Go, go, go.

Noble gas molecule discovered in space where astronomers least expected it

Meet the Kraken: Hydrocarbon seas spotted at Titan’s north poleLakes of liquid methane may also form where the hydrocarbon crust dissolved.

We’re Still Losing Ice at the PolesI’ll note that some people who deny global warming like to talk about ice in Antarctica increasing, not decreasing. This is at best misleading; the sea ice fluctuates every year, and has grown marginally recently, but this is tiny compared to the loss of land ice. Overall, Antarctica is losing ice, rapidly, with more melting every year.

Okay, I Thought People Were Using “Affluenza” as a Joke — Ah, the majesty of the law.

Indian Gays Shocked by Supreme Court Ruling upholding Colonial Sodomy Laws — Because arrant bigotry and wholesale denial of human rights isn’t confined to American conservatives.

The Real Face Of JesusAdvances in forensic science reveal the most famous face in history. Ah yup. An oldie but a goodie. Thank God smug Republican Jesus doesn’t look like this at all! (Via [info]shsilver.)

Mom shot while taking gun from toddler — No patriotic American could possibly draw a conclusion about gun safety or parenting fitness from this incident. After all, the child was merely standing his ground and exercising his Second Amendment right to theoretical defense of essential liberties as part of a well-ordered militia.

?otD: What did you dream last night?


12/14/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad watches the snow fall like soft memories liberated from the failing mind of God

If Only for a Second — Remaking cancer patients. This made me cry. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

From Tudors to Turducken: An Engastration Tale — Engastration? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Seams Geeky | Items Sewn with Love for the Chic Geek — A Kickstarter for some high quality embroidered geek gear. Me, I’m down for the Schlock Mercenary stuff.

Google Glass prescription frames spotted but concerns linger — Yay for this. If I were not so sick as to make the project more or less pointless, I’d be very actively pursuing a prescription version of Google Glass.

Nymi Is A Heartwave-Sensing Wristband That Wants To Replace All Your Passwords & Keys — And more than that. From the department of weird future tech. (Via David Goldman.)

Microsoft designs smart bra to combat emotional eating — What happens when your smart bra has a blue screen of death? I guess that would be the ultimate Nerd World problem.

Wafer-scale production of graphene devices to become a reality

NASA May Test Its Lunar Green Thumb

Everest Panorama from Mars — Mars!

Solar would be Cheaper: US Pentagon has spent $8 Trillion to Guard Gulf Oil — Imagine what we could have done in alternative energy with an eight trillion dollar research budget. Instead of warring for oil, destroying whole countries, and slaughtering people wholesale.

Top 25 Censored Stories from 2012-2013 — (Via [info]danjite.)

The Mandela Problem of the Angry White Male Wing of the GOP — Wing? That’s the whole GOP. Duh.

?otD: How deep is your slush?


12/8/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (restless)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad is a handsome ape with girlish eyes

2013 Book Post 3 — Sean Fodera with (among other things) a nice capsule review of my latest novel, Kalimpura.

The Evolution of the Crime Genre

Roko’s Basilisk wants YOU — Charlie Stross with more on this intellectual oddity mentioned yesterday herein.

1967 Futurists Imagine the 21st Century — Um, yeah. Heh.

Flu me to the Moon — I absolutely love this photo.

Astrophile: Evaporating planet shows how worlds vanish — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Fragments of ancient continent buried under Indian Ocean — There’s also a lost continent in central Washington State.

How Dinosaurs Grew The World’s Longest Necks

The Sources of Partisan Bias

QotD?: Ook?


2/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Research for the current non-fiction project, and drafting to 1,300 words.)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 236.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf course to concentration campsi: 0
Currently reading: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad buries its soul in a scrapbook

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me, [info]the_child, and cancer are still live. Both have made goal, but additional support is always welcome. Please check them out if you have not done so yet.

Calvin and Hobbes on language — Hahahah.

In the Dairy Case, Ripe Prose — On the language of cheesemongery. Hah! (Thanks to AH, via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my Mom.)

Women fight to get benefits for breast cancer survivors rushed — Because when you’re very ill is when America shows its cruelty best.

Is It Time to Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease? — (Via David Goldman.)

Microorganisms Discovered in Middle and Upper Troposphere — I hate it when that happens.

Data Storage: The DNA Option — Brings a whole new meaning to the term “thumb drive”.

Physicists seek cosmic domain walls — Because science! (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Simulated Pickett N4-ES Slide Rule — Because math!

Apollo 16: Driving on the MoonAPOD with some cool video.

North Korea Is No Longer A Big White Space On Google Maps — You can even find your friendly neighborhood gulag now.

A climate seesaw in the AtlanticResearchers are trying to understand the impact of the Atlantic’s big cycles. This is how science works. Instead of the comforting ideological certainty and willful ignorance of denialism, climate science constantly tests itself.

In a Quick Shift, Scouts Rethink a Ban on Gays — Another domino in the wall of conservative bigotry falls? They’re going about it in a half-assed way, but at least this is progress.

Boy Scouts reconsidering stance on gay members — Really, who wrote that headline?

Do white evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex? Barna says yes, and provides quantifiable proof A majority of white evangelicals “want Judeo-Christians to dominate the culture,” said David Kinnamon, president of the Barna Group. “Dominate.” Or, as Christian said, it’s not about religious liberty, it’s about religious primacy. The idea that Christians are persecuted in our society is a wonderfully self-valorizing concept that has no correspondence in reality, unless you define “persecution” as “marginal erosion of the privilege inherent in absolute cultural dominance.”

QotD?: Are there photographs there? Is there moss?


1/29/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (still in post-operative recovery)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (post-operative recovery)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

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[links] Link salad worries some more, because worrying is what it does

The Macroeconomics of Middle Earth — Hahahah. (Snurched from [info]james_nicoll.)

In Portland, Tex-Mex fare rides again — One of my favorite cuisines, and one rarely found (even poorly executed) here in the foodie town of Portland. I miss Chuy’s from my Austin days, and especially the Hula Hut. (Via my Dad.)

Riding a horse across a frozen lake in Siberia — Also this wow factor as well: Frozen Bubbles Suspended Below Abraham Lake. (Both thanks to Lisa Costello.)

LROC Browse Gallery — Lunar pr0n. (Thanks to Gary Dierks.)

Futuristic highways in the Netherlands glow in the dark. — Weird and cool. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Test Room — This is a weird little squib from BLDG BLOG which happens to have an Oregon connection. Though that’s not the weird part.

Juggling by numbers: How notation revealed new tricks — Huh. Interesting. I have extremely modest skills as a juggler myself. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Forbidden sphere — Weird security in the nuclear age. See also: Classifying a Shape and Illegal Numbers. The fascinating weirdness of security paranoia. (Via David Goldman.)

Why We Have a Right to Consumer GeneticsIt’s hard to get straightforward health guidance from personal genome tests, which are banned in some places. But one way to make them more meaningful is to let more people buy them.

World first as scientists create cancer-killing cells that can be injected into patients

The Myth of Harriet Tubman — A moving piece from Ta-Nehisi Coates that says some new-to-me things about race and racism.

Joseph Sciambra, Self-Described ‘Ex-Gay Porn Star,’ Claims Gay Men Anally Give Birth to the Devil — Are all religious conservatives insane? Or just the ones who have public voices? This guy’s on the same range of cruel lunacy as Dobson, Fischer, Franklin Graham and Huckabee. So unlike anything I ever found in the Bible, at least the New Covenant. It’s like faith makes them stupid and mean. Or maybe they started out stupid and mean and found a faith that fit those tendencies. (Via Mike Brotherton.)

The NRA Claims the AR-15 Is Useful for Hunting and Home Defense. Not Exactly. — Uh huh. (Via [info]danjite.)

Thoughts on the Second Amendment — A long but fascinating piece on the Second Amendment’s historical context and judicial interpretations thereof. I was struck by this comment on D.C. v. Heller: Apparently judicial activism is okay for decisions right-wingers happen to like, but not for decisions they don’t like. Well, duh. That’s a cornerstone of the justly famed principled intellectual consistency of American conservatism. More to the point: Americans have clearly stated that the blood of children is an acceptable price for the free availability of guns, and I do not see any marking on the wall that says, “When the pile of bodies reaches this line, things will change.” It is a sad commentary on us as a culture, but there you have it. (Via Steve Buchheit.)

Sen. Crapo pleads guilty to DWI, seeks ‘forgiveness and repentance’ — Another religious conservative moral scold has feet of clay. Not that this ever stops them from lecturing and legislating against behaviors they disapprove of in others.

O’Reilly: “Asian People Are Not Liberal, You Know, By Nature. They’re Usually More Industrious And Hard-Working” — Wow. Racist and classist and staggeringly stupid all in one. Conservative America, this is one of your leading voices. What does this say about you?

The Secret History of US Drone Strikes in 2012 — Just in case you thought everything was peachy Over There. America embarked on a decade plus of frenzied killing in response to 9-11, mostly of people who had nothing to do with the original event. How do you think they feel about us now?

Gulf Coast Lawmaker Votes Against Sandy ReliefRep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), whose Mississippi district is situated on the Gulf Coast, was one of 67 Republicans on Friday to vote against a $9.7 billion relief package to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Stay classy, Mississippi. It’s not like the Feds gave you any money to help out after Hurricane Katrina. No, wait… I guess this is compassionate conservatism in action.

GOP’s obstructionism is suicide strategy — We should all be so lucky, The key to the suicide bomb strategy is to convince people that members of the conservative wing of the Republican Party are crazy enough to wreck the economy if they don’t get their way. I’m certainly convinced. The congressional GOP have become a basket of vandals and loons completely uninterested in a functional government. Which is the logical outcome of 30 years of “government is the problem” rhetoric, unfortunately for those of us who are still sane and wish to live in a functional society.

?otD: How carefree is your morning?


1/5/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (WRPA, specifically research for a Cthulhu short)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weight before I ate)
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching critical thinking skills to the children of conservatives: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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[links] Link salad palpitates slowly

The rewilding of the Northeast — This is cool. (Via [info]james_nicoll.)

Belly Button Biodiversity finds no two navels are quite the sameAnd locates extremophiles among those who don’t bathe.

Astronaut Drives Lego Robot Via ‘Interplanetary Internet’Astronaut aboard the International Space Station used a new NASA-developed deep space networking technology to drive a small robot in Germany.

Nasa’s new Moon missions: Will Europe be involved?There can be little doubt that Nasa is preparing to return to the Moon but will Europe participate in the effort? We could have a better idea later this month.

Exomoons: A Direct Imaging Possibility — No we’re looking for exomoons? Wow.

CIA Director Petraeus resigns, admits extra-marital affair — A conservative darling, important to the party of family values. Yep. Not that I think private sexual conduct is a criteria for office, but it’s my understanding that by CIA internal standards, an extra-marital affair is grounds for revocation of security clearance as well as outright dismissal.

Climate Change Study: It’s The Heat And The Humidity

The Tea Party Is Dead. Long Live the Tea Party.For liberals, a more unnerving guess is that we simply haven’t made ourselves into a consistently appealing alternative for persuadable centrists. We’re too eager to raise taxes. We display too much public contempt for things like religion and gun ownership. We don’t offer the middle class enough in the way of concrete benefits, and when we do (as with Obamacare) we sell it so poorly that people barely even realize what they’re getting.

GOP Faces Steep Climb With Young VotersThey turned out in surprising numbers and most stuck with Obama despite the economy. Who could possibly imagine that a party dedicated to generating angry old white men as its key get-out-the-vote strategy might not appeal to young people? Clearly this is an ACORN plot.

Republicans ‘Test’ For Voting Fraud, Wind Up In Custody — I’m certain these are isolated incidents that in no way reflect the character or makeup of the GOP.

Shellshocked — Josh Marshall on the Romney campaign’s apparent complete inability to envision reality. I’m with Josh, I don’t quite buy this. Though I suppose if you spend years convincing yourself and everyone around you that your ideology trumps reality, reality in fact can be a nasty shock.

‘It Was Like A Sucker Punch’ — Ta-Nehisi Coates with a lots of quotes and thoughts of his own on how the Romney campaign reacted to their loss, and how they got there as an organization. I was particularly struck by this line: But a political leadership investing in the business of “unskewing” is a school of oncology investing in the business of faith-healing. Except faith-healing is a very good metaphor for the bubble the GOP has deliberately crafted around itself in the rejection of the reality-based community, in the whole notion of “unskewing”, in the privileging of ideology over facts and data time and again,

How GOP Voter Suppression Efforts Contributed To Obama WinI am always fascinated by the way Republican politicians cannot get through a speech without extolling the ‘great spirit of America’, while completely failing to recognize that the great spirit they speak of is not the sole and exclusive province of the white conservatives and evangelicals who form the vaunted base of their party.

How Business Expertise Translates Into Politics — Why do we keep thinking MBA presidents are a good idea, anyway? Look how well the last one worked out.

A Romney Supporter’s Lament: “It’s Different This Time”As completely unacceptable as I believed Romney to be, I understand that there were reasonable and principled arguments in favor of putting him in office. I couldn’t bring myself to agree with those arguments, but they existed. It should be equally easy for Romney supporters to grasp why their preferred candidate fell short. It’s not beyond the “realm of understanding.” Except a significant portion of Romney’s base operates in fantasy land. Anyone who can use the words “Kenyan,” “Muslim”, “socialist” or “communist” with a straight face is already so far off the rails of reality that there’s no way they can ever parse a vote for Obama as a reasoned or principled decision. Frankly, I’d throw in “unskewed”, “threat to religious freedom”, “Agenda 21”, “Nazi”, and “take our guns away” to that list of words that indicate a mind so closed to reality it may as well be hermetically sealed. As I’ve said before, liberal-progressives were afraid of a Romney presidency precisely because of what he said he would do. Conservatives are afraid of an Obama presidency precisely because of what they imagine he might do. It’s two completely different world views, reality and conservative mania, that don’t even align well enough that they could reasonably said to compete.

?otD: When’s the last time you turned your head and coughed?


11/10/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (quite fitful)
Weight: 225.6
Currently reading: Mirrordance by Lois McMaster Bujold

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[links] Link salad is a wild and an untamed thing

Have you voted in the Kalimpura caption contest voting poll?

7 gross wonders across America

The Long Battle to Rethink Mental Illness in Children — Sigh.

Banana Boat sunscreen recalled after burn injuriesEnergizer Holdings on Friday recalled dozens of its Banana Boat sunscreen products after reports of consumers catching on fire after the using the products. Um, wow.

Sleeping Astronaut Causes Earthquake on the Moon — This is both cool and funny. And pretty damned strange.

10 Best Things Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Ever Said — Wow.

Stick to my knitting — Roger Ebert on being criticized for writing about politics.

The Opiate of Exceptionalism — A powerful piece about the lies we tell ourselves all across the political spectrum. It’s self-evident that conservatives are far more deeply enmeshed in the myth of American exceptionalism, but liberal-progressives play that game pretty well also.

Dust Storm in the Great Plains — Nothing to see here, citizen. No climate issues to be concerned about. Please move along and continue listening to that nice Mr. Limbaugh.

Man Tied To Va. GOP Arrested In Voter Form Destruction — No wonder the Republicans are so obsessed with voter fraud. They’ve been committing it wholesale across the country themselves. They know the problem is real, as they are the problem. The solution (like most conservative solutions) is naturally to punish poor people, brown people and old people some more.

A Republican Reveals Too Much About Abortion All a ban on abortion would really do is hurt poor women, with no material benefit for men at all. Still, in our modern age where the conservative movement seems to be fueled mainly by the politics of resentment, such a Pyrrhic victory might be enough. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Walsh, Duckworth clash on Medicare, abortionAsked by reporters after the debate if he was saying that it’s never medically necessary to conduct an abortion to save the life of a mother, Walsh responded, “Absolutely.” Speaking as someone whose spouse went through a medically necessary abortion to remove a nonviable fetus that had not spontaneously miscarried in four weeks after the cessation of heartbeat, you, Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, can fuck off and die to the deepest burning hell you pretend to believe in as part of your Christianist cult. This kind of flat out, stupid, cruel, self-serving lie is why I can never be a conservative. Ever. And I don’t see how any sane, humane citizen could. Not when you have to accept and support this crap as part of your political convictions.

GOP congressman admits Paul Ryan, GOP will “end” Medicare — Wow. An honest Republican. Oops.

The GOP’s Secularism ProblemMore Americans than ever are shunning their churches, fed up with the fusion of religion offered by conservatives. Is the GOP base to blame? In a word, yes. Simple answers to simple questions. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Soup Kitchen In Paul Ryan Photo-Op Faces Donor Backlash — So let me get this straight. Your doofus candidate gets the bright idea to stage a fake photo-op, so now you’re pulling donations and making threats against the soup kitchen Paul Ryan misused for his political gain? Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

The truth about what Candy Crowley said — Amazingly, the facts do not support the conservative narrative. Like that‘s ever happened before.

Mrs. Romney: Mitt’s mission in Paris mansion was similar to VietnamShe went on to explain that doing a Mormon mission in a place like Paris – where Mitt lived in a mansion (with his own own butler and houseboy who prepared all the meals); a mansion so posh that it went on to become a foreign embassy – is a similar “service to our country” as those who fought and risked their lives, and died, in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Um… Wow?

Salt Lake Tribune endorses President Obama over Mitt Romney, who organized city’s OlympicsThe Tribune, published by MediaNews Group, criticized Romney’s “servile courtship of the Tea Party” to win his party’s nomination and called him “shameless” in pandering to various constituencies, terming him the GOP’s “shape-shifting nominee. Isn’t that basically the hometown paper of the Mormon church? In one of the most politically conservative cities in the United States? Geeze, Mittens, that’s got to leave a mark.

?otD: How deadly is your bee sting?


10/20/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept)
Hours slept: 10.5 (9.0 hours solid, plus napping and dozing)
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