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[dreams|culture] My chemo-addled mind on pop culture

Weird have been my dreams of late. Ah medication and stress, those twinned servants of the entelechy of dreams.

Last night I didn’t just get a few postcards from my subconscious. I got a whole truckload 70mm CinemaScope reels shot on expired TechniColor film stock, complete with house posters and lobby standees. (Hmm, when I die, maybe I should continue going to conventions as a standee. Anyone want to take on carrying me around?)

At any rate, I enjoyed an hour long series of linked dream vignettes that was rather like watching Heavy Metalimdb ] by way of Moorcock’s Eternal Champion cycle. Sturm und drang, world-ending battles, dead peasants everywhere, myself in various guises, genders and ethnic modalities struggling to save the world over and over again, and mostly losing. All the way through, I always knew that I had lost or was going to lose. People implored me to stop.

On the plus side, my late uncle-by-marriage Big Jay McMinnis made an appearance as a Cherokee centaur. That would be Big Jay as I knew him in the early seventies, loose, wild and free, before he divorced my aunt and that bitter, judgmental form of churchiness ate his brain. The younger Big Jay would have approved. The later Big Jay would have been appalled. (And no, I was not named for him, my aunt did not even meet him until some years after I was born.)

So yeah, pop culture filter through the chemo-addled brain. Another funny bit popped up yesterday as well. Many years ago, I was a happy member of the Slug Tribe writing group in Austin, Texas. We met two Tuesdays a month in a community center conveniently located not far from my then-house. The room next door to ours was occupied by a Latin dance class. They would begin dancing to Santana’s version of “Oye Como Va”, and stop after the first few bars while (presumably) the teacher fussed at people. I have forever associated the opening of that song with delivering and receiving writing critique.

Funny, the things that come back to you.

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[links] Link salad waves good-bye to Lisa

In Kentucky, a Family at the Center of the EarthJerry Bransford remembers the short day trips his family used to make to Mammoth Cave, half an hour away from their home in Glasgow, Ky. His father would tell him stories about how his family first came to know the cave as slaves but eventually became famous guides, starting a legacy that would last four generations.

Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors

Architecture May Influence Which Microbes Surround You — (Via David Goldman.)

Mars Meteorite with Odd ‘Tunnels’ & ‘Spheres’ Revives Debate Over Ancient Martian Life

Physicists start thinking beyond the LHC, consider reviving the SSCCould the tunnels we drilled for a collider in Texas house a Higgs factory?

Exxon Valdez Oil Is Still Polluting the Prince William Sound 25 Years Later — Because the conservative ideal of industry self-regulation is so much better than any possible Federal regulatory process. Just ask the folks in West, TX.

Former Mobil Oil VP’s Scathing Open Letter to ExxonMobil CEO Who Is Suing to Stop Fracking Water Tank Near His $5 Million Texas Mansion

Tim Cook advises climate change deniers to get out of Apple stockIn a response to a shareholder suggestion that Apple stop its environmentally friendly initiatives, the typically temperate Apple CEO draws a blunt line in the sand.

Should AGs Ignore Laws They Don’t Like?I was living in Virginia in 2006, know one of the sponsors of the ban on gay marriage, and fully understand – as you do much better than I – the bigotry and discriminatory intent behind that and these other state constitutional amendments. In fact, it is entirely possible that the sheer number of these referendums and the animus behind them exposed to the vast majority of straight Americans, who may not have thought that much about their impact on real people. Over time, I think straight Americans who voted against gay marriage came to see that they were aiding and abetting bullies and hurting real people.

NPR whitewashes past of anti-gay Holocaust-revisionist hate group leader — Your Liberal Media.

Paralyzed GOP Lawmaker On Medicaid Opposes Medicaid ExpansionMeet the paralyzed Arkansas state Rep. who is voting against Medicaid expansion even though he has received more than $1 million of Medicaid funded hospitalization and rehabilitation and continues to be on Medicaid. He’s says the potential new recipients don’t work hard enough and probably just want to abuse prescription drugs.

Lawmaker Regrets Asking Why Men Can’t Rape If Women Can Get Abortions — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Psychologists: Getting Liberals to Agree Really Is Like Herding Cats — This is pretty funny. Probably worth the read, whatever your personal politics. (Snurched from Fragano Ledgister.)

?otD: Is it a good day to fly?


3/1/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (slightly fitful)
Body movement: 30 minutes
Weight: 234.0
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 might be thrillin’ baby, but a-my love so dog-gone willin’

Everything About These Pictures Of A Tiny, Adventurous Lego Photographer is Awesome

Arrgh! Adventures of 17th-Century Pirate Alliance Uncovered

Technocracy Inc.: 1939 — Ah, the Technocracy. But in Josephine County, OR? Really?

Oscars 2014: Vagina rejuvenation procedure offered in $80,000 goodie bags — Uh… (Via [info]danjite.)

‘Three parent babies’ could be born in Britain next year Britain is set to become the first country in the world to create babies with the DNA of three people after the government set out new draft regulations.

Cheese Chunks Adorn Ancient Mummies

10 of the world’s coolest underground wonders

The “Exosuit”: A wearable submarine for visiting deep waterDeep sea fish may contain proteins we need for brain-machine interfaces.

The Mammoth Cometh — On species restoration. (Via AH.)

On Way to New World, First Americans Made a 10,000-Year Pit Stop — Now if only they’d been willing to ask for directions. (Via David Goldman.)

Settled Science1 in 4 Americans isn’t down with heliocentricity. Because science is a cult, man. Where the priesthood of knowledge doesn’t permit alternative views. Your opinion is just as valid as some longhair Ph.D. who’s spent decades in research. Right?

Who’s behind ‘religious freedom’ push? The answer is hard to find

When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Justify Racism Instead Of HomophobiaRacism was more than just an ideology, it was a sincerely held religious belief.

After veto in Arizona, conservatives vow to fight for religious liberties“I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated,” said Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer. Really, kids, it’s pretty simple. The right to discriminate and persecute based on your picked-and-chosen dictates of dogma is not a religious liberty. It’s a cultural privilege which is eroding, and rightfully so in a just and moral society.

30 Pieces of Silver — Jim Wright on the Brewer veto in Arizona.

Texas’s ban on gay marriage struck down by federal judge — Some interesting analysis here, including polling data.

CNN host gives Catholic League epic lesson on equal rights: ‘You do not own marriage’ — (Via Brad Smith.)

Who Favors Discrimination against Gay Newlyweds? Most Republicans, old People, Southerners, EvangelicalsYouth is such a determining factor here that it overwhelms the other identity considerations; 60% of African-American Millennials accept gay marriage and half of young Republicans do. People who don’t know any gays have not joined the new consensus.

TPM Interview: The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out Of Rhode Island — Well, to be more specific, out of Rhode Island politics.

Rule 34, meet Kafka — Hah!

5 years later, here’s how the tea party changed politicsFor better or worse, the coming together of frustrated conservatives fearing American ruin due to rising debt has altered the national discussion to raise the profile of people and policies previously relegated to the right-wing fringe. That’s an awfully kind description of a political movement far better characterized by its arrant racism and proud, willful ignorance. Because really, if these people were motivated by deficit issues, where the hell were they when a white conservative named George W. Bush held office and ran up the highest deficits in history? They didn’t get mad until there was a black Democrat to blame. A GOP astroturf operations from the beginning, the Tea Party has never had a shred of intellectual or political credibility except as gifted to them by Your Liberal Media.

?otD: Did you kiss him good-bye?


2/28/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
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 pulls across to greet a fellow rolling stone

Sculptures That Are Literally Head-Expanding — This be some strange stuff.

The Science of Selfies: A Five-City ComparisonWhere do they smile the most? The least? Who poses most expressively? Then there’s always felfies. (Via David Goldman.)

Lonely Cows Are Slow Learners

Massive offshore wind farms’ unexpected benefit: Hurricane protection

Daytime Moon Meets Morning Star — Which somehow sounds like the title of a Cordwainer Smith story to me.

“I Don’t Think We Accept These,” Says TSA Agent, Peering at D.C. License — I once had a car rental counter clerk in Dallas, Texas decline to accept my Oregon driver’s license because she could only accept US IDs.

Michael Dunn Compares Himself To Rape Victim In Newly Released Calls From Jail — Not unlike George Zimmerman. Apparently middle aged men who kill unarmed black kids are society’s true victims. Their guns made them safer, then they were betrayed. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Rand Paul Blocks Surgeon General Nominee For Saying Gun Violence Is A Public Health Threat — Because guns make us all safer, and any pantywaist who pretends otherwise doesn’t deserve to be heard. Just ask the 30,000 people killed every year by firearms, they’ll surely agree.

“Stand Your Ground” NationAmerica used to value the concept of retreat. Now we just shoot. The paranoid bullies with their guns are winning.

One-Third Of Millennials Who Left Their Religion Did It Because Of Anti-Gay Policies: Survey — I know from listening to American religious leaders that Jesus’ teachings on homosexuality are far more prominent and important in the New Testament than His teachings on ministering to the poor, or feeding the hungry, or hypocrisy, or love of self and neighbor. Just look how many verses are devoted to each of those topics, after all. He preached constantly on the gay menace. Wait, what?

There Are Two Christian Right Movies Called ‘Persecuted’ Coming Out This YearWe’ve written quite a bit about the Religious Right’s conviction that conservative Christians in the U.S. are facing religious persecution through things like gay rights and the expansion of contraception access. Well, in case we needed a confirmation that this is in fact the direction of the right-wing zeitgeist, it turns out that are several movies coming out this year about the supposed oppression of Christians in America. And two of them have the same title: “Persecuted.” (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Federal judge voids Texas’ gay marriage ban, though he delays order from taking effect immediately — Republican officials are of course appealing in their continued effort to restrict civil and human rights for Americans of whom they disapprove.

Fox’s Tucker Carlson: It’s “Fascism” For Businesses To Have To Treat Gay Customers EquallyCarlson’s attempts to distinguish between refusing to provide services related to a gay wedding and refusing to serve gay people in general ignore the substance of the bill. New York University constitutional law professor Kenji Yoshino has noted that the measure is broadly written enough that it would allow any individual or business owner to refuse services to any gay person as long as he or she contended that providing services would burden his or her religious beliefs. So I guess we’ll have to carry gay/straight cards, as well as religious IDs?

Hispanic Lawyers Pull Conference From Arizona Over Anti-Gay Bill — Just the first of a long and richly-deserved string of economic setbacks for one of the epicenters of Christianist bigotry in America.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes divisive bill seen as anti-gay — “Seen as” anti-gay? “Flatly intended to be” anti-gay is the simple truth. And I am amazed at this veto, given that the Religious Right never backs down on anything. Would have been nice if she’d vetoed the bill because it is profoundly unConstitutional and against everything American values stand for, rather than due to the economic backlash, but I guess morality is where you find it when you’re a Republican governor in a conservative state.

Dumb New Arizona Laws — Hah!

The Death Throes Of The Anti-Gay Movement — We should be so lucky.

Arizona Discrimination, Leviticus StyleHate can get complicated.

Let he who is without sin… — Hahahah.

It’s Official: White Folks in Red States are the Biggest Food Stamp ‘Moochers’ in the Country!

DOJ Still Ducking Scrutiny After Misleading Supreme Court on Surveillance

Dick Cheney Broke US Military, now blames Obama for Cuts — Oh, come on. It’s all Obama’s fault. You can’t blame Cheney for anything. The last Republican to bear any responsibility whatsoever for their destructive acts in office was Richard Nixon. Reagan’s teflon coat is still ubiquitous among GOP pols.

Why I left the GOPMy old Republican worldview was flawed because it was based upon a small and particularly rosy sliver of reality. To preserve that worldview, I had to believe that people had morally earned their “just” desserts, and I had to ignore those whining liberals who tried to point out that the world didn’t actually work that way. I think this shows why Republicans put so much effort into “creat[ing] our own reality,” into fostering distrust of liberals, experts, scientists, and academics, and why they won’t let a campaign “be dictated by fact-checkers” (as a Romney pollster put it). It explains why study after study shows — examples here, here, and here – that avid consumers of Republican-oriented media are more poorly informed than people who use other news sources or don’t bother to follow the news at all. Waking up to a fuller spectrum of reality has proved long and painful. (Via [info]shsilver.)

?otD: Do you remember Dick Tracy? Do you remember Shane?


2/27/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minutes
Weight: 233.2
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 looks forward to hump day

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 finds Friday behind the couch cushions

A deeply personal statement, regarding reason and religion — Brad Torgersen responds, to me and others, from a faith-holding perspective.

A message from a fellow First Amendment follower — A blogger riffs on my religion post from yesterday. I like it.

The social life of health information

An interesting wheelchair alternative — (Via David Goldman.)

“Haunted” Maya Underwater Cave Holds Human Bones

Researchers study what sharks know, where they attackShark expert, math professor use unique skills to set facts straight about the predators.

Watching volcanoes deflate aids ash forecastAll you need is a GPS station on the rim and you can help keep planes safe.

Saving the Planet One Tiny Satellite at a TimeA Silicon Valley startup is turning its technical acumen and passion for space into an innovative venture that uses a fleet of relatively inexpensive, tiny satellites to take non-stop pictures of Earth.

Google makes first contact lens — They measure glucose levels. Wow.

Design Flaws: The Horrible Human Neck — If this is intelligent design, I want a refund. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Texas Public Schools Are Teaching CreationismResponsive Ed has a secular veneer and is funded by public money, but it has been connected from its inception to the creationist movement and to far-right fundamentalists who seek to undermine the separation of church and state. Infiltrating and subverting the charter-school movement has allowed Responsive Ed to carry out its religious agenda—and it is succeeding. Yep, American Christianists are never under any obligation to obey that pesky “bearing false witness” commandment, are they? (Via EK.)

The Republicanization of the United States: Becoming a “Can Do Nation” AgainThese are all signs of the “Republicanization” of America, folks. It’s the result of constantly cutting and cutting, without any regard to what we need or want as a people, as well as the “can’t do” spirit that imbues everything the Republican Party stands for. The current incarnation of the GOP has as its main theme that government can’t work, and it proves that every chance they get. And after 34 years of it, it’s time to say, “Enough!”

In our quest to appease superstitious neanderthals and short-sighted plutocrats we are abandoning the future — The decline of American research: another conservative legacy to poison our future.

America Black Ops Wars in 134 Countries — Tell me again why I voted for Obama?

?otD: Does change come from within? Or within the couch?


1/17/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad fights for a cause it had long ago forgotten

Everything Is Going SwimminglyScrivener’s Error with various interesting meditations on copyright, self publishing and ebooks, among other things.

If Disney Villains Were Drop Dead Gorgeous, The World Would Not Be The Same — (Thanks to Lezli Robyn.)

DIY Death: Natural, At-Home Funerals And Their Boomer Appeal — (From multiple sources.)

Adventures in Pork Uterus — Mmm. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Why the Swiss Scorn the Superrich

Texas school board approves all but one science text bookThe exception is authored by someone who testified against Intelligent Design. This is actually progress. Though I am mortally tired of educational policy being dictated by willful idiots who think The Flintstones was a documentary.

How Republicans are sabotaging the ACA, hurting the poor, and driving up costs for the middle classThere’s literally no one who is helped by Republican actions. […] This is simply spite, cruelty and take-no-prisoners social darwinism write large. It’s sociopathy codified into public policy. And it’s mainstream Republican lawmaking in 2013.

?otD: Are you blazing in scarlet battalions?


11/24/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad wakes up, gets out of bed, drags a comb across its head

Kids and Dogs — Read this all the way through. It only takes a minute, and the effort is worth it. (Via David Goldman.)

Want a Starship? Think Big. Think Really Big

Building Cars Out of Batteries Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds

Japan’s Yankee genius, the greatest scientist you’ve never heard ofOvshinsky created a hatful of world-changing innovations, many of which threatened the dominance of America’s great new invention: the transistor. US corporate interests rubbished his work and he ended up licensing his technologies to a few small Japanese companies. You might know their names: Sharp, Canon, Sony, Matsushita… (Via David Goldman.)

It’s a snake! Monkey brains may explain our fear of reptiles

Poverty, parenting linked to child brain development — Sigh.

Of Course the Dress Code Does Not Apply to the Savior — Snerk.

Penn State to pay $59.7 million to 26 over Sandusky — Given the size of Pemn State’s endowment and budget, this is just a slap on the wrist. Big football really is more important that raped children. Remember that Sandusky wasn’t a lone rogue, but was rather protected by university officials due to his status as a football coach. Enjoy your next big game, sports fans.

Prevalence of Household Gun Ownership Linked to Child Gun Shot Woundshere are approximately 7,500 child hospitalizations and 500 in-hospital deaths each year due to injuries sustained from guns. In an abstract presented Oct. 27 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, researchers also identified a link between the percentage of homes with guns and the prevalence of child gunshot injuries. Wow, I sure feel safer with all those guns in responsible hands. Don’t you? How about the kids in your life? Ask any conservative: 7,500 kids shot every year is a small price to pay for theoretical defense of essential liberties.

Federal Judge Declares Texas Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional — Every once in a while, despite the best efforts of the Republican party and conservatives all across America, something good and moral things actually do happen.

The right way to make a federal budgetIt’s OK to spend trillions on a war we should never have waged in Iraq and to provide huge tax breaks for billionaires and multinational corporations. But in the midst of very difficult economic times, we just can’t afford to protect the most vulnerable people in our country. That’s [the Republican] view. I disagree.

The Big KludgeA society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Welcome to conservative America. Too bad for those of us in the reality-based community.

Germany, Brazil enlist 19 more countries for anti-NSA UN resolution — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. (Via [info]danjite.)

‘Hit it, Senator!’: Rachel Maddow mocks Rand Paul for lifting ‘eugenics’ speech from Wikipedia — That’s what we need in our politics: more Wikipedia inspired leadership from movie scripts. That’s what happens when you can’t win on your ideas, you steal other people to make yourself look better. (Via David Goldman.)

?otD: The Beatles or the Stones?


10/29/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement:30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad doesn’t fly to England today

How Does that Steak Frites Happen?

Computing Power Used to Be Measured in ‘Kilo-Girls’ The earliest computers were human. And, more often than not, female. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A CT scanner with its covers off at full speed — Wow. I stick my head in this every two months? (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Meeting Set On Iraq Veteran’s SpongeBob Gravestone — A strange headline for a very sad story.

Long-sought pattern of ancient light detected

Smog Shuts Down Harbin

US carbon emissions hit lowest level since 1994 despite economic growthEfficiency, drop in manufacturing, and a shift to natural gas all contribute.

Textbook publishers ignoring Texas school board’s inane interventions — Conservatives: eternally dedicated to miseducating their children and yours to build a weaker future for America.

The Selective Amnesia Of Postwar EuropeThoughts on Tony Judt’s Postwar. Ta-Nehisi Coates, with some obvious parallels to the conservative American view of the Confederacy.

The Pope is a Model PoliticianFour practical lessons from the pontiff for our hopeless, howling wreck of a Congress

The End of HypocrisyAmerican Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks.

355,000 Facebook users share conspiracy that Obamacare will install microchips in Americans — Why has “conservative” become synonymous with “too stupid to live”?

Consumer Reports: Obamacare Opponents ‘Misrepresented’ Us On Website — What do you know? Conservatives lying about Obamacare. Good thing that whole “Thou shalt not bear false witness” thing doesn’t apply to Republicans.

The newest front in battle over health-care law: Who gets a briefing?House Republicans are now upset they’re not getting a closed-door briefing on the law’s implementation, so they can rake Health and Human Services officials over the coals for the online enrollment system’s problems.

John Roberts And Obama Face Off Over Campaign Finance — AgainThe chief justice is protective of the court’s reputation and tends to prefer incremental conservative changes to sweeping shifts. Roberts? In what fucking universe? The only reason the Chief Justice isn’t universally understood as a right wing ideologue who’s abandoned all intellectually honest jurisprudence and Constitutionality in favor of naked partisanship is that he sits next to Justices Scalia and Thomas. Those two ass clowns make Joe McCarthy look like a model of prudent bipartisanship. History is going to be very, very unkind to the Roberts Court, unless of course it’s written by Palinites. Which is clearly Roberts’ goal.

?otD: Who are you?


10/23/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad wishes the Child a Happy Birthday

Unusable Words — Auto-antonyms and other peccadilloes of the English language. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

A Tale of Two Drugs — How ultra high priced pharmaceuticals work in the market. For comparison, my core cancer drug costs $116,400 per year, face value before carrier contracts and discounting.

Hitchhiking virus confirms saga of ancient human migration

Ghost advertising on old buildings — There used to be more of these in Portland, but they’ve been slowly disappearing.

Burlesque Dancer Twerks To Beethoven, Which Is As Amazing As It Sounds — Because reasons! (Via David Goldman.)

George Washington University misrepresented admissions and financial aid policy for yearsThe University admitted publicly for the first time Friday that it puts hundreds of undergraduate applicants on its waitlist each year because they cannot pay GW’s tuition. Administrators now say the admissions process has always factored in financial need. But that contradicts messaging from the admissions and financial aid offices that, as recently as Saturday, have regularly attested that the University remained need-blind. Classy. Very classy.

Goblin Toppler Files Personal Injury Lawsuit Prior to Incident — So one of those “real American” Utah vandals is also a lawsuit cheat? I wonder what he thinks of people who receive welfare or food stamps. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

How much warming does new IPCC report see in our future?Understanding how the report’s projections are generated and what they tell us. Amazing what you learn about the world when you listen to reality instead of ideology.

One Big Problem With Heritage’s New Obamacare StudyThe conservative Heritage Foundation released last week a new report on insurance premiums under Obamacare, and the conclusion was that favorite of conservative talking points: people are going to pay more for insurance under Obamacare. Only the foundation left out one key variable in the equation, one that undermines their conclusion that “individuals in most states will end up spending more on the exchanges.” As always with conservatives, they cannot win the on the merits, so they flat out lie. It’s a good strategy for them, because people remember the lie, not the later mumbled retraction, if it even ever occurs.

Inhofe: Obamacare would have killed me because of ‘my age’ — So if this is news, how come the media doesn’t report on the thousands of people like me who would be dead if the GOP got its way and repealed Obamacare? The ACA’s lifting of spending caps is what has kept me in treatment at all. Not only that, Inhofe is either lying about how Obamacare works or seriously confused. Given that he’s a Republican, I know which one I believe.

The real reason that 500,000 people died in Iraq — This comment from the Bush White House will make you ashamed to be an American, and a human being. Unless you’re a Republican, in which case you’ll likely approve, just like you have all along.

How Texas’ Voter ID Laws Affect WomenSusan B. Anthony once said, “No self-respecting woman would wish or work for the success of a party which ignores her political rights.” It’s times like these that one has to wonder how there can be a single woman left supporting the Republican Party as it goes out of its way to deny minorities and women their constitutional rights.

Texas Judge Quits GOP Over Social Issues, ShutdownAs the smallest minds continue to make the loudest noise in the Republican Party, true leaders will be driven by their principles and values to become Texas Democrats,” he said in the statement. Wow is that well put. America surely needs a conservative party for the sake of political balance, but not the Christianist, hate-fueled, reality-denying freakshow that the GOP has become. (For that matter, American needs a liberal party, too. The current Democrats are essentially Richard Nixon’s GOP, and everyone else in the political mainstream has run to the right: that redefinition of the political center is the ultimate victory of Ronald Reagan, and the ultimate punishment this country has had to endure for the sake of the senile old fraud’s success.)

?otD: How old are you today?


10/22/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block reopening National Parks: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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