[links] Link salad for a travel day

chriswjohnson on the perils of mounting a show of one’s work — An old friend of mine who’s turned into an extremely accomplished photographer.

Hurricanes as seen from orbit — Some deeply awesome orbital photography. (Thanks to AH.)

Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet? — In case you were wondering.

The Innumeracy of Intellectuals — An interesting discussion of math/science focused anti-intellectualism in the academic mainstream; something I usually froth at the Right about. (Thanks to lordofallfools.)

This Foreclosed Property Is An Excellent Home For Bobcats — Hahahaha. (Thanks to the_flea_king.)

Since when are education and eloquence liabilities in a president? — That question is rooted in the apparent need of a significant portion of American society to seek simple answers — much the same impulse that leads to political and religious fundamentalism. It’s a complex world, people. (Snurched from ozarque.)

tongodeon nails it out of the park on charges of elitism in the current presidential election — Sadly, no one who needs to hear his words is likely to heed them.

The GOP Finds Feminism — Anna Quindlen on the latest flipflops from conservative America, where principled consistency is only a buzzword. (Thanks to lt260.)

McCain camp says Biden ‘sunk to a new low’ — Biden was so rash as to point out that faith-based policies have real-world consequences for life and health. Stupid liberals.

Time in saddle: n/a (airport walking)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 238.4 (! What did I eat yesterday?)
Currently reading: Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl