Dear Science Fiction Writers: Stop Being So Pessimistic! — Neal Stephenson created the Hieroglyph Project to convince sci-fi writers to stop worrying and learn to love the future. (Via Dale Smith.)
The World’s Largest Atlas: Cheers Bests Klencke — Mmm, books.
Air Ship No. 9: 1904 — Coney Island, back in the day.
Global Warming Close to Becoming Irreversible — The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday. Those pesky facts, biased against the conservative position. That’s what happens when you build your ideology on opposing the reality-based community.
Get the lead out: Have we already forgotten this lesson? — The elimination of lead from gasoline is a paradigmatic triumph of American environmentalism. A danger to health was discovered by scientists. Public-health advocates and greens pushed and pushed for decades, often futilely, to get the government to take action. When EPA finally cranked up efforts to do something about it, the agency was viciously attacked. Industry shills said it was an agenda to control Americans’ lives, driven by scientists who wanted research money and a cabal of extreme environmentalists. They said there were no viable alternatives to lead and the regulations would raise gas prices and destroy the economy. They paid their own scientists to produce counter-evidence. They flooded politicians with money. Sound familiar? Climate change denial, anyone?
Pro-Compassion — Of course I hated Planned Parenthood. The thing is, I didn’t know anything about Planned Parenthood. There wasn’t one in my town. I didn’t know anyone who had visited one. I certainly didn’t know anyone who worked at one. My anger and hatred was borne completely out of my ignorance. I chose only to listen to one set of stories, rather than to all of the stories. Modern conservatism in a nutshell.
‘Drive a wedge between gays and blacks’ — And the reason we’re supposed to vote Republican is because liberals and atheists are immoral?
‘Obamacare’ and the Right’s Own Private Universe — We have half the country living in its own universe of belief, with its own history, its own politics, and its own physical laws. It’s like running elections against the anti-gravity party. It is not healthy for any of us. The Right explicitly and in so many words opted out of the reality-based community years ago. Unfortunately the rest of us still live here, suffering the consequences of blatantly counterfactual conservative delusions on a vast array of topics.
Dr Strangelove: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love Rick Santorum — Charlie Stross on American politics.
?otd: Do you have the power to reason away what seems to be?
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (0.5 hours on a nonfiction piece, 1.5 hours on Sunspin)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch