Oh My God. I Just Witnessed the Single Greatest Moment In Human History — This is simultaneously hilarious and sad.
Byman and King on “Phantom States”– More evidence of a neo-medieval international system — This is strange and interesting. (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)
The ruins of empire: Asia’s emergence from western imperialism — The central event of the modern era is Asia’s emergence from the ravages of western imperialism. In Britain, meanwhile, Niall Ferguson is an ardent ‘neo-imperialist’. Why can’t we escape our narcissistic version of history, asks Pankaj Mishra.
Is Climate Change to Blame for the Current U.S. Drought? — A leading climate scientist describes the possible connection.
Berkeley Earth project is back to re-re-confirm Earth is warming — BEST extends the temperature record to the 1700s, but gets the same result. Climate change denialism simply doesn’t stand up to the facts. Yes, there are numerous ambiguities and exceptions in the data. Yes, there are errors in the theory. But this isn’t criminal defense. Picking apart one point doesn’t produce a triumphant victory. It simply highlights where more science needs to be done. The data, the trends, the analysis; they are all overwhelming and obvious to anyone without an ideological predisposition to deny.
The NRA’s big secret: Nobody is actually trying to take your guns — Though they damned well should. I know, I know: Kenyan Muslim Socialism!!!
Religious freedom report: World is sliding backwards, Clinton says — Which is ironic that the US surveys this, given the constant, savage attacks on religious freedom from the American Right.
Church refuses to marry black couple in Mississippi — Welcome to conservative America. (Thanks to
Drafting Committee Puts Marriage Equality On Dem Party Platform — Yep. This. The future doesn’t have to be regressive and bigoted and small-minded.
Bill Clinton to play prominent role at Democratic Convention — Just as the GOP is planning to honor their recent political leadership… No. Wait. What?
Romney Camp Disputes Premise Of Obama Ad — So just to be clear on the GOP position here, in campaign advertising context is crucial when parsing Governor Romney’s words about abortion and women’s health, but absolutely irrelevant when parsing President Obama’s words about the interdependence of business and society? More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency.
Mitt Romney and the go-for-broke election — [T]he right hopes to redefine middle-of-the-road policies as “left wing,” thereby altering the balance in the American political debate. Actually, they’ve already done that. Repeatedly. Viz the conservative Heritage Foundation healthcare plan which was hailed as a triumph of conservative policy under Governor Romney in Massachusetts that has now become destructive Socialism under Obama in virtually identical form to the original GOP proposals.
Mitt Romney: Too Wimpy for the White House? — Dodging reporters, fearing his base, hiding his taxes—is Mitt Romney just too insecure to be president? In Newsweek, Michael Tomasky surveys a history of presidential manliness and asks just where Mitt would fit amid the studly swagger of Dubya and Reagan.
?otD: Across the sand?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (interruoted)
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski; Ironskin by Tina Connolly