A review of Die Räder der Welt, the German version of Mainspring — Mixed at best, insofar as my very rudimentary German and Google Translate can puzzle out.
$200 for a Fake Security System — As tipster David Goldman says, the sixth comment really makes it.
American Atheists Billboards Go After Presidential Candidates’ Faith — I find this essay about these billboards far more interesting than the billboards themselves. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Geology and Genesis: how Noah’s flood shaped ideas but not landscapes — It was quickly clear that the conversation was not really about evidence supporting one position or another. These folks had never gone out to study an outcrop of rock. They weren’t interested in what the rocks had to say—they already knew what the answer had to be. That’s actually a wonderful summary of the conservative mindset, and why conservative America sneeringly dismisses the reality-based community. Almost every conservative hobbyhorse from climate change denialism to supply side economics can be explained this way.
Boiled Down — John Stewart on Pennsylvania’s new voter ID laws. With, you know, actual facts and direct quotes from GOP leaders. Doonesbury on the same topic, again with the facts. Warning: As usual, facts not valid for conservatives.
Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant — ep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy. Some people are either too stupid or too evil to live. Yet they get elected as conservative politicians. Slacktivist Fred Clark with more commentary on this, from a liberal religious perspective.
Parties not expected to get bold in platforms — Just the usual Republican oppression of women, minorities and the LGBTQ community in order to curry the votes of Sarah Palin’s “Real Americans”, and the usual Democratic wishy washiness instead of standing up for principles, for fear of offending those same “Real Americans”.
Schmooze or Lose — Obama doesn’t like cozying up to billionaires. Could it cost him the election?
Obama’s (Perceived) Transformation — Among the ranks of bullies, the only fair fight is the one that ends with them laughing and kicking sand. And so, no longer able to portray Obama as weak, the authors of Willie Horton, swift-boating and modern day poll-taxing have been reduced to other tactics — among them wildly yelping, “Please, Mr. President, nothing to the face.”
Paul Ryan Slams Obama For Not Saving Auto Plant That Closed Under Bush — Because conservatives have consciously opted out of the reality-based community, this kind of “blame Obama” rhetoric will play quite well in Your Liberal Media and with the voters. Even though it is a knowingly told, flat out lie.
Top Ten Paul Ryan Falsehoods, Gaffes and Outrages, First Week — Not that anybody who actually needs to know this stuff will read it, nor will they believe it if they do. Everybody knows the facts are biased.
My ultimate Ayn Rand porn — Hahahahah.
?otD: Omaha or not?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA); plus convention time
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 4.5 (solid, !!)
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski