Sandy forming into a rare hybrid storm — I hope all my East Coast friends can stay safe, warm and dry.
A Google Employee Walks Into a Bar — We’ve heard this before.
Dinosauroids revisited, revisited — Tetrapod Zoology on smart dinosaurs. Good story fodder.
Dismantling — A fascinating piece on quarries from BLDGBLOG.
The Deferred Dreams of Mars — We’ll happily spend a trillion dollars off budget to fight a decade-long war of choice launched under knowingly false pretenses, but contribute to scientific progress? Now that’s leadership.
Mourdock, Conception, and Theodicy — Yes. This. In simpler terms, you are responsible for the consequences of your beliefs. This is true in religion, in private gun ownership, in muscular foreign policy, in evolution denial. All those comforting -isms that drive conservative thought have terrible consequences which very few conservatives will even acknowledge, let alone take ownership of.
God Does Not Intend Rape. Ever. — If you believe in a God who makes rape a part of any woman’s plan, ever, then you are sad, disgusting little immoral human being who serves a sad, disgusting little immoral god, and neither of you have any place in decent society. (Via @scalzi.)
The real Republican rape platform — It’s no accident GOP candidates can’t stop talking about rape: the party view is women are mere vessels subject to men’s will. A British take on the obvious.
Medley of Grey-Faced Republican Men on Duty of Raped Women to Bear the Child (Video) — Because men don’t generally get raped, and none of them who do get pregnant. The white conservative view of this would be very different if those things were true.
Romney: ‘Some Gays Are Actually Having Children. It’s Not Right on Paper. It’s Not Right in Fact.’ — Mmm. Compassionate conservatism.
Ronald Reagan Made A ‘First Time’ Voting Joke 32 Years Before Lena Dunham Did — Ah, but when a white conservative man makes the joke, it’s funny. When a liberal-progressive woman does, it’s disgusting. Have you people learned nothing from the Tea Party view of Obama?
A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote to deny care to the sick — That’s not partisan spin. That’s simple truth. The partisan spin comes in if you believe those healthcare cuts and changes are a necessary step to other perceived long term benefits. Republicans believe that the so-called “job creators” should have unfettered financial freedom to play their role in the economy, and that means others must sacrifice to support and enhance the rich.
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (eight hours fitful overnight plus napping)
Currently reading: Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold