[links] Link salad keeps trying to find its footing

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser and the Lakeside Kickstarter for the documentary about me, [info]the_child, and cancer are still live. Both have made goal, but additional support is always welcome. Please check them out if you have not done so yet.

Skiffy and Fanty with a random Act of Whimsy on my behalf.

Sex Operator Cards Against Humanity — Rebecca Blain with an Act of Whinsy pace Mary Robinette.

PolarBearSwim — Rick Novy commits an Act of, well, something, in support.

Creative genius and science[info]mckitterick with a fascinating post, including a recording of the oldest documented piece of music in the world.

CephalophoreA cephalophore (from the Greek for “head-carrier”) is a saint who is generally depicted carrying his or her own head. I hate it when that happens. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

PaperTab: A Tablet As Flexible As Paper Debuts At CES 2013 — Not quite fully baked, but still cool as heck. (Via David Goldman.)

Ancient migration: Genes link Australia with India

Chimpanzees possess sense of fairness akin to humans — Much like reality itself, even nature has a liberal bias.

The Airplane’s InfancyBy 1913 we’d learned how to fly. Now came the hard part—designing flying machines that were safe and reliable. A view of aeronautics from 100 years ago.

25 Places That Look Not Normal, But Are Actually Real — (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Weathermen Don’t Know Which Way the Wind’s BlowingFour in 5 Americans believe in global warming–but nearly half of local weather reporters don’t. Believing in global warming is like believing in tomatoes or gravity. Global warming denialism has as much intellectual credibility as tomato denialism or gravity denialism. All of those phenomena are pieces of evidence-based reality, regardless of your opinion or ideology. But weathermen? Really?

Summer Down Under — Heat-related photos from Australia, which is having a nastily record-breaking summer. Warning: Some of these might be triggery. Good thing climate change is a liberal hoax, otherwise there might be something to worry about. (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom.)

Debunking the Denial: “16 Years of No Global Warming” — A well constructed, ideologically confirming lie can outperform the facts for a long time if people are sufficiently enthusiastic in their willful ignorance.

Little-known laws shed light on NRA influence — The gun culture is as pervasive as it is destructive.

The Hitler gun control lieGun rights activists who cite the dictator as a reason against gun control have their history dangerously wrong. Like pretty much all contemporary American conservatives, gun rights advocates prefer their beautiful minds blissfully untroubled by so-called “facts”.

More Guns, Less Crime: The Switzerland Example — Ta-Nehisi Coates on why the gun culture in Switzerland is actually nothing like what a American gun enthusiasts like to pretend it is. Once again, those liberal “facts” don’t align at all with cherished conservative beliefs. Quel surprise.

I Wish That I Knew What It’s Like to Be Free — More crazy conservative gun culture shit. (Referred from [info]reynardo.)

Colin Powell blasts GOP’s “dark vein of intolerance” — This would be the same Colin Powell who knowingly lied to the US and the UN about Iraq’s alleged WMDs? Even though I appreciate his newfound message (a few years too late, sir, given what a much bigger difference you could have made back in the day), Powell permanently trashed his credibility with the Iraq lies.

?otD: What do you do when your deck is burning?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing disability rights: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad keeps trying to find its footing

  1. Cora says:

    The Hitler thing is completely incomprehensible to anybody who’s ever lived in Germany or actually studied German history as opposed to watched crappy US propaganda films. I don’t even respond to such arguments from pro-gun nuts anymore.

    As for Switzerland, they do have a higher rate of gun suicides and also shootings of spouses and romantic partners than comparable countries, because those are “heat of the moment” things, where the presence of a gun in the home can quickly make a situation turn lethal when it wouldn’t have been otherwise. I also suspect that this is precisely why the Swiss government stopped allowing soldiers to keep ammunition in the house, to cut down on gun suicides and intimate partner shootings.

  2. Cora is exactly right. Switzerland has almost no economically-motivated gun violence, for the same reason it has no “bad neighborhoods” — good social safety net. What violence it does have tends to be precisely of the “bezerk dad pulls the M-16 out of storage” variety. Myself, having lived here for most of the last 20 years, I have never actually seen a privately owned gun, or really any gun not being carried by a soldier in uniform or at a (mandatory) shooting range.

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