[links] Link salad sees a little silhouette-oh of a man

SMBC on the perils of editing — Hahaha.

I Am Not a Camel … but I Do Have Epilepsy — On disease, treatment and medical stigmatization. (Via David Goldman.)

Pad Thai — The odd history of a favorite dish. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

AbandonedNational Geographic television on treasure hunting in abandoned properties. Some cool stuff here. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Sea slug’s ‘disposable penis’ surprises — Yeah, I’ve been on dates like that.

Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal EmissionsEmissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight.

NASA: Rapid Loss of Freshwater from Middle East Region — Oi. Not good news for anyone.

Zen Groups Distressed by Accusations Against Teacher — Sigh. Religious hypocrisy is religious hypocrisy, no matter where it comes from.

Papal cuts: why is he really resigning? — Something I suspect that is very close to the sad, hard truth.

AP bans use of words “husband,” “wife” for legally-wed gay couples — Ah, the bigotry continues, to the delight of conservatives across the land.

The New York Times is Stupid on Plagiarism — Cora Buhlert on the American view of German politics and politicians. This brings us to the fact that a whole lot of German politicians, including most of the current cabinet, have advanced degrees and doctorates. For some reason, this seems to boggle American minds, which in turn boggles mine, because don’t Americans want politicians who are smart and educated? That said, looking at some of the American politicians who cropped up during the recent election season – you know, the sort who consider the Soviet Union a valid threat for the 21st century or displayed profound ignorance about human biology and reproduction – I guess the answer is “no”. That institutionalized political anti-intellectualism would be a conservative tic, Cora, and every bit as stupidly destructive as you imply.

Missouri bill redefines science, gives equal time to Intelligent DesignBill has a long list of brain-melting stipulations. If nothing else, I could never be an American conservative because it requires endorsing this kind of deep intellectual dishonesty. Even those Republicans who personally know better enable this idiocy with their votes, their campaign contributions and their political support.

Ted Nugent Is Not AmusedRepublicans hear very little they like in the president’s State of the Union address. Hey, Nuge, I thought you said you’d be dead or in jail if Obama was re-elected. So, pick one and get on with it.

The Art of Infinite War — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the American obsession with “security”.

QotD?: Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,500 words on novella in progress, to 8,700 words, 30 minutes on a joint project with [info]the_child)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 231.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping illegal immigrants infiltrate America: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad sees a little silhouette-oh of a man

  1. Cora says:

    Thanks for the link, Jay. I am well aware that the really dumb among American politicians are concentrated on the rightwing side of the political fence (just as our own political plagiarists are mainly found right of centre), but I did not mention it in my post, because political orientation would have muddied the point, namely that Germans regardless of political orientation generally prefer politicians who are educated and hold advanced degrees, while there is a significant subset of the US electorate willing to vote for frightningly stupid people, as long as those people don’t cheat on their wives/husbands. Interestingly enough, we do have a few politicians going for a faux folksy, anti-intellectual approach. However, those are mostly socialdemocrats who have missed the fact that the miner or steel worker with the nine year education they want to appeal to has died out and that that sort of rhetoric puts off educated young voters on the left, who might otherwise have voted socialdemocratic, which explains the current malaise of the socialdemocratic party right there.

    As for the Pope, he has apparently hinted repeatedly that he would resign from office, if he no longer felt up to it and his health is clearly failing. Sexual abuse scandals are sadly rife in the Catholic church everywhere (Ireland had several, Germany had a major one a couple of years ago) and I honestly doubt that an abuse scandal in the US would cause the pope to resign when an abuse scandal in his own home country did not. Though it will hopefully keep the bishop who covered up the allegations far away from the papacy.

    Also thanks for the Pad Thai article. By some amazing coincidence, I just made some Pad Thai for lunch today.

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