[links] Link salad dreams of electric sheep

Science and Technology Knowledge QuizYou answered 13 of 13 questions correctly. […] You scored better than 93% of the public and the same as 7%. As I said in comments on [info]james_nicoll‘s LiveJournal post about this, “One question I actually had to think about for a moment, the rest were general knowledge on a par with knowing the points of the compass or how to conjugate an English verb.”

Hundreds of Potential Drug Targets to Starve Cancer Tumors Identified — Huh. (Thanks to Bruce Taylor.)

Physicists Build World’s First “Magnetic Hose” For Transmitting Magnetic FieldsMagnetic fields decay rapidly and so have never been transmitted over long distances. Until now… I initially misread this headline as “Magnetic Horse”, which would be a lot funnier.

The Scientific Process Through Stock Photography — Hahah! I love nerd humor. (Via Gabrielle Harbowy.)

Penises on Mars? Grow Up, Internet. — At least it wasn’t cat .gifs.

Life’s Trajectory Seen Through Facebook DataData donated by Facebook users to Stephen Wolfram yields interesting patterns that may reveal how people change over time.

Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Game Theory ExamTeaching people game theory is good. Making them live it is even better, says UCLA professor Peter Nonacs. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

As they turn 150, Adventists still pray for the apocalypseAdventist leaders say the apocalyptic pull is still strong at church headquarters, especially during planning sessions. “I see that in our education system,” said Beardsley-Hardy. “Not wanting to over-invest in building because Jesus is coming.” Religion doesn’t have to make you stupid, but it sometimes does an awfully good job of exactly that. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Jesus and Muhammad and the Question of the State — Juan Cole on scriptural authority for political power. Long but worth the read.

GE Halts Financing for Firearm Retailers as Gun Lenders Vanish — Unlike the gun culture conservatives in senate, GE can read polls that identify an overwhelming support for increased firearms regulation. Good for them.

Scenes From a Multiverse nails the conservative view of gun control

Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament — Charlie Stross is fascinating.

The Problem of Redaction — Hah. Interesting security wonk stuff. This seems right up [info]autopope‘s alley. (Thanks to [info]seventorches.)

Intelligence Is No Guarantee of Good Judgment — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison: [T]here was a frightening resemblance between Romney and Bush in their shared overconfidence and ignorance about the world. Romney endorsed misguided foreign policy ideas because he didn’t know much about the subject, didn’t care about it very much, paid it very little attention.

Bush 43: ‘History will ultimately judge … I’m a content man’ — He was completely delusional while in office. I don’t know he’d be any less delusional now.

Fight Club on the Hill — After thirty years of their proclaiming the evils of government, is it any surprise we have a Republican Congress that cannot govern? I continue surprised at the collapse of Republican party discipline, however. Another Bush 43 legacy, that, and one of the very few things America and the world should thank him for.

GOP quits public policyEvidence reveals that today’s conservatives have been historically bad at writing bills or developing an agenda. When you elect people to govern who don’t believe in good government, why would you expect anything like good government? Conservatives: ruining America for the majority of us.

President Obama to daughters: if you get a tattoo, I will too

QotD?: Describe in single words, only the good things that come into your mind about your mother.

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,300 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (very carefully on the stationary bike)
Weight: 246.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping welfare recipients buy cell phones and big screen tbs: 0
Currently reading: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

2 thoughts on “[links] Link salad dreams of electric sheep

  1. Cora says:

    I got 100% correct on that quiz, too. Really easy basic question that every 10th grader should be able to answer.

    Regarding the Charles Stross post, I always find it stunning that intelligent and politically sort of left people in the US and UK were ever in favour of nuclear weapons. Because in Germany, nobody except politicians (who were probably under pressure from the US/Nato) and some far right nutters was ever in favour of nuclear weapons or indeed anything nuclear, including nuclear power, at all. To me, being in favour of nuclear weapons is about as bizarre an idea as those creationists who really believe that their god created the Earth in seven days.

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