Bi-Biplane: 1917 — I love this photo.
Ancient Kingdom Discovered Beneath Mound in Iraq — I wonder why we always say “kingdom” instead of “monarchy”. Ah, the embedded gender politics of language.
Signs of oxygen in 3-billion-year-old soil — Which means photosynthesis is at least that old.
NASA Is Grounded — Brought to you by Your Republican Party.
Are you part of the 99%? — This explains a lot. Sadly.
Cameron: profit is no longer a dirty word — David Cameron will offer a wholehearted defence of British business, arguing that only successful companies can make the country a true “land of opportunity”. Sigh.
On Defending Principles — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the GOP’s government shutdown.
Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead: A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years — This isn’t “gridlock.” It is a ferocious struggle within one party, between its traditionalists and its radical factions, with results that unfortunately can harm all the rest of us — and, should there be a debt default, could harm the rest of the world too. There simply is no principled or intellectually honest stance that can account for what the Republicans are doing today.
The Saddest Paragraph You’ll Read About the Government Shutdown Today — With NIH furloughs, children with cancer are being turned away from clinical trials. Your Republican party: turning away ill children to die in order to protect you from the Socialist scourge of affordable access to healthcare. I guess in the moral universe of conservatives this somehow makes sense. (Via
Ted Cruz Lie Exposed By Student He Used To Attack Obamacare — Republicans lie. Especially about anything to do with Obamacare. (See death panels, the abortion fee, etc.) Why is this surprising? (Via David Goldman.)
Obamacare myths: Small business owners’ most common misconceptions about the law — This confusion was deliberately fostered by the continuous, hysterical lying by the GOP and their shills in Your Liberal Media.
Why conservatives hate Obamacare — Interesting article which rather naively assumes there’s any rational basis for the conservative hatred of all things Obama. Bush merely ruined our military standing in the world, failed to protect us from terrorism, crashed the economy and ran up the highest deficits in history. Obama is guilty of a black Democrat. Any conservative can tell which of those is a crime against the Constitution.
?otD: Got ketchup?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block implementing Kenyan Muslim socialism by helping poor people see doctors: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)