Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming — A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens. (Via AH.)
The Meat Is Only the Start — Hungry City: Umami Burger in Greenwich Village. Mmm mmm. (Thanks to Dad.)
Colourful ‘solar glass’ means entire buildings can generate clean power — British firm develops colourful, transparent solar cells that will add just 10% to glass buildings’ cost. (Thanks to Ellen Eades.)
Popeye in Perspective — In the 1934 animated film “A Dream Walking” by the Fleischer Studios, Olive Oyl sleepwalks on a skyscraper’s scaffolding, as Popeye and Bluto try to save her. It’s a tour de force of perspective, switching effortlessly between one-, two-, and three-point perspective.
Santa Fe Flyer: 1943 — Holy crap, this photo. I love industrial imagines, but an entire steam locomotive being hoisted through the air… wow…
Big clawed fossil had spider-like brain — Scientists have discovered the best-preserved nervous system in an ancient fossil.
Vast meteorite pulled from Russian lake, breaks up — It’s half a ton big and it came from outer space. At least that’s what Russian scientists say. Yet when they try to weigh it, it breaks into pieces.
“Thank You, Doctor. And Now, for the Opposing View, Here’s Joe Camel.” — And while it chaps my hide, stuff like this is what I expect from Heartland. What really gets me is that USA Today gave Heartland a place to confuse the public about global warming. If they ran a piece about satellites, would they get an “opposing view” from a Flat Earther? Global warming is no more a controversy than Young Earth Creationism. Only conservative political pressure keeps that question alive at all, that and the media’s terror at being labelled liberal for reporting on what’s really in the world.
Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Maximum Extent — And yes, this is an expected part of climate change, too.
The American Genocide Against Iraq: 4% of Population Dead as result of US sanctions, wars — Remember, kids, the Iraq War was a trillion dollar war-of-choice started on knowingly false pretenses by a Republican administration eager to be seen doing something about an attack on the United States which Iraq had nothing to do with. Plus maybe oil. And PNAC. Yet somehow people still imagine the GOP to be patriotic stewards of America’s national interest.
The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government — Ah, Dominionism, that ultimate expression God’s love as taught to us by smug, hateful Republican Jesus. (Via David Goldman.)
Scalia’s word problem — So true. Heh. The conservative mind is indeed a wonder to behold.
Thanks to the Shutdown, Republicans Are Losing Ground in Numerous Senate Races — We can only hope this will last. The country should be so lucky.
Nine things we missed during the shutdown — American conservatives are why can’t have nice things in this country.
GOP: We can easily avoid default Thursday by not paying Social Security checks — Mmm. Compassionate conservatism. Are you proud of your Republican party?
Pro-shutdown SD ranchers upset shutdown means no federal aid for devastating blizzard — Ah, the vaunted intellectual consistency of American conservatism. As I keep saying, no one, especially not conservatives, likes conservative policies when applied to them personally.
Senate Debt Deal Screeches To Halt As U.S. Looks Over The Cliff — “We won’t be the last political party to overplay our hand,” he said. “It might happen one day on the Democratic side. And if it did, would Republicans, for the good of the country, kinda give a little? We really did go too far. We screwed up. But their response is making things worse, not better.” What has happened in the last thirty years of politics that would lead anyone with a pulse to imagine that the Republicans would “kinda give a little” if they had the Democrats backed into a bad political corner? This is incredibly self-serving tripe from Senator Graham.
Republicans never demanded Obamacare repeal, says Republican who demanded ‘getting rid of Obamacare’ — Of course, the GOP’s base of low-information voters will believe this flat out lie, and blame it all on Obama. But they always do.
Heritage Action: Fight Against Obamacare Will Go On — The Heritage Foundation’s Dan Holler lies smugly about the supposed disaster that is the successful Heritage Foundation healthcare proposal known as the ACA.
The huge health-care subsidy everyone is ignoring — The political right has paralyzed government over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, on the grounds that the ACA represents an unacceptable government intrusion into what today is the province of private markets. But the premise is fundamentally untrue. What? A cherished Republican talking point untrue? Not possible! (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
?otD: What shade of pale did you turn?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)