Desolation again strikes Tolkien-themed street signs — Ah, Portland. (Via Dad.)
This is a map of the U.S., with the literal meanings of its state names and cities — This is cool. (Snurched from Lois Buhalis.)
A Baby Name That Really Tells You Something About the Parents — Yes, it tells you these parents have heartland family values, and also badly need oversight from Child Protective Services.
Neanderthals buried their dead like modern humans — The findings focus on Neanderthal remains that were first discovered in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints in southwestern France.
Ancient Chinese cat bones shake up domestication theory — Fossil discovery an ‘important step’ in understanding feline transformation from pest-control to pet.
Sex and Drugs and Border Changes — A combination of sex and drugs (and possibly rock ‘n roll) is forcing two governments to change the border that divides them.
North Korea’s way with extreme insults — The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, executed for treason on Thursday, has been officially denounced as “despicable human scum”. Why is the language so over-the-top? Oddly, not very different from how many American conservatives, especially in the media, talk about moderates and liberals.
“Thank You, Doctor. And Now, for the Opposing View, Here’s Joe Camel.” — 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? It would have just as much scientific validity as climate change denial, and every bit as much Biblical basis as evolution denial.
Yeah, About That Global Warming “Pause”… — Debunking another knowing lie from climate change denialists.
“60 Minutes” does Infomercial for NSA with Security Official posing as Journalist — CBS has finally decided to go for the coveted “we have a Constitutional right to lie” FOX News market segment. Your Liberal Media, disgracing itself further all the time.
In Colorado and elsewhere, sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws. The state can’t make them — All those conservatives who claim to so revere the Constitution? Yeah, right. Like Christianists who revere the Bible when it’s convenient for them, that reverence vanishes when the Holy Writ doesn’t conveniently match their prejudices.
Satanist Monument Shines Light on Christian Privilege — Yup. This. The fact that some Christians have managed to convince themselves they are persecuted in contemporary America represents a breathtaking lack of self-awareness and intellectual honesty. Unless, of course, you believe that a slight descent from absolute cultural supremacy to mere overwhelming cultural dominance somehow qualifies as persecution, in which case that conviction represents an amazingly willful ignorance about words and their meanings. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Hindus Propose Giant Monkey God Statue On Oklahoma Capitol Grounds — How’s that law for religious displays working out for you, right-wing Christians of Oklahoma? Sure, you got to put up your giant 10 commandments monument in front of the State House. But this opened up the door for the Satanic Temple to ask for a memorial. Now, the Hindus are calling for their own religious statue to be placed on the state capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. I want to donate to the this, and the Satanist monument. (Snurched from Ellen Eades.)
?otD: Do all things come to the patient man? When they come too late, does anybody understand?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours fitful
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)