A Valuable Reputation — After Tyrone Hayes said that a chemical was harmful, its maker pursued him.
Cancer cases set to rise by half by 2030: UN — Yeah, well. Some days I know I’m just another statistic in a government chart.
New laser-printed material is lighter than water, as strong as steel — An internal structure like that of bone keeps the material porous but tough. This article also includes an incredibly cool chart of material strength and density which ought to be of interest to anyone writing hard SF.
Soon, the Coldest Place in the Known Universe Will Be on … the International Space Station — “We’re going to explore temperatures far below anything found naturally.”
Atlanta Storm Was a Government Conspiracy? Snow Way! — Unless folks can learn from their mistaken ideas, this kind of thinking is dangerous. We know that political parties and ideologically based “think tanks” will spread disinformation that gets absorbed by the public through various media. That’s no tinfoil-hat theory, that’s fact—you only need to read about the history of the tobacco industry (and now the fossil fuel industry) to see this. I draw your attention to the Texas Republican Party platform in 2012, which explicitly opposed teaching critical thinking skills.
Winter Heat Swamps Alaska — In January 2014, record-breaking heat left Alaskans dealing with unseasonable bouts of rain and avalanches.
‘In God We Trust—but We Have Put Our Faith in Our Guns’ — Florida teenager Jordan Davis was shot by Michael Dunn after an argument over music. His mother, Lucia McBath, talks about losing her son and her fight against Stand Your Ground laws. Read this, especially if you’re one of those people who believes guns make us all safer.
Everything Is Like Slavery, Except Slavery — If it wasn’t so grimly sad and offensive, this conservative fixation with comparing pretty much every political initiative they disapprove with slavery would be funny. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Coca-Cola’s Multicultural Super Bowl Ad Really Angered Conservatives — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.
Coca-Cola Critics Have Never Heard of ‘E Pluribus Unum’ — The rage directed at the Super Bowl ad with “America the Beautiful” sung in foreign languages shows some people can’t get on board with the future.
Times Are A-Changin’: Republicans Now The Key To Gay Marriage Fight — I find this piece to be wildly optimistic, given the GOP’s core electoral strategy of generating angry white guys, but I hope I’m wrong.
Republicans Are Advancing Their War on Public Education — Old news here, but it never stops.
Trick Websites Dupe Democrats Into Donating To Republicans — When a crop of mock sites cropped up last month, the NRCC defended its actions as perfectly legal. Character counts, as some political party or another used to frequently remind us.
?otD: When you stare into the ocean, does the ocean stare back at you?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (post-operative)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block inventing polar vortices: 0
Currently reading: n/a