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[links] Link salad hangs out in San Antonio

Message from a Patient: Whole Genome Sequencing Not Clinical YetMendelspod interviews me and Dad in a podcast.

Surgery mid-birth saved baby Lake — Wait, what? (Via David Goldman.)

After ChemoResearch into how the brain suffers as a result of chemotherapy is revealing potential avenues for ameliorating cognitive decline.

Beatles 3000 — A millennial retrospective. Hahaha. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Bingham Landslide — Wow.

NASA Mars Orbiter Images May Show 1971 Soviet Lander

Hacking an Airplane With Only an Android Phone — Hoo boy.

The Hard Truth about Economic Inequality that Both the Left and Right Ignore

Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their Emails — Because we Americans are the highly principled defenders of freedom and the rule of law.

In the story of Noah, climate change is humans’ faultSlacktivist Fred Clark with a progressive religious perspective on the latest conservative idiocy.

Fox’s Disability Insurance Fraud “Shocker” Falls Flat — The conservative view of social programs as some kind of cornucopia of largesse is just bizarre, not to mention profoundly counterfactual.

QotD?: Been to the Riverwalk?


4/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (1,500 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin), 1.0 hour of editing work on METAtroplis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 0.0 (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 by closing down golf courses: 0
Currently reading: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad hears the homicidal bitchin’ that goes down in every kitchen

Top 10 SF Signal Podcasts for 2012 — I immodestly note that I am part of the number one podcast.

The Hobbit: 48 and 24 Frames Per Second — Ben Peek is interesting.

Mazes & Monsters and the BADD old days: I’m collecting stories of the backlash against Dungeons & DragonsSlacktivist Fred Clark brings back some memories. Though I never encountered anti-RPG panic.

There still remain many agendaLanguage Log with a squib for the “data are plural” crowd.

It’s All Uphill From Here: The Earth at Perihelion

Lucy climbed trees as well as walked

Fence Phone — More weirdness from BLDG BLOG on the subject of oddball telecommunications. There are several other fascinating pieces over there in this same vein. (And did the fence phone have a maps app?)

Maps the key mobile battle

Ten states raise minimum wage; Is your state one of them? — It’s nice to see some states, including my own, doing the right thing. The perennial conservative hysteria over minimum wage hikes is as baseless as virtually every other target of conservative hysteria, from racial integration to gay marriage. But of course, there is never any post facto accountability for grandstanding conservative opposition to such basic moral issues as integration, marriage equality, or fair pay for fair work.

House GOP kills Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill. GOP to Sandy victims: Drop Dead. — So all those proud “Real American” GOPers from tornado and flood prone farm states are expecting precisely what the next time Mother Nature nails their home turf? This isn’t how a nation works, rather, this is how a dying political party spreads its toxicity.

?otD: Who will serve and who will eat?


1/2/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 3.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 213.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing small businesses to raise wages: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad heads for the infusion center

SF Squeecast Episode 16: Live from Chicon: Keeping It Classy on the Eve of a Hugo Award — In which I make a guest appearance, and tell Lynn Flewelling’s bear joke on live mic.

A Box of Crayons for the iPad — (Thanks to Dad.)

Some of the science behind procrastination (and tips on how to manage it) — I couldn’t find time to read this article.

Study finds humanity’s origins clouded by isolation and interbreedingOldest distinct population identified. But humans may never get specific site of origin.

Designing a Sustainable Interstellar Worldship

What would it mean if Jesus had been married?Slacktivist Fred Clark on the current stirrings in religious circles.

MoFem 101: Nauvoo Versus Utah Polygamy — Some inside baseball on Mormon polygamy history. I find this oddly fascinating.

Proud Americans, Be Who You Are — Being gay and political. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

“We’re Not Dead,” Say Texas Voters Informed They Were Dead — That conservative need to prevent voter fraud? Working out masterfully well.

Bill O’Reilly’s Sandra Fluke Obsession — Anatomy of yet another of the endless baldfaced conservative lies.

Final Stretch Marks Shift in Money Race — What’s wrong with this headline?

GOP Sen. says he will cut scientific funding because scientists read too much — Because, uh. I got nothing. The conservative stupid outpaces even my sarcasm sometimes.

Mitt Romney: I’m for the ‘100 percent’ — Amazing, the things conservatives say when they realize people are listening. Quite different from when they feel free to truly speak their minds.

Ann Romney to critics: “Stop it. This is hard” — Yes, I warmly recall when Ann Romney leapt to the defense of Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama as the media savaged them and their husbands. Her sterling intellectual consistency is of a piece with that of conservatives as a whole.

Worse Than Bush — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the Romney candidacy. He has more interesting stuff here. N.B. I like reading Larison because he critiques the conservative movement from the inside. Gives me a more rounded view of some of the issues that are very hot for me. I don’t actually agree with very many of his positions, but I find him fascinating to read.

?otD: Drip drip?


9/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,300 new words on a Green novelette)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.0 (fitful)
Weight: 235.6
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad believes that Green is more than a color

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 151): Interview with Author Jay Lake — They interviewed me at Worldcon.

Jay Lake, “Hnacie pero” (2007) — A review of Mainspring. I’m not sure of the language. Romanian or Hungarian, possibly.

With a Nasal Drawl — A discussion about writing about language. (Found at Language Log.)

Sturgeon’s Law — Hahahaha! (Snurched from @jackwilliambell.)

Vintage Tin Toys

Elephant, Ranger Protections Endorsed—But Do They Have Teeth? — Warning, triggery photographs.

Woolly Mammoth Tracks Prove Beasts Once Roamed Oregon

We’ll have to get used to this idea — Roger Ebert with a somewhat lateral take on vegetarianism.

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and Sacred History from Judaism to Islam

Some Religious Leaders See a Threat as Europe Grows More Secular — I can only see deprivileging religion as a good thing, personally. Not delegitimization, just deprivileging.

Researchers track evolution through snapshots of 40,000 generationsThe experiment, bane of Conservapedians, traces evolution to the DNA level.

Looking down on the snow of Kilimanjaro The ice is receding, and it’s expected the volcano will be ice-free in as little as ten years. While the recession has been going on for a century now, the past couple of decades have seen phenomenal acceleration in ice loss. It’s amazing, the lengths liberals will go to to perpetrate their global warming scam. Even to removing tons of snow from an African volcano. Good thing we have the GOP to tell us the truth, despite our lying eyes.

Chick-fil-A to stop giving money to ‘anti-gay organizations,’ according to reports — I am rather suspicious of this story, especially given the transparently disingenuous statement from the company at the end of the article, but I am cautiously optimistic.

A Brief Black Liberal Rant — Ta-Nehisi Coates is, as usual, interesting.

One More Reason to Distrust Romney — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on R. Money’s ongoing campaign woes.

Mitt Romney pulled up from his bootstraps: ‘I have inherited nothing.’ — The lack of self-awareness inherent in privilege is stunning.

What Mitt Romney Doesn’t Get About Responsibility — A devastating critique of the idiocy of the worldview from Romney’s money tower.

Romney Taking Hits in Republican Party as Polls Show Obama Edge — WHat astonishes me is that through my political lifetime, the GOP have been absolute masters at messaging and party discipline. Did the Bush administration wreck the Republican party as badly as it wrecked the country as a whole?

Mitt Romney says half of Americans are immoral parasites who think they’re ‘victims’Slacktivist Fred Clark with a terrific rundown of solid links on Romney’s inadvertent moment of conservative honesty.

Mitt is down; out looms next — The country can only hope.

?otD: Would you go to Kalimpura?


9/20/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,000 new words on a Green novelette)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.0 (fitful)
Weight: 238.2
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad is guaranteed

METAtropolis: Cascadia — An audio review.

Professional Standards — What it takes (or took in 1934) to make it in the news business. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Five Reasons Cord-Cutting May Not Be For YouAre you ready to ditch cable? It’s not for everyone–yet. I ditched cable tv back in 1994, haven’t regretted it yet.

Spreepark Berlin Sits Abandoned 11 Years After Closing — (Thanks to [info]mlerules.)

Love To Hate Cilantro? It’s In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head — (Via [info]garyomaha.)

A First: Organs Tailor-Made With Body’s Own Cells

Atomic bond types discernible in single-molecule images

Bee study lifts lid on hive habitsExperiments on division of labour among honeybees reveal why some worker bees are foragers while others nurse their queens.

World’s Shiniest Fruit — Weird. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

A Solar Filament Erupts — Another awesome APOD image.

From dry rivers to dead deer, drought’s impact felt everywhere — No climate issues here. Move along, citizen.

The staggering decline of sea ice at the frontline of climate changeScientists on board Greenpeace’s vessel exploring the minimum extent of the ice cap are shocked at the speed of the melt. Remember, kids, climate change is a liberal conspiracy. Pay no attention to the facts on the ground, your ideology will always be correct.

He Said, She Said, and the Truth — How come the wrong end of fact checking almost always seems to be the conservative view? You know, the one Your Liberal Media always presents as part of fair, balanced reporting.

Canadian the only illegal alien caught in U.S. fake-voter dragnet[A]fter months of searching, only one alien falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen has been caught, charged and convicted in Florida. And this is why Republicans the nation wide are eager to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of likely Democratic voters. To protect the sanctity of the polls from a single rogue Canadian! No partisan interest here, no sir. (Snurched from the always excellent Lowering the Bar.)

Top Romney Staffer Denies Campaign Disarray

U.S. state officials in stealth mode on health exchanges — Because GOPers at the state level are just as destructive as the national party. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Thank You, Paul Ryan Thanks to Ryan’s very explicit advocacy of scrapping public Medicare in favor of vouchers, seniors are returning to their natural Democratic home. The transparently bogus effort of the Romney-Ryan ticket to walk back Ryan’s voucher proposal — and alter it into a plan where seniors get to choose traditional public Medicare or vouchers — only reinforces the voter perception of Romney as someone who keeps changing his story.

Romney enters critical phase, will talk up economic plan — Because those very same policies worked out so well under Dubya.

?otD: Special for you today only? Or every day?


9/17/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day off)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 7.75 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad sings “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”

SkiffyandFanty Episode 112 — An Interview w/ Jay Lake — A podcast interview with me, by Skiffy and Fanty. Covers the release of the Endurance trade paperback edition, as well as a fair amount of discussion of my cancer.

2012 Hugo voting analysis — Apparently I missed the Best Novelette ballot by one vote. Sigh.

How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards — Sigh.

Beyond the MatrixThe Wachowskis travel to even more mind-bending realms.

Couple discover 33ft deep hole built in middle ages beneath their living room after spotting bump in the floor

Tracking a Subtle Scent, a Dog May Help Save the Whales — (Via Dad.)

Tigers change behavior to live near peopleTigers don’t necessarily need huge dedicated reserves, say scientists, but can accommodate themselves to patterns of human activity by becoming more nocturnal.

Researchers ponder what’s next in volcanic YellowstoneCaldera isn’t ready to erupt, but we might have little warning when it is. If this doesn’t concern you, you’re not paying attention.

Spacecraft to starship? 35 years after launch, Voyager 1 is barreling toward the stars

Aliens at the Vatican! A History of the Vatican Meteorite Collection — Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., the Vatican Astronomer, will be speaking at the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory fundraiser on Saturday, September 15th. Check it out and support an important Northwest science lab.

Smoke and mirrors‘Agnotology’, the art of spreading doubt (as pioneered by Big Tobacco), distorts the scepticism of research to obscure the truth. See also evolution denial, climate change denial, supply side economics, and very nearly every other core conservative belief. (Via Scrivner’s Error.)

Climate report: “Almost no chance” of less than 3½°F (2°C) rise; 50-50 chance of 5½°F (3°C); headed for 9°F — Darn that liberal bias in reality. Good thing conservatives aren’t part of the reality-based community.

Holder Announces Impunity for Torture-Homicides — (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

QOTD: Gloria Borger — France? Really? This is what makes it so hard to respect so many of the most hardcore American conservatives — their endless self-serving hypocrisy.

As Republican convention emphasizes diversity, racial incidents intrude — Gee, the party that’s having trouble because they can’t generate enough angry white guys isn’t communicating well across racial lines? No one could have predicted this!

Romney & Bush Disappearance — Hahahahahah.

The Political Overconfidence of Republican Hard-liners

?otD: Who’s the boss?


9/4/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (running on Con time)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad comes home from Mars

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 141): Cherie Priest, Jay Lake, Gail Carriger, Paul Di Fillipo, Phillipa Ballantine and Tee Morris Talk Steampunk

The Rule of Names — Aliette de Bodard on the perils of cross-cultural naming. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Pop Tarts: Which flavor Reigns Supreme?Jersey Girl in Portland with her own comments on the Pop-Tart issue. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] See also The Pop Tarts World Store, courtesy of [info]danjite.

First Driving Lesson — A video from yesterday’s Washington and Oregon coast ramble. Shot by me on my iPhone, produced by Waterloo Productions. Hahahah.

Howl’s Moving Castle in Shockingly Good Papercraft Form — This is pretty neat. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Cats, whales and empty seats: The best nonhuman Twitter feeds

NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing, beams back photos — Just in case you somehow missed this…

SMBC on the gay force that holds the universe together — Hahaha. Especially check out the mouseover text.

Fred Phelps: Why it is not possible to believe that you ate Chick-fil-A because of ‘freedom of speech’Slacktivist Fred Clark is once again delightfully snarky.

Voting Rights and Reproductive Rights for Artificial Intelligences[info]ericjamesstone is both funny and interesting with a very SFnal question and accompanying thought experiment.

Rick Warren and the “Finer Points of Christology” — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on religion and the GOP. I generally have a lot of respect for what he has to say, but in this case, I think he gets it flat wrong in dismissing the theocratic underpinnings of the current Republican coalition on the basis of the McCain and Romney nominations. Probably because Larison’s own deeply religious perspective makes it difficult for him to acknowledge the depths to which the GOP has sunk in this respect.

?otD: Got Curiosity?


8/6/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day off)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.0 (fitful)
Weight: 237.2
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

[links] Link salad would like to get some sleep before it travels

Between The Sheets #92 – London Calling — Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts is interviewed by podcast. This one’s not work- or child-safe.

Poop Strong: Cancer patient whose costs exceeded insurance cap wins victory, via Twitter — (Via Michael Fay.)

Cancer Genomes Let Drugmakers Get PersonalOne startup, H3 Biomedicines, uses genome data to design drugs aimed at small groups of patients. As I’ve said before, cancer isn’t a disease so much as it is a process employed by hundreds, even thousands, of distinct diseases. Ideas like this get at the roots of the problem.

This Is What A 1987 Soviet Invasion Of Western Europe Could Have Looked Like — Mmm, ekranoplan. (Via [info]davidlevine.)

Visualized: a look inside iRobot’s gadget-filled ‘cool stuff room’ — (Via David Goldman.)

Ash and Lightning Above an Icelandic Volcano — Wow.

50-Mile Landslides Spotted on Saturn’s Icy Moon

The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic — The real world has a way of doing that, at least to people open to evidence that contradicts their ideology.

Dick Cheney: Picking Sarah Palin for VP Was ‘A Mistake’ — Transparently true as it was from moment one of the McCain-Palin campaign, that might have been a helpful comment from a major GOP figure, oh, about four years ago.

Mitt Romney is a frequent and blatant liar. Why don’t our guardians of discourse care? — That Mitt Romney lies repeatedly and at length in his campaign discourse is a well-documented, objectively true statement, not a partisan one. Your Liberal Media supports and sustains those lies, because that’s what Your Liberal Media does.

?otD: Got a warrant? Are you coming in?


7/30/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski; Ironskin by Tina Connolly

[links] Link salad heads out for another hike

Hear That? #11: Koelle, Lake, Shehadeh — Sandra Odell reviews, among other things, the recent podcast of my short story, “The American Dead.”

The true secret of love…Marti McKenna makes a funny and neat image out of something I said.

Avengers of Harmony — My Little Pony/Avengers mashup video. Heh. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Heavy ion collisions reveal the earliest instants of our UniverseLHC and RHIC provide a completely different view of fundamental forces.

Is Central Oregon Warming To Gay Culture?

Penn State orders removal of Paterno statue — One very small but symbolic step in the right direction.

The Seven Stages of Gun Violence — Some wise thoughts about the American response to violence. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Dreaming of a World With No Intellectuals — Conservatives and the intellectual life. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Legislator Upset That Muslims Want to Use School-Voucher Program Too — This is actually slightly old news, but I like this particular take on the story. Especially this: [Republican state representative] Hodges mistakenly assumed that ‘religious’ meant ‘Christian.’ Which pretty much in a nutshell explains the conservative view of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion. More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency: absolutists to a point beyond absurdity on the Second Amendment, arrant revisionists and situationalists on the First.

Self-Indulgence and DutyMany of the failures of the Bush [Administration] came about partly because most conservatives fell in line, deferred to party leaders, and did their “duty” to their party by continuing to support it even when it was leading them and the country towards disaster. It doesn’t bode well for the future if conservatives are ready to fall back into that same pattern.

?otD: Got mountain?


7/22/2012
Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (research plus 1,300 words on a requested short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, trail hiking to come
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: 237.8
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad follows Horace Greeley’s advice

Pseudopod 290: The American Dead — A podcast of one of my stories.

Women are people too[info]fjm on the subject of women’s clothes.

Oregon stone tools enliven ‘earliest Americans’ debate

Dinosaur Sex Experts Concur That Animals Mated Front To Back — How the heck does one become a “dinosaur sex expert”, anyway? (Thanks, I think, to Lisa Costello.)

Justin Bieber Blasted Me With His Gondola-Based Sonic Ray Machine

xkcd asks, “what if…?”

Virgin Galactic announces new launch vehicle

After 14 Years, Furby Has Returned — I had one of those the last time around… (Thanks to Dad.)

The Other Joe Paterno — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the vile evil of Joe Paterno and the Penn State football program. Where are the ones who walk away from State College, PA?

Voters Would Accept Black, Female, Catholic,or Hispanic President — (Via David Goldman.)

What Is Causing The Increase In Political Violence In America? — Conservatives and hate speech. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

The Mystery of John Roberts — More on Supreme Court history and rulings.

?otD: Going west?


7/13/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (workshop crit and WRPA)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 6.0 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

[links] Link salad celebrates its birthday

METAtropolis: Cascadia wins an Audie for Best Original Work — Hooray for us and congratulations to Audible.com.

Shut Up and Take My Money: Fans Should Hire Artists

The comment threads on yesterday’s “Saving Your Pizza for Marriage” post are hilarious and in some cases thought provoking: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Eclipsed Moon Over Wyoming — Oh, wow.

Translation Tools Could Save Less-Used LanguagesLanguages that aren’t used online risk being left behind. New translation technology from Google and Microsoft could help them catch up.

32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow

Guilt In Depression Has Different Brain Response, Suggesting Freud Was Right

For GOP grown-up, a tax pledge too farIt probably gives you some idea how far the Republican Party has drifted into the 16th century when Jeb Bush has emerged as a moderate voice of reason and common sense.

Republican Comes Unglued When Asked to Provide Examples of Voter Fraud — It’s hard to admit in public that by “voter fraud” you mean “people other than white conservatives voting”, but come on, GOP, we all know what’s what you’re talking about. Own it. Be proud of who you are. (Via [info]shsilver.)

?otd: When is your birthday?


6/6/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (spent much of the day helping a friend in need)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: 239.6
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

[links] Link salad gets checked for fleas and barricades of embassies

Rick Kleffle, with a podcast including me reading a bit from the beginning of Calamity of So Long a Life

Why I hate the myth of the suffering artistIt is absurd and insulting to assume artists are assisted by despair or hunger in a way that, say, plumbers are not. (Via @ce_murphy.)

Copying Is Not Theft — Hmmm…

The Bacon Coffin — For when John Scalzi becomes a vampire. (Via my Dad.)

Boston University scientists discover evidence humans used fire 1 million years ago

We Can Survive Killer Asteroids — But It Won’t Be Easy — Duck! And cover!

Programmable ‘smart sand’ can assume any shape — If you don’t think this is cool, you are dead to me.

Future telescope array drives development of exabyte processing

Flying car completes its first test flight, could be on sale by end of the year — 1970 called, they want their future back. Now, where’s my jetpack?

Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency — Electric vehicles? Come on. Any Republican can tell you that’s total Kenyan Muslim socialism. Even when one of American’s leading companies is doing the investing.

Gay pride flag raised at a US base in Afghanistan — Go, go, go!

Charlie debunks 2012 nonsense — Why does this even need debunking? As profoundly counterfactual and willfully ignorant as evolution denial and climate change denial are, at least I can see where they’re coming from in a cultural and political sense. But 2012 paranoia?

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood attacked with ‘explosive device’ — Remember kids, according to the Republican party, it’s not terrorism if good conservative white people are doing the bombing and the killing.

Six dead in shooting at Oakland university; suspect arrested in Alameda — Thank god for the NRA and the GOP standing up for everyone’s right to their defense of essential liberties.

A Return to… You Call This Sanity?Scrivener’s Error is interesting on ebooks and the politics of education. To start with, if you call anything that does not meet your preconceived notion from the hard Right “liberal” — including centrist positions a liberal might well call “conservative” — you’re going to get a rather distorted picture. Then, too, exactly how does one judge the political orientation of introductory calculus-based physics? Is it a “liberal-oriented” course if it includes “modern physics”? How about if you offer a non-calculus-based alternative that mentions energy production as an example for study? Is a linguistics course that includes consideration of non-Western languages inherently “liberal”, especially if it is not based on Latin and ancient Greek?

Permitted handguns will be allowed in RNC’s ‘clean zone’oping to head off violent protesters during the Republican National Convention, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has proposed a litany of items that will be considered security threats during the week-long event. The list runs from air pistols to water pistols and also includes items such as masks, plastic or metal pipe and string more than six inches long. Conspicuously absent from the list of potential weapons: Firearms. Nice to see that conservative America still has its priorities straight. (Via [info]danjite.)

Social issues are not the Republican Party’s problem – the gender gap is about healthcare, not sex — A British perspective, with a strong conservative bias.

Republicans are causing a moral crisis in AmericaIt’s hard to point to a single priority of the Republican Party these days that isn’t steeped in moral failing while being dressed up in moral righteousness. […] It is a very strange thing that the people who lecture most fervently about morality are those who are most willing to fight for policies that are so immoral. This is an emperor-has-no-clothes argument, one I’ve been making for years in vain given the conservative dominance of the “liberal” media and our political discourse.

Pink Slime Economics[A] lasting budget deal can only work if both parties can be counted on to be both responsible and honest — and House Republicans have just demonstrated, as clearly as anyone could wish, that they are neither. This is news how?

Pressure grows for Rick Santorum to drop out as Obama surges in pollsMitt Romney expected to win Tuesday primaries as GOP eager to end contest and shift campaign against the president. Amazingly enough, bugfuck conservative lunacy doesn’t poll well with people who haven’t already drunk the Kool-Aid. I know this will come as a shock to many Republican voters, but their worldview as expressed by Santorum is neither rational nor popular.

Obama Cautions Against ‘Judicial Activism’ On Health Care“Ultimately I’m confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress,” Obama said at a Rose Garden press conference. “And I just remind conservative commentators that for years, what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. An unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example. And I’m pretty confident this court will recognize that and not take that step.” Silly president, assuming the remotest intellectual consistency or good faith from Republicans. It’s only judicial activism when conservatives disagree with the outcome. Legislation from the bench is fine when it supports the conservative worldview.

?otd: Do you ever ever ever wanna be young again?


4/3/2012
Writing time yesterday: 4.25 hours (2.75 hours of reviewing existing draft of Their Currents Turn Awry, added 1,300 words; 1.5 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (solid)
Weight: 238.6
Currently reading: The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling