Sculptures That Are Literally Head-Expanding — This be some strange stuff.
The Science of Selfies: A Five-City Comparison — Where do they smile the most? The least? Who poses most expressively? Then there’s always felfies. (Via David Goldman.)
Lonely Cows Are Slow Learners
Massive offshore wind farms’ unexpected benefit: Hurricane protection
Daytime Moon Meets Morning Star — Which somehow sounds like the title of a Cordwainer Smith story to me.
“I Don’t Think We Accept These,” Says TSA Agent, Peering at D.C. License — I once had a car rental counter clerk in Dallas, Texas decline to accept my Oregon driver’s license because she could only accept US IDs.
Michael Dunn Compares Himself To Rape Victim In Newly Released Calls From Jail — Not unlike George Zimmerman. Apparently middle aged men who kill unarmed black kids are society’s true victims. Their guns made them safer, then they were betrayed. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Rand Paul Blocks Surgeon General Nominee For Saying Gun Violence Is A Public Health Threat — Because guns make us all safer, and any pantywaist who pretends otherwise doesn’t deserve to be heard. Just ask the 30,000 people killed every year by firearms, they’ll surely agree.
“Stand Your Ground” Nation — America used to value the concept of retreat. Now we just shoot. The paranoid bullies with their guns are winning.
One-Third Of Millennials Who Left Their Religion Did It Because Of Anti-Gay Policies: Survey — I know from listening to American religious leaders that Jesus’ teachings on homosexuality are far more prominent and important in the New Testament than His teachings on ministering to the poor, or feeding the hungry, or hypocrisy, or love of self and neighbor. Just look how many verses are devoted to each of those topics, after all. He preached constantly on the gay menace. Wait, what?
There Are Two Christian Right Movies Called ‘Persecuted’ Coming Out This Year — We’ve written quite a bit about the Religious Right’s conviction that conservative Christians in the U.S. are facing religious persecution through things like gay rights and the expansion of contraception access. Well, in case we needed a confirmation that this is in fact the direction of the right-wing zeitgeist, it turns out that are several movies coming out this year about the supposed oppression of Christians in America. And two of them have the same title: “Persecuted.” (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Federal judge voids Texas’ gay marriage ban, though he delays order from taking effect immediately — Republican officials are of course appealing in their continued effort to restrict civil and human rights for Americans of whom they disapprove.
Fox’s Tucker Carlson: It’s “Fascism” For Businesses To Have To Treat Gay Customers Equally — Carlson’s attempts to distinguish between refusing to provide services related to a gay wedding and refusing to serve gay people in general ignore the substance of the bill. New York University constitutional law professor Kenji Yoshino has noted that the measure is broadly written enough that it would allow any individual or business owner to refuse services to any gay person as long as he or she contended that providing services would burden his or her religious beliefs. So I guess we’ll have to carry gay/straight cards, as well as religious IDs?
Hispanic Lawyers Pull Conference From Arizona Over Anti-Gay Bill — Just the first of a long and richly-deserved string of economic setbacks for one of the epicenters of Christianist bigotry in America.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes divisive bill seen as anti-gay — “Seen as” anti-gay? “Flatly intended to be” anti-gay is the simple truth. And I am amazed at this veto, given that the Religious Right never backs down on anything. Would have been nice if she’d vetoed the bill because it is profoundly unConstitutional and against everything American values stand for, rather than due to the economic backlash, but I guess morality is where you find it when you’re a Republican governor in a conservative state.
Dumb New Arizona Laws — Hah!
The Death Throes Of The Anti-Gay Movement — We should be so lucky.
Arizona Discrimination, Leviticus Style — Hate can get complicated.
Let he who is without sin… — Hahahah.
It’s Official: White Folks in Red States are the Biggest Food Stamp ‘Moochers’ in the Country!
DOJ Still Ducking Scrutiny After Misleading Supreme Court on Surveillance
Dick Cheney Broke US Military, now blames Obama for Cuts — Oh, come on. It’s all Obama’s fault. You can’t blame Cheney for anything. The last Republican to bear any responsibility whatsoever for their destructive acts in office was Richard Nixon. Reagan’s teflon coat is still ubiquitous among GOP pols.
Why I left the GOP — My old Republican worldview was flawed because it was based upon a small and particularly rosy sliver of reality. To preserve that worldview, I had to believe that people had morally earned their “just” desserts, and I had to ignore those whining liberals who tried to point out that the world didn’t actually work that way. I think this shows why Republicans put so much effort into “creat[ing] our own reality,” into fostering distrust of liberals, experts, scientists, and academics, and why they won’t let a campaign “be dictated by fact-checkers” (as a Romney pollster put it). It explains why study after study shows — examples here, here, and here – that avid consumers of Republican-oriented media are more poorly informed than people who use other news sources or don’t bother to follow the news at all. Waking up to a fuller spectrum of reality has proved long and painful. (Via shsilver.)
?otD: Do you remember Dick Tracy? Do you remember Shane?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minutes
Number of FEMA troops on my block unjustly vilifying Ted Nugent: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)