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[links] Link salad wakes up to head for surgery

2013 Book 96: love in the time of metal and flesh[info]talekyn reviews me.

Yesterday, The Internet Solved a 20-year-old Mystery — This is cool and strange. (Snurched from Language Log.)

Sex With Google Glass — Because reasons! Or not… (Via [info]danjite.)

Milk Drinking Still a Mysteryhe mutation for milk-drinking evolved independently in different parts of the world over the last 10,000 years as a result of strong natural selection, but why was it so advantageous?

2013 Continued the Long-Term Warming TrendThe GISS Land-Ocean Temperature Index put 2013 into the top ten warmest years in the global record, even though temperatures in the United States were not much warmer than usual.

The Death Of ExpertiseToday, any assertion of expertise produces an explosion of anger from certain quarters of the American public, who immediately complain that such claims are nothing more than fallacious “appeals to authority,” sure signs of dreadful “elitism,” and an obvious effort to use credentials to stifle the dialogue required by a “real” democracy.

Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite — (Via [info]danjite.)

The abortion liars club. And one way they wield it. — Thou shalt not bear false witness.

?otD: Cuts like a knife, does it?


1/23/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (in hospital)
Weight: n/a (in hospital)
Number of FEMA troops on my block inventing polar vortices: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad finds Friday behind the couch cushions

A deeply personal statement, regarding reason and religion — Brad Torgersen responds, to me and others, from a faith-holding perspective.

A message from a fellow First Amendment follower — A blogger riffs on my religion post from yesterday. I like it.

The social life of health information

An interesting wheelchair alternative — (Via David Goldman.)

“Haunted” Maya Underwater Cave Holds Human Bones

Researchers study what sharks know, where they attackShark expert, math professor use unique skills to set facts straight about the predators.

Watching volcanoes deflate aids ash forecastAll you need is a GPS station on the rim and you can help keep planes safe.

Saving the Planet One Tiny Satellite at a TimeA Silicon Valley startup is turning its technical acumen and passion for space into an innovative venture that uses a fleet of relatively inexpensive, tiny satellites to take non-stop pictures of Earth.

Google makes first contact lens — They measure glucose levels. Wow.

Design Flaws: The Horrible Human Neck — If this is intelligent design, I want a refund. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Texas Public Schools Are Teaching CreationismResponsive Ed has a secular veneer and is funded by public money, but it has been connected from its inception to the creationist movement and to far-right fundamentalists who seek to undermine the separation of church and state. Infiltrating and subverting the charter-school movement has allowed Responsive Ed to carry out its religious agenda—and it is succeeding. Yep, American Christianists are never under any obligation to obey that pesky “bearing false witness” commandment, are they? (Via EK.)

The Republicanization of the United States: Becoming a “Can Do Nation” AgainThese are all signs of the “Republicanization” of America, folks. It’s the result of constantly cutting and cutting, without any regard to what we need or want as a people, as well as the “can’t do” spirit that imbues everything the Republican Party stands for. The current incarnation of the GOP has as its main theme that government can’t work, and it proves that every chance they get. And after 34 years of it, it’s time to say, “Enough!”

In our quest to appease superstitious neanderthals and short-sighted plutocrats we are abandoning the future — The decline of American research: another conservative legacy to poison our future.

America Black Ops Wars in 134 Countries — Tell me again why I voted for Obama?

?otD: Does change come from within? Or within the couch?


1/17/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad wonders why some people bother

Explaining various linguistic fields using donuts — Hahaha.

The Death Bet In it’s pure form, the death bet is just that, a bet that when the bill comes due, you’ll be dead. If you live a good life and die owing millions, well, what do you care? But someone will pay that bill. Maybe it will be your creditors, who might even go out of business, unable to collect what they are owed. Perhaps it will be your heirs, if the millions adhere to property. Perhaps it will be someone you don’t even know. But someone will pay. The good life, bought by debt, is always paid for. Speaking as someone who is currently and rapidly dying, boy do I see this. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

How The Friendship Paradox Makes Your Friends Better Than You Are The friendship paradox is the empirical observation that your friends have more friends than you do. Now network scientists say your friends are probably wealthier and happier too.

Ancient fossil shows evolution of fins to feet on Ellesmere Island

Weighing particles at the attogram scaleNew device from MIT can measure masses as small as one millionth of a trillionth of a gram, in solution.

U.S. Long Range Bomber B-17E, “The Flying Fortress” — I have always had a soft spot for these old aircraft identification posters.

Making Jesus’ name a banner for jerksAnd that’s why the Duck Dynasty affair was a huge deal. It was a test for the Christian church. It was an incredibly easy test for the Christian church. And the white evangelical church in America failed that test. Completely, utterly failed.

The Very, Very Thin Wedge of DenialLet me make a none-too-subtle political point here. Climate change deniers in politics and in the media are overwhelmingly Republican (or “free market libertarians”, who have aligned themselves to virtual indistinguishability from the GOP, or more likely vice versa). When I write on the politics of this issue I get accused of being biased, which is ironic indeed. I didn’t start this fight, nor did I draw the partisan lines. I’m just shining a light on them. I know some pro-science Republicans, but the ones in elected office are few and far between. And no one comes to climate change denial based on a review of the evidence. It’s all ideology pretending to be sciencey enough to fool the rubes who vote Republican.

Victims identified in Portland strip club shooting — One of those rare stories where an armed bystander stops a potentially larger incident. The sort of thing gun enthusiasts tout hard in their rationalization for our rates of gun violence. Which given the actual statistics on gun violence, insofar as conservative restrictions allow them to be studied, is sort of like people who hate seat belts touting the “man thrown from burning car” stories. (Via D. Scott Frey.)

Retired officer arrested in Wesley Chapel theater shootingAn altercation between two couples at a Wesley Chapel movie theater Monday led to a shooting that left a man dead, authorities said. Over text messaging, no less. Because we are all safer with more guns. Ask any conservative, or any of the 30,000 people who die every year of gun violence.

Partisanship and DiplomacyWe just have to think back to the debate over New START in 2010 to recall how intensely Republicans opposed an utterly uncontroversial and modest arms reduction treaty simply because the administration wanted it to be ratified. The objections to the treaty were all spurious or wildly overstated, but getting enough Republicans to vote for ratification was absurdly difficult given the nature of the agreement. Remember, the Senate GOP’s top legislative priority was making Obama a one-term president. Not jobs or the economy, not national security, nothing in the national interest whatsoever. Just a partisan vendetta. And there you have the Republican political philosophy in a nutshell. In their own words.

?otD: Are other people real to you?


1/14/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad knows there is a time to dance, a time to mourn

This Guy’s Wife Got Cancer, So He Did Something Unforgettable. The Last 3 Photos Destroyed Me. — (Via Joyce Scrivner.)

Bill Keller, Get Well Soon: You’re sick — More on the criticism of people who fight their cancer battles in public. This is sad, terrible stuff. Nostalgia for the old conspiracy of silence surround serious illness is so profoundly misplaced and inhumane. (Via [info]goulo.)

Jewish Surnames Explained

Kevin Andrew Murphy on Jack Chick passing the Bechdel test with respect to gaming — Oh, wow. My head hurts.

Eating ‘Paleo?’ Don’t Forget Worms and Tubers

The ‘Nutcracker Man’ Diet: Extinct Species Of Early Human Survived on ‘Tiger Nuts,’ Not Meat

Lost Remains of Slain Ancient Queen Unearthed

African tigerfish catch swallows in flight — Yow.

A Trip to the Moon — About Georges Méliès and his 1902 movie, Le voyage dans la lune.

It’s all work and no play for SpaceShipTwo pilot on virgin flight

Virtual Museum of Decorated Windows — This architectural neepery is interesting in a slightly worry way. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500 After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The great decoupling: another phrase for an end to 20th century capital economics

About that consensus on global warming: 9136 agree, 1 disagrees — Climate change denial is like evolution denial. It’s a political position taken for ideological reasons which has no grounding in evidence-based reality. Consider this: no one arrives at either evolution denial or climate change denial after a dispassionate review of the evidence. There is always an ideological starting point, followed by a search for a convincing explanation to justify the desired ideology. That’s pretty much the opposite of how science works. The constant conservative pretense otherwise is a disgrace to American politics, media and education, and a clear and present danger to our national interests. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

Fossil Fuels causing Antarctic Glacier to Melt Irreversibly, raise Sea Levels — Nothing to see here, citizens. Move along. Just liberal “facts” and “data”, which as any good conservative knows are lies from the pit of Hell.

Beyond Fire and Brimstone — A different view of the Christian ethic of eternal torment. (Thanks to [info]daveraines.)

Catholic Church Didn’t Have a ProblemIt simply never occurred to the Catholic Church to oppose health care plans that offer contraceptive coverage until opposing the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act became a priority for the Republican Party. Nice to see America’s Christian leadership upholding Biblical standards, which by amazing coincidence swiftly evolve to repeatedly coincide with the conservative political agenda. Smug Republican Jesus smiles upon them. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Chemical Spill Shuts Down Much Of W.Va. Capital — Remember kids, regulations are always bad for the economy. That’s the most important thing. Only stupid liberal moonbats care about drinkable water when there’s quarterly profits at stake.

Keeping Public Buildings Free of Guns Proves Too Costly for Kansas TownsReasoning that more guns mean greater safety, Kansas lawmakers voted last year to require cities and counties to make public buildings accessible to people legally carrying concealed weapons. Because 30,000 gun deaths a year is a small price for you and I and everyone else in America to pay for gun owners’ illusion of safety, that’s why.

Road Rage Victim Made Multiple 911 Calls — Another proud gun owner acting in theoretical defense of his essential liberties by slaughtering an innocent driver. Ask any conservative: more guns means more safety. Now ask the victim.

Coffee With RefugeesIn Lebanon’s Mountains, Syrians Face a Grim Future. (Snurched from The Nib.)

Anatomy of an Obamacare ‘horror story’ — Surprise! Conservatives lie about the ACA, Your Liberal Media does no fact checking. Hmm, the sun must have risen in the east this morning. Also, water is wet. (Via David Goldman.)

Democracy and the Christie phenomenonHe is leading up to an explanation as to why people like the bullying tough guy types such as Chris Christie — they are looking for someone to “take charge” in a world in which they feel a loss of control. That’s a pretty good encapsulation of the whole of modern conservatism. That’s what people wanted from Reagan, after all.

Fox’s Hume: Christie Seen As A Bully Because He’s An “Old Fashioned Guy’s Guy” In Today’s “Feminized Atmosphere” — Actually, Christie is seen as a bully because he’s a bully. Pure and simple. To some people, especially many conservatives longing for a powerful authority figure, that’s admirable manliness, but those people who admire this behavior are wrong and frankly a bit sick in the head.

?otD: Is there a time for peace? Is it too late?


1/13/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (interrupted fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad wakes up in its own bed

Jay Lake livre son génome — I love the translation of my attribution, The author of the largely unknown Jade…

Neanderthals ‘could speak like us’ — “Ooh-bi-doo, I wan’na be like you / I want to walk like you, talk like you, too…“ Everybody sing!

Dutch masters paintings deconstructed — This is pretty intense.

Will Commercial Space Travel Blast Off in 2014?

Big Dig West — Wow, this is serious stupidity up in Seattle, thanks to WSDOT.

Back in the Pulpit After Losing His Church, and Still Supporting Gay Marriage

Cosmas IndicopleustesCosmas composed his Christian Topography over a number of years, after he had retired to monastic life. He aimed at proving, contrary to prevailing Greek and some Christian theories, that the universe had the same shape as Moses’ tabernacle, that it was in the form of a cube and not a sphere. The earth was a flat, oblong table, 12,000 miles long and 6,000 miles wide, surrounded by ocean beyond which was Paradise, where Adam and Eve had lived (cf. II.43). The whole area was surrounded by high, perpendicular mountains on which the vault of heaven rested. Between heaven and earth lay the firmament, dividing the universe into two stages. God and the just dwelt on the upper level, to which man would be admitted after the Resurrection; on the lower was humanity in this life. And see here. (Thanks, ultimately, to Felix Gilman.)

Noah’s Extremely Bad Animal Husbandry AdviceBy their estimates, 16,000 land animals and birds, including dinosaurs, were on the ark. Uh, yeah. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Heat Wave Stifles AustraliaTemperatures topping 118° F, 48° C, baked eastern Australia during the final days of 2013 and first week of 2014.

Ford Exec: ‘We Know Everyone Who Breaks The Law’ Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car — Apparently there has since been a retraction. Gee, I wonder why. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Judge in “kids for cash” ruled liable for damage — It’s so rare for people who work in the judicial system to face consequences for misconduct, especially when the victims are essentially helpless and have no real social power. See our nation’s long and shameful history of essential zero consequences for prosecutorial misconduct, for example. This story continues to amaze me.

Freedom to lie[S]ome members of the court are concerned that the anti-abortion zealots are being obstructed from lying. You can’t blame them. Blatant dishonesty is a big part of the forced childbirth movement strategy and at least a handful of justices are undoubtedly fully on board with that tactic. Yeah, that whole Ten Commandment about not bearing false witness? Smug Republican Jesus gives His followers a pass on that one every time.

NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: ‘I do think laws have been broken’ — As any Republican can tell you, rumors of a presidential blow job are far, far more politically important than abuse of power for petty political payback a part of a long term pattern of bullying and intimidation.

?otD: Did you walk alone in restless dreams?


1/12/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (extremely fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 240.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad heads back to the west coast

Bechdel Test Movie List — Huh. I think seven of my ten novels pass the Bechdel test. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

10 abandoned hotels

Blaze ravages ancient Tibetan town

Mmm, vintage coffee

Decline of large carnivores damages ecosystems, experts warnResearchers recently called for an international initiative to conserve large predators in coexistence with people.

Metamaterials could perform calculus with light wavesA properly structured material could convert a light wave to its derivative. Science!

New discovery could be a Thorne-Zytkow object — Astronomical turducken? (Via David Goldman.)

Rise of the distorporationA mutation in the way companies are financed and managed will change the distribution of the wealth they create. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

American Conservatives, Jewish Law, and Israel’s New Abortion Policy — In which the intellectual and moral consistency of the American Right is proudly on display once again. It’s so nice to know that our nation’s conservative religious leaders would never stoop to political expediency when Biblical principle is at stake. Wait, sorry, the sarcasm bit got stuck on and dialed up to 11. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

How Newsweek’s ‘global cooling’ story got its legsNine paragraphs written for Newsweek in 1975 continue to trump 40 years of climate science. It’s a record that has the author amazed. Conservatives are not interested in evidence, except that which supports their position. Contrary evidence is ignored because of the well-known liberal bias in reality. Meanwhile, science really does change its collective mind about things. That a theory being explored 40 years might have changed since then due to more compelling evidence to the contrary is apparently inconceivable to conservatives. Confidential to GOP in America: that flexibility is a feature, not a bug, in science. There really is no “gotcha” in pointing out that scientists changed their minds about something over time.

?otD: How far will you go today?


1/11/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad gets punctured

Fantasy Novels — A reader reacts to, among other books, my novel Green. Very much not with the liking. Hilariously snarky, in fact. I highly approve of this review.

Scrivener’s Error is grumpy about (among other things) the SF/F community’s awards nomination process — A topic on which Generalissimo (ret.) Scalzi was opining yesterday.

Historic, Eccentric Wills Go Online

Kraft says Velveeta running low; fans warn of ‘cheesepocalypse’

A Giant Twisting Serpent Skeleton Emerges from the Loire River in France — Oooh. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Science Behind Ageing Sharks: Study Reveals Great Whites Can Live More Than 70 Years

Will We Find Habitable ‘Super-Earths?’

Search for exomoons turns up fluffy, Earth-sized planetIt’s so fluffy!

No, the Polar Vortex Does Not Disprove Global Warming — Unless you’re blinded by ideology and willful ignorance, of course, in which case the only evidence you’ll accept is negative evidence. Hello, conservative America.

Pastor tries atheism, loses jobs, gains $19,000 — Hmm. I’m not sure this is truly atheism so much as pretending to live as an atheist, but I am still impressed. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Israeli government offers women aged 20 to 33 free abortions — Wonder how that will play on the American Right? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Ohio police: Man stopped for speeding had 48 bombs — Hmm. A white conservative patriot with a carload of bombs. Heard this story? What if he’d been a Muslim? Think you would have heard about that? (Via Karen Williams.)

Top Christie aide linked to GWB lane-closing controversy — And people think this guy should be president? He makes Sarah Palin’s corrupt political pettiness during her tenure as governor look like Sunday school.

Christie says he was misled on GWB lane closures — If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Christie is infamous for his hardball vindictiveness and generally abusive approach to people he doesn’t agree with. This is a highly documented, long term character flaw. Who could possibly be fooled by his denials now? Well, other than pretty much every conservative voter in the country, of course. Remember kids, character counts… if you’re a Democrat.

?otD: Got apheresis?


1/9/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (up too early for hotel gym)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad has another one, just like the other one

Hawaiian shirts, indeed — Hahahaha. (Thanks to Scrivener’s Error.)

Why tropical forests have more tree species than US and Canada combined

The Brain, in Exquisite Detail

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That — Really? (Thanks to [info]martang.)

The Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard OfAlbuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill. Wow… (Thanks to GD.)

Global-warming-truthers, Donald Trump, Fox use record cold to `disprove` climate change“I think these scientists are laughing from their lavish laboratories and their vacations up at the arctic, and their nice boats that are well-equipped.” How do you even have rational engagement with stupidity this deep? Or willful ignorance this vile? Either way, there is no middle ground to speak of. It’s like arguing orbital mechanics with Flat Earthers.

Yes, the pope is still Catholic, despite what you heard — What I hear is not a liberal or a reformer. What I hear is a man who is calling for the Catholic Church to be humane and loving, rather than judgmental and punitive. It’s probably too much to hope for, at least here in the US given the makeup of the American bishops, but it’s a nice return to something at least vaguely resembling actual Biblical values, which I even as an atheist strongly prefer over the gospel of smug Republican Jesus.

Tripoli Residents Protest as 80,000 Rare Books in Lebanon Torched by Salafis — Another very good reason for being an atheist, given that this is the kind of conduct faith drives people to.

I Corrected a Misinformed Conservative About Obamacare. What Happened Next Will Neither Surprise You Nor Restore Your Faith in Humanity — Being a conservative these days means explicitly rejecting an evidence-based worldview in favor of ideological conviction. So there is no surprise at all that presenting a conservative with evidence that they are wrong will have no effect. It merely feeds their self-valorizing sense of injustice.

About that Country you Destroyed: A Letter to George W. Bush — It ain’t My Pet Goat, so this will be over Dubya’s head, but even if he could read it, he wouldn’t. More’s the pity.

GOP Memo Coaches Members To Show Empathy Toward Unemployed — Ah, the inherent compassion of conservatism.

Would the ‘first conservative’ recognize today’s right?

America’s real problem: Too much bipartisanship — Not how I would have thought to put it, but this article makes some interesting points. Another way to phrase the headline would have been “America’s real problem: Too much conservative consensus, not enough progressive values”, as all the examples given fit that bill nicely.

How the NSA Threatens National Security Our choice isn’t between a digital world where the agency can eavesdrop and one where it cannot; our choice is between a digital world that is vulnerable to any attacker and one that is secure for all users.

?otD: Is it espresso love?


1/8/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad is too long ago, too far apart

Russell Banks: By the BookAnything described by the author or publisher as fantasy, which to me says, “Don’t worry, Reader, Death will be absent here.” In his brief introduction to “Slow Learner,” Thomas Pynchon says he takes serious writing to be that in which Death is present. I agree. Thus speaks a man most proud of his absolute ignorance on the topic he is discussing. It’s one thing not to care for a literary genre as a matter of taste. It’s another thing to dismiss that entire genre out of hand based on a profound lack of understanding, and then pretend that dismissal is a statement of high principle. So much for Russell Banks’ intellectual honesty.

The more they stay the same! — Sherwood Smith shows us sneering at genre fiction from two and half centuries ago. Russell Banks would be pleased at his place in the pageant of tradition.

Because syntax — This one’s for all you language nerds.

Parseltongue — This one’s for all you language nerds who are Harry Potter fans.

How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood To understand how people look for movies, the video service created 76,897 micro-genres. We took the genre descriptions, broke them down to their key words, … and built our own new-genre generator. Fascinating. (Thanks to Scott Frey.)

Jay Lake #Dayton — Mmm.

This Dad Does Incredible Things To His Kids’ Lunches Every Day. I Can’t Stop Smiling! — This is cool. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer — We’re living longer, basically, and not dying of other things. Then there’s the simply unlucky, like me.

30-Something Everyday Tasks You Might Be Doing ‘Wrong’

Why It’s Nearly Impossible to Castrate a Hippo — Because there are some things you just absolutely, positively need to know. (Via [info]danjite.)

No, Our Solar System is NOT a “Vortex” — That video I posted yesterday? Not so much… (Thanks to [info]ericjamesstone.)

Newly discovered three-star system could debunk Einstein’s theory of General Relativity — Maybe, maybe.

Three CubeSats Released — I love these things.

Physics Professors Search Internet for Time Travelers, Don’t Find Any — All depends on how you want to think about the causality.

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Social Darwinism Isn’t DeadIf you’re doing well, you believe success comes to those who deserve it, and those of lower status must not deserve it.

Why Kim Jong-un probably didn’t feed his naked uncle to 120 dogsPoe’s law definitely applies to North Korea. (Via [info]danjite.)

Winter Does Not Disprove Global Warming — Willful idiocy is a backbone of conservative thought.

Papa John’s, Applebee’s And Others Pay Huge Price For Anti-Obamacare Politicking — As much as I would love for this to be true, I have a very hard time believing that enough of the public cares about this kind of thing to be the root cause of such a decline in brand value. If most people cared that much about conservative insanity on such a large scale, we would have a very different House of Representatives right now.

Romney Wishes He Could ‘Turn Back The Clock’“They’re going to find that the doctor they’ve had, they can’t keep. They’re going to find the policies they were promised they could have, they’re not going to be able to keep. And the American people are going to be very, very upset about that.” Right. Because that never, ever happened under the old system. And Romney never lied about anything, especially not his extensive efforts to offer a superior healthcare reform. Still trying to unskew, Mittens?

Gay Marriage Opponents Call For Uprising In Utah“The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats,” Former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack said at the meeting. Yes, the conservative right to hatred, bigotry and oppression is certainly being endangered by other Americans enjoying their civil rights, that is true. This attitude does not fill me with sympathy.

“Religious liberty” means never being allowed to do anything that someone else’s religion forbids, apparently — Welcome to conservative America, where their beliefs rule your life.

Liz Cheney Dropping Senate Bid — Interestingly, note that one of the key issues was Cheney’s hypocrisy over gay marriage.

The Return of the Welfare QueenRepublicans are launching a class war with racial undertones—and hurting the poor whites they’ll need to win in 2014. Launching? What the hell launching? The GOP has been waging a race-driven class war since Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy.

The Failure of the Trillion Dollar National Security State

?otD: Can you wait another day now?


1/6/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad lays low on Sunday

Alien Abduction Lamp — I need this. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

4 Things I Learned from the Worst Online Dating Profile Ever — Wow…

100-Million-Year Old Amber Fossil Preserves Ancient Flowers Caught In The Middle Of Sexual Reproduction

Go to Jupiter for the Best French Fries

The helical model – our solar system is a vortex — A cool visualization of the solar system. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Scientists solve mystery of UFO lights appearing just before earthquakesElectrical light shows known as earthquake lights may occur at rifts, or nearly vertical faults in the Earth’s crust, new research suggests.

Living at a Time of Post Natural Ecologies

Methane release around Arctic islands predates recent climate changeAreas where methane bubbles up from seafloor have been around for centuries. Ah, science.

Government Might Deregulate Corn, Soybean Seeds — Uh, we are talking Agent Orange here. Ring any bells? (Via [info]danjite.)

What happens if authorities seize your laptop? — Too bad for you, basically. Though why the BBC is quoting the Heritage Foundation as a source on anything rational or evidence-based is beyond me. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

The NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress — (Via [info]danjite.)

2014 looking to be a gay old year for anti-gay Republican Congressman Aaron SchockSo Aaron Schock is happy to affirmatively harm people based on their sexual orientation, but expects people to not affirmatively harm him based on his sexual orientation. Ah, Republicans.

Something to BeholdIt’s become something of a cliche: disabled, aged or relatively impoverished whites who literally could not survive without federal government assistance in many case nonetheless raging against Washington, “hand outs” and government dependency. It’s there with a vengeance in this article in National Journal by Beth Reinhard on GOP plans to double down on race-based class warfare as the ticket to success in the 2014 elections. When you can’t win on your ideas, fear mongering works almost as well as lying. Hence the GOP’s “generate more angry white guys” strategy, of which this is merely latest iteration. Because basing your governance on divisive hate is the patriotic thing to do!

?otD: Can you hear me, Phil?


1/5/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad says, if you have any poo, fling it now

Art of the Hobbit: Never-Before-Seen Drawings by J.R.R. TolkienA lively new look at one of the most beloved fantasy stories of all time. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Nanoparticle That Mimics Red Blood Cell Shows Promise as Vaccine for Bacterial Infections — One way to get around antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (Via David Goldman.)

These are a few of my favorite stings… — Intentional stings. Uh, yeah. [info]seanan_mcguire, are you paying attention? (Via [info]willyumtx.)

GOP frets Obamacare will fund beheadings — Ah, the insanity of conservative America.

As Obamacare Sign-Ups Surge, So Does Conservative Rage — Yes, I can really see how denying healthcare access to millions of Americans is a core patriotic value that Constitution-loving conservatives would defend to the death. Likewise, how helping poor Americans live better lives is so unChristian that any self-respecting religious conservative would oppose it with their last breath. More of that much vaunted conservative intellectual consistency on display.

?otD: Can you hear me, Phil?


1/4/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad for a frozen Friday

2013 Stories 326 – 340[info]talekyn with (among other things) a nice review of “Hook Agonistes” by [info]seanan_mcguire and me.

OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year?

Edit Wars Reveal The 10 Most Controversial Topics on WikipediaAn analysis of the most highly contested articles on Wikipedia reveals the controversies that appear invariant across languages and cultures. This is a slightly odd list. (Via David Goldman.)

Cleaning the Mobile Germ WarehouseTake a look at your mobile device. Do you see oily fingerprints and lint on the touch screen? Dust and crumbs forming particulate frost in the corners? Is that a hair stuck at the screen’s edge? (Via Dad.)

Do dogs align their bodies with the Earth’s axis when they cock their legs? Canines found to be affected by magnetic fields — Uh…

Arctic ThawFewer days of spring snow is an indicator of climate change in the Arctic.

Franklin Graham: Racism, misogyny, homophobia are ‘biblical truths we stand for’ — Not in the Bible I read.

GOP isn’t Getting more Ignorant on Evolution, it is Just getting OlderBackward thinking dominates the US and the GOP appears to be taking the country down further into obscurantism. The good news from the Pew poll, however, is that the youth of America disproportionately do accept evolution. Which perhaps means the long-term conservative project to commit wholesale sabotage on the American educational system through voucherization, charter schools and the dismantling of the science curriculum has not been as successful as Republicans might have hoped.

Reminder: walking joke “economist” Arthur Laffer was dead wrong, as usualAlmost no one in the conservative movement is ever accountable for being consistently and demonstrably wrong about everything.

More about the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations Unit — The Tao of the TAO, as tipster David Goldman says. Scary stuff.

?otD: Got snow? Are you sorry yet?


1/3/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)