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[cancer|dreams] A reader questionnaire, of sorts

Last night I dreamt I was involved in the lengthy process of filming a BBC documentary (or possibly mockumentary) about searching for lost Norman treasure in an old English country village. Somehow this eventually transmogrified into me sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked SUV with diplomatic plates in downtown Almaty, Kazakhstan talking to a friend from work (an actual person from Day Jobbery rather than one of those skeevy dream people, :: waves to Dan U. ::), explaining why the Bloggess was so much more popular a blogger than I. And, no, the discussion in-dream doesn’t make sense now. Plus bacon and eggs. Lots of dreaming of bacon and eggs.

Sadly, no bacon and eggs this morning.

Also, it should be pointed out I’ve never been to Almaty. I have, however, been to Ulaan Baator, so my backbrain does have a readymade set for ‘Central Asian cityscape’ available.

I did wonder after I woke up if I should consider splitting my blog into personal/political/cultural/writing stuff (essentially what it was pre-cancer) on one fork, and purely cancer blogging on the other fork. It didn’t take me long to realize that (a) this would be a lot of work I don’t really want to do, especially given the relatively dubious benefits of performing that work; and (b) it would be somewhat dishonest in that I don’t see myself as divided that way, and a lot of what I think about life and politics and writing and my personal stuff is heavily inflected by cancer, as well as vice viscera. So, yeah, we’re not going there unless someone can present me with a truly compelling argument in favor. I mean, that’s why I have tagging and [title brackets] right?

That, however, led me to wonder a bit more about readership here. I am curious as to a few questions, and I’m not going to put this in a poll specifically to enable both verbose and anonymous answers in comments.

So here’s a reader questionnaire, and since turnabout’s fair play as well, consider this an ask-me-anything thread with a non-mandatory focus on the topic of cancer and serious illness.

1) Do you read the cancer posts? Why or why not?

2) Are you a cancer patient or survivor?

3) Do you live with some other serious illness such that the cancer posts are helpful to you in that regard?

4) Are you a friend, family member, loved one or caregiver to someone who falls in the above categories?

5) What helps you most here?

6) What hurts you most here?

I know even some of my frequent fliers in comments are very private about their health, so please feel free to leave your responses and/or questions for me anonymously. This is contra my usual mild preference for signed comments, but very appropriate to the topic.

[links] Link salad is always in the front and not the rear

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Outlawed by Amazon DRMA couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst. If you think Amazon is your friend, you are sadly mistaken. A lesson I learned the hard way a couple of years ago myself. (Via [info]goulo.)

Hobbes and Bacon — Hahahah. (Via Janelle Lohr.)

Daily Idioms — More like weekly, given the posting frequency, but ZOMG are these some amazingly cool links. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Big Trouble in Little China + Gangnam Style. John Carpenter approves. — The bog mindless… (Via Lisa Costello.)

Soldiers Lost and Found: Students Rediscover the Fallen — History, one war casualty at a time. (Via [info]danjite.)

Elephants — Not to mention incendiary pigs and howdah pistols. And Special Forces field manuals. And, um, yeah. Because reasons, that’s why! (Snurched from Daily Idioms.)

The Urine Wheel — Mmm. Pee-a-licious. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Dissolving electronics – medical sensors that disintegrate after a fixed time — This is some serious cool.

Mammatus Clouds Over Saskatchewan — I’ve seen these in Texas.

Coal-Eating Microbes Might Create Vast Amounts of Natural GasCompanies are demonstrating a novel way to turn inaccessible coal into usable fuel.

L’Aquila quake: Italy scientists guilty of manslaughter — This is kind of freaky. Has the American conservative “science is lies from the pit of hell” attitude infected Italian politics as well? Or let me put this more succinctly: this is fucking insane. More here.

Carbon dating to 50,000 yearsAn article in Friday’s Science magazine details how a team of scientists provided a calibration for carbon dating accurately to 50,000 years, or about 10 times the age of the earth according to many creationists. Amazing how accurate and detailed those lies from the pit of hell can be. Warning: Facts not valid for conservatives. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Costumed Pa. girl mistaken for skunk, shot Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk. If you’re one of America’s gun owners, how’s that whole defense of essential liberties thing working out for you? Sure worked out well for this kid, didn’t it? I’ll bet she’s grateful as hell for the NRA and the GOP vigorously standing up for her right to be shot at a party.

CNN anchor to hate group: “I am a proud, card-carrying member” of the gay gestapoRepublicans think truth has a liberal bias, so they lie routinely as a matter of strategy.

International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups — Now Kazakhstan is monitoring our elections. Guess who objects? Conservatives: the very same people committing wholesale voter suppression and fraud. (Via David Goldman.)

Steve King: Comparing Immigrants To Dogs Was ‘A Compliment’ — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. (Via my Aunt M.)

Akin: McCaskill fetches expansive government “like a dog” — Mr. Legitimate Rape is at it again. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Can a businessman help the economy? For presidents, the answer has been no.The startling bottom line is that the nation’s GDP has grown more than 45 times faster under presidents with little or no business experience than it has under presidents with successful business careers. And on average, when there has been a successful businessman in the Oval Office (so, Truman is excluded), GDP growth has been negligible. I’ve never understood why business experience is a selling point for political office. Governments are not for profit entities, nor are they non-profit entities in the 501©3 sense. (Via David Goldman.)

A ‘greatest hits’ of misleading Romney claims — Once again, we see the guiding principle of contemporary conservatism: When you can’t win on your ideas, lie.

Romney’s Major Flip-Flops in the Third Debate — Remember when Republicans despised John Kerry for a flip-flopper? Yeah, neither do they.

Verdict on the Foreign Policy Debate — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on last night’s debate. A review of the transcript will show that Romney delivered a lot of incoherent answers, but that probably won’t hurt him with most viewers. Likely Republican voters in a nutshell, right there.

The Undisclosed Mitt RomneyWith the presidential election just two weeks away, Romney’s gamble may be paying off. He has failed to specify where he would wield the budget knife, and he has defied, with a striking degree of success, the relatively quiet group of people who have called for him to honor a host of traditional disclosure and campaign practices. Post-truth campaigning is succeeding admirably for Romney and the GOP so far. Which may be a death knell for honest politics in America, insofar as they’ve been honest before this point.

?otD: What does a beaver do when she’s lost and cold?

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Cliff Nest> — The shadow hunters of underground Thailand. Wow.

A Space Shuttle on the Streets of Los Angeles — Cool time lapse video.

Fish Can Cloak, Become Invisible to PredatorsSilver-colored fish, such as herring, sardines and sprat, are bending the laws of physics, according to a new study published in Nature Photonics. The ability allows the fish to become invisible to predators. Ye canna’ break the laws of physics, Jim.

Spa Massacre By Estranged Husband With Restraining Order — So, how many of your essential liberties did your guns defend yesterday? Were they worth these lives, too? Because that’s what your guns cost every day: other people’s lives. Thank god for the NRA and the Republican party: protecting the right of the angry to massacre.

Romnesia — President Obama, on fire. Romnesia, in case you missed it over the weekend. This is hilarious.

Issa defends releasing documents — This would be the same Congressman Issa who promised Congressional investigations of the Obama administration on virtually everything. Because reasons! More on the sterling qualities of this leading conservative.

Undecided Voters That Have No Business Being Undecided — I have to admit, I find the whole undecided voter phenomenon more than a bit baffling. On the other hand, I find likely Republican voters baffling, too, on the basis of logic, sheer common sense, and the GOP’s actual record in office. (Look at the balance of the budget and the overall deficit the day Bush took office and compare those to the day he left, for one of the simplest and least controversial measures of the colossal failure of conservative governance and values that I can imagine.) But I suppose that’s my own confirmation bias speaking.

The feedback loop catches up with Romney — Regarding Romney’s constant lying. The question is: Why shouldn’t he do it? Republican-aligned media surely aren’t going to call him on it. Indeed, within the GOP political loop, there’s no one who is even going to realize that they have a basic factual thing wrong; that’s what happens when you convince yourself that the neutral press is out to get you, and you’ve trained your supporters to only pay attention to what they hear on Fox News and the Rush Limbaugh program, so you had better stay tuned to them yourself or else you won’t be able to talk the way you need to. Of course, that’s how a candidate winds up insulting half of America, because that’s what high-level party donors expect to hear. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans loudly proclaimed that “character counts”. Not anymore, clearly. Or perhaps character only counts for Democrats and liberal-progressives. Especially in a post-truth world where conservatives cannot win on their ideas, and so must lie. (“I don’t have time to go into that”, “we’ll tell you after the election”, etc.)

?otD: When is your birthday?

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The Cranky Cave Troll — This explains the attack in the Mines of Moria far better than Peter Jackson ever did. Heh heh heh.

The 10 Most Defining Performances in the History of Genre Television — You’ll probably quibble with the picks, but it’s a fun list.

Claws out for pilfering pussycat Sally McLellan‘s cat makes the papers. See the cat’s Facebook page here.

Penicillin as an Aphrodisiac? — The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Life and soul of the Mars party — Heh.

Centauri B: Targets and PossibilitiesCentauri Dreams on the problems of Going There.

In origin-of-life experiment, cooperative molecules win outRNAs that help each other assemble are more effective than selfish replicators. Interesting in its own right, but the multilayered political and cultural metaphor really writes itself here, doesn’t it?

Preacher Gives Interesting Gay Rights Speech…wait for it — This is about three minutes long, and very much worth the watching. All the way through. (Via [info]willyumtx and other sources.)

“Are You Not Entertained?” — The banal, everyday evil of people who think they’re doing good. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Life and Sex This isn’t to say that the conservative concern over sexual ethics is wrong-headed. It’s just that it has been folded into the Pro-Life conversation in a way that confuses the picture. You think you’re talking about life when we are often talking about sex (and its consequences). In my personal opinion, you can’t have it both ways from a policy perspective. If you want to protect life then that’s the priority, that’s what you have to do. The “pro-life” movement is about nothing more than controlling the behavior of others whom pro-lifers disapprove of. But then, that’s pretty much the entire conservative movement in a nutshell, isn’t it? Controlling the behavior of others so conservatives can feel better about themselves. That’s precisely the reason why conservatism explicitly depends on generating more “angry white guys” for its survival. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Election facts support Obama — Those liberal “facts” can’t hold a candle to conservative truthiness, though. Not in the post-truth world the GOP is dragging us all into.

?otD: Are you an eediot?

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7 gross wonders across America

The Long Battle to Rethink Mental Illness in Children — Sigh.

Banana Boat sunscreen recalled after burn injuriesEnergizer Holdings on Friday recalled dozens of its Banana Boat sunscreen products after reports of consumers catching on fire after the using the products. Um, wow.

Sleeping Astronaut Causes Earthquake on the Moon — This is both cool and funny. And pretty damned strange.

10 Best Things Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Ever Said — Wow.

Stick to my knitting — Roger Ebert on being criticized for writing about politics.

The Opiate of Exceptionalism — A powerful piece about the lies we tell ourselves all across the political spectrum. It’s self-evident that conservatives are far more deeply enmeshed in the myth of American exceptionalism, but liberal-progressives play that game pretty well also.

Dust Storm in the Great Plains — Nothing to see here, citizen. No climate issues to be concerned about. Please move along and continue listening to that nice Mr. Limbaugh.

Man Tied To Va. GOP Arrested In Voter Form Destruction — No wonder the Republicans are so obsessed with voter fraud. They’ve been committing it wholesale across the country themselves. They know the problem is real, as they are the problem. The solution (like most conservative solutions) is naturally to punish poor people, brown people and old people some more.

A Republican Reveals Too Much About Abortion All a ban on abortion would really do is hurt poor women, with no material benefit for men at all. Still, in our modern age where the conservative movement seems to be fueled mainly by the politics of resentment, such a Pyrrhic victory might be enough. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Walsh, Duckworth clash on Medicare, abortionAsked by reporters after the debate if he was saying that it’s never medically necessary to conduct an abortion to save the life of a mother, Walsh responded, “Absolutely.” Speaking as someone whose spouse went through a medically necessary abortion to remove a nonviable fetus that had not spontaneously miscarried in four weeks after the cessation of heartbeat, you, Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, can fuck off and die to the deepest burning hell you pretend to believe in as part of your Christianist cult. This kind of flat out, stupid, cruel, self-serving lie is why I can never be a conservative. Ever. And I don’t see how any sane, humane citizen could. Not when you have to accept and support this crap as part of your political convictions.

GOP congressman admits Paul Ryan, GOP will “end” Medicare — Wow. An honest Republican. Oops.

The GOP’s Secularism ProblemMore Americans than ever are shunning their churches, fed up with the fusion of religion offered by conservatives. Is the GOP base to blame? In a word, yes. Simple answers to simple questions. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Soup Kitchen In Paul Ryan Photo-Op Faces Donor Backlash — So let me get this straight. Your doofus candidate gets the bright idea to stage a fake photo-op, so now you’re pulling donations and making threats against the soup kitchen Paul Ryan misused for his political gain? Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

The truth about what Candy Crowley said — Amazingly, the facts do not support the conservative narrative. Like that‘s ever happened before.

Mrs. Romney: Mitt’s mission in Paris mansion was similar to VietnamShe went on to explain that doing a Mormon mission in a place like Paris – where Mitt lived in a mansion (with his own own butler and houseboy who prepared all the meals); a mansion so posh that it went on to become a foreign embassy – is a similar “service to our country” as those who fought and risked their lives, and died, in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Um… Wow?

Salt Lake Tribune endorses President Obama over Mitt Romney, who organized city’s OlympicsThe Tribune, published by MediaNews Group, criticized Romney’s “servile courtship of the Tea Party” to win his party’s nomination and called him “shameless” in pandering to various constituencies, terming him the GOP’s “shape-shifting nominee. Isn’t that basically the hometown paper of the Mormon church? In one of the most politically conservative cities in the United States? Geeze, Mittens, that’s got to leave a mark.

?otD: How deadly is your bee sting?

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Why Are Some Publishers So Wrong About Fair Use? | Peer to Peer Review — (Via [info]tillyjane.)

Over 150 Valuable Roman Coins Go On Display — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Why Windows Just Can’t Win

Understanding the Zombie Teen’s Body Clock — Yeah, I got one of these.

“Third kind of computer” learns cancer medicineIBM’s Watson computer is building its knowledge-base for its first ‘serious’ uses. (Via [info]danjite.)

Mortify Our WolvesThe struggle back to life and faith in the face of pain and the certainty of death. A Christian writing about his cancer. Some of his more religious comments, especially regarding conversion in times of stress, are unselfconsciously tendentious, as if an atheist like me simply don’t yet understand the obvious truths. (Admittedly, a common perspective for anyone of strong beliefs.) Despite these flaws, the piece as a whole is a very moving reflection on cancer, parenting and death. (Thanks to AH via [info]tillyjane.)

Too hot to handle: Triassic temps may have killed tropical speciesThe equatorial oceans were over 40°C, and largely devoid of fish. Good thing there’s no Holocene climate change going on, huh?

Boy Scouts president apologizes to victims, not for files — Much like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts with their virulent anti-gay hysteria and horridly oppressive policies turn out to be in the business of sheltering pedophiles on a massive basis in order to protect their image. This is Penn State and Joe Paterno, writ very, very large. I hope the lawsuits burn all three institutions to the ground. Without consequences, there is no incentive for others to reform and behave.

NY appeals court nixes Defense of Marriage Act — Every now and then, despite ourselves, we just do the right thing. DOMA was always and ever a travesty.

Midmeal Link Sausage DistractionScrivener’s Error is interesting on class mobility and DOMA (separate subitems in the this post, not jointly) among other things.

Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the DayChick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Hosea (Hosea 1:2-9). Mmm, Biblical family values.

For evangelicals, racism isn’t a dealbreaker, but feminism isYou can be a vicious racist, but as long as you’re an anti-abortion, anti-gay racist who talks about the “authority of scripture” like its the fourth member of the Trinity, then you’re golden. Mmm. More Biblical values.

Would You Please Let Me Finish… — Interruptions, interjections, and the presidential debates.

Romney said a lot of dumb things about guns during the debate — But Obama! Kenyan Muslim socialism will take your guns away! Look how many Obama has already confiscated during his presidency.

Tagg Romney’s Company Misled Reporters About Its Relationship With Ponzi Scheme–Linked FirmWhen I interviewed him in Las Vegas, Tagg [Romney] told me that his associates were “cleared” of any wrongdoing associated with the Stanford Ponzi scheme. Court documents directly contradict Tagg and show that the lawsuit has not been dismissed. Do Mormons even have a Ninth Commandment? Maybe it’s okay for the Romneys to bear false witness. Mittens flat out lies all the time, after all.

How to Make the Administration Sound Like It Lied About Libya: Edit the Tape! — Conservatives can’t win on their ideas, so they lie.

A Letter from Benghazi on Crappy Republican Talking Points

Graham’s Romney Endorsement Accidentally Spreads “Mormonism is a cult” Meme to Millions — You know, from the outside, there’s not a lot of difference between Mormonism, Evangelical Christianity and any other form of Christianity. To me, this is very much inside baseball: i.e., I don’t care. But I realize that millions do. (I think that Mormons have a much more interesting afterlife than most other Christians, though. It’s segmented, kind of like a frequent flyer program. Don’t LDS members in the best standing get their own planet or something?)

Mitt Romney Encouraged Business Owners To Advise Employees How To Vote — I love the smell of democracy in the morning. Threatening workers jobs if they don’t vote for Romney is totally a Constitutional value. Probably Biblical, too.

Mitt Romney doesn’t have a woman problem — at least not yet — That’s a misleading headline to an interesting story. Romney in fact has a significant (and well-earned) gender gap, it’s just not as high as some prior GOP nominees.

What Romney Didn’t Say About the Bush RecordIt was Romney’s “just trust me” argument all over again, and he failed to acknowledge that one of the reasons so many people don’t trust him is that he doesn’t seem to have many major differences with Bush. But things worked out so well under Bush! Not like Obama with his economic collapse and his deficits and his trillion dollar wars of choice launched under false pretenses. None of that happened under Republican rule. Ask any conservative, they’ll tell you it’s all Obama’s fault.

?otD: Where the heck do we stand, anyway?

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[contests] Kalimpura ARC caption contest voting poll


Art by Dan Dos Santos

Time for another caption contest voting poll, to celebrate the availability of the Kalimpura ARCs. I declared a caption contest on the following photo:


Jay masked and pearled, © 2012, Emily Siskin. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

The usual comment madness ensued: [ | LiveJournal ]

I have now embedded the comments into a voting poll. Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of the Green and Endurance trade paperbacks and the Kalimpura ARC. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.

The poll is here.

[contests|polls] Kalimpura Caption Contest Voting Poll

This is the caption contest voting poll, to celebrate the availability of the Kalimpura ARCs. Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of the Green and Endurance trade paperbacks and the Kalimpura ARC. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.

Which caption best fits this photo?

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[cancer] Name those tumors poll results

With 227 votes as of 4:00 am Pacific time this morning, the name Jay’s tumors poll results are in.

The winners are Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld with a plurality of 13% at 29 votes.


Henceforth, the large tumor will be Bush, the evil little fucker threatening to interpenetrate my peritoneum will be Cheney, and the smaller outrider will be Rumsfeld. Personally, I’d voted for Vera, Chuck and Dave, but the will of the people shall not be denied.

[links] Link salad won’t back down

Don’t forget the name Jay’s tumors poll.

How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read — (From AH via [info]tillyjane.)

Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco was a hippy anthem with a life of its ownSan Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) didn’t reflect the particular sound of the city itself. Not that this mattered – it was great pop and its idealism lives on. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Sigur Rós – Fjögur píanó — A wild piece of video art. Note, NSFW. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

Children warned name of first pet should contain 8 characters and a digit — Ah, security. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Bee-rotica: A beginner’s guide to insect sting fetishes — Rule 34 is alive and well. (Thanks, I think, to [info]danjite.)

Battling the YakuzaJapan’s authorities are clamping down on the criminal underworld, but the mighty Yakuza refuse to back down.

Some Hidden Historical Gems in the School of Dentistry — Mmm. A museum of dental oddities, right here in Portland.

Exotic Detections: Wormholes and Worldships

Helix Collapse Fails to Crush Hope for Vertical Wind Turbines

Decline In Circumcisions Could Prove Costly — Hmm.

Is Climate Change To Blame For This Year’s West Nile Outbreak? — Ah, science. All about the questions instead of the certainties. One of the wonders of evidence-based thinking is that you can learn new things.

Antarctic ice sheets may have changed the planet’s heartbeat — Some fascinating science in this article.

Arctic ice cap set for record-breaking summer melt sessionTemperatures have been inconsistent and winter ice is thin.

Religious Right Still Oblivious of their Double Standard on BoycottsAccording to LaBarbera and Mefferd, it is inappropriate for companies to back gay rights efforts or groups because they will be offending customers when they should be remaining neutral in the “culture war.” However, if a company like Chick-fil-A opposes gay rights, then it is an admirable decision worthy of support and any criticism of their activism is an assault on freedom. Actually, this headline didn’t need the words “on Boycotts”. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Why are all the GOP celebrities such nuts?

Republicans Condemn Akin’s Comments As Blemish On Party’s Otherwise Spotless Women’s Rights Record

Top Five Worst Planks in GOP Platform — Geeze, where to begin. Any decent, sane human being should be horrified by pretty much all of these.

Romney doesn’t lead Republicans, he follows them

The Irony Of A Black President — Ta-Nehisi Coates is brilliant on Obama, race and American society.

?otD: Will you stand your ground?

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[links] Link salad rolls into hump day

Don’t forget the name Jay’s tumors poll.

Man behind bars 2 years after judge orders releaseDaniel Larsen was found ‘actually innocent’ of carrying a concealed knife, but the attorney general’s appeal is keeping him in prison, claiming that he missed a key deadline. Feel safer now? What if this was you trapped in prison because someone else missed a paperwork deadline? Tough on crime makes for a great campaign soundbite, but the nuances ruin people’s lives. Too bad half the American voting population doesn’t do nuance.

Charles Negy, Professor, Says Students Showed ‘Religious Arrogance And Bigotry’ In A Letter Later Posted On Reddit — Interesting read. (Thanks to [info]controuble.)

The CheckpointTerror, Power, and Cruelty. An IDF soldier on working a Palestinian checkpoint. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

In Congress’s Paralysis, a Mightier Supreme Court — Which fits in well with the Right’s anti-government agenda, given the conservative loons now in control of the Supreme Court. (Thanks to Dad.)

Todd Akin’s comment brings ‘war on women’ back to prominenceAt least until Election Day, Republicans were supposed to pretend that their party’s alleged “war on women” was nothing but a paranoid fantasy stoked by desperate Democrats. Obviously, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) didn’t get the memo. Yep. This. Which is why I’m quite surprised by all the crocodile tears from the GOP over Akin simply stating what the party has been pushing for years.

Republican Party approves strict anti-abortion platform, earning rebuke from Scott Brown — Despite all the mock outrage from the GOP, Akin really was just speaking the Republican mind. What Romney et al are horrified about isn’t what he said, it’s that he said it so plainly that some swing voters might actually notice what’s really going on in their long term assault on women’s health and reproductive freedoms.

Todd Akin Fallout: Rape, Abortion and the Dark History of Qualifying Violence Against WomenThe “forcible rape” canard has been around for a while. The problem is in trying to police the kind of trauma that merits the right to an abortion.

One little adjectiveLanguage Log (of all places) with some good detail on Akin’s position on rape. And remember, per the party platform just adopted, his remarks represent the core GOP view of the issue. Akin’s mistake was in being a little too honest, instead of using the usual conservative code talking to permit plausible deniability of their real intentions. Slacktivist Fred Clark extensively documents how mainstream Akins’ views are within the GOP.

Soledad O’Brien tries to get Christine O’Donnell to define the word ‘Marxist’ — Your Liberal Media actually does its job for once, and calls out a conservative on their lies. Good luck keeping that job, Soledad. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Are ‘Swift Boat’ attacks on Obama bogus? — By definition. ‘Swift Boat’ attacks are knowing lies and character assassination. Imagining them to be genuine is like imagining the Tea Party to be a politically independent, grass roots movement.

Hurricane Isaac may Threaten RNC convention of Climate-Change Deniers in TampaSo, it is at least a little ironic that the largest convention of professional climate change deniers in the world should be menaced by an extreme weather event. Nature is not impressed by Big Oil lobbying dollars.

Hank Williams Jr. calls Obama a Muslim who ‘hates the U.S.’ at Iowa concert — Because when you’re a conservative, evidence-based reality takes a distant back seat to good old “Real American” hate.

In Praise of Fact-Checkers — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Newsweek and Niall Ferguson’s blatant dishonesty there. Oddly enough, Ferguson was arguing a conservative perspective when he lied in Your Liberal Media. This is why Sarah Palin’s “Real Americans” vote Republican: because of the lack of ethics among liberals.

We Are Two Countries Now. It’s the Space Between That’s Scary. There Are Guns There. And No Laws. — Speaking of conservatives deliberately isolated from reality. Charles Pierce with a long, fascinating essay.

The convenient untruth of GOP lies on abortion, climate change, tax cuts, and vote fraud Common wisdom on the left is that Mitt Romney has decided to lie his way to the Presidency. But there is another explanation, one that is much worse: Romney may actually think he is telling the truth. Ideologues don’t live in the same world as the rest of us. If the facts don’t fit the ideology, then the problem must be with the facts, as the ideology can never ever be wrong. This is precisely what lies behind the wholesale conservative rejection of the reality-based community. Thirty years of cynically deliberate cultivation of counterfactuals in pursuit of the loyalty of the GOP base has produced a culture of anti-intellectualism that will someday be seen as breathtakingly dangerous and wrong-headed in historical terms.

Will anyone say “Mormon” at the Republican convention?

Prime Time for Paul Ryan’s Guru (the One That’s Not Ayn Rand) — Ah, Hayek. (Thanks to Dad.)

?otD: When’s day?

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[cancer|polls] Various updates, plus help Jay name his three tumors

Tough day yesterday. I had a long talk with my parents about mortality, disease progression and my specific fears mostly around finances and lifestyle for [info]the_child. They were quite supportive.

Also had a number of difficult interactions with [info]the_child, who continues very stressed in all the obvious and expected ways. She’s a great kid and a magnificent human being, and she is carrying such a load right now, generally with a lot more grace than I could have managed at her age. I am so grateful to all the friends and family who are supporting her.

On the fun and funny side, my parents got together with a number of my friends and family to buy me a new recliner. This came about because we discovered last week that my old recliner had broken springs which could not easily be repaired. At the time, I commented that if I had the money, I’d buy a well-built La-Z-Boy or some such. Quite literally under my nose they organized this group campaign to supply me with a good quality substitute. We went to the showroom late yesterday afternoon and bought a powered recliner with lift assist — as I said at the time, the chair will drive healthy me a little nuts, but it will be a huge benefit to sick me. And to be blunt, sick me in the ascendancy now.

In other news, I’ve decided to name my three tumors. They have become very important citizens of my body, and achieved an outsized significance in my life. So I need a way to talk about those three little bastards.

I have been collecting suggestions in comments [ | LiveJournal ]. Now I’ve made a poll with a list filtered from the suggestions, based solely on the criterion of what I liked or found amusing. Help me decide! Drop in on the poll and click a favorite.

Do good, be well, and hug someone you love.