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[links] Link salad wakes up in freezing Omaha

What An Amazing Dam. Wait… What’s That? Are Those…? No Way! — Yup. Goats. (Via David Goldman.)

Cats Recognize Their Owner’s Voice But Chose to Ignore It — Hahaha.

Stolen cobalt-60 found in Mexico; curious thieves likely doomed

An Artificial Hand with Real FeelingsA new nerve interface can simulate a sense of touch from 20 spots on a prosthetic hand.

At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries

Could dark matter be hiding in plain sight in existing experiments?Particles called axions could be creating noise in superconducting devices.

Wonders in the Antarctic Sea and Sky — Mmm. NASA photos.

Your questions about the new IPCC climate change report answered — Mmm, science. Always with the new questions, never with the final answers.

Katie Couric Gives Anti-Vaccine Ideas a ShotThe real problem with this entire segment on the “Katie” show was the false balance: The idea that there are two sides to this story. That is grossly unfair; the evidence is vastly on the side of the vaccine having extremely little risk, and no solid evidence at all that it causes harm. It’s not as though the research on this is split. Welcome to the world of Your Liberal Media, where ridiculous and harmful fairy tales without any evidence-based support, such evolution denial, climate change denial, supply side economics and the Republican party platform, are all treated with respect in the name of balance. It is the shame of liberal America that the same erratic thinking and willful ignorance that so profoundly characterizes almost all conservative “thought” is legitimized through the fixation on vaccination. We don’t even have the excuse of a consciously reality-denying ideology to stand behind.

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Rapture Hatch” Edition — I’ve written fiction that touches on this issue. That anyone, anywhere, can take this literally is a sad, sad comment on the human condition. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Pope Forms Commission to Advise on Sex AbuseIt remains unclear if the experts will take up one of the core issues behind the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal: how to make bishops who shelter abusive priests accountable. Therein lies the rub. This is a step in the right direction, but it will do nothing to restore the Church’s moral standing until the princes of the church who sit so righteously comfortable in their gilded chairs are held accountable for the long decades of sheltering of abusers and persecution of the abused in the name of protecting their institution.

Was John Wayne a draft dodger? — Typical conservative, all for sending other people’s kids out to die without ever having put themselves on the line.

GOP: No Climate Change because, Bible — In any sane and civil society, this would be a risible Onion story. In conservative America, it’s business as usual. Sigh.

Is the Government Tampering With Witnesses in No-Fly Trial? — Gee. What do you think? Terrorists killed less than 5,000 Americans in the past decade and a half, and we install an Orwellian security state whilst stripping civil liberties in response. Firearms kill 450,000 Americans in the past decade and a half, and we celebrate our Constitutional rights. Does something about this seem a teeny, tiny bit off to you?

GOP intolerance: “It’s part of their political DNA” — That’s putting it mildly. But when a political party bases their entire political fortunes on generating angry white guys, what the hell else do you expect?

?otD: Got cold?

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Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
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[links] Link salad will mend your robbing ways

3 to 3: Orycon 2013 interview with Jay Lake — In which Camille Alexa interviews me.

The Church of the Brass Messiah — Hah!

Amazon to deliver by drone? Don’t believe the hypeJeff Bezos’s ‘plan’ for drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt – timed for the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games — This story has it right. A polyamorous solution, logical and satisfying as it might be, would never have made it on to the pages of the book or into the film.

Robot Handjobs Are The Future, And The Future Is Coming — Uh, yeah. (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

Pheromone Signaling of Male C. elegans Worm Shortens Hermaphrodite Lifespan

Evangelical historian remains key ally of right — More on the profound and knowing intellectual dishonesty of America’s Evangelical Right. That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? It’s one of the optional Ten Commandments. Lying for Jesus is never a sin, I guess. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Dozens of same-sex couples wed in Hawaii as new law takes effect — Another bigotry domino fallen. Just for reference, have any of the Right’s apocalyptic predictions for gay marriage (and repeal of DADT) come true? Even remotely? Anywhere? Not that there is ever any accountability whatsoever for conservative hysteria, but still.

Since rich people don’t create jobs, why are conservatives taken seriously on economics?This isn’t he-said-she-said economic theory. This is known fact, demonstrable time and again through empirical evidence just like evolution or climate science. Since when have facts ever stood in the way of a conservative position? It’s an entire ideology founded on explicit rejection of reality. In their own words conservatives have made it clear they have no interest in evidence-based thinking, except when it supports their interests.

?otD: Was your father a man of wealth and power whom everyone obeyed?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
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Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
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[links] Link salad is not too particular, not too precise

America’s 15 best pizzas — Apizza Scholes here in Portland makes the list.

Could Sexual Frustration Lead To A Shorter Life?

Atheists sink to new depths of depravity! — It’s amazing how immoral the irreligious are without the external threat of eternal punishment to keep us in line. After all, no human being could possibly be a moral actor without an invisible friend threatening their very lives and souls. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

The real cultists are not Maoists, they’re CEOsIt is not only in religious or political circumstances where people are made to follow a leader unthinkingly. Ah, yes. The sociopath in the corner office. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

The chalice that helped make possible the Iran nuclear dealIn gesture of goodwill that helped lead to talks, the U.S. presented a gift to Iran: a silver chalice in the shape of a griffin that is thought to be an antiquity looted from an Iranian cave. (Via David Goldman.)

Off Siberia’s Arctic coast, the seafloor belches methaneAnd it’s belching more than we had thought it was. Another climate change artifact.

Rooting for FailureFor the entirety of the Obama era, Republicans have consistently been cheerleaders for failure. They rooted for the economic recovery to sputter, for gas prices to spike, the job market to crater, the rescue of the American automobile industry to fall apart. I get it. This organized schadenfreude goes back to the dawn of Obama’s presidency, when Rush Limbaugh, later joined by Senator Mitch McConnell, said their No. 1 goal was for the president to fail. A CNN poll in 2010 found 61 percent of Republicans hoping Obama would fail (versus only 27 percent among all Americans). Now that’s patriotism, conservative values distilled in the best interests of the country consistent with the GOP’s unswerving commitment to the American people. Are you proud of your Republican party?

?otD: Are you just a cheeseburger in paradise?

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Weight: 242.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
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[links] Link salad really doesn’t mind if you sit this one out

Heroines in an ancient film called the flame of the west — How it all looks lately from the point of view of Lisa Costello.

How I Thank God[info]theferrett on illness, faith and science.

The Strength of Wild Horses — A Kickstarter by Sandra Tayler. Check it out.

25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names — I knew about half of these. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Bend’s First Fire Engine Will Be Home For Christmas — A little bit of Oregon history.

Moving Stars: The Shkadov Thruster

What scared H. P. Lovecraft — Charlie Stross is (as usual) clever and cool.

2D or Not 2D — Facial art. Wow. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Front of This House Is Sliding Onto the Street — I love public art. (Thanks to Lezli Robyn.)

Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed — Hahah. (Via David Goldman.)

Solving the neural code conundrum: digital or analogue?Physicists have developed a technique that can tell which parts of the brain rely on analogue signals and which rely in digital signals.

Tracking Fecal TransplantsA long-term study confirms transplants of stool microbes from healthy donors can successfully clear recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.

Modern life ‘turning people off sex’ — Hmm.

Restaurants may seat guests according to looks. Surprise, surprise

Google Earth spies unreported fish traps, study reveals — Satellite surveillance from your armchair.

US Working Overtime Behind The Scenes To Kill UN Plan To Protect Online Privacy From Snooping — Because security, you commie. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

48% of U.S. Schoolchildren Live in Poverty — A rising tide lifts only yachts.

Pope Denounces Trickle-Down Economics ‘Which Has Never Been Confirmed By The Facts’ — Wow. That’s a big old ‘fuck you’ to the GOP-Church axis in America. A great smackdown to the smug Republican Jesus who dominates the public face of religion in America.

Slacktivist Fred Clark on (among other things) Senate politicsDistrict court nominations by white presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate in all of American history: 3. District court nominations by black presidents filibustered in U.S. Senate: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by white presidents since World War II: 20. Senate filibusters of executive nominees by black presidents since World War II: 54 From the department of painfully true things you will never, ever hear any conservative admit. Tell me again about that unprecedented Democratic power grab in the Senate?

?otD: Do my words make you whisper?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad’s way is shut

How Did @#$%&! Come to Represent Profanity? — The grawlix! (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Somebody Should Write about Those Conscientious Objectors — A bit of Oregon history. (Via David Goldman.)

The Remarkable Dinosaur Footprint Wall — Wow. This is seriously cool. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

‘3D printed gun’ discovered by policePolice have foiled what they believe is the first attempt in Britain to manufacture guns using a 3D printer.

Men will slow down for sex, but not as much for friendship

Faces are sculpted by ‘junk DNA’Scientists have identified thousands of regions in the genome that control the activity of genes for facial features.

Why the U.K. Wants a Genomic National Health ServiceThe U.K. plans to sequence 100,000 National Health Service patients by 2017—in a bold push to be a genomic medicine leader.

Case Explores Rights of Fetus Versus Mother — Sometimes I find it very hard not to simply hate the conservative approach to women, children, sex and gender rights. The profound vileness is so obvious and inexplicable to me, and all the more so from people who claim the mantle of Christian morality and virtue. Smug Republican Jesus has a hell of a lot to answer for.

What Kind of Problem is the ACA Rollout for Liberalism? — With an extremely handy chart!

Original 1989 document where Heritage Foundation created Obamacare’s individual mandate — In case you’ve somehow bought into the conservative narrative that Obamacare is a socialist attack on American values, remember it was first proposed as a conservative idea. Not that Your Liberal Media will ever remind you of that.

NC GOP official fired after bragging voter ID law would ‘kick the Democrats’ butt’ — So they fired the guy? All he did was speak the truth. That firing changes nothing about Republican disenfranchisement of votes of color, women and the poor. Conservatives cannot win elections on their ideas any more, so they must cheat the system, and that ain’t changing.

GOP Candidate Sentenced for Felony Fraud After Changing Party Affiliation of 300 Democratic Voters, Casting Absentee Ballots in Their NameWith these 300 fraudulent votes created by one Republican candidate alone, that’s 300 more fraudulent votes than have ever been created by ACORN or anybody who has ever worked for them. Come on. Any FOX News viewer can tell you it’s not fraud when conservatives do it, it’s saving America for Sarah Palin’s “real Americans.” (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Sen. Rand Paul: ‘We’re gonna win this’ government shutdown — Ah, the heady days of three weeks ago, when the Tea Party loons just knew in their shriveled little hearts that the entire American people awaited only their example to rise up in the streets against the Socialist Muslim threat of affordable access to healthcare. Liberalism is indeed a mental illness, having only brought you the 40-hour work week, paid vacations, retirement and a host of other unBiblical ills. So, Rand, how’d that winning the shutdown thing work out for you?

?otD: Was it made by the dead?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad is a New World man

Spatial Delirium: An Interview with Michael Light — This is a “wow” read in a number of different ways. Piece ranges from failed Las Vegas developments to diving in the nuclear shipwrecks of the Pacific atomic testing grounds.

Portland Public Schools Enlists 39 Goats, Llama, To Eat Back Invasive Weeds

Colorado 6th grader’s beer-making experiment headed for Space Station

First ever evidence of a comet striking EarthThe first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators.

Deep Time, Big History, and Existential Risk

Knock Knock: 1943“Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Indiana. Locomotive coupled to caboose.” A somewhat unusual perspective.

A Colorful Gathering — A mystery explained.

Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates — I’ve been on dates like that. (Thanks, I think, to Ellen Eades.)

Giant Squid Washes Ashore In Cantabria, Spain

Experts warn public not to touch cylinders washing ashore — Mmm, white phosphorus.

Mercury Azides. I’ll Get Right On Those For You.Explosions are definitely underappreciated as a mixing technique. Ah, chemistry humor. (Via David Goldman.)

Music and Color: the French Connection — Ocular harpsichord? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Destroying so many little lives — Crime as corporate endeavor. (Via David Goldman.)

Is Profit the Ultimate Value? On JP Morgan’s $11b Fine — Sigh. This story says so much about what has happened to our culture and our economy.

Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Political Parties When it comes to major policy battles, since 2009 the GOP is 0-3. Before it fails again, David Frum offers up seven ways the party is shooting itself in the foot. Things extremists should not do. I object with the piece’s thruway assessment of Obamacare costing more than we can afford — it’s actually a net budget reduction, and that is just a nod to the usual conservative lies — but otherwise this is pretty interesting. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Shutdown Cancels US Antarctic Research Program — Any good conservative will tell you science is bad. It encourages critical thinking, and as the Texas GOP has pointed out, that might cause fewer people to vote Republican.

Dear Tea Party: The Gov’t Shutdown is Hurting White People, TooMaking American science and technology less competitive in world terms, compelling our scientists to emigrate to countries that more reliably support their work, risking the public’s health, and harming investors– none of that helps the Tea Party constituency. How odd that they appear to think that it does.

Reagan and Debt Ceiling “Blackmail”House Republicans are behaving in a way that is less reasonable than behavior that Reagan dubbed blackmail, and they are doing it with no chance of success. On top of that, they are potentially exposing the U.S. to real harm in the process.

Domestic Violence Programs Brace For End Of Federal Funds After Friday — Your Republican party: enabling rapists and abusers nationwide, which is a small sacrifice in the patriotic cause of opposing the scourge of more affordable healthcare. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.

?otD: Are you a writer and arranger, and a young boy bearing arms?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
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Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 239.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
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[links] Link salad wanders into the weekend

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter“A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many.” (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Dalian Man — Economics outside the current, patently failing Western model. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The death of the home stereo system — Oh, those whacky kids today.

The Secret Life of Vintage Lysol Douche Ads — Because the conservative agenda kills. (Seriously, there is a strong political connection to this culture piece, and it’s about female deaths during the era when conservative values made contraception illegal.)

Hopkins APL scientists launching massive balloon to study cometNASA called on team in February to get a glimpse of rare object.

Climate Scientists Warn Opportunity to Prevent Dangerous Warming Is Dwindling

IPCC climate change report is out: It’s warmer and we’re responsibleRecent slowdown due to La Niñas, volcanos, and a slight lull in solar radiation. Also, evidence indicates water is wet, sky is blue; conservative sources disagree. More here on the warming of the evidence-based world of reality.

Poll: GOP Voters Unsure If Twitter Lets Obama Post More Than 140 Characters — Because being conservative means always being patriotically proud of your rank stupidity.

Shutdown Threat Puts Heat on House GOP — Why does any Republican politician get a single vote any more? They’ve become a party of three-year-olds. Dangerously destructive and stupid three-year-olds at that.

Cruz and the Defeat CaucusThis approach places great value on zeal and combativeness and isn’t very concerned with success. For that reason, it won’t produce the desired results at an acceptable political price. Cruz has railed against Republican defeatism, but in practice Cruz has made himself the leader of what one might call the defeat caucus.

?otD: Got sleep?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
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Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
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[links] Link salad heads for the mountains

Clarkesworld, Year Four, part one — A review that covers my short story, “Torquing Vacuum”.

Think Seeing A Little Male Nudity On TV Is Too Explicit? Then … It’s Time To Hear The Hard Truth.

At Fake Hospital, Kaiser Runs a Testing Ground for New TechnologyPushing around supply carts for miles, tending to plastic babies, and maintaining an ersatz operating theater are how one health-care giant figures out what saves money.

How to Fall in Love With Math

The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator — Wow. (Via [info]danjite.)

Trading bots create extreme events faster than humans can reactOur algorithms now show collective behavior that we do not control.

Another Week, Another Climate Change Denial Article in The Mail — Climate change denialism has slightly more intellectual credibility than evolution denialism, but that’s sort of like saying tire rubber is slightly more edible than asphalt.

The Banality of Systemic Evil70 percent of those age 18 to 34 sampled in a poll said they believed that Snowden “did a good thing” in leaking the news of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. So has the younger generation lost its moral compass? (Via David Goldman.)

Qotd?: How high will you go today?

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[links] Link salad will not count the cost

A reader review of my novel Mainspring

A review of my single title novella The Baby Killers

Riddick 3: You Are Not Manly Enough To Read This Review Of This Very Manly Movie — Best movie review EVAR! Go read this just for the review, regardless of whether or not you care about the film.

Google Might Need to Re-Scan Plato’s Laws — Snerk.

Little Rock school district will now make teachers wear underwear — I, um… Uh. So, what do you think the enforcement protocols will be? (Via Ellen Eades.)

Giant first world war gun on the move across southern England this weekBritain’s last surviving railway howitzer, completed too late for WWI, to make slow road journey to Hampshire artillery museum. Mmm, rail guns. (Thanks to BBB.)

Poop, there it is: New test for exotic civet coffee — Hmm. Looks like shit. Smells like shit. Tastes like shit. Good thing we didn’t brew up a cup of it.

Inside the Battle Over a Strip-Mine CemeteryA mine, a family cemetery, and a struggle over heritage and jobs.

In South Africa, a Deadly New Drug Is Made With HIV MedicationsNyaope — “crack with a sickening twist” — combines heroin, detergents, and ARVs into a lethal cocktail that’s ravaging the country’s townships. Sigh. And then there’s the concept of an “austerity drug”. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Does torture work well as an interrogation technique? — (Via David Goldman.)

Qotd?: Would you like fries with that?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
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Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 245.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
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[links] Link salad will hold you in its arms

An atheist’s guide to the good life — Yup. This.

Cancer Becomes Me — I love, love, love this essay about being a cancer patient. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Most precise clock to watch tiniest ever time dilationsTime can now be divided into slivers hundreds of trillions of times smaller than a second, thanks to a pair of atomic clocks made from ytterbium that have just set a new record for precision.

Traffic Ghost HuntingSimulation: When the biggest problem with traffic is nothing at all. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart — Uh…

Paleo by Comparison: the Million-Year-Old Map — Interesting if more than a bit whacky.

Massive Himalayan gorge partly carved by Lake Erie-sized floodsWhen glacial dams upriver from the gorge failed, massive floods tore through it. Interesting reading, especially if you are familiar with the Missoula Flood.

Climate Change Archaeology — Interesting stuff from the real world of liberal “facts” and “data” where the ice is actually retreating.

Rich people are more likely to drive like assholesBy way of explanation, the authors wrote: “Upper-class individuals’ relative independence from others and increased privacy in their professions may provide fewer structural constraints and decreased perceptions of risk associated with committing unethical acts.” That is an excellent description of privilege in general.

Inquiring Minds Want To Know: TX Pols Knew What, When?That was the day I realized that God help me I hate rightwing Republicans. Hate them. Not what they do, but them personally. I know it’s wrong. But, if you’re willing to sacrifice a man and little children on the altar of morality and judgement then I chose to freakin’ hate you. How many children were they willing to sacrifice for a popular radio show? We don’t know, because the guy was 61 years old when he went to prison, so there could have been hundreds. Yup. Never can trust liberals because they don’t have a moral compass. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Welcome to the Age of Denial — This is as much about Republican political strategies of the past forty years as it is about any underlying cultural trends. Cultivating resentment, paranoia and deep counterfactuals for the sake of continually manufacturing more angry white men has been electorally successful but profoundly destructive to our society and culture. The contemporary GOP’s place in history will be one of deep, deep shame at best.

Republicans Move to the Center? Nope, They’re Crazier Than Ever[H]atred of reality itself, hatred of the unhappy truth that there are facts in this world that can’t be neatly arranged behind a worldview of rage and racial resentment

QotD?: Have you been a good boy?

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[links] Link salad packs its bags for the far side of the world

They’re going to have to use a flamethrower on that cat — Cat vs. octopus. Weirdly funny.

Jay Lake, jusqu’au bout en fantasy — Apparently, I’m big in France. (Actually, this is a nice news plug about what’s going on with me right now. Merci, y’all.)

Question of the day, sex toy edition (NSFW) — Copyright. Hah! (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

A Continent Mired in Crisis Coins a Language of Economic Pain — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

RNA Drugs Target Genes That Were Once Off-LimitsA unique class of RNA drugs could bring new treatments to cancer and other diseases.

Yellowstone wolves spur recovery of bears’ berries

New teeth grown from urine — Pretty sure they’re just taking the piss on this one.

How Astronauts go to the bathroom — (Via David Goldman.)

An Inflatable Emergency Airborne Communications Network

If not for clouds and nitrogen, Earth could be an uninhabitable hell right now — So sort of like Bridgeport, CT?

Ark. District Arming Teachers, Staff With Guns — Because nothing says child safety like MOAR GUNZ!

Fox News Anchor Dumbfounded That A Scholar, Who Is Muslim, Had The Audacity To Write A Book About Jesus — Welcome to the conservative mind.

How to Lose Friends, Citizens and InfluenceThe U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act seeks to co-opt foreign banks as long-arm enforcement agencies of the IRS. (Via [info]danjite.)

Young Republicans: Let’s Not Give Democrats Any Reason To Call Us Bigots — Yeah, good luck with that. If you want to manufacture angry white men, you are institutionalizing bigotry.

Obama Says Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired by Founding Fathers, Conservatives Freak OutBut Obama’s comment wasn’t a gaffe or insult to American war vets, as much as someone like Allen West would like it to be. What Obama said is literally a historical fact. But those liberal “facts” don’t matter when there’s angry white men to be manufactured by stoking conservative outrage.

QotD?: What’s the longest flight you ever took?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 250.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

[links] Link salad is the place where they keep all the darkness you need

If love lasts forever… — Hahah.

Doctors say HPV vaccine is safe and “grossly underutilized” — Yeah, well. Anti-science idiocy for the win. Not.

Blue cells of death mark the end of a worm’s lifeDeath begins with an organized and consistent pattern of change.

The Power of Hidden Mutations, or Why I Wish I Bought a Fan — Some interesting reflections on evolution. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

North Pole melts, forms lake at top of the worldSanta flooded out? Researchers release shocking new images of a lake that has formed at the once-frozen North Pole. It really is astonishing to see what lengths liberals will go to for their global warming hoax.

Dissecting the Outrageous, Inaccurate Claims Made at a High School Abstinence-Only Presentation — Given that so many conservatives are so terribly bad about talking about sex with any notion of reality, one wonders why so many of them even manage to have children. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

xFlorida apartment complex shooting leaves 7 dead, including gunman — That daily reign of terror and death is a small price to pay for your Second Amendment rights, as any gun owner will tell you. God forbid we actually do something to prevent such violence, after all.

TxDOT: Some paved roads could return to gravel in oil patch — This is what low-tax conservative governance gives you: severe infrastructure degradation. (Thanks to BBB.)

Pentagon: Americans must give up Liberties to fight “enemies” but we won’t say who they are — One of my great disappointments is Obama is that this kind of thinking continues to prosper in the halls of government under his administration.

QotD?: Will you pay tomorrow?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 252.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg