Polynesian DNA mysteriously shows up in a Brazilian tribe — Even the scientists who discovered it aren’t sure how it got there.
Scientific Explanations for Why Spoilers Are So Horrible — Studies show that anticipation and suspension of disbelief are both key ingredients in a pleasurable experience—and spoilers have a tendency to kill both. Heh. (Via
What are words worth? — A meditation from author Kari Sperring.
Mechanical computer flexes its muscle — A step back to mechanical computers and a step forward to artificial muscles.
Chlorine Trifluoride: Some Empirical Findings — Hahaha. Be sure to click through the link entitled “Sand Won’t Save You This Time.” Yes, chlorine trifluoride will set fire to wet sand. (Via David Goldman.)
6,000 RIM Jobs on the Line — Uhh…
New in the Shop: Matt Molloy’s Gorgeous Smeared Skies — This is crazy pretty. (Via Lisa Costello.)
The Worst Thing Obama Could Say On Climate Change — I voted for the man in part because he is not a willfully ignorant denialist idiot. Now this? You are Not Helping, Mr. President.
Federal Judge: FDA Must Make Morning After Pill Available to All — Four years ago, Korman was highly critical of the government’s handling of the issue when he ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds obtain the medication. At the time, he accused the government of letting “political considerations, delays and implausible justifications for decision-making” cloud the approval process. In other words, the conservative agenda.
Congressman With Massive Debts Argues Federal Government Must Have Balanced Budget — Once again, the justly famed principled intellectual consistency of conservatives is on display. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Wrong address: Unexcused absences of candor and logic — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been tapped to deliver the weekly Republican address today. Expanding on a popular theme, he will talk about how, while Washington remains a mess, GOP governors are straightening things out. Unfortunately he lied. A lot. As documented in this piece. Which is what you have to do to make most conservative ideas look like successes.
QotD?: WHat time did you get up?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (outlining Original Destiny, Manifest Sin)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 by closing down golf courses: 0
Currently reading: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett