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[links] Link salad remembers the taste of French fries

Bi-Biplane: 1917 — I love this photo.

These Cars Are The Same Size — Our brains lie to us all the time. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Cuteness Inspires AggressionThe universal desire to squeeze baby animals, hard. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Ancient Kingdom Discovered Beneath Mound in Iraq — I wonder why we always say “kingdom” instead of “monarchy”. Ah, the embedded gender politics of language.

Flowers evolved 100 million years earlier than thought, plant pollen fossils reveal

Signs of oxygen in 3-billion-year-old soilWhich means photosynthesis is at least that old.

NASA Is Grounded — Brought to you by Your Republican Party.

Are you part of the 99%? — This explains a lot. Sadly.

Cameron: profit is no longer a dirty wordDavid Cameron will offer a wholehearted defence of British business, arguing that only successful companies can make the country a true “land of opportunity”. Sigh.

If It Happened There … the Government Shutdown — How we would report on a government shutdown in another country. Hahahah. (Via Scott Frey.)

On Defending Principles — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the GOP’s government shutdown.

Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead: A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years This isn’t “gridlock.” It is a ferocious struggle within one party, between its traditionalists and its radical factions, with results that unfortunately can harm all the rest of us — and, should there be a debt default, could harm the rest of the world too. There simply is no principled or intellectually honest stance that can account for what the Republicans are doing today.

The Saddest Paragraph You’ll Read About the Government Shutdown Today With NIH furloughs, children with cancer are being turned away from clinical trials. Your Republican party: turning away ill children to die in order to protect you from the Socialist scourge of affordable access to healthcare. I guess in the moral universe of conservatives this somehow makes sense. (Via [info]danjite.)

Ted Cruz Lie Exposed By Student He Used To Attack Obamacare — Republicans lie. Especially about anything to do with Obamacare. (See death panels, the abortion fee, etc.) Why is this surprising? (Via David Goldman.)

Obamacare myths: Small business owners’ most common misconceptions about the law — This confusion was deliberately fostered by the continuous, hysterical lying by the GOP and their shills in Your Liberal Media.

Why conservatives hate Obamacare — Interesting article which rather naively assumes there’s any rational basis for the conservative hatred of all things Obama. Bush merely ruined our military standing in the world, failed to protect us from terrorism, crashed the economy and ran up the highest deficits in history. Obama is guilty of a black Democrat. Any conservative can tell which of those is a crime against the Constitution.

?otD: Got ketchup?

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[links] Link salad watches the leaves spin from October and whip around your tail

The Wisdom of the Dead — Ah, me. (And yes, this is in part about me.)

“All great science fiction must have a basis in science fact” — Hahahah.

Is this the most extraordinary human brain ever seen? — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Deadly 13th-Century Volcano Eruption: Mystery Solved?Scientists find source of massive eruption felt centuries ago around the globe.

Cassini probe sees plastic ingredient on Titan moon

Distant planet’s clouds are mappedAstronomers have created the first map of the clouds on a planet outside our Solar System. More on this from Centauri Dreams>.

The Leidenfrost Maze — Science gets jiggy. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Researchers reveal ‘promiscuity’ among microbes in isolated Antarctic lakeThe microbes that dominate Deep Lake’s inhabitants are called haloarchaea.

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Maximum Extent — Hoo boy. The climate change denialists will be all over this. Because they are unfamiliar with the concept of “variation”. Denialists are kind of like the OJ Simpson defense team. They seize on every data point or piece of evidence in isolation without ever presenting a coherent competing explanation.

CNN, NBC scrap Hillary Clinton TV projectsTwo television projects focused on Hillary Clinton got the axe on Monday after the programs became embroiled in partisan wrangling, including threats by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to boycott presidential debates sponsored by CNN and NBC. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

You can fly, but it will be lights out at many landmarks — Thank you, Republican America. Your profoundly irrational and senseless obsession with destroying healthcare for millions of Americans now has real consequences for everyone beyond the usual death and illness you already fervently wish on the poor and disadvantaged.

Ted Cruz and America’s Super-Rich say “Let them eat Cake” — I simply do not understand how modern conservatives function intellectually and morally. It’s like Randian metastasis has overtaken the entire American Right.

Another proof of bad faith: The inconsistency of ‘blacktracking’Slacktivist Fred Clark on the justly famed intellectual consistency and moral superiority of conservatives.

It Didn’t Start With Ted CruzFor example, the idea of abandoning reason and empirical evidence in favor of apocryphal anecdotes was central to Ronald Reagan’s entire public career. Welfare queens and their Cadillacs. Pollution-causing trees. Iranian moderates. It’s not a long jump from those to Sarah Palin’s death panels, and the complete failure of the press to challenge the triumph of that mythological universe that was crucial to Reagan’s own triumph legitimized that kind of thing in our politics forever.

Republicans, Over the CliffWhen I think of the Republican Party, I don’t think of principled conservative legislators who are men and women of vision strategy. I think of ideologues who are prepared to wreck things to get their way. They have confused prudence — the queen of virtues, and the cardinal virtue of conservative politics — with weakness. I know I’m very much a minority among conservatives in this, but the behavior of Congressional Republicans pushed me out of the party two years ago, even though I almost always vote Republican, or withhold my vote. You are still part of the problem, sir, when you vote Republican. Every reasonable and humane conservative I know has for years supported the insanity which the GOP has become. The fiscal, social and military horror that was the Bush presidency, the current madness in the House of Representatives… if you’re a Republican voter, you own it.

Those Banana Republicans — AH, the prudent fiscal wisdom of the Republican mind is on display yet again in this government shutdown.

?otD: Do you shiver through the gale?

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[links] Link salad moves in mysterious ways

Story Bone — Steve Buchheit riffs on my new career as a psychopomp.

The Telltale Door: 1931 — Edgar Allan Poe’s mother’s house.

BLDG BLOG on books recently received — Interesting stuff, but if both else, click through to see the photo they lead the piece with. Amazing.

Forget Venus and Mars, we’re beginning to understand gender behavior on EarthWe may never know every subtle difference, but gender research is coming a long way.

12 Things Happy People Do Differently — And Why I Started Doing Them

When Will Gene Therapy Come to the U.S.?Several gene therapies are or will soon be in late-stage human trials. One of them could be the first to get FDA approval for sale in the U.S.

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum PhysicsArtist’s rendering of the amplituhedron, a newly discovered mathematical object resembling a multifaceted jewel in higher dimensions. Encoded in its volume are the most basic features of reality that can be calculated — the probabilities of outcomes of particle interactions. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Strange, unpredictable chemistry at high pressureExtreme pressure has “a completely different atomic table,” vital to understanding space. Some pretty cool skiffy stuff here.

From the Sea, Freedom — Ah, Sealand. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Freedom of InformationA British newspaper wants to take its aggressive investigations global, but money is running out.

Explaining the New Obamacare Provisions — Remember, kids, according to Your Republican Party, Obamacare is the worst scourge to afflict this nation since the Nazi threat. After all, budget savings and wider access to healthcare is sure a sign of the End Times.

Dr. Carroll explains Obamacare in under 7 minutesThis is clear, concise and even kind of entertaining. Well done.

Ghoul’s Glossary: ShutdownShutdown: n. A maneuver whereby persons elected and paid by the public to do little but pass budgets refuse to do so unless they are permitted to prevent poor children from seeing a doctor.

Better Dead and Red: How the GOP blocked health care for red state AmericansStudy after study has long shown that health care is worst in precisely those states where Republicans poll best. But in their zeal to discredit a president they loathe, GOP leaders across the nation passed up an historic opportunity to bring health insurance and with it, greater financial security and higher standards of living to millions of their own constituents. Are you proud of your Republican party? On the wrong side of history, as always.

End Days for the GOPAfter years of sabotaging government and getting away with it, the GOP has finally gone too far. America knows it, and so does the party itself. We should be so lucky. Given how thoroughly Your Liberal Media supports the conservative narrative both directly and through indirect means such as false equivalency, I find this analysis unlikely. There simply won’t be enough honest reporting for most people to understand what the Republicans are doing and have done.

?otD: Is it all right?

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[links] Link salad tries to remember that time in September

Languages: Crowd-Sourced Online Nouchi Dictionary — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Technology and the College Generation — (Via my Dad.)

Helmet Camera Captures Firefighter Bringing A Tiny Kitten Back To Life — Awww. (Via David Goldman.)

Snobbish photons forced to pair up and get heavyBizarre state of matter causes photons to be attracted to each other. Headline is goofy, story is cool.

Star Dunes in Algeria — This is a pretty cool image.

Experts set threshold for climate-change calamity Researchers say an emissions tipping point for the planet may be 25 years away.

Our Shared Humanity: Connecting the Death of an 83 Year Old White Female College Adjunct With the Shooting Death of an Unarmed Black Man Named Jonathan Ferrell — Adjunct professors have a hard life. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Broken Windows, Broken States I hesitate to state it so baldly because inevitably it cuts off the discussion with at least a sizable minority of the political nation. But there’s no way to grapple with the issue without being clear on this single underlying reality. Sufficient evidence of this comes from 2007 and 2008 when Democrats won resounding majorities in Congress and adopted exactly none of these tactics with an already quite unpopular President Bush.

?otD: WHen were you young?

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[links] Link salad looks to the West

44 out of 72 of the world’s tallest buildings are cheating — Vanity height? Really? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

11 Terrific Online Video Sites That Aren’t Netflix, Hulu, or iTunes — (Thanks to [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Motorized Bar Stool Was “Not Road-Legal,” Say Police

Earth Had Oxygen Much Earlier Than Thought

Fish with oldest known ‘face’ may reshuffle evolutionary family tree

Thousands of Dino Tracks Found in Alaska

Ant drinking from a raindrop — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)

The Twisted Trees of Slope Point — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Box — Some pretty astonishing art on video. (Via Ellen Eades.)

Why Today’s Inventors Need to Read More Science FictionMIT researchers Dan Novy and Sophia Brueckner argue that the mind-bending worlds of authors such as Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke can help us not just come up with ideas for new gadgets, but anticipate their consequences. Also, water is wet. I’m glad people in the real world are seeing this. (Via both AH and [info]threeoutside.)

First computer made of carbon nanotubes is unveiled

What Apple’s M7 Motion-Sensing Chip Could Do Apple’s always-on motion-sensing M7 chip points the way to an era of mobile gesture-recognition and “ambient intelligence.”

Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve — This is a big deal. And weird as heck. (Via [info]danjite.)

H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex marriage — Who knew Reagan’s vice president and the father of the sainted Dubya was also a Kenyan Muslim socialist out to destroy America? Too bad he didn’t show any of this compassionate and social awareness any time in the last thirty years, when it might have made a fucking difference.

Christian history, and other oxymoronsThe press’s acceptance of the dishonest self-label “Christian” for this bunch of loons has a bad impact on religion as well as on politics. Welcome to conservative America. Here’s your tinfoil hat and your Republican Jesus cross. Pay no attention to that New Testament pinko with all his talk of helping the poor and giving away your worldly possessions. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

My medical tourism days may be over, thanks to Obamacare — Another wretched Obamacare victim benefits from Kenyan Muslim socialism. Where are the patriotic Americans who can stop this national nightmare of widespread, affordable access to healthcare?

Why Ted Cruz Should sit down and Shut Up: Countries with Social Safety Net HappiestIn a performance that the rest of the world could not even comprehend, a wealthy, Ivy League-educated Texan talked until he was blue in the face to prevent poor children from seeing a doctor. Welcome to conservative America, where punishing the less fortunate is a patriotic, Christian value.

Subsidizing Farmers But Not the Poor Still EvilI will concede that there is a moral principle at work here in the right-wing position. The principle is that people who have lots of money work harder and are more deserving than people who have very little of it, and it’s wrong for the government to support the latter at the expense of the former.

Colorado Lawmaker: Democrats Using ‘Mind Control’ to Make People Accept ‘Homosexual Marriage’ — The conservative “mind” is a wonder to behold. This is mainstream Republican thought. There simply is no equivalent to this kind of toxic idiocy in what passes for the left in America, at least outside the odd fringes.

Top Nevada GOPer Brags 2014 Will Be ‘A Great Year For Republicans’ Because Minorities Won’t Vote — A bit of unusual honesty from a Republican. They can’t win on their own merits, so they have to pray for the electorate to stay home.

?otD: Is your spirit crying for leaving?

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[links] Link salad knows what it’s like to be the sad man behind blue eyes

Jay Lake and the Story a Week Experiment — An interview with me by Catherine Schaff-Stump.

Want to win the JayWake edition of my new book Jay Lake’s Process of Writing? Here are the details

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Can ‘Avengers’ magic make the jump to TV?

How Google Converted Language Translation Into a Problem of Vector Space MathematicsTo translate one language into another, find the linear transformation that maps one to the other. Simple, say a team of Google engineers. Wow, is there a lot of handwavium here.

The Broadcast Clock — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Full Service: 1937 — A rather amusing photo from Depression-era Georgia by Dorothea Lange.

John William Keedy explores themes of anxiety and varied neuroses in his photography — Wow. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Eagle vs Deer: Rare Images Caught on Camera — Wow. Watch the skies! (Via David Goldman.)
‘Yellow Brick Road’ Leading to Pirate Booty

Mystery Solved: Black Hole Belch Caused Galactic Glowow astronomers discovered signs of a massive, two-million-year-old “burp” at the Milky Way’s core.

How I Got Licensed to Carry a Concealed Gun in 32 States by Barely Trying — (Via [info]danjite.)

Florida attorney general delays execution for fundraiserFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi has apologized for postponing an execution scheduled for Tuesday to accommodate a campaign fundraiser. The Republican is going ahead with the fundraiser at her waterfront home to kick off her reelection campaign. But she said Monday night that it was a mistake for her office to ask Gov. Rick Scott to delay the execution. The request was granted and the execution, which had been postponed twice before, is now scheduled for Oct. 1. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

?otD: Are your dreams as empty as my conscience seems to be?

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[links] Link salad feels froggy and foggy and faint

Street’s Corner: Sci-Fi Writer Becomes Genomic Pioneer Science fiction writer Jay Lake turns a terminal cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to help mankind by being the first person to open source his entire genome on the internet. A television interview with me.

“Hook Agonistes” is available now![info]seanan_mcguire talks about our collaborative novella.

Richard Derus Talks About His Jay Lake Reading Project

Ten rules for writing fictionGet an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts. (Via Scott Frey.)

Ten of the Best Storybook Cottage Homes Around the World — So cool! (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Crumbling Chaos of Abandoned Amusement Parks — Cool stuff. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Time Travel? Don’t Forget to Pack Your Wormhole — I left mine at DS9.

Surprise! Your Flight Attendants are All Strangers

Phosphorous minerals stoke speculation of life beginning on MarsNew theories suggest our home world was merely a second stop.

Hedgefox Buys MetayachtMany people are trying to figure out why Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, so in the same spirit—the spirit of trying to understand the intentions of powerful people willing to pay to maintain the sensory organs of our society—I too will speculate. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice sheetThe formation has been hidden under ice for more than four million years.

Industrial Age soot blamed for mid-1800s Alps glacier retreatThe use of coal sent massive amounts of black carbon and other dark particles into the atmosphere.

How the Fukushima Ice Barrier Will Block Radioactive Groundwater Japan plans to stop leaking radioactive groundwater at Fukushima with an underground wall of ice. Here’s how it would work.

Pennsylvania court to consider marriage licenses for same-sex couples — Christianist bigots are losing, piece by piece.

Ohioans are split on gay marriage and not ready to overturn the state’s ban on it, poll shows — Sadly, in some places Christianist bigots still cling to power, following their own Savior’s injunction to love their neighbors by striving to deny basic human and civil rights to their fellow Americans.

The Guardian Partners Up with the New York Times Because America — Ah, freedom of speech. (Via [info]danjite.)

Qotd?: Are you still trapped in summer land?

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[links] Link salad leaves the temple in a Fury

F CancerFlipping the Bird at Cancer is Just What the Doctor Ordered. In which I am extensively quoted.

A Place To Talk About Death And Dying, Cake And Tea Served — (Thanks to [info]scarlettina.)

Stem cells turned into cancer-killing immune cellsIn cases where immune therapy works, it could allow mass production of treatment. (Via Michael Fay.)

A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later — What has finally become of Henrietta Lacks. (Via my Dad.)

Libations for the Dead: “Lekythoi” at The Ashmoleoan Museum, Oxford — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

When Pigs Fly, Crayfish Whistle, and It Snows Red Snowflakes — When the first of Never comes. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary You aren’t alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries. (Thanks, I think, to [info]garyomaha.)

Peacock Spider — I never thought of arachnids as cute, but this is. (Via David Goldman.)

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Beer Can House — Because beer! (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Dr. Google Will See You Now — Identifying depression through search engine terms. (Thanks to Dad.)

Can UN scientists revive drive against climate change? — The headline is somewhat misleading, but the story is important, assuming you live in the world where the sky is blue rather than Republican-colored.

Making Choice to Halt at Door of Citizenship

The Price of Superheroism — This squib from Scrivener’s Error is bitterly hilarious.

Instructor shoots student in gun-safety class — Because more guns always make all of us safer, you pinko. (Via [info]danjite.)

Anti-Sharia lawmakers have new target: Crayola coloring book — Because being a conservative means never having to make any fucking sense at all. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Sequestration as government malpractice — (Via [info]threeoutside.)

QotD?: Ever drive a Plymouth?

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[links] Link salad limps into the weekend

Green, by Jay Lake — A tepid review.

Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. — Includes a nice capsule review of my multiple award-nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie”.

Short Story Review Roundup: February – July 2013 — A round-up that includes a positive short review of my short story “The Speed of Time”.

Harvey Dunn on “Art for Art’s Sake”Art writing guru James Gurney on a topic which often stirs younger and newer writers to heated passion. And sometimes jaded old writers as well.

1960s KFC Commercial Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

Judge says Chubby Checker can pursue lawsuit against HP over penis-measuring app — Um… (Via [info]danjite.)

These Microscopic Balls Protect Insects From Their Own Waste — This is pretty cool nano engineering from nature. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Teleportation: Behind the Science of Quantum Computing

How to Catch a Liar on the InternetTechnology makes it easier than ever to play fast and loose with the truth—but easier than ever to get caught.

Witness to a Hanging: California’s Haunted Trees — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

El Al Goes The Extra Miles to Bring Cancer-Stricken Girl to Camp Simcha — (Via @deirdresm.)

Mouth bacteria may trigger bowel cancer — Hoo boy. (Thanks to David Shanahan.)

Bugger: Maybe the real state secret is that spies aren’t very good at their jobs and don’t know much about the world — Odd stories about MI5. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Surprise! There are no quick solutions to our climate problemsA focus on reducing short-lived greenhouse gas emissions only takes you so far. Gee. Ya think?

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Portland’s Loaded Weapons Ban — A few courts in America are still sane. A few places in America still don’t want to be free-fire Second Amendment kill zones. I’m very glad I live in one of them.

Obama: GOP trying to ‘gum up’ ACA — The Republican hatred of the ACA is a combination of their irrational hatred of all things Obama (remember, the basics of the ACA were a Clinton-era GOP proposal) and their dread fear of the impact of the ACA’s eventual success on their political fortunes. I’m afraid that in this, as in so much of the rest of American culture, a minority of angry, misinformed conservatives will have the power to ruin a good thing for the rest of us.

QotD?: Got feet?

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Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

[travel] Driving to Wellington, NZ, day five – baby seals, WWI aircraft and the ferry ride

Yesterday we drove from Kaiokoura, NZ to Picton, NZ, then took the Bluebridge ferry over to Wellington to end up at the home of our hosts [info]danjite and [info]khaybee.

Beautiful coastline. Wonderful scenery. A really cool aviation museum at Omaka, NZ.

And seals.

Baby seals.

The most adorable thing I have ever seen in my life, by an order of magnitude. At Ohau Point there is a seal colony. The seal colony pups swim up a nearby stream to play in the pool at the bottom of a waterfall there. And… wow…


It is one of the most unbelievable things I have ever seen.

Then one of them came out of the water to inspect me, eventually sniffing my leg.


Oh, wow.

So, yeah. Baby seals. This alone is worth the cost and hassle to getting to New Zealand. It was an almost transcendent experience.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos and videos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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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?

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Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

[links] Link salad is still baffled by yesterday’s news

It was long after midnight when we got to unconditional love Lisa Costello talks about her feelings about the current stage in my cancer journey.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction – 30th Annual Collection — Go check this out. I’m in it.

The Decline and Fall of the Book Cover — (Via AH.)

REVIEW: Bared to You by Sylvia Day — Wow, what a review. Snarkalicious. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

A penguin being tickled — I will die of teh cutez. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Chinese Cuisine Patterns Revealed By Food Network AnalysisThe links between different regional cuisines in China become clear when recipes and ingredients are viewed as a kind of web, say computer scientists.

20 Ludicrous Things Said By Yoga Teachers — Snerk. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Molecular signals identified that let some organisms regrow lost headsManipulating the signals can produce a worm with a head at both ends. I’ve known some people like that.

Finding the Galactic Internet

Pale Blue Dot: An Alien View of EarthNASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab used to have just such a display with the full mosaic of photos posted up in an auditorium, says Hansen-Koharcheck. “And to show the whole thing it covered, oh, I don’t know, 12 or 14 feet,” she says — of mostly empty black space, with just a few pinpricks of light showing the planets. One of them was labeled Earth. “One of the guys that took care of that display told me one time that he was forever having to replace that picture,” says Hansen-Koharcheck, “because people would come up to look at it and they would always touch the Earth.” (Via David Goldman.)

Architecture: Designs for the Great Tower For London in 19th Century catalogue — A response to the Eiffel Tower? (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Clay Lacy, in his DC-7 “Super Snoopy”, races a dragster during the 1971 San Diego Cup airshow — This is a “wow” photo for me.

Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk RoadCenturies ago, the cargo on the Silk Road across Asia included spices and gems. Today, it’s likely to be computers and other electronics, moved by rail along an often-desolate 7,000-mile route. (Thanks to Dad.)

Arctic methane ‘time bomb’ could have huge economic costs — Man, those crazy liberals and the shit they get up to in order to try to hoax good conservative “true facts”. To think that an entire planet’s ecosystem and climate would cooperate in such chicanery, not to mention 99% of the scientists in the climate field. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, or we might have been tricked into doing something.

Virginia governor GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli launches website that pushes for reinstatement of state’s anti-sodomy lawThe state attorney general also wants oral sex between consenting adults to be a felony even though a federal court struck down the state’s ‘Crimes Against Nature’ law in March. As Cuccinelli wants to make the private sex lives of every adult in Virginia a matter of public interest, I think he and his wife should lead the way with complete disclosure of their sexual practices. This is what it means to be a conservative, right?

Rise of the Warrior CopIs it time to reconsider the militarization of American policing? Sigh. (Via [info]danjite.)

George H.W. Bush Shaves Head In Solidarity With 2-Year-Old With Cancer — I don’t have a lot of use for Bush the elder. He helped enable the political and cultural disaster that was the Reagan years. He bears enormous responsibility for Dubya’s existence in many sense of that phrase. And Barbara Bush is one of the most manipulative, dishonest characters in late 20th century politics, all of Nancy Reagan’s petty vileness in sweet grandma drag. But nonetheless, I have to give props to Bush 41 for doing this.

QotD?: Ever had your lease on life renewed?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 252.0
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