August 13th, 2008


[personal] Home from the Perseids

Meteor shower was a bust. We saw two just after dusk, then the clouds closed in. The drive out to the Gorge and back was lovely, however. And I’m way too late. Plus I got to explain the stellar fusion cycle to my four-year-old niece.

In other news, I saw a McCain campaign ad on a bar tv at lunch. Lots of photos of Obama, with ominous cue cards reading, “Increase Government Spending”, “Raise Taxes”, “Fewer Jobs”. Which pretty much describes the Bush administration — increased spending, tumbling employment, and higher taxes, if you presume that the GOP’s runaway deficit financing will somehow eventually be paid for rather than defaulted on. So why is it good for Bush to do that stuff, and bad for Obama? Coz, you know, the last Democratic administration presided over an economic boom which has become only a distant dream under the Republicans. I’m only a mere liberal-progressive, my tiny brain can’t handle the distinction.

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[links] Link salad for a Wednesday

Material bends, stretches and conducts electricity? — I foresee crumple-able computers.

Handle with Care — The ethics of scientific change. (Thanks to lt260.)

All eyes on Mars — Basement planetology r us. (Thanks to lt260.)

Bush Administration panel accepts that humans cause climate change — Man, even this Republican administration has been suckered by the same liberal conspiracy which has fooled the Arctic sea ice and the climate as a whole. It’s tough to be a good conservative when the facts are so thoroughly biased against you. Luckily, in Republican politics reality is never an excuse! (Snurched from james_nicoll.)

jlassen with a Bushism which transcends the bizarre and lays the troubled corpse of irony to restETA: icedrake points out quite correctly that I have unintentionally endorsed some cherrypicking with this linked quote. Which is to say, staggering hypocrisy and intellectual blindness are the Bush administration’s stock in trade, but there’s no need to stretch a point.

Time in saddle: 20 minutes
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 241.6
Currently reading: The Avatar by Poul Anderson

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