Erectile dysfunction is strong predictor of fatal heart ailments, study finds — Oh, joy. I get ED from cancer surgery, ED gives me heart attack risk. (Or not, since my ED is not primary. Still...)
Finding the Real Planet X — Lots of interesting stuff about Kuiper Belt Objects and Trans-Neptunian Objects from Centauri Dreams. Good skiffy here.
The Rise and Fall of the Human Genome Project
Cpl. Jeffrey Goldberg, Guarding the Prison of the Nationalist Mind — Juan Cole on, among other things, concervative political discourse on Israel Fascinating reading, if you're curious how the media actually comes up with stuff. Uncomfortable reading if you're conservative, but he cites cases and details, so worth it if you're interested in intellectual honesty rather than confirmation bias.
Conservatism And Power — Ta-Nehisi Coates with some killer observations. Money shot: ...a skepticism of change almost necessarily means a skepticism of those who seek to expand democracy beyond property-owning white men. Taken in sum you have an ideology, whatever its laudable merits, that will almost always, necessarily, look charitably upon those with power, or those who control the institutions, and skeptically upon those without power, or those who seek to change those institutions.
In Africa, a step backward on human rights — Bishop Desmond Tutu on Christians and homosexuality. Gay people, too, are made in my God's image. I would never worship a homophobic God. It would be nice if a few more Americans actually read their Bible instead of simply using it as a blunt instrument.
The Beck Factor at Fox: Staffers say comments taint their work — Um, no. Working at Fox taints your work. If you want to do news, work for a news organization, not Fox.
?otD: The earth is turning; why does it go so slow?
Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 227.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10
Currently reading: [between books]