19th-century industrial spy stole No. 1 drink — Huh. I want to read this. (Via @mattstaggs.)
e_bourne is snarky about PowerPoint
Black Holes, Starships and the Cosmos — A Big Idea post from Centauri Dreams. Though my favorite bit was this triviatum: To produce as much energy as a 100 watt light-bulb a black hole needs to mass 1.9 trillion tons.
A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain — Duh. I'm astonished that ADM didn't have this study quashed.
The Final Health Care Vote and What it Really Means — Robert Reich on the political heritage of HCR.
Fear Strikes Out — on One side, the closing argument was an appeal to our better angels, urging politicians to do what is right, even if it hurts their careers; on the other side, callous cynicism. The GOP never opposed HCR on the merits, that I can tell, despite lip service to the contrary.
The Misinformed Tea Party Movement — For an antitax group, they don't know much about taxes. Um, yeah.
The GOP's newfound love of public opinion — I'm not making an argument about whether public opinion should or should not dictate outcomes; the point is about those who are wildly inconsistent in their advocacy on that issue. Inconsistent? The GOP, standard bearers of principled consistency and keepers of America's moral compass? No!
McCain Comments Confirm That Republicans Plan To Stand On The Sidelines And Do Nothing — I love this response from Senate Majority Leader Reid. For someone who campaigned on ‘Country First’ and claims to take great pride in bipartisanship, it’s absolutely bizarre for Senator McCain to tell the American people he is going to take his ball and go home until the next election,
Wondermark reviews conservatie logic on healthcare — Hahahahah.
The constituency for repeal — Daniel Larison on Republican promises to repeal HCR, and the myth of a public opposition.
Stepping off the narrow path of reality — How adopting counterfactuals leads to further idiocy. This exactly why I rail so much against Creationism and Intelligent Design in schools. Oddly, This Modern World takes on the very same question this week. Just because you believe it doesn't mean it's true.
?otD: Where oh where has my little dog gone?
Writing time yesterday: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes
Hours slept: 6.0 (lousy)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10 (but still sick)
Currently reading: [between books]