Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[links] Link salad wakes up in April, wonders what happened

I am reading and signing Pinion at Powell's Cedar Hills tonight

Monitoring Cancer ProgressionBy automating the tracking of tumor cells that circulate in the blood, doctors can see if a cancer treatment is working. A topic of obvious interest to me.

Lifesaving, safe vaccines — Antivaxers are murderous loons. Period. If they're right, their profound selfishness raises protects their own children at the expense of the deaths of others. If they're wrong, theyir profound selfishness endangers their own children as well as others. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

Area 51 vets break silence: Sorry, but no space aliens or UFOs — The coverup continues!!!

The Texas School Book Repository — Roger Ebert is eloquent on conservative lunacy and the textbook mess in Texas. Does it make me a liberal if I believe Jefferson has been more central to American history than Calvin? That Lincoln was our greatest president, and Davis not our President at all? That the Theory of Evolution towers with majesty above those who, in some cases, believe the earth may be 10,000 years old, and that men walked the earth with dinosaurs? No, it doesn't make me a liberal. It makes me an educated, rational being. Unfortunately, in some precincts of Texas that may appear to be nearly as bad. I know my apolitical, centrist and conservative friends become frustrated with me when I dismiss conservatism as foolish idiocy, but read this article about duly elected conservative leaders carrying out a conservative agenda, and tell me where I'm wrong. Condfidential to GOP in America: It's hard to take your politics and principles seriously when they come with this baggage.

Militia Draws Distinctions Between Groups — Right. It's so critical to maintain the distinction between one group of heavily-armed anti-government paranoids and another. I forget sometimes.

Independence and Dependence — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on opposition to HCR. ...an example of how short Republican memories are and how stupid mainstream conservative pundits must think their audience is. (Of course, you could say that about almost any GOP political assertion these days.)

?otD: What was your best April Fool's prank ever?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo/streess)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 231.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10 (extreme fatigue)
Currently reading: [between books]

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