E-Book Dodge — The New York Times ethicist says: An illegal download is — to use an ugly word — illegal. But in this case, it is not unethical. Wow, thanks for clearing that up. I'm glad a professional ethicist has weighed in. I was so confused about this point. (Thanks to my brother.)
Underground cities, and stranger things — (Via a fairly amusing post from The Edge of the American West.)
An economist's view of HCR — Hmm. I left a testy comment.
I patent your ass. And your leg. And your nostril. — Ben Goldacre on gene patents.
Where Is the Best Clock in the Universe? — Mmm, pulsars. I wonder how this affects Mainspring.
CNN vs al-Jazeera — Yep. Your liberal media, hard at work. The details here, if you need them. This pretty much says it all: "Well, it's their fault for bringing their kids into a battle." Actually, no, it's our fault for starting a trillion dollar war of choice on false pretenses against a country that wasn't threatening us.
A Bright Post-Hegemonic Future — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with a fascinating analysis of long term American foreign policy and military posture.
Terreblanche party retracts revenge threat — The party of murdered South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche has withdrawn a threat to take revenge for his death. Conservatives worldwide: staying classy as always.
"No Lie Is Too Low For Them": What the Terri Schiavo Affair Can Teach Us About Today's Right-Wing Zealots — Moral leadership, principled consistency, and uncompromising honesty - the American Right. (Via flemco.)
Republicans Fear Undercounting in Census — Some Republicans are worried that an anti-government surge among conservatives will lead to lower participation in the U.S. census, which they fear could reduce the number of Republican seats in Congress and state legislatures. Hahahahah. Seriously, the conservative meme that the census is unconstitutional only makes sense if you've never actually read the Constitution. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. Admittedly, the Constitution uses the word "Enumeration" rather than "Census", which may confuse those educated from conservative-approved texts, and who confuse their opinions with facts. (And yes, I think everyone should be counted, even people I disagree with. Especially so. Otherwise, it's not representative democracy.)
Attn Media: "Tea Party" = GOP — It turns out the Tea Partiers are an overwhelmingly conservative bunch of "Republican-oriented conservative voters who are dismayed by the direction of the GOP and who don't want to identify with the party's brand." Also, this just in, sun rises in east.
Tea Party Movement As Popular As Socialism — The Percentage of Americans viewing "The Tea Party movement" favorably: 37 percent. The Percentage of Americans with a positive image of "socialism": 36 percent. Hahahahaha.
?otD: What's your favorite photo, ever?
Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10
Currently reading: [between books]