Scott Adams on the value of attention — I suspect I read this article very differently as a working pro writer, where attention is a meaningful aspect of my career, than I would have ten or fifteen years ago when it was not. Some things to think about here.
Vacation Snaps: 1904 — I love this bit of portraiture from Shorpy.
Metric Mania — A very interesting article on the flaws of measuring data, and how we interpret such.
In which records says nothing meekly — "The Cold Equations" meets modern medicine.
Race under fire: Is being white something you can learn? — Hmm. Interesting.
Vatican details US sex abuse defense — The Vatican on Monday will make its most detailed defense yet against claims that it is liable for U.S. bishops who allowed priests to molest children, saying bishops are not its employees and that a 1962 Vatican document did not require them to keep quiet, The Associated Press has learned. Wow, that is a level of disingenous argument that would make Karl Rove blush for shame. So bishops don't work for the Catholic Church, huh? (I assume this is technically true under US employment law, but it's a disgustingly self-serving avoidance of accountability.)
Kagan's Political Advice: Does Principle Matter? — This is disgusting. I've been neutral on Kagan so far — I agree with the general criticism that Republican presidents appoint SCOTUS judges as far to the Right, while Democratic presidents appoint centrist judges for some damned reason — but this article really stirs my passions against someone who is willing to reason like Kagan sitting on the high court. Bad enough we have Scalia, Thomas and Alito distorting justice for political ends on a daily basis. We don't need Kagan doing it, too.
Texas congressman uses porn to kill science funding — Because you know, we can't have science. People might learn to think, and then the GOP would lose a lot of votes. And what goes better with science than porn! Conservative America: working hard to return us all to the nineteenth century.
Going to Extreme — Paul Krugman on the GOP's rightward march. Somehow, though, the radicalism of Texas Republicans wasn't a story in 2000, an election year in which George W. Bush of Texas, soon to become president, was widely portrayed as a moderate. Yep, I remember those days. Your Liberal Media sure liked W, back in the day.
Palin Has No Political Future — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with a fascinating critique of Sarah Palin. He begins nicely by describing her thus: Palin is aggressively ideological and obnoxiously partisan, which is very satisfying to most ideologues and partisans, but this is exactly what people outside the Palinite bubble dislike about her. That's far from the substance of his critique, but it's an excellent point. I don't agree with his conclusion — her media-driven political presence will be a huge factor in the 2012 campaign, to everyone's detriment. John McCain has a lot to answer for, and I predict his place in political history will be to remembered as John the Baptist to Palin's twisted conservative Jesus.
?otD: What's the fastest car you ever drove?
Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: 233.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold