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[links] Link salad hits the rails

WWI gothic — From x-planes.

New Theory Explains Superrotation on VenusAs a Japanese weather satellite heads to Venus, a new theory tackles one of the outstanding mysteries of the planet.

Should We BAC Down? — I find the conclusion of this piece sort of odd, as it seems to assume that drinking and driving is a public good the value of which should be balanced against reduced traffic deaths in the case of stricter laws.

Before He Hired an Escort, Rekers Tried to Spank the Gay Away — A look into homosexual deprogramming, Right wing style. Stories like this only deepen my conviction that the anti-gay movement is composed of bigots, barbarians and vicious fools.

Sanchez on Epistemic Bias and the RightJulian Sanchez of the Cato Institute has a podcast up on the Cato website talking about a phrase he recently coined -- "epistemic bias" -- to describe how the right-wing echo chamber has produced a large portion of the citizenry essentially immune to evidence that is contrary to their beliefs.

When and (to an extent) why did the parties switch places? — Some long-ago political history. The footnote is very funny and apropos to current politics, however.

The Proud Ignorance of Rand Paul — Ta-Nehisis Cotes on Rachel Maddow's Rand Paul interview. I love this bit: This isn't like not knowing the days of Kwanzaa, this is like not knowing what caused the Civil War. It's just embarrassing--except Paul is too ignorant to be embarrassed. I'm sure Paul's defenders will dismiss this interview as a lefty hit-job. But Maddow gave him every opportunity to correct the record, or defend it, and Paul answered with a series of feints and dodges. Not once did he stand up and throw a real punch. You're left wondering how he came to his position and what, precisely, is really at work here.

The Poor, Suffering "Centrists" — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison labors under the delusion that this country has been governed by centrists for the past ten years. Some of us actually remember the Bush administration, however, and their complete dominance of all three branches of government from 2000-2006. Sadly, no one in the Tea Party and few on the Right recall this long ago era of conservatism run amok with its trivial budget deficits and tiny, easy foreign wars, even telling us lately that 9-11 happened on Clinton's watch.

?otD: Diesel or steam? Show your work.



5/21/2010
Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (reasonable)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

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