Caveman cosmetics? Scientists say ocher tool kits date back 100,000 years. — Throughout history ocher has been used for art and adornment. Scientists report finding evidence of a 100,000-year-old cosmetics/paint workshop for producing a pigmented compound in a South African cave.
Glorious Retrofuture from Japan — Mmm mmm.
Ryanair Removing Toilets To Make Way For Seats — Wow. Who needs to pee on an airplane, anyway? (Via Trey Palmer.)
Mayor Bloomberg and Occupy Wall Street by the Numbers — The empire strikes back.
CHARTS: Here’s What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About… — Spelled out in easy-to-understand terms.
Jeffress throws Jesus under the bus — “Judge not that ye be not judged”; so said Jesus. But don’t try telling that to Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress. That pretty much hits Christianists right on the button.
Cain’s style: Simple solutions and a willingness to say ‘I don’t know’ — The problem is that complex problems don’t generally admit of simple solutions. Which is the funadamental failure of the “I don’t do nuance” flavor of conservatism that has utterly taken over the GOP. They’re unwilling to acknowledge complexity, making wilful ignorance and anti-intellectualism into virtues.
Herman Cain: You Could Have Stopped There — “I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration,” Cain said Wednesday. At least he’s honest. Most Republican pols and pundits state their outrageous counterfactual beliefs as flat truth. But being honest won’t get him far with the GOP base, which prefers a much simpler and truthier worldview.
?otD: Who said this had to be another chemo day?
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (interrupted)
Currently reading: The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod