The self-epublishing bubble — (Snurched from @lilithsaintcrow.)
Pythons linked to Florida Everglades mammal decline
Little Ice Age was caused by volcanism
Russia blames radiation for space probe failure
Toward a New ‘Prime Directive’
While temperatures rise, denialists reach lower — The WSJ OpEd makes a lot of hay from having 16 scientists sign it, but of those only 4 are actually climate scientists. And that bragging right is crushed to dust when you find out that the WSJ turned down an article about the reality of global warming that was signed by 255 actual climate scientists. Ah, ideology: trumping facts in the conservative mind since 4004 BC.
The Condom's Cousins — Health care coverage is one horse that the Church has chosen to ride in order to protect its belief in the sanctity of its beliefs. Sex, rather than God, is its focus. If God's perceived commandments on how one deals with one's fellow man come into conflict with the Church's opinion on sex, its opinion on sex wins out every time, irrespective of the effect it may have on fellow man.
The Austerity Debacle — Haven’t we learned a lot about economic management over the last 80 years? Yes, we have — but in Britain and elsewhere, the policy elite decided to throw that hard-won knowledge out the window, and rely on ideologically convenient wishful thinking instead. "Ideologically convenient wishful thinking" pretty much describes most of the conservative mindset these days, at least on the budget, jobs, climate change, foreign policy, etc.
Brewer Has History Of Getting Facts Wrong — In the past, when Brewer has been confronted about inaccurate statements, her first move has been to maintain she was right no matter how clear the matter was. Republican to the bone.
Wash. Post's Parker Wildly Distorts Charitable Giving Of Obama, Romney — Because when you're taking the GOP party line, facts don't matter, the message does. Even flat out lies like this pass unchallenged in Your Liberal Media.
Trillions in tax cuts — The Republican presidential candidates claim to abhor debt, yet propose tax cuts that would add trillions more. Supply side economics hasn't worked yet, but why stop believing in it now? Who said New Math was dead?
Election angst hits Hill Republicans — What amazes me is that for most of my adult life, the GOP has had fantastic party discipline. Since about 2006, that seems to have really weakened. Not that I'm complaining about anything that undercuts the toxic conservative agenda, but I find it surprising.
Kansas Speaker O’Neal asks House GOP to pray for Obama’s death — Stay classy, GOP. It's what you do best.
The Grover Norquist "Impeach Obama" Fantasy — [T]he Republicans wanted [Clinton] removed from the first day he took office, and that they were not waiting for a crime so much as they were waiting for the moment when they had the votes to do it. (That this is a monumental act of contempt for the people who elected him their president should not concern us here, because it apparently never concerned the Republicans.)
Why Gingrich is a Liability to Down-Ticket Congressional Races — And the GOP establishment continues to dog pile on poor, misunderstood Newt.
?otd: Got milk?
Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
Currently reading: The Man in the Moone, and Other Lunar Fantasies ed. Faith Pizor