Social rank 'linked to immunity' — A study of rhesus macaque monkeys may have solved a long-standing puzzle on a link between social rank and health.
A pair of geologic clocks get updates — Unlike either faith or ideology, science is self-correcting. For people with starkly dualistic world views, this looks like a bug. For those of us in the reality-based community, this is a feature.
Sequencing and Mouse "Avatars" Personalize Cancer Treatment — Yeah, well.
Drive-Through Colon Cancer Screening — Huh?
Tightening the Lid on Pain Prescriptions — Personally, I detest opiates and their effects on me. But everybody's needs are different.
The Taint of ‘Social Darwinism’
Keeping it Weird in Austin, Texas — Aren't the residents of the proudly hip city of Austin, Texas, just traditionalists at heart? I lived there for eighteen years, and sorely do miss the place. (Thanks to Dad.)
Gay Mormon students risk excommunication with ‘It Gets Better at Brigham Young University’ video
It's already been a very record-breaking hot year — Man, Al Gore and all those Ferrari-driving climate scientists have been really busy with their climate change conspiracy, haven't they? Imagine that, getting even the actual weather to trend. Thank god we have Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party to protect us from the facts on the ground.
The Anxiety Over America’s Shifting Spirituality
The Thinking Liberal? — New research finds that “low-effort” thinking about a given issue is more likely to result in a conservative stance. This, fundamentally, is why so many conservatives are opposed to education. They know that if their kids are exposed to wide range of ideas, they will think for themselves, and the reflexive easy answers of rigid ideology and faith don't measure up to the nuanced reality of the world.
The Gullible Center — Paul Krugman on Rep. Paul Ryan.
Gun Sales Booming: Doomsday, Obama or Zombies? — (Via
NRA expands its role from fight for gun rights to conservative causes — Because there wasn't enough batshit to go around already in America, apparently. (Via
President Reagan Backs The Buffett Rule — Reagan was a well-known socialist. Why, he was even president of a union for a while, and we all know what conservatives think of that. Ask yourself the same question every Republican would when confronted with inconvenient truths. "What would Reagan have done?" No, wait... Shit!
NH GOP Senator Says The Mentally Ill Are ‘Defective People’ That Should Be Shipped Off To Siberia — Republican State House Speaker William O’Brien said that “at Harty’s age [90 years old], he has earned the right to say what he think." Well, this is America. Anybody can say what they think. It's that little thing we have called the First Amendment. However, neither old age nor Constitutional rights excuse arrant bigotry and willful ignorance. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Paging Justice Scalia to the "Defer to the Executive Power" Courtesy Phone — Y'know, I've got this niggling feeling -- in the back of my mind -- that there was some political party that used to scream all the time about "judicial activism," and how unelected judges were trying to make law, which was evil and wrong, and that judges should just defer to the power of the executive and the legislative power. If only I could remember who that party was...
Trying to Further Vilify Abortion Doctors By Implying They're Also Cannibals — Because reasoned and principled positions are the justly famed hallmarks of conservative thought.
My Version of “The Talk” — Some 41% of our fellow Americans identify as “conservative;” this is why we can’t have nice things. By “nice things,” I mean things like universal health care, marriage equality and a sane foreign policy.
Obama levels straight shots at Supreme Court and Ryan budget — Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They have long experience with attacking the evils of the left and the abuses of activist judges. They love to assail “tax-and-spend liberals” without ever discussing who should be taxed or what government money is actually spent on. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.
Taking Credit Where None Is Due — As Friday’s jobless numbers showed, the economic recovery has been listless and fragile, but its upward trajectory has been clear enough that Republicans have been forced to acknowledge it. To avoid giving President Obama the slightest bit of credit for the improvement, however, they have come up with increasingly convoluted explanations that have little relationship to reality. This is news?
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Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,100 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (solid)
Weight: 241.2 (!)
Currently reading: The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling