Eating Well Without the Flavor of Shame — Diet and flavor. Interesting.
The Quantum Biology Conundrum — If quantum mechanics plays an important role in biology, we'll want to copy it. If it doesn't, we'll want to know why not.
Jewel Caterpillar — Weirdly beautiful. (Via
Light from Alien Super-Earth Seen for 1st Time — This is so damned cool.
Unmanned vessel could soon be working for Navy — What could possibly go wrong!? (Via David Goldman.)
Methane Leaking through the Cracks — The fragile and rapidly changing Arctic is home to large reservoirs of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. As Earth’s climate warms, that methane is vulnerable to possible release into the atmosphere, where it can add to global warming. Once again, the natural world joins in the liberal conspiracy that is global warming.
Jon Stewart, Religion Teacher Extraordinaire — (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)
The Myth About Marriage — Those who do not want to let gay partners have the sacredness of sacramental marriage are relying on a Scholastic fiction of the thirteenth century to play with people’s lives. Walking through Seatac Airport this morning, I caught thirty seconds of some Christianist talking head desperately clinging to the notion that marriage was between one man and one woman, and had been so for five thousand years of human history. (My slight paraphrase.) Taking that statement in purely religious terms, I'm an atheist, and even I know King Solomon had more than a few wives, and that modern religious traditions from Islam to Mormonism support polygamy. In other words, his statement was blatant, knowing lie. What the Bible likes to call false witness, right there in the Ten Commandments. Why do the Liars for Jesus get to on television and spread this counterfactual crap in support of their personal bigotry?
Obama says same-sex couples should be able to marry — This is what being a liberal-progressive means. Standing up for what is right regardless of the bigotry and intolerance of others. Conservatives were wrong about slavery. They were wrong about women's suffrage. They were wrong about child labor. They were wrong about segregation. They were wrong about interracial marriage. They were wrong about birth control. And just as they've been on the wrong side of every major social issue of the past two centuries, conservatives are wrong, dead wrong, about gay marriage. I'm glad to see our leader leading from the front. Slacktivist Fred Clark with a good link roundup on this.
White House Tours Do Not Require Fetuses To Be Counted As Full Humans — The fact that this is even a story is further evidence that conservatives are basically nuts.
Bipartisanship Is a Lost Cause — I still remember Barney Frank's comment about "unilateral bipartisanship".
?otd: Gonna drive your daddy to drink in'?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (brain break)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 4.25 (fitful, and yes, that is not a typo)
Currently reading: The Constantine Affliction by T. Aaron Payton