Colecção Argonauta — Some awesome 1960s Brazilian SF covers. (Snurched from @jeremiahtolbert.)
Mapping Your End-of-Life Choices
Meditation found to increase brain size — Now if this only applied in other areas of life… (Via Lisa Costello.)
Google launches Endangered Language Project — Google tries to promote info exchange on the world's 3,000 endangered languages.
Lidar map shows path of Missoula floods that shaped Oregon's backyards — Cool stuff. (Thanks to Dad.)
Planets worlds apart orbit one distant star
New passenger service to the Moon for $100M — Hmm. :: wants ::
What to make of the Chinese space effort? — In related news, Language Log comments on the term "taikonaut".
Pope Jim Garlow I joins the Münchhausen martyrdom brigade — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the self-valorizing persecution fantasies of American Christians.
‘Bible Believers’ who do not know, or care, what the Bible says — Because for far too many Americans, being a Christian isn't about religion or faith, it's about tribalism and a smug justification for their private bigotries.
Congress Joins List of Things Romney Thinks Don’t Exist — The general theme of Mitt Romney's campaign is that President Obama is 100 percent responsible for everything that has happened since he took office, including not only worldwide economic events but decisions of the Republican Congress.
The Consequences of Believing Nonsense — The current crop of conservatives will have a great deal to answer for to future generations. So will the rest of us who have let the GOP get away with politicizing utter nonsense and mortgaging the planet's future for the sake of a few votes.
Yes, Iraq Definitely Had WMD, Vast Majority Of Polled Republicans Insist — Speaking of believing nonsense. This is flatly counterfactual. Untrue. A lie. Yet close to half of America's voters believe that Iraq had WMDs. This is what comes of the GOP deliberately enabling nonsense, and co-opting Your Liberal Media to spread it. The people who started all this — Atwater, Ailes, Rove, etc. — they know better. They're just cynical, opportunistic bastards. But they've created going on two generations of politicians and voters who are true believers, because listening to your own fears is a hell of lot easier (and more emotionally satisfying) than considering the nuances of things you don't understand and don't want to hear.
?otD: Been out to the Rising Gorge?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (brain break)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, hiking to come
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate