Ian McEwan claims the novella is better than the novel — I'm pretty sure this is true of my own work, but I have no idea how this could be a generic truth.
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Targeting insulin inhibition as a metabolic therapy in advanced cancer — Hmm. Interesting. (Via
Giant eyeball mystery solved — Because, yeah.
Rain returns to Oregon (photo essay)
Company Plans To Build High-Altitude Balloon Facility In Tillamook — Due to our relatively rough terrain and lack of large flat spots, western Oregon is not normally considered balloon country. These guys seem to have an answer to that. A Pacific Northwest space program?
Amateur Team Finds 'Tatooine' Planet with 2 Suns in 4-Star System
Walmart's New High-Tech Labs: You're Not in Arkansas Anymore — The way we shop is changing at lightening speed, and the world's largest retailer knows it needs to keep pace.
Editorial: Meet a science committee that doesn't get science — Ars Technica on the science issues in Congress.
Boston mayor seeks $15M for lab scandal fallout — Fake lab results to expedite convictions. Tough on crime sure works out well. What if it was you sitting in prison because of this? Feel safer now?
US Drone Strikes on Pakistan: Counting the Bodies — All questions of ethics aside for a moment, as a practical matter under OBama's leadership we Americans are creating new generations of an entire people who hate and fear us with very good reason. How does that serve anyone's interests? Feel safer now?
Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day — Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-8)
The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent — American and Venice. A clear historical example of how conservative principles bring on social destruction and national decline.
Death by Ideology — The Romney-Ryan position on health care is that many millions of Americans must be denied health insurance, and millions more deprived of the security Medicare now provides, in order to save money. At the same time, of course, Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are proposing trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy. So a literal description of their plan is that they want to expose many Americans to financial insecurity, and let some of them die, so that a handful of already wealthy people can have a higher after-tax income. And this is why I can never, ever be a conservative. I don't see how any sane, moral human being of any ideology or socioeconomic status can consider this a good idea. Not to mention which that as a long term cancer patient I personally am one of those people that Romney and Ryan are happy to let die for the sake of prioritizing tax cuts for the wealthy.
Obamacare gets my vote: Romney and Ryan's alternative nearly killed me — I'm critical of Obama's presidency, but my medical emergency convinced me that for Obamacare alone we must re-elect him. I get this. Sick as I am with cancer, the mother of all pre-existing conditions, the GOP platform certainly means the likely end of my life should I ever lose my insurance coverage.
It's Funny Because We're White — There is this sense that birther jokes are the sideshow of the Republican Party, a nutty fringe that keeps conservatives from the serious task of separating those who are smart from those who are poor. But I would argue that birther jokes are the essence of the conservative movement: The involuntary spewings of a resentful class who know they should be better, and hate you for holding them to this.
Analysts: Romney bolstered by right-wing 'leaners' — Yeah, because things worked out so well the last time we elected a Republican president.
Romney’s Foreign Policy: Bush 2.0 — Oh, yeah. Because it worked out so well last time. Let's do it again! This nation has apparently entered the "hit yourself on the head with a hammer so it feels good when you stop" phase of our political decline.
GOP cut half billion from embassy security before Libya attack — Because Obama! Seriously, guys, if you're going to politicize something that doesn't actually have a hell of a lot to do with electoral politics, you might make sure you're on the good side of the issue. Of course, in a FOX News/post-truth America, that doesn't really matter.
Inertia — Jim Wright on the vice presidential debates and the Benghazi mess. Speaking as the son of a former U.S. Ambassador, what he said. In spades.
Of Babies and Beans: Paul Ryan on Abortion — Paul Ryan did not say, as John Kennedy had said before him, that faith was faith and public service, public service, each to be honored and kept separate from the other. No, he said instead “I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do.” That’s a shocking answer—a mullah’s answer, what those scary Iranian “Ayatollahs” he kept referring to when talking about Iran would say as well.
?otD: When will the end come to this old world?
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bicycling)
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
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