Star Trek The Original Series — Oh, awesome. Deeply awesome piece of art. (Thanks to
Superman dresses up — Wrong! WRONG!!! (Via Lisa Costello.)
One of the best 'worst placed ads' ever — Hahah. (Via David Goldman.)
Many With Incurable Cancer Think They Can Be Cured — Majority of Advanced Cancer Patients Believe Chemotherapy Can Cure Them. My admittedly limited experience of oncologists and oncology N.P.s (six doctor and seven or eight N.P.s with whom I've had at least one consultation) is that they talk around the mortality issues far more often than not. I assume this is a technique to avoid inducing bleak depression, but it also feeds the very human need on the patients' part for wishful thinking about outcomes.
Finding Zen in a Patch of Nature — (Via a mailing list I'm on.)
How to eat a Triceratops — Tyrannosaurus tore the head off armoured prey to reach the tender neck meat. (Via Lisa Costello.)
Geoengineering Could Be Essential to Reducing the Risk of Climate Change — Using technology to cool the planet may be the only way to deal with the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, argues scientist David Keith. Lies. Lies from the pit of hell. Pay no attention to Hurricane Sandy, that's just a liberal put-on.
Climate scientist gets compared to Jerry Sandusky, files libel suit — Michael Mann—of the iconic hockey stick graph—is fed up with being called a fraud. A flipside view of one of the core elements of conservative antiscience idiocy. In many ways, the focus on Mann is a product of a very odd failure of logic. The basic outlines of anthropogenic climate change—the greenhouse effect, rising CO2 levels, a significant rise in global temperatures—are all so well understood they could basically be considered factual. But somehow, many people who doubt that humanity has played a role in driving the climate have become obsessed with the potential that natural variations have caused the recent rise in temperatures.
Is voting like sex? Lena Dunham’s first time with Obama
It Stands to Reason, Skeptics Can Be Sexist Too — I spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists. Then came the rape threats. Sigh. The thing about being a liberal-progressive is that we're not supposed to be fucking sexist Neanderthals. Those are cherished conservative values enshrined in party platforms and pulpit sermons that we on the more-or-less-Left allegedly stand against. Sadly, there are assholes in every spectrum of life. (Via
Condoleezza Rice backs Mitt Romney on women's issues — “I am quite comfortable that those who talk about a ‘war on women’ are not just engaging in hyperbole, I think it’s far worse than that,” she said. “It is condemning people who are going to be reasonable and who are going to take into account the views of whom they don’t agree.” Have you been living in a cave since Clinton's election, Dr. Rice? Describing the GOP as reasonable and taking into account the views of whom they don't agree (sic) would be laughable if it weren't so dangerously delusional and pathetic. Conservatives have been openly pursuing a scorched earth policy for over two decades. Women's health, sexual and reproductive rights have been squarely in the center of their target the whole time.
Republicans Rally Around Richard Mourdock — So rape really is part of God's plan? Stay classy, conservative America. It's what you do best.
Mourdock: 'One of the toughest days of my life' — “Today has not been a fun day,” a teary-eyed Mourdock told a private dinner meeting of the Hamilton County Republican Party. “Professionally, emotionally, it’s been one of the toughest days of my life quite frankly.” I'm sure Mourdock's day was tougher than the days of rape victims, who should rejoice in God's plan for their rapist's new baby, according to Mourdock and the Republican party.
McCain says Mourdock endorsement up in the air — Huh. A Republican doing the right thing. Even a stopped clock tells time twice a day, I guess. And oops, never mind, McCain's already back on board with Mourdock. That was fast, even by the usual standards of GOP flip-flopping. I guess he actually read his own party's platform, which says exactly what Mourdock said, just in nicer language. Ah, the justly famed principled consistency of conservatives.
A Fan Letter to Certain Conservative Politicians — John Scalzi makes the key point about the senseless cruelty of the Republican party as usual much more effectively than I could ever hope to.
Tina Fey tells off Republicans Todd Akin, Joe Walsh and Richard Mourdock — Another response to the senseless cruelty of the conservative worldview. What I don't understand is why anyone is surprised by this? Akin et. al aren't saying anything the GOP hasn't been loudly proclaiming for years. Congressman Ryan has sponsored bills in the House requiring exactly this kind of victim blaming and acquiescence. It's been in every GOP party platform for years, and was strengthened for the 2012 election cycle. These are just Republicans saying what their party has said for the past two decades and more. Maybe the difference is that this time people are listening?
McCain: Powell ‘harmed’ his legacy by endorsing Obama — “General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime,” McCain said Thursday on the Kilmeade and Friends radio program. Apparently John McCain doesn't remember the Bush administration. That's okay, neither does anyone else in the likely Republican voter base.
Robert Bork? John Bolton?? 9 Advisers Who Have Romney's Ear — Want to know what a Romney presidency would look like? Check out these guys' records. (Via my Aunt M.)
?otD: Been needled lately?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,100 words on novella "Rock of Ages")
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (fitful)
Currently (re)reading: Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold