Latest Study Finds Cancer Cells Now Cruelly Mocking Researchers — The findings—published this week in a rambling, expletive-laden 8,000-word article in The Journal Of The American Medical Association—provides the strongest evidence yet that abnormal cells targeted with cutting-edge cancer treatments are basically flipping off scientists left and right, and get a huge kick out of making oncologists feel like a bunch of bumbling dipshit chumps. Hahahah. (Via David Goldman.)
An alternate universe — A funny, Apple-centric review of the in-store experience with the new Microsft Surface with Windows RT. (Via Scott Frey.)
Why Are China and Japan Sparring Over Eight Tiny, Uninhabited Islands? — Why are China and Japan locked in a tense face-off, alarming the world and inflicting substantial economic pain on themselves, over a bunch of tiny uninhabited islands in the East China Sea? Nationalist politics and historical resentments figure heavily in the territorial dispute, as do fish. But there's another potent ingredient: energy.
Mold, bacteria found at factory tied to meningitis outbreak — 'Greenish black foreign matter' was found in 83 vials of a batch of of the tainted steroid that caused a meningitis outbreak. This is why regulation is bad. Companies aren't free to make the most efficient decisions. Those 25 people who died because of this are just part of normal market self-correction. Np intrusive government regulation needed here, thank you.
Obama: Ayn Rand Is For Misunderstood Teenagers — In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, President Obama said Ayn Rand's writings are appealing to those who are "17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood." But "as we get older," he said, people recognize its "narrow vision." Hahahahah.
How extreme is the Republican Party? — A rather smug little fact-free piece from conservative outlet The Washington Times congratulating Republicans on how mainstream they are, and counseling voters to ignore liberal propaganda with its biased "facts" and "data" and "history of the Bush administration".
Evil Liberals Keep Making Republicans Look Racist — Whatever the case, the obvious conclusion -- that the American Right has always contained, and continues to contain, both racist and extremist elements that act out in violent and repugnant ways, and that the current campaign is bringing them back into the mainstream of politics -- simply can't be true. Because otherwise, all of their mainstream enablers on the right would be forced to recognize that their refusal to admit their existence and their resurgence is in fact empowering these racists by providing them with endless wink-and-nudge cover. Cold reality: Conservatives are not even remotely serious about confronting or dealing with racism in America, no matter how they protest that they "oppose" "racist material". And they prove it to us every day. Reminds me when I was a student at UT-Austin. My freshman year, there were about a dozen reported incidents of fraternity members burglarizing academic offices to steal test files. (One can only imagine how many more went undetected or unreported.) Every single time, the president of the Interfraternity Council would make a statement condemning the event and portraying it as an "isolated incident". It would have been funny if it weren't so sad. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Former Powell Chief of Staff: GOP 'Full of Racists' — "Let me just be candid," he said. "My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that's despicable." Just like how the 99% white Tea Party didn't have a word to say when white conservative George Bush did everything they claim to hate black Barack Obama for. Also, this just in, water is wet.
How the GOP's Real Agenda Is Revealed in Their Nasty Rape Comments — The umpteenth rape comment reveals the real agendas and beliefs of the GOP as a whole. Not to mention which the agenda has all been down in black and white in the Republican party platforms for years. (Those would be the same platforms that mention UN Agenda 21, in case you mistakenly thought they'd been written by anyone with a whiff of sanity remaining in their echoing, conservative skulls.)
Mitt Romney Style — Hahahah.
?otD: Which of the seven chemo dwarves are you?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (1,700 words on novella "Rock of Ages")
Body movement: 0.0 hour (chemo)
Hours slept: 12.0 hours (ten hours overnight plus napping)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold