Sandy forming into a rare hybrid storm — I hope all my East Coast friends can stay safe, warm and dry.
A Google Employee Walks Into a Bar — We've heard this before.
Dinosauroids revisited, revisited — Tetrapod Zoology on smart dinosaurs. Good story fodder.
Dismantling — A fascinating piece on quarries from BLDGBLOG.
How Paintballs Could Save Earth from Giant Asteroid Impact
The Deferred Dreams of Mars — We'll happily spend a trillion dollars off budget to fight a decade-long war of choice launched under knowingly false pretenses, but contribute to scientific progress? Now that's leadership.
A tale of two healthcare plans
Mourdock, Conception, and Theodicy — Yes. This. In simpler terms, you are responsible for the consequences of your beliefs. This is true in religion, in private gun ownership, in muscular foreign policy, in evolution denial. All those comforting -isms that drive conservative thought have terrible consequences which very few conservatives will even acknowledge, let alone take ownership of.
God Does Not Intend Rape. Ever. — If you believe in a God who makes rape a part of any woman's plan, ever, then you are sad, disgusting little immoral human being who serves a sad, disgusting little immoral god, and neither of you have any place in decent society. (Via @scalzi.)
The real Republican rape platform — It's no accident GOP candidates can't stop talking about rape: the party view is women are mere vessels subject to men's will. A British take on the obvious.
Medley of Grey-Faced Republican Men on Duty of Raped Women to Bear the Child (Video) — Because men don't generally get raped, and none of them who do get pregnant. The white conservative view of this would be very different if those things were true.
Romney: 'Some Gays Are Actually Having Children. It's Not Right on Paper. It's Not Right in Fact.' — Mmm. Compassionate conservatism.
Candidates flee East Coast as Frankenstorm takes Revenge for their Ignoring Climate Change
Ronald Reagan Made A ‘First Time’ Voting Joke 32 Years Before Lena Dunham Did — Ah, but when a white conservative man makes the joke, it's funny. When a liberal-progressive woman does, it's disgusting. Have you people learned nothing from the Tea Party view of Obama?
The Story (on Racial Attitudes) That Obama and Romney Don't Want You to Read
A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote to deny care to the sick — That's not partisan spin. That's simple truth. The partisan spin comes in if you believe those healthcare cuts and changes are a necessary step to other perceived long term benefits. Republicans believe that the so-called "job creators" should have unfettered financial freedom to play their role in the economy, and that means others must sacrifice to support and enhance the rich.
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (eight hours fitful overnight plus napping)
Currently reading: Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold