Quasars illustrate dark energy's roller coaster ride
Cellular Data Network for Inanimate Objects Goes Live in France — A startup hopes to connect millions of low-power sensors worldwide to the Internet, making everything—from power grids to home appliances—smarter.
Is Obamacare too much work for the Obama administration? — Ohh, let's quit while we're behind!
For One Night at Fox, News Tops Agenda — But on Tuesday night, the people in charge of Fox News were confronted with a stark choice after it became clear that Mr. Romney had fallen short: was Fox, first and foremost, a place for advocacy or a place for news? In this moment, at least, Fox chose news. Even a stopped clock is right once every four years. I'm sure those responsible for this brief outbreak of sanity at FOX have been punished. (Via my Dad.)
Everyone agrees with us on climate change—especially when we're wrong — False consensus and "pluralistic ignorance" help mistaken beliefs thrive. The epistemology of denialism.
The GOP’s Year of Magical Thinking — Now that the election charade is over, will the party accept reality? […] The 2012 election was a referendum on two very different approaches to public policy. One approach is to use the best available empirical evidence. The other is to rely on faith and wishful thinking. As in their campaign coverage, conservatives consistently opt for the latter route—a choice that has often blinded them to the reality in front of their noses. Climate change and the failure of supply-side economics are the most obvious examples. Will the GOP accept reality? In a word, no. Conservatism cannot fail you, you can only fail conservatism.
“What Conservative Media Bubble?” Says the Conservative Still Inside the Bubble — You all just stay inside there with your angry white men, okay?
The Party Next Time — As immigration turns red states blue, how can Republicans transform their platform? A long, interesting piece in The New Yorker on Hispanic Republicans in Texas. On a purely personal note, they interview Art Martinez de Vara at some length. He and I worked together in a dot com back in the 1990s.
The US Electoral map resized to represent the population of each state — (Via Lisa Costello.)
Conservative Ideology and Theology at the Crossroads — Conservative ideology and its kissing cousin, conservative theology has always been about maintaining the status quo; clogging up progress, grinding the forces of change. While both of these conservative groups, in an ideal world, have an opportunity to reshape and reconfigure their theological thought processes, chances are that they will not take advantage of the opportunity. Many will just double down on a more conservative interpretation of their own opportunistic shifting theology and in the process add to the growing number of dissatisfied former Christians looking for something relevant in their lives. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
?otD: What did you read last night?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (7.5 extremely fitful plus napping)
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating guns and enforcing gay marriage: 0
Currently reading: Mirrordance by Lois McMaster Bujold