Hydro-Monuments of Rajasthan — More amazing photography from Indian on BLDG BLOG.
Gnotobiotic animal — This is kind of weird. Understandable, but weird. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Big Myths of Everyday Science — I was on top of all of these. Essentially a basic scientific literacy quiz pretending to be a slide show. Kind of nifty. (Via
The One True Faith — Scenes From a Multiverse captures the snarky version of the atheist view of religion brilliantly.
A Year in Jail for Not Believing in God? How Kentucky is Persecuting Atheists — In Kentucky, a homeland security law requires the state’s citizens to acknowledge the security provided by the Almighty God--or risk 12 months in prison. The headline and lede overstate this story, but the reality is only slightly less appalling. For a bunch of people who claim to love the Constitution so much, conservatives sure do have a lot of hate for the First Amendment's position on religion. (Via
Won Direction — Bill Maher with some thoughts for president Obama. (Via my Aunt M.)
Commentary Editor John Podhoretz Has Awkward Postelection Epiphany — The usual breathtaking conservative intellectual dishonesty, documented in their own words.
Poetic justice: Romney likely to finish at 47 percent — If Romney ran a campaign of unprecedented dishonesty and lack of transparency, virtually all of it was geared towards misleading people about the true nature of his — and his party’s — actual beliefs and governing agenda. If? What if? Romney absolutely ran a campaign of unprecedented dishonesty and lack of transparency. That's objectively true on the plain face of the facts. That's something his own campaign team bragged about. What if?
It’s The Racism, Stupid — [Conservative beliefs about race, class and sexuality] make you a jerk, no matter how nice you phrase it. When your position is that of denying others their piece of the American dream because you just plain don’t like them, you are a jerk. It’s really just that damned simple. You. Are. A. Bigot. It's kind of hard to manufacture more angry white men, the GOP's key electoral strategy for decades, without inflammatory rhetoric. And if you say something long enough, you tend to come to believe it.
Procedures aren't the GOP's problem — If Republicans want to stop taking losing positions on issues, they need to find a way to downplay those things they believe strongly in despite their unpopularity and to give up those things they don’t really care about. As all successful political parties do. But that’s not going to happen when everyone is terrified of charges of moderation. Yes. You know who else was a moderate? HITLER! And STALIN!! And MAO!!! Moderation is the road to MADNESS!!!! Only absolute conservative ideologically purity can maintain the American tradition of a free and open society!!!
Worth Noting — Josh Marshall on the GOP's mania over Susan Rice and the Benghazi attacks. The actual work of government oversight is significantly impeded by endless pandering to nonsensical conspiracies theories or people who need clinical intervention. Which pretty much describes the entire GOP these days rather nicely.
?otD: After ten long years, they let you out of the home. What did you do next?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (1,700 words on "Rock of Ages", plus thirty minutes of WRPA)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on stationary bike)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Number of FEMA troops on my block shutting down Evangelical churches and closing gun shops: 0
Currently reading: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold