Hydrated and delicious — Language Log with a long riff on "cringe words". We all have them, and it's kind of baffling unless you share the particular cringe. For me, the nicknames "Compie" and "Lappie" for computers are cringe words.
Write Your Own ‘Shatoetry’ and ‘Shatisms’ with William Shatner’s New iOS App — Presented without further comment, because basically none is possible. Well, except for the observation that "Shatoetry" is probably a cringe word. (Via Lisa Costello.)
Sandwich Monday: The Latke Double Down — Wow. Slightly reminds me of the über sondvich at Eastburn. (Via @ShellyRaeClift.)
Cheese through the centuries — Because cheese!
Model Warfare — BLDGBLOG on the history of art as a tool of warfare.
Indiana Jones Mystery Package — Abner Ravenwood's diary surfaces. Surrealist performance art on the hoof at the University of Chicago. I love this. (Via both
NASA's GRAIL Creates Most Accurate Moon Gravity Map — Cool stuff. (Via
Titan’s Big River (and Thoughts of Jules Verne)
Quantum networks may be more realistic than we thought — Delicate qubits survive long distances in quantum communication without a memory.
Recreational marijuana should not be top federal priority: Obama — President Barack Obama says federal authorities should not target recreational marijuana use in two Western states where it has been made legal given limited government resources and growing public acceptance of the controlled substance. Yeah, duh. This issue doesn't affect me personally in the slightest — I don't use even though I live in a state with a medical condition that would allow me a marijuana card — but as a matter of rational social policy there's only one direction it can go. "Rational", however, does not often describe our social policies, viz this nation's views on welfare, healthcare and gun control.
Minimum Wage Machine (Work in Progress) — Yeah, well. For those of you who oppose raising the minimum wage, imagine living on that. (Thanks to
US backs United Nations measure in favor of universal health coverage — Ah, irony, we hardly knew ye.
Calif. judge says victims' bodies can prevent rape — A Southern California judge is being publicly admonished for saying a rape victim "didn't put up a fight" during her assault and that if someone doesn't want sexual intercourse, the body "will not permit that to happen." Is this guy a GOP Senate candidate? As amply demonstrated at length during the most recent election cycle, that's such a Republican view of women's health; and as such, profoundly and insultingly wrong.
The perils and potential of N.A.L.T. (Not All Like That) — Slacktivist Fred Clark on Dan Savage's take on Christians and Christianists, and what do about the fact that conservative bigotry has become the public face of Christianity in America.
76 Things Banned In Leviticus — All of which are equally abominable in God's eyes. You know, like wearing mixed fabrics. Or homosexuality. Or trimming your beard. See the whole list to know what you should be protesting on the streets every week and agitating for ballot measures to ban. Assuming you need further proof that Christianists are ridiculous theological and intellectual frauds. (Via Steve Buchheit.)
Clearly has no problem with straw men, long as their haystacks aren't touching... — There was a time I regarded Justice Scalia as a guy who was intellectually honest although I disagreed with him, a reasonable mind I could differ with. Was. It's a long time gone. Yep. The way Scalia abrogated forty decades of his own legal reasoning in order to vote against the ACA pretty confirmed what had been obvious for years — that he's a partisan hack who places political interests above law, precedent, the Constitution or the national interest. Which is precisely what conservatives want in a Supreme Court justice. (C.f. Clarence Thomas, who unlike Scalia has the added advantage of being a dim bulb unlikely to ever be troubled by an attack of conscience of the sort that led to Chief Justice Roberts' aberrant vote on the ACA case. Dumb and loyal are the perfect qualifications for a GOP nominee to any Federal bench.) This piece does a terrific job of unpacking Scalia's knowing intellectual dishonesty and personal mendacity in service of his political and cultural goals. (Via Steve Buchheit.)
Lieberman Will Not Be Missed — Actually, go ahead and let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, Joe. It's the least you deserve.
It’s okay to be extreme in the Senate, but only if you’re a Republican — The most liberal member of the Senate, Bernie Sanders, was more conservative than 38 members of the House. Furthermore, nine Republican senators were more conservative than Sanders was liberal. Well, duh. Conservative extremism is patriotic, liberal extremism is socialism. Ask any Tea Partier.
?otD: What's your cringe word(s)?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing international law and Kenyan Muslim socialism: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks