I Am Not a Camel … but I Do Have Epilepsy — On disease, treatment and medical stigmatization. (Via David Goldman.)
Pad Thai — The odd history of a favorite dish. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Abandoned — National Geographic television on treasure hunting in abandoned properties. Some cool stuff here. (Via
Sea slug's 'disposable penis' surprises — Yeah, I've been on dates like that.
Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions — Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight.
NASA: Rapid Loss of Freshwater from Middle East Region — Oi. Not good news for anyone.
Zen Groups Distressed by Accusations Against Teacher — Sigh. Religious hypocrisy is religious hypocrisy, no matter where it comes from.
Papal cuts: why is he really resigning? — Something I suspect that is very close to the sad, hard truth.
AP bans use of words “husband,” “wife” for legally-wed gay couples — Ah, the bigotry continues, to the delight of conservatives across the land.
The New York Times is Stupid on Plagiarism — Cora Buhlert on the American view of German politics and politicians. This brings us to the fact that a whole lot of German politicians, including most of the current cabinet, have advanced degrees and doctorates. For some reason, this seems to boggle American minds, which in turn boggles mine, because don’t Americans want politicians who are smart and educated? That said, looking at some of the American politicians who cropped up during the recent election season – you know, the sort who consider the Soviet Union a valid threat for the 21st century or displayed profound ignorance about human biology and reproduction – I guess the answer is “no”. That institutionalized political anti-intellectualism would be a conservative tic, Cora, and every bit as stupidly destructive as you imply.
Missouri bill redefines science, gives equal time to Intelligent Design — Bill has a long list of brain-melting stipulations. If nothing else, I could never be an American conservative because it requires endorsing this kind of deep intellectual dishonesty. Even those Republicans who personally know better enable this idiocy with their votes, their campaign contributions and their political support.
Ted Nugent Is Not Amused — Republicans hear very little they like in the president’s State of the Union address. Hey, Nuge, I thought you said you'd be dead or in jail if Obama was re-elected. So, pick one and get on with it.
The Art of Infinite War — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the American obsession with "security".
QotD?: Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,500 words on novella in progress, to 8,700 words, 30 minutes on a joint project with
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping illegal immigrants infiltrate America: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett