The Bank Where Doctors Can Stash Your Genome — A new company offers a “gene vault” for doctors who want to add genomics to patient care.
City Workers Paint Handicap Space Around Car, Then Tow It — I once got a parking ticket under similar circumstances. The space was legal when I parked in it.
Appendix Evolved Over 30 Times, May Perform Useful Function, Researchers Say — Perhaps it even evolved continuously?
Has Dark Matter Finally Been Found? Big News Coming Soon
Cosmos may be 'inherently unstable'
Climate change can be tracked through “urine layers” — Some rock hyrax colonies have been peeing in the same place for 55,000 years. I've been on dates like that.
Growing Up Evangelical at the End of the World — This kind of cruel insanity is one of the reasons I'm both an atheist and a liberal-progressive. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Persecutions and History — doubt that anyone seriously defends or teaches the idea that there was a constant, universal Roman policy of persecution that never let up, and anyone who does teach such a thing knows virtually nothing about the history of the church or the Roman Empire. Clearly Larison doesn't know any Evangelical Christianists, for whom the persecution stories are an important, self-valorizing touchstone.
Minimum Wage: Beggaring Workers does not Help Employment — All my life, every time the minimum wage has become a political topic, Republicans have gone into jobs hysteria. They've rarely if ever been right, but this fact creates no accountability for each new round of anti-minimum wage jobs hysteria. I understand why a political party that explicitly privileges ideology over reality can get away with this, but I have never understood why the allegedly liberal media doesn't call them out on the serial lie, loudly and consistently.
Can the GOP be saved from its obsession with the 1950s?
QotD?: Who were you watching?
Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA, otherwise took the day off)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett