The Bitter End — We turn to doctors to save our lives -- to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves. Oddly enough, I had a long conversation just yesterday with my doctor about precisely this topic. (Via Steve Buchheit.)
Actually, Mr. Brill, Fixing Healthcare Is Kinda Simple — Speaking as the guy with the million dollar cancer, yes. (Also snurched from Steve Buchheit.)
World's most insane rope swing — This makes my head spin. (Via
Starfish City — Using fire for urban camouflage. Whoa.
The Humans With Super Human Vision — An unknown number of women may perceive millions of colors invisible to the rest of us. One British scientist is trying to track them down and understand their extraordinary power of sight. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Do tinfoil helmets provide adequate protection against mind control rays?
Mutant Tadpoles Sprout Eyeballs on Their Tails
Antarctica’s exit glaciers: The drunk drivers of climate change
40% Of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage — Adjusting for inflation and productivity gains. The obvious solution is to lower tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. Look how well that's worked out so far! (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Corporations urge Supreme Court to embrace gay marriage — Another conservative bigotry domino falls. (Via
N.H. Lawmaker Says Some People Might ‘Like Being In Abusive Relationships’ — Those Republicans, always keeping it classy and keeping it real for the womenfolk of America.
Chief Justice Roberts' Long War Against the Voting Rights Act — Well, this will certainly help ensure that the votes of "real Americans" aren't drowned out by those pesky urban voters, if you know what I mean, wink, nudge.
Why Scalia is Wrong about Voting as “Racial Entitlement”: Texas’ Long History of Minority Vote Supression — Scalia, wrong about something? Unpossible! Why, Justice Scalia is the standard bearer for the principled intellectual consistency of conservatives everywhere.
How Reagan Promoted Genocide — Despite their frequent claims to the contrary, the evidence is now overwhelming that Reagan and his advisers had a clear understanding of the extraordinary brutality going on in Guatemala and elsewhere, based on their own internal documents. As they prepared to ship military equipment to Guatemala, White House officials knew that the Guatemalan military was engaged in massacres. I'm not actually convinced Reagan knew much of anything, as his Alzheimer's was fully on display well before his second term (see the first presidential debate of the 1984 election cycle for evidence of this), but it's unsurprising that this man is the patron saint of the party that brought us the unmitigated disaster of the Iraq war. (Thanks to
QotD?: What is that preserved down in the barn?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Research for the current non-fiction project, plus 1,600 new words of draft, to 4,900.)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf course to concentration campsi: 0
Currently reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett