Rembrandt's Night Watch reenacted by flash mob
How not to say the wrong thing — It works in all kinds of crises – medical, legal, even existential. It's the 'Ring Theory' of kvetching. The first rule is comfort in, dump out. (Via Dave Raines.)
Brinicles and the Origin of Life — Extraordinary tubes of ice that grow down into the ocean from ice sheets could be as significant for the origin of life as hydrothermal vents, say chemists.
Monkey chatter smacks of human speech, researcher says
Study: Women prefer tall men, large penis — Man, what will science come up with next?
Ferrets on steroids sold as poodles — Because… uh… I got nothing. (Via @HalloranElder.)
Electromagnetic Chiaroscuro — Some very weird ideas about passive imaging from BLDG BLOG.
US navy laser cannon shoots down planes — 'Future of warfare' arrives in form of weapon that has destroyed drones in testing and will be fitted to active warship. Has the blaster arrived? Not man-portable yet, I see.
Bax’abola: Maya Baseball Takes off in the US — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Gallup finds growing public concern over global warming — Unfortunately, this is Gallup, who lost their credibility as a polling organization in the last presidential election. Still, if true, an encouraging sign.
Wine Production Seen Shifting From Bordeaux to N.Z. on Climate — I continue to be astonished at the lengths Al Gore's minions will go to in order to perpetrate their climate change hoax. Thank God there's Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Party to remind us all that this is just a liberal lie.
Animal Abuse, Oil Leaks, and the Freedom of the Press
Insurance and Freedom — Paul Krugman on conservative opposition to healthcare reform.
Rewriting the Times: Videoing the Police Edition — On police wearing video cameras. (Snurched from
Police: 6-Year-Old Accidentally Shot by 4-Year-Old — Yep. Those kids were definitely safer than they would have been without a gun in the home. A wounded child is a small price to pay for theoretical defense of essential liberties.
How horrified CHER fans thought their idol was dead after Thatcher critics started #nowthatcherisdead hashtag on Twitter — Um...
Who is Margaret Thatcher? Confusion reigns online — Have young people actually heard of Margaret Thatcher? Fans' reaction to Harry Styles's tweet honouring the ex-PM suggests not. But at least they didn't start the Cher rumour. I remember her well enough. Thatcher was from the same malignant vein of destructive evil as Ronald Reagan, but rather more competent at it than the Gipper, who at least had the excuse of dementia to explain his behavior while in office. (Via David Goldman.)
An American view of Margaret Thatcher's passing
Margaret Thatcher left a dark legacy that has still not disappeared — Days before he died in 2003, Guardian columnist and Thatcher biographer Hugo Young wrote an epitaph for the prime minister who changed Britain forever. (Snurched from Charlie Stross.)
QotD?: Did you do hard drugs yesterday?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Chemo day)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 by closing down golf courses: 0
Currently reading: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett