Exotic Alloy of Ferrous Oxide Man — Scrivener's Error is very funny (and snarky) about the new Iron Man movie [ imdb ].
Mis-printed sign amuses Thorndon residents — Things like this always give me the giggles. (Via Sally McLennan.)
Dream with cancer game — My old friend
Wright Brothers Flight Legacy Hits New Turbulence — Not to mention the Wright sister.
A Supercell Thunderstorm Cloud Over Montana — Another amazing image from APOD.
Political Extremism Is Supported by an Illusion of Understanding — Asking people to explain policies in detail both undermined the illusion of explanatory depth and led to attitudes that were more moderate. That's the Tea Party in a nutshell, along with most of the conservative movement. It's also why the conservative dominated media machine is so critical to the GOP: Rush Limbaugh saying, "Look, this is simple folks…" helps a lot of people with tenuous positions feel affirmed. Much better for manufacturing angry white males than actually doing the nuance of understanding any issue.
Harvard Professor Trashes Keynes For Homosexuality — That's liberal academia for you. Bigoted, ad hominem attacks free of facts.
The Conservative Logic of Ferguson’s Smears of Gays, Muslims, Obama and Krugman — I would argue that the reason that conservatives like Ferguson hate Keynes is that Keynes demonstrated conclusively that when the economy goes into a deep recession or depression, the only way to get back out of it is for the government to increase spending. Contemporary conservatives do not want to admit that government plays an indispensable set of economic roles. This is pretty simple, and doesn't require much nuanced analysis. Most conservative ideas do not survive contact with reality. (viz. supply side economics, reduced regulation, PNAC, privatization of social services, almost anything in Republican educational policy, guns, Iraq, climate change, marriage "defense", et cetera ad nauseum.) The conservative response is not to assess the evidence and revise their ideas, but to deny reality. We've seen this played out over and over again, increasingly blatant, in politics and the media over the past few decades. The BEST study of climate change is one of the vanishingly rare counterexamples of conservative intellectual honesty in response to countervailing evidence, and it was widely condemned by media and political figures precisely for that intellectual honesty.
QotD?: What's on your plate?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA on audiobook prep)
Hours slept: 8.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (foot hurts)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett