A quiet scene from The Matrix demonstrates how to make exposition compelling — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Ghost War — Electronic and physical deception during WWII.
Asteroid Mining Company Kickstarts a Space Telescope — Just think carefully about that headline for a moment. I love living in the future.
Awesome Time Lapse Video Shows 281 Days Of Roving On Mars
Scientists poke frozen mammoth, liquid blood squirts out — A variation on the age-old "poke it with a stick" method revives cloning hopes.
Volcano nerds will love Oregon’s Newberry Monument
Holy Land for sale — Wow. Weird.
Police: Maine man staged kidnap that killed girl — What is the matter with people?
I was a liberal mole at Fox News: From Bill O’Reilly to Roger Ailes, here’s all the inside dope — (Via
Americans Underestimate How Many Other Americans Support Same Sex Marriage — This is in line with the fact that most conservative positions poll much worse than politicians of any stripe believe. Viz the recent votes on gun control in the Senate. Strangely enough, Your Liberal Media significantly overrepresents the socially marginal ideas of the GOP as being a balanced part of the American zeitgeist. Think about this: Why aren't the core GOP stances of evolution denial and climate change denial laughed right off the newspaper page and television screen on the face of it? In any rational society, they would be. Like many if not most GOP positions, these aren't debatable issues among intellectually honest people with a grounding in reality. Conservatism has become a religion.
Health Care and Social Justice — Look at which states have rejected the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion -- and see how "color-blind" public policy can produce bigoted effects. Ta-Nehisi Coates on ObamaCare and race.
Gun Deaths Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 12 States and the District of Columbia in 2010 — Because guns make us all safer. And unlike automobiles, there is absolutely no reason a sane society that values the lives, health and safety of its citizens would register or regulate firearms. Just ask the GOP and the NRA, they'll tell you.
This Is How the NRA Ends — A bigger, richer, meaner gun-control movement has arrived. We should ever be so lucky as to get those vile, death-worshipping NRA bastards out of our political system.
Top Ten Michele Bachmann Goofs on the Middle East — Well, she is a Republican. As such, there's no political or cultural expectation that her statements should correspond with reality or those liberal "facts" and "data" in any way. Certainly Your Liberal Media doesn't hold conservatives accountable for their Reality Gap.
QotD?: Can you remember what you forgot?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (revisions to "Hook Agonistes")
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: Thud by Terry Pratchett