Jay Lake, Cancer, and God #3: Grief and hope — Another installment from my friend Dave Raines.
Physicists Discover the Secret of Quantum Remote Control
Interstellar gas allows chemical reactions caused by quantum tunneling — Reactions that are otherwise impossible become more likely as temperatures drop. Because science!
Carbon from nuclear tests could help fight poachers
Locating Indus Civilization Pyrotechnological Craft Production — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
15-year-old student invents flashlight that runs on human body heat
Paravelo Flying Bicycle Not Just Pie In The Sky — (Via David Goldman.)
The End of Car Culture
The Immortal Life of the Enron E-mails — A decade after the Enron scandal, the company’s internal messages are still helping to advance data science and many other fields. Ah, Enron. The instantiation of the conservative ideal of industry self-regulation. I'm glad we're getting something good out of that mess.
Update on Justin Bieber’s Monkey
Won’t someone think of the insensitives? — Every time sexual harassment at conventions comes up, somebody trots out the red herring that it’s just too hard for certain persons to know when they’re being polite and when they’re being rude, and it’s just unfair to ask these poor insensitive people to read the fickle minds of the lovely mysterious creatures they’re attracted to.
Is Prop 8 merely dead, or really most sincerely dead? — I have to admit, it's kind of fun to watch the religious bigots flame out. In the world of blue skies and actual people, there is only one side to this issue, the same way there's only one side to flat Earthism or Creationism. Everything else is willful ignorance combined with intellectual dishonesty, leavened by a heady mix of self-valorizing victim posturing and deeply false moral certainty.
DOMA, Prop. 8 and marriage: An anthropologist's view
Tim Huelskamp Introduces Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage — You know, if there's a wrong side to a moral or ethical issue, Republicans will always find it and cling to it.
How Internet Censorship Really Works
The NRA’s Orwellian Games On Guns And The Mentally Ill — Like pretty much all conservative causes these days, the only way to win is to lie.
Republicans Are Sabotaging Obamacare by Keeping the Public in the Dark About Benefits — Increased public knowledge and understanding will get in the way of the GOP agenda. It's the GOP way. They can't win on the merits of their positions, so they lie and cheat. Hence everything from voter suppression to the distortions about the ACA.
History Repeating Itself: Discriminatory Voting Laws
Why we know Walmart isn’t paying $12.40/hour — This is smart.
War On the Unemployed — Is life too easy for the unemployed? You may not think so, and I certainly don’t think so. But that, remarkably, is what many and perhaps most Republicans believe. And they’re acting on that belief: there’s a nationwide movement under way to punish the unemployed, based on the proposition that we can cure unemployment by making the jobless even more miserable. As I've said a number of times before, a decent working definition of conservatism is that it is the dread fear that someone, somewhere is enjoying an unearned benefit at your expense. Many Republican positions can be successfully analyzed through this lens, most definitely including the GOP approach to unemployment.
How the Supreme Court just killed off the GOP — In the short term, elections will continue to be close. And the Republican party will continue to find majorities in some states thorough racial messaging and voter suppression. But every election cycle fought on that basis means another lost cohort of potential Republican voters, and another exodus of party reformers fed up with having to explain away the bigotry that they’re constantly tarred with. The dam will eventually break, and there may be no reformers left by the time it does. America should be so lucky. It would be good to have a functioning conservative party instead of the toxic, hate-fueled boil the GOP has become.
QotD?: When did you go to work today?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (work transition, etc.)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block attempting to secure minority voting rights despite the recent Supreme Court ruling: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett