Because convenience shouldn’t make sense — Hahahahaha. And ow?
Durian amok: fluid beasts/hija-beasts — Wow, this piece about the hijab is fascinating. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
A Lesson in the Desert — Meditations on life.
Chimpanzees and orangutans remember distant past events
Scary vintage advertising encourages children to celebrate the joys of lead paint
Largest viral genome yet carries 2,300 genes that are new to biology — The enormous new virus is visible with a light microscope.
Austria’s Alien Museum Comes In Peace (And With Solar Power) — Heh. (Via David Goldman.)
The search for the lost atmosphere of Mars — Nasa's Maven mission, due to launch later this year is one of two missions along with the Curiosity rover, which hopes to discover how the Martian atmosphere changed and whether it ever had the right conditions for life.
New study finds it’s too soon to tell if ice sheet loss is accelerating — But long term, we're committing to meters of sea level rise.
Nervous GOP staffer: 'Climate change is real' — Republicans can admit that 97 percent of scientists just might be right without having to embrace Democratic ideas that would grow government. There is metacommentary here that is more interesting than the core piece. In 2013, with the threats posed by the climate crisis intensifying, a Republican staffer on Capitol Hill is only willing to acknowledge reality if he can do so pseudonymously. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
GOP to Poor American Kids: Silly wabbits, Food Stamps are for Corporations! — Are you proud of your Republican party?
Failing to Understand When Non-White People Distrust the Police
Detroit’s Bankruptcy and America’s Future: Robots, Race, Globalization and the 1% — The big question is whether Detroit’s bankruptcy and likely further decline is a fluke or whether it tells us something about the dystopia that the United States is becoming.
Jimmy Carter: US “has no functioning democracy” — The former president weighs in on NSA and the future of Internet platforms like Google and Facebook. (
QotD?: Have you seen Jabba the Hutt?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey