"All great science fiction must have a basis in science fact" — Hahahah.
Is this the most extraordinary human brain ever seen? — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Deadly 13th-Century Volcano Eruption: Mystery Solved? — Scientists find source of massive eruption felt centuries ago around the globe.
Cassini probe sees plastic ingredient on Titan moon
Distant planet's clouds are mapped — Astronomers have created the first map of the clouds on a planet outside our Solar System. More on this from Centauri Dreams>.
The Leidenfrost Maze — Science gets jiggy. (Via
Researchers reveal ‘promiscuity’ among microbes in isolated Antarctic lake — The microbes that dominate Deep Lake’s inhabitants are called haloarchaea.
Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Maximum Extent — Hoo boy. The climate change denialists will be all over this. Because they are unfamiliar with the concept of "variation". Denialists are kind of like the OJ Simpson defense team. They seize on every data point or piece of evidence in isolation without ever presenting a coherent competing explanation.
CNN, NBC scrap Hillary Clinton TV projects — Two television projects focused on Hillary Clinton got the axe on Monday after the programs became embroiled in partisan wrangling, including threats by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to boycott presidential debates sponsored by CNN and NBC. Stay classy, conservative America. It's what you do best.
You can fly, but it will be lights out at many landmarks — Thank you, Republican America. Your profoundly irrational and senseless obsession with destroying healthcare for millions of Americans now has real consequences for everyone beyond the usual death and illness you already fervently wish on the poor and disadvantaged.
Ted Cruz and America’s Super-Rich say “Let them eat Cake” — I simply do not understand how modern conservatives function intellectually and morally. It's like Randian metastasis has overtaken the entire American Right.
Another proof of bad faith: The inconsistency of ‘blacktracking’ — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the justly famed intellectual consistency and moral superiority of conservatives.
It Didn't Start With Ted Cruz — For example, the idea of abandoning reason and empirical evidence in favor of apocryphal anecdotes was central to Ronald Reagan's entire public career. Welfare queens and their Cadillacs. Pollution-causing trees. Iranian moderates. It's not a long jump from those to Sarah Palin's death panels, and the complete failure of the press to challenge the triumph of that mythological universe that was crucial to Reagan's own triumph legitimized that kind of thing in our politics forever.
Republicans, Over the Cliff — When I think of the Republican Party, I don’t think of principled conservative legislators who are men and women of vision strategy. I think of ideologues who are prepared to wreck things to get their way. They have confused prudence — the queen of virtues, and the cardinal virtue of conservative politics — with weakness. I know I’m very much a minority among conservatives in this, but the behavior of Congressional Republicans pushed me out of the party two years ago, even though I almost always vote Republican, or withhold my vote. You are still part of the problem, sir, when you vote Republican. Every reasonable and humane conservative I know has for years supported the insanity which the GOP has become. The fiscal, social and military horror that was the Bush presidency, the current madness in the House of Representatives… if you're a Republican voter, you own it.
Those Banana Republicans — AH, the prudent fiscal wisdom of the Republican mind is on display yet again in this government shutdown.
?otD: Do you shiver through the gale?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block implementing Kenyan Muslim socialism through stock market growth and economic recovery: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)