Want a Starship? Think Big. Think Really Big
Building Cars Out of Batteries Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
Japan’s Yankee genius, the greatest scientist you've never heard of — Ovshinsky created a hatful of world-changing innovations, many of which threatened the dominance of America’s great new invention: the transistor. US corporate interests rubbished his work and he ended up licensing his technologies to a few small Japanese companies. You might know their names: Sharp, Canon, Sony, Matsushita... (Via David Goldman.)
It's a snake! Monkey brains may explain our fear of reptiles
Poverty, parenting linked to child brain development — Sigh.
Of Course the Dress Code Does Not Apply to the Savior — Snerk.
Penn State to pay $59.7 million to 26 over Sandusky — Given the size of Pemn State’s endowment and budget, this is just a slap on the wrist. Big football really is more important that raped children. Remember that Sandusky wasn’t a lone rogue, but was rather protected by university officials due to his status as a football coach. Enjoy your next big game, sports fans.
Prevalence of Household Gun Ownership Linked to Child Gun Shot Wounds — here are approximately 7,500 child hospitalizations and 500 in-hospital deaths each year due to injuries sustained from guns. In an abstract presented Oct. 27 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, researchers also identified a link between the percentage of homes with guns and the prevalence of child gunshot injuries. Wow, I sure feel safer with all those guns in responsible hands. Don’t you? How about the kids in your life? Ask any conservative: 7,500 kids shot every year is a small price to pay for theoretical defense of essential liberties.
Federal Judge Declares Texas Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional — Every once in a while, despite the best efforts of the Republican party and conservatives all across America, something good and moral things actually do happen.
The right way to make a federal budget — It's OK to spend trillions on a war we should never have waged in Iraq and to provide huge tax breaks for billionaires and multinational corporations. But in the midst of very difficult economic times, we just can't afford to protect the most vulnerable people in our country. That's [the Republican] view. I disagree.
The Big Kludge — A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Welcome to conservative America. Too bad for those of us in the reality-based community.
Germany, Brazil enlist 19 more countries for anti-NSA UN resolution — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. (Via
‘Hit it, Senator!’: Rachel Maddow mocks Rand Paul for lifting ‘eugenics’ speech from Wikipedia — That’s what we need in our politics: more Wikipedia inspired leadership from movie scripts. That’s what happens when you can’t win on your ideas, you steal other people to make yourself look better. (Via David Goldman.)
?otD: The Beatles or the Stones?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement:30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)