Sex versus Cancer — (Via Laurie Mann.)
50 States of Lego — This is cute. (Via
Mugshots from the 1920s — This is pretty cool. (Via
World War Two era Japanese submarine found off Hawaii coast — A submarine aircraft carrier. Also, a video via David Goldman.
China (Again) Shoots for the Moon. We Should Join Them. — One of the reactions to my story “The Speed of Time” was an angry denouncement of my portrayal of a future where China was a leading space power. Apparently this was a betrayal of the American dream or something. I still think I was right, and I’m damned glad a government not plagued by so-called deficit hawks and the supply side economics fairy is interested in space.
Turning the Moon into a Giant Space Solar Power Hub — But how about wrapping the moon’s equator in a 250 mile wide band of solar panels and beaming the power generated back to Earth? What could possibly go wrong!?
New GPS game is out of this world: Czechs are introducing Stratocaching — Ok, this is some serious cool. — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Why Costco is beating Wal-Mart — An important element missing from this story is Costco’s approach to human resources, which is almost diametrically opposite to Wal-Mart’s Wall Street-pleasing “use and abuse” policies.
Diversity, Mirrors and Narcissism — Cora Buhlert on the ‘selfie’ discussion spawned by Felicity Savage. Also some interesting commentary on
Bigotry And The Human Language — Ta-Nehisi Coates is wise, at length.
"The Notification Was Posted on the Recipient's Gravestone Because He Is Deceased" — Uh, yeah.
Today In Responsible Gun Ownership — Man with Alzheimer’s shot. I feel so much better now, don’t you? Guns make us all safer. Especially innocent people who are slaughtered by trigger happy home defenders.
Anonymous 'TipsforJesus' leaves thousands in tips — This is cool, and a nice counterpoint to the very gleeful public mean-spiritedness of so many American Christians.
Pope Francis Tells Faithful He Worked As A Nightclub Bouncer — Headline of the month.
Dan Savage has no respect for child-raping Catholic priests — I join Dan Savage in his disrespect. The new Pope’s apparent glimmers of sanity notwithstanding, the Catholic Church has utterly lost its standing as a moral actor in society over this issue, especially their generations-long mishandling of it and continue failure to address this through meaningful consequences for the abusers and the protectors of those abusers who still hold positions of high trust and power in the Church hierarchy.
U.S. students lag around average on international science, math and reading test — “Our scores are stagnant. We’re not seeing any improvement for our 15-year-olds,” said Jack Buckley, commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Gee, I wonder if this anything to do with the privileging of ridiculous counterfactuals such as evolution denial and the wholesale denigration of critical thinking skills by a powerful political minority driven by a hate-fueled agenda of resentment and fear?
Top 10 Ways the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World — Food for thought.
California Republicans use taxpayer dollars to send mail to bash the ACA with fake website — Now that’s the responsible stewardship of public resources for which the GOP is justly famed.
?otD: What’s the first rule of Link Salad?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)