Meet Your Body’s Death Eaters — From brain to blood to bone, macrophages take out our cellular trash. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Calvin and Hobbes on ebooks — Hahahah.
Twitter’s World — Languages and Twitter.
Prosthetic Arm Found in Second-Hand Shop — Ah, headlines.
Irrefutable Proof that Santa is Odin — (Via
'Get me off this plane': Man locked in dark cabin in worst layover ever — Wow. (Via RWN.)
Fat Flag — Food, art, nationalism. (Via
Europe's rarest orchid rediscovered in the Azores
Blistering exposé prompts Johns Hopkins to suspend black-lung screenings — Coal companies paid the Baltimore-based university handsome sums to screen the claimants for the disease. After reviewing chest X-rays, the university’s scientists almost always concluded that the scans did not show black lung — a conclusion which often overwhelmed any other medical opinion in the case. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
What Names are Normal? Shifting the Center of the World — Culture and names.
Online Dating Shows Us the Cold, Hard Facts — Fascinating article, although it makes a couple of logical leaps.
"She Said 'This Is a Gun.' I Said No, It's a Prop for My Monkey." — Ah, TSA, we hardly knew ye.
At Least 194 Children Have Been Shot to Death Since Newtown — The NRA says arming more adults will protect kids—but most are killed at home, our investigation shows, often with unsecured guns. Yep. Definitely safer dead by those guns than they would have been remaining alive in a gun-free household. Ask any gun owner.
The Heartland Institute and the American Meteorological Society — If climate science really is in such disarray as the deniers claims, then why do so many resort to misleading tactics so often? Why post misleading graphs, why cherry pick data, why engage in egregious ad hominems, why send out emails about papers that say the opposite of what the paper actually concludes? If their claims are correct, then why even risk the perception of impropriety? It might seem as if they're more interested in scoring political and ideological points rather than scientific ones. But then, the evidence is solidly against them. So are 97 percent of the scientists who actually do research in climate science, as are the data, the science, and the reality of global warming. As with virtually all conservative causes, bearing false witness is far more productive than providing evidence, given that evidence-based reality almost never favors the conservative viewpoint.
Dear Pres. Obama: Dissent isn’t Possible in a Surveillance State — Sigh.
?otD: Does your staff have a knob on the end?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 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)