Edited to add this - John Scalzi announced another Fuzzy Nation giveaway just after I went to press with this. Sigh. But he's got 10 copies to give away. Yes, you too could own a book with my name in it.
Utah goes back to the gold standard (well, not really, they'd like too, but this just makes gold and silver legal tender). Hmm, I wonder how long it will take to start working out the various purities at the cash register (or do we need to run through the 10k-24k or 50%-99.999% discussion)? Probably after the first few thousands get lost because what looked like 24k gold was actually gold plated lead. Mostly it's a tax dodge, but it appears we're going to have to relearn lessons of the past.(Grokked from Jay Lake)
The Ferrett talks about believability when it comes to studies, especially related to the 22 Charts post (that's 22 charts showing, again, just how screwed over we've been because of Conservative ideologies, ie. the rich get richer, the rest stay the same or slide back all while having more of the responsibility of funding the government put on their backs).
It's a subject I often debate with myself on what to put in the linkee-poo. Sometimes I do due diligence and read all the back story, sometimes I go with my gut. But as Ferrett says, it's easier to accept (on faith) something that fits within your world view and hard to accept something that doesn't (this also goes to a conversation I had recently with some people who were saying, "Fox News is the only news program that makes sense," they didn't get my arguments about how Fox News creates the narrative to fit their preconceived notions which is why it, "feels right.") And this happens on both sides of the political fence, although it does feel like the conservative side more often goes the Adam Savage route of "I deny your reality and substitute my own." But then, that also fits into my preconceived notions.