What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Linkee-poo wants to know, who will stop the rain

Don't forget to get all your Judgement Day goodness. I didn't know this before, but apparently Harold has already had his "Millerites on the Mountains" moment in 1994. This coming day, May 21, 2011, is his "adjusted" calculation. And see, even ObL's death is a sign of the coming End Days. I wonder if anybody else that reads that will come to the conclusion that the US isn't the entire world. So saying all these bad things are happening in the US are signs of the coming End Days is like saying that Apophis striking the Pacific Coast in 2036 (if it "threads the needle" in 2029) will mean the destruction of all life on Earth (when it will mostly just scrub the West Coast clean and cause tsunamis along the Pacific - oh, and a fire storm may come over the Rockies, but maybe not).

What, you haven't heard of Apophis yet? I expect you will just as soon as we pass by December 21, 2012.

Space-time is real. Go science! (Grokked from Elizabeth Bear and Dave Kletcha)

Some economic charts on the Great Recession and our resumed growth. Again, notice how far removed "economics" reality is from where the rest of us live. Not only is public opinion a lagging indicator (just like employment), but much of the growth hasn't benefited more than a small minority (see earlier pointed to charts about the skewed income distribution). Hopefully the rising tide won't drown the rest of us.

First page shooter. A look at the first page of a manuscript with critique and edits. I haven't gotten too far into it, but looks interesting. (Grokked from Miranda Suri)

Some more on sugar (fructose and all the other forms) in the body. Just as a guide, look closely at what fructose does in the body (fatty liver) and what result the cycling study found (re-bulked up liver) and how they concluded that it was actually glycogen that was being replenished. You know, without actually confirming that. Also, the latest study the reporter points to? The primary research institute was Nestlé Research Center. Hmm, they wouldn't have a reason to come out for high-fructose corn syrup at all, would they. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

A Minnesotan politician is reminded to be nice by his Mom, apologizes to Neil Gaiman for calling him names from the House Floor. Remember my older comment about conservative politicians being unrepentant bullies? Well, at least one had a Mom who tried to raise him right. (pointed to by John)

Just in case you were thinking all that "we're equal now" bullcrap was really true, think again. It's difficult to put into words my feelings about this (cheerleader forced to cheer for her rapist, refuses, thrown off cheerleading squad and attempts to use the courts to reverse that decision, loses and the Supremes refuse to hear final appeal), so I think I'll stick to politics. Say, have you noticed how incredibly conservative our courts are lately (republicans blocked many Clinton nominees, waiting until GW got into office to approved some of them - when they were renominated or not, and now, of course, are holding up Obama's nominations, however most of GW's were eventually approved)? (Grokked from Mer Haskell)

Ah, the Arctic Ice is melting faster than predicted! Those global warming people were wrong again! How can we trust their models? (sorry, broke my irony there, now I have to go around with a sling). Damn that well known liberal bias of reality. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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