Still too much work. Plus trying to plan a vacation. The first one in 8 years (not counting Viable Paradise, which wasn't much of a vacation for me, fun, yes, vacation, no). I don't do vacations well. It's part of my recovering from being a workaholic.
You know you want your own functional tricorder. Well, there's how to build one yourself. (Pointed to by John)
About the near lost art of diagraming sentences. I'm old enough to remember being taught this when very young, but then that was never followed up on and I've lost all but the most basic parts of it. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Study shows the obvious, conservative trust in science has fallen dramatically since 1970. "As for the study’s implications… it raises important questions about the future role of science in public policy. 'In a political climate in which all sides do not share a basic trust in science, scientific evidence no longer is viewed as a politically neutral factor in judging whether a public policy is good or bad…'" (Pointed to by John)
"When EPA finally cranked up efforts to do something about it, the agency was viciously attacked. Industry shills said it was an agenda to control Americans’ lives, driven by scientists who wanted research money and a cabal of extreme environmentalists. They said there were no viable alternatives… and the regulations would raise… prices and destroy the economy." That's an article on the on-going battle to get lead out of our environment. But you could swap out "lead" and "gas" for "CO2" and "energy" and it's still the same story. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Not like it was an orchestrated plan or anything. Another example of the reason why conservatives are so quick to think there's an ulterior motives and conspiracy, it's because they themselves engage in them.
Paul Krugman on ALEC and other stealth conservative power players. Florida's "Stand Your Ground Law" was written in one of their committees. (Grokked from Jay Lake) Also, there's some mention of ALEC working with the NRA, so here's an NPR story on Marion Hammer who did the leg work of pushing through that law. And there you see just why conservatives are going ape shit trying to smear Travyon. Because they know what this will mean to their overall legislative thrust.
"We have half the country living in its own universe of belief, with its own history, its own politics, and its own physical laws. It's like running elections against the anti-gravity party. It is not healthy for any of us." The real problem is that the other side is so wrapped into their own bubble, they can't even see reality from where they are standing. I would comment that it's a complete wast of time to wrestle with a dirty pig, because the pig likes it too much, but occasionally you do find one or two people who can see reality. "My anger and hatred was borne completely out of my ignorance. I chose only to listen to one set of stories, rather than to all of the stories." (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Alligator Quotient: Still buried under the bodies, but I've lulled them to sleep.