Irene Gallo with a post about Summer Illustrations/Paintings (warning, semi-nudity in some images). Of course they include The Lady of Shallot by J. W. Waterhouse, Mending the Sails by Joaquín Sorolla, and Distant Thunder by Andrew Wyeth, some of my favorite paintings. Again, I just love these posts.
Terri Windling continues with her Wild Things posts with a post about our wild neighbors. I recommend the whole series of posts, btw.
An NPR story on how rituals make the world more special (and chocolate tastier) and the discussion afterwards.
And just in case you're still laboring under the delusion that we know everything there is to know, physicists are seeing signs of a new type of particle. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Unprecidented wire-tapping, it's not just for the US anymore. The problem here is developing the tech to take that Niagara Falls of data and weed out the drinking fountain flow of intelligible data. I wonder if the NSA is trying some self-funding with licensing out its tech or if the Brits came up with their own? (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)
Jim Wright on the Edward Snowden leaks and what they show about our modern world. "This is exactly what people like me have been saying for the last twenty years… Welcome to the party, glad you could make it." I've made more comments about this on twitter, mostly, "Where the hell have you all been", "I hope you don't google ESCHELON", and "At least this president makes sure we have a FISA warrant." Plus, am I the only one who remembers the day the Internet went down (2002 or 2003 as I remember) because, for some reason, all the Internet traffic in the US was being sent through a router in Ft. Meade.
"'What we’re seeing is a reflection of the market that already exists,' said Timothy S. Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who closely follows the health care law." On the diversity of plans available (or not) as we approach open enrollment using the heath care exchanges set up by Obamacare. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
I forget which Supreme Court Justice said that one of the most horrible things he could think of was intervening between parents and children when it came to parental notification laws and deciding which way a doctor should go should a adolescent want an abortion that her father strictly forbid. At the time I said that this judge had a very poor imagination if he couldn't think of anything worse than a child who says "Yes" and a father who says "No." Like this case. While it's about how conservatives are willing to lie when it comes to Planned Parenthood, read to the bottom to see what the actual situation was in this case as taken from the court documents (a court case set into motion by that chapter of PP doing the right thing). (Grokked from the Slactivist)