Stephen King on teaching writing. If you didn't know, Mr. King taught school grade English while trying to break in to being the damn famous author he is. "Reading good fiction is like making the jump from masturbation to sex." Yes. (Grokked from someone, sorry, lost the link)
Phil Plate describes how we measure how far stars are form the Earth. Well, first we get this really long yard stick… (No, that's not how we do it). Also how we measure brightness. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. The swimming dinosaur.
"Perhaps this decline also speaks to how much women pretending to be men really is one of the clearest symptoms of a segregated society so dysfunctional that it inevitably must change." A story of the Afghan girls who choose or are forced to live life as boys (at least until puberty) with a little on how this has happened in many societies. (Grokked from Terri Windling)
Whelp, so much for me ever giving money through GoFundMe. They've decided on their moral code, which somehow includes raising money for (or at least from) racist-bastards who perform extra-judicial killings, but not to help a women obtain a legal abortion. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmentz)
"As part of the growing GOP effort to save Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mitt Romney is now making robocalls on the incumbent senator's behalf." So that would be Romney himself making those phone calls (ba-dum-bump!). For all the supposed bluster in the media about the conservative take over of the Senate, this shows just how tenuous their leads are. It's anything but certain.
What the Pro-Life movement is really about. "'Getting this level of care has always been available to rich women,' (Dr. Lester Minto, who just had to close his clinic in Texas) points out. 'They can always go somewhere else — another state, another country. They can go to their gynecologist and get a menstrual extraction or something that's not called an abortion. So they're OK.'"
Ohio's own Senator Portman, "I don't know what's going to happen specifically on votes on Obamacare… I suspect we will vote to repeal early, to put on record the fact that we Republicans think it was a bad policy and we think it's hurting our constituents. And we think it's going down, not up. We think people should be able to keep the insurance that they had." Tell ya what, Rob, how about you develop that replacement plan and sell the country on why it's better first, instead of removing people from the insurance they just got for the insurance plans that are no longer offered. Obamacare (in the "sign up for insurance" part) will be over a year old by that time. Seriously, Rob, the horse is dead. Stop whipping.
There this thing in progressive circles where we talk about "zombie arguments". These are the things that no matter how many times they're are disproven, in a week they'll be popping back up somewhere else. Rand Paul shows he's full of them. As well as full of other things. The first one? Congress has never taken back the President's authority to wage war in Iraq. It's still open. And his things about the minimum wage 1) who is asking for $25 (not anyone I know of) and 2) no, the data pretty well shows that higher minimum wage doesn't decrease jobs or disadvantage minorities (bonus points for someone worried about disadvantaging minorities, but who believes there shouldn't be any regulations on businesses, like whom they can serve or decide not to serve).