For those about to go to Viable Paradise, we salute you. Here's some tips. "Everyone is telling you not to go in sleep deprived: DON’T GO IN SLEEP DEPRIVED." That one needed emphasizing. (Grokked from Viable Paradise)
The Islamic roots of Science Fiction. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
John Oliver on student debt and the private college problem. "Our leaders have decided that while education is incredibly important, it is not important enough to actually pay for."
Researchers find fish use visual clues to recruit interspecies help with hunting. Best line, "But not all morays are equal." Some are more equal than others. Also "It was 'one of the very few observed examples of innovation and tool use in fish.'" There's others? (Grokked from Morgan J Locke, I think)
One of the benefits of global climate change, we've found one of the ships from the Franklin Expedition. In case you need it, more about the Franklin Expedition. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)
Have you ever wanted to see a spaceship burn up on re-entry… as viewed from space? Sure you have. This is a video of a returning supply capsule, loaded with trash, which is allowed to burn up on re-entry. I think it's a waste of a good capsule, but probably cheaper than adding a heat shield. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
Here's some things you won't see in the Mutter Museum. The Mutter is a museum of medical science. Most major cities have one stuffed away somewhere. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"Every time I write another addition to this series, I hope it's the last. But it never is, there's always another massacre. Always another murder. Always another angry lunatic with a hard-on and a gun and score to settle. Always. It never ends. Welcome to America." If that isn't the most damn depressing line I've read in a long while, I don't know what other line could be it. Jim Wright with Bang Bang Crazy, Part 10.
Gee, why doesn't President Obama ask Congress to work with him and to get authorization to go into Syria? Because the Congress of No always says, "No." If President Obama personally was trying to rescue the Congress as the Capital was on fire, they GOP would take a vote and say, "No. We don't want your water and ladders."
Oh Fox News, you're delightfully political and insane. "Fox News host Andrea Tantaros wasted no time during Monday's episode of 'Outnumbered' directing anger at President Obama and the Democrats over a video reportedly showing NFL star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator… Tantaros went on to demand action from Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL)… 'Debbie Wasserman-Schultz should come out and condemn this, and if she doesn't, she's an apologist for domestic violence,' the Fox host said." There's any number of responses here, like "should the President have to comment on every criminal transgression that happens in the US, he'll run out of paper if he does." But I think the most appropriate response to Fox News is "look to thy own wounds."