23 October 2014 @ 02:52 pm
* The economic constraints of innovation on the military-industrial complex.
* In defense of Obama as a Republican.
* Questions to expose libertarian hypocrisy.
* "Just how little do we know about the ocean floor?"
* The origin of the word "cosplay."

22 October 2014 @ 09:34 am
Journalist posts scathing article about the Koch brothers. Koch brothers respond with rebuttal. Journalist disassembles their rebuttal with gusto.

"From my perspective as a reporter, Koch Industries is the most hostile and paranoid organization I've ever engaged with — and I've reported on Fox News. In a breach of ethics, Koch has also chosen to publish email correspondence characterizing the content of a telephone conversation that was, by Koch's own insistence, strictly off the record."

21 October 2014 @ 01:09 pm
"Jesse Dukes does not have Confederate ancestors. But in the time he's spent writing about Civil War re-enactors, he's met many who say they do. Their perspectives on the Confederate flag and the legacy of their ancestors prompted Dukes, a writer and radio reporter, to share his own six words with the Race Card Project: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'"

18 October 2014 @ 04:51 pm
* Just a reminder that inflation is still hella down, and nothing to worry about.
* In defense of President Obama as a progressive.
* The racial aspect of the 'war on women.'
* Reading between the lines: 'recreational sex is a rich person's game.'
* Before touching down on a comet, the Rosetta spacecraft takes a selfie.
* Band jokes about remaking an album with just cat noises. Fans call their bluff and make it happen.

17 October 2014 @ 12:17 pm
* Good read: the quiet legacy of the first Gulf War.
* The Pentagon speaks out on climate change as a 'threat multiplier.'
* On socialism and big data.
* America, 2014: on the ground in a fracking boomtown in North Dakota.
* All you need to know about the conspiracy theorists' obsession with JFK's 'umbrella man.'

16 October 2014 @ 03:14 pm
* "This is not 'hypocrisy.' That is too mild a word. This is the regulatory capture of the government for personal benefit."
* A new face of activism in the wake of Ferguson?
* Nation-building: why the new Iraqi army failed in the face of ISIS.
* In defense of 'yes means yes.'
* Why make a movie sequel when you can make a shared universe?

15 October 2014 @ 02:56 pm
* Really good read: "the conservative case against the suburbs."
* Climate change in action: the Dust Bowl was the worst drought in 1,000 years.
* For some fun schadenfreude, check in with Rod Dreher on the latest from the Vatican.
* Sure would be nice if the Republicans weren't blocking the nominee for the Surgeon General right about now.
* At last: HBO to break from the cable monopolies.
* In praising Gotham, Patton Oswalt comes up with a way it could have been even better.

14 October 2014 @ 04:19 pm
"In both major religions, the rise of ultra-orthodox revival movements – and within them a tendency toward apocalyptic violence – represents a rearguard action, an attempt to regain the ground lost to science, pop culture, consumerism and other irreligious influences. Viewed through the long lens of history, fundamentalism is almost certainly a sign of religion's decline and weakness, rather than the opposite. That doesn't mean that violent splinter groups like ISIS are not dangerous, or that Christian fundamentalism at home does not pose political problems. But the exaggerated fear response of many liberal Westerners reflects our own culture’s weakness and moral uncertainty, not the strength of its enemies."

13 October 2014 @ 10:19 pm
Republicans are targeting the NSF. (See also.) (EDIT: OK, one more.)

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11 October 2014 @ 01:45 pm
* No, there's not much e can do about ISIS. Compelling corollary: a lack of willing allies in the region.
* The failure of global health security.
* Diversity has no place in Congress, it seems.
* Millennials, undereducated and underemployed.
* Nice! xkcd on the acceptance of marriage equality, then and now.