A thorough follow-up at Vanity Fair:
The pattern is inescapable: she takes disagreements personally, and swiftly deals vengeance on enemies, real or perceived.
Staff and Republican stalwarts are still shaking their heads over McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin.
Palin’s lack of aptitude in her new starring role as VP candidate became obvious quickly.
The friction between McCain and Palin was so intense that it carried over into election night…
…one close adviser to McCain “was heard to refer to Palin as ‘little shop of horrors’ during the campaign.
As Palin has piled misstep on top of misstep…
…they worked their tails off to try to elect as vice president of the United States someone who, by mid-October, they believed for certain was nowhere near ready for the job, and might never be.
When she chooses to reveal herself, what she reveals is not always the same thing as the truth.
For a split second she stops, pauses, turns her head and shoulders just so, and smiles. She holds the pose until she’s sure the man has his shot and then moves on.
Acetaminophen remains the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. [newsvine]
Tylenol and dozens others reports the FDA.
Seagrass fixes as much carbon dioxide as tropical forests.
The University of Western Australia found that since 1980, 29% of seagrass has disappeared and the overall rate of loss has accelerated from 0.9% a year, before 1940, to 7% a year, since 1990.
Nutrients in sewage and run-off from agriculture and industry are the major cause of seagrass death, says Kendrick.
These nutrients trigger the growth of algae, plants and animals that grow above or on seagrass, and stop it from getting the sunlight it needs. [story]
Census Review of Republican Voters:
Eight of the 10 states with highest divorce rates.
Eight of the 10 states with highest teenage birthrates.
Highest subscriptions to online pornography.
Do norms favor violation of norms?
Henry Fairlie said Republicans sowed their present-day destruction from the start.
When he arrived in America, he expected to find conservatives with similar beliefs. Instead he found the Republicans.
He described his kind of conservative as one who stands alongside “the King and the People, against the barons and the capitalists”.
“The conservative can all too easily drift into a morally bankrupt and intellectually shallow defense of those who have it made and those who are on the make”, he wrote.
“Narrow minded, book banning, truth censoring, mean spirited; ungenerous, envious, intolerant, afraid; chicken, bullying; trivially moral, falsely patriotic; family cheapening, flag cheapening, God cheapening; the common man, shallow, small, sanctimonious.”
Evidence on domestic violence by women suggesting that it happens at an equal rate to domestic violence by men. “In 100 domestic violence situations approximately 40 cases involve violence by women against men.” [metafilter thread]
Debunking Canadian health care myths
By Rhonda Hackett
Very much worth reading.
None of these fellows have been patriot:
It was as if banks like Goldman were wrapping ribbons around watermelons, tossing them out 50-story windows and opening the phones for bids. In this game you were a winner only if you took your money out before the melon hit the pavement.
public radio blog
Growing evidence that car and truck exhaust can jeopardize the health of babies while they are in the womb.
This five-hole flute was meticulously carved with stone tools 35,000 years ago – the oldest musical instrument.
The area reveals flint tools used to chip the instruments, traces of bone and ivory, along with minerals, charcoal, blood and animal fats for cave painting.
“We can now conclude that music played an important role…”
This is silly but likely disturbingly true:
We humans prefer to be addressed in our right ear and are more likely to perform a task when we receive the request in our right ear rather than our left.
A series of three studies.
Adults aged 65 years or older with self-reported depression had a 5-year mortality of 30.2% versus 19.7% in those without self-reported depression.
“I felt depressed”, a simple measure of depression, predicts mortality among cognitively intact community-dwelling older adults.
There’s a lot of hype out there about “piracy”: Mother of Sales
The RNC, McCain, and the superstitious denialists crowing about mystic markets, promoting corporate welfare and lazy government, used the 2008 election season to urge privatization of social security and medicare. Operated by listed firms, they said their ‘free market’ is the answer.
The S&P 500 is down 39.22% from Dec. 31, 1999 through Monday’s close, the worst decade ever.
“The details of his death remain unclear. He had been alone. Neighbors and relatives think that he got trapped in the crossfire. He wasn’t politically active and hadn’t taken part in the turmoil that has rocked Iran for over a week, they said.
“Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a ‘bullet fee’ — a fee for the bullet used by security forces — before taking the body back [from the government].”
Astronauts on the Space Station took this photo of the initial blast of a volcanic eruption northeast of Japan.
The huge plume of ash and steam billowing skyward created a shock wave in the atmosphere.
The smooth white cloud on top may be water condensation that resulted from rapid rising and cooling of the air mass above the ash column.
At Edge, Lera Boroditsky asks whether the language we speak shapes what we think.
Even what might be deemed frivolous aspects of language can have far-reaching subconscious effects on how we see the world.
A comprehensive summary of world and U.S. economies:
…the world is currently undergoing an economic shock every bit as big as the Great Depression shock of 1929-30.
Looking just at the US leads one to overlook how alarming the current situation is even in comparison with 1929-30.
The good news, of course, is that the policy response is very different. The question now is whether that policy response will work.
Not a single top executive of a Wall Street securities firm responsible for causing the financial crisis has had the courage or the decency to step forward in front of the cameras and explain to the American people in his own words exactly how and why he allowed his firm to cause the crisis.
Florida’s St. Petersburg Times is stepping out with a detailed report on Scientology. After posting the first chapter, buzz is abounding.
Scientology: The Truth Rundown
High-ranking defectors provide an unprecedented inside look at Scientology…
Scientology: ‘We’ll take care of her’
New details about the case of Lisa McPherson, who died in the care of Scientologists, from the executive who directed the Church of Scientology’s handling of the case.
Scientology: No Escape From Reality
Four high-ranking defectors describe bizarre behavior and physical beatings inflicted by Scientology leader David Miscavige.
The reporters interviewed the four defectors multiple times, and met with church spokesmen and lawyers for 25 hours.
Government officials in Britain admitted last night that illness rates from the swine flu virus could reach 50 per cent.
Based on this figure, the workforce could be reduced by 15-20 per cent at the pandemic’s peak. In the unlikely event that every school closed, this could rise to 35 per cent.”
As part of ongoing planning, the NHS is being asked to ensure that antiviral collection points could, if needed, be put into action in a week.”
Deflation is a “significant risk” as a result of the pandemic’s impact on the economy – putting back economic recovery by two years, says the report.
A $2.5 trillion cut in global GDP is a possibility – with a flu outbreak in the autumn hitting the world economy just as it starts to recover from the credit crunch.
Don’t blame the messenger.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory says car air conditioners account for seven billion gallons of gasoline, about six percent of the nation’s total yearly fuel consumption. Refrigerant leaks are responsible for 50 million metric tons of CO2 emissions a year.