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El Coyote Gordo
20 May 2015 @ 09:18 am
As one scientist said, "If all science were run like marijuana research, creationists would control paleontology." Obesity research is a lot like that.
El Coyote Gordo
20 May 2015 @ 06:31 am
The big bang theory (not the TV show) is also a creation myth. I can remember when that aspect made some scientists prefer the competing steady-state theory. They were, however, able to settle it the way science does, with facts, and now the big bang theory is the accepted explanation.

Thanx to Metafilter
El Coyote Gordo
20 May 2015 @ 06:18 am
John Scalzi inspires a rash of squirrels playing polo.
El Coyote Gordo
19 May 2015 @ 05:49 am
17 gender-bender novels

Thanx to Metafilter
El Coyote Gordo
18 May 2015 @ 04:43 pm
Toys with disabilities

Thanx to Feministing
El Coyote Gordo
18 May 2015 @ 07:23 am
There appears to be a retrospective on Yoko Ono. Retrospecting, I remember all the racist and sexist abuse she received, and I have to admit that I joined in on it. I completely and abjectly apologize. That kind of rhetoric is evil, it encourages haters and other assholes, and of course it's completely irrelevant.

All we ever had to say was that her music is shit--shit on purpose and shit on principle. It's the art that hates art, the art that substitutes self-congratulating cleverness for actually producing works that give esthetic pleasure. It was funny once when Marcel Duchamp (who hated what he called "retinal art") displayed the urinal, and it was all redundant after Piero Manzoni sold cans of Merda d'Artista, which means what you think it does. Yoko Ono was not one iota worse than those white males.

People are still emitting that sort of hateful nonsense, but more of us are becoming aware of how utterly wrong it is. I like to think that Brad Torgersen threw away most of what little respect he had left when he accused John Scalzi of posting as a somdomite.
El Coyote Gordo
18 May 2015 @ 06:43 am
When Scotland Yard snooped on Star Trek
El Coyote Gordo
18 May 2015 @ 06:34 am
Female Aspie
El Coyote Gordo
17 May 2015 @ 06:00 pm
Oliver Sacks has written a memoir.
El Coyote Gordo
16 May 2015 @ 09:36 am
Happy birthday, akirlu
El Coyote Gordo
16 May 2015 @ 06:24 am
Republicans killed the Amtrak derailment victims. NWS: The Rude Pundit, as usual, Uses Language.
El Coyote Gordo
16 May 2015 @ 06:03 am
The Toast gives a list of 79 books which, allegedly, all white men own. Bold those you own. Italicize those you have read. Strikeout those you've never heard of would have to be paid to read. Bonus points if you're not a white male.

1. Shogun, James Clavell
2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
3. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
4. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

5. A collection of John Lennon’s drawings.
6. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
7. The first two volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
8. God Is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens
9. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
10. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, Tucker Max
11. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
12. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Oliver Sacks
13. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
14. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
15. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
16. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

17. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
18. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
19. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
20. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
21. The Stand, Stephen King
22. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
23. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
24. Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
25. It’s Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong
26. Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson

27. Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth
28. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
29. John Adams, David McCullough
30. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
31. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
32. America: The Book, Jon Stewart

33. The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman
34. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
35. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
36. Exodus, Leon Uris (if Jewish)
37. Trinity, Leon Uris (if Irish-American)
38. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
39. Marley & Me, John Grogan

40. Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt
41. The Rainmaker, John Grisham
42. Patriot Games, Tom Clancy
43. Dragon, Clive Cussler
44. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
45. The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone
46. The 9/11 Commission Report
47. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, John le Carre
48. Rising Sun, Michael Crichton
49. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
50. Airport, Arthur Hailey
51. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki
52. Burr, Gore Vidal
53. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
54. The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan
55. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
56. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
57. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
58. Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter

59. The World According to Garp, John Irving
60. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
61. The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass

62. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
63. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
64. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
65. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe

66. Beowulf, the Seamus Heaney translation
67. Rabbit, Run, John Updike
68. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
69. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
70. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
71. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
72. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

73. House of Leaves, Mark Danielewski
74. The Call of the Wild, Jack London

75. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
76. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
77. The Civil War: A Narrative, Shelby Foote
78. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
79. Life, Keith Richards

Thanx to sturgeonslawyer
El Coyote Gordo
14 May 2015 @ 07:41 pm
An alternate reality. Mine is not that bad.
El Coyote Gordo
14 May 2015 @ 04:42 pm
DEA steals a man's life savings because they can. Do I have to tell you what color he is?

Thanx to RAW Illumination.
El Coyote Gordo
14 May 2015 @ 09:46 am
Before we had drones, the Philadelphia police bombed a house with dangerous people in it and let 60 other houses burn. Guess what sort of neighborhood.

Thanx to Radley Balko