Saturday, August 29, 2009

One more drop in the ocean

Yet another reason why we need healthcare reform. Steph's story is not the exception - it's the norm.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I've gotten into the habit of eating again, damn.

Yes, you can actually break a habit. It's called extinction. Now, that does not mean that a habit cannot reemerge given the right environmental triggers, as the author does note. But it's a little disingenuous to say that you cannot break a habit. Ask any behavioral psychologist. Or neuroscientist, for that matter.

Your brain is a little more plastic than this idiot wants you to think it is.

However, since she's talking about weight lose and appetite... yeah, I don't know if you can break free from that whole 'neural regulation of caloric intake' thing that triggers hunger and feeding behavior when your body has less than its normal level of fat stores.

That's a slight difference from "breaking a habit", and good luck with that one.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Open season on idiot liber-trolls! Come'n get 'em!

Some idiot doesn't realize that public healthcare programs are more efficient than our private one, additionally doesn't realize that a public healthcare option is NOT the same as a single-payer healthcare system and is proud of his ignorance, what else is new. But he did have some pretty good suggestions!
So, after I repeat your mantra, may I go put on my brown shirt and swastika? Why don't we just go ahead and have tax payer funded housing too? How about tax payer funded food for everyone while we are at it? It all relates to the health and well being of everyone right? Tax payer funded cars? Tax payer funded electricity and gas? Tax payer funded funerals? And on and on and on and on.
Oh noeesss, teh horrar!! If the burdens of basic housing, food, transportation, healthcare, childcare and utilities for each tax-paying citizen were shouldered collectively by society then EVERY PERSON CONTRIBUTING TO AMERICAN SOCIETY WOULD HAVE A BASIC MINIMUM STANDARD OF LIVIN-- oh wait, there was something wrong with that?

Do you really want the least well-off of your fellow Americans to starve, to be homeless, to go jobless (because you need a job to pay for bus fare, and you need a bus to get to work...), to suffer without heat in the winter? Really?

Do you really think that the America that put a man on the moon can't muster up the resources to feed her people?

Why do you hate America, Greg?

BTW, zombie hitler's apparently been sowing some serious fuckin' Godwin.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Daily Mail headline generator

"COULD THE METRIC SYSTEM DESTROY YOUR DAUGHTERS?"

"IS FEMINISM INFECTING THE COUNTRYSIDE WITH AIDS?"

"WILL NEW LABOUR TURN COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY GAY?"

"HAVE GYPSIES BURGLED THE ROYAL FAMILY?"

Omg, omg, this is too funny.

H/T Kate Harding

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Message to men who have trouble dating because of clinical-level anxiety.

Get your fucking anxiety treated by a professional like the medical problem that it is.

Do not use it to justify predatory means of picking up women.

Thank you, Tycho. Gabe, thank you for being an example... and then maybe learning something from it.

Protip for both of you idiot manboys: Women are, surprisingly, NOT objects to be acquired, but people! With thoughts! IMAGINE THAT.

I'd like to think that you are aware of this fact, but it doesn't come across well when you equate fucking PUA with "socialization skills". Formulaic methods of projecting "value" so as to enable the presumed-male audience to sleep with many women (and f'reals, what else do you really think "game" refers to??) != learning social skills. If it were general socializing tips, it'd be gender-neutral.

I adore you both, but srsly now.

Srsly.

Silly name, not-too-shabby articles

This FaithWorld blog isn't actually too bad.

Here's one fairly good article about the contributions that the cognitive sciences make to the study of religion. (To summarize: our brains automatically assume agency even where none exist.)

And another one that speaks fairly well about brain imaging.

However, the site does seem to allow for some weird nebulous religiosity... but I think I can allow it, so long as they keep talking intelligently about my precious braaaains.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

My new desktop wallpaper


From the CreoZerg! I <3 PZ sometimes...

OK, now back to settling into my new place, which involves no small amount of basking by the pool and having my roommate cook tasty dinners for me. By next week, maybe I'll feel up to tackling some SCIENZE!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009