Mother Jones: How we fool ourselves. "Expecting people to be convinced by the facts flies in the face of, you know, the facts. [...] We push threatening information away; we pull friendly information close. We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data itself. [...] When we think we're reasoning, we may instead be rationalizing." H/T Rod Benson.
UK voters: The lies of the No to AV leaflet. I'm getting pretty annoyed by how misleading so much of the No campaign has been. The BNP are being used as a scare tactic, and yet they are only party to officially endorse the No campaign. It bugs me that such misrepresentations are being effective. H/T Neil Stewart.
SMH: Memos show oil motive in Iraq war. Perhaps this comes as no surprise, but the confirmation is important.
SMH: How Obama is morphing into Bush. Change we can believe in, because it is so small and non-threatening.
SMH: What is the secret to long life? Good table manners.
Reddit: If all you lazy, whining two-thirds world readers think you have things tough, you need to get a sense of some real first world problems.
Oatmeal: The deep ocean is a weird, weird place. Despite being a cartoon (with some naughty language), this is apparently true.
The Cost of Energy: Unemployed? You might want to consider applying for this position.
And a quick straw poll. I occasionally put together lists of random links like this. Which would you prefer:
(a) for these to continue in this fashion, with occasional dumps of lists like this;
(b) for me to post single links as I come across them; or
(c) for me to stop all random links and focus on a narrower band of topics?