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Though we share this humble path, alone
How fragile is the heart
Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
To touch the face of the stars

Breathe life into this feeble heart
Lift this mortal veil of fear
Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
We'll rise above these earthly cares

Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bang, Bang Crazy - my own story

I fucking hate people. Don't get me wrong, individually I love some of you. I'm awfully fond of a larger number of you. I care deeply for a large number of you. And a great hunk of you, well, you're all right (wink).

Then there's the rest of humanity. Mostly ignorant, panicky, unpredictable, anti-vaxxer and generally clogging up the malls at Christmas Time. You know what I'm saying?

And it's near Fourth of July. I love fireworks… when done by professionals. If you have anything more than a bottle rocket or lady-fingers (do kids still call them that?) you piss me off. When I hear a mortar going off in my neighborhood I start entertaining fantasies of slipping up on these people in the dark and trying to remember the exact angles for an under the ribs thrust, where to target the kidneys, and how to quickly slit a throat. Tell me you haven't entertained those thoughts as well. Tell me you haven't had the thought, "I bet they blow their fingers off, or start a fire." Today we had a discussion at the day thing where people were all too happy to say they love it, that sound of launching mortars. That "thumpt" sound. How one guy watched Americans in Mexico launching rockets on the beach, landing them on people's tents who were camping on the beach, melting the fabric. Fun times. Fun times.

So what I'm saying is, I was a little primed.

After work I went to the Oakwood Village Sam's Club to pick up things for this weekend. Oakwood is an interesting mixture of people. There are some richer, whiter suburbs nearby, but it's right around the eastern Cleveland industrial suburbs and lower-income housing, and has a large percentage of African-American neighborhoods (Cleveland is still pretty segregated, the lingering effects of intentional segregation actions of realtors and banks from the 60s to the 80s). The crowd at the store is about a 50/50 mix of white and minority (mostly African-American, but a good mix of Asian and Hispanic, probably 10% or so). Most of the workers are African-American (70-80%). It's someplace that I am very conscious of not being "in the majority". This isn't a problem. I don't feel unwelcome, it's just something I notice.

(ed note I didn't express myself very well here, let me try again. Oakwood is the beginning of the outer suburbs of Cleveland. The area is a mix of working class, middle class, upper-middle class neighborhoods with richer neighborhoods to the east, farther into the outer suburbs. The closer in to Cleveland from this direction (SE) the higher the percentage of minorities. Just a little north from here, along Mayfield, there is a lot more diversity of population in neighborhoods. In this area (and much of the East of Cleveland) you can find African-American families in all the communities (from working class to rich, with a large percentage in the middle and upper-middle class neighborhoods in this area). The percentages drop a little in the working class neighborhoods (which tend to be the most diverse). However East Cleveland, and it's suburbs, still have the lingering effects of so many decades of overt, and then covert, racial segregation and white flight. Their are neighborhoods were in one block, the ethnic demographics of the community change quickly, even though the relative income levels remain the same. Cleveland's diversity is like a patchwork quilt.)

I'm leaving the club, the young couple in front of me (white, from one of the richer suburbs judging by their clothing and items in the cart, some prepared meals, no staples) is having some problems wrangling their kids to get across the driveway in front of the store. So I'm making my move to the right outside to get around them. Area is filled with people packing up cars, line coming out of the store (pretty sure the couple and myself are the only white people in the group coming out of the store).

A red Pontiac Grand Prix (the trunk is distinctive, it's a common car for this neighborhood), pulls into the aisle way in front of us and stops, the trunk pops, and a late twenties white guy, "athletic build" gets out of the passenger side. He has a gun in his right hand. Small rifle, probably 22-short, lever action.

At this moment the adrenaline hits. Some smart part of my brain says, "this is going down now, Buchheit, you're in the wrong place at the wrong time. They're burning churches, at least one in Ohio." The larger part of my brain is shouting "FUCK FUCKER FUCKITY FUCKER FUCK!"

There's a crowd. There is no cover. A step and I'm around the mother and kids. I now have the cleanest approach. I have a Sam's Club cart (large, about 40-50lbs) with about 50-60 lbs in it (juice and other things). I have no protection and I'm 20 feet away.

"FUCK FUCKER FUCKITY FUCKER FUCK!"

And that, judge, is when time proverbially slows down. There's a driver (obviously), I believe someone else was in the back. The car is a coup, not a big worry about the person in back. Guy, while built, doesn't have a fully balanced stance, isn't walking with purpose (he's taken maybe one step at this point).

The plan outlines itself in my head. No time to save people, no place to hide behind. But I have that cart, he hasn't raised the rifle yet. He won't expect resistance so quickly. I take a large step forward, knees bent, lowering my center of gravity and extending my stride. Plan finalized, I have my approach, it is non-verbal but goes something like this.

No chance of defense, offense then. The person in the back won't be able to get out of the coup in time, they're behind the driver. I can't see the driver but can guess their position from the car, they're blocked from seeing what will happen. I have 4 steps to get speed. He won't expect the cart. He'll raise the hand with the rifle in it to protect himself. I can grab the barrel. I can spin it out of his grip, go counter clockwise (pulling him forward into the cart and then away). As long as he doesn't fire I'll have the gun. If he fires, it's gonna burn. Continue spin, butt whip at the neck-shoulder junction as hard a possible. This will stop my spin and put me in a good spot to drop to a shooting position and shoot the driver. Next shot will be the stunned gunman. And then I'll deal with person in back.

I don't recognize the gun. It's obviously lever-action (first ping in my head). I know how those work. Who knows what condition it's in.

Why the fuck did they pop the trunk? (Second ping)

He's not holding it correctly (third ping). His hand is over the trigger guard, he's not holding it by the grip, still single-handed (ping). He's taken his third step now.

Something is wrong. Why is the trunk open? The Washington DC sniper set up a nest in their truck. But why get out of the car then? (ping) Why a 22-short? (ping)

Half step.

There are groceries in the trunk (ping). Who goes shopping before shooting?

He's not moving correctly. No balance, no attempt to raise the rifle.

Stop, hold cart back yanking arms. Probably look like I just tripped. This isn't right. Time resumes normal flow.

Person puts gun in trunk and closes it. I breathe again.

I've stopped in the driveway. My heart is hammering. Every cell in my body is still screaming. But he no longer has gun. He gets back in passenger seat they drive away.

He was wearing a t-shirt and kakis (olive drabbish). Probably works somewhere doing something physical, or used to play football (has a fullback's shape). And I want to slap the ever-loving shit out of him.

I don't know who you are, but, dude, you are so fucking lucky I don't have a firearm and wasn't carrying. You are also lucky that I have some skills left and part of my brain questioned what the other part had already determined what was happening. If I had a firearm on me, you would have been dead, and probably the driver as well. You took off before I could recover fully. Which was probably good for both of us.

In retrospect, you probably realized it was a Bad Idea™ to drive that neighborhood with an gun in the open. Hell, it might have been just an air rifle (although there was no orange tip or cartridge, all black matt finish).

You probably don't know just how close you came to grievous injury.

When I'm around police officers and I feel they aren't respectful of the weapons they carry I want to disarm them. If you're not in uniform, I feel the need to disarm you.

Why the fuck did you stop in the middle of the crowd, right at the exit of the store, to move this gun to your trunk? It's a big parking lot, there's plenty of space at the edge.

My chest still hurts. I'm still a little shaky. I'm having difficulty focusing on other things.

This is why this gun culture is bad (besides the "accidental" shootings and feeding the pipeline for guns to get to criminals). This is why the mantra "More Guns Make Us Safer" is a bunch of bullshit. If you own a firearm you are responsible for it, and for how you behave with it. The problem is, while you may think you're being responsible, you might not be. My guess is this guy thought he was being perfectly reasonable and "safetying" the weapon.

Jesus on a Pogo Stick that was close.

"FUCK FUCKER FUCKITY FUCKER FUCK!"

Linkee-poo doesn't give a damn about my bad reputation

Want to create a more realistic world for your Fantasy/SF stories? Really bad at all that earth sciency stuff? How about the Earth Primer app? It's $10, but might be worth it to you. (Grokked from Phiala)

Girl Scouts rock. Remind me to double my cookie order next year. (Grokked from Random Michelle K)

"But the downside (to having bread before dinner) may be more than just some extra calories. Turns out, eating all those carbs before a meal can amp up our appetites and spike our blood sugar." You say that like it's an accident. This is exactly why restaurants serve bread before meals. Not only does it lead to a "satisfied" feeling, but it leads to over eating.

Depression is a liar. Some self-help questions and potential responses. (Grokked from Random Michelle K)

"The number of extreme weather and climate-related events is rising." On The Economist no less. I'm sure it'll all be fine. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"Hundreds of thousands of people protested worldwide, for instance, after the Danish cartoons were published some years ago. While some people might genuinely dislike this Milwaukee work, there doesn’t seem to be any comparable level of outrage." That sounds perfectly reasonable (said with the contempt that means "that sounds perfectly potty"). Although there is a difference between publishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed and the portrait of the Pope done in condoms. One was specifically meant to harm, the other was meant as commentary. While there is a prohibition in Christianity from taking the Lord's name in vain (how's that worked out over the years), the Pope is fair game (even from other Popes). So while both can be considered offensive, the intent is strikingly different. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

Death at an Early Age. The story of a substitute teacher fired for reading Langston Hughes to disaffected black students in the 60s. Pointed to for a number of reasons (why teachers have tenure, as reference for the current battles over Common Core and AP History, teachers who try and get kids interested in their subjects are often not celebrated but fired, the cycle of schools pushing kids through and making us all out of ticky-tacky, institutionalized racism, the effects of violence against kids).

"Up until a few weeks ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves." You might be able to guess the rest, if not, read on. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

One of the side effects of the drug culture. "When meth is smoked, dangerous chemicals are released into the air that can cling to clothing, carpets and walls." And then, you buy that house without knowing the previous owner was a drug user. And then those chemicals leach out.

"Internet preacher: Because SCOTUS gay marriage ruling, Putin will destroy America for Jesus." Um, I think you must have gotten the wrong program. Can't tell which players are working for which team if you don't have the right program.

Dear Fox News, people in glass houses shouldn't, and the TV is one giant, glass house. "Conservative author and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tried to set the record straight on Monday, urging 'the left' and President Obama to forgive America for racism in the way that family members of the Charleston, South Carolina victims forgave the alleged killer." You really, really do not want to go there as the nation grows tired of being polite to ignorant people.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Linkee-poo celebrating your extra second with an extra second post

No, I haven't run out of lyrics to use as titles, I'm just mind-blastedly tired from all the workz. And coming up with some slightly more obscure lyric line that may (or may not) apply to the general run of stories I'm linking to might just be the straw that breaks my brain. Sorry. Normal programming should continue sometime before I die. (Just had an image of me in a nursing home, blogging… shudders from the willies)

Replacing silicon in solar cells. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Help the HAMs. Because in emergencies, they help us. (Grokked from Ken McConnell)

"The test has been thoroughly revamped and is now three hours longer. It takes 7 1/2 hours to complete, including breaks, and covers four new subjects, including a combined section on psychology and sociology, that account for a quarter of the overall score." The new MCAT (the ACT/SAT for medical school). And reading the interviews with potential students I find myself thinking, "Oh man, are you all in for a surprise." The one student says he's worried because the new sections (Sociology and Psychology) will come at the end, and he'll be tired by then. I feel for you brother, I do. Here's something I learned in X-Ray clinicals, the best, most exciting cases always came in at 4:30pm, right at the end of our normal shift. I often stayed to do them (which I think helped me get the job later, hint to all you in school) because 1) Never abandon a patient (that's malpractice) 2) KEWL stuff Maynard. No, seriously, it was like clockwork (it even didn't matter when our shifts would end, it was always at the end the most complex, interesting cases would come in). We were tired. We were fuzzy from low carbs. And you ad to have all of your learning on the desktop (as my A&P prof put it, not in storage, not available, you had to be able to instantly access some deep knowledge). As a doctor, you're going to have to be able to do that at 18 hour days. Seven and a half hours is nothing. And for the other student coming from the humanities, if you don't have A&P down by now, you're behind the curve. If this is what you want, I hope you're taking a lot of those basic classes now. It'll be too late when you're in medical school. But, I do agree, we do need to have these skills in our doctors (I say this having had to express my concerns about potential abusive situations with patients to the ER docs, because it's their call and they need the info, most of them already had an inkling something was going on). And if you're not prepared for the first patient that goes apeshit because you're the 3rd person in the room, you're male, you're tall, you have a beard, you make an off-hand remark which reminds them of something that terrified them, you better get ready (yes, I've experienced all of those, several times, I now can spot some of the troubles up front, it's sort of like learning the smell of cancer and c-diff).

And here I'll just make the lament, I've been told more than once during this training I should go to medical school (or try to be a Radiologist Assistant). If I were 20, I might (and I often regret that at the time I didn't think I was smart enough to be one). But at almost 50, I wouldn't have the time to recoup the investment after I'd graduate (also, damn I'm tired of school and work - and work). But I've seen doctors I admire and doctors I wouldn't trust. Sitting with the one radiologist for a day had me very excited to try RA. So that Humanities Student who wants to try it. Go for it, dude. Good luck. (I also think about if I had discovered that I like being a Radiological Tech back in high school, just how different my life would have been, and I have conflicting emotions about it).

American radicalism on the left and right. Some historical photos of rallies in 1939.

"Employees with a salary of $23,660 a year or more can be considered management and barred from time-and-a-half pay, even if they work more than 40 hours. The proposed change from the Obama administration would raise the bar to $50,440. And it'll move in the future to keep pace with inflation and wage growth." YES! Although I no longer qualify (at least at the job where I don't get paid overtime). But I would have for many a position. And, given that whole "pace with wage growth" which isn't really happening, who knows, maybe I will qualify again. And before everyone gets all upset, hey, this won't really be finalized until late 2016, which means the next President could override it without much controversy (there's something about "rules enacted in the last 100 days need to be reconfirmed by the new President," but I'm too tired to google it).

A white comedian tries to get arrested. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

In a 7 to 2 vote "(t)he Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the state must remove a controversial Ten Commandments monument from the capitol in Oklahoma City, the Tulsa World reported." And I would be happy for them that sanity finally broke out in Oklahoma, except now the Satanic Temple is dropping its plans to place a statue of Bhaphomet on the state grounds as well. Can't win them all, I guess. Although, as the Temple points out, there are plenty of other places for them to place the statue in capitals that still have 10 Commandment monuments. You go with your crazy selves. (Grokked from Dan)

"The Ku Klux Klan will hold a protest on the South Carolina capitol grounds over the state's decision to consider removing the Confederate flag, the Post and Courier reported." I'm sure they're just citizens concerned with keeping the South's culture and heritage intact. Pointed to just in case anyone is still confused over what the Stars and Bars stands for. Also, "grand titan"?! Seriously, KKK, how can we take you seriously when your society's ranks read like boss names in a bad video game? And glad you helped encourage Dylan Roof with your comment at the end, nice touch. Please fuck off and die. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

In Columbia S.C. a fight started about 7:15 p.m. Monday when about a dozen vehicles with Confederate flag supporters pulled up in front of the Statehouse and stopped in the middle of the street… About 10 of the flag supporters clashed with about 30 people who were on the Statehouse grounds protesting the flag." That doesn't sound thuggish at all.

Linkee-poo, too many notes, Mozart

The price of energy storage is plummeting. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"LiveScience reports that researchers studying the remains of a seventh-century B.C. nomad unearthed from a Scythian burial mound in central Kazkahstan have discovered an arrowhead embedded in the man's spine." Ah, the good old days. When men were men, women hunted, and arrow points were bronze or nothing. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

After the elation of last week, now it's the progressives' turn to hate on the Supreme Court. This time because they told the EPA they didn't fully justify the costs of their air pollution mandate regarding mercury from coal-fired power plants. The good news in this is the top court didn't give guidance on how to calculate the costs, or what costs could be included. So hopefully the EPA will be allowed by the lower-court to fully calculate the benefits to scrubbing mercury from emissions (and if they're able to, the cost to benefit ratio is way, way, WAY in favor of scrubbing emissions). Just the savings in Medicare payments alone (if I know my numbers correctly) will out weigh industry's cost. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

"There are no accidents with guns." Yes, I was screaming when he gave me the pause. But here's the thing about reasonable dialog, sometimes is can be persuasive. I do agree with the results of what Jim proposes, and have said so before. And Jim's recommendation is a very nice way to get there.

More in the "this ain't over yet" theme. "Republican Mississippi state Rep. Andy Gipson, the chairman of the state house judiciary committee, (said) that the state is looking into eliminating state marriage licenses." Which I support. Not that I support the state getting out of issuing marriage licenses, quite the contrary. But because attempting to do this and trying to unravel the term "marriage" in all the laws (and policies) it appears in, will force the realization that marriage, historically, was about rights and transfer of property. This is a lesson conservative, libertarian, (and some liberal) law makers need to learn. Apparently they need the hard way.

Some of the issues surrounding the Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom. While this plays out as a trouble with integrating gay marriage into the fabric of religious based businesses (while mostly thinking in the terms of businesses with direct connections to churches think of what happens if a gay couple registers at Hobby Lobby). But I think this is the problem of having churches provide so many community services because the state can't be bothered, or doesn't have the funding. But I've also been thinking of another problem. What if the gay couple are members in good standing with a church. While you can't force a priest or minister to preside over a marriage, many church rules give the couple the right to use the church building for such events. And frankly, that's a lawsuit waiting to happen (I believe the Catholic Churches have clauses that the event must coincide with the doctrines of the Church so they may be good, but I'm not sure all other churches have such stipulations). (Grokked from Dan)

John Oliver's Last Week Tonight five years of the end of Obamacare. (Grokked from TPM)

So, Ted Cruz says the 2016 election will be about gay marriage. And Obamacare. Apparently the GOP printed to many flyers and voter "info" guides, and produced too many attack commercial and couldn't unload them since the 2012 campaign. It'll be like going to Thanksgiving with the extended family and grandmother is going to rehash all the times she was dissed by her six siblings (all of whom are now dead). (Yea, I thought I'd use the uncomfortable Thanksgiving meme early, before the rush).

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Linkee-poo is lyric-ed out

The dirty secret of writing, porn is highly lucrative. Especially kink porn. And yes, that article may be triggery for incest and monster porn. You can make money, but you've got to write a lot of it. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

Yes, I've tried. I don't believe the result was successful. Maybe I should try again, like when I get a life again.

"We are up against Netflix and porn, people! The bar is low." McSweeny's on clickbait sites. Well played, sirs, well played. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies, and now Nazi Puppies. The ties that Dylan Roof has to SF. Don't forget to stay for the lunatic revenge fantasy at the end (can't wait, I've seen your side shoot, and I know my skills). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

You know, much of science can be boiled down to figuring out which way is up. In this case, we now know, definitively, which end was the head of Hallucigenia. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

I'm sure no business would be crass enough to fire a woman simply because she was pregnant. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

A chart of time spent in service to university, profession and mentoring broken up by race and sex. Just in case you believe certain people aren't "pulling their weight." (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

The Stars and Bars may be coming down in public places, but they're still burning churches in the South. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"Canada’s green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands." Unlike what the "think about it" campaign what's you to think about. But "Not only does the oil industry still get more substantial subsidies, she said, it also eats up a good deal of the country’s diplomatic relations efforts – through the lobbying for the Keystone XL pipeline, for example."

When it comes to conservative reactions to blatant racism, it's the same as it ever was. Then National Review then and now. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

And the meaning is oh, so clear

And here's one for Tony Perkins.


Tony, you're missing that one, final screw.

And for everyone else who thought my warning about how the issue of Obamacare and Marriage Equality wasn't over, here's one of his tweets from this week, "Just like Roe v. Wade in 1973, courts will not have the final say on this profound issue. #SCOTUS #marriage". They're sore losers. Losers who are afraid to lose their income source.

And this time I know it's for real, I've fallen in love, yeah

Ooo ooo oo, I have the Huckabee 2016 Campaign song.

"If he 'could have felt like a woman,' the Republican former Arkansas governor joked earlier this year, then he could have seen his female classmates without their clothes on."


Come one, Mikey, we know you wanna.

And the Queen hits keep coming.

See, this stuff plays in my head all the time. If you ever see a smirk on my face, it's probably because I'm having a moment like this.

The day will dawn of sanity, it's a kind of magic

Yea, it's still a Queen kinda of week.


Wait, there's a Queen App? How did I not know this.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The slippery flag pole of myopic history

Rush Limbaugh, and the ditto heads, have made a point about how if we're going to ban the Stars and Bars because of its racist heritage, then Old Glory is just as steeped in the blood of slaves. They then go on to lament and rend their garments wondering when the leftists will be coming for the flag.

And it is true, Old Glory is just as guilty as the Confederate Battle Flag when it comes to slavery and the institution of white supremacy.

But

Here are somethings Old Glory did that the Stars and Bars never did.
  • She flew on US Navy ships sent to the coast of Africa to stop slaver ships from transporting more slaves out of Africa
  • She flew over Union Troops who fought against the institution of slavery and held the country together
  • She flew over Negro Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, some of the most decorated servicemen in our history
  • She flew over the US Military as they integrated before most other institutions integrated
  • She flew above the White House as the Civil Rights Act was signed
  • She flies above the White House currently occupied by the first African-American President
  • She flies over immigrant, minority, the dispossessed, as well as the majority


Now, she's also flown over many a disgraceful act, even at the same time she presided over some of the above. So her history is a complex and difficult one. Even to this day. But she's stood for the freedom of all American citizens.

The Stars and Bars has only stood for one thing. She flew over rebels and traitors to the United States. She flew over troops fighting to keep slavery enshrined in their law (and to expand African slavery to the Western Hemisphere). And, after she had been torn down by the victory of her opponents, she next arose to fly over the Klan and over other white supremacy groups formed for one purpose, to keep anyone not white oppressed and afraid. And finally she only returned to national prominence when Civil Rights and desegregation were becoming law, to stand in opposition.

This is why the Stars and Bars should be relegated to the museums, as a symbol of a dark chapter of our history.

Old Glory may not be unsullied, but she has stood for the better angels of our nature as well. And for that, she will remain. And it's only because people like Rush and the ditto heads can't see what progress she has stood for (because they disagree that it has been progress) why they think this may happen. As with so many other things, they stand on the wrong side of history. And it's to their shame they can't see that.

I clothed myself in your glory and your love, how I loved you, how I cried

Right now I imagine Scalia ordering this up on his karaoke machine. But it could also be for any number of conservatives and their opinions of the Supreme Court today.

Before we get to the music, I just keep having to remind myself that this court is heavily weighted to the right, packed with conservative ideologues. And still this week (which wasn't all peaches and cream, but close).


It's seems to be a day for Queen. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Linkee-poo, Love Wins

At least for a little while.

I understand the elation most of us progressives are feeling at the end of this week and SCOTUS work session. I'll just remind us all that abortion on demand was also celebrated in its time (even by conservative religious types). How's that working out? So, yea! Celebrate, drink the champaign (if you're into that), and shout for joy. Next week it's back to the trenches to defend what we've gained. The fight isn't over yet. Sorry, wish it weren't so.

"Unconstitutional." You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means.

About that Lexus Hoverboard. (Grokked from Stewart Sternberg)

The 30 Minute Aurora Forecast. That is, auroras that may appear in a 30 minute window. In case you need it.

You know that thought about previous eras just accepting racism and that's why it was so prevalent in the literature of the time. Say, like Lovecraft. "Well, people were just that way back then," some people say. No, no they weren't. Although Howard's stories are the epitome of acceptance of all peoples equally, as least he's schooling Lovecraft on "civilization" and "barbarism".

There's a company that sells facial recognition systems to churches. Yea, because that's totally not creepy at all. (Grokked from John)

MOAR Lottery Terminals! Because nothing says conservative values like fleecing the poor on a hope and a prayer which giving a lot of money to the rich and the business owners (often the same people, say, did you know that an S-Corp "dispersal" isn't taxed as income). (I say this as someone who spends some money on the lottery). Also, conservatives are all for "local control", except when you don't do what they want. Then it's "fuck you, we're taking over." Yep, the Ohio Legislature that is so bound up they should develop legislative fiber pills passed the law that basically targets Youngstown Schools with hostile take-over (after they already tried that) in less than 24 hours.

"Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims." Oh, if only there had been a report that could have helped us stave off this threat… "A 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security, which warned that an ailing economy and the election of the first black president might prompt a violent reaction from white supremacists, was withdrawn in the face of conservative criticism." Add in the number of deaths by police and non-ideologically driven mass murders and that chart would be even more skewed. (Grokked from BoingBoing)

This article asks the question why hasn't America kept up to date with employment laws. Because business owners don't want a "dependent contractor" type classification. They might as well hire the person instead, which they obviously are trying very hard not to do. And guess who gives more money to politicians than unions and teachers?

Tweet of my heart: @ChuckWendig To the dinosaurs, I warn: the cultural meteor is coming. It is colorful. Full of love and unicorns. Evolve or flail your tiny arms in death.

Double dip: @LOLGOP The first black president celebrating the victory of same-sex marriage = what you got instead of a jet pack. (ed note, I'll take it)

I just gotta get out of this prison cell

At least in America, I believe that prison cell is wide open now.



(hat tip to Dan)