What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Linkee-poo ramshackles it's way into the week

Still very busy.

Now that many people are getting their DNA tested to check their "origins", unlike the commercials a lot of people are scratching their heads when their results differ from their siblings and parents. This is normal. Welcome to the function of sexual reproduction and how that contributes greatly to diversity.

"Currently, 1 in 5 workers is a contract worker, the poll shows. Within a decade, many labor economists believe freelancers will outnumber full timers." The continued rise of the gig (exploitation of workers) economy. My guess is this will be the same as the "open office plan." Something that looks to be an immediate benefit, but has long term negative consequences.

"Being on your own in the workforce often means you don't have the safety net of benefits and other forms of support that traditional workers do. And the toll isn't just financial, but physical and emotional too."

"Police are searching for a man seen running from a mall in central Florida where two explosive devices detonated Sunday evening." Why aren't you hearing about it more? "Authorities continue to search for a person of interest who witnesses described as a heavy-built, white, middle-aged man wearing a gray shirt and a gray hat." Funny how that "white" part keeps on showing up in stories where they're not sure it terrorism and not the lead story on the news.

"Oregon is in a battle royal over how to pay for expanded Medicaid."

"The first time the United States tried to protect solar industry manufacturing jobs from foreign competition, things did not go exactly as planned." I'm sure it will go much better this time. Not. But the Republicans never learn from history. Mostly because the rich will continue to be rich even as the working classes lose their jobs.

"Kimberly-Clark, the maker of Huggies diapers and Kleenex tissues, on Tuesday announced it will be slashing about 13 percent of its workforce globally, or at least 5,000 jobs, in a bid to cut costs as sales wane."

Where do the bad police officers go? "In suburbs just outside the city of Chicago, some police officers are paid fast-food wages; they work part-time patrolling high crime areas, just so they can use their badge to get better paying security jobs." And because they pay so poorly, they can't keep the good ones and can't train new ones. This isn't an insurmountable problem, though. I helped increase officer pay in my village and I worked with the chief to get rid of the bad apples. But it takes the initiative and hard work of the elected officials and the buy in of the community. And it takes money.

"'I would say broadly speaking, it appears that the Russian operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations. And they targeted various conservative organizations, religious and otherwise, and they seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the NRA.'" That is 1) more dangerous and 2) explains a lot.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Linkee-poo clears out for the weekend.

I'm going to be offline for most of the weekend, so don't expect updates until Monday. I'll be enjoying the wilds of Detroit in the middle of January. Actually it'll be pretty fun. I'll be at Confusion. I only have 1 panel this weekend, Saturday at 6. Come and see us, come and hang in the bar.

"Less than two months after President Donald Trump tapped his budget director to run the independent federal agency tasked with protecting U.S. consumers from harmful and predatory financial practices, the agency has moved to undo a rule intended to prevent payday lenders from preying on low-income Americans. The reversal — which follows recent congressional proposals with the same objective — is a major win for the $40 billion payday lending industry, which has recently started delivering big money to Trump and to congressional critics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)." We're getting screwed. (grokked form Michele)

So how's the tax cuts working out for increasing pay for rank-and-file employees? "So far, however, those pay increases have been few and far between. With a few exceptions, companies that have announced specific plans are offering one-time bonuses in place of permanent wage increases." Okay, to be fair there's a lot of companies that just didn't respond or say anything. But then most of those few companies that are increasing pay are only offering one time $1000 bonuses. (Grokked from Christopher Moore)

"Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) released the following letter from Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, the former Deputy Commander of US Forces Korea, outlining the operational challenges of a war with North Korea." The forces in theater are cannon fodder. They're basically there to slow N Korean advance until we can get more troops on the way. That was the thinking in the 1960s. N Korea has advanced in technology and military staffing. Most likely they won't survive until reinforcements arrive. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Linkee-poo time is not on my side

"I’ve been working on getting better at building good habits and cultivating greater discipline." Kameron Hurley on the next steps for going from Good to Great.

"If there’s one thing The Da Vinci Code’s Dan Brown and The Library of Babel’s Jorge Luis Borges have in common it is a love for obscure religious and occult books and artifacts. But why do I compare Borges—one of the most highly-regarded, but difficult, of Latin American poets and writers—to a famous American writer of entertaining paperback thrillers? One reason only… Borges would be deeply moved by Brown’s recent act of philanthropy, a donation of €300,000 to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library, also known as the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica House of Living Books… The generous gift will enable the Ritman to digitize thousands of 'pre-1900 texts on alchemy, astrology, magic, and theosophy…'" Shit, I'm never going to get any more writing done. (Grokked from Warren Ellis)

"The planet's global surface temperature last year was second warmest since 1880, NASA says. NOAA calls it the third warmest year on record, due to slight variation in the ways that they analyze temperatures." We're boned.

Another problem of climate change. "Scientists knew that bacteria called Pasteurella multocida type B caused the mass death. Now, new research suggests that the bacteria was already present in the animals; it was triggered and became harmful because of a period of unusual weather."

"First observed among captive mule deer in Fort Collins in 1967, CWD has since infected wild herds in 24 states and Canada. It has also been found in South Korea and Norway. In that time, there's been no report of human illness due to CWD exposure, but a recent Canadian study has renewed concerns that the disease could make the jump." Ohio just had a reported case from a male deer that was used for breeding on a captive deer farm and then released into a hunting preserve.

"A Canadian woman has been convicted of killing her friend after police discovered the murder weapon used in a picture of the pair on social media."

"Steve Bannon’s attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist." Bannon refused to answer any questions, but did not claim executive privilege. Now, if Bannon answers Mueller's questions he could be held in contempt of Congress (IANAL but as I understand it the refusal to answer questions is not an on-again/off-again situation, which is why if you are investigated by the police request a lawyer first and as your answer to every question).

Oh look, it's another group of conservatives upset that have to play with everyone else, so they're going to take their little red ball and go home to their own state of New California. Well, they're also upset that they're no longer in the majority or in control of the government. (Grokked from John)

"Health care workers who want to refuse to treat patients because of religious or moral beliefs will have a new defender in the Trump Administration." Fuckers. This is just plain bigotry and discrimination bullshit.

Turns out earmarks weren't all that bad. "Like many lawmakers, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., supports reviving earmarks, but he mused at a House Rules Committee hearing Wednesday that the debate is futile if House Speaker Paul Ryan does not." I helped secure one of the last earmarks for my village. We had been working hard to get a stop light at the intersection where our school lets out. Across the highway is our industrial center. While we haven't had a fatality yet, it's bound to happen. We worked through all the regular channels for our state, but always ran into roadblocks on the final approval. So we went to our congressional representative and got an earmark. If it's a Federal law, the State can't block it. Unfortunately that was the last budget to have earmarks and it was delayed. And delayed. Delayed again. And then the Congress decided they wouldn't allow any earmarks and they stripped the appropriations bill of all the earmarks, including ours. So we still don't have a stop light at a dangerous intersection.

And we finally have the Fake News Awards. Release the eye rolling!

"A former Department of Energy photographer has filed a federal whistleblower suit alleging he lost his job after leaking photos of a private meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a major Trump donor who heads one of the country's largest mining companies… The photographs show Perry and Murray embracing and Murray handing Perry a four-page confidential 'action plan' for reviving the country's struggling coal industry. The Associated Press and The New York Times obtained copies of the plan earlier this month and reported that it mirrors policy later pushed by the Trump administration." They're selling us out.

"Wide gender, racial and political gaps leave American voters divided on whether President Donald Trump is 'mentally stable,' as 45 percent say he is stable and 47 percent say he is not stable, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today."

"Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said."

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Linkee-poo is on a merry-go-round

The Dunning-Kruger Song from the Incompetence Opera during the Ig Nobel Awards that all the cool kids are talking about. (Grokked from John Scalzi among others)

"One of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Death, along with a string of plague outbreaks that occurred during the 14th to 19th centuries, was spread by human fleas and body lice, a new study suggests." I guess we can't blame it on the rats anymore.

"Michigan residents got a surprise Tuesday night when a suspected meteor punched through the clouds with an explosive flash and powerful enough to register on seismic instruments." Man, Confusion must have increased their promotional budget. "Follow the falling star to Detroit!" Okay, okay, I'll go. (Also, quietly wondering at the orbital trajectory of that "failed" SpaceX satellite launch, but I doubt if anything of that satellite would have made it to the ground.)

"A pair of amateur explorers in Canada have found a vast underground passage stretching hundreds of metres underneath the bustling streets of Montreal whose formation dates back more than 15,000 years ago to the Earth’s last ice age." (Grokked from Dan)

"Leaving surgical materials inside patients is surprisingly frequent." At my hospital, we count every damn thing. There are instances where we can't, and in those cases we do take x-rays to make sure nothing is left in the patient. I'm sure it still happens, but there are procedures to reduce the instances.

"Experts agree the U.S. is not ready for a bad epidemic, or even for some other disaster that would affect hospital supplies. And funding cuts mean even a little strain has a bigger impact than in years past." Remember when were in a panic about SARS and bird flu? Yeah, still not ready. And as long as hospitals and medical care is considered a private industry function and regulated to capitalism we won't be. Capitalism isn't capable of responding to disaster.

"That's an incorrect but common belief. Medicare does cover home care services for patients who qualify but, according to advocates for seniors and the homecare industry, incentives intended to combat fraud and reward high quality care are driving some home health agencies to avoid taking on long-term patients, such as Campbell, who have debilitating conditions that won't get better. Rule changes that took effect this month could make the problem worse." This is how "entitlements" should be changed, to make things easier on the recipient. Right not, it's damn hard to navigate the systems. How some seniors do it on their own, I have no idea how they do it. Instead we continue to make it harder for people to get services, for those services to keep good employees, and basically everyone suffers for it.

Does the SR-72 already exist? (Grokked from Dan)

"A former C.I.A. officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The collapse of the spy network was one of the American government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years."

"Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year." The continuing dissolution of our (barely) functioning democracy. So much winning.

"Americans are split on whether they think the Justice Department's Russia investigation is fair and are unsure of special counsel Robert Mueller, but they overwhelmingly believe he should be allowed to finish his investigation, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll." The White House and Fox News messaging is working. Also, "(t)rust in the institutions that have been the pillars of U.S. politics and capitalism is crumbling."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Linkee-poo is sure I'm not being rude, but it's just your attitude

The Cranberries were one of those bands you would hear the more popular bands cite when asked about their musical inspiration.

"CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health Corp., wants to end touch ups of its beauty images in its marketing campaigns by the end of 2020." Nothing about in-camera trickery, airbrushing blemishes, or any of the other photographic tricks. But I'll believe it when I see it.

"A Southern California couple are in custody after one of their daughters called 911 and led authorities to their home, where 12 of her siblings were inside, including 'several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings.'" Ah, parenting.

"There have been a number of different missions over the years with the goal of collecting this space junk and removing it from the Earth’s orbit. Now, a group of scientists in China have offered what is easily the most exciting solution that has been proposed so far. They want to blast the junk in Earth’s orbit with giant lasers, obliterating large objects so that their remnants are just tiny pieces that don’t pose any threat." I have some questions. (Grokked from Dan)

"People diagnosed with cancer understandably reach for the very best that medical science has to offer. That motivation is increasingly driving people to ask to have the DNA of their tumors sequenced. And while that's useful for some malignancies, the hype of precision medicine for cancer is getting far ahead of the facts." The term you want to keep in mind here is "neoplasticism." As you're developing in the womb the various cells of you body, through chemical signals, begin to differentiate into different types of cells. This is the "plastic" nature of plenipotentiary stem cells. For example at a certain point a form of stem cell in the fetus determines that it is a liver cell. From them on, it's only a liver cell. Until something happens (exposure to chemical, radiation, or just the error process of cell division) and the "child" of that cell is now no longer a liver cell, but it's still in your liver. Most times these cells are killed by your immune system, self-destruct, or fail to thrive. Sometimes, however, the cell's mutation also causes them to multiply in an out of control fashion and either outgrows your immune system's capability or tricks it into thinking the cells are a normal part of your body. This is cancer, or a neoplasticism. You cells have learned a new trick. The problem for patients who have responded well to targeted therapies is that life finds a way. Once your cells demonstrate this capability they are likely to do it again. Fuck cancer.

"Since enrolling last year in a program that rewards food stamp beneficiaries for buying more fresh produce, Gonzalez has regularly filled her shopping cart with the fruits and vegetables of her childhood — not only avocados and artichokes, but pomegranates, various types of squash and more." And now we'll hear from the other side wondering why tax-payers should subsidize people eating healthy foods. "Prickitt says he hopes that even after their financial incentives end, participants will retain what they have learned about healthy eating and continue buying produce." Except they won't have the money to purchase those items again.

"Britain’s Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions." And "The Russian military is conducting massive drills involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers." With "Russia’s Defense Ministry on Thursday displayed a pair of drones that it said were captured following attacks on two Russian military bases in Syria, saying the attack required know-how indicating it was carried out with outside assistance." It's like the Cold War never ended.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has postponed a briefing on how to plan and prepare for nuclear disaster." Well because the flu is a more imminent threat to public health. And seriously, how long does it take to say, "you're fucked either way"? (Grokked from Jim Wright)

Buyer's remorse? "Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of destabilizing the world, airing a list of grievances over the Trump administration's foreign policy." I think I sprained my eyes from that eye roll.

"Teresa Manning, the controversial official in charge of the Title X federal family planning program, was escorted from the Department of Health and Human Services premises on Friday… A source with knowledge of Manning's dismissal said that staff members were told to leave the floor of the HHS building and to take their computers, in order to ensure that no one witnessed her being escorted out." Nothing unusual about that. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Linkee-poo weekender

Things are just going so fast that I should clear out these links before Monday. Sorry, the end of last week was exceptionally hectic.

"Some locations on Mars are known to have water ice just below the surface, but how much has remained unclear. Dundas et al. used data from two orbiting spacecraft to examine eight locations where erosion has occurred. This revealed cliffs composed mostly of water ice, which is slowly sublimating as it is exposed to the atmosphere. The ice sheets extend from just below the surface to a depth of 100 meters or more and appear to contain distinct layers, which could preserve a record of Mars' past climate. They might even be a useful source of water for future human exploration of the red planet." Water on Mars.

"Wildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published Wednesday that finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be dangerous to humans."

"In case you weren't counting -- and I was -- Trump uses the exact phrase 'no collusion' seven times in that answer. He goes with the alternative 'nobody's found any collusion' once. Let's call it a soft eight."

"Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff from Arizona, announced this week that he will run for the U.S. Senate to help advance President Trump's agenda… But he's breaking from the president on people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children… 'Deport them,' Arpaio told NPR's Morning Edition in an interview airing Thursday morning." Of course the xenophobes say "deport them." And frankly, if you're thinking that someone Trump doesn't also believe they should be deported, you aren't paying attention. He just thinks it's a trap to get the Democrats to the negotiating table and them blame them for any action of immigrants (no matter how they came, when they came). But for someone who just had his own pardon, you'd think he'd be a little more generous. But that isn't the conservative way.

And while we fight about other stupid shit, CHIP still doesn't have a fix. "Dr. Mahendra Patel, a pediatric cancer doctor, has begun giving away medications to some of his young patients, determined not to disrupt their treatments for serious illnesses like leukemia. He's worried Congress will fail to renew funding soon for a health program that pays for the care of millions of children across the country." Helping people keep well, especially kids, saves us money in the long run.

"President Donald Trump was apparently unaware that not all—in fact, the vast majority—of welfare beneficiaries are not black as recently as last March, according to a new report." I just can't keep up with this. (Grokked from Joy Reid)

Idiot who claims no-go zones and Muslims burning politicians in the Netherlands becomes ambassador to the Netherlands. Dear Trump supporters, the rest of the world's media doesn't give a shit about your feelings.

"At a roundtable with policy experts and elected officials, Trump expressed a desire to "break this vicious cycle" of inmates turning to crime when their lives outside prison prove too difficult." Future planning for family members?

So there's this belief that if Trump orders a nuclear strike that the military will countermand the order because no-one would think that we're about to enter a nuclear war. "Hawaii residents and tourists alike were shaken shortly after 8 a.m. local time Saturday when a push notification alerted those in the state to a missile threat, causing an immediate panic until officials confirmed it was a false alarm."

What did he say? Okay, just for context, we had one resident who used a garden hose running from their neighbor's house for their running water needs… for 3 years (had to write legislation to end that). I had to help write a law to prevent people from throwing garbage out their windows onto their lawn. And you really don't want to see the people picking up their beer at our all night gas station (the only one in southern Ashtabula County) at 11pm.

"Donald Trump knows a thing or two about 'shitholes' – the label he apparently bestowed on El Salvador, Haiti and various African nations during an Oval Office meeting about immigration. His own father was reportedly so ashamed of coming from Germany – widely considered to be a “shithole” by Americans fighting in two world wars – that he pretended for most of his life that he was Swedish."

Trump won't be going to London. Because apparently he thinks making the embassy more secure (and owning the land instead of leasing) is a bad deal.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Linkee-poo is very pressed for time

Sorry, not enough time to get new stuff in here, but man yesterday, eh?

Comet Panstarrs images.

"Just two weeks before Christmas, hundreds of Comcast door-to-door salespeople were called into company offices and fired from their jobs, it has emerged, just after the telecommunications giant announced it would be giving out $1,000 bonuses to staffers thanks to a major tax cut." I wonder where those $1k came from? Gee, if only Donald Trump could ride to their rescue like he did the Carrier plant employees. "Carrier has announced 215 workers will lose their jobs at its Indianapolis heating and air conditioning plant this week, the last of about 600 previously announced layoffs." Oh wait, maybe that isn't such a good idea. But at least Macy's had a good year. "Macy's also says it will close another 11 stores early this year, cut jobs and streamline non-store functions. That should produce savings of about $300 million." Oh fuckstockings. Sears? "Sears said Tuesday it's cutting 400 jobs at corporate offices as it works towards a goal of reducing costs by $1.25 billion in fiscal 2017." How about those big companies, like AT&T? "When AT&T Inc. announced it would hand out holiday bonuses to 200,000 workers thanks to Congress' recent tax overhaul, the company's statement failed to mention… (it) is eliminating thousands of jobs across the U.S., including 30 in Central Indiana, according to Communications Workers of America, the union that represents AT&T employees. The company is cutting nearly 12 percent of its technicians who install U-verse and DirectTV in the Indianapolis area, according to union figures." (Grokked from Michele)

But Walmart's good, right? "Walmart is closing 63 Sam's Club stores across the US, the company told Business Insider… The closures come on the same day that Walmart announced it was raising starting hourly wages to $11, expanding employee benefits, and offering workers bonuses of up to $1,000." (Grokked from Cherie Priest)

"South Dakota state Sen. Neal Tapio (R) created quite the scene at the capitol building in Pierre on Wednesday. After awkwardly agreeing to be photographed with an interfaith gathering, he turned on them, launching into one of his familiar rants attacking Islam and condemning the gathering as a 'political movement.'… 'I don’t like being called a racist,' he shouted at the group of religious leaders." Dear Sen. Tapio, then try not being racist. It's pretty simple. As the kids say, this asshole. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"During the coal bust in the 1990s, Mullins’ dad was laid off from Bethlehem Steel’s mines. Mullins recalls living off the green beans his family had diligently canned during the good times, and watching his parents grow desperate. Go to college, they urged him. Mining offered no future… But he, like so many of his friends, family, and neighbors, soon found that the industry that has wreaked havoc on the economy of central Appalachia—comprised of southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky—was also nearly impossible to escape." (Grokked from Fred Clark)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Linkee-poo lovers Paris in the springtime

"The relentlessly unyielding (but highly profitable) personalization of the products and services we use is getting deeper and creepier than ever." The internet is watching you (and profiting by the information you give it). What I want to know is with all these psychometrics going on, why the hell can't Twitter make smarter suggestions for people who I may like to follow? (Just a note, I'm very picky on whom I follow, even more so because of the number of people I already follow and prolific they are.) The article also has tips/links on how to stop them (or at least tell them to bugger off). In case you may need some convincing, here is a site that gives you feedback letting you know exactly how deep this scrutiny of your habits are. (Grokked from John)

More evidence that highly-processed foods are bad for us. "Trehalose (mycose or tremalose), a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds." We're boned. (Grokked from Dan)

"A prototype version of a self-sustaining life-support system, intended to allow humans to live in space indefinitely, is seen in Spain's University Autònoma of Barcelona." (Grokked from Warren Ellis)

"Postal carriers say a rafter of aggressive wild turkeys have prevented them from delivering mail to more than two dozen homes in a Cleveland suburb." You may laugh, but have you ever challenged a wild turkey? I have. You don't want to. Also, wild turkeys (who can fly, I just state that because a neighbor was shocked to see them fly) roost in trees. When startled, as a defense mechanism they defecate at their attacker. I've see that (fortunately wasn't when I had to chase a turkey away). Turkeys will mostly run away when they think you're a predator (so will geese), however sometimes they will defend (especially when nesting or courting). However, if you don't know how to behave like a predator, turkey's will harass you (humans are not hard coded in turkey brains as predators like raptors are). (Grokked from Shannon Eichorn)

"Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney suggested Wednesday that he will tip restaurant servers less if the minimum wage goes up." No matter what conservatives say their argument over the minimum wage is about keeping you down. Also, so continued the long tradition of service people spitting in Stuart Varney's food. What an asshole. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

African-American women are more likely to die from complications of child birth than white women. Including famous African-American women. "The next day, while recovering in the hospital, Serena suddenly felt short of breath. Because of her history of blood clots, and because she was off her daily anticoagulant regimen due to the recent surgery, she immediately assumed she was having another pulmonary embolism… (She) told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin… The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused. But Serena insisted, and soon enough a doctor was performing an ultrasound of her legs… The ultrasound revealed nothing, so they sent her for the CT, and sure enough, several small blood clots had settled in her lungs. Minutes later she was on the drip. 'I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!'" There is no protection from the increased stresses of racism (and it's biological effects) and unexamined racism in health care providers. "According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health." (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"According to an internal memo circulated in the department of homeland security, the US government could ask workers with H-1B visas to leave the country while they wait for pending green cards to come through, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported… If the proposal goes through, it could put the visa status of between 500,000 and 750,000 Indians in jeopardy, sending them back home abruptly." Green card applications can take months or even years. Abrupt deportation will disrupt the technology and healthcare sector. And while I support a revamping of the H-1B program (because it is often abused to bring in lower-pay high skill workers while American citizens who are qualified are overlooked because they've been out of work longer than 3 months, which the tech sector then considers your skills as too outdated) throwing the people already in the system out of the country is wrong, discriminatory, inhumane, and generally a dickish move. It is especially troublesome coming from the asshole who abuses the H-2B visa program for his own profit. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"(Trump) has ended a national registry designed to provide information to the public about evidence-based mental health and substance use interventions and programs… The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, which is funded and administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has existed since 1997 to help people, agencies and organizations identify and implement evidence-based behavioral health programs and practices in their communities, according to the website." Hello pillaging of insurance companies by meager resorts passing themselves off as "treatment" centers without helping patients. Of course it could also be the move for insurance companies to stop paying for inpatient and outpatient treatments because they "don't know what works and what doesn't, therefore it's all experimental". (Grokked from Laura J. Mixon)

"A Twitter battle over the size of each 'nuclear button' possessed by President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un has triggered a surge in sales of a drug that protects against radiation poisoning." Um, no. Potassium iodide (and other iodine pills) won't protect you from radiation poisoning. A by-product of nuclear reaction is radioactive iodine and there is only one part of your body that uses iodine. Your thyroid (mostly/we think, well we know your thyroid uses iodine, but there could be other smaller uses). Basically what the purpose of giving iodine pills to someone in a fall-out zone (note, not for direct exposure to radiation, but to its fallout, and then only to one component of that fallout) is to saturate the thyroid with iodine so that it only takes up minimal radioactive iodine. This is meant to keep you from getting thyroid cancer. Note, after the Chernobyl disaster many residents had pro-active thyroidectomies (the US and Europe sent several surgeons to help). However, this only allows your kidneys to process the radioactive iodine out of the body (radiation hit to kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra, as well as the systemic exposure while it's traveling through your body in your lungs, intestines, blood). There's plenty of other radioactive items in fallout, and you're only prevent one form of cancer (although it's pretty common from fallout).

"South Dakota is set to join a growing list of states looking to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients… 'Work is an important part of personal fulfillment,' Daugaard said during his State of the State address." Work will make you free, although it sounds better in the original German, "arbeit macht frei." (Grokked from Jim Wright)

Just for comparison. "Among Medicaid adults… nearly 8 in 10 live in working families, and a majority are working themselves… Among the adult Medicaid enrollees who were not working, most report major impediments to their ability to work including illness or disability or care-giving responsibilities." This is the standard GOP bullshit about takers and is a cover (and dog whistle) to the base about getting all "those people" off "your" program. "Most Medicaid enrollees who work are working full-time for the full year, but their annual incomes are still low enough to qualify for Medicaid." That's the problem they don't want to be discussing. I suggest we bring it up at every opportunity.

"A three-judge panel ruled late Tuesday that North Carolina's congressional district map was illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave Republicans a solid advantage for most of the seats." And then ordered them to get a new map in place before this years election. Small victories.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Linkee-poo is working hard

"Buckle up, this is going to get weird." Possible detection of a 4th spacial direction (non-technical article). (Grokked from Dan)

"…(O)n the night of January 8, 1811, more than 500 enslaved people took up arms in one of the largest slave rebellions in U.S. history. They carried cane knives (used to harvest sugar cane), hoes, clubs and some guns as they marched toward New Orleans chanting 'Freedom or Death,' writes Leon A. Waters for the Zinn Education Project." The slave uprising that almost succeeded, but was then buried and kept from most histories. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"'Factories will be pouring into this country,' Mr. Trump told a crowd in St. Charles, Mo., in November. 'The tax cut will mean more companies moving to America, staying in America and hiring American workers right here.'… The bill that Mr. Trump signed, however, could actually make it attractive for companies to put more assembly lines on foreign soil." This is my shocked face. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"But the spacecraft apparently did not separate as it was supposed to from the upper stage of the rocket and did not reach a stable orbit, according to a U.S. administration official and two sources who were briefed on the matter. The sources would not confirm what exactly the payload was, saying it was classified." It always amazes me how many "spy satellites" never make it to their orbits. Here's the kicker to know what really happened. It didn't make a "stable" orbit (which by other accounts was a low orbit). So that means someone somewhere is going to see a really spectacular meteor. Or not. (Grokked from Dan)

"A child born in the United States has a 70 percent greater chance of dying before adulthood than kids born into other wealthy, democratic countries, a new study has found." Best healthcare system in the world, my Aunt Fanny. "Perhaps most startling, children between the ages of 15 and 19 are 82 times more likely to die from gun homicide in the United States than in peer countries." (Grokked from Christopher Moore)

"What the federal government didn’t know was that Garza negotiated an unusual contract with county commissioners that earned him 1.5 percent of every dollar the drainage district spent on the levee project — in addition to his six-figure salary. In the end, Garza’s personal yield totaled at least $3.5 million, according to county records." And the graft didn't stop there. This isn't unusual, people who write grant applications for governments often get a part of the grant money. Some grants even have a line item built into the grant. For the record, grant writing is a skill and while some smaller grants are easy for locals to win, to get the big ticket items if often takes the help of pros. And local governments often rely on "experts" for certain matters. But they also should have read their contracts ands made counter proposals. Also, hooray for County Clerks. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"The Interior Department has adopted a new screening process for the discretionary grants it makes to outside groups, instructing staff to ensure those awards “promote the priorities” of the Trump administration… 'Subjugating Congress’ priorities to 10 of the Secretary’s own priorities is arrogant, impractical and, in some cases, likely illegal,' said Hayes, executive director of the New York University School of Law’s State Energy and Environmental Impact Center." (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"Mr. Trump’s planned appearance at an event that is synonymous with wealth and elite prestige comes as he enters the second year of a term he won on a message of economic populism… Presidents have rarely attended the forum in Davos, in part out of a concern that it would send the wrong message to be rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s richest individuals." I'm sure he wants to talk to the wealthy and well-to-do about the plight of our country's coal miners… I couldn't get through typing that joke with a straight face. Suckers!

"President Donald Trump appeared to contradict himself multiple times in a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday -- a reflection of growing frustration from Capitol Hill about the lack of direction from the White House on the issue." Man, all this winning. I can barely stand it.

"After what the Associated Press reported as a brief meeting between Zinke and Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott at the Tallahasee airport, Zinke said oil-drilling in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would be 'off the table.'" Dear conservation groups, the Republicans will take care of themselves, don't wast resources on their states.

We're number 1! "President Donald Trump, who recently said he would announce the 'MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR,' has been awarded the title of the world’s most oppressive leader toward press freedom by the Committee to Protect Journalists." So much winning that I'm tired of. (Grokked form Dan)

"The infamous Russia dossier was not the sole basis for the FBI's investigation into Donald Trump's ties to Russia, according to a newly public document that notched a tactical win for Democrats inside Washington, D.C." No, NPR. The testimony shows that Steele, while he was building the Trump Dossier felt that Trump may already be being blackmailed went to the FBI with his information to find the FBI was already investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. As for Sen. Grassley's rending of garments over the release and how it hampers the investigation, see to your own transgressions Senator. It's your and your GOP comrades actions of leaking and posturing that forced this disclosure. Maybe running a tighter ship on your side of the aisle might actually be a better remedy.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Linkee-poo, slow down you crazy child, you're so ambitious for a juvenile

Want to improve your life and thinking about that self-help section at the library/bookstore? There's a podcast for that. "It's the second week of 2018, and if you are still resolved to improve your life in this new year, Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer may be able to help. They host a podcast called By The Book, and for each episode, they choose one self-help book and live by its rules for a couple of weeks. So they're well-equipped to tell us which of these books has actually improved their lives — and which ones to avoid."

Tobias Buckell gives a years-end wrap up. "Another quote from my Bullet Journal: 'Anyone who keeps writing is not a failure.' – Ray Bradbury." This. And Truth.

The flavor of color.

Climate change is going to suck for animals whose sex is determined by incubation temperature. "A study published yesterday (Jan. 8) in the journal Current Biology about green sea turtles that nest along island beaches near Australia's Great Barrier Reef found that turtles born in areas most heated by climate change are 99.8 percent female. Turtles born farther south, along a cooler beach, are only about 65 percent female."

"If you’re old enough to remember Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Televisions, you probably remember that Sony sold the top products. Their Trinitron tubes always made the best TVs and Computer Monitors. [Alec Watson] dives into the history of the Sony Trinitron tube." From back when we had to chisel our pixels out of flint. (Grokked from Dan)

"The expansion of Medicaid helps rural hospitals stay afloat in states like Colorado, which added 400,000 people to the health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act." Because we're the ones who see the most poor people who qualify for Medicaid.

"Pfizer has announced plans to end its research efforts to discover new drugs for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The pharmaceutical giant explained its decision, which will entail roughly 300 layoffs, as a move to better position itself 'to bring new therapies to patients who need them.'" You know, bringing new therapies by ending the research into those new therapies. Probably because Viagra is going generic they sense a stronger market in helping us older gents get stiffies by developing a new branded pharmaceutical. Say, did you know that drug companies sometimes use inflated research budgets to increase their tax deductions? I'm sure it has nothing to do with the change in the tax laws.

I'm just going to say this first, if you're attempting to build muscles do not take NSAIDs for your post-workout pain. And now to the story, "When taking ibuprofen in doses commonly used by athletes, a small sample of young men developed a hormonal condition that typically begins, if at all, during middle age. This condition is linked to reduced fertility." Note it's a small study. Just because it's over-the-counter doesn't mean it's not doing harmful things to you. NSAIDs can cause stomach problems and, as as with most drugs, prolonged use can adversely affect your liver and kidney function.

"Less than one month after U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and a self-styled militiaman, Navarro has dismissed the charges entirely… Navarro found that the prosecution had committed 'flagrant misconduct' by withholding evidence that could have supported the defendants' case. Namely, Navarro explained that federal prosecutors had failed to disclose information from cameras recording video from the standoff and the presence of federal snipers around the Bundy Ranch." Prosecutorial errors, the same shit as Malheur.

If only someone had a solution to this chronic insufficiency of skilled workers in the US. "Every year, about half a million young Germans enter the workforce through these programs. They provide a steady stream of highly qualified industrial workers that helps Germany maintain a reputation for producing top-quality products." If only someone could think of a way to help build a qualified workforce. " Trump signed an executive order aimed at boosting the number of U.S. apprenticeships by nearly tenfold to 5 million. But, experts doubt the goal will be realized because funding is inadequate."

"Amid opposition from conservatives in the House of Representatives, a group of pro-life activists met with Pence to lobby the Trump administration against supporting a health insurance market stabilization bill on the grounds that it does not contain sufficient language on abortion restrictions, according to sources with direct knowledge of the meeting." (Grokked from Michele)

Remember that Republicans are all about the "free market." "The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday unanimously rejected a proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would have propped up nuclear and coal power plants struggling in competitive electricity markets." Until it affects them, and then they're all for government intervention to prop up failing industries. So while this panel (yes, 4 of 5 were appointed by Trump) said no to this, the proposal will be fined tuned (to overcome the objections) and them resubmitted.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Linkee-poo served my sentence, but committed no crime

Sometimes you get weird synchronicities on the internet. I had just had a minor writing epiphany and had written it down. It goes something like this, "Okay, Buchheit, you know music structure and know the (key, tempo, phrasing, volume, sound presence, etc) that can make a song a hit, an anthem, a summer song, k-pop, etc. Find these keys in story and use them." You might know what I'm talking about, such as a rock anthem starts slow and low and builds to a crescendo and then usually has a small denouement. A summer song starts fast and keeps snappy. Those things (without going into key structure, where the bridge occurs, tempo choice…) I know and you probably do as well. Music is a direct line to emotions. And even knowing this doesn't mean you're immune. Many times I'm watching a movie and I start tearing up and I'm thinking, "Gorram it, they did the fucking music swelling thing again and it got me, this scene isn't that emotionally moving." And then Daniel Hogan tweets a link to Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit done in a major key (in case you don't know, the famous Seattle Alt-Rock sound was basically pop done in a minor key, that was the gimmick and it's what kept me from appreciating it for a decade). Here's the original in case you forgot (which I now recognize as some pretty good music). Notice how you feel different with the different presentations of the same song (this is also the same with the current soundtrack trend of replaying 70's and 80's rock hits at half or third speed to create a nostalgia and "deep thought" feeling). I know some of the levers for story (word choice, phrasing, pacing), but there's something deeper in there that I think I'm missing. I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us. Something about story structure. And I can feel the power of that knowledge by the electric buzz that surrounds it when I get close to the answer.

"As part of Morning Edition's series, What Makes Us Click, here are some words and terms in the online dating lexicon." The words all the cool kids are using (or, in reality, because the news media is reporting on them here are the words that are about to die).

XKCD explain SPECTRE. (Grokked from Dan)

"The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, with particularly severe flaws for Intel and some ARM chips—were originally revealed privately to chip companies, operating system developers, and cloud computing providers. That private disclosure was scheduled to become public some time next week, enabling these companies to develop (and, in the case of the cloud companies, deploy) suitable patches, workarounds, and mitigations." A little deeper into the technical aspects than what you're probably seeing on the news.

The environmental disaster no one is really discussing as much as they should. "What he's found is a trend in the nutritional quality of grasses that grass-fed cattle (and young cattle destined for grain-heavy feedlots) are eating. Since the mid-90s, levels of crude protein in the plants, which cattle need to grow, have dropped by nearly 20 percent." Our food (not just grasses) is becoming less nutritious. The unintended and unforeseen consequences of our industrialization and the industrialization of our food production.

"The goal is to learn how the Arctic will react when its soil is pushed to the limit."

"Your privilege is showing." Jim Wright on privilege, integration, power, and optimism.

"Last night, the city council in Fort Collins, Colorado, voted to move ahead with a municipal fiber broadband network providing gigabit speeds, two months after the cable industry failed to stop the project." Companies really don't like municipal cable TV and internet (no, really, I have first hand experience here). Why? Because if you knew how cheap and easy it is, you'd rebel against the prices charged. (Grokked from Dan)

"A white supremacist accused of stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska has been charged with terrorism." Finally. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"More than 200,000 people seek addiction treatment on the phone or online every month. Few of them realize that their pleas for help are a valuable commodity — one that is quietly fought over by those angling to turn a distress signal into cash."

"Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson lost her home Wednesday in a fire that is now under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force." Gee, why don't women report all the sexual assault in this country? (Grokked from Jim Hines)

"Coyne-McCoy has been training candidates since 2001, but she's a lot busier these days than she was just over a year ago. In 2016, prior to Election Day, just 1,000 women had reached out to Emily's List saying they were interested in running for office. Since Election Day, 25,000 women have reached out to the group. And this year, Emily's List has already trained 2,500 women." Please, dear Brid, educate and groom these women (and all candidates throwing their hat in). This past year many of them were on local elections and (this is just anecdotal stories I'm hearing) most only had their anger at Trump and very little else. Not surprisingly, many didn't make it. Anger is great for political motivation to get you involved and that's great. Please, be involved. But if all you bring is your anger, you're not going to get far. And it's great they're getting training on campaigning because it's not something you pick up along the way (some people do, but you'll see there is some experience in their background that they based their skills on). But they need training on how government actually runs. Some of this should happen before the election (at the very least attend the meetings of the elected body you want to serve on, learn all the issues). A lot can wait until the weekend after the election (how to hire staff, what staff will you need, how do you run an office, how do you propose legislation, get committee seats, etc). There's a lot to learn (fuck, it took me a few years to get the budgeting and appropriations processes down). Hell, just basic Robert's Rules training is needed.

"Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a senior committee member, told the Justice Department they had reason to believe that a former British spy, Christopher Steele, lied to federal authorities about his contacts with reporters regarding information in the dossier, and they urged the department to investigate." Kill the messenger.

"In a move that appeared to have the success of Michael Wolff’s tome Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House firmly in its crosshairs, the organization (WikiLeaks) tweeted out a link to a full PDF of the book in a move that may have constituted copyright infringement." WikiLeaks is not your friend. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was booted from the set of CNN’s 'State of the Union' when he refused to leave after his fiery interview with Jake Tapper ended."

"President Trump's legal team has had specific discussions with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team about the legal standard for interviewing a president and the form such an interview could take… The discussions have involved, for example, whether the interview can be written questioning as opposed to in-person questioning." You know, for a "stable genius" and someone who has nothing to hide, they keep acting like they can't trust him and that there's a hellofalotta stuff to hide.

"For a few minutes Sunday night, President Donald Trump claimed his has been an 'enormously consensual' presidency." Uh, yeah.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Linkee-poo, humidity's rising, barometer's getting low

It's raining… :: looks at page :: uh, iguanas? "In Florida, it's raining iguanas. And in Cape Cod, sharksicles are washing ashore." Oh my.

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. :: Makes grabby hands ::

"A New York Times story in December introduced a new health buzzword to the masses: raw water, or water that hasn’t been treated, filtered or processed in any way." There are people with more money than smarts.

"A new threat to New England's shellfish industry seems to be establishing itself more firmly, and regulators are trying to stay ahead of potentially deadly blooms of toxic algae that may be driven by climate change." It's almost like climate change is a real thing and it's something that will affect how we live.

"Bombogenesis is a popular term that describes a midlatitude cyclone that rapidly intensifies." Okay, who had climate change to force us to learn new terms in the office pool?

"Digital spy tools like that GPS tracker are changing divorce as we know it. Increasingly, couples are turning to the latest technology to spy on each other as their marriages fall apart, according to dozens of divorce lawyers, investigators and even a leading family court judge NPR interviewed." It says the law hasn't kept up, IANAL but I believe restraining orders can be written by the judge to include all kinds of acts. Also, good thing our Congress worked so hard on repealing Obamacare and the tax "reform". You know, and couldn't take any time to actually help people.

"This is consistent with ordinary astrophysical dust, and a major conclusion of our paper: the dips are not caused by opaque macroscopic objects (like megastructures or planets or stars) but by clouds of very small particles of dust (less than 1 micron in typical size). We can also say that these clouds are mostly transparent ('optically thin' in astrophysics parlance)." The universe is a little more boring today.

"As the federal government penalizes 751 hospitals for having too many infections and patient injuries, some states are feeling the cuts in Medicare payments more than others." There's also a new set of penalties starting this year. Including reduced payments for x-ray exams that are not performed on digital imaging systems (last year saw penalties for film x-rays, now it's expanding to CR systems - these systems use a polymer plate instead of film and is different from direct/indirect capture systems which use detectors that capture and process the image in the same device, like a large digital camera - if you want I can explain why this is important and how the specifically differ, but that will take a lot of time). This is a part of the Obamacare law that enforces standards and attempts to modernize our healthcare system. Yes there are flaws in the system of reporting and auditing (mostly because of staffing cuts), but this is designed to protect your health. Obamacare already adjust payments based on how satisfied patients are with their care. Sometimes this is unfairly reported as well, but it's all about improving patient care, saving lives, and doing everything to prevent worse outcomes.

"People should stay away from romaine lettuce until U.S. and Canadian health officials get to the bottom of an outbreak of E. coli infections, Consumer Reports says." Well, technically the CDC and the FDA would be the ones to issue such a warning here in the US. But then the current administration and the GOP is attempting to break government (and reducing business oversight and regulation). So now it's up to the news media and trial lawyers (the first link I found) to inform us.

"In May of 1975, when a shopkeeper at a small Cleveland grocery store was murdered during a robbery, Eddie Vernon, then 12 years old, served as the main witness in the case. Eddie — who in fact, hadn't seen anything — says he was pressured into testifying by police… His testimony led to the convictions of three innocent people… (who) initially received the death sentence, but that was reduced to life in prison in 1977. Shortly thereafter, capital punishment in Ohio was ruled unconstitutional… It wasn't until 2014 that Eddie, at age 52, came forward with the truth. After his release, Rickey reached out to Eddie, and met up. Three years later, at StoryCorps, they sat down together for their first in-depth conversation about what happened." Our criminal justice system, because of coerced testimony of a 12-year old, 3 men innocent of the crime were sentenced to death and the "witness" also suffered from what happened. And justice has not been served.

So, about Roy Moore's "Jew Lawyer"… "But Wishnatsky (the lawyer Kayla Moore, Roy Moore's wife, identified as that person) said he accepted Christ in his thirties. 'I had an experience of the reality of God at 33,' Wishnatsky said. 'I knew God was real but I wasn't sure who he was.'… He became a Mormon first, then later became an evangelical Protestant Christian." And then there's this part, "The man many people thought Kayla was referring to as the 'Jewish attorney,' Jaffe, a member of a Birmingham synagogue, has been a longtime friend and supporter of U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, the Democrat who defeated Moore." He also went to Jones' swearing in.

"The agency also issued revised figures for the two most recent months, dropping the October number from a gain of 244,000 to a gain of 211,000, and raising the November result from 228,000 to 252,000. Together, those months' gains are now 9,000 less than had been previously reported." So much for the Trump's roaring economy.

"Nebraska State Senator Paul Schumacher [R-22]… has proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would create 36-square-mile regions in the state where corporations would enjoy up to 99 years of sovereignty, with 'no city or state taxes and no local or state regulations.'" That'll work well. Um, wait, no it won't. And of course he's a Republican. Dear GOP, please learn what a dystopia is and then try to avoid taking ideas from such literature. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"The Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States waters, it announced Thursday. The plan would give the energy industry broad access to drilling rights in most parts of the outer continental shelf, including Pacific waters near California, Atlantic waters near Maine and the eastern Gulf of Mexico." Because why the fuck not? I'm sure we'll be fine, even though the Trump Administration is also rolling by basic safety regulations (which most other countries have) put in place after the Deepwater Horizon went kablooey. "'These are our lands,' (Thomas J. Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance) said. 'They’re taxpayer-owned and they should be made available.'" Dear Mr. Pyle, yes they are our lands (well, underwater lands, never mind) and we want them kept clean. They are already available to all of us. Please fuck off and die. Also note this same argument goes with drilling and excavating in our National Parks, Wild Lands, and Monuments. You know, except for the West Coast, most of our coastline is dominated by conservative governorships. I say let them fight it out. I know that's a dangerous move, but let Rick Scott spend his own money to protect Florida shoreline. Conservation groups should help those who have helped them.

"After a harshly worded New Year's Day tweet by President Trump accusing Pakistan of 'deceit' and of harboring terrorists, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed Thursday that the U.S. will suspend most security assistance to Islamabad." I'm sure that will turn out well for us.

"(NY Governor) Cuomo said the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes is illegal 'double taxation' and said the law robs blue states to pay for tax cuts for red states and corporations… 'It is crass, it is ugly, it is divisive, it is partisan legislating, it is an economic civil war,' Cuomo said. 'Make no mistake: they are aiming to hurt us.'" Yeah, pretty much. The party that screams about "double taxation" (mostly around the estate tax but they've used that argument for other things) instituted a tax plan that double taxes income. And it is economic and class warfare. Dear DNC and potential candidates, please learn and please develop a plan (including a communications plan when the poor ol' republicans cry "class warfare" again this Fall and in 2020).