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I'll drive that stake through the center of my heart
Lonely vampire, inhaling its fire
I'm chasing the dragon too far

There's blood on that blade, fuck me, I'm falling apart
My assassin, like Casper the ghost
There's no shade in the shadow of the cross


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Linkee-poo, no one flies around the sun

Ferrett Steinmetz's book is out today. Happy book day, Ferrett!

The reality of the six-figure book deal. Just in case your writing dreams needed crushing this week. (Grokked from practically everyone)

My father, the pornographer. Chris Offutt writes the biography of his father (and mother) who helped pay the bills by writing porn. There's no judgement here, hell, if I could write it, there's still a hellalotta money to be made.

Annalee Flower Horne on not being broken. I'm glad that terms used to describe people that have had traumatic events in their lives (broken, damaged, dysfunctional) are starting to lose favor in the popular culture. On the other hand, those words die hard.

We've come full circle, we now have computers that can play computer games. How about a nice game of chess? Okay, well, yea, it is kinda a break through. The computer was just given the game and the basics of how games are played, but not the rules or goals of the various classic arcade games. The program had to figure that out for itself. I wonder how many quarters it had to use? (Grokked from Dan)

John Scalzi offers a menu of responses to online stupidity. Now, just like at a Chinese restaurant, you can order by number. "Oh, you wanted Beef and Broccoli?" To this list I would add "13. Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son," because, well, who doesn't love a Dean Wormer quote (extra points if you didn't have to Google that one).

So, Speaker Boehner does what everybody knew would happen, use the lawsuit against President Obama's executive orders on immigration as an out to abandon attaching language to the DHS funding bill. And now the shit will fly.

On February 3, "(a) 20-year-old U.S. military weather satellite apparently exploded for no obvious reason." Uncontrolled chain reaction, or a laser strike on a satellite someone didn't think anyone was using anymore? In either case, wasn't this the plot bunny from Gavity? (Grokked from Dan)

Hey, ho, way to go Ohio. Yep, little by little a woman's right to choose is being whittled away. Remember, conservatives are the ones who say government should regulate less and stay the heck out of your lives. Unless they don't like what you're doing, and then they'll regulate and interfere like hell.

You know how conservatives are all for the "open market"? Yea, well, not so much when it's their pocket-book being threatened. In this case, how the Kochs and others are trying to hamper the installation of consumer solar power. This is why you hear so much hype against it, many powerful people are seeing their profits going down and they're going to fight like hell to make sure they keep that profit margin. Also connected, the Ohio PUCO in a rare example of actually protecting the public, rejects AEP's attempt to saddle rate payers with the extra costs of running older coal-fired power plants (in other words, they wanted to make the citizens to cover their losses as the power plants age out into obsolescence). Yea, this is going to be a hard fight with lots of propaganda being spewed. (Grokked from Dan)

Boom gone bust.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Linkee-poo signs the song that others have sung

Lots of Tor.com links, guess which feed I caught up with this weekend. No, really, guess. :)

The forgot ichor. The ten most used words of HP Lovecraft.

And the 10 worst misconceptions about medieval life you'd get from fantasy books. That and going to Ren Faires. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Stephen King's everything you need to know about writing successfully in 10 minutes. Interesting to see how his opinions changed from when this was published till when On Writing was published.

Chrissie Hynde famously said of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, "They killed my rock 'n roll and this is its gravestone." When the Wall Street Journal has an article on "slipstream" fiction, does that mean it's dead as well? (Grokked from Tor.com)

I'm sure it's because Kelly Link has a new book and she's being interviewed and name dropped everywhere. (Also grokked from Tor.com)

Cartoon Network is relaunching the Powerpuff Girls. Freaking awesome. I think my squee gland just broke. (Grokked from Tor.com)

(Near) Space tourism by ballon. You know, when I saw the first experiment of someone launching a weather ballon with a camera pack and GPS reporting, I knew this would only be a matter of time. "Hey, what if we built a Really Big Ballon and then we went up with it…" (Grokked from Tor.com)

"I’ve had it with this self-righteous, delusional wing of the party." Wow, when Rep. Peter King says that, just how far have you overshot the shark?

"The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is a retinal implant that allows patients to see objects by sending light directly to the optic nerve, effectively avoiding the damaged retina." Yea, but the first patient didn't go for the laser pointer eye socket upgrade. More the pity. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Sen. Inhofe throws a snowball demonstrating that, yes, Virginia, there are snowballs in hell. I mean, that because it snowed there is no climate change. Meanwhile on the other side of the island, "Historic Old Brockway is open as of Saturday, March 15th. This marks the earliest opening for the course in over 30 years." Sounds bad, right? Wait, that was last year. They're already open this year. Maybe in Sen. Inhofe wound up like Bugs Bunny, he could throw all that snow back to Lake Tahoe where the ski resorts are hurting. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Story Bone

So, today we were going over pelvic pathologies and started down the road of dermoid cysts and started talking about vanishing twin syndrome. So that's when I started thinking, what if it were triplets, where one had absorbed another one, and then the mother gave birth to twins. But the one that had absorbed the vanishing triplet was still hungry for its remaining sibling. Yea, it's a cannibal story. Sometimes kids bite each other, what if there was something more to it. A hunger, a driving, desirous hunger for the other.

Creepy, eh?

But wait, there's more, what if it was all being driven by the original sibling, the one that had been absorbed. That one is the actual cannibal.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Linkee-poo, one day Bilbo was asked to go on a big adventure to the caves below

The updated suggested readings for the new edition of D&D namecheck a number of people I know personally. Wow. Plus some cool insights. But, wait, "Patrick Rothfuss 'showed that bards didn’t have to suck.'" Bards? Suck? WTF? I once created a bard from a level 1 fighter and he was the most kick-ass character I ever played (okay, well, besides the gnome that had to talk his way out of every danger but wielded a wicked pair of knives). He was probably the only true hero class character I played (and that includes stepping into some 25 level characters).

Some people have asked me exactly what it is I have against Microsoft Word. Well, here's a good primer. Die, Microsoft, die. (Grokked from John)

Calligrapher to Middle Earth. (Grokked from Tor.com)

When we die, what the various religions hold true. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

The girl whom the crows give gifts. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste. Fred Clark notes that the Devil has been in twice as many movies as Jesus has, and notes how these movies have changed our view of the Adversary, the Destroyer of Kings… Pointed to as part of the WIP. So I have this question, have you ever heard what a fiddle of solid gold sounds like? Nobody plays one to win.

You know when you were young and you wondered if everybody saw the same blue that you did? Well, in general they don't. But just like there are super-smellers out there, there are also tetrachromats. They have an additional color receptor in their eye and so see so many more colors than the rest of us muggles can. Also, there's a difference between seeing colors and being able to see the difference in colors when those colors are right next to each other. (Grokked from John)

What does the ultimate computer code geek want to teach his kids programming? An Apple IIc. I would disagree and say the IIe, but, hey, both are great ideas. Says John Carmack, “Teaching my kids programming on an Apple IIc is like kung fu training in the primitive wilderness.” Fuck yea. (Grokked from John)

The man who would be President "You blamed the seniority system for Sampson’s lay-off when, in good conscience, you should have done some serious soul searching and placed the blame squarely on your systematic defunding of public education to the tune of $2.6 billion that you cut from school districts, state aid to localities, the UW-System and technical colleges." Burn. Scott Walker has a problem with the truth. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

You might wonder at what I call the whackaloon quotient. Jim Wright pretty much shows exactly what I'm talking about in his post, The Boogeyman Is Gonna Get You. "America will fall. Because democracy… Everybody got that? There’ll be a test later. For extra credit, you may write a short essay on why God is okay with democracy and free will when it comes to elections in Israel but not in America – but you will be required to reference the relevant Bible passage and cite the verse where God only loves democracy if you elect conservatives." And that's why I read Jim.

Turns out, someone in the Tea Party gets it. The it here is how solar energy (and renewables) can make us the energy independent country they always talk about (when they shout, "Drill, Baby, Drill"). Now, don't worry, I'm sure the Koches will use their money to defund all those crazy tree-huggers who somehow got into the Tea Party. Also, I have a few qualms about their thought processes, like "You know, monopolies are the government's way of picking winners and losers…" says Debbie Dooley, whom the article is mostly about. No, monopolies are the natural result of "free markets" and "capitalism." It's the government's job to regulate them and try and keep them from forming in the first place.

"Out of 60 incidents of domestic terrorism planned or carried out in the US between 2009 and 2015, a lone wolf was behind 74% of them. 90% were the work of just one or two people." Just what motivates them? Hmm, there's a lot of echoes into the Sovereign Citizen ideology here. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Governor Walker equates being able to take on union protestors to taking on the threat of ISIS? Really? Okay, you heard him, Wisconsin Unions, he's expecting to be firebombed and beheaded. Not that I condone such behavior, but one should always be careful of what one wishes for. Words have power.

Fred Clark on the Good News that is Wal-Mart and now other retailers raising their minimum wage. Also how some people see this as Bad News, even when they stand to benefit.

If only get could have gotten affordable insurance… Instant karma is going to get you. "Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the "constitutional sheriff" movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care." Hey, go him. Good luck with that fundraiser. I wonder if he'll insist any insurance company he goes to consider his pre-existing condition?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

There's no shade in the shadow of the cross

I guess I should do this more often. As you know, Bobs and Gretchens, at the top of the page I often throw some poetry on there. Most often it's from a song that has touched me, or has lyrics that I think are pretty darn good.

Well, I guess sometimes I might be somewhat obscure in my references sometimes. So I should probably do a video post of the music I'm so gratuitously ripping off.

The lyrics currently up top are the last two stanzas of Sufjan Stevens' No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross. I heard this song last week and haven't been able to get it out of my head since then. So, now you can have it in your head.



Linkee-poo is not a monster, Tom, well, technically I am, I guess I am

Well, now that we're in full on 2016 electoral politics, can I mention that with the whackaloon totals this high already, it's going to be a bumpy road.

NPR on marketing to Millenials. They're so cute when they're that young. Note to Millenials; X-ers and the Inbetweeners have said exactly the same thing (minus the social media thing). Get real, dude. "Play it to us straight." Good luck with that.

An octopus leaps out of the water to drag a crab back to its lair. Good night, kiddies. Sleep tight. Try not to dream about LEAPING C'THULHU HEADS. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Email as performance art. From the tag at NPR, "Virginia Heffernan and Paul Ford have never met but they have crossed paths, and they've been sending fake work emails to see who most horrifies the other." Yea. I've done work like that.

The re-rise of the witch/wicca and the effect it has on feminism. A bit dated, and slightly rambling, but if you aren't aware of the resurgence of wicca, it's a nice opener. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Drill, Baby, Drill worked real well when oil was over $90 a barrel. Doesn't work so well when it's below $50. So which party wants you to pay higher gas prices? (Hint, it's not the Democrats)

Dear Bill O'Reilly, thanks for taking the heat off of Brian Williams. That might be your lasting legacy to the new business. This time, it's Bill's memories of his "sports career" that are up for scrutiny. Okay, I feel a little bad because he's caught in that famous downward spiral of the media pile on. Which is terrible for anybody having been put in that crosshair. But not that bad, mostly because Bill has his own share of culpability for setting wolves to the heels of others. (Grokked from Dan)

Fuckstockings, as Pocket might say. ISIS burns the rare book collection at the Mosul Library. 'Rhut 'rho, watch out now. After beheading a handful of Christians and thousands of Muslims, now they're going to have the twitter literati after them. Can an invasion be far behind? Although, seriously, notice what tyrants, terrorists, and those who have the glory of authoritarian rule wreathed about them all fear most… books, universities, education (especially for women), and music. Just something to keep in mind as the political debates get into full swing.

"The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units." Time for the pitchforks and torches, folks. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"Is that the best they have?" On Willie Soon and the big business of climate change denialism. Science loves a debate, and the fastest way to stardom in science is to show how everyone else is wrong about something. But then, you have to have the science to back it up.

Won't get fooled again. A Congressional Report on how all this government regulation is leading to the higher cost of higher education. Only now, instead of just having industry write legislation, we now have industry writing the official reports that will lead to the legislation. In this case, the official report was authored mostly by the higher education industry. Fabulous. I wonder if they also think the government should increase the grant money flowing to universities? Maybe we should ask them.

Tweet of my heart: @BadAstronomer If you read Twitter backwards it's about a lot of really angry people who shut up when someone says something they disagree with.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Very Particular Tastes

So, every time I hear about the 50 Shades of Grey movie, this is the soundtrack in my head.


Ah, those 80's music video production values and aesthetics.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Linkee-poo is a man of constant sorrow, I've seen trouble all my days

An NPR story on how we talk about our teachers. Which could also be titled, "How we talk about women in the workplace."

Something, something about people in glass houses and of the not throwing stones. Dear Bill O'Reilly, you know there's this thing called "video tape." While it's mostly been overtaken by direct to digital systems, the concept of replaying something from a long time ago is still pretty current. And look, it's not only the DailyShow that can show your hypocrisy. Next up, Rudy Giuliani, this is Your Life. 'Rut 'rho.

There certainly is a crisis in immigration enforcement. Unfortunately it's not one people are talking about. If you want to toss more people out, we're going to need more judges that can sign the orders. But wait, I've got an idea, all those home foreclosure robosigners are looking for work. I know where we can employ them. (No, not really)

"Though he has little formal training in climatology, Dr. Soon has for years published papers trying to show that variations in the sun's energy can explain most recent global warming. His thesis is that human activity has played a relatively small role in causing climate change." Some climate change deniers often claimed "we should follow the money", because (somehow) saying that the Earth was warming and changing the climate was a way to riches. Well, the deniers shouldn't be upset when people actually follow the money, most of which is going to the deniers. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"I had no idea it was a word or what it meant." Um, no. Sorry, not buying it. A local Cleveland TV reporter describes Lady Gaga music as "jigaboo" while facing Wayne Dawson (who is a prominent, local, African-American news anchor). This says so much about the brainlessness of the modern news room, and the intense gullibility with which they view the rest of us. "Capel's co-host, Wayne Dawson, quickly turned the conversation back to Lady Gaga's vocal talents." That's because Mr. Dawson is a class act.

Dear GOP, you're going to need to start rationing the crazy. I'm afraid you're going to hit peak crazy before November 8, 2016. And that should be your goal. I don't think you know how to control yourselves.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Linkee-poo has been afraid of changing 'cause I've built my life around you

February 19th was the anniversary of President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 which lead to the wholesale internment of American citizens of Japanese decent in 1942. "In 1981, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians concluded that EO 9066 was a 'grave injustice' that had resulted from 'race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.' In 1988, President Reagan offered survivors an apology and $20,000 each." (Quoted from the Writers Almanac) Just something to keep in mind as a certain segment of our population is screaming for the President to say that ISIL is Islamic and not just a terrorist organization.

"A YouGov poll that has just been released rates being an author the most desirable job in Britain – with 60% of people saying they’d like to do it for a living. This is a 24% higher than those who want to be a TV presenter and a remarkable 29% higher than those who want to be a movie star." As you know, Bob, most people don't know a figs worth about what actually being a writer is all about. And then, in the article, as the author tries to disabuse you of the notion of the "rather serene, noble" pursuit of words, they rely on a hellalotta cliches and miss the point entirely. Also, I don't believe writing is a calling. Rather it's hearing the sirens signing as you're attempting to navigate between Scylla and Charybdis. It's too late for me, save yourselves. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Neil Gaiman on the Diane Rehm Show. Full disclosure, I think I always wanted to write and be a storyteller. I think it was during the years I could listen to the Diane Rehm show (I remember when she used to have call-in hours) that I realized I wanted to be a writer (note, telling stories and writing do not necessarily equal writer, if you know what I mean). And it's always been a secret fantasy to be on her show plugging my latest book. I can say that now because I don't think that's going to happen.

Just in case you've ever heard be pontificate on the use of Xmas and how those who rail against its use are a bunch of idiots, would you believe Grammar Girl? And yes, this is how far behind I am in my reading and podcast listening.

Caffeine is a drug. Saying that, would you like to see my house altar to Saint Caffeine? But, yes, caffeine will mess with your head. It mimics a few neurotransmitters. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Note they followed all the sterilization procedures and they still infected a lot of people with the scopes. As we stated in the hospital, time for the bleach wipes (yea, can't use those on these, though). This is what it means for something to be a "superbug." It's some pretty scary shit out there (and everybody else were losing their cool over Ebola).

"Graveyard of Giant Lemurs Discovered Underwater in Madagascar." NatGeo isn't exactly BuzzFeed, but damn if that headline isn't click bait. Because 1) Giant Lemurs, w00t! 2) The Graveyard of the Giant Lemurs has been found (well, not exactly but said in the same vein as the hidden elephants' graveyard). And 3) it's underwater (all Cthulhu'ly and all). I mean, those are all the buttons my inner 12-year old needs to have pushed. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"As the Capital Weather Gang pointed out today, this year's vortex is pulling in air not just from the Arctic, but all the way back from Siberia." Damn Ruskies! That felt good, I haven't been able to say that with feeling since the Cold War. :: Goes off whistling "Blame Canada":: (Grokked from Lizz Winstead)

Enlisting citizen scientists to help with research science pursuits. (Grokked from Tania)

First, do no harm. Refusal to treat is a harm. This kind of thing, a pediatrician refusing to accept a newborn as a patient because she has two mommies, infuriates me to levels of apoplexy. The rules which allow doctors, nurses, pharmacists, refuse to perform their jobs because "of the religious exception" makes me shout, "Then you shouldn't have gone into this business!" Seriously. If you're business is NOT in a closed religious community or religion based, and if you're open to all comers, you can not refuse service (there are some exemptions such as "no shirt, no shoes, no service" but that's because of basic health laws, not really a personal preference). So, if you're services are exclusively reserved for a religious set, you have a case for refusal. If you don't do that, rigorously, then you're open for general business and must accept all comers. I know this because I was offered work from the local Right-to-Life organization. You know my feelings on this, but I had no business case to refuse their trade (typically, if you're less than ethical you can charge "hassle" rates - also known as "pay me this outrageous fee or GTFU - or say you're too busy to accept). Fortunately for me they lost some funding and couldn't use me. This doctor should come up on charges before the state licensure board.

I'm sure Wal-Mart raising their minimum wage has nothing to do with the better employment picture or trying to staved off an increase in the Federal Minimum Wage. That would be too cynical of me to think that.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Linkee-poo and I rise, like a bird, in the haze, when the first rays touch the sky

"Pretty girls and forest creatures: photography by Katerina Plotnikova". I'm pretty sure I've seen some of those compositions as book covers. Although whenever I see some photos like this, the scent of red fox comes to my nose unbidden. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

The RadioLab episode on the Trust Engineers.

Whenever people talk about "technology will save us" I often picture one of these impractical weapons. That's technology folks, likely as not to blow yourself up as advance your cause. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"These freedom- and security-enhancing consequences are a hugely underappreciated aspect of the ACA." Hey look, Obamacare is helping people live their lives instead of being job slaves to get their insurance. And now you know why there's continued resistance to its implementation. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"Texas State Representative Matt Krause (R, Of course) has proposed a law that would require the state to assign a lawyer to represent the fetus in cases where the mother is clinically dead and being kept 'alive' via life-support." I can not state how much I see this as abomination. And Jim back up where he thinks this law might be going by pointing out actual examples of where it has gone in other places.

"The Fox & Friends segment did not mention that the DHS 'Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit' proposed that churches put on a health insurance fair on December 14, 2013 — which was over two years ago." And they will know they were Christians by their lies and hatred. Wait, that's not how that goes. So, aren't Churches and their Shepherd leaders supposed to help their flocks? Isn't there a quote about rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar's? (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Well, of course allowing co-eds on campus to carry guns will stop rape. Just look how well concealed carry has stopped rape everywhere else off campus. I mean, rapists won't the able to carry guns, because of something. So this totally won't lead to raped women being killed at the end. And if we allow everyone to carry guns on campus, that'll help us stop rapists who may also carry guns, because then the police, as they're letting the potential rapist go because they can't stop people for carrying weapons, can give them a good talking to. That'll learn them.

Can't stop the crazy, Mal. So, Oklahoma, afraid of the new AP History test being all political and non-inclusive of all of America (read this as, not focused on "Amurkia, Fuck Yeah!") passes a bill through the legislature on what should be taught in schools. "But the bill also requires students to read the Ten Commandments, three speeches by Ronald Reagan, and one speech by George W. Bush. The bill does not include speeches from any of the last three Democratic presidents— Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, or Jimmy Carter." So, which one of these has the actual politicized and non-inclusive lesson plan?

You may have just though the conservative tendency to fleece the masses of their free cash was limited to just the gold hawking on Fox. You would be wrong. Turns out the various PACs are operating as mailing list generators and not spending the money they raise on politics (gee, I wonder where it goes?) and then sells your name to other scam businessmen that want you to buy all these other products. This is what's known as "shooting fish in a barrel." 'Cause if you've fallen for the conservative line, obviously you've got a lot of spending money you can lose on things like the vegetable seed vault to help you restart your gardens after the zombie/economic apocalypse that Pres. Obama so far has been thwarted in bringing about.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Linkee-poo spent the day off, but not a dollar richer

An NPR interview with Kelly Link about stories, writing, and the characters of her latest, Get In Trouble.

An NPR interview with Neil Gaiman (noted here because I want to listed to it).

Tobias Buckell's All Her Children Fought as a short movie. Noted here because I want to watch this once I have a few minutes to myself.

While I love technology, most of what people think is fantastic I think is utter garbage and a version of the pet rock that can connect to the internet. But here's an artificial sky light this is actually pretty neat. And damn expensive. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Trigger warning. "Symphysiotomy" What happens when you let a religion which has set itself opposite science dictate medicine. Good thing the Right-to-Life movement wants to take us back to the heyday when this medical procedure (splitting the pelvis and the public symphysis during childbirth, instead of performing a cesarian which was considered one step away from abortion) was considered humane. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

The other day I was scanning a woman who held dog tags in her fist. I asked if they were hers. Yes, she said. I asked her what branch. She was Army Airborne. I told here I was Air Force. And, she thanked me for my service. I said I didn't do anything that deserved thanks. I thanked her for hers. We shared a smile as the other tech prepared to set the line. We talked about how it's never easy to know what to say. She was Army Airborne. She was an electrician that worked on C-130s in Vietnam. I knew a lot of what that meant. I can't imagine what hell she went through there. The 60s, in theater, a woman, an electrician, and Airborne working on C-130s, what she must have gone through when she came home. I held her hand as the other tech set the IV, a little pinch, kept her focused on something thing other than her arm and the needle being threaded into her vein. And she had thanked me for my service, because that's what we do now.

"Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling." But, hey, lets not do it. Because who wants to live in a better world where we aren't polluting and killing each other with that pollution. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms…" What the total fuck? "Such a bill could have disastrous consequences for students of color. A coalition… found that black and Latino students face much higher rates of disciplinary action in schools, which exacerbates the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. By extension… they could also become the targets of deadly force used by educators." What cold possibly go wrong? It's time to call it, yes, these bills about increasing access to guns and use of gun are racially motivated (not by all the proponents, but by the major instigators, the rest are just along for the ride). This shouldn't come as a surprise considering the 2nd Amendment was written to legitimatize slaver gangs and patrols. (Grokked from Janiece)

I haven't seen American Sniper, and I probably won't, but I guess there's this really bad analogy about what types of people there are in the world. Eric has a few thoughts of that.

"Chris Kyle is America’s new hero. The launch of the movie somewhat based upon his killings in the Middle East has propelled him front and center… some Christians have dared to question Kyle, and others have outright critiqued him, and the response hasn’t been pretty. I referred to him as a 'killer' and was told that folks were burning my book in response… and overall have seen some really nasty stuff being said toward anyone who does anything other than grovel at the story of America’s deadliest sniper." The stories we tell ourselves. Kyle is the hero we all look for, the sheriff of the West who killed more people than he brought to justice, Charles Bronson in Death Wish, the steely eyed character able to do what is necessary. He's the person the conservatives wished for when they talked about how all these soldiers being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving others, and how they were wussies and we should honor those who did the killing. You know, what they thought of as Real Heros™. Except he wasn't all that. There's only one kind of person who loves killing. He's Tom Berenger in Platoon, a psychopath. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"The large majority of mortgage dollars originated between 2002 and 2006 are obtained by middle- and high-income borrowers (not the poor)…" The study they're citing also show the upper middle-class and rich are responsible for most of the default rates that supposedly brought our economy crashing down in 2007. But that doesn't fit the stories we tell ourselves, about how the poor spoil everything because they aren't able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. So it must be ignored by the media and politicians. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Friday, February 13, 2015

World Radio Day

Today was World Radio Day. And while radios all over the world celebrated (did you notice), the radio shows played a lot of songs about radio, but I never heard the best one. So here it is.


So don't become some background noise
A backdrop for the girls and boys
Who just don't know or just don't care
And just complain when you're not there
You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour
Radio.