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Friday, October 17, 2014

Scenes from an evening commute

Linkee-poo here we are now, entertain us

Lots of Slactivists links here (guess where I was catching up with reading).

Undulatus asperatus, a new category of cloud. I've seen those in NE Ohio. They're very cool. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

So, an iPad filled with apps weighs more than one without anything installed. Next you'll tell me electrons actually spill out of the wall socket when nothing is plugged in. (Grokked from Dan)

"So let’s get creative, people. Let’s start comparing outside the Hitler-shaped box." Fred Clark on trying to expand the franchise from just Hitler, all the time.

"Machine Gun Social" political fundraiser. Hey, ho, way to go Ohio.

Where dog whistling began. The interview with Lee Atwater outlining the conservative Southern Strategy and how not to say the n-word but still politic and profit by racism. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Another reason why your US cell phone is such a piece of crap. They've have encrypted phones (something Apple and Google are just starting) in Europe for almost a decade now.

"A 2012 study published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health found that the vast majority of women seeking an abortion — 87 percent — had high confidence in their decisions. This level of conviction contrasts with the notion that millions of women vacillate over whether to have an abortion." An opinion article questioning the use of "it was a difficult decision" when discussing abortion. The decision is often not difficult, arranging to have an abortion is the difficult part. Which is by the designs of the Pro-Life movement. I think there's a little nuance that's missing in the article, just because a decision can quickly be reached or seems self-evident, that doesn't mean it's easy. But I take the main point, it also doesn't mean outsiders get to help or "guide" the decision maker. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

The Daily Show's Jessica Williams and the Kansas conservative experiment. So, how's that going? Sure, Gov. Brownback, clap harder. That'll solve the problems.

"They don't want you to have the right to be Christian." Yes, these people actually believe in their persecution. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Shades of Willie Horton. Well, fear has long been the tool of the GOP to win elections. And it worked for Reagan, why not roll it out again. Ah, the nostalgia.

"Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said during a Wednesday interview with NewsmaxTV that he's concerned the Islamic State may use Ebola as a weapon against the U.S." Thank you all, we have a winner in the fear mongering quest. The rest of you can go home. I believe this is the moment where the GOP fear machine jumps the shark. Unfortunately only people who aren't in the GOP will be able to see it.

As a corollary to my post on which party is actually better for the economy based on who was in the White House and how the DJI did during their presidency (hint was a landslide for Dems, not even close, not even if we removed the biggest gain on the Dem side and the biggest loser on the Rep side), the Motley Fool rates the best and worst presidents for the economy using a host of different numbers. Guess which way the predominance of performance indicators points to? (Saw this promoted in my twitter feed, most of the links want you to sign up by giving them your email, most of the content linked from this article is behind a paywall, so this is the best I could find for you all)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scenes from a morning commute

A little foggy and wet this morning (click to embiggify).


The Amish Cemetery in Middlefield. Some days, the sheep are grazing. That's how they keep the grass shorn.

Downtown Mespo. Nice Autumn display outside the general store.


And the traffic jam to watch guys pouring cement. Glad we could all be 10 minutes late for that.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Linkee-poo is sprung from cages out on highway 9

Scott Westerfield on why stories have power. He also has a piece on novels.

Janiece talks about task saturation. We're at that point in the so-called recovery that this is becoming an ever larger problem (hell, it's been my own personal problem for the past 3 jobs, but we won't go there). It has taken me 25+ years of professional jobs to get to a point where I realized I could work all the crazy hours I was working and still never get ahead. So it was just as good to call it quits at (around) 5. Because once you get so far behind, being farther behind isn't a big deal.

A cartoon about white privilege. Unfortunately the people that need to read this probably never will, but maybe it'll help you explain it to them. (Grokked from Janiece)

Love how the London Harry Potter Studio Tour exhibit on the Dark Arts includes pieces from Dolores Umbridge. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Building a better battery. While a 20-year effective live and 70% charge in 2 minutes sounds fabulous, I'm now at an age were I ask, "Where can I buy this cheaply? No where? Call me when it's available." I've seen so many Great Things™ that were just around the corner that never actually made it around that corner that I'm a little jaded. (Grokked from John)

A National Geographic picture story on parasites that control their victim's actions. Some pretty terrifying things there, but beautifully photographed. Also, this is provided just in case you think the researchers talking about how our gut biome may control our emotions and actions have been drinking a little too much while watching "The Thing." (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

So, you may not get to go to outer space, but your name could. NASA is going to load a "microchip" with a lot of names to go on the Orion launch. Deadline for submission is Oct 31. Sure it's a way to build a mailing list and demonstrate just how much public support NASA has. But I got my boarding pass. Insert joke here about how the boarding pass is free, but the baggage fee is a killer. (Grokked from Tor.com)

"'If there are some people who think that what we did was primitive, not very interesting, not worthwhile - let them fly into space, go for a spacewalk and experience the air leaking from your suit, or a safety hatch refusing to shut,' says cosmonaut Georgy Grechko." A BBC story interviewing the first man to walk in space, Alexei Leonov, and what he faced. There's this old engineering story (sometimes taken up by those who decry government spending) that NASA spent millions developing a pen that would write in zero-g, the Soviets used a pencil. But they often miss just how narrowly the Soviets survived in their technology. (Grokked from Dan)

Sure, you may think of librarians as demure and graceful people, just don't piss them off by threatening their patrons. Librarians, defending our freedom since forever. My local libraries? When I asked about it they all said, "Once you return the materials, no record is kept, so there's nothing to subpoena. All they could ever know is what materials you currently have and when they're due." (Grokked from Janiece)

A little local news. Allegations of Ernest Angley covering up for sexual predators in the Grace Cathedral. Grace Cathedral is in Akron, and once was a power house of televised evangelism. He's still on TV (owning the local iteration of the CW). (Grokked from Dan)

You know how conservatives are all, "The Media loves Liberals"? "The findings from Pew showed that Christie and Clinton have each been the subject of 82 newspaper stories this year that connected them to a presidential run in 2016. And while no other potential Democratic candidate generated more than 22 stories, several GOP contenders were within shouting distance of Christie's total." You know, not really.

Jon Stewart on all the gorram solicitation emails that are being sent out from the Democrats. I've unsubscribed from all but one list, but I still get about 2 or 3 a day. Seriously, Dems, you're getting annoying.

"The new University of Delaware study found that 67 percent of white Americans supported voter ID laws after the question was posed to them with text only or accompanied by a photo of white people voting. But that number increased to 73 percent when the same question is asked with an accompanying photo of African-Americans voting." No racism to see here, citizen. Move along.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Linkee-poo just had some kind of mushroom and its mind is moving slow

The Oatmeal with the true legacy of Christopher Columbus in an easy to read (although it may be difficult to learn this knowledge) comic. I think I posted this before, but was reminded of it today, so… (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

And, just in case you think the Oatmeal is embellishing the truth. Also, I have read of few of those original documents, they're not cherry picking. I remember a Jesuit Priest's journal where he recounted how an pig escaped from an early fort settlement (IIRC, this was in what became South Carolina) and began rooting up a native village's corn field. The natives tried to chase it off and when that didn't work, they killed the pig. In retribution, the settlement massacred a third of the native village, including all the men and most of the children. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

Just in case you missed it, the jack-o-lantern sun. It's called pareidolia, and is a survival function of our minds (actually we know it happens in all primates and other species). (Grokked from Mer Haskell)

Hey, remember all those crazy diet drugs and supplements that turned out to be not much more than caffeine (and other stimulant) pills? Good thing that doesn't happen anymore. Just another argument about how government shouldn't regulate business because business only wants to help people and put out good, honest products… Not. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Jim Hines with a post on rape statistics. It's a difficult place to look, but if you've never peered into that darkness of the human soul, some of these may surprise you (like how most rapes are committed by and to people who know each other, typically a family member). Much of the popular mind set about rape focuses on the very rare event, the stranger-danger rape. I did almost use a lot more qualifiers like "forced" or "violent", but stopped myself knowing how these terms are used to qualify "rape" from "rape-rape" - which is a ridiculous concept. But we also have the vision in our minds of rape at knife or gun-point, and most rape is actually accomplished by overwhelming physical force with a generous dollop of guilt or shame. The typical "knee them in the groin" philosophy of self-defense doesn't work in these circumstances.

And now comes the time on Sprockets where we check in and see how the GOP is doing with not sticking its collective foot in its collective mouths when it comes to women and minority issues. How's that working out? Yep, pretty much as I thought. "'Single mothers particularly are automatically Democratic because of the benefits. They need benefits to survive, and so that kind of weds them to the Democratic Party… Bell doesn't seem to be preoccupied about how to win over single women and mothers. The candidate (said) that he's not worried about the gender gap in the polls as long as he can maintain an edge among male voters.'"

Why conservatives want to limit voting for minorities and women. You know as the real purpose of voter ID laws becomes apparent.

The problem with the GOP trying to change their image when it comes to minorities and women is there's this thing called "history" and these days, there's always a record of it. Especially of political speech. There's enough idiocy on both sides to go around, but one side has amassed more of it than the other.

The "Republican cuts kill" ad and the knee-jerk response. Let's not tell him the CDC is not the National Institutes of Health, it'll only confuse them. Dear RedState editor Erick Erickson, I think God doesn't need your glorification. Stay home.

Storybone

Just hit me that NASCAR goes widdershins, as do most track sports in the US. I wonder what kind and how much energy could be summoned if you could harness that. Maybe someone already has.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Linkee-poo, Superman and Green Lantern ain't got nothing on me

Lots of Slactivists, cause I was catching up on reading (after having just caught up on reading).

Because you, too, may need a corgi barking at a pumpkin. That helps my day to avoid being a complete disaster. (Grokked from John)

Gareth Powell's 8 steps to becoming a published writer. First rule of Write Club? Writers write. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

"And now, since you stuck around through the first wave of threats, you are now a much BIGGER problem. Because the Worst Possible Thing has happened: as a result of those attacks, you are NOW serving Victim-Flavored Koolaid." On trolls and how women are persecuted on the internet for no other reason that being women who's voices are being heard. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

How can someone have depressions if…" So this. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

Good news, everyone. "Despite the fact that consumers pay more than $32 billion annually in overdraft fees alone, a new report found that the amount of money banks make off customer-account fees declined for the first time in seven decades." So what's really the cause? That terrible thing called regulation and an informed consumer. But we don't need no government in our daily lives, do we? Don't worry, even though profits are down and the banks want to tell you all this regulation is hurting you more than them, all those bank people will still be getting generous bonuses this year. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Proving that there is no limit to how far right the whackaloon right can be, "In a scathing piece for Politico, Bozell accused Rove of historically opposing every truly conservative leader in the GOP, siding instead with 'liberal' and 'moderate' factions of the party." So just how far to the right does the party need to move to right for that to look like the truth?

Some insight into the brouhaha over the AP College Board's history standards. Sure, it isn't partisan at all. It's just without the concept of "American Exceptionalism" (aka AMURIKAFUCKYEA!) a lot of what conservatives believe in falls apart. Also, the person who started this whole thing will have to actually rewrite his study materials that he sells to AP students who want to do well on the tests.

Dark money continues to gobble up the political debate. Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.

"'You put me in charge of Medicaid,' (Arizona Politician, Pearce told one caller, 'the first thing I'd do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.'" That would be the non-compassionate conservatism that GW Bush said he wasn't one (and all of the GOP said, "No, we're the nice guys"). And now you know why the rest of us nod our heads and say, "Uh, yea, Bob. Sure." (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"Well economic theory… said that if insurance premium costs became less burdensome, that would free up money for higher cash wages. And, indeed, the Kaiser Family Foundation is out today with new reporting on employer benefit costs that reveals the slowdown is visible in this slice of the market. Premium costs rose by just 3 percent, a number much lower than they routinely rose by in the recent past… So how about those wage rises?" I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you (well, maybe, okay, because more people have health insurance now a trip to the urgent care isn't so devastating). So, there's another conservative myth that didn't prove out (note, specifically mentioned by "lower costs = higher wages so don't do Obamacare because it'll cost more" which didn't prove out either, also "trickle-down economics"). "(S)o in the absence of other strong institutions, like powerful labor unions, employers have had all the leverage, and there's been no pressure to pass savings on to workers. Corporate profits are at an all-time high instead." Another reason I became a progressive. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Best healthcare system in the world my Aunt Fanny. Unless you count "we bill like no one else." (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Tweet of my heart: @sidlipsey My favorite press release ever: "Malala will make her first statement on winning the Nobel Peace Prize after school."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Linkee-poo can't get these memories out of my mind, and some kind of madness has started to evolve

Todd Wheeler's new novel is out.

Why do people love their iPhones? Let me count the ways. Here's 15 to start with. Shake to undo, brilliant. (Grokked from John)

An article on why we should start taking the Millennials seriously. Hi, Millennials, I'm from Gen-X (referred to as the "Silents" in the articles). Don't be demeaning to us. Gen-X has been there before. We can help, but not if you're pissy and all puffed up about it (like you Boomer parents). If you want to play that way, we're all willing to watch you drown (don't worry, you'll eventually pull through, but it'll be a lot tougher). Also, you know that Social Media thing you like to tout, yea, we were there first. Also, we built out the infrastructure it plays on. That's our little red ball you've got there. Don't taunt happy fun ball, savvy?

"Results and Discussion: In total, Calvin caused an estimated $15,955.50 worth of damage over the duration of the comic strip (Figure 1)." Using Calvin and Hobbes to determine the added cost of items destroyed by children to the costs of raising a child (around $245,000 per the U.S. Department of Agriculture). Your research dollars at work. "… it should be reiterated that Calvin is presented as a worst-case scenario. If you believe your child does more than $1,850.55 in damage annually, then you may want to consider professional help, alternative forms of punishment, or, at the very least, take away their stuffed tiger." BTW, I approve of this use of research grants. (Grokked from John)

This is the crux of the matter. This is the Gospel According to Tim & Jerry. But it is not the gospel of Christianity.

Passing for white in America. No history of racial segregation here (just in case someone says that to you in the near future).

What happens when the founder of the birth control movement, a controversial scientist, a Catholic obstetrician and a wealthy feminist walk into a bar? You get The Pill. A history of the development of The Pill. Note everything these people saw in society and know that if the social conservatives get their way, that's where we're headed to.

He's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, people like him. Al Franken is polling a sizable advance over his GOP opponent. In Michigan, the NRSC is pulling it's ads after seeing the GOP candidate slip in the polls. "Republicans stressed… that the move was not really a sign of Republicans calling it quits, rather it was just a reallocation of resources because of Land's strong ground game as well as her fundraising" I'm sure it has nothing to do with that dip in the polls at the end of that chart. These guys should be told, "past performance is not indicative of future action." Well, at least the academics still think the GOP will gain the Senate and increase their lead in the House. And the currently conservative led and overwhelming conservative majority Supreme Court is too activist for Ted Cruz. You keep banging on that drum, Ted (I don't want to work, I want to bang on the drum all day). I'm sure if Karl Rove would be apoplectic, if he still mattered in elections ("The Math" anyone?), to see his favorite tool of ginning up the base go bye-bye.

And just for the hell of it, "Carrot… It's not just a vegetable, it's what a vegetable should be." (Grokked from John)

Hey, remember all those people who fought against new energy standards for light bulbs (you know, after they fought to pass them)? The people who helped pioneer the blue LED just won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Why? Because at least the Swedes see how it'll change all of our lives for the better. "'It's just huge — worldwide we could close or not build over 500 large power stations,' if everyone used LED light bulbs, (Colin Humphreys, an LED researcher at Cambridge University in the U.K.) says. Now do you see the connection with both retrovision politics and the Koch Brothers? One group of people want to keep us irrevocably tied to the past.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Little Song



Because, sometimes you need a little song.

My soul writes me
My soul plays me
My soul sings me
So I'll sing this little song for you
Oh sing a little song for me
And I'll this little song for you


Monday, October 6, 2014

Scenes from a Morning Commute

It's Fall. At least it is here.





Linkee-poo got no dirty little fingers, bloodshot eyes are gone

Finished my training time for the hospital. Worked and had class for about 92 hours in the past week, with a single span of 29 hours of non-stop work or driving (I had a few hours in there where I was scheduled to be anywhere, but not like I could take a nap without missing the next thing). Twenty-nine hours isn't my record (neither is 92 hours), IIRC it's falls to the number 3 place. But then, I'm also not in my late twenties anymore. And today brings the first day job/tech job conflict because they can't schedule a meeting this Thursday afternoon. I'm not entirely broken up about it (considering that it's not my project anyway, but they're trying to make it mine). This isn't to say we'll be back on a "normal" schedule (I don't think most of you were here when I did have a "normal" publishing schedule anyway). But hopefully it won't be weeks between posts. (starts laughing madly as he drives into that brave new world with one pedal to the floor and my arm out the window)

Need some resources for fairy tales? (Looks in Matt Staggs direction) Here's some. (Grokked from John Joseph Adams)

You know all those stories about submitting resumes with exactly the same qualifications on them, but with different names (ethnicity and sex) to see which ones would get a response? What if you did that with story submissions? (Grokked from M J Locke)

You know, you'd think that libertarians would be all for The Market™ solving problems of supply and demand, wouldn't you. You know, especially those politicians who have said that government shouldn't regulate businesses at all, including enforcing the Civil Rights Act. And they do, except when it comes to their own book sales. Then they're all, "maybe we should do something about it." And, amazingly, something happens for them. Apparently not all Hachette books are the same when it comes to Amazon. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"When I first started writing, I wasn’t in it for the long haul. I don’t know if you can be, really… There’s an experimental phase, when you try something out… See if you’re at all good at it. See if it has any meaning to you. See if this is a thing to which you can devote yourself. Because not everything will be. And if it’s not for you, then it’s not only okay to quit but a good idea. This level of commitment is not for everyone." On not quoting writing. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

Have a story or poem about trickers or thieves? Cicada Magazine is looking for them and paying nicely (as these things go). Deadline at the end of the month. Wish I had my AI story ready, but doubt I could rewrite it in time. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

"Back in 1971, a group of soviet scientists had the bright idea to light a massive natural gas fire in the middle of the Turkmeni desert. Forty-three years later, the blaze still burns." What could possibly go wrong? (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

We have always fought. In this case, women have always been programmers and good at math.

"A member of Colorado's state Board of Education argued that the fact that the United States voluntarily ended slavery proved 'American execptionalism' and this perspective should be taught to students in a recent Facebook post about the AP U.S. History curriculum." This is the same board that was challenging the new AP US History tests. This is someone elected to State Level politics. This is what is at stake here.

Jim Wright talks about the man with the gun over there, telling me I've got to beware. What Jim doesn't say, and what hasn't been in the discussion of ISIL/ISIS and Syria is proportion. Remember proportion? ISIL/ISI has killed some of our citizens. Is the appropriate response "Kill 'em all" or "we know where some of their leadership is, we know their training, support, and communication lines and facilities, we will deprive them of some of them." What the terrorists haven't learned is our people are insane. We will violate our laws, our principles, and breaks the foundations of our social contract only to satisfy out blood lust. And we won't rebel in a way they expect. In fact, we'll only rebel in that manner if we do nothing, or maybe attempt to provide everyone healthcare. All options in Syria with ISIL/ISIS are bad. Not a single way to victory.

Having lost the argument over how the CBO scores conservative ideals, the conservative run House and possibly conservatively run Senate want to change the rules on how the CBO scores bills by passing a law mandating the CBO do it their way. BTW, their way has never proven out.

Louisiana, Louisiana, they're trying to wash us away, they're trying to wash us away. "Two years ago, NOAA removed 31 bays and other features from the Buras charts. Some had been named by French explorers in the 1700s." There's this thing in conservation circles where the West criticizes the East by saying that the East shouldn't interfere with the planning of the West. Well, here's where we do get off telling the West what to do, we've already fucked up our environment. We know where we went wrong. We're trying to keep you all from making the same mistakes. Louisiana is about to join that club of having destroyed their own environment, once the realize what they've done, maybe they'll also start trying to educate others to keep from making their mistake. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Linkee-poo, there is unrest in the forest, there is trouble with the trees

Stewart Sternberg on if you can say you've "read" a book when you've listened to the audiobook. I admit that I do, but I do know that I get a deeper relationship with a book that I've read the text of instead of a book I've just listened to. I also tend to listen to an audiobook more than once. If I really like it, I'll typically listen to it at least three times before I feel I've gotten everything in the book. Still, because of how the brain functions (there are separate cortices than handle the written word, and the spoken word).

Ever wonder what goes on at an author reading? Well, John Scalzi shares some videos of his last tour. IF you ever get the chance to see John do his thing in person, I highly recommend it.

Neil Gaiman on Terry Pratchett. (Grokked from Tor.com)

"So my point here is pretty simple. I think the Captain America characterization is a lot more interesting and complex. It just gets boring to have a character like Batman who is always going to have the same shit because he’s never gonna deal with his shit because he’s not allowed to deal with his shit. By contrast, Steve Rogers is warm and human and adult and fucken’ heroic. He’s got shit too but he mans up and carries it the best he can." A tumblr post on man pain. This. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"We still enjoy a kind of wealth, prestige, institutional heft, political clout, and legal protection that would stupefy Jesus of Nazareth." American Christian Conservatives are hitting the end game of their "persecution complex", in this case, wondering if they should withdraw (again) from political society having "lost" America to the secularists. Yea, I'm not buying it either (as exampled by my pull quote), but that doesn't mean these people don't truly believe in their "downtroddenness", sometimes more than they believe in their God. Whenever people talk about "the culture of victimization" they're the first group I think of. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

The Wall Street Journal on how "peak oil" is wrong. "To the peak-oil adherents, this is just a respite, and decline is inevitable. But a growing tide of oil-industry experts argue that peak oil looks at the situation in the wrong way. The real constraints we face are technological and economic, they say. We're limited not by the amount of oil in the ground, but by how inventive we are about reaching new sources of fuel and how much we're willing to pay to get at it." Lets see if you can spot all the contradictions and handwavium as they try to say "it's not a thing" while concurring that "peak-oil adherents" are correct. It's like the people who like to say that Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a bunch of bunk because it didn't lead to the wars he predicted over the very basic levels of need while ignoring how opening the western hemisphere (and killing off most of its native inhabitants) have only prolonged the predictions, not wiped them out. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Stands and salutes. Veterans write an open letter to The Five co-hosts Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld about their remarks and apologize regarding their comments about Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri. (Grokked from CC Findlay)

Some more graphics to help explain the income equality that is pervasive. Tell me again about how the executives deserve to make 354 times as much as the labor that produces the value. 'Cause that joke never gets old. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

Oh, and here's a reason why the 99% of the 1% should also be pissed. Or, as I've said, too much money is never enough because some other bastard will always have more than you. See, there has always been a 1%. Is it fair, no, but there you are. Some people claw their way into that category, good for them (most of it is inherited these days). But while the 1% isn't doing badly, only the 1% of the 1% are actually gaining in income. So that makes everybody else like Dove soap, the 99.99%, who aren't seeing their lot improve. We're all taking a bath (you were wondering where I was going with that Dove soap thing, weren't you). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

So, how about letting the USPS offer banking services? Heck, they could just offer low-interest low-principle loans at rates and fees that amount to 150% APR, undercut the predatory loan stores, and make a tidy sum of money. They could even offer pre-paid cards and check cashing with significantly lower fees (not that hard to do) and accomplish the same thing. When I started reading that article I was, "I don't know about this" and now I'm "what's taking us so long to get this done." Of course WalMart and all those PayDayLoan centers would have thing or two to say about it. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

So, let me get this straight, the black man the cops shot to death wasn't considered a homicide, but the white woman who died from a heart attack hearing the gun fire, she's the one considered a homicide? Well, that makes perfect sense, I guess. (Grokked from CC Findley)

"Senators regularly miss committee hearings often because of conflicting committee hearings or scheduling conflicts. But Brown's focus on border security on the campaign trail might cause someone to think that border security topics were his primary issue in the Senate." I'm sure it has nothing to do with rallying the base around the fear of the brown person. Nothing at all. "Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Guyton, in response to questions from the Post about him missing the committee meetings, instead pointed to an interview Brown did with the Boston Herald where he discussed the threat of the Islamic State." Look, SQUIRREL! Okay, well, he did answer a question about it in the same interview.

"Rick Scott is a trusted brand…" A Florida GOP ad meant to reach "the kids" (well, young women) by doing a take on "Say Yes to the Dress." Um, College Republican National Committee, fire your "social media" consultants. They aren't helping you.