As someone trying to write comedy, wise words are wise.
Twenty retold fairy tales you should read. Hey, I know people on that list! (Grokked from Tor.com)
Janiece gives away more of her jam. Take it from me, it's delicious. Okay, well, on the first jar I got exactly 1 piece of toast with jam on it. But Bette promises me this time I'll get more before it's all gone. Which might mean 2 pieces of toast. But that's double, right?
Don't believe me about how far out of touch with reality conservatives are? The Slactivist links to articles that show the conservative Supreme Court Justices are also out of touch with reality. Like claiming the "cornhusker exemption" was still in the bill, when it wasn't. So, obviously, the Justices haven't read the actual bill either.
Ah, the soon to be water wars. Texas' water problems are actually somewhat of a concern to those of us in the Great Lakes. Not only do we have a love of cotton clothing, but our states are finalizing our water compact that stipulates how much water can be drawn from our lakes, and where it goes. Guess where some of it will be going? Good thing Ricky Perry says that global warming is a myth, 'cause, you know, that would make it even worse. Also a good thing he dropped out of the presidential race before he could bring the Texas Miracle to all of us. (Grokked from Morgan J. Locke)
Colony collapse is still a problem. But now there's research that puts a direct link between new systemic pesticides and bee colony collapse. "(one of the companies that makes one of these pesticides) also argues that so many factors affect bee health, including parasites, viruses and malnutrition, that there is no one single assailant." And this just in, more doctors prefer to smoke Camels. Mmmm, smooth taste. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)
"The Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)… passed by Congress in 1986… requires every hospital with an emergency room to screen and treat all patients who present themselves and require emergency treatment… Many people know about this law and use it as an excuse to avoid purchasing health insurance by planning to use the emergency room as an access point for 'free' healthcare… healthcare through hospital emergency rooms is not only very expensive, it is a terrible misuse of scarce resources. Since healthcare providers must absorb the expense… (they) simply shift the cost to those who can pay more: that is, privately insured patients. Hence… those with private healthcare insurance are paying for… those who do not have insurance." They don't talk about the direct payments to hospitals to help with some of that, the cost of which comes out of our taxes. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
A story about the divers who go into the nuclear reactor pools to do maintenance. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
Want to know why conservatives (and the Right-to-Life movement) are so wacky about The Pill? "'We found that women who had early access to the pill in the 1960s and 1970s earned 8 percent more on average by the 1980s and 1990s than women without early access," said (Martha Bailey, an assistant professor of economics in the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)… 'By cause or coincidence, the pill's diffusion coincided with important changes in norms and ideas about women's work'… As these laws (regarding access to birth control pills) changed… the inadvertent side-effect was that women could obtain the pill at younger ages. This meant that women no longer had to decide between looking for a mate… and investing in their educations and careers. They could do both." Right-to-life and much of the conservative wingnuttery is all about antifeminism and rolling back the sexual revolution, not about "the children" or "the innocent unborn" or "women's health." (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Eric takes on the spate of non-apologies coming from the right. In this case, the recent one from Geraldo Rivera. Who pretty much said, "If girls wouldn't dress like sluts, they wouldn't get raped," but in this case, it was about wearing a hoodie and being shot by psychopaths.
Want to know some of what Google collects about you and your activity online (you might remember the recent uproar over Google merging all it's privacy policies)? Here's how they tell you about signing up to receive a report. It's an opt-in feature, not something you might see unless you go through your account information. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Alligator Quotient: Hey wait, these are all new alligators? When the hell was shift change?