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

Monday, April 9, 2012

Linkee-poo knows you don't want to hear what he says, and that you'll keep turning away

XKCD for win. Love the David Bowie and Freddie Mercury tag. (Grokked from Dan)

Cat Valente is wise about the misogyny thing. having seen it first hand, she tells the truth and is not exaggerating. It is wholly disheartening to see boys and men lining up to be a part of the He-Man Woman-haters Club all these years down the line. Of course, if those same men were women making similar comments about men, they would be instantly labeled as "militantly lesbian." How do I know this? Because I've seen it happen with my own two eyes (a woman calling a man an "ignorant ass who should make the world a little less shitty by STFU").

How to ask a question. Having experienced similar scenarios described in the flesh, yes, this. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

A robot supply craft docks with the ISS. Now that is a damn cool photo. Retrorockets all around, plus the fires of civilization burning on the planet below, and a rarity for space photos, and actual star field. Okay, so maybe not an spaceliner matching the rotation of a hub spacestation to the tune of the Blue Danube, but this one is real. And if you're writing near time space opera, it's very cool. (Pointed to by Dan)

Representative Steve King on making vegetarians confess. You know, only the deceitful expect deceit. Also, Rep. King, please go back to high-school to learn the difference between omnivores, herbivores, and predators, also learn the difference between Vegan, vegetarian, laco-ovo-vegetarian, and omnivore diets. And thirdly, by the time the cow gets to you, while it's been feed grains, most of that has pooped out. I'm sure you think you're being funny, but you just come off as un-intelligent.

A timeline of computer maker Dell's fortunes. Just in case you were wondering why the American economy is shitty, here's part of your answer. I'm not blaming Dell for the economy, I'm saying the various practices and events outlined in that timeline, indicative of much of the business world happenings over that time (remember, Michael Dell is looked up to as someone to emulate). The last line is most telling. It reminds me of a friend who was trying to find steel stamping workers and could only get sheet metal workers. Why? Because all those steel stamping jobs were outsourced to other countries, and the skill set died in the US. American business wants to know why it can't find good workers. Because the good ones either have jobs, aren't willing to relocate (for a job that they know may be gone in 3 months, because they've seen that before), or aren't willing to work for the pittance you're offering. Here's the thing, supply and demand, right? The demand for good workers it up, but supply is low. That means their price should also go up (but don't hold your breath for that to happen). (Pointed to by John)

Why won't Ricky Santorum quit? Well, my answer to that is he needs to win Pennsylvania to sooth the wounds to his psyche from having his ass handed to him in the last election there. It's a way to validate himself. If he wins PA, he'll be internally a happy guy. If he loses, consider that the Loving Mallet of Correction to his self-importance. This is like how aging rockers get the band back together "one more time" to exorcise the evil ghost of that last stinker of an album and tell themselves they weren't just a flash in the pan, that they meant something and had something to contribute. But personally, I really think Ricky is in it for VP or a cabinet position (He'll make Romney an offer he shouldn't refuse - or he'll get a brokered convention). Just like Gingrich. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

When you can't win in the marketplace of ideas, buy the politicians and smear your opposition. Ah, that fun loving duo, the Koch Brothers. They're like the anti Hope and Crosby of the business world. And now, presenting, "On the Road to 2012 Election." (Pointed to by John)

The slactivist hits some of the refurbished accusations. Ah, the classics. And their real world consequences.

On the GOP's new found reverence for the Judicial Branch of government.

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