Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Friday, February 15, 2013

Linkee-poo lies down on Broadway

"This is why people hate editors." Hahahaha. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Signal to noise, or why even radiologists miss the gorilla. Working wiht radiologists, yeah, they are pretty amazing. But here's the thing, they know what to look for and how it looks because they've seen it all before. I've been looking at abdominal x-rays for several months now and I'm just getting some things. I still don't see what some of the other techs see, but I'm getting better. But it does involve separating the signal from the noise, or the layers of signal which can appear as noise. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

You may have heard about the latest way to treat many diseases of the colon and intestine by using what's actually a fairly old therapy of fecal transplant. And if you think that is just way to gross, science is on your side with the new fake feces. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

The 20 coolest things made out of Lego. Do they even sell buckets of legos anymore? (Grokked from Tor.com)

Armed, pro-gun protestors occupy Oregon State Capitol. What could possibly go wrong (although notice the chamber is empty)? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"Pushing it forward, ever forward like a shark. That’s the only way to sustain the perpetual outrage the Christian radio audience wants." Fred Clark on how James Dobson is just phoning it in these days.

Vince with some excellent sarcasm regarding the whole sex and abortion debate.

Paul Krugman lays out the case for why conservatives are being willfully ignorant (and they want you to be also) fairly well. It's the preponderance of evidence that helps make the case. Or you can think that the GOP actively hates America. Again, it's not what they say but their actions that betray their true mindset. And they've realized that education will show them for what they are, so they hate education. Reality disproves their ideas, so they create the bubble of Fox News to shelter them. Hell, they are the ones trying to destroy the USPS because it flies in the face of what they think Unions and unionized workers are. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Kansas, with it's own GOP Governor and Hard Conservative GOP super majorities in the state legislature is going to become and experiment in GOP tax philosophies. There already are a few (Arkansas for instance has a "flat" tax). And Ohio is toying with its own change to tax law (essentially giving income tax breaks, but then taxing everything you consume, which is called "retrogressive"). But notice in Kansas how taxes will actually go up in the short term (anybody really think those new consumer taxes will go away?). It's called reality. Kansas had to raise taxes once they figured out just how much money they were going to lose by giving everybody (but mostly the wealthy) income tax breaks.

And, as evidence for the above noted "bubble" of Fox News, the "minimum wage increase" debate as seen by Fox. What I want to know is, for the majority of jobs that pay minimum wage (which aren't all part-time jobs, BTW), how many actually have structural pay increases in their minimum wage employee pool? For all the jobs I had in that category, there were no raises. The only pay increases would come if you changed job category (typically going into "management"). Say, and remember when minimum wage went up in the 90s, we seemed to have a lot of jobs back then, IIRC. Also, if the raise in the minimum also causes raises up the tier of workers… isn't that a good thing given how wages for those workers have been stagnant for decades? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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