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

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Weekend Linkee-poo needs to start listening to music again

Slush Pile Hell tumblr. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The importance of "therefore" and "but" in writing.

How to tell a joke by subverting the expectation. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The conversations we never have (as writers). I think I've linked to this before, but it's still worth repeating. Also, this isn't true for just writers, I've encountered this in several pursuits, including the current reboot. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"And stopping, of course, is less expensive than continuing treatment." In more than just an economic sense. A story about end of life planning. Note how different this is from what conservatives called "Death Panels" and the horror of having Medicare pay for doctors to have end of life conversations with their elder patients.

I didn't see the ad for "Olympus Has Fallen" that they're discussing here. But, yea, the emergency tone is reserved. And the ad companies and broadcasters being fined for this are incompetent. Their argument against being fined is exactly the same argument that could be made that when in a crowded theater you could yell, "Fire… now that I have you attention, let's all go the lobby."

The US Navy is getting set to (re)launch the first laser equipped ship (re-launch because she's a refit). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"If ever in slavery’s 250-year history… there were a kind master or a contented slave, as in the nature of things there must have been… we may be sure that Mr (sic) McQueen does not want us to hear about it. This, in turn, surely means that his view of the history of the American South is as partial and one-sided as that of the hated Gone With the Wind." O.M.F.G. (Grokked from Stewart Sternberg)

"In return for the locals allowing the booty to be brought ashore, the pirates bought local goods at three times the normal price. It was a lucrative scheme that attracted not just pirates, but also businessmen, and helped pay for colonial projects in the New World." Pirates! (Grokked from Jay Lake)

You know that good conservative talking point about how government can't do anything right, and should allow business to lead the way? Yea, it's a bunch of bullshit. By letting business lead the way, we in the US have the slowest and spottiest broadband access in the world. And here you can see in some places, even conservative strongholds, that idea is shifting. Sure, the Google fiber initiative will wire some places, but since they're first out of the door, they'll cherry pick the most profitable places and leave the rest. As someone who struggled for years to get broadband, and now have probably the worst implementation of DSL ever seen, this is an issue close to my heart.

"The International Monetary Fund has backed economists who argue that inequality is a drag on growth…" Well, that kinda sucks if you're a conservative. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"The House overwhelmingly passed legislation… to undo flood insurance reform that Congress passed less than two years ago. When homeowners started calling lawmakers about sharp premium hikes, both chambers moved swiftly to ease the pain." So, when the FEMA and the National Flood Insurance was loosing money Congress passed laws to help them collect realistic premiums, but now those premiums are coming due and we've re-looked at the flood maps of the country, there's a lot of people upset. So now Congress is going to drive more debt spending. Also note that while within the story it depicts the right/left divide, the legislation did pass overwhelmingly and without the usual controversy with rending of garments and gnashing of teeth.

And here is the real thing, the conservatives talk a good line, but their actual proposals are often worse than the alternative. Yes, the GOP's proposed health care alternative would cost billions more and millions would lose their insurance. Also, "While Republicans seek to make Obamacare a major election issue, they're backing away from their promise of voting in 2014 on their own alternative to replace the law." Gee, I wonder why? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Ask four economists their opinion and you'll get six answers. In this case the debate that raising the minimum wage will cause a loss of jobs. The story of looking at NJ, which raised its rate, compared to PA which didn't. And there are peer-reviewed studies that show both sides.

These nine maps should make southerners mad as hell. Unfortunately these demographics are mostly the result of conservative politics. Including the maps about states that refused to expand Medicaid and how much it'll cost their tax payers. I'll also note that Ohio shows up badly on those maps, including the counties I live and work in. Have I mentioned the conservative streak here about? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Great Lakes' ice coverage nears 1979 record. Que the climate denialists in 3…2…1…

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