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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Linkee-poo, there has to be an invisible sun, it gives us hope when the whole day is done

OMG, it's starting to sink in that in a week I'll have (most) of my life back. ZOMG! Teh feels. Also, somewhat relieved, a lot scared. I should probably do a post on all those emotions and the what fore and wherebys.

Huhn, the new D&D basic rule kit as loss leader. That is, for free. (Grokked from Dan)

The seal politics in The Little Engine That Could.

Whale poop may help mitigate climate change in the oceans. Mostly from "carbon sequestration" (which really hasn't played out anywhere else they've researched). Interesting if it could be proven. Too bad we killed most of them off. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"A class of pesticides linked to colony collapse disorder in bee colonies has now been linked to a dramatic decline in insectivorous bird populations. Disturbingly, this could also mean that other animals along the food chain are at risk as well." Strange how the world is all interconnected. But don't worry, Bayer (the company that makes the pesticides) tells us it can't possibly be their chemicals. (Grokked from Dave Klecha)

Eric is very thoughtful (in amusing ways) about things we should be very thoughtful of. In this case the Hobby Lobby decision. And he does a very good job of breaking it all down. "Yeah, so is this the most American Supreme Court ever, or what? None of the reactionary old men from the waning days of the Gilded Age, holding back the New Deal for our time, nope. None of the harrowed veterans of the Second World War, moderate conservatives turned crypto-progressives having spent the years 1936-1945 staring into the abyss until the abyss not only stared back, but blew them a fetid kiss reeking of dead bodies and Zyklon B, knocking them back headlong and reeling clasping hands with the New Frontier on one side and the Great Society on the other, neither, no sir, no ma'am." How can you not want to read that? (I have Eric's blog in my feed, but I got this from Janiece's pointing it out)

Another opinion piece on the Hobby Lobby case. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

The Mitrokhin KGB's Archive, from when leakers had to actually do hard work is now public. Puts the Snowden thing in a different perspective, doesn't it. (Grokked from Dan)

Why, with production of domestic oil up drastically, do we still not have cheap gasoline. "The cumulative blitz on exploration and production over the past six years has been $5.4 trillion, yet little has come of it. Output from conventional fields peaked in 2005. Not a single large project has come on stream at a break-even cost below $80 a barrel for almost three years." It's called "peak oil". We will never have cheap gas again (unless there is a technological breakthrough in synthetics). Keep this in mind as we enter the public aspect of the 2016 presidential election. Anyone telling you we can produce domestically to get low cost gas is lying through their teeth (or at least has no concept of what they're talking about). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Why we can't have nice things. "House Republicans are planning to spend as much as $3.3 million for this year's operations of the special committee they created in May to investigate the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, a bigger budget than the House Veterans Affairs and Ethics committees were given this year." And "The Benghazi committee has no deadline for a final report, and it is almost certain it will continue into next year." No, the committee (as long as conservatives are still in charge of the House) will continue to operate until a time that either Hillary Clinton says no to a Presidential bid, is mathematically out of the nomination, or the Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2016. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

So, how are all those conservative "state revolutions" working out? "(I)t turns out you can’t save the Economy Fairy just by clapping louder." Well, the article ignores Ohio, which also went hard right in 2010. Depending on whose numbers you believe, either we're doing fantastic (low-er unemployment) or about as good as the rest (lower numbers of people in the workforce, millions to private interests through our "semi"-private business offices of government, remove the results of the American Auto Industry Bail-out and it's pretty bad).

Only backward, third-world countries use prison labor to manufacture items. Uh, yea, no. Also what's not listed here, items used in prisons (clothing, flip-flops, bedding) are often made by inmates. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Tweet of my heart: @cjwerleman Colorado offered free birth control. Teen pregnancy falls 40%. Science is hard.

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