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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekend Linkee-poo is recovering from the spending spree

So, today we replaced the front door speakers in Bette's car. Achievement unlocked, husband handyman level-up.

Dr. Doyle has some tips for naming characters.

"When a science fiction convention is more affirming, less body-shaming, more welcoming and less sneering than a conference with 3,000 plus 'progressives,' we're doing something wrong." A little on Netroots Nation and Detcon1, both held in Detroit last weekend, and what it means to be inclusive and diverse. (Grokked from Al Bogdan)

Can Dateline run your YouTube clip without getting permission? The answer is complicated because it depends on how and where they show it. Also relevant to the written word as experienced by my friend, Jim Wright. I'll note here the Mike Malloy is not a "news" show, it's opinion. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Republicans love to listen to what the military wants (within limits of that which is made within the districts of the representatives), except when they talk about the challenges posed by climate change. Which they're already experiencing. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Hey, wants a realistic dystopian future to write about? How about this one that talks about climate change and how it's throwing us out of the relatively stable Holocene. Yea, that'll do it. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

"Yet if the GOP had its way, Obamacare would be destroyed, even Medicaid would be destroyed, and in fairly short order my family would almost certainly go bankrupt and our daughter’s health compromised, her life shortened." I don't think the GOP actually is able to see this, being wrapped up in their ideology. Of course, this is also their worst nightmare, that people would like Obamacare, and it would help a lot of people. Because they fought it so vigorously they know they stand to lose, and lose big, if that happens. They can't see they've tacitly supported Social and Economic Darwinism. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

What should come as a surprise to no one, the US is one of the least energy efficient industrialized nations. Just in case someone talks about how they're so bummed out they can't buy an old fashion incandescent (note, you can still get incandescents… but they're more energy efficient, which was the point of the legislation) or have a car that "had more muscle" (modern stock cars have more horsepower to weight ratios than the old muscle cars). Also useful when someone is talking about how advanced our technology is (we pay the most for the slowest internet in the developed world). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"The question prompted a lengthy pause and looks of confusion from State Department and congressional staff attending the hearing." I sometimes feel like that when watching politics. Congressman Clawson later apologized for his mistaking US official for foreign dignitaries by saying he wasn't full briefed before speaking. I don't know, Rep. Clawson, maybe you should have been listening as they were introduced. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

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