Stick a fork in me, I'm done for the week. Way too much to catch everyone up on this week. But the "fun" part (i.e. stressful) isn't over. How am I going to get through tomorrow, my vinegar and piss stores are at low ebb?
"A new study from the German government, reported by The Telegraph, shows that more than one in three wild boar killed by hunters in the region are too radioactive to be safe for humans to eat." Ah Chernobyl, the gift that keeps on giving. BTW, had boar sausage during the vacation, it was excellent. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"'It is a very sad story and really tragic, and it shines a light on what is a real problem, particularly for low-wage workers, today,' said Elizabeth Watson, senior counsel and director of workplace justice for women at the National Women’s Law Center." As is so in many cases, the true cost of policies remain hidden from those who make the policies. In this case, the life of a woman who was working several jobs and trying to catch some sleep in her car in-between her shifts.
"'In America wives take the names of their husbands,' the officer told her according to court papers." Look, I understand a lot of (conservative) people think we're still in the 50s. I mean, that was Reagan's whole schtick, after all. But, no. No they don't. This is said as the husband half of a team that is constantly fighting this battle. (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)
You know how some Islamic states (and local Sharia enforcers) make it a crime to convert people from Islam? It's because of fuckers like this. Convert of die? WTF is this, the Inquisition? And here's the thing, jackass, converting them won't change anything. Think of that as you put up your Christmas Tree this year. "'I'd much rather have a Bible study with all of them and show them the error of their ways and point them to Jesus Christ… however, if it's a gunfight and a gunfight alone, if that's what they're looking for, I'm personally ready for either one,' Robertson later added." And we have a volunteer. I say give him a six-shooter and insert him in country.
Usually I love me some Jim Wright, but damn if his latest piece on the disorganization that is the modern conservative movement hasn't upset me something fierce. Hillary Clinton in a chain mail skirt ala Tina Turner as Aunty Entity riding like a bat out of hell after Mad Max with the flaming pig-shit hole of Bartertown in the background. Damnit, Jim. I now need a bucket of brain bleach to get that out of my head.
It's a little late (my link that is, not the post) for the Ferguson debate, but Jim Hines lays out the case of why minorities feel subjugated in America. Just in case you still have the notion that we live in a post-racial America.
Okay, so you need more proof, how about this slavery-apologist leaning review from the Economist of a book on slavery. Yea, I'm sure some of those slave owners were Good People and couldn't possibly have been evil and mean to the people they held as property. I mean, I'm sure they belonged to all the right clubs and churches and held the correct political view to make sure they could pass in polite society. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
"However, it was not immediately clear how far along the pregnancy was, and the cause of the possible miscarriage was not known." Dallas police swarm school after a janitor "'found was what appears to be a fetus, or what has been confirmed to be a fetus,' Dallas Independent School District spokesperson Jon Dahlander told reporters." Those words you're using, I don't think you know what they mean. This is what happens when we don't have fact based sex education, continue to shame people for having sex (both outside and inside marriage), and have policies based on the incorrect thinking of Pro-Life activists. Seriously, pregnancy is not what it looks like on TV. Instead of realizing that the teen may not have even realized they were pregnant (even if the pregnancy was far along, see reasons outlined two sentences ago), and/or spontaneous abortions occur all the time, I'm sure they'll track down whomever did this (if it ends up being an actual fetus) and prosecute them. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
"'I'm disgusted that we even need such a law — that parents can't be trusted to not give a machine gun to a 9-year-old girl,' (Arizona State) Rep. Victoria Steele (D) told the Phoenix New Times." Dear REP Steele, this is how the majority of laws are actually written. Someone somewhere demonstrates that people are idiots or assholes. Then we need to make a law about it. Compared to the typical NRA line of, "it's just a few bad apples, why punish the rest of us." That's the way it's always been from the top down to why you can't chew gum in school.
And because you needs this today, John Oliver and Cookie Monster broadcast the news with a special appearance of Al Roker. Plus check the outtake reel. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
Tweet of my heart: @CiaraBallintyne A plot point is a moment of irreversible change, at which the character cannot return to the previous way of life #writetip
Double dip: @ChuckWendig Writing is a craft. Storytelling has shape, pacing, flow, architecture. Of fucking course it can be taught to those who want to learn.