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, October 23, 2014

Linkee-poo at night rides through the mansions of glory in suicide machines

Say, did you know there's an election coming up soon? I say this as to why there are so many political links here.

How successful people handle toxic people. What they don't say here is many high level executive exhibit signs of sociopathy, so that helps. Also, we won't talk about the corporate culture of forced co-dependency and how that feeds into toxic people's ability to bring everyone else down (because many corporations rely on that co-dependency to keep their workers and low to mid-level management in line). (Grokked from Steven Gould)

So everybody is jumping on the Ebola bandwagon. That's a page from the makers of Clorox talking about how great their product is to help combat Ebola. But, as a healthcare employee, I'm more worried about things like the recent enterovirus D68 outbreak. But enterovirus doesn't have the sexiness of Ebola hemorrhagic fever or any of the racist overtones. And for anyone that wants to say something about "bush meat" eating, I'll just remind you that people in Wisconsin still eat their venison.

The PBS Newshour has a report on these other diseases.

If you've lived in a small town you know how frustrating it is to try and get decent broadband services. Well, communities are doing it for themselves. Wish mine was on that map. Yes, when I was a councilman, I tried. I also tried to get some of the other companies to come into our town. I then tried to get WiMax coverage. But the best I could do was get a Verizon tower with 4G erected (and they were going to do it anyway). (Grokked from Dan)

"(W)e are not campaigning for Mark Udall and we would have had the same coverage had Cory Gardner or any politician affected by this election come to campus." Burn! The GOP competitor to Mark Udall tries to censor a campus newspaper because its front cover with the story of Mark Udall coming to campus, may have been displayed within 100 feet of a polling station. To which the campus paper sent the lawyer of the candidate a cease and desist order. And then, they publicly reminded everyone that the GOP candidate never did bother to come to campus. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Remember Blackwater (aka "Xe Services", and now "Academi")? Remember how they shot up an Iraqi intersection and then claimed it was all self-defense (even though they left the scene and then returned)? Well, apparently the jury didn't believe them.

So, how's that GOP reach-out to women and minorities going? "(T)he prominent conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute reached out to young women and advised them to be less worried about drug-facilitated date rape." About as well as expected, I think.

And then there's the unforced errors made my GOP congress members. Now, very possible the Alaska congressman didn't know about the recent Wasilla High School suicide. But if you can't skate past some high-schoolers in a campaign stop, you really don't have the chops to be in Congress, IMHO. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

As a followup, he's just insane. No, really. Suicide on the frontier was actually very common. Not to mention his horrible outlook on the people who live in his state. Say, did you know that Alaska used to give citizens royalty checks from the oil companies? So under Rep. Young's world view, a lot of Alaskans should have been committing suicide all over the place (yes, I know, Alaska does have a high rate).

And now that we're getting close to the election, conservatives are running from their own statements. Dear conservatives, you do know that there's a record of all these things, right?

Sure it was all "academic." Saying that the Southern states succeeding from the Union was "legal." I thought conservatives were against revisionist history. And isn't the leadership of Lincoln one of the conservative touchstones?

"'I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson… and it goes with me virtually everywhere,' (Senate Candidate Joni) Ernst said during a speech at the NRA's Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally… 'But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.'" You know, like that guy in Canada just did. Remember the whole "2nd Amendment Solution" meme the conservatives vociferously claimed they weren't talking about… It's bullshit like most of the rest of their arguments.

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