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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Linkee-poo here we are now, entertain us

Lots of Slactivists links here (guess where I was catching up with reading).

Undulatus asperatus, a new category of cloud. I've seen those in NE Ohio. They're very cool. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

So, an iPad filled with apps weighs more than one without anything installed. Next you'll tell me electrons actually spill out of the wall socket when nothing is plugged in. (Grokked from Dan)

"So let’s get creative, people. Let’s start comparing outside the Hitler-shaped box." Fred Clark on trying to expand the franchise from just Hitler, all the time.

"Machine Gun Social" political fundraiser. Hey, ho, way to go Ohio.

Where dog whistling began. The interview with Lee Atwater outlining the conservative Southern Strategy and how not to say the n-word but still politic and profit by racism. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Another reason why your US cell phone is such a piece of crap. They've have encrypted phones (something Apple and Google are just starting) in Europe for almost a decade now.

"A 2012 study published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health found that the vast majority of women seeking an abortion — 87 percent — had high confidence in their decisions. This level of conviction contrasts with the notion that millions of women vacillate over whether to have an abortion." An opinion article questioning the use of "it was a difficult decision" when discussing abortion. The decision is often not difficult, arranging to have an abortion is the difficult part. Which is by the designs of the Pro-Life movement. I think there's a little nuance that's missing in the article, just because a decision can quickly be reached or seems self-evident, that doesn't mean it's easy. But I take the main point, it also doesn't mean outsiders get to help or "guide" the decision maker. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

The Daily Show's Jessica Williams and the Kansas conservative experiment. So, how's that going? Sure, Gov. Brownback, clap harder. That'll solve the problems.

"They don't want you to have the right to be Christian." Yes, these people actually believe in their persecution. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Shades of Willie Horton. Well, fear has long been the tool of the GOP to win elections. And it worked for Reagan, why not roll it out again. Ah, the nostalgia.

"Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said during a Wednesday interview with NewsmaxTV that he's concerned the Islamic State may use Ebola as a weapon against the U.S." Thank you all, we have a winner in the fear mongering quest. The rest of you can go home. I believe this is the moment where the GOP fear machine jumps the shark. Unfortunately only people who aren't in the GOP will be able to see it.

As a corollary to my post on which party is actually better for the economy based on who was in the White House and how the DJI did during their presidency (hint was a landslide for Dems, not even close, not even if we removed the biggest gain on the Dem side and the biggest loser on the Rep side), the Motley Fool rates the best and worst presidents for the economy using a host of different numbers. Guess which way the predominance of performance indicators points to? (Saw this promoted in my twitter feed, most of the links want you to sign up by giving them your email, most of the content linked from this article is behind a paywall, so this is the best I could find for you all)

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