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, February 13, 2015

Linkee-poo wonders, wonders who, who wrote the book of love

A little inside baseball, but a comparitave review of some vector based illustrative software. (Grokked from Dan)

Wait, there was a "milky rain" in the Pacific NW? How come this wasn't in the news. Plus, love the "we don't know what it is, but it isn't harmful" because people didn't drop over dead when they touched it. You can put that statement in the same category as, "sure it smelled bad and people were choking on the air after 9/11, but it wasn't harmful." (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

John Oliver on Big Pharma and the rise of the corporate rep. Also, if you have surgery to implant anything, chances are a corporate rep is in the OR with your doctor. And yes, sometimes the doctor asks for their advice. They are, after all, supposed to be experts in their product. Especially if this is their first experience with a new product, and the rep often read directly from the instruction booklet. (Grokked from TPM)

Treasure hunters are damaging Hadrian's Wall. I'm sure all those stories about people hitting it big by finding Viking hordes has nothing to do with it. Not at all. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

I know I diss conservatives for making shit up to support their world view. But they really gotta stop doing it. There's enough idiocy in the world, we don't have to make shit up. In this case, Sarah Palin gives new zombie life to a debunked claim about a student being forced to put away their Bible in school. Which means this will rise again, and the truth is getting tired of batting it back down. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Also, it seems conservative will never learn there is actual video of these events. We can truth check your statements quite easily. And when we do, like in this case of thinking President Obama gave a full-throated defense of ISIS, when in fact "(d)uring the speech, Obama condemned ISIS as 'a brutal, vicious death cult' that carries out 'unspeakable acts of barbarism,'" we find you're full of shit. I mean, we expect Rep. King to be a wing nut liar, but his disease is spreading.

"The oil and gas industry gave nearly $250,000 to each of the 62 senators who voted in favor of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project late last month, according to MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks the influence of money in politics." Money in politics, what could possibly go wrong. And even the ones who voted against it got a little money (although significantly less). Optics. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Jon Stewart on how conservatives rail against "King Obama" and scream about their "freedoms" being taken away, but then in their haste to criticize President Obama, the long for a King and for leaders who are stealing freedom from their citizens. Yes, so very yes, this.

"'It is just like going to war,' (Missouri State Rep. Mike) Moon (R) said. 'You want a soldier to fight like a man. If a woman is in the trenches, you want them to fight like a man, too.'" Wow. Much stupidity. Such privilege. And people rip on Brian Williams for his want-to-be-in-the-war revisioning. This is a response to Sen. McCaskill hauling him over the carpet on his resolution for Congress to reject Obamacare with "manly firmness." I don't often recommend this course of action, but time for the Clue Bat™ to be applied here. (Grokked from Dan)

It's all fun and games until the Satanists start distributing coloring books. "A Florida school district on Tuesday banned the distribution of religious materials from outside organizations after a Satanic group tried to hand out coloring books to students, according to the Orlando Sentinel." Reminds me of the various conversations I've had about bringing religion back into schools and I say, "Hey, we could do it like we handled religion on Indian Reservations and assign each to a religious branch." Most people say they're okay with that. Until the rubber hits the road and then "'…I think… that it was a mistake that we ever let World Changers distribute Bibles in our schools,' school board chair Bob Sublette… said at the board meeting Tuesday." Gee, ya think? You might have gotten the message after the Atheists sued your asses to hand out their literature.

We didn't always revere the Founding Fathers (see what I did there?). The stories we tell ourselves. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

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