Ricky Santorum has said he will later announce what everyone knows he's going to announce and figured he would since 2012. If history is any guide, Ricky will be the GOP nominee for 2016 (he was #2 in 2012 - yea, I had to crack that joke).
Of interest to any con panel moderator, every question in every Q/A session, ever. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
"If Lokiarchaeota and eukaryotes do in fact share a common ancestor, as this work suggests, then many of the eukaryotic cells' complexities—notably a cytoskeleton and the ability to form membrane-bound vesicles—may have been in place before eukaryotes split off from archaea, roughly two billion years ago." A little more on some of the things I was talking about yesterday (also in case you thought I was joking about mitochondria), but in light of tying eukaryotes to archaea (either we have a common ancestry, or archaea was in our past). (Grokked from John)
Everything but the oink. The modern pig.
Not sure if this is computer science, sociology, or linguistics research, but new research on trolls and their behaviors. (Grokked from Phiala)
When graphic design goes horribly wrong. I'm going to tell you that's a seed held pinched between finger and thumb, but that's not what you're going to see at first. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
"But largely overlooked is the rampant exploitation of those who toil in the industry. The New York Times interviewed more than 150 nail salon workers and owners, in four languages, and found that a vast majority of workers are paid below minimum wage; sometimes they are not even paid. Workers endure all manner of humiliation, including having their tips docked as punishment for minor transgressions, constant video monitoring by owners, even physical abuse. Employers are rarely punished for labor and other violations." No government regulation and intervention needed here. Not at all. Don't need any immigration reform either, to prevent the exploitation of these workers. Also, just in case you hear someone talking about how we don't need a minimum wage because of business reasons, understand what they really want is all of us to have this work (and life) experience. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)
Fred Clark on the ridiculous argument about "religious freedom" and "making priest/ministers marry gay people." Nobody can force any minister/priest to marry anyone now. It's a red herring. An easily disprovable one at that. Now, most clerks also can't marry people. They just process the paperwork. So there's no religious violation there either (I don't remember Jesus saying, "That shall not do paperwork", if he did, I'd really like to put that up at my cubicle). County judges, mayors or justices of the peace, however, do officiate marriages. As I remember, Mayors have the right of refusal, and I think judges do as well. So it's just the justices of the peace who would have to uphold their oath of office to treat everyone fairly in the eyes of the law. And frankly, if you can't do that, you shouldn't be in that position.
You may think I'm being hyperbolic about conservative wanting to roll back all worker protections and improves made through the hard fought struggles (read that as mini-insurections) of unions. I'm not. "You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor." Oh, and don't like your treatment at the hands of your financial betters (i.e., your bosses), don't complain to any reporter about it. And finally, when they drive you down to the poor house and force you on to SNAP (while complaining about paying taxes for it), they'll tell you what you can and can't eat.(Grokked from the Slactivist)
The NFL finally determines that the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs after officials checked them. I'm sure nothing will come of it, except for some low-level people losing their jobs. Just like when the Patriots were discovered to have used communications that violated league rules, and had people spying on the opposition coaches during the game… (Grokked from Ken McConnell)
"The fact is that any claim that the estate tax is killing family farms is a lie… How many of America’s 2.2 million farms have been sold to pay estate taxes? None." Conservative lie about taxes? Shocked, shocked I am… (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Stephen Colbert agree to fund every South Carolina teacher's grant request on Donor's Choose. Begin the right wing denigration based on, "But he didn't do it for all teachers everywhere" in 3…2…1… (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
Ben Carson looks smart. To bad he isn't. Or, just because you're smart in one area, like brain surgery, doesn't make you smart in other areas, like Constitutional Law. Sorry, Dr. Ben, it's Three branches of government. The Supreme Court (no matter how we may disagree with them) is the final arbiter of the law. The Legislature can pass a new law, the Executive can nominate new justices. Those are the balances of power on the Supreme Court. You can't just ignore them. And this guy, who doesn't understand 11th grade civics, wants to be President (not like the other candidates are any better).
Whenever people talk about "it should be up to the States" when making a policy argument, it's this kind of thing I think about. Man flees "for-profit Medicaid Kansas for life saving surgery in Memphis, TN. What could go wrong? (Grokked from the Slactivist)
You know how us progressive say that conservatives are mean and in the pockets of the wealthy business owners? This is why. Hell, it's already hard enough to file a workmans comp claim, let alone get a doctor to process one. And now the assholes in Illinois want to cut back benefits and give the benefit of the doubt to the company and the insurances' (read, the companies') doctors.
"Yes, on the House floor yesterday (well, a while ago because I'm just getting around to it), the GOP lawmaker (Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Rules Committee,) not only failed to do his math homework before speaking, he presented his false argument in a surprisingly condescending way for someone who didn’t know what he was talking about." "I’m no mathematician, but when I put 12 million into $108 billion, I get $9,000, not $5 million. Sessions’ $5 million per-person estimate was only off by $4,991,000." And "Rep. Louise Slaughter… added, 'Mr. and Ms. America, these are the people you’ve entrusted your Congress to. They’re the people who are writing your budget.'" (Grokked from the Slactivist)