If I don't get to talk to you all before then, I hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend if you're in the US. If you're not in the US, have a great weekend and then back to work on Monday (or Sunday for those of you in certain parts of the world) you slackers. Yes, I'm working all weekend (after working 50+ hours Mon-Friday). Sucks to be me.
Linked to in the comments on the previous post, the Rejected Princesses list of women in combat. Note how many led women warriors. Also, nobody becomes a war leader or general overnight. For every one of these historical figures, there are hundreds to thousands of others we don't know because they didn't make a name for themselves (just like you don't know the names of all 4,000+ soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan).
The poem on the Writer's Almanac for Friday, May 22, 2015, was especially good. May Opens Wide by Marge Piercy. Nice. She has two other poems used for the WA, The rented lakes of my childhood and Hard rain and potent thunder. Those last two were on Saturdays, so I missed them the first time. I might need to get that book of hers (it has a 4 outa 5 on GoodReads).
The jagged, golden script of scars. On what composes us, and accepting of who we are and not whom society expects us to be. (Grokked from Terri Windling)
"'I’ve been LARPing as a competent person for over five years. I’ve only broken character a few times.'" On turning impostor syndrome into a superpower. (Grokked from Dan)
It's amazing what they're doing with robots these days. Well, actually it's an interactive male rectum so doctors can practice prostate exams. I will note here, while the PSA test is a good indication, manual manipulation is still the gold standard for diagnosing prostate problems. And just like heart doctors need to know what the different types of heart murmurs sound like and what they mean, for the prostate the size and texture also are diagnostic.
"Pains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records." But, hey, they made a bucketload of profit. Oh, and it get's better form there. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)
Would be President Gov. Walker believes in pre-emptive war, doesn't understand the war powers act, and by trying to John Wayne around the stage, gets tangled up in his father's shoes. But using "Islamic Extremists Terrorists" tagline he thinks he's gaining points.
"All four of the GOP governors with 2016 ambitions are facing budget shortfalls back home that their critics would argue are disasters of their own doing." Unfortunately, economics makes bad TV. Also, I'll note GW Bush was able to skate out of office fast enough to not get saddled with his disaster. (Grokked from Teresa Nielsen Hayden)
Eric on the circular, backended genius that is Rep. Louie Gohmert.
Nazi stuff. And sure, it's not about racism.
Fox News requires presidential candidates to show photo ID before being allowed on stage, conservatives get pissy. Okay, they're asking that you are polling above 10%, but same thing for a candidate. Show us you're who you say you are, or that you have a legit chance of making it through some primaries, and then we'll let you vote or participate in the debate.