What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Friday, May 15, 2015

Linkee-poo, the thrill is gone away from me, although I'll still live on, but so lonely I'll be

Toshiba releases the NS-5 more lifelike robot for customer service. Not exactly out of the uncanny valley for me, but starting to fool some people.

Judith Miller and Jame O'Keefe discussing ethics in journalism is like having "Whitey" Bulger and Pablo Escobar discussing law enforcement. "'That's what journalism is, trial and error,' Miller said to O'Keefe in the interview." Um, no, that's actually not what journalism is. "Trial and Error" is what those guys who set up the third-person skiing rig were involved in.

"Earlier this week the federal government clarified that insurers can't charge people for anesthesia administered during a free colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer." 'Bout damn time. They've already clarified that if polyps were removed, that was part of the screening procedure and also couldn't be billed directly to patients. Tell me again why the health insurance industry doesn't need to have it's own GoLYTELY® course of government intervention, 'cause I keep forgetting. (Yes, just went through another round of "you need pre-cert first", get pre-cert, receive letter asking "do you have any other health insurance that may cover your costs" as a part of their completely random updating, only to have claim denied because "it's experimental" - so I'm a little bitter)

Sure, humans can't impact the Earth, it's too big. I thought that first photo was a still from Wall-E. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Amry tests tracked robot that can not only target remotely, but can reload itself. What could possibly go wrong? Full disclosure, day job has a robot that can also use the CROWS, we also make a containerized version of the CROWS.

Wow. Okay, in case you think feminism isn't needed and misogyny isn't a real thing, you should see this Hannity segment with Tamara Holder and Gavin McInnes. This is what is known in the trade as a train wreck. Also noted for mansplaining, men telling women what's best for them and what they want, and just general WTF is going on and why didn't Hannity shut this down? Why? Because he doesn't disagree. Also from Fox, "Fox News contributor and former actress Stacey Dash said on Friday's 'Outnumbered' that female actresses should stop complaining about gender bias and be 'grateful' for being cast alongside famous male actors." Or, "'There's no problem,' said the pretty, young thing." Oh Great Cthulhu, take us now.

So, I guess a Westboro "Light" Church forgot to renew the web domain they've been using and someone picked it up and uses it to redirect to a hardcore gay porn site. That is hilarious. (Grokked from Vince O'Connor)

The US moves to block Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and the Arctic is once again a cross roads of surveillance of cloak-and-dagger maneuvering. Man, I missed the Cold War, didn't you?

And in other news, right-wing conservative lawmaker who consistently voted against gay rights is outed for using Grindr. He says he's still attracted to women, so I guess that actually makes him bisexual (which, frankly, whenever I hear someone say "it's a choice to be gay", I'm now automatically labeling them as bi). But I guess sending dick pics to guys he's trying to pick up may not be the best idea. Dear politicians (and everyone else), sending dick pics is a Bad Idea™, except if you're sending them to your doctor asking "what is this red spot?" (insert jokes here) Seriously, stop doing it. (Grokked from John)

Well, obviously he wants to stop other guys from being a dick like him. Congressman who pressured ex-wife and mistress to get abortion votes for 20 week abortion ban and, as his spokesman, "Robert Jameson, told the Free Press… that DesJarlais had a '100 percent pro-life voting record' and that, during his five years in office, he has always advocated for pro-life values.'" 'Cause the only moral abortion is the one he forces women in his life to have.

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