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, June 26, 2015

Linkee-poo, Love Wins

At least for a little while.

I understand the elation most of us progressives are feeling at the end of this week and SCOTUS work session. I'll just remind us all that abortion on demand was also celebrated in its time (even by conservative religious types). How's that working out? So, yea! Celebrate, drink the champaign (if you're into that), and shout for joy. Next week it's back to the trenches to defend what we've gained. The fight isn't over yet. Sorry, wish it weren't so.

"Unconstitutional." You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means.

About that Lexus Hoverboard. (Grokked from Stewart Sternberg)

The 30 Minute Aurora Forecast. That is, auroras that may appear in a 30 minute window. In case you need it.

You know that thought about previous eras just accepting racism and that's why it was so prevalent in the literature of the time. Say, like Lovecraft. "Well, people were just that way back then," some people say. No, no they weren't. Although Howard's stories are the epitome of acceptance of all peoples equally, as least he's schooling Lovecraft on "civilization" and "barbarism".

There's a company that sells facial recognition systems to churches. Yea, because that's totally not creepy at all. (Grokked from John)

MOAR Lottery Terminals! Because nothing says conservative values like fleecing the poor on a hope and a prayer which giving a lot of money to the rich and the business owners (often the same people, say, did you know that an S-Corp "dispersal" isn't taxed as income). (I say this as someone who spends some money on the lottery). Also, conservatives are all for "local control", except when you don't do what they want. Then it's "fuck you, we're taking over." Yep, the Ohio Legislature that is so bound up they should develop legislative fiber pills passed the law that basically targets Youngstown Schools with hostile take-over (after they already tried that) in less than 24 hours.

"Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims." Oh, if only there had been a report that could have helped us stave off this threat… "A 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security, which warned that an ailing economy and the election of the first black president might prompt a violent reaction from white supremacists, was withdrawn in the face of conservative criticism." Add in the number of deaths by police and non-ideologically driven mass murders and that chart would be even more skewed. (Grokked from BoingBoing)

This article asks the question why hasn't America kept up to date with employment laws. Because business owners don't want a "dependent contractor" type classification. They might as well hire the person instead, which they obviously are trying very hard not to do. And guess who gives more money to politicians than unions and teachers?

Tweet of my heart: @ChuckWendig To the dinosaurs, I warn: the cultural meteor is coming. It is colorful. Full of love and unicorns. Evolve or flail your tiny arms in death.

Double dip: @LOLGOP The first black president celebrating the victory of same-sex marriage = what you got instead of a jet pack. (ed note, I'll take it)

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