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 19, 2015

Linkee-poo, to everything there is a season

The Emanuel AME Church website with a donate button. (Grokked from just about everybody)

The problem, the WSJ editorial board believes "institutionalized racism" doesn't exist anymore. "'What causes young men such as Dylann Roof to erupt in homicidal rage, whatever their motivation, is a problem that defies explanation beyond the reality that evil still stalks humanity,' the editorial stated. 'It is no small solace that in committing such an act today, he stands alone.'" Only, he doesn't stand alone. Leading (mostly conservative) politicians also don't get it, but then that's because they would have to acknowledge their complicity. And that's not going to happen as long as conservatives need to troops their dog whistling brings to the polls to win. They would also have to piss off the NRA. And that isn't going to happen for exactly the same reasons.

There's this thing in medicine where we address the symptoms of a disease, but not the disease or root cause directly. It's easier to do that, and we have solutions ready to go. Unfortunately, it means the symptoms keep returning, and there's the uncomfortable fact that because we can treat this symptom for this disease doesn't mean that treatment will actually work for the same symptom from a different disease. We just say, "well, that should be working" and don't go further and think we've solved the problem. Meanwhile, the patient is still in pain/distress and eventually dies. There are social construct parallels here.

Don't worry, next week it'll be off the front page. Again.

Ah, I guess the relentless gay agenda includes colorful water in mason jars. They're insidious. Also, to the idiot who wrote the letter of complaint, please, call the cops. Tell you what, since the Supreme Court may rule any day now, you'll wanna call 911.

Okay ad kiddies, don't do this. How many times does Samsung have to make the mistake of attempting social media campaigns for the Galaxy phones only to have it outed those campaigns were run/launched from iOS (Apple) products? Learn the lesson. This doesn't even reach adfail. This is shooting yourself in the food. Hell, even Microsoft could learn this after the 3rd incident. You have to eat your own dog food.

Insurance companies involved with Medicare Advantage overfilling the government? Shocked, shocked we are… Say, who's idea was it to privatize part of Medicare and give our tax dollars to a private company middleman? And didn't they promise us major savings because magical Private Enterprise? Gee, what else could the be wrong about?

How to do social media right. Airport security finds boy's custom made Hobbes, takes Hobbes on tour of airport, presents boy with book of photos and the tiger when he came back through the airport. Win. (Grokked from Kelly Swails)

How Rand Paul's tax scheme works. The VAT, I'm not sure that's what Neil Diamond was singing about in "Coming to America." "(F)ormer Treasury secretary Lawrence Summers once quipped that conservatives oppose a VAT because it is a money machine and liberals oppose it because it is regressive (that is, people with lower incomes pay a larger share of their income in tax, because they consume a higher fraction of their income). Mr. Summers said we would get a VAT when conservatives realize it’s regressive and liberals realize it’s a money machine. And indeed, while conservatives have historically been uneasy about VATs, Senator Paul would use his to replace revenue lost from two progressive taxes conservatives hate: corporate income tax and graduated taxes on high personal incomes." There's that word again.

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