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

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Linkee-poo, Boney was a warrior, way hey ya, a warrior, a terrier, John Francois

Why should you go hiking? Because you never know when the wind if going to blow over an old tree revealing a middle-ages burial. Yea, that's why. (Grokked from Mrs. Tadd, I think)

Ever think you're getting screwed over by your ink jet printer? For the high-end Epson printers, it turns out they report that the cartridges are empty when they really have 20% of ink left. And when each cartridge costs several thousand dollars, that's a lot of money left in that ink. (Grokked from John)

John Oliver on the sorry state of our Public Defender system. That's the "if you can not afford (a lawyer) one will be appointed for you" part of the Miranda Warning.

And what will come as a surprise to no one, apparently that "take a baby-asprin" isn't needed for everybody. Also, there are complications to taking aspirin daily. "But the potential benefit is smaller for adults between the ages of 60 and 69. And it's unknown for adults under 50 or over 70. People should talk with their health care provider to find out if they have health problems that would justify taking aspirin, according to Dr. Douglas Owens…"

Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos' space launch company) moves to the Space Coast (Florida). I'm surprised we haven't heard about Amazon delivering from spaceships. "Nuke 'em from orbit, it's the only way to be sure." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

A group of Texans want a ballot initiative on the GOP primary to make a non-binding resolution on succession. Were do I fucking sign? Please, Texas, I love parts of you (and some people who live there), but stop faking it. Go. Leave. You're a drain on the nation's resources.

"On the surface, the trends (of the College Scorecard) aren’t surprising — students who enroll in wealthy, elite colleges earn more than those who do not. But the deeper that you delve into the data, the more clear it becomes how perilous the higher education market can be for students making expensive, important choices that don’t always pay off." Unfortunately for women, the differences between colleges aren't all that great (yet another blow against the "but women are less skilled so they earn less" argument). And the line of "… you can’t pay your student loans back with citizenship — only dollars will do" is only true here in the US. IIRC most countries have various ways of rewarding good citizenship by either paying for university, or erasing debt from university. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"'Mr. Walker could only be making these type of proposals to satisfy his most backward-looking, wealthy contributors, just as he pursued, as governor, policies advanced by these people that sought to destroy school teachers and other public employees' rights in Wisconsin,' (Lee Adler, a labor law expert at Cornell University) said… 'His campaign is floundering and so he does what he always does when he can't think of real solutions, he attacks workers,' said AFL-CIO spokesman Eric Hauser." This is the political hail-Mary, unfortunately if he's successful, it'll hurt everyone he's trying to get to vote for him.

I oh so hope this letter from Gov. Jerry Brown to Candidate Dr. Ben Carson is real. Because SNAP! (Grokked from John)

Ah, remember hanging chads? That technology had been around since, I don't know, at least the first time I saw my Mom vote back in the 70s. And it worked great (as long as they cleaned the machines out each year). Now, you've got about 10 years between needing to replace all your voting machines. That'll only cost a few million. Oh, and the new ones are just as vulnerable as the old ones were (it's just no black hats have bothered to try yet, because they aren't out in the wild). And then there's this, "And the Brennan Center found a similar pattern… where wealthier counties are getting new equipment, while poorer ones are not… Cortes and other election officials said they're not really worried about losing votes — most systems have paper ballot backups — but they do worry about maintaining voter confidence if broken machines mean longer lines and confusion at the polls." Gee, I wonder if there's any causality happening there?

Oh sweet Mother No! (Ahem, there is now a function in twitter where you can directly donate to candidates for political office) This is how Skynet started, you know. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

The history of our ever evolving Pledge of Allegiance.

Idiots everywhere. I'm so tired of the "Obama will be the worst President, ever, you'll see" meme. GW was the worst president of my history (not the worst ever), and that includes Nixon. I have the metrics to prove it. Don't make me break out the statistics. As for President Obama being weak, come closer so I can laugh in your face.

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