"Robotic step training and noninvasive spinal stimulation enable (completely paralyzed) patient to take thousands of steps." Living in the future. (Grokked from Dan)
"Less than 24 hours after the end of China's massive military parade, Beijing is back to its usual smoggy self… Residents woke up Friday morning to find the crystal blue skies that graced the city nearly two weeks suddenly gone -- in their place, the familiar sight and smell of dour gray pollution clouds… (before the parade) Hundreds of factories were shut during this time, while half of Beijing's five million registered cars were banned from the streets." With photos. In case you still have relatives who say, "Nothing we do can affect the environment." As a teen, I remember seeing the air above Philly and Cleveland. And you could see it before you could smell it. Also, we're about to go back to dirtier gasoline as we head past Labor Day. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)
Every Twitter troll ever. ::points:: Yes, so very this. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
Jim Wright reminds us of what the good old days were like. In this case, the good, old, 1915s.
Turns out the Naegleria fowler amoeba, which burrows into your brain, can be killed by chlorine, but knows how to hide in the biofilm that coats most water plant pipes to escape death. Yes, the world is more weird that you think. (Grokked from Dan)
Life in America, take a combat-firearms course for $525. You know, sort of like a combat-firearms course. And don't get suckered in by all those cheap knock-off courses.
The middle class still gets screwed.
In China, it's cheaper to kill someone with your car than to just injure them. So drivers are making sure anyone they hit is dead. Even if that means driving over them a few times. Another example of just how bad people suck. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)
The Kim Davis thing is such a non-brainer, even lawyers on Fox News understand which side of the law she's on. Even if Mikee Huckleberries doesn't understand it.
"March marks five years since the Affordable Care Act was passed … amid Republican cries that the ACA was a job-killer… The private sector hasn’t lost jobs since Obamacare was officially created… Were Republicans wrong?" So begins the "think how many MORE jobs would have been created" line of argumentativeness in 3… 2… 1… (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)
Many internet sites have policies restricting ads on controversial subjects. Such as access to abortion. Because. So it bans those ads from sites like Jeezebel. Wonder if the the right, ever so concerned over free speech and the internet censoring voices, will take up the cause. (Grokked from Lizz Winstead)
Not content with just screwing over the homeland, conservative senators are attempting to sabotage the international agreements on climate change. Because reasons, I'm sure. (Grokked from Steven Gould)
"Donald Trump believes that because he attended a military high school, he has an understanding of what it is like to be in the military, despite deferring the Vietnam War draft for medical reasons… "My number was so incredible and it was a very high draft number… but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people," Trump told Michael D’Antonio…" I really just don't have the spoons for this election. Note how he's trying to move away from doctor shopping to get a deferment from service and trying to say that he wouldn't have been called up because of his number. Plus, I think the Trump Campaigns theme song should be "Everything is Awesome." It fits in so many ways.
In the Great Depression, we forcibly removed "Mexicans", many of whom were US citizens. American Exceptionalism my Aunt Fanny. This is the dark side of the current discussion over immigration and the right's call for mass deportation.
For some people, all the world is a nail because all they have is a hammer. In this case, of course Dick Cheney believes we should just threaten war if Iran doesn't do what we say. In his mind, it's all about paddling the naughty kids.