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

Monday, October 5, 2015

Linkee-poo, the only heaven I'll be sent to is when I'm alone with you

Linkee-poo would like to take a moment and wish Fred Clark's father a speedy recovery from his double-bypass surgery and send good thoughts to Fred and his family.

Ten Icelandic Sagas. Because, you know. (Grokked from Sarah Goslee)

Why it's harder now to police ethical production policies (especially for garment workers) because of the rise in corruption and the baffling chain of middlemen who obscure where and how our clothes are made. All in response to the "end bad labor practices/sweatshops" protests of the 90s. This is how capitalism works.(Grokked from the Slactivist)

Legionella is a lot harder to kill than most people think. In this case, after a small outbreak in NY, officials ordered cooling towers (where the bacilli grows well) decontaminated. After a few weeks they retested the towers to find Legionella was still growing in them. Welcome to the age of the superbug. (Grokked from Dan)

Using stable organic compounds in flow batteries may help solve the "wind don't blow, sun don't shine" problem with wind and solar power. While batteries don't have a Moore's law, the transformation in the past decade has been stunning. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Unfuck Your Habitat tumblr. As a confirmed pack-rat, I appreciate this. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

It might have heard me complain about how we're cutting government to the point where it can't protect us and do the jobs it needs to do properly (how long you have to wait for a passport, or your tax return for instance). Well, it turns out such cuts may also have lead to the lax regulation enforcement that allowed Volkswagen to get away with their emissions rouse. (Grokked from Dan)

"Pennsylvania’s low-wage workers lose between $19 million and $32 million to wage theft in any given week, potentially costing the state’s economy as much as a billion dollars in lost potential consumer spending each year, according to a new analysis by law students from Temple University." Because wage theft affects more than just those who have their labor robbed from them. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Remember when I said that there is a coming revolution, although it's not the one most people think is coming? Well, how about this labor action against Air France when it announced job cuts. While they call it a "mob", these are the Air France workers who probably will be losing their jobs, storming the board meeting, and tearing the shirts off executives as they try to flee. Also pointed to because of my several references to people losing their lives during the war for workers' rights. When you have to fear your workers, something is wrong at the very base of the employer/employee relationship. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

You know how this Congress is just kicking the can down the road until December when several things will come to a head, and we can get all our bowels twisted up over yet another fiscal crisis? Turns out, one of those isn't going to wait until December. It's estimated the government will hit the debt ceiling on Nov 5. No word if that's the hard date, or if that's the "lets move this column around, and shift this account, and then we have enough money to pay the bills" deadline.

The stories we tell ourselves and the Trumpster. In this case, the story that all (or most) of the Syrian refuges are men (of fighting age) and the story that all able bodied men should fight. It kinda suck when reality disrupts your worldview. Also, just a reminder that the Trumpster doctor-shopped to get a deferment for serving in Vietnam. Also, most of these refugees are highly-educated professionals. And finally, most of them are fleeing being pressed into service by the Syrian forces loyal to Assad.

You know, if you wrote a story about a major state politician forging signatures on election documents and funneling campaign funds to their personal account, and that the politician was running for the office that would police that type of activity you'd never believe it.

"That’s how you fail the nut test." On climate change and how to tell the scientists from the kooks. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

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