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Friday, November 20, 2015

Linkee-poo, not sure who to thank or why because it's Friday

Alan Moore's advice to unpublished authors. (Grokked from Emma Audley)

XKCD on DNA as code. Hahahahaha (Grokked from Dan)

Peter Jackson admits he winged it with the Hobbit. Yea, we all kind of figured that out. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

I'm sorry, Dear, I'm so fucking sorry. A letter from a nurse to the parents of a child who was brought into the ER DOA. There are some times those stolid faces we put hide the humor we're seeing, but more often it's this. We're dying on the inside, but you don't need to see that. Not in your condition. You don't need to see us panic as you're crashing. You don't need to see us knowing exactly what your doctor just told you, but it hasn't sunk in (or you don't quite understand the words they used, "it isn't broken, he said it was fractured"). (Grokked from George Takei)

"The political network helmed by Charles and David Koch has quietly built a secretive operation that conducts surveillance and intelligence gathering on its liberal opponents, viewing it as a key strategic tool in its efforts to reshape American public life." Well, most campaigns set up opposition committees, partly they are to keep track of the political opponents and do background research (looking for skeletons and other weaknesses). But this is a whole different animal. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

And for the Carson campaign, the wheels are coming off the bus. Apparently one of the people hired to help bring Dr. Carson up to speed on international affairs claims that the good doctor hasn't been able to absorb any of it. Make you wonder just where he found those Chinese people in Syria. (Grokked from Dan)

I'm sure if we get the world's muslims to condemn terrorism just one more time conservative fartbags would finally accept that Islam isn't the problem. But probably not.

"Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) said Tuesday that 'Mary and Jesus didn't have suicide bomb vests strapped on' during a discussion about the refugees expected to come to the United States and how the course of the conversation might change as the holiday season approaches." Well shit, if that's the criteria that's going to make vetting these refugees a snap. "People with suicide vests in this line, people without vests in this line."

In case you're still wondering if Ted Cruz is the bully in the schoolyard… "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addressed President Obama directly while speaking to reporters Wednesday, telling him to 'come back and insult me to my face.'" Oh boy. It plays well to the base and he'll score points for it, but seriously, dude, did you just challenge the President? While I'm sure Mr. Obama won't rise to the bait, I'd really like to see him summon Cruz to the Oval Office, have him come in, call him an idiot to his face and then tell him to get out of the White House. Note, there would be many Secret Service Agents to enforce that command. But that's just my liberal fantasy (although the President has shown a tendency to not have any fucks left to give, so who knows).

I've seen this movie before. I wonder if all those "free speech activists" on the right will decry the Trump campaign's treatment of reporters? Yea, I know the answer to that. Also, Trump is just an ass. But that plays well to the base. He's often quite wrong. But in a way that plays well to the base, also.

"Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich nixed his idea Wednesday to form a new agency to spread Judeo-Christian values across the globe, according to The Columbus Dispatch, instead saying that he would expand the existing government broadcast agency, Voice of America to serve the purpose." And, we could change the name of VOA to "The Ministry of Truth".

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