Despite the national news obsession with the 2016 presidential election, tomorrow is also an election day. Go out and vote (if you're registered, if you're not registered and qualify to vote, go register). John Oliver on why these elections matter. Dear Democratic party, please fucking take note.
The Leauge of Women Voters of Ohio. who put out a very good guide for voting (if you're in Ohio). (Grokked from Dan)
There's a new Star Trek "TV" show in the works. Only, here in the US after the first episode hits the air, the other episodes will only be available for streaming. What could possibly go wrong with this business model? (Grokked from Scalzi)
Surgeon furious that X-ray tech had not arrived 2.3 seconds after calling for X-ray. Unrelatable because their was no mention of how soon an order for X-ray was actually processed by the OR nurse (typically after we've arrived and taken the X-ray). So it's so totally untrue. (Grokked from Lora Baldwin)
Trying to get the suicide rate to zero. A healthcare plans does its best.
Lithium-oxygen batteries make it to lab demo state. They offer a potential of 10x the energy density of Li-Ion batteries and at a much reduced cost. (Grokked from Dan)
They're growing produce in Alaska and alfalfa in the Arizona desert. In Alaska, the warming climate is opening up new opportunities to growing crops (by not needing industrial greenhouse operations) reducing costs and increasing freshness for the Alaskans. In Arizona, the Saudi (and UAE) have purchased large ranches and are pumping the aquifer dry and shipping the hay back to their home countries (essentially exporting water). Why are they doing this? Well the desert can produce more crop cycles, increasing yields. And they fucked over their own aquifers and they have the money to screw ours over as well. Also, there's no legal restrictions on this (and I'm sure the land was cheap). What could possibly go wrong?
Locals on Orcas Island get fed up with not having decent internet service, builds their own. Note, not legal in all states (seriously). I so have the feels for this. Also noted for the shitty business practices of American ISPs. (Grokked from Dan)
This is one of the strengths of science, it's always reexamining itself. In this case the the nearest discovered rocky planet may have been a data glitch. (Grokked from Eric)
So, one of the mothers of a child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting wrote a book about her experience. And then the truth ears swarmed her Amazon book page with 1 star reviews while spewing the expected vitriol. this is what happens when we dismantle the psychological hospital system and try to put the mentalally deranged back into society without help or services. Sometimes I really long for those FEMA reeducation camps. (Grokked from Jim Wright)
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on the CNBC debate, "we was robbed." And now, the RNC has assigned someone to keep up with the debates even through the candidates want to dump RNC involvement. And then Reince pulls an Alexander Hage and states that, no, really, the RNC is still in charge. Which it should be, as the RNC is the organization that negotiated (read, sold the rights) the debates. Also note how much control the RNC wanted, and that this wasn't enough for the candidates.