Miss the 70s? Miss K-Mart pre Sears? Like Christmas music? Then you're gonna love this. There's 2 hours of entertainment straight outa 1974 K-Marts. Yes, kiddies, this was once considered acceptable to play to your customers and was considered "enjoyable." Now, I believe the Geneva Convention covers this kinda thing. So when your hear your gramps talking about Musak and other Stygian horrors, this is what they're talking about. Also, in case you think this kind of overhead announcement theater ("Security, report to section 3, please") is no longer practiced, Sam's Club did this kind of thing as recent as 5 years ago (I know, because I would be in the same store at about the same time, and Security was always asked to look at exactly the same place at roughly the same time, I even checked it against my watch once). (Grokked from a whole heckalotta people)
They're closing libraries in the UK. (Grokked from Terri Windling)
"Persecuted and driven into hiding because of their beliefs, the nation’s oppressed Christians reportedly huddled in a secret underground bunker late Wednesday night to decorate and light a single withered Christmas shrub." Oh Onion, never leave us. (Grokked from Christopher Moore)
What this song needs is more cowbell. NPR profiles one of the master craftsman who makes cowbells for musicians. And at 70, Cali Rivera still is making them by hand for an international clientele.
Of relevance to the PRN thing, most HIPAA violations are individual. Note the award amounts and the damage it can do to people. HIPAA compliance is very, very big where I work. There are many things we get asked to do that we can't because of HIPAA. And sometimes it's damn easy to make a violation without even knowing it. You may have noticed that when I post things about the training and the hospital job, there is very little information to help anyone tie whatever I'm talking about to individual patients. Mostly I just wait some time between when something happens and when I talk about it. When I see people I know (outside of the hospital) in the hospital, I have a little speech about HIPAA. I basically say they are covered under HIPAA, I can't tell anyone that I even saw them there unless they say it's okay, or the patient brings it up first.
You knew it would come to this. In Tokyo "The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is set to introduce "interceptor drones" aimed at spotting and catching suspicious private drones." Yep, it's drone warfare. Or drone on drone violence. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)
Hoverboards banned on flights because of fire hazards. Note, it's not actually "hoverboards", but the existing problems with Li-Ion batteries. Also, I wonder if there's an ICD-10 code for "burns to foot sustained when hoverboard burst into flames, first visit"?
A fossil-fuel company unlawfully padded their production costs to rob landowners of profits? Unpossible! Why, we all know such a company wouldn't be in business long, according the precepts of the "open market" campaigners. And now, the scurrilous Pennsylvania Attorney General is wading in with a lawsuit representing over 4,000 landowners to get what they were promised (and is their due). Why, it's almost like there needs to be some sort of regulatory mechanism to keep all the players honest. Note to Ohio, Chesapeake also holds many of the leases in the Eastern portion of our state. But I'm sure they wouldn't cheat Ohioans. Because we're Buckeyes, or something.
A preliminary study report indicates that mastectomy is no better than lumpectomy (and whole breast radiation) for recurrence of cancer, but causes more complications and increases costs. Note, there's a lot of statistics going on here, and there's a lot that isn't being accounted for, and this is all for very early detection. Also, note the doctors are basically saying women are getting mastectomies because of their emotions. Dear medical profession, please stop it.
More on the withering middle class, the Financial Times with an animated chart showing more of the distribution. Well, look at that, I was right about how the middle class income distribution had changed as well. Would have loved to see a more nuanced breakout of the "above middle class" income levels, like they did for the below middle income levels. They also point out the growth at the top and repeat the lie about how "well-educated Americans" are enjoying higher incomes. Let me state as one of those "well-educated Americans" married to another "well-educated American", bullshit. My nephew who got a trade license being an electrician is doing better that we are now (and he's almost half our age). (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)
Utah is pondering a law suit to have control of Federal Lands in their state returned to state control. Good luck with that. Hey, Utah voters, your government has already wasted a half million on this, they're about to waste $14 million dollars to pursue it. And even the lawyers who came up with the strategy say it's a crap shoot. Also, if you do win, guess who's taxes will go up as your state government takes on a lot of responsibility.
"Late on Thursday, a jury found a former Oklahoma City cop (Daniel Holtzclaw) accused of sexually assaulting and raping 13 women guilty of rape and sexual battery… The jury recommended a total of 263 years." It isn't that he committed these rapes and assaults while he was a cop, but a part of his patrolling while on duty. Just in case you still may be laboring under the burden of the thought that all cops are good. Unfortunately he was acquitted on some of the charges, but that is how the law works, the prosecution got him on enough to send him away to jail for a long time. (Grokked from just about everybody)
Ah, the myth of the good guy with a gun. How's that working out? "A Michigan woman complained after her sentencing that she was only trying to help when she opened fire at a pair of fleeing shoplifting suspects… she was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months of probation… Her concealed carry permit was also revoked until 2023." There's so much fail in that story it's impossible to tease it all out. Including the kicker, "'I tried to help, and I learned my lesson that I will never help anybody again,' she said after her sentencing." Human fail. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)
Sure, as Ted Cruz said, rubbers are still available almost everywhere, but our sex-education in the US makes them hard to find.
"The images show cadets dressed in white and wearing pointed white hoods with eye holes. Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa said in a statement the students were apparently dressed for a 'Ghosts of Christmas Past' skit and singing Christmas carols, and that an investigation is ongoing." Well, yes, those would be the Ghosts of Xmas Past, but not the ones they may have been thinking of. Seriously, are there any fucking adults at the Citadel, or is it just a Lord of the Flies kegger? (It's not the first time students at the Citadel were caught out) I expect most of the kids wouldn't know what the hell they were doing, which really destroys the notion and marketing slogan that these "are the best", but no adult at the school said, "Hey, let's change those costumes so they aren't all so KKK-ish, K?"
"Everything Senator Ted Cruz said about climate change in this NPR interview was wrong." (Grokked from Chia Evers)
The Trumpster thinks it's disgusting that the White House Press Secretary dissed his hair while talking about what a Troll the Trumpster is (wait, Donald the Troll, nah, still like mine). This is said by the man who mocked a disabled reporter. Well, bullies never like it when they aren't in the power spot. Fuck you, Donald.
Schooled! Jeb Bush's Leadership PAC's lawyer takes it to the Trumpster's lawyer. Too bad Jeb!s brother consciously hobbled the FEC and the rest of the GOP has continued to deny fully staffing it so it could settle disputes like this. It's like a double petard hoisting special.
"'And that’s okay because the (Latinos) that don’t like Trump aren’t even here legally and they can’t vote, so it doesn’t really matter, right? And I understand their point of view. They’re—they do not want to be asked to leave right? And go back where? Go back to their homes? You know they don’t want to. So I understand.'" So says Michael Cohen, executive vice president and general counsel at the Trump Organization. Now are you glad he's going to be sued? And seriously, they just continue to thump the Nazi narrative. It's like they're taking Himler's writings as a handbook. See, they're not real Germans. It's the No True Irishman gambit, but with more deadly and consequential outcomes. (Grokked from Dan)
There are idiots on all sides of the political spectrum.
Of course Americans are more fearful about a terrorist strike than they were after 9/11. The Fear Industry (led by Bullshit Mountain) has finely honed their craft over the past 15 years, and they were already beating the drums before Paris and San Bernardino pretty hard. And all this talk is not harmless. "After ordering a slice of pizza at Salt & Pepper, Brooklyn resident Robert Murino quickly turned against the employees serving him, asking them if they were Muslims and if they supported the Islamic State. He reportedly told Salt & Pepper employee Lina Parvin that he planned to 'fuck you up' and punched her co-worker Tahir Mahood for trying to calm him down… The staff managed to escort Murino out of the restaurant but he soon returned and smashed two glass partitions at the food counter with a chair, according to the report." And "The state of Georgia won't process the application for food stamps and other state benefits filed by a newly arrived Syrian refugee family last week, the state Department of Human Services confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday." Because, I don't know, something something good Christian ideals or whatever.
"If Republican party bosses continue meeting to discuss how to derail Donald Trump at the convention, Trump won't be the only one to turn his back on the GOP. Now, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he'll leave too." I'd call that a Two-fer. On the other side, the Trumpster calls out Ted Cruz. Remember when Ted Cruz called out the President, see a pattern? Tangentially, France is on the verge of electing a new coalition into power which might be led by an ultra-right party (read: Nationalist or Nativist, this is the nice European way of saying "OMG Nazis!"). And even Marine lePen, the new leader of that party (she's the granddaughter of the founder) thinks Trumps Muslim Ban plan goes too far. You know, when neo-Hitlers say, "Whoa, dude, that's a bit radical" there's a problem with your plan.