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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Linkee-poo, it's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough

Our culture of information overload. Boy howdy do I grokked that. And NPR wants to help. And they'll send you some more damn email to help you break your habit. Isn't there a Naloxone type shot I can get for it?

Just because the stupidity of "look, snow, global climate change is a lie" has started back up (now that we have snow), just a reminder that last year was also the warmest year on record.

"A new study argues that student evaluations are systematically biased against women — so much so, in fact, that they're better mirrors of gender bias than of what they are supposed to be measuring: teaching quality." As a general note, in the mean, student evaluations matter for exactly squat. Unless the college is trying to get rid of a professor, then they matter a great deal. YMMV.

In the uniform you can get away with a lot of abuse of power, "(b)ut never, ever embarrass your fellow police officers." Especially if they're your superior officers. Tell me again why you should automatically defer and give respect to a police officer. Cause shit like this makes me not want to. (Grokked from Steven Gould)

There's a movement to get medical researchers to release all of their data, not just publish their results. Good luck with that one. The current medical establishment likes to talk about how "scientific" they are. There is some truth to that. But only some. It looks scientific, in the way Mythbusters looks scientific. And the researchers know it. And that's why they won't release their data (also, there's money to be made in that there data stack, they ain't givin' it away for free).

You know the line, "when people look at all the evidence they'll see the truth of the matter" (typically deployed where one side is called liars)? "A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide." Yea, the truth does come out. It usually doesn't go the way those who make that claim think or want it to. Unfortunately, as you can read later in the article, the actual facts don't sway them. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

Remember that article/story about Ted Cruz and his BC/BS healthcare policy? Well Politifact looked into Teddie's statement "Blue Cross canceled all policies in Texas (including his own)" and rated it pants on fire. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

If only Chris Christy can win a sumo match against this Oregon land squatter can we call this national nightmare over. Wait. WHAT?! Yes, I am beginning to believe that this whole wildlife refuge takeover is a long-form performance art piece. (Grokked from Dan who made me actually read that article)

Such a quality crowd they're drawing to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. "Law enforcement arrested a man on his way to join the standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Monday who appeared to be intoxicated and told officers that he was going to kill them." Oh, and he was spec ops who had his record sealed by Ronnie Reagan, and he's also gonna kill all those sons a bitches who put cuffs on him. Except the state troopers, who are our last line of defense. Or something.

But then, Ammon is just doing it for the rest of us. Dear Ammon Bundy, you can count me out of your group. Thanks. Go home, asshole. The only good part about this whole thing is I expect most of them will end up behind bars.

Tweet of my heart: @clmazin When I met Ted in 1988, I had no word to describe him, but only because I didn't speak German. Thank you, Germans, for "Backpfeifengesicht." (ht to Dan who also says, "'Backpfeifengesicht,' by the way, translates to 'face that should be slapped.'")

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