I guess the Bundy's aren't big Star Trek fans, or they would had known to not put all the command staff in the same shuttle craft. Apparently the remaining 7 to 12 people on the reserve are vowing not to go down without a fight. As of this morning (when I'm typing this), the Feds have left a "golden bridge" for them to leave the Malheur Wildlife Refuge unharmed. My guess is that offer won't last long. At some point the negotiators will just say, "well, if that's what they want…" Also, apparently the FBI has told reporters that the FBI won't offer them protection. So many of them are removing themselves to a safer distance. This is the difference between your local weatherman standing in the rain and snow and what a war correspondent does.
Seanan McGuire reposts robotmango on why you can find so much Boba Fett stuff but gru-help you if you want Leia or Ren stuff. Points to, yes this. (Grokked from Mer Haskell) (edited to give credit where credit is due)
Kameron Hurley aims to misbehave. Well, to get you to misbehave when you have a book contract in negotiation. As she says, most people (especially without agents) don't know they're in a negotiation. (Grokked from John Scalzi)
Is Abe Vigoda dead? Yes. Fuck. (Reminded of site and grokked from John)
Old woman wakes up to kinkajou sleeping on her chest. That ain't a cat. Oh, and she lives in Florida, not South America where they're normally found. Yea, that would have kinda creeped me out as well. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett, who apparently has a new book out, or something)
There's this whole thing about people in the West who are pissed that people in the East are telling them how to work their land. It's a part of the whole Malheur standoff and the movement behind it (among other things). Well, there's a reason we in the East and telling you folk how to handle your land. It's because we fucked up our own environment, and we want to make sure you don't make the same mistakes. "According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, children, pregnant women and women who might one day want to be pregnant should not eat any fish from most of the waters in New Jersey. It's safe for men to eat a small amount: about one catfish or one eel per year." Note, there's a similar limit (but not an exchange) on eating fish in Ohio (also note, these restrictions are very lax because sport fishing in Ohio is a big business, and it would be decimated if the EPA were allowed to apply scientifically sound standards). Around the wildlife refuge one of the former big industries was timber. Note what you don't see in most of the photos from the standoff, mature trees. Sit down, shut up, and pay attention.
"'As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are female.'" Well, Sen. Inhofe is out playing in his snow fort. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
"The Cleveland Police Department announced Tuesday that six of its officers involved in the 137-shot barrage that killed an unarmed pair after a car chase have been fired." Well, some justice at least. Being fired as a police officer means never working again in civil law enforcement. (Grokked from Dan)
Tweet of my heart: @Stonekettle It's one thing to play soldier, whole 'nother thing to go up against ACTUAL professionals. No matter how it shakes out, you lose.