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

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Linkee-poo for a weekend

"The Schrödinger Sessions is a three-day workshop for science fiction writers offering a “crash course” in modern physics, to be held at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), one of the world’s leading research centers for the study of quantum mechanics." (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Real incomes are down, but water prices are rising (and will have to rise even more). It's a crisis. As a former councilman, I interfaced with our water board (now defunct, but rolled into the general local government instead of being separate as was previously required). And we've been dealing with this problem for 15+ years now. The threats to our water are the same, but the infrastructure continues to crumble. Our village, at least, has been updating our infrastructure as we go. There's a lot that still needs to be done, but hopefully the bill won't all come due at the same time. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

How did all this lead get into our environment. Is is industrial pollution disguised as "progress." Or in other words, lead was marketed as the solution to a lot of problems. But we don't need any government regulation because the "market will correct itself and punish the bad actors." Yea, not in the real world.

Five ways to do nothing and become more productive. Or, unshackle yourself from the strings you've attached. My day job can't understand why I don't want to let them put their email on my cell phone. I have a good excuse saying I don't have a data plan for it, but I still wouldn't let them if I did. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

So as a way of making up for screwing over their lives and poisoning their children, Gov. Snyder promises to create 1000 jobs in Flint. Well, good thing he destroyed their future or else he wouldn't be giving them the jobs. Seriously, WTF? Also as a reminder that Gov. Synder is from the party that says government can't create jobs.

Backdoor abortions, coming to a country near you. I can't say much, but it's already here and your health system is already dealing with the aftermath. On a related note, we're starting a new category at the hospital to include a gradation for possibility of sepsis. Because cases of sepsis (which can be caused by a great many things besides botched abortions) are on the increase. Welcome to the new world, same as the old world. (Grokked from Liz Winstead)

"U.S. Sen. Richard Burr cast a ballot during the the early voting period for the North Carolina primary after going to a polling place without an acceptable form of identification… Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem running for re-election, cast a provisional ballot and filled out a 'reasonable impediment' form, state elections records show." Ha. (Grokked from Lisa Morton)

Why does Ted Cruz only have one Senate endorsement. The people who work closest with him think he's an asshole. But, they think he's better than the Trumpster.

Clows to the left of me, jokers to the right. Why do pundits say that supporters of Sanders and the Trumpster have a lot in common? "But outside of Washington, millions of Americans are not living in a Big Picture or a Framework. They are living in houses that have lost value, in cities where they don't trust the water pipes and where companies can suddenly announce they are moving jobs to other countries." And both of them are drawing from that same pot. I think there are big differences between the individuals who choose one or the other, both of them are pissed at seeing the deck has been stacked against them. INHO, one group points at Washington DC as their troubles and the other points at strangers in our midst (recalling both racism and the Red Scare).

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