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

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Linkee-poo, now you swear and kick and beg us that you're not a gamblin' man then you find you're back in Vegas with a handle in your hand

This is the product of when your farmers view themselves like factories. Note that while Gigi produces all that milk, her functional life span is less than a third of other cows. You don't want to even know what having a dirt area outside the barn for the cows to stand in is considered "an improvement."

Not only does the FCC want you to have control over the private information your ISP collects, they're also warning app developers about listening in on your TV's non-audible chirps. (Grokked from John)

On why millennials, especially millennial women, are burning out at a faster rate in their jobs. Gee, no work protections, bosses who are in love with the line "it's just business", work that expects you to be available 24/7 (even for my PRN job that I specifically stated I wouldn't be and they accepted that), low pay, no stability… gee, why are people burning out Fast Company? Maybe you're partly to blame. And the irony of the last paragraph is a killer. (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

Why Medicare Part D is a scam, and we need to overhaul the Medicare/Medicaid system to make it more user friendly and affordable. "The percentage of drugs requiring coinsurance has climbed steadily, increasing from 35 percent in 2014 to 45 percent last year. That percentage is approaching two-thirds of all covered drugs." So, because conservatives were in charge for it, we have "the market will fix it" solutions, which typically screw the user over.

"Republican elected officials admitted they promised to help a convicted felon run for elected office if he agreed to stop paying his mandated grazing fees." Hmm, I believe that's called "conspiracy to commit" and "accessory", not to mention a fiduciary abuse of office. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

The Cook Political Report is already moving the needle on this Fall's House races in light of a probably Trump or Cruz nomination.

Since it was trumpeted at the time, we note this as not so much a correction, but a "too difficult to prove" problem. "Podliska’s attorneys filed an amendment in late February to remove the claim that he was axed from the House Select Committee on Benghazi because he objected to the committee’s increasing focus on Clinton’s tenure at the State Department." Gear up the "Clinton Conspiracies" machine, Sherman, it's going to be a long night.

"But Democrats shouldn’t worry. Republicans shouldn’t celebrate. As others have pointed out, voter turnout is an indication of the competitiveness of a primary contest, not of what will happen in the general election. The GOP presidential primary is more competitive than the Democratic race." Yeah, that. Look, Republicans are reliable voters. This is why they win the off year elections (and primary elections). Can things stir them up, sure. But the needles don't move that much. Democrats, on the other hand, are a fickle bunch. They usually only come out for Presidential year elections. And then if they're motivated. Most progressives I've talked with are of the mind, "I really like (one or the other), but I'd be okay with (the other one)." That doesn't lend itself to motivate them to come out to the polls for a primary. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

I've had a few conversations online about this, so let me state this here, the GOP has made a strategic blunder by not quickly confirming a SCOTUS nominee. They should have been begging President Obama to put a name forward as quickly as possible. But then they were caught up in the "We hate everything he wants to do" plan. See, if they would have confirmed quickly, their own base would have yelled and screamed and then gotten back to the business of marching toward the convention and getting their guy elected. Instead they decided to keep the SCOTUS seat open till we're past the election, and in doing so remind the normally disaffected progressives that electing a President means also electing who gets to nominate for SCOTUS. The next President will have probably three opportunities to nominate to SCOTUS (they're not a young bunch). This will make four. While there's a chance they may overplay their hand and turn off the base, all the Dems need to do is just periodically remind the country that there's a SCOTUS seat vacant and the base will come out this Fall. The Republican Convention is going to be a shitstorm, that much is clear. While people may be criticizing Trump for saying there would be rioting if he's not the nominee, I've been privately saying that for a month now. We very likely will see a third party attempt this Fall either by Trump or by the "establishment" GOP, who are visibly upset over what their party has come to stand for (well, they're upset they can no longer play the anger to their advantage). So there's a schism about to happen. This is not good news for Democrats. The GOP has skirted this cliff a few times before and have emerged stronger. I'm not sure they're going to be able to pull back this time, so either they go over the cliff with Trump, or push their own candidate and break the Reagan Compromise (all these angry white people, those are the Reagan Democrats and what the Tea Party has become). Before Reagan, social conservatives were disaffected and didn't vote much. Reagan brought them in with a revamping of the Southern Strategy. They're now openly rebelling against having their vote go to people they don't think will enact their agenda. If the GOP Establishment pisses on their Trump campaign, they may just give up after they fail at a third party option.

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