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Friday, March 4, 2016

Linkee-poo won't be afraid, oh, I won't be afraid just as long as you stand, stand by me

"Vice today published a 5-part, deeply reported and researched science fiction series about what happens after the a massive earthquake hits an American city." Noted here so I can read this later. I have a few thoughts on this (hell, I wrote a book whose world was based on this).

Yes, Virginia, there actually was a Legion of Decency. And they helped censor films in the 30s and 40s. They're also responsible of rate shaping of American Ideals about itself and is why some people believe homosexuality, child abuse, and extra-marital sex is something new.

Paul Klee's notebooks are now online. I'll be in my bunk. (Grokked from Sarah Goslee)

The incredible marble machine that plays music. Okaaaaaay. Also, it's an electric, and appears to be programable. (Grokked from John)

This just in, scientists research the question of if not getting enough sleep leads to overeating. Hell, I could have told them that. But they think they've found a reason why (other than your brain demanding carbs, because sleep is mostly a brain function, not a body function). Endocannabinoids, they build up in your bloodstream as you get less and less sleep. So you literally are getting the munchies (also explains why getting so little sleep makes you act and think funny).

Never trust a "cheap" anything. "Mr. Raggo didn't have to wait long for something shady to happen: 'Once we paired the smartwatch with our iOS and Android devices… it started communicating outbound over a random IP address to China.'" (Grokked from Dan)

Who took the money? Who took the money away? "The candidate himself, a soft-spoken retired Baltimore neurosurgeon, has wondered aloud whether his campaign aides took advantage of him."

Senator John McCain has Romney's back. Say, let's play "what do these two people have in common?" Hint, there's more than one answer. Oh, and Senator McCain is the one who keeps saying he'll support the nominee. Whomever it is. Way to maverick there, Johnny. (Second link grokked from Jim Wright)

Wow, people just keep volunteering for the shit parade against Trump. In this case some GOP thinking head on national security. And, again, please note that the Trumpster isn't saying anything new, he's repeating what he's heard from other conservatives in leadership positions, but look at what they believe the consequences would be. "Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world. Furthermore, his expansive view of how presidential power should be wielded against his detractors poses a distinct threat to civil liberty in the United States." Dear all you insiders, you do know you can blow until you fall over, and because of the built-up hostility to "insiders" and "establishment" (which you all embraced when it brought you elections of people you liked) you're just strengthening his support. You are the Br'er Rabbits saying "don't throw us in the briar patch", only you know those thorns are now going to hurt. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

"Even on conservatives’ biggest questions about Trump’s qualifications to run the country, Republicans at CPAC have begun telling themselves that Trump will build a strong team to assist him in areas he doesn’t know well be it foreign policy or negotiations with Congress." The stories we tell ourselves. To them, it's "Anyone but Clinton."

Oh, and Trump is anything but the conservatives' fault. It's always someone else's fault when it comes to conservatives.

Our polite cousins to the North wonder just WTF is going on down here.

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