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, April 12, 2016

Linkee-poo can't get to sleep, I think about the implications of diving in too deep and possibly the complications

Okay, I think this is enough to make a post. Yeah, this should be enough.

The lax regulation of funeral homes and cemeteries often leads to corruption and fraud. Tennessee isn't the only place this is happening. In Ohio, at least, we have a minimum standard and some pretty tough auditing of cemeteries (I used to ride a bus with one of the regulators, you don't want to know the stories he told). But the punishments everywhere are pretty pathetic (other than losing the cemetery and the trust fund that is supposed to operate it).

Strangely enough, when transgender kids have supportive parents they don't have the issues that many people like to think are a part of being transgender. Okay, well so far the research doesn't show it's "supportive parents", but that transgender kids these days don't have any greater chance of being "emotionally distressed." It's probably from a greater percentage of the populace accepting people as they are instead of who we think they should be. Strange that.

It's all fun and games until the lawsuits start. Climate-change subpoenas aren't so much fun when the tables are turned. This time, people are investigating the potential of laws being broken by those in the climate change denial camp. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

The USS Zumwalt, so stealthy they're going to attach reflectors to the hull so commercial vehicles don't run into it. Sounds silly, but actually a damn good idea. I'm sure the Russians and others are going to try and image her during peace-time to work out how to defeat her stealthiness. So putting reflectors on her now will not only make her safe for navigation, but will screw with the oppositions' research. Don't think it's important? You do know Russia has adjusted their targeting radars so they're able to accurately see the F-117A (our stealth fighter) and B2, right? (Grokked form Jeff Beeler)

More than 80% of wells in China produce water that is unfit to drink or bath in. Thank god they don't have a bunch of regulations and government oversight keeping them back from fixing the problem.

The day thing has a little to do with robotics, so this is very cool (no, not related to my job). Self-healing, conductive and self-powering (solar) plastics that could be used for prosthetics in the place of haptic devices to give the sense of touch. Plus it works on similar principles to your existing neurons (variable signal intensity and speed). Living in the future.

Kepler is out of emergency mode. Waiting for full telemetry to find out what happened. (Grokked from Dan)

A second Chinese team announces they've been able to edit human DNA in an embryo. So far, all the embryos the teams have done their research on have been non-viable (or at least would never be implanted in a womb, as extra chromosomes aren't necessarily a death sentence for an egg) and have been destroyed after seeing if the CRISPR patches would work (so far, it's been scatter shot success, but it always is early on). The future is coming faster than we're able to cope with it. the problem is, because of US laws against human cloning or working with human embryos, China is now leading the way. Because someone will. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

GE develops a desktop turbine that could supply 33 megawatts of power. The system uses super-critical CO2 instead of water-steam, which is typically used to generate electricity (nuclear power just supplies the heat to turn water to steam to drive turbines, for instance). So, while interesting and probably a good way to quickly generate a lot of power, anybody else see the fault in the plan? (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

The Schaft robot. Who says bipedal robot assistants must look like humans or other animal types? (Grokked from Dan)

When your house is the programing default for an unknown address.

Hayden's 11? This is how rumors start. (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

Medicine, the best lies we know. Sure, we may laugh at people believing in "tooth worms" and exsanguination to balance the humors, but in the future many people will laugh at some of the medical "knowledge" we have now (hopefully one of those things will be, "can you believe people used to poison themselves to try and be cured of cancer?").

Federal securities regulators are charging Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with civil fraud. What a great "tireless conservative warrior", as Cruz called him when he won over a more moderate conservative. (Grokked from Dan)

Dear Fox News, for someone who champions "free markets" and the North Carolina law that allows people to not do business with people they have a strong religious or moral conviction against, you don't seem to get what that means. Think of it this way, all these celebrities and businesses that are boycotting doing business in NC (and the other states) are just utilizing the laws those states have enacted. They have a strong moral conviction of not doing business with bigoted assholes. So they're refusing your custom. You should be celebrating that these celebrities and businesses now have the right to refuse. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

Because it'll be needed in the coming months, the twenty cognitive biases that can affect our reasoning. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Porn site cuts off North Carolina because of discrimination law. Look, when even porn doesn't want your money because they think you've gone too far, that's saying something. I mean, sure, the Bruce cancelling a concert is one thing, but when you deny Southern Conservatives their porn you better watch out. (Grokked from someone, sorry, lost the link)

And what should come as a surprise to no one, "As part of a series into the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the 10 most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black." Never. Read. the Comments (unless you're in law enforcement and need evidence). Next up, water is wet. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants a law to keep the information on pharmacies who supply "death sentence" drugs to remain secret. Um, no. Hey, remember when he wanted to be president?

"Trump's campaign is not based on racism!" shouts people in Trump's campaign. "A group of white high school soccer fans in Wisconsin chanted racist slurs and “Donald Trump, build that wall” at black and Latina players on an opposing school’s team, WISC-TV reported Saturday." Unfortunately your supporters seem to disagree. But Trumps swears he doesn't hear about it. Every. Single. Time. (Grokked from Dan)

Facemask, 15 yard penalty, first down. I wonder if anyone explained to this shining example of humanity that what he committed was battery, and just because he wasn't arrested then, doesn't mean he will get out of this free and clear. Also, Mikee, there could be the civil suit.

Sure Bill O'Reilly isn't a racist, privileged asshole. "Fox News host Bill O’Reilly challenged… Donald Trump Monday night on how he would create jobs for the black community, many of whom he said are 'ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads.'" Nope, no racism here. I'm sure Bill will apologize today saying he was speaking figuratively, even though he said on air that it was "the truth". And he can play his "get out of trouble" card while his supporters can all think, "Well, the network made him say that to be PC, but he really believes what I believe."

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