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Friday, July 29, 2016

Linkee-poo, tell me, sweetie, what's my name

Well that was a speech, wasn't it? And I personally enjoyed all the tweets about Hillary the Multihued returning as Hillary the White. Although that makes Bernie the Balrog, and I'm not sure that's entirely true.

I don't seem to remember in classic SF about the re-entry of space junk looking so interesting. Or freaking people out.

The ability vs time chart on artistic ability. Yeah, that pretty well matches up to my experience. (Grokked from Sarah Goslee)

Why is proof reading important? So you don't look like an idiot. Although, Horny Island Festival may be a truth in advertising thing. (Grokked from John)

The purple blob found in the deep sea. Could be this, could be that, could be something altogether different.

"Region-wide estimated damages ranged from $7.2 to $32 million dollars for 2011. The emissions from Pennsylvania shale gas extraction represented only a few per cent of total statewide emissions, and the resulting statewide damages were less than those estimated for each of the state's largest coal-based power plants." And it'll just get worse as shale gas exploration comes to more densely populated areas. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Fifty-years after Charles Whitman became the Man in the High Tower became the thing we feared, and how that first (popularized and nationally covered) mass shooting has shaped our conversation about mass shooters. Note, abusive personalities are a higher predictor for gun violence than either mental illness, brain tumor, or any other factor, but we don't discuss that. It's been 30 years since we publicly were able to talk about domestic abuse, but we're still not able to effectively deal with it as a culture.

Climate change can have unforeseen consequences. In this case, a resurgence of anthrax on Siberian plane that it's believed is to have started with a thawed reindeer carcass. At first the reindeer die-off was thought to be part of a heat wave. And now official worry about burning the infected carcasses because of the wildfire threat. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

What my twitter feed was like last night.

How badly was the UK public served by their media in the Brexit vote run-up? "Given that 4 of the 11 captions were incorrect this gallery (of "Amazing things we get back if we leave the EU")has been deleted." That bad. Next up, just how bad are we being served by our media in this election (I've already formed an opinion and the media is very soft on the Trumpster and he's playing them like throwing sticks in front of dogs). (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

And since we're talking about Brexit, farmers who voted heavily to leave the EU are now worried about getting their subsidies that were paid by the EU under EU programs. The UK government is still in austerity mode, so chances are they won't take up the payments, or at least not at the levels the EU were able to. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

"Two dozen veteran Republican foreign policy experts plan to send a letter to Congress on Friday urging it to investigate the cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee's email server, the Washington Post reported." 'Cause nothing says "getting to the bottom" like sicking Congress on it. Don't worry, the FBI is already on it. As they have been since the DNC called the FBI saying they thought their servers had been hacked back in something like April.

The Trumpster thinks you're as dumb as he is. "Asked about his comments on Serge Kovaleski, a reporter with a condition that limits mobility in his arms who now works for the New York Times, Trump said: 'I spend millions of dollars making buildings good for people that are disabled, okay? Millions and millions of dollars. Do you think I’d ever do a thing like that?'" As pointed out in the next paragraph, it's called the ADA, he has to build to make the building accessible. He has, however, also been sued for not fully complying.

See, the Trumpster was just joking about asking a foreign power to hack government property (the server is now at the FBI). Why so serious, he asks? Wow, even worst to see classic troll behavior in a presidential candidate. This is the followup comment of, "Wow, did I hit a nerve. I was just kidding, man. Can't you all take a joke?" Yeah, it wasn't. On the flip side, do we want a president who may start a war only to have him say the next day, "I was just kidding."

And just like the Nazi salute controversy, now Junior Trumpster is claiming President Obama lifted a line from his speech. Sigh. Okay, 1) it's a fairly common phrase, if you want to call plagiarism on that then we're going to have to site Jr as well. And 2) Obama has used that line before. Also, it's one line, as compared to several sentences together with several sections that were the same. You're just making yourselves look stupid, GOP.

So, is the Trumpster a bully? Well, when the DNC speakers took him on and challenged him he "wanted to hit them so hard." And not in a rhetorical sense. And he wanted to pick on the small guy. That's classic schoolyard bully. It's also a classic abuser response. Anybody know how his TV is faring after Clinton's speech last night? (Grokked from Katheryn Cramer)

So, how did the Trumpster's AMA go? "Reddit moderators banned 2,200 accounts during Donald Trump’s AMA yesterday." This is my surprised face. "The AMA, for the most part, royally sucked. Trump answered a total of 12 rather weak questions and stuck to broad generalities rather than diving into specifics." Yeah, that was a train wreck just waiting to happen, so Redditors schemed their algorithms to keep the Trumpster safe. (Grokked from Wil Wheaton)

Just in case you thought Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's expulsion (from a largely ceremonial position) was hastily done in the wake of the wikileaks release, for those paying attention it's been a long time coming. But you know, sometimes when you have an eager volunteer in a position it's kinda hard to let them go. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

And the GOP reviews of the DNC are in, and it was a disaster… for the GOP. Many long time wonks on the right are now realizing the conclusion I came to in the late 80s, the GOP has lost it's way having given themselves over to the social conservatives (which are neither in fact) and the Democratic Party has expanded to include what was much of the Moderate Right conservative positions. The GOP since then has be dragged so far to the right that the Dems have now claimed Center Right as their own as well. In the 70s the position both Obama and Clinton hold would have been considered Republican (and this is the benefit of Bernie Sander's campaign, he reminded the party there still is a left wing).

Tweet of my heart: ‏@swearyanthony Fun side issue. Trump campaign no longer claiming his wife has a degree (she doesn't). But she came to US on H1B which requires one.

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