Do you like your writer tip in the form of videos? Does an English accent scream "knowledgable" to you? Okay, how about Writerly Witterings. (Grokked from Astrid Julian)
The twitter bot that tweet a fantasy map every hour. (Grokked from Shiela)
In praise of the villain.
"'We came out here to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,' White Lives Matter member Ken Reed told the Houston Chronicle." Wait a sec, asshole. I seem to remember a couple of stores and gas stations. I don't remember "cities" burning this summer. Because I'm old I do remember cities burning. I remember those hot summers.
"As a new school year gets underway, the Common Core remains a partisan flashpoint, while Americans overall have serious concerns about the direction of our public education system." Here I will state that I am the opposite of these polls, I support public education and for the most part think it's doing well (that's a relative term, I'd give it a C in our grade inflated world), but most definitely think my local school is screwing its students over by giving them good memories (in a generalized and stereotypical manner), but woefully under-preparing them for success. However, for most American's it's basically just like Congress, they hate the concept in general, but love their local school (and keep re-electing their congresspeoples). Also, it appears people hate "Common Core", but actually like what it would do (and support national wide standards of education). Just like how they feel about Obamacare, as well as (insert your own Obama administration initiative here). Funny, it's almost like if a black president says, "we should do this" people's knee-jerk reaction is to vehemently oppose it. Like it's a strategy or something.
Here I will note, there is an entity that is hell bent on destroying America and splitting this country over race, and it's not the President.
Woman sues police after a 10-hour standoff with her dog where they destroyed her home thinking someone dangerous was inside. Part of the intense militarization of the police. At the beginning of the standoff the woman gave the police the keys to her house. The police then went on to break windows, crash through her ceiling and damage the building with multiple tear gas canisters. To be fair, our actually military destroyed a whole country only to find the WMDs weren't actually there either. (Grokked form Kelly Link)
What is meant by "rape culture"? "'He can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender,' said (David Becker's) attorney, Thomas Rooke. 'The goal of this sentence (for sexually assaulting/raping two women) was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience.'" Yeah, I think that should make it clear. (Grokked from Wil Wheaton)
"The Trump campaign does have minority outreach efforts, but those in charge of it say the campaign is blowing them off. Worse, Trump’s own top black strategist in Florida was thrown out of a Trump rally, essentially for being black." I can verify the name is correct, but I'm only seeing a few articles on this. If it's true, damn that's funny (not for him, though). (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)
How the Trumpster campaign is spending its money.
This is not a drill, crazy-eyes Bachmann is advising the Trumpster on foreign policy. Yeah, that'll go over well.
There was a question on twitter about what would happen to the Trumpster's campaign funds after he lost the election. There was speculation he'd just pocket the money. For the record, that would be illegal (not that he would know that given his other illegal election behaviors), but my response was he was already paying himself (or his companies) and he had given his campaign "personal loans" which he could repay with the funds. But he doesn't even have to do that. He's syphoning his funds right now. "After bragging for a year about how cheaply he was running his campaign, Donald Trump is spending more freely now that other people are contributing ― particularly when the beneficiary is himself… Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign… The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March." (Grokked from Xopher Halftounge)