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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Linkee-poo, love can mend your life but love can break your heart

Proxima B doesn't sound as sexy as Ceta Alpha V, but I'll bet a heckofalotta SF will be written about it. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

The Pearl of Puerto, a 75 lb giant clam pearl kept for years as a good luck charm by the fisherman who found it, is now on display. I expect your heist short story by next Wednesday.

"In an opinion that went largely unnoticed, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that had the effect of making most stealing offenses no longer felonies thanks to an apparently inadvertent change to state law way back in 2002." Oops. The good news is Missouri's legislature inadvertently fixed the problem for any crimes committed on or after January 1, 2017. (Grokked from Dan)

"A new report from NextGen Climate, an environmental advocacy organization, quantifies the economic impacts of a rapidly changing global ecosystem. For the millennial generation as a whole, the price tag is nearly $8.8 trillion." Which is more than current student debt and more than value lost to Great Recession. I think I need to read the report to see how they quantify that. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"The rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated maternal mortality rate that is unmatched in any other state and the rest of the developed world." Funny how after decades long fight against women's reproductive rights and health in the name of "stopping abortion" that Texas has a worse maternal mortality rate than most third world nations. It's like they're almost connected. This is what the pro-life movement wants to bring to all of the US. (Grokked from practically everybody)

"As the nation reels from a series of high-profile fatal shootings of black men by police officers, many have decried the lack of readily available data on how racial bias factors into American policing. But while it’s true that there is no adequate federal database of fatal police shootings… there exists a wealth of academic research, official and media investigations, and court rulings on the topic of race and law enforcement." For the next person who tells you "there's no proof." Yes. Yes there is. And it's damning. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Dems in Congress ask for hearings on the price increase for EpiPens. Note, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch is the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. Republican Senator Grassley is also questioning the price increase, which is odd since Sen. Grassley is from the "free market" and "less government interference in business" side of the aisle. You know, the side that would be perfectly fine with Mylan charging whatever they want (and would remove the FDA from oversight). Also note, the patent protecting the EpiPen has already expired.

"Donald Trump said this week that a 'top' Chicago police officer told him crime could be eradicated from the city with 'tough police tactics,' but the Chicago Police Department is denying any such conversation ever took place with senior officers… 'No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign,' police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday." But, you know, "believe me" and he's the "law and order" candidate. Maybe he's having memory problems. He is 70 after all. Dementia can also come with hallucinations.

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