Two interviews with agent Jennifer Johnson-Blalock. Questions on being an agent and what agents look for. (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)
"Write every single day… It’s one of the most common pieces of writing advice and it’s wildly off base." I think I need to read this blog post on writing begins with forgiveness a few more times. Yes. Part of what's blocking me now is guilt and shame. I'm writing this entry on Friday nite, and I should be writing or working on t-shirt art. And I'm not doing either (I did some art, but didn't "finish" anything). There is a huge amount of inertia right now. At least Sisyphus had momentum and drive. Feeling very short on both these days. And I keep beating myself up about it. Maybe I need to develop some ritual to do this. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)
Remember in the Obamacare discussions when the conservatives kept on saying how they didn't want Government between you and your doctor because nothing should get between you and your doctor, but then didn't get the whole "but insurers have been between the patient and the doctor since forever" argument? "Prior authorization requirements can also pressure doctors to change how they prescribe a drug such as Suboxone. Sometimes an insurer will push for a lower dosage than the doctor wants, or it will require a patient to start tapering the use of a medication even when the doctor thinks the patient needs more time." Whelp, they still are there between you and your doctor. Also, because I have 1st hand knowledge, they'll even get in the way when it comes to a CT scan.
Who needs any stinking regulation? "In 2014, undercover Congressional investigators set out to test the countermeasures put in place to test the regulatory system that is supposed to detect and interdict terrorists who are assembling a dirty bomb -- countermeasures set in place after a red team found that it would be easy to do just that in 2007. They found that it was still very easy to beat all the detection systems."
"Alabama judge who wouldn’t marry gays suspended over sexual messages." Something something sin something something rock. (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)
"According to one highly-placed source, Solivan worked out of what Fox insiders called 'the Black Room,' an operation Ailes established around 2011 to conduct PR and surveillance campaigns against people he targeted both inside and outside the company." And was probably more of the reason for Ailes ousting within a few weeks of the allegations of his sexual harassment became public knowledge, as he funneled Fox New profits into his own "enemies" projects. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)
"In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation." Putin found the weakness and exploited it. Michael J. Morell, acting director and deputy director of the CIA from 2010 to 2013, endorses Hillary Clinton calling Trump a liability. (Grokked from just about everybody by now)
Just an observation. In the past week I've seen many conservatives talking or tweeting and including the argument about control of the Supreme Court and why that makes this the most important election in generations. See, they get it. Dems need to start beating that drum as well. It's almost fallen off their radar screens.
"'It’s such a breath of fresh air,' (Former Rep. Todd Aiken) said. 'When he says things and gets everybody excited, there are people like me who are clapping. It is still a free speech country.'" You may remember Todd from the "real rape" discussion in 2012. He still doesn't understand why he lost so much support. You're still an asshole, Todd. See, free speech. It never went away.
There's this meme where us progressives and liberals call the Trumpster's rhetoric racist and then they say it's not. Well, let's ask one, shall we? "Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is running for U.S. Senate and tells NPR that he believes he'll be getting the votes of Donald Trump supporters." So, yep, racist. Also noted because "Make American Great Again" was one of his former slogans when Duke ran for office before. "I don't know if (Trump is) with me or not but I would hope that he and others would realize that the same lies they make about him is what they say about me,' (Duke) said. 'I've always said that I'm for equal rights for all people, but I also believe that European-Americans shouldn't be facing discrimination (it's the classic "reverse racism" argument) either… We've already polled inside the Trump voters, and we know that we're going to carry 75 to 80 percent of those who are going to vote for Trump.'"
Apparently the Trumpster's campaign hired former AOL and ComCast payment systems administrators because there is no way to actually cancel monthly payments to the campaign once you set one on short of cancelling your card or contesting the charges with your bank. Ain't that special. So much for knowing how to actually run a business. Unless you want our government run like AOL or ComCast. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)
"'James O’Keefe is a professional liar,' Dickerson said. 'He just isn’t very good at it.'" Well, at least he's learning to not commit a crime (although IANAL, but I believe in some state just the act of impersonating someone to an election official, or other government office, is a crime). I wonder if there's also something about a convicted felon committing an impersonation or entering a poling place being a crime? Did I link to the story about O'Keefe being recognized when he tried to impersonate a Bernie supporter during the protests at the DNC?
Tweet of my heart: @GeorgeTakei Trump has floated Ivanka for a cabinet position. In other news Lucius Malfoy has elevated Draco to head the Dept of Magical Law Enforcement.