The Publishers Weekly industry salary survey for 2016. Lot's of chunky information in there, especially the ramifications of the "Median Compensation" chart. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)
"Building-size chunks of rock were photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in January as they broke free from a disintegrating comet zooming around the sun. The relatively rare images are providing insight into how these icy space rocks die."
"Stacy Kotiska says she quit last week after she had to take a hot lunch away from an elementary school student because the child's parent had fallen more than $25 behind in paying for his school lunches."
Sure you can trust the police. "The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the protester, Michael Picard, was illegally seized by a trooper who didn’t know that it was recording and carried it back to his patrol car, where it then captured the troopers’ plotting." Oopsie. (Grokked from Levin Armload)
And, yes, it's happened again. Another black man was killed for no reason by a police officer. Besides the usual "why the hell did the officers taser and then kill someone who was offering no resistance and had all the appearances of complying with directions" what is not being discussed is why the fuck do the Tulsa police respond to the report of a broken down car with that many officers, a helicopter, while running hot? And the story from NPR which includes the video from the helicopter. And no, their stories aren't adding up. Especially for not rendering assistance after Terence Crutcher was shot and lying on the ground. And especially not for the comments about him being a "big, bad dude."
Whatever you do in politics, don't ever fake a news presser. "North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory headlined a luncheon of a group of business and civic leaders last week and was only too happy to take questions from the audience. Except the questions weren't from the audience, they were pre-written by the governor's staff." It's like these people don't realize that in this world of hyper-connectivity that at least at the state level, you can no longer hide in local politics. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)
"A new world record for quantum teleportation has been set, bringing quantum communication networks that can stretch between cities a step closer. Two independent teams have transferred quantum information over several kilometres of fibre optic networks." Ansible here we come. Although not sure it's actual teleportation when you require a fiber-optic network between the two ends.
Oh those Japanese commercials. A Trumpster campaign ad as seen through the filter of the Japanese advertising industry (or at least one prankster who mocks it very well). (Grokked from John)
Trumpster Jr has a Skittles problem.
"The plan would also make the tax code less progressive. While it would increase incomes across the income spectrum, it would increase them by much more for the richest Americans. The bottom four quintiles of income groups would see their incomes go up by 0.8 to 1.9 percent." And that's from a "(t)he right-leaning Tax Foundation." I remember how much the Bush tax cuts were supposed to help, I end up paying more in taxes (most of his middle-class tax "cut" was done by increasing the child dependent deductible). Oh "(a)ltogether, over 10 years, it would reduce federal revenue by around $4.4 to $5.9 trillion." Sound familiar, like how the GW Bush tax cuts erased any "surplus" and took us until unchartered nation deficit/debt areas.
Tweet of my heart: @MileHighBrendan "The Stewards of Gondor have lost touch with the common man. At least Sauron would shake things up a bit." (Grokked from Merrie Haskell)