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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Linkee-poo, try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow

"One of the findings concluded that guitar players have the ability to 'sync' their brains, and essentially read each others’ minds while playing and even anticipate what is to come." As a guitar player, yes, this. It doesn't work with everyone, but when it does it's quite magical. (Grokked from Janiece)

"A New Orleans man this week became the first person believed to be charged with a hate crime against police officers under Louisiana’s newly-enacted 'Blue Lives Matter' law, but now authorities say the charge may not stand." Well, of course not, he's white.

"It seems clear from the data that the humpback whales are choosing to interact with the orcas specifically to interrupt their hunts." Two of my favorite animals. (Grokked from Janiece)

And a federal judge says the pipeline construction in North Dakota can continue. On lands that haven't been surveyed for important artifacts. But they'll get to that real soon now. You know, after they bulldozer the path they need. I'm sure this will all end well.

And, how can you tell it's been a long time since conservatives were in charge of the executive branch, because the DoJ, the Dept of the Interior, and the Army Corpse of Engineers just stepped in to say, "we need to relook at this before we allow it to continue." (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horn)

"After the Minnesota Republican Party waited until the last minute to get their party’s presidential nominee on the ballot, the state's Democrats filed a legal challenge late Thursday arguing that the way Republicans placed Donald Trump on the ballot (by "appointing" electors, instead of having delegates "vote" them in) violated election rules." Really, Democrats, don't do shit like this. Also, this is why you need skilled politicians. Some of these rules are arcane and obscure and a party needs parliamentarians to work their way through them.

"Donald Trump's charitable foundation gave a whopping $100,000 to a conservative group pursuing legal action against the New York attorney general at the same time that office was conducting a fraud probe into Trump University, Yahoo News reported Friday." So that's where all his money went. It wouldn't really look all that sinister if it weren't for the Florida AG and Texas AG donations as well.

"Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday defended his running mate's statement that Vladimir Putin is a stronger leader than President Barack Obama, calling it 'inarguable.'" Flips table. Remember when Pencey was the "reasonable one"? He then went on to call Trumpster "humble" like Reagan. This is your brain on drugs.

"The passengers on that plane 'took the only shot they had,' (Gary) Bauer stated (at the Value Voters Summit). 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is a Flight 93 election. This may be out last shot. It's time to roll. It's time to run down the aisle and save Western civilization.'" Ladies and gentlemen, this is what happens when you don't state mental hospitals, the lunatics are left out into the general population where they cause a lot of trouble. (Grokked from Fred Clark)

Michelle Bachmann at the Value Voter's Summit, "'This is a man who has common sense, 1950s sensibilities, about the greatness of the United States.'" Yep, I think that's all you need to know. Also, in case you thought the progressive mantra of "The GOP wants to turn back to the 50s" was just hyperbole.

"A complaint has been filed with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division against Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over allegations that Trump bribed Bondi to get her drop an investigation into Trump University." (Grokked from Lizz Winstead)

"Entire dissertations could be written about rolling coal. Even more than Trump’s ascension, it seems to perfectly capture a moment in time, an inarticulate yawp of protest from angry white men. They feel disdained and overlooked and they will blow thick black smoke in your face until you pay attention." (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"A federal appeals court has blocked Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from requiring residents to prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote using a national form." Well, that's good.

Tweet of my heart: @IanDunt Brexiters complaining EU picked smart, robust negotiators is almost funny. What did you think they'd do? Pick an idiot? They're not the UK. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

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