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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Linkee-poo when I lay me down to die, goin' up to the spirit in the sky

Dinosaurs in feathers. Because. (Grokked from Alex C. Renwick)

"Warner Bros. ordered Google to remove several of its own Web pages from search results on the grounds they infringed the media giant's copyright." Brilliant strategy. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

"A Republican candidate for a municipal post in New Jersey told a female journalist that he hopes she gets 'raped' in a post on her Facebook page, Politico reported Monday." He seems nice. Yes, I'm sure his account was hacked, I'm sure that's the explanation. You know, not that he's a raging misogynist with small time power drunkenness.

"Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein ended up in the wrong Ohio city Friday… Stein was slated to speak at noon at Capital University… near Columbus… Stein flew into Cincinnati, which is about 2 hours away by car." Just a bit of trivia, the Cincinnati airport is actually in Kentucky. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

There's this thing were the kid being picked on shouts at the bully, "One of these days you're going to do this to the wrong person." Whelp. "Last night… Milwaukee police officers in riot gear wrongfully arrested two men for no good reason. But this time, the men they arrested had the means to demand their rights and were released. The men were Jarrett English, an organizer at the ACLU of Wisconsin, and State Representative Jonathan Brostoff." Oopsie. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

"A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota." Another battle for resources that aims to screw over the American Indian.

And here in Ohio, another battle over a pipeline project. In this case, someone is sending letters to the FERC (the regulatory body) in support using homeowners' names as supporters. However, those who have been contacted by media and responded say they never sent such letters.

"Maria, not her real name, now carries out contract killings as part of the government-sanctioned war on drugs… She is part of a hit team that includes three women, who are valued because they can get close to their victims without arousing the same suspicion a man would." On the inside of Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs and the extrajudicial killings that have been "sanctioned." And again, like the drug war in the US, it's not the top people who are in trouble, it's the low level operatives. (Grokked from Marketplace)

"Earlier this week, reporters began poring over the 2,271-word nondisclosure agreement that Trump’s campaign requires its volunteers sign. The forms are extraordinarily broad, virtually prohibiting any volunteers from criticizing Trump or his family for the rest of their lifetimes…" Okay, I'm just going to say it, much of what the Trumpster does and says he will do is actually illegal. And he says he is the "law and order" candidate. Maybe in terms of Law of the Western Territories, but not in an actual legal sense. But then again, "law and order" is mostly code for "we'll keep the blacks (and brown people) down." (Grokked from Kelly Link)

Mother Jones read the whole FBI report on the Clinton email server(s). "There's remarkably little here. If you nonetheless believe that it's enough to disqualify Hillary from the presidency, that's fine. I have no quarrel with you. But if the FBI is to be believed, it's all pretty small beer." But that doesn't make for good Fox News exposes. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

"There is nothing to be uncovered there (Clinton scandal, the passport request but pick any of them), because there is no 'there' there. … but there is almost complete and utter silence about Trump’s two successful efforts to buy off politicians — and not just politicians, but the Attorneys General of two different states!" Wil Wheaton on how the press is ignoring real issues in order to manufacture scandal.

North Carolina's voting restrictions were created after getting data from the board of elections on when and how African-Americans voted. They were intentionally targeted because they voted overwhelming for the Democratic Party. Remember when people were discussing that these laws were being put in place because GOP legislatures felt people "were voting for the wrong people"? Yep, pretty much that. And the fight isn't over. (Grokked from Steven Gould)

Tweet of my heart: @terrydjohnson SETI gets alien signals all the time, but they're all remixes of the Voyager record, and they're rubbish for dancing. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

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