Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Linkee-poo, you're an untamed youth, that's the truth with your cloak full of eagles

XCKD on "climate variation" form 20,000 BCE to present. For use with those who say, "but the climate is always changing." (Grokked from Elizabeth Shack)

"The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show." Yep. Okay, quick quiz, was there any major industry in the 50s and 60s that didn't try to cook the books and place blame on what they knew was happening on someone else? So, a quick exercise, go to the grocery and try and find something not in the fresh vegetable, dairy, or fresh meat sections that don't have sugar (in all of it's forms - note that isn't a complete list).

"The experiments, described in the Sept. 9 issue of Science, are thought to provide the first large-scale glimpse of the maneuvers of bacteria as they encounter increasingly higher doses of antibiotics and adapt to survive — and thrive — in them." Life finds a way. Two notes. First, the difference between this and "real world" applications of antibiotics is the dose would had been applied to section 1 of the dish (which would have killed the vast majority of bacteria, leaving few survivors/fewer chances to mutate, also your immune system would also be working on them). Secondly, remember when some anti-evolutionists say you can't see evolution in a laboratory setting? Bullshit, 'cause there it is. But, yeah, that is a mighty powerful demonstration of evolution and how fast bacteria can develop antibiotic resistance. (Grokked from Doselle Young)

Jim Wright's 9-11 post. Yes, that. I spent the day avoiding he TV, avoiding the washing of history. See, in all of the "yeah, look at us mourning" going on, I remember that day. I remember the people jumping. I remember the panic. There were terrorists everywhere in the country. Smoke poured out of parking lot in Cleveland and it was another attack. I remember what it was like before the media washed all of it away and made 9-11 about something else. Before thousands of politicians wore it as a halo to make themselves seem omnipotent. What is the goal of a terrorist? The first step is to make you afraid. Fifteen years in and we seem to be still very much afraid.

Trigger warnings. "Yet the preponderance of this evidence shows the world much as it is today: a thriving slaughterhouse." A reporter looks through his notes of a life covering war and what it does to the people caught up in it. Dulce et decorum est… is still the old lie. (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

Commentary on an article about how to help your employees who are facing food insecurity. "It however does not mention the one thing that will actually ensure your employees don’t struggle with food insecurity and hunger… But no, can’t mention that." But he does. (Grokked from Fred Clark)

"The incomes of typical Americans rose in 2015 by 5.2 percent, the first significant boost to middle-class pay since the end of the Great Recession and the fastest increase ever recorded by the federal government, the Census Bureau reported on Tuesday morning." When will Obama stop destroying the economy with his successful initiatives? Although I'll also snark, "I don't know where to spend my extra 5.2%." (Grokked from Jim Wright)

Why won't Trumpster release his tax returns? I don't know, maybe "The Donald J. Trump Foundation is not like other charities. An investigation of the foundation — including examinations of 17 years of tax filings and interviews with more than 200 individuals or groups listed as donors or beneficiaries — found that it collects and spends money in a very unusual manner." he's a lying sack-of-shit and knows any reporter worth the name could uncover what he hopes the IRS won't? "Trump’s foundation appears to have repeatedly broken IRS rules, which require nonprofit groups to file accurate paperwork. In five cases, the Trump Foundation told the IRS that it had given a gift to a charity whose leaders told The Post that they had never received it. In two other cases, companies listed as donors to the Trump Foundation told The Post that those listings were incorrect." And this is the guy that some of our fellow citizens think should run the largest employer and spending organization in the country (ie. the US Government)? (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horn)

Who is a part of that "basket of deplorables"? Well, informal Trump adviser and confidante Roger Stone is one of them. In an attempt to fight back at Clinton's charge, he tweeted out an image that included Pepe the Frog (a well known symbol used by racists) and Milo Yiannopoulos. (Grokked from Fred Clark)

"Donald Trump honed in on Hillary Clinton’s remark calling half of his supporters a 'basket of deplorables' at a Monday rally in Asheville, North Carolina where one of his backers got into a physical altercation with several protesters."

And who thinks the Trumpster's supporters are a basket of deplorable? "Kellyanne Conway, who worked for Ted Cruz (and is now Trump's campaign manager), called Trump’s supporters 'downright nasty' and above their 'skeeze' on the John Gambling show in February." Well, to be fair, she was still working for Cruz then. And there is more coming out. It's like nobody every thought anyone would remember the things. (Grokked from Fred Clark)

Why do liberals think conservatives polarizing are gun happy? I don't know, maybe when the Governor of Kentucky talks about shedding "the blood of tyrants and patriots" if Clinton is elected President. YEs, again we're hearing the arguments for "a Second Amendment solution" (although he doesn't use those words). (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

And speaking of health, "When asked if Trump might release the results of his physical last week or other health records, Pence said those questions should be directed to Trump campaign staff in New York." Ah, yeah.

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