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

Friday, October 21, 2016

Linkee-poo, and I ain't got no worries 'cause I ain't in no hurry at all

More digitized manuscripts. I may have posted this one before. It's hard to tell and there are so many. (Grokked from Dr. Caitlin Green)

An interview which ruminates on masks and mythology. The stories we tell ourselves. (Grokked from Terri Windling)

"Just outside of the Medieval church of the Ostrów Lednicki stronghold in Poland, archaeologists have unearthed the strange burial of a giantess. The woman’s skeleton showed that she reached a towering height of 7'2" but also that her short life was full of traumatic injuries and disease." (Grokked from Brandie Tarvin)

How Snake lost his legs. The world is weirder than you think. (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

"Drilling into hot rocks to tap geothermal energy is one thing. Drilling deep enough to tap the energy from magma oozing into volcanoes is quite another, offering a massive increase in the potential to exploit Earth’s inner heat." What could possibly go wrong? Although this would be Iceland's second geothermal well to tap directly into a magma chamber.

The sugar water industry cribs from the tobacco industry's playboy to try and stop taxes on their products.

Because some people have been talking about abuse in my twitter feed (I don't know why they would, he said shaking his head in an ironic fashion). "A former Ohio mayor has admitted to repeatedly raping a child, prosecutors said — but the self-described Christian blames the girl for her own sexual abuse." About the only good part of this story is he's actually being prosecuted for it in a criminal court, considering that hardly every happens. (Grokked from John)

"(P)olice in Sacramento, California launched a death investigation after spotting a woman walking down the sidewalk with a skull perched on a stick." I guess that would make anyone suspicious. (Grokked from TPM)

"A recent Houston Chronicle investigation revealed that Texas, the state with the lowest percentage of children in special education, 8.5 in 2015, may arbitrarily be capping services, which are entitled by federal law to students with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental illness and other special needs." Oh Texas, why do you hate actual, functional, and science based education so much?

What the Trumpster got wrong about abortion in America during the debate. You know, besides everything. "The vast majority happen in the first trimester: Ninety-one percent in 2012 occurred before the pregnancy reached 13 weeks, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 7.2 percent took place after 14 weeks gestation. Fewer than 1.3 percent happened after 21 weeks, late in the second trimester." And those later ones, typically the fetus has died in the womb, or it is finally obvious that should the fetus be birthed, the child would die shortly thereafter, often in much distress. And this is ignoring all the other problems that could happen which would require abortion (such as an ectopic pregnancy). (Grokked from Fred Clark)

"After Donald Trump fueled his warnings about voter fraud on Wednesday night by refusing to commit to accepting the results of the election, one Fox News editor pointed out that there couldn't possibly be enough voter fraud to account for the Republican nominee's significant lag in the polls." He then went on to suggest there's a lot of fraud in the election, but just not enough to account for Trumpster's slide. The amount of voter fraud is actually well below the margin of error in counting the votes (even electronically). The difference between Al Gore and G W Bush in just Florida was more than all the voter fraud in all the US in the past 20 years.

"In what could be the first glimpses of a Trump-branded TV network that many have speculated could be the ultimate goal of Trump's presidential run, (Cliff Sims and Boris Epshteyn) anchored a half-hour pre-debate show and an hour-and-a-half of post-debate coverage, right on Trump's Facebook page." Trial balloon for TrumpTV? Are we all just being punked? Because, as in conservative politics, you can never go too far to the right, and there's always room to go ever farther.

"'Hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the Watergate Commission,' Trump said, citing a false Internet rumor as the crowd turned on him and started to boo, something that simply doesn't happen at lavish charity dinners at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The face of one the guests sitting on the stage behind him was suddenly struck with horror." A report from the Trumpster trail from the debate to the Al Smith Dinner. No, I have little sympathy at this point. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

For the evangelicals, Trump or Jesus. (Grokked from John)

"Donald Trump’s national political director will 'step back' from his role overseeing the Republican nominee’s ground game with less than three weeks to go before Election Day, Politico reported Thursday." That can't be good.

"Tens of millions of Americans gathered around TV sets to watch the debate (Wednesday) night. But how they thought it went may depend upon which networks they watched. That's because post-debate coverage can sway viewers' opinions, as a new study suggests." What should come as no surprise, those who watched Fox News thought the Trumpster did much better than any of the other viewers (although it didn't swing those who identified as Democrats). "Moreover, (the researcher) points out that while Fox News has been studied a lot for its effects on voter attitudes, MSNBC perhaps also warrants some new attention." This is because they found that Republicans who watched MSNBC's post debate discussion moved off of their support for the Trumpster. Well, first, it's not like people came into the debate without preconditioning. Also it's not like the debate was an even contest. So I think that may throw some of these answers in the direction they saw. But, yes, Fox and MSNBC are considered the diametrically opposed viewpoints.

Tweet of my heart: @xeni “It’s rigged,” says the wealthy white supremacist man whose entire life has been “rigged” for success, failing ever upwards.

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