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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Linkee-poo is a backseat driver from America, I am not at the wheel of control

"A white merchant's business brings him to the heart of a legendary Asian conflict -- he unwittingly helps save the day while winning the heart of the Asian female… I'm describing the spec script that Disney bought for its live-action feature film, The Legend of Mulan, which is projected for release in 2018." Oh sweet Baby Jesus, really? You know, I really had my heart set on going to Disney World sometime in the next few years, because I've never been. But I think we may just skip it now. But I can still like Fantasia without guilt, right? (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)

But Disney now says it won't. But it still will be a guy helping Mulan. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"Texas taxpayers might have to cough up more than $4.5 million in legal fees from the doomed anti-abortion crusade by their batshit legislators." All because they decided that trampling on women's right was more important than being logical and actually, you know, reducing government spending. And that's just the legal fees, this is not including the increased government spending that comes from reducing women's health options. (Grokked from Lizz Winstead)

"Once implanted, the material’s mineral makeup encourages real bone to start growing within a month to replace the scaffold, the team reported in the Sept. 28 Science Translational Medicine." 3D printing bone scaffolds for orthopedic repairs. I'm not sure this is an entire solution or that it will replace full metal joint replacements (your joint is more than bone and getting the patient moving as quick as possible is the plan), and for most patients who need vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty one of the problems is their osteoclasts (eats bone) are outperforming their osteoblasts (builds bone). This is what happens as we get older. So without a treatment that spurs osteoblast function (without the side effects of the current drugs), I don't see a wide spread use of these. But it is still cool nonetheless.

"The former chairmen of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say the link between medical recommendations and insurance coverage leads to financial incentives that can corrupt the process and distort people's health care decisions." Hi, Doc, welcome to reality. Also note that they're not saying that maybe we shouldn't allow lobbying, or we should have stricter rules on it, but that to take the pressure off the USPSTF's recommendations for "preventative care" shouldn't be made mandatory for insurers to cover. Or, you know, the physicians tapped for this group could grow a backbone and ethics. That might solve the problem.

"The city of Columbus (GA) Recorder’s Court has been fining victims of domestic abuse who decline to testify against their alleged abuser, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday." What asshat thought that was a good idea? (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)

So, how's the that totally not xenophobic Brexit going? "Pregnant women will be forced to hand over passports before they give birth at NHS hospitals under controversial proposals to clamp down on health tourism." Just as a reminder, the Trumpster brought Nigel Farage, architect of the Brexit vote, over to campaign for him. Because the Trumpster's campaign also isn't about xenophobia and racism. "'No one will be discriminated against… The intention is for this to become standard procedure.'" I believe that's an example of British understatement. Papers, please. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

The NPR fact check of the second debate.

Warren Buffett responds to the Trumpster's comment on his taxes (video). It's like the Donald is incapable of telling the truth. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

The text of Buffett's statement here.

"Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Monday morning criticized CNN's Anderson Cooper for calling what Donald Trump described in the 2005 video tape 'sexual assault.'" Yep, they went there. I need to find a company that still make lye soap and invest in them if Trump wins. We're all going to need that kind of cleaning to get the stench off.

The Trump campaign's take oh Hillary's horrible treatment of women. (Grokked from someone, sorry, lost the link)

Whelp, one Republican woman has an epiphany about the sexism within the GOP. Welcome, our side isn't perfect, but it's a little better.

Alex Jones, he of "InfoWars" believes (as he was told by a highly placed source) that Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama are possessed by demons. And no, he means actual possession by "real" demons. You'd like to think this is just opposition wish mongering, but as I've stated elsewhere, there is actual tape. Whackaloon quotient is sky-high and accelerating! I mean this as a joke, but am also serious; this is what happens when you get the state out of mental health care. Seriously, demons. Possession. They used to forcibly commit people to psychiatric hospitals for this kind of stuff. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

"This is not funny. It is terrifying. The Russians engage in a sloppy disinformation effort and, before the day is out, the Republican nominee for president is standing on a stage reciting the manufactured story as truth. How did this happen? Who in the Trump campaign was feeding him falsehoods straight from the Kremlin?" Well, that's totally not terrifying. "(The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment)." Yeah, go figure. Sweet Jesus, the Russians didn't even have the honesty to fully brainwash their Manchurian Candidate to try and slip him in. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"Despite this caustic language, (an evangelical mega church pastor) did not abandon support for Trump outright." Well, of course not. I mean, Trumpster has promised to appoint anti-abortion judges so he's their guy. What you're seeing is the Pharisees inviting the money lenders into the temple and helping them set up the tables. (Grokked from Dan)

Dear conservatives, there is always a mic, it's always on, and someone always has the tape. "Confronted with a quote in which he said he didn’t know if Donald Trump’s recently surfaced comments about groping women qualified as sexual assault, Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told the Washington Post he 'never said it.' A recording says otherwise." Actually, several recordings say otherwise.

There's got to be a morning after. "'If they want to release more tapes… we'll continue to talk about Bill and Hillary doing inappropriate things.'" So, basically the Trumpster knows there are more tapes. Who knows what shoes remain to be dropped. (Grokked from Brandie Tarvin)

"Thing is, the support of Trump in Texas — and I speak specifically of my region, East Texas — goes beyond the smart and the not so smart, the educated and the uneducated. It is more a result of what I like to call the happily stupid; the ones who hold stupid views by choice, not due to lack of intelligence, but due to a kind of tribalism. Facts that interfere with their version of the world are there to be ignored. It’s like putting a hat on a pig and insisting the porker is your Uncle Frank, contrary to all other evidence." I think it's far more than just East Texas. It's mostly about fear, and people needing their fear. It's also why, despite the Good News of recent polls, Trumpster is still a dangerous man. When people's worldview is suddenly smashed to pieces, they sometimes pick up those jagged ends and use them on those who smashed it. (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)

Is it me, or are the wheels coming off this particular bus?

Tweet of my heart: @AtifRMian Six Americans won the Nobel prize this year in various sciences. ALL of them immigrants. (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)

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