What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Monday, October 10, 2016

Linkee-poo was just a hired hand workin' on the dreams he planned to try, the days go by

The Writer's Almanac poem of the day, "October 10" by Wendell Berry, is most excellent.

Kameron Hurley on pantsing the plot and those moments were you're searching for the way and wait for the characters to work it out for themselves.

Apparently it's World Mental Health Day (so glad it wasn't yesterday), and Wil Wheaton has a post on that great liar, depression.

"In July of this year, I criticized Attorney General Brad Schimel for insisting that Wisconsin was safer because of concealed carry becoming law in 2011… FBI data for the years 2011-2014 showed that violent crime and murder went up, and preliminary data from 2015 showed it went up dramatically." Yeah, that. (Grokked form Chuck Wendig)

"The Petra Nova carbon capture system under construction at the W.A. Parish Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant southwest of Houston, is slated to go online before the end of the year. The billion-dollar facility will become the largest post-combustion carbon capture system installed on an existing power plant in the world." So a Clean Carbon plant (note it will capture 80% of post combustion CO2) might actually be working by the end of the year, and it's a retrofit. No word on the actual costs of the installation, or the operations costs, but interesting. And there is always the difference between the engineering estimate and real world application, so we'll see if it's all it's cracked up to be. As a reminder, at this point climate change scientists are discussing not if or when climate change will come, but if we've already passed the tipping point for civilization (yes, most talk about the world, but it's our survival that's at state). (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

So, you may be wondering, just where do the drug dealers get their fentanyl and carfentanil to cut their heroin with (and in some cases just replace it)? China will sell you carfentanil no questions asked. And now you know. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

The LA Times political poll (which has shown Trump ahead of Clinton for a while) and some of their methodology. Well, that gives one a little pause. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"You don't have to be successful in these challenges," he said. "You just have to create enough confusion and temporary chaos at a polling place so that people go, 'I'm not going to stay here and put up with this nonsense, I'm out of here.' That's what the real goal is."

UVA's Centrer for Politics updates their Crystal Ball/Larry J. Sabato predictions in light of recent developments. (Grokked from Dan)

"Instead, Clinton’s millennial voter problem appears to come from a different source altogether: Young voters of color seem to be far less excited about her than they were about Barack Obama. That trend — rather than a largely imaginary groundswell of support for Johnson and Stein — poses the biggest obstacle to reassembling the Democratic Party’s youth voting bloc in 2016." (Grokked from Brandie Tarvin)

Tweet of my heart: @BrentNYT The malignant narcissist would rather see the nation ravaged and in flames than lose face. Keep watching; it gets worse. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

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