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, November 14, 2016

Linkee-poo, well you're dirty and sweet, clad in black, don't look back, and I love you

Before the election I said that I was taking a social media holiday, and I still plan on that (at some point), but the prospect of a Trump Presidency is, IMHO, a little more important to counter than my own mental health. However, I am going to do my best to post more non-political articles in the future (but not today). This isn't because I don't realize the danger that Trump poses, or the immediacy of the threat (read your Machiavelli, Trump has), but that I think we all need to have some distractions from our focus. Without it, lateral thinking is hampered. The chance for serendipitous conjoining of neural networks to provide solutions is diminished.

And now, in redo computing news… "If you ever wanted to simulate a Burroughs 220 vacuum tube computer on your Apple II, rejoice!" (Grokked from John)

"The Raleigh, N.C. affiliate of NBC censored “Saturday Night Live” in nine different parts of last night’s broadcast, citing language used by comedian and host Dave Chappelle and raising concerns on social media of whether broadcasters could become more wary of edgy content under an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump." (Grokked from Merrie Haskell)

Trump supporters dox journalists who are Jewish. It's like we're replaying the beginning of the "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" and checking off boxes. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

I'm going to interject here, there is a meta-discussion going on (although it hasn't crystalized in many people's minds) about when to resist. This plays into the narratives of "He didn't really mean to do what he said" (note, also said of Hitler), "He'll never be able to actually enact what he's promised" (also said of Hitler), "Let's see what happens", and "I'll resist at (insert some action which is deemed a line too far)." There is no compromise with fascists. They will always go to the extreme. The best time to stop a door from closing is to stop it from beginning the swing (everything else takes a lot more energy and causes a lot more damage).

"Kellyane Conway warns Harry Reid his comments on President-Elect Trump are 'beyond the pale' and warns him to 'careful' in the 'legal sense.'" So glad they're promising to not abuse their power in an attempt to shut down dissent. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

No, coal jobs are not coming back and the side that told you they would is now admitting they have no power to bring them back. Because nobody stole those jobs. Also, Dear Coal Country, you've been played by your bosses. Again. Only now, instead of having some form of job retraining, "McConnell also noted that he did not intend to spend any government dollars to help those who have lost coal jobs and may not regain them. 'A government spending program is not likely to solve the fundamental problem of growth,' (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell argued." How do you feel about your votes now? (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

"The Associated Press and other local media outlets identified several reports of racist incidents at schools since Tuesday, including a group chat that the Oklahoma student got involved with aimed at black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania, Trump's alma mater."

Hey, remember when Trump promised to not change the social safety net? "Paul Ryan has been pushing to phase out Medicare and replace it with private insurance for several years. But now it's real with unified Republican government. He just said he will try to rush it through early next year while repealing Obamacare." Yeah. (Grokked from Fred Clark)

More here, "(Speaker Paul) Ryan tells Baier, 'Because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke.' This is false. In fact, it’s the complete opposite of the truth. The Medicare trust fund has been extended 11 years as a result of the passage of Obamacare, whose cost reforms have helped bring health care inflation to historic lows." Many people forget just how much Obamacare fixed in our healthcare (including people who work in healthcare). (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

"The Alt-Right has embraced Donald Trump, and he has embraced them--most directly by hiring as CEO of his campaign Steve Bannon… Here’s what you need to know…" Wherein genre-boogyman Theodore Robert Beale is often mentioned. (Grokked from Teresa Nielsen Hayden)

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