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

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Linkee-poo won't cry, no I won't shed a tear just as long as you stand, stand by me

Look, there are rules for these things. Anyone doing work installing things like signs and ramps should understand the law and be able to tell you what is within the rules and what isn't. It's just like building codes (which, BTW, aren't the high hurdle you should go for, but are the base level you should never fall below).

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified seven cases of a fungal infection first seen in Japan in 2009. The culprit is called Candida auris." Fungal infections in humans are hard to cure. That we have another one to worry about is a Bad Thing™.

Fran Wilde with e tweet storm on the perception of how dangerous the world has become. It's always been dangerous for some. For a lot of people, this is their first taste of the hate and vitriol, but for others this is their whole lives.

"The targeting of secretaries of state with campaign donations, corporate-funded weekend outings and secret meetings with industry lobbyists reflects an intense focus on often overlooked ballot questions, which the secretaries frequently help write." Your democracy for sale. Often very cheaply. "Some former secretaries of state said the new fund-raising tactics could hurt the image of the offices as impartial referees of state elections." Gee, ya think?

Jim Hines has some pre-election thoughts.

Want to know what a Republican version of healthcare looks like? "Last year, the Texas legislature approved a $350 million cut in Medicaid reimbursement rates to early childhood intervention therapists and providers. The cuts, made to help balance a billion dollars in property tax relief, affect the most vulnerable Texas children — those born extremely prematurely or with Down syndrome or other genetic conditions that put them at risk for developmental delay." So when the progressives say the conservative healthcare option is "Don't be sick, and if you are, die quickly", it's because their actions back it up. You know all those rural, poor people supporting Trump because they feel disenfranchised? Yeah, they're pulling for the team that made sure they didn't get shit. This is like going to the bully after school is done and expecting to get your lunch money back.

"In total, network newscasts have, remarkably, dedicated more airtime to coverage of Clinton’s emails than to all policy issues combined… This is unfortunate because emailgate, like so many Clinton pseudo-scandals before it, is bullshit. The real scandal here is the way a story that was at best of modest significance came to dominate the US presidential election — overwhelming stories of much more importance, giving the American people a completely skewed impression of one of the two nominees, and creating space for the FBI to intervene in the election in favor of its apparently preferred candidate in a dangerous way." If your job has a BYOD (bring your own device) policy, which most places have these days, essentially this is what Clinton did. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"We can almost pinpoint the exact moment on Wednesday when Fox News mostly lost interest in the tragic breaking news out of Des Moines, IA, about two police officers who were killed in separate ambush attacks… Previously, news of ambush attacks on law enforcement was often treated as a top priority at Fox News, which typically shifted into overdrive in not only devoting time and attention to the senseless killings, but also to instantly assigning political blame, with President Obama often starring as the main villain… Fox News' enthusiasm for the breaking news seems to have flagged not only because Greene is a white man who lives in a house with a Trump-Pence sign out front, but also because the gunman is a racist whose behavior had previously gotten him in trouble with the law." (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

"Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been found guilty on all nine counts against them in connection to the 'Bridgegate' scandal." And remember both the prosecution and defense have said that Gov. Christie knew about the plan to close the lanes as retribution. Note, people actually died because of it (ambulances couldn't travel fast enough because of the traffic).

"Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) announced he will pay back nearly $50,000 in campaign funds after it came to light that he spent the money on personal expenses." And it starts, again.

"Since the Supreme Court struck down a key pillar of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, more than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed a wave of laws that restrict when, where, and how people can cast a ballot… They have also, a new report reveals, shut down hundreds of polling places… A study of nearly 400 counties… found that those counties collectively reduced the number of polling locations available to voters by at least 16 percent — eliminating more than 860 places." Remember which justice wrote that there was no reason to keep the VRA's oversight clauses because they weren't necessary anymore? Yeah, that asshole is dead. Three guesses on just where those polling stations were cut? (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"When the presidential candidates debated last month for the second time, Donald Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton once laughed at a victim of rape. The allegation stems from a case that Clinton worked as a young lawyer in 1975 — she defended one of two men accused of raping then 12-year-old Kathy Shelton." Years after the trial, in which she was forced to defend the rapist, she was interviewed about the case and she laughed when recalling the mistakes the prosecution made which allowed her to fight to a plea deal (by being able to challenge the integrity of the evidence), only two people in the room at the time, Clinton and the reporter. Her comments were about the evidence and how poorly it was managed by the prosecution. "'She apparently went to the judge, and he refused to let her out,' (the prosecutor) said. 'And at that point, she fired all guns. She mounted an excellent defense, I'll give her credit for that.'" And that was her job, after all. The victim believes Clinton was laughing at her, almost nobody else involved believes that to be the case.

"Donald Trump told a group of Medal of Honor recipients sitting on stage behind him at a Thursday night rally that he was… 'brave in other ways… I'm brave -- I'm financially brave. Big deal, right? These are real brave.'" Open mouth A, insert foot B. Is this thing over, yet? Please, dear gods, don't let this asshole win. I can't possibly bare 4 years of this.

Sure there won't be any intimidation. Meanwhile, in Arkansas… "A Pine Bluff resident and the Jefferson County clerk have filed suit against a county election commissioner who also works as a poll watcher, alleging voter intimidation and a conflict of interest." (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"A federal judge has ordered local elections boards in North Carolina to restore voters to the rolls after they were purged too close to Election Day."

"The Democratic National Committee recently reported to the FBI that a security sweep turned up evidence its Washington, D.C. headquarters may have been bugged, two unnamed committee officials told Mother Jones." There we go.

"This is intentional and by design. It is no accident." The Trumpster's final ad is an anti-semitic tour de force. (Grokked from Fred Clark)

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