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

Monday, December 19, 2016

Linkee-poo, it was Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hung

Another busy morning. Whelp, the electors cast their votes today.

Jim Hines tweet storm on abuse and control mechanisms. Yes this. Plus personal history, Jim Frenkel charmed me and it took more convincing than it should have for me to open my eyes, and I already knew the content on the chart that Jim Hines shares. While Jim Hines makes this about people attempting to control young authors, the information there is applicable to almost any abusive relationship.

"The unfettered shipments amount to 433 pain pills for every man, woman and child in West Virginia… The Gazette-Mail obtained previously confidential drug shipping sales records sent by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office. The records disclose the number of pills sold to every pharmacy in the state and the drug companies' shipments to all 55 counties in West Virginia between 2007 and 2012." The article continues, "For more than a decade, the same distributors disregarded rules to report suspicious orders for controlled substances in West Virginia to the state Board of Pharmacy, the Gazette-Mail found. And the board failed to enforce the same regulations that were on the books since 2001, while giving spotless inspection reviews to small-town pharmacies in the southern counties that ordered more pills than could possibly be taken by people who really needed medicine for pain."(Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"A white supremacist website called The Daily Stormer has posted a call to 'TAKE ACTION' against Jewish people in Whitefish (Montana), providing personal contact information and urging a 'troll storm' against them." Whitefish is the hometown of Richard Spencer (that's the asshat at the center of several white nationalist stories, the one who held the conference in Washington DC where the attendees threw the fascist salute), and apparently his mother is losing her real estate business (well, having a rough patch). The white supremacists are blaming backlash against his mother by the local Jewish population. Of course he specifically says "no violence" against them, but then posts personal contact information for them. They aren't waiting for January 20. Not that we expected them to. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"Andrey Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, was giving a speech in Ankara, Turkey, when he was shot." Yeah, that's not going to end well. (Grokked from Dan)

Tweet of my heart: @GeeDee215 you call out your uncle at the holiday dinner table for saying racist stuff — not for your uncle's sake, but for nieces and nephews. (Grokked from Joshua Parker)

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