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Monday, December 5, 2016

Linkee-poo, karma is a bitch, so I hope you have a daughter

A life lesson from XKCD that I'm still trying to internalize and live by. (Grokked from Dan)

Okay, for all my Hamilton loving friends, Rudolph reimagined in the same vein as Hamilton. Includes a shoutout to Hermie, the Elf Dentist. (Grokked from Dan)

Stupid Google Home vs Echo tricks. (Grokked from Dan)

NASA paging Howard Wolowitz, Howard Wolowitz you're needed at NASA. "NASA is looking for a few good men and women to solve an upcoming problem. Astronauts will soon be venturing outward beyond Earth orbit. If the spacecraft cabin should depressurize then they’ll have to put on their spacesuits and may have to keep them on for up to six days. During that time something will have to handle the resulting urine, fecal, and menstrual waste, all without the astronauts use of their hands. And that’s where you come in." (Grokked from Dan)

And as the rubber meets the road of the Trump administration, there's some buyer's remorse. "When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink." Yeah, I bet she's going to have a lot of company in the next 4 years. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

"A group of concerned Texans last year filed a lawsuit seeking to block the $350 million cut to Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor and disabled, from taking effect. That group included speech, physical and occupational therapy providers and the families of children who receive their service. They argued that the cuts were so steep that providers would have to close their businesses and forgo seeing as many as 60,000 children." Ah, that vaunted "compassionate conservatism" we've heard so much about. Of course the Texas legislators have a report that says these in-home therapists are overpaid. To bad reality disagrees. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

SCOTUS will hear two case challenging gerrymandering. And their decision could decide if the Democratic Party could ever have a chance of controlling government, even though it's been winning a majority vote for the last several election cycles. The concept of "sorting" is happening in more cases than just geographic preference (which I have my own feeling about, and yes I have said out loud that I would like to live somewhere that I'm not continually barraged with conservative crap, including place of employment). So I might be part of this problem. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

In relation to my link about Seattle actually prospering after their minimum wage hike, the Fuck Fifteen website. If you can call it a website. Here it is, people attempting to get everyone to pull the fucking crab back into the bucket. Note, fuckfifteen.com is registered through godaddy.com's private registry program (which means all attempts to find who is behind it point to godaddy, not who actually setup the site). First video was "you're going to lose your job!" Second video is, "that's not fair to me!" Funny how reality is different from these people's fantasies. Even minimum wage increase has seen the same fear mongering. What these people don't get is capitalism fails when it becomes exploitive. When everybody shares the ride, capitalism flourishes. (Grokked from Dan)

"D.C. Police responding Sunday to a report of a gunman at a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington detained a man armed with an assault rifle, according to a police spokeswoman." I'm sure this has nothing to do with the fake news that a child-abuse ring was being run by the Clintons out of the same pizza joint. Yes, I'm sure the many, many threats against the place (and their neighbors) because of that fake news had absolutely nothing to do with it. (Grokked indirectly from Jim Wright)

And then, "A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to 'self-investigate' an election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign." Hey, genius, it's called Snoopes.com. Easy peasy. Note, this may be an update to the previous link. (Grokked from Patrick Nielsen Hayden)

And now that are reports that he actually fired the rifle in the restaurant. That's fantastic.

A map of the Dakota Access Pipeline's route with notes of the protests and reroutings made at the behest of white residents.

"The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline." While it's a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux, it's not a permanent solution and can easily be reversed.

More details on that Carrier deal are becoming clear. "In sum, about 800 American jobs are being saved, but another 1,300 are disappearing." Good job, Trump. And those 800 jobs only cost the American Taxpayer $7M+ (that we know of). And I say "American Taxpayer" because guess who is going to foot that bill.

Tweet of my heart: @mareasie Remember that women used to wear miniskirts in Iran and Afghanistan. Remember that rights can be revoked.

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