Paul Ryan is (again) running a phone-in poll on Obamacare. "Paul Ryan's office is conducting a phone poll… Call (202) 225-0600… Press 2 to weigh in on the issue. You'll hear a recording about the bill to repeal it, then Press 1 to support continuing the Affordable Healthcare Act. It takes less than 2 minutes!" When I called this morning it's been busy. This is what, his 4th poll. Note he hasn't released the results of the earlier polls. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)
Some continuing concerns over California's new signed memorabilia law and how it relates to autographed books.
Jason Sanford releases a recommended reading list for titles release in 2016.
So, after performing a dope-ass smack-down of a detractor on Twitter, "Wendy's made a major misstep Wednesday when a community manager tweeted a meme featuring the most prominent symbol of the white nationalist so-called 'alt-right,' Pepe the frog, made to look like the fast food chain's mascot." Oh Wendy's, boy have you lost any remaining business I might have given you. Full disclosure, Wendy's was my first paycheck job. And yes, I know the meat is fresh because one of my many jobs there involved pressing patties on the night shift. One of the many reasons that given the option, even with it being more expensive over McDs, I would buy Wendy's. Now probably only will happen if my wife insists on it. Hold your protest, if your "community manager(s)" aren't more aware of the social media landscape you really shouldn't have hired them.
Sketches demonstrating how to light photography. And don't forget to white balance. (Grokked from BoingBoing)
You know that show, "Drunk History"? Well, funny thing… "Ultimately, the book he did write, Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History, tells the story of a time when water was full of deadly bacteria, making alcohol the safest liquid to consume." And yes, some of the alcohol our fore fathers made would kill you (just like how people kill themselves with opioids and other drugs today).
Rethinking ancient Egyptian pot burials.
"A mighty membrane that twists and turns through the gut is starting the new year with a new classification: the structure, called the mesentery, has been upgraded to an organ." It's not as big a deal as the media is portraying it (unless you're in research). Mostly people are now thinking, "I wonder what else it does?" Mostly it hold your guts together and in relative positioning, providing a structure for them and for the vasculature. It was thought of as mostly connective tissues, but with the new classification research will be devoted to finding other functions. And again, it shows just how little we actually know. (Grokked from Dan)
Everybody likes conservative ideals, until they realize they're the ones who will get screwed. In this case, hunters who use federal lands in Wyoming are a little upset about proposals to return federal land to the states (who really can't manage them, but figure they can cash in by selling them off). Welcome to the new range wars.
Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who heads the committee that will lead the charge to repeal Obamacare tweets "Do you support the repeal of Obamacare? RT if you do, and share what you want to see as the replacement." gets an earful back. Single-payor, Rep. Blackburn. Sometimes you should read the comments.
NPR fact checks some of the claims flying around about Obamacare. Especially important to know the facts as conservatives attempt to dismantle the ACA. And here I'll call BS on the "replace" part of their plan. If you start with "repeal" without the "replace" plan in place and ready to go, it is just a repeal (no matter what they promise or say there's a schedule to come up with a replacement plan). It's a shell game. It's Whimpy telling you he'll gladly pay Tuesday for a hamburger today. He's not going to pay, and you're out the hamburger. At this point any "repeal" or "rollback" or "defunding" without a replacement plan will be a disaster, which the conservatives will try to foist off on being "Obamacare's fault". This is like their attempt to blame Democrats with the government shutdowns. Only they may get a lot more people to believe it this time. Democrats should be setting this move up. "You break it, you bought it."
What's your superpower. Mine are detecting bullshit and humor. My Kryptonite, that you don't get to know. It's very hard to find and when it's accurately deployed it doesn't sap my strength, it turns me into a rage-blind supervillain. I really hope I'm never asked this in an interview or have it on the agenda of a meeting or I might violate Super Power Pro-tip #3. (Grokked from Jer)