Whelp, that's actually not such a bad idea to generate a social media filter list. (Grokked from Daniel J. Hogan)
"‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ played on a 100-year-old fairground organ." Okay, starts out slow, but by the time you get to the trial you should be hooked. (Grokked from Dan)
Engineering salmonella to eat glioblastomas. Okay then. Wow, that would be amazing if it works without killing the patient. That's going to be a hellofahurdle to overcome to get approval for trials, because basically you're giving the patient meningitis. There would have to be something that kills the salmonella when it can't find anymore purine rich cells (because, IIRC, once the "good stuff" is gone it'll just go to a slow growth by eating other cells (which have lower purine content). And there's a reason we have a blood/brain barrier. (Grokked from John)
"Later, I used an intermediary to pass some questions to active duty CIA officers dealing with the case file - they would not speak to me directly. I got a message back that there was 'more than one tape', 'audio and video', on 'more than one date', in 'more than one place' - in the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow and also in St Petersburg - and that the material was 'of a sexual nature'." It's quite possible this is all a part of a grand disinformation plan (again, the Russians aren't friends of either party, but they will play them against each other and might have set up one party to make a spectacular fireball and crash of democracy). Or, it could all be true and the Russians are still playing it to the same ends. It could also be an EU attempt to force Trump into supporting NATO (of which they think he's rather weak), although that appears less likely after Brexit. Actually there are at least 3 more grand scenarios with multiples of complications and motivations that I can think of just off the top of my head. But I'm thinking the obvious answer, most of the memo is correct if incomplete, is probably the best bet at this point. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)
"Sometimes, the general public is completely unaware of very important decisions government makes because they are shrouded in technicalities. Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that could crippled the ability of government to regulate private industry." And we all know how well we can trust private industry to keep us safe. Remember this goodie from 2008 when some Chinese industries use melamine as a milk additive to boost its protein count? (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)
Project Vertias caught trying to recruit liberals to be paid to demonstrate and disrupt the inauguration. Writes fan fiction where some people in organized crime take up the offer, successfully disrupt the inauguration, and then show up in O'Keefe's office demanding payment. (Grokked from Michele)
This is how you do it. On live TV at a CNN town hall a GOP activist and cancer patient confronts Paul Ryan, asks him why he is proceeding with Obamacare repeal without a replacement ready. He then says to Ryan that without Obamacare he would be dead (and yes, he would have been, many people don't remember what it was like before Obamacare) and thanks Obama. Again, conservative changes mind when the problem becomes real to him and his family.
Tweet of my heart: @jakebackpack Almost as if boomers engaged a massive generational program of capital sequestration, treating their children's future lives as unpaid debts (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)
Was in response to this tweet: @AP Millennials earn 20 percent less than baby boomers did at the same stage of life, according to a new analysis.
Quote du jour: Johnny "Cash said: 'You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.'" (Grokked from the Writers Almanac)