Using starlight as a random inducer for double checking quantum entanglement. Okay, but what if everything is entangled from the Big Bang?
"In an interview with NPR, (John) Oliver reluctantly concedes that President Trump will define the shows this season. Oliver carries a distinctly liberal sense of humor and a distinctly serious sense of purpose about his satire in an age when politics, journalism and entertainment have often not just blurred definitions but have swapped numbers, apartment keys and Netflix passwords."
I'ma just gonna leave this here. "But to Chowning and other members of the coalition, it was the second bill, HB 1441, that was even more disturbing, devoid of any nuance and completely unconstitutional. Written by another of the chamber’s freshmen, Rep. Justin Humphrey, the legislation would require a woman seeking an abortion first to obtain written permission from her sexual partner. It would also require her to provide his name to her doctor and would forestall the procedure if the man wanted the opportunity to challenge paternity." You may think that's the worst part of it all, but it's not when you get to the reasoning. (Grokked from Kelly Link)
"Chief Owens died in our name, so it is for us to demand a thorough and dispassionate accounting from our leaders." Jim Wright on claiming victory in Yemen. Stands and salutes.
I don't often do this, but can you imagine the shit-storm conservatives would have made had President Obama's raid that killed bin Laden had gone this wrong (things did go wrong, we lost a very expensive helicopter, and needed to activate the backup extraction plan)?
"…(T)he 72 cancer therapies approved between 2002 and 2014 only bought patients an extra 2.1 months of life compared with older drugs, researchers have found. And there’s no evidence that two-thirds of the drugs approved in the last two years improve survival at all… Yet, that doesn’t keep some of those drugs from coming with heavy price tags and concerning side-effects. Among cancer drugs approved in 2016, the average cost for a year’s worth of treatment was $171,000." But let's roll-out drugs with even less testing and verification. To be fair, some patients do wonderfully better using the new drugs. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)
"Thus, although the 100-mile border zone is not literally 'Constitution free,' the U.S. government frequently acts like it is." CPB, the 100 mile wide zone, and you. (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)
"Walker was marching and picketing with a group of about 20 people on Saturday. Their rally was met with a huge counter protest – at least 165 people marched in support of Planned Parenthood." Protests and counter protests in the middle of winter. The gods I hope we can keep this up for the next decade. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
"On Friday night, after four years of CYO basketball together, the nine boys and two girls on the St. John's 5th grade team had to make a decision: Play without the girls or give up the rest of the season… Two weeks prior, the team was told by the league's director that they should never have played as a coed team… Parents said the team's record was wiped, too, since the girls had played in those games 'illegally.'" The team decided to give up the rest of the season. Noted to reinforce the idea that sometimes people make the right decisions for the right reasons. (Grokked from Cherie Priest)
The kids are alright. "First they marched, mow more than 13,000 women are planning to run for office." This is a good thing. Not all will eventual run (or win), but if they're taking seminars on how to run (and serve) chances are they aren't going back to their old lives any time soon. "When these women do run, it’ll likely be at a local level…" Positive benefit to the hell we're all walking through. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
ZOMG, voter fraud! "Iowa's top elections official, who is pushing for a voter identification requirement that could make it harder for some to vote, has only been informed of 10 votes that were potentially improper out of nearly 1.6 million counted statewide in the November election.… Further review by the AP showed that most of the instances were mistakes rather than fraud, and may not have been stopped by an identification requirement. They included a non-English speaking citizen who mistakenly voted when he registered and again on Election Day, a felon whose voting rights had been restored in Wisconsin but not Iowa, and a non-citizen who turned herself in after learning later she shouldn't have been eligible to vote." Oh noes, all those votes for Hillary… oh, wait. "The only person charged with election misconduct in Iowa is Terri Rote of Des Moines, a Trump supporter who told police she voted twice because she believed the candidate's claims that the election was rigged and that her first ballot wouldn't be counted" (Grokked from Jim Wright)
Tweet of my heart: @meyerweb Jesus H. Bombastus Christ on a unicycle. They used CELL PHONES for light. Camera-bearing, microphone-bearing CELL. PHONES. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz) (for context if you need it)