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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Linkee-poo before the storm

Now I can talk a little more openly about this. Tomorrow I start a new graphic design job. While I hope this will mean some major changes for the better in most aspects of my life (hell, I've already lost weight without really doing anything different), it might mean a reduced ability to write the linkee-poo during the day. Considering part of this is to allow more time (and brain space) to write at night, that probably means that the linkee-poos will be more like linkee-poo light. I'll be working in a bullpen configuration, which means everyone can see what I'm working on. Considering that they have increased the pay for this position to get me, they're definitely going to want to see me perform to get their ROI. The workplace is built around half-hour lunches (which is about what I've been actually taking for the past 5 years). So expect light posting for a while.

It's pierogi, it's a ravioli, it's a flying saucer, nope it's Pan.

"A team from the University of Twente and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences have published a paper demonstrating gross overbillings by smart energy meters, ranging from -32% to +582% of actual power consumption." Well isn't that just ducky.

"The U.S. Department of State asked the city in writing on Feb. 24 to not reveal the autopsy results, because Churkin’s diplomatic immunity survives his death… Churkin, who died Feb. 20 at a hospital at age 64, had been Russia’s envoy at the U.N. since 2006. He was the longest-serving ambassador on the Security Council, the U.N.’s most powerful body." Uh, yeah. Diplomatic immunity does not survive death. (Grokked indirectly from Wesley Chu)

"As of July 1, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education will allow these first-year residents, also known as interns, to work 24 hours without a break — and sometimes as long as 28, if a particular transition between doctors demands it." Yeah, that'll work so well.

"Amazon announced this week that it was launching Resistance Radio as a companion program for The Man in the High Castle, an alt-history drama loosely adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel. The pre-recorded radio program is basically a bunch of people talking about how the Third Reich is bad and does bad things. For some, they thought that applied to America’s current president (and/or they didn’t bother actually listening to it). In response, several irate opposers flocked to Amazon’s sponsored #ResistanceRadio hashtag to complain about the station’s 'liberal agenda.'" (Grokked from Eric Kelly)

"But a second, previously unreported video from that same convenience store… is raising new questions about what happened in the hours before the shooting on Aug. 9, 2014… The footage shows Mr. Brown entering the store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, shortly after 1 a.m. on the day he died. He approaches the counter, hands over an item that appears to be a small bag and takes a shopping sack filled with cigarillos. Mr. Brown is shown walking toward the door with the sack, then turning around and handing the cigarillos back across the counter before exiting." Remember, the owner of the store refused to file a report.

"Roger Stone, President Trump's former campaign advisor, on Friday admitted to having private conversations with a hacker who helped leak information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during last year's campaign." Sure it was completely innocuous. Just like Mr. Stone's quickly deleted tweet about the completely legal back-door access to Wikileaks. Nothing to see here. (Grokked from George Takei)

"The Office of Government Ethics has informed the Trump administration that the White House has an 'incorrect' view of ethics laws." I know you are, but what am I?

"Former Trump campaign associate Carter Page is pressuring the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate whether his “civil rights” were violated by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration during the 2016 election, according to a letter Page delivered to the committee and sent to BuzzFeed News." I'm sure he's cooperator fully and only for the low, low cost of unconditional immunity from prosecution. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"The Republican health plan is a huge betrayal of (all of) Trump’s campaign promises… And Trump’s voters will pay the highest price." Who could have predicted that? And who could have predicted Trump saying the Ryan bill is exactly what he wanted? (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"On Thursday, the U.S. State Department announced Thursday that it expected to run out of visas for Afghans who assisted the U.S. mission by June 1, and that, 'No further interviews for Afghan principal applicants… will be scheduled after March 1, 2017.'" I'm sure that'll work out okay.

"A recently retired FBI agent, Brian McCauley, was the fact witness at the center of yet another Clinton email 'scandal' which broke about three weeks before the November 2016 election… It turns out that about two weeks before that story came out, McCauley had been placed on retainer by Trump advisor Michael Flynn, a retainer/consultancy agreement which eventually totaled $28,000." I'm sure it was just coincidental. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

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