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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Linkee-poo, time is not on my side

Just trying to get so much done, and not getting much of it accomplished.

Sure, you're saying, Jim Hines salary survey is all good, but it'd be nicer if it were all together. Say, like as a PDF. Well ask no more.

"One of the possible explanations for why Pluto is emanating X-rays would be that the high energy particles emitted by the sun are stripping away and reacting with Pluto’s atmosphere, producing the X-rays that are visible to Chandra." (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

"Rabbit hole in England leads to 700-year old Knights Templar cave." And they can't keep the kids away.

"'When people talk about the Paleo diet, that’s not paleo, that’s just non-carb,' Weyrich says. 'The true paleo diet is eating whatever’s out there in the environment.'" Basically, the Paleo Diet was just the "ideal" of what some people want and their knowledge of paleo culture as exemplified by the Flintstones. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"In 2000, during a family dispute about the details of his father’s will, Trump, who was by then fabulously wealthy in his own right, cut off benefits from the family health plan that were paying for the medical care of his nephew’s seriously ill young son." Because in the president's eye, revenge is perfectly acceptable even when it mostly affects children. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

Pizza gate redux, with a spicing of 80's Satanic Baby-killers. "End Times radio broadcaster and unhinged conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles dedicated his radio program yesterday to warning that a secretive pedophile ring is working to destroy President Trump before he can expose their murderous global network." Have you stopped beating your wife? (Grokked from Fred Clark)

It begins. "Mexico has canceled existing sugar export permits to the United States in a dispute over the pace of shipments, according to a letter seen by Reuters, in a flare-up industry sources said could temporarily disrupt supplies… The letter sent by Mexico's sugar chamber to mills on Monday partly blamed the situation on unfilled positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, which it said had led to a 'legalistic' interpretation of rules with no U.S. counterparts in place in Washington for Mexican officials to negotiate with." While not technically a "trade war", expect your food prices to increase. Mexico provides about one-third of US sugar imports. The dispute is over technical language as we try to renegotiate the Sugar Import agreement (started last year). Plus, you know that movement to use "real sugar" in foods instead of high-fructose corn syrup (or other sweeteners which are actually worse for you than proceed sugar which is already bad for you), yeah, expect that to die. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

"Trump’s budget would get rid of Energy Star. The government labeling program for energy-efficient appliances and consumer products is on the chopping block as the president tries to slash spending so he can steer $54 billion more a year to the military." I know this isn't on most people's radar, but fuck. When I buy an appliance I immediately look for the Energy Star rating. Sure, most products now qualify for Energy Star status, but it's that power usage rating that is most important. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"In other words, it's not exactly designed to pass and become a law that actually works. Speaker Paul Ryan might get the necessary 218 Republicans to close their eyes, hold hands, and jump over a cliff in order to get the bill to the Senate." While I agree this GOP Healthcare Bill is mostly about politics and ideology, and it's less about real policy, I'm not so sure it won't pass. But let's say it is just about the GOP saving face by passing something in the House that they know won't pass in the Senate, okay. I say then the progressives use this bill as a flog and never let the GOP forget it. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

"Hours after Republicans released their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, the most influential conservative groups in the country have come out strongly against it, setting up an expensive battle between a divided Republican Party on an issue they’ve campaigned on for seven years." Mostly because the GOP bill doesn't fully repeal Obamacare. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"MSNBC White House correspondent Hallie Jackson backed White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer into a corner by asking him why President Donald Trump would call on Congress to investigate wiretapping information he already claims to have." Well, it's about separation of powers and adding validity… you know, complete bullshit. Actually I'm sure the president would rather Congress go on a wild goose chase after any wiretapping of Trump Tower instead of investigating Russian connections to the administration and their interference in the election. (Grokked from Michele)

Tweet of my heart: @zagbah I'm so sick of folk at no risk telling folk at high risk to allow the folk who want to harm them explain why they want to harm them. (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)

Double dip: @DavidYankovich When your boss's income has risen 937% since 1978 and yours has increased by only 5.7%, it's time to stop blaming minorities for your woes. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

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