What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Monday, August 28, 2017

Linkee-poo falls in

Our hearts go out to those in the path of Harvey. Apparently the Mayor of Houston refused to issue an evacuation order citing "safety." I'm sure that will come back to bite him.

An XKCD on what color is. Yep. (Grokked from Dan)

"Birling Gap beach was evacuated on Sunday after people reported breathing difficulties, stinging eyes and vomiting when a 'mist' appeared… In the past, chemicals have drifted across from European industrial units, but Sussex Police said: 'Weather models suggest that an onshore source in northern France is very unlikely.'" So it's not the usual chemical problems… living in the future.

"More than one-quarter of serious cases of nursing home abuse are not reported to the police, according to an alert released Monday morning by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services." Yeah, no shit. But, hey, President Trump is helping by rolling back Obama's executive order restoring the patients' and patients' family the right to sue in court. Because… I got nothing.

The Planet Money podcast about disinformation campaign in the Ukraine Russia war. Just in case you thought the troll wars going on were all in fun.

"As demonstrators clashed near a downtown park here two weeks ago, a white nationalist protester in a bulletproof vest turned, pointed a pistol toward the crowd and fired a single shot at the ground, in the direction of a black man wielding an improvised torch… To make his escape, a video recording shows, the armed protester strolled past a line of about a dozen state police troopers who were safely positioned about 10 feet away behind two metal barricades. None of them budged." (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

"Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about a 100 anarchists and antifa… barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park." There's a difference between being prepared for violence, spoiling for a fight, and instigating. "Police, and in some cases other counter-protesters, stepped in to halt the violence or escort the victims away from the area. Officers reported 14 arrests, many of them for violations of the city’s emergency rules banning masks, sticks and potential weapons inside the demonstration area." There's some back and forth on who started what. "'Today’s story should have only been about the voices of tolerance overpowering those marred by bigotry,' (Joanna Mendelson, senior investigative researcher with the Anti-Defamation League) said. 'Instead, any violent response, even if perpetrated by a small number, undermines their entire effort to counter the narrative.'" It's tough to stand and take the abuse, but Nazis and KKK members want the fight. Don't give it to them.

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