And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Linkee-poo watches the snow, because it's up to something

Chuck Wendig with the top 25 posts (mainly of "25 whatevers for whatever") of the year. Lots of writerly stuff in there.

The simplest pranks are the best ones. (Grokked from George Takei)

Lynn Ward woodcuts. Telling a story through pictures, before "graphic novels" were an actual thing. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

What 5mrgs of storage used to look like. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"The (DoJ) will block the voter ID provisions of an election law passed in South Carolina earlier this year because the state’s own statistics demonstrated that the photo identification requirement would have a much greater impact on non-white residents…" Oh no. I'm sure it's about the almost non-existant "voter fraud" problem. No, I'm sure disenfranchising 30%+ of voters will be worth it. At least to re-afirm the prejudice and world view of a minority of white people (his comment would have be okay, somewhat, if he hadn't followed it up).

Springtime for toxic pollution. Paul Krugman on why finally implementing the EPA mercury standards will be a good thing. But, again, most of these arguments are all about cost shifting. Lots of people don't see the $90 billion from reduced health care and other problems as connected to the toxic waste coming out of the smoke stacks. So they don't see that paying $10 billion will save them selves $90 billion. They just see the $10 billion.

Paul Solman and a discussion on higher or lower taxes and economic prosperity.

"'Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous… in a multi-candidate election,” Perry spokesperson Ray Sullivan said… 'We believe that the Virginia provisions unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot, and we hope to have those provisions overturned or modified…'" Yep, that's right, Rick Perry, Mr. "States Rights RULEZ!", is suing the state of Virginia in Federal Court because he doesn't like Virginia's state rights. Right there is the conservative mind set. It's all about what they want, screw consistent political platforms. This is indicative of the "Got mine, screw you" mind set so prevalent in conservative politics these days. Basically what the Perry Campaign is saying, "We want the Fed out of the States hair, as long as those States do what we want. If not, we'll force them by using the power of the Fed." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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