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

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Linkee-poo, don't give me the answer, 'cause I don't wanna know

Well, that was weird.

The last in the ten things you should know about your story. This one is about endings.

Some almost forgotten advertising illustrations by Ezio Anichini.

Reality shows to the rescue the plans of colonizing Mars. Why is the Eddie Izzard gag about finding monsters on the Moon going through my head? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Some semi-Apocalypse news, the glaciers are giving up their dead. Note no mention of the global warming which helped expose the wreckage of the C-124 Globemaster. (Pointed to by Dan)

Some new information on the life cycle of colon cancer (and other things). So basically, what they're saying is, evolution works. In this case, against us. Colon cancer cells contain the potentiality to adjust their surface proteins to make them harder to target (altering the protein a common form of anti-cancer drug tags so your immune system can remove it from your body). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Could it be… Satan?! Or, maybe it's Nazis. Or how about Satanazis? Seriously, people, I would laugh at all this, but this is how our political debate is being waged. These are the people who are the products of the warped minds and skewed political idolatry (and yes, I meant that word) that really is no longer at the fringes. These are people in the mainstream.

Good news! The Fimbul Ice Shelf isn't melting as fast as models predicted. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Twenty reasons to thank labor unions. And if you think those benefits (which are now considered fairly standard) have a chance of surviving once unions are stripped of their power and gone, you're not paying attention. Right now, as we sit here, numbers 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 18 are all under assault. And the rest won't be far behind it. In fact, many people don't get 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 right this minute. And when people talk about how hard unions fought for these basic humanities (like the person whom this is grokked from), what they mean is, "There are people who were beaten, shot, frozen, run over, burned, and economically destroyed to win you these things we take for granted." And those actions aren't more than 6 generations behind us (some of them only 2). (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Well, it appears that some conservatives actually feel we should repeal the laws that require emergency rooms to stabilize any patient who shows up, regardless of ability to pay. And not just one of them. Fred Clark shows us mostly those who are self proclaimed Christians. I really hate to have to say this, but if you believe poor people should die just because they're poor, you have no right to claim to be a Christian. That thought is not only antithetical to what the Christ taught, it also violates 2 of the questions he will ask at the end times according to John the Divine in his Revelations. Seriously, how fucked in the head do you have to be to actually think these things and somehow reconcile that with following the Christ?

"In January 2001, the [Congressional Budget Office] projected that the federal government would run a total budget surplus of $3.5 trillion through 2008 if policy was unchanged and the economy continued according to forecast. In fact, there was a deficit of $5.5 trillion." And just before someone tries it, the economic slowdown that started in 1999 and then the economy tanking after 9-11 was the part of the "current environment" when that forecast was made. You should see the future rhyming pretty heavy right here with the candidacy of Romney. His economic policies are a Bush Retred. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

One (long) comic that asks, WTF is wrong with America. Going into my next degree program, I'm also looking at that debt as well. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

I think it was on Monday that Jon Stewart interviewed Sen. Marco Rubio. The Senator lamented how the minority weren't ever offered options to amend bills up for consideration and that this is why they've been using the filibuster in historically unprecedented numbers. Well, here's why most bill only have a few slots to amend during debate. That's Sen. Paul Rand attaching an amendment on personhood (that is a "fetus" is given rights and privileges like they were already born) to the National Flood Insurance Bill. That's what's called a "poison pill." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Tweet of my heart: @joe_hill: C'mon. You have to be amused by tea party folk screeching they're going to move to Canada to escape America's gvmnt supported health care. (and, in case you don't believe him, try this - Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Double take: @Stonekettle: I think we can all agree, the most significant takeaway from today's SCOTUS decision is this: Bawahaha, fuck you, Mitch McConnell!

Alligator Quotient: They're already trying to tie themselves in knots to work out how to criticize Justice Roberts and still reconcile his conservative views.

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