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

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Weekend Linkee-poo wishes he was that beer

Spent all day Saturday on the road through Kidron and Sugar Creek. Then had to catch up with chores today. Very tired and not feeling so well going into another hectic week with another weigh in, and I'm still close to the top of the weight charts.

A tale of two cemeteries, one neglected and one revered.

The Esquire article on Canadian Tar Sand and the Keystone Pipeline. Another chapter in the "sure it's bad, but it's a job" saga. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Why won't you see Pro-Life groups supporting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act? Because they're not really about abortions, but are about rolling back feminism. Giving rights to pregnant workers helps keep moms out of the home and in the work place and helps get them closer to parity to men in society (ie. not having to choose between birth and career).

Conservatives eating their own. As gerrymandering drives us to even more polarized politics, it's also giving an out to the far right of the conservative party. That hard right considers moderation or bipartisanship to be something of an anathema. What you're seeing is the leading edge of the conservatives dragging the political discourse to the right again. For them, there's always a more conservative stance one could take. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

An interesting analysis by okcupid on which pictures are more attractive and why. Now, I'm not so sure I agree with their methodology. There's way more variables going on there that it would be nearly impossible using their methodology to find scientifically relevant statistics. But some of their results are interesting (and prove certain photography and advertising techniques). Also, if I have to get another office phone, it is so going to be an iPhone (I don't care what the IT geeks say).(Pointed to by John)

io9 with some early Rapture proponents. Although they missed the influence of William Miller and his theory of viewing the Bible through the concept of epochs (which helped usher in the modern concept of mixing Old and New Testaments into one narrative in a blenderized sort of fashion). (Grokked form the Slactivist)

Oh look, actual voter fraud! Oh, wait. It's another Republican. Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Chang reminds us of the wonderfulness that is Paul Ryan. Of course, Mr. Ryan wasn't chosen to win any of the independents or Reagan Democrats, but to convince the hard right conservatives that he is one of them. Also it's a bid to get as many Rand Libertarians to vote for him

And now in Ohio, letting local boards of election set their own hours and the cynical ploy to disenfranchise progressive voters. One wouldn't think the conservatives would be so brazen. Except that most news in Ohio is of the conservative bend and they figure there's enough contention over other issues that the progressives don't have the resources to fight them all. (Pointed to by Joe Hill)

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