No doorways, no windows, no walls
No shelter here on the ground
No standing and no safe place to fall
Just the promise of this distant sound
Bells are ringing all over the world

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Weekend Linkee-poo whip it, whip it good

Voted this morning. You hear that spammers and robo callers, it's too damn late. Stop bugging me. You know, for all this talk about interactive television (viewing experience), there should be a setting you could make that would say, "I've voted, no need to show me political ads anymore." Although I would expect people would hit that in any case.

Jennifer Jackson offers a partial manuscript review in auction to raise money for the Sandy Relief campaign. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal) A quick primer on Jewish ghouls and ghosts. Also with some commentary on how when Western film mines cultures, they tend to get it wrong and flow those other cultures through the Western Cultural Sieve.

On writing when you don't have the time. Uh, yeah. That.

Nerdist colony. (Pointed to by John)

Vince gives us an update of the Serenity Prayer done as an Inspiration Poster.

"If all that doesn’t impress, forget the scientists ostensibly devoted to advancing knowledge and saving lives. Listen instead to corporate insurers committed to compiling statistics for profit." Again, when your money is on the line, you tend to be practical when it comes to global climate change. And in the face of Sandy, some other people are finally shaking awake. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Well, that's going to leave a mark. "Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when water from Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge apparently breached the port and submerged the vehicles… the cars then caught fire and burned to the ground." (Pointed to by Dan)

Mythbusting ain't easy. Oh brother ain't that the truth. And it's practically the business model of Fox News. That is the myth setting, not the busting part. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

I just don't have words. "Showing up at a children’s Halloween party in a bear costume and filming yourself stealing kids’ candy is probably never a good way to win a political argument, but try telling that to conservative blogger and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder." I think the word you're looking for is "psychopath."

Jay Lake laments the loss of the reality based community on the conservative end of the spectrum. Yep.

And speaking of a loss of reality, The author of a Congressional Research Service study, who found no evidence that tax cuts for high income earners lead to economic growth, is standing by his work, after the legislative branch’s nonpartisan research arm withdrew the report under pressure from Republican leaders." Bury the research if it contradicts your preconceived notions. Let's see, climate change, intelligence reports, anti-abortion, evolution, science in general, and now statistical research. The conservatives are quickly winnowing down their sources to "my cousin's best friend's aunt said…". Now, I'll agree slightly that having nonspecific language such as "tax cuts for the rich" is ambiguous and depends on value judgements (who is rich?), but "Bush tax cuts" have become an acceptable term to refer to the two series of tax cuts pushed by President GW Bush. "The study… delved into the last 65 years of U.S. tax policy — specifically how marginal rates on high incomes and capital gains taxes impact decision-making. It concluded that reducing effective taxes on the rich does not generate economic growth, but that it does correlate with rising income inequality in the short term." See, history, she's a bitch. Especially if you're conservative because it disproves much of what conservatives stand for today.

"In the final days of the campaign in Ohio, the stops have been pulled out in the scramble to eke out a win. And that means one super PAC calling on African Americans to vote against President Obama because Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves." :: facepalm :: Um, hey, Ohio TV stations, there's this law in Ohio that if the ad is not from a campaign and contains falsehoods, ("Among the claims made by the ad is that the Obamas throw lavish parties at the White House for 'socialist friends' that include flying in $100-per-pound Kobe beef from Japan; the President’s $800 billion stimulus did not produce any net jobs, and that 'this deep recession was not caused by the Bush tax cuts, Republican lax regulation, or Wall Street greed.'") you can refuse to run it. In fact, it may come up in your public comment period for license renewal.

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

Tweet of my heart: @stevenbjohnson: Remember how Romney mocked Obama for gov support of Tesla? The Model S just won "automobile of the year."

Double dip: @ferretthimself: "Why am I a writer? Because I'm too dumb to stop."

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