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, August 28, 2014

Linkee-poo really needs to brush up on listening to music

Still way behind in reading. You'd think that without classes (which, BTW, surprise, taking classes again) or clinicals (yes, those will come later) I'd have all this time. Screw it. I've been trying to catch up with everything. Hell, finally scheduled getting some quotes for our roof that was damaged in the hail storm we had back in June. One of these days I'll get caught up. Maybe.

Sure, there's no sexist behaviors in STEM careers. (Grokked from Janiece)

Hey, you know that plot device Lovecraft (and others of his literary lineage) often deployed about hidden cities, crypts and labyrinths beneath houses? That's just silly stuff, right? Right? Oh damn. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

Ten great pie charts. I'm particularly in love with 9 and 10. (Grokked from George Takei)

Yea, I'm sure it wasn't a "driving while black" incident. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"In Culture of Honor: the History of Violence in the South, psychologists Richard Nisbett and Dov Cohen make use of historical crime data, survey responses, and lab experiments to lay out the case that honor culture is responsible for higher levels of violence." Ah honor. Honor is for the dead, as a character in my first book said, count no man honorable until he's buried. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Hey, you know that theory that the universe is actually an elaborate holographic projection? Think people watched The Matrix too many times while stoned? Well, we've begun testing that hypothesis. The holographic projection one, not the watching The Matrix stoned. (Grokked from Dan)

Hey, ho, way to go, Ohio. Not only go we have screwoffs in out legislature who believe they need to repeal Common Core (after the initiative failed in both Education Committees, now they're trying through the Rules Committee), but they want to make it illegal to teach the scientific process. Say, which party has this fetish against critical thinking skills (Texas, and also part of the reason behind Common Core) and the scientific processes? Why, that would be the party that can't justify their positions logically or with actual historical evidence (otherwise known as the conservatives). (Grokked from Dan)

In other Ohio news, let's go to the video. Or maybe not. The video of a black man being shot by police in Walmart kinda disagrees with the official police version of the shooting. Strange that. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"But behind the bravado, owners (of gun ranges that offer the "touristy" experience of firing full-automatic weapons) acknowledge they are one errant movement away from tragedy." Like allowing a 9-year old to handle an UZI. At 9 they're still playing t-ball, okay. They're not allowed to pitch. So maybe a fully-auto submachine gun is probably not a good choice. Just FAIL all around with this one (parents, instructor, range, NRA pushing "kids and guns" at ranges, and the general gun culture). The only one I don't blame is the 9-year old. She has to live with this the rest of her life (just like the family of the instructor).

"'Somebody could have been killed from this. This could have been a real tragedy,' (Detective Sergeant Jim Shumway) said… One officer involved in the struggle suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to the hospital… (the suspect) faces charges including assaulting a public safety officer, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest." Don't worry, even though the white kid was admittedly high on 'shrooms (he told the police officer at the desk that and asked for help, before the scuffle), wrestled with officers, took their gun and discharged it, he's okay. The white kid is okay. (Grokked from CC Findlay)

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell lays out his strategy if he becomes Majority Leader. Not as good as the "49%" remark, but still insightful. Just in case you were starting to believe their rhetoric about taking over the Senate and then getting everyone back to work.

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