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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Linkee-poo finds itself at the end of the day and not a dollar richer

I'm stacking up the writing links that I want to read before I post. Because I want to read them all the way through before I post them. It's what I like to do with all the posts. Unfortunately, not enough time. Soon, my precious, soon.

Authors United's open letter to the Amazon Board of Directors. What I think is hilarious is all those "open market" people who support Amazon for "driving down prices" probably 1) don't understand the problem of deflation and 2) don't get that Hachette has the same right to set their wholesale prices as Amazon does to set their retail price. (Grokked from MrsTad)

Merchandising The End. I may have to get a t-shirt, just for promotion purposes (of course, I should finish the WIP first). By that time, I suspect there will be a sale.

There are so many good links in the Slactivist's Labor Day post that it just makes sense to link to it instead of all the stories.

Sure women are treated exactly the same as men in the workplace. Would love to tell you I've never seen this dichotomy of how men are perceived in performance reviews and how women are treated. But I don't want to lie to you. I've seen it nearly every place I've worked, and even from female managers. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray." Uh, yea. So, how do you explain the red dots on the wall behind the shirt? Also, I seriously hope you licensed that art, because copyright and trademark infringement suits are a bitch. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

"'It's not controversial to say human activity is contributing in some way to change,' (Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal) said. 'In terms of how much it is and how serious it is, I say let the scientists decide that. Let's not have politicians decide that.'" And he says this as com paining that the Obama administration is full of "science deniers" because they won't approve the Keystone XL pipeline without taking into account the environmental impact, and the EPA's new emission rules that require the coal industry to develop actual Clean Coal technology (like they've been saying for about 15 years now) or shut up and close down. Okay, Bobby, I'll take that bet. Just what does science say about anthropogenic climate change? That's right, it's pretty well settled that it is all our fault. And, while we're talking about science denialism, how do you feel about evolution, Bobby? "The reporter interrupted Jindal, a Rhodes scholar who studied biology and public policy at Brown University, to press him on the original question of whether he believes the theory of evolution reflects the best scientific thinking about life on Earth." To which he then prevaricated. Remove the plank from thy own eye, Governor Jindal. And while we at that, how about acknowledging that you helped develop Common Core standards, helped lead the charge, until people found it had Obama cooties on it. Seriously, Bobby, go back to Louisiana. If you try a national campaign, your opponents in the GOP will leave you tattered and bruised by the roadside before it ever gets to the question "are you moderate enough for a general campaign." The crazy, it's about to sink a lot of people.

"The answer is in much more comprehensive, inclusive, accessible sex education." It's a lesson we as a culture need to learn again. And now the hard data is starting to roll in. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Just us and Somalia. Okay, that's an article on "whooping" (or spanking) a child and it's history, especially in the South. But that line about the only two countries that haven't ratified the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. And here we're talking about Adrian Peterson and his "switching" of his son. And we could get into a discussion of what is and what isn't child abuse, what is discipline, and the role of "punishment" in parenting. And, at least IMHO, there is a gray area there. But that gray area isn't that large. If the pain you've induced, and any redness or swelling persists longer than an hour, look in the rear-view mirror because the line is back there somewhere. "(S)ome media outlets got a hold of the police report in which Peterson said he gave the child a whooping. The child's mother took him to a doctor afterwards. The doctor told investigators the (child)… had cuts and bruises on his thighs, lower back, buttocks, groin area… The police report says the doctor described open wounds." I want to be very clear here, bruises on the "groin area" and "open wounds"? That isn't discipline. That isn't a "whoopin'". That's an adult who isn't in control of themselves. We've passed child abuse a long time ago in this case.

"This change threatens both the pocketbooks, but even more particularly the status of rich people. You know, a 15 percent tax rate on capital gains, a 15 percent tax rate on carried interest massively advantages people like me. Working people pay 39 percent. Investors pay 15, justified by this idea that the more money people like me have, the better off you will be." A discussion on the economy moderated by Paul Solomon of PBS between Nick Hanauer and Richard Epistein. One of them continues to cling to trickle-down economics, one doesn't and sees the coming danger. While this is all one side says this, one side says the other, we now have 30 years of data on trickle-down. It hasn't worked. The side promoting it says there's still too much regulation in the way, to which I say bullshit. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

A composition of the comments on every single article about campus sexual violence. Never read the comments. (Grokked form the Slactivist)

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