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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Linkee-poo gets it out of its system early

Mary Robinette Kowal on if you should quit your day job. I hate selling, so it's a day job for me.

There is no dark side of the moon, really, it's all dark. Some ten science myths and misperceptions that just keep going. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Bloomburg Business tries to get all "wooga wooga" on renewables with the recent solar eclipse. "While eclipses are relatively rare events, policymakers are concerned that further expanding renewables will make strains on the grid more routine." But you know what, essentially nothing happened. Some gas fired turbines had to work at 100% for a little time, and then as the sun came back "online", the power generated by oil and gas dropped down to having to be discounted. Again, we don't have a single source of power now, with renewables we also won't have a single source of power. The assumed argument (because it's easy to defeat) that it's all or nothing is a red herring. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke, I think)

The rich are just like you and me. Except, you know, not. In this case, paying to hunt genetically modified animals. It sounds almost too science fictiony to believe. (Grokked from Janiece)

I (and others) have often used the term,"false flag operation." You may wonder what that means. Here's an example. Where "reporters" for Project Veritas were sent in to specifically gin up trouble by asking leading questions, all to get people on tape saying what Project Veritas (and other conservative outlets) thought they should say so they're movement could be discredited.

The narrow gate. Jim Wright on the neoconservatives getting it on and banging a gong for war. Because for some people, war is the answer to any question. Especially if someone else has to do the fighting.

Paul Krugeman on the creative fantasies that are wrapped in the Republican Budget. (Grokked form Jeff Beeler)

Hey, whatever happened to Cliven Bundy? So, looks like some Nevadans will need to learn the lesson that Federal Law trumps State Law, and that the Federal Government already owns that land. And let say they're successful in changing the ownership and management of the lands back to Nevada, watch what happens to their economy when the Federal Government pulls their operations out of Nevada. No amount of gaming can make up for that.

Five signs America is heading toward plutocracy. That didn't work out so well the last time it was tried. Hopefully we won't have to go through the minor revolutions again. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Paul Ryan advises States to screw over their citizens if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare subsidies. That's just hilarious. Please Rep. Ryan, please keep going on the record about this so everybody knows which party to blame for all that pain. But, then again, Majority Leader McConnell is advising States to ignore new EPA rules. Well, you let those fine accumulate, we may be able to clear some of the long term debt when States are forced to pay. Unfortunately, they'll have to tax all of us to cover that bill. It's amazing how people can advance to these levels of political power and be so ignorant of how the law works. Well, it's mostly that they just want to thwart President Obama and they're now grasping at straws and encouraging others to lay the price.

John Oliver on our current political theater regarding municipal offenses fines paying for our local governments, how it impacts the poor disproportionately, and how morally bankrupt it makes our system look. It was often advanced that we should do this in our local community, to which the majority of us said "no fucking way." For exactly the reasons outlined here. We shouldn't be basing our local government's budgets on the minor criminality of it's residents. Our police forces should not be revenue generators. While debtors prison helped build our country (looking at you Georgia and South Carolina), we then had this revolution thingy just because of an English King pulling this kind of shit.


Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

Like cloudy days, we now when solar eclipses are going to happen. This isn't the days of omens and portents -- or magic like in Ladyhawke, where there's a solar eclipse the morning after a full moon. (snort) Which just goes to show you we don't want Hollywood running our grid.

Dr. Phil

Steve Buchheit said...

I'm not scientist, Dr. Phil, but I play one on TV. Yea, the breathlessness of "it was dark as night in the middle of the day" doomism just kinda rankled my hackles as it were. All that was missing were a few people on horseback with the accouterments and we could have started up the numerology guessing game.

The end result… nothing went wrong and nobody died and the grid held up.