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, June 15, 2015

Linkee-poo is drowning in a whiskey river, bathing my memories mind in the wetness of its soul

Okay, so is it just me or has Supreme Court deviation (need better catch phrase) replaced Kremlinology in the social zeitgeist?

The She Guardian. Sleep well internets. (Grokked from Geoff Landis)

Ah, whales, those gentile gentle giants of the deep. Well, most fights in the animal kingdom are for show and intimidation, not to kill or harm the opponents. But, yea, stuck between two school buses that are being aggressive toward each other, not where I'd want to be. (Grokked from Vince O'Connor)

On the cover of the Rolling Stone! Rush finally makes the big time, just as they're about to say goodbye to touring. (Grokked from Ken McConnell)

The cultural differences on why the Chinese don't say thank you. Viva la difference. (Grokked from Eric)

Just what the hell this dashboard lights mean. Or, in other words, design fail (icons are meant to be instantaneously recognizable and understandable, granted most have a learning curve, but if you only see these every 6 years that won't work). (Grokked from Dan)

Just in case you still have hope that man can solve the climate crisis. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

The rich and the wet. I love how people think that because they don't know where something comes from, they ascribe it to magic. You all live in a desert. Time to realize this. Also, just in case you think rich people are nice, understand they're saying, "we can afford it, screw everyone else." I wonder what they'll do when all the poor people need to move away? Who will mow their lawns, walk their dog, nanny their children? (Grokked from Julie)

"(A)gencies such as Planned Parenthood and the Hawaii Youth Services Network believe that changes in the state’s sex education policies have played a role in reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and the abortions that sometimes follow. 'There was, starting in 2010, a lot of new teen pregnancy education going on in both school and non-school settings using evidence-based curricula,' said Judith Clark, executive director of Hawaii Youth Services Network." Reality based sex-ed actually works to reduce teen-pregnancy and abortion rates? Who knew? And since it worked, of course the conservative members of the Hawaii State Government want to change it all. Again, that's because the "pro-life" movement isn't actually about ending abortions. It's about rolling back the sexual revolution. (Grokked from George Takei)

"When it comes to family arrangements, the United States has a North-South divide. Children growing up across much of the northern part of the country are much more likely to grow up with two parents than children across the South." You mean in the Bible-belt, there are more children in "broken" households than in the liberal North. Why I do declare.

Jim Wright on what's keeping Reince Priebus awake at night. They just might win the battle, only to lose the war of relevancy.

Your money or your life. On the debate of defaulting on student loans. I've seen this argument from the side lines (all our student loans are paid off, thanks to the monetary finesse of my wife, however I didn't own my own home until late in my 30s and we're still struggling with savings) and kept thinking, "wait, but student loan debt can't be discharged by bankruptcy." "There is another danger: Employers who can legally check your credit before hiring you may have questions about your character if you’ve defaulted on a student loan." Yea, and the Federal Government can also garnish your Social Security payments. Can't we all agree this experiment in paying for higher education has failed and work on the solution… finally.

Yea, we kinda knew that part. A new report can't find any evidence of the police officer shouting at Tamir Rice to drop the gun and raise his hands.

"The Dominican government recently opened seven deportation centers near the Haitian border, and gave them the Orwellian name of 'welcome centers'" And it goes down from there. Maybe it's easier to see racism in others, so to everyone who wants to deport all those "illegals", do you see the parallels here? Yea, probably not. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)


Wolfboy said...

"gentile giants of the deep"
How do you know that whales aren't secretly Jewish?

Steve Buchheit said...

Ha! Well, obviously because there's no mohel, and they eat shellfish.

Random Michelle K said...

That dashboard light poster still cracks me up.

It immediately made me think of this passage in Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys series.

"Blue was not so much a terrible driver as a terrified one. Because she had not, as Jesse Dittley pointed out, eaten her greens, she had to adjust the seat as close to the pedals as possible. She clutched the steering wheel with the grace of a performing bear. Everything on the dash shouted for her attention. Lights? Speed! Air on face? Air on feet! Fuel-oil-engine! Strange bacon symbol?"

Steve Buchheit said...

That is excellent, thanks for sharing Random Michelle K.