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, October 26, 2015

Linkee-poo is breaking the furniture

We'll just jump to the one you're gonna hear a lot about, the WHO classified processed meats as highly carcinogenic and red meats as mostly carcinogenic. And that, my grandchildren, is when the Great Meat Wars really began. Apropos of yesterday's rant, there are whole industries and industry lobbying groups that will tell you this isn't the case. They will begin to flood the airwaves with their message. Beef, it's what's for dinner. Pork, the other white meat (actually, not any longer). And you'll hear people at parties repeat the trite line about how salad is what food eats. And for everyone that wants to point out that we have eye-teeth, you have just as many molars, and your incisors also developed to eat vegetables. Your eye teeth were good for getting marrow out of bones. How many of you still eat marrow? Again, all food are drugs. When our diet gets out of balance, we tend to go out of balance.

Cheryl Strayed on writing, the art of living, and 3 ancient motifs of story telling. (Grokked from Mrs. Tadd)

Twenty-nine way to end a scene. For your plot wheel spins. (Grokked from Elizabeth Bear)

The legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe in Cincinnati. Full disclosure, I saw that exhibition in Cincinnati. His portraiture work is gorgeous. The photos that people had a problem with were segregated into a different room that had a line of it's own to get in to see them. Wasn't all that impressed with them. But the rest of the show was stunning. The man is a master.

Some pages from the 1975 Sears Catalog. Back when companies printed huge catalogs for mail ordering. See how primitive we were before the internet. And we all had to wear dusky rose corduroy overalls! It was the law. (Grokked from Dan)

Coloring books for adults. It seems odd to me that people think it strange that coloring in these books (which are not about adult subject, but just more complicated designs) is close to meditation. Really, I guess they've never really studied meditation. Mandalas, painted or sand painted, have always had a devotional aspect. While laying them out, one enters a meditative state. (Grokked from Janiece)

Of relation to my last rant, and as a general PSA, don't drink while pregnant. Some people just don't want to believe. "But Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and lead author of the report, says it's really impossible to say what level of drinking is safe. 'Not finding something is not necessarily the same as being safe. It could be that our tests are not sensitive enough to detect it.'"

So, how's that $15 an hour pay thing going in Seattle? "Since the wage hike passed on April 1st, dozens of new restaurants have opened… The King County section of Seattle has issued 5,227 permits for food service establishments in Seattle so far this year, which means this year will have more openings than last, which had 5,458 permits. This also means 2015 will beat 2013, with 5,415 issued that year." So, no doom and gloom? Fancy that. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)

"Texas A&M Professor of Management Markus Fitza used a technique called variance decomposition to evaluate the extent to which the performance of companies can be attributed to astute leadership versus the random chance, and concluded that in 70% of cases, CEOs can't be shown to add any value to the companies they run." Well, that's gonna sting. Don't worry, it won't affect their income (because nothing affects their income). Actually 70% sounds low in my personal experience.

"What's better than parachuting beavers?… Video of parachuting beavers." Is it sad the first thing I thought of reading that was the WKRP Turkey Drop?

We have always lived with the plague. In this case, bouts of the plague may have helped human migration.

Texas goes on a fishing spree at Texas Planned Parenthoods. I'm pretty sure what they're asking for is a violation of HIPAA. Plus the governmental bullying of asking for personal data. So, where are all the small government libertarians? (Grokked from Steven Gould)

Say, remember all the arguments over seniors (and others) wanting to order medications from other countries because they're cheaper? Arizona gets caught red handed ordering prescription drugs form overseas companies to use in executions. Petard, and hoisted thereupon. (Grokked from Dan)

The DOJ finds no criminal wrong doing in the supposed IRS "targeting" scandal. Strange how when people actually look at all the evidence, they find no actual wrong doing (more "liberal" leaning organizations were flagged than "tea party" groups).

Boogs Booga. "A survey of 1541 randomly selected US adults ranked the country's fears as of 2015. Items that ranked above climate change included corruption, mass surveillance, cyber-terrorism, bio-warfare, identity theft, running out of money, economic collapse, credit card fraud, Obamacare, illness, nuclear attack, meltdowns and civil unrest and tornadoes."

Bruce Bartlett (no, not THAT Bartlett) "a former adviser to both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, warned over the weekend that Fox News had damaged the Republican Party by creating a bubble for conservatives to brainwash themselves." Really? While I would love this to be some sort of self-realization/actualization moment, instead it becomes a "No True Scotsman" argument. (Grokked from Josh Parker)

This article on Sen. Rubio missing votes pretty well explains the whole disfunction of government. Not to mention, why the hell would you elect this guy to the presidency? Seriously, he'll take his little red ball and go home. "'For two years, we just tried to slow-dance and wait for the 2012 election,"'Rubio said. 'And then, when that didn’t work out, we spent two years trying to position ourselves for ’14… Now it’s [2015], and the argument is, "We’ve gotta wait to elect the president,"' he continued." Yep, the do nothing congress explained pretty well.

I've seen this movie before. Supporters of Trump drag and kick protestors out of the hall. In other Trumpster news, he takes credit for Ford listening to his campaign speeches and deciding to keep some production in the US which is a neat trick considering they announced the move in 2011. Maybe Marty did make it back to the future last week?

"'On our side, you've got the No. 2 guy tried to kill someone at 14 and the No. 1 guy is high energy and crazy as hell,' Graham said. 'How am I losing to these people?'" Bwahahahaha. I don't know, Lindsey, but it sure says something about you and the party.

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