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, October 27, 2015

Linkee-poo is not a monster, Tom, well, technically I am, I guess I am

Tell me again why we should respect police officers. Because this is how you lose respect. At least the sheriff did the right thing by calling for a federal investigation. My guess is that Deputy Fields is going to be looking for a new job and the school is going to settle a lawsuit. There is no reason for this other than a power trip.

A map of Middle Earth annotated by the professor himself turns up in a rare book shop. Is it me, or is anyone else remembering the Hitler Diaries or A Million Little Pieces. (Grokked from Dan)

Comet Lovejoy is spewing alcohol and sugars into space. Yea, I've been to parties like that. Actually this give credence to the theory of pan-spermia (that life originated elsewhere and is being deposited on planets to jump start the evolutionary process). (Grokked from Dan)

Ah, this good Christian values of the Greens, the family that owns Hobby Lobby. In this case, smuggling the cultural heritage of Iraq into the US to go into their Bible Museum. While there's no specific prohibition in the Commandments against, "Thou Shall Not Mis-label Artifacts on Customs Documents," I think the bearing false witness clause and "Thou Shall Not Steal" covers it pretty well. (Grokked form Lizz Winstead)

"In a final flourish of ruthless savagery, sources reported that the barbaric gorgon concluded the email with a conspicuously single 'xo.'" The jester speaking truth to power. In this case, the Onion speaks truth to idiot men. Had I not heard some similar commentary from men, I would think this was hyperbole. Sadly, not so much. (Grokked from Christian Klaver)

Hey, you know all those earthquakes in Oklahoma which may be linked to increased fracking (actually with injection well sites, which are linked to fracking)? Did you know Oklahoma is where we store a lot of oil above ground? Do you see where we are going with this? (Grokked from Dan)

I think I posted about this before, but more for your file on the world is weirder than you can imagine. Not only do fetal cells cross the placenta and remain in the mother for the rest of her life, but the opposite happens as well. Now, really this shouldn't freak you out. Your mitochondrial DNA (and all the organelles in your cells) came from your mother. And they're the same that her mother had. And so on. Kinda puts a dent in that Special Snowflake armor doesn't it.

What No child Left Behind got right, and what it got wrong.

Ah, good ol' American Exceptionalism. A photo form WWII of a young woman sending a thank you note to her Navy boyfriend after he sends here a Japanese skull. (Grokked from John)

Some mental illness may be linked to infections and inflammation. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. (Note they're not saying "all", as as someone with experience with it, big-D depression isn't the same in everyone or every time)

"The study, which included responses from high-ranking lawyers at 320 firms with at least 50 lawyers on staff, found that 35 percent of the top brass at responding law firms envision replacing first-year associates with some type of AI in the coming decade." In other new, 35% of the top brass at responding law firms have never written an email themselves. Yea, I think if you ask ANY executives if they could replace people with AI and robotics they would think they can. However, especially in law, if you don't have 1st year associates who are real people, your business model is doomed to failure in a decade as you don't have anyone to replace those retiring old lawyers. (Grokked form John)

Your questions answered when it comes to the WHO's new guidelines on processed and red meats.

Having failed to provoke the Conservative Rapture with compelling Hillary Clinton to testify before Congress, conservatives go to their fall back position of threatening to impeach the president. It's an old tune, but it still plays well to the market. In other news, Tom Delay is still a criminal and an asshole who violated election laws.

Please Senator Inhofe, please go to the Paris talks. Please go and try to explain to the rest of the world that President Obama's policies are bad and will be reversed. The policies the rest of the world was damn happy he finally proposed and a little sad that the US is dragging their feet. Please, Senator, speak to the world leaders one-to-one with your "truthiness" squad. Let them tell you to your face that you're a fucking imbecile whom they wonder how you tie both your shoes correctly and if you have someone help you go to the bathroom.

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