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, December 7, 2015

Linkee-poo is a little boy, with a little love for the offering

"I realised this attitude was way more gross than shoveling fries. Because I am not better than a McDonalds worker." On working in fast food for four years. Yep, that's about as long as I worked at Wendy's. I learned a lot there. And many, many people I've met over the years (not those I would call my friends) wouldn't last long in that environment. And for the same reasons outlined in article, because they believe it was below them. People who work in service jobs like these are harder working than most CEOs. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Turns out, Stonehenge may be a used monument. It might have been erected in Wales for a few hundred years before it was moved. Yes, the world is stranger than you think. (Grokked from Neil Gaimen)

When we had a lunar program, we did some crazy things. Like placing seismometers on the surface from a few lunar missions, and then crashing a rocket into the moon. To figure out what the Moon was made of. For SCIENCE! You know, not because we like explosions (like those Mythbuster guys). (Grokked from Dr. Phil)

The personal jetpack is here. Okay, I'll just note in the video there are no long, single-take cuts of the jet pack flying. Even back in Thunderbolt times we had HO fueled jetpacks that could stay aloft for 30 seconds to a minute.

Seven signs you maybe in a manipulative relationship. (Grokked from Janice)

"Lead researcher, PhD candidate Gordon Pennycook, said people who were more receptive to the 'bull****' statements were found to be 'less reflective, lower in cognitive ability (ie verbal and fluid intelligence, numeracy), and are more prone to ontological confusions and conspiratorial ideation.'… They were also more likely to 'hold religious and paranormal beliefs, and are more likely to endorse complementary and alternative medicine.'" Well, okay then. That explains most of Facebook. (Grokked from Robert J. Bennett)

"But what does that consistent finding really show? It shows simple arithmetic. Roughly half of evangelical Christians are women." Fred Clark on the recurring statistics showing at least a third of evangelical Christians are pro-choice.

"'If some of those people in that community center had had what I’ve got in my back pocket right now,' (Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University) continued before he was cut off with cheers from the crowd. 'I’ve always thought if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walk in and killed us.'" He later clarified his statement to mean those muslims who plan on carrying out terrorist attacks. But that's not what he said. He advocated killing muslims in the street, and given that Liberty University is a "good Christian school" that amounts to sectarian war. Here in the US. To cheering. Jesus is weeping. Also, Junior here isn't a Christian, no matter what he says. By that statement (which hasn't been his only one which contradicts the very foundations of Christianity) he has committed apostasy. Time to tax the fucker. (Grokked from Dan)

"Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) defended his Thursday vote against denying guns to those on the no-fly list because the federal database 'has a significant number of errors.'" Notice that there's no legislative push to actually root out those errors or make it easier to find out why you may have been put on the list, or to challenge it. And suddenly conservatives are all about fixing our visa system. Good luck with that, Ron Paul. You guys scuttled the democratic initiative to update and fully staff that office in the State Department.

Ignorance, they name is the GOP. "Nevada state Rep. Michele Fiore (R) last month dismissed a statement from Nevada Republicans calling for the state to bar refugees from Syria, and said that she is prepared to travel to Paris to shoot Syrian refugees herself." Even though no terrorist in the US has been Syrian, or a refugee. And then there's the Trumpster who doesn't know and Muslim athletes even though he won the 2007 Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award and helped keep Mike Tyson from going to jail. Seriously, I have to pick and choose which examples I link to here. It's an exhausting list.

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