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, February 29, 2016

Linkee-poo looked out this morning and the sun was gone, turned on some music to start my day

The Forest Folk installation. Art that responds to the viewer. Finally, artist using the digital revolution to something of it's potential. I mean, there's been some limited experimentation before, but this is pretty good. I'm not sure the audience (often referred to as Patrons) are ready for this. Myself, I have reservations on taking what is ephemera and reducing its actual life span to the matter of the revision cycle of technology. There is a difference between what I do, which isn't meant to last more than a few years at most, and "Art" which should last decades if not centuries. We don't have the technology to solve that issue, yet. (Grokked from Terri Windling)

Alternatives to the resting bitch face. (Grokked from Janiece)

Fred Clark on empathy, guilt, fear of retribution, and resentment that drives a lot of politics. "Empathy is simply asking the question: What if that were me?"

"Continuing drops in lithium-ion battery prices mean that electric vehicles (EVs) will be less expensive to own than gas or diesel-powered vehicles as soon as the 2020s, according to a new report." (Grokked from Dan)

In general people are happy with their doctors, but don't like the healthcare system. And if you're poor, you tend to dislike the system even more. And the major problems outlined in the story, communication. Granted there are times when we explain things to people and the completely misunderstand what we're saying which leads to frustration on the healthcare givers side (and sometimes to "I don't bother anymore" syndrome). But the language of medics is specifically constructed to be exclusionary. We have to take classes to understand it (no, seriously, "Medical Terminology", there are several classes of various complexity). And many doctors either can't or won't take the time to translate. A huge problem is assuming the patient knows more than they do or can understand the myriad of connections that a simple problem may have. You have a cold, great. There are thousands of viruses that can cause a cold. And we really can't treat any of them. And then there are the doctors who don't listen either because they don't have time or don't think the patient knows what they're talking about (I can't tell you the number of times I have to remind certain doctors that I can't take vicodin, even to the point of handing the prescription back to them).

"The exclusion of Planned Parenthood affiliates from a state-funded replacement for a Medicaid fee-for-service program in Texas was associated with adverse changes in the provision of contraception." So, the plan is working to specification. (Grokked from Janice)

Mikee Huckleberries doesn't think Donal Trump is a racist. Yea, sure, it was his earpiece. It's always something else, isn't it. "The former Arkansas governor's daughter and former campaign manager, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has joined the Trump campaign." I'm sure that has nothing to do with Mikee defending the Trumpster. (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)

Josh Marshall on why is Trump succeeding. "On each of these fronts, the slow accumulation of nonsense and paranoia… built into a massive trap door under the notional GOP leadership with a lever that a canny huckster like Trump could come in and pull pretty much whenever. This is the downside of building party identity around a package of calculated nonsense and comically unrealizable goals." Trump isn't something new, he is the exact embodiment of the past four decades of the GOP's rhetorical foolishness and cultivation of the low-information voter. (Grokked from Christopher Moore)

Tweet of my heart: @ChloeAngyal Machine gun bacon. "Small hands." Talk of "spanking" HRC. This whole race is just masculinity having a big insecure panicked temper tantrum.

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