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, February 16, 2016

Linkee-poo, my five and dime queen, tell me what have you seen

Fasnacht, the other way to ring in Lent. (Grokked from Robert j Bennett)

A lensless camera? Okay, geniuses, the pinhole in a pinhole-camera is a lens. That's how it functions. I believe you meant to say "without a glass/plastic lens", which, yes, makes up the bulk of most cameras.

New optical storage technology using crystalline discs. Femtosecond lasers and nanostructure glass. We're those in the Time Machine? (Grokked from Stewart Sternberg)

Debt collecting companies are being used by the government to collect on student loans. They work to get judgements against delinquent payers. And then "(b)elieve it or not, the US Marshals Service in Houston is arresting people for not paying their outstanding federal student loans." So now can we do something about the stupidity of the student loan program? (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

And off-duty cop spots a teenager with what he thinks was pot, ends up firing 7 rounds killing the teen. Dear good cops, keep protecting these cops and you'll continue to lose the public trust. (Grokked from Steven Brust)

Why is the GOP pushing so hard on delaying nominating a replacement for Scalia? Because they're facing watching almost five decades of hard work skewing the judicial system to the far right collapse. The article doesn't mention how much the GOP has stacked the lower-courts for the past three decades, or the work of the Federalist Society.

Gee, cutting off funds to Planned Parenthood explodes the rest of the budget. Why, who could have known that? And while the article ponders that the Texas GOP lead legislature should be surprised and shamed into trying to halt the "unintended" consequences of this, the authors misunderstand that these are very intended consequences. Or at the very least they simply don't care, because they defunded Planned Parenthood. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Residents of Flint, Michigan, began getting gravely ill and in some cases dying in summer 2014 in one of the worst outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in U.S. history, and a county health director says attempts to find the source were hampered when the state wouldn't request federal assistance." Compassionate conservatism in action. Seriously, if Gov. Snyder is able to finish his term I'll be very disappointed. (Grokked from Chia Evers)

"Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) latest ad opens with the line, 'It's morning again in America,' but the ad features the Vancouver skyline and harbor, The Vancouver Sun reported Monday." It would have been better to just reused the Reagan ad footage and change the ending. Plus, I'm not so sure the Rubio campaign understands what "Morning in America" means.

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