What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Friday, March 18, 2016

Linkee-poo, guess I thought you'd be here forever

Apparently the Sad Puppies are at it again this year.

Ask the Agent on ethics. Money flows toward the writer. As she says, there are legit editorial services out there, but there are also plenty of scammers who just want your money. (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

CC Findlay on the paragraph. For the day job I experience a lot of people suffering from Dunning-Kruger effect. This takes several forms, but they all have in common the inability to write an effective paragraph. (Grokked from Rae Carson)

The Getty is having a Robert Mapplethorpe show. If you have a chance, I'd highly recommend it. I saw the show in Cincinnati. The X Folio really wasn't all that great, but the flower and the portraits, Oh My God.

A standing desk is better for you. Science says, not so much. Let me just say both sides outlined in this article are being disingenuous and dismissive of the other side.

"California's insurance exchange is threatening to cut hospitals from its networks for poor performance or high costs, a novel proposal that is drawing heavy fire from medical providers and insurers." This is what we talk about when we talk about "controlling costs." Note that nobody in this debate, not patients, hospitals, doctors, insurance providers, nobody is happy about this. If you really want to have competition, the medical industry needs to be more transparent. Unfortunately while they should have known this was coming for years now, their pricing models are still based on "bilk the self-insured to keep the numbers up, so we have room to negotiate with insurance and still remain highly-profitable." Kinda sucks where the rubber meets the road, doesn't it. My only issue, anyone want to bet exactly where those hospitals they're going to cut are and what communities they serve?

The Shawna Cox cell phone video from inside LaVoy Finicum's truck starts after they were pulled over the first time, runs until they are ordered out of the truck. I debated about posting this, but I think seeing just what happens when all the tough talk becomes real and hearing Mr. Finicum basically daring the Oregon State Troopers to shoot him could be important. Seeing the confusion up close that can surround real life operations is also important. Also hearing the people in their own words, how they see what is going on and how their own story is playing out in their heads can also be instructive.

I think someone had a birthday at NPR. Number four of the eight ways to survive the middle years, "'At every stage of life, you should be a rookie at something.'" Yes, that. It took me a long time to learn number two, and I'm still working on internalizing it. Also please note that the written article is very different than the broadcast story. I recommend both. Also linked to in the article the University of Pennsylvania authentic happiness testing center. I haven't taken any of these yet, but I'll bet they're better than the "What Game of Thrones character are you" type quizzes.

What Trump supporters think "Makes America Great, Again" means. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"And other signs of social unraveling, from deteriorating health to growing isolation, are also on the rise among American whites. Something is going seriously wrong in the heartland." Paul Krugman on on facing the problems of ones ideology, but not recognizing that it's the ideology driving the problems. "But the Republican elite can’t handle the truth. It’s too committed to an Ayn Rand story line about heroic job creators versus moochers to admit either that trickle-down economics can fail to deliver good jobs, or that sometimes government aid is a crucial lifeline. So it ends up lashing out at its own voters when they refuse to buy into that story line." This also runs with this NPR story about rank and file Republicans having a difficult time with accepting Trump as the nominee, because they're still struggling with the ideology, clinging to it in hopes that it will eventually deliver on its promises.

Tweet of my heart: @FarrahRochon It's obvious every white book sure as hell isn't a bestseller, but failure doesn't result in selling no more books with white characters.

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