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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Linkee-poo, if that's moving up then I'm moving out

Although, you know, they could just pay the teachers more. The UK has a new rule about expats needing to earn £35K a year. I know, I know, they don't have the money. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"Modern meat chickens are growing so fast, they say, that they are suffering." Note that the chart for birds growing to market weights is in days, not weeks or months. The problem (besides tasteless birds) "'They can't support the weight. We have problems with splayed legs, joint problems. This is a major well-being concern, if the bird can't walk.'" And for the birds they keep around long enough to breed, they have to put them on a severe diet so they're able to actually breed. But slower growth birds cost more. And nobody (not the breeders, the growers, or the processors) are going to want to give up their profit levels.

"Judge Carla Craig of Brooklyn's US Bankruptcy Court just ruled that a 'bar loan' that Citibank offered to law students isn't a student loan…" and therefore is not protected under bankruptcy rules. Whoa. That feeling, that was a few thousand bankers quaking. (Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

"The disconnect between internet fame and financial security is hard to comprehend for both creators and fans." I'm famous on the internet, that and a fiver may get me a discounted cuppa from Starbucks. (Actually I'm not that famous, although people do come up to me at cons, look at my name and say, "I know you from somewhere…") Although I'll disagree with on of their questions on funding through Patreon and other sites, "Is someone with 50,000 subscribers worth supporting financially? How about 200,000?" I haven't supported anyone through Patreon, yet. I'm not entirely comfortable with the business model of husking on the internet. But I would never let how many followers a person has constrain my choices, if I liked them, I'll give a little no matter if I'm the only follower or one in millions. Also, "Countless artists from Van Gogh to Modigliani never got to enjoy their legacy’s fame and fortune. But thankfully, Van Gogh didn’t have to shill for Audible.com to pissed-off fans of his art." No, he didn't. He did, however, have to constantly hit up his brother for cash. Also, dude, really, I'm nearly 50 and you were that "12-year old with Facebook" to me. Welcome to hell. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"CNBC's Big Crunch blog put up a well-intentioned, but disastrously designed tutorial on secure password creation, which invited users to paste their passwords into a field to have them graded on how difficult it would be to guess them… But CNBC's execution was terrible. Its password testing form was transmitted in the clear… (it) sent all the passwords it received to a Google Doc spreadsheet… (and) all 30 of the advertisers whose ads appeared on the page could also spy on your password." The fuck? (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

"In a surprise move Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an order asking the challengers objecting to the accommodation for religious non-profits under Obamacare's contraceptive mandate to brief the court on other alternatives to ensure that employees of religious nonprofits do receive contraceptive coverage." Whelp, someone had an epiphany. Remember all the preening after the oral arguments about who was questioning what and what that might bode (also the discussion about how the male members of the SOTUS didn't know what they were talking about when it came to insurance and women's health)? That's why you wait for the decision.

"(I)f the right wins in the Supreme Court, they will be setting the iron-clad precedent that invasive, nonsensical, anti-competitive regulation is legal." It's so cute when people still think the Conservative Right is logical and consistent in their ideology. The GOP has mastered the fine art of double-think (and even triple-think). It doesn't have to make sense, the base just doesn't care and the media promoting their ideology will never point it out. Just look at the campaign of the Trumpster, when confronted by his own idiotic statements he will say, "That's not true, I don't believe it, but we need to watch it and be vigilant." Having it both ways. It's practically a script.

Ah, the vaunted "everybody will support the nominee" pledge on the GOP falls to ruins. With the Trumpster leading the way, as he so often has, down into the abyss.

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