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, March 14, 2016

Linkee-poo says throw down your plow and hoe, rest not to lock your homes

The corpse road, the path less trodden. (Grokked from Emma Audley)

"There are 27 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500… that reported paying no income tax expense in 2015 despite reporting pre-tax profits, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Global Market Intelligence." Yea, I'm sure that's fair. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

The myth of the midlife crisis. Or, baby boomers don't want to admit they're old, so 60 is the new 30. As someone in the middle, no, no it's not. Thankfully we all get better.

February was a pretty damn hot month. I'm sure it'll all be okay. I'm sure having spring peepers croaking so soon in Ohio will be okay. I'm sure that our weather is more like late April to Mid May when it's only March will be okay. To be serious, this very well could be one of the temp spikes that just happened to occur at the same time as other factors, sort of like a large wave that comes in at high-tide. Unfortunately the underlying high-tide isn't going to recede, so hitting 1.5°C above normal should be ringing alarm bells even if the heat abates a little. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Grid wired batteries and ultra capacitors coming to your electrical outlet. Note, it's fine and dandy of your utility does it, but Grue forbid you do this on your own. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Woman who gave the fascist salute when protestors shut down the Chicago appearance of Donald Trump says she did it to show the protestors, who were saying Trump was Hitler, what Nazi-ism was really like. Or something. But she's definitely not a Nazi. Well, I guess she showed us. Sigh. You were caught in the middle of protestors and they made a hole for you to leave their midst safely, and then you think you need to teach them a history lesson. That's special.

After Michelle Fields, a Breitbart News reporter. is grabbed violently by a top Trump campaign official (at this point this is only alleged, although there's some good evidence to support the claim), Breitbart not only sides with the Trump campaign, the CEO asks for a speech writer's position in a Trump White House, and then also publishes an article about how their reporter conspired against the Trump campaign, here come the resignations. To be honest, Breitbart News isn't exactly a paragon of editorial trust and impartiality, but this is a new low for them. (Grokked from Chip Dawes)

Trumpster threatens to invade Poland. I mean, threatens to send his goons to Bernie Sanders rallies. Supporters, I meant to say supporters. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

And the GOP seems shocked after 4 decades of developing the angry white voter (formerly known as Reagan Democrats) that they're not surprised at the number of angry white people in their party. Really? "'Fox News & Cruz are American traitors, in league with the liberal establishment. Silent majority must face fire from a unified oligarchy,' (Ann) Coulter tweeted early Saturday." The hand that feeds is being bitten. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

Why Barak Obama's Presidency is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. Basically it's because whites who thought they were still in control suddenly found themselves not being in the position they thought they had by right. "'White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves,' (Robin DiAngelo) writes. 'These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.'" In other words, they're upset that they can no longer pretend they still have special status. This is also why conservatives hate the Clintons, who disrupted their 12 years of White House control by having the audacity to get elected. Barak Obama did the same thing, explicitly demonstrating that the "permanent conservative majority" wasn't any of those three things. Democrats have pissed on the world view of conservatives and for that conservatives hate the people who have shown them the fallacies of their own positions. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

Cokie Roberts explains her role at NPR. She is a commentator, not an analyst or reporter, and as such she is allowed to take positions. Like when she did co-authoring an editorial on why Donald Trump should not be the GOP Nominee.

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