And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Linke-poo hears the horses' thunder down in the valley below

So, don't know a first reader from a culture you've included in your story, but are not of or have deep experience with? A sensitivity reader may just be the help you're looking for. Or, you know, you could wait for the reviews to start piling up. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Three restaurants in China "hire" robotic servers. Two are now closed and the third brought back human servers and only kept one of the robots. So, Skynet 0, humans 3. (Grokked from Alex C. Renwick)

"This is what abortion politics is for. This is what it was designed to do. This is its function and its purpose." The Slactivist with some history and perspective. Also a lot on people who find themselves on the wrong side of history attempting to change the subject.

You know how emoji's are supposed to be universal communications? Apparently not. :\ (Grokked from Dan)

Kepler is down. Four years into its extended mission of finding exoplanets, Kepler has gone into emergency mode (you may picture the klaxons sounding, red lights swishing, and people stumbling from one side of the set to the other as someone shakes the camera).

Why are these bathroom policing laws a horrible idea besides the blatant bigotry. "A Detroit woman has filed a lawsuit against restaurant chain Fishbone's after a frightening incident in which she was mistaken for a man and tossed out of a women's bathroom, reports TV station WXYZ." Yeah, that's one reason. When I had a pony-tail I often got comments in restaurant bathrooms. Including once where I had to ask the guy if he had dated many women with beards, because he may be doing it wrong. (Grokked from Scott Kennedy)

So, this is a thing. "Guests from two separate Chinese wedding processions fought with knives and batons and hurled flaming fireworks at each other during a violent four-hour dispute, mainland media reports." But I'll bet they didn't have a bitchin' soundtrack to dance to during the fight scenes like they did in West Side Story. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Oh look, if you're rich you tend to live longer. Or, why won't the old bastard die and give us his money. Actually, right there you can see the problems in America. If you're rich, and live on the coasts (or in a densely populated area) you have a longer life. However, if you're poor and live in the rural mid-west, you're screwed. Some of it is access to better medical support, some of it is cultural, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say much of it is because of economic opportunity and the related stresses and life-styles.

"Climate change and a strong El NiƱo have caused hundreds of kilometres of (Australia's Great Barrier) reef to bleach, as the higher water temperatures stress the coral, and they expel their symbiotic algae. If the bleaching is bad enough, or the temperatures remain high for long enough, the corals die, putting the future of reefs at risk." Good thing that climate change thing is a hoax or this would be very troublesome. I'm sure Rush Limbaugh can explain it all away. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

What happens when the Patriot-Amurika-Fuck-Yeah goggles slip? The disillusion can hit pretty hard. Or, if you like, what happens you you realize the propaganda was just that. (Grokked from Alex C. Renwick)

I'm sure it was just an innocent error that Spanish language voter guides were sent out with the wrong dates and incomplete information. You know, just like in 2012. I'm sure that the attempts to disenfranchise supposed "non-GOP voters" (i.e. white) had nothing to do with it. Nothing at all. And in other voter registration news, the Trumpster's kids forget to register. Oopsie.

The Slactivist expounding on the fact that people from the future are not coming to save us.

But they may give us glimpses into the future.

"Clare Lopez, the vice president of the Center for Security Policy and a national security adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, told a Minnesota radio program yesterday that parts of Minneapolis have become 'no-go zones' where the police 'don’t go' and are letting Sharia law take hold." Proving that no matter how much a conservative/religious lie gets disproven, there's always more life in that zombie. (Grokked from Elizabeth Bear)

The sense of entitlement is amazing. I've long held that the conservative mindset is one that believes it is entitled, even as they point the finger to welfare, social security, medicaid beneficiaries and say they they feel entitled to "free stuff."

And this just in, immaculate Republican candidate appears to the faithful outside the RNC. Oh Onion, don't ever change. Note Paul Ryan is in the crowd picture looking up, so it ain't him. Also wondering how he could be wearing a shining American Flag pin, and have his sleeves rolled-up (although the description is a fabulous send up of some of the conventions of public address). (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

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