And they come with no warning,
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Linkee-poo, everybody got to elevate from the norm, everybody got to deviate from the norm

William S Burrough's lectures on creative reading and writing. (Grokked from Mrs Tadd)

Inky makes a break for it. No word if the octopus took Nemo with him.

Not all financial literacy education is effective. Oh my, yes.

In the UK, solar begins to surpass coal for electrical production. As the article states, it's largely symbolic as both supply less than 10% of the UK's electrical load, but interesting none the less. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

And today is misogyny, "One of Harvard University’s 'final clubs'—an undergraduate secret society—has broken a 225-year public silence to argue that admitting female members would likely increase sexual assaults." Well, that's one reason to ban the fuckers. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

The stories we tell ourselves. In this case, the story China has been telling itself for almost a hundred-years about the South Chinese Sea. Note, China sees most of SE Asia as traditionally parts of China.

Okay, everybody, let's not freak the fuck out here. "The incident began Monday with a pair of Russian Su-24 planes making 20 close passes over the Cook, coming as close as 1,000 yards at an altitude of about 100 feet, according to a U.S. defense official." The captain and crew of the USS Donald Cook kept their heads (as naval people tend to do) and attempted to contact the aircraft (in total 4 Su-24 Fencers and one heavy helicopter) to warn them off. While the aircraft came closer than normal, this used to be old hat during the Cold War. It's a way for Russia to say it didn't like us conducting flight operations 70 nautical miles off Kaliningrad (home of Russia's Baltic Fleet). So, yes they were close, but so were we (even if it's international waters). There are many problems here, though. What if one of the Russian pilots misjudges distance or course of the ship and clips it? What if one of our people lose their cool and illuminate the Russian craft with targeting radar? While weapon's systems have a lot of safeties built in to prevent accidental firings, they're also designed to be easy to intentionally fire.

Missouri is up next in the "we've got to protect religious freedom to deny rights to teh gays" bill parade (see, I told you it was a progrom that has a severe successions vibe). Sixty businesses join together to oppose that law. See, unlike Mississippi, Missouri has businesses that can apply economic force.

How much and just whom is helping developing countries more? "Developing countries got $131 billion in official aid in 2015… And they got $431.6 billion in remittances — money sent home by migrants who are working abroad." And now you know why xenophobic politicians like the Trumpster say they're going to stop that. Because they haven't a clue as to real economics and don't give a shit about anyone else.

And proving the adage that "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one", an Ohio newspaper publisher of local news says they won't print anything about LGBT people. That's special.

URL shorteners can enable brute force hacking into cloud servers (and since we're storing more in the cloud, and that info is often synced to your computers, that's a problem).

"A German train dispatcher was playing a game on his cell phone shortly before he misdirected two trains, causing a head-on collision that killed 11 people, according to prosecutors." I'll bet it was SmashBrothers. Too soon? Okay, so it's a little bit of correlation not equaling causality, so I suggest a test. Here, you play this game while we hold a trial on if we should send you to prison.

"The sensation that the boundaries between yourself and the world around you are erasing correlates to changes in brain connectivity while on LSD… Scientists gave 15 volunteers either a drop of acid or a placebo and slid them into an MRI scanner to monitor brain activity." Because inside an MRI is exactly where you want to be while tripping. One of the effects is like an artificial synesthesia.

First Dose: "Now, Jeremy Durham, a Republican legislator from Tennessee who advocated for one of those anti-trans bathroom bills, has been dubbed a 'continuing risk to unsuspecting women' by the state’s Attorney General Herbert Slatery." Because "(a)n investigation found that Durham had acted inappropriately toward several women who work in the State Capitol to the point where they don’t feel safe in his presence." (Grokked from Cherie Priest)

Second Dose: Speaker Paul Ryan, former Chairman of the House Budget Committee, having come into office on the heels of a two-year budget deal negotiated by Speaker Boehner, having criticized Democrats for not producing a Budget during the end of the Bush Administration, is now fast approaching the statutory deadline for approving a Budget without an ability to get one onto the floor for a vote.

Between the two of those, I think I have irony poisoning.

I'ma just going to leave this here, Periods for Pence. (Grokked from BoingBoing)

The University of California, Davis paid Nevins & Associates and ID Media Partners $175,000 to help scrub internet mentions of a campus cop pepper-spraying student protesters as they were staging a peaceful sit-in. So, how did that work out?

Guns don't kill people… oh yeah? "Police said the woman was standing by the vending machine and dropped her purse. The gun went off and a bullet hit the vending machine. The bullet bounced off the machine and grazed her daughter in the right side of her face." Okay, so the kid wasn't killed, but it could have gone so much worse.

The Trumpster is promising to bring back Joe Paterno. It's either the statue removed from Penn State's stadium after his involvement in the Jerry Sandusky child-sexual-abuse case was fully known, or he's talking about a Zombie Joe Paterno. That whole thing can pretty well sum up the Trumpster appeal.

Tweet of my heart: @ietyler America doesn't have a problem with being too lenient to rich white folks, it has a problem with brutalizing and dehumanizing everyone else.

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