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

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Linkee-poo will promise you more than the Garden of Eden, then she'll carelessly cut you and laugh while you're bleeding

Ancient mass grave of 80 men, most with their hands bound in irons, uncovered in Athens. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

So don't become some background noise, a backdrop for the girls and boys who just don't know, or just don't care, and just complain when you're not there. You had your time, you had the power. You've yet to have your finest hour. Radio. iHeartRadio is circling the drain, CBS Radio is already in it, and Cumulus could also be headed down. I'm sure over-saturation with little differentiation (in my market, there are 3 stations that are within a 10 minute rotation of each other, so if I like a song, I can tune to the next station and hear it again). Also there is very little local market appeal (like there used to be). Much of commercial radio is programmed out of central offices while sharing talent and syndicating many shows that fill the hours. (Insert Old Man Rambling here) When I was a kid, you could call the station (local call) and talk with the DJ that was spinning the records you were listening to. I'm also sure that the business practice of leveraging the shit out of your company to reward the stakeholders (instead of building the product) wasn't involved here. Not at all. (Grokked from Dan)

"For the sixth month in a row, we’ve had a month that has broken the global high temperature record. And not just broken it, but shattered it, blasting through it like the previous record wasn’t even there." I'm sure it'll be fine. Welcome to the hockey stick. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"Researchers have found a ‘striking’ new side effect from eating fast food… A few hours after publication, (the researcher) called to say that in reading her quote she felt… 'alarming' was too strong a word… Rather, she said 'striking' was more appropriate, because it conveys the magnitude of the findings without assigning a sense of urgency." And that's part of the problem. Also note, it's not just "fast food" by "highly processed food". (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"County officials across Mississippi are warning of job losses and deep deficits as local jails are being deprived of the state inmates needed to keep them afloat. The culprit, say local officials, is state government and private prisons, which are looking to boost their own revenue as sentencing and drug-policy reforms are sending fewer bodies into the correctional system." Hey, maybe this whole "privatize prisons" idea wasn't so hot after all. That and pushing responsibilities for state function down to the local level, yeah, that might not have been so wise either. Say, what is it called when someone derives an economic benefit off the backs of laborers in chains? (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

"Sarah Palin went on a bizarre tear against Bill Nye’s qualifications to speak about climate change during an event Thursday on Capitol Hill, claiming that Nye 'is as much a scientist as I am.'" I googled "Dunning-Kruger" and it just came back with pictures of Sarah Palin. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"Because that terrible future doesn’t ask one damned thing of us today." Jim Wright on optimism and selling our future for meager scraps.

SETI "Wow" signal may have an explanation. Hydrogen gas surrounding periodic comets. Yeah, that sounds a little "light from Venus refracted through swamp gas" to me, but it could be an explanation. (Grokked from Dan)

Neo-liberalism is blamed for all our ills in this Guardian article sounds an awful lot like Conservatism mixed with Libertarianism. But note the term was coined before the flip in political ideology (which, if you've argued on the internet before, you will note many people arguing the conservative ideology will say, "but the original definition of (the word) means (the exact opposite of what it does now)"). (Grokked from Robert J Bennet)

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