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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Linkee-poo, when the night has come and the land is dark and the moon is the only light we'll see

For the 20th anniversary of Viable Paradise, they're running a reunion on the island. Just for the record, I attended VP XIII. (Grokked from MacAllister Stone)

One of the joys of reading to kids, messing with their little heads. I mean, revealing plot twists. Yeah. That's what I meant. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Oh Florida Man. Florida man shoots himself, but doesn't notice until two days later when he changed his shirt. When the satire writes itself, it's time to give up. (Grokked from TPM)

And in the healthy weight food fight, another shot is fired. "The body mass index, or BMI, associated with the lowest risk of death has increased since the 1970s, a study finds, from 23.7, in the 'normal' weight category, to 27, which is deemed 'overweight.'" Take that, Dr. Adkins! This is the point most people throw their hands in the air and shout, "Fuck it" and then go to Dairy Queen.

"On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point… the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%. Power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity." Yep, renewables will never been major players… except in many other countries they already are (note Germany still has gas, coal, and nuclear powered generation). (Grokked from CC Findley)

Apparently, the Senate has some time on it's hands. So it's going to investigate Facebook to see if they've been keeping topics of concern to conservatives off their "trending topics" queue. Facebook did their own investigation and found no misdeeds, but just like the IRS scandal, because conservatives see conspiracies everywhere, apparently they think Facebook is against them. Really? Fuck, I don't use Facebook that much because of all the conservatives there who muck up my feed. (Grokked from Xeni)

Gross alert, astronomer demonstrates with a pig's eyeball what happens if you stare at the sun with a telescope (without proper precautions and masking). Includes direction of said eyeball after he burns a hole through the retina. You know you can just burn ants with a magnifying glass to make this point, right?

"This summer, the Crystal Serenity—a 820-foot-long, 13-deck cruise ship with a casino, a movie theater, six restaurants and a driving range—is planning to steam through (the Northwest Passage) in less than a month." Some see Global Warming as a catastrophe, some see it as a business opportunity. I guess that means that Greenland is soon to be the next "cruise island." See, I've read some of the early exploration journals, so this gets an immediate "nope" from my brain. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

How could the water crisis in Flint get any worse, you may be asking yourself. "Today in a district court in Michigan, ex-Flint City Administrator Natasha Henderson alleged that she was fired from her position after reporting that Flint Mayor Karen Weaver had directed underlings to divert money intended for a clean water charity to her personal campaign PAC." That'll do it. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"A North Carolina school board decided on Tuesday that students should be allowed to carry defensive sprays and razors — with one member suggesting they might need these tools in light of HB2, the controversial state law that requires students using bathrooms in public schools to use bathrooms according to the sex on their birth certificate." What could possibly go wrong? Hey, remember kids getting suspended because they brought aspirin to school? (Grokked from Chip Dawes)

So, any business commentary on the Presidential election? "Budweiser is renaming its beer 'America' for the summer. The special cans and bottles will be available May 23 through the presidential election in November." Well played, Anheuser-Busch. Say, why didn't you mention you're actually owned by InBev in your press release? Not that I would drink a Bud ever again (this is a long standing rule, not something new). Which gives me an opportunity to point to this Monty Python skit the Philosopher's Song. "We find your American beer is a little like making love in a canoe." Fortunately the American beer market has changed since then.

Shocked, shocked the GOP is that anybody would have a problem with the NC law that not only says people need to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex indicated on their birth certificate, but that removes local government's authority to permit it and strips several layers of protection away from not only the LBGT community, but anyone who may be discriminated against.

Okay, who had "Ted Cruz is actually a zombie" in the office pool. If the Tedster wins Nebraska he says he'll come back in (newsflash, he didn't). And this is part of the reason people "suspend" their campaigns instead of outright ending them (that and monetary reasons). No, Ted, just go. (Grokked from Maureen Johnson)

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