What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Linkee-poo, keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel

"A new study has confirmed what many already suspected: the careers of Australia’s female authors are suffering due to gender bias within the literature industry. That female writers are still consistently being overlooked in the 21st century is not only unacceptable; it is embarrassing." The rest of the world's studies that have found consistent biases against women in publishing welcomes the Australian study into their company. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

We control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. Ransomware comes to your smart TV. (Grokked from Dan)

This day we shall light a fire in the skies… No, really, fire. In space. We're lighting a fire in space. Okay, well, we're setting a fire in the returning Cygnus supply ship after it undocks with the ISS on its way to burn up in the upper atmosphere. Just to make sure we understand how fire works in space. (Grokked from Marie Vibbert)

"Because, like so many other women, sisters I have never met, I know a man can claim to love a person, but still throw her down the stairs or spit at her or shoot her four times through a locked toilet door. I know a woman doesn't take her phone to the bathroom with her in the middle of the night and lock herself there, without good reason." On the Oscar Pistorius trial and what is obvious to people who have gone through similar relationships. Also on the prevalent world culture of acceptance when it comes to violence against women. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

So while lots of news media talk about Islam's supposed hatred of "teh gayz", on the other side of the island… "After 49 people were gunned down in an Orlando gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, pastors in California and Arizona praised the gunman for massacring 'perverted predators' and 'pedophiles.'"

On that point, muslim's acceptance of gays is higher than some Christian sects. The beam in one's own eye as it were. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Everything old is new again. Newt Gingrich, potential VP, thinks we should restart the House Un-american Activities Committee. Because that worked out so well the first time. SO when you hear the left talk about how the right while talking about "freedom" is actually moving toward totalitarianism, here's a datapoint.

Toxic stress and its impact on developing brains. Note they're not saying that children shouldn't have any stresses, but that the constant stress levels induced by familial disfunction can permanently alter brain function. And here we will remind everybody that more families are dysfunctional in someway than there are families who don't have problems with drugs/alcohol, abuse, neglect, anger management, etc.

In the midst of ignorance about the electoral process (and specifically about the primary process and the electoral college) and in the face of unchecked voter suppression many people are wondering why they should vote when they feel it won't be counted. Dear people, this is exactly what those who instituted all these election changes want you to feel so you won't vote.

A quick primer of the "Clinton Scandals." Your pre-reading before the Trumpster's supposed speech about it.

I think I've said it here before that much of what is wrong with the current news media (that is there is no real analysis or actual political journalism anymore, merely "he said, she said" and press release journalism) is that this came about because the news outlets live in fear of losing access and then, by extrapolation, content to publish. What you're seeing happening with the Trumpster pulling press credentials from places like WaPo, NYT, Univision, etc is exactly that (and that the campaign has accepted credentials from whackaloon outlets is an example of which audience they're going for). So, here is my challenge to the news media, the dynamic is backward. Politicians should be begging you for coverage. But that only will happen when your readers actually trust what you're saying. If you create the megaphone, they'll be lined up out your door to use it.

"(Rep. Jim) Himes called moments of silence 'obnoxious expressions of smug incompetence' on elected officials' part." On Rules of Order, and why sometimes it becomes necessary to make a ruckus and be out of order.

Tweet of my heart: @Soccerpolitics I feel like this presidential election is essentially a battle between the article and the comments section.

Double dip: @peterwsinger If you are a media outlet Not being banned by Trump, at what point do you start asking yourself what are you doing wrong?

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