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

Friday, June 24, 2016

Linkee-poo you say Franz Ferdinand was shot?

"What happens to England and Wales now?… Short version: economic turmoil caused by the uncertainty. An upswing in right-wing xenophobia as the utterly odious crypto-fascist Nigel Farage makes hay while the Sun shines on his project." Charlie Stross on the Brexit vote. 'Cause here's the lesson of history, fascists weren't only in Germany and Italy at the start of WWII. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Remain calls "Do over!" (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Also, the Brexit is exactly the same economic phony-baloney that US conservatives are trying to sell you. They're quite happy the UK's economy is about to drag everyone down. Well done, GOP.

On of the major issues of any advertising/marketing department in this modern "just-in-time" manufacturing (bullshit) culture is not having an actual product to shoot when you need to develop marketing materials (this is relatively less common in the "olden days" when we actually built things in this country and knew how to run businesses). So, enter the Mill's Blackbird video rig. It's basically a chassis that can be programmed to mimic the performance of (almost) any car and so can be taken on the road to get footage and then you can add the car through CGI in post. Brilliant. Also, advertising lies. In case you needed a reminder. Also, yes, this fills a very real need. (Grokked from John)

Muscle memory. Okay, well, there is a link between exercise and brain functions, and now they think they may have identified part of that link, cathepsin B. But with all silver linings, there is the inevitable cloud. "(Cathepsin B is) produced by tumor cells and has been linked to the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's." Kinda sucks, doesn't it?

Some magnificent photos from Cassini. I could look at those all day. Also, fodder for your space opera novel. (Grokked from Jim Hines)

"When telling this story (of how 12 girls came to "live" with Kaplan, plus one who was "gifted" and gave birth to 3 of the other girls) to the detective, Stoltzfus and Kaplan appeared to believe nothing was wrong, said Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler." Abusers never think what they do is wrong. "Cary Hall and Alexander Tuttle said. "Until all the facts are in, we (Cary Hall and Alexander Tuttle, lawyers for Savilla Stoltzfus) ask that the court of public opinion hold its judgment of our client as well." Yeah, I think I'm going to go ahead and judge this one now, if that's okay with you all.

The Trumpster forgives his campaign the $50M loan he gave to himself. Well, that was kind. Also, wow, that really frees up some of that cash. Also, "'Unlike the all talk, no action politicians that have failed the American people for far too long, Mr. Trump is not beholden to the special interests that have corrupted Washington, D.C,' the statement read. 'Mr. Trump will continue to put America and our people first.'" But he's now asking for donations. Like he did before. Like he denies he needs. And while I love Twitter, I also know exactly how much value it has. So for the campaign to rely of the Trumpsters social media presence, wow. Much ignorance. Such narcissism. He's also banking on the free TV he's gotten so far. That's good, because word on the street is any TV advertising slots between now and November are very few and far between.

This is hilarious. "Donald Trump on Friday morning praised Britain's decision to leave the European Union, drawing a parallel to the 2016 presidential election in the United States." And then "Donald Trump on Friday said that President Barack Obama bore some responsibility for the UK’s historic decision to leave the European Union." The Trumpster is patting himself on the back over "correctly calling it", however "As recently as June 1, Trump seemed unfamiliar with the term 'Brexit,' but he has maintained throughout the last few months that he thought a departure would be beneficial for the UK."

In case you're looking to see if the Trumpster has really thought out the ramifications of his economic and immigration policy, "They don't know,' he said (referring to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s concerns that the Brexit would negatively impact the U.S. economy). 'Look, we have to see how it plays out.'" And there you have it, "Hey, it's a crap shoot, you put your dollar down, roll your dice and see what happens." Great way to plan for business success, don'tcha think?

Tweet of my heart: @QUEENWlTCH my heart goes out to any aspiring dystopian fiction authors who keep having their ideas stolen by the conservative party

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