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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Linkee-poo, trying to make some sense of it all, but I can see that it makes no sense at all

Warning, graphic video. The Baton Rouge execution by police. Do not try and justify this to me. IMHO, these officers should be happy if all they gets is life in jail and not dragged into the street and lynched along with any of the officers that helped with confiscating the store's video equipment. No excuse. This is the kind of thing where cities burn all summer long. And Dear Good Cops, you're presented with another opportunity to show your true colors and demonstrate you're on the side of law and order. Or you can hide behind the thin, blue line. That line is quickly becoming the chasm that divides you from the citizenry. Don't allow yourselves to be brought down.

Ferrett Steinmetz on how many books you should sell to be "successful". Note, it's different for almost every circumstance.

Direct imaging of an exoplanet/ (Grokked from Deborah Beale)

So, whatever happened to clean coal? Doubt you'll see that highlighted as a government boondoggle like you heard about Solara.

After the coal is burned, then you have to figure out what to do with the coal ash.

Sure, there's no sexism in video game production. "Ubisoft's gamer survey first asks if you're female, and terminates if you say 'yes'." No sexism at all. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

There's this conservative mantra to "allow states to experiment" and provide block grants of money with little oversight. This is supposed to bring about "innovation" to help those people the government is trying to support. Well, in New Mexico it just allows them to delay and deny SNAP payments. You may remember a previous story where most of the "welfare" payment money goes into programs, not to actual cash assistance.

A formed news executive learns how the job is actually done when he becomes a new anchor.

About fucking time. "Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced new rules Wednesday to loosen restrictions on doctors who treat people addicted to heroin and opioid painkillers with the medication buprenorphine." Waiting for the conservative backlash against, "giving druggies new drugs" in 3… 2… 1…

Okay, one more time, drawing you gun and pointing it at someone is not only stupid, it's a felony. But I'm sure if the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Karnig Ohannessian walks away without any charges the Congress will demand a special counsel look into the matter. Also, again for the people in the back, if you have to draw your firearm, you should use it. To not do so means you lack judgement and the ability to handle the situation.

The problem with modern politics, "… Nigel Farage, one of the chief proponents of the Brexit vote, who is resigning as head of the U.K. Independence Party because the country is getting out of the European Union. His goal is achieved, he says." Politicians have a plan for the pivot point, but no plan for how to manage what comes next. It's the political game of hot-potato.

That Chilcot Report all the cool kids are talking about. The Guardian's coverage. Then there's CNN's coverage. You may remember the US Senate report on pre-war intelligence (failures and manipulation).

Josh Marshall on Trumps racism and why "Trump keeps 'accidentally' retweeting and embracing authoritarian racism because he's an authoritarian racist." (Grokked from John Scalzi)

An open letter to the Trumpster's son-in-law who owns the Observer about the Trump's tweet. "These explanations are so facile, infantile in their blatant disregard for context or logic that I can only imagine them being delivered by someone doing so while grinning and winking." (Grokked from Jer)

"Still, if the months since then are any indication, Trump isn't showing much hesitancy to send tweets that many observers find offensive, and many of his supporters say they find refreshingly authentic." Because he's really not that sorry, because it's increasing his poll numbers.

Tourist in Central Park steps on "explosive material." One, fireworks are dangerous. This sounds like a little more than "let's set off am M80", given the police say it was someone with a basic knowledge of chemistry. Two, homemade explosives are notoriously unstable, so it's possible pressure could set it off even if someone had tried to set it off before and then just left it there hoping nobody would discover it. It'll be telling to see if another ones is discovered.

Insert dramatic music here, "Gretchen Carlson, until last month a Fox News host, alleged in a lawsuit announced Wednesday that Fox News boss Roger Ailes fired her from the network after months of rebuffing his sexual advances." Roger Ailes sitting in his office high atop NYC, "Unleash the flying monkeys." I feel sorry for what she's about to go through. Nobody should have to endure that.

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