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

Friday, August 19, 2016

Linkee-poo, so you go to the village in your tie-dye jeans and you stare at the junkies and closet queens, it's like some pornographic magazine, and you smile

Chuck Wendig tweetstorm on publishing a storytelling and how as a newbie you should focus on the later. Yeah, that's a hard lesson to learn. I thought I was ready when I made the pivot of what I was paying attention to. The last 5 years have been a pivot back to focusing on the story side.

"Four skydivers performed an impressive synchronized dance routine inside a wind tunnel." Okay, I can't be the only one who though, "Capricorn 7, report to Carousel." (Grokked from Dan)

Mother Jones bears their soul about the new paradigm of journalism and the cost versus return of online journalism (note, they are asking for subscribers and supporters here, but they make the business case up front). And their take on John Oliver's piece on journalism. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin, I think, sorry, lost the link)

"The TSA has refused to state how much it had spent on the new machines, but it has finally admitted that the program cost $160 million, of which $120 million was spent on L-3's machines themselves. This is on top of the hundreds of millions spent on backscatter machines and puffer machines, all since decommissioned as ineffective boondoggles." Well, good thing we don't train TSA agents well or pay them well. Unfortunately these are radiation sources and, damn, someone should go to jail for this. Say, like the people who approved the project, the people who forced the TSA to buy these, we'll start with them. Oh, and the assholes who sold them. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

The Block Island Windfarm is almost online. (Grokked from Dan)

The Chicago PD moves to fire 8 to 10 officers involved in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. You may remember that was the one with the video of Laquan McDonald walking in the street, with a knife, walking away from the police when one officer shot him down. Shooting him several times. Sixteen times in fact. And what are they being fired for? For filing false reports. While it's not fully what is needed, it is the very least that should be happening. Note, many of the police reports in the killing of black men and women have been shown to be very different what happened when a video finally surfaces… and by a lot of don't mean "my view" but "what fiction is this?" (Grokked from Vince O'Connor)

The cost of being poor and uninsured in Texas. Your money or your life. There was a sarcasm used during the Obamacare debate and the numerous attempts to repeal it that the Conservative answer to Obamacare was, "If you got sick, to die quickly." In this case it took him a little over two months. Texas is one of the states that refused to expand Medicaid, which would have saved this patient. So, ask yourself, how much money was spent trying to get coverage for this patient, trying to find a way to save this patient that didn't involve actual medical intervention but administrative wrangling? How much is "wasted" every single day in struggles like this. A person's life shouldn't have to come down to "getting the right people involved." (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

"Ironically, the party that is claiming that Hillary Clinton broke the law by transmitting classified information over private email is breaking the law by knowingly leaking classified information to friendly media sources." Not sure if it's ironic, but more of a "the law doesn't pertain to us, only you nasty liberals." Right now it's just rumors of people contacting media sources to give information. But I can't say I'm surprised that it might happen (and yes, yes, both sides do it, but again it's a matter of degree). So that took, what, all of one day? (Grokked from Jim Wright)

The "Says who" story just hit another level. "Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen… told Yahoo News that he felt he 'controlled the interview.'… 'I think I unraveled her,' he added." Stop it, my sides are hurting.

NPR looks at the Trumpster's claim he can bring back jobs. Yeah, not so much. Sorry folks, even if the work returns (which it has been), they won't be hiring all that many people back because of how manufacturing has changed in the last 20 years.

Oh sweet Jesus Hopalong Cassidy. "A decade later, the aborted exercise is arousing new interest: American diplomatic cables and Ukrainian prosecutors say the anti-US, anti-NATO protests that threatened these Marines were largely partisan plants, organized by politicians who consulted with Paul Manafort, now the prominent campaign aide to presidential candidate Donald Trump." Opposition research done well. I'll say, if this proves out (as well as the charges he illegally forwarded money from foreign donors to US lobbying firms without disclosure or registering as a foreign operative), yeah, Manafort might as well get on the first flight out before his passport is revoked. As to oppo, first remove any help the candidate might receive before attacking directly. This is known as "taking them out at the knees." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

And there he goes. Boy, I hope they're watching the airports.

Remember when I said that I was afraid that the Trumpster could actually learn and turn his campaign around? Well, yesterday's speech demonstrates that capability. Do I think he's really sorry? No. Neither do I expect his core followers to believe he's had a change of heart. They'll know this for what it is, he's playing nice to win the election. And they'll justify this in their heads, even though the one thing they liked about the Trumpster was he wasn't politically correct and said what was on his mind.

"Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Friday morning that Trump made the decision himself to express regret on Thursday evening over some of his comments that have caused 'personal pain.'" See, this is how you run a campaign. You lie effectively by giving the candidate all the credit when it's obvious they don't deserve it.

"Former Baylor President Ken Starr is resigning his post as a law school professor, severing ties with the faith-based campus still reeling from a sexual assault scandal." Here, let me correct that for you. Ken Starr, seeing the possibility of another Clinton in the White House and piles of cash to be made, clears his schedule to begin as Special Prosecutor of the Crown.

Tweet of my heart: @joshtpm News of day:Domestic white nationalist faction solidifies hold on Trumpstadt after fully ousting foreign pro-Russian faction. #Kremlinology (Grokked from John Scalzi)

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