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

Monday, August 15, 2016

Linkee-poo you're an old man, poor man, pleading with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day

Jim Hines on World Fantasy Convention and the apparent racism and sexism of the programming. Since we're talking about old advertising, we used to advertise opium (patent medicine), cigarettes, and use of lysol as a douche. Pointing to old ads as proof of correctness isn't the best idea.

Writers who are veterans want you to know they don't speak for all veterans. Just like all categories of writers, people don't speak for the groups they belong to.

The Stop the Goodreads Bullies group seems to have gone defunct.

Planet Money podcast on Project Eavesdrop. Or what people can learn about you from listening to your smart phone. Note, this is what packet sniffers do. And it's one of the reasons why I didn't update Candy Crush and deleted the app from my phone and iPad. On the phone is said it needed access to my calling logs and a few other things. Nope, no game needs that.

The thing about conservative claims on "religious liberty" and "freedom of speech" is that it usually only applies to their religion and their viewpoint. So if you support abortion, they want to limit your free speech to talk about abortion and make sure you follow their religions precepts on abortion (which really aren't their religions actual stance, but they like to think it is).

Well here's a pleasant story of a former military contractor who has successfully transferred to the civilian market. They make flamethrowers, which the US military no longer purchases. Because who doesn't need one to start that barbecue or to clear out some brush. Or, you know, zombies. (Grokked from Emma Audsley)

The "Employment Policy Institute" has created an app to help business owners fight a minimum wage increase.

Why is that important? "In dollar terms, what group of Americans steals the most from their fellow citizens each year?… It's employers, many of whom are committing what's known as wage theft. It's not just about underpaying workers. They're not paying workers what they're legally owed for the labor they put in." (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

The bombings in Thailand.

So, just how easy is it to hack the election? Yep. (Grokked from Catherine Asaro)

"(Trumpster) supporters are loud about their grievances, unable to be content with the historical benefits that whiteness still confers upon them, and compelled to rebel against a browning America that no longer solely centers their experience. So rather than adjust or deal with a challenge to their unearned privilege, these angry folks act as if something is being stolen from them." And then they rally to the party that has been stealing from them, but only because that party is pandering to their insecurity, not that they have any intention on helping them. (Grokked from Maureen Johnson)

"The Hannity-Stephens divide is really a fight over how we got to Trump. Hannity argues that Trump’s rise is a logical response to the inability of feckless conservative elites like Stephens to stop Obama. Stephens thinks that Trump is an outgrowth of an anti-intellectual 'echo chamber' inhabited by people like Hannity." On the conservative-commentator spat over who will be to blame for the Trumpster losing and how yelling at each other within an echo chamber is probably a bad thing. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

More on top Trumpster advisor Paul Manafort's ties to Putin. That is just frickin' amazing, in the sense of "mushroom cloud of an imploding campaign" amazing. It's becoming clearer that Putin is trying to steer this election. That is just ballsy. Crazy stupid ballsy, the kind that leads to counties falling. (Grokked from John)

"Ivanka Trump is taking a break from the campaign trail to vacation with friends… (she) shared a scenic snap with Wendi Deng Murdoch, the ex-wife of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, from Dubrovnik, Croatia." Sounds legit, until you connect that Wendi Deng Murdoch is dating Vladimir Putin. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

Also note, one of the theories why the Trumpster isn't releasing his tax returns is that they show monetary ties to Russian banks. Now are you sufficiently freaked out?

Tweet of my heart: @Stonekettle This is how Trump wins. Hillary's crushing Trump in the polls? Cool, I'll write in Bernie as a protest!

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