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, September 2, 2016

Linkee-poo and there ain't no place in this world for these kids to go, it's a hard life wherever you go

Strange Horizons is looking for first readers. (Grokked from Ellen Kushner)

The Newshour Brief But Spectacular episode on Lemony Snicker where he talks about the bewilderment of words and what it's like to be an author.

Turns out that possible signal SETI found is most likely an Russian military satellite. Sigh. Of course, he said with a wink, if it really were aliens, that's exactly what the MIB would want you to think.

"Yet even as the number of ways people spend their time has expanded, a Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who have read a book in the last 12 months (73%) has remained largely unchanged since 2012. And when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product." Lots of chewy data in there. e-Book reading has gone up, but not really at the expense of print books. (Grokked from Deborah Beale)

"A restaurant chain that charges twice as much for a meal in one location as it does in another? You would think that's a recipe for angry customers… But Everytable in Los Angeles is betting that this will prove a successful business model — while also serving up a hefty side of social mission." As anyone who has bought a meal at a turnpike rest stop or airport can tell you, this isn't a new business model. Only without the social mission part.

With wind power, the larger and longer the blades, the higher the potential energy output. So, how do you get wind turbine based that are 52.2 meters (171 feet) long and weigh 12 tons? Well, here's a video. Now that's a corporate capabilities video. (Grokked from Dan)

"Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year… So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues many adults deal with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse."

Are you there God? It's me, FEC.

Are GMO crops good for the environment by requiring us to use less insecticides and herbicides? As Dr. Malcolm in Jurassic Park said, "life finds a way." And in the mean time, heritage seed strains continue to fade into the past.

"Notorious anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller claimed Wednesday that Hillary Clinton is hell-bent on shutting down conservative news site Breitbart, enforcing 'the Sharia' in the process." I wonder if the GOP is now regretting their policy of cutting mental health services? You know, now that actual lunatics are running their asylum.

While the Trumpster focuses on the relatively small number of Americans murdered by undocumented aliens, the societal ill that kills more people, domestic violence, continues unabated. Note, the perpetrator had been arrested, was released on bond with an ankle monitor and told to stay away from guns. And frankly, how this article starts and its focus bugs the ever-loving shit out of me.

"Running for president is your last bid for the respect of Manhattan. If you were to win election, they couldn't ridicule you anymore. They could be horrified, but there is nothing ridiculous about being Leader of the Free World." Garrison Keillor tells the Trumpster that they'll never accept him. Because they never do. Once they know where you're from they can never change that impression of you.

Why do progressives view conservatives as gun-violence promoting thugs? Because they do shit like this. "A press release by the Arizona Republican Party which shows Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) opponent on a 'wanted' poster riddled with bullet holes… was delivered personally to McCain's opponent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)'s office by Kevin Kuk, chief of operations for the Arizona Republican Party, 12 News reported." They won't apologize for it saying that until Gabby Giffords saw it, nobody thought anything about it. Next up, "That dead fish delivery that was wrapped in your campaign poster? We just thought you were hungry." Seriously, how mind fucked do you need to be to not see that as a threat?

"NBA star Dwyane Wade lamented that his cousin’s fatal shooting was used for 'political gain' by Donald Trump in a Friday interview…" Trumpster would use someone for his own gain? Shocked, shocked I am…

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