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 30, 2016

Linkee-poo is an ordinary guy burning down the house

A long the lines of "letters to a young creative", Chuck Wendig's very long tweet storm on self-doubt. Also some of us old creatives needed to hear that. Thanks, Chuck.

Rosetta joins Philae on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and ends its mission. Travel well, Rosetta.

"This is one of the arrows that have melted out of an old glacier on the mountain KvitingskjĂžlen in southern Norway’s Jotunheimen range. The archaeologists are looking for objects that —until now — have been buried under the ice pack. Some may be thousands of years old." A silver lining (or maybe iron lining) to glacial retreat. (Grokked from Dr Caitlin Green)

"Part of the problem also lies with poor training of young scientists working in university research labs, Freedman says. GBSI surveyed scientists about their use of antibodies in preparation for the meeting and discovered that 31 percent of young scientists didn't even think it was necessary to validate the antibodies they rely on in their labs, even though bad antibodies could completely invalidate their findings." You're only as good as your weakest link. In this case, the quality issues surrounding commercial produced antibodies (for research). Sometimes they don't do what they're sold as doing.

"The desire for clear expectations is a shining example of a shared need across generations, from millennials to traditionalists. All workers, regardless of age or stage in their career, want to know what's expected of them in the workplace. And the lack of clear expectations can cause anxiety and confusion in workers." A composite of Gallup Polls of the workplace.

"A Cambridge University study of British and U.S. police shows a 93 percent decrease in the number of complaints made against officers when they are using body cameras – pivotal findings that suggest the simple devices could reduce conflicts between police and the public." Funny, that. Actually when it became common knowledge that we video taped our holding area and had dash cams, we experienced a similar drop in complaints, but only after the public figured it out (we didn't televise what we did). And the remaining charges of brutality (and in some cases rape and abuse) our defense because quite easy. This was after we purged our police department of troublemakers.

How's that Presidential Veto Override going? "Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the measure could have unintended consequences -- including the fact that it could leave U.S. soldiers open to retaliation by foreign governments." Say, isn't that what the President explicitly said why he was vetoing the bill? Isn't that what every goddamn new story about the override brought up? "But Republicans said the White House didn’t make a forceful case, putting themselves in the awkward position of blaming the president for a bill they enacted into law over Obama’s veto." That's now "awkward", that's what they've been doing of the past 8 years, blame President Obama for everything. Now it just includes making they vote to override his veto. See the GOP leadership has such a boner to stick it to the President on anything before they went back to their constituents for the November elections, they completely forgot how to do their jobs (not that they knew much about doing them before, every year they seem to want to break the record for the Do Nothingness Congress of All Time). (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

The GOP finally wins one when it comes to Obamacare. The GAO said Health and Human Services (which helps administer Obamacare) failed to pay the Treasury $5B from $25B collected in the reinsurance stability part of the program. It might be a difficult sell for them if the Obama administration brings up the many times Congress told the President to transfer funds to cover parts of the program instead of fully funding Obamacare. "'The administration should end this illegal scheme immediately, and focus on providing relief from the burdens of this law,' Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said in a statement." Only, that's exactly what they were doing with that money, providing relief to insurers who underestimated the amount they would have to pay out in claims.

"'I love it,' said Duke, 66, tearing into a chicken garlic pizza at a nearby restaurant later. 'The fact that Donald Trump’s doing so well, it proves that I’m winning. I am winning.'… Trump’s surprise rise to become the GOP presidential nominee, built largely on a willingness to openly criticize minority groups and tap into long-simmering racial divisions, has reenergized white supremacist groups and drawn them into mainstream American politics like nothing seen in decades." Why do I call Trumpster a racists? Because avowed racists see him as their guy, fighting for their values. "Others predict a Trump loss, particularly a decisive one, will drive white nationalists back to the periphery." I'm not entirely sure about that one. These groups have been calling for Race War for over two decades now. They see this as their moment. If it doesn't happen I don't expect them to just sulk away. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

Remember back in 2008 when liberals attacked conservatives for their aggressive ad campaigns using gun imagery that encouraged their followers to violence? And they said no, that's not what they were doing. And then in 2012 where they not only ran similar ads and campaign literature but added the whole "shooting Obamacare on the range" meme? And they said, no, they weren't encouraging violence. "A North Carolina gun rights group is raffling off an AR-15, ammunition and a photo of Hillary Clinton that they say is 'very popular at the range.'" Seriously, you all got a fucking problem. (Grokked from TPM)

"Press release of the day", apparently visitors to Porn.com prefer the Trumpster over Clinton by 70%. We'll refrain from the obvious double-entendre there. (Grokked from Fred Clark)

And how's our "post-racial society" doing? "The mayor of a small central Pennsylvania town remains unapologetic after coming under fire for posting racist memes on his Facebook page, one of which calls for the lynching of President Barack Obama." Yep. "Since the spring, U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies have seen mounting evidence of an active Russian influence operation targeting the 2016 presidential election. It is very unlikely the Russians could sway the actual vote count, because our election infrastructure is decentralized and voting machines are not accessible from the Internet. But they can sow disruption and instability up to, and on, Election Day, more than a dozen senior U.S. officials tell TIME, undermining faith in the result and in democracy itself." We will sell them the broom they will use to sweep us from history. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin) How's that promise of making sure everybody can get an ID to vote in Wisconsin working out? Pretty much as planned. Which means the Voter ID law continues to discriminate and disenfranchise poor, elderly, and minority voters. Just like it was designed to do. " It appears that Wisconsin is violating multiple court orders by not promptly giving eligible citizens free IDs or certificates for voting." (Grokked from Kelly Link) More about the federal anti-discrimination lawsuit against the Trumpster that he likes to remind people that there was no admission of guilt. Including an interview with the Human Rights Commission worker who helped investigate and prosecute the suit. "Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is making 'nasty' ads about him. Most of Clinton's commercials about Trump, though, merely include clips of him speaking." Yeah, but they're telling the Trumpster's own words to the wrong audience in the eyes of the Trumpster campaign. See, only certain people were supposed to get those messages, and the Clinton campaign is just telling everyone. "But, as of this week, the Trump Foundation had not obtained the state registration required to ask for donations, according to a spokesman for Schneiderman." Holy frack. It's not a jail time offense, but it may mean that they need to refund all the money they've solicited. (Grokked from Jim Wright) How the Democrats lost control of the issue of Supreme Court vacancies. "'Well, if everybody didn't vote, that would be a pretty powerful political statement, wouldn't it?' (Jeb!) Bush said, according to CNN." No it wouldn't. Please understand this, nobody who has won an election gives two shits about who didn't vote. They worry about their margin of victory. They worry about gaining more votes next time. Not voting is not sending a statement. I can tell you this from personal experience (having won elections, working with other politicians). Nobody wakes up on Wednesday morning after the victory party thinking, "But look at all those people who sat out and didn't vote." Also, in some places, refusing to mark a selection for one office/referendum on a ballot with several elections can invalidate your ballot. However, convincing/cajoling/disenfranchising people who would vote for your opposition to not vote is a valid election tactic. Tweet of my heart: @JuddLegum Trump Tuesday: "Lester Holt did a great job"; Trump Today: I had to "fight the anchor all the time on everything I said. What a rigged deal" (Grokked from Jim Wright)

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