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 16, 2016

Linkee-poo sees a red door and I want it painted black, no colors any more, I want them to turn black

Oh look, the Trumpster is up in the polls on 538. "Relaxing tea better fucking work." I've had days like that. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"Archaeologists at Turkey's neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Anatolia have unearthed a 'unique' complete female figurine, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Tuesday." Noted similarities to the body type of the Venus of Willendorf (which is much older and is more abstract, which might be attributable to skill of artist, tools and material available, or cultural norms). (Grokked from Dr Caitlin Green)

"The sixth mass extinction will be an event triggered by people and will hit the biggest animals the hardest." Say, we're kinda big… (Grokked from Dan)

"Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas. The 'ghost forests,' as scientists call them, offer eerie evidence of some of the world's fastest rates of sea level rise." We're fine. Everything is fine. I'm sure they're just getting ready for Halloween. (Grokked from Jeff Beeler)

"Privately insured people with cancer (glioblastoma multiforme and testicular cancer, because surprise, the study patients are mostly male, again) were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid, according to two recent studies." The study found partially it was how the different patients use the health care system (patients without insurance typically don't have regular checkups, and so are often diagnosed after the cancer has reached an advanced stage), but some of it is the treatment process between those with private insurance and either no insurance or Medicaid. Part of that is the structure of Medicaid and what it will and won't pay for, part of it could be that patients on Medicaid also don't seek treatment until later (same behavior pattern as those without insurance). In either case, it's not an acceptable situation. I've been in the room when a patient has received their first diagnosis of glioblastoma (highly advanced state, the cancer is also highly aggressive), you do not want any part of that. While it was an easy x-ray to take (checking for mets, cancer had been diagnosed from a previous exam), the emotional situation was exceptionally difficult. Fortunately we have excellent nurses in our ED and they handled the majority of that. Fuck cancer.

Some people say, "We don't fetishize guns in the US." I say "bullshit." And no, it's not any better when a Democrat does it.

"An admitted former assassin has accused Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of personally ordering extrajudicial killings — and, in one case, pulling the trigger." It's one thing to give a nod and a wink (although it shouldn't be condoned from people in elected office), it's entirely different to personally order or carry out extrajudicial killings. "And as Michael reported in July, the killings aren't unwelcome to all Filipinos." They never are.

"The two Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission have refused to give Congress documents needed to complete an investigation into the FCC's net neutrality rulemaking process, according to a lawmaker." Well, that kinda sucks when the investigation you tried to slam the Obama Administration with improper influence, only to find the members of your own party are the obstinate ones (who may have improperly coordinated with people in the industry that would be affected by the regulation being investigated). (Grokked from John)

"Earlier this week, the Clinton campaign posted an explainer of Pepe, an anthropomorphic frog who has become an unofficial mascot for Trump and the alt-right. It’s responding to a photoshopped riff on The Expendables posted by Donald Trump, Jr. and former Trump advisor Roger Stone…" There's a lot of truth in that article about how, for anyone paying attention since December, this is not something new and how sunshine isn't always the disinfectant we hope it would be. (Grokked from John)

Just a casual observation. So far the only lawn signs I've seen have been for Trump (and other conservative candidates in Ohio). And there usually isn't just one, but several. One lawn has eight Trumpster signs, and a Trump flag (flying on the opposite side of the front stairs from their Confederate Battle Flag, naturally, one of 3 at the house; front, side, and garage).

"'No, I don't know anything about that,' Trump Jr. replied." That was when he was asked about his father's use of the Trump Foundation's money to purchase a $20,000 (speed painted) portrait of him (it's a charity thing the artist does). Trumpster Jr. is a director of the foundation. Then his handler ended the interview and hustled Jr. off.

"Donald Trump intends to roll back food safety regulations if he wins the White House in November." Yeah, I'm sure it'll be fine. Say, how many people get food poisoning every year, how many companies have had to issue recalls and shut down their contaminated plants, how many people die from it? How many amputations still occur in our meat packing plants? Just how much rat shit do you want in your breakfast cereal? (Grokked from Fred Clark)

"Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in an interview (in Canton, Ohio) that he remains unwilling to say that President Obama is born in the United States, that he is more bullish than ever on his chances to win and that he is not exploring the launch of a new media company in case he loses the race." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"On Thursday night Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller sent out a statement declaring that the Republican presidential nominee believes that President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Miller's statement credited Trump with heroically pushing Obama to release his long-form birth certificate in 2011, putting an end to a 'vicious and conniving' smear first crafted by Hillary Clinton in 2008." Okay, so according to Trump Jr. the media must be "warming up the gas chamber" because that's a complete load of bullshit (except for the "spokesman said this" part). (Grokked from Fred Clark)

So, basically the Trumpster got the media to give him an infomercial for his new hotel. Fabulous.

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