What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Linkee-poo, it's a sin that somehow light is changing to shadow and casting its shroud over all we have known

Tonight is the last debate. And the villagers celebrated.

"The next Weekend Intensive (for Writing the Other) is coming up on November 4 – 6. There are four (4) scholarship spots available for this class made possible by many generous donations to our scholarship fund." Ooooo, pretty. "We’ve set aside one scholarship spot specifically for students who identify as POC or Native." Nice. (Grokked from Julia Rios)

The next class of musicians and bands are up for fan votes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I'm not sure if I've talked about it here, but I've come up with a measure of diet control. I like pop, part of the problem, but have gone off having regular drinks of it (long story, I drink mostly unsweetened green tea these days, I have maybe 1 or 2 sodas a month, maybe). So lately I've looked at my food choices with this in mind, a soda has about 120 to 160 calories in it (mostly from added sweeteners). Does the snack or food I'm looking at have more or less? And I make a choice based on if I would want that food or a drink. It can be quite effective (since I know I can resist having a pop, yeah, it's a cheap mental trick, don't spoil a good thing, okay). "… Pepsi says that by the year 2025 at least two-thirds of the drinks in its global beverage portfolio are expected to contain 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12-ounce serving. Currently a 12-ounce can of Pepsi has 150 calories, all of which come from sugar." Whelp, I'm going to have to lower the calorie number I use as a guide. Also, when I do have a pop, I try to make sure it uses real sugar, not cane syrup or high-fructose corn syrup. It makes a big difference in both how it tastes and how I feel afterward.

"Compared with physically ill patients, people with mental health conditions rely more on the emergency department for treatment and are more often admitted to the hospital from the ER, the scientists found. Also, they tended to be stuck in the ER longer than people who show up in the ER with physical symptoms." Boy howdy do they. Much of the delay is getting them into someplace where they can be helped.

"U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative to speed the develop of cancer treatments has made some important strides such as increased information sharing among researchers but still faces challenges in many areas, according to a report out Monday… The White House is still seeking about $700 million from Congress for the project. With Democratic President Barack Obama leaving office in January, it is also unclear how much of the initiative will continue under a new administration." There's so much good research out there, but most of medical research is 1) never published and 2) what data is remains severely controlled by the researcher performing the experiment (there's money to be made, after all - see BRCA-1 and BRCA-2). Science works best when knowledge is shared. Information wants to be free.

We don't need no stinking government regulations or interference in business! "The White House is proposing a new rule that would require airlines to refund the checked baggage fee if luggage is 'substantially delayed,'… Another target is travel websites that offer comparison-ticket shopping. Such websites commonly rank airlines higher or lower based on undisclosed payments or other business incentives… A new rule proposed by the Transportation Department would require such websites to be neutral 'or disclose their bias upfront so consumers can truly comparison shop when booking flights…'" Nope, we definitely don't need any of that. Noted for the kids who haven't experienced anything other than the GW Bush and Obama presidencies, this is how government used to work before one party decided that they didn't want government to work for the people so they would think it was broken.

George Takei is optimistic about the future. And admonishes the kids to go out and vote and help build that better future.

"Using a broad set of keywords to identify anti-Semitic language, an ADL task force found that only 1,600 Twitter accounts were responsible for directing 19,253 anti-Semitic tweets at some 800 U.S. journalists… out of the 19,253 anti-Semitic tweets directed at journalists during this election year, the report found 83 percent of the attacks were directed at just 10 Jewish journalists…"

What could be so wrong about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte calling for the deaths of drug users and dealers? I mean, they're criminals who are hurting others, right? Besides the violations of human rights, it creates an atmosphere were police believe this is correct behavior. "Outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila, a protest against the U.S. military presence in the Philippines ended with a violent police crackdown, including a police van ramming into protesters." No, it wasn't a "mistake", the police van intentionally ran over protestors. There's video. This is why some of Trumpster supporters' language is disturbing. Violence begets violence.

"Three Kansas men with ties to an extremist, hard-right militia movement were formally charged Monday for domestic terrorism connected to their alleged plans to bomb the day after Election Day a Garden City housing complex that was home to much of the town's Somali Muslim population, as well as a mosque." Words matter. They give people license, they give them ideas. Words are the viral infection vector of both hate and love. Unfortunately much has been given to hate lately.

"Poll workers across the country are on high alert after the recent firebombing of a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina and reports that two armed men lingered for hours outside a Democratic campaign office in Virginia. Some feel that Donald Trump's claim that the election is rigged, and his suggestion that supporters and their friends to go to polling places to 'watch,' are rhetorical time bombs… 'You know, it's unfortunate that we have to do this, but we want to be overly prepared,' said Amber McReynolds, the director of elections for the city and county of Denver. 'We have added in an active shooter training into our election judge training.'" (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Voters across Ohio might be heartened to know that for all of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, his campaign managed to find at least one man of Muslim faith to advertise his support of the Republican nominee… But Grinder Singh Khalsa is not Muslim. He is not a Trump supporter. And he says he did not give the Trump campaign permission to use his image on a mailer."

"It’s worth noting that the Republican National Committee has been under a three-decade-old consent decree… barring it from engaging in any sort of 'ballot security' efforts targeting minorities. The decree is the result of RNC activity decades ago… that Democrats alleged amounted to voter intimidation." So it remains to be seen if Trumpster can be considered as a spokesman for the RNC.

The GOP proves itself to be gullible fools with fake tweets of voter fraud. Well, I believe the evidence that started the whole Voter ID push was even flimsier. And our own Ohio Sec of State John Husted followed the joke tweet down the rabbit hole. Yep, that's life here in Ohio. We shouldn't be too hard on them, they can't even accept their own reports about how Hillary isn't guilty of anything they've accused her of. Multiple reports.

Ooookay. "CORRECTION: A previous version of this article quoted a party official as saying completed absentee ballots might have been destroyed in the attack on the Orange County Republican Party office, which was incorrect. The North Carolina Republican Party and its county organizations do not collect completed absentee ballots." Which is a felony offense of voter fraud. I think it's time someone FOIA/Sunshine law requests the official reports and photos from the fire department. (Grokked indirectly from Fred Clark)

Tweet of my heart: @joss You know, I think people are just pissed they're rebooting the Clinton administration with a female lead (Grokked from Christopher Moore)

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