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

Monday, February 6, 2017

Linkee-poo, now Lucy looks sweet 'cause he dresses like a queen

The rise of the Day One Patch scheme of software development. (Grokked from Dan)

"Stories like Helen's occur in ICUs all over the country every day, unfortunately."

"But now Scientific American reports that 'Chronic use of popular heartburn medicines may be riskier than was thought,' citing two papers linking the drugs to an increase risk of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, and a greater risk of kidney problems." (Grokked from Dan)

"On Thursday the GOP-controlled House voted to overturn an Obama administration rule designed to keep firearms out of the hands of some people deemed mentally ill." I'm sure that'll work out well. Oh, BTW, those of you in coal country the Congress also overturned the rule to keep your cricks and rivers clean. Because, as you know, you can trust the mine company to be concerned about your health.

"Florida lawmakers are again proposing a contentious plan that would put coding and foreign language on equal footing in a public high school student's education… Disclosure records show that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has three lobbyists registered to fight in support of the bill." Disney. Education. Coding. 2017 is turing out really weird. (Grokked from Dan)

"The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, a Military Times investigation has revealed. The enormous data gap raises serious doubts about transparency in reported progress against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban, and calls into question the accuracy of other Defense Department disclosures documenting everything from costs to casualty counts." Paging General Westmoreland, General Westmoreland please pick up the courtesy phone. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

"President Donald Trump was blunt Friday morning when he told a roundtable of business leaders why his administration was committed to hollowing out some financial regulations in Dodd-Frank: His friends can’t get loans." The Wall Street Gravy Train is just leaving the station.

"President Trump is expected to sign two directives on (last) Friday, ordering a review of financial industry regulations known as Dodd-Frank and halting implementation of a rule that requires financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity." Because that's what all those "rural, white Trump supporters" were really interested in. "The banks are going to be able to price product more efficiently and more effectively to consumers." Yeah. They were so much better priced before 2008. Uh huh. Next up, I'm sure the CFPB will be on the chopping block or turned over to be run by the very bankers it was created to police.

So 100,000+ people had their visa revoked because of the Executive Order last week. The administration said 109 people were affected. A hundred-thousand verses on-hundred and nine. No big difference there. It's a rounding number for anything under one-billion. But the number is closer to 60,000. As if that makes it any better.

"Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room. Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit. In a darkened, mostly empty West Wing, Mr. Trump’s provocative chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, finishes another 16-hour day planning new lines of attack." The first few weeks are always the worst, and it appears that they're figuring it out. But I see the trappings of "run the government like a business", which really won't work out in the long run. I expect the firings to start soon (which they still haven't filled many key positions).

"There is an enormous amount of crazy-sounding news right now (ed: Oh my yes)… If progressives are looking to be shocked, terrified, or incensed, they have plenty of options (ed: exactly why fake news spread among the right during the election). Yet in the past two weeks, many have turned to a different avenue: They have shared 'fake news,' online stories that look like real journalism but are full of fables and falsehoods." A good article, although most of it is still on the conservative side of the spectrum, there is a growing cadre of fake news peddlers on the progressive side. Also the article interviews Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of Snopes. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

SO there's this argument about if journalists have forsaken their role in society of holding those in power accountable for their statements an trying to inform the public of what's really going on versus being stenographers writing down what people say without analysis. "USA Today columnist calls CNN’s Stelter ‘ridiculous’ for fact-checking Trump: ‘It’s not a good look’." Yeah, it's a thing. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

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