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, March 31, 2017

Linkee-poo plows into the weekend

I'd expect next week to be similar to this week, but for different reasons.

"Batgirl… is getting her own standalone movie from filmmaker Joss Whedon." (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"Thylacines cynocephalus may still be out there." Okay, that could be interesting. But then there are many extinct animals who are "sighted" in the wild.

"SpaceX launched a communications satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida using a rocket stage that had already been to space and back. SpaceX is betting that this kind of recycling will lower its costs and revolutionize space flight" And they stuck the landing.

"Trolls dominate online discourse, according to Pew Internet research, and there may not be much we can do about it. To come to this conclusion, Pew asked one key question of 1,537 tech experts, academics, government leaders, and so on. It appears to have avoided talking to the trolls themselves — understandable but a bit of a shame." And what did you do in the Great Troll Wars? :: waves to my friends in Russia :: (Grokked from John)

"Transportation officials in Georgia are scrambling to cope with a crisis, after a huge fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night."

"Are you an urban police force thinking about how to control your fellow humans? Look no farther! Your pals at Bozena have an all-new RIOT system, a crowd-control killdozer for all your protest-suppressing needs!"

"Most of his interactions are with an insular circle of political aides who are new to the State Department. Many career diplomats say they still have not met him, and some have been instructed not to speak to him directly — or even make eye contact." That can't be good. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"North Carolina has repealed portions of the state's controversial 'bathroom bill,' including the requirement that trans people use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate, member station WUNC reports." Not enough. But I understand the politics of it. If I were a state legislator, I would probably vote for it. If I were a local politician I would be lobbying against it. If I were the NAACP, I'd still impose the boycott because this repeal isn't very much of a repeal.

"I'm sure Pence would say that he's just being careful. But I wonder if he realizes the discriminatory consequences of his rule. Over his career, he has had many colleagues and employees. With the men, he can have complex relationships that traverse work and social contexts, build trust, and eventually help their careers. A woman who hoped Pence would be a mentor to her, on the other hand, wouldn't be able to avail herself of those opportunities, since he can't even have lunch with her." Yep. It also doesn't say much for his maturity and self-control (the former helps with the problems of the lack of the later). (Grokked from John)

Rep Nunes story keeps getting more and more amateur hourish. The kind of amateur hour that makes community theater look like Broadway by comparison. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

The president walks out of his own executive order ceremony without signing the order. I'm sure whatever he said to Pence made absolute sense. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

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