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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Linkee-poo is too tired for fancy titles

Made a couple of links yesterday about how Russia was influencing out politics and driving social media and all my Russian friends are back. Hi. I missed you all. Here's one just for you guys. "It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs."

Where did the name Blade Runner come from. (Grokked from Dan)

Jim Hines with a small request regarding name badges at conventions (and really anywhere they're necessary). Make the names easy to read at a distance. Don't use fancy fonts, don't make it a high-key solution (very little contrast), the point of the name badge is to identify the convention/event (relatively easy) and the next is for people to know each other. Lately I've taken to writing my name really large on badges that forget this basic function. No, 24pt is not to large to make names. Keep in mind, the background of these badges are busy, they're moving, lighting is not all that good (no, really it's not, and I'm not just talking about bacon, where few people wear their badges anyway), make it easy to see and read. Next we'll talk about designing your schedules so they're easy to navigate. (I say this with the full realization that conventions rely on volunteer work, and I haven't volunteered my services, yet, because that's all I need is another job)

Why do some people risk their own lives to help others? My what big amygdala you have, Grandma.

"According to New Scientist, Hideki Tanimura at the Institute of Space Astrophysics in Orsay, France, and Anna de Graaff, from the University of Edinburgh, U.K., have in two separate papers found the missing baryons in the hot filaments of gas that link galaxies together." Well, we found some of the missing matter of the Universe. Turns out that it's galactic dust bunnies.

"I have spoken to a couple of players in recent weeks, since this controversy started, who are skeptical of the NFL’s efforts. One said the NFL’s history of dehumanizing players and forcing them to do what owners want (the way Dallas owner Jerry Jones spoke about not allowing any protesting player to play for his team) reinforces the impression among players that if they don’t get in line, the league will try to steamroll them. That, clearly, is an impression the NFL will have to fight—that they’re just playing nice now to get the players to do what they want." The NFL (and IIRC most sport leagues) are a sanctioned monopoly. They have special rules (and get special breaks) from the government. So this might be interesting.

"Local 100 of the United Labor Unions filed a complaint against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, alleging owner and general manager Jerry Jones has violated the National Labor Relations Act by threatening players if they choose not to stand for the national anthem."

"Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka said during a radio interview Monday that he doesn't believe there has been oppression in the United States in the 'last 100 years.'" Ignorant old white man is ignorant.

"A black man brutally beaten at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is now facing a felony charge related to the August attack… A local magistrate on Monday issued an arrest warrant for DeAndre Harris on an unlawful wounding charge after an accuser, whom police did not identify, claimed to have been injured by the 20-year-old during the brawl, authorities told local media." What privilege? That would be white privilege.

Oh look, it's a new trailer for Blade Runner 2049… oh wait, it's the California wildfires raging across Napa and Sonoma.

"David Jones warned failure to earmark funds for additional customs staff and infrastructure in November's Budget would leave the UK 'scrambling' to implement new border controls if there was no deal… If money was not set aside, he said it would be seen as a 'a sign of weakness' by EU leaders who would think the UK was not serious about leaving the EU without a deal." Can they make a deal, can they not? Who knows at this point. So I wonder how much they'll have to spend on a "no deal" outcome (i.e., no trade and travel agreements between the UK and EU) to ramp up border security and processing compared to how much the Brexit assholes lamented Britain was "just sending" to the EU to have no benefit?

Look, actual news about the Las Vegas shooting. "'What we have learned is Mr. Campos (a security guard at Mandalay Bay) was encountered by the suspect prior to [Paddock's] shooting to the outside world,' (Sheriff) Lombardo said. He told reporters Monday that Paddock shot Campos at 9:59 p.m. local time on Oct. 1, roughly six minutes before turning his gun on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival." No sign yet of a motive we can all shake our heads at and sadly admit we could do nothing to change the sequence of events.

"'I don't see any real impact here.'" On Trump's coming executive order creating association insurance pools. As someone who belongs to one of these (COSE in Cleveland), meh. It's not a great plan if you have to use it. And they're already available, except the "across state lines" thing. So, has anyone explained to these geniuses just how the health insurance market works by negotiating prices with hospital systems and groups of doctors? How that's mostly a local thing?

"President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room." Fucking moron. "Any increase in America’s nuclear arsenal would not only break with decades of U.S. nuclear doctrine but also violate international disarmament treaties signed by every president since Ronald Reagan. Nonproliferation experts warned that such a move could set off a global arms race." We, just the United States, already posses the nuclear capacity to destroy life on this planet several times over (well, the majority of life, everything we would need to survive anyway, and while the famous cockroaches may survive, after a few years they will starve as well).

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