And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Linkee-poo where do we go from here

There's a dangerous idiot at the helm and we've run out of open sea.

The Church of the Subgenius is at it again. This time they're trying to crowdfunding an alien beacon (church orthodoxy claims the end days when the aliens return to Earth). Give us slack. (Grokked from Dan)

"All of these (videos and posts) were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ended up becoming grist for a network of Facebook pages linked to a shadowy Russian company that has carried out propaganda campaigns for the Kremlin, and which is now believed to be at the center of a far-reaching Russian program to influence the 2016 presidential election." How the Russians pushed the narrative using willing puppets who just don't care who feeds their anger. America in 2017. Basically Russia takes the worst of the US and provides an amplification and dissemination effect.

"The organizers behind the anti-Islam protesters, however, never showed. And now, over 16 months later, we know why… As CNN reported last week, the protest was put together by the “Heart of Texas” Facebook page – a page that was revealed last month as one of the fake accounts operated out of Russia. Unlike the November anti-Hillary Clinton, pro-secession rallies the page attempted to organize across Texas, the May protest not only brought armed protesters, but a raft of counter-protesters to face down those calling for 'white power!'" (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"Many are surprised to learn that the NRA of past generations worked with the federal government to limit the traffic in guns — for example where ex-convicts or mental patients were involved." A short history of the NRA, from development of marksmen to the frothing barking dog/industry shill it is today.

Yes, Virginia, the government did ban lawn darts as "too dangerous."

"President Trump proposed an 'IQ tests' face-off with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the nation's top diplomat reportedly called the president a 'moron' and disparaged his grasp on foreign policy." Oh FFS. Although seeing several of the click-bait articles on "Trump's IQ will astonish you", yeah. Let's do this. Have all of the cabinet secretaries, the VP and the President take a standardized IQ test. Let's see whom makes Mensa and whom should have remedial help.

(Edit - Late Update) Mensa offers to host IQ test for Trump and Tillerson. (Grokked from George Takei)

"President Trump sent Congress, on Sunday, a list of sweeping immigration changes he says 'must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.'" The Art of the Deal, "do it fucking my way."

"Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky Monday he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, 'The war against coal is over.'" Coal is still going away, Scott. And basically you've just condemned a lot of people to death. But hey, I'm sure all that fossil fuel money will keep you warm, just like their emissions will keep the globe warm after your death.

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