What if Kurzweil doesn't make it?
What if all the switches get stuck on destroy?
When the shuttle goes, we won't take it
When the final counter-measures are deployed
All we'll have is all this time

Monday, November 20, 2017

Linkee-poo can trace my history down one generation to my home in one of our submarines

The ARA San Juan is missing. "Stormy conditions off the coast of Patagonia were hampering efforts to locate a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members. Doubts also surfaced over the origin of satellite signals that were initially thought to have come from the vessel."

"4,000 years ago in the northern steppes of Eurasia, in the shadow of the Ural Mountains, a tiny settlement stood on a natural terrace overlooking the Samara River… But the researchers quickly discovered this was no ordinary settlement. Unusual burials and the charred remains of almost fifty dogs suggested this place was a ritual center for at least 100 years." Lots of speculation, but interesting fodder for world building. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

"When was the last time you were asked to sit without saying a word for five minutes before your blood pressure was measured? If your answer was 'I never remember doing that,' you're in good company." Nobody takes blood pressure properly. Given that they've just lowered the numbers for standard/normal blood pressure, this will become important going forward. Also a little on using checklists in medicine.

Clues still point to Russia to explain the ruthenium-106 release.

"Charles Manson, the cult leader of the Manson family who masterminded the Tate-LaBianca killings of 1969 and one of the most reviled and fascinating figures in American pop culture, died Sunday night, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was 83." Some people you mourn, some people you're happy about their death.

"Trump’s 41 percent job approval rating in the Harvard CAPS-Harris survey is on the high end of where other surveys find him. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Trump has a 38 percent job approval rating, a historic low for a first-term president at this point in the term." It's like a limbo contest.

Reveal show "This week, we… explore how fake news starts, snowballs, and sometimes erupts into gun-fire… The conspiracy theory Pizzagate alleged that top Democrats were running a child sex trafficking ring out of Comet Ping Pong, a D.C. pizza parlor."

"Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero claimed on Friday that he had completed the world's first human head transplant between two corpses — but gave no evidence to back it up." Come on, at least do "Puttin' on the Ritz!"

"Democratic Ohio gubernatorial candidate and sitting state Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill responded to the recent sexual misconduct accusations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Friday by boasted about his own sexual history." Well that's one way to end a candidacy.

"Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican, had been accused of offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for sexual 'stuff' earlier this year. Federal prosecutors will drop three additional child pornography charges against him in exchange for his guilty plea." Sen. Shortey was also Trump's Oklahoma campaign manager. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"In his tweet, Trump referred to the Minnesota Democrat as 'Al Frankenstien,' and suggested Franken may have done more with his hands in subsequent photos." Please, bitch. Goes and make more popcorn.

On The Media show on the current sexual harassment/assault public discussion. "As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to dominate the news, a look at how we are dealing with high-profile offenders and who is being ignored. Plus, a critical reexamination of Bill Clinton's reputation, the difficulty of processing good art made by bad people, and how to brace ourselves for the potential backlash."

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