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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Linkee-poo another manic Monday

Movie scripts for the downloading. (Grokked from Gabriel Novo)

"NASA said some of the features had an easy explanation: The ice in the area was young and thin. When these types of floes collide, 'finger rafting' ― the zipper-like feature at the top right ― will form. However, the agency conceded that the holes were little harder to explain, and no one could quite say for sure what caused them." Cthulhu? Are the stars in the right positions?

"As more states legalize marijuana, there's growing interest in a cannabis extract — cannabidiol, also known as CBD."

"Shaw Jr. rushed the gunman, grabbed the gun’s barrel, pulled it away and threw it over the Waffle House counter. He suffered a gunshot wound and burns from grabbing the gun’s barrel." Heroes are ordinary people who do the thing they feel is right at the right time. They typically don't count themselves as heroes, they just did what they thought needed to be done. It doesn't make them any less a hero. I'll also point out that the shooter did have their guns seized by police, who then gave them to the shooter's father, who promptly gave them back to the shooter.

"But recent research, published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, suggests that millions of tons of fish caught in deep-water trawl nets have gone unreported in the last 50 years." This is my shocked face.

"Gina Haspel, the first woman nominated to lead the CIA, has a five-foot-tall poster of Johnny Cash in her office. She's an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan — though she transferred from that school and graduated from the rival University of Louisville. She majored in journalism." She sounds wonderful. To bad. "The CIA and Haspel's former colleagues clearly want to provide a sense of a woman who has left a nearly blank public record. Yet the one topic they won't discuss is her time at a CIA black site prison in Thailand — where al-Qaida suspects were waterboarded in 2002." So, she's like Himmler, but with whimsy. This nomination should be poison for anyone voting for her.

Sometimes disarming a weapon is more dangerous than building it. "In Energy Department facilities around the country, there are 54 metric tons of surplus plutonium. Pantex, the plant near Amarillo, holds so much plutonium that it has exceeded the 20,000 cores, called 'pits,' regulations allow it to hold in its temporary storage facility. There are enough cores there to cause thousands of megatons of nuclear explosions. More are added each day." One of the problems with repurposing this fuel for commercial power plants is nuclear power plants are shutting down. The genie is out of the bottle and it's hard as fuck to stuff it back in.

"The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care — a policy that tribal leaders say will threaten access to care and reverse centuries-old protections." (Grokked from Fran Wilde)

"Republicans are showing little appetite for big action in what may be their last months in full control of Congress." So it's pretty much business as normal for the GOP Congress; kick the bucket down the road, yell a lot, but don't really do anything.

"Many political campaign workers spend long hours at low pay, living off of pizza and coffee, all in the hope of seeing their candidate win… Now, labor organizers are setting their sights on bringing those workers into the labor movement at a time when the percentage of U.S. workers who belong to a union is falling steadily." Most election workers are the original "exposure" workers. They hope to either gain experience to land one of the higher paying jobs or to secure an appointed position if their person wins.

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