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

Monday, April 30, 2018

Linkee-poo feels alive and the world I'll turn it inside out

Apparently a lot of the press is upset about the comedian selected for the White House Correspondent's Dinner, or Prom Night for Reporters as it appears. They say they're upset because she attacked Sarah Huckabee Sander's appearance. I haven't played the video, yet, but from transcripts it doesn't appear she did so. She caller her a liar, and she burnt truths and used the ashes to get that "smokey-eyed look." But what Michelle Wolf did do was call out the press for creating, supporting, and contributing to the rise of Donald Trump so they could profit from him (notes the various calls to "subscribe" to news sources… only to have all those same new subscribers drop them months later when they discovered that the press was "compromised"). So if I had to bet money on what the real reason the WHCD attendees were really upset about it would be the later point. They got called on their complicity and profiteering and they don't like it. Too bad. As for the conservative reporters who "left early" because they wouldn't be mocked by "elites"… Dudes, seriously, you're at a fucking black-tie event at a pompous hotel where you have an actual Red Carpet out front (not to mention your actual positions, connections, and personal wealth). I doubt there was a Funyon or can of Miller beer (I was going to use Schlitz or Blatz, but I didn't want to go too far) to be found in that hall. Allow America to point at you and laugh.

"The war was over — Japan had surrendered. The third plutonium core created by the United States, which scientists at Los Alamos National Lab had been preparing for another attack, was no longer needed as a weapon. For the moment, the lab’s nuclear scientists were allowed to keep the sphere, an alloy of plutonium and gallium that would become known as the demon core." (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

"The French president’s office says there’s nothing mysterious about the disappearance of an oak tree he planted on the White House lawn… It was put in quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory." But the President wanted the photo op. So, you know, they actually violated quarantine, and then reimposed quarantine. That's not how quarantine works.

"A medical device that can add years to the lives of cancer patients is about to become unavailable, because its manufacturer has decided to stop producing it."

Are probiotics good for babies (and you)? No real big studies yet, but preliminary research looks good. Here's the thing that isn't stated clear enough, kids do get probiotics. It's just usually from breast feeding and all the family kissing and coddling the baby (yes, there is an actual evolutionary benefit to that behavior). It's just now we're looking at customizing the inoculation for specific diseases or standardizing everyone's exposure to them. One of the final thought I have about this is I think we're about to see a call for regulation and oversight of the supplements industry or at least create a new category that would be regulated.

"Military personnel may be endangering their own brains when they operate certain shoulder-fired weapons, according to an Army-commissioned report released Monday." To which anyone who has fired these weapons would respond, "Duh." There are ways to mitigate such problems, like new helmets and redesign of weapon systems. Then we can study the effects of being around heavy cannon, tanks, artillery, ships batteries, etc.

"A Mexican rapper and YouTube star with hundreds of thousands of followers confessed to dissolving the bodies of three missing film students in acid, authorities confirmed Wednesday."

If only the MSM would stop persecuting conservatives. "Salem Media, owner of the influential conservative outlet RedState, froze the site on Friday and dismissed many of its writers. Bloggers were locked out of their accounts -- some just temporarily, while the cuts were made, and others permanently… 'They fired everybody who was insufficiently supportive of Trump,' one of the sources who spoke with CNNMoney said, adding, 'how do you define being "sufficiently supportive" of Trump?'" Always to the right, never to the left, always to the right.

"U.S. economic growth slowed in the first three months of the year to a 2.3 percent annual rate, down from 2.9 percent at the end of last year… One reason is that consumers didn't keep up with the blistering pace of spending at the beginning of the year, which means slower economic growth overall, analysts say. But, if recent trends are any indication, the economy will pick up steam soon." It's all your fault.

This article demonstrates what is wrong with American Business Culture. "Amazon demolished Wall Street's profit expectations for its first quarter, thanks to a boom in online sales and huge demand for its cloud services… CEO Jeff Bezos owns 16 percent of Amazon and is the richest man in the world, according to Forbes magazine. He is the first person to top $100 billion as No. 1 on the Forbes list of the Word's Billionaires… Amazon also announced on Thursday that its annual Prime membership fee is going up to $119 a year from $99. Company executives said that the 20 percent hike is due to higher costs to maintain the program, such as shipping fees."

Maybe it's easier to see in other people. "He wanted to see if this rejection was limited to existing prejudices. So, in 2006, inspired by a 1946 study by American psychologist Eugene Hartley, he added a fictional ethnic group to the survey question — the Piréz people, or the Pirézians… Most Hungarians rejected them, too." Change Hungry to the USA and Catholics to Evangelicals and you get a rough parallel to modern conservative politics. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) floated the idea Friday that Republicans are retiring from Congress in record numbers due to their fear of being assassinated, according to a Friday morning Roll Call report." Not really believing it, but maybe try not being such disks, then.

Just a reminder, the right never accepts "defeat." "I reported in January that a number of conservative groups, under the leadership of former Sen. Rick Santorum, was working hard to craft a new Obamacare replacement that could both pass Congress and work well in the real world. Behind the scenes, those groups (indeed, representatives from a growing number of groups) have continued to meet and tweak their plan, and they seem just a few weeks away from being able to unveil it." (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

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