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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Linkee-poo one thousand and one yellow daffodils begin to dance in front of you, oh dear

"Until recently, simulations of the cosmos’s history haven’t given the lumps their due. The physics of those lumps is described by general relativity, Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity. But that theory’s equations are devilishly complicated to solve. To simulate how the universe’s clumps grow and change, scientists have fallen back on approximations, such as the simpler but less accurate theory of gravity devised by Isaac Newton." A whole new map.

"Internal polling and focus groups conducted by Republican campaigns find that Clinton remains one of the most unpopular high-profile Democrats in the nation, second only to Pelosi, the House minority leader. Just 36 percent of Americans viewed Clinton favorably in a December Gallup poll, an all-time low mark that bucked a trend in which unsuccessful presidential candidates typically gain in popularity over time." The GOP has long had a woodie for the Clintons. And gee, what to Hillary and Nancy have in common that they've been the go-to baddie to scare up the support of their base? It's almost inscrutable. (Grokked from Michele)

"Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said appeared to be a deliberate attack." With some video of the aftermath, including the arrest. For the arrest video, that's what "suicide by cop" looks like (notice the stance, the frantic action of multiple "draws", compare this with the video of LaVoy Finicum at the end of the Malheur standoff). At this point the Canadian police aren't tying this to international terrorism, which I applaud them for.

"The National Rifle Association is hot and bothered after cooler company Yeti put its relationship on ice… Former NRA President Marion Hammer said that the decision, which comes after the NRA has been criticized for attacks on survivors of the Parkland school shooting, 'isn't sportsmanlike.'… 'This YETI ain't ready,' South Carolina man Bryan Atkinson said on Facebook before opening fire on a cooler filled with explosives." Such a quality organization with such stable members, it's a wonder that more people aren't joining.

This is a nice way of saying "racism." "Meanwhile, a few things did correlate with support for Trump: a voter’s desire for their group to be dominant, as well as how much they disagreed with Clinton’s views on trade and China. Trump supporters were also more likely than Clinton voters to feel that 'the American way of life is threatened,' and that high-status groups, like men, Christians, and whites, are discriminated against." This is my shocked face. I wonder when the think pieces about Trump's lure of Authoritarianism was also a big driver in the last election. The article ends on the line of "Now what?" Now the Democratic Party really needs to start messaging that we are the party of everybody, that by making sure "minorities" are protected, we're making sure everyone is protected. That the thought of one people being better than another is a conservative ideal meant to divide us and weaken our response to their punitive policies and ideology. And point out that conservatives are empowering corporations and organizations that have consistently screwed the little guy and the only difference is now their actions are affecting more and more white people. By making sure everyone is protected from these rapacious actions and that there is a level playing field for everyone, we are making the world better for everybody, minority and majority included. (Grokked from Laura J. Mixon)

"The U.S. Department of Education was investigating why black students in Bryan, Texas, are almost four times as likely as white students to be suspended. Then Betsy DeVos took over." And by saying, "Justice delayed is justice denied," they've dropped a lot of the investigations into schools to "speed up" the investigations in other schools. So, Sec. DeVoss, if justice delayed is justice denied, what exactly is it when justice is denied at the get go? (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"President Donald Trump twice gave James Comey an alibi for why a salacious report about the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow couldn’t be true: He never even spent the night in Russia during that trip, Trump told the former FBI director, according to Comey’s memos about the conversations… Yet the broad timeline of Trump’s stay, stretching from Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, through the following Sunday morning, has been widely reported. And it’s substantiated by social media posts that show he slept in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest." Not to mention Trump's personal bodyguard who testified that he turned hookers away from Trump's hotel room before the guard retired for the night. (Grokked from Joshua Parker)

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