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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Linkee-poo Wednesday

"If you've ever wondered what Waititi's creative process is like, then you'll want to dig into the insight offered up in this interview with the good folks at BAFTA." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin) The universe wants us dead. The Crab Nebula Pulsar… "An object just a few kilometers across… generates power on such an enormous scale that a single photon screaming away from it at 300,000 kilometers per second can travel 6.5 quadrillion kilometers across space with so much energy in it that if it were to hit you and you absorbed that energy in your skin you could actually feel it. From a single photon." Whoa. (Grokked from Xopher Halftongue)

"What will I see during a black moon?… A black moon is really just a new moon, the only real significance is that it's the second one. So you won't even see the moon, because it will blend in with the sky. The moon is also going to be a supermoon, meaning the moon will appear bigger than usual because it's closer to the Earth, but because it's a new moon you still won't be able to really see it." There's just… I can't… Jesus Haploid Christ (as my friend Jim says) help us.

"On July 3, the Indiana State Department of Health approved an application submitted by Dillinger's nephew, Michael Thompson. Dillinger's body will be exhumed and reinterred by September 16 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, according to the permit."

"Two men were killed Tuesday in a shooting at a Mississippi Walmart in Southaven, and a suspect described as a disgruntled former employee was in custody, Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said." And then they came for us at the Walmarts. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"With the legal fight to block a citizenship question from the 2020 census behind them, immigrant rights groups and other advocates are now turning towards what they consider an even greater challenge – getting every person living in the U.S. counted."

Let's allow concealed carry in places that serve alcohol. What could go wrong? "According to the incident report, Dennard fired his gun inside the Tunnel Hill restaurant because 'someone stole his wallet and he was in fear for his life'… One witness told deputies Dennard had 4 shots of tequila and got his own beer from a refrigerator." (Grokked from Jim Wright)

How go the Trade Wars? "U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a brief round of trade talks on Wednesday that Beijing described as 'constructive', including discussion of further purchases of American farm goods and an agreement to reconvene in September." Man, we've been having "constructive" talks for almost 2 years now. You'd think they would have actually built something by now.

"A week after similar tests, North Korea has again fired two short-range missiles into the waters that separate it from Japan, according to South Korea's military." But I'm sure the next letter to the president will be just as lovely as the first couple.

So after the biggest give-away to the richest among us, known as the Trump tax bill, what's next? "In a letter sent to Steve Mnuchin on Monday, (Sen. Ted Cruz) urged the Treasury Secretary to use his 'authority' to index capital gains to inflation, a move that would almost exclusively benefit the mega-rich." Because it's never enough. Tax the rich. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"The far right traffics heavily in projection, and this 'antifa panic' is no exception. The far right is desperately trying to depict the radical left as doing what the far right itself is actually guilty of: engaging in sustained, murderous violence with deliberate indifference from the highest levels of the government." The fascists are trying to consolidate power and make illegal any resistance to their white-nationalist agenda. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

A long article on the Rise and coming Fall of Alan Dershowitz (with his connections to Epstein). (Grokked from Fred Clark)

Oh look, Himler Without the Whimsy is at it again. "White House operative Stephen Miller is maneuvering to further sabotage the asylum process by replacing highly trained career staff with border cops at a crucial early stage… The scheme would shift responsibility for initial 'credible fear interviews' with asylum-seekers away from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency where it’s rested for years. Miller is eager to replace USCIS’s professional asylum interviewers with Border Patrol officers, emails reported by NBC News suggest."

"The U.S. and Guatemala are still negotiating a deal to establish a 'safe third country' agreement, despite President Trump's announcement on Friday that Guatemala had agreed to take in more asylum-seekers from other Central American nations." Many people that are showing up at our southern border are from Guatemala. If they can't protect their own citizens, how can they take in other countries' citizens and protect them?

The racism problem in the GOP is only new so they haven't been able to figure it out yet. "Reagan said, 'To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they're still uncomfortable wearing shoes!'"

"We can, however, definitively fact-check his claim that African Americans are generally pleased with his performance… They are not." But Diamond and Silk still love him, amIright?

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