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Continual crisis!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Linkee-poo, after the dream is broken, there'll still be love in the world

"First discovery: the number of sales per year chart looks pleasantly similar to the number of submissions per year, which feels like a correlation– more submissions, more sales…" Marie Vibbert runs the numbers on her submissions.

The things they do with lasers these days. "Austrian and Chinese scientists have succeeded in teleporting three-dimensional quantum states for the first time. High-dimensional teleportation could play an important role in future quantum computers." And there were no Heisenberg Compensators involved.

"The lander was able to flip itself over and snap some incredible images of the rocks on Ryugu, both during its 6-minute descent and its 17 hours on the surface before its batteries died. Scientists have released these images, which could have exciting implications. Fascinatingly, the surface looks a whole lot like meteorites found on Earth called carbonaceous chondrites."

"ISRO tweeted out the moon view on Thursday. Chandrayaan-2 snapped the portrait from a height of 1,650 miles (2,650 kilometers) above the lunar surface Wednesday. The space agency annotated the image to show the locations of the large Apollo crater and the Mare Orientale basin."

"An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella is sickening people who eat contaminated beef and unpasteurized soft Mexican cheese, U.S. health officials warned Thursday… The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pinpointed the source to contaminated beef from U.S. sources and soft Mexican cheese, which suggests that cattle in both countries are infected."

"So she welcomes an influential federal panel's new recommendations on BRCA gene mutations, which convey an unusually high risk of cancer. The panel says that Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry — meaning Jewish forebears from Eastern Europe — is enough to consider genetic testing for BRCA mutations, even without a known family history of cancer." The other side of the argument about DNA testing. Sometimes it is critical.

What can we do in the face of this much hatred, you may ask yourself? Be like Janiece… "Last Sunday, the Smart Man, Sister Stacey and me went to our first Parasol Patrol event."

The new Nigerian prince scam. Now with romance.

Why is forgiveness of student loan debt a real issue? "Here’s what the U.S. government says about the student loan you may have been tardy about paying back: 'If your loan is placed with a collection agency, you will be responsible for costs incurred to get payment. The holder of your loan can take other actions to collect as well.' Those 'other actions' involve withholding your tax refund or, in some cases, garnishing your wages. And, this week in Texas, they began to involve federal agents in combat gear bursting into debtors’ houses and arresting them." Jubilee, motherfuckers. (Grokked from Delilah S. Dawson)

"Maria, a deadly Category 4 hurricane, ravaged Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Dominica nearly two years ago, and recovery has been slow. It's not just Puerto Rico's infrastructure that was battered. Emotionally, many here are still fragile."

They say if you're not here illegally you have nothing to worry about. Oh really? "Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold – despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver’s license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release." (Grokked from Joy Reid)

"Federal investigators have sought subpoenas for employees at the federal jail in New York City where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, according to two sources familiar with the investigation." It's all fun and games until it's someone "important."

"Google has suspended 210 YouTube channels it says were being used as part of a 'coordinated' campaign to influence public opinion about the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong… The move follows Twitter's suspension earlier this week of nearly 1,000 accounts for violating the company's 'platform manipulation policies' it said were tied to Chinese state actors trying to undermine the Hong Kong protests. Facebook said it was also taking down several pages and accounts for 'coordinated inauthentic behavior as part of a small network that originated in China and focused on Hong Kong.'" Look at China, trying to get all this free social media influence action when they should be paying for ads to do the same thing like Russia did, amIright?

"Conservative groups—which largely supported Mr. Trump’s tax cuts—have pushed Congress to cut future deficits by reducing benefits for federal health care and retirement programs, like Medicare and Social Security. 'Something must be done soon,' the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks said in a news release on Wednesday, 'and that means taking a hard look at mandatory spending, the root cause of the United States' fiscal woes.'" Trump has apparently told people that gutting Medicare would be a "fun" second-term project. Again, for the back row, "mandatory" spending is paid for by payroll taxes (the Social Security and Medicare deductions on your paycheck and the extra money your employer sends for those specific programs). They do not add to the deficit. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

"The best way for President Trump to boost the economy would be to roll back tariffs, not push for a payroll tax cut, according to right-leaning analysts and conservative groups." Yeah, good luck with that. I would be temped to believe that these business owners are acting in the general public interest if it wasn't for the fact that this is "money for us, none for you" politics again.

"Fed Chairman Jerome Powell faces the tough challenge of presenting a unified voice on Fed policy from the most divided Fed in years, and that could create volatility if he doesn’t assure markets the Fed will continue to cut interest rates." Blackmail from the abuser's point of view.

"President Donald Trump who campaigned on promises to pay down the national debt in eight years. But almost three years in, he's moving in the wrong direction. Far from shrinking the debt, it has grown on his watch… The annual deficit -- the difference between what the government takes in and what it spends -- has exploded thanks to the 2017 tax cut that, despite Trump's promises, has not paid for itself." Oh look, the old rules of reality still do apply.

In a daily roundup post on CNN is this, "Patrick Byrne, the CEO of online discount retailer Overstock, resigned yesterday after publishing a news release this week titled, 'Comments on Deep State.' In it, Byrne claimed he helped the FBI carry out 'political espionage' and referred an undefined entity called the 'Men in Black.'" Your reminder that cocaine use can bring about paranoia.

Why exactly happened in Russia? "Following reports of an explosion that occurred at a military facility near Severodvinsk in Russia’s Arkhangelsk region on August 8, 2019, the two Russian radionuclide monitoring stations closest to the blast (Kirov and Dubna) reportedly went offline on August 10… Speaking to reporters on August 20, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin is not responsible for monitoring those stations." I'm sure it's just a coinkidink.

"The data point -- with 59% of those surveyed responding that Trump should not be impeached and compelled to leave office -- comes as Trump’s approval rating remains at 40% in the same poll." And with that, Speaker Pelosi won't push for impeachment. Because Democrats have become timid and afraid of fighting for their ideals. As I've said before, you need to set up the inquiry that by the time you take the vote you have overwhelming public support (and make the Senate look like fools if they fail to convict), or you mea culpa at the end. But then that also means saying (at least) that "you don't know if he should be impeached, but there's enough to convince me we need to take a serious investigation to see if the President violated laws that would require his removal." It's an easy enough statement with enough wiggle room to fly a dragon through, but it means admitting you don't know something, are not in control of the outcome, and you risk alienating a lot of people who expect what the media has taught them to expect.

"Radio-show host Joe Walsh is getting ready to run for president, challenging President Trump for the GOP nomination. While I’m sure Walsh and I would agree on a lot of the issues, particularly economic ones, I’m left underwhelmed." It would be slightly interesting if it was anything more than a ratings grab. But who knows, maybe Joe Walsh believes he's a more palatable asshole than Trump.

"Russia and the United States have blamed each other for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear engineers." So now they're working the other side of the equation pushing the narrative, "you can't trust the US." It's a Punch and Judy Show where we all die in the end.

"Did Donald Trump Call Himself the ‘Second Coming of God,’ the ‘Chosen One’ or the ‘King of Israel’?" The Snopes article.

"An email sent from the Justice Department to all immigration court employees this week included a link to an article posted on a white nationalist website that “directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs,” according to a letter sent by an immigration judges union and obtained by BuzzFeed News." I would say this was gross incompetence (although they blame a contractor), if the DoJ (and the administration) weren't actively trying to get career workers to leave so those positions could be filled by ideologically selected employees. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

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