There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream 'oppression!'
And the oaks, just shake their heads

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Linkee-poo is back

Back from Vacation, so, what's been happening in the world? Oh look, everybody else (well, most people) are starting to see RECESSION blinking lights.

"A new study shows that leading AI models are 1.5 times more likely to flag tweets written by African Americans as 'offensive' compared to other tweets." Skynet is also racist. Computers aren't "better", they're just faster. We're just speeding up racism.

So, how's that "moar guns in schools will help" idea going? "A school district in Ohio is coming under criticism after it was reported that a pair of first graders gained access to an unlocked case containing a firearm and allegedly picked it up, The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday." Ah, I see it's going to plan. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"New York City detectives questioning a boy facing a felony charge last year offered him a McDonald’s soda. When the boy left, they took the straw and tested it for his DNA… Although it did not match evidence found at a crime scene, his DNA was entered into the city’s genetic database. To have it removed, the child’s family had to petition a court and file an appeal, a process that took more than a year. The boy was 12." What could go wrong?

Former Congressman Joe "Walsh wrote that Trump is 'unfit for office' and listed issues that should make Republicans view Trump as a liability." And so begins the distancing from Trump that the "smart" people will see as necessary to continue to hold power once Trump is gone. Sorry, Joe, you supported this asshole. Just because you realize the jog is up doesn't qualify for a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. "Despite originally supporting the president's campaign, Walsh wrote that Trump has made him see 'the worst and ugliest iteration of views I expressed for the better part of a decade.'" This asshole… (Grokked from Jim Wright, I think)

"For the first time in more than a decade, Rep. Devin Nunes is reporting that he owns a stake in a farm… Nunes, R-Tulare, reported on a newly released financial disclosure form that he owns a Tulare County farm that generates no income for him and is worth less than $15,000." Moo. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer, I think)

"Planned Parenthood, government agencies in blue states and other health providers are expected to tell the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday that they will not comply with its new rules banning recipients of Title X family planning funds from referring women for abortions… That means they will have to leave the Title X program, giving up millions of dollars in funding that had been used to provide low-income women and men with birth control, cancer screenings, HIV and STI [sexually transmitted infections] testing and other reproductive health services." Anti-abortionists don't see this as a loss. But for rural clinics and healthcare, this will be a big impact that will burn through communities for years and take decades to reverse. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

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