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

Monday, September 2, 2019

Linkee-poo bits and bobs

Just a fee things to clear the baffles before staring the next week. Hope your Labor Day is going well.

"Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says at least five people have died in the Abaco Islands, where Hurricane Dorian made landfall Sunday as 'the strongest hurricane in modern records' to hit the archipelago." Hurricane Dorian continues to fluster the model makers.

"One of the basic functions of myth and folk literature is to provide a landscape of allusion. With the first story a child hears, he or she takes a step toward perceiving an new environment, one that is filled with quests and questers, fated heroes and fetid monsters, intrepid heroines and trepid helpers, even incompetent oafs who achieve competence and wholeness by going out and trying."

"But researchers have yet to nail down which brain cells are harmed. And it’s not clear why countless children get strep, yet so few develop PANDAS symptoms. With so much uncertainty about how strep could affect the brain, some experts doubt whether PANDAS is a separate disorder from OCD and whether it’s truly triggered by strep. Amid the debate, families searching for help get mixed messages." Half of what we know is wrong. The problem is, we don't know which half.

"When you leave it solely up to bankers and the factory owners and the industrialists and the politicians, well, Sir, then what happens is they end up owning it all and you get the privilege of paying them to eat out of their garbage can." Jim Wright on what Labor Day is about.

"The shooter who opened fire after a routine traffic stop Saturday in West Texas, killing 7 people and injuring 22 more, was fired just hours before the deadly shootings." Well, at least we have a reason… and surprise it fits the "mental health" canard. So I guess it's still not time to talk about gun control.

"NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman, who says he's challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020." I heard this (unfortunately no transcript as of writing this) on the radio and just kinda shock my head. Joe Walsh, a kinder, gentler sort of bigot who will say and do all the same mean things, but he doesn't really mean it.

"Joe Walsh's run for president has seemingly already cost him a plum distribution deal with the quietly powerful Salem Radio Network, which on Tuesday announced that the national version of his show has been cancelled." Note, the syndicate cancelled their deal to distribute the show after Joe made the announcement. But he's still going to be on the air in Chicago. This is not a serious challenge. He's trying to drum up ratings.

"The image tweeted by Trump on Friday, showing the aftermath of an accident at Iran's Imam Khomeini Space Center, was so detailed that some experts doubted whether it really could have come from a satellite high above the planet." Knowing the capabilities of our satellites is a giveaway to other countries' spy services.

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