Linkee-poo wishes I was like you, easily amused

Maureen's Marchers for suicide prevention.

Dear Friends. A book launch told in letters. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Some depression may be linked to inflammation. Huhn. Mostly anecdotal evidence here, but it would be interesting to see full research done. We already have the drugs, this would be research into "off-label" uses. From my own side, I do take Omega 3 (fish oil) pills and I believe I feel better when I have them than when I don't. But this might turn out like the "melatonin=sleep" thing (which, it turns out, really hasn't been proven, and IIRC, melatonin pills don't work much better than placebo). Sure, there's elevated cytokine levels in depressed people, just like there are elevated melatonin levels in sleepy people, but correlation isn't causation (melatonin levels are linked to the circadian clocks in our bodies and might be performing other functions). (Grokked from Janiece)

What bad things could probably happen with global warming? Well, for one, an increase in hobo spiders who will invade your home. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Everybody is all about the Mars, doesn't Venus get any love? (Grokked from Astrid Julian)

And they will know we are Christians by our guns. Although, I like this "Christians and defenders of the West" Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey came up with. It's very Tolkienish, as if Christians were the Last Men of the West.

Oh Christ, it's the Zombie Harold Camping come back to predict the end of the world. Again. Well, a group usin this math who now says the earth will end tomorrow, October 7th. I guess someone forgot they rolled doubles and got to roll again, or something. Actually, the Zombie Harold Camping has been on the radio (late night Christian radio is replaying some of his shows). (Grokked from John Scalzi)

The stories we tell ourselves. In this case, the stories told within the evangelical community. I didn't know that the couple that refused to bake a cake for the lesbian couple also published the couple's contact information. There's also a lot about the abstinence movement. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

On topic to both the racial divide when it comes to "honors" programs and what is happening in our schools, the rejuvenation of a Denver high school. Note that the "traditional" students at this high school would be considered "honors" students at other schools, but because of the racial divide, lack of engagement (by all parties involved), lack of communications, etc the school was about to tear itself down. But now that it has the teacher, administration, parents and students all pulling together they're seeing a turn around. Strange how that happens. (Grokked from Janiece)

Here's the thing, most companies that has public stock has some sort of stock purchase incentive program. However, they have strict rules against profiting from insider information. Unlike, say, the new fantasy football betting games. "Last week, a DraftKings employee admitted to inadvertently releasing data before the start of the third week of N.F.L. games, a move akin to insider trading in the stock market. The employee — a midlevel content manager — won $350,000 at rival site FanDuel that same week."

What would happen if we actually defunded Planned Parenthood. Bad things, Maynard. Basically, it will increase the "problem" that the so called defenders of the faith are attempting to prevent. (Grokked form the Slactivist)

One nation, under fear. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to revolution. This is what the terrorist knows. This is the goal of the attack.

Linkee-poo, the only heaven I'll be sent to is when I'm alone with you

Linkee-poo would like to take a moment and wish Fred Clark's father a speedy recovery from his double-bypass surgery and send good thoughts to Fred and his family.

Ten Icelandic Sagas. Because, you know. (Grokked from Sarah Goslee)

Why it's harder now to police ethical production policies (especially for garment workers) because of the rise in corruption and the baffling chain of middlemen who obscure where and how our clothes are made. All in response to the "end bad labor practices/sweatshops" protests of the 90s. This is how capitalism works.(Grokked from the Slactivist)

Legionella is a lot harder to kill than most people think. In this case, after a small outbreak in NY, officials ordered cooling towers (where the bacilli grows well) decontaminated. After a few weeks they retested the towers to find Legionella was still growing in them. Welcome to the age of the superbug. (Grokked from Dan)

Using stable organic compounds in flow batteries may help solve the "wind don't blow, sun don't shine" problem with wind and solar power. While batteries don't have a Moore's law, the transformation in the past decade has been stunning. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

Unfuck Your Habitat tumblr. As a confirmed pack-rat, I appreciate this. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

It might have heard me complain about how we're cutting government to the point where it can't protect us and do the jobs it needs to do properly (how long you have to wait for a passport, or your tax return for instance). Well, it turns out such cuts may also have lead to the lax regulation enforcement that allowed Volkswagen to get away with their emissions rouse. (Grokked from Dan)

"Pennsylvania’s low-wage workers lose between $19 million and $32 million to wage theft in any given week, potentially costing the state’s economy as much as a billion dollars in lost potential consumer spending each year, according to a new analysis by law students from Temple University." Because wage theft affects more than just those who have their labor robbed from them. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Remember when I said that there is a coming revolution, although it's not the one most people think is coming? Well, how about this labor action against Air France when it announced job cuts. While they call it a "mob", these are the Air France workers who probably will be losing their jobs, storming the board meeting, and tearing the shirts off executives as they try to flee. Also pointed to because of my several references to people losing their lives during the war for workers' rights. When you have to fear your workers, something is wrong at the very base of the employer/employee relationship. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

You know how this Congress is just kicking the can down the road until December when several things will come to a head, and we can get all our bowels twisted up over yet another fiscal crisis? Turns out, one of those isn't going to wait until December. It's estimated the government will hit the debt ceiling on Nov 5. No word if that's the hard date, or if that's the "lets move this column around, and shift this account, and then we have enough money to pay the bills" deadline.

The stories we tell ourselves and the Trumpster. In this case, the story that all (or most) of the Syrian refuges are men (of fighting age) and the story that all able bodied men should fight. It kinda suck when reality disrupts your worldview. Also, just a reminder that the Trumpster doctor-shopped to get a deferment for serving in Vietnam. Also, most of these refugees are highly-educated professionals. And finally, most of them are fleeing being pressed into service by the Syrian forces loyal to Assad.

You know, if you wrote a story about a major state politician forging signatures on election documents and funneling campaign funds to their personal account, and that the politician was running for the office that would police that type of activity you'd never believe it.

"That’s how you fail the nut test." On climate change and how to tell the scientists from the kooks. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Followup to those thousands making a good living

So, that article Barry Eisler pointed me to that I couldn't read at the time I finally got to read. Again, doesn't support his contention of thousands of writers making a good living self-publishing. Plus, half is him pontificating, and the other half if JA Konrath saying, "Yea, what he said, and I said it first."

Is book publishing hard? Yes it is. Is self-publishing easy? Yes it is. Is successful "legacy" publishing hard? Yes it is (see many previous posts on the low advances, low sales, and the three-book death spiral, if you make it to three). Is successful self-publishing hard? It's much harder than the legacy model. In both you pays you buck, you takes your chances.

However, if you get over the hurdle of legacy publishing the chances of your success are slightly higher than in self-publishing where the successful part is much harder (see various posts about having to do it all yourself).

Are their success story in self-publishing? Yes. And most of those end with getting "legacy" publishing contracts (Celestine Prophecy, etc).

So, again, Barry doesn't have proof of what he's talking about with "thousands of self-published authors making a good living", and the equation has stayed basically the same (there was self-publishing before Amazon and the Kindle, it just required more up-front money). And while what Barry and JA say about contracts is true, that's why your agent makes their money (I'll also point out that while Barry says you'll never get your rights back, he did get his rights back).

For me, I'll continue my path with the "legacy" system. I might do self-publishing in the future, creating a hybrid-career (which is actually the best advice at the moment). It's my unlearned opinion that "legacy" publishing still offers the better overall chance.

As always with writing advice, YMMV.

Linkee-poo will tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife

For Karl, subscription snack services, including Japanese snacks sent to the US. You're welcome.

The Interfaith Calendar for all your holiday shopping needs. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

Identifying and encouraging gifted students. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings on this. While I totally applaud actually recognizing gifted students and giving them the stimulation they need, there's side-effects and process issues that cause me great concern. There's a lot of high-school students taking college courses and the vast majority of them are not ready for it (no, really, go ask anyone who has to teach these courses, especially those teaching the "core curriculum" courses, not the major specific course). I've also seen how skewed the Honors Society can be (i.e. rich, white-kid clubs, at least it was at my high school). But as a student who was gifted (yea, yea, but I have the test scores to prove it) I became extremely bored in middle-school (and with the contact with teachers like Mr. Mustard, yes, that was his name) and that affected how I did in college until I became excited again about education (which was almost too late). I was a slacker. Frankly, I didn't have to think to do well. Smart people, IMHO, are the first to, as Stephen King puts it, "ship their oars and drift." That doesn't help build the habits that keep them successful later in life when they finally find something that does challenge them. But then there is how you identify those students. It's been my experience that administrators and educators are the absolute worst at that task. And then there's this, "In a school where most children are in remediation, he argues, a child who is simply performing on grade level may need special attention." What is really needed is to lower class size, increase expectations, eliminate as much as possible the economic disparity between students (that right there would do the most, and it would cost society the most), do "honest" grading, stop stigmatizing students (those who need help to keep up or make even the basic level of achievement, and those who zoom past everyone else), etc. But then we would have to change some basic things in our society, none of which will happen. So until then, it'll only be the kids whose parents can afford it that will excel (with the rare exception, of which I am a part of). The haves will continue to get, and the have-nots will continue to lack basic needs.

Want proof of what I say about how honors programs are mostly a rich whites only club? Okay here's some data. While Asians are a close second (note the stereotype perception of Asians within the white culture), the rest of the "minority" groups are very under represented.

For your edification, a map of the mass shootings since Sandy Hook. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

If true, this is hilarious. Person uses raccoon to defeat a breathalyzer interlock system, tosses raccoon on floor forgetting that a car is not a raccoon's natural habitat and that they might get pissed off. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

"In what can only be another harbinger of bad news for Sen. Rand Paul’s troubled presidential campaign, one of three pro-Paul super PACs has stopped raising money for the Kentucky Republican, with its leader calling it 'a futile crusade.'" Ouch. You know when a SuperPAC say, "Nah, we don't need your money, we're closing up" something is very, very wrong.

Rand Paul tries to have it both ways. He wants to dis Cruz, but also appeal to his voters.

"The New America Foundation found that twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than by Muslim extremists since 9/11." If only government would have studied this so we could have been safe… oh, wait. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

Say, remember when these GOP lead state legislatures were all hot to pass voter ID laws? And they kept saying it wasn't racially motivated? So, why is Alabama now closing all those places where people can get government issued IDs in majority black counties? Yea, it wasn't racism my Aunt Fanny. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"As Planned Parenthood called on their supporters to rally on Tuesday, a state report found no evidence that a Planned Parenthood clinic in Missouri illegally handled fetal tissue… In addition to Missouri, officials in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, South Dakota and Massachusetts have found, after investigations, that Planned Parenthood was in compliance with state laws." It's almost like those videos were a heavily edited hit-job that didn't actually show the truth. And I'll add here, they looked very hard to find something. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Truth will out. "'Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?" (House Majority Leader and Speaker Hopeful Kevin) McCarthy said. 'But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable [sic]. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.'" And now you know why it's been Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi all summer long. It's also why we keep hearing about her email server. It has nothing to do with anything except winning the 2016 Presidential Election. Your tax dollars at work in a GOP lead Congress. It's so rare that a politician will admit to such, but then this new crop of GOP leaders really don't have any skills at all, except their hatred. Which makes them strong.

Linkee-poo got no kick against modern jazz

In case it needs to be said, #StandwithPP.

I'm big in Mexico. That's where Beakman's World still is in reruns. "The show is still beloved in Latin America, where the performance artist who played Beakman tours a stage version of the show to audiences of thousands."

I did a panel once on the use of narcotics and hallucinogens as standard medicine. I was on the "hold your horses, these are dangerous things to play with." In that category is Ketamine, which is used as a anesthesia. It's one of those drugs the late Michael Jackson took. However, it looks to be effective for some people with depression. Note there's a lot of caveats in there, as well as the point that most anti-depressants don't work much better than placebos (this is why, if you do take drugs for depression, you might need to try a number of them, as well as different dosages of them, before finding something that works, note I'm not saying they are just placebos). Although now, just like with botox, thousands of sites are popping up to offer ketamine to patients. Insert standard cautions about fad science here.

Ever want to try your hand at old style computing, but really don't want to haul all those boxes out of the attic (or buy an old computer of dubious operating capability off ebay)? Well, try these emulators that run in your browser. (Grokked from John)

Surprise, turns out concealed carry laws don't decrease crime when you look at all the data. Also, "The study also reports that the presence of gun dealers — not fear of being victimized — most often prompts people to obtain concealed carry permits." Strange how that works. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Humans like to win. But it turns out, we also like to almost win. Trust me, this is old news to the gambling industry. And yes, the games are designed accordingly.

Shell Oil, after years of beating the drum for "We Wanna Drill In the Arctic Sea!" says, "Meh, not so much." They blame a dud of an exploratory drill (one well) and a "challenging and unpredictable federal regulatory environment." Yea. That's why they're going to abandon a project that has cost them $7B. My money is on this being a political feint to try and eliminate regulations and to reduce next years protest flotilla. After all, oil isn't fetching very much these days, and Alaska oil is very expensive to produce. What will really tell the tale is if Shell tries to sell their leases, or allows them to lapse.

Of course, this is bad news for Alaska which lives in fear of the day they need to start an income tax. So, expect the next big Keystone XL type fight over ANWR (again). Remember, Exxon drilled several test wells in what became ANWR, and chose Prudhoe Bay instead.

In other oil news, Exxon Mobil was pretty spot on with their global warming predictions back in 1981. From documents leaked to the press, there's a chart showing that with the CO2 release from fossil fuels, your temperature gradient kinda goes up, almost like a hockey stick. Also note that in 1981 Exxon scientists had already detected global temperatures had shifted out of the natural variation pattern. (Grokked from Seanan McGuire)

"The most popular political entity in the new NBC/WSJ poll is… Planned Parenthood (like it was in July)" Why, because they do good work and touch the lives of a lot of people. Although, you'll see that 31% hold a negative view. Gee, what could that 31% represent? (that's rhetorical) (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

The continuing problem of the echo chamber. The right has a problem in that it only listens to its own farts and thinks it's wisdom. First it's Carly Fiorina not understanding the videos she's watching, and now it's Chairman Chaffetz who doesn't remember where he gets his data. I would say they should be ashamed, but they have none.

John Oliver on framing and the refuge crisis in Europe. Or how Fox News lies to you and how to treat a refuge crisis. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

Even the Senate GOP is tired of Ted Cruz being a dick. That's sort of what happens when you decide to berate your comrades. Eventually they tire of the antics and just wish you'd go away. Ted Cruz is the anti-team player. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

As predicted, Trump tells Fox News, "I just can't quit you."

The mugs game of simplifying the tax code by reducing the brackets.

Your Million Dollar Idea

Weather-proof pet doors with a camera and wifi connection so you can remotely unlock/open or lock/close the door. Better yet, a camera with pet recognition software. This way you only let in your pet, not the neighbor's kitties, not the raccoons or squirrels. Should have the ability to recognize at least 10 different animals for approval. Maybe also have software that can tell you if your pet is in or out.

As far as I know there are ones that can respond to a micro-chip that you can place on a collar, but not a door that can allow you to say, deny going out because it's too cold. Or if your pet is near the door and another animal tries to get through, you'd want to stop that.

So far I see hobbyist stuff, but nothing really commercially available.

Linkee-poo, but tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun

Being respectful of the Native American culture and stories. (Grokked from someone, sorry)

"A 4-year-old was allegedly forced by his teacher to write with his right hand, even though he’s left-handed… According to KFOR, the child was sent home with a letter about how left-handedness is often associated with evil and the devil." Oh Great C'thulhu take me now. Before you comment, yes, I know "sinister" means "left handed". I am left handed. I had to deal with this crap when I was a kid. Fuck the religious liberty arguments, forcing a child who is left handed to be right handed has been shown to have dire psychological effects. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

No, seriously, it's time this country had a sit-down discussion. It didn't happen when doctors refused to save their patients' lives when they required an abortion. It didn't happen when pharmacists refused to dispense birth control (Plan B, daily pills, and condoms). It didn't happen when that teacher burned crosses into kids' forearms. It didn't happen as the Religious Right banned Playboy from store shelves because they were offended by seeing it(actually it was because of the temptation, if they had fought on the objectification of women I might have supported it), and now there is this fight with Kim Davis and then this shit (not to mention giving public funds to sectarian schools and some of the heinous fuckery that goes on there). Your religious rights stop at the end of your body. You can believe whatever you want, really. Even to dancing with poisonous snakes if you want. But you don't get to impose your religious values on others. If your religious freedoms threaten the life of someone below the age of majority, we're going to impose societal norms to save their life. If you're a professional, do the gorram job already.

How the world would look if everybody was an asshole. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Hey, you know how security people kept on saying how biometrics would be the ultimate security feature? Yea, still vulnerable to hacking. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"With a slightly different setup, a thermal gain of 2 is reached, thus clearly above break-even for all neutronicity values possible." Or, in other words, fusion reaction. Also, this is how we'll learn about it. Not from an evening news report, but through a boring scientific paper published in a journal. In this case using lasers to induce a fusion reaction in ultra-dense deuterium. It's not much, it's under very controlled conditions, it's indirectly observed, and it's not been replicated in other labs yet. But this is how it starts. (Grokked from Karl Schroeder)

A new book on the history of DARPA. It's the ever present question of how far should science go, and just because we can shouldn't mean that we do. Then there's the opposite Cold War mentality of "if we don't the other side will."

"According to a source briefed by US officials about Friday's announcement, the new cap-and-trade program will cover 'the lion's share of China's emissions.'" Another domino falls. Well, at least President Obama's leadership helps convince other countries to do what's right, even if it has little effect on our Congress. (Grokked from Dan)

John Scalzi on the John Boehner stepping down. John Boehner was a politician, I don't agree with many of his positions, but at least he knew how work should get done. He just thought he would be able to harness the energy of the tea party and channel it, not understanding those new congressmen had no intension of getting in line. He was also hampered by having one of the best deal making levers being no longer available (ear marks). However in both of his terms as speaker (the gavel passed from him to Pelosi and then back to him) the Congress was known for it's "do nothing" functioning. The record run of CRs started in his tenure, and it continued into his second term. But we all know that whomever comes next is going to be worse. Even if a moderate is able to get the votes, the lunatic wing of the party feels they won a victory in forcing Boehner out. They're now emboldened and will fight even harder. It's the fruition of the Ronald Reagan compromise (of bringing the social conservatives into the voting pool and for the GOP).

Linkee-poo, that's the difference between whiskey and you

So, Speaker Boehner shouts "I am hurt. A plague o' both your houses! I am sped. Is he gone, and hath nothing?" and exits stage left. Speaker Boehner was probably the last guy in the GOP house who could actually do that job (since Cantor got the boot in the primary). He looked level-headed, moderate, and capable, but remember that he was contrasted with people who make the Three Stooges look reasonable in comparison. By all accounts, however, he was a skilled politician. I think he truly believed that he could control the wave that brought him into power because new congressmen tended to look to old congressmen for mentorship. He didn't realize his looney-fringe of the party had no interest in compromise, politics as usual, or competency (that last one is the real kicker). They couldn't be reasoned with because being unreasonable was what got them elected and kept them in office.

More on that Authors Guild survey quoted in the NPR story with the Barry Eisler quote that got some action here. Kameron Hurley on the cold, hard truth about units sold per book (and other things in the publishing industry). Yes, that (pointed to by the other two people here). I'll note it was when I actually realized these numbers that I had the first thought, "Hell, I could write a book that could sell that many." Also Chuck Wendig and John Scalzi.

It's decorative gourd season, motherfuckers! McSweeneys with a holiday classic (NSFW if people can read your screen, or you read with your lips. (Grokked from Julie)

"The ongoing war in Syria has led researchers to make the first withdrawal of seeds from a 'doomsday' vault in an Arctic mountainside, to protect global food supplies." Don't worry, it's just because the seed vault in Syria was damaged. They're replacing stock. Yes, I'm being sarcastic.

Rut Rho, the FBI has recovered those emails on Hillary Clinton's email server. Things are about to get real (boring). Wake me when they find the email telling us where Hoffa is buried.

The Trumpster swears off Fox News. Next week's Trump quote, "Oh, Fox, I can't quit you."

Stephen Colbert punches his geek card with this take on the 2016 Election/Hunger Games. (Grokked from TPM)

Ted Cruz disagrees with the Pope on the death penalty, saying that it helps protect the sanctity of life because he's seen the worst of us. "'I spent a number of years in law enforcement dealing with some of the worst criminals, child rapists and murderers, people who’ve committed unspeakable acts,' Cruz (said)." The problem, Teddy, is that child sexual abuse isn't a death penalty crime.

"There are, it turns out, people in the corporate world who will do whatever it takes, including fraud that kills people, in order to make a buck. And we need effective regulation to police that kind of bad behavior, not least so that ethical businesspeople aren’t at a disadvantage when competing with less scrupulous types. But we knew that, right?" Paul Krugman on heinous fuckery. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"A white Florida Republican suggested knocking a black, longtime Democratic congresswoman out of her seat by gerrymandering more prisoners into her district, according to audio obtained by Politico and published on Wednesday." Part of the Southern Strategy laid bare. I'm sure racism has nothing to do with it, and it's merely a GOP/Democratic Party issue. But we won't know because after trying to say she was just repeating what had been said in a meeting, she's now saying because it involves a pending court case she won't talk about it anymore (which, if she was a litigant, would be valid, but is bs when you're not involved directly in the case).

"A Pennsylvania lawmaker objected to accusations that he had invited a white supremacist to testify in front of a committee by clarifying that the witness was merely a white nationalist." There aren't enough faces and palms to handle a statement like that.

"'Our message is one of hope and aspiration,' (Jeb! Bush) said, according to the Washington Post. 'It isn't one of division and get in line and we'll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting -- that says you can achieve earned success.'" Oh look, it's the 47% again. From the same article, and to catch up with The Jeb!, "'We're pluralistic,' Bush said on Thursday. 'We're not multicultural. We have a set of shared values that defines our national identity. And we should never veer away from that.'" I don't think he understands the words he's using.

Tweet of my heart: @downwithtyranny Want to know what the Republican health care plan for America really is? Martin Shkreli is the personification of it

Linkee-poo ain't over until it's over

The Hidden Brain podcast with Shankar Vedantam. On our society and how we actually act, instead of how we wish we acted (you may know Shankar Vedantam from reporting about economics/sociology research on NPR).

Say, you know how we're all crawling with bacteria, viruses, amoeba and all the other little things (you're itching right now, aren't you). Well, it turns out we also have our personal cloud of microbes around us. "Our results confirm that an occupied space is microbially distinct from an unoccupied one, and and demonstrate for the first time that individuals release their own personalized microbial cloud." Yea, so no more blaming it on the dog, eh. And the researchers found it's almost like a fingerprint (note, for various values and validity of fingerprint analysis). The world is weirder than you think. So the next time someone gets all up in your grill, tell them to back off or you'll release your noxious cloud… of bacteria. Also, if you remember in Star Trek where they investigate crimes looking to find DNA evidence to link to someone, you don't even have to go that far. Just sniff the cloud left behind. (Grokked from Dan)

"NASA-supported researchers have found that ice covering Greenland is melting faster than previously thought. The action is happening out of sight, below the surface." We're boned.

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday you rascal you, happy birthday to you. Judge rules lyrics of Happy Birthday are in the public domain. (Grokked from Dan)

Ever wonder why learning history is important? It's so you don't make an ass of yourself. A TV station uses stock art of the yellow star Nazis forced Jews to wear to tell all their jewish viewers, "Hey, happy Yom Kippur." Plus, um, I don't think you understand the importance of the closing of the gates of heaven.

"'The right-wing Marxist [sic] have teamed up with Pelosi. They’re the ones who always team up with Pelosi. They are the Pelosi Republicans,' Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a Boehner ally, told The Hill." Note that this group that is planning for the shutdown are always described as "hard-right." Communists to the left of me, communists to the right, stuck in the middle with Boehner. Dear Rep. Nunes, really, dude, take a history lesson already. Those words you're using, they have meanings.

"On the other hand, human beings have built a 2,000-mile-long frontier wall exactly one time. Once. And it was accomplished only through a centuries-long building campaign that necessitated the forced labor of millions of Chinese peasants." About that wall that the Trumpster (and much of the GOP) would want built with some hard numbers. That's a hellalotta concrete. (Grokked from Dan)

"Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush today pledged to 'repeal or reform the most onerous Obama rules and regulations,' and net neutrality would be one of the first things on his chopping block." Hey, remember when his brother came into office the the slam-dunk anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft kinda just fell into pieces? Again, remind me of who they're supposed to be working for, 'cause that joke just never gets old. (Grokked from John)

"Fox News was found in breach of British broadcast code that says, 'Factual programmes or items or portrayals of factual matters must not materially mislead the audience.'" Uh, oh Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do. See, other countries still have laws on their books that require programs that say they're news to actually report news instead of speculation and rumor.

Tweet of my heart: @AcademicsSay Behind every uncomfortable syllabus clause lies an even more uncomfortable teaching experience.