Linkee-poo watches the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream

The storified version of Chuck Wendig's tweet storm on publishing peaks and valleys (wherein one of my response tweets is posted near the end). And Chuck's post about what spawned the tweet storm.

The Hand of Sabazius. In all my studies of the classics, never heard of this before. Which doesn't surprise because there's not much more than these bronze hands held in the benediction Latina position (a position of "blessing" which is oddly found through many Northern Hemisphere religions). Wonder if this is where the Hand of Glory got its start (although hand symbols have a long history going back to cave painters who used their hands as painting masks). (Grokked from Emma Audsley)

"More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in central Norway." As in, in one storm. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

John Scalzi talks about that University of Chicago welcome letter all the cool kids were dissing last week.

And approaching this Presidential Election, the Fox News Effect is still in full swing. That is, those who count Fox News as one of the news outlets they watch continue to perform poorly while testing for basic facts. (Grokked from Dan)

"But many of Trump's staunchest supporters seem unconcerned about his apparent policy shifts." Because they've already figured he is for what they're for, and actual policy doesn't matter to them. Yes, America, there is a core constituency that the Trumpster can count on who would vote for him even if he shot someone (well, only if he just wounded them).

Remember that article on how easy it would be to hack the election. It's no longer a think piece, it's reality. As least for the registration side of the process. "Voter registration bases in Arizona and Illinois were believed to have been breached in recent weeks by foreign hackers, prompting the FBI to issue a warning for all states to beef up their efforts to safeguard their voter registration systems, Yahoo News reported Monday." Oh, and one guess on who the main suspect is.

Linkee-poo wonders the roads of the weekend

Ageism in SF/F. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)

So, what would a Russian Avengers look like? Well, glad you asked. What is "please don't suck" in Russian? (Grokked from Dan)

Remember when people were worried about CERN creating blackholes? We'll here's a guy creating "sonic" blackholes in a lab (video link) And has been doing it since 2009. There's a blue laser, but no Red Matter to be seen.

What's wrong with social bullying in schools? St Louis schools add free clothes washers to their schools, see increase in attendance because kids/families can finally reliably wash their clothes. "The results support research demonstrating that chronic absenteeism isn’t because of kids’ lack of smarts or motivation, but is largely due to coming from a low-income household." (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

Interactive dynamic video. Okay then. (Grokked from Dan)

The rural villages of Japan are feeling Japan's population loss most acutely. In one village, a daughter who returned to help her parents pass is now making scarecrows as a way to honor her village. Did I ever link to the person who was making cutout people here in the US and doing the same thing (posing them like real people)? The conservatives are already gearing up to continue the gridlock of the last 6 years in the event that Hillary gets elected. So, same as it ever was. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

So why is the Trumpster running? "'He opens up the paper each morning and sees our nation’s leaders giving a hundred billion dollars to Iran, or he opens the paper and some new school district has just eliminated the ability for its students to say the pledge of allegiance, or some fire department in some town is ordered by the mayor to no longer fly the American flag on the back of a fire truck,' Eric Trump told The Stream's James Robinson. 'Or, he sees the tree on the White House lawn has been renamed 'Holiday tree' instead of 'Christmas tree.' I could go on and on for hours. Those are the very things that made my father run, and those are the very things he cares about.'" And none of it happened. We are not "giving" money to Iran, we are returning their money that we had frozen since 1979 (and in some cases we must pay interest, according to the law). Some school districts are allowing kids to "opt-out" of saying the pledge (and some never required kids to say the pledge). And it wasn't the mayor, it was the leadership of the fire department, the flags were added without permission, and the flags are a safety violation (also, it was only the large flag flapping on the back on the truck, not the flag stickers already on the truck). Oh, and do we really need to disprove the "Holiday Tree" thing one more time? Seriously, what fucking world do these people live in? Damn, his echo chamber is nearly hermetically sealed.

Linkee-poo tells myself that you can be replaced, I try with someone else but its you that I taste

"Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday." Sounds about right. Ohio has been in the middle of this for a long time. And have we mentioned how much more expensive Narcan has become?

"A surprising ingredient — gas relief drops designed for infants — may be contributing to the contamination of medical scopes and putting more patients at risk of infection, according to a small but provocative study." Son of a…

The EpiPen thing, "Updated at 9:20 am ET to include Mylan's announcement that it will reimburse consumers for some of their out-of-pocket costs." Note they're not saying, "Oh, hey, maybe we did gouge a little too much, let's walk that back." They're saying, "If you really can't afford it, we'll increase our charitable tax contribution (or loss statement) by giving you a discount making the pen cost 200% you of what it was before." Gee, thanks. Why is our insurance premium going up so much?

Jim Wright's take on the Epipen. Jim damn smart guy, he makes things go. I have a few quibbles here and there, but I do agree with his assessment and where the blame lies.

"A new ad highlighting Sen. Richard Burr's (R-NC) work in helping disadvantaged children in his state appears to feature black children from a school in Africa, not North Carolina." Yeah, stock footage and photos can really mess you up when you don't have a clue as to what you're doing. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office fired a spokesperson Thursday after it was revealed she had played a prominent role in a white supremacist video that was first posted online in 2012." Well, that's gonna leave a mark.

When we talk about Planned Parenthood being (sometimes) the only health service is some places (for both male and female health needs, and especially reproductive health needs) some people wonder what we're talking about. "In Little Haiti, Liberty City, and a number of other neighborhoods in Miami, canvassers are now walking door to door to spread the word about the risks of Zika, one household at a time — hoping to reach 25, 000 people the next six weeks. In some neighborhoods, these workers aren't sponsored by federal or state health agencies, but by Planned Parenthood." As Congress dithers and Florida Gov. Scott tries to defund them, Planned Parenthood is doing the hard work on the ground to inform people about Zika. Note that in the story, some of the people they are reaching have not heard about Zika (because a lot of people don't pay attention to the news). "In South Florida, Planned Parenthood expects to knock on some 25-thousand doors in medically underserved areas through September. That's the most recent estimate of when Zika cases are likely to peak in Florida." That's what community service looks like.

Gee, why to liberals believe conservatives are angry and violent? I just have no idea where we came up with that idea. I mean, who could think that a Governor would call up a legislator and call him various names, then summon reporters to talk about the phone message (which he told the legislator he hoped he was recording - yeah. I also thought that's how voice messages worked, but apparently that's not how Gov. LePage thinks these things work) and then talk about how he wished it was 1825 and he could duel him with pistols and just kill him (note, dueling was illegal in 1825). He seems nice. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Donald Trump's national spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, said on Thursday that her boss hasn't changed his position on immigration—just 'the words he's saying.'" You're not supposed to say that out loud. People are supposed to project onto the candidate. People who may be on the fence can say, "Oh, I guess he's changing, I might support them" and the current supporters can say, "He's just lying to get into office and then he'll show the bastards what's what." Why the mincing of words? "Donald Trump’s recent waffling on his hardline immigration stances has put some of his most ardent and earliest supporters -- many of them self-proclaimed white nationalists… -- on the defensive, as they try to rationalize what the perceived shifts mean for their movements." That's why. And then there's this… "Alt-right activist Nathan Damigo pleaded for Trump to meet with prominent white nationalists now that the candidate has hosted a roundtable for Hispanic leaders." Oh please oh please oh please.

The speech from Clinton about Trumpster stirring up hatred. And then the Trumpster says "nobody knows what al-right means." Except for his new campaign CEO who "once said that Breitbart News is 'the platform for the alt-right.'" And then "Donald Trump has taken flack for painting a bleak picture of African-American life in recent speeches, but his campaign manager argued he is better at appealing to black voters than others in his party." That's what's called "clearing the low-bar."

On being asked to comment on Clinton's speech about how Trump is a racist when you're a Fox New commentator. "'I quote what people say, you know? She quoted Paul Ryan, the speaker of the house, saying that one of his statements was trademark, I guess, textbook racist. I'm not one to generally label people like that. So I would pass on that question.'"

Oh look, and actual cause of voter fraud in Florida. And yet again, not only is it a Republican, it's a very prominent one. "Donald Trump's new campaign chief is registered to vote at an empty house in apparent violation of election laws, The Guardian reported Friday morning." At least he has some property rights there as he rented the house for his ex-wife. But nobody is living there now as they're about to demolish the home and rebuild. And he never actually lived there. Oopsie. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

Oh, and the Trumpster's campaign CEO beat his wife. Nice people.

Linkee-poo, love can mend your life but love can break your heart

Proxima B doesn't sound as sexy as Ceta Alpha V, but I'll bet a heckofalotta SF will be written about it. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

The Pearl of Puerto, a 75 lb giant clam pearl kept for years as a good luck charm by the fisherman who found it, is now on display. I expect your heist short story by next Wednesday.

"In an opinion that went largely unnoticed, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that had the effect of making most stealing offenses no longer felonies thanks to an apparently inadvertent change to state law way back in 2002." Oops. The good news is Missouri's legislature inadvertently fixed the problem for any crimes committed on or after January 1, 2017. (Grokked from Dan)

"A new report from NextGen Climate, an environmental advocacy organization, quantifies the economic impacts of a rapidly changing global ecosystem. For the millennial generation as a whole, the price tag is nearly $8.8 trillion." Which is more than current student debt and more than value lost to Great Recession. I think I need to read the report to see how they quantify that. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"The rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated maternal mortality rate that is unmatched in any other state and the rest of the developed world." Funny how after decades long fight against women's reproductive rights and health in the name of "stopping abortion" that Texas has a worse maternal mortality rate than most third world nations. It's like they're almost connected. This is what the pro-life movement wants to bring to all of the US. (Grokked from practically everybody)

"As the nation reels from a series of high-profile fatal shootings of black men by police officers, many have decried the lack of readily available data on how racial bias factors into American policing. But while it’s true that there is no adequate federal database of fatal police shootings… there exists a wealth of academic research, official and media investigations, and court rulings on the topic of race and law enforcement." For the next person who tells you "there's no proof." Yes. Yes there is. And it's damning. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Dems in Congress ask for hearings on the price increase for EpiPens. Note, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch is the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. Republican Senator Grassley is also questioning the price increase, which is odd since Sen. Grassley is from the "free market" and "less government interference in business" side of the aisle. You know, the side that would be perfectly fine with Mylan charging whatever they want (and would remove the FDA from oversight). Also note, the patent protecting the EpiPen has already expired.

"Donald Trump said this week that a 'top' Chicago police officer told him crime could be eradicated from the city with 'tough police tactics,' but the Chicago Police Department is denying any such conversation ever took place with senior officers… 'No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign,' police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday." But, you know, "believe me" and he's the "law and order" candidate. Maybe he's having memory problems. He is 70 after all. Dementia can also come with hallucinations.

Linkee-poo, how long before your broken heart starts giving in

My Write Club an online writing tracker (for word count), where you can also create writer groups and watch each other's word counts in real time. Okay. I love writing with groups of people. In that setting I can lay down an egregious amount of wordage in a short timeframe and I love the communal space and energy. I'm not sure this supplants that "in the company of other writers", but it seems interesting. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)

A Howard Taylor tweestorm storified on panel moderation, I mean moderating panels. Good points all. I will also add that as a moderator it is your job to entertain the audience. It is a performance. Those people who come into your room have paid cash money (for the most part) to be there and to see the panelists you're moderating. Help the audience have a worthwhile experience (and that may mean being contrarian if need be to spark discussion, it may also mean shutting down a panelists who is monopolizing time, which I failed once and won't make that mistake again). Yes, I've also let my own opinions come out as a moderator, including a comment "apparently this horse isn't dead yet, so let's keep whipping, shall we?" and in another instance seeing a connection no one else was making (but were all dancing around) so stepped out of moderator, made the connection, and then handed it back to the panelists to discuss. There have been other sins, but those are the big two I remember. Oh, and if you're the moderator, do your homework. (Grokked from Elizabeth Bear)

The Ivy Lee method of using a to-do list. Yeah. That works if you're in charge of your schedule and workload. Like if you're a manager or executive. Doesn't work so much when you work someplace that the only difference in the fire drill is whom is being burned out and just how much in involved in the fire. When everything is last minute, scheduling this way doesn't work (except in rare circumstances). But maybe it'll work for you. (Grokked from Joe Hill)

"A spokesman (for HAV which developed the Airlander 10, the hybrid airplane airship) said: 'The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed.'" Yea, but that's the part that hurts the most. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

How drug companies miss-use the patient laws to keep drugs covered for much longer than intended. This has the effect of keeping pharmaceutical prices higher than they should be. And another article on the continuing payola schemes pharma and medical device makers engage in. Tell me again how the medical industry doesn't need stricter regulations.

And why the EpiPen cost so damn much. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

The last commercial tea plantation in the US.

"In last week’s energy auction, Chile accepted a bid from Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh). This beats the 2.99 cents/kwh bid Dubai received recently for 800 megawatts. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour." Yet in the US solar energy is considered a bedraggled and failing business even when it's growing 100 fold over the last decade. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

"A new report… says that 20% of scientific papers on genes contain gene name conversion errors caused by Excel. In the scientific article… the scientists explain: 'The spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel, when used with default settings, is known to convert gene names to dates and floating-point numbers. A programmatic scan of leading genomics journals reveals that approximately one-fifth of papers with supplementary Excel gene lists contain erroneous gene name conversions.'" This is Skynet just fucking with us. Or "Clippy's Revenge." (Grokked from Dan)

A man raised on the premise that catcalling women was normal learns the truth about it. There probably won't be a transcript of this NPR story, but I highly recommend listening to it. First up, catcalling is not about "appreciating women", but is about proving to other men that you're "manly" and to make sure women know the street is not for them.

"The only problem is that the emails in question reveal nothing of the sort. What they actually reveal is that a few foundation donors wanted access, but didn’t actually get it." That has been my take as well. Oh look, international movers and shakers who have business with the US government also saw the Clinton Foundation as a worthwhile organization to donate to. And some of those people tried to use that connection to get special favors. But so far nobody has been able to say, "because of this donation this person got special consideration or personal favors from Secretary Clinton while in office." It's pretty much ho-hum business. What's really sad is that most people know this happens (it is, after all, part of the Trumpster's "rigged system"). But now we all act surprised that it happens. But so far there's been a lot of heat and friction, but no smoke or fire. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

A Fred Clark tweetstorm on the Clinton Foundation.

And the shoes keep dropping. "This week's lawsuit by Andrea Tantaros against Fox News depicts the network's public relations department as a dirty tricks operation, one that will stop at almost nothing to smear enemies, including Fox employees." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

As Aetna pulls out of some of the Obamacare exchanges, it only fuels the call for a "public option." On the odd political side, the Trumpster's candidacy makes that an actual possibility (right now the smart conservative money is fighting to keep from losing the Senate, and there is some talk about the GOP losing the House this fall, which seemed all but an impossibility until after redistricting in 2020). And while we're advocating, let Medicare Part D negotiate with pharma (right now it is intentionally and explicitly illegal for them to do so). (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Just a reminder that appeals courts also get it wrong with it comes to voting rights. You might remember that GW Bush stacked the courts as quick as possible and that the Senate has blocked as many Obama appointments as possible (not just Merrick Garland). In this case they overturned a lower court ruling re-establishing Ohio's "Golden Week" (where one could both register and vote within the same week). "While the court can't predict how African-Americans will turn out in future elections, he said, 'It is reasonable to conclude from this evidence that their right to vote will be modestly burdened' by the law… More than 60,000 people voted during golden week in 2008, while over 80,000 cast ballots during the period in 2012, Watson had noted in his decision." Oh, well, if it only "modestly" impairs the African-American vote than I guess that's okay. Not. Asshole.

Yes, Trumpster supporters in Pennsylvania, a state which hasn't voted for a republican president since 1988, think if Trump loses there, even through he's down my 8+ points in all the polls, that the election would be rigged. Can't fix stupid.

"It’s clear that Donald Trump’s 'black outreach' isn’t actual outreach to black communities. A Trump who wanted to reach black voters would speak to black churches, black colleges, and organizations like the NAACP or the Urban League… In Akron, Trump didn’t describe life for black Americans as much as he described a white supremacist fantasy in which blacks live miserable, brutish, and nearly subhuman lives in cities dominated by feckless Democrats. And he punctuated that fantasy with a call to vigilance for his audience, asking them to watch out for 'fraud' in those same neighborhoods." Racist is as racist does. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

"'You would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes trying to look through and trying to come up with assumptions on things that they know nothing about,' Eric Trump said on CNBC, describing what would happen if Donald Trump released his tax returns." We all aren't working on your Dad's policy teams, Eric. There are plenty of people who know taxes, and those are the people we'd ask. And the government already has all your tax information, there is absolutely no reason to not release them (unless your betting that the IRS won't find anything that would result in a fine or adjustment, but someone else would).

Letters to a young creative

Someone I know is just starting college and they're going into one of the arts.

An open letter for person starting their life in the arts

Let me say up front that I'm happy for you and proud of you for making that decision. It might not feel like a momentous one, chasing a life in the arts, but it is. And you will learn how much it is by the time you graduate.

I wanted to let you know a little bit about what is coming. It's going to be fabulous. It's wonderful. It's frustrating. It's difficult. You won't know how you'll make it through. At the end, though, you'll realize that you could do it all the time.

A lot of people are going to give you advice, including these letters. And that's really nice of them, for the most part and you should thank anyone who takes the time to offer advice. That's parts of their lives they are giving you. So even if the advice is complete bullshit (and most of it is), thank them for giving you parts of their lives.

About ten percent of advice is meant to detract you from your goals, at least in the beginning. Some of this is purposeful, but a lot of it is people telling you what they settled for. There are people who are either threatened or jealous of your creativity and they will attempt to sabotage you. Fortunately they are, or will be shortly, easy to spot. The rest of that 10% are people who want life to be easy for you, or don't think you should have something better than them. These are a little harder to suss out.

About another seventy percent is just complete and utter bullshit. There's something called Dunning-Krueger, it describes people who think they know something, but simply have no clue (they may know just enough to make it sound plausible, which is the real danger here). You'll find those people here. They'll try to sound authoritative or come off as know-it-alls when they actually don't know crap. At the beginning it'll be hard to figure this out, but the more you know and learn the easier it'll be to spot these. Another big portion of this group are people who heard something, or saw a documentary, or their distant relative does something similar, or they knew someone who did whatever. Imagine what your parents think you do when you're being creative and you'll get the idea. Until you're directly involved in a industry (and sometimes even those who are) it's hard to understand exactly what someone else does without making assumptions that are usually wrong.

The next fifteen percent of advice isn't for you. Sure, it would work if you were someone else, like the person giving you advice. But for you this is the wrong advice. The person giving you this advice is most likely telling you what they did, or how they succeeded, without taking into account who you are, what your strengths are, what you know, and what your career is like. They might be giving you advice that would work when they were your age and at that stage in your career, but the world changed in the mean time and they haven't seen how different things are. Your career, your path through this world is your own, even if it may look similar to someone else's path. Even on the road more travelled, not everybody walks the path the same way. Their lines crisscross beneath you. And the people who go on the road less travelled, the paths of those before you are even more chaotic. This is the most difficult portion of advice to work through to find out it's wrong. With some of this you may need to try it to see if it's the right advice because in reality it is the right advice for someone, just not you.

And here I will divulge the first secret. If the advice works for you, it's the right advice. If it doesn't work for you, toss it. You need to figure out that part quickly because the right advice that's wrong for you can derail you for a long time. You need to be able to figure out the advice that if you gave it enough hard work would turn out to be good advice and which, no matter how hard you try, will never work out for you. As you go forward you'll develop an instinct to figure out if something is "working" or if it's a waste of your time. That skill is one you have to learn the hard way. Sorry.

The last five percent is good advice for you, that will help you go farther, ease transitions to new levels (leveling up in gaming terms), make your life easier. And this advice should be treated as the gold it is. You should cultivate the people who give this 5% of advice (although some of their advice may also fall into that last 15% category). Be aware, however, that the advice they give may not be the right advice at the time, but will be useful later. In the first twenty years of my career I would find myself thinking back to advice I got from some instructor or job friend years and decades before that wasn't relevant then, but suddenly becomes the exact thing you need at that moment.

Listen to all the advice. If one person says to do something one way or that you should adjust your work in a certain way, it's just, like, their opinion man. However if you keep running into the same concept from different people, there might be something to that. So let's say you get advice from a hundred people, most of it will be bullshit, but if 75 of them agree on one thing, you might want to pay attention to that.

So that's the first one. Welcome to the gang. Pay attention. Some people drink from the fount of knowledge, some people gargle.

Linkee-poo followed the rules, and drank his vodka straight

Do you like your writer tip in the form of videos? Does an English accent scream "knowledgable" to you? Okay, how about Writerly Witterings. (Grokked from Astrid Julian)

The twitter bot that tweet a fantasy map every hour. (Grokked from Shiela)

In praise of the villain.

"'We came out here to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,' White Lives Matter member Ken Reed told the Houston Chronicle." Wait a sec, asshole. I seem to remember a couple of stores and gas stations. I don't remember "cities" burning this summer. Because I'm old I do remember cities burning. I remember those hot summers.

"As a new school year gets underway, the Common Core remains a partisan flashpoint, while Americans overall have serious concerns about the direction of our public education system." Here I will state that I am the opposite of these polls, I support public education and for the most part think it's doing well (that's a relative term, I'd give it a C in our grade inflated world), but most definitely think my local school is screwing its students over by giving them good memories (in a generalized and stereotypical manner), but woefully under-preparing them for success. However, for most American's it's basically just like Congress, they hate the concept in general, but love their local school (and keep re-electing their congresspeoples). Also, it appears people hate "Common Core", but actually like what it would do (and support national wide standards of education). Just like how they feel about Obamacare, as well as (insert your own Obama administration initiative here). Funny, it's almost like if a black president says, "we should do this" people's knee-jerk reaction is to vehemently oppose it. Like it's a strategy or something.

Here I will note, there is an entity that is hell bent on destroying America and splitting this country over race, and it's not the President.

Woman sues police after a 10-hour standoff with her dog where they destroyed her home thinking someone dangerous was inside. Part of the intense militarization of the police. At the beginning of the standoff the woman gave the police the keys to her house. The police then went on to break windows, crash through her ceiling and damage the building with multiple tear gas canisters. To be fair, our actually military destroyed a whole country only to find the WMDs weren't actually there either. (Grokked form Kelly Link)

What is meant by "rape culture"? "'He can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender,' said (David Becker's) attorney, Thomas Rooke. 'The goal of this sentence (for sexually assaulting/raping two women) was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience.'" Yeah, I think that should make it clear. (Grokked from Wil Wheaton)

"The Trump campaign does have minority outreach efforts, but those in charge of it say the campaign is blowing them off. Worse, Trump’s own top black strategist in Florida was thrown out of a Trump rally, essentially for being black." I can verify the name is correct, but I'm only seeing a few articles on this. If it's true, damn that's funny (not for him, though). (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

How the Trumpster campaign is spending its money.

This is not a drill, crazy-eyes Bachmann is advising the Trumpster on foreign policy. Yeah, that'll go over well.

There was a question on twitter about what would happen to the Trumpster's campaign funds after he lost the election. There was speculation he'd just pocket the money. For the record, that would be illegal (not that he would know that given his other illegal election behaviors), but my response was he was already paying himself (or his companies) and he had given his campaign "personal loans" which he could repay with the funds. But he doesn't even have to do that. He's syphoning his funds right now. "After bragging for a year about how cheaply he was running his campaign, Donald Trump is spending more freely now that other people are contributing ― particularly when the beneficiary is himself… Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign… The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March." (Grokked from Xopher Halftounge)

Linkee-poo doesn't know why I came here at all

Apparently there is drama at Worldcon.

"The evidence for African migrants in Bronze Age–Medieval Britain — a storified twitter thread." Yep.

"The irony of the daughter of a billionaire presidential nominee declining to pay the female staff she uses to promote her lifestyle blog‚ which champions working women, was not lost on social media users." So the Trumps will bring jobs back to the US, but they'll be unpaid internships. And apparently the tweet announcing the article was accompanied by emojis of black women, because it wasn't worse enough already (or maybe this was the "Help, I'm being held in a Fortune Cookie Factory" moment).

"The impact of the flood is still ongoing; floodwaters are draining south and still rising in some areas." The floods in Louisiana continue to cause damage.

SO you may be wondering what the big deal it was with Cliven Bundy grazing his cattle and why the government may want to control access to those lands? Well, here's the real story about the land and the people it actually belongs to. See, much of the "give it back to the States" line is complete bullshit. It never was the "State's" land. And if you want to "revert to the original owners" there's a bunch of Tribes who would like you to do that as well (although, for the most part, they don't have the money to administer the land).

"A man who identified himself as half-Indian was escorted out of a Donald Trump rally on Thursday out of concern that he was a protester, but the man insisted he was a Trump supporter and said he feels that he was racially profiled." Yeah, I'm sure it's not because he's brown. (Grokked from Wesley Chu)

I half-joked yesterday when the news came out about Paul Manafort's resignation from the Trump Campaign that I hope they were watching the airports. "The Justice Department and the FBI are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of corrupt dealings by the government of former Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych, including the hiring of Washington lobbyists for the regime by former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a senior law enforcement official confirmed to Yahoo News." I was only half-joking. And yes, I'm sure the FBI investigating him is just because of opposition research. Because, you know, the government likes to spend a lot of money pursuing political goals (yes, I know this is a favorite bugbear used by both sides, but they really don't). (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

And the new guy isn't much better. "Over the past few several years, however, Bannon has also chaired a shadowy nonprofit group in Tallahassee, Florida called the 'Government Accountability Institute.' Its president is Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, the 2015 HarperCollins bestseller that purported to reveal corruption and self-dealing at the Clinton Foundation. Found to contain many errors and distortions, the book was described in mainstream news outlets as 'widely discredited' by the time Trump cited it in a speech attacking the Clintons last spring… A close look at Bannon, Schweizer, and the GAI reveals that their complaints about the Clinton Foundation represent a textbook example of what psychologists call 'projection' — that is, attributing their own questionable behavior and motives to someone else, such as a political adversary." This has happened so often I'm beginning to think of this as "classic conservative." (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

"'Despite our differences, Americans from all walks of life must unite behind Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence or suffer dire consequences,' (Jerry Falwell Jr.) wrote." Hey, let's not try to threaten people, okay. Oh, hated your dad and you look like you didn't drop far from his nether regions. Please feel free to go back into obscurity.

"What the hell do you have to lose." Great talking point there, Trumpie.

Linkee-poo, so you go to the village in your tie-dye jeans and you stare at the junkies and closet q

Chuck Wendig tweetstorm on publishing a storytelling and how as a newbie you should focus on the later. Yeah, that's a hard lesson to learn. I thought I was ready when I made the pivot of what I was paying attention to. The last 5 years have been a pivot back to focusing on the story side.

"Four skydivers performed an impressive synchronized dance routine inside a wind tunnel." Okay, I can't be the only one who though, "Capricorn 7, report to Carousel." (Grokked from Dan)

Mother Jones bears their soul about the new paradigm of journalism and the cost versus return of online journalism (note, they are asking for subscribers and supporters here, but they make the business case up front). And their take on John Oliver's piece on journalism. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin, I think, sorry, lost the link)

"The TSA has refused to state how much it had spent on the new machines, but it has finally admitted that the program cost $160 million, of which $120 million was spent on L-3's machines themselves. This is on top of the hundreds of millions spent on backscatter machines and puffer machines, all since decommissioned as ineffective boondoggles." Well, good thing we don't train TSA agents well or pay them well. Unfortunately these are radiation sources and, damn, someone should go to jail for this. Say, like the people who approved the project, the people who forced the TSA to buy these, we'll start with them. Oh, and the assholes who sold them. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

The Block Island Windfarm is almost online. (Grokked from Dan)

The Chicago PD moves to fire 8 to 10 officers involved in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. You may remember that was the one with the video of Laquan McDonald walking in the street, with a knife, walking away from the police when one officer shot him down. Shooting him several times. Sixteen times in fact. And what are they being fired for? For filing false reports. While it's not fully what is needed, it is the very least that should be happening. Note, many of the police reports in the killing of black men and women have been shown to be very different what happened when a video finally surfaces… and by a lot of don't mean "my view" but "what fiction is this?" (Grokked from Vince O'Connor)

The cost of being poor and uninsured in Texas. Your money or your life. There was a sarcasm used during the Obamacare debate and the numerous attempts to repeal it that the Conservative answer to Obamacare was, "If you got sick, to die quickly." In this case it took him a little over two months. Texas is one of the states that refused to expand Medicaid, which would have saved this patient. So, ask yourself, how much money was spent trying to get coverage for this patient, trying to find a way to save this patient that didn't involve actual medical intervention but administrative wrangling? How much is "wasted" every single day in struggles like this. A person's life shouldn't have to come down to "getting the right people involved." (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

"Ironically, the party that is claiming that Hillary Clinton broke the law by transmitting classified information over private email is breaking the law by knowingly leaking classified information to friendly media sources." Not sure if it's ironic, but more of a "the law doesn't pertain to us, only you nasty liberals." Right now it's just rumors of people contacting media sources to give information. But I can't say I'm surprised that it might happen (and yes, yes, both sides do it, but again it's a matter of degree). So that took, what, all of one day? (Grokked from Jim Wright)

The "Says who" story just hit another level. "Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen… told Yahoo News that he felt he 'controlled the interview.'… 'I think I unraveled her,' he added." Stop it, my sides are hurting.

NPR looks at the Trumpster's claim he can bring back jobs. Yeah, not so much. Sorry folks, even if the work returns (which it has been), they won't be hiring all that many people back because of how manufacturing has changed in the last 20 years.

Oh sweet Jesus Hopalong Cassidy. "A decade later, the aborted exercise is arousing new interest: American diplomatic cables and Ukrainian prosecutors say the anti-US, anti-NATO protests that threatened these Marines were largely partisan plants, organized by politicians who consulted with Paul Manafort, now the prominent campaign aide to presidential candidate Donald Trump." Opposition research done well. I'll say, if this proves out (as well as the charges he illegally forwarded money from foreign donors to US lobbying firms without disclosure or registering as a foreign operative), yeah, Manafort might as well get on the first flight out before his passport is revoked. As to oppo, first remove any help the candidate might receive before attacking directly. This is known as "taking them out at the knees." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

And there he goes. Boy, I hope they're watching the airports.

Remember when I said that I was afraid that the Trumpster could actually learn and turn his campaign around? Well, yesterday's speech demonstrates that capability. Do I think he's really sorry? No. Neither do I expect his core followers to believe he's had a change of heart. They'll know this for what it is, he's playing nice to win the election. And they'll justify this in their heads, even though the one thing they liked about the Trumpster was he wasn't politically correct and said what was on his mind.

"Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Friday morning that Trump made the decision himself to express regret on Thursday evening over some of his comments that have caused 'personal pain.'" See, this is how you run a campaign. You lie effectively by giving the candidate all the credit when it's obvious they don't deserve it.

"Former Baylor President Ken Starr is resigning his post as a law school professor, severing ties with the faith-based campus still reeling from a sexual assault scandal." Here, let me correct that for you. Ken Starr, seeing the possibility of another Clinton in the White House and piles of cash to be made, clears his schedule to begin as Special Prosecutor of the Crown.

Tweet of my heart: @joshtpm News of day:Domestic white nationalist faction solidifies hold on Trumpstadt after fully ousting foreign pro-Russian faction. #Kremlinology (Grokked from John Scalzi)