Linkee-poo, when I'm a good dog, they sometimes throw me a bone

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-when-im-good-dog-they.html

Not pointed out for that "oh, look at these backward ways," but pointed to as world-building material and as a check on your ability to make it real. The effort to eradicate open defecation.

Whither Twitter? Please don't be Microsoft, please don't be microsoft… Well, good thing I kept this blog, then, eh? (Grokked from Dan)

Glowing blobs in SPPPAAAAACCCCEEEE!

Who are these Bozos? You know, it's rare that you get to say that in a literal fashion. Kentucky police finally apprehend one of the few people dressing as clowns and "lurking" (obviously not Olympic grade lurkers here). I shouldn't be so glib, because it's thought these clowns (again, literal clowns) are luring children to follow them, and not in a "let's go to the candy house to the tune of the elephant walk" manner either. "Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others," police in nearby Barbourville, Kentucky, said in a statement online… 'While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal.'" I guess cosplay is right out. And here I should make a statement that the various clown organizations have actually disavowed these creepers.(Grokked from Neil Gaiman)

What do you do when practically every job is automated?

As the retweet says, this guy is going to vote. Make sure you do too. For those of you who don't want to click, it's a "man on the street" interview with a guy in a Trump hat, speculating that Obama was behind 9/11, taking vacations and not being in the Oval office. Jordan Klepper asks him why he thinks Barack Obama wasn't in the Oval Office on 9/11, and the man responds that he doesn't know, but would like to get to the bottom of (mirroring the language of the candidate he supports). (Grokked from Laura J. Mixon)

"A federal appeals court says Ohio's elections chief has been wrongfully removing eligible voters from the swing state's registration list."

Congress, you had one job… (NPR report on how Congress may miss the opportunity to pass a CR to continue funding the government until Dec 9th, which the real job, the real deadline, would have been to pass actual appropriations bills for the FY2017, so the CR is the "Plan C" option, actually "Plan D" because they originally wanted a CR until February, but Dec 9 was the next best date).

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is betting on a hard-driving strategy to get the government funding bill over the finish line before the Oct. 1 deadline, but defections from his own party and objections from Democrats could mean the Senate may run out the clock before a must-pass spending bill is finished next week." BTW, I love the rationalizations for including funding for Louisiana but intentionally not including funding for Flint. How much more racist can these people get (yes, I know, but seriously)?

"Trumps regularly peddles “facts” that aren’t true, describes events that never happened or denies engaging in actions that everyone saw him do. He utters his falsehoods so fast that before reporters have the chance to correct one, he has tossed out five or six more." Although this time, there's both video of the debate and an official transcript of his testimony which are in contradiction. Did Trumpster want casino gambling in Florida? Why the actual question is superfluous, the obvious lie (either in the debate, or to the court as sworn testimony) is the main issue here. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"This is what (Tump) wants to do with America, he said. Acquire it, gut it to the steel and remake it in his own image… It didn’t matter that the story Trump told was exaggerated. That Ivanka was said to have worked out most of the deal by herself. That people on the other side of the deal believed Trump had overpaid for the property by as much as $60 million… That contractors Trump hired to make the resort great again were filing liens against him because he hadn’t paid them for their work. That rooms in the redone hotel could be booked, same-day, on Priceline.com for $160, which was $9 cheaper than rooms at the nearby Courtyard Miami and $109 cheaper than the Marriott Vacation Club just a few blocks away." That's pretty much what a Trumpster Presidency would bring to America, overpay for substandard items, lots of people screwed over, and a then having to put things on sale to get usage numbers up. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue." And no, it's not the one you're thinking of. Holy shit, how compromised is the Trump Campaign? "Speaking at a commencement address for the New Economic School, an institution funded in part by major Russian oligarchs close to Putin, (Carter) Page asserted that 'Washington and other West capitals' had impeded progress in Russia 'through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change.'" Thems fightin' words. Jesus Hopalong Christ, it's almost as if I expect them to burst into flames if they mention (the sainted) Reagan. (Grokked from Wil Wheaton)

Linkee-poo just can’t go without, I could never drown in

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-just-cant-go-without-i-could.html

Monty Python's Terry Jones has come out as diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia. You know 2016 just just fuck right off now. (Grokked from John)

Apparently some asshat author wrote what seems to be a fairly racists book about the near future (and by racist I mean stereotypical xenophobic pearl clutching as exemplified by the hysteria fears of the alt-right about brown people coming over the southern border). And in a stunning example of the censoring of dissenting views, had an editorial published in the NYT whinging about how they were being put out by the criticism and how they were being silenced. No, I'm not going to link to any of it. When did this shit become mainstream and not just published by the fringes like Paladin Press?

"Sales of adult books fell by 10.3 percent in the first three months of 2016, and children’s books dropped by 2.1 percent. E-book sales fell by 21.8 percent, and hardcover sales were down 8.5 percent. The strongest categories were digital audiobooks, which rose by 35.3 percent, and paperback sales, which were up by 6.1 percent." I wonder where all those "traditional publishing is DEAD" people are now?

With any home improvement project, there's always that one part that doesn't go well. In this case, while trying to preserve the Great Wall of China, one section appears to have been paved over.

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<p class="ljsyndicationlink"><a href="http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-just-cant-go-without-i-could.html">http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-just-cant-go-without-i-could.html</a></p>Monty Python's Terry Jones <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37451043">has come out as diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia.</a> You know 2016 just just fuck right off now. (Grokked from John)<br><br> Apparently some asshat author wrote what seems to be a fairly racists book about the near future (and by racist I mean stereotypical xenophobic pearl clutching as exemplified by the hysteria fears of the alt-right about brown people coming over the southern border). And in a stunning example of the censoring of dissenting views, had an editorial published in the NYT whinging about how they were being put out by the criticism and how they were being silenced. No, I'm not going to link to any of it. When did this shit become mainstream and not just published by the fringes like Paladin Press?<br><br> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/business/media/audiobooks-turn-more-readers-into-listeners-as-e-books-slip.html?smid=tw-nytimes&amp;smtyp=cur&amp;_r=0">"Sales of adult books fell by 10.3 percent in the first three months of 2016, and children’s books dropped by 2.1 percent. E-book sales fell by 21.8 percent, and hardcover sales were down 8.5 percent. The strongest categories were digital audiobooks, which rose by 35.3 percent, and paperback sales, which were up by 6.1 percent."</a> I wonder where all those "traditional publishing is DEAD" people are now?<br><br> With any home improvement project, <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/22/495044250/call-it-the-great-sidewalk-chinese-officials-under-fire-for-repairs-to-great-wal">there's always that one part that doesn't go well.</a> In this case, while trying to preserve the Great Wall of China, one section appears to have been paved over.<br><br> NPR's <a href="http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-just-cant-go-without-i-could.html" http://www.npr.org/2016/09/23/491999689/a-complete-guide-to-early-and-absentee-voting="http://www.npr.org/2016/09/23/491999689/a-complete-guide-to-early-and-absentee-voting">complete guide to early and absentee voting.</a> <br><br> <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/23/494920109/doctor-confesses-i-lied-to-protect-colleague-in-malpractice-suit">"The South Dakota surgeon had been called to vouch for the expertise of one of his partners whose patient had suffered a stroke and permanent disability after an operation. The problem was that (this doctor) had, in his own mind, questioned his colleague's skill. His partner's patients had suffered injuries related to his procedures. But (this doctor) understood why his partner's attorney had called him as a witness: Doctors don't squeal on doctors."</a> The white-coat line (just like the thin blue line). What I found myself thinking as I read this was not about his contrition about having lied on the stand and about this individual patient's case, but about all the other patients he inflicted this doctor on.<br><br> So, Instapundit: <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/usa-today-suspends-instapundit-tweet-charlotte-protesters">"The conservative USA Today columnist and University of Tennessee law professor known as Instapundit faces new retribution from his employers for a tweet urging drivers to run over protesters blocking highways in Charlotte, North Carolina."</a> So he apologized to USAToday, and to his Twitter followers, but not to the protestors he recommended running over. "He defended it in a post on his blog, saying that the protesters were themselves behaving violently and that he did not mean to suggest that drivers physically injure protesters." Let me call bullshit on that, and if he doesn't know what he suggested, how the hell did he make it out of high-school let alone law school? So, more like InstaAsshole, amIright?<br><br> Apparently yesterday and today are banner days for racism. A GOP representative whose district has parts of Charlotte says <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/nc-gop-rep-charlotte-protesters-hate-white-people">that the rioting is because black people hate white people.</a> And then offers a non-apology. Our would-be VP, Mike Pence, thinks the president should shut up about institutionalized racism whenever institutionalized racism rears it's head, I mean when cops kill black people for no reason. <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mike-pence-police-shootings-racism">"'Donald Trump and I both believe that there's been far too much of this talk of institutional bias or racism in law enforcement,' Pence said, according to the AP."</a> And then there's my home state, <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kathy-miller-mahoning-trump-chair-resigns-racism">"An Ohio county chair for Donald Trump's campaign resigned Thursday after saying in an interview with the Guardian that there was 'no racism' before President Barack Obama was elected… Miller also said black Americans have only themselves to blame if they haven't been successful since the 1960s."</a> and then the Trumpster himself <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-charlotte-protests-attack-on-blacks-the-poor">"claimed that 'drugs are a very, very big factor' in ongoing violent protests over the fatal police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina."</a> And then, one of the biggest out and out racist also had to have his say, I guess he was feeling left out. <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/steve-king-congressional-black-caucus-self-segregating">"Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who infamously said that white people have contributed more to civilization than any other 'subgroup,' slammed the Congressional Black Caucus as 'self-segregating' in a radio interview Thursday."</a><br><br> Oh, and that Ohio county chair? <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tracey-winbush-tweets-disparaging-islam-trump">"As reporters from the Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer observed, Ohio GOP Treasurer Tracey Winbush deleted some 17,000 tweets on the same afternoon that she was named as Trump’s new campaign chair for Mahoning County."</a><br><br> <a href="http://www.crfb.org/papers/promises-and-price-tags-preliminary-update">"Incorporating rough and preliminary estimates of these new policies, we find that Clinton’s plans would increase the debt by $200 billion over a decade above current law levels (compared to our prior estimate of $250 billion), and Trump’s plans would increase the debt by $5.3 trillion (compared to our prior estimate of $11.5 trillion). As a result, debt would rise to above 86 percent of GDP under Clinton and 105 percent under Trump."</a> (Grokked from TPM)<br><br> <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/omarosa-manigault-trump-critics-will-bow-down">"'Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to president Trump,' (Omarosa) Manigault said. 'It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.'"</a> That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. And could Trumpsters whole desire to be president just be a revenge plot? And obviously he's a thin-skinned narcissist who can't take what he dishes out. See, Trumpster didn't go the Correspondents' Dinner desiring the rubber-chicken plate, he went to needle the President, "I can say this about you and you can't do anything." It was a power play. Unfortunately he didn't understand the actual point of the dinner's entertainment (which includes a speech by the President), which is to roast everyone and everything.<br><br> Really, CNN, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2016/09/21/confirmed-trump-campaign-is-controlling-every-word-of-prominent-cnn-commentator/?utm_term=.ae2343cdf251">just let the Lewandowski go already.</a> Or, as they say, acknowledge that you pay sources and move on. But you can't have it both ways. (Grokked from John)<br><br>

Linkee-poo and if we poison our children with hatred then the hard life is all that they will know

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-and-if-we-poison-our.html

Good news, people, "The BBC shall be commissioning 8 writers to write an original series or serial script for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three Online." Bad news, people, "To apply you must have at least one production credit (a drama, at least 30 mins in duration) to your name." (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

How to properly punctuate in and around parenthesis. I got to the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up. (Grokked from Dan)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium sea nettle tank, live and in HD. Don't say I never got you anything. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"The drug company that makes the EpiPen says it isn't nearly as profitable as many people assume it is… At least that's the message Mylan NV CEO Heather Bresch will try to deliver to members of Congress today." Especially when you increase the CEO's pay like Mylan did. That really sucks up the cash flow. "A new government report says climate change will likely pose a significant national security challenge for the U.S. over the next two decades." We're boned.

"Corey Lewandowski is not out at CNN, the network said Wednesday, despite a report that he'd been suspended over campaign finance filings that show he remained on Donald Trump's campaign payroll beyond his severance package." Cripes, CNN, what does he have to do for you to say he's off the team, give the Donald felacio on camera? You have a paid surrogate on your payroll as an analyst. Those two things are in direct conflict.

Joss Whedon weighs in on the election. And here we'll start our annual, get registered to vote and then go out and vote (or get an absentee ballot and stay in and vote, just follow all the instructions). And I recommend the video on the Save-the-Day website (although wear headphones, language NSFW or sensitive grandmothers). (Grokked from John)

I'm sure it's just because Lester Holt is a journalist, not because he's black that the Trumpster thinks, "they're all Democrats" (even though Lester Holt has been a registered Republican in NY since 2003). I'm sure this isn't about seeing boogymen wherever you look. I'm sure this isn't about his persecution complex, or a part of the attempt to lower the bar so far that as long as he doesn't fall on his face tripping over his shoelaces or noticeably droll on TV that he can declare it a win.

Tweet of my heart: @TheRachelFisher Sorry your feelings got hurt when I called you out on your protest vote, I was thinking about the people who might get put into camps (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

Linkee-poo, someday we'll all be gone, but lullabies go on and on

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-someday-well-all-be-gone-but.html

It's interesting to me that much of the right-wing election ads this year (not for the campaigns) are not based on "Vote for Trump" but "Vote for Gun Rights", "I'm an Energy Voter" and other silliness. It's like they know they have a loser as a frontman.

On Hermione Granger, more than a sidekick. Also pretty good for a discussion of characters who aren't the POV, have their own arc and agency, versus this that exist just to support the main POV character. (Grokked from Fran Wilde)

"As one of the three major battles of the year 1066, the Battle of Fulford is often ignored in favour of the English victory over the Vikings at Stamford Bridge and the English loss against the Normans at Hastings… a 13th-century, Icelandic source connects this event to several interesting Anglo-Saxon anecdotes… written by the great Icelandic poet-scholar Snorri Sturluson around the year 1230." That ol' Snorri sure got around. "Snorri’s Heimskringla, naturally, is not the most trustworthy of sources when it comes to the events of the year 1066; nevertheless, I hope that some of the re-enactments in celebration of this year’s 950-year-memorial will feature flying, fiery pitchforks, Vikings crossings swamps over bridges made of people and, who knows, fork-bearing witch-wives riding wolves!" In re-enactment, it's all about the authenticity. (Grokked from Dr Caitlin Green)

XKCD's simple writer. Are your word choices too obscure for the audience? (Grokked from Dan)

"North Korea has only 28 registered domains, according to the leaked data." So, in North Korea, you could actually read the entire internet. (Grokked from Dan)

"An anti-vaccine mother explained how she changed her mind on inoculation after her own children became seriously ill from an easily prevented virus." Funny how when the shit hits the fan, it's easy to change one's opinion. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

There's a study out now that wearing a pedometer/fitness tracker compared to just tracking (and reporting) what you ate and exercised actually means you may lose less weight. Although the article is written from the viewpoint of "what, you mean just because I wear a fitbit that I won't automagically lose weight?" viewpoint, but still pretty good. Also matches to what I've experienced. The biggest benefit I get from my fitbit is noticing what days I do good and what days I don't move around enough, also for somewhat tracking sleep patterns.

"NASA will host a teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 26, to present new findings from images captured by the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa… Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa." This just in, "All these worlds are yours – except Europa. Attempt no landing there." (Grokked from Dan)

"Amazon often says it seeks to be 'Earth’s most customer-centric company.'… But in fact, the company appears to be using its market power and proprietary algorithm to advantage itself at the expense of sellers and many customers." As someone who still uses Amazon, yes, verily. Hell, I've found the exact same product listed in different manners, all sold and shipped from Amazon (so it's not like Amazon is just the fulfillment servicer) for different price points. Again, Amazon is not your friend. (Grokked from Kelly Link)

And now for something completely different, "(o)ld school speech synthesizers perform Monty Python's Argument sketch." (Grokked from Dan)

So, just how safe and reliable are those pipelines? "After a 330,000-gallon spill shut down a gasoline pipeline in Alabama Sept. 9, fuel shortages and high gas prices are occurring across the southern United States this week, NPR member stations report." Some governors have enacted emergency rules which will help them stop price gouging as some stations run dry. The pipeline supplies about 40% of all fuel for the southeastern coastal area.

And the "D'uh Award" goes to… "Black men who try to avoid an encounter with Boston police by fleeing may have a legitimate reason to do so — and should not be deemed suspicious — according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court." I kept trying to make this argument with people for the past 3 years. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

"A Sikh bar owner in the US is being hailed as a hero for helping capture the 28-year-old Afghan-American wanted for the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey." Funny how I don't remember the media mentioning that. (Grokked from Joshua Parker)

Senator Warren finally says it out loud to someone who is responsible. In this case, to CEO Stumpf during his testimony about how 5,300+ employees cheated Wells Fargo customers by opening fake accounts. Short version, "So, why do you still have a job and aren't in jail because of this?"

Well Fargo CEO John Stumpf is shocked, shocked that Senators would question him and judge him so harshly. Um, yeah. Well Fargo employees, under pressure to meet sales goals and either get a bonus, or be fired, violated fiduciary responsibility by opening new accounts for their customers and transferring balances without those customers' approval. Those customers not only then incurred fees from these unwanted and unasked for accounts, but then also had their FICO scores affected because of these fees (and late payments into accounts they didn't know about). This went on for over five years with the firing of over 5,300 employees. That's not a "we didn't know" situation. That's not a "we couldn't have seen how our sales goals were driving bad behavior" situation. This is a failure of management at best and intentional policy at worst. Yes, CEO Stumpf, you and your fellow executives should be asked to pony up the fines out of your own compensation (without readjustment or recompenses) because you directly benefitted from the results of your employee's criminal behavior and you can't say you didn't know. You should consider yourself lucky that the law would actually protect you from being tarred and feathered. Also, Dear other CEOs, the climate has changed, precipitated by the behavior of the whole. Might want to take that new calculus into consideration.

"Web's inventor and MIT prof explain ICANN to Ted Cruz, using small words." Cue up the bedroom-dual scene from The Princess Bride, "I'll explain and I'll use small words so that you'll be sure to understand, you warthog faced buffoon."

"Trump used $258,000 from his 'charitable' non-profit organization to settle legal problems involving his for-profit businesses." Why isn't this guy in jail? Oh, and it seems clear to me the real reason Trumpster isn't going to release his taxes is because he isn't worth very much (definitely not his own bloviating number, but also probably not the independent estimates). He is probably running close to broke and is only staying afloat on the dynamics of cash flow. And for someone running on the platform of "Hey, I'm a successful business guy" that revelation would torpedo his campaign.

So, it turns out that not only was the use of the Skittles photo a violation of intellectual property, the photographer was a refugee himself. Seriously, my irony is going to get broken for all the times it's been this abused during the election. (Grokked from Maureen Johnson)

That $20,000 portrait of the Trumpster has been found, it's hanging in his private resort. While ownership could still be interesting (little note here, some of the items in museums don't actually "belong" to the museum, they're just on "indefinite loan"), it's looking a lot more like self-dealing which is a no-no.

About that bowl of Skittles, this should pretty much be our response. If each of those Skittles were a life, and by eating the Skittle that would mean that people facing war instead would be brought to this country to live a life of (relative) peace and safety, yes. Yes we would eat the Skittles. And we would eat until we found that poison Skittle, because we would save so many other people. That's part of the whole "giving your life for others." (Grokked from Ann Leckie)

Tweet of my heart: @chrislhayes Again, swap in "Jews" for everything Trump and Co says about refugees, Muslims and immigrants it's immediately clear what they're doing. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

Linkee-poo, on a trip to Cirrus Minor, saw a crater in the Sun, a thousand miles of moonlight later

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-on-trip-to-cirrus-minor-saw.html

The Publishers Weekly industry salary survey for 2016. Lot's of chunky information in there, especially the ramifications of the "Median Compensation" chart. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"Building-size chunks of rock were photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in January as they broke free from a disintegrating comet zooming around the sun. The relatively rare images are providing insight into how these icy space rocks die."

"Stacy Kotiska says she quit last week after she had to take a hot lunch away from an elementary school student because the child's parent had fallen more than $25 behind in paying for his school lunches."

Sure you can trust the police. "The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the protester, Michael Picard, was illegally seized by a trooper who didn’t know that it was recording and carried it back to his patrol car, where it then captured the troopers’ plotting." Oopsie. (Grokked from Levin Armload)

And, yes, it's happened again. Another black man was killed for no reason by a police officer. Besides the usual "why the hell did the officers taser and then kill someone who was offering no resistance and had all the appearances of complying with directions" what is not being discussed is why the fuck do the Tulsa police respond to the report of a broken down car with that many officers, a helicopter, while running hot? And the story from NPR which includes the video from the helicopter. And no, their stories aren't adding up. Especially for not rendering assistance after Terence Crutcher was shot and lying on the ground. And especially not for the comments about him being a "big, bad dude."

Whatever you do in politics, don't ever fake a news presser. "North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory headlined a luncheon of a group of business and civic leaders last week and was only too happy to take questions from the audience. Except the questions weren't from the audience, they were pre-written by the governor's staff." It's like these people don't realize that in this world of hyper-connectivity that at least at the state level, you can no longer hide in local politics. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"A new world record for quantum teleportation has been set, bringing quantum communication networks that can stretch between cities a step closer. Two independent teams have transferred quantum information over several kilometres of fibre optic networks." Ansible here we come. Although not sure it's actual teleportation when you require a fiber-optic network between the two ends.

Oh those Japanese commercials. A Trumpster campaign ad as seen through the filter of the Japanese advertising industry (or at least one prankster who mocks it very well). (Grokked from John)

Trumpster Jr has a Skittles problem.

"The plan would also make the tax code less progressive. While it would increase incomes across the income spectrum, it would increase them by much more for the richest Americans. The bottom four quintiles of income groups would see their incomes go up by 0.8 to 1.9 percent." And that's from a "(t)he right-leaning Tax Foundation." I remember how much the Bush tax cuts were supposed to help, I end up paying more in taxes (most of his middle-class tax "cut" was done by increasing the child dependent deductible). Oh "(a)ltogether, over 10 years, it would reduce federal revenue by around $4.4 to $5.9 trillion." Sound familiar, like how the GW Bush tax cuts erased any "surplus" and took us until unchartered nation deficit/debt areas.

Tweet of my heart: @MileHighBrendan "The Stewards of Gondor have lost touch with the common man. At least Sauron would shake things up a bit." (Grokked from Merrie Haskell)

Linkee-poo has got a little black book with my poems in

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-has-got-little-black-book.html

There's the story circulating about a writer who ran back into their house, which was a 3 alarm fire, to rescue their laptop and their unpublished novels. As many people have pointed out, hasn't this person heard about gmail, dropbox, or any of the many free backup storage solutions? Just your random reminder to backup your data in a secure manner, preferably in a remote location. Also this note, it's easy for people who have internet access to make comments about how easy it is to have a backup, but not everyone with a computer has internet connections (at least in their homes).

Tim Waggoner with some tough-love advice on writing. I've struggled with this question over the past few years, do I want to be a writer, or do I want to want to be a writer? Clawing time away from my schedule is difficult, and when I do have actual free time, the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer. Part of this is my day job (if you've known me long enough, you know I chose my last day job because I knew it wouldn't drain my creativity, I didn't get that choice this time), and that has been a major reason why I've thought hard about jumping to the next career (the major reason for not jumping is the pay differential and the benefits package). It's possible that decision will be soon made for me. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Using macaroni to make perfect fantasy world maps. As Captain America said, "Language." (Grokked from Lara Kristin Herndon)

iMessage in iOS10 sometimes return hardcore porn when searching for gifs to send. The gif search is handled by Bing, but Apple is blocking certain terms from search.

"The largest prison strike in U.S. history has been going on for nearly a week, but there’s a good chance you haven’t heard about it. For months, inmates at dozens of prisons across the country have been organizing through a network of smuggled cellphones, social media pages, and the support of allies on the outside. The effort culminated in a mass refusal to report to prison jobs on September 9, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising." (Grokked indirectly by Saladin Ahmed)

"The board moved quickly to change the rules under which Flint is governed so that the city cannot file a lawsuit without first getting approval from that state-appointed board." Well ain't that ducky. (Grokked from Chia Evers)

"As America’s opioid epidemic rapidly increased to crisis levels over the course of the last decade, pharmaceutical companies like Purdue, which makes Oxycontin, and Pfizer, the second-largest drug company in the world, employed over 1,300 lobbyists around the country and collectively spent over $880 million between 2006 and 2015 in an effort to stop states from enacting laws that would limit access to painkillers, a report published on Sunday by the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found." One thing lost in a lot of this is that in the 90s the FDA kept tight control over these drugs, but then the crisis was people who actually needed these painkillers because they have been living with chronic, disabling pain, were unable to receive them. What we're seeing is the opposite swing of the pendulum here. I hope it doesn't swing too far in the opposite direction. It's not that pharma is acting in patient's best interests, they're acting in their own interests to sell as much as possible. It's just that I don't want us to lose site of the patients in this argument. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

"After twenty-five months of labor, the committee’s 'comprehensive review' of an immensely complex subject weighs in at thirty-six pages… I have graded college term papers that long. It is one more dispiriting commentary on the state of legislative oversight that the committee’s twenty-two members, Republican and Democratic, were unanimous in signing their names." I'm not a big fan of Snowden, but on the reporting of the "report" it was pretty clear to me that the report was nothing more than a Congressional whitewash and an attempt to smear his name while trying to regain some legitimacy for our domestic surveillance programs. It was a way of saying in a sea of dark gray inks, "We're right and he is wrong." And no, no matter how well the movie does or does not do is not an indication of the veracity of anyone's story. To me, it's probably as much a fantasy as "Sully". (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"Ravel’s recent vote to sanction conservative filmmaker Joel Gilbert for alleged violations of federal election laws — the FEC deadlocked on the matter — have prompted a new round of hate mailers to, in recent weeks, call her a 'communist c---sucking b----' and wish her 'the worst for you and yours.'" I'm sure it has nothing to do with the alt-right movement. Not at all. Oh, just a hint, guys, death threats against a public official, even one as obscure as a FEC commissioner, are handled differently than death threats against random people (read "mostly women") on the internet. Also, funny/not-funny how these kinds of things always involve the same political stripe of actors.

"The results from several ballot stations (in Russia) may be thrown out, CEC leader Ella Pamfilova said Monday, after surveillance video showed voting irregularities — including at least one case in which an election worker is seen taking a small stack of ballots and jamming them into the box." Now that's how you rig elections.

"U.S. military officials on Saturday denied reports that Syrian jihadists expelled American and Turkish troops from a border town about 30 miles west of the Euphrates River." So some guys shoot a video of them shouting at special forces as they left a town in Syria after a meeting and supposedly this is them kicking the US out. Um, see those squad weapons on the tacticals? Yeah, if they thought these yahoos were an actual threat, they would have been leveled. This is such a piss-poor attempt at propaganda it's laughable. Of course the real reason for this is to provoke a reaction (and to rally the troops as ISIL loses territory). Also, when you "kick" someone out, you don't let them leave with their weapons, #protip.

So, which party is better at creating more jobs? Ah, yep. Pretty much knew that one (you might remember my report on which presidents were responsible for greater economic growth as reflected by stock market prices). So again, one party claims they're better, but the numbers just don't bear it out. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

"'Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one flag,' Trump said, drawing enthusiastic applause from the crowd at the Values Voter Summit." Yeah, about that… Also note this is coming from the same political side that embraces people taking up arms against that same country.

And putting his ignorance and racism on display, the Trumpster "called for profiling of refugees and immigrants 'from that part of the world'". What no one thinks to ask (specifically because he's only talking with Fox News on a regular basis) is to ask exactly what part of the world that would be (because I don't think he knows)? But, you know, those people. Hint, that phrase, when not accompanied by physically pointing to a crowd of people close at hand, is almost never used in a non-racist way.

Just a reminder, right wing extremists (aka white supremacists and sovereign citizens) are a bigger threat to the citizens of the US than any jihadists.

Tweet of my heart: Kevin Nguyen ‏@knguyen There is a weird thing white people do where they think they can only be racist if they are trying to be racist. (Grokked from Joshua Parker)

Linkee-poo on a working weekend

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-on-working-weekend.html

Photos of the 2016 World Nomad Games. (Grokked from Jim Hines)

"Some employees are suing their employers to get better deals on their 401(k) options… But when employees at an investment firm that creates funds got on the trend, it became a chance to understand what makes a raw deal on a 401(k) fee." I was late to the mantra of investing in the lowest-fee/indexed fun available, but I can tell you that this past year I made more from the funds growth than I added to the value or paid fees.

Immunotherapy to fight cancer, getting more targeted to specific subtypes of cancers. We're learning where it works, and where it doesn't work.

So, the Trumpster finally admits that he was lying about the President not being born in the US. Now, David Fahrenthold wants to know when he'll give the $5 million the Trumpster promised when someone proved to him that Obama was an American. Also, the Trumpster promised to release his tax returns when Obama releases his birth certificate. One is already on file, we're still waiting for the other one. (Grokked from Xopher Halftongue)

"Major TV networks banded together to erase video of Donald Trump conducting a tour of his new Washington, D.C. hotel after they say the Republican nominee’s campaign broke with rules determining press pool coverage of his events and physically restrained an ABC News producer… As Politico reported, pool rules require that a pool producer accompany any campaign event that will be documented visually." Finally some courage. Although they had to confab before pulling the plug (read, we all had to agree so no one would "scoop" the others, note, a tour of his hotel is not "newsworthy" unless you're selling rooms in the hotel).

And then right after, the whole staged background collapsed. If that isn't a visual metaphor for Trumpster's campaign, I don't know what would be.

A breakdown of the myth that Hillary Clinton started the "birther" movement. Uh, no.

Linkee-poo sees a red door and I want it painted black, no colors any more, I want them to turn blac

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-sees-red-door-and-i-want-it.html

Oh look, the Trumpster is up in the polls on 538. "Relaxing tea better fucking work." I've had days like that. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"Archaeologists at Turkey's neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Anatolia have unearthed a 'unique' complete female figurine, The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Tuesday." Noted similarities to the body type of the Venus of Willendorf (which is much older and is more abstract, which might be attributable to skill of artist, tools and material available, or cultural norms). (Grokked from Dr Caitlin Green)

"The sixth mass extinction will be an event triggered by people and will hit the biggest animals the hardest." Say, we're kinda big… (Grokked from Dan)

"Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas. The 'ghost forests,' as scientists call them, offer eerie evidence of some of the world's fastest rates of sea level rise." We're fine. Everything is fine. I'm sure they're just getting ready for Halloween. (Grokked from Jeff Beeler)

"Privately insured people with cancer (glioblastoma multiforme and testicular cancer, because surprise, the study patients are mostly male, again) were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid, according to two recent studies." The study found partially it was how the different patients use the health care system (patients without insurance typically don't have regular checkups, and so are often diagnosed after the cancer has reached an advanced stage), but some of it is the treatment process between those with private insurance and either no insurance or Medicaid. Part of that is the structure of Medicaid and what it will and won't pay for, part of it could be that patients on Medicaid also don't seek treatment until later (same behavior pattern as those without insurance). In either case, it's not an acceptable situation. I've been in the room when a patient has received their first diagnosis of glioblastoma (highly advanced state, the cancer is also highly aggressive), you do not want any part of that. While it was an easy x-ray to take (checking for mets, cancer had been diagnosed from a previous exam), the emotional situation was exceptionally difficult. Fortunately we have excellent nurses in our ED and they handled the majority of that. Fuck cancer.

Some people say, "We don't fetishize guns in the US." I say "bullshit." And no, it's not any better when a Democrat does it.

"An admitted former assassin has accused Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of personally ordering extrajudicial killings — and, in one case, pulling the trigger." It's one thing to give a nod and a wink (although it shouldn't be condoned from people in elected office), it's entirely different to personally order or carry out extrajudicial killings. "And as Michael reported in July, the killings aren't unwelcome to all Filipinos." They never are.

"The two Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission have refused to give Congress documents needed to complete an investigation into the FCC's net neutrality rulemaking process, according to a lawmaker." Well, that kinda sucks when the investigation you tried to slam the Obama Administration with improper influence, only to find the members of your own party are the obstinate ones (who may have improperly coordinated with people in the industry that would be affected by the regulation being investigated). (Grokked from John)

"Earlier this week, the Clinton campaign posted an explainer of Pepe, an anthropomorphic frog who has become an unofficial mascot for Trump and the alt-right. It’s responding to a photoshopped riff on The Expendables posted by Donald Trump, Jr. and former Trump advisor Roger Stone…" There's a lot of truth in that article about how, for anyone paying attention since December, this is not something new and how sunshine isn't always the disinfectant we hope it would be. (Grokked from John)

Just a casual observation. So far the only lawn signs I've seen have been for Trump (and other conservative candidates in Ohio). And there usually isn't just one, but several. One lawn has eight Trumpster signs, and a Trump flag (flying on the opposite side of the front stairs from their Confederate Battle Flag, naturally, one of 3 at the house; front, side, and garage).

"'No, I don't know anything about that,' Trump Jr. replied." That was when he was asked about his father's use of the Trump Foundation's money to purchase a $20,000 (speed painted) portrait of him (it's a charity thing the artist does). Trumpster Jr. is a director of the foundation. Then his handler ended the interview and hustled Jr. off.

"Donald Trump intends to roll back food safety regulations if he wins the White House in November." Yeah, I'm sure it'll be fine. Say, how many people get food poisoning every year, how many companies have had to issue recalls and shut down their contaminated plants, how many people die from it? How many amputations still occur in our meat packing plants? Just how much rat shit do you want in your breakfast cereal? (Grokked from Fred Clark)

"Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in an interview (in Canton, Ohio) that he remains unwilling to say that President Obama is born in the United States, that he is more bullish than ever on his chances to win and that he is not exploring the launch of a new media company in case he loses the race." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"On Thursday night Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller sent out a statement declaring that the Republican presidential nominee believes that President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Miller's statement credited Trump with heroically pushing Obama to release his long-form birth certificate in 2011, putting an end to a 'vicious and conniving' smear first crafted by Hillary Clinton in 2008." Okay, so according to Trump Jr. the media must be "warming up the gas chamber" because that's a complete load of bullshit (except for the "spokesman said this" part). (Grokked from Fred Clark)

So, basically the Trumpster got the media to give him an infomercial for his new hotel. Fabulous.

Linkee-poo has spent all my years in believing you, but I just can't get no relief

http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-has-spent-all-my-years-in.html

"Tim Gunn, Emmy-winning co-host of the show Project Runway, says the fashion industry is not making it work for plus-size women… In an article for The Washington Post, he called it a disgrace." Plus-sized anyone, but especially women above size 12 (which used to be size 16 - women's fashion underwent a radical "deflation" of dress sizes in the 90s to the point there is now a triple-0 size). And yes, it is a disgrace (and economically limiting as the majority of people in the US are over that size). Fashion went quickly from "models will look good in this" to "we design for the typical model body build" which happened after the advent of Twiggy which completely changed the western concept of ideal body shape. Note here, some famously "beautiful" women of the early to mid twentieth century would be considered "too fat" now.

"Oxfam has released the latest version of its ongoing series of analyses of the relative net worth of the very richest when compared to the very poorest: in this case, they found that the top 1% of Britons own more wealth than the bottom 20% of Britons combined." So, a constitutional monarchy has deplorable inequality… which is still better than inequality here in the USA (republican democracy). Well ain't that just dandy.

Oh, NPR, not you too. An article with a critique on the XKCD comic we linked to the other day. Yes, the majority of the data is from data analysis not direct observation (as the last 150 years or so are based on). However, Randall Munroe addresses this in the very cartoon they're critiquing. It's right there in-between 16000 BCE and 15500 BCE about "limit of this data". Note that the current spike is way out of bounds compared to previous moves. As the critic states, "if you take the modeling method used to create the dotted line and extend it all the way out to the present, the recent spike in the Earth's temperature would be partly smoothed." Partly smoothed. It would not erase that spike at the end. This is not a "key problem." This is baked in, it is accounted for, it is explicitly called out and explained. And it doesn't change the outcome or impact.

"Someone is extensively testing the core defensive capabilities of the companies that provide critical Internet services." Said in my best Church Lady voice,"Could it be, China?"

"US Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) yesterday proposed legislation that would allow cities and towns to build their own Internet services even in states that have laws restricting municipal broadband." You go, Rep. Eshoo. So what I think is hilarious is that the political side that believes a free market is the solution and that government anything is bloated, over-expensive, and provides poor service is the one trying to shut down municipal broadband. Surely they would want it to show just how terrible government run "businesses" can be. I mean, these muni ISPs wouldn't be able to last in a free market, right? Except they know that these services prove their ideology to be a lie. And in the process they're screwing over millions of people in suburban and rural communities that either have crappy service or expensive service, or (most often) both. (Grokked from Dan)

"From climate change and evolution to sex education and vaccination, there has always been tension between scientists and Congress. But (Lamar) Smith, who has been in Congress since 1987 and assumed the chairmanship of the Science Committee in 2013, has escalated that tension into outright war." (Grokked from Tania)

"It's the continuation of a multiyear trend of companies passing more of the costs of employee health care back onto workers." On the changing healthcare plans. I'm sure some will pass this off on Obamacare, but this trend started way, way before that (as well as double digit percentage annual increases in premiums). Or, as the article states, "Premiums have risen 20 percent since 2011, the Kaiser survey released Wednesday shows. They rose 31 percent in the previous five years and 63 percent in the five years before that." That 63% figure would have been wholly during the G W Bush administration. On the plus side, they sure are making the argument for single-payer much more attractive.

A PBS Newshour report on forced marriage in the US. "Van Harn had turned 19. She was legally an adult. There was no gun to her head, no chains around her wrists. But because of lifelong pressures from her family and her upbringing, she considers herself one of thousands of American women and girls forced into marriage each year." That's what's known as psychological abuse. And yes it still happens in the US.

A Principal in Florida says student must stand for the National Anthem or be expelled from the event. Dear Collier County School Board, be prepared to be sued for a large amount for violation of your student's First Amendment rights. Also, I wonder what they would do if a parent refused to stand? Or their star quarterback? (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"It can happen anywhere: that moment when you gaze at the people around you and realize you simply can't understand their politics." The Hidden Brain podcast on political allegiance and parenting styles. In my head, every time they talked about "strict father" I heard "authoritarian." I'm sure some people heard "bleeding-heart liberal" every time they said "nurturing".

"Trump's daytime TV chat about health and wellness is a savvy political stunt. The New York Times called it a 'match made on TV,' describing Oz as a 'kindred spirit — a physician who is not only Republican, but also has spent the last decade attracting an enormous following on television.'" Let us also not mention that basically he's only released a "summary", not the actual results. And it's from the same whack job that release his "he'll be the healthiest person to be President" letter earlier. Also note how he released less than promised, but is being praised for his "transparency." I call shenanigans.

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<p class="ljsyndicationlink"><a href="http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-has-spent-all-my-years-in.html">http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-has-spent-all-my-years-in.html</a></p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/09/14/493965878/tim-gunn-the-fashion-industry-is-not-making-it-work-for-plus-size-women">"Tim Gunn, Emmy-winning co-host of the show Project Runway, says the fashion industry is not making it work for plus-size women… In an article for The Washington Post, he called it a disgrace."</a> Plus-sized anyone, but especially women above size 12 (which used to be size 16 - women's fashion underwent a radical "deflation" of dress sizes in the 90s to the point there is now a triple-0 size). And yes, it is a disgrace (and economically limiting as the majority of people in the US are over that size). Fashion went quickly from "models will look good in this" to "we design for the typical model body build" which happened after the advent of Twiggy which completely changed the western concept of ideal body shape. Note here, some famously "beautiful" women of the early to mid twentieth century would be considered "too fat" now.<br><br> <a href="http://boingboing.net/2016/09/13/uk-inequality-top-1-owns-mor.html">"Oxfam has released the latest version of its ongoing series of analyses of the relative net worth of the very richest when compared to the very poorest: in this case, they found that the top 1% of Britons own more wealth than the bottom 20% of Britons combined."</a> So, a constitutional monarchy has deplorable inequality… <a href="http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2015/jul/29/bernie-s/bernie-sanders-madison-claims-top-01-americans-hav/">which is still better than inequality here in the USA (republican democracy).</a> Well ain't that just dandy.<br><br> Oh, NPR, <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/09/14/493925781/epic-climate-cartoon-goes-viral-but-it-has-one-key-problem">not you too.</a> An article with a critique on the XKCD comic we linked to the other day. Yes, the majority of the data is from data analysis not direct observation (as the last 150 years or so are based on). However, Randall Munroe addresses this <i>in the very cartoon they're critiquing.</i> It's right there in-between 16000 BCE and 15500 BCE about "limit of this data". Note that the current spike is way out of bounds compared to previous moves. As the critic states, "if you take the modeling method used to create the dotted line and extend it all the way out to the present, the recent spike in the Earth's temperature would be partly smoothed." Partly smoothed. It would not erase that spike at the end. This is not a "key problem." This is baked in, it is accounted for, it is explicitly called out and explained. And it <i>doesn't change the outcome or impact.</i><br><br> <a href="http://boingboing.net/2016/09/14/a-powerful-attacker-is-systema.html">"Someone is extensively testing the core defensive capabilities of the companies that provide critical Internet services."</a> Said in my best Church Lady voice,"Could it be, China?"<br><br> <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/09/lawmaker-seeks-to-overturn-state-bans-on-municipal-broadband/">"US Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) yesterday proposed legislation that would allow cities and towns to build their own Internet services even in states that have laws restricting municipal broadband."</a> You go, Rep. Eshoo. So what I think is hilarious is that the political side that believes a free market is the solution and that government anything is bloated, over-expensive, and provides poor service is the one trying to shut down municipal broadband. Surely they would want it to show just how terrible government run "businesses" can be. I mean, these muni ISPs wouldn't be able to last in a free market, right? Except they know that these services prove their ideology to be a lie. And in the process they're screwing over millions of people in suburban and rural communities that either have crappy service or expensive service, or (most often) both. (Grokked from Dan)<br><br> <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-house-science-committees-anti-science-rampage">"From climate change and evolution to sex education and vaccination, there has always been tension between scientists and Congress. But (Lamar) Smith, who has been in Congress since 1987 and assumed the chairmanship of the Science Committee in 2013, has escalated that tension into outright war."</a> (Grokked from Tania)<br><br> <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/14/493910307/employees-are-paying-a-bigger-chunk-of-health-insurance-costs">"It's the continuation of a multiyear trend of companies passing more of the costs of employee health care back onto workers."</a> On the changing healthcare plans. I'm sure some will pass this off on Obamacare, but this trend started way, way before that (as well as double digit percentage annual increases in premiums). Or, as the article states, "Premiums have risen 20 percent since 2011, the Kaiser survey released Wednesday shows. They rose 31 percent in the previous five years and 63 percent in the five years before that." That 63% figure would have been wholly during the G W Bush administration. On the plus side, they sure are making the argument for single-payer much more attractive.<br><br> A PBS Newshour report on <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/uncovering-problem-forced-marriage-u-s/">forced marriage in the US.</a> "Van Harn had turned 19. She was legally an adult. There was no gun to her head, no chains around her wrists. But because of lifelong pressures from her family and her upbringing, she considers herself one of thousands of American women and girls forced into marriage each year." That's what's known as psychological abuse. And yes it still happens in the US.<br><br> A Principal in Florida <a href="http://www.nbc-2.com/story/33098695/collier-county-school-gets-tough-on-anthem-protestors">says student must stand for the National Anthem or be expelled from the event.</a> Dear Collier County School Board, be prepared to be sued for a large amount for violation of your student's First Amendment rights. Also, I wonder what they would do if a parent refused to stand? Or their star quarterback? (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)<br><br> "It can happen anywhere: that moment when you gaze at the people around you and realize you simply can't understand their politics." The Hidden Brain podcast on political allegiance and parenting styles. In my head, every time they talked about "strict father" I heard "authoritarian." I'm sure some people heard "bleeding-heart liberal" every time they said "nurturing".<br><br> <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/14/media/dr-oz-donald-trump-taping/index.html">"Trump's daytime TV chat about health and wellness is a savvy political stunt. The New York Times called it a 'match made on TV,' describing Oz as a 'kindred spirit — a physician who is not only Republican, but also has spent the last decade attracting an enormous following on television.'"</a> Let us also not mention that basically he's only released a "summary", not the actual results. And it's from the same whack job that release his "he'll be the healthiest person to be President" letter earlier. Also note how he released less than promised, but is being praised for his "transparency." I call shenanigans.<br><br> <a href="http://storybones.blogspot.com/2016/09/linkee-poo-has-spent-all-my-years-in.html" http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/14/melania-trump-immigration-status/90349444/="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/14/melania-trump-immigration-status/90349444/">"I am pleased to enclose a letter from my immigration attorney which states that, with 100% certainty, I correctly went through the legal process when arriving in the USA, (Melania) Trump wrote in a statement shared on her Twitter account."</a> Note, that wasn't the actual question, although the lawyer assures us she wasn't in the US in 1995. Also, hey, I'm sure we can trust the immigration lawyer that worked with the Trump Modeling Agency to get the record and the law straight. Not like there needs to be a real investigation by actual investigators. You know, all those questions about other Trump models working with the wrong visa status has nothing to do with this. I'm sure it's all above board. Pay no attention to the health questions. At least it was better written than Trumpster's letter from his "doctor." (Grokked from Xopher Halftone)<br><br> Although, <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/melania-trump-new-york-post-photo-shoot">now the NY Post is admitting they made a mistake on the publishing dates of those photos.</a><br><br> Fred Clark <a href="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2016/09/14/no-sjw-is-not-used-to-deflate-pompous-comstockian-moralists-thats-not-how-its-used-at-all/">on the use of SJW as an insult.</a> No, it wasn't used as a complement before. No, we don't use it with each other (except now in an ironic fashion).<br><br> Rep. Steve King <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/steve-king-natural-family">argues that only a "natural family" can raise a kid.</a> As a veteran of the "broken families" hysteria of the 70s (80s and 90s), I really can't believe we're still arguing this shit. But as I've said before, these fights never die for the conservatives. They will fight until they're dead. Oh, and Rep. Steve King, as someone raised by a single mother, fuck you and the horse who rode you in.<br><br> <a href="https://thinkprogress.org/missouri-becomes-first-state-to-adopt-stand-your-ground-law-since-trayvon-martin-was-killed-812141e456a7#.szyski8iy">"This push (for more "stand your ground/shoot first" laws) has come with a huge price: a 2014 study found that following the repeal of state laws requiring comprehensive background checks and purchase permits, Missouri’s gun homicide rate increased by more than 15 percent — as the national rate dropped 11 percent. Missouri now has one of the highest gun murder rates in the country… The NRA’s chief lobbyist hailed the vote as a 'great day for freedom in Missouri.'"</a> For various values of "freedom." (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)<br><br> <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/impeachment-vote-resolution-koskinen">"'One way to generate anger in the Republican tribe is to suggest that the Obama administration has conducted a war on them. If you attach that to the IRS, it's fundraising and base gold,' (Norm) Ornstein said."</a> The Tea Party is out for blood, and they're going to get it one way or another. In this case, they want to impeach the Chairman of the IRS. So far the Obama administration has "wriggled" out of their grasp, and they're looking like fools to those who sent them to Congress specifically to punish President Obama. So now, in the last gasps, they'll try and get whomever they can just to say they scored points.<br><br> The Newsweek report on Trumpster's businesses and how they'd be affected by a Trump presidency. <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/23/donald-trump-foreign-business-deals-national-security-498081.html">"Trump’s global deals would make it impossible for him to conduct foreign policy in many countries without padding or depleting his wallet."</a> To add to it, that "padding" part would not only be a direct padding of his wallet, but would only happen in many circumstances if the US acted against what we now consider our national interests. This is very different from the Clinton Foundation scandal even if you believe everything whispered about the Clintons. (Grokked from way too many people)<br><br> <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/flint-pastor-interrupts-trump-political-speech">"A pastor interrupted Donald Trump during a last-minute appearance in Flint, Michigan as he veered off in a speech to attack his opponent, Hillary Clinton, reminding him he was not invited to give a 'political' speech."</a> Wow. Slow clap. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)<br><br> And <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-something-going-on-nervous-flint-pastor-interrupt-speech">then Trumpster proceeded to attack the character of the pastor.</a> Because of course he did. And then he mischaracterizes the audience's response. Because he always does. (Grokked from Dan)<br><br> There's been some side conversations about what "real journalism" is and the "false equivalency" going on in the press. There has been some consternation back on "what can they do"? Well, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/09/15/494064219/trump-criticizes-flint-pastor-but-misstates-key-facts-about-their-encounter?live=1">here's an example of what used to be "normal" in reporting.</a> It's the NPR version of that article above about the Trumpster attacking the pastor who interrupted him. The tone is neutral, but the reporter says, "I was there, this is what Trump is saying, however this is what I observed." That's how it's done. (Grokked from Kelly Link)<br><br> Also, dear conservatives, one more time, <a href="https://twitter.com/JamilSmith/status/776424765510778880">SOMEONE IS ALWAYS FUCKING RECORDING THESE THINGS.</a> In this case it was a major news organization. One that probably had logos on an actual, probably quite large and mounted on a tripod, video camera. Yes, there is video of what actually happened in that Flint Church. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)<br><br> At this juncture I'm reminded of Jon Stewart on the Daily Show holding up a video cassette and saying, "We've taken to hiding these around the offices, <i>just to make it sporting.</i>"<br><br> <a href="https://electionlawblog.org/?p=86522">"Check out this Republican operative suggesting 'messaging <i>widespread reports of election fraud</i> so we are positively set up for the recount regardless of the final number.' (in an election in Wisconsin for state supreme court) This comes from from the Guardian’s collection of leaked John Doe papers."</a> Well, yes, someone is gaming the election. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)<br><br>