Linkee-poo, all I know is that to me you look like you're having fun, open up your loving arms, watc

"Pete Burns, fabulous freak singer of 1980s dance-pop group Dead or Alive, died yesterday of cardiac arrest. He was 57." Shit, okay here's how old I am; whenever I hear that song I'm right back in the Townhouse in Akron (alas, no more, swallowed by the Plasma Alliance donation center that used to be only half of the complex). Stale smoke and beer atmosphere, cheap furniture and thankfully they keep the lights low, especially in the bathrooms. A dance floor maybe twenty by ten feet with forty plus co-eds and some of us more adventurous guys dancing like maniacs, barely enough room to take a full breath without rubbing against someone. The sound system loud enough to drown out our off-key, full lunged caterwauling even to the person you're dancing with. Recovering from that sauna by drinking dollar-a-pitcher nite beers (now you know part of my aversion to cheap beer) before diving back into that pool of humanity and sweat. You spin me right round, baby, right round like a record, baby, right round round round. Yeah, it was the 80s.

Strange Horizons has a new look. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

Captain Awkward on not quitting the day job immediately. Just going to highlight this part, "Maximize retirement contributions and anything your firm matches… Shrink your living expenses so that they’ll be manageable during the transition time when you might not be earning quite as much. If you’ve got fancy health insurance, take advantage of it and get every nice thing you might want done now." Yes, that. Also, from my own history (which I wish I could repeat), take the day job that might not be as rewarding (money, professional life) so you can do what you want. And trust me, I think about that one almost every day since last April.

"Oxford University Press has announced that its new edition of the complete works of William Shakespeare will credit Christopher Marlowe as a co-author on the three Henry VI plays." Big data to the rescue. Unleash the conspiracy theorists in 3… 2… 1…

For your Halloween amusement… "Doctors sometimes removed the skins of infamous murderers and used them to bind books about their deeds—a fact well known enough to serve as a kind of deterrent. The most infamous case is the pocket-sized book bound in the skin of William Burke, half of the Scottish duo Burke and Hare, who murdered sixteen people in order to sell their bodies to doctors for dissection."

A fake BSoD error message in Windows from a piece of malware is a social engineering gimmick. "'Real error messages from Microsoft do not include support contact details,' Microsoft said on its Malware Protection Center blog, warning of the new threat. It also never asks for payment for delivering tech support." You're first clue with this being fake was a Windows error message that was helpful. (Grokked from Vince O'Conner)

Jack Chick, he of the ubiquitous "Satan Panic" comics or "Comics for Jesus" tracts, has gone to meet the great printer in the sky.

A Mother Jones article from the inside of a militia group. I haven't finished reading it yet, but so far it looks good. Basically groups pretending to be soldiers and helping because that's the ideal of manliness they have. Unfortunately they have dangerous ideas and are somewhat willing to act on them. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

John Scalzi talk about the productivity hit this election has been. Boy howdy that with a side of WTF cole-slaw. I'm really looking forward (with some trepidation to be sure) to November 9. My guess is the election will be called by midnight. Hopefully the after-party won't go in directions that I fear it might. But, yes, productivity and brain-capacity have been way down since February. You can see how much it has eaten up in these posts. I mean, I'm a political wonk, but damn this is deep shit. And I can't get away from it, even when I try. Which is why I said before that I'm going to take a break after this. I need it. You need it. We all need it. I keep telling myself, "only two more weeks." Of course the gremlins in my head keep shouting back, "Remember 2000?" Bastards.

"Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz vaulted suddenly and without any advance warning to the top rung of Democratic party megadonors with two unheralded tears through his checkbook in the past six weeks." Just so you know who they're talking about as the conservatives form their ranks to stop another Democratic Party mega-donor. (Grokked from John)

Trumpster may be touting how strong he is on the 2nd Amendment, but the 1st Amendment he'd like to change. In this case to specifically make it easier to sue the now 11 women who have come forward with sexual assault allegations. Also, he'd really like to hurt the newspapers who criticize him. Wonder if we'll see all the "You're Violating My 1st Amendment!" trolls come out against this? Bueller… Bueller…

"An anti-media smear favored by the Nazis and the alt-right wormed its way into headlines after a Trump rally on Saturday: 'Lügenpresse.'… The slur, shouted at BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray by two unidentified men at Trump’s rally in Cleveland, pre-dates the Nazis and was used at first by the German government during World War I to designate foreign writing as propaganda, according to the Washington Post." But the Nazi's used it a lot. So, real, honest-to-God, fucking Nazis supporting the Trumpster. The friends you keep.

And an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic detailing both the magazine's endorsement of Clinton (only the 3rd endorsement in its history) and the daily anti-Semitic invective he faces on Twitter every single day. Honest-to-God, fucking Nazis. And just like he says, even if Trumpster is well and fully trounced in the election, I don't expect them to go away either.

"Basically, every time you saw Hillary land a blow or Trump muffle an answer, you saw the stocks start to rise. And so, through the course of the evening… they rose by nearly three-quarters of a percentage point… It absolutely spiked, and it wasn’t just a two-hour spike -- we were looking minute by minute. And, for instance, when Hillary took Trump to town on about not paying taxes, which was a moment that scored well with most audiences, it also scored well with the stock market. The S&P started to rally yet again during each of those little phases as well."

"'There's not a separation between me and Donald Trump. As a matter fact, there's an ad on TV saying I'm too cozy to him,' (Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) ) said at a rally for the Gaston County GOP, according to tracking video from the liberal group American Bridge."

And for some others… "Some Republicans are running so far away from their party’s nominee that they are threatening to sue TV stations for running ads that suggest they support Donald Trump." (Grokked from Wesley Chu)

Oh look it's one of those sting videos. "Undercover reporters posing as consultants acting for a Chinese benefactor approached specific pro-Trump and pro-Clinton fundraisers and groups after receiving information that individuals were involved in hiding foreign donations… The pro-Clinton organisations did not respond to initial approaches. But earlier this month an undercover reporter spoke by telephone to Eric Beach, co-chairman of the pro-Trump Great America PAC… He suggested the donation could be put through a social welfare organisation called a 501(c)(4) - or C4 - , which unlike a PAC is not subject to a blanket ban on receiving foreign money, and not required to name donors." Well, they didn't contact the campaigns directly, but only their Super PACs. I'm sure it's all okay. "In an initial call on October 4 the reporter explained that the benefactor wanted to donate to support Mr Trump’s campaign, 'but he’s not a US national.'… Mr Beach agreed that making such a donation to the PAC could be difficult. But he did, however, have a suggestion…" (Grokked from John Scalzi)

Trump TV launches on Facebook. "The hosts denied that this was some type of 'Trump TV,' a rumored endeavor from the GOP nominee if he loses to try to monetize his loyal base into a massive media influence akin to Fox News."

"(Trump) directed $300,000 of small donors’ money to the publisher of his bestselling business book 'The Art of the Deal' in the past month, according to a Monday Huffington Post review of the Trump Make America Great Again Committee’s most recent FEC report." Well, I'm glad he's not in it for himself (he's making the publisher some money as well).

"Donald Trump may be coming up short in the polls, but his brand of politics has sparked a movement. David Greene talks to Chris Buskirk, a conservative blogger and a talk radio host in Arizona." Another reason why I'm no longer in the GOP, noted for the immense double-think obvious in this interview. The overall theme is "Donald Trump is authentic and not a polished politician and tells us what he thinks unfiltered and that's his appeal and taps into what people want and are thinking… but he should script a little more, talk about it differently and still resonate with the base… and I don't really know what he stands for, I don't know him, but I'm voting for him." That right there. He tells you what he thinks, unfiltered, but then you don't know where he stands? His unfiltered speech taps into what people want, but maybe he should say what he says differently?

Tweet of my heart: @splashikins Today is the kind of day where my levels of done-with-this-shit are inversely proportional to my fucks-to-give.

Linkee-poo is human and I need love just like everybody else does

Using your gaming session to write your story.

"Gone are the days of having to be selected to put out a book. Gone are the days of having to go to a bookstore to see what is available. Now you can check online, with real time reviews, AND, real time 'bestseller' rankings. It’s unsurprising that as the barriers to entry for the book business went down, so did the quality of the books being produced. These days, over one million books are published each year, with at least half of these self-published. So it’s almost obvious that, given the volume, you could game your way to the top of a category with very few sales." How to be an Amazon bestseller with only $3. (Grokked form Chuck Wendig)

Authors muse on GRR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire and how it changed epic fantasy. Stina Leicht has some great notes about history and our fantasy reflection of it. If you take those statements with the historical notations pointed out by Django Wexler, you can see parallels between actual history and the growth of grimdark fantasy. One of the things I like about SoI&F (or at least the HBO rendition, as I haven't made it to A Storm of Swords, and I kinda lost track) is that the sword isn't the only weapon, and plate mail the only armor and there are hundreds of background people who don't have them. Few people could afford them, fewer still could afford the training required to use them properly (which is why mercenaries were so important). Also, I'm really grateful he gave us the real version of chivalry, which wasn't as clean as it had been made out to be, and a diversity of cultures and people. Also, no gorram stew and taverns every day's march. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)

"(W)hile I can assemble a quick list of writers who have said… that they expect award recognition for their work… it’s actually a very short list. And most of those you could guess just by having followed the events of the last few years… So, where does… the idea that dense, fancy, poetic prose is a bid for award attention? That if you, as a reader, find the prose difficult to process, then that must be because the writer is showing off? Pretentious, even?" Anne Leckie on "pretentious" versus "transparent" writing. In a critic of a Very Famous (as it goes) Author my main critique was that their prose was magnificent, but entirely too dense for my tastes. They responded by stating that's exactly the kind of prose their fans were looking for, and they were kind of known for it. Fair enough, you go with your bad assed self and sell your millions of copies. As to the contention that "pretty prose" wins awards, let me take this moment to laugh at that. These days I find it pretty hard to slog through Lord of the Rings (which I devoured every year from 16 to 24 years old) or Lovecraft (bless his archaic, little, racist heart).

"The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for the public’s input on what would be the country’s very first fresh water wind farm." In our very own Lake Erie.

Out coming robot overlords. Also noted in case you still think manufacturing jobs will rebound.

That's going to leave a mark. "This is probably the impact site of the Schiaparelli lander itself."

California National Guard members (as well as others) are being forced to repay sign-on bonuses (and college reimbursements) they received for re-upping during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. And all it would take would be a law to absolve them of this debt. You know, by the very people who are claiming the have veterans' best interest at heart. My, wouldn't that be a great lame duck session law (you know, like they were unable to do this past summer.

"Some races have shifted late in Democrats' favor, particularly in Republican-held suburban districts with high levels of voters with college degrees. Still, there has not been the wholesale move in polling that the party would need (to retake the House), even with Hillary Clinton's gains across the electoral map." This is why that initiative to win control of the individual states' governments to affect redrawing the electoral lines in 2020 is so important. And frankly what I don't want is the Democrats playing the Republican's game only harder, but a fundamental reform of how we draw electoral maps to eliminate rank gerrymandering.

"Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke has qualified to participate in the upcoming U.S. Senate debate at Dillard University, a historically black university in New Orleans." This should go well.

"But even if there aren’t hard statistics, the problem of racial bias among police isn’t new. In fact, it’s been a concern of the FBI for at least a decade. Exactly 10 years ago this week, the FBI warned of the potential consequences — including bias — of white supremacist groups infiltrating local and state law enforcement, indicating it was a significant threat to national security."

"Early voting kicked off on Thursday in the key swing state of North Carolina, and voters turned out to the polls in droves. Across the state, but especially in the urban centers of Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem, voters waited for hours to cast a ballot." In Ashtabula County, Ohio, we have to go to the county board of elections to vote early. That's a 45 minute drive from home, in the opposite direction from work. And we only have 2 weekends available. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

A breakdown of early voting. "While Democrats tend to do better in early voting, Republicans usually post an initial lead with mail-in ballots before Democrats surpass them during in-person early voting in mid to late October." With some information on the current election and early voting.

"The Pennsylvania Republican Party filed a complaint late Friday night asking a federal court to allow out-of-county poll watchers to monitor voting stations on Election Day." Apparently someone figured out the Trumpster's plan of sending people into "those places" would violate the law.

"Trump hotels say that the change to 'Scion' has nothing to do with the fact that their bookings are way down, claiming that the polls showing the decline are rigged."

"A CNN panel failed to maintain composure on Friday when Donald Trump supporter Gina Loudon insisted there was no evidence to back up claims that the Republican nominee has engaged in racist and misogynistic behavior."

So much for Junior's talk of allowing the kids at Liberty U their own right to speak. Yep, Jerry Falwell, Junior, is still a tool.

Weekend workout

Nothing like building furniture in 40 degree weather… while dodging raindrops. But I have other things that need done tomorrow. So, not fully fine furniture, but fine enough. I made a few mistakes, and ended up using more than I thought I would (because of one screwup). But for "common boards" (ie. #3 for anyone else), it didn't turn out too bad (I did lose track of which side should be which, so you can see knots where it's placed). I also wanted to bevel the molding, but just ran out of time.

Linkee-poo, and I ain't got no worries 'cause I ain't in no hurry at all

More digitized manuscripts. I may have posted this one before. It's hard to tell and there are so many. (Grokked from Dr. Caitlin Green)

An interview which ruminates on masks and mythology. The stories we tell ourselves. (Grokked from Terri Windling)

"Just outside of the Medieval church of the Ostrów Lednicki stronghold in Poland, archaeologists have unearthed the strange burial of a giantess. The woman’s skeleton showed that she reached a towering height of 7'2" but also that her short life was full of traumatic injuries and disease." (Grokked from Brandie Tarvin)

How Snake lost his legs. The world is weirder than you think. (Grokked from Hannah Bowman)

"Drilling into hot rocks to tap geothermal energy is one thing. Drilling deep enough to tap the energy from magma oozing into volcanoes is quite another, offering a massive increase in the potential to exploit Earth’s inner heat." What could possibly go wrong? Although this would be Iceland's second geothermal well to tap directly into a magma chamber.

The sugar water industry cribs from the tobacco industry's playboy to try and stop taxes on their products.

Because some people have been talking about abuse in my twitter feed (I don't know why they would, he said shaking his head in an ironic fashion). "A former Ohio mayor has admitted to repeatedly raping a child, prosecutors said — but the self-described Christian blames the girl for her own sexual abuse." About the only good part of this story is he's actually being prosecuted for it in a criminal court, considering that hardly every happens. (Grokked from John)

"(P)olice in Sacramento, California launched a death investigation after spotting a woman walking down the sidewalk with a skull perched on a stick." I guess that would make anyone suspicious. (Grokked from TPM)

"A recent Houston Chronicle investigation revealed that Texas, the state with the lowest percentage of children in special education, 8.5 in 2015, may arbitrarily be capping services, which are entitled by federal law to students with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental illness and other special needs." Oh Texas, why do you hate actual, functional, and science based education so much?

What the Trumpster got wrong about abortion in America during the debate. You know, besides everything. "The vast majority happen in the first trimester: Ninety-one percent in 2012 occurred before the pregnancy reached 13 weeks, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 7.2 percent took place after 14 weeks gestation. Fewer than 1.3 percent happened after 21 weeks, late in the second trimester." And those later ones, typically the fetus has died in the womb, or it is finally obvious that should the fetus be birthed, the child would die shortly thereafter, often in much distress. And this is ignoring all the other problems that could happen which would require abortion (such as an ectopic pregnancy). (Grokked from Fred Clark)

"After Donald Trump fueled his warnings about voter fraud on Wednesday night by refusing to commit to accepting the results of the election, one Fox News editor pointed out that there couldn't possibly be enough voter fraud to account for the Republican nominee's significant lag in the polls." He then went on to suggest there's a lot of fraud in the election, but just not enough to account for Trumpster's slide. The amount of voter fraud is actually well below the margin of error in counting the votes (even electronically). The difference between Al Gore and G W Bush in just Florida was more than all the voter fraud in all the US in the past 20 years.

"In what could be the first glimpses of a Trump-branded TV network that many have speculated could be the ultimate goal of Trump's presidential run, (Cliff Sims and Boris Epshteyn) anchored a half-hour pre-debate show and an hour-and-a-half of post-debate coverage, right on Trump's Facebook page." Trial balloon for TrumpTV? Are we all just being punked? Because, as in conservative politics, you can never go too far to the right, and there's always room to go ever farther.

"'Hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the Watergate Commission,' Trump said, citing a false Internet rumor as the crowd turned on him and started to boo, something that simply doesn't happen at lavish charity dinners at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The face of one the guests sitting on the stage behind him was suddenly struck with horror." A report from the Trumpster trail from the debate to the Al Smith Dinner. No, I have little sympathy at this point. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

For the evangelicals, Trump or Jesus. (Grokked from John)

"Donald Trump’s national political director will 'step back' from his role overseeing the Republican nominee’s ground game with less than three weeks to go before Election Day, Politico reported Thursday." That can't be good.

"Tens of millions of Americans gathered around TV sets to watch the debate (Wednesday) night. But how they thought it went may depend upon which networks they watched. That's because post-debate coverage can sway viewers' opinions, as a new study suggests." What should come as no surprise, those who watched Fox News thought the Trumpster did much better than any of the other viewers (although it didn't swing those who identified as Democrats). "Moreover, (the researcher) points out that while Fox News has been studied a lot for its effects on voter attitudes, MSNBC perhaps also warrants some new attention." This is because they found that Republicans who watched MSNBC's post debate discussion moved off of their support for the Trumpster. Well, first, it's not like people came into the debate without preconditioning. Also it's not like the debate was an even contest. So I think that may throw some of these answers in the direction they saw. But, yes, Fox and MSNBC are considered the diametrically opposed viewpoints.

Tweet of my heart: @xeni “It’s rigged,” says the wealthy white supremacist man whose entire life has been “rigged” for success, failing ever upwards.

Linkee-poo's last name is Control, no my first name ain't baby, it's Janet, Miss Jackson if you're n

Nick Mamatas on writing and privilege. I'm pretty successful, but not at writing because I do prioritize. If it were just me, the calculus may have been different, but I have someone who depends on me making a good living and to provide decent healthcare. I have family and friends that benefit (somewhat) from my ability to provide (I have a feeling in the coming decade that will increase). I'm not able to give to every cause I want to, or give at the level I would like. But I also like to take vacations were we go places and see/experience things (I really can't tell you how much). Shit, I'm writing a blog post. Shortened, I made my choice, which is different than others. I'm still writing. I hope to increase the time and output I address to it by the end of the year, but until I can see a ROI (other than good friendships and interesting living) it will get the short shrift if there is opportunity to make money. I have sacrificed for it, I will sacrifice more, but I can't ask others to make the same levels if sacrifice for me. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

A visual breakdown of the big 5 publishers. (Grokked from Justin)

Why do good AIs go bad? "But AI-enabled machines are only as smart as the knowledge they have been fed. Microsoft learned that lesson the hard way earlier this year when it released an AI Twitter bot called Tay that had been trained to talk like a Millennial teen. Within 24 hours, however, a horde of Twitter users had retrained Tay to be a racist Holocaust-denier, and Microsoft was forced to kill the bot." ProPublilca on Breaking the Black Box with learning machines and the databases of our humanity. Okay, with the search function at the bottom, "Baltimore" was kind of interesting. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"IBM reported some pretty impressive stats this week. Not least among them the fact that 73% of IBM employees – the company whose personal computer division was once almost synonymous with Microsoft – want a Mac as their next PC… Indeed, IBM Japan has gone as far as making Macs standard-issue: any employee wanting a Windows machine instead has to make a special request justifying their need." Ouch. Anybody know where Michael Dell is at the moment? (Grokked from John)

No, you really can't multitask. Your brain isn't built for it. "But, take heart, Gazzaley said. You don't have to opt out of technology to get some of that brainpower back. In fact, there's a time and place for multitasking. If you're in the midst of a mundane task that just has to get done, for example, it's probably not detrimental to have your phone nearby or a bunch of tabs open. The distractions may reduce boredom and help you stay engaged." Confession here, most of the time I have at least 4 browser tabs open (and probably multiple windows and browsers) at the same time.

"Methane is gushing forth from hundreds of newly-discovered deep-sea vents all along the US’s western seaboard." It's fine. I'm sure it's fine. Everything is fine here. "In all, 500 new seeps were discovered by submersibles operated from the trust’s ship…" We're boned.

Unrest in Academia. "Faculty at 14 Pennsylvania state universities went on strike Wednesday morning, affecting more than 100,000 students, after contract negotiations between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the faculty union hit an impasse."

The Czechs arrest a Russian hacker that "the US is looking for." While they don't name names, anyone taking bets on Guccifer?

"A Maryland police officer was suspended Tuesday after a woman snapped a photograph of a hat promoting the Oath Keepers militia group displayed on the rear deck of his police cruiser."

"Closing arguments are underway in the trial of seven people accused of illegally occupying Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last year." They're throwing themselves on the mercy of the jury, although their closing argument is more in the terms of, "Help us Obi-Wan, you're our only hope!"

"Unbeknownst to Mr. Salads, someone shot video of of Mr. Salads staging upthe incident, and posted it to Twitter, exposing Mr. Salads as a fraud. The "vandals" were accomplices following Mr. Salads' instructions to damage the car (which had been parked in a 'black neighborhood' by Mr. Salads)." Ah, the James O'Keefe School of "Journalism" strikes again.

"Some parents at Franklin High School claim their kids have been singled out, after the school distributed a letter to its African American students… The form is titled 'Keepin’ it 100.' It is basically an agreement for students to sign to fulfill their responsibility as 'an African American scholar,' come to school on time every day and work toward completing high school." Um, yeah, that's totally not inappropriate or racist as all. "One student posted on Facebook, 'As a Franklin student we're not mad about what (the principal) is trying to do we're mad about the approach.'" (Grokked indirectly from Annalee Flower Horne)

REDMAP, the story of the intense gerrymandering after the 2010 elections. "People say Obama lost 700 seats in the House of Representatives over these years. Well, yes, but he only had one horrible election in 2010. After that, the lines were changed to ensure that those seats stayed in Republican hands, despite the fact that Democratic candidates in a lot of these states got more votes." With a graphic representation of how you can win a majority with a minority population. (Grokked from Chip Dawes)

"Project Veritas, which has carried out several damaging video sting operations, has posted several videos in recent days purporting to show Democratic operatives bragging about inciting violence at Trump's campaign events, and appearing to detail how they could bus out-of-state supporters in to commit voter fraud." Note that James O'Keefe has not posted the raw footage, which has in the past completely contradicted the "documentaries" he has put out. So, yeah, I'm going to hold judgement on this one until we have the raw footage to review. Because this isn't the first, second, or even third time he's done this.

"The Indiana voter registration problem surfaced when voters contacted the secretary of state's office after discovering through the online system voters can use to check their registration status that their dates of birth or first names were incorrect, the office said. That prompted the office to run a report in the statewide system and it found that thousands of registrations had been altered. The office declined to provide a more precise number." The plot thickens. "Julia Vaughn, policy director for the nonpartisan government watchdog group, Common Cause Indiana, said that before (Secretary of State Connie) Lawson makes allegations of possible fraud her office 'should make sure the voter file records haven't been altered through software snafus or human errors made by people in county or state agencies.'"

The problem with the media, in an attempt to appear "non-biased" or "equal time", the demonstrate their ignorance of the issues. No, "implicit-bias" is not a dog-whistle, CNN. It's a technical term. Clinton is using it to say, "I'm up to date on this issue." "Criminal illegal-aliens" is also not a "dog-whistle." He's being direct. And you completely missed the call to "take fraud and abuse out of the system" as a dog-whistle saying, "those people (also a dog-whistle) are living high off the hog on your dime." And "law and order" does not mean "People of color -- and liberals -- are lawless." It means, "we're going to keep those people in their place because they forgot what their place is." I mean, in an attempt to be polite you've missed the mark on all of them. Jesus in a popsicle, CNN, have they burned you all out?

Last night's debate with fact checks. Over all, Trumpster had a better night than previous debates. It took 33 minutes for Clinton to get under his skin and then the wheels came off the bus. And then the bus crashed and burned. And then the train jumped the tracks and crashed into the burning bus. And then the Trumpster said that he would keep us in suspense about whether or not he would accept the results of the election. At which point I think everybody's brain just shut down because the voices inside their heads keep shouting "HOLY SHIT!"

"Donald Trump Jr. said it would be a 'step down' for his father to become president." And so begins the sulking and claiming, "I didn't want it anyway." Now if we could only be assured he would actually go the fuck away. See, the major problem with last night's, "keeping you in suspense" is that there are groups who take that as a call to arms, even if it's not intentional (which I'm not entirely sure it wouldn't be). (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)

Linkee-poo, it's a sin that somehow light is changing to shadow and casting its shroud over all we h

Tonight is the last debate. And the villagers celebrated.

"The next Weekend Intensive (for Writing the Other) is coming up on November 4 – 6. There are four (4) scholarship spots available for this class made possible by many generous donations to our scholarship fund." Ooooo, pretty. "We’ve set aside one scholarship spot specifically for students who identify as POC or Native." Nice. (Grokked from Julia Rios)

The next class of musicians and bands are up for fan votes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I'm not sure if I've talked about it here, but I've come up with a measure of diet control. I like pop, part of the problem, but have gone off having regular drinks of it (long story, I drink mostly unsweetened green tea these days, I have maybe 1 or 2 sodas a month, maybe). So lately I've looked at my food choices with this in mind, a soda has about 120 to 160 calories in it (mostly from added sweeteners). Does the snack or food I'm looking at have more or less? And I make a choice based on if I would want that food or a drink. It can be quite effective (since I know I can resist having a pop, yeah, it's a cheap mental trick, don't spoil a good thing, okay). "… Pepsi says that by the year 2025 at least two-thirds of the drinks in its global beverage portfolio are expected to contain 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12-ounce serving. Currently a 12-ounce can of Pepsi has 150 calories, all of which come from sugar." Whelp, I'm going to have to lower the calorie number I use as a guide. Also, when I do have a pop, I try to make sure it uses real sugar, not cane syrup or high-fructose corn syrup. It makes a big difference in both how it tastes and how I feel afterward.

"Compared with physically ill patients, people with mental health conditions rely more on the emergency department for treatment and are more often admitted to the hospital from the ER, the scientists found. Also, they tended to be stuck in the ER longer than people who show up in the ER with physical symptoms." Boy howdy do they. Much of the delay is getting them into someplace where they can be helped.

"U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative to speed the develop of cancer treatments has made some important strides such as increased information sharing among researchers but still faces challenges in many areas, according to a report out Monday… The White House is still seeking about $700 million from Congress for the project. With Democratic President Barack Obama leaving office in January, it is also unclear how much of the initiative will continue under a new administration." There's so much good research out there, but most of medical research is 1) never published and 2) what data is remains severely controlled by the researcher performing the experiment (there's money to be made, after all - see BRCA-1 and BRCA-2). Science works best when knowledge is shared. Information wants to be free.

We don't need no stinking government regulations or interference in business! "The White House is proposing a new rule that would require airlines to refund the checked baggage fee if luggage is 'substantially delayed,'… Another target is travel websites that offer comparison-ticket shopping. Such websites commonly rank airlines higher or lower based on undisclosed payments or other business incentives… A new rule proposed by the Transportation Department would require such websites to be neutral 'or disclose their bias upfront so consumers can truly comparison shop when booking flights…'" Nope, we definitely don't need any of that. Noted for the kids who haven't experienced anything other than the GW Bush and Obama presidencies, this is how government used to work before one party decided that they didn't want government to work for the people so they would think it was broken.

George Takei is optimistic about the future. And admonishes the kids to go out and vote and help build that better future.

"Using a broad set of keywords to identify anti-Semitic language, an ADL task force found that only 1,600 Twitter accounts were responsible for directing 19,253 anti-Semitic tweets at some 800 U.S. journalists… out of the 19,253 anti-Semitic tweets directed at journalists during this election year, the report found 83 percent of the attacks were directed at just 10 Jewish journalists…"

What could be so wrong about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte calling for the deaths of drug users and dealers? I mean, they're criminals who are hurting others, right? Besides the violations of human rights, it creates an atmosphere were police believe this is correct behavior. "Outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila, a protest against the U.S. military presence in the Philippines ended with a violent police crackdown, including a police van ramming into protesters." No, it wasn't a "mistake", the police van intentionally ran over protestors. There's video. This is why some of Trumpster supporters' language is disturbing. Violence begets violence.

"Three Kansas men with ties to an extremist, hard-right militia movement were formally charged Monday for domestic terrorism connected to their alleged plans to bomb the day after Election Day a Garden City housing complex that was home to much of the town's Somali Muslim population, as well as a mosque." Words matter. They give people license, they give them ideas. Words are the viral infection vector of both hate and love. Unfortunately much has been given to hate lately.

"Poll workers across the country are on high alert after the recent firebombing of a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina and reports that two armed men lingered for hours outside a Democratic campaign office in Virginia. Some feel that Donald Trump's claim that the election is rigged, and his suggestion that supporters and their friends to go to polling places to 'watch,' are rhetorical time bombs… 'You know, it's unfortunate that we have to do this, but we want to be overly prepared,' said Amber McReynolds, the director of elections for the city and county of Denver. 'We have added in an active shooter training into our election judge training.'" (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Voters across Ohio might be heartened to know that for all of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, his campaign managed to find at least one man of Muslim faith to advertise his support of the Republican nominee… But Grinder Singh Khalsa is not Muslim. He is not a Trump supporter. And he says he did not give the Trump campaign permission to use his image on a mailer."

"It’s worth noting that the Republican National Committee has been under a three-decade-old consent decree… barring it from engaging in any sort of 'ballot security' efforts targeting minorities. The decree is the result of RNC activity decades ago… that Democrats alleged amounted to voter intimidation." So it remains to be seen if Trumpster can be considered as a spokesman for the RNC.

The GOP proves itself to be gullible fools with fake tweets of voter fraud. Well, I believe the evidence that started the whole Voter ID push was even flimsier. And our own Ohio Sec of State John Husted followed the joke tweet down the rabbit hole. Yep, that's life here in Ohio. We shouldn't be too hard on them, they can't even accept their own reports about how Hillary isn't guilty of anything they've accused her of. Multiple reports.

Ooookay. "CORRECTION: A previous version of this article quoted a party official as saying completed absentee ballots might have been destroyed in the attack on the Orange County Republican Party office, which was incorrect. The North Carolina Republican Party and its county organizations do not collect completed absentee ballots." Which is a felony offense of voter fraud. I think it's time someone FOIA/Sunshine law requests the official reports and photos from the fire department. (Grokked indirectly from Fred Clark)

Tweet of my heart: @joss You know, I think people are just pissed they're rebooting the Clinton administration with a female lead (Grokked from Christopher Moore)

Linkee-poo, you're built like a car, you got a hubcap diamond star halo

Turns out the Ecuadorian Embassy cut Assange's internet access. Wow. That's, uh, disappointing.

Five myths of the middle ages. There's been this story idea in the back of my head for the past 3 years of a vaguely 2nd world Arabic desert society where the struggle is to control magic and the trade routes through the unpopulated areas. After writing out a synopsis last year I thought the story was DOA (no real there there, mostly I have the "villain's" story, but not anyone to challenge it except for some paper thin concepts). But as I incorporate more influences and cultures (because my brain won't shut up about it), I'm beginning to think it may actually have legs. (Grokked from Dr Caitlin Green)

Ann Leckie on the fear of being blacklisted. First, she's correct. Look, nobody has the time to create and keep such a list up to date. Can you piss off an editor so much that they'll never buy from you? Probably. And editors do talk with each other so if you're an intentional ass to one, you can probably bet twenty or so will know you by reputation if not by name. But this is the opposite of the Myth of The Secret. You know, that Secret. The one to publishing. See, there's some handshake that published authors have learned that let them in. Go to a convention and you'll see published authors hanging out with each other. See. SEE! Look, I'm not a published author yet (shakes tiny fists at the sky and yells at the clouds). But I've met a lot of people in this business who are. And I hang out with those authors in the bars at cons. I hung out with some of them when there were where I'm at and I watch them launch while I sat on the pad, and they were also hanging out with published authors back then. There is no secret handshake. It's all about the writing. Stephen King talks about this in On Writing where he's felt "on the outs." Even once he was published he felt dissed by the polite literary societies. But you know what? He's made a crap ton of money, is by any measure highly successful, and he eventually did win American Letters awards. And if you listen to his lectures you'll hear how he still feels shut out in some places. Editors work with lots of people, not all of whom they like. But as Ann Leckie says you have to be a real asshole, the type that does worse than eat live kittens, to find yourself on the outs. Trust me on this one. I've face planted numerous times and been (unintentionally) the jerk in the group. And this winter, in Detroit, I will still be allowed to raise a glass with that incrowd of authors and some of them will ask just why the hell I haven't been published, yet. (Hint, it's because I'm not breakout good enough, yet, and my output has been a trickle these past 6 years).

A tweet storm on what psychological abuse means. (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

Saladin Ahmed on fantasy, reality, the stories we tell ourselves, and how/what we choose defines us.

"Kaakutja, perhaps the first known boomerang victim." Pointed to for both the respect shown to the remains (here in the US, tribes typically have to sue to have remains returned, which is why they're now very reluctant to give them up in the first place) and to demonstrate that they initially thought the wounds were from metal swords. Older weapons technology was exceedingly good, all metal really did was reduce some maintenance and increase usable life. There's the tradition held that a samurai was just as deadly with his bokken as he was with his katana (IIRC Minamoto Musashi won his first dual using a wooden training sword, although it's sometimes claimed this was a quarterstaff like weapon, against a fully armed samurai). (Grokked from Jason Sanford)

Planet Money podcast on the Miracle Apple. Kids these days don't know how lucky they are.

"Yana Shapiro is a partner at a Philadelphia law firm with an exhausting travel schedule and two boys, ages 9 and 4. When she feels run-down from juggling everything and feels a cold coming on, she books an appointment for an intravenous infusion of water, vitamins and minerals." While the article lumps this in with other "alternative medicine" (which has been widely ridiculed), and many doctors will tell you it's a complete waste of money and time, I can tell you that it probably is effective, if more than a little dangerous. See most people, even if they're able to drink enough liquids, don't. This is why one of the first treatments you receive in an emergency room is getting a bad of salt water tied into your blood stream (hydration). Add "nutrients" to that drip is a fast way of getting them into your system. And here's something most people don't know, your liver keeps most of anything getting into your bloodstream (it's a real problem for pharmaceuticals which is why doses tend to be 2 to 10x more than really needed, because your liver will stop most of it and you need to overwhelm the liver, it's also why injection drugs are both faster and more potent, and it's also why snorting or injecting oxycontin is the method of choice for addicts even before the reformulation to make it extended release). The dangerous part is your liver performs that function for a reason. Take potassium for instance. Too much K in your blood leads to tachycardia, muscle cramps and convulsions (the car equivalent would be like when you add nitrous oxide to the fuel mix, too much and your engine blows out). This is parenteral nutrition, which needs a doctor's prescription. It is also the 2016 version of high colonics. Most healthy people don't need them, even if it may make you feel better, because you're doing more damage than good.

"The government claimed that it is legal to enter a building and demand everyone's fingerprints, passwords, encryption keys to unlock all phones." Well, that's not the actions of a totalitarian regime at all. (Grokked from Ken McConnell)

"Many countries think of TB as a disease of the past and this lack of awareness results in shortfalls in funding and a lack of political will to aggressively combat the disease." The hospital I work at is near our Sheriff's office, we see many prisoners for a lot of things, but mostly we're taking chest X-rays to screen for TB (they have positive skin-test results). Some of them have been positive (it's also why your health workers are tested every year for TB).

"'I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,' McCain said." So I believe Sen. McCain is conceding defeat and accepting that the Senate will be controlled by Democrats. Otherwise he's advocating dereliction of duty and dishonoring the Oath of Office of a Senator. He also said he doesn't know if Trumpster would nominate anyone better of SCOTUS. Well, Uncle Johnny Walnuts, I guess you should have supported Merrick Garland's nomination then instead of being a leading voice against his nomination moving forward. (Grokked from Chia Evers)

"On Thursday evening, there were noticeably more Secret Service agents monitoring the news media’s pen, though the agency declined to comment about the protection. Both CNN and NBC News have their own security at Trump rallies to protect their reporters and cameramen."

While they both have the word "Foundation" in the title, there really is little other that the Clinton Foundation and the Trump Foundation have in common.

"According to a Politico report Monday, Holder will serve as chair of a new umbrella group called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which will bring together national and state-level Democratic political groups, as well as unions and progressive organizations. The group will mobilize around elections in the years to come that will determine who gets to draw the districting maps after the 2020 census which will be in place for the following decade of elections. The White House has worked closely on launching the campaign, and the President strongly backed the choice of Holder as its chair, Politico said." Thanks, Obama. No, really, thank you. I was going to write about this after the election that no matter what the outcome (still have my fingers crossed) the Democratic Party should look and work very hard on this issue. Maybe lead state referendums on making redistricting a non-partisan process and define congressional districts into more heterogenous areas that have regional identity instead of party loyalty. My suggestions is including mathematical requirements on the geography of districts that make it hard to gerrymander (there would also be a provision to allow exceptions, but they would be a low percentage instead of what seems to be a majority of cases).

"The mayor of a small Pennsylvania town was voted out of office on Monday after his town council rebelled against him for sharing a barrage of racist, derogatory messages on his public Facebook page."

A Michigan GOP official is ousted from her elected office (with the party) for not supporting Trump. Noted because in the back of my head I'm on the lookout for the beginnings of the purge within the GOP.

Had this thought over the weekend that after 8 years of sounding off about the threat of (for all intensive purposes, nonexistent) voter fraud that the Republicans are now keeping the whirlwind. Unfortunately that reaping will affect all of us, and might get a lot of us hurt. (Grokked from Beth Falk)

Whomever paid for this billboard, I love you. (Grokked from Kelly Link)

"A Donald Trump staffer on Sunday claimed that the Republican presidential nominee never mocked the appearance of women who have accused him of sexual assault, but noted that, in her view, it would not be 'offensive' if he did." Wow, that's some weapons-grade denial right there. But then it comes from the worldview of "'When you have somebody claiming that you sexually assaulted them, you have brought looks into the equation,' she said." That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works.

The news media continue to take the Trumpster literally when he claims the election will be rigged. He's whining, people. It's his little pity party. It's his version of holding his breath. Here are five reasons you can't rig our elections. He can't accept that he's going to lose so he has to blame it on something else, after all he's wonderful. He has a history of claiming things are rigged when he doesn't win, or people are stupid/boring/on failing shows when they disagree with him. Jesus, don't you all get he has the maturity of a 5 year old? What will be interesting is what new laws and voter requirements will be proposed by GOP governors and state legislatures when they lose a 3rd POTUS election in a row.

"Donald Trump’s “election protection” effort will be run by Mike Roman, a Republican operative best known for promoting a video of apparent voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers outside a polling place in 2008." I don't see any way this could go wrong. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

"Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said Monday that if Hillary Clinton is elected, Republicans will unite to block anyone she nominates to the Supreme Court." While he later walked that back (I mean, how can you delay for 4 years?), my guess is that they'll also block lower court appointees, like they did for Clinton and Obama.

Tweet of my heart: @andylassner The @GOP candidate for president who says only he has the temperament to stand up to terrorism is tweeting about SNL being mean to him. (Grokked from Pat Rothfuss)

Linkee-poo, they paved over paradise and put up a parking lot

Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, CO. The world is stranger than you think. Found through a statement in this story about a suspect being arrested in an attempted bombing of the local police department.

Wikileaks claims a "state" actor has severed Assange's internet access.

Our upstairs neighbors are worried about our self-esteem. So they started the "Tell America It's Great" campaign. Thanks, Canada. We think you're pretty great as well. And I'm not just saying that. You're were we all think we'll move to when the shit hits the fan. Love, US. PS, don't worry about us, we're just working through some issues at the moment. Sometime in December our inbuilt, self-grandeur will kick back in. Until them we have ice cream, Oreos, and bourbon. (Grokked from NPR)

Want to know what real election fraud looks like? It looks like this disinformation campaign. That image looks like it's from the Clinton campaign, but it's not. It's from people who want to throw the election to Trump. You might remember the mailers in several states back in 2012 that listed the wrong dates for voting that only went out to Democratic voters. There is one party interested in voter fraud, it's because they're the party actually doing it. It's stupid shit like this that makes me want to start the revolution. In all seriousness, go out and vote. I don't care whom you're voting for, but I want you to vote. That's one of the reasons I'm no longer a part of the Republican Party. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

A GOP local office in North Carolina is fire bombed. Don't do this. This is the wrong response. And while I understand the emotion and frustration that could lead to it, this isn't our side's playbook (at least since the 70s). And I really hate that part of me is thinking this is a false flag, it will depend on how the candidates spin it this week. Why do I think this? "'They are working around the clock. It is a miracle that nobody was killed'"… The GOP office is located at a retail complex along the interstate that's several miles from the town's historic square… Another business owner discovered the damage Sunday morning." Retail complex, hot fire, not discovered until the next morning, office normally occupied but no one hurt. No fire alarm? No sprinklers? Fortunately the fire "burned out" before moving to other offices. Who takes the time to spray paint "Nazi Republicans"? "Nazis" works just as well, and is faster. It's like the perpetrator didn't think anyone would get the reference. Also, in "hate crimes" you typically don't use the symbolism of the group being targeted except to "mark" them.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz cries once more unto the breach dear friends, once more. Another investigation into Clinton's email server. Because why not, it's not like they're going to do anything else, obviously.

"The Republican candidate’s links to Russia are a mix of bling, business and bluster spanning 30 years. The FT has compiled this account from a variety of sources, tracing Trump's fascination for Russia from its beginnings in Soviet times, through the Putin era to the US presidential campaign." There's a lot to digest in there. (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)

Tweet of my heart: @HarrietSalem The 21st century. A place where we live stream war while Facebook prompts us to 'react' with an emoticon. #Mosul link to Facebook page with video (Grokked from Jim Wright)