Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Florida shooting cartoon represents victims of Sandy Hook, Columbine, artist Pia Guerra says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Florida shooting cartoon represents victims of Sandy Hook, Columbine, artist Pia Guerra says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)




How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out | US news | The Guardian

How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out | US news | The Guardian



Such big bloody wankers on the right: can't defeat these students with facts and logic so they turn to personal attacks.  Calling them posers, actors, paid shills.  And naming themselves in the words they choose.  Posers, actors, paid shills for the NRA. 
They are attacking children, and their attacks are liked and shared and spread across social media.  And people are applauding them for attacking children.  This species: do we deserve to go on,when we carry such rot with us?

Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo

CRISPR In China: Cancer Treatment With Gene Editing Underway : Shots - Health News : NPR

CRISPR In China: Cancer Treatment With Gene Editing Underway : Shots - Health News : NPR

'Automating Inequality': Algorithms In Public Services Often Fail The Most Vulnerable : All Tech Considered : NPR

'Automating Inequality': Algorithms In Public Services Often Fail The Most Vulnerable : All Tech Considered : NPR:



In the fall of 2008, Omega Young got a letter prompting her to recertify for Medicaid.

But she was unable to make the appointment because she was suffering from ovarian cancer. She called her local Indiana office to say she was in the hospital.

Her benefits were cut off anyway. The reason: "failure to cooperate."


The day after she died, her benefits were restored. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

‘People think the deer are lovely. Then they learn more about it’: the deer cull dilemma | News | The Guardian

‘People think the deer are lovely. Then they learn more about it’: the deer cull dilemma | News | The Guardian

‘People think the deer are lovely. Then they learn more about it’: the deer cull dilemma | News | The Guardian

‘People think the deer are lovely. Then they learn more about it’: the deer cull dilemma | News | The Guardian

'Sloppy and careless': courts call out Trump blitzkrieg on environmental rules | Environment | The Guardian

'Sloppy and careless': courts call out Trump blitzkrieg on environmental rules | Environment | The Guardian

I don’t even want to imagine

I don’t even want to imagine

Endo What?: the film to make women with endometriosis say 'enough already' | Gabrielle Jackson | Opinion | The Guardian

Endo What?: the film to make women with endometriosis say 'enough already' | Gabrielle Jackson | Opinion | The Guardian

Monday, February 19, 2018

Juanita Jean's | “We Call B.S.”

Juanita Jean's | “We Call B.S.”

Calling B.S. in Parkland, Florida | The New Yorker

Calling B.S. in Parkland, Florida | The New Yorker

‘Resist White Supremacy’: A sign. A farm. And the fury that followed. - The Washington Post

‘Resist White Supremacy’: A sign. A farm. And the fury that followed. - The Washington Post





People protested! How could you single out one group for condemnation! How could you?!



BECAUSE THEY'RE SUPREMACISTS.  BECAUSE THEY ARE 'WANNA BE' NAZIS.  That's why.

Because even with the right to free speech, the truly evil must be resisted and called out at every opportunity.

Trump and Pence made peculiar statements on Wednesday. You should listen closely. - The Washington Post

Trump and Pence made peculiar statements on Wednesday. You should listen closely. - The Washington Post

BBC - Future - The mystery of why you can't remember being a baby

BBC - Future - The mystery of why you can't remember being a baby





I remember my first moment of awareness.  Walking from living room to kitchen of our home in the "Incubator" [so called because so many children were born there].  No awareness of being in the living room before, but I knew where I was.  As if a switch had been turned on and my brain was now recording details instead of just processing them and moving on. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mental health, threats, and school shootings | Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Mental health, threats, and school shootings | Badtux the Snarky Penguin





BadTux nails it.  Again.

Scott Walker Doubles Down on Foxconn-omics

Scott Walker Doubles Down on Foxconn-omics

Reforming Welfare and Controlling the Poor

Reforming Welfare and Controlling the Poor:



Taken together, these restrictions would be a massive increase in the government’s attempt to judge and control the lives of the poor. Sending boxes of food to SNAP recipients, and limiting their food choice, is a way of restricting what poor people can eat—in the name of “limiting fraud.” Tying work requirements to housing assistance is a way to ensure that only the “worthiest” of the poor can receive assistance. The budget implies that only certain people can—and deserve to—enjoy food, shelter, and health. Such changes would not only materially increase poverty, homelessness, and hunger, but they would make even more suffocating a welfare system that already functions to control the daily lives of the poor. People in poverty would be forced to “contribute” to society in the only way that the administration feels valuable—economically—or suffer.

But that is perhaps the point.

Encryption keeps us safe. It must not be compromised with ‘backdoors’ | Robby Mook | Opinion | The Guardian

Encryption keeps us safe. It must not be compromised with ‘backdoors’ | Robby Mook | Opinion | The Guardian

Two Noteworthy Stories and Media Roundup from Last Week About Black Lung Resurgence Article from JAMA | Devil in the Dust: A Black Lung Blog

Two Noteworthy Stories and Media Roundup from Last Week About Black Lung Resurgence Article from JAMA | Devil in the Dust: A Black Lung Blog

Why university libraries are tossing millions of books - CSMonitor.com

Why university libraries are tossing millions of books - CSMonitor.com

George P. Bush’s secret mansion is financed by an undisclosed loan from Texas donor's bank | The Texas Tribune

George P. Bush’s secret mansion is financed by an undisclosed loan from Texas donor's bank | The Texas Tribune



Oh those Bush's! What will they try next?

Commentary: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is a Scam | Fortune

Commentary: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is a Scam | Fortune



Our POTUS: the world's best snake oil salesman.

Blue in the Bluegrass: Shut Down the Gun Pump

Blue in the Bluegrass: Shut Down the Gun Pump

President Trump's Budget Proposal Is Devastating to the Poor | Economic Intelligence | US News

President Trump's Budget Proposal Is Devastating to the Poor | Economic Intelligence | US News:



 It calls for major cuts to food stamps, Job Corps education and job-training programs for low-income youths, and housing rental assistance. And it would completely eliminate heating assistance for low-income Americans, legal aid for domestic violence victims and people facing foreclosure, and Community Development Block Grants that fund everything from affordable homeownership and homeless services to infrastructure and small business loans in impoverished communities.


No heart, no soul.  What kind of ghoul goes to the scene of a massacre and gives a huge smile and a big thumbs up? Our POTUS.  No heart, no soul.  No compassion, no empathy. 

With 14 Worms In Her Eye, Abby Beckley Makes Medical History : Goats and Soda : NPR

With 14 Worms In Her Eye, Abby Beckley Makes Medical History : Goats and Soda : NPR

NPR Facebook Commenters Write Poem About Woman Who Pulled 14 Worms From Her Eye : Goats and Soda : NPR

NPR Facebook Commenters Write Poem About Woman Who Pulled 14 Worms From Her Eye : Goats and Soda : NPR

Michael Shay's Hummingbirdminds: Dear President Trump: Please don't put mental health care on your radar screen

Michael Shay's Hummingbirdminds: Dear President Trump: Please don't put mental health care on your radar screen

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A letter to… the ‘rude’ woman who saved my daughter’s life | Life and style | The Guardian

A letter to… the ‘rude’ woman who saved my daughter’s life | Life and style | The Guardian

After Florida, I see the NRA as nothing less than a terrorist organization | World news | The Guardian

After Florida, I see the NRA as nothing less than a terrorist organization | World news | The Guardian

Gun Violence Archive

Gun Violence Archive

Flu symptoms 2018: What to know about the flu this year - The Washington Post

Flu symptoms 2018: What to know about the flu this year - The Washington Post

Which is scarier — that Trump doesn’t read his daily intel briefing, or that Jared Kushner does? - The Washington Post

Which is scarier — that Trump doesn’t read his daily intel briefing, or that Jared Kushner does? - The Washington Post:



But it seems fair to wonder how closely the easily distractable chief executive is following the oral presentations. The time on his official schedule set aside for the briefings has sometimes coincided closely with his tweets, including ones about random things he seems to have heard on “Fox & Friends.”


Trump is being fed graphics [killer graphics!] while tweeting: and the son-in-law, with no security clearance, is reading the reports.  What could possibly go wrong here? And why do the people around Trump keep enabling him?

Here’s what Year Two of Trump’s scam will look like - The Washington Post

Here’s what Year Two of Trump’s scam will look like - The Washington Post

The Obamas’ portraits are not what you’d expect, and that’s why they’re great - The Washington Post

The Obamas’ portraits are not what you’d expect, and that’s why they’re great - The Washington Post

First images of creatures from Antarctic depths revealed | Environment | The Guardian

First images of creatures from Antarctic depths revealed | Environment | The Guardian:



.. images [of] the first .. creatures found in a previously unexplored region of the Antarctic seabed offering a fascinating glimpse of life in one of the most remote and pristine places on the planet.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bill Of The Month: Urine Test Became A Financial Nightmare : Shots - Health News : NPR

Bill Of The Month: Urine Test Became A Financial Nightmare : Shots - Health News : NPR

The Sackler family's blood money disgraces museums around the world | Allen Frances | Opinion | The Guardian

The Sackler family's blood money disgraces museums around the world | Allen Frances | Opinion | The Guardian:



There is one notable exception to this institutional honor code: the Sackler family. The Sacklers have made a fortune from OxyContin, the painkiller blamed for sparking the deadly opioid crisis. They are world renowned donors – despite also being world class drug pushers, responsible for almost as many deaths last year as the drug cartels in Mexico.

Most Americans can buy an AR-15 assault rifle before they can buy beer | US news | The Guardian

Most Americans can buy an AR-15 assault rifle before they can buy beer | US news | The Guardian

Women urged to ditch low-cut gowns and heels at film festival | Film | The Guardian

Women urged to ditch low-cut gowns and heels at film festival | Film | The Guardian

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Senate Fails To Advance Any Immigration Proposals : NPR

Senate Fails To Advance Any Immigration Proposals : NPR



It's a self imposed deadline: which means it's not really a dead line.

If they had the guts, had the will, they could always over ride a veto.

If they had the guts.

Trump's Military Parade Could Cost As Much As $50 Million : NPR

Trump's Military Parade Could Cost As Much As $50 Million : NPR



Since Trump has been telling us for years just how wealthy he is: let him pay for it.  If he wants it, let him pay for it.  Don't ask the public to pay for  his whims. 

Or, better yet: forget the bloody parade and instead concentrate on getting us out of Afghanistan, getting us out of Iraq, taking care of our disabled and homeless vets, trimming cost overruns in the military; you know, all those things that would really make a difference, not just be giant ego strokers for our  POTUS