A partial list of good and worthwhile things the GOP is out to destroy. February 24, 2017Posted by Erin Ptah in Works Roundup.
Tags: environmentalist, health insurance, it's the economy stupid, Politics, religion, support our troops
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A federal civilian hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump has forced at least two Army bases to indefinitely suspend some child care programs. Okay, louder for the folks in the back: Republicans do not support our troops. They pay lip service when it’s convenient and screw them over once it’s not. The party that gives a damn about the military is the Democrats.
“[The Obamacare removal of health-insurance lifetime limits] took effect September 23, 2010. Timmy was born September 29. On December 17, he surpassed $1 million worth of bills in the neonatal intensive care unit. He didn’t leave the NICU until he was 6 months old.” One of the many American children that Republicans don’t care about.
“In El Paso, 11-year-old Rudy Smith lost most of the therapy services that helped him cope with cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy, which plagues him with 50 to 100 seizures a day. His mother says she’s having trouble getting prescriptions filled, and the insurance company keeps sending her incorrect or faulty medical supplies.” A subset of the many children in Texas that Republicans don’t care about.
“I thought I should try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration, in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens. I lasted eight days.”
One more way the Trump administration is killing jobs: he’s on track to devastate our tourism industry. “A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States—and thus lost—would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like.”
A case from 2011, with lessons for today: “Cash gets angry when people tell him that his Hispanic workforce was taking jobs away from Americans. Since the new law began two weeks ago only two American citizens have come by his farm asking for work.”
Thousands of photographs showing what America looked like before the EPA. (Hint: there’s a whole lot of smog.)
Fun stuff: Trump leaks, drunk Stonewall, and more November 2, 2016Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: astronomy, environmentalist, lol, Politics, psychology, the gays
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I’ve been sick since Friday, which means my days have been passing in a blur of naps, coughing, periodically getting up to make another bowl of chicken soup, and watching the clock to see if it’s time for another dose of Nyquil yet.
I tried to go in to work on Monday, and boy, was that a mistake. Staggered home after an hour. Current plan is to give it another shot on Thursday, so we’ll see how that goes.
In the meantime, here’s some fun Internet things.
Owen Ellickson’s TRUMP LEAKS — pinned on his Twitter — are a delight.
TRUMP: One diagonal slash on the temple.
TRUMP: He’d look cooler.
RYAN: Of COURSE he’d look cooler! You still can’t stab Mike Pence
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) July 20, 2016
Kickstarter for a GOP-inspired dating sim. With Megyn Kelly as your roommate/wingman. I really hope they get enough to make the stretch goal where they’ll add Fiorina to the cast of romanceable candidates.
Marsha P. Johnson sparks the Stonewall Riots, as told by Drunk History. Apparently they even took the time to find trans actors to play the trans historical figures! Good times.
“We asked the BuzzFeed Community to highlight moments in television shows that have helped them when they were experiencing depression.” At first I thought this was going to be a figurative “happy scenes that people really enjoyed” list, but no, it’s genuine “I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out” scenes.
“The [Trans-Neptunian Object] orbits in a plane that’s tilted 110 degrees to the plane of the solar system. What’s more, it swings around the sun backwards unlike most of the other objects in the solar system. With this in mind, the team that discovered the TNO nicknamed it ‘Niku’ after the Chinese adjective for rebellious.”
Mini wind turbines shaped like artsy sculptures. Imagine if we could get a few in every park.
Good things: cool science, rock eyes, doodling, and cats July 29, 2016Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: big damn heroes, cats, doodling, environmentalist, language, SCIENCE!
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“On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. […] Power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity.”
“It may be that different animals arrived at different times. A 2008 study of Movile’s only snail suggested that it has been down there for just over 2 million years. When it entered the cave, the ice age was just beginning, and the snail may have escaped the cold by going underground.” (That’s, uh, the species of snail, not a single really-old individual.)
“Psychologist Jackie Andrade of the University of Plymouth in southern England showed that doodlers actually remember more than nondoodlers when asked to retain tediously delivered information, like, say, during a boring meeting or a lecture.”
“How many other people are learning Spanish, and where do they live? Duolingo recently answered such questions by running the numbers on their 120 million users, spanning every country on the planet.”
“Coming to terms with the fact that he couldn’t outrun a volcano, Landsburg decided to make his last moments on Earth count. He documented the eruption until the last possible second, then carefully rewound his film, placed his camera in his backpack, and lay down on top of it, shielding the equipment from the encroaching shower of magma and ash with his own body.”
“Thanks to the colossal changes humans have made since the mid-20th century, Earth has now entered a distinct age from the Holocene epoch, which started 11,700 years ago as the ice age thawed.” With a gorgeous gallery of ways we’ve altered our own bedrock.
“A giant pothole, the Devil’s Kettle, swallows half of the Brule and no one has any idea where it goes. The consensus is that there must be an exit point somewhere beneath Lake Superior, but over the years, researchers and the curious have poured dye, pingpong balls, even logs into the kettle, then watched the lake for any sign of them. So far, none has ever been found.”
An animal shelter that used to have “unadoptable” cats now has a 30-day waiting list, thanks to hiring them out as mousers.
“As you can see from these pictures, Smoothie knows how to pose for the camera. Then again, it’s pretty easy for her. After all, while most of us have a best angle, EVERY angle is Smoothie’s best angle.” This is a magical elf cat, you guys.
Four lovely things that have brightened this week March 11, 2015Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: bloodstones, cantwell faulkner muckenfuss iii, cooking, environmentalist, Night Vale, things made of awesome
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(1) Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss III is a real name of a real person.
Not only did somebody think “Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss” was a great name, but three sets of parents in a row had the same thought. Either that, or Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss Sr. was so unhappy with his lot in life that he decided to relieve the misery by sharing it, and Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss Jr. figured this was a great and sensible tradition.
Just. You guys. Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss III.
(2) Bloodstone parasol handle. Definitely a parasol handle, and not an ornately carved bloodstone version of…um, some other object.
There’s one of these stashed in Cecil Palmer’s bottom drawer, is what I am not saying.
(3) The sudden realization that you can cook rice in a crock pot. Which seems so obvious in retrospect, but I have wasted so much rice by boiling it on the stove and inadvertently burning some, never realizing there was an easier way.
Artistically cohesive wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower. Gosh, those are classy. How soon can we install artsy-but-functional wind turbines on everything else? Because it should be sooner.
Tags: astronomy, cats, environmentalist, SCIENCE!
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…or, science continues to be awesome.
“A warning for future space colonizers: Babies born in space might not ever figure out how to deal with gravity. Jellyfish babies, at least, have to deal with massive vertigo on Earth after spending their first few days in space.”
Visualization of how cats see the world versus how humans do! Much better night vision, of course; but as it turns out, way worse distance vision.
The sun decides to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow. …okay, not exactly, but it is literally reversing its own polarity.
This is either the real-world precursor to hard-light holograms, or lightsabers. Possibly both. Exciting either way!
“The mini-livers that Organovo made are just half a millimetre deep and 4 millimetres across but can perform most functions of the real thing. To create them, a printer builds up about 20 layers of hepatocytes and stellate cells – two major types of liver cell. Crucially, it also adds cells from the lining of blood vessels. These form a delicate mesh of channels that supply the liver cells with nutrients and oxygen, allowing the tissue to live for five days or longer.”
“It’s still in the ‘so crazy it just might work’ stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees.”
And now, the weather. January 24, 2014Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: environmentalist, global warming, the weather
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On the doing-it-right end of the spectrum: Sweden has used up all its garbage (and other European countries are now paying to have it import theirs).
“Though [one of the biggest onshore oil spills in recent U.S. history] occurred on September 29, the U.S. National Response Center – tasked with responding to chemical and oil spills – did not make the report available until October 8 due to the ongoing government shutdown.”
“The century-old house was the last structure left on Holland Island, an abandoned watermen’s community. Waves had eroded so much land that, at high tide, the house seemed to sit directly on the waves.”
“The detective work has required scientists to grapple with the influence of ancient ice sheets, the meaning of islands that are sinking in the Chesapeake Bay, and even the effect of a giant meteor that slammed into the earth.”