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January 19, 2018

When you're a mustache-twirling villain


By fnord12 | January 19, 2018, 4:29 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



January 16, 2018

Mothman on the move

Why shouldn't he visit Chicago?


By fnord12 | January 16, 2018, 6:58 PM | Cryptozoology| Link



Yep.

Matt Bors.


By fnord12 | January 16, 2018, 4:20 PM | Comics & Liberal Outrage| Link



Another comic murdered

Today i learned that Boo-Yaa TRIBE had their own comic book, and they were pretty Kirby:

I saw an item in a 1994 Marvel Bullpen that Chuck D was visiting the Marvel offices because Public Enemy was going to be a part of Marvel's "Marvel Music" line. I had never heard of that line, so i looked it up. It turns out i did sort-of know about it, or at least the Neil Gaiman / Alice Cooper issue (i have it; don't think i've ever read it). The Public Enemy issue never happened but as part of the line Marvel did test runs for Boo-Yaa TRIBE and Cheap Trick (quite a combo).


By fnord12 | January 16, 2018, 1:37 PM | Comics & Music| Link



January 14, 2018

Show's over, Synergy

I know it's Jem and no one cares but me and Min, but you can not use this kind of art for this type of comic.

Especially when most of the art in the series looks like this.

My favorite panel:


By fnord12 | January 14, 2018, 9:46 PM | Comics| Link



January 12, 2018

Welcome to the Resistance

The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers.


By fnord12 | January 12, 2018, 1:16 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



January 10, 2018

Stock markets vs. wages

Not a surprise, but good to see it quantified.

Funny how on every measure like this, the point of deviation is circa the Reagan Revolution.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 2:14 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



Moon deviates from the script

And the US press doesn't know what to do.

But while the bilateral talks were widely praised in South Korea's media, the US media seemed like a deer caught in the headlights from the first announcement of the breakthrough. Unclear how to respond to a possible outbreak of peace, the press immediately zeroed in on the section of Kim's New Year's speech where he declared that his "nuclear forces are capable of thwarting and countering" anything from the United States. Kim also reminded Washington that the "nuclear button" is on his office desk "all the time."

Although the Supreme Leader left out some of the harsh anti-US language he's used in previous declarations, the implied threat became the story for nearly every US media outlet covering his New Year's speech.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 1:09 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



I could have told you that

Everything you know about depression is wrong:

There is strong evidence that human beings need to feel their lives are meaningful - that they are doing something with purpose that makes a difference. It's a natural psychological need. But between 2011 and 2012, the polling company Gallup conducted the most detailed study ever carried out of how people feel about the thing we spend most of our waking lives doing - our paid work. They found that 13% of people say they are "engaged" in their work - they find it meaningful and look forward to it. Some 63% say they are "not engaged", which is defined as "sleepwalking through their workday". And 24% are "actively disengaged": they hate it.

Most of the depressed and anxious people I know, I realised, are in the 87% who don't like their work. I started to dig around to see if there is any evidence that this might be related to depression. It turned out that a breakthrough had been made in answering this question in the 1970s, by an Australian scientist called Michael Marmot. He wanted to investigate what causes stress in the workplace and believed he'd found the perfect lab in which to discover the answer: the British civil service, based in Whitehall. This small army of bureaucrats was divided into 19 different layers, from the permanent secretary at the top, down to the typists. What he wanted to know, at first, was: who's more likely to have a stress-related heart attack - the big boss at the top, or somebody below him?

Everybody told him: you're wasting your time. Obviously, the boss is going to be more stressed because he's got more responsibility. But when Marmot published his results, he revealed the truth to be the exact opposite. The lower an employee ranked in the hierarchy, the higher their stress levels and likelihood of having a heart attack. Now he wanted to know: why?

And that's when, after two more years studying civil servants, he discovered the biggest factor. It turns out if you have no control over your work, you are far more likely to become stressed - and, crucially, depressed. Humans have an innate need to feel that what we are doing, day-to-day, is meaningful. When you are controlled, you can't create meaning out of your work.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 1:07 PM | Liberal Outrage & Science| Link



We have to "do something" in Iran

FAIR has a rundown of how an organization devoted to attacking Iran got to publish OpEds in like every major paper.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 1:06 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



Automated copyright claims out of control

You stole my white noise.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 1:04 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

It's apparently the worst state, but based on the criteria i don't think many states are doing very well.

Link is a year old, but still true. It came up because of this ruling, which will hopefully help a bit.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 1:03 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



The Liberal New York Times

A really incredible account from a former New York Times reporter on how much of his reporting was squashed by Times Editorial at the behalf of the Bush administration.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 1:01 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



Sea change

Conservative columnist Ross Douthat has come to the realization that Federal deficits are not a problem.

...as a non-economist staring at Congressional Budget Office projections and at examples of fiscal crisis from Greece to California, it seemed reasonable to make deficit cutting a near-term priority from 2010 onward, to offset the surge of Great Recession spending with a period of belt-tightening.

But now I think this reasonable view was wrong... I was wrong in the priority that I gave the deficit relative to other issues, wrong to discern a looming "fiscal precipice," wrong in some of the criticism I leveled at both George W. Bush and Barack Obama for failing to care enough about balancing the nation's books.

The best time to make deficit reduction a priority is when the inflation rate and the bond market give you some indication that you are headed for a dangerous inflationary spiral. Such indicators were conspicuously absent eight years ago, but many people I talked to (including people in the Obama White House) argued that it was important to reduce deficits pre-emptively, because the spiraling could happen too quickly for policymakers to effectively respond. At that point I believed them; now I think they had overlearned lessons from the 1970s that did not apply in 2010.

We'll see if it'll last through the next Democratic administration, but it's still a major shift.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 12:57 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



Good on Jersey

New Jersey's minimum wage is too low (as is the case with all minimum wages) but at least it's adjusted for inflation.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 12:55 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link



Don't feed the deer

We see signs for "deer corn" advertised by farms in our area and we've always wondered about it. We're not allowed to feed the deer in our neighborhood but some people do anyway, and there's a small part of me that feels bad about all the displaced deer (due to new development). Also, i've wondered if paying them tribute might dissuade them from eating our bushes. However, upon looking it up, it seems pretty clear that you should not feed the deer.

During winter, deer lose 20 percent or more of their body weight by burning fat reserves. They are well adapted to survive the many stresses that winter presents.

Crum understands that people mean well, but, "I see too many deer on my necropsy table with bellies full of corn."...

The problem is that deer digestion is a finely tuned physiological process. Just the right combination of microorganisms, enzymes, and pH enable deer to digest a normal winter diet of woody vegetation. When offered a sudden supply of corn, a deer's digestive system doesn't have time to adjust to a high carbohydrate diet. The result can be acute acidosis followed by death within 72 hours.


By fnord12 | January 10, 2018, 12:51 PM | Science| Link



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