InTheseTimes: Natives Are Being Killed by Police at a Rate Higher Than Any Other Group.
I’ve been trying to get this fact into people’s heads, to little avail.
SciAm: DEA Drops Ban on Herbal Supplement Kratom.
Suspicious. There seems to be very little science on this, other than overdose stats (and those are not high). Given the potential use profiles, one can’t help but imagine drug companies want an exclusive on the active ingredients (at maximum profit).
Guardian.UK: Study shows books can bring Republicans and Democrats together.
“ What we found was surprising: when both conservative and liberal readers talk about “bridge books” instead of their usual partisan books, they change their way of talking and thinking in significant ways. They use less negative or hateful language. They use more words related to cognitive insight, such as “admit” and “explain”. In short, what is special about these books is that they make readers who otherwise have strong political dispositions become less tribal.” Just in time for choosing Xmas presents for people ...
naked cap: As ObamaCare Death Spiral Continues, Flailing Institutions Attempt to Cope.
PVC: ON1 Photo RAW editor has new tricks.
Very excited to get my hands on this. Finally someone’s going to give Lightroom a kick in the pants.
The Atlantic: How America’s Past Shapes Native Americans’ Present.
“Later that century, there was a movement to “civilize,” or assimilate, Native Americans, and the Bureau created federal boarding schools, where Native American children were separated from their parents and only allowed to speak English and play sports that had European origins.” The local tribes ground the old Indian School to powder, even taking the old trees away. That bad a memory.
The Rumpus: A Man’s ABCs Of Miscarriage.
Too flip. If it’s a natural miscarriage, even at a couple of months, the woman’s body goes through all the contractions of birth. It’s devastating physically and mentally, and needs a more empathetic treatment than this. It’s the great undiscussed trauma so many women suffer alone, utterly alone.
Hemmings: “Bombshell Betty,” the 165 MPH 1952 Buick Super Riviera.
To be auctioned. I was privileged to photograph it at Concorso the other year. It’s a fantastic vehicle. The engine note is not to be forgotten.
Bicycling: First Look - Scott Road RC Lace Cycling Shoes.
I prefer laces. Perhaps at a lower price point.
Authority Nutrition: Alternate-Day Fasting - A Beginner’s Guide.
Youtube: Pat Paulsen For President ‘America Oughtta Shut Up’ Tour.
MUST SEE of the day.
Youtube: Triumph Meets Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson.
NY Times: Trumpism After Trump.
Guardian.UK: Jacques Cousteau sails again in new film.
A towering figurehead of the last century. How I miss him.
In These Times: The Hypocrisy of Some Trump Supporters.
Now that Trump’s on a downhill slide, you wonder where all these on-point articles were during the primaries.
Guardian.UK: Did Hillary Clinton intimidate Bill’s accusers? Let’s look at the evidence.
“It’s possible that Bill Clinton assaulted Willey, Broaddrick and Jones during that same era. But that isn’t the equivalent of wrongdoing by his wife.” Evangelicals should flock to her, for ‘standing by her man’ and maintaining their marriage. But such forgiveness is only for those in the same ideological ozone.
Discover: FDA Approves First Artificial Pancreas Faster Than Anyone Expected.
iTunes: Tower - Movie Trailers.
NPR: Authors Take On Native American Stereotypes.
“At the root of all of this is the idea of authenticity [snip] It’s the idea that Native people exist in an unchanging past, and that to be an authentic, real Indian, you somehow have not changed and adapted to the modern world. But Native people and Native cultures have always adapted to circumstances, they’ve always infused and integrated with other cultures. It’s always been that way.”
AI: Olloclip brings three new lens collections to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus.
Everyone keeps offering wide angles. I want normal and telephoto; the native iPhone is too wide. No, I don’t want to use digital zooming.
AI: Google may halve memory consumption in Chrome 55 update.
Oh and yes, I did watch the debate. Or ‘game show’, as I like to think of it.
Hillary still doesn’t have a strong enough comeback for the ACA price increases. She’s most vulnerable there.
Donald, on certain subjects, was just all over the place. He started off pretty focused - bang on about the problems of the ACA’s costs, yet no real coherent fixes - and ended up a mess afterwards. I felt like I was watching an orange marmalade danish exploding on my kitchen table.
My bugbear, the ACA. I’m looking at a near-$7k deductible, $45-75 copays AFTER deductible for doctor visits (full price before), for the cost of a freakin’ mortgage (over $1k) for the two of us. And that’s the second cheapest offered right now, before the November increases.
I will not continue to pay for the [former] uninsured to have good free coverage, when I’m checking Youtube to fix my own health issues. It costs so much, I have no extra income to pay for the actual doctor visits. Unless I dip into retirement - or go bankrupt, live off the dole and get it all for free. There seems to be an economic range, a spot between subsidies and being comfortably middle-class, where folks like myself end up in tax and health care cost hell.
This is not about selfishness, or conservative/liberal ideology. It’s about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The ACA is violating all of that, here in NM. It feels like an old-fashioned shakedown, courtesy of the US government. It’s wrong.
Also, Kaiser (who gets quoted all the time in healthcare analysis articles) is FULL OF BS. I have a friend in Rhode Island who’s facing huge increases, and Kaiser claims RI is going DOWN 14%. Press, do your duty. Follow up on this, hard. We’re being fed bullbananas on the actual increases in costs.
Links will be thin - as if they haven’t been! Sorry for the circumstance. That time of year!
Vox: Republican elites’ Trump quandary is a long-term GOP problem.
“Assuming Clinton wins, Republican elite leaders basically have three options, all bad.
1. Unify the party around anti-Clinton rhetoric.
2. Capitulate to Trumpism
3. Abandon the Republican Party as a hopelessly devalued brand, and start a new party.”
naked cap: Economic ‘Recovery’ Feels Weak Because the Great Recession Hasn’t Really Ended.
“But there really isn’t a recovery, and no signs of it on the horizon, because people have to pay the banks. It’s a vicious circle – or rather, a downward spiral. Basically, the IMF economists are just throwing up their hands and admitting that they don’t know what to do, given the limits of their tunnel vision.”