ABC News, 2012: Guantanamo Bay - Still Open, Despite Promises.
Trolling back to what we were sold in ‘08. Those campaign promises, as piecrusts ...
Unroll.Me Spammys Awards 2014.
I use Unroll.me. This would be entertaining, if it weren’t so burdensome (spam). But if you click through, I think it’s good information to know - and use to winnow your own spam busters.
Vox: Amal Clooney married down. She’s way more fascinating than George.
I kinda like the idea of George being Amal’s ‘arm candy’.
BBC News: Angelina Jolie: US must lead on torture policy.
“We can’t expect to break certain rules and behave in a certain manner and [believe] that won’t affect the way other people behave and won’t encourage how other people behave. So if we are to be who we represent ourselves to be as Americans and as a democracy, we have to lead the way and handle ourselves in a manner which is respectful to other human beings.” It has struck me as wrong, for so many years now, that we have to rely on entertainers to say the things we wish our politicians would.
Xmas gift suggestion: Heartbreak Time Machine.
Well, dang ... Jeremiah’s out of his ‘Super Pak’. But you can still pick up a single, here. And you’ll be supporting another blogger.
The Millions: Garrets Etc.
“Most writers, unless they’re lucky enough to have an ideal place in which to work, make do with the best space available.” In my case, my own head (heh).
Archaeology News Network: Chickens and turkeys ‘closer to dinosaur ancestors’ than other birds.
Gee, that means I just ate (yesterday) a green-chile-and-dinosaur tamale ...
SciAm: Exercise Counteracts Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s.
“Several others reported that frequent exercise — at least three times a week in some studies; up to more than an hour a day in others — can slow cognitive decline only in those carrying the high-risk gene. Furthermore, for those who carry the gene, being sedentary is associated with increased brain accumulation of the toxic protein beta-amyloid, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.” Git movin’.
The Luminous Landscape: Camera Equipment of The Year 2014.
365/2: 346. The lonely mountain, in the snow (view large).
See the falling/blowing snow?
naked cap: Elizabeth Warren - Remarks on Citigroup and its Bailout Provision in the Cromnibus Bill.
“Think about this kind of power. A financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is a reason enough for us break them up. Enough is enough.”
Xmas gift suggestion: Gordy’s camera straps.
Great stuff, and you’ll be supporting a fellow blogger.
Note: I’ll start doing these occasionally, pointing to those who frequent this blog and have wares for sale.
365/2: 345. Dawn this morning.
I was hoping for some other spectacular photo opp today, but nothing gelled.
Mashable: Private land in Grand Teton now open to hunters
“A reinterpretation of the park’s regulations by the Park Service means wildlife on private land within Grand Teton’s boundaries now falls under Wyoming Game and Fish Department rules, which allow hunts for bison, mountain lions, mule deer, waterfowl and other game. Any wolves in the park are protected and cannot be hunted.” This will impact the park negatively. Quite negatively. I’m surprised at the NPS.
Julia Butterfly Hill, the young lady who tree-sat in Luna, has been injured.
A car accident. Her friends are building a fund to meet her deductible, along with helping finance her recuperation.
Later: And a side comment, think of how many are living with 6k deductibles, “affordable” health care.
The Fully Intended: Death to uniform.
Funny. I wrote a similar thing in high school, ranting against the ‘school uniform’ of the day. Or rather, the in-crowd’s ‘uniform’. Painter’s pants (wrinkled). Polyester skin-tight shirts/blouses. Wallabees. Docksiders. Dr. Scholl clogs.
Of course, I wrote it wearing blue flowered western shirts, cheese-yellow bell bottoms, Raichle hiking boots, schlumping about with a Sacs Millet bag.
My English teacher of the time loved it. My classmates ... not so much. I’ve never had so many irate girls yelling at me in my life. Heaven forfend you attack perceived ‘individuality’.
365/2: 344. Weather’s moving in this weekend.
Such a headache. And I don’t usually get weather headaches ...
Techdirt: Despite Racking Up 3 Unanimous Votes, FOIA Bill Killed Off By Rep. John Boehner.
“The wonders of our political system continue. Something that received unanimous support - not only on both sides of legislative branch, but on both sides of the partisan divide - was dismantled by one man. One man who stood in front of a House that had passed the bill 410-0 and said, ‘Whatever.’”
Fiscal Times: CRomnibus Disaster Signals a Sad New Normal in D.C.
Vimeo: Nils Frahm - Re (Official Music Video).
BittBox: Make a Dotted Line in Photoshop.
Omigod. Why didn’t I think of that?
“Mark All as Read”.
Too much stuff in the aggregator. I have to cry “UNCLE!”
ScienceMag: Wealth may have driven the rise of today’s religions.
“Once people’s worldly needs were met, religion could afford to shift its focus away from material rewards in the present and toward spiritual rewards in the afterlife. Perhaps once enough people in a given society had made the psychological shift to long-term planning, moralizing religions arose to reflect those new values.”
BPSResearchDigest: Use of torture in “time bomb scenarios” influenced by desire for retribution.
“Moreover, their finding that people’s support for torture is influenced by the identity and the culpability of the suspect shows that the practice is often endorsed as a form of punishment, not as a way to extract information. Taken altogether the researchers conclude their findings “cast serious doubt on the use of ticking time bomb scenarios as an argument for legalized torture”.” Interesting.