News Briefs – Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me

Last space shuttle tank leaves New Orleans — by sea, not air — for its journey to L.A.

First this then that?

Titanic sinks in real-time – A 2 hour and 41 minute simulation. Fascinating.

I’m sorry

1906 San Francisco earthquake photos are captivating

The British Library has begun streaming more than 1,000 recordings made in India between 1912-1938.

On Vanishing – Alizheimers and it’s invisible caregivers

Waze is an awesome driving app that also lets hackers stalk you

There is a subreddit for anything

How the Myth of the “Irish slaves” Became a Favorite Meme of Racists Online

30 years after Chernobyl – Some of my friends would probably go mushroom hunting there… ffs.

Netflix remakes Watership Down – Wow.

Those who know me, know that I’m how happy that I am to report this.

News Briefs – “I can’t conform to your normal”

Tinker with a neural network

The Guardian’s breakdown of the Panama Papers

The Verge reviews the phone I was most anticipating this year, the HTC 10. I’m disappointed. On to the Google Nexus 6p, most likely, or wait for the Galaxy Note 6.

Remember that time Ted Cruz hated dildos?

What is voter suppression really about?

There’s a new 2+2 Buick convertible. The Cascade? Casandra Casaccaa? Quesadilla? Anyway it has all the appeal of a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire… *whomp wom*

Charity analysis of the 50 biggest US businesses claims Apple have $181bn held offshore, while General Electric has $119bn and Microsoft $108bn

Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic small town – It’s 17 billion times bigger than our sun

Well, it really is… we all are.

On my block. No one know what house, or who snitched

Millennials trash talking themselves

New, new Godzilla movie, Godzilla Resurgence.

3D printable digital sundial

Dreams of Perpetual War

So many people clamoring for war today, excited to exact revenge in blood and bone. Which is precisely what they wish of us. They want us angry, banging the drums of hate, and looking for a someone yank up by the neck and to pay for these crimes. It justifies their current cause, it strengthens the illusion that they’ve created that the world is at war with them, therefore their cause is holy, justified, and necessary. No matter how horrifying those actions might be. Be not confused, these aren’t people intending to install chaos, they want world domination.

They did what they did in Paris intentionally, knowing that it would spark fear, hatred, and anger. They knew it would hasten and strengthen the anti-islamic sentiment growing globally. They also knew that those same people will likely target the refugees who also were forced to flee in terror, or face death. I’m seeing evidence of this in some of your news feeds today, Facebook and Twitter.

Meanwhile, ISIS/ISIL is literally holding daily mass executions in their captured territories. Hundreds of men, women, and children daily. The women and children not killed, are married off to the ISIS members. Often as young as 8 years old. The boys are taken as sex slaves, thanks to a generous interpretation of the Quran, which makes it not homosexual and not sex-out-of-marriage, This all happens. Daily.

But everybody involved is brown, so we should just have another red Venti cup of no fucks given?

Be angry, but be informed about what you are angry about. Blind hatred is stupidity. Rage towards a race will lead to genocide. Clamoring for blood amongst politicians only serves those politicians and will continue to give us perpetual and unending war.

Indeed all our thoughts are with France, let’s hope that this war on civilization will come to and end with intelligent, thoughtful and purposeful action, and be done so swiftly.

If not war then what?

Precise and exact takedowns and strikes to dismantle their power and organization. We begin with the leadership, monetary and arms sources, and branch out until they are all gone. Conventional war will not work. We know who these people are. We’ve known who these people are for four to five generations now.  Will we allow another ridiculous cat-and-mouse game play out for 12 years as with Bin Laden?  Pretending that we did not know where, or how to find him, while using his specter to instantiate a perpetual war machine? Sound familiar?

This is why the upcoming election is vital. Wall Street is making plans. The massive gears of finance are cranking up again.  Do any of us wish to see another Bush family get another chance in the middle east?

Or, Hillary for that matter?

Pay attention. Listen well…

News Briefs – Naked Schadenfreude

Mountains of Mouthiness – I’m crying laughing at this.

Texas Governor Orders Guard to Monitor US Military Exercises – “Hi, I’m athe paranoid delusional that you elected governor! Don’t question me!”

True schadenfreude is delicious

Somebody had a better idea than latitude and longitude or street addresses for communicating location to other people – Not.

Anti-gay rights republican turns out to be gay – I think there needs to be a “Wide Stance Republicans” party

Check out the PBS documentary, Last Days in Vietnam –  For a short time, PBS is streaming the film, here’s the site for more 

Classic films summarized by someone who has never seen them – Kind of great, in a not-so-great way.

The Avengers ’78! – Is kind of great in a super great way.

Nina Simone documentary with never-before seen material coming to Netflix

This ridiculous gym startup is trying to teach members how to pick up women – Bro

Two women are chased through a shopping mall by a cannibal. 1983.

How Safe Are Artificial Sweeteners, Really?

The naked corn paradox – Seth Godin

What happens when you give up sugar?

Microsoft can guess your age from a pictureFairly well, I might add.

1997 Hunter S. Thompson –  On internet journalism, “Well, I don’t know. There is a line somewhere between democratizing journalism and every man a journalist. You can’t really believe what you read in the papers anyway, but there is at least some spectrum of reliability. Maybe it’s becoming like the TV talk shows or the tabloids where anything’s acceptable as long as it’s interesting.”

Hey, Yall gotta cigarette? (Trap Remix) – Is a small bit of awesome.

Mad Max Fury Road – final trailer – Kind of resembles a fever dream that I once had.

News Briefs – Stacked Up For Days

Baltimore’s dual identity explains unrest – So many parallels to Flint.

How Nepal’s earthquake was mapped in 48 hours – 2,182 digital volunteers, trawling 14,700 km2 worth of high resolution satellite imagery, identifying 3,128 damaged buildings.

Public Opinion Shifts in Favor of Gay Marriage – Among Republican ranks, those under 50 are mostly in favor.

An Anti-Creativity Checklist for 2015 – I think I’ve seen almost every most of these.

The brains behind the ‘Aha!’ moment – Something that has fascinated me my entire life. There are regular “Ah-ha” moments, they happen all the time. Then there are revelations, less common, but they should happen a few times in several years. Then there is the unicorn of enlightenment, “The Epiphany.” Which we’re lucky if we have one. Ever.

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton – They had me at “The.”  I love it when the internets “discover” old things.

Smartphone Etiquette: When To Send Handwritten vs Digital Notes – I know of only a very few people who have the grace to write notes any longer.  They know who they are.

Nobody Famous anil dash on being famous while being not famous – I’ve had “not fame” flirt with me once or, twice. I understand this quite a bit.  Though, he’s been an “A-list” internets person for many years, I am fond of him 🙂

Dooce is done? Another old-school blogger goes back inside…  to write for themselves.

As Riots Follow Freddie Gray’s Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow – I’m playing “catch up” on this story. I’m trying not to drink the facebook Kool-Aid, but my first thought is “F— the police.”  I’m not wrong.

Miss Piggy to receive feminist award, which should end all debate on the subject

Your Password is Too Damn Short

This video reminds us that assholes will always be a renewable resource

Game of Fear: The Story Behind GamerGate – In case you missed this.

Tuna Company Charged Over Worker Cooked Alive With 6 Tons of Fish – Speechless. No pun available here.

State of emergency enacted in Baltimore; curfew starts – Most recent story on Baltimore.

News Briefs – The links keep on coming…

Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show – I really don’t care for Jon Stewart, there are those that do, more the better for ya

Meet the New Wave of Chinese Designers – Assimilation will be total. I, for one, welcome our new fashion overlords.

Trapped Into Selling Magazines Door-to-Door – I’ve wondered for decades if this was some sort of scam and how it was engineered.

China home to largest Buddhist settlement in the world – 40,000 Buddhist monks and nuns. They can’t have TV, but they can have iPhones…

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom – Not opiates…

E.U. vows to boost migrant search-and-rescue efforts and Why Libya is springboard for migrant exodus – BBC News – This will become a very large humanitarian issue, it already is.

FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test – Finally, the FDA may start testing homeopathic medicines.

Please read this epic obituary of Vivian Nicholson – The “Spend, spend, spend” lady was an epic person, who had an amazing life, and owes nothing to anyone, least of all an explanation.

The First Apple Homepage (via Links Miniblog) – I remember when it looked like this. Of course, there wasn’t anything anyone wanted to see, but they where there!

The new spam: interactive robo-calls from the cloud as cheap as e-mail – Prepare your anus, er… I meant blocked caller lists.

Marvelous DB – A User-Friendly Website Filled With Information About Almost Any Marvel Character and Comic Book.

News Briefs

Republicans push for a permanent aristocracy

A.A. Sponsor Turns in Evans Woman for Underage Party. This story keeps getting better as you read it: Attorney for Evans Party Mom Releases Statement

Candy Crush Saga: Man tears tendon in thumb from playing mobile game too much

If you are an Android user, go to type in “find my phone.” You may have to log in to be verified, but it’s a very new(ish) cool thing.

David Hasselhoff performs the Kung Fury theme

The Age of Hubble a (2015) Documentary about Space – [50:01] – An army of high-tech telescopes, led by Hubble in space, has delivered an unprecedented chain of discoveries about how galaxies took shape, how stars live and die, and how life arose. What are we learning about the universe and ourselves in this Age of Hubble?

(So, every few days, I like to put links to things that I read, see, or that you’ve linked in your world. I hope you enjoy, I’ll try to keep them going)