Morning Must Reads: April 3

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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retiredvet
retiredvet

W.Va. Sheriff Shot Dead Outside Courthouse 

"When the fear machine keeps whipping people in to a froth, telling them they need their guns to fight the government, sooner or later some will do it. And how do you use a gun to fight the government? By murdering government officials."

outsider
outsider

ST. LOUIS -- Of all the blinkered buzz-saw cuts in this year’s $85 billion spending sequestration, perhaps none is as counterproductive -- or as flat-out boneheaded -- as the one now hitting medical research under way in a refurbished industrial expanse of central St. Louis.

Sequester cuts to the rapidly developing process of turning genetic research into a major 21st-century industry -- and saving lives and health care costs -- are the equivalent of trying to build the Interstate Highway System with no ramps or the transcontinental railroad without the final miles in the middle.

In one of the most farsighted and successful government projects ever, Congress in 1990 authorized a 15-year, American-led effort to map the human genome and to make the results available, under careful conditions to protect pure science and personal privacy, to the world. Completed in 2003 at a cost of $3 billion, the Human Genome Project has now spawned a range of technologies -- from tailored drug therapies for cancer to preventative testing to the new big-data discipline of bioinformatics -- which not only are generating jobs, but which hold the promise of dramatically reducing health care costs.

All of that -- not to mention the lives of patients who desperately need advances in care -- is being jeopardized by sequester cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other research agencies.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/sequestration-medical-research_n_3007448.html

La_Randy
La_Randy

"Seriously? New York Times Calls Wall Street Front Group "Center-Left"

"Some lies will not die.  As I have demonstrated repeatedly, Third Way is Wall Street on the Potomac.  It is funded secretly by Wall Street (it refuses to reveal its donors), it is openly run by Wall Street, and it lobbies endlessly for Wall Street.  Third Way, like every Pete Peterson front group, is dedicated to shredding the safety net as its highest priority and throwing the Nation back into a gratuitous recession through self-destructive austerity. 

Third Way, like other Pete Peterson front groups, supportsprivatizing Social Security.  That is Wall Street’s greatest dream, for it would increase their revenues by hundreds of billions of dollars.  Eric Laursen documented Wall Street’s effort to in his recent book: “ The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan.”  Laursen describes the Third Way’s leader as a Pete Peterson protégé.  Peterson is a conservative Republican billionaire made wealthy on Wall Street, who has dedicated a billion dollars of his wealth to his assault on the safety net."

La_Randy
La_Randy

"Why is this GOP congressman afraid of gay cross-dressing Satanists?"

"That is our secret plan, you know. First we legalize gay marriage, then we steal your dogs, then your guns, then we go to church and worship Satan in drag.  This gem of a quote comes from a Tea Party conference call with GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas (where else?)), who’s never at a loss for words."

A pre-emptive apology to Sue_N.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

I don't know if any of you play videogames but Lucas Arts is gone now, they've been shut down by Disney.  I don't care for Star Wars at all but I remember how awesome all of their point-and-click games in the 90's were.

MementoMori
MementoMori

The waste of time and resources that is "Stop and Frisk" continues to unravel.

State senator testifies: NYPD chief wanted ‘stop and frisk’ to intimidate minorities

State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), a former NYPD police captain, testified on Monday morning that New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” program was intended to intimidate ethnic minorities.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/01/state-senator-testifies-nypd-chief-wanted-stop-and-frisk-to-intimidate-minorities/

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Guess the NRA now needs to make money from Security training as well.

The National Rifle Association has proposed a bold plan to make children safe from mass murderers by creating a “shield” around these schools whose primary defense mechanism would be guns.

We should examine this idea to see what it would cost, what societal changes it would entail and, most importantly, whether it would be effective.

If the NRA is right, then we ought to do it. But is the NRA on target?

Asa Hutchinson, the former congressman and federal prosecutor who chaired the National School Shield Task Force, will not say how much he and the 12 other committee members were paid or how much of that money came from the NRA, which formed the committee three months ago following the murders of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT.

None of the 13 committee members named in the 225-page is an educator. However, all of them have a financial interest in security training.

Five of the 13 committee members describe themselves as employed by  Phoenix RBT Solutions. Its website says it “offers reality-based training solutions for law enforcement, military and private sector security at the national and international level. ” One of its products is called “ultimate training munitions.”

 http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/congressional/What_The_NRAs_School_Shield_Would_Cost.html

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Report: Third man in China dies from unusual bird flu strain

A third man in China has died from the H7N9 virus, a strain of avian flu not previously detected in humans, the Zhejiang provincial department of health said Wednesday, according to state-run media outlet Xinhua.

The disclosure of the third death comes only days after Chinese authorities announced the first three known cases of humans infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus on Sunday.

Well, it is more than likely that the next super-bug will come from China due to their horrible abusive use of antibiotics for the most minor of things.  The WHO has warned them, repeatedly  as such.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Of all the things this teacher wants to help his students, I'm betting none of them is a gun.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Report: Gun-running into Mexico on the rise

And here's the NRA's contribution:

"There are no specific records of individual gun sales because the ATF is limited in the data it can collect. The Trans-Border researchers reached their estimates by creating a "demand curve" that uses various pieces of geographic information and county-level data on U.S. gun sellers."

No, we don't have a problem. Why do you ask?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@deconstructiva 

While that article isn't entirely without merit, the talent shortage isn't a myth.  My team was hiring - HR does zero filtering for us - and it took us several months to find the talent we wanted.  We had 50 applicants who were qualified by any objective measurement, but a lot of the skills we were looking for aren't objectively measured.

Part of the problem is the nature of software development and it's 10:1 - your best developer is 10X more productive than your worst.  Nobody can measure it - nobody can measure anything in software - but *everybody* has witnessed it.  You can't just train someone to be a programmer.  They need to be able to think like a programmer and the costs of a bad developer are much larger than the fact that you need 10 of them - 60% of all software costs are in maintenance of the product.  Bad developers increase maintenance costs far beyond their own contributions.

Don't know about fields beyond the technical ones, but yeah....

retiredvet
retiredvet

@La_Randy Just imagine what Wall Street could do with all the Social Security funds!

Sue_N
Sue_N

@La_Randy I think I may be reaching my Louie numbification point. I don't even blink at his craziness any more.

But let me give it one more try …

OMFG, of course we can limit the number of bullets in a damn magazine! We just say "ten." That's it. Ten's the limit. Kind of like 55 mph is the limit, or 75 mph is the limit, and then we start handing out citations. The same way we limit the number of fish caught or deer killed or the freaking number of weeks along a woman can be before we limit her Constitutional right to an abortion.

We put limits on all kinds of thing, all the time. "All you can eat" doesn't mean you pay once and then get to keep coming back for more. It doesn't even mean you can share your food with the person next to you. We've decided 21 is the drinking age and 18 the voting age (for white people; God knows what it is for minorities) and how many eggs make up a dozen. And we've also apparently decided that "sack of dirt" is the IQ level required for a Congressman from Texas.

And, no, you perverted little twit, no one is going to make any church hire anybody it doesn't want to. The cross-dressing Satanists will just have to keep working at the salon where I get my nails done. Hell, they'll probably make a better living than down at the church. Trust me, I know.

Jesus Horatio Christ on a cracker, what the hell did your mother put in your baby formula? There are meth-heads listening to you and going, "That boy ain't right." Seriously, pull your head out of your arse and start breathing God's good air again. Then go away and let the grown-ups talk. At any rate, quit embarrassing those of us who don't move our lips when we read.

Okay, maybe not so numb after all. ;)

retiredvet
retiredvet

@La_Randy This is a pattern. I got mental whiplash from the last Gohmert piece. A series of absurd connections. He should be committed.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@La_Randy

Legalizing Marijuana leads to legalizing strict gun control which leads to legalizing gay marriage which leads to legalizing bestiality which leads to legalizing marijuana which....oh god, it's a paradox!  Clearly Obama has mastered time travel!

NP042
NP042

@DonQuixotic "I don't care for Star Wars at all"


Heathen!  Be gone, I say!

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MementoMori I'm shocked, shocked to find gambling in this establishment.

retiredvet
retiredvet

The NRA is full of opportunistic pricks!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

I wonder how much longer we as a society will tolerate naked legal bribery. We know it's wrong. Even people who are so willing to kiss their party arse knows it's wrong. But there comes a breaking point when folks get tired of it.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@mantisdragon91 A whole new fear based industry that relies on gun sales and firearms training. Who would have thought of such a thing?      Wait....

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

We have a better chance of making North Korea part of the South than to keep a Chinese person with the strain from infecting people in the West.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Sue_N The NRA solution is to have armed personnel in school. An assault weapon would mow down someone who is armed before they could get a good shot off. Look at the terrible shooting of the DA and his wife, he had a gun and was apparently running to get it after his wife was shot. Never got there.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

Sure we don't want to keep new assault style weapons out of the hands of people who love to use them on everything from the government, regular folks and other gangs.

It makes sense if everything in this country is for profit, even common sense.

fitty_three
fitty_three

And of course, they want to have a hand in flooding the schools with NRA crackpots with guns too, which i alluded to on the nk blog.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N  

I like how the NRA has rigged the game.

Of course, they benefit from over-the-border traffic, don't they?

paulejb
paulejb

@Sue_N 

Anybody check what Obama's DOJ is up to lately?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

He thinks he can actually win with these guys' $ backing.  Didn't W mention something about "fool me twice..."?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

"cross-dressing Satanists will just have to keep working at the salon where I get my nails done"

"Christ on a cracker"


Gold, I tells ya!

outsider
outsider

@Sue_N @La_Randy that. Was. beautiful :)

outsider
outsider

Seriously - that's the. First wrong thing I've seen him type!

Don't do it bro, that way leads to the darkside..

@NP042 @DonQuixotic

Sue_N
Sue_N

@NP042 @DonQuixotic But only the first three. The last three were an abomination.

No one will ever convince me that that whiny little punk Anakin grew up to be the greatest screen villain who ever stalked across my screen.

outsider
outsider

Tie fighter - and x-wing!

@grape_crush @DonQuixotic

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

My older son wants to be like his mother and do this.  Clearly it ain't for the $.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Ivy_B @Sue_N 

Not to mention a gun is never an effective defense in an assassination/massacre attempt.  Arguing as much would imply that you know the attack is coming and are ready for it.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@MrObvious @Sue_N There is no profit in common sense for the GOP. They would criminalize it if they had their druthers.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious

Our country is definitely sick.  

We are big on letting a few eggs get broken in the name of the rights of the insane few.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@53_3 Have you seen this proposal? They are frighteningly serious about this.

Guns in schools. What could possibly go wrong?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Also - he's just not likable (and I don't mean that in partisan terms).  If he was, a) the GOTP would've invited him to speak at the Tampa convention instead of pretend to manage storm response to a hurricane that never struck us and b) Momney would've asked him to help him win Florida instead of tell him to stand, oh, 200 miles away. 

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn  Lurch's poll #s have consistently been in the low 30s since about two months after the start of his term.  He thinks the old-school model for winning elections (i.e., spend more $ than anybody can ever imagine) will work for him again.  Thing is, he POd liberals and the poor from the start, and the GOTP who helped usher him in office hate his guts now b/c he suddenly loves everything he initially hated.  This sudden shift to the center ain't foolin' nobody. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn He did, but he mangled it so badly that no one understood it.

What are Lurch's actual chances? Is he really on the way out? Is Florida about to take a turn toward sanity?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@outsider2011 My brother-in-law once asked me why I didn't run for some office. The above is why. ;)

Sue_N
Sue_N

@outsider2011 He was the one bright spot in those movies. I could actually see him growing up to be Sir Alec Guinness.

outsider
outsider

Agreed. - but Ewen McGregor. Was awesome

@Sue_N @NP042 @DonQuixotic

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@DonQuixotic @Sue_N Exactly. The guards at Columbine didn't help.

Hope Asa Hutchinson has enjoyed selling his soul.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

Let's give thanks to the Odd Gods that the NRA doesn't control the government.

Yet...

Sue_N
Sue_N

@53_3 @MrObvious Shorter NRA: Our guns are more important than your children's lives.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Sue_N @53_3 

Don't worry, I'm sure the NRA will say we should arm students next so they can shoot back.

Whatever leads to more gun sales.  Drink your kool-aid, second amendment lunatics.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@53_3 @Sue_N The possibilities are horrifying.

At the very least we're telling teachers, "Look at your students. Which one of them are you prepared to shoot?"

It's beyond messed up.

fitty_three
fitty_three

We are not only nucking futs, but we are fjarking coocoo for coco puffs.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

I can see the "Toddler Grabs Teachers Gun, Kills 4" in the headlines next week.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@53_3 @Sue_N I know they'd put them in our schools. We've got a couple districts around me that have already approved letting teachers with concealed carry permits bring their shootin' irons to school. It'll be interesting to see the reaction when someone in one of those schools gets shot.

We've lost our damned minds. The most powerful nation in the world, and we are nucking futs.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

Speaking of skin, some outfits are selling bulletproof backpacks for our toddlers.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N @53_3  

That was what I was alluding too.

To think they would install NRA crackpots in my schools.  O'er my dead corse...

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious @Sue_N @53_3 Hey, GOPers are always whining about folks not having skin in the game. It's only right that skin should be on our kids, right?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @53_3 

And we foot the bill for the training. It's like asking me to pay so someone can get shot accidentally.