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I do so love pop science articles, especially when by sheer accident they MIGHT actually be on to something.

This article is a bit vintage, but because

1. I love number crunching
2. I've actually diaried on this very thing back in the 2009 day
3. Since then I've become a practicing running coach and might actually know what I am talking about (emphasis on MIGHT, because.. heh... this [bleep's] hard work!)
4. You get THIS topic tonight!!!!

More past the Brave New Squiggle. For now...

Permita-me apresentar os Melhores Comentários!

Eep.

I mean, allow me to present the Top Comments!!!!

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Yesterday we had rain here, something that other parts of the country wouldn't mind sharing.

Here. it was something that terrified - not because of flooding, not because of hurricane force winds but because my team of budding young cross country runners was appalled at the very notion:

You mean we have to run in this?

Why, yes, you do! More beyond "Top Comments: The Movie" trailer and the Breakdancing Slug Trail...

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And here I was worried I wouldn't have something to write about tonight.

(Oops, forgot the title sequence... back in a bit.)

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Wherein I explain there will be peace in the Middle East, that it's inevitable... and if there's a part of the world that has a head start on figuring out how to live in tight close spaces and get over yesterday's quarrels, it's the Holy Land, because that's where the world's first cities arose...and I'm sure people argued in newly-minted Jericho back in the day, too.
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Compliments of 'your' Supreme Court, the front line of theological discourse today is whether or not corporations have a path to salvation that trumps yours.

The majority ruling yesterday is QUITE explicit in its focus: That when we ascribe religious rights to corporations we are really talking about the religious rights of their owners...and we're going to give them rights to use their property to dominate you with their views, because freedom of religion - namely, theirs not yours.

Now, a property based supremacy of legal privilege, even of faith, might appeal to you. You might see yesterday's ruling as evening the score somehow, a proper retribution for bakers having to bake cakes for disagreeable customers.

The problem with that joy: The court didn't excuse refusing service of that kind. It only addresses denying contraception, contraception to women only, and only if large shareholders of closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby want to do that sort of thing. Other cases will have to come along to deal with cakes and other instances where God says disagreeable persons have to leave the store or can't get equal pay because men are better per Scripture or whatnot. And those cases might even go the same way as Hobby Lobby's fortunes.

So the range of this property-based right to deny service (to discriminate, because religious freedom) may later expand to enshrine the rights of bakers to non-bake disagreeable cakes. For the time being, though, in the Alito framing it's about giving corporations their right - and by that he means the people who own large stakes in those corporations.

Even if you like how the company in the case thinks, you might not appreciate how the next corporation rolls. But you won't be able to do anything about it, because God (and more germane to U.S. case law, the Roberts Court) has got their back, or so that future company will say. And since there's no way to test the sincerity of such a claim, I guess that must be so.

What that means is that everyone, and I mean everyone, who isn't at a lofty level of personal net worth to be on the board of a closely held company is in the back of the bus together. Bakers and their unwelcome customers alike.

But look on the bright side: Corporations have a path to salvation now...and per the Supreme Court, for the moment at least, that path takes precedence over yours.

 Can I get an 'amen'?

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The gist of today's Hobby Lobby decision is that only 'closely held' corporations get to decide if women can or cannot have contraception on their employer-provided health plans.

The definition of 'closely held' employed by the Roberts Court is that a company where 50.1% or more of stock is held by five or fewer individuals.

For those worried/hoping that the Hobby Lobby case would herald a broader ruling on RFRA (religious grounds to deny offensive services or services to offensive people, to put it neutrally), the Alito-written majority opinion goes out of its way to say, no, and no because that would invite chaos if every political entity from the citizen on up got to decide who deserves rights and who does not, perhaps on whim.

The buried headline of this whole ruling is that only really rich people get to decide such things going forward. Little people will still have to bake cakes for weddings they'd rather not exist. Like or lump the decision, the only winners where the very rich, who gained yet a bit more in superior rights to the non-very rich, at the expense of everyone else, even people who agree with them.

That is the real outrage in the background. Even if you cheered the decision, you were sold out, too.

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Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:57 AM PDT

Operation Iraqi South Park!

by cskendrick

It's clear to me that the only possible way to save Iraq from complete collapse is to bring in a ringer.

Specifically, a Canadian one.


When Brian Boitano was in Iraq
Looking for Saddam’s gold
He shocked and awed the Fedayeen
While wearing a blindfold

When Brian Boitano was in Baghdad
Fighting insurgents there
He used his magical fire breath
And saved Paul Bremer’s hair

So what would Brian Boitano do
If we went back today?
I'm sure he'd kick an ass or two
That's what Brian Boitano do

I want to get some victory
Surely we can find
Those WMD’s this time
I know we can I know it’s true
'Cause that's what Brian Boitano do

In no way shape or form is this meant for commercial gain, merely mocking of neocons who seem to think this time, if only we can haz Brian Boitano, we can win. :)

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Until the moment Bowe Bergdahl was rescued, he was a cause to bash Obama for abandoning him to his plight in Taliban captivity.

The moment he was no longer a POW, he became a reason to attack Obama for rescuing him. Even John McCain, a former POW who won his freedom after a prisoner exchange, was all for the prisoner exchange until the moment it happened ...and he had something new to say in order to get booked yet again on the Sunday morning news shows.

Yet this is how the Fox News crowd rolls: People are unimportant, except as means to hurt enemies. And Bergdahl is useful either way as a weapon against the President.

This is why I do not take many Republicans' comments on policy, domestic or foreign, seriously. The moment the issues shift (as they just did with this now ex POW) the attack shifts. So, if I see screaming about treason, whatever. Calls for impeachment, yawn. Threats about 'Second Amendment remedies' - bring it, if you have the stones. When there's zero credibility, there's zero incentive not to step forward and shove a blowhard's shoulder. What are they going to do about?

But I digress.

Seriously, if you hate Obama just ... own it. Just say "I hate fishsticks! I hate Brussels sprouts! I Hate Obama!" It's more intelligent and honest and you don't have to change your spots to keep saying it.

Personally I tolerate fishsticks and love sprouts but that's probably why this particular slogan wouldn't work on me as well as for others. :)

One more time:

Fishsticks! Sprouts! Obama! Hulk smash!

You'll never have to check FoxNews again. :)

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Wherein I make my own personal quest of Top Comments into a diary, because

1. It's useful information and
2. I'm all about the transparency. :)

Get the hence below the Arabesque!

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My mother had surgery late Friday afternoon, almost four years after the day I woke up from a medically induced coma. This time, it was my turn to stand watch.

Fortunately - rather amazingly to this diarist - this was not nearly so traumatic or protracted a hospital adventure. More below the stylized ant mill below.

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Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 07:00 PM PST

Top Comments - Emancipators Edition

by cskendrick

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The time: The early 22nd Century.
The place: Granite, Oklahoma.

Half a century earlier, Humanity began exploring interstellar space through a massive and rapidly expanding cloud of space probes called the Celestial Survey. Each was the size of a microbe. Each was artificially intelligent. And for fifty years the Survey was the marvel of the age.

The salad days ended six months ago; the pictures and telemetry of a thousand new solar systems stopped. Instead comes the message: There you are. May we visit?.

Then came the... things...that formed out of anything more technologically complex than a push button landline phone. The invaders started with the most complex tech first - the huge Survey launchers near the Moon.

That is, until the world powers vaporized them...and then went to work destroying every concentration of technology on Earth and beyond as swiftly as possible.

What happened? We found what we were hunting, and now it hunts us.

Our only hope, world leaders apologized, is to go to ground and hope They assume we died in the panic.

It's 90% true, anyway...but let's catch up on an intrepid trio making its way through western Oklahoma.

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