From Pine View Farm

April, 2016 archive

And Now for Something Completely Different 0

I found this to have a kind of weird fascination, or fascinating weirdness, or something.

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The Snaring Economy 0

Zandar looks at AirBnB and finds that not all “sharing” is equal–or equitable. A snippet:

So black hosts and black guests are discriminated against openly, and there’s basically nothing that they can do.

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“I’m not staying in her home, it’s probably dirty” or “I don’t feel comfortable letting them stay here” happens a lot more than people will ever admit.

The larger problem is the tech world’s idiotic insistence that the internet makes race invisible or irrelevant, when clearly the opposite is true. And that’s because the flawed business models are nearly all invented by white techbros who have never had to think a day in their lives about their privilege.

Second(-Rate) Opinions 0

Cartoon lampooning climate change


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“Game of Twilight Zones” 0

Daniel Ruth tries to understand the strange alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich. A snippet:

In theory, these two chaps are betting that by selectively retreating, their supporters will flock like rabid Beyonce fans to either Cruz or Kasich in Indiana, New Mexico and/or Oregon, thereby preventing Trump from getting the required 1,237 delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. Talk about the DREAM Act.

Isn’t this a bit like Albania and Burkina Faso plotting to forge a strategic alliance to run away in the delusional belief they’ll be able to thwart the Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton’s perverse lust for power in Westeros?

Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

Know them by the company they keep.

The Pervy Party’s Preposterous Preoccupation with Potties 0

The Charlotte Observer talks to a transgender man about life under the reign of the Tarheel Potty Patrol.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite to your luncheon companions.

Police say two employees, a 28-year-old man and a 34-year-old man, were on their lunch break sitting in a vehicle looking a guns owned by the younger man when one of them apparently accidentally discharged. The older man was shot in the leg by the 28-year-old man. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

“The Dismal Science” 0

Harry Shearer interviews economist James Galbraith. Follow the link to listen; you’ll be smarter for it (the interview starts at about the 14 minute mark).

QOTD 0

Leonard Bernstein:

The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm, that’s a problem. And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.

And Now, a Musical Interlude 0

Chartering a Course for Disaster 0

At Cleveland.com, Brent Larkin acerbically dissects the lastest outbreak of the privatization scam in Ohio. A snippet:

And while Republican leaders in the Ohio House are generally a bit more despicable than those in the Senate when it comes to gaming the system to punish struggling young students, this latest attempt to rip you off began in the office of Senate President Keith Faber.

The amount of money taxpayers send to online charter schools depends on how many students attend those schools.

However, charter operators have a history of submitting notoriously inaccurate attendance numbers. If you wonder why that is, reread the previous paragraph.

Responsible Fiscals 0

You can’t make this stuff up. (Actually, these days, you could, but you don’t have to.)

The Beat Goes Orange 0

You’ve heard of “Lemonade.” Now meet Orangeade.

Via Raw Story.

“. . . of All the People” 0

Old white man looks at $20 bill with picture of Harriet Tubman on it:  Women and blacks on the money.  That's not the American I grew up in!  Black lady response:  Exactly.

Via Job’s Anger.

Feel the Draft 0

Somewhere, I still have my draft card.

I can still remember my cannon fodder lottery number, which I sweated out a long night in a small crowded dorm room to hear drawn.

Headline of the Day 0

Police apologize for raiding wrong house in Southwest Philadelphia

At least they apologized, and at least no one was killed. This time.

Twits on Twitter 0

Trumpeting twits.

QOTD 0

Julia Child:

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.

People of the Book 0

No, no, no. That other book.

How Stuff Works, Raptor Dept. 0

Yes, folks, nature is red in tooth and claw.