Weekend link dump for April 2

Apparently, fans of the classic TV show CHiPS are not fans of the movie that they have not yet seen. I will say, if there isn’t at least one scene done in a roller disco, the movie will not be true to the spirit of the show.

Beware the “can you hear me?” phone scam.

“The South’s manufacturing renaissance comes with a heavy price.”

“Generally speaking, astronauts who travel to the ISS tend to stay in orbit for a period of 4-6 months, which is enough time to learn quite a bit about human physiology in microgravity.”

What happens to people who drive for a living when driverless cars become common?

“The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain.”

Many Moore is not having your crazy fan theories about Frozen, Tangled, and The Little Mermaid.

RIP, Tom Amberry, world record holder for most consecutive free throws made.

“So let’s just pause for a second and appreciate just how quickly the Trump administration is managing to torpedo America’s comparative advantage in this area.”

“It was bad policy, not poor tactics or negotiating skills, that doomed the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare”.

The real obstacle to the passage of health care reform is the Republican Party itself, and any full reckoning with what just happened has to grapple with that fact.”

How to write a bestselling science fiction novel, in seven steps.

Five Ways Cybersecurity Will Suffer If Congress Repeals the FCC Privacy Rules. By the way, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz co-sponsored the Senate bill that will do this.

Don’t hire a businessman to do a politician’s job, and other lessons of the Trumpcare debacle.

“[Ivanka] Trump’s brand emphasizes empowering women at work, and there is nothing feminist about a woman stepping in to do all the work with no credit or pay. If Trump truly wants to preserve her commitment to the cause she supposedly takes the most pride in, she would disclose what her own work entails.”

“There’s a good chance at least one spider is staring at you right now, sizing you up from a darkened corner of the room, eight eyes glistening in the shadows.”

RIP, Ahmed Kathrada, anti-apartheid activist and friend of Nelson Mandela.

Good for the US women’s hockey team, and for everyone who supported them in their quest to be treated equitably. Now let’s do the same for the US women’s soccer team.

You can now mute spoilers on Twitter, if that’s a thing you want to do.

“Democrats are on a torrid fundraising pace in the first months of the Donald Trump era, powered by enraged small donors who are plowing millions of dollars worth of online contributions into campaign and committee treasuries.”

“‘Cards Against Humanity’ Creator Vows To Buy And Publish Congress’s Internet History“. Good for him.

“The preoccupation with eroticizing all male-female interactions also reminds me of something from the other end of the literary spectrum — of rugged man’s man Rayford Steele, the hero of Left Behind, and his endless cruelties toward Hattie Durham. Rayford never touched her, and he and the authors of the World’s Worst Books want us to admire him for that. But Rayford also spent years thinking about how he could have touched her if he’d wanted to. He was living out all the obsessive fixation of a cheating spouse, but without ever cheating. Something about the Billy Graham rule reminds me of that.”

Six ways to tell if Trump is sabotaging Obamacare.

RIP, Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights.

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