Ever been shot? Good for you if you haven't, but, in case you were wondering, former Green Beret and combat medic Connor Narciso, writing at Wired, describes the science of getting shot, particularly vis a vis how getting shot looks on TV or in the movies. Example: "It isn’t uncommon to see heroes on the silver screen fighting courageously through their extremity wounds, when in fact the disruption of peripheral or junctional arteries can cause irreparable harm within minutes." Turns out this is also why no soldier or police officer aims for "flesh wounds."
From the "Even When He's Right He's Wrong" file: FAIR catches Thomas Friedman denouncing Donald Trump for his bomb-everything rhetoric -- and then tablulates a brief list of times Mr. Friedman himself indulged in bomb-everything rhetoric over the years. It is truly amazing how overheated, and uncivilized, Mr. Friedman's rhetoric was 16 years ago. Perhaps he thinks it's OK for a columnist to threaten to bomb everything, because a columnist has less influence than a President or a Presidential candidate -- unless, of course, Mr. Friedman's rhetoric has made Mr. Trump's rhetoric more palatable.
Speaking of The Donald (regrettably, as always), some Republicans profess fear that a Trump Presidential candidacy will affect Republicans down ballot -- to the point where Republicans might even lose the House. I'm torn between saying, "well, you reap what you sow, given all your efforts to stoke fear and rage in your supporters over the years," and "oh, pimp, stop lying -- you're all perfectly happy with riding a wave of ragehead supporters to victory, because what other electoral strategy will deliver victory to Republicans in 2016?"
McKay Coppins, writing at Buzzfeed, finds sources close to Ron and Rand Paul at a loss to explain the tension between the two camps. I'm not at a loss: why would Ron Paul like what his son has been doing? The son is a warped alternate-universe version of the father, minus only the goatee -- where Ron Paul stood his ground against Our Glorious Elites, Rand Paul wants the little people to believe he's standing his ground against Our Glorious Elites and then suck up to them.
Finally, Netflix expands its family medical leave program to its hourly workers. They don't get the same leave as the "talent," and the DVD workers don't get the same leave as the streaming workers (as if it's their fault streaming is making DVDs more obsolete all the time!), but even the DVD hourly workers can get 12 paid weeks annually, which is approximately 12 more paid weeks than most American workers get. And it wouldn't have happened without the Big Stick of Bad PR.