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Thursday, August 25th, 2016
2:06 pm
Divertido con Español
(Fun With Spanish)

Current Mood: amused
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
7:17 pm
Quotes, People Who Weed People Edition
NB: Some really disturbing quotes in this one. You have been warned.

Rolled over to snuggle my husband one night and he curled in on himself and said "Closed for repairs."
-- prtfvr, imgur, comments

Trapped in office with the IQ of a rutabaga; send help, or maybe fertilizer.
-- @Anton_P_Nym, Twitter

Nazi Punching Time

It’s Nazi Punching Time,
Yeah, it’s Nazi Punching Time!
Whether they’re named Fritz or Hans,
Invading Poland or France.
It’s always Nazi Punching Time!

Announcer: “Nazis; Providing guilt free targets for heroic aggression since 1933”
-- jeriendhal, Royce's Random Thoughts

Here's the thing. You said a "pupper is a doggo." Is it in the same family? Yes. No one's arguing that. As someone who is a scientist who studies puppers, doggos, yappers, and even woofers, I am telling you, specifically, in doggology, no one calls puppers doggos. If you want to be "specific" like you said, then you shouldn't either. They're not the same thing. If you're saying "doggo family" you're referring to the taxonomic grouping of Doggodaemous, which includes things from sub woofers to birdos to sharkos (the glub glub kind not the bork bork kind). So your reasoning for calling a pupper a doggo is because random people "call the small yip yip ones doggos?" Let's get penguos and turkos in there, then, too. Also, calling someone a human or an ape? It's not one or the other, that's not how taxonomy works. They're both. A pupper is a pupper and a member of the doggo family. But that's not what you said. You said a pupper is a doggo, which is not true unless you're okay with calling all members of the doggo family doggos, which means you'd call piggos, sluggos, and other species doggos, too. Which you said you don't. It's okay to just admit you're wrong, you know?
-- Justin Roberts, Facebook, comments

I was bred for the sole purpose of lawn maintenance
-- justburch712, Reddit, comments

Bad stuff under here if you"re squeamish. But interesting if you aren"t.Collapse )

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
6:34 pm
Quotes, Year Zero Boogie Party Edition (Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's Year Zero!)
Infrastructure is invisible until it breaks.
-- Kalpana Shankar, Facebook, comments

It's hard to find a subject that the modal American – poorly informed about most things and not terribly interested in becoming less poorly informed – does not think is useless. Math? Who needs it! A calculator can do anything I need to know! Literature? Oh my god who cares about Dickens, it isn't 1860 and I don't live in England. History? What does it matter what happened in 1700, I just want to get to work on time lol! But of all subjects you won't find one Americans are worse at than geography. Don't get me wrong, we're bad at the other ones too. But Americans don't even understand much about the geography of their own country let alone the rest of the world.
-- Ed, "Neither Silent Nor The Majority," Gin and Tacos

My mother's stepfather was born in 1899. I'm 30. His biological grandson (my half-cousin) is 29.
-- lockedinaroom, Reddit, comments

Nichelle Nichols joins Star Trek. She plays a black female officer. It is 1966. It is a Big Freaking Deal. ...

A girl named Mae Jemison is inspired [to become an astronaut] by the woman who looks like her on Star Trek. In 1992, she blasts off.

Jemison started every shift by greeting mission control with "hailing frequencies open."
-- @beckysaysrawr, Twitter, h/t anton_p_nym (three tweets)

[W]e’re hypocrites for condemning drug users for their “risky” behavior while celebrating the local football star who has already suffered two concussions.
-- flamingofun, Jezebel, comments

[T]hey understand that if Whites are allowed to have an identity, they will be like "hey, who are these people with the beady eyes and hooked noses who are controlling all of our systems? I’m not sure who they are, but they’re definitely not us. Maybe we should remove them? Yeah, I’m really starting to think it would be a good idea to remove these people."
-- Daily Stormer writer Andrew Anglin, quoted in Matthew Rozsa, "What it actually feels like to be targeted by Donald Trump’s neo-Nazi fan club," Quartz

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Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
5:48 pm
I Don't Do Pokemon, But...
I'm fascinated/amused (fascinamused? amusinated?) by this thing, which officially is called the Alolan Exeggutor, but I like to refer to it as THE PALM TREE THING. (All caps practically required.) It's like somebody made a Pokemon specifically designed to appeal to me and my odd affinity for palm trees...

I particularly like its drunk/stoned-looking rightmost head.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, August 12th, 2016
7:55 pm
Quotes, Drink All the Things Edition
The revolution that can be televised is not the revolution - Lao Tzu
-- Randy Gibbons, Alicublog, comments

I have a bucket list which includes "an international incident."
-- Constance Williamson, Facebook, comments

I don't remember where I picked up the phrase, but I'm fond of the Rule of Triple-A....Assholes Always Advertise.
-- Scott Katinger, Stonekettle Station, comments

Can you imagine if we brought up gender every time we wrote about men? “Perky male point guard Isaiah Thomas, stepping out in a flattering terrycloth headwrap, proves that men really can play ball and look cool-summery-sexy doing it!” See how unbearable that sounds? Chase that feeling.
-- Lindy West, "How to talk about female Olympians without being a regressive creep – a handy guide," The Guardian

“Iz do zehr fil froyen vos di diklikhkayt past zey, un fete froyen kenen zayn sheyn un reytsnd” (“There are many women whose stoutness suits them, and fat women can be beautiful and alluring”).”
-- Sarah Koenig, writing in Yiddish newspaper Der Tog, 1952, quoted in Sharon Shapiro, "Hillary Clinton has gone where no woman has gone before – the cover of Yated!", Kol B'Isha Erva

It is 97% humidity here now, but it feels like about 400%.Collapse )

Current Mood: blah
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
5:31 pm
Quotes, 30 000 Feet of Neck Edition
The media is a food chain that would fall apart without local newspapers.
-- John Oliver, "Last Week Tonight: Journalism"

"At long last, sir, have you no sense of decency?"
"Mm... no, not really. Next!"
-- John W. Taylor, Facebook, comments, on Donald Trump

Here’s the thing, though: You meet these people face to face and you find they’re kind, generous, at least a little charismatic, generally affable, and not monsters. They support and try to enact monstrous policies, but I think that’s only because none of them have the imagination to think about what the actual impacts of those policies might be on the people at whom those policies are aimed.
-- Derelict, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

It was beautiful, because the puking was done in a way that was so surreal, it didn’t make anyone feel ill. Not tasteful — you can’t really make projectile vomiting tasteful — but it really was very funny.
-- Stephen King, quoted in Ethan Alter, "Lard-Ass Speaks! Andy Lindberg Revisits the Epic Barf-o-Rama in 'Stand by Me'," Yahoo Movies

People call me a zealot, and the truth is that I am an extreme fanatical zealot. I’m an extreme fanatical zealot when it comes to supporting people’s rights to live differently, to behave differently and to think differently.
-- MK Yehuda Glick, quoted in Judy Maltz, "How a Temple Mount Troublemaker Became an Advocate for Liberal Jews in Israel’s Knesset," Ha'aretz

It"s a palm tree! NO!Collapse )

Current Mood: sleepy
Sunday, August 7th, 2016
12:17 am
Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Art Car

Four-passenger, no door model. Lots of appeal.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, August 5th, 2016
6:24 pm
Quotes, Try to Laugh to Prevent Yourself from Cryin' Edition
After the massive political realignment of 2024, I look forward to the Franken/Stein campaign. It sounds...electrifying!
-- Snarki, child of Loki, Alicublog, comments

I read the papers of a farm organizer in Alberta, who told a meeting "I think we better organize some curling bonspiels, so the government doesn't think we're building bombs in here."
-- Gord Tolton, Facebook, comments

He’s the guy whose opinions on women tend to make even the NRx and Nazi garbage that inhabit that corner of the internet go “hey wait a minute”.
-- mtraven, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

"It was a Wednesday morning, and my mood was almost as sour as the milk in my fridge." -- me narrating today in my head
-- @Anton_P_Nym, Twitter

Airplanes thrive in places we don’t.
-- Vani Hari, aka "The Food Babe," quoted in "7 Ways 'The Food Babe' Spectacularly Fails To Grasp Science," WhatCulture [Kimberly Murphy Wilbanks on Facebook comments "Also...who knew that airplanes were alive?!" -- ?!]

It"s hard to laugh...Collapse )

Current Mood: sick
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
5:08 pm
Capt. Will Fahr-BeneFitz, or How Not to Run an Airline
Frontline made a special called Flying Cheap about how low salaries and code-sharing between major carriers and underpaying regional carriers compromises safety.

My dad, Captain Ron, used to fly for a local regional airline, but he was making far more than these people are, enough so that we had a nice upper-middle-class life growing up. I don't think anybody really wants the person flying their airplane to be overworked, underslept, and stressed about money because they're only making about $12/hr pro-rated.

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
11:33 pm
Quotes, Lack of Serenity, Serena Williams Edition
Loss through death is like a surreal nuclear bomb. It is literally disorienting. Every single minute of every day there is at least some portion, however small, of my brain capacity trying to understand the incomprehensible, that I will never see or talk to my loved one again. It is exhausting. And this is more than a year after the loss.
-- lizzie, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Being the intellectual descendant of people who claimed that the smallpox vaccine would turn people into cows – isn’t something I’d go around bragging about if I were you.
-- Sarah A, Respectful Insolence, comments

I've been black my whole life so far.

Way to stick with it! That's commitment.
-- Dario Vadi and Amy Fuchs Nutig, Facebook, comments

i hate when ur boob starts falling out of ur bra like excuse me ma'am please return to your assigned seat
-- Tumblr user pornstarch, spotted in Jasmin Nahar, "22 Tumblr Posts That Are Guaranteed To Make Girls Laugh," BuzzFeed

As a 90's kid, I'm surprised anyone got anything done before there were computers.
-- Sebastian, Science-Based Medicine, comments

No, I don"t like tennis...Collapse )

Current Mood: sleepy
Sunday, July 31st, 2016
6:39 pm
Quotes, Sleeeeepy Edition
[Y]ou know, I’ve been toying with the notion of writing a novel based on the whole Bundy sovereign citizen thing, but…I CANNOT make this shit up, I’d end up just quoting these guys verbatim and having people accuse me of making it up.
-- Miss Bianca, Balloon Juice, comments

Pwned by Bill Kristol? Man, that's gotta hurt, like being beat at bowling by Stephen Hawking.
-- Pere Ubu, Alicublog, comments

Odd morning analogy: The modern GOP as QA testers of the Constitution. Because nominating Trump is like ordering -9999 beers.

"Let's see, it only took 200-some years to finish the unit/functional tests, now let the testers go off-script and try to break it..
-- @orzelc and @mbeckler, Twitter, h/t anton_p_nym

He drank the psilocybin enriched battery acid version of the kool-aid
-- Alain, Respectful Insolence, comments

Oh for the love of fuck … Where to start when it’s too early to start drinking?
-- Shakezula, "Mr. Sullivan wants a candidate as warm & poetical as M. Thatcher," Lawyers, Guns, and Money

So many things to do, so much sleep needed...Collapse )

Current Mood: annoyed
Friday, July 29th, 2016
4:50 pm
The Clintons
For anybody who's still bringing up the goddam Lewinsky thing in relation to the Clintons' marriage, and what the present-day Clintons are saying about their marriage right now, a few points:

First of all, it's been TWENTY FUCKING YEARS since the Lewinsky thing happened. That's a lot of time, particularly in terms of a marriage.

Secondly, it's been TWENTY FUCKING YEARS. Let it go, already.

Thirdly, maybe the Clintons have an arrangement. I realise that for some of you, the idea that public figures might have an open or semi-open relationship (and don't talk about it in public) is probably kind of shocking in its own right, but it could be a thing that happens, particularly with a "power couple" who might have to spend long periods of time separated, and who have radically different lives.

Fourthly, because it's been twenty years since the Lewinsky thing happened, it's also entirely possible that the Clintons do, NOW, in fact, have the kind of marriage they're publicly claiming to have, since they did a lot of hard work in the interim to get there. I know Bill Clinton is the kind of guy who could do that sort of work if he wanted to, because of the way he handled his health and weight loss after he had his heart attack. (I mean, look at him, 15 years and he's kept the weight off, and he radically changed his diet. I don't have that kind of self-discipline!)

Fifthly, what the fuck business of yours is it what the Clintons' behind-closed-doors relationship is, anyway. Butt out, already already already. I didn't care about him cheating (if indeed he did, see point three) back in 1996, and I care about it even less now.

I am so tired of this. Twenty years' worth, as a matter of fact.
Thursday, July 28th, 2016
10:23 pm
Quotes, What a Waste of a Day Edition
So dear sweet universe, if you are paying attention in the vastness of interstellar space, take a moment from plotting the trajectory of comets and designing new DNA in farflung cosmos, and spare a thought for those who you have plucked so untimely from our ranks...and knock it off for a while. Because this isn't fair.
-- J. Michael Straczynski, "B5 Creator J. Michael Straczynski's Statement On the Death of Jerry Doyle," Epic Times

I was in prison for half my lifetime. They found out I was not guilty. What now?
-- secret, in Alan Jude Ryland, "Former Inmates Tell Us What It’s Like To Be Out of Prison," The Daily Buzz

Elizabeth Warren is scaring me a little. Not in a Trump way. In a "Holy shit, I better finish that paper" way.
-- The Rude Pundit, Twitter, spotted on Balloon Juice

[T]hat is so anti-libertarian, it's practically a nair at rebil
-- billcinsd, Alicublog, comments

Twitter:Making YouTube comment sections go, "Whoa, back-off; man. No need to go THERE." since 2006.
-- Brian, Raw Story, comments

Medication, overstress, overspeed warnings...Collapse )

Current Mood: groggy
Sunday, July 24th, 2016
7:08 pm
Quotes, I Cannot Brain, I Haz Teh Dum Edition
Of course, there’s the age-old paradox of what happens if you spray WD-40 onto a roll of duct tape.
-- dmsilev, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

If you're not excited about something, you're not paying attention
-- Adam King, Facebook, comments

I can only upvote this once, but I am upvoting with all my strength.
-- D Sidhe, Alicublog, comments

I picture America sitting in 12 Step support group about this and refuse to be honest with everyone. “America…admitting you have a problem is the first step.”
-- thomasmhewlett, Whatever, comments

True story: I once got into a verbal fight at work over apostrophe use.
-- Mnemosyne, Balloon Juice, comments

Too few spoons, too much to do...Collapse )

Current Mood: hungry
12:58 am
Fuck 2016, in particular, take 2
Just found out tonight that my mom's cousin Dave has been diagnosed with pancratic cancer with liver mets. They're saying he's got 1.5-2 years, but my mom is doubtful. I don't know the guy at all, but I do know his younger brother, who also happens to be prone to severe depression, suicidality, and dropping off the map for months at a time.

Current Mood: angry
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
7:29 pm
Quotes, I Got Sandals, You Got Sandals, All G-d's Chillun Got Sandals, Hallelujah Lordy Edition
I've been told that pets can't go to heaven, but I think what they meant was that pets can't go to hell, because they would take over within three weeks and soon have the entire place reorganized for their comfort and convenience.
-- littera_abactor, Minion of the Universe, comments

Boris Johnson, Brexit leader, is now on Pornhub under the title of: ‘Dumb British blond fucks 15 million people at once.’
-- Andre Lieven, Facebook, complete text post

Opinions are like assholes: never let a spa attendant bleach yours.

... Wait, no, it's "neither one should be presented during holiday dinner with relatives." Sorry.

Now you tell me.
-- mds and BigHank53, Alicublog, comments

Is there a word for the sense of nausea induced by experiencing too much history, too fast? (Because this past month has been ...)

-- @cstross and @vruba, Twitter

Norovirus, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a massively contagious and unpleasant but usually non-life-threatening ailment that turns cruise ships into giant vomit-filled shit canoes.

If Uday and Qusay Trump appear on stage tonight and open their mouths to sing their horrid racist father’s praises but instead emit twin streams of projectile vomit while simultaneously shitting their pants, I will reconsider my lifelong atheism.
-- Betty Cracker, Balloon Juice, comments

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Current Mood: sleepy
Sunday, July 17th, 2016
3:39 pm
Fuck 2016, in particular
So last night I found out that a friend of dglenn has metastatic and possibly terminal cancer, and is in a very bad state. (Better look at dglenn's page for more about that.) This is so shitty.

Update: dglenn's friend died this morning at 5:30AM, while Glenn was en route to try to see her.

Current Mood: sad
Friday, July 15th, 2016
4:21 pm
Quotes, Balagan Gadol, Baasa Edition
As a Canadian I reserve the right to veer wildly between US and UK spellings
-- Fiona Moore, Facebook, comments

People who commit such ugly crimes are the corrupt of the earth, and follow in the footsteps of Satan… and are cursed in this life and in the hereafter.
-- Egyptian mullah Shawki Allam, quoted in "10 children among 84 dead in Nice terror attack; France declares national mourning," Times of Israel

[Muslims] must accept that they are in a culturally Christian country and they can't have the same rank as those from a Catholic background
-- MP Marion-Maréchal Le Pen, quoted in Don Murray, "François Hollande takes heat for anti-terrorist strategy after Nice attack," CBC News

Cosmopolitanism is not a tribal trait; it is a virtue, as much as courage or honesty or compassion. Almost without exception, the periods of human civilization that we admire as we look back have been cosmopolitan in practice; even those, like the Bronze Age, that we imagine as monolithic and traditional turn out to be shaped by trade and exchange and multiple identity.
-- Adam Gopnik, "Being Honest About Trump," The New Yorker

A fascist is a fascist is a fascist. Who cares if they’re that way because they actually believe the Protocols of the Elders of Zion gobbledegook, or if they’re that way because it’s a good career move.
-- Chris, Balloon Juice, comments

Lo sababa, lo kal...Collapse )

Current Mood: annoyed
11:23 am
State of the World, et al
2016 needs to go back to the factory for repairs; it's critically malfunctioning.

Current Mood: angry
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
8:28 am
Quotes, Job Interview and Life Failure Edition
Author's Note: The job interview I had yesterday went really well. I feel like I'm about THIS CLOSE to getting a new job of some sort.

Tolerance is never sufficient: humanity must learn to love our differences.
-- Justin Trudeau, from his inscription in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Book of Remembrance, from a photo in the Toronto Star

[I]t's hard not to love the King James Bible. By finally nailing English down through a single widely-distributed work, it means that we can still understand Shakespeare from four centuries away.
-- BigHank53, Alicublog, comments

I don’t want cops dead. I don’t want black people dead. I just want the fucking violence to stop.
-- PaulWartenberg2016, Balloon Juice, comments

Never read the bottom half of the internet.
-- Melissa Rodriguez, Facebook, comments

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Current Mood: high
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