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Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
8:23 pm
Quotes, Recursive Karma's Gonna Getcha Edition
I'll say this about the proud white supremacist movement: it's made it easy to identify who not to invite to Thanksgiving this year.
-- CV Danes, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Ring Ring...All rugs calling!
-- subject line from a promotional e-mail from Rugs.ca

"The Whataboutis seemed to roam freely across the landscape. Nobody knows where they came from, but they dominated the culture for decades"
-- Jim Weill, Facebook, comments [Bonus points if you heard this in David Attenborough's voice. -- ?!]

[A] lot of us already struggle to rise [even] post-dawn, and it’s disingenuous to suggest that there’s some secret stash of hours in the 24-hour day that we could make better use of, if only we were dedicated enough. Waking up early necessarily comes at the cost of something else. ... not all of us need or want to be overachievers who send emails time-stamped at 5:14 am. For some, the real aspiration is to be a well-rested person who finally has time to watch Killing Eve.
-- Rosie Spinks, "Waking up early won’t change your life—but it’s awesome for capitalism," Quartz

Mike (Secret Service Agent): Hey, Connor. Come on. Scoot back, put your belt on.
Connor (US President's approximately 10 year old son): What if I don't?
Mike: Then O'Neill here is gonna punch you in the nuts. C'mon.
-- dialogue from Olympus Has Fallen

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Current Mood: hungry
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
4:04 am
Quotes, Regresso Edition
Still advocating for replacing "lone wolf" with "sad worm."
-- Eric Scharf, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

How can I put it politely? Men just bring a whole new different meaning to the word "challenging." [laughs]
-- Air Ambulance paramedic and deputy director of operations Jane Peacock, interviewed in "Air Ambulance ER: 65 Year Old Motorcyclist Crashes His Bike"

My own family nicknamed me "Sneaky Pete."
-- Bryan Cranston, Emmy award acceptance speech, 2014

Landed. Killed Germans. F****d off.
-- Anders Lassen, quoted in Matthew Gaskill, "Maverick SAS Warrior: After Battle Report Was Just 5 Words, One Being the ‘F’ Word"

Thank you for calling Bubba's Bombs. You name the room; it goes KABOOM!
-- Jay Knox, Facebook, comments

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Current Mood: awake
Thursday, October 18th, 2018
9:11 pm
Quotes, Legalized It Edition
First world .0001% problems:
Him: "Honey, where are the keys to the Maserati?"
Her: "Red or blue one?"
Him: "The red one."
Her: "I think I left the keys on the yacht."
Him: "Which yacht?"
-- Lurks, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Drug Ford should die in a large, angry fire made up smaller, angrier fires
-- Gregory Raculus, Facebook, comments

I said, "Jimmy, why don't you have just one girlfriend?" and he said, "Why have one when you can have three?"
-- friend of victim interviewed in "Fear Thy Neighbor: Home is Where the Hearse Is"

If all of these kids ever met a true gangster, they would wet their pants.
-- Lt. (Ret.) Joe Kenda, "Homicide Hunter: .357 Magnum"

Susan B. Anthony was jailed and threatened. Alice Paul went on a hunger strike behind bars, and today white women vote for men who hate women, because then, they think, those men won’t hate them.
-- Allison Hantschel, "Keep Going," First Draft

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Current Mood: exhausted
Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
9:10 am
Quotes, This is a Low, But It Can Hurt You Edition
Special LGM edition

If you think things can’t get worse, you don’t understand Republicans.
-- LosGatosCA, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

I'm constantly assured the saintly "checks and balances" preclude any outrageous ratfucking, and yet there's any number of rats constantly limping about with extremely sore cocks. Strange, that.
-- keta, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

All ideologies have opportunists figuring out how to work it cynically for their own selfish gain. But in conservatism, working the system for your own selfish gain is the ideology.
-- CP, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

The most effective way to lead a mob is to follow it.
-- Thursday, Lawyers, Guns,and Money, comments

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Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, September 27th, 2018
10:06 pm
Quotes, Who By Anxiety Edition
We thought Philip K. Dick had died, but actually, we are living in one of his novels. Not just that, we’re living in one of his bad novels, the ones that he wrote in eight hours while high on speed when his rent was overdue.
-- Seth Gordon, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

I like the idea that conservatives have "opinions" instead of "methods by which they cause harm."
-- Michael Emkay, Facebook, comments

I was 15 years old. I did report i to my school counselor after the fact and later to therapist. The counselor and therapist told me not to report the boys because we were all drunk. And the boys would be branded for life. I am paying price. # WhyIDidntReport
-- Jackie31057079, Twitter

We're trained to help people. We're trained to rescue people. And, um...[shakes head "no"] we couldn't do any of that.
-- former assistant Shanksville fire chief, Rick King, interviewed in "Behind the Scenes of 9/11"

Vermont. Where liberalism comes to kill itself with its own ideas.
-- Derelict, Alicublog, comments

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Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, September 6th, 2018
10:41 pm
Quotes, Who By Fire Edition
I'm not going to be around much between now and the 11th, so have a memorial quotes post a bit early. -- ?!

Wife: Have you got anything without racism?
Waitress: Well, there's racism, tax cuts, Bible-thumping and racism, that's not got much racism in it.
Wife: I don't want ANY racism!
Man: Why can't she have nationalism, racism and tax cuts?
Wife: THAT'S got racism in it!
Man: Hasn't got as much racism in it as racism, tax cuts, Bible-thumping and racism, has it?
Waitress: Urgghh!
Wife: What do you mean 'Urgghh'? I don't like racism !
Republicans: Lovely racism ! Wonderful racism !
Waitress: Shut up!
-- cleek, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Ruth Badass Ginsburg
...I may have that middle name wrong.
-- Jeff Williamson, Facebook, comments

He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.
-- former Trump chief of staff John Kelly, quoted in Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, "Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency," The Washington Post

[T]enders of a 23-Cent Heart Miracle seem to work just fine on the readers of the magazine where Ann Coulter began her journalistic ascent in the late nineties by pimping the notion that liberals are all gullible rubes. In an alternate universe where Coulter would be capable of rational self-reflection, it would be fascinating to ask her what she thinks about, say, the layout of HumanEvents.com on the day it featured an article headlined “Ideas Will Drive Conservatives’ Revival.” Two inches beneath that bold pronouncement, a box headed “Health News” included the headlines “Reverse Crippling Arthritis in 2 Days,” “Clear Clogged Arteries Safely & Easily—without drugs, without surgery, and without a radical diet,” and “High Blood Pressure Cured in 3 Minutes . . . Drop Measurement 60 Points.” It would be interesting, that is, to ask Coulter about the reflex of lying that’s now sutured into the modern conservative movement’s DNA—and to get her candid assessment of why conservative leaders treat their constituents like suckers.
-- Rick Perlstein, "The Long Con," The Baffler (2012)

When the scales fall from your eyes, make sure they don't hit you in the feet.
-- Charles P. Pierce, "Just Shut Up and Quit," Esquire

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Current Mood: exhausted
Thursday, August 30th, 2018
4:01 pm
Quotes, Snatched Baby Edition
"My other bumper sticker's a billboard."
-- Lee Rudolph, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

On a good day, about 3,000 trucks arrive at the terminal, each assigned to pick up or drop off tens of thousands of pounds of everything from diapers to avocados to tractor parts. They start that process, much like airline passengers, by checking in at the terminal’s gate, where scanners automatically read their container’s barcodes and a Maersk gate clerk talks to the truck driver via a speaker system. The driver receives a printed pass that tells them where to park so that a massive yard crane can haul their container from the truck’s chassis to a stack in the cargo yard, where it’s loaded onto a container ship and floated across an ocean—or that entire process in reverse order.

On the morning of June 27, Pablo Fernández was expecting dozens of trucks’ worth of cargo to be shipped out from Elizabeth to a port in the Middle East. Fernández is a so-called freight forwarder—a middleman whom cargo owners pay to make sure their property arrives safely at a destination halfway around the world. (Fernández is not his real name.)

At around 9 am New Jersey time, Fernández’s phone started buzzing with a succession of screaming calls from angry cargo owners. All of them had just heard from truck drivers that their vehicles were stuck outside Maersk’s Elizabeth terminal. “People were jumping up and down,” Fernández says. “They couldn’t get their containers in and out of the gate.”

That gate, a choke point to Maersk’s entire New Jersey terminal operation, was dead. The gate clerks had gone silent.

Soon, hundreds of 18-wheelers were backed up in a line that stretched for miles outside the terminal. One employee at another company’s nearby terminal at the same New Jersey port watched the trucks collect, bumper to bumper, farther than he could see. He’d seen gate systems go down for stretches of 15 minutes or half an hour before. But after a few hours, still with no word from Maersk, the Port Authority put out an alert that the company’s Elizabeth terminal would be closed for the rest of the day. “That’s when we started to realize,” the nearby terminal’s staffer remembers, “this was an attack.” Police began to approach drivers in their cabs, telling them to turn their massive loads around and clear out.
-- Andy Greenberg, "The Untold Story of NotPetya, The Most Devastating Cyberattack in History," Wired

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"My other bumper sticker's a billboard."
-- Lee Rudolph, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

On a good day, about 3,000 trucks arrive at the terminal, each assigned to pick up or drop off tens of thousands of pounds of everything from diapers to avocados to tractor parts. They start that process, much like airline passengers, by checking in at the terminal’s gate, where scanners automatically read their container’s barcodes and a Maersk gate clerk talks to the truck driver via a speaker system. The driver receives a printed pass that tells them where to park so that a massive yard crane can haul their container from the truck’s chassis to a stack in the cargo yard, where it’s loaded onto a container ship and floated across an ocean—or that entire process in reverse order.

On the morning of June 27, Pablo Fernández was expecting dozens of trucks’ worth of cargo to be shipped out from Elizabeth to a port in the Middle East. Fernández is a so-called freight forwarder—a middleman whom cargo owners pay to make sure their property arrives safely at a destination halfway around the world. (Fernández is not his real name.)

At around 9 am New Jersey time, Fernández’s phone started buzzing with a succession of screaming calls from angry cargo owners. All of them had just heard from truck drivers that their vehicles were stuck outside Maersk’s Elizabeth terminal. “People were jumping up and down,” Fernández says. “They couldn’t get their containers in and out of the gate.”

That gate, a choke point to Maersk’s entire New Jersey terminal operation, was dead. The gate clerks had gone silent.

Soon, hundreds of 18-wheelers were backed up in a line that stretched for miles outside the terminal. One employee at another company’s nearby terminal at the same New Jersey port watched the trucks collect, bumper to bumper, farther than he could see. He’d seen gate systems go down for stretches of 15 minutes or half an hour before. But after a few hours, still with no word from Maersk, the Port Authority put out an alert that the company’s Elizabeth terminal would be closed for the rest of the day. “That’s when we started to realize,” the nearby terminal’s staffer remembers, “this was an attack.” Police began to approach drivers in their cabs, telling them to turn their massive loads around and clear out.
-- Andy Greenberg, "The Untold Story of NotPetya, The Most Devastating Cyberattack in History," Wired

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I worked in the Middle East and discovered that Palestinians were not citizens of anywhere and were used as a sort of political football by people like Qaddafi.
-- Anna in PDX, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

On Nov. 1, 1918, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers went on strike. So, with hardly any training, 23-year-old Brooklyn Rapid Transit employee Edward Luciano became a scab motorman. That evening, after toiling on the job for 10 consecutive hours, Luciano was assigned to drive a rush-hour Brighton Beach Line train (today’s B and Q line) home from Manhattan to the edge of Brooklyn. It was dark by then, the strike had caused delays, the line was a challenging one, and Luciano was unfamiliar with it, exhausted and intent on making up for lost time. Disaster awaited. Luciano lost control of the train almost immediately, not versed in the complex braking maneuvers necessary to ease the wooden five-car train along the stretch’s steep, curving tracks. ...

Driving the train at such a rapid clip that it was unable to brake for a station on its route, Luciano took a hairpin S-curve in a 6-mph zone at 44 mph. The train jumped the track and crashed into a concrete wall.

The wooden car roofs were sheared off. Glass from broken windows impaled bodies. The screams carried to the street, where a ticket seller called for the police. BRT electricians, not knowing the third rail had been ripped up in the wreck, assumed deliberate damage from union members and restored power — electrocuting dozens of survivors limping to safety. Ebbets Field became a makeshift hospital for the hundreds of injured. In all, the death toll clocked near 100.
-- Hannah Frishberg, "Inside the worst train wreck in NYC history," The New York Post

I said, "We need to get away from these houses, these buildings." It was nighttime. We could see the lights. He very calmly, to my surprise, said, "Hey, look this way. This looks good over here."
-- Eastwinds flight 517 Captain Brian Bishop, interviewed in "Air Crash Confidential: Tail Fin Mystery"

Great thing about writing--nobody gets to write over you.
-- Zanda Myrande, Facebook, comments

Mickey Spillane, Vulcan time-traveler, turned out to be both Guatama Buddha and Sun Tzu (and 19th-century mathematician John T. Graves, but that's not important right now.)
-- mds, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

While we were in the air we were told that we were having problems like this down in Washington, so... Uh, like I said, it was apparent it was a deliberate act, and that we were being attacked, and I thought it was basically the start of WWIII.
-- interviewee from "F-15 Pilot from the Mass ANG Recalls Morning of 9/11," YouTube

One of the dry cleaners that the Marines frequented to service their uniforms was ABC Cleaners, which operated out of a small, red- and white-painted building just across the highway from the base. Word traveled fast that they had the lowest prices, but the business produced more than money. Like any dry-cleaning outfit, it also produced tons of waste from the solvent used to clean the uniforms. According to a court deposition, ABC Cleaners used two to three 55-gallon drums of the solvent a month. That's about three gallons of muck a day. This dry-cleaning business is across the street from the entrance to my school. The owner used the toxic muck to fill potholes in his parking lot, and threw the rest into the drains.
-- Lori Lou Freshwater, "What Happened at Camp Lejeune," PS Magazine

Lies stay young forever.
-- @peteysaw, Twitter

She was the type, she wanted to know everything that was going on around her, and uh... She wouldn't take morphine. The day she died, she was really bad. She said, "Oh, Daddy," she said, "I...I really hurt," and I said, "I know honey." I said, "But you won't take morphine." She goes, "Um, maybe I better have some." Her nurse wiped the port off on her IV line and stuck the needle in, and was getting ready to push it, and Janey looked at her, and Janey said, "Stop!" And she looked back, and she said, "I want some of that for my daddy." And she [the nurse] said, "Janey, we cannot give this to your daddy." She said, "This is a very, very, very strong pain medicine." And Janey said...(starts to cry) Janey looked at her and said, "I know. My daddy's hurting too."
-- interview with Camp Lejeune water activist Jerry Ensminger, on the 1983 death of his 9 year old daughter Jane Yoshi Ensminger, in "Semper Fi: Always Faithful"

There's an elemental defect in the imaginations of these people, in which "progress," even defined under nominally liberal-ish terms, exists in no actual political outcome but in the tension between political forces. The tension must exist. In truth it must exist because that's how they make money - by commenting on the tension - but like all people who profit off of misery there must be some grander and more humane design underneath it.

Thus by this defect they are constantly engaged in rescuing the right-wing from its own depravity, because if the right-wing is discredited the tension disappears. The more consequential the depravity and attendant discreditation, the more daring the rescue attempt must be.
-- Sly, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

[M]ost Palestinians ... hear in their media is a relentless denial of any legitimacy of Jewish history. What Palestinians “know” about the Jews is that we invented our ancient presence here, distorted the archeological evidence, lied about the existence of a temple on the Temple Mount/Haram el Sharif. That is the normative and unchallenged account of my people’s story in your people’s public space. ... I have received some moving responses to my book from Palestinians who, along with their deep criticisms of Israel, write that the time has come for Palestinians to come to terms with the legitimacy of the Jewish presence. But almost all of them have asked that I not publicize their names because of fear of retribution. Can one publicly say, in Palestinian society today, that this land belongs to two peoples, that this is a conflict between two legitimate narratives, that the Jews are uprooted natives who returned home?

“It is our ignorance of your history and religion and attachment to the land that you seek to correct here,” you note sarcastically. At the same time, you write, with evident approval, that your books have been translated into Hebrew. I regard publishing Palestinian authors in Israel as essential. But should that process be only one way? I have had my book translated (and self-published) into Arabic for the same reason you have had your books translated into Hebrew: to offer the other side a glimpse into one’s reality. That, it seems to me, is an elementary responsibility of a writer.

The systematic campaign of the Palestinian national movement, across the political spectrum, to deny my people the legitimacy of its story has had a devastating impact on the Israeli public. How, Israelis ask, can we make peace with a national movement that so totally rejects our right to exist, even our right to our history? In addressing the question of what Palestinians don’t know about their Jewish neighbors, I am trying to get to the heart of why the occupation persists: Israeli fears of Palestinian intentions.
-- Yossi Klein HaLevi, Facebook

Literally the past is coming up from the ground to warn us that we are on the Dark Timeline
-- Jamie Banister, Facebook, comments (<a href="https://www.sciencealert.com/sinister-hunger-stones-dire-warnings-surfacing-european-heatwave-czech-drought-elbe-decin">Context</a> has noticed patterns in the past, and is pretty damn creepy to boot.)

[E]mbracing the dominant language comes at a price. Like a household that welcomes a new child, a single mind can’t admit a new language without some impact on other languages already residing there. Languages can co-exist, but they tussle, as do siblings, over mental resources and attention. When a bilingual person tries to articulate a thought in one language, words and grammatical structures from the other language often clamor in the background, jostling for attention. The subconscious effort of suppressing this competition can slow the retrieval of words—and if the background language elbows its way to the forefront, the speaker may resort to code-switching, plunking down a word from one language into the sentence frame of another.
-- Julie Sedivy, "The Strange Persistence of First Languages," Nautil.us

Before 1980, [lawyer Philip] White told me, social services typically steered child abuse victims away from court, because the process was thought to be too traumatic for the children and the cases were too hard to prove. White maintained that the fear of trauma had more to do with the adults’ discomfort than with the actual needs of the children. So he and some of his colleagues brought together social services, police, and probation officers and created a new set of protocols for how abuse should be addressed. White and his colleagues traveled around the state, and eventually the country, encouraging different agencies to work together, and educating mental health workers and teachers about how and why to report abuse. When prosecutors said they didn’t go after child sexual abuse because they couldn’t face the guilt of losing, White would reply, “If you don’t bring the case, how can you sleep?”

White’s team developed a way for children to testify on closed-circuit TV so they wouldn’t have to tell their story in front of their abuser. Whenever a young client testified, White threw a party, with cake and balloons and streamers. He told the children that regardless of how the case was decided, they had spoken their truth, and that was the victory.
-- Christine Kinneally, "We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph's Orphanage," Buzzfeed News

[A]s we all should remember, there's two entire classes of bona-fide Americans: ancestral Americans been here 5000 years, and black Americans, been here longer than anybody who came off the boat since 1865, and (because of the particular injustice visited upon them) just as rooted in our soil as any white Daughter of the American Revolution. And yet, these people are not treated as equal to other Americans, and never have been.
-- Chet Murthy, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

The EPA has established a maximum contaminant level goal of zero parts per billion for benzene in public drinking water systems. In 1980, Naval Facilities Engineering Command testing showed that one of the wells at Camp Lejeune measured 380 parts per billion.
-- Lori Lou Freshwater, "What Happened at Camp Lejeune," PS Magazine

In response to the cry for improved safety measures, “trippers,” a concept still in use today, were implemented to prevent trains from speeding and running red signals. The “dead man’s switch” was also birthed in the aftermath of the wreck: Should a motorman die, or let go of the controls for some other reason, a dead man’s switch will bring the train to a halt.
-- Hannah Frishberg, "Inside the worst train wreck in NYC history," The New York Post

Early in the operation, the IT staffers rebuilding Maersk’s network came to a sickening realization. They had located backups of almost all of Maersk’s individual servers, dating from between three and seven days prior to NotPetya’s onset. But no one could find a backup for one crucial layer of the company’s network: its domain controllers, the servers that function as a detailed map of Maersk’s network and set the basic rules that determine which users are allowed access to which systems.

Maersk’s 150 or so domain controllers were programmed to sync their data with one another, so that, in theory, any of them could function as a backup for all the others. But that decentralized backup strategy hadn’t accounted for one scenario: where every domain controller is wiped simultaneously. “If we can’t recover our domain controllers,” a Maersk IT staffer remembers thinking, “we can’t recover anything.”

After a frantic search that entailed calling hundreds of IT admins in data centers around the world, Maersk’s desperate administrators finally found one lone surviving domain controller in a remote office—in Ghana. At some point before NotPetya struck, a blackout had knocked the Ghanaian machine offline, and the computer remained disconnected from the network. It thus contained the singular known copy of the company’s domain controller data left untouched by the malware—all thanks to a power outage. “There were a lot of joyous whoops in the office when we found it,” a Maersk administrator says.

When the tense engineers in Maidenhead set up a connection to the Ghana office, however, they found its bandwidth was so thin that it would take days to transmit the several-hundred-gigabyte domain controller backup to the UK. Their next idea: put a Ghanaian staffer on the next plane to London. But none of the West African office’s employees had a British visa.

So the Maidenhead operation arranged for a kind of relay race: One staffer from the Ghana office flew to Nigeria to meet another Maersk employee in the airport to hand off the very precious hard drive. That staffer then boarded the six-and-a-half-hour flight to Heathrow, carrying the keystone of Maersk’s entire recovery process.
-- Andy Greenberg, "The Untold Story of NotPetya, The Most Devastating Cyberattack in History," Wired

This week Axios created a bit of a stir with a scoop about a spreadsheet circulating among Republicans in Congress, listing investigations they think Democrats are likely to carry out if they take the House. The thing about the list is that every item on it — starting with Donald Trump’s tax returns — is something that obviously <i>should</i> be investigated, and would have been investigated under any other president. But the people circulating the document simply take it for granted that Republicans won’t address any of these issues: Party loyalty will prevail over constitutional responsibility.
-- Paul Krugman, "Why It Can Happen Here," New York Times

I look forward to the extinction of crows from the "punching Nazis only makes them stronger" hot-takers having to eat them all.
-- TheHoarseShouterer, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

It was a catastrophe in every sense of the word. We found it unbelievably hard to believe that it was true.
-- NTSB investigator John Cox, interviewed in "Air Crash Confidential: Tail Fin Mystery," on the similarities between two (ultimately related) plane crashes

Conservatives love to compare taxes or any law they don't like to slavery. Only stopping to argue that actual slavery wasn't that bad.
-- Aaron Lynch, Facebook, comments

Drinking water standards beyond water clarity and general sanitation weren’t federally mandated until the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 (P.L. 93–523), which set maximum allowable standards for twenty-eight different substances. In 1979, due to new research on the harmful effects of VOCs, an interim standard to the Act was issued requiring testing of all community water sources for a VOC called trihalomethane (TTHM).3 The Department of Defense tried to get an exemption to the new requirement, claiming inadequate resources to conduct the tests. They were denied.
-- Laurel Beckley-Jackson, "'Don't Drink the Water': The Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Incident, Technical Report Archive & Image Library, from DttP: Documents to the People, Vol 44, No 4 (2016)

Losing your native tongue unmoors you not only from your own early life but from the entire culture that shaped you. You lose access to the books, films, stories, and songs that articulate the values and norms that you’ve absorbed. You lose the embrace of an entire community or nation for whom your family’s odd quirks are not quirks all. You lose your context. This disconnection can be devastating. A 2007 study led by Darcy Hallett found that in British Columbian native communities in which fewer than half of the members could converse in their indigenous language, young people killed themselves six times more often than in communities where the majority spoke the native language. In the Midwestern U.S., psychologist Teresa LaFromboise and her colleagues found that American-Indian adolescents who were heavily involved in activities focused on their traditional language and traditions did better at school and had fewer behavior problems than kids who were less connected to their traditional cultures—in fact, cultural connectedness buffered them against adolescent problems more than having a warm and nurturing mother. Such benefits appear to span continents: In 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that aboriginal youth who spoke their traditional language were less likely to binge drink or use illegal drugs.
-- Julie Sedivy, "The Strange Persistence of First Languages," Nautil.us

The mike, having been dropped, then proceeded to bore a hole right through to the center of the earth by virtue of its sheer mike-ly density and heat.
-- Davis X. Machina, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Another, who had been at the orphanage in the 1920s, called to tell her story, weeping in fear that God would punish her for saying it aloud.
-- Christine Kinneally, "We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph's Orphanage," Buzzfeed News

There are effectively only two retirement plans for most of us born after the greater Randening of the 80's: eating lead or socialism. Let's fight for the latter.
-- Pavel A, Facebook, comments

Off Empire Boulevard, though, there’s still a one-block stretch called Malbone Street. No plaques adorn it or the police precinct a block away in memoriam; only for those who know does the little strip feel somewhat ominous. “I’ve never seen them, but I’m told that you can see the dents in the wall from where the train crashed,” [historian Joseph] Raskin says of the tunnel, still in use, in the Prospect Park stop where the carnage occurred. There was a minor derailment there a couple years ago, Raskin recalls, and although no one was hurt, it was thick with déjà vu.
-- Hannah Frishberg, "Inside the worst train wreck in NYC history," The New York Post

And Death's voice was urging me to come, and to close my eyes, and sleep. And I knew that "sleep" meant "sleep forever."
-- 7/7 London Tube bombing survivor Gill Hicks, interviewed in "The Miracle of Carriage 346"

The problem with the whole asylum system is that virtually everyone requesting it is a foreigner.
-- Davis X. Machina, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

I've been fighting this at Camp Lejeune for 12 years, and they, you, you know what I told the Commandant of the Marine Corps? I said, "You know when I'm going to quit? Either when you do what's right by our people, and live up to our motto, or when you pat me in the face with a shovel and blow Taps over my dead ass; that's when I'm quittin'."
-- Jerry Ensminger, interviewed in "Semper Fi: Always Faithful"

In the meantime, Maersk staffers worked with whatever tools were still available to them. They taped paper documents to shipping containers at APM ports and took orders via personal Gmail accounts, WhatsApp, and Excel spreadsheets. “I can tell you it’s a fairly bizarre experience to find yourself booking 500 shipping containers via WhatsApp, but that’s what we did,” one Maersk customer says.
-- Andy Greenberg, "The Untold Story of NotPetya, The Most Devastating Cyberattack in History," Wired

There is an amazing and terrible museum in Koln, Germany: the Museum of National Socialism. On the upper floors are videos of Hitler’s early speeches and rallies: he attacks the elite and the press and uses fear, straw men, repeated lies, and racism to enrage his audience. At times the resemblance to a Trump rally is almost perfect. At this time Hitler was thought by Germany’s leaders to be an idiotic boor who would never rise to power.
In the basement are the interrogation cells of the Gestapo, with the graffiti of the victims still on the walls. They were in operation less than a decade after the above assessment.
-- Richard Williams MD, New York Times, comments

“Dear Bill … To this day, C will not enter a closet if it has a hanging light.”
-- text from a letter sent to Church attorney Bill O'Brien, in Christine Kinneally, "We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph's Orphanage," Buzzfeed News

Some people look at the world and bemoan the fact that it can be a bad place. Some people look at the world and work to make it a better place. And some people look at the world, and wonder what they can to to increase misery, to make suffering widespread, and to sow fear among all other peoples.
-- Derelict, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

I can't remember who said it, but somebody pointed out recently that it's fucked up that a LIVING wage is now seen as an extreme of liberal thought. As if "people deserve to live" were a radical thought, and the right to a wage where you can thrive is unthinkable. People don't need a living wage, they need a thriving one. It's essential to the pursuit of happiness, you can't be happy if you are merely subsisting.
-- Doug Adkins II, Facebook, comments

The chemical stew found at Lejeune is made of volatile organic compounds. They are able to vaporize, and, with ultimate stealth, to enter soil and air as gases, which then become your invisible companions. Finally, they come for the ones you love.
-- Lori Lou Freshwater, "What Happened at Camp Lejeune," PS Magazine

The remains of more than 150 people were discovered at an Irish laundry where unmarried pregnant teens were sent to work. As many as 400 babies and children were found in unmarked graves at Smyllum Park, a Scottish orphanage, with no records to say who they were. The unmarked graves of 25 children were found at the site of an old boarding school in the Blackfeet Nation, Montana. What has been described as a significant amount of remains — it’s unclear just how many bodies — of babies and even children as old as 3 were found in the sewer system at the site of a mother and baby home in Tuam, Galway, in Ireland. The remains of dozens of boys were unearthed at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. Some of these incidents prompted official inquiries; just last week, Scottish police arrested a dozen people, mostly nuns, for abuse at the Smyllum Park orphanage. But in the United States, at least, nothing has prompted an investigation into the orphanage system as a whole. What happened to the millions of children who survived it — and to the unknowable numbers who did not — remains a secret and a shame.
-- Christine Kinneally, "We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph's Orphanage," Buzzfeed News

One day, a rumor circulated that a Moscow store would receive a shipment of shoes. A long queue formed immediately outside the store. After an hour or so, the manager emerged and announced, “We will not receive enough shoes for everyone. Jews, go home.” A few hours later he emerged again and said, “We will not receive enough shoes. All non-veterans, go home.” A few hours later he emerged yet again and said, “We will not receive enough shoes to accommodate everyone. All those who are not members of the Communist Party, go home.” As dusk fell, he emerged for a final time and said, “No shoes today. Everyone go home.” As two exhausted and shivering loyal Communist Party members, both World War II veterans, walked away, one turned to the other and bitterly proclaimed, “Those Jews, they have all the luck!”
-- Soviet Jewish joke, quoted in Deborah Lipstadt, "Jeremy Corbyn’s Ironically Ahistorical Anti-Semitism," The Atlantic

At the most recent conference in June, the ALA Council amended the Library Bill of Rights to state that public libraries if public libraries provided meeting space for civic, religious, cultural or sports groups, they were required to provide meeting space to hate groups. The language explicitly referencing hate groups was added at the last minute, and there was no opportunity for debate on the amendment. The Office of Intellectual Freedom claimed that this was to protect libraries from lawsuits. Members pointed out that allowing groups that use eliminationist rhetoric and promote genocide created an atmosphere of fear and hostility for library patrons and staff who were the targets of such rhetoric. The OIF chair responded with dismissive comments about people expecting libraries to be "safe spaces" and implying that those of us who don't want Nazis to be treated like any other group are censoring conservatives. It's gotten extremely ugly.

What the ever-loving blue-eyed fuck. Yes I damn well do expect public libraries to be safe spaces. Stock all the Nazi books you want, but you don't have to let Nazis Nazi in your meeting rooms.
-- Darkrose and Hogan, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Yet to misquote Leon Trotsky, even if China isn’t interested in becoming a superpower, superpower may be interested in it.
-- Marc Champion, "What Does a Chinese Superpower Look Like? Nothing Like the U.S.," Bloomberg

It was happening in Canada too. In Montreal, less than 100 miles north of Burlington, former residents of Catholic orphanages were now coming forward to say that as long ago as the 1930s and as recently as 1965, they had been subjected to the most extraordinary abuse. ... The survivors called themselves the Children of Duplessis, after Maurice Duplessis, Quebec’s conservative Catholic premier for much of the 1940s and 1950s. Duplessis observed that orphanages received only half the amount for each resident that hospitals and mental institutions received. So, working with the church and the medical establishment of the province, he engineered a plan to reclassify thousands of abandoned children as “deficients.”

As many as 5,000 children who had previously shown normal intelligence were diagnosed as “mentally handicapped.” Their education ceased. And they were pulled out of the orphanages where they had lived and moved into mental institutions. Often it was the defiant ones who were shipped off first. Some orphanages were simply rebranded as asylums, and untrained nuns were elevated to the status of psychiatric nurses — armed not just with their wooden paddles but with all the tools for treating mental illness in the 1950s, including restraints and intravenous sedatives.
-- Christine Kinneally, "We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph's Orphanage," Buzzfeed News


Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
4:28 pm
Quotes, For G-d's Sake, Don't Drink the Water Edition
Broflakes fall together, creating adverse travel conditions and impediments to progress everywhere.
-- Thirtyish, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

HR at my work just called me and i thought i was in trouble for something but they just let me know my 11-year-old sister has been commenting on their instagram every day telling them to give me a raise
-- @natfos, Twitter

Great thing about writing--nobody gets to write over you.
-- Zanda Myrande, Facebook, comments

Imagine emerging into the sun after 17 long years spent lying underground, only for your butt to fall off.
-- Ed Yong, "This Parasite Drugs Its Hosts With the Psychedelic Chemical in Shrooms," The Atlantic

Long long long response set value to test long long long label Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for "lorem ipsum" will uncover many websites still in their infancy
-- text from screenshot in closed case, observed at work

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Current Mood: nauseated
Sunday, July 29th, 2018
6:20 pm
Quotes, Felled by Fatigue Edition
[G]uns are really just Asshole Amplification Devices.
-- uykhvasdrvtjyku, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

I had a heart attack this morning. Can't do any more drugs 'til lunch.
-- House, "House: Wilson's Heart"

HANNAH (spoken):
“Beulah and I still keep in touch- she even came to visit me in New York.
And I’ll still phone her if I hear a really stupid joke.
Beulah- why are Newfoundlanders really terrible at knock knock jokes?”
BEULAH (spoken):
“I dunno, Hannah.”
HANNAH (spoken):
“Well, try it- I’ll be a Newfoundlander.”
BEULAH (spoken):
“Knock knock!”
HANNAH (spoken):
“Come on in- the door’s open!”
-- lyrics from Come From Away finale

[Y]ears ago I worked at a law firm, and one of the partners - a nice, smart guy - was both wealthy (old money plus his own earnings) and an avid skier. One time a bunch of us were just talking casually and I asked him what part of the world was his favorite place to ski. And he said "Chernobyl". Our mouths dropped open and we started to giggle and I said, "Than makes sense: you can ski all night long because the trees glow". Then he turned red and said "Grenoble! I meant Grenoble!" We teased him a lot about that; he was a good sport about it.
-- Maggielle, Alicublog, comments

Early on in Pyongyang, Otto and the other Young Pioneers were led aboard the U.S.S. Pueblo, an American Navy spy ship that had been seized by the North Koreans in 1968 and today serves as an odd tourist attraction. While they toured the ship, the Young Pioneers were regaled by a North Korean who told the foreign visitors about capturing the ship from the “imperial enemy.” The 82 American sailors captured on the Pueblo were beaten and starved for 11 months before finally being released. For Otto, the story made clear what he had perhaps overlooked before: that he was in enemy territory. Even though the Korean War had stalemated in 1953, the lack of a peace agreement meant that the North was technically still at war with the South and its ally, the U.S. Stepping from the boat, Otto “was a little bit shocked,” said Danny Gratton, an impish British 40-something greeting-card salesman who was his roommate for the tour.

But Gratton and the other tourists, a mix of Canadians, Australians, Europeans, and at least one other American, helped Otto laugh off that dark knowledge, nicknaming him “Imperial Enemy”—as in, “Hey, Imperial Enemy, want another beer?”
-- Doug Bock Clark, "The Untold Story of Otto Warmbier, American Hostage," GQ

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Current Mood: exhausted
Friday, July 20th, 2018
7:39 pm
Quotes, Maniac, Maniac on the Job Edition
It's appallingly unfair to compare Kavanaugh to Ted Bundy. One will be remembered for all of the deaths, pain and tragedy he caused. Bundy was a mass murderer.

The other, of course, involves orcs. :)
-- nominal and Anna in PDX, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

I imagine it going like:
MAY: I invited Trump, we need a state dinner, all that shit.
QUEEN: You fucking WHAT?
MAY: He's the president. State visit.
QUEEN: Not in my reality, and it's the one that counts, because QUEEN, bish.
MAY: I already invited him.
QUEEN: Not my prob.
MAY: But we need a state visit! We need to appease him! He likes pomp and glitter!
QUEEN: Appeasement my ass. I know how that always ends.
MAY: Fine, we'll downgrade to a working visit.
QUEEN: Have fun with that.
-- @samuraiknitter, Twitter

We had two types of dinner [at our wedding] because we thought English people won't eat Indian food that much. So we did English roast chicken, ham sandwiches, and all that, samosa and all that. But what actually happened was everyone ate the Indian food first, and English food, nobody touched it. (laughs)
-- Dilip Patel, husband of patient, interviewed in "24 Hours in A&E: Til Death Do Us Part"

Oh, yeah! Penthouse Forum meets medical mystery! Maybe there is a God.
-- House, "House: Lucky Thirteen"

“I want a life with people that is almost explosive in its excitement,” she wrote,“fierce and hard and laughing and loud and gay as all hell let loose.” It seems to me she had that life—and that it’s one worth looking at. Even searching for. “Why should I be a footnote to someone else’s life?” she once asked. Perhaps it’s up to us now to make sure that can’t—won’t—happen.
-- Paula McLain, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase." Town and Country

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Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
8:56 pm
Quotes, Energy Edition
Ah, yes, 1982, a fine year... wait, why does everything Jello screamed about keep coming true?
-- Bilo Sagdiyev, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments, on "Bleed for Me" by the Dead Kennedys

Intern: It's completely divorced from humanity!
House: Me and Humanity, we got together too young...
-- dialogue from "House: Twenty Vicodin"

Humidity is just a fancy way of saying even the air is sweating.
-- @Darlainky, Twitter

My 4 year old had been raised with the fact that "booty" and "shut up" are bad words. One day he was mad at me, and called me a "booty shut up".
-- Tinferbrains, Reddit, comments

In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool.
-- Abraham Lincoln, quoted at Alicublog

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
9:36 pm
Quotes, The Trudeau/Harper/Schiff Jam Band Edition, Special All-LGM Issue
Telling truth to power is only effective when an audience cares about truth. When all they care about is power it's about as useful as telling interior design to waterfowl.
-- Nobdy, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

One of my great-uncles was a priest and a bit of a grifter. As Mom used to put it: “He wants everyone to get on the train to see Jesus, and he’ll wave them goodby from the station.”
-- Bobby Tolberto, AKA TDA, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

This reality series is a hot mess. Scandal-action scene-scandal-scandal-retread of 80s bad guys... Does anyone write for plot or character development anymore? Next up, the Bill Casey as the man in black.
-- BobOso, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments, on current reality

"You weak, vegan, effeminate, frooty, sensitive, snowflake, unmartial, unpatriotic, gunless, unmanly, skinny-armed, metrosexual sissies are BULLYING me!!"
-- BiloSagdiyev, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

As I recall it, the last time we invaded Canuckistan, our neighbors to the north handed us our asses as parting gifts to take back home with us.

Who knew those motherfuckers stand on guard?
-- Derelict and N__B, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

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Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
9:13 pm
Quotes, We Are Starstuff/Nuclear Waste Edition
We're the introverts! We're here! We're uncomfortable! We want to go home!
-- Major Kong, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Stephen and Adam Baldwin, Scott Baio and Tim Allen starting their own conservative comedy sitcom would be like a bunch of overweight 5'5 50-year-old white guys starting their own NBA team.
-- Honest Abe Lincoln, Facebook, comments

[Screw Magazine cofounder] Al Goldstein once claimed “the only reason that Jews are in pornography is that we think that Christ sucks.”
-- Bill Black, "Why the Alt-Right Thinks Porn is a Jewish Conspiracy," Mel Magazine

She was a great man, whose only fault was that she was a woman.
-- Voltaire, on Emilie du Chatelet, quoted in "Nova: E=mc2"

I hated my pet rock. He had sex with another rock and had pebbles everywhere
-- DiedrichVK, Reddit, comments

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Current Mood: tired
Monday, May 28th, 2018
8:29 pm
Quotes, Feelin' Hot Hot Hot Edition
Steven Wright sometimes uses the line, "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" I always thought the obvious answer to this would be, "Everywhere".
-- Hercules Grytpype-Thinne, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

While Holmes was fast to catch on to engineering concepts, Balwani was often out of his depth during engineering discussions. To hide it, he had a habit of repeating technical terms he heard others using. During a meeting with Khannah’s team, he latched onto the term “end effector,” which signifies the claws at the end of a robotic arm. Except Balwani didn’t hear “end effector,” he heard “endofactor.” For the rest of the meeting, he kept referring to the fictional endofactors. At their next meeting with Balwani two weeks later, Khannah’s team brought a PowerPoint presentation titled “Endofactors Update.” As Khannah flashed it on a screen with a projector, the five members of his team stole furtive glances at one another, nervous that Balwani might become wise to the prank. But he didn’t bat an eye and the meeting proceeded without incident. After he left the room, they burst out laughing.

Khannah and his team also got Balwani to use the obscure engineering term “crazing.” It normally refers to a phenomenon that produces fine cracks on the surface of a material, but Khannah and his colleagues used it liberally and out of context to see if they could get Balwani to repeat it, which he did. Balwani’s knowledge of chemistry was no better. He thought the chemical symbol for potassium was P (it’s K; P is the symbol for phosphorus)—a mistake most high school chemistry students wouldn’t make.
-- John Carreyrou, "A New Look Into Theranos' Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," Wired

Anxiety is a bitch! Like, "is this my intuition talking or the batshit crazy voice in my head that fucks with me daily? How can I hear the difference?"
-- Courtney Dosch, Facebook, comments

It's known as "SLF," which means "Stitch Like...I won't finish it."
-- cardiothoracic surgeon, interviewed in "Surgeons: Episode 2"

The gate of dreams had reopened. [I]n the train of religion came little puffs of theosophy, mysticism, esoteric faith, occultism to visit the chambers of the Western mind.
-- Romain Rolland, 1910, quoted in Pankaj Mishra, "Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism," The New York Review of Books, NYBooks Daily

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Current Mood: hot
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
3:11 pm
Quotes, it's Work, Who Knew? Edition
I'm trying to think of a way to mash up Idiocracy with The Handmaid's Tale, and all I can visualize is Mike Pence.
-- mds, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Deep nerd shade. The very best kind.
-- @DubPip, Twitter

MAKE MORE BLIMPS, THEY'RE INTRIGUING!
-- King_Steve62, Reddit, comments

I'm becoming convinced that Atlas Shrugged IS a roadmap to a better future, only not in the way its author or adherents think. Like, how do we get these people to go away faster.
-- Gin and Tacos, Facebook, comments

I saw that Philip Roth died today. I admit that my first thought was, “I suppose we’ll all be able to read about it in his next novel.”
-- NineDragonSpot, Balloon Juice, comments

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Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
5:10 pm
Quotes, Shut Out Again Edition
Disabilities now get their very own lawyers?
What a brave new world!
-- smartalek, Layers, Guns, and Money, comments

North Korea is, by the Nazis-were-socialists standpoint, the freest goddamn country in the known world.
-- AngryWarthogBreath, Alicublog, comments

I was located at my station at Fire Station 112 on Terminal Island, about 7:35, somewhere along there in the evening. As I looked out that window, a tremendous pressure wave hit us. We call this a self-announcing alarm.
-- LAFD Fireboat Pilot (Ret.) Bill Dahlquist, interviewed in "Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters - Sansinena Explosion"

I slept through stats but “I believe wholeheartedly that all x are y” doesn’t seem like something you could put a p-value on
-- @Snowpdx, Twitter, comments

There is a reason the Canadian flag is only white and red. White in winter and sunburned af in summer.
-- Riley Patterson, Facebook, comments

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Current Mood: sick
Friday, April 27th, 2018
6:13 pm
Quotes, A Bucket of Nothin' Tea Edition
I'm on a waiting list for *my* adamantium skeleton - socialised healthcare is the WORST.
-- Ash, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Libertarians are a fun lot. They're sure that they use no undue resources yet can't seem to get off the first world's teat.
-- Phillip Battista, Facebook, comments

A man once got mad bc my ma asked me for a tampon in Punjabi + demanded we speak English so my ma asked him if he had a tampon + he ran away.
-- @AGlasgowGirl, Twitter

...97% fearmongering and links to whale.to...
-- description of an article quoted in Clay Jones, "Separating Fact from Fiction in Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Anti-D Immunoglobulin for the Prevention of Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn," Science-Based Medicine

The National Non Sequitur Society - we may not make sense, but we do like pizza!
-- Pere Ubu, Alicublog, comments

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Current Mood: disappointed
Friday, April 20th, 2018
3:27 pm
Quotes, How I Wish I Were in LA Now Edition
"Jesus, take the joystick, pedals, throttle, flaps, landing gear, altimeter, fuel gauges, reserve fuel gauges..."
-- BiloSagdiyev, Laywers, Guns, and Money, comments, on "sappy country songs" for pilots

What doesn't kill me kinda makes me want to give it a try.
-- D Sidhe, Alicublog, comments

I try to be a good person, but it has been indicated that if I keep ordering the big bags of cat litter from the Internet the UPS guy is going to put out a hit on me.
-- @linanneblack, Twitter

I'll tell you: Rabbonim [rabbis] go to the bathroom.
-- Rabbi Dovid Kaplan, live class on Chassidic thought, on Facebook

The nudist trip to Manitoulin Island has been cancelled due to an unfortunate misunderstanding with the vice squad. Anyone who wants to contribute bail money should contact Doug's wife.
-- status update for "TV Nerds," 2018 April 18, nerdpit.ca

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Current Mood: exhausted
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
1:01 am
Quotes, Where Has the Spring Gone?
They've moved the "Overton Window" so far over to the right it's left the house and it's sitting on the lawn.
-- MikeEss, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

After the School of Hard Knocks diploma you can get a doctorate online from the Dunning Kruger Technical Institute.
-- Carina Liley, Facebook, comments

When all you Clinton is a Clinton, every Clinton looks Clinton Clinton.

Our Clinton who art in Clinton, Clinton be thy name...
-- @edroso and @Biggsium, Twitter

If, like me, you get the sense that this shit runs jauntily alongside National Socialism, fear not, because remember!—Peterson disdains ideology. He’s far more interested in the mystical proto-scientific guff that, hey, if you’re up for it, provides the scaffolding behind toxic ideologies.
-- Richard Popliak, "Richard Poplak sets Jordan B Peterson’s house in order: a (scorching) review of 12 Rules For Life," Johannesburg Review of Books

If Canada geese were human, they would be lounging around all day doing nothing, claiming every welfare benefit in the book, driving their neighbours out of town and notching up ASBOs [Anti-Social Behaviour Orders] around the clock. While numbers have quadrupled in the last 40 years, local authorities and landowners - hampered by the law - have fought a losing battle to keep their numbers at bay.
-- Robert Hardman, "Canada Geese Deserve ASBOs," The Daily Mail

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Current Mood: depressed
Saturday, April 7th, 2018
11:37 pm
Quotes, Plagues Edition
The Trump Show is a bunch of people who can't plan a one-dish microwave meal.
-- Captain Oblivious, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

When Skylab reentered my Grandfather and his friend placed a section of an old airplane wing, that they had charred and melted in order for it to appear to be burned. They painted “Sk” on the wing. They did this late one night. At their neighbor’s house. Once it was on the roof they jumped up and down on the roof till they heard their friend wake up then they ran. Their neighbor was really excited and called every government agency he could think of. The three of them told that story around the campfire for decades afterwards.
-- Neil Blankenship, Facebook, comments

"Alpha Male" the early version of a male, before testing and bug fixes. Unstable and not suitable for the public
-- @lunafae_eclipse, Twitter

"Crisis actor" and "deep state" are both warning bells to let you know you're speaking with the dangerously moronic.

I call such warning bells "twit signals"; they signal that the speaker is a twit.

Just like "fiat money"!
-- AGoodQustion, paradoctor, and D Sidhe, Alicublog, comments

I’ll spare you the pseudoscience that follows, but perhaps the most risible aspect of Peterson’s outlook is that social relations can’t be governed by kindness, nor can they be tweaked for fairness. It’s been proven that serotonin can be self-administered by a simple change in attitude, he tells us, so stop complaining about being discriminated against and change your posture. (This is an actual Petersonism, I shit you not.)
-- Richard Popliak, "Richard Poplak sets Jordan B Peterson’s house in order: a (scorching) review of 12 Rules For Life," Johannesburg Review of Books

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