White House Not Seeing Policy Implications of Having Misogynists in Power, Russia Will Keep Persecuting Gays During Winter Olympics, Seattle Civil Rights Office Considers “Citizen” and “Brown Bag” Potentially Offensive Words: P.M. Links

  • racist!THERKD/Foter.comJohn Kerry promises Pakistan the US drone campaign in the country will end soon because the drones have “eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it.”
  • The White House does not appear to believe there are any policy implications to having sexually harassing misogynists like Anthony Weiner and the mayor of San Diego represent Democrats.
  • Samantha Power was sworn in as US ambassador to the UN today after the Senate approved the nomination by an 87-10 vote.
  • Russia reiterated it will not suspend its crackdown on gays and gay rights activists during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, despite claims by the IOC to the contrary.
  • Seattle’s civil rights office has banned the use of the words “citizen” and “brown bag” by city employees because they could be potentially offensive.
  • Morocco may legalize the cultivation of marijuana; the country already does not ban its recreational use.
  • Edward Snowden has settled into an undisclosed location in Russia but misses his girlfriend. Obama may skip a planned summit with Vladimir Putin because of the issue.
  • Someone new will answer to ”Doctor who?”

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  • Rich||

    Fist.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Russia reiterated it will not suspend its crackdown on gays and gay rights activists during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi...

    You pick Putin as your host, you get what you ask for.

  • AuH20||

    They're just afraid of losing to Johnny Weir

  • ||

    Edward Snowden has settled into an undisclosed location in Russia but misses his girlfriend. Obama may skip a planned summit with Vladimir Putin because of the issue.

    You don't know how lucky you are, boy! Back in the USSSR!

  • NeonCat||

    It's a good thing for Snowden that he likes the ladies, otherwise Putin may have said nyet.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He may have bribed Vlad with a picture of his girlfriend.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Rasputin v. Stalin v. Lenin v. Gorbachev . Putin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT2z0nrsQ8o

  • CatoTheElder||

    Those Ukraine girls just knock me out.
    They leave the West behind.

    Sadly for Mr. Snowden, Ukraine didn't give him sanctuary.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Did someone say...sanctuary?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I8mWG6HlmU

  • Drake||

    He was dating a stripper. Shouldn't be too hard to find one in Russia.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The White House does not appear to believe there are any policy implications to having sexually harassing misogynists like Anthony Weiner and the mayor of San Diego represent Democrats.

    Just wait until NOW chimes in. Oh boy, you just wait.

  • Aresen||

    But they are Team Blue misogynists!

  • Sevo||

    "Oh boy, you just wait."

    Arms crossed, tapping my toe.

  • db||

    99,999,999,999...
    99,999,999,998...
    99,999,999,997...

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Stay out of those airport men's rooms.

  • Acosmist||

    Homophobic much?

  • DJF||

    Yeah, just like they jumped in when Clinton was screwing interns and being accused of rape. They put on their cheerleader costumes and joined the reelect Clinton team.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    They put on freakin' kneepads.

  • Doctor Whom||

    My liberal Facebook friends are all over it.

    And the earth is flat.

  • PapayaSF||

    Apparently it's OK to harass, grope and even rape women as long as you vote for abortion rights. Interesting.

  • Warrren||

    Is there a license I can get? I'll have it laminated and wear it on a lanyard around me neck.

  • Warrren||

    *my

  • califernian||

    Apparently it's OK to be or support any kind of horrible thing as long as you vote for abortion rights. Interesting.

    FTFY

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Steve McQueen's Pioneer Moon Ranch for sale.

  • db||

    Reasonably priced.

  • Gus||

    A super old bike of his is at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Chicago (formerly housed in Mount Vernon, IL. It's so old that the frame is where the gasoline is held.

  • Warrren||

    So a frame crack equals a gas leak?

  • Gus||

    Pretty much. Still a cool looking bike.

  • JW||

    ProL will be disappointed that it's not actually on the Moon.

  • Warrren||

    Also that Moonwalking was not invented by Moonmen.

  • Gus||

    Baby deer killed in raid of animal shelter

    Do you remember the part of the Disney classic ‘Bambi’ where 13 heavily armed officers swarm into the forest to shoot and kill him?
    Me either.

    But something similar happened recently in Wisconsin, reports The Washington Times.

    The baby deer, named ‘Giggles’ because she was a clear threat to society, had been dropped off at a Kenosha, Wisc., no-kill animal shelter by a family that was concerned the woodland creature had been abandoned by its mother.

    A worker at the shelter was shocked when the Department of Natural Resources agents and four deputies bristling with guns invaded and shot Giggles and took her out in a body bag.

  • Aresen||

    This was blogged here yesterday.

  • Ted S.||

    I'm glad to see my training to get other people complaining about repeating stories is paying off. :-)

  • ||

    You could off Longteroso as the next step.

  • Gus||

    Again, not everyone has all day to read every effin' post on H&R.

  • Ed||

    They should be reading mine though :-o

  • ||

    I think the proper response, at least in the circles I used to run in, is "old".

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    It's shit like this that makes me want to puke when shits like Obama say "the government is us." I would never in a million years be such a heartless piece of shit.

    I have no moral objection to hunting but this is not hunting. And I don't believe any hunter with his salt would pull this crap either. As a Wisconsinite I'm pissed this happened in my home state.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • ||

    Keep your friends close and your possible genetic clones of Adolf Hilter closer.

  • JW||

    And still collecting its pension.

  • Tejicano||

    Good thing he didn't open the other crate with the arc of the covenant in it. That could have been a problem.

  • Gbob||

    You know what other German found women hidden away in an attic?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Obama may skip a planned summit with Vladimir Putin because of the issue.

    Where's Shrillary's reset button when you need it?

  • Drake||

    I hope he skips it - the though of our President getting Alpha-maled that badly kind of scares me. Can Obama even look Putin in the eyes?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • Ted S.||

    I wonder if I could get a vanity plate reading WARTY.

  • db||

    W4RTY DNG

    WRTY HGMN

  • Warrren||

    AMPRSND

  • ||

    "FCANCER" is prohibited with the reason: "Abusive, Obscene Language and Derogatory Slang"

    Seriously? Who out there is going to be offended by that sentiment? Is there some large population of cancer groupies we don't know about?

  • NoVAHockey||

    It's Canada. The NHL has "Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness" month a season or two ago. I think it's safe to say that Canadians are pro cancer.

  • Warrren||

    They use their fighting to promote a cause?

    Five minutes for fighting AND a gold star for increasing awareness?

  • Careless||

    Wow, that's not a joke.

  • ||

    Wow, they really cover every stretch of the imagination possible. Under the drugs/alcohol group, they prohibited:

    BENNIE09 (probably someone's name and graduation year)
    SNO.WHITE (they don't allow snow anything -- come on, it's Ontario, for Pete's sake)
    ZOMBIEDT (???)

  • PapayaSF||

    GPSYSPRT = Human Rights Discrimination
    MINGER.1 = Human Rights Discrimination
    KAZZU = Sexual Meaning and Eliminatory Functions
    HKR4LIFE= Sexual Meaning and Eliminatory Functions
    PEOWPEOW = Sexual Meaning and Eliminatory Functions

    Oh, give me a friggin' break.....

  • Generic Stranger||

    "05 BUBBA" is prohibited for Violence/Criminal Activity; apparently they've outlawed rednecks in Canada...

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Well, it's about time, eh?

  • Acosmist||

    Poor Rowsdower!

  • JW||

    46 CAZZU Sexual Meaning and Eliminatory Functions

    The Canucks just keep getting weirder and weirder..

  • Agammamon||

    Geez, with all the forbidden categories they have its a wonder anyone gets a personalized plate

  • ||

    Global rise in violence linked to climate change

    US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war.

    The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place.

    The study is published in Science.

    Marshall Burke, from the University of California, Berkeley, said: "This is a relationship we observe across time and across all major continents around the world. The relationship we find between these climate variables and conflict outcomes are often very large."

    The researchers looked at 60 studies from around the world, with data spanning hundreds of years.

    They report a "substantial" correlation between climate and conflict.

    Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US.

    Is there anything climate change can't do?

  • Irish||

    The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place.

    But the worldwide crime rate and the amount of overall violence has dropped precipitously over the last 20 years, a time in which the Earth has gotten warmer.

  • Calidissident||

    Quit messing with the narrative

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    It's studies like these that lend credence to the argument that people create studies for the purpose of getting government funding. Of course the government will give this person money if it justifies doing something about "climate change."

  • Warrren||

    Sounds like a good thing to do a study on.

  • califernian||

    More importantly, the government pays for studies that justify ratcheting up the police state.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    In defense of Red trousers

  • Aresen||

    It's The Daily Telegraph, not a quality paper like National Enquirer.

  • ||

    Are you enthusiastic about them?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    I've never tried to wear Red Trousers.

  • ||

    I'm a little shocked to hear this. Your username is terribly misleading.

  • Warrren||

    Maybe he dresses like an archduchess.

  • ||

    I suppose he could be enthusiastic about the pants of others.

  • Gus||

    In Soviet Union red trousers wear you!

  • ||

    I recently found my old pair of cream colored jeans. I'm thinking of wearing them out this weekend to annoy my wife.

  • Slammer||

    The words cream and jeans in a single sentence riles these sick fuckers up.

  • Ted S.||

    Would they write in defense of Red Lobster, too?

  • Warrren||

    The Applebees of seafood. The rolls are good though.

  • Gus||

    That is far too complimentary to either joint.

  • Killazontherun||

    I kind of hate their cheese biscuits.

  • Warrren||

    GET THE FUCK OUT!

  • Hugh Akston||

    Russia reiterated it will not suspend its crackdown on gays and gay rights activists during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, despite claims by the IOC to the contrary.

    So the 100-meter fag drag will still be an event? What about greco-roman wrestling?

  • ||

    Bah they're phasing out greco-roman. Besides that's summer olympics.

  • Ted S.||

    I believe there's a vote this autumn to determine the last event on the 2020 calendar, and that wrestling is one of three sports in the running for that spot. (I can't remember the other two.)

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I'm surprised they haven't removed the shooting/marksmanship events. Because gun violence.

  • Ted S.||

    I think we've learned from Jesse that it's Turkish oil wrestling that's the gay form of wrestling.

  • ||

    Don't be silly Ted, ALL wrestling is gay, Turkish oil wrestling is so manly it doesn't give a shit if you think it's gay.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Turkish oil wrestling--the Theban Sacred Band of the grappling world.

  • B.P.||

    Luge doubles is a bit eyebrow-raising.

  • Warrren||

    What about luge double-penetration?

  • Rich||

    Mr. Kerry said: “I think the president has a very real timeline, and we hope it’s going to be very, very soon.”

    Good Lord, John! Just *listen* to yourself!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wait, wasn't he all about American war crimes forty years ago? You've changed, man.

  • Ted S.||

    They're not war crimes when Our Team is committing them.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wait, Johnson was a Republican?

  • Irish||

    He's a Republican when he did the war stuff but a Democrat when he saved all the poor people with his noble and selfless War on Poverty.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Okay, thanks for clarifying.

  • R C Dean||

    A true bipartisan, that LBJ.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I heard that he used to make staffers attend him while he was using the crapper. Not to mention his almost getting busted having dead people vote him into the Senate, but that's another matter.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    LB Jaaaay....allll the waaaay...braaainsss...

  • Gladstone||

    Nah they just act like 'Nam was all Nixon.

  • Pro Libertate||

    When did Kerry do all his protesting? I suppose it was during the Nixon years, though I don't recall for sure.

  • Gus||

    I think it was while he was in Cambodia that one Christmas.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Hey Boo Boo, watch me take this picnic basket dumpster!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Samantha Power was sworn in as US ambassador to the UN today...

    I wonder which YouTube video she'll pick to explain this weekend's embassy attacks.

  • Rich||

    Oh, I hope it's Eddie Izzard's "Death Star Cantina"!

  • db||

    Something by Remy, no doubt.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Sam Power should be a hero here for calling Hillary a "monster".

    Plus, she went to high school in Georgia.

  • Mike M.||

    How can our embassies be in any danger? The Secretary of State says that the threat has been eliminated!

  • PapayaSF||

    +1

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...the drones have “eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it.”

    The exciting final elimination will come when the drones turn on each other.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    The final elimination comes when the Reapers seize control of the drones and use them to harvest the Earth.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Isn't it Reavers?

  • Anonymous Coward||

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Well, live and learn. Thank you for the information.

  • Aresen||

    Seattle’s civil rights office has banned the use of the words “citizen” and “brown bag” by city employees because they could be potentially offensive.

    Must .... not ..... say .... anything ... about .... Oprah .... or ... Michelle.

    (failed restraint test)

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wait, what's offensive about brown bag? I mean, I really have no idea.

  • db||

    Blackboard.
    Brown bag.
    Whiteout
    Blackout
    Brownout
    Brownfield
    Whitewash
    Redeye

    All terribly insensitive words used by bigots the world over as dogwhistle codes.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I need re-education, I think, because I'm still not getting it.

  • Warrren||

    Why were you so niggardly with that list?

  • Ted S.||

    If you can hear a dog whistle, you must be a dog.

  • Rich||

    FTFA: "For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event"

    I like the "particularly African-American community members" and "actually used, I understand" parts.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What? I've never heard of that. Nor, I daresay, have most blacks.

    I've got to say that the more race issues are pulled out of someone's ass, the less seriously many people are going to take them.

  • Slammer||

    Check your Privilege!

  • T||

    It's privilege to not care about the feelings of over-sensitive jackanapes? My privilege is strong, then.

  • Warrren||

    Oh thanks. Yep, still working!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I think it's a thing of light-skinned vs. dark-skinned black people.

    But to me, brown bags will always be associated with harmless liquor.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I was thinking more lunch, when I brought my own instead of eating the public school crap.

  • Rabban||

    I've heard that it was a thing in South Africa under Apartheid. The brown bag made a handy reference tool to check pigment levels (they graded on a scale apparently).

  • NeonCat||

    Back in the old days a lot of black fraternities wouldn't let anyone pledge if they were darker than a paper bag. That's the only thing I can think of.

  • CatoTheElder||

    According to KOMOnews.com, "city leaders publicize 'brown bag' lunch meetings as a way to designate a bring-your-own lunch time event, the term has a sorted history."
    http://www.komonews.com/news/l.....33521.html

    I don't know what a sorted history is, but it must be something bad.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    I think this kind of over-reaction is going to turn out to be the chink in the armor of PC brigade.

  • db||

    Dude really knows how to call a spade a spade. LOL

    show your privacy online: http://www.superprivatesy.net

  • Rich||

    RACIST!

  • Aresen||

    N.E.M., I've been expecting blowback from "victim" hypersensitivity for decades.

    Hasn't happened yet.

  • PapayaSF||

    Once you grant the validity of ethnic hypersensitivity, you can't take it back, because then you'd be an Indian giver.

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    It's like an H.L. Mencken observation, in that it only swings one way...

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Seattle’s civil rights office has banned the use of the words “citizen” and “brown bag”

    Thoughtcrime does not entail death.

    Thoughtcrime is death.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    Well at least they're getting rid of citizen. Don't want the subjects getting any ideas.

  • PapayaSF||

    They want to replace it with "resident," as if the two terms were synonymous.

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    "Civilian" is so much nicer, isn't it?

  • JW||

    Well at least they're getting rid of citizen.

    So much for my theory of a Puppeteer shadow government.

  • Rich||

    Goats tend historic grave sites in the nation’s capital

    Yet another indication the terrorists have won.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "eco-goats"

    Soon they'll have their own Saturday morning cartoon!

    "There are 65,000 people buried in the privately owned, 35-acre cemetery some 20 blocks from the U.S. Capitol. In all, the silent population includes 16 senators, 68 members of the House, and Vice Presidents Elbridge Gerry and George Clinton, according to the National Park Service.

    "Among the other famous buried there are FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, the “March King” John Philip Sousa, Civil War photographer Matthew Brady ,and Push-ma-ta-ha, chief of the Choctaw Indian tribe."

    Imperious Clinton, dead and turned to clay,
    Might host a goat to keep the wind away.
    Oh, that these men, who used to be kick-ass,
    Should suffer goats to tend their patch of grass!

    (h/t Hamlet, Act V, Scene I)

  • PapayaSF||

    I don't understand this because goats are notorious for eating everything. If you want to "keep the lawn mowed" I thought you used sheep.

  • ||

    Governments needs to mandate that we child-proof guns: for the children!

    Many gun tragedies could have been prevented by the use of simple technologies that exist today. Authorized-user identification, or personalized, gun technology encompasses a broad range of manufacturing designs that allow guns to recognize an authorized user and become inoperable when handled by anyone else. One current version is featured in a pistol that communicates with a connected wristwatch via microchips; the watch’s owner enters a personal identification number, and the gun can only be operated when it is located within a certain distance of the watch. The New Jersey Institute of Technology has been working on developing another form of personalized gun technology, “grip recognition,” which would recognize the palm configuration of authorized users and only operate for them. Research and data suggest this kind of technology would be extremely effective in preventing child and teen deaths. A study of unintentional gun deaths in Maryland and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin found that 37 percent of the deaths would have been preventable with gun personalization technology. This technology would also make it harder for children to commit suicide with their parents’ guns and make stolen guns inoperable.

  • Bam!||

    We can't even make a child-proof cabinet, good luck on a gun.

  • Rich||

    "Man sentenced to 27 years for failing to adequately lock up microchip wristwatch"

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    "Man murdered when, in a panic, he grips his gun differently and it won't fire"

  • Rich||

    "Thank God his son survived the attack!"

  • db||

    What we really need is a gun that can sense the race of the bearer and of the target and disable itself if certain undesirable combinations are met.

  • Ted S.||

    If rounding up the children and putting them in concentration camps away from all but the most responsible adults could save the life of even one child, don't we have an obligation to try it?

  • db||

    WTF do you think the public education system is for?

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    ...try? ....TRY?!?

    If you don't do it, the terrorists have already won.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    The New Jersey Institute of Technology has been working on developing another form of personalized gun technology, “grip recognition,” which would recognize the palm configuration of authorized users and only operate for them.

    I'm kind of geeking out for this. One step closer to my dream of owning a Lawgiver from Judge Dredd.

  • Gus||

    “grip recognition" I always prefer another's grip to that of my own.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    The less we know about your taste for hookers and hypoxia, the better.

  • Tejicano||

    (control breathing)...

    (align sights)...

    "Downloading software update. Please stand by..."

  • NeonCat||

    Lord knows I want to trust my life to something with batteries that may go dead.

  • Plopper||

    This comment is for "libertarians" who believe that anything but 100% reserve banking should be banned like AlmightyJB.

    Why would you use government force to prevent me from using the bank of my choice?

    Again, I don't believe in a central bank, but in every previous system without a central bank consumers have chosen to use banks which loan out a percentage of their deposits. How is this not loaning out real savings when it is money that does actually exist?

    Without a central bank they can't lend out more than their reserves otherwise any bank doing that will get hit with clearing debits they will be unable to pay. The Rothbardian explanation on this is the real "fraud".

    http://www.freebanking.org/201.....rve-stuff/

    http://www.freebanking.org/201.....-receipts/

  • Plopper||

    Further reading about free banking:

    http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.....selgin.pdf

    The problems in the late 1800s in the US were because of the ban on branch banking and bad regulations which required banks to hold $1.10 of Treasuries for ever $1 note they issued.
    During the same period Canada did not have these regulations and their system did not suffer like ours did.

    This one below mentions free banking in many other historical contexts as well as outlines the theory behind it:

    http://oll.libertyfund.org/?op.....title=2307

  • Plopper||

    Here's a youtube video for people who can't be arsed to read.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....age#t=917s

    Also, AlmightyJB your last response to me on that other thread was nothing more than you attacking a strawman.

    Sorry if I come across as arrogant, but when 100% reservists say patently false things I don't know how else to act.

  • Plopper||

    Also, instead of saying:

    "How is this not loaning out real savings when it is money that does actually exist?"

    I should have said...

    "How is it 'thin air' lending when the money does actually exist at the bank? How is it not 'real savings'?"

  • Warrren||

    One thing I forgot in my reply in that other thread was that the 100%ers are advocating for a bad business model based on a too narrow definition of what constitutes backing.

    Yes, it is a fractional-gold reserve system but it is a 100% asset backed system in that loans are backed by collateral, note issue is backed by a portfolio of easy-to-liquidate securities and in an unlimited liability system the personal wealth of the shareholders. Plus whatever small percentage of gold is in the bank.

    The Salernoites want a bank to forgo the interest paid on the backing securities and pay to store a load of gold (that earns no interest), and have people deal with all the logistical issues that a gold coin standard has.

    It's a puzzlement!

  • Plopper||

    Exactly... and in theory you wouldn't even really need anything in the vaults.

    They could liquidate whatever is necessary to pay you what the note can be redeemed for if you insisted in redeeming it.

    Another interesting example, let's say Michael Jackson wanted to open "Jackson's Crotch Grabbing Bank", and he had literally nothing in the vaults. I have no problem with him issuing notes if people will take them because he could basically back them with the value of his intellectual property and royalties paid on his music.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    If you advocate anything but gold standard/full reserve you are a Commie that has failed the LP Purity Test.

  • Plopper||

    As far as I know the LP does not condone 100% reserve banking. So STFU team blue jackass.

    Anyway, I'd much rather be paid interest on my deposits than just letting it sit in a safety deposit box.

    If you want 100% reserve banking though, by all means, rent out a safety deposit box and you got it. No need to ban it so I can't use it.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    The gold standard is just as stupid as full reserve.

    But I only scored 94% on the LP Purity Test so I can't officially join the party.

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    "The gold standard is just as stupid as full reserve."

    Comments like this are the reason why some of us just refuse to address anything you say... Oh, shit.

  • Plopper||

    Gold standard is not as stupid as full reserve by any means but I don't have a problem with other types of "backing" like mentioned in my other comments and the whole Michael Jackson's bank thing.

    There are plenty of other kinds of base monetary regimes which would work just fine.

  • Rabban||

    PB, if you scored a 94% then you took the wrong test. Pretty sure it was the Protard one, you just misread the title. This is unsurprising given how little reading comprehension you demonstrate around these parts.

  • Ted S.||

    Nice. Two trolls going after one another.

  • Warrren||

    When did Plopper become a troll? He seems to have his one thing but that doesn't make him a troll.

  • Plopper||

    I'm only a troll in that I like to torture 100% reservists, especially when they are Rothbardian AnCaps as that is a total contradiction.

    Like somehow regulating bank reserves is compatible with the rest of their ideology. If it's not hypocritical, it's at least totally contradictory and does not follow any sane logic.

    I honestly think Rothbard did more to hurt the cause of libertarianism than most anyone else. As far as I know it wasn't just Lew Rockwell who was the one who pushed the whole "Outreach to the Rednecks" program that sank Ron Paul, it was also Rothbard's idea.

    Rothbard also had totally stupid ideas he ripped from Marx and purposefully tries to create strife between classes.

    But the whole contradictory rhetoric about anarchy and full reserve banking is just what really makes me see most Rothbardians as totally indoctrinated fools.

  • Plopper||

    Also I should add I used to be a 100% reservist AnCap moron. I hate Rothbard for writing stupid shit that indoctrinated me and made me look like a moron by taking some of his retarded writings at face value.

    Once I actually learned a little bit about banking I realized how stupid I looked and how all I did was turn off people who weren't financially illiterate to libertarianism. Where I wouldn't have made libertarians look stupid had I actually learned anything about banking instead of just believing every stupid thing Rothbard ever said.

    I'm also no longer AnCap, just very very minarchist. I still believe some sort of voluntary citizenship and voluntary taxation type of system could work. (If done right) But that is not the same as "Anarchy" by any means.

    Also Rothbard supported violence in a way I do not condone to create his libertopia, which is another reason his shit should be thrown in the trash.

    While you can argue that the current government has violated the NAP already and so the use of violence against them would be justified, this is not the kind of thing we should be preaching as it makes us look bad and it would lead to the deaths of many innocents.

    Face it. Rothbard sucks, and Ayn Rand for all of her faults was totally right about his shit being for stupid hippies (and domestic terrorists).

  • califernian||

    If you advocate anything but gold standard/full reserve you are a Commie that has failed the LP Purity Test.

    Again you are fucking retarded and lack reading comprehension.

    Libertarians support open currencies. Use whatever you like, produce whatever you like.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Fuck you dip shit. I would have no problem with fractional reserve banking in an actual free market banking system without government interference. That's not what we have though. We have a system designed to promote inflation. It's only going to get worse. What rock did you fucking crawl out from under anyways.

  • Plopper||

    Then why did you say earlier "end fractional reserve banking"?

    How about "end central banking", and move to "free banking" instead.

    If the market demands 100% reserve that's what we'll get, but I can guarantee you it won't and it will be fractional reserve based on whatever base money regime is.

    Hell if Michael Jackson wanted to open a bank and issue banknotes that are backed by the revenue of his recording contracts I see no problem with this in theory.

  • Plopper||

    Well actually I should say, "backed by the value of his intellectual property and recording contracts".

  • AlmightyJB||

    Because combined with a central bank and government control of the monetary situation, as well as a too big too fail mentality in the government, fractional reserve banking exacerbates an already f'ed up situation. If you had a true free market banking system then I would not have a problem with it as long as it did not violate a contractual agreement. But that's not what we have so how how could we end what we don't have? If you want to give your life savings to Michal Jackson to build a rocket ship to Neverland what do I give a fuck, that only impacts you but the current structure fucks me so I have problem with that. How about conversing instead of throwing temper tantrums like a two year old. Is it that difficult to be civil or are you just always an asshole?

  • Rich||

    Seattle’s civil rights office has banned the use of the words “citizen” and “brown bag” by city employees because they could be potentially offensive.

    I trust that Seattle is eliminating those words from its printed documents as well.

    "Are you a US citizen you know, like, official person?"

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    48 things not to do.

  • Ted S.||

    Don't buy what you can make.

    What part of comparative advantage does this woman not understand?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Don't spend more than you earn.

    Maybe the same part that she doesn't understand about investing.

    There goes my retirement.

  • Gus||

    Don't buy what you can make.

    Don't cut your own hair.

    I see a contradiction here.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Also, that one has to be for women. I've been cutting my hair for the past 12 years or so, getting almost the exact same thing, except saving a few hundred dollars a year.

  • BakedPenguin||

    "getting almost the exact same thing I would have gotten had I paid for it..."

  • Warrren||

    HA HA HA HA HA

  • Juice||

    I spend, maybe, $60 a year on haircuts.

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    May I pile on with "division of labour"?

  • Ted S.||

    And:

    Don't stick your nose in where it doesn't belong.

    Don't spend more than you earn.

    I hope she holds government to these two.

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!1!11!!

  • Warrren||

    1. Read this list.

  • Aresen||

    Don't ignore your email inbox to the point of having 1,976 unread emails.

    Do the ones in the "Delete" folder count?

  • Xenocles||

    Only if you're an IT guy flagging the mailbox for being too large.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Don't read lists.

  • Gus||

    Seattle’s civil rights office has banned the use of the words “citizen” and “brown bag” by city employees because they could be potentially offensive but still have no plans for banning the co opted American Indian name Seattle.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Are they banning the term, "Skid Row?"

  • Homple||

    For progressive Seattle, instead of "resident" or "citizen", why not "subject"? It might be a little ahead of time, but not much.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    "Resident" and "citizen" mean two different things, so your suggestion of one over-arching term for all is far better. You should suggest it to then.

  • Rich||

    What is "bitch", chopped liver?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Canine patriarchy. Unacceptable.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I suggest "Thought Slave."

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    I said this earlier, but "civilian" has a nice ring to it...

  • AlmightyJB||

    I'm offended by the word Seattle.

  • ||

    Penelope Cruz directs commercial advertising her own lingerie design; that's so sleazy and sexist!

    Snark aside, Cruz, in her directorial debut, manages to create a soft-core mini-masterpiece of derivatively trashy not-quite-art. Its many clichés—the decadent party, nonstop nonsex, X-ray specs, a tired "trick ending"—actually work in its favor. It feels familiar yet fresh at the same time. I was thoroughly seduced by its cheeky charms. It's certainly never boring.
    Perhaps Cruz intends this absurdly ass-driven vision as a subversive or even ironically feminist commentary on … I dunno … beauty? Fashion? Sexuality? Society's objectification of women in the service of commerce? Men's objectification of women in the service of themselves? More likely, it's just an overheated slice of stylized sleaze designed to sell bras and panties.

  • Bam!||

    "Perhaps Cruz intends this absurdly ass-driven vision as a subversive or even ironically feminist commentary on … I dunno … beauty? Fashion? Sexuality?"

    And here I thought she was trying to sell lingerie.

  • Irish||

    I think that what she's trying to say is 'ladies, you'll look hot in this and a man will be attracted to you.'

    I don't understand how feminists can make lingerie be about something other than sex and objectification. The entire point is to turn its wearer into a sex object. That's the fun of it.

    Guess what? No one goes to the gym just for fun. You do it because you want to seem attractive to a partner. There's nothing wrong with that.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Look here, you sexist pig, women should never be sexually objectified. Especially when they want to be objectified. Then you kick her out of bed and tell her to stop othering herself.

  • ||

    Some people like the naughtiness of wearing something scandalous under their day clothes, it isn't about other people's perception about the ware but how it makes the person feel.

    It should be noted that I'm not one of those people, but I know a few of them.

  • Sudden||

    That reminds me to wear my leopard print thong tomorrow.

  • AuH20||

    Eh, apparently good lingerie is also very comfortable, in that boobs, especially when running or moving, can be very uncomfortable.

  • Coeus||

    Marcotte says:
    Dear GOP: There are better ways to p*ss off liberals than Ted Cruz

    Really glad I voted for that guy twice in the Primary.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'm so amazingly indifferent to what upsets or pleases left-wing statists.

  • Irish||

    This makes me love Ted Cruz so much more. Whiny liberals getting pissed off is one of the simple joys in life.

  • Coeus||

    And, as always, projection like an IMAX:

    This is what they get for building a coalition built around the politics of resentment: Men who resent women, whites who resent black people, straights who resent queer people, etc. Bitter, resentful people whose main political goal is pissing off the liberals tend to not have very good boundaries or limits.
  • Irish||

    What the fuck. How can an individual be this lacking in self-awareness?

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Based on the fact that Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have the little red piggies and the little blue piggies squealing in perfect harmony, I conclude that they must be doing something right.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Amen.

  • Slammer||

    Preview is for Pussies.

    Get your shit straight on your post or be mocked.

  • AuH20||

    How dare the pope say nice things about gays! It makes it harder for the queer feminists to hate him!

    I’m quite conflicted on Pope Francis. One on hand, he’s been incredible in terms of reaching out to groups that the Catholic church traditionally shuns, and he’s turned away from the hypocritical displays of wealth that the office has been known for. On the other hand, he’s still the head of one of the largest machines of oppression, discrimination, and anti-intellectualism in the world.
    I don’t know.

    Yes, the Catholic church, runner of universities worldwide, innoculator of Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, is anti-intellectual

  • LynchPin1477||

    The Vatican owns and operates a telescope, staffed in part by priests and brothers with PhDs in astronomy, that does real scientific research and is not in anyway used to argue for creationism or ID. The Church definitely went through its phase of being anti-science, even vehemently so, but it has mostly moved past that.

  • AuH20||

    A core church tenet is that there is no conflict between perfect faith and perfect reason. That is actually why they oppose abortion. Before the discovery of sperm, they thought it was a homonculus, and that before a baby kicked you could abort. With sperm, they realized that some form of life began at conception, and for them, all life is sacred.

  • Mickey Rat||

    "The Church definitely went through its phase of being anti-science,..."

    Less anti-science then supporting a scientific consensus that was rapidly being found flawed.

  • Sudden||

    Lest we forget the father of the Big Bang was himself a Father.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    How Hollywood censored films and an MGM executive even divorced his Jewish wife just to keep Hitler happy

  • Warrren||

    You know who else tried to...damn this is too meta.

  • Gus||

    THIS WAS POSTED HERE DAYS AGO, SHITHEAD!!!!1!111111!1

  • ||

  • AuH20||

    Wouldn't you be there for your lover?

  • Pro Libertate||

    You withdraw that slur of the Lady Haden-Guest, forthwith and forthrightly.

  • NeonCat||

    I had no idea Jodie Foster was so ruthless that she would cause a car accident just to help publicize her new movie.

  • ||

    This seems eerily similar to the George Zimmerman rescue a few weeks ago. George Zimmerman was last spotted driving west through Texas...something is not right here!

  • Calidissident||

    I guess she learned from John Hinckley Jr. that sometimes you have to do crazy things to get attention

  • ||

    That's just bizarre. Although Venice is lousy with celebrities so she may have just been there.

    Jamie Lee Curtis is the only celebrity I've ever met (I was 12, in a courthouse). Very nice lady.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's just like that time Werner Herzog rescued Joaquin Phoenix.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Jamie Lee Curtis is the only celebrity I've ever met (I was 12, in a courthouse)."

    She was seeking a restraining order against you that early?

  • ||

    Now THAT would've been a story. No she was there to finalize the adoption of her kid and my family was there to finalize the adoption of my little brother. This was about 2 years after True Lies.

  • AlmightyJB||

    2 of my favorites

  • AuH20||

    I have found the worst feminist writer ever. Worse than Marcotte. Worse than Valenti

    This is about the aesthetic responses to Trayvon Martin’s murder, about how Zimmerman supporters can only approach through the ongoing necessity of black death, of conflating blackness with something other than living, of thinking that – yes – blackness is a pathology. But this blackness is something, likewise, that is desired. Like singing from purported deathbeds, singing perhaps like dying grandmothers. I am thinking, here, of “Trayvoning,” where kids – primarily white – lay on the ground with a can of tea and a bag of candy to reproduce, to perform, the moment of Trayvon’s death, ready for a camera to capture the image. I stand in wonderment at the spiritual and moral crisis of a people that could “enjoy” such posturing. I stand amazed at the vacuity, at the spiritual and material desolation, of such a people. This is more than simply offensive. I believe there is a much deeper longing created both by the misrecognition of blackness as death while also seeing the enduring vitality, the ongoing emergence of thriving black folks enact in the face of these violent conditions. Trayvoning, it seems, creates the image of death and destruction in order to experience something like what they believe blackness to be.
  • AuH20||

    Such that Trayvoning and, yes even twerking (I’m looking at you, Miley), are postures of the body utilized to literally place oneself in the situations of violence and violation in order to approach something that they’ve cognized blackness to be. Such is the classist-elitist fascination today with being ratchet, the ghetto of yesteryear. This, however, is a conceptual problem, a conundrum. Blackness is not created at the points of violent contact, at the belittlement and deathliness of terror; blackness is the unrelenting, unyielding force that rises to the occasion of such moments; it is energy that is “previous to situation.” Physics teaches us this :: that energy is neither created nor destroyed, only transferred and transformed through encounter. The blackness that we have, that we carry, is that which is constantly sought after in order to destroy it. These performances of terror that whiteness creates are attempts to capture and seize blackness, transform blackness, harness blackness into a controllable, inefficacious thing. But no. We ain’t havin it … never did and won’t start now.

    Those performing Trayvoning know this: when we protest – whether it is a communal march with placards and bullhorns, or simply as the fact of our breathing – we wrestle with the concept of finitude itself. Black folks have been confronted with the fact of finitude and still thrived. It is that resistance, that insistence, that whiteness tries to discover.
  • Slammer||

    when we protest – whether it is a communal march with placards and bullhorns, or simply as the fact of our breathing

    Please stop protesting.

  • AlmightyJB||

    HA! You win.

  • Rich||

    From the comments: I feel the blood rushing to my brain as I search through these words to figure out where do I fit in the problem and how can my actions equal a solution.

    May I ask, AuH2O, just how you stumbled upon this, um, mother lode?

  • AuH20||

    Its the Crunk Feminist Collective. I could post the hilarious one from a year or two ago where a feminist writer complains about not getting sex in 5 years.

  • Calidissident||

    Please do

  • AuH20||

    You'll find it below in its entirety. The comments are worth a read as well, because you'd be AMAZED how common a problem it is in the black academic feminist community.

  • R C Dean||

    Actually, I'm not amazed at all.

  • Damned Fool||

    Sexonded.

  • AuH20||

    He also wrote one called "I want New Dreams: On Rachel Jeantel and Citizenship."

    Its arguably worse written than this one.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    I am thinking, here, of “Trayvoning,” where kids – primarily white – lay on the ground with a can of tea and a bag of candy to reproduce, to perform, the moment of Trayvon’s death, ready for a camera to capture the image. I stand in wonderment at the spiritual and moral crisis of a people that could “enjoy” such posturing. I stand amazed at the vacuity, at the spiritual and material desolation, of such a people. This is more than simply offensive.

    I have two words that could easily replace all of that dialetical bullshit Ashon crapped on the internet:

    "Shock Value."

    A consequence of breeding a generation of empty, entitled little shits. They try to validate their own existences by drawing attention to themselves and their supposedly "subversive" actions.

  • Rich||

    Wow. How much more of that stuff exists?

  • AuH20||

    It took a shit ton to fit even the three paragraphs I've shown. He also has no concept of a run-on sentence, which doesn't help.

  • AuH20||

    In Paul Connerton’s How Societies Remember, he remarked upon how corporeal practice can be passed on from generation to generation. These stylizations of the flesh include gesture and what we generally conceive as style. Diana Taylor in The Archive and the Repetoire says that, for her, performances are “vital acts of transfer.” And Saba Mahmood’s Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject argues that there are certain behaviors that are generative for producing, creating, manifesting piety, that certain exterior behaviors allow for the inculcation of a pious interiority and disposition. What I take from these texts is this: our flesh has the capacity to carry memory, and our flesh are texts that can be read, analyzed, studied. The flesh gives and receives meaning that is never liquidated. So I wonder: what is Trayvoning attemping to remember, what is it recalling, what is it rehearsing about whiteness as a relation to blackness, about whiteness as the production of terror – not just for black folks but for the ones who create the conditions of violence and violation as well?
  • Rich||

    *** shouts from back row ***

    What is reality?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    I didn't see much about assaultness and self-defenseness in there, but I was sort of afraid to read it too closely.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Aaah, enough! I'll tell you where I buried the loot, just don't read any more of that stuff!

  • Swamp Think||

    +1 Vogon poem

  • Irish||

    I am thinking, here, of “Trayvoning,” where kids – primarily white – lay on the ground with a can of tea and a bag of candy to reproduce, to perform, the moment of Trayvon’s death, ready for a camera to capture the image.

    I googled this, and the entire first page consists of sites, both liberal and conservative, criticizing the practice. In fact, want to know what's really funny? The Trayvoning people are apparently doing it in support of Trayvon. There are pictures of people doing it outside of the court house when Zimmerman was acquitted.

    It's hilarious that this person claims mean old conservatives are doing this when it's actually people on her side.

  • Calidissident||

    I'd guess that most people are doing it to try and be funny (even though it isn't), with no political or racial motive

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    I stick to Faith Hilling.

  • Gus||

    Blackness isn't a pathology, but the thug life certainly is.

  • ||

    Michael Bloomberg is right: Virginia and other Southern states are haven for crime guns

    Bloomberg had a ready answer for those who might criticize him for meddling in other states’ affairs: “To those who say 'stay out of our state,' our answer is: We'd love to, just as soon as you stop letting guns seep into the black market and get in the hands of criminals who murder our citizens.” Burn!

    I’ve been critical of Bloomberg for his stance on the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk program (he’s for it), so it’s only fair that I commend him here. The stop-and-frisk program is, at its core, a gun removal program, with the goal being to stop “suspicious” people on the chance they might be packing heat. But stop-and-frisk is ineffective, invasive, and quite possibly unconstitutional; the NYPD needs a better strategy for getting illegal guns off the streets. The gun numbers Bloomberg cited are legitimate, and he and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have to try something to get them down. Why not give shaming Virginia a shot?

    Sure, Bloomberg is a fascist fuck, but he's a fascist fuck with the right ideas!

  • Irish||

    Uh...gun crime actually occurs almost totally in relation to the percentage of a population that is low income and black. If you look at southern rates by race, it's actually very similar to most northern states. It's just that southern states have higher rates of African Americans.

    This isn't the answer people want to hear. It just happens to be the right one.

  • NoVAHockey||

    Ha. Like we can be shamed.

  • T||

    You elected Jim Moran. Y'all can't have any shame.

  • Redmanfms||

    Funny, VA is a "haven for 'crime guns'" but it has a significantly lower violent (and gun) crime rate than New York....

    I honestly hope Bloomtardicus Maximus sends his minions back down here again, so they can be arrested, prosecuted, and sent to prison like the criminals they are.

  • Warrren||

    A haven? So the guns go there to get away from it all? Sort of a vacation spot for heaters?

  • Anonymous Coward||

    El Bloombergo likes his black people like he likes his sheep: poor and unarmed.

  • AuH20||

    Just for Funs: Crunk Feminist Collective on a 5 year dry spell

    I have spent this Valentine’s Day season wrapped in the loving embrace of feminist friends and family who have expressed their care and affection through thoughtful cards, shared meals, and copious amounts of cocktails. I have been reminded numerous times how bootleg a holiday is that celebrates heterosexual coupledom at the expense of all other kinds of love, and I have felt blessed to be reminded of all the other kinds of love and care I experience routinely.

    But can I talk about how sometimes a sister just wants to get laid?

    I mention this not because it goes against all that I laid out at the start of this post, but because, for me, the love I get from friendship and family has not coincided with anything approaching a vibrant sex life and, if I can keep it 100, that’s not something I feel great about. Real talk, this year I have felt my lack of sexual intimacy more keenly than I have for a while. For a long time, I felt like I could go on forever being celibate, but now I’m not so sure.

    It’s been almost five years since I’ve dated, or kissed, or touched another person in a non- platonic way.
  • AuH20||

    After a bad breakup and a series of hilariously tragic dating mishaps and misadventures, I took a little hiatus. One year became two years, two years became three years and, before I knew it, I had spent almost half a decade sleeping alone. Some of my friends wondered why I haven’t just exploded or looked for a rifle and watchtower. There are lots of reasons.

    I’ve also been busy getting my career together and living my life. And it’s not like my life has been sad and pitiful. Quite the contrary. Plus, loving and loving on myself is a delicious pleasure. I definitely know what I like and am more than happy to lavish myself with orgasms. But I do miss touching, kissing, and hugging another person—especially since there is so little space for such activities outside of romantic relationships.

    Owning this desire has been a journey. Putting yourself out there can be scary. And with so much foolishness in the world, it can be perversely easier to pour yourself into activism or scholarship rather than working up the nerve to holler at a cutie—or maybe it’s just me?
  • AuH20||

    The fact is, however unfeminist it may sound, after this epic dry spell, I definitely have trouble thinking of myself as someone that other people might find sexy. But, then again, I had trouble with that ish before. And, as I’ve been told time and time again, the energy you put out there is what attracts people. So, I have to feel to sexy to attract others? But feeling attractive to others makes me feel sexy. Color me confused.

    Then again, I have noticed that folks who I might find busted and disgusted and that ooze negative energy, but who fit particular aspects of the beauty spectrum—thin, able-bodied, cisgender, for example—don’t necessarily have trouble getting their mack on. I’m not saying all thin, able-bodied cis folks are just fucking with reckless abandon, but I am saying that some shit matters more than others—even in so-called progressive queer spaces. Take it from someone who puts the “B” in LGBTQIA.

    Still, I’m trying to make an earnest effort in pursuit of some good loving. What I do know that you have to do more than talk about it, you gotta be about it. So, excuse me while I clear out the tumbleweeds.
  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    after this epic dry spell

    I see what she did there.

  • ||

    I'd hate you for posting this if I wasn't buzzed right now. Can I hate you anyway?

  • ||

    Was it the Fireball or the bitch beer, Epi?

  • ||

    Definitely the Fireball. That shit is whisky, dude.

  • Sudden||

    No, fireball is Whiskey you ballsweat swilling troglodyte. It is not made in Scotland of 100% malted barley and therefore must include the "e" signifying its gross inferiority.

  • LynchPin1477||

    What does the Q and I stand for? Those are new to me...

  • AuH20||

    Queer, which has been retaken and now is used for anyone who doesn't want to identify as, say, specifically gay, but would like to identify as not straith.

    I is intersex

  • Damned Fool||

    "Intersex" and "Asexual," apparently.

    Tent's getting bigger.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Aaaagh, enough! I'll confess to anything you want me to sign! Just don't post that stuff again!

  • AlmightyJB||

    I'll smack her around if that makes her feel any better.

  • Warrren||

    Someone's got to get her groove blacked.

  • Damned Fool||

    My first instinct upon reading this was to look for a picture of the author. Then I decided that I'd better not.

  • Calidissident||

    Honestly, with all the guys out there with weird fetishes, poor taste, or who are just plain desperate (and/or intoxicated), it really shouldn't be that hard to even get kissed once in five years, regardless of what you look like. This is true for guys too. It's harder for us, but nothing in five years?

  • Calidissident||

    And I missed the part where she said she's bisexual. That's makes it even more sad, because she has a larger pool of potential partners

  • Anonymous Coward||

    *Scanning blog archive*

    Yep, as I suspected, every one of her blog posts has something to do with her vagina.

    Another practitioner of Munakiskepsis (contemplation of one's pussy). Greek can make anything sound academic.

  • Irish||

    I mention this not because it goes against all that I laid out at the start of this post, but because, for me, the love I get from friendship and family has not coincided with anything approaching a vibrant sex life and, if I can keep it 100, that’s not something I feel great about.

    What?

  • Irish||

    Aelie on February 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM said:

    Still looking for a way to end a twelve-year dry spell, haven’t found one yet. (And the period before that was not particularly rainy, more like living in a desert with the occasional shower.) Being well past the age where women “become invisible” and being a woman of size does not help, either.

    Oh my God. I feel so sorry for these people.

  • JW||

    She needs to find some older black dudes.

    According to the ones I used to work with, fat and hairy is the way to go. ::shudder::

  • Coeus||

    And, have some more social justice projection:

    In the best-selling book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman describes the brain as having two parts, which he calls Systems 1 and 2. System 1 is lightning fast, intuitive and overconfident. It makes many, many judgements, often based on false assumptions. System 1 selectively pulls facts and images to justify those judgements, totally unaware that it is doing so. System 2, however, is slow, methodical, and much less confident, and it only kicks under real pressure.

    System 1 is willing to give George Zimmerman’s snap judgements about Trayvon the benefit of the doubt. To make your System 2 kick in and ask, for example, “Do I really need to clutch my bag/call the police/pull out my gun because a black man is walking toward me?” requires a decision, a desire to push System 1 aside. The good news of the Pew poll is it suggests that at least 30 percent of the nation’s white people have moved beyond their System 1s and engaged their System 2s. Several hundred of them are represented in the Tumblr We Are Not Trayvon.
  • Slammer||

    Self-awareness. How does it fucking work?

  • Damned Fool||

    In their case, Slammer, it simply doesn't.

  • ||

    Dave "ratfucker" Weigal gave a mostly boring IAMA today.

    But there was this:

    [–]june_oyster 2 points 5 hours ago
    Have you ever been personally hurt by a comment on Reason Hit & Run?
    No snark intended. I used to read that shit and feel badly at how you were treated.
    permalinkpocket
    [–]daveweigel[S] 6 points 4 hours ago
    Sure. I've occasionally read through hater comments just to see if they had any points, and sometimes they did. But I was much more worried about, say, getting my skull splattered by a dodgeball in 7th grade than about what some online commenter says. I've got a job I love, he's an angry person writing comments about it. Not hard to see who needs who in that relationship.
  • R C Dean||

    So, as between a paid writer, and his audience, who needs who, exactly?

  • ||

    I want to know who felt badly for him? How pathetic.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yeah, I'm thinking he may be missing a very fundamental point as a writer. Though I wouldn't take blog comments too seriously, either.

    Frankly, my comments here frequently have little, if anything, to do with the post.

  • ||

    Yeah. We know.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, please. You're as relevant as Wesley Crusher on the bridge of the Enterprise.

  • ||

    Oh yeah? Well, you're The Traveler!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Hey, no need to get offensive.

  • JW||

    Psst, ProL. Call him Barclay. He hates that shit.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I don't see why. His goal is to be addicted to the holodeck. Which, come to think of it, is my goal, too.

  • Warrren||

    Well that puts a different spin on Q. Was there an I?

  • Mike M.||

    Yeah, right. That's why he constantly monitors the site and trolls it under his sockpuppet persona practically every day.

  • Warrren||

    Tony or Plug?

  • ||

    Weigel is Shrike/PB? That is an intriguing theory.

  • Irish||

    I've heard the theory before. It comes from the fact that they both use "ratfucker" and claim to be libertarians despite the fact that they are not.

    Also, does Weigel really have any right to be offended by what we say about him when his greatest claim to fame is calling everyone he dislikes a 'ratfucker?'

    ”This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.” - David Weigel
  • Mike M.||

    Yes, it's him. His bullshit claim that he's some big investing honcho in Athens, Georgia is just that: bullshit.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    As an economist, I love the full marginal cost pricing. That is, with car sharing you pay for using the car in real time; all costs including gas are covered by the fee (if the car is running low, the car has a corporate credit card so you can fill 'er up). It makes you ask each time, do I really need this? For how long? Can I bundle the trip with something else?

    Wait for it...

    So shifting to a zero-carbon transportation system requires more complete communities, with services and jobs closer to where people live; it also requires new investments in public transit to make it a more competitive option, and repurposing of road space for bikes, buses and trams. All of which would be powered by clean electricity. The health benefits of more active transportation choices, dramatically reduced emissions from cars, and reduced car accidents would probably themselves pay for those investments.
  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Let me guess... researcher from Kansas? Please? No real economist would write this, right?

  • R C Dean||

    As an economist, you would think he would understand that the "full marginal cost" isn't the full cost, and that paying only the full marginal cost will lead to the evaporation of supply.

  • JW||

    Rounding everyone up into the zero-carbon camps would be much faster and more efficient.

  • Gus||

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Barry is going to wave his hand and proclaim that "WE" (the imperial "we") have an obligation to save his loyal minions in Detroit from their own stupidity and malfeasance.

    The sheep will bleat approvingly.

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    "Save them from capitalism!"

  • Bam!||

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    They were thinking of going back to lethal gas but the reporter seems to think there's some kind of PR problem.

    If you can't use deadly drugs, what's wrong with firing squads or old-fashioned hanging? Or the guillotine?

  • Coeus||

    This comment thresd is priceless.

    A dissenter sums it up:

    LaertesUlivia_martek11L
    "Men don't get harassment" - "Yes, the do" - "You pathetic derailer!" Today 12:48pm
  • Warrren||

    Wrecker! Capitalist Roader! Cuntlak

  • mr simple||

    rottenkitty1958 Laertes
    Jesus, way to make this about you, dude. This isn't a conversation about men in gaming spaces, it's a conversation about women in gaming spaces. See sometimes, shit just isn't about you. Damn, how hard is it to understand that?

    Stop ruining the narrative!

  • Gus||

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Why are these white trash honky crackers so racist?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Cause they're genetically inferior.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Zimmerman's brother claims family gets 400 death threats a MINUTE

    'The death threats usually come on social media, some are emailed. There’s a lot of "you better watch your back, I know where u are, I’m going to get you".

    'Social media is a lot more bold. "I’m in Florida, I’m going to find you, I’m going to kill you, get you, we know where you are, etc." and "Say hi to Trayvon Martin when I kill you".

    'He said some of them allude to Trayvon Martin, but most of them do not.'
    Zimmerman said the threats sometimes average 400 per minute.
    Speaking about a time he was threatened in a Starbucks in Washington DC, he explains: 'Someone thought I was George Zimmerman. I said, no, George is in jail. They started saying, "we know you’re Zimmerman; it’s right here on the receipt..."

    'They pulled out their phones and started texting people and calling people. Someone finally noticed the receipt said Robert instead of George, or R instead of G, and they said "Oh, it’s not George Zimmerman" and they all calmed down.

    'Someone then said "Yeah, but you look like that Mother f***er and if you were anyone of the Zimmerman’s we were going to take you outside and beat the sh*t out of you." They were both Starbucks employees.
  • Gus||

    Thank you President Obama!

  • Gus||

    Seriously, what a vile piece of shit this president asterisk is.

  • ||

    'Someone then said "Yeah, but you look like that Mother f***er and if you were anyone of the Zimmerman’s we were going to take you outside and beat the sh*t out of you." They were both Starbucks employees.

    Now I'm not one to normally complain about bad customer service (I just let it go or don't tip), but threatening to beat up a customer probably does warrant telling the manager. Good Lord.

  • mr simple||

    Someone then said "Yeah, but you look like that Mother f***er and if you were anyone of the Zimmerman’s we were going to take you outside and beat the sh*t out of you.

    That's definitely a reasoned response from a logical mid.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "They were both Starbucks employees."

    Talk about personalized attention to customers!

  • Irish||

    'They pulled out their phones and started texting people and calling people. Someone finally noticed the receipt said Robert instead of George, or R instead of G, and they said "Oh, it’s not George Zimmerman" and they all calmed down.

    This really goes to show how little some of the people upset about the Zimmerman verdict followed the trial. Robert and George Zimmerman look alike, but George is much bigger and you can easily tell them apart.

  • Coeus||

    This really goes to show how little some all of the people upset about the Zimmerman verdict followed the trial.

    FIFY

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Fuck it, I was half-joking when I said George Zimmerman should put on a disguise and go around the country fighting crime, but now I'm only 1/3 joking. He needs to be one of those misunderstood superheroes who helps out his fellow man while being (to coin a phrase regarding his Master) despised and rejected.

  • Warrren||

    One of his nemesis would be Va-jay-jay Jezebel.

  • Irish||

    But a majority of people think the Zimmerman case was decided correctly. That hardly makes it sound like he's despised and rejected, except by morons.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "except by morons"

    Truly, a very minor and insignificant exception.

  • Warrren||

    It only takes one. Well, another one anyway.

  • Calidissident||

    I'm not sure I'd want Zimmerman to be a local superhero. He didn't exactly prove himself to be Batman in his confrontation with a 160 lb 17 year old

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Speaking about a time he was threatened in a Starbucks in Washington DC

    Sounds like his first mistake was going to that wretched hive of scum and villiany.

  • mike c.||

    Pirate speak was better.

  • Warrren||

    Ye best be checking yarr privilege, whitey!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    In case you missed the massive coverage of this event in the MSM (/sarc):

    "Awesome: Hundreds of Women Protest HHS Mandate In Front of White House

    "My classmate Sandra Fluke does not speak for me."

    "Those were strong words from attorney Maya Noronha, a former Georgetown Law student. Noronha took part in a rally yesterday to protest Obamacare’s Health and Human Services birth control mandate on its first-year anniversary - a law that forces religious groups to offer their employees contraception coverage."

    [video accompanies this report - nb, the reporter is kind of hot]

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/c.....um=twitter

  • Warrren||

    She's obviously not an authentic woman.

  • Coeus||

  • Juice||

    fark politics tab really is a haven of retards

  • Coeus||

    I'm starting to think that it's what they replaced journolist with.

  • Coeus||

    And here's a thread where they defend the administration and the CIA.

    First three posts:


    vpb [TotalFark]
    2013-08-02 12:03:17 PM
    He is stopping CIA agents from telling people secret things? This is an outrage!

    Dusk-You-n-Me [TotalFark]
    2013-08-02 12:09:57 PM
    Now? This has been known for months.

    FlashHarry [TotalFark]
    2013-08-02 12:15:08 PM
    farking republicans outed it as a CIA post. idiots.
  • Irish||

    He is stopping CIA agents from telling people secret things? This is an outrage!

    Wow. This dipshit must have missed the part where the number of polygraphs given to the agents were far in excess of normal procedures.

  • Brett L||

    Its fark, dude. Just let it go.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    So shifting to a zero-carbon transportation system requires more complete communities, with services and jobs closer to where people live; it also requires new investments in public transit to make it a more competitive option, and repurposing of road space for bikes, buses and trams. All of which would be powered by clean electricity.

    What, no flying brooms?

  • Coeus||

    The White House does not appear to believe there are any policy implications to having sexually harassing misogynists like Anthony Weiner and the mayor of San Diego represent Democrats.

    And what exactly did Weiner do to earn the label "woman hater"?

  • B.P.||

    Still around here and longing to read something else that's really stupid? Here you go...

    http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.....nice/?_r=0

    Come for the patriarchy vanquishing, stay for the misplaced pride.

  • Coeus||

    Things a 10 year old has never said:

    . Gender stereotypes, among other injustices, infuriate her. “This is so stupid!” she sighs at Target, about the pink rows of dolls and the blue rows of Lego. “Why don’t they just put a penis or a vagina on every toy so you can be completely sure you’re getting the right one?”
  • Irish||

    A ten year old could say that if she were horribly indoctrinated by her psychotic mother.

  • AlmightyJB||

    "Why don’t they just put a vagina on every toy"

    If I had a nickle for every time I thought that.

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