A.M. Links: Obama To Nominate Yellen as Next Fed Chair, Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded, Date of Morsi’s Trial Set

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  • Obama will announce later today that he is nominating Janet Yellen, the current Federal Reserve vice chair, to be the next Federal Reserve chairman.
  • The Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for their work on computer simulations used to illustrate the structure of molecules.
  • Former Egyptian President Morsi’s trial will begin on Nov. 4. Morsi is accused of inciting the murder of his opponents.
  • Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that a short-term deal to reopen the government would be “unconditional surrender.”
  • The 9-year-old boy who boarded a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Las Vegas without a ticket last week previously stole a car.
  • Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has announced that a state funeral will be held for the hundreds of migrants who died after their boat sank near the island of Lampedusa last week.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that a short-term deal to reopen the government would be “unconditional surrender.”

    Which is why they'll eventually do it.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    I always thought the Rs would cave, but that's some serious painting yourself into a corner, right there. It sounds like his try at "read my lips." If he caves now, he's probably off the House gravy train next election.

  • Brett L||

    I think Boehner's career is dead unless Reid and Obama cave.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Well, I guess the possibilities are:

    1. Rs cave
    2. Ds cave
    3. No one caves
    4. Both cave

    Reid and Obama don't cave in 1 and 3. I'm not sure that 3 kills Boehner.

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    Considering our government, I'm going with 4. We raise the debt ceiling, start bombing some random country full of brown people, and try to start up a universal healthcare system there.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    They've killed *my* Boehner with their partisan maneuvers.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Is your Boehner crying?

  • seguin||

    No. It only cries when it's happy.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The irony is that delaying Obamacare would be to Obama and proggies advantage.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    It's really freaking simple for the GOP at this point. Agree to raise the debt limit and hold firm on everything else. It's not about the debt limit anyway, that's a symptom, it's about the spending.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    It's not about the debt limit anyway, that's a symptom, it's about the spending.

    This.

    The only problem with this tactic is that a raise in the debt limit with a deal in place concerning our spending habits will either be broken with the quickness, or the next congress will simply say "I didn't agree to that" and start swiping the credit card again if there is room.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    You're probably right, but it will provide the GOP with the short-term ammunition they need to gut Obamacare and potentially a few other things. To me, that is the priority at the moment and a step in the right direction. They need to rally the populace in order to sustain the longterm fight against overall spending. If they allow themselves to be held responsible (or painted that way) for a major spike in interest rates, they will have lost the war for a few years at least. Put it back on the Democrats and make them hold the bag.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    It's not about the debt limit anyway, that's a symptom, it's about the spending.

    It's not about either. It's about maintaining liberty as the pols spend until the dollar is destroyed (as world's reserve currency).

    The problem is that the cat is out of the bag and there's no turning back at this point. Temporary pauses in the gravy train, or even some reversals, won't matter one whit in the long run because the next group of pols will come along and spend away any cuts and then some. -- Until they can't, which is probably decades away.

    But we can avoid the camps in the meantime.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    And yet another example of Team Red being the Stupid Party.

    Obama showed a crack in the armor by indicating that he's open to a short-term deal--rather than digging your heels in further, you weaken Reid by insinuating that "of course I'd be more than willing to sit down and discuss these issues with the President," and let Obama yank his party into line.

  • sarcasmic||

    Topless sunbather sues NYPD after she's arrested by two officers for baring her breasts in Brooklyn park
    Jessica Krigsman, 24, filed the suit for unspecified damages, after she was arrested by two officers last July in Brooklyn's Calvert Vaux Park
    It is legal for a woman to bare her chest in New York in the same places it is for a man


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....-park.html
    I guess they didn't strip search her because it wouldn't have humiliated her.

  • robc||

    And, of course, its never the attractive women doing this.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    She's not terrible. Not great, but not terrible for a normal chick.

  • sarcasmic||

    If by "normal" you mean "unattractive," then I would agree. But otherwise I'm with robc.

  • Brett L||

    By Southern college town standards, meh. I can see 100 of these a day in a town with 1/50th the population.

  • robc||

    By southern college town standards, she would be sent packing for being a fugly yankee.

  • Brett L||

    Well, I specifically didn't say SEC for just that reason, rob. The ACC seems to have lower standards. Or maybe its all the Yankee blood in South FL polluting the campuses around here with sub-standard coeds.

  • robc||

    Have you been to Clemson?

    They can hang with the best of the SEC schools. It is "Auburn with a lake" after all.

    And the University of New Jersey-Durham doesnt count as a southern school.

  • Brett L||

    Oh, no, they punch well. But FSU, specifically, has many Yankee-shaped coeds. Also, I remain unconvinced about the North Carolina and Virginia schools.

  • sarcasmic||

    By Maine standards she's pretty hot. They build them like brick shithouses around here. That's why I married a lady from Mass.

  • Zeb||

    I think she looks fine when she doesn't have a weird expression on her face.

  • Jon Lester||

    Which is why I don't actively advocate for change on this issue, because we have a whole lot of fugly down here in the south.

  • Snark Plissken||

    The Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for their work on computer simulations used to illustrate the structure of molecules.

    Again, Obama is denied? Is there any end to the racism?

  • BigT||

    All three were born in other countries.

    Damn foreigners take our jobs!!

  • Lord Humungus||

    Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates

    It’s August in Australia, and a small, mouse-like creature called an antechinus is busy killing himself through sex. He was a virgin until now, but for two to three weeks, this little lothario goes at it non-stop. He mates with as many females as he can, in violent, frenetic encounters that can each last up to 14 hours. He does little else.

    A month ago, he irreversibly stopped making sperm, so he’s got all that he will ever have. This burst of speed-mating is his one chance to pass his genes on to the next generation, and he will die trying. He exhausts himself so thoroughly that his body starts to fall apart. His blood courses with testosterone and stress hormones. His fur falls off. He bleeds internally. His immune system fails to fight off incoming infections, and he becomes riddled with gangrene.
  • gaijin||

    Someone needs to tell these poor creatures about masturbation.

    The Health Benefits of Masturbation

    Everyone here healthy?

  • Restoras||

    Just a hunch with no supporting evidence but I bet part of the libertarian mindset includes...maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Very healthy.

  • WTF||

    This burst of speed-mating is his one chance to pass his genes on to the next generation, and he will die trying. He exhausts himself so thoroughly that his body starts to fall apart. His blood courses with testosterone and stress hormones. His fur falls off. He bleeds internally. His immune system fails to fight off incoming infections, and he becomes riddled with gangrene.

    Fortunately Warty Hugeman's genetic enhancements from the future have cured these negative effects of speed mating.

  • Fluffy||

    Sure, but what a way to go

  • Auric Demonocles||

    DEATH BY SNU-SNU!

  • pan fried wylie||

    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Semelparity, AKA *suicidal reproduction* http://www.pnas.org/content/ea.....1310691110

  • Reverend Mayhem||

    Suicidal Reproduction

    Great album title.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    14 hours doesn't seem evolutionarily beneficial.

  • SugarFree||

    Depends on how much the antechinus ladies have to drink at the club.

  • Zeb||

    It could be if the females are promiscuous. Makes it less likely that rivals will be able to impregnate the female.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that a short-term deal to reopen the government would be “unconditional surrender.”

    So he's saying it's not off the table, then?

  • WTF||

    I think he's saying it's the likely outcome.

  • sarcasmic||

    Now the shutdown's getting SERIOUS... as government closure dries up the nation's beer supply
    US federal shutdown closes agency responsible for alcohol licensing
    Craft brewers on the frontline facing financial disaster
    Small businesses and start-ups put on hold indefinitely
    One brewer claims shutdown will cost him $8,000 a month


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....upply.html
    Freedom means asking permission and obeying orders.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    One brewer claims shutdown will cost him $8,000 a month

    It hasn't been a week.

  • SweatingGin||

    Clearly, approving beer labels is a core function of governments. Protecting rights, and property. National Defense. Censoring beer labels.

    I was fantasizing on the way in this morning of someone marketing "Useless Bureaucrat Ale"

    "You've survived the heartless shutdown, and so now you're back to the important work of a State. You're making sure that beer labels are properly censored. Hats off to you, beer label approver. Crack open an ice cold Bureaucrat Ale. You've earned it. You, parasitic Bureaucrat, are a Real American Hero"

  • Restoras||

    It wouldn't sell to well, since it would tasteless and unimaginitive...

  • UnCivilServant||

    Isn't that all beer?

  • Cliché Bandit||

    BURN HIM!!!!

  • UnCivilServant||

    Oh sorry, I was wrong, they're not all tasteless, some taste like shit instead.

  • Zeb||

    You taste shit often? Which kind of shit tastes like beer?

  • UnCivilServant||

    You're not half as clever as you think you are - wipe that shit-eating grin off your face, Zeb.

  • Zeb||

    How do you know how clever I think I am?

  • Enough About Palin||

    "Isn't that all beer?"

    Surly Brewing Company disagrees.

    www.surlybrewing.com

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Oh no you don't. This is a government shutdown problem. How dare you try to turn it into an over-regulation problem.

  • carol||

    I have this silly idea that the nastier and more arbitary the administration makes the shutdown the better. For the most part people think of 'Big Government' as that wonderful entity that keeps their SS and SSI checks rolling out on time. Let them find out that "A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have."

  • gaijin||

    Useless Bureaucrat: It's what ales you!

  • DEG||

    http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/m.....ulated-ale

    Unfortunately Manchester Brewing is gone. I had some Overregulated Ale, and liked it.

  • Snark Plissken||

    http://www.thebigquestions.com.....oversight/

    Oddly, it seems not to have occurred to this gentleman that his problem emanates not from the parts of the government that are shut down, but from the parts that aren’t. If the government were really shut down, there’d be nobody to enforce the export-license requirement in the first place.
  • Drax the Destroyer||

    Therein lies some truth. The prisoners have lived behind bars for so long they can't imagine life without them.

  • ||

    Heard a fascinating story on NPR's "Marketplace" yesterday about how hog farmers don't know the going rate for their piggies. Seems that the price is supposed to be set using a FedGov formula based on the handful of hog sales that are performed in what we'd think of as a normal market transaction. The story said that only about 5% of hog sales are made when a seller and buyer negotiate a price. The Feds then wave a magic math wand and set a price that the rest of the industry uses. Shutdown has shutdown that magic wand.

    Money quote: [Farmer] Duncan says it's impossible to know whether he's getting paid too little -- or even too much -- for his hogs. "We're really flying blind here," he says.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    If the shutdown lasts long enough, there will hopefully be enough impetus to discard the pathetic price control schemes. Not a bad outcome.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    If the shutdown lasts long enough, there will hopefully be enough impetus to discard the pathetic price control schemes. Not a bad outcome.

    That is the ideal outcome. Farmers rely on government for this shit because they have to, not because it's the only way one can sell a goddamn pig to slaughter.

  • SweatingGin||

    It was a very interesting story, kind of shows the ridiculous mind set. The guy explains all the details of the people that do negotiate with a bid/ask, and then goes on to say he needs a price on a sheet.

    Seriously? Start banging the phones and see if someone will give you more.

  • ||

    Start banging the phones and see if someone will give you more

    Exactly what I was hollering at the radio by the conclusion of the piece.

  • pan fried wylie||

    Phones?

    "Craigslist: 1000 head of sweet swine, $1200 each OBO"

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    Personal ads for John?

  • cavalier973||

    Or use the futures market. Maybe the story addressed this but the farmer can lock in his price before he raises a single hog through the futures market.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Whatever you do hog farmers, don't use your trade association to set prices like that or they'll go after you for price fixing.

    "It's not illegal when the government does it"

  • Emmerson Biggins||

    We should just look at how much hogs cost in the Soviet UnionRussia, and copy that price.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Finance a case by some brewer - let them keep making beer and dare the feds to prosecute. Invoke the defense of necessity. Ask the feds to use the resources they put into prosecution to issue the licenses. Take it to a jury.

  • cavalier973||

    So...the government shutdown will succeed where a decade of Prohibition failed.

    Fascinating.

  • sarcasmic||

    Now THAT'S multitasking! Agile model eats Chinese takeaway while wakeboarding


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem.....rding.html
    Yum!

  • gaijin||

    Some kind of food p0rn?

  • RickC||

    Nitpick. She's wakesurfing not wakeboarding.

  • Zeb||

    Fuck wakeboarding. Let's see her do it on a slalom ski.

  • sarcasmic||

    Proof that Marilyn Monroe DID have a chin implant: X-rays and medical notes that reveal late star's cosmetic surgery go up for auction
    The set, which dates from 1950 to 1962, is expected to sell for between $15,000 and $30,000


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem.....ction.html
    "What's that? Oh, that's an x-ray of Marilyn Monroe's chin. It only cost me twenty grand, can you believe it?"

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    If only they waited a couple of months, that $20,000 would have been worth $40 bucks today.

  • Lord Humungus||

    You're still legally dead, judge tells Fostoria man

    His parents informed him of his "death" upon his return to Ohio in about 2005, he said.

    Miller told Judge Davis he neither sought alcohol treatment nor contacted his children in the time after he left.

    Miller said he would like to start his life again, or "whatever's left of it." He asked the court to reverse its 1994 death ruling so he can reinstate his canceled Social Security number and driver's license.

    The court said no.
  • sarcasmic||

    Dang it! I was about to post that!

    Question: if he's legally dead, can I murder him and face no consequences?

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Why kill him? Hire him and never have to pay payroll taxes on him.

  • sarcasmic||

    Dude is a total deadbeat. Ditched his family, never paid a dime in child support, and only emerged from the forest when he reached the age where he could collect Social Security. You can hire him if you want. Just don't expect him to actually do anything.

  • Lord Humungus||

    so an ideal government worker?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Then have him kill people for you. I don't think they can charge you for death by seance.

  • sarcasmic||

    Then have him kill people for you.

    There's an idea. How can they charge a legally dead guy with a crime?

  • Snark Plissken||

    His name is Legion.

  • cavalier973||

    I hope he has the opportunity to live like he was dying.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Gaff: It's too bad he won't live! But then again, who does?

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Wouldn't his DL have expired already anyway?

  • Voros McCracken||

    "You're not fooling anyone"

  • sarcasmic||

    Undercover NYPD detective identified as he faces charges for 'shattering rear window in savage motorcycle gang attack on terrified SUV driver and his family'


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....-part.html

    Michael Palladino, president of the NYPD detectives' union, said the undercover officer was forced to make a difficult decision.
    'Compromising his identity could compromise all the work he's doing and his safety as well,' Palladino told NBC. 'It's very difficult to lead a double life.'


    There truly is nothing that those fuckers will not defend.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Obviously the case is more important than some non-LEO's life.

  • WTF||

    Well, they've already established that 'officer safety' trumps everything else, even if it costs the lives of innocent 'civilians'.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    The guy actually said that? Can I bash in *his* window as part of an undercover investigation? I can say I was doing a journalistic inquiry into the car parts business.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Well, Here is some GOOD news...and Sloopy Bait:
    Cop gets 5 years!

    And in this one at least they charged him Cop who shot dog aqcuited by jury

  • sarcasmic||

    The got Boulder Canyon open. That's cool.

  • sarcasmic||

    *They*

  • Cliché Bandit||

    I never claimed it was MY website. For a newspaper you would expect them to at LEAST have their own URL.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Mine would have a black star field background and blinking text with gifs all over the place. Like this one

  • sloopyinca||

    Wow, that's good news.
    But where is the firearm enhancer, the "under color of law" enhancer and the "assault with a deadly weapon" charge?

    If an armed "civilian" would have punched a strapped-down and incapacitated cop in the face with a closed fist, I'm thinking he wold have ended up with a little more than this animal got.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    baby steps bro...Step Away from the Coffee S L O W L Y.

  • sloopyinca||

    I don't drink coffee. I'm high strung as it is (obviously).

    But it still is good news.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    He was up for 16 total years as the max but the judge gave 5...I will take it. He actually broke the kids jaw.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Ohh, and the best part, after he did it he look at the medic and said "nobody saw that right?" and the medic said "Actually he is bleeding." and then the cop shied away sheepishly saying "I guess I will have to figure this out".

    All we need is for good people to do nothing yada yada yada...

  • seguin||

    5 years?! What did he do, nuke Brooklyn?

    /dunphy

  • Calidissident||

    Wow, just when you thought the NYPD couldn't do anything that would surprise you.

    Also, I love the idiots in the comments making this about race. They either didn't read the article, or think that a guy named Wojciech Braszczok is black or Hispanic. And one of them even said that the only reason Bloomberg isn't making a big deal about this is because the officers aren't white (again, ignoring the 99.9% probability that at least one is). Yeah, I'm sure that's much more likely than Bloomberg not giving a shit because these guys are members of his personal army. After all, we know how much Bloomberg loves minorities, and how easy he goes on them in policing and criminal justice matters.

  • SugarFree||

    Oh shit! A little light got in Gawker; you better squeeze your eyes real tight.

    A Week Into the Shutdown, Government Buys $47,174 Mechanical Bull

  • Doctor Whom||

    That's an essential government service. Why do you want the terrorists to win?

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    Da Fuq

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The 9-year-old boy who boarded a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Las Vegas without a ticket last week previously stole a car.

    I hope he didn't leave it in the white zone.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Don't hand me that "white zone" shit; you just want me to have an abortion.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Okay, that was pretty awesome.

  • gimmeasammich||

    Over Macho Grande?

  • waffles||

    The 9-year-old boy who boarded a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Las Vegas without a ticket last week previously stole a car.

    Boggles the brain. I have no theory of mind for the 9-year-old capable of this. Remember the barefoot bandit? Pardon the expression, but this is the next level.

  • gaijin||

    That's the kind of kid I'd hire...he'd make a great engineer...or sales person.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    Definitely above the average monocle polisher.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    He belongs in the gifted and talented program in public school if he attends schools which is doubtful. He's a future super villain. Cannot wait to see what he's up to at 15.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    The boy rode to the airport Wednesday on the light rail system that runs from downtown, took a bag from a luggage carousel and went to an airport restaurant where he ate and then left the bag and an unpaid check,

    the boy had a history of taking the light rail without his parents to a suburb near the airport, where he would blend in with a large family to get into a water park.

    I love this kid.

  • AlexInCT||

    Practicing to be a politican when he gorws up I bet...

  • Cyto||

    Aren't juvenile records sealed? How is it that we know that he has a criminal history? Is the CPS employee facing charges for revealing protected information? Enquiring minds want to know.

  • Steve G||

    "The 9-year-old boy who boarded a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Las Vegas without a ticket last week previously stole a car."

    Well, then, that just absolves the TSA/Airlines of any responsibility now doesn't it.

  • Restoras||

    When you say absolve you imply that TSA is actually responsible for something. I beleive you are mistaken.

  • Rich||

    This. "How could *anyone* have imagined such a threat?!"

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Dropped of the wife at the airport this morning and waited while she went through the Stasi checkpoint. The rape scanner operation is sickening and rage inducing.

    The only consolation was watching one of the POS wheel a cart full of empty bins to the front of the X-ray scanner, who then had to show her ID to her fellow doofus and turn over the cart so he could inspect the underside for contraband.

  • JW||

    When I flew over the summer, I insisted on the grope line.

    The TSA goons didn't like that one bit.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    I always demand the grope. I've had it so often I can point out the TSArs with the sweetest hands at the A Gate checkpoint at CMH.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    "Ask for Carl. He gives good pat-down."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Former Egyptian President Morsi’s trial will begin on Nov. 4. Morsi is accused of inciting the murder of his opponents.

    Hosni: You miss me yet?

  • Lord Humungus||

    Our Hobbesian Left
    Anarchy and submission are not our only choices.

    Given the state she represents, Senator Warren’s error is ironic but not surprising. The original tea-party patriots were accused of being anarchists, too. In the Intolerable Acts that the British crown adopted at Lord North’s insistence in retaliation for the Boston Tea Party, Parliament proclaimed that the patriots were involved in the “subversion of all lawful government” and that reasserting the absolute authority of the king — while dissolving Massachusetts’s charter of self-government — had “become absolutely necessary . . . to the preservation of the peace and good order.” Among the Loyalists, there was already a version of Senator Warren’s “You Didn’t Build That” philosophy taking shape, which held that all men, and especially men of property, owed their allegiance to the crown, because the British navy enabled American trade and protected American property. As the Reverend Samuel Seabury put it at the time, “We have no trade but under the protection of Great Britain.”
  • robc||

    I read the Hobbes quote within that story. Im now glad Ive never read any Hobbes. Fucking fuck, he was a fucking evil man.

    Untarnished, unashamed evil.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    You know who else closed down the ports for everyone due to the actions of a small band of men...

  • trshmnstr||

    W?

  • cavalier973||

    Chancellor Palpatine?

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    Thomas Jefferson?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Mens Rea: Lois Lerner Sent Confidential Taxpayer Information Through Private Emails
    Why is that important? Consciousness of guilt. It is a well-known trick of our Federal Masters that they will resort to using private emails -- safely immune from automatic record-keeping, and generally not subpoenaed (unless you know exactly what you're looking for) -- for their more, um, controversial missives.

    We knew she had the actus reus -- the guilty act. But she could always say "Serious You Guys, I didn't know the rules, I made a mistake."

    But here now the mens rea, the guilty mind. Why does this illegal activity just happen to occur in private email, if not due to knowledge it is in fact illegal?...

  • pan fried wylie||

    Why does this illegal activity just happen to occur in private email, if not due to knowledge it is in fact illegal?...

    She was just trying to save the govt some money, what with each federal email costing $0.37 to put a stamp on.

    (disclosure: I don't know the current price for a stamp and refuse to look it up)

  • trshmnstr||

    It hasn't be 37 cents since the 90's

  • DEG||

    Philip Chevron of The Pogues dies of cancer at age 56.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs.....ancer.html

  • Restoras||

    Bummer.

  • sloopyinca||

    Somewhere, Shane McGowan is not smiling...thankfully.

  • Lord Humungus||

    the poster boy for "The Big Book of British Smiles"

  • Lord Humungus||

    and yes I know, he's not a Brit but I couldn't resist the Simpsons reference.

  • DEG||

    He was born in England. His parents are Irish though.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Mcgowan

  • Gbob||

    It's sad. I loved, and will always love, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash....but enough about my personal life. The Pogues album by the same name is also great. (Actually, if I had to only listen to five albums for the rest of my life, that one would be in that discussion.)

  • gimmeasammich||

    I was just listening to that while I worked out earlier today. My sentiments exactly.

  • Coeus||

    Even the proggies are catching on now:

    Yet to some people, it also seems federal officials are going out of their way to make the shutdown painfully symbolic. Many of the open-air monuments currently barricaded were not closed during earlier shutdowns. Some, including the World War II Memorial, were closed by express orders from the White House, according to the Park Service.
  • sarcasmic||

    Yeah, but it's still the Rethuglicans' fault! I mean, if they would only compromise and give Obama everything he wants, it would all stop!

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    The Dems don't want to have to be painfully symbolic, but the Republicans made them!! It's not their fault!!

  • Jordan||

  • WTF||

    And how long will it take for new MNG to defend the Obama administration's actions on this while claiming that people who see it for what it is are 'partisans'.

  • Mainer2||

    How long ? Not sure. But it will be teeth-achingly tedious and a boring waste of time. I guarantee it.

  • robc||

    Cue Bo to claim the administration has a good defense.

  • RBS||

    Awe, poor Bo. He's like a caricature of everyone I hated in law school, which was pretty much everybody.

  • trshmnstr||

    You mean the people who start all their sentences with "Actually..." or "Technically..." and then follow it up with a convoluted logic pretzel that would get them thrown out of any reasonable court room?

  • Lord Humungus||

    that's my wife's take on him too.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Republicans Do Crazy Things Because They Have Crazy Beliefs

    For about 30 million people, Obamacare will mean the difference between having health insurance and not having it. Other people will get higher quality insurance. And there will also be negative effects: rich people will pay higher taxes; fees on insurance premiums will modestly raise the cost of health insurance for some; businesses that don't provide health insurance will pay penalties; fewer full-time jobs for low-skill workers may be created; some people will end up having to change doctors.

    Nobody would say "I'm concerned that the employer mandate will have a moderate negative effect on low-skill employment, so we should bring the U.S. government to the brink of default to stop it." Or "Obamacare fees will add 2.8% to group insurance premiums, and stopping that rise is more important than paying our debts." Those statements are crazy.
  • gaijin||

    fees on insurance premiums will modestly raise the cost of health insurance for some

    My 30% increase (according to my insurer) under the lowest cost Bronze offer is not modest.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Isolated incident!

  • WTF||

    You're obviously just crazy!

  • gaijin||

    yes! But thank goodness my new plan will include mandatory mental health benefits!

  • UnCivilServant||

    I don't understand why my single person plan needs to cover abortions and OB-GYB visits. I lack the requisite body parts for that, and don't want to end up with them grafted to me.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    Puts Derp hat on:

    YOU ARE AGAINST WUUUUMANNNNZZZZ RIGHTSSSS HIISISISISI SBOOOOOOO

    (Foams at mouth, speaks in tongues)

    Hat off...

  • Numeromancer||

    NO. He's against womebs, and gybocologists. Pay attention.

  • robc||

    Mine will cover me if I get pregnant!

  • UnCivilServant||

    "Congradulations, robc, the Alien fetus implanted behind your liver is developing nicely. Soon it will burrow to the surface and burst from your body in a lovely crimson shower. It will be your pride and joy while you bleed out and watch it scurry away..."

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    And he's probably a rich racist child rapist grandma murderer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • robc||

    80% for me, but I can renew my current plan early for 1 more year (or actually 11 addition months).

  • INFORG||

    100% increase on employee contribution portion here.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Obviously, you're a reasonably young, healthy male. I recently got a 3% ObamaCare rebate, and shortly later my 35% rate increase as well.

    Of course your rates are going up by 30% so that the old, the unhealthy, and females who use more health care services don't have to pay unfairly high premiums.

    I have no idea what my ObamaCare premium would be. After about 35 attempts over the past week, I've just given up. According to Baghdad Bob of HHS in an USAToday oped, though, my experience is atypical:

    Kathleen Sebelius: HealthCare.gov simple, user-friendly

  • Auric Demonocles||

    "Obamacare fees will add 2.8% to group insurance premiums, and stopping that rise is more important than paying our debts." Those statements are crazy.

    Well, since it's going to be way more than 2.8%, and we can very very easily pay our debts by just incoming revenue, yes, you would have to be crazy to say that because only a crazy person would believe either of those implications.

  • Spoonman.||

    At my wife's company it's 30%.

  • Ska||

    At mine it's 16% and that was considered a major victory.

  • JW||

    Is Business Insider only filled with simpering proglodytes who didn't have toe chops to make it at any of the lefty propaganda farms think tanks?

  • JW||

    or, the chops...

  • seguin||

    The best way to prepare toe chops is to braise them slowly over a red wine and Lamisil reduction.

  • Rasilio||

    For about 30 million people Obamacare will mean the difference between paying for health insurance they don't use and just not having it

    Fixed it for them

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’
    ...Should you decide to apply for health coverage through Maryland Health Connection, the information you supply in your application will be used to determine whether you are eligible for health and dental coverage offered through Maryland Health Connection and for insurance affordability programs. It also may be used to assist you in making a payment for the insurance plan you select, and for related automated reminders or other activities permitted by law. We will preserve the privacy of personal records and protect confidential or privileged information in full accordance with federal and State law. We will not sell your information to others. Any information that you provide to us in your application will be used only to carry out the functions of Maryland Health Connection. The only exception to this policy is that we may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities. ...

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    ...If you send us an e-mail, we use the information you send us to respond to your inquiry. E-mail correspondence may become a public record. As a public record, your correspondence could be disclosed to other parties upon their request in accordance with Maryland’s Public Information Act....

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    As a public record, your correspondence could be disclosed to other parties upon their request in accordance with Maryland’s Public Information Act

    There's a non-starter.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Before one get any worthwhile information from HealthCare.gov (Texas edition), he must first provide extensive identifying information including SSN and income history, pass an Experian identification test (that didn't work in my case), and execute an electronic signature.

    Curiously, the electronic signature part of the web page does not indicate what the signature attests to. Is it a signature that attests to nothing, or is it a blank check?

  • Rich||

    More Maryland healthcare bullshit:

    Doctors and other providers are not yet available in Maryland Health Connection; therefore, if you choose to search for them on the website, you will receive a message that “no doctors are found” message.

    The application’s built in calculator may underestimate total out-of-pocket costs in some cases.

    The application has trouble processing multiple applications at once, so shop for each person separately.

    Our application is currently miscalculating the bi-weekly salary.

  • robc||

    Our application is currently miscalculating the bi-weekly salary.

    I saw that yesterday and laughed and laughed.

    I bet they never figure out how to do twice monthly salary.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    this, eh hem..., "problem" has been solved since at least the 70s in the programming world (excepting y2k messiness). Hell, there are payroll libraries for every single language out there.

  • robc||

    Yeah, thats why I laughed.

  • Brett L||

    What the fuck? They don't know how to multiply/divide by 26 instead of 24 depending on the option selected? I can teach an English major to do that. Though probably not the logic behind it. Still, they can memorize twice-monthly=24/year, every-two-weeks=26/year

  • robc||

    26.07

    26.14 during leap years.

  • Brett L||

    26 would be within $5 per $1000, even in leap year. That's probably good enough for Obamacare.

  • trshmnstr||

    Gosh, I think I know these software developers. They were the ones trying to bum the answers off me when their program said 2+2=14.75382

    Seriously, what happened to unit testing? You would think that even if the system wasn't working as a whole, the individual parts wouldn't be such a mess.

    Who am I kidding, there was probably an IQ ceiling on the hiring qualifications, along with a diversity of degree element. "We should hire 2 people with computer science degrees, 4 people with english degrees, 6 people with history degrees, and 45 gender and ethnic studies majors."

  • Brett L||

    Just requiring everyone to have a degree lowers the quality of your shop for government programming.

  • AlexInCT||

    "Seriously, what happened to unit testing?"

    This

  • robc||

    Im a fan of release early/release often, but you should still unit test before those releases.

  • Gbob||

    Sure, but I can't think of a single time the government has ever abused this sort of thing to after political opponents. That's crazy talk. We have top men in charge!

  • Lord Humungus||

    Union says parents have no right to know the names of the best teachers

    When it comes to the legal question of whether the East Baton Rouge Parish school district had the right to publish the names of teachers who were recently rated “highly effective” under the state’s new evaluation system, our guess is as good as yours.

    But the real issue is why the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers is protesting the move in the first place.

    It’s because teachers unions still want to the public to believe that all teachers are equally effective and should be compensated that way.
  • trshmnstr||

    The only way this logic works is if students are parts to be made on an assembly line. Perhaps this mentality is a large factor in why our educations system sucks? Nah, it's definitely because we don't have enough administrators.

  • Rich||

    Ms Yellen, like Mr Bernanke, is seen as a "dove", meaning she prefers to prioritise boosting employment by keeping rates low rather than worrying about inflation.

    What, me worry?

    The chairman of the US Senate Banking Committee, Tim Johnson, said she had "a depth of experience that is second to none".

    Then, with all due respect, why TF was Bernanke chosen in the first place?

  • Restoras||

    Funny, whenever I debate with progtards about term limits they always bring up "but you lose all the experience they have" arguement.

    Excuse me, but it seems to me the people with all the experience in DC got us into the current mess, so what makes you think they have any ability to get us out of it?

    Crickets.

  • gaijin||

    "but you lose all the experience they have"

    In addition to your point, it's the idea of renewal that always struck me as the dynamic part of our system. The graveyard is, afterall, filled with indispensable people.

  • Drake||

    You also lose all the arrogance, corruption, and sense of entitlement they gained over the years.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Gives me more time to finish my remodeling and pick up a low fixed rate mortgage. Can't beat 'em, might as well take adavantage of it.

  • Jordan||

    One clown replaces another clown.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Ole Miss forces whole play audience into re-education camp over mysterious gay slurs
    The University of Mississippi will now force all students who attended a play about murdered gay student Matthew Shepard to go to a re-education session because a few unidentified audience members disrupted the performance by voicing anti-gay slurs and laughing at the wrong times, reports The Commercial Appeal.

    The Ole Miss administration had charged a six-person Bias Incident Response Team with determining exactly which students (or non-students) disrupted a university theater production of “The Laramie Project,” a play based on reaction to the 1998 torture and murder of Shepard, a student who attended the University of Wyoming....

  • Restoras||

    You see, you really aren't paranoid when the proggies actually are out to get you...

  • Jordan||

    Bias Incident Response Team

    What. The. Hell. I hope some of these students contact FIRE.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    It really is like the reeducation camps.

  • Tonio||

    Now, now Scruffy, it's not a proper camp if you don't sleep over. This is more like day-camp. Basically, being on heavily supervised probation/parole vs being actually incarcerated.

  • SweatingGin||

    That somebody could start a "Bias Incident Response Team" with a (presumably) straight face is...

    Obviously a BIRT could run into extremists. They need to be armed. And they should be mandatory at any organization over a certain size.

  • MOFO.||

    See, you cant go around shouting FIRE in a crowded theater.

    Im not sure what that even means, it just popped into my head.

  • Tonio||

    Fires, particularly in spaces like theatres, were once a big deal and lots of people died in them. Open flame lighting (later replaced by sketchy primitive electrics), flammable everything, narrow aisles, no fire exits...

  • waffles||

    Super successful troll. I can't imagine these hecklers actually hate gay people but rather got exactly the response they were looking for. Still, it's poor taste. I'd settle for laughing at inappropriate times. Actually yelling shit out is just too far and discourteous to someone who was really into the passion of Matthew Shephard.

  • Tonio||

    WTF, waffles? I'm not into the cult of St. Matthew, but the proper response is to leave. That was a performance, not a debate. The rules for performances are that the performers make noise and do stuff and the audience sits quietly in their seats, or leaves.

  • waffles||

    You're right. It doesn't matter what the play was, this behavior is inexcusable in any venue. Sometimes the story snippets I get around here disconnect me from reality.

  • cavalier973||

    Or, don't attend in the first place.

  • ||

    It was freshman football players who are in the Theater 101 class, and attendance at the play is part of the class. I'm sure all of the football players chose that class because theater interests them.

  • Tonio||

    OK, I'm just going to leave this here first, before I get into specific issues. This is a bad situation all around. The disrupters were total dicks about it, the administrations could have responded to this on disruption grounds, regardless of the content of the disruptive speech and acts.

    The first account of this that I read indicated that the disrupters were athletes and that the adults in charge called the athletic department first. WTF? Either this is a problem (holding other programs responsible...) or this is a problem (evidence of unwritten special handling policy for athletes).

    Re-education is not the answer. Public speech, and lots of it is the answer.

  • cavalier973||

    The "disruptors" were plants who were doing what they were supposed to do so that Ole Miss could then implement this new policy. It's just for those who attended the play, but it will be so successful that the re-education program will be extended to all students.

  • Coeus||

    Feminist math:

    One in 10 Young Americans Has Committed Sexual Violence

    Nearly one in ten young Americans has committed an act of sexual violence, a new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics reports. Of the 1,058 teenagers and young adults, ages 14 to 21, who participated in the online study, 8 percent reported that they had kissed, touched, or “made someone else do something sexual” when they “knew the person did not want to.” Three percent of teens verbally coerced a victim into sex; 3 percent attempted to physically force them into sex; 2 percent perpetrated a completed rape.

    Tactics: Thirty-two percent of perpetrators argued or pressured another person into sex; 63 percent guilted them into it; 5 percent threatened physical force, and 8 percent used it. Fifteen percent employed alcohol.
  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Warty and STEVE SMITH are upping the average - outliers should be removed before taking the average.

  • Brett L||

    Hmmm. By the lack of gender statistics in the lede, I'm just gonna guess that half or more of these abusers identify as female.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    So 63 percent of the people they consider violent did not actually perform any violence, as well as some fraction of 32 percent.

  • Lord Humungus||

    I commit sexual violence - but only on myself.

  • AlexInCT||

    Beating the baloney? Spanking the monkey?

  • Lord Humungus||

    and other crimes against humanity (of one).

  • Enough About Palin||

    STOP CHOKING THAT POOR CHICKEN!!!1!1

  • waffles||

    Fifteen percent employed alcohol
    Alchohol you're hired!
    The job? Rape, of course.

  • Fluffy||

    So what they're saying is that 95% of perpetrators had a conversation about what they wanted from their partner in a relationship, and that partner then made a decision on how to proceed?

    OH MY GOD MY EYES!!! MY EYES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED BY THIS SPECTACLE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE!!!

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I tried to employ this form of sexual violence on my ex. Somehow, she decided she'd rather not have the sex than get the other benefits of the relationship.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    ooooooo...half. thatsabitch.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    It's a good thing she decided that; now I'm just an attempted rapist.

  • Rasilio||

    So what they are saying is that telling your partner...

    "look we've been dating x long now and it is time to take the next step, if you're not ready for that then it is time for me to move on because you're not interested enough"

    Is sexual violence now?

  • Coeus||

    yup

  • Cyto||

    Yes. The words you are looking for are "enthusiastic consent." You are guilty of rape if your partner does anything less than enthusiastically consent to all aspects of the sex acts you are involved in under the enthusiastic consent framework. You are also responsible for accurate knowledge of the mental state of your partner. Just saying yes isn't enough - your partner has to enthusiastically mean yes with mind and body. A reluctant yes is actually a no.

    So if your long-term girlfriend is feeling tired and doesn't want to have sex but you talk her into a quickie before bed, this is rape. Not "rape-like", but actual, bona fide, go-to-jail felony rape.

    Your example is pretty much the definition of rape under the "enthusiastic consent" framework.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Thirty-two percent of perpetrators argued or pressured another person into sex; 63 percent guilted them into it

    How in the hell is talking someone in to sex coercion?

    Teen Guy: "Hey, baby, you wanna touch the tip?"
    Teen Chick: "Ew. Seriously? That is so gross."
    Teen Guy: "You sure? I bet you'll like it."
    Teen Chick: "You think?"
    Teen Guy: "Yeah, baby. It'll be great."
    Teen Chick: "Okay."

    RAPE!!!!!!!!

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

    My mom has a picture of some neighbor girl kissing me on the cheek when I was five. The look on my face clearly indicates how I felt about it. Holy shit guys, I was raped.

  • sloopyinca||

    Colorado cops caught on video pepper-spraying and assaulting people for no reason terminated for their stories not matching the video evidence. Oddly enough, an I'm sure it was just an oversight, they were not criminally charged.

    But no double-standard exists for when a "civilian" assaults someone without provocation and lies about it in the investigation.

  • Swiss Servator, Kneel to Zug!||

    A recursive, SF'ing link?

  • sloopyinca||

  • Ted S.||

    "Fuck you, that's why" isn't a reason?

  • UnCivilServant||

    It's more of an excuse than a reason.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    look up at my previously linked story Sloop...some good news from the flatlands.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Phuket duo arrested with 2,326 ya bah pills

    Police and officers from the provincial Office of the Narcotics Control Board yesterday arrested two men in Phuket Town and seized a total of 2,326 methamphetamine (ya bah) pills.
  • Rasilio||

    Yeah I here the Ya Bah do make you feel good

  • Ted S.||

    Maybe they should try this in Cleveland?

    Bulgarian Coach Bullied, Stripped by Fans at 1st Press Conference

    Rarely has an introductory press conference been more stressful for a coach than that of Bulgarian Ivaylo Petev, who was attacked by Levski Sofia fans on his first day at the club.

    [...]

    A group of angry fans stormed the press conference, urging Petev to strip his Levski Sofia shirt, as they deemed him not worthy of wearing it.

    The fans stated that Petev, who led local club Ludogorets Razgrad to two surprising back-to-back titles in Bulgaria, was a supporter of Levski archrivals CSKA Sofia.

    You'd think that if the guy won titles coaching for a third club, he can be professional.

  • sloopyinca||

  • Brett L||

    Wow. I mean, you'd think if we didn't tar and feather Bud Adams, we could cut Schaub some slack. Nobody except maybe Gary Kubiak is surprised that Matt Schaub can't win a game for Houston, only sometimes not lose it.

  • Swiss Servator, Kneel to Zug!||

    Bulgarians are really weird about soccer... I read a recollection by some British soldiers near Salonika in WWI that they used to play soccer and the Bulgarians never shelled them or such while they did - a Brit officer noticed the lack of fire and ordered the troops to drill. The shells started falling right away. A message sent over under flag of truce said that they liked it when they played soccer, but no drill or they would shoot.

  • sloopyinca||

    Apparently, that Paul McCartney video is also based in fact.

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    Whereas in Britian it's the opposite. The fans would start shelling the soccer field if they could.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The teevee talkers are fapping ecstatically all over Janet Yellin.

    If they think she's a good choice, who am I to disagree?

  • Rich||

    She has pedigree. Her husband is Nobel laureate George Akerlof, the scourge of efficient markets theory. She co-authored "Market for Lemons", the paper that won the prize.

    Summary of the paper:
    Imagine that owners of lemons are willing to sell for $1000 and owners of plums are willing to sell for $2000. Imagine that purchasers are willing to pay up to $1200 for a lemon and up to $2400 for a plum. Assume that sellers know what kind of car they have, but buyers can't tell. All buyers know is that half of all used cars are lemons. Therefore, based on the expected probability that a given car is a lemon, they will pay only up to $1800 for any car (1/2*1200 + 1/2*2400). But plum owners aren't willing to sell for only $1800, so only lemon owners will sell. The logical conclusion is that only the lemons will be sold

    Well, that obviously qualifies her to RULE THE WORLD!!

  • Auric Demonocles||

    That idea was good enough for a Nobel Prize? Well, at least it's better than Obama's.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    I wouldn't pay up to $1800. I'd pay up to $1200 and if the owner wants more he'll have to prove he isn't selling a lemon.

  • Brett L||

    Wait, this is Gresham's law applied to goods. The solution is that plum owners have to find some way of communicating their status that lemon owners don't have access to. Like UL for consumer goods.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Show me the carfax.

  • gaijin||

    Lemons and plums would probably exist on a spectrum that includes individual perceptions?

  • Brett L||

    Let us say for the sake of simplicity that they don't, but without UL its hard to tell whether your coffee-maker burns your house down in the first 25 uses due to horrible wiring or it runs for 10000 cycles wihout a problem. The store will not let you inspect the wiring, nor will it take returns if you take the cover off. Would you buy an electric plug-in drip machine or an old percolator? This is the same thing.

  • Rasilio||

    I'd check the online reviews, in the absence of those I would buy the cheapest one secure in the knowledge that if it caught fire after 25 uses I'd have a pretty good lawsuit on my hands

  • playa manhattan||

    Who enforces the UL trademark? More to the point, if the chinese are going to counterfeit/pirate western goods, why don't they just stamp a UL on the product while they're at it?

  • ||

    They often do. CE as well.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Yes let's imagine a world that never existed anywhere, anytime* and then project the failure of that imagined world onto the real one.

    *Ironically, centrally planned, closed, economies come close.

  • Fluffy||

    The logical conclusion, actually, is that the plum owners won't act as a monolith and some number of them will break ranks and meet the lower price.

    Because if nothing but will was required to establish a price floor, everything in the world would cost eleventy billion dollars.

  • cavalier973||

    Ceteris Paribus! CETERIS PARIBUS!!!

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

    It's the classic approach. Take something that is hard to understand and simplify it into a model that isn't. Then use the model in place of reality.

  • CatoTheElder||

    The bogus analogy and the false dichotomy are indispensable tools in the demagogue's trade.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Letting people down runs in the family.

    Browns' Jon Sandusky arrested
    Cleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky, was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of drunken driving....

  • AlexInCT||

    At least there were no little boys invovled...

  • Cliché Bandit||

    posted last night.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Bill? We need a Constitutional Amendment!

    Bill would require each beer pint have 16 ounces

    Some Michigan lawmakers are working to make sure a pint of beer is really a pint of beer.

    A bill introduced last week would amend the Liquor Control Act to require each pint of beer have at least 16 ounces. It would make it an offense to "advertise or sell any glass of beer as a pint in this state unless that glass contains at least 16 ounces of beer."

    Rep. Brandon Dillon, R-Grand Rapids and a co-sponsor of the bill, said short pints aren't the most pressing issue facing Michigan or its Legislature. But, he said, "a lot of people, I think, would appreciate knowing what they get when they order a pint."
  • Brett L||

    What about imperial pints?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    UnAmerican.

  • Swiss Servator, Kneel to Zug!||

    But more beer!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Which is funAmerican!

  • Auric Demonocles||

    It's still less beer than 2 pints.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I don't understand why they don't have machines for beer like those ones for Coke that are popping up everywhere. Let me craft my own beer right on the spot.

  • RBS||

    The home made soda fountain things or the new fancy Coke machines? If it's the latter then sign me up for a a beer suicide!

  • Pro Libertate||

    New fancy.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Someone is going to ask how it can check your ID (maybe not here, but someone will)

  • robc||

    Beer doesnt work that way.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Beer doesnt work that any way.

    FIFY

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I recently had a beer mix that was a Guinness mixed with a local pumpkin beer. It was really really good.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Please. Beer technology can and will advance until I can make it on demand. NOW.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    You'll be 3d printing your beer in no time.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Transmuting elements using the magic of fusion!

    Technology, save us now!

  • Tonio||

    Because for some really heady beers the pour takes a while. I also appreciate a bartender that gives me a good pour versus one with an inch of air and foam.

  • Pro Libertate||

    This can be duplicated by the magic of technology.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    We'll 3d print the head, too.

  • UnCivilServant||

    at least 16 ounces of beer.


    I think you can put more in and still call it a pint.

  • Rich||

    And make each bottle a *full* foot long!

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    I don't think I have much of a problem with local governments enforcing weights and measures.

  • H. ReardEn||

    You're not buying it from a metered device like a gas pump. I would think that consumer choice and other market forces are adequate for this situation. If you're so concerned, bring your graduated cylinder to the bar and raise a stink if you're short 1/2 fl. oz.

  • robc||

    You're not buying it from a metered device like a gas pump.

    Isnt that the problem?

    Why should beer be different than gas?

    Personally, I love the graduated glassware that is standard in most of Europe. I dont want to make graduated glassware a legal requirement, but dont sell a 14 oz pint.

    Especially since the easy fucking solution is to just call it a serving or a glass or a tall or something that isnt a specific measure.

  • gaijin||

    Why should beer be different than gas?

    One reason might have to do with the way taxes are calculated. On gas, it's based on volume. At a restaurant, it's based on price.

  • Juice||

    I agree. I don't have much of a problem with it, but nor do I have much of a problem with people selling 14 oz. of liquid as a "pint" (per se). Although it's basically fraud, I know that when I order that "pint" it's most likely going to be 14 oz. not 16 oz. so I actually know what I'm ordering.

  • robc||

    Im in a running argument over this on beeradvocate because I guy doesnt think me supporting the law is very libertarian of me.

    It falls clearly into force and fraud, specifically fraud.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Yeah, I would object to a law that said you can't sell beer in less than 16 ounce glasses, but not one that says that if you call it a pint it needs 16 ounces.

  • robc||

    And this is what this does. The easy solution is to stop calling your 12 oz pour a "pint". Call is a glass of beer.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    I agree, fraud. But there is a law for that already. So use that one.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Your Honor, he said THIS was a pint!

    Did you steal that glass son?

  • robc||

    Apparently it doesnt apply or they would.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    That's not necessarily true. They had distracted driving laws they could have used, but they still starting implementing texting while driving bans.

  • robc||

    True.

    But clarification of the law to make sure it applies to a specific situation isnt the worst thing they can do, by far.

  • JW||

    But clarification of the law to make sure it applies to a specific situation isnt the worst thing they can do, by far.

    Maryland just made texting while driving a primary offence, after being a secondary offence for a couple years, meaning they can pul lyou over for it. How many cops do you think will suddenly see people texting everywhere, as a pretext for pulling over a "suspicious" car?

    Which how MD rolls. Every time the lefty legislature has tried to wiggle in a ban on something, but can't get it outright, they always start out small and later up the law to where they wanted it to be.

  • JW||

    How is that any different than you, as the vendor, selling me a pound of x, that in reality is only 14 oz.?

    Fraud is fraud is fraud. If the judicial system is too stupid or unwilling to enforce these simple definitions, then it should get out of the business.

    Every extra, unneeded law is just that much more liberty taken and it *will* be abused at a later date.

  • cavalier973||

    So, start a bar, and advertise that your beer pints include all 16 ounces, unlike your cheating competitors.

  • Mike M.||

    Obama will announce later today that he is nominating Janet Yellen, the current Federal Reserve vice chair, to be the next Federal Reserve chairman.

    Goodbye U.S. dollar, it was nice knowing you.

    Chony Krugnuts and Dave "Shrieking Idiot" Weigel probably stayed up all night furiously masturbating to that hideous picture though.

  • Winston||

    You seriously think Tony is Krugman?

  • CatoTheElder||

    Mainstream economists at one time argued that people are happy to hold fiat dollars and exchange real goods and services for them because deposits pay interest. It's going to be interesting to watch what happens with negative nominal interest rates.

  • SugarFree||

    Feminists complain about the world they created, Part 875

    An elementary school in Port Washington, New York just banned all balls that are not made of Nerf foam from its playground. Related: America's Alliance of Kid Bullies just ranked Port Washington, New York as its number 1 favorite bullying destination for summer 2014.

    Per CBS News, the rule was enacted in response to a rash of dweebs crying to their mommies after getting hit in the face with footballs and soccer balls. Now, instead of regular kid stuff, Port Washington's Little Lord and Ladies Fluffington will play with Nerf balls.
  • Drake||

    Somebody should set up bully tourism - send them where the real pussies reside and let them enjoy.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Credit scores impact new Affordable Care Act insurance plans

    Anne Packham, one of many people licensed by the state to help people navigate the government's website, said on Tuesday that the credit check occurs so providers can make an educated decision about who to insure.

    "If someone is defaulting on all of their bills they may not want to have them as part of their health plan," said Packham, the lead Navigator in Florida.

    Participants with low credit scores could end up paying higher premiums, according to Packham, who said that ultimately the insurance company makes the call.
  • Auric Demonocles||

    Insurers want to make sure their customers can pay them? They are as bad as those evil hospitals!

  • Biden's Scroteplugs||

    pre-existing condition FTW

  • waffles||

    Ah, bad credit. The ultimate pre-existing condition.

  • Ted S.||

    The FedGov will simply pass a law forcing the insurance companies to sell the policies. It worked to provide housing to the poor, after all.

  • Drake||

    More likely - insurance premiums will be like taxes and student loans - not discharged in cases of bankruptcy.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    A win for fascism.

    Force people to buy a product they can't afford and then make failure to pay non dischargeable.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Just wait for 2015 tax season. Right now "Navigators" sponsored by all sorts of oh-so-caring, poverty pimp tax-exempts are being compensated to enroll ObamaCare customers. The likelihood of enrollment is inversely related with their projected 2014 income. In a mirror-image of ACORN-style mortgage qualification assistance, you can bet that the Navigators will advise their clients to lowball next year's earning projections to get the highest possible subsidy. Since it's free, why not sign up for the Gold Plan?

    April 2015 comes 'round, and millions of folks with modest incomes are shocked that, instead of getting a refund, they owe $2000. Hilarity ensues from the unintended consequences!

  • Lord Humungus||

    Shutdown Fever: Is the House in Play Now?

    If the 1995-96 shutdown is any guide, the political fallout from the current legislative stalemate is likely to be limited. According to the Brookings Institution’s “Vital Statistics on Congress“ (p. 54, see note e), Democrats gained nine House seats in 1996, only about half of what they need next year to win control. Moreover, the nation’s current polarization and the last wave of redistricting make it less likely that the current shutdown will result in a dramatic change in the cycle’s trajectory.

    The House is not in play now, and we will need to wait until after the current legislative fights are resolved to see whether the outlook for the 2014 House elections has changed dramatically one way or the other.

    The only thing we know right now is that the PPP/MoveOn.org polls are of little value in understanding the electoral landscape a year from now.
  • sloopyinca||

  • Lord Humungus||

    Guardian has handed a gift to terrorists', warns MI5 chief: Left-wing paper's leaks caused 'greatest damage to western security in history' say Whitehall insiders

    n a blistering attack, Andrew Parker said the publication of confidential files leaked by US fugitive Edward Snowden had caused huge ‘harm’ to the capability of Britain’s intelligence services.

    Security officials say the exposé amounts to a ‘guide book’, advising terrorists on the best way to avoid detection when plotting an atrocity.

    In Whitehall, it is considered to have caused the greatest damage to the Western security apparatus in history. In his first public speech since taking the job earlier this year, Mr Parker said the leaks handed the ‘advantage’ to terrorists and were a ‘gift they need to evade us and strike at will’.
  • Brett L||

    To MI5:
    Motherfuckers, maybe if you hadn't systematically pissed away your moral superiority to thuggishly enforce French cheese rules and ASBO violations, people might take you seriously. Die with a dick in your mouth you toady little scum.

  • Swiss Servator, Kneel to Zug!||

    "Die with a dick in your mouth you toady little scum."

    no, no! That is the fate of British Members of Parliament!

  • Brett L||

    You think that's Phil the Greek's favorite part of being Queen's Consort?

  • Ted S.||

    How do they put the dick in their mouths when they've got a plastic bag over their heads?

  • UnCivilServant||

    Easy - it's severed, potentially their own (if they had one)

  • Lord Humungus||

    Special Report: U.S. builders hoard mineral rights under new homes

    In golf clubs, gated communities and other housing developments across the United States, tens of thousands of families like the Davidsons have in recent years moved into new homes where their developers or homebuilders, with little or no prior disclosure, kept all the underlying mineral rights for themselves, a Reuters review of county property records in 25 states shows. In dozens of cases, the buyers were in the dark.

    The phenomenon is rooted in recent advances in extracting oil and gas from shale formations deep in the earth, fueling the biggest energy boom in modern U.S. history. Horizontal drilling and the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," have opened vast swaths of the continental United States to exploration.
  • Restoras||

    Just curious but given the boom fracking has led to in the US, is it safe to assume Canada is also sitting on top of huge reserves?

  • Spoonman.||

    The Bakken extends into Canada.

    However, most of Canada has a very different geology from that of the United States - its continental crust is much more ancient and most shales are found on former seabeds, which unsurprisingly aren't found on top of the world's oldest continental crust.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Obamacare site hits reset button on passwords as contractors scramble

    Amid all the attention, bugs, and work happening at Healthcare.gov in light of the Affordable Care Act, potential registrants talking to phone support today have been told that all user passwords are being reset to help address the site's login woes. And the tech supports behind Healthcare.gov will be asking more users to act in the name of fixing the site, too. According to registrants speaking with Ars, individuals whose logins never made it to the site's database will have to re-register using a different username, as their previously chosen names are now stuck in authentication limbo.
  • SweatingGin||

    Figure, users that never got fully registered, they're in limbo and need new accounts. Fine.

    Users that did get registered have to get new passwords? I'm thinking they got hacked already.

    *Maybe* they just panicked and figured "This is something, we must do this", but I don't know that I buy that. It's entirely reasonable to put together a few queries to determine if the users were ever able to login, even if you have to parse logs for it and build a list.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://www.alternet.org/media/.....journalist

    Radley Balko: Agent of K.O.C.H (Kissable Opponents of Cop Horseplay)

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    We can't address his philosophical arguments because we're stupid, so we'll use a good old ad hominem attack.

  • Coeus||

    They made a partial try with the very first one. After that, they just listed them. How is that damning?

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Mark Ames article summaries read like a Democrat hit list that Media Matters would envy.

  • tarran||

    The stupidity in the comments is so dense that it has an event horizon.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    The stupidity in the comments is so dense that it has an event horizon.

    That was my thought too. The derp level is eleventy.

  • JW||

    Forget it tarran, it's Alternetown.

  • Juice||

    Wait, who took the reactionary stance on the Trayvon case?

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    What a laughable analysis of the Zimmerman trial. It's like an alternate universe where everything the Martins' lawyer stated on TV was fact on not a bunch of race-baiting nonsense.

  • Warty||

    Apparent breakthrough in nuclear fusion silenced by shutdown

    No, the shutdown didn't stop the fusion from happening, it stopped us from finding out about it. Except it didn't. But still. SHUTDOWWWWWWWWWWWWN

  • Warty||

    Also,

    WOOKIEE-1138 says:It'll be suppressed by the petroleum and coal barons. Not to mention repuglicans howling over "job destroyers".

    We could have and should have done away with the coal industry 20 years ago, but for the fools refusing to accept that their profession is obsolete and being too lazy to go back to school to learn something useful.reply
  • Auric Demonocles||

    Yeah, it's definitely the Republicans holding nuclear power back.

  • ||

    This is actually a bizarrely common opinion.

  • Juice||

    Um, ok, great. I guess all the Republicans have to do is surrender and there will be more nuclear plants built. You win again, progressives. *shakes fist*

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    If someone really thinks the oil and gas industry cares about fusion as competition, they are nuts. Fusion is decades away from producing any useful electricity.

    If anything, the oil and gas industry is worried about fission since it is the only dispatchable power source that can realistically compete with coal or gas.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Even if we had workable, cheap fusion right now, it wouldn't mean, for example, that all I/C cars would be off the road tomorrow. It would take years just to build the plants, let alone the new infrastructure required to deliver the power from those plants.

    Also, there's no reason oil, gas, and coal companies can't buy into the fusion industry, once it comes.

  • Rasilio||

    Not to mention the fact that the US is not the only country that has cars and Oil, Gas are still important for us in industrial lubricants and chemicals

  • Pro Libertate||

    I imagine fusion reactors won't be easy or cheap to build, either, and may be a de facto monopoly of advanced nations for a good long while.

    Oil is important for plastics, too. To be sure, the vast bulk of fossil fuel use is to power stuff.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    There are many material issues with fusion that are far from solved. Just creating the sustained reaction is only a small part of the problem.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'm not suggesting that we're near having it. Just saying that even instant fusion would take years and years to deploy.

    I have a feeling that when we do crack that nut, it won't be using any of the methods we're focusing on now.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Decade old TV show, the guy from the oil company wanted to get the plans for a 'water powered car' into circulation because "What do you use to lubricate a water powered car? Where do you get the plastics used in making it?" The versitility of hydrocarbons means taht even if the demand for gasoline drops, the oil companies can adapt.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    Very true. Currently there are no good alternatives to an IC engine, in my opinion.

    Even if fusion does come around, I don't think you will see the oil/gas industry buy into it very easily. The fuel chain, which is the oil/gas industry will be almost non-existant with fusion. This is the same with fission power. Uranium requirements to run a nuclear plant are very small and so there is not nearly the economic benefit available to a company who mines uranium like there is to a company producing fossil fuels.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Of course, it all depends on what a fusion industry looks like. If it can be done cheaply, and if reactors can be small and distributed widely, electric cars, etc. start to make much more economic sense.

    Naturally, what we all crave are fusion-powered cars. Why use pansy electric batteries when the power of stars can be harnessed to drive your car?

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    The only alternative to the IC engine for transportation at least in cities is personal rapid transit. You'd still need IC for rural or off the beaten track uses. Unfortunately right now it's more Disney ride and less Minority Report.

  • JW||

    Also, there's no reason oil, gas, and coal companies can't buy into the fusion industry, once it comes.

    Exxon Fusion. Now with Tigeronium!

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Yeah. I've seen a lot of government-funded research scientists having emotional breakdowns over the shutdown. They all like to pretend that they're *THIS* close to making some breakthrough they will change the world as we know it, when in reality, I know that a month or two delay doesn't mean shit when you consider the usual pace of scientific breakthroughs.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    ...Somebody is going to point to the fact that your can open up sequential issues of Nature or Science and find amazing breakthroughs all over the place.

    But my point is when was the last time a normal person got to enjoy the latest scientific findings. Hell, it sometimes takes 2 months just to get IRB approval.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    If a tree falls in a national park during a government shutdown...

  • Swiss Servator, Kneel to Zug!||

    It is a teathuglicans fault!

  • Snark Plissken||

    ...does it knock over an orange cone?

  • trshmnstr||

    +1 scenic view area

  • Redmanfms||

    They stopped the scientists from telling us that we are only 5 years away from workable fusion, like they've been telling us for the last 40 years, NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!111!11!1!

  • Rich||

    Priests Risk Arrest for Offering Sacraments to Catholic Troops During Shutdown

    "The idea that a priest would be arrested for or blocked from celebrating Mass for members of the military is something out of a totalitarian horror show."

    No word on whether imams face similar treatment.

  • sarcasmic||

    No word on whether imams face similar treatment.

    That would be intolerant.

  • Ted S.||

    The priests can get paid by the Vatican.

  • cavalier973||

    So, Obama is forcing Catholics to potentially face death without the comfort of their sacraments?

    Doest the Democrat Party realize that the leader of the party is doing his best to alienate one of the larger parts of its base?

  • CatoTheElder||

    I rather doubt that Catholics in the military supported Obama in the first place. Catholics generally were evenly split between Obama and Romney in 2012.

    Pew analysis

  • Enough About Palin||

    "Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that a short-term deal to reopen the government would be “unconditional surrender.”"

    On Morning Joe we learned that the Pentagon doesn't have the money to pay the death benefits for dead soldiers. Fourtunately, a foundation picked up the tab. I have just one thing to say about that: The president's near.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    It is too bad that the regular Morning Joe viewer will not realize that this sort of thing would likely happen in a lot of cases if the government wasn't involved.

  • Gbob||

    Considering there are only two or three Morning Joe viewers throughout the country, I wouldn't worry.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    It has the money, it just won't necessarily be paid within the 3-day timeframe it is supposed to be.

  • Coeus||

    Gizmodo, what the fuck?

    Well that was quick. Seemingly hours after officials issued a health warning about a multi-state salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) called nearly all of its food monitoring staff back in to work.

    "Earlier in the shutdown we had only one person on Pulsenet (the foodborne illness network)," Barbara Reynolds, the CDC's public affairs director, told CBS News. "But we're now bringing in almost a full staff to monitor the salmonella outbreak and 30 others." Of course, if the government hadn't furloughed all but one of the scientists whose job it is (in part) to keep outbreaks like this from happening then the nearly 300 people nationwide with salmonella poisoning would be having a much better week. Thanks Congress.
  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Salmonella saw its opportunity and made a break for the peanut butter factories while the inspectors were on furlough.

  • Brett L||

    I guess they leave out the part where this outbreak is identified by its USDA inspection numbers.

  • SugarFree||

    The shutdown's effects ripple into the past.

  • JW||

    I'm down to only one Gawker site: jalopnik, and even that is on thin ice. I suggest you do the same.

  • sloopyinca||

  • Enough About Palin||

    "OBAMA APPROVE DROPS TO 37%"

    http://www.npr.org/templates/s.....=230635128

    Suck it, bitch.

  • sloopyinca||

    But the spin in that entire story is geared toward making Team Red look worse.

    Fucking NPR.

  • Lord Humungus||

    agreed - reading the details, I got the idea that the public despises congress and the president. So it's win-win!

    This whole brouhaha is making Obama look weak as a leader.

    On a side note, it does seem to be rallying the Blue Team troops after the Syria debacle.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Seems like this standoff is good for limited government fans, because the one thing most people are feeling is contempt for our current government and even contempt for the federal government in general. That's been missing from the American DNA for a good while.

  • Ted S.||

    How long will that feeling remain after the government fully reopens?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Who knows? Still, it beats the status quo continuing, unchallenged.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    Damned right. Just a change in the bullshit as usual, no matter how potentially disastrous, is eerily refreshing.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    On a side note, it does seem to be rallying the Blue Team troops after the Syria debacle.

    Speaking of Syria, it's fucking amazing that just 3 weeks ago attacking Syria was of the utmost importance and necessary to National Security™, yet now barely a peep. It's almost like it was a manufactured crisis in order to get the public's mind off of the drip leaks exposing our (and other) government as mendacious, lying fucks.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Almost just quite like.

  • Coeus||

    He got his gun-running through, so bengazi will now never come to light. That was the intention all along. Whatever you may think, he actually won that one.

  • Mike M.||

    Like you can trust those rabid anti-Obama right wingers at NPR!

  • Swiss Servator, Kneel to Zug!||

    AM wingnutz!!!!

    /shriek

  • Rich||

    The Republicans are responsible for the President's low approval rating!

  • cavalier973||

    And you should hate them for that reason.

  • DEG||

    I didn't realize there were that many Progressives in the country.

  • sarcasmic||

    Well he's got like 99.8% of the blacks no matter what. That's like 13%, right?

  • The Other Kevin||

    Heard that this morning Obama is meeting with congressional Democrats to discuss the shutdown. The plan is for them to come up with a compromise, then tell the Republicans the details of the compromise later in the day.

  • Spoonman.||

    Let me guess: Do everything we want.

  • sarcasmic||

    Well, yeah. That's what compromise means.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    The Republicans could completely neuter the Democratic position by agreeing to a debt limit increase and standing firm on the shutdown. Obviously the world hasn't ended yet from the 17% cuts in staffing.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I still think their whole play should've been about cutting spending to come in under the debt ceiling. Cutting out ACA would just have been part of that.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    If only.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It would've been a much better strategy, as they could've clothed the whole thing in fiscal responsibility. In fact, they could've done a lot more, like propose a balanced budget amendment. Then the Democrats refusing to talk would be extremely hard to defend.

    Of course, the reason this strategy wasn't employed is that the GOP, especially at the leadership level, has no particular interest in generally cutting spending.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    They would have had to cut the military and would never get the GOP votes necessary to do it at this point.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's a fine mess they've all made for themselves, isn't it?

  • BakedPenguin||

    So Julian Assange also had a sex change, and is now up for Fed chairman? Well, that's a better result than Chelsea Manning got.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Janet Yellin is the perfect man for the job. That woman stuff is just icing on the cake. Also, the Fed will have no trouble selling off all the stuff they bought in the past five years without disrupting the markets or the economy.

  • Lord Humungus||

    so... I've been weightlifting again. At middle-age *cough* I haven't been able to hit my bench-pressing peak of a few years back.

    For my sets should I go all low-reps, heavy weights? Or begin with medium-weight/higher reps... ending with a heavier weight, lower rep?

    I run toward the tall/lean side and have never been able to get the "big guns". On the other hand, I have calves & thighs that would make many a weightlifter weep with jealousy. Damn Dutch farmer genes.

  • RBS||

    Do it, you can absolutely get strong as shit using a lot of volume. Also check out his posts on designing your own program.

  • RBS||

  • Lord Humungus||

    thx - will check it out.

  • Steve G||

    Just be careful w/ volume once you reach middle age, it can be counter productive. If you diet and sleep aren't dialed in, you'll just burn-out/get hurt.
    As for designing your own program, there's a saying: he teaches (coaches) himself, has a fool for a master. Just follow Rip's program... http://startingstrength.wikia......r_Programs

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    When I was lifting heavy (earlier this year I finally decided to de-bulk and slim down) I would do this routine for a regular bench day.

    135 - 12 reps
    185 - 10 reps
    225 - 10 reps
    255 - 8 reps
    275 - 6 reps
    255 - 7 reps
    225 - 10 reps
    135 - 15 reps

    Adjust that for wherever you are with weight. Pyramiding was the best method for going up in bench weight that I found.

  • Lord Humungus||

    I'm doing something like this, but only 5 sets (and then 2-3 sets of reduced weight inclined bench presses). But I do like the bunch-up of heavy weights, low reps. Will add that into the mix instead of peaking and reducing the weight quickly.

  • Tim||

    Tragically, with the government shutdown, Lord Humungus had no one to tell him how to live.

  • Lord Humungus||

    except my wife.

  • ||

    I gave up lifting for cross-fit last year. I could never put on real size. And then half of what I ate ended up around my waist anyhow. I threw in the towel and said being "fit" is good enough, as long as there's no gut.

    Still can't get flat abs though. I hate being old...and liking beer...not sure which is my true downfall.

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    I just have lousy arms. The rest of me can grow just fine including my legs if I work them correctly which isn't often but that's just laziness. In fact I would get great pecs attached to flimsy arms from bench pressing. It just looked weird.

  • Steve G||

    A possible indication of poor form. The bench isn't really a pec exercise/builder. Believe it or not, its all lats and triceps. And those aren't even my words, they're Louie Simmons'

    Presses and pullups would quickly fix those arms. Fixed mine.

  • Steve G||

    Just keep it simple: either do stronglifts 5x5 or Starting Strength. Focus on strength and size will come provided you eat right.
    Don't waste your time on the BS articles that fill the magazine rack.
    I'm 41 and have tried many different programs and I'm stronger than ever by just sticking to the basics.
    Get your conditioning in by pushing a prowler (not the car) or sprints; forget long, slow cardio. If you want to combine your lifting w/ the conditioning, go w/ crossfit football (my current regimen)

  • Steve G||

    ..and for the love of zod, don't just bench everyday. The squat is the foundation of a good weightlifting program and not just for your lower body. Squatting actually raises testosterone levels in a way that leg curls, benching and other crap does not.

  • Lord Humungus||

    love the Starting Strength book - it restarted my interest in weight-lifting and also simplified it instead of all the mixed "Flex Magazine" exercises I used to do (back in the day).

  • Restoras||

    Ruler of the Wastes...

    I have been lifting for a few years. As a middle-aged guy, that has a runner's build, my focus is on a couple of things:

    1. Don't get hurt. I can't afford to injure myself from lifting too much or too heavy so I don't bother. I'd love to look like Charles Atlas but I don't have the genetics.

    2. Fitness. I do this so I can enjoy activities with my kids that seem simple but if you are a desk jockey can quickly become challenging as you age. Like...throwing a baseball. Building a snow fort. You get the idea.

    3. A little bit of vanity. I want to look good, especially since I am in the midst of a divorce and, I presume, the ladies prefer someone more fit rather than less or not at all.

    Younger and/or more experienced fitness folks may have far better thoughts but this is my approach...

  • Lord Humungus||

    I've been lifting off and on for over ~fifteen years now. I've certainly changed my approach since my early days and getting hurt is something that I'm always aware of. So far so good.

    I'm not doing this for any particular reason except vanity. And the confidence side-effects that it brings!

  • Restoras||

    I will say, at 48 I am in the best shape of my life. I actually got a few looks at the beach this year (or at least I think I did...), and a couple of years ago got a nice shout out from the chairlift for ripping up a chute in Telluride. Not bad for an old man. Thank you weight training and lots of cardio.

  • NoVAHockey||

    and allow time for recovery. don't over do it. at 35 i need more rest than i did at 25.

  • NoVAHockey||

    and allow time for recovery. don't over do it. at 35 i need more rest than i did at 25.

  • From the Tundra||

    Wait until you hit 46!

    Here's another good resource:

    http://thefitcoach.wordpress.com/

    This guy has a lot of good stuff. He also writes for Rippetoe's site.

  • Tonio||

    Good for you, LH. Old guys, represent!

  • Enough About Palin||

    CANCER TREATMENTS DEFUNDED, BIG BIRD RECEIVES $445 MILLION...

    http://www.foxnews.com/enterta.....-on-first/

  • Rich||

    A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

    After RTFA, Ima say the operative word is *might*. I've seen better elementary school science projects.

  • RBS||

    I was listening to John Feinstein on the radio this morning. Naturally he was whining about Goodell and Dan Snyder and their various responses to the Redskins name issue. The point he was trying to make was that Snyder should be more concerned with the "feelings" of native americans than with the fans. To me, that's completely backwards.

  • Ted S.||

    God do I hate those "CBS Sports Minute" things. 60 seconds of evidence of how sports reporters are some of the biggest PC bigots out there.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I think they are good about half the time, when they are actually talking about sports.

  • RBS||

    actually talking about sports.

    That's the problem though. Sports talk is 90% PC outrage or scandal (real or imagined) these days.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    90% of Native Americans said they don't find the name offensive.

  • robc||

    I saw one article that said that they found Chiefs more offensive than Redskins.

  • BigT||

    90% of Indians found "Indians" offensive. Native Americans had no commment.

  • Mike M.||

    Feinstein is just another left-wing dickhead, like virtually all his brethren in the sportswriting industry.

    He hit a real low even by media scum standards though by openly proclaiming the Duke lacrosse players to be guilty of raping that woman, and to this day he has never apologized for it or even admitted that he was wrong.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    What's our theory for why so many sportswriter males wind up being hyperliberal on everything else?

  • Biden's Scroteplugs||

    they want to be considered real reporters.

    loved how Frontline totally exonerated their broadcasting brothers last night as though "JACKED UP" never happened.

    personally, I came away thinking there's possibly a connection between football, CTE, and cops gone wild.

  • RBS||

    Does the Frontline thing go into any details about modern protective gear and the possibility that playing football in body armor might have something to do with some of the really violent hits?

  • Biden's Scroteplugs||

    no. it was mostly a "what did the NFL know and when did they know it?" piece.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Doesn't being liberal correlate pretty well to going into journalism in general?

  • sarcasmic||

    Didn't Rush Limbaugh start off doing sports?

  • CatoTheElder||

    Any organization not explicitly right-wing or libertarian sooner or later becomes left-wing.

  • SugarFree||

    He hit a real low even by media scum standards though by openly proclaiming the Duke lacrosse players to be guilty of raping that woman, and to this day he has never apologized for it or even admitted that he was wrong.


    Maybe he's pulling a Marcotte and saying they probably did something wrong to some other woman, therefore they are still guilty and should have gone to jail anyway, even for a crime they didn't commit.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Snyder should say, "Buy the team from me, and you can call them any fucking thing you want. Otherwise, GTFO."

  • Rich||

    I don't know, P.

    The "Washington Any Fucking Thing You Want" sounds more like a *basketball* team.

  • Coeus||

    Armed assailant waves gun but train passengers using phones and tablets don't even notice

    An armed man waving a loaded .45-caliber pistol on a packed commuter train went unnoticed by passengers who were too busy looking at their phones and tablet computers.

    Security footage allegedly shows Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, waving a gun and pointing it across the aisle several times on the San Francisco-based train on Monday, each time failing to the draw the attention of any passengers.

    Thephakaysone allegedly then opened fire on a random passenger, killing 20-year-old college student Justin Valdez.

    "These weren't concealed movements — the gun is very clear," District Attorney George Gascon told the San Francisco Chronicle. "These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They're just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They're completely oblivious of their surroundings."
  • Rich||

    *If* you see something, say something.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    gotta go smeone shtn at me lol

    omg im shot #bummer

  • Coeus||

    nice

  • cavalier973||

    #2Soon

  • Spoonman.||

    If I'm on a train and some nut is waving a gun around, you bet I'm not engaging him unless I have an opportunity to grab it, which I probably won't.

  • SweatingGin||

    I caught a few folks complaining about it on Twitter, that they shouldn't have to be aware that someone might do them harm on a train on their commute.

    I'd say the word "Blissninny" is appropriate there.

    You can read on your phone, tweet, etc. Still keep a *little* situational awareness, FFS.

  • Sevo||

    Rethuglicans cause famous SF restaurant to close!
    "It's last call, for now, at famous Cliff House"
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/.....880359.php
    And children aren't allowed to have fun 'cause rethuglicans!
    "Sand castle contest caught in political net"
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/.....879965.php
    They're both on federal property, so that piece of shit Obama *can* close them. And they're both in SF so the useful idiots will blame the rethuglicans.

  • Tony||

    It's okay to criticize Republicans every now and then. You are an independent-minded libertarian freethinker, after all, and Republicans are in fact acting like lunatics.

  • Coeus||

    How dare they use their enumerated powers to try and fund the things that most people agree on, while declining to fund the bill that they never passed in the first place!!! Nutters!!!

  • Drake||

    Somehow these assholes got the idea in their head that spending originates in the House. Lunacy!

  • Sevo||

    Tony|10.9.13 @ 10:37AM|#
    ..."Republicans are in fact acting like lunatics."

    Shame, shame on them for being elected to the house of representatives!
    Must have bee some screw-up.

  • BigT||

    Tony - to you, not sucking Obama's member is somehow acting like a lunatic. I beg to differ. 232 Republicans were elected to office and should serve their constituents, their consciences, and the Constitution.

    17% of the government is on to-be-paid holiday and the Dems are losing it. So who are the lunatics?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Pope sends nice letter to gay group - they're excited.

    http://firenze.repubblica.it/c.....-68122628/

    It's in Italian, but here's how Google Translate gives the story:

    "A letter sent in June to the Pope by various Italian gay Catholics , but whose signatures had been extensively collected in the group Kairos of Florence , very active on this front. And where gays and lesbians asked Francis to be recognized as people and not as a " category " and called for openness and dialogue on the part of the Church, and recalling that the closure " always feeds homophobia ."

    "Not the first of its kind sent to a pope , but which , as told by one of the leaders of Kairos , Innocent Pontillo , " no one had ever even given a nod of response." This time, however , the answer came . In another letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State (the contents of both letters is private, and only recently it was decided to make known the exchange ) , which reads , Pontillo explains that Pope Francis " she really enjoyed that that we wrote , calling it an act of ' spontaneous confidence ' " and " the way in which we had written. "

    "But not only that : "The Pope also assured us his greeting of blessing ." "None of us had driven to imagine such a thing ," said the representative of Kairos..."

  • BigT||

    'God particle' theorists receive Nobel Prize in physics

    The universe is filled with Higgs bosons. As atoms and parts of atoms zoom around, they interact with and attract Higgs bosons, which cluster around them in varying numbers.

    Certain particles will attract larger clusters of Higgs bosons, and the more of them a particle attracts, the greater its mass will be.

    The explanation helped complete scientists' understanding of the nature of all matter.

    One less thing to worry about.

  • SugarFree||

    Certain particles will attract larger clusters of Higgs bosons, and the more of them a particle attracts, the greater its mass will be.

    "I'm not fat, I just attract more Higgs bosons than you skinny bitches!"

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Are Higgs Bosons low glycemic? I need below 30.

  • SugarFree||

    You don't eat them, dummy. They just attach to you. Nothing you can do about it, so don't watch what you eat or exercise.

  • Drax the Destroyer||

    I don't know, but Hoggs Bison sounds delicious.

  • Enough About Palin||

    The 9-year-old boy who boarded a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Las Vegas without a ticket last week previously stole a car delivery truck from United Noodle Warehouse inc.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    This kid is fast becoming my hero. I will make him VP of Sales.

  • Outlaw||

    "Mr. President, we have an opening in X agency."

    "Let me be clear, fill it with the ugliest lesbian you can find!"

  • Coeus||

    Don't call them terrorists. They're worse than terrorists.

    The Tea Party GOP's shutdown of the United States government has been described by various news outlets, pundits, and politicians as "political hostage taking", a "kamikaze" or "suicide" mission, and as an act undertaken by "political terrorists" wearing suicide vests.
    As detailed by the empirical work on the topic, those young men and women who don suicide vests are not sociopathic or mentally ill. They are rational, politically dedicated and highly disciplined. In many cases, "suicide bombers" are willing to sacrifice themselves for a political cause to ensure that their families will be financially provided for, and they themselves elevated to the level of political heroes fighting a righteous liberation struggle.
    Whatever one may think about political "terrorism" and suicide bombing as tactics, they are the weapons of weak. The Tea Party is an agent of the powerful and the rich, and an occupying force which is trying to dominate the American people and subvert the People's will.

  • Coeus||

    When we call the Tea Party GOP suicide bombers or kamikazes their actions are given more respect than they deserve. The Tea Party is comprised of useful idiots who have found a way to derail the United States government. To call them anything else is to give a bunch of know-nothings more respect than they deserve.
  • Pro Libertate||

    If only they were really trying to derail the government.

    It's stunning how they circle the wagons like this, even though most of my conversations with individual leftists, when there's not some current issue that they must support, indicate the normal feeling that government can't do much right.

  • sloopyinca||

    The 9-year-old boy who boarded a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Las Vegas without a ticket last week previously stole a car.

    So, Frank Abagnale has figured out how to clone himself?

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Hey Balko is coming to Denver, the Independence Institute, on the 17th. Anyone going? I am going to get my book signed if you know what I mean...

  • sloopyinca||

    Is anybody going to the Reason HQ (that's right you fuckers in DC, the Reason HQ is in Los Angeles) shindig tomorrow night?

  • Cliché Bandit||

    I ASKED MY QUESTION FIRST JERK!

  • RBS||

    I didn't know THE BELTWAY extended that far...

  • SugarFree||

    Wear body armor in case Mary shoots the place up.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    I figure that at a Reason function, the gun would never even clear her purse. Safest place in the world, even in Cali.

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    Liberal Logic

    So, in a new lesson on how liberals think, inaction = force.

    Yeah, figure that one out.

  • cavalier973||

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