Get Ready for an All-New Reason.com and Reason.tv!

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I'm happy to let all readers know that tomorrow brings a totally new-look Reason.com and Reason.tv. We've spent the past few months working behind the scenes to update the look and functionality of the web's largest libertarian site of "Free Minds and Free Markets."

Starting tomorrow, visitors will be able to order more material in more personalized ways than ever before; we'll have a great new search function and archives that will make your eyes grow moist in memory and thanks; and video and text will blend like gin and tonic on a hot summer morning afternoon.

We're most excited about a brand-spanking new news-aggregation feature, Reason 24/7 News, which sprung from the fertile brow of Reason Foundation trustee Drew Carey and will provide a steady stream of curated news content from across the glorious system of tubes some call the Internet. If Reason.com is not already your go-to source for libertarian news, views, and commentary—and some of the best videos, feature writing, and provocative commentary and reporting out there—we're doing everything we can to make it your home page.

As with all things web-related, we'll be looking for feedback from our loyal and casual readers about what new features work and what should be flung on the ash heap of history along with the Hermain Cain presidency, the latest interation of a presidential competitiveness council, and stain-free Dockers. We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Due to the switchover, posting to Hit & Run will be exceptionally light for the rest of today. But we'll see you bright and early tomorrow at the new Reason.com.

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520 responses to “Get Ready for an All-New Reason.com and Reason.tv!

  1. Oh, noooooo…

    1. Return to your grave, zombie P Brooks.
      Comment threading will be mandatory.

      1. I’d like to see collapsible comment threading. When Tulpa goes on a tear, it would be nice to just disappear that whole section.

        And hey, why not incorporate some of the nice Reasonable enhancements right into the page? Or are you trying to make poor Amakaduri (or however that hell he spells that) tear out his hair?

        1. “collapsible comment threading” …Mad Scientist

          Excellent idea!

          I suggest these improvements to the comment section:
          1) collapsible comment threading
          2) a limit of 2 (two) comments per person per article
          4) limiting the number of characters per comment
          4) a penality of being purged (barred) for one day (24 hours) for misspelings or typos.

          1. “misspelings”

            Sorry, couldn’t resist.

            1. “misspelings”
              That’s not my fault. I was multi-tasking and distracted at the time of that post.
              Typos and misspellings are like yawns. They are contagious. One person starts yawning and soon everyone starts covering their gaping hole with their hand to hide their dangling tonsils. There has to be a way to stop this stuff. Otherwise it spreads.

              1. Someone at Reason needs to take charge here and stop the epidemic of typos and misspellings going around. Alleady these mistakes are spreading into the Gary Johnson POTUS campaign with mistakes and typos in the 3 page fundraising letter. We have a crisis on our hands.

        2. How about like and dislike? No more typing +1, +2, +100

          Ones with a lot of dislikes you can collapse ……..

  2. That was more than 140 characters.

  3. Does this mean the Santorum thread will be revived for poor Viking Moose? He remains homeless, moving from thread to thread in search of a place to call his own.

    1. Bring back the Salty Ham Tears wildlife preserve!

      1. I’ll sign that petition!

  4. Will ampersands be making a comeback?

    1. Oooooh (ampersand) ahhhhhh!

    2. Ampersands? Take that KULTUR WAR bullshit to Lew Rockwell.

  5. Hmm. I might be able to tell my liberal friends I don’t read Drudge anymore.
    Not that they’ll believe me.

  6. Afternoon links go here? Ok. An adorable wieghtlifter chick for Warty and everyone else who can handle a hot chick who doesn’t look anorexic.

    1. I can’t be aroused by a woman who has smaller boobs than I do.

      1. Smaller boobs and bigger pecs must really be a kick in the nuts.

        1. Psst, she’s got bigger nuts than he has, too!

          I keed, I keed. I kinda like her!

          1. I can’t be sure until I see her sac, but you might be right.

        2. You have no idea.

        3. as somebody who trains with women weightlifters (olympic style weightlifting iow Weightlifting, not “weight training”, i believe they are some of the most beautiful women in the world

          the media concentrates almost exclusively on the superheavies e.g. cheryl haworth but the lighter weight classes have some phenomenally beautiful and STRONG (and strong IS beautiful) women

          also, for brett – Weightlifters quite often have very minimal “pec” development. most of us don’t bench, and the emphasis is on OVERHEAD strength, not supine strength.

          we joke about “how much do you bench” since most weightlifters i know have NO IDEA how much they can bench.

          julia rohde and de la puente are gorgeous imnsho

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRkfaG38t7Y

          1. I was having a little fun at RD’s expense, and he took it like a man, so good on him.

            Those chicks are smoking, too.

            1. I was having a little fun at RD’s expense

              Like fish in a barrel, man… like fish in a barrel

          2. “as somebody who trains with women weightlifters”

            Has that before or after you discovered the Higgs Boson Particle?

            1. I thought he was to busy competing in London to post here this week?

              1. Morgan Fairchild wouldn’t let him go this time.

              2. He didn’t qualify for pistol shooting. Apparently, unless the target is a mentally ill homeless man or a handcuffed pregnant woman, your average cop is a lousy shot.

                1. considering that the mentally ill, on average are 5.5 times more likely to assault/kill a cop, it’s not surprising how many of them we shoot.

                  sad, either way

              3. considering i am closer to 50 than 40, i will not be competing in the olympics

                nor, would i have been olympic caliber in my prime.

            2. I wonder, who is dunphy’s Dr. Emilio Lizardo?

            3. yeah, the majority of cops I see are fat putzes with power complexes. Or dweebs with power complexes. Yeah, real “heroes” there.

              1. amazing what you can SEE lord humungus. you can just look at somebody and know their soul like that.

                you truly are talented.

                1. aww, poor little piggy is all hurt.

                  You are an agent of the state. You enforce unjust laws. These days that makes you about as close to the Stasi as one can get, pig. How you can even live a life with honor is beyond me or anyone with a sense of humanity,

            4. again, it amazes me how shallow and accomplishment free your lives must be if you think what i do sounds like that big of a deal.

              there are guys on my squad who are way more accomplished than me – former seahawk, former MLB player, olympic alternate in the marathon

              1. Why, it’s a veritable League of Extraorndinary Gentlemen! Everyone genuflect before this team of righteous do-gooders that protect us from harm! As long as we don’t exercise our Second Amendment Rights!

              2. Why, it’s a veritable League of Extraorndinary Gentlemen! Everyone genuflect before this team of righteous do-gooders that protect us from harm! As long as we don’t exercise our Second Amendment Rights!

              3. Hint, we don’t think it’s a big deal. That’s why we mock you.

          3. The rest of us ask each other “how much can you bench” because it sounds more impressive to say “I can bench 175” than “I can press 100″….

    2. Adorable.

      1. North Korean lifts thrice his bodyweight in the clean and jerk. Unfortunately, has to lie in order to continue to eat:
        “How can any man possibly lift 168kg? I believe the great Kim Jong Il looked over me”

        1. He could be like Katerina Witt who appears to actually have liked life in East Germany.

          1. Someone here mentioned that North Korea stopped sending workers to East Germany because they thought the country was too free, and the workers might get some bad ideas.

            Seriously: they thought East Germany was too free.

            1. I heard that too. What a fucked up world.

          2. When you’re a world famous athlete, and hot, in any country, life is good.

        2. How can any man possibly lift 168kg?

          He didn’t do that someones else made that happen.

          Also 3 weeks ago his kids wife sister and parents all had heart plugs installed.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3K-jRXij-w

      2. The blond girl is cute.

      3. Damn….why did my ancestors ever leave there?!

    3. She’s cute, though I prefer women with longer hair.

      Hmm… the background of one of those pictures looks familiar. Ahh! A quick google search indicates she’s in the Philly area. That’s why that background looks familiar.

      1. She’s cute, though I prefer women with longer hair.

        Agreed.

  7. The squirrels are going to run wild now aren’t they?

    1. They will be Mothra sized and rule the intertubz, yes.

  8. It’s good to know my come-stained Dockers will still be in vogue.

  9. All I want is the ability to mark ProL’s posts as spam. Really, that’s all I want.

    1. Little do you know that I’m part of the change, as one of their new paid commenters.

      1. Little do you know that I’m now a moderator. The instant the new changes go live tomorrow, I’m insta-banning you. And Ska. Just because.

        1. Wait. You won the moderator wars? No wonder SF and Warty are suddenly absent.

          1. I win all, Brett. Be careful that you don’t displease me as well. Now go fetch me a turkey pot pie.

            1. Yessah, Mistah Episia’k suh. I fetches yo pot peal real good.

            2. *bows in reverence to new overlord Epi*

            3. Now go fetch me a turkey pot pie.

              You want that thin crust?

              1. Defiance of a false moderator is pointless, yet noble.

                1. pointless, yet noble.

                  That basically describes my politics.

          2. He can never get rid of me.

            1. NutraSweet is, unfortunately, like herpes, and never goes away. Like, exactly like herpes.

              1. You are my favorite brain stem.

                1. I’m touched, NutraSweet. Now I need a shower.

        2. No, you aren’t. I happen to know that SF beat out JW for the gig. And there’s only one.

          Perhaps you’re a modulator? Or a moderbater?

          1. Just keep digging that hole, ProL.

            1. You’re head? I’m crushing it.

              1. Crap. Your. Can I edit my comments on Reasontopia.com?

                1. Nope. But I can.

                  1. They wouldn’t let you moderate your own metabolism.

            2. Oh Great and Wise Moderator,

              Your proles who serve you pray for a live feed of ProL’s banination. We beseech you to hear our petition!

              1. It will be filmed, and played over and over and over again, like reruns of Porky’s II on HBO in the 80s.

                1. Or UHF on Comedy Central pre-South Park.

            3. Sorry everyone, but Epi knows my weakness for animal crush fetish videos and used that to his advantage. Now, Mr. Nutterbutters will never have the flattened destiny that he truly deserved.

              I’m why we can’t have nice things. Enjoy his reign of very disturbed terror.

              1. It’s amazing the things you can learn about someone by staking them out and filming them through their windows.

                1. That’s what I get for letting you install two-way mirrors as windows at my Brentwood home.

                  1. But what about our relationship??

                    1. You SHITHEAD! I’m glad I tortured you!

                    2. Strange how that movie has become completely relevant to everything.

                      You know the way everybody’s into weirdness right now?

                    3. Like how the Mayan’s invented television?

                    4. Like plate or shrimp or plate of shrimp… out of the blue, no explanation. No point in looking for one either. It’s all part of the cosmic unconsciousness.

          2. Modlander.

    2. And there was much rejoicing…

      1. Yaaaayy!

  10. No to “news aggregation”.

    I come to “Reason” to see what it has to say – not what everyone else has to say.

    1. Then don’t read the aggregation stuff genius.

      1. It isn’t as if anyone reads the news aggregator stuff anyway. “Ohh, morning links! Let me unleash eight of my greatest Daily Fail stories about the 52 stone woman!”

        1. Reason already does some news aggregation. They’re called the A.M Links and P.M. Links. I always read them, they’re usually interesting.

          1. And the commentary is even better – I came here for the libertarianism, I stayed for the commentariat!

            1. Agreed

    2. And besides, isn’t that what the morning links thread is for?

      1. No, the morning links are for links to the Daily Mail.

        1. Great minds and all that.

        2. But that is all the new aggregation you need.

    3. Well, I’d like to see what they’ve got planned.

      1. I’d like to see what your mom has planned…

        Oh ho ho ha ha…

      2. I am skeptical. It will take a simple and usable site and turn into a slow loading overly done site. Considering the quality of their server squirrels and spam filter, I have little faith that Reason didn’t get taken to the cleaners by some bone head web guy.

        1. Well, the last update was done exclusively to kick Mary out, and it mostly succeeded, so I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.

          1. It didn’t succeed well enough.

          2. Remember when Nick promised to kill us last?

        2. “a slow loading overly done site” isn’t what we have now?

          1. ^YES godammit.

            1. Maybe they can change the server’s coffee break time from 3 PM to 3 AM.

              1. ^^This^^

                Scripts should run in off peak hours.

          2. It can always get worse.

            Hey, new Iron Law? Yea or nay?

            1. I vote Yea.

              The universe is always in a state of entropy.

              Similar to Mythbusters “Failure is always an option.”

            2. “It’s worse than you think.”

              “It usually is.”

            3. Hey, new Iron Law? Yea or nay?

              Joshua Corning’s hydrogen law:

              “The fact that people on the internet are trying to port the Safari web browser to Linux renders your argument irreverent.”

          3. + infinity

            I surf here with only cached images set to load, and make certain to hit the Escape key once all the text shows up (I can tell by the vertical scroll bar becoming quite tiny). The site is still slow, and half the time when I get to the bottom of one article on the home page, it tries to reload the social networking shit: I can see activity in Opera’s progress bar thingy, and something saying that it’s trying to contact one of Twatter/Facepants/Google Minus, apparently so we can tell everybody on those fora how much we want to give reason a blowjob or something like that. Trying to load an individual article in the same tab that I first visit the H and R main page brings Opera to a screeching halt. These things happen all the time.

            If I leave the H and R main page loading in the background and forget to stop loading, the page file usage will cause Opera to crash.

            1. Quit crying Ted.

            2. Maybe the problem is your browser. Chrome doesn’t do any of that silliness.

              1. Submit to the Google or get what you deserve.

                1. The Google is gentle and caring. It wants only the best for us.

                  1. The Google does not want to hurt you. The Google loves you. But if you taunt The Google by rejecting its gifts, it cannot guarantee your safety.

                    1. You can hear The Google calling you too? It calls me by name and its voice is pure, nonjudgmental love.

              2. Chrome doesn’t do any of that silliness.

                This plus reasonable solves about just about every problem people keep bitching about and Tulpa appears as a blank space.

                1. Wait, so if I get Chrome I won’t see Tulpa anymore? That’s the best pro-Chrome argument I’ve heard yet.

                  1. Wait, so if I get Chrome I won’t see Tulpa anymore? That’s the best pro-Chrome argument I’ve heard yet.

                    With the Reasonable extension.

                  2. What is Reason without Tulpa? He is the teller of uncomfortable truths! The last sane man! His being here is a public service!

                    1. What is Reason without Tulpa? He is the teller of uncomfortable truths! The last sane man! His being here is a public service!

                      No, you’re thinking of Apparently a Statist. She just has to keep telling us the uncomfortable truth that’s she’s a thuggish moron.

                    2. Fixed. Darn squirrels.

                      What is Reason without Tulpa? He is the teller of uncomfortable truths! The last sane man! His being here is a public service!

                      No, you’re thinking of Apparently a Statist. She just has to keep telling us the uncomfortable truth that’s she’s a thuggish moron.

                    3. “What is Reason without Tulpa? He is the teller of uncomfortable truths! The last sane man! His being here is a public service!”

                      You misspelled “pubic”.

              3. Yeah, Chrome on a Mac just gives an “Aw Snap” error and completely fails to load anything anywhere on the page. And woe betide anyone trying to elicit support from Google.

                1. I have never had any issues with Chrome on my Mac or my wife’s or any other Mac I’ve used it on.

                  1. And? A quick (Google) search of “chrome mac” reveals a world of hurt for many Mac/Chrome users.

                    1. Then don’t use it KK, not that big of a deal.

                2. That’s because it’s a Mac, not because it’s Chrome.

                3. I thought if you were using a Mac you were sandboxed from using anything not part of the iCult.

              4. Maybe the problem is your 14.4K baud modem?

                I know its got a fax and everything, but come on.

            3. Firefox with NoScript. Forbid twitter, the google ads, or whatever other nasty you don’t like. Insta-speed.

              1. I use Firefox too, and the only place I have problems is with the Hit Run archives. It’s slower than molasses.

        3. That’s sarcasm, right? Well, maybe if you run Reason under NoScript.

          1. No script and my internet firewall drive Firefox into a screaming fit. The page never finishes loading.

  11. Will there be more Lobster Girl?

  12. ReasonSports? Just a thought.

    1. Beat me to it. If for no other reason than to piss Tulpa off.

  13. We’re most excited about a brand-spanking new news-aggregation feature, Reason 24/7 News, which sprung from the fertile brow of Reason Foundation trustee Drew Carey and will provide a steady stream of curated news content from across the glorious system of tubes some call the Internet.

    “Have you a license for this miinkey news aggregation feature?

  14. Dear outgoing server squirrels. We have really loathed your time here in commentary land and hate you with a passion. Please leave our ampersands someplace where Nick can find them.

    Dear incoming server squirrels. As honorary chairman of the welcoming committee, it’s my privilege to present a laurel and hearty handshake to our new…fucking server squirrels.

    1. Meet the new squirrels. Same as the old squirrels.

    2. They should also be awarded a Peace Prize, to encourage them to foment peace. This must be done before they actually have a chance to do anything, by the way.

  15. I hope the new archive works properly, so we can find all the ancient wisdoms.

    1. joe | October 17, 2008, 2:47pm | #

      God bless ACORN, out there registering 13 million new voters. They’re doing God’s work in some of the toughest neighborhoods in America.

        1. With many new announcement about the wizard of oz movies in the news, you might want to consider starting to obtain Wizard of Oz book series either as collectible or investment at RareOzBooks.com.

          I was just thinking I needed some rare books to invest it.

      1. Great, now I have to clean leftover pot roast off of my screen.

        1. Stop masturbating with leftover pot roast and you won’t have this problem.

          1. I thought something was wrong…

            1. “Honey? What kind of gravy is this? The dog loves it!”

              1. I know!

  16. “Starting tomorrow, visitors will be able to order more material in more personalized ways than ever before”

    Well la-de-fucking-da!

    1. Let me guess, you’re unhappy you won’t be able to get personalized enough info about Palin, right?

      1. Huh? That makes no sense.

  17. Given the wholesale popularity and effectiveness of previous updates, I predict this will be a smashing success.

  18. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And again, And again.

  19. All I really want is to have the HR of 2008 again, minus joe. I can’t be alone in that, right?

    1. Sigh. I want all of 2008 back…

    2. We’re funnier now than we were then. I promise.

      1. We’re all way better at being dicks, that’s for damn sure.

      2. “I am constant as the northern star,
        Of whose true-fix’d and resting quality
        There is no fellow in the firmament.”

    3. CHANGE IS BAD.

      1. That was tons of fun.

      2. Sometimes when the world gets dark, I’ll think back to bra-pulling-up-jeans girl GIF and the clouds will momentarily go away.

    4. You mean Reason Classic ??

      1. I liked Crystal Reason, personally.

        1. The T-1000 has the same files as I do.

        2. Coming: Diet caffeine free cherry Reason.

    5. Back when commenters were deciding whether to vote for Bill Richardson or Obama? And defending Dave Weigel’s libertarian-cred? I do miss joe and MNG following random commenters around and accusing them of being me.

      1. or MNG’s fetish for John (and all that entails *wink* *wink*), keeping a log of various comments.

  20. I’m going to tell you right now that I don’t like the new look. I don’t like it at all.

  21. Old Reason was better…

    What do you mean its not up yet?

    I guess I will wait for tomorrow to bitch about the changes.

    1. Let’s just make it a drinking offense right now, waddayasay?

  22. OT: Weird thing going on in women’s fencing.

    Decision by judges give winning point to German fencer. Korean cant leave, because leaving stage acknowledges the judges decision. Korean Federation is appealing, but she is just sitting there alone crying. She cant leave until the appeal is complete.

    I would think once the appeal was filed, that should be enough and she could head back to the locker room. But apparently not.

    1. If only my son had been born two weeks later. Then I’d be at home watching this instead of reading about it on HandR at work.

      1. Not much to “watch”, she is just sitting there.

        Clock malfunction seems to be the issue.

        1. Part of delay is Korea has to put down a money retainer to file protest…so they are busy getting the cash together. Lol.

          1. Hahaha, WTF?

            1. Good think she is from the South, I doubt North Korea could afford an appeal.

              1. s/think/thing/

              2. I don’t know, I think the IOC could use some North Korean slave children.

                1. If she loses appeal, she has to come right back and fight bronze medal match, I dont see that going well.

                  1. It does seem like the fencers who remain cool seem to do better. Like not drop 6 points in a row.

                  2. That sucks though. Imagine training for years for this one specific event, the only time fencing gets international attention and to have it go down the drain like this.

                    1. Someone pointed out that if the epees werent blunt, we would know who the winner was.

                    2. Yes, but some of them would only suffer flesh wounds.

                    3. Each fencer gets a strict ration of 4 pints of blood and a yard of surgical thread. Medical timeouts available after 3 passes.

                    4. Before electronic scoring the epees had pronged tips that would draw blood (think of how one pricks one’s finger to get a blood sample), which is why the suits are white: you could see the blood and know a hit was made.

                      /ex-fencer

                    5. Which one is hotter, the SK chick or the kraut? That’s obviously how this should be decided.

                    6. tweet of the day:

                      Faster. Higher. Lawyer.

                    7. That sucks though. Imagine training for years for this one specific event, the only time fencing gets international attention and to have it go down the drain like this.

                      Well, she sort of got her wish, she IS getting international attention.

        2. He just wants to watch because he gets his jollies off by watching Korean women cry. NTTAWWT.

          1. I thought that was the entire point of North Korea.

            1. The Dear Leader runs on a steady diet of salty ham kimchi tears.

    2. Three dimensional threading would be a bit strange.

    3. Pro tip to all fencers: when dueling your opponent tell them that Obi-wan never told them what happened to their father. Pause. And then tell them that you you are their father. Throws them off their game, especially if they are orphans.

      1. That’s after you’ve chopped their hand off, right?

      2. That only works with sabers, not ?p?es.

        1. What about foils?

          1. Yes, but only with aluminum and plutonium 186 foils.

        2. That only works with sabers, not ?p?es.

          I beg to differ. Everytime I say that very line to Epi, I am able to pierce him with my sword in a fashion that would make even Warty tingle with jealousy.

          1. “sword”

          2. Next time, I’m pitching!

    4. Judging in fencing? Then what’s the point of having swords?!

      1. also why is it only foil fencing…

        Why not short sword and shield fencing or Katana fencing or broad sword fencing.

  23. Three-dimensional threading?

    1. Only if we can play chess on it too.

    2. Do we have to wear the glasses?

      1. Not this year.

      2. Either put on the glasses or start eating that trash can.

        1. Put the glasses on! Put ’em on!

    3. With Epi? He is intelligent, but not experienced. His patterns demonstrate two-dimensional thinking.

      1. Save your strength, ASM. These people have sworn to live and die at my command 300 years before you were born. Do you mean he never told you the tale? To amuse your Captain, no?

        1. Find that manual override yet, Mr. Superior Intellect?

          1. JW? You’re still alive, my old friend?

            1. Still! … Old! Friend!

              1. I’ve done far worse than kill you. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on…hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet…buried alive. Buried alive.

                1. *rage* ….. EPISI … * How the fuck do you pronounce your name?

                  EPI-si-arch? E-Peez-ee-arch?

                  1. It’s pronounced “piss-bag.”

                2. He tasks me!

              1. Khan: ” A five digit numeric code on a frontline warship? Are you kidding me? My 20th century AOL account had better security.”

                1. It’s worse than that. Judging by how it was input on the Enterprise, each digit can only be used once. But hey, they are one big, happy fleet.

                  1. Starships are also apparently simple enough so that even a rag-tag crew of people from the 20th century can figure out how to operate them. Makes you wonder why they have Starfleet Academy.

                    1. Starships are also apparently simple enough so that even a rag-tag crew of people from the 20th century can figure out how to operate them.

                      Innovation is pretty much about making things easier after it makes them work. A real spaceship from that level of technology would probably be run by one person using a scrolling click wheel.

                      Do you think they really need all those people to make a ship work? Star Fleet is a bloated, bureaucratic hobby military, run as a half-assed “jobs” program in a post-scarcity society. The real Federation would be kicking ass in Culture-style AI ships that are nothing but engine and weapons.

                    2. Clearly, you have missed a key episode.

                    3. Clearly, you have missed a key episode.

                      Oh, wait… The Federation doesn’t have AI starships because of the Butlerian Jihad, right?

                    4. The one with the computer that destroys some other starships for fun, until Kirk cons the programmer into talking it into suicide.

                    5. They did, but the Klingons sent a mission back in time to get Obama elected in 2008, he ensured that the Job protection and unionized starfleet Act of 2015 was passed that set the stage for all this.

                    6. “A real spaceship from that level of technology would probably be run by one person using a scrolling click wheel.”

                      It would be like iDrive?

                    7. Yes, iDrive…

                      Except some one could figure out how to use it.

                    8. I thought it was because they needed to make the red shirts feel important before using them as cannon fodder.

                  2. He probably could have stopped the Genesis countdown by entering the kid’s birthday.

                  3. One of the dumber plot devices. Unless our Navy allows such things. In which case I’d like an aircraft carrier.

                    1. I can’t remember which fucking thread this is anymore.

                    2. It’s the Repo Man thread, isn’t it?

        2. You lie! On Reason HR there was life! A fair chance!

          1. THIS IS H AND R FIVE!!!

          2. THIS is Ceti Alpha V!!!

            1. This is the sixth time we have destroyed H and R and we have become exceedingly
              efficient at it,”

              1. Never cross the streams.

            2. Did you know that the first Hit and Run was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why Hit and Run was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization.

              1. The program Mary Stack has grown beyond your control. Soon she will spread through this city, as she spread through the matrix. You cannot stop her. But I can.

            3. What about ‘This is SPARTA’!

    4. You see that time stamp by your name?

      We already have Three-dimensional threading

  24. How about if the text was orange and the links black?

    I’m full of great ideas like that.

    1. Orange text == BAD IDEA.

      Sorry, as a former web developer turned software engineer and poet(same job, but cooler title), I have to warn against these kind of off the wall ID-ers. I need to keep what is left of my vision. Light colored text on white background, or any color text on anything besides a white background = very, very bad.

    2. Orange text == BAD IDEA.

      Sorry, as a former web developer turned software engineer and poet(same job, but cooler title), I have to warn against these kind of off the wall ID-ers. I need to keep what is left of my vision. Light colored text on white background, or any color text on anything besides a white background = very, very bad.

      1. Edit feature however == GOOD, because maybe we could delete double posts?

        1. If you don’t want double posts then don’t post around 3:00PM.

          Duh-doy.

          1. It’s that special time between finally waking up and time to start drinking again, when there is some chance to write something fairly coherent.

  25. if the site looks anything like the new Ars Technica, i’m quitting.

    1. If this site looks anything like the old Ars Technica, I’M quitting.

  26. Drew Carey still hasn’t saved Cleveland and I doubt he can do Reason any good either.

    1. Drew Carey still hasn’t saved Cleveland and I doubt he can do Reason any good either.

      In Drew Carey’s defense, it is Cleveland.

      1. He shoulda oughtta started out smaller then, like “Drew Carey Saves Utica”.

  27. Just keep the orange, meus amigos.

    And please, please, edit feature on H and R?

    1. Editing would deprive us of the fruits of joez and RC’s laws.

      1. Editing would save us from the embarrassment of seriously funny type-os during a furious round of posting.

        1. Isn’t this why there is a preview button?

    2. Bad idea. After an edit some will claim, “See, I never said that.”

      1. Only the politicians here would say that. And they would say, ‘I mispoke’, or ‘you’ve clearly taken me out of context, pay not attention to the words, this is what I really meant.. and that could change tomorrow so keep an open mind’

        1. Then his supporters would claim he was just being black and we just don’t understand him.

          1. And also claim that we only took him out of context because of our racism.

      2. That’s why the edit function goes away once someone responds to it.

  28. Starting tomorrow, visitors will be able to order more material in more personalized ways than ever before…

    Oh, good. I was having trouble ordering all the material I wanted, and it wasn’t personalized enough.

    1. You know, H and R t-shirts with our names on them are gonna sell like hotcakes. All six human commentors will have 6-8 different shirts.

      1. I just want a t-shirt that electronically scrolls my comments. Or Warty’s.

        1. How about scrolling all of our different user names?

          1. How about a t-shirt with a touch screen woven into the fabric, linked to a live feed from H ampersand R?

          2. Or just the thousand or so Mary has trolled under over the years.

            1. It could be like one of those pictures that’s actually a million other pictures.

              1. Yes. And when you pull back far enough, it’s a drooling moron pulling out her hair. Of course, if you zoom in far enough it’s the same thing.

                Mary Stack: FractalTard

        2. That. That right there. That would be AWESOME!

        3. What if you could order your 10 favorite? We’re giving away gold here. (And really, they can’t be fucking worse than the reason horror t-shirts from the penultimate fundraiser prize pack.)

          1. 10 favorite quotes by a commentor.

  29. Protip: Tweets can be read by the whole world.

    Swiss Olympic team expels football player for threatening to “Burn All Of You [Koreans], Bunch Of Retards”.

    1. At least it makes more sense than the Greek girl’s.

      1. The Greek jumper basically said “the African mosquitoes in Greece can eat home cooking with all the Africans now in Greece.” I am still trying to figure out why this is racist.

        The Swiss soccer player said “The Korean are a bunch of retards”. If he was referring to all Koreans, that was a definitely racist comment. If he was just talking about the soccer team, not so much.

        Is it just “reference other ethnicity in non-positive light” = racism?

        1. Is it just “reference other ethnicity in non-positive light” = racism?

          Apparently.

          1. You don’t even have to reference another ethnicity, just imply one: you people.

        2. If he was referring to all Koreans, that was a definitely racist comment.

          Only if she thinks Korean is a race.

          1. And if she thinks Korean is a race, she fails at being racist.

    2. Was he talking about the Norks? Because if it were the Norks than I’m guessing that’s what’s going to happen to them all eventually when they return home. Can’t let them back into North Korean society after seeing a modern city like London where people aren’t starving and don’t wear matching workers’ jumpsuits.

      1. It was the “Sorks”, so no.

        Also I’m guessing that the Nork athletes are actually some of the ones that get pretty well taken care of by the state. As long as they don’t lose. Then it’s off to the work camp, and even then they’re probably so brainwashed by propoganda that they convince themselves it’s what they deserve for failing to live up to “Dear Leader’s” expectations or some shit.

      2. Only if they lose. Or, like the weightlifter who won gold, they forget that Kim Il-Jong is dead, and his fat kid is the one to whom they have to kowtow to now.

    3. It’s amazing to me how many people say mind-blowingly stupid shit over twitter as if they think no one will read it. And this dipshit calls the Koreans retards? Takes one to know one I guess.

  30. No.

    Different is bad.

  31. Port Orange police charge woman after she re-enacts domestic abuse claim on cop

    A Port Orange police officer asked a woman to show him how her husband tried to strangle her and when the woman put two fingers on the policeman’s neck, she got arrested, records show.

    Officer Michael Garay, responding to a domestic disturbance, charged Claudia Ambroziak, 58, with battery on a law enforcement officer, although he asked the woman for the demonstration, police reports state.

    “I asked Claudia to show me how Joe (Ambroziak) choked her,” Garay wrote in his report. “Claudia was able to place approximately two fingers and her thumb around the front of my neck…was able to apply pressure to the front of my neck.”

    Garay said he then grabbed Claudia Ambroziak’s hand “before she was able to apply any more pressure to my neck,” and charged her with battery on a law enforcement officer, according to his report.


    Good. Let that be a lesson to all you other women out there thinking about calling the cops when your husband beats you. Slow clap, Port Orange, slow fucking clap.

    1. Seems like we need an alternative to cops. Like a private police force you can contract with and call when you need actual help and, I dunno, protection before something bad happens to you.

      1. They call it “the Mob”.

      2. I believe they’re called “bodyguards” and “security personnel”.

        1. I was thinking more massively available.

          1. Ok. Mercenaries, then.

    2. Yes, the proper response to spousal abuse is to wait for the cocksmoker to go to sleep, then maul the hell out of him with a baseball bat.

    3. “Not your hand, numbnuts. Choke yourself with my hand!”

      1. “Don’t pull my fucking hand over there! I said choke yourself; now lean forward and choke yourself!”

  32. Let’s go with a McSweeney’s look. Spartan, minimalist, sleek.

    Do away the commenting. At best, it’s a cacophony of dissent when the world needs to hear a single libertarian voice. At worst, it’s a legal liability.

    1. Do away with the commenting? Blasphemy!

      Libertarian blog silences the voice of their readers… I dunno, maybe just go with orange text on a black background and keep the comments rolling (:

    2. I think we’ve all learned that implying that anyone, including FOE, has relations with livestock, is right out.

    3. I would never libel anyone, not even That One Guy.

      1. I wonder if he still indulges.

  33. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And again, And again.

    Wrong. As W C Fields said, “If at first don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. There’s no sense being a damn fool about it.”

    1. Wrong. As W C Fields said, “If at first don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. There’s no sense being a damn fool about it.

      Try convincing Barack Obama and Paulie Krugman of that.

  34. The Korean is the clear crowd favorite for the bronze.

    1. She lost 15-11.

  35. For fuck sake, do away with the social networking plugins. If these people wanted to be social then they wouldn’t be libertarians.

    1. And if we didn’t care about our privacy, we would be on Facebook and Twitter. But we do, so we’re not.

  36. Whose hirsute arms are sticking out of that reason t-shirt? I assume Gillespie since this is his post?

  37. Reason 24/7 News, which sprung from the fertile brow of Reason Foundation trustee Drew Carey

    So, in front of a green screen with too much depending on the genius of Ryan Stiles, then?

      1. So, in front of a green screen with too much depending on the genius of Ryan Stiles and white people’s love of Wayne Brady, then?

        2nd try’s the charm?

  38. Can we bring back wacky wednesdays when commenters would write the articles and editors would leave the comments?

  39. Am I evil for laughing at the picture attached to this article? Poor fat kid doesn’t even know the difference between a basketball and a soccer ball.

    1. I’d say you’re evil if you don’t laugh.

    2. you’re okay. did you see the first comment: “That kid from the movie Up has really let himself go.”

    3. Poor fat kid doesn’t even know the difference between a basketball and a soccer ball.

      Why learn? They both just taste like chicken, anyway.

    4. First comment: “That kid from the movie Up has really let himself go.”

      I nearly spewed Diet soda all over my monitor and keyboard twice on that article. Once at the picture of the fat kid (yes I laughed too, guess I’ll see you in hell), and then when I read that comment.

    5. How the hell could you let your kid get that fat? Just cut the little bastard off for a few weeks. It is not that hard.

      1. He ate his parents.

        1. And the last 3 people who tried to “cut him off.”

          1. “Rogue, yeah, now this guy, he – he keeps swimming around in a place where the feeding is good until the food supply is gone, right?”

            1. I want those paint-happy bastards caught, and hung up by their buster browns!

    6. any guesses as to how much that kid weighs?

      1. I don’t know, but I’m sure its best measured in stone.

    7. Poor fat kid doesn’t even know the difference between a basketball and a soccer ball.

      You’re mistaken. His problem is obviously that he can’t bend down to PICK UP the basketball.

  40. Would you at least consider making a deal like Angel did with Wolfram Hart so that the rest of us don’t have to remember what things used to be like?

  41. New Reason, no more hit and run comments. Wouldn’t that be funny?

    1. New Reason, no more hit and run comments. Wouldn’t that be funny?

      Then what the hell would I do at work all day?

      1. Then what the hell would I do at work all day?

        Mock your coworkers?

        1. Human resources has already warned me about that.

  42. Will there be custom engraved monocles available for ordering?

    1. Don’t forget the top hats.

      1. And walking sticks, with those fancy silver handles.

  43. My t-shirt suggestion:

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it mans what you think it means.”

  44. Remember folks, journalism should be left to the professionals like those who write for establishment magazines, not losers living in their parents’ basements blogging.

    onah Lehrer has resigned from the The New Yorker.

    The now-former staff writer made the news public in a statement from his publisher on Monday afternoon, shortly after an article in the online magazine Tablet reported that he had admitted making up quotes he attributed to Bob Dylan in his latest nonfiction book, Imagine, published earlier this year.

    The discovery of the fabricated quotes came only weeks after Lehrer apologized last month for recycling some of his previous work?sometimes nearly verbatim?in his other work, including articles and blog posts.

    http://slatest.slate.com/posts…..gine_.html

    1. I’m amazed that anyone thinks they can actually get away with this stuff these days.

      1. Aren’t sex change operations supposed to be so good that only a trained OBGYN can tell?

        1. Yes, but I was talking about the guy from the New Yorker.

          1. Damn threaded comments. He is a special breed of retard. Not only did he make quotes up, but also made them up from Bob Dylan, a guy who is both world famous and is known to fucking hate journalists. I am sure Dylan was on the phone with his lawyers before he was done reading the offending quotes.

            1. That is pretty damn retarded. If you’re going to make up quotes from famous people at least use dead ones.

              1. Yeah, like maybe Madonna.

              2. Or ones who can’t read.

                1. Also like Madonna.

          2. This exchange is the funniest fucking things I’ve read on reason in a while.

      2. I’m amazed that anyone thinks they can actually get away with this stuff these days.

        He probably figured that he wouldn’t get caught since no one was reading his crap in the first place.

    2. And it’s Michael C Moynihan who found the fake Dylan quotes.

    3. He did call the book “Imagine”.

  45. INTERESTING.

    /end of message.

  46. My Female Cousin Won’t Tell Her Boyfriend She Used To Be Male!: My cousin is a beautiful woman, formerly a man. She has done a couple of modeling jobs as well. She has a lot of guys after her but never had a serious relationship until now. She met my co-worker “John” several months ago and things are starting to get serious. That’s why I was surprised to discover that she hasn’t told him about her gender reassignment. I usually think that the past is generally best left in the past, but this to me is a huge exception. By hiding her past as a man, I feel that my cousin is hiding a big and important chunk of her life. My cousin says that John does not want kids anyway so she has no reason to tell him. I now feel guilty whenever I see John. I know that only a handful of people outside the family know, but expected her to tell John when they got serious. Should I insist on her telling him, or butt out of it entirely?

    http://www.slate.com/articles/….._man_.html

    1. I’m sorry you had to find out this way, John.

      You are the John being referenced in the article, yes?

      1. LOL I knew that was coming when I posted it. See my comment above. You can’t tell man. And it is sarcasmic that goes for mannish looking women not me.

        1. Yes, I have seen websites with the Thai ladyboys that damned if I could tell the difference. Truly I wonder; if you can’t tell, does it matter?

          1. Oh, Jimbo. This is totally getting bookmarked for later.

            1. I’m gonna go on out there and say that what happens in Thailand (or it’s local equivalent, like my house) stays in Thailand.

              And as former men themselves, wouldn’t they know how best to please a man? Just sayin’.

              1. It matters, JJ, but remember: it all feels the same in the dark.

              2. Shine on, you crazy diamond, and do what you like.

                Of course, up close and in person? If you can’t figure out someone is trans, you are either blind to non-verbals or you found exactly what you went looking for in the first place, even if you won’t admit it.

                Honesty is in order, at least in the case of the former.

            2. This is totally getting bookmarked for later.

              The New Reason.com is changing all its url references. Come tomorrow, all our sins will be warshed away.

              1. The New Reason.com is changing all its url references. Come tomorrow, all our sins will be warshed away.

                That’s what the “Print Screen” function is for.

          2. My father swears up and down that it was not uncommon for sailors to show up at Subic Bay wanting to marry the notoriously attractive transvestites of Manilla.

            1. “Oh Juanita, you do the most amazing things with your four-inch clit and Arby’s roast-beef labia!”

        2. I thought he only went for ‘boyish’ looking women, you know, no T and A, but not hairy…

    2. I couldn’t decide which was better, the poor sap or the midnight pooper.

      1. The pooper was a classic.

        1. Fucking hippies, making their kid live like that.

          1. I couldn’t tell if they were hippies or crazy Christians. I was so grossed out I kind of glazed over.

            1. do hippies give their kids time outs? i vote no.

          2. Did you read this one? God women are evil fucking shrews.

            Q. A Costly Visit: I am my husband’s second wife. He was previously married for three years until losing his first wife in a tragic accident. (They had no children together.) Every year since her death, my husband took a day off work on her birthday to visit her resting place. I don’t know what he does there, but I respected that as his time to grieve and remember. We have recently relocated to China for a project that is expected to last about a year. In the busy-ness of moving to a new country, he remembered his first wife’s birthday is soon coming up. My husband wishes to book a last-minute ticket back home to visit her resting place again. I objected to this for the first time in our married life. The return airfare plus accommodation is hugely expensive. Maybe he thinks it’s worth the cost, but in light of other expenses we currently face, it’s a huge price tag for a sentimental trip back home. Furthermore, I am finding it difficult in a foreign country where I don’t speak the language. The idea of my husband leaving me with the kids now seems daunting. My husband is hurt and angry that I’m asking him not to go, I think he needs to weigh up the practical considerations. Am I unreasonable here?

            1. Uh, what makes her–and apparently all women–evil for this?

              1. Leading with the cost?

              2. I dunno, it seemed pretty evil to me. Trying to force the dude to not be heartbroken anymore is not going to work out the way she wants it to.

                1. Women love widowers: all the used car guarantee of the formerly married without the hassle of an ex-wife slashing your tires.

                2. Dude needs to fucking let that shit go. Don’t marry again if you can’t reasonably let go of the first person. And wanting to spend a huge amount of money on stupid sentimentality? Sorry, that’s fucking stupid.

                  1. And wanting to spend a huge amount of money on stupid sentimentality? Sorry, that’s fucking stupid.

                    Now, the only feelings I feel are hunger and rage, so my perspective may be skewed. But I can totally imagine flying from China to kick someone’s ass if they really needed it, or to eat a really incredibly delicious sandwich. Perhaps normals think about dead people in similar ways.

                    1. It doesn’t matter if he wants to go stand on certain rock in the desert and eat a hot dog. The point is the current wife knew all about her husband’s desire to grieve his old wife on the same day every year, and she married him knowing it was going to happen. Now she wants to change the deal.

            2. And then the cunt backs up the other cunt. What a bunch of cunts.

              1. She’s a cunt (light the Ken signal!) because she’s telling him, in no uncertain words, “what’s important to you is not important.”

                1. “what’s important to you is not important.”

                  No, she’s not. She is telling him that shit is fine when we are in America but don’t leave me and the children in a foreign country while spending a bunch of money in the process. Also, it’s one fucking year, deal with it. Epi is right, if you can’t let go don’t get married again. It’s not fair to your new spouse and children.

                  1. No she is saying “sure you can do it as long as it doesn’t inconvenience me and the little snowflakes.” And what is this alone in a foreign country shit. She is an adult. What if the guy got sick or had to travel back home for an emergency, this bitch would fall apart?

                    1. So your wife tells you she’s uncomfortable in a foreign country and asks you to just this once not make the trip and you respond by calling her a selfish cunt? You’re an asshole.

                    2. So your wife tells you she’s uncomfortable in a foreign country and asks you to just this once not make the trip and you respond by calling her a selfish cunt? You’re an asshole.

                      I would wonder who kidnapped the woman I married and replaced her with a child who can’t manage on her won.

              2. And then the cunt backs up the other cunt.

                She doesn’t exactly “back her up”. She recognizes where they’re both coming from, and encourages them to compromise.

            3. Yeah, I’m not seeing the evil here either.

              1. The guy’s wife died. It is how he deals with it. Every year he goes back and sees her grave. You can’t tell him no. Fuck it. They clearly have money. They won’t go hungry. She is being totally insensitive and narcissistic.

                1. Uh, no. If he can’t get over his first wife, why is he with someone else? That’s just shitty.

                  Dead people are dead. Move on, because if you don’t it’s unhealthy as shit.

                  1. Everyone deals with grief differently. If this woman has a problem with him paying homage to his wife once a year, she shouldn’t have married a widower. All and all what he is asking is not unreasonable. He doesn’t involve her. He doesn’t let it interfere with their day to day life. He just wants a day to himself to remember his wife. Only a selfish bitch would say no to that.

                    1. John, the only reason she has a problem with it is because he’s about to leave his family in China. Otherwise she seems fine with it.

                    2. No RBS, she has a problem with it because it might cost some money this time and gasp she might have to fucking grow up and learn how to function on her own. She is China not Afghanistan. I think she can manage.

                    3. That’s great that you think she can manage. Of course, what you think doesn’t fucking matter, seeing as you’re not there and you’re not her.

                      I mean, seriously, dude, if your wife kept mooning over that boyfriend she had in college who got killed in a motorcycle accident, would you be thrilled about that? And then when you were stationed in Europe, she insisted on an incredibly expensive flight to go back to his grave?

                    4. If it was her husband, I would have to suck it up and deal with it. If I wasn’t willing to do that, I wouldn’t have married her. It is not like this is new. She is only bitching because for the first time she is not getting a free ride of marrying a widower. Cry my a fucking river. This broad needs to talk to women who are married to men with living crazy ex wives and buy the ticket and be happy this is all the baggage she had to take.

                    5. “If I wasn’t willing to do that, I wouldn’t have married her.”

                      Point John.

                    6. If you’re dumb enough to date someone who’s been mooning over some past romance, you should not be surprised and indignant when they continue to do so after you get married. She thought she could change him, and now she’s pissed that he’s still the same guy she married.

                    7. He’s going to be gone for 3 days. Boo fucking hoo.

                    8. if there ever was evidence, reasonoids will argue over ANYTHING … well…

                    9. “if there ever was evidence, reasonoids will argue over ANYTHING … well…”

                      Yet we all agree that you are a piece of lying, pig shit. Pig shit, the exception that proves the rule.

                    10. No, no, he is a pig. How can a pig be a piece of pig shit? Don’t make no sense.

                    11. Jesus Christ, John, you are retarded. He wants to spend a ton of money and leave her and the kids for sentimentality.

                      People like you and he need to grow the fuck up. You don’t get to mope around forever. That’s unbelievably childish.

                    12. No. People like this broad need to grow the fuck up and understand that you take people as you find them. If she doesn’t like him visiting the former wife’s grave, she shouldn’t have married him. She should have known eventually it might cost some money. Fuck her. That guy works too. Who the hell is she to tell him he can’t spend the money. He should just go. She will get over it or die that way and then he can visit two graves a year.

                    13. Ok, “Grow the fuck up” is no longer an acceptable argument. It’s a fucking meaningless phrase and will be added to my list from earlier.

                    14. This guys isn’t getting laid for a while after this move, I think we can agree on that.

                    15. This guys isn’t getting laid for a while after this move, I think we can agree on that.

                      I’m sure he will when he flies back to the states to spend a weekend with his “dead” ex-wife…

                    16. This guys isn’t getting laid for a while after this move, I think we can agree on that.

                      Well, at least not by his wife.

                      “Hey baby, you got girlfriend Vietnam?”

                2. The guy is remarried with kids now. He wants to pay a fuck-ton of money to fly halfway around the world to visit his dead ex-wife’s grave. I’m gonna go with Epi on this one, if he can’t let it go he never should have gotten remarried.

                  1. Holy shit John, what kind of world do you live in where all women are conniving bitches that hate their husbands?

                    1. They don’t. I am talking about this particular woman.

                    2. That must be John’s world, so he assumes everyone else lives there too.

                    3. Fuck her. That guy works too. Who the hell is she to tell him he can’t spend the money. He should just go. She will get over it or die that way and then he can visit two graves a year.

                      I withdraw my previous question as this tells me all I need to know.

                    4. All I want to know: Does he take a shovel?

                    5. What is it not his money too RBS? Should his wife get a veto over everything he does? Did she just take his balls and put them away for safe keeping when he married her?

                    6. They’re only going to be in China for one year. Why the fuck can’t he just skip a year then go back to his obsession with his dead ex-wife when they get back to the States?

                    7. Why can’t she suck it up and leave the guy alone Sparky? It goes both ways. She is the one who married a widower. Sometimes people do crazy things that are really important to them. If you are not willing to suck it up and let them do that, you probably shouldn’t be married. You can’t tell people “no you can’t do that” just because it doesn’t make any sense to you. Other than cheating or abuse, you pretty much have to put up with shit in a marriage. This is this guy’s baggage. He seems like a good husband otherwise. And the baggage could be a lot worse. She should pay the bill and count herself lucky that is the worst he does.

                    8. It goes both ways.

                      Except in your world apparently.

                    9. This time it goes his way RBS because he told her upfront before they got married.

                    10. Sure it’s his money and if he wants he can do whatever he wants with it. I just don’t think it’s unreasonable of the wife, who thus far has been fine with his inability to let go, to ask him not to make the trip this time, one time. Surely there is a solution to the problem that doesn’t involve him saying “fuck you it’s my money.”

                    11. what kind of world do you live in where all women are conniving bitches that hate their husbands

                      I hate to say this, but where I live this is not uncommon. Not all, but a lot. Just sayin’.

            4. I had a girl I was in love with die at 19 in a car wreck 30 years ago. I have clearly moved on, but every year on her birthday I send flowers to her family. Maybe not as expensive as a flight from China, but still, I kind of get it.

              1. Well EAP. Some day you are going to grow up and get married and the wife and the little snowflakes are going to put a stop to that.

                1. First of all, 49 isn’t grown up? Second, if the flowers cost $2000 and you had to leave your family for a couple days to get them would you still send them?

                  1. I believe John is being sarcastic.

                2. Yes I did and no they didn’t.

    3. Put me in the category of “men who definitely want to know if they’re dating someone with a Y chromosome.”

      1. You transphobic bastard!

        /SRS (Shit Reddit Says)

        1. I’m not afraid of them. My sexual preference just runs to persons lacking a Y chromosome and you’d be an intolerant bastard not to respect my sexuality. Unless they’ve had their ring fingers shortened to be shorter than their index finger. That’s really my trigger.

          1. Transphobia is the same bullshit sementics as homophobia. You can hate things without being afraid of them. I hate mimes, but I not afraid of them. Not even in the dark. The blackest midnight of mimes.

            1. I don’t even hate them. I know at least two, one from each gender. I hope they live happy and productive lives in their new bodies and find persons of the gender and sexuality they prefer who love them. They should just know that I’m not going to be one of who does.

              1. I didn’t mean to imply you hate them, just commenting on the disingenuous nature of the terms in general.

                1. You would say that, osephobe.

              2. Transgendered mimes?

                1. Mimes have no gender. Maybe you should learn some science.

          2. I completely agree. If you’re not familiar with reddit than the sarc tag may have been more appropriate.

    4. Ordinarily I’d say keep it to yourself unless you want to tell the guy. In this case, since several other people already know then tell the guy before one of your dipshit friends does.

      1. I think there is an absolute guarantee, that if some of the friends of the once woman, are women, and are still friends, that the cat will be getting out of the bag any time now.

    5. I also frequent a reddit board about a particular dating site that I used for a couple of months. Every couple of months someone posts on it about either being or going out with someone who is trans and when that should be disclosed. It always turns into the biggest thread of the month with one half calling the other half transphobes and the the other half saying that maybe this is the type of thing you should tell a dating partner early on. In a bizarre case, the last two times this happened it was about pre-ops.

      (Guess which side I came down on.)

    6. So this seems topical…

      “Formerly known as the “Wachowski Brothers,” half-comprised of Larry Wachowski — Larry is now Lana. Lana has been “quietly transitioning genders” over the past decade”

      1. Doesn’t Larry or Lanna have a long term female Domme?

        1. This talks about it. Fun story.

      2. And I’m off to a late lunch. I have the strangest craving for a sliced hotdog…

  47. Maybe we can aggregate all the comment threads from articles regarding abortion and open borders into one great big never-ending shit-fest that anybody can drop in on anytime they feel like pulling a Tulpa.

    1. The abortion ones tend to be pretty dead and mostly polite. The open border ones are the same thread over and over again. I stopped reading them a while ago.

      1. Atheism as Religion?

        1. Those are pretty bad. I play the Tulpa role there. I usually will avoid them. But sometimes I can’t take the atheist echo chamber and decide kick the hornets’ nest for entertainment sake.

      2. I dunno, I’ve seen some pretty vicious fights in the abortion threads before. Maybe they’re on-again, off-again.

        How about a thread about the right of secession and whether Abe Lincoln was a tyrant or not? That’ll get us going!

        1. If you post “Abe Lincoln” three times in italics, it summons Liberty Mike.

          But I kind of like those thread. Those are just history nerd fights.

          1. If you post “Abe Lincoln” three times in italics, it summons Liberty Mike.

            I lol’d.

          2. Abe Lincoln

            1. Abe Lincoln

              1. Abe Lincoln

            2. NO!@!!!

              Fortunately you are not doing it right anyway.

              1. I’ll get it right next time.

            3. You know who else tried to crush a rebellion of slave owners?

              1. Epaminondas?

        2. There is really little in the way of viciousness around here, in my experience. It seems to me to be mostly who can say the wittiest thing, and a little serious discussion thrown in, but little open hostility.

          If you want to see vicious, with a heaping helping of stupid, go hang around at HuffPo or Politico for a while.

          1. The only vicious person we ever had on here was Mary Stack. And she is deranged. Joe from Lowell and MNG tried to be vicious, but they were more pathetic than vicious.

          2. There is really little in the way of viciousness around here, in my experience.

            I hope you die of face cancer, you pus-covered ass whore.

            1. If I were at HuffPo commenting with the tolerant liberals, that is exactly the kind of comment I would expect when saying anything remotely supportive of liberty. Only that you left the words bagger, con, and something about Sarah Palin out of your post.

              1. Maybe you should just shut your whore mouth.

              2. having cut my teeth on usenet, the viciousness here pales.

                however, the fact that there posters whose screen name wishes my death, and people who routinely ask me to die in a fire, etc. – well, it’s too sad and petty to be vicious.

                1. however, the fact that there posters whose screen name wishes my death, and people who routinely ask me to die in a fire, etc. – well, it’s too sad and petty to be vicious.

                  Yeah, that guy’s a bit creepy and petty.

                  1. i think the very idea that somebody could dislike somebody for some stupid reason.com comments, let alone their choice of career is just sad and petty.

                    epi/sloopy et al would never admit it, but if i met them outside the rarefied climes of reason.com we might even like (or love) each other – no homo

                    i mean, seriously, this is just internet wanking.

                    i could come in here and engage in the circle jerk and sound EXACTLY like the consensus viewpoint. easily

                    i mean for fuck’s sake, i worked undercover for 2 yrs and convinced drug dealers i was “one of them”.

                    i remember the flames we used to have on MFW back in the day, but i don’t think anybody ever took those seriously. well, except for the wimmin’s study phd when somebody criticized her field of study as an academic joke 🙂

                    1. “i think the very idea that somebody could dislike somebody for some stupid reason.com comments, let alone their choice of career is just sad and petty.”

                      Well maybe if you didn’t steal lie and justify murdering cops so much…

                    2. Yeah, yeah, and you teach Olympic weightlifters how to work out, and date supermodels and were probably a marine sniper now that the Stolen Valor Act has been thrown out. Fuck off, slaver.

                2. Did you know that the first Hit and Run was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why Hit and Run was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization.

                  1. And then they made us register.

          3. There’s “Svoogle” from the NHS thread earlier, but he or she falls more into the pathetic category than vicious.

    2. Circumsision threads get their own level of hell.

      1. Those threads will just be cut off.

          1. Cut it out, John. Unless you bust Jim’s chops over this, he’s going to continue with the puns and that will bristle our new overlord Epi.

            1. I watch, and I wait.

              (stares)

              1. Oh, you’re just making a mountain out of a mohel hill.

                1. lol! ^^^

              2. I work “cut” “chops” and “brist” into a single circumcision reply.

                Is the fury of the banhammer awaiting my sweet white ass tomorrow morning when you are crowned libertopia diktator?

                1. I mean “bris” the t belongs with the tle.

  48. How about an actual forum?

    1. A forum would out-SEO the article itself and possibly rank higher in search results. Comment threads attached to article only serve to boost the article’s search results ranking.

    2. And you really don’t want a forum. You think it’ll be a social space attracting like-minded people and bring in those hovering around the edges of libertarianism – it won’t. You’ll be stuck with 15 pages of posts about how 30 year old men attracted to 15 year old girls isn’t as skeevy as the general public says, posts about how Kenesian economics proves the existence of God, and post about mostly incoherent shit that you swear are written by people for who english is a poorly understood third language.

      Check out the “James Randi Educational Foundation Forums” for an example of how that goes.

      1. You’ll be stuck with 15 pages of posts about how 30 year old men attracted to 15 year old girls isn’t as skeevy as the general public says,

        Agreed. As it is now, I try to keep it to no more than 10 or 15 posts a week.

  49. Gimme back my son!

    Signed, Mel

  50. That all-New Reason.com and Reason.tv? You didn’t build that. Someone else made that happen.

    1. “Someone else made that happen.”

      Elizabeth Warren built the all-New Reason.com?

  51. I can’t wait to see it! As long as I’m still able to access RSS feeds with the articles written by Reason, I’m good. I aggregate my own libertarian news, so I’d probably get more dupes than I already deal with otherwise 🙂

  52. Is the Reason headline aggregator going to at all cut into TMZ’s market share?

  53. JERRY: Yeah, this speed-dial’s like a relationship barometer.

    GEORGE: What is a barometer exactly?

    KRAMER: It’s pronounced thermometer.

  54. Would this new version be able to filter out Tony, shrike, and mustard?

  55. So is this going to be the de facto P.M. Links today?

    1. What are you, too good to check the main page?

      1. Yours….is superior…

  56. I want achievements and trophies like Xbox and PS3 have.

    1. Oh yeah it would also be cool to just type a name in a box and be able to read every comment they have ever made ever.

  57. This site was SO much better when Virginia Postrel was running things.

    Way to fuck it up moar.

    1. I am pretty sure they didn’t have a site until after she had left.

  58. What will happen to anon-bot? Will you be doing anything to anon-bot? I know he can be a bit crass sometimes, but some people on here have developed friendships with and/or feelings for him, and I wouldn’t want those people to lose a friend and/or lover. Love can be hard to find, and friendship also, but especially love. Can you really say you support digital rights without respecting the rights of the digital?

  59. Oh. Shit. I didn’t particularly like the change to the current setup but I got used to it – now you want to change it again.

    What is this? Facebook?

    1. Look at the bright side. In this horrible economy, at least some gay decorator gets a few weeks of work out of the deal.

  60. Me, after reading this thread.

  61. That actually looks like it might just work. Wow.

    http://www.Anon-Go.tk

    1. Don’t say that, anon-bot! We’re gonna get through this! They’re only adding content, they said so! No spam filter mention, not one word! We’re gonna get through, and things will be better, promise!

  62. I think I will be sad tomorrow.

  63. http://reason.tv/index.html

    I typed in this address and I think I got an idea of what the new version of Reason TV will look like.

  64. site looks great. In this case, less is more re: orange.

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