Mongolian Neo-Nazis Rebrand Themselves as Environmentalists, Snowden Praised By His Father in Open Letter, Tunisian Rapper Released From Jail: P.M. Links

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  • Neo-nazis in Mongolia are trying to rebrand themselves as environmentalists by inspecting foreign-owned mines for permits.
  • Edward Snowden's father has written an open letter to his son praising him for "summoning the American people to confront the growing danger of tyranny." Glenn Greenwald has said that more NSA revelations are coming soon.
  • France's outrage over NSA surveillance of French communications is being called hypocritical. After all, it's not as if the French don't indulge in their own snooping.

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  1. Glenn Greenwald has said that more NSA revelations are coming soon.

    They’re about to jump the shark.

    1. UNBELIVEABLE!!!!

      I have refreshed for the last 3 mins. SOLID!!!

      FUCK!

      1. Pwned, biotch!

      2. Why on Obama’s green Earth would you do that? It comes (usually) at 4:30PM EDT. Just refresh at that time.

        1. because I wanted to make sure to see it before you. LO AND BEHOLD after one of the clicks UP POPS A GOD DAMN COMMENT!

          Thats it, I am writing a script.

      3. Also, try pressing the Ctrl key while clicking on refresh.

      4. Some of us don’t give a shit about being first; we only care that somebody else beat Fisty to the punch.

        1. Green is not a good color for you.

          You know, there was a time when men of great achievement were lauded for their efforts. When accomplishments were seen as a positive. But not today. So poisoned with class warfare have we become that all the hard work and sweat and long hours one puts into something as momentous as commenting on P.M. Links is the focus of scorn, of spite. Such is Obama’s America. Ted’s America.

          1. It’s not fair that 1% of the commentators control 99% of the first posts. Occupy Fisty! I’ll bring the drum circle, you provide the giant puppets.

            1. Actually, they already had Occupy Reason but I can’t remember for what. Maybe over threaded comments. The smelly hippies.

    2. You really are good at this.

      1. Feeney screwed us over with terrible links. TERRIBLE, I SAY.

        Although I do like the pic.

  2. Neo-nazis in Mongolia are trying to rebrand themselves as environmentalists by inspecting foreign-owned mines for permits.

    Their Green Police will be slightly different.

    1. I don’t recall the German Nazis using smiley faces. Perhaps these Nazis are nicer?

      1. No one who speaks German could be an evil man.

        1. +1 Terwilliger.

      2. “Look, everyone wants to be more like Germany, but do we really have the pure strength of will?”

        1. Nobody does but the Germans. That’s what makes them German.

          Don’t mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.

        2. Someone should write a book about their difficulties in attaining that purity of purpose — their struggle, if you will.

          1. What is that in German, Mein Conch?

            1. No, you’re thinking of Mein Kampfy Kouch, The German Guide To Shopping At IKEA.

              1. Not…THE COMFY CHAIR!

                1. Ximinez [with a cruel leer]: Now — you will stay in the Comfy Chair until lunch time, with only a cup of coffee at eleven. [aside, to Biggles] Is that really all it is?

                  Biggles: Yes, lord.

                  Ximinez: I see. I suppose we make it worse by shouting a lot, do we? Confess, woman. Confess! Confess! Confess! Confess–

                  Biggles: I confess!

                  Ximinez: Not you!

    2. Mongolian neo-Nazis: Celebrate diversity!

      “We shall celebrate the glory of our race by building the world’s largest yurt!”

      I think you could get a good SNL skit out of that. Come on, commenters, what can you come up with? Many of you are very funny.

      1. But only rarely intentionally so.

      2. Remembering the last time fascist Mongols rampaged through Eurasia, I’ll pass on the jokes.

        Don’t want to get on their bad side.

        1. I like our chances. Unfortunately for them, cavalry archers are no longer at the forefront of military technology.

    1. Why would anybody not a Canadian want to claim to be Canadian?

      1. It’s a good way to get people to assume you are not a threat, allowing you to pounce on them unawares.

      2. “Why would one say he is that, who was not?” /Connery

      3. Well behaved Americans pretend to be Canadians while traveling abroad and poorly behaved Canadians pretend to be Americans when they are abroad. The Canadians are for some reason offended by this arrangement.

        1. Do people in other countries test this by showing a picture of french fries and asking what should go on top of them?

          1. gravy? cheese curds?
            mayo?

          2. The roof of my mouth?

          3. Poutine is one of the things they do right. Acting being the other.

        2. I became aware of the first part of that in the ’70s, when it was common for American backpackers to sew Canadian flags on their backpacks to avoid getting shit about Vietnam.

          1. When I was in Korea I got shit from Canadian expats about how Americans were always trying to pass themselves off as Canadian because they have a better reputation abroad. I asked for a show of hands of how many of them had broken laws or acted like hoodlums in a foreign country and said they were American to avoid getting in serious trouble. All the hands went up. I asked them to kindly fuck off for making it harder to travel as an American and they quickly changed the subject.

            1. So, what you’re telling me is that all of that “Ugly American” business was actually about “Ugly North Americans,” emphasis on “North”?

    2. 1)Act slow
      2)Say “eh?”

      1. “I’m from Canada and they think I’m slow, eh.”

        1. “The spoon, Bart.”

          “Of course!”

      2. All the cops in the donut shop say
        “Eh-o eh-o eh-eh-eh-o eh-o”

        Walk like Canadian

    3. Act like you understand the concept of milk in a bag.

      1. If you take it that far, you actually become Canadian.

        1. Transcendental Canadianism.

      2. I really hate milk in a bag. Damn socialists.

    1. Germans are into the Schei?e Sturm

      1. Blitzsche?e could have a nice ring to it.

        1. I think that’s what happens when you eat bad ethnic food in Berlin.

  3. States opting out of Medicaid expansion could jeopardize the implementation of Obamacare.

    Obamacare is the biggest jeopardy to the implementation of Obamacare.

    1. I am looking forward to seeing all this hit the fan between now and November 2014. Any half-aware Democrat up for reelection must be shitting bricks.

      1. Why? All the failures are the fault of the Rethuglicans. If only all the states had towed the lion, Obamacare would be saving everyone oodles of money.

  4. Also, why do Mongolian Nazis have the Rebel Alliance symbol on their flag?

    1. Because they’re traitors. Take them away.

    2. Damn work getting in the way of my H&R posting. I was coming here to say the exact same thing. Except my comment would have included a link in case anyone wasn’t familiar with the Rebel Alliance’s symbol (yeah right, like any of the nerds around here wouldn’t instantly recognize it).

    1. Notice it says “Al Qaeda inspired”?

      Remember how the American Media, so desperate for the Boston bombings to not be Muslim-ey and be more Fox News-ey, initially claimed that there was no Al Qaeda profile for use of pressure cookers?

  5. Happy UFO Day everyone!

    It’s just swamp gas reflected off of Venus.

    1. “‘Gas music from Jupiter’, indeed!”

      1. Dogs flew spaceships!

        Men and women are the same sex!

        The Aztecs invented the vacation!

        …Hobbit

      2. Gas music from Uranus….

    2. “What you saw was probably the planet Venus. Many people have claimed seeing such things before, but what they saw was always the planet Venus.” /Jesse Ventura

      1. “Mulder didn’t say that it was Alex Trebek. It was just someone that looked incredibly like him.”

        1. Lord Kinbote agrees.

    3. “It’s just swamp gas reflected off of Venus”

      Shouldn’t that be Uranus?

  6. The environmentalists I know aren’t racist, they hate everyone equally.

    1. But they are speciest, hating H. Sapiens above all else. Which is kind of like racism.

  7. Tomorrow I’m running a 5k that ends at Gillette’s 50 yard line. It’s likely that I will run further on an NFL field over the rest of my life than Aaron Hernandez will.

    1. What’s your time going to be? 45 minutes? You run like a Welshman.

      1. I run more like a sumo wrestler. Probably like 26-27 minutes.

        1. That’s not ba–say, aren’t you like 22 or something? 26-27?!? 8.5 minute miles? Dude.

          1. 25 later this month. But running sucks. I hate everything about actually doing it. And this one involves running up to the nosebleeds and back down.

            1. Da fug??

              On my normal morning half hour run I clock in 5.5 to 6 km. And I’m 54. Pick up the pace there boy!

    2. Effin’ Foxboro. The Pats should play in Fenway. The Longwood area’s not crowded enough yet!

  8. Mongolian Neo-Nazis Rebrand Themselves as Environmentalists

    Considering that the original Nazi movement had a strong environmentalist precursor, that’s not so much of a stretch. Blood and Soil anyone?

    1. Remember that one group of guys from “Triumph of the Will” who carried shovels?

      1. Yeah, that was some type of make-work labor corps. Kind of like CCC in USA.

        1. They did things like plant trees.

      2. Probably the German Labor Front, headed by Robert Ley

    2. my thoughts exactly

  9. Don’t get my hopes up about cradle-strangling Obamacare. That shit is indestructible. Unfortunately, my rectal orifice is not. ๐Ÿ™

  10. Florida state medical examiner: Zimmerman injuries were insignificant.

    Of course wouldn’t the pertinent thing be if Zimmerman reasonably feared for his life? Anyway, prosecution cheerleaders are ecstatic over her based on the Twitter feed.

    1. Suddenly, intentions don’t matter.

    2. They didn’t look significant from the photos, only that they were consistent with his general story about the nature of how he was being attacked.

    3. Your injuries are insignificant next to the power of the Farce.

    4. I can’t wait until this standard is applied to police use of force cases, right guys? Right? Obviously the dog couldn’t have been too threatening if he didn’t actually cause physically significant harm, right?

      1. Excellent.

      2. I’ve been saying it since this thing started: If Zimmerman is found guilty, (one hopes) it will shed a whole new light on an assload of police shootings in this country.

        1. It won’t.

          1. Hey, I dithered appropriately.

        2. Sadly, no. I just post this to keep myself going until I can start drinking again. This is the one downside of having a commute again. I can only drink beer in the car until I get home.

    5. “The injuries are so minor that the word slam implies great force,” Rao said

      Now, *that* is expert testimony.

    6. You should totally be required to suffer grievous and incapacitating harm before attempting to defend yourself by force.

    7. Ann Althouse says that’s stupid. The purpose of self-defense is to be able to prevent death or grave bodily harm. Using this ME’s logic, one cannot defend oneself until one is dead or gravely injured.

      Pure. Stupid.

      1. I’m not dead yet!

    8. Rao said Zimmerman’s injuries were not only “not life threatening” but were also “very insignificant.”

      Yes, and Z’s act of self-defense is precisely very likely what prevented further blows from producing life threatening injuries. Isn’t that sort of the point?

      FWIW, I’ve had patients in the ER who died from head injuries that showed less externally than what we see on Z’s head.

      1. Since when is a broken nose “very insignificant”?

        1. Well, actually, that is close to true. Other than the pain, and in most cases, a broken nose is not a real big deal.

          1. You can get convicted of battery for far less.

      2. I’m sure Natasha Richardson has something interesting to say on that subject.

    9. But his story from the beginning was that he was in fear of his life due to Martin seeing and reaching toward his gun. Do they allow straw men in trials?

  11. I don’t think reason should be allowed to link to itself in 24/7.

    1. It’s like combining incest and masturbation.

      1. Go on…

      2. Twins were never my thing in pr0n.

        1. It’s hard finding twin hot chicks to take off their clothes for you. Usually they just end up with two moderately attractive or just passable chicks.

    2. I don’t hate 24/7 as much as most people here, but I wish they’d link to the main page, focused on the specific article clicked on, rather than a stub that serves little purpose. It would give them the same number of clicks, and you’d be looking at a page with some utility, as you could scroll down and see if there were other interesting articles.

      1. I wish they would sign up with one or more wire services but it may not be financially viable. I don’t know what that sort of thing costs.

    3. You keep on thinking that, Thane. We commentatorers are just pawns in game of life.

  12. I’m not going to link this; the title is all you need:

    “NSFW: Justine Lai Paints Herself Having Sex with US Presidents”

    1. Ewww. /Teenage Girl

    2. Taft?

    3. Not only did I eff up my search history, I could only find a thumbnail. ๐Ÿ™

    4. And I couldn’t find those paintings on her site, just some postmodern stuff.

      Maybe she’s worked out he Daddy issues by now.

  13. Long John Silver’s Big Catch named America’s worst restaurant meal

    1. I fucking love Long John Silver’s.

      1. I don’t, but fried fish is yummy. I just had some fried grouper at my brother’s this weekend. A lot of fried grouper. Yum.

        1. Fuck yeah. Grouper fingers are the shit.

          1. We ate at a place in Indian Rocks called Keegan’s a few weeks ago–they had grouper cheeks, which were very good. I had cobia in a restaurant for the first time ever, and it was great.

            1. Hmm. I’ll have to ask the folks next time I’m down Clearwater way if that’s too far a ride for good sea food.

              1. Not from Clearwater, it’s not. It’s just down Gulf Blvd. from Clearwater Beach. It’s a hole in the wall with excellent seafood.

                Here’s the website.

                1. Awesome. Noted. Thanks.

                  1. I’m told that their best items are almost always specials. The cobia I had (with chipotle mashed potatoes) as an entree and the scallop ceviche were both off-menu specials.

                    Man, I’m getting hungry.

                    1. Scallop ceviche sounds amazing. The texture alone…

                    2. It was. They have a conch ceviche on the menu that I haven’t tried.

          2. Oddly enough, the best grouper fingers I’ve ever had (and I’ve had metric fuck tons of them) are in KY.

            That isn’t to say that it’s the best grouper I’ve had, just the best fingers.

        2. That’s it, I’m getting the rights from Futurama and opening up a line of Fishy Joe’s restaurants.

          or would Fried Wylie’s work?

        3. also, what’s with red lobster moving into land animal offerings? not even surf’n’turf, like, just a chicken breast.

            1. Chicken of the Sea is dolphin, and not the water breathing kind.

              1. Only sometimes. And in small quantities. Believe it or not, that substance is technically tuna. Yeah, I know.

            2. Chicken Eggs: The New Caviar

        4. Question – In Vic, Aus, when you order fried fish, you get shark. Is that a thing at all in the US?

          The Mrs and I are considering moving over there, and I’d miss my shark if it’s not available.

    2. Worse than Olive Garden!

    3. Of course, by “worst” the Centre for Science in the Public Interest means “least healthy,” not “tastes bad.”

    4. This is from a .au site.

      I wonder what the worst restaurant meal in Australia consists of.

      Something with a pouch, deep fried in vegemite? From Long John Dundee’s?

  14. Interesting. There has been some pushback at the Atlantic to some of the recent feminist propaganda.

    And the last one looks almost exactly like the best arguments we put forward here when I posted the original bullshit article.

    1. Speaking of The Atlantic being off the reservation

      For decades, both patients and physicians have carried on blithely unaware of such financial realities, secure in the knowledge that financial experts, insurance companies, and state and federal governments are on hand to make sure that all the bills get paid. This situation foments moral hazard, in which the incentives favor more care, greater tolerance for inefficiency and waste, and escalating costs. The patient wants nothing less than the best that medicine has to offer, the physician gets paid for each test and procedure, and no expense is spared. People who don’t expect to pay the bill tend to disregard the tab.

      On the front page. Holy shit.

      1. It’s like a regular from here took over.

  15. Neo-nazis in Mongolia are trying to rebrand themselves as environmentalists by inspecting foreign-owned mines for permits.

    But I thought all environmentalists were Neo-nazis…

    Oh, I’m sorry! I suddenly realized that environmentalists are NOT Neo-nazis; they’re actually Neo-malthusians.

    My mistake.

  16. Student demands apology after being forced to remove cross necklace.

    A Sonoma State University student was ordered to remove a cross necklace by a supervisor who thought other students might find it offensive, in a case that prompted even one campus official to speculate that “political correctness got out of hand.”
    Audrey Jarvis, 19, a liberal arts major at the northern California university, said she had no choice but to seek a “religious accommodation” in order to wear the cross. Her lawyer said she deserves an apology, and the school seems ready to oblige.
    […]
    Jarvis was working for the university’s Associated Students Productions at a June 27 student orientation fair for incoming freshmen when her supervisor told her to remove the two-inch-long cross necklace, according to Sasser. Sasser said the supervisor told her that the chancellor had a policy against wearing religious items and further explained “that she could not wear her cross necklace because it might offend others, it might make incoming students feel unwelcome, or it might cause incoming students to feel that ASP was not an organization they should join.”

    Well at least the school knows it acted idiotically.

    1. Audrey Jarvis, 19, a liberal arts major at the northern California university,

      She deserves whatever is coming to her!

      1. Yes, how dare someone study broadly and deeply into Philosophy, Literature, History, and Art, you know, the foundations of Western culture.

        1. Studying that shit is cheap. Go to the library, take a trip, surf the web. It’s spending an assload of money to get credentialed that’s a little ridiculous, sorry.

    1. I call BS. Mythbusters proved it can’t happen.

      1. People rarely fire straight up. I don’t know how much shallower than 90? is still lethal but I’d bet it’s a lot steeper than we’d think.

        There was a young boy killed in church at a New Years Eve service in Atlanta a few years ago. Idiots shooting guns in the air, one bullet came down right in his head.

  17. Top model fired over breast size

    Why was she ditched?

    Well, because at a 32A cup size she was reportedly a little too voluptuous for the people at Dior’s liking

    1. This is why gay men shouldn’t choose fashion models.

    2. She really did look a little bovine. ๐Ÿ™

      Here’s a nice shot from today’s morning links. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I guess it was a little cold that morning?

      2. The double is cuter.

    3. in-between modelling jobs, she cares for her three-year-old son, Riley […] (Riley’s dad is in prison).

      So, not really a lifestyle choice role model, then.

  18. What’s the libertarian take on bathroom equality? Isn’t separate bathrooms for men and women discriminatory? Why do we follow such outdated gender concepts? What about the trans/cisgendered? Isn’t it discriminatory that men can urinate while standing up? And the difference in lines. Aren’t urinals symbols of heteronormative patriarchy?

    1. That it’s up to whoever owns the bathrooms.

    2. Women don’t use urinals.

      They also spend hours gossiping with each other in bathrooms. (Or they’re doing something in there that takes longer than men.) I’d like to be able to get in and out of a restaurant bathroom in a reasonable amount of time.

    3. Um, women are perfectly capable of urinating standing up, they will just have to deal with the consequences of such an act but nothing is preventing them from doing so

      1. I have it on good authority that there’s a two fingered hook maneuver that can allow relatively efficient stand-up pissing by women. I have no way of verifying this.

          1. I was thinking more method 1 or 2. Extra equipment is for losers.

            1. it’s a good idea to touch these parts of your anatomy and see how they feel.

              1. it’s a good idea to touch these parts of your anatomy and see how they feel.

                Advice Pantsfan is always willing to take.

            2. Check your bepenised privilige.

              1. And spelling privilege

    4. If you take away the urinal, I’ll piss on any vertical surface I find.

      1. Someone should invent a pisswall, which is a wall you can piss on without the need for a urinal or any plumbing.

        1. our old football stadium had a trough running through the mens rooms.
          it was disgusting, but very efficient.

          1. I think they still had the trough at the Swamp the last time I was there.

          2. That was standard in sports stadiums built before the early 80s.

        2. The 100+ year old bathrooms in City Park in New Orleans had (or still have) pretty much this.

    5. Why do we follow such outdated gender concepts? What about the trans/cisgendered? Isn’t it discriminatory that men can urinate while standing up? And the difference in lines. Aren’t urinals symbols of heteronormative patriarchy?

      Obvious troll is obvious.

      1. I was being sarcastic.

        1. Thank RJ.

          1. However the movement I was parodying is quite real alas

            https://reason.com/blog/2012/06…..-pols-want

    6. And the difference in lines.

      That’s lavatory line scene near the beginning of the movie ‘Cars’. There are a still children being subjected this misinformation by the Disney patriarch.

    7. I am man and I have one question: Where the fuck is the couch in the men’s restroom? Huh ladies? Where’s my fucking couch???

      1. In the ladies’ room.

      2. Some bastard would just pee on it.

        1. That’s what Pepi was Dirty Harry’s partner in the first movie?

          1. I guess Pepi and Perry being on my couch caused me to screw up that post.

            Did you know that Pepi was Dirty Harry’s partner in the first movie?

  19. So is Obama a good long distance runner?

    1. He has spent all of his Senate and presidential careers running for president.

  20. A Tunisian rapper, who was jailed for insulting police, has been released.

    So much for his cred.

    1. So much for his record sales. or we sayin the same thing?

      1. I’m on the loose like a motherfucking beast
        From Algeria in the West to Libya in the East
        I’m a Tunisian MC and I’m in demand
        With the rhymes pouring out like oil from the sand
        I don’t touch pigs and they can’t touch me
        I bust out of prison ’cause I’m an OG
        If you wanna hear my concerts you’ll have to pay high rates
        ‘Cause I’ll plunder you like the old Tunisian pirates
        word

  21. Body of woman who disappeared in 1985 found behind false wall in home.

    Mr. Nichols went about his life ? a man of strange and obsessive habits, according to neighbors. He was known as a hoarder, a collector of things that held no value to anyone beyond himself.

    In the basement there was a steady accumulation of junk, piled high to the ceiling, the authorities said. The secret hidden within the wall was buried deeper and deeper by the flotsam.

    On Dec. 21, 2012, Mr. Nichols died of what the police said were natural causes. He was 82. It was 27 years to the day that he had reported his wife missing.

    No relatives claimed his body, and control of his estate fell to officials from Dutchess County. Mr. Nichols’s burial was also handled by the county.

    The Nichols home, at 720 Vassar Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie, needed a major cleaning before it could be sold. A private contractor was brought in to do the job.

    At 5 p.m. on June 28, the contractor made the gruesome discovery.

    The cause of death was straightforward: blunt-force trauma to the head, Dr. Kari Reiber, the Dutchess County medical examiner, told reporters on Monday.

    The body, placed intact in the container and hidden in the wall, behind mounds of junk, might not have given off enough of a smell to attract attention, Dr. Reiber said.

    1. Mr. Nichols went about his life ? a man of strange and obsessive habits, according to neighbors. He was known as a hoarder, a collector of things that held no value to anyone beyond himself.

      I’m a collector, I collect anything I find.

  22. Overseas Obama hate.

    http://directorblue.blogspot.c…..tests.html

    1. Smart diplomacy!

  23. Anyone have any extra games on Steam they would be willing to trade for a copy of The Political Machine 2012? I have two extra copies.

  24. Let’s see what the English major with honors has brought us today, shall we?

    Anti-choicers, then, are more like anti-vaccination activists: Weirdos strange purity issues that are hostile to modern medicine and have taken up a “cause” that will only hurt people’s health.

    English major. With honors.

    The new strategy is to portray themselves as a consumer protection movement, and women who have abortions as naive young things tricked by slick marketing or something. Of course, they’re working off a distorted model, which is what right wingers think consumer protection movements are?irrational people with ulterior motives?instead of what they actually are in most cases, which is evidence-based groups who have strong reason to believe the regulations they advocate for will improve public health and/or the environment.

    “It’s different when we do it!”

    1. Detroit could save money by getting rid of CPS entirely.

    2. Taking the whole “Joe Kennedy and the SEC” model too far…

    3. If they hadn’t, the EEOC would have sued them.

  25. Despite winning poll, scientists ignore Star Trek fans and decline to name newly discovered moons of Pluto Vulcan.

    After the discovery of Pluto’s fourth and fifth moons, in 2011 and 2012, the International Astronomical Union asked the public to vote on what to name the erstwhile planet’s satellites, which at the time were known as P4 and P5. The winning candidate: Vulcan, sparked by a tweet from none other than William Shatner, who proposed the name. It received more than 170,00 votes.

    But the IAU opted to go with the second and third choices, each of which received less than 100,000 votes, and the official names of P4 and P5 are now Kerberos and Styx, respectively.

    [arches eyebrow]

    1. Maybe they want to save Vulcan for when they find the first terra compatible planet.

    2. Kerberos and Styx are much more in keeping with the classical Greek theme and with the name Pluto itself. Save Vulcan for a real planet, not the tiny moon of what maybe shouldn’t even be called a planet in the first place.

      1. Mr. Episiarch, your Agonizer please.

        1. Serious, you traitorous pig, I’ll hang you up by your Vulcan ears!

          1. You belong in the circus, Epi, not a blog. Right next to the dog face boy!

            1. Don’t put Epi’s cage right next to mine!

              1. What can you expect from a simpering, devil-eared freak, whose father was a computer and whose mother was an encyclopedia?

                1. Mind your own business, Mr. Spock. I’m sick of your half-breed interference! Do you hear?

                2. You’re a traitor from a race of traitors! Rotten and disloyal to the core like the rest of your subhuman race. And you’ve got the gall to make love to that girl?

      2. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that the IAU is fully Trekked out. They probably will do everything possible to ensure the first intelligence encountered by man will have pointy ears and humanoid features.

        1. Blender should be able to handle that by then.

    3. it’s who counts the votes.

    4. Kerberos and Styx

      They named moons after a network authentication protocol and a synth-heavy class rock band?

  26. A dose of cuteness: Baby and bulldogs

  27. Popehat: Why Does Talking About Creepers And Harassment Make People So Angry?

    My theory, based on the “anti-creeper” posts I’ve seen, is that “talking about creepers and harassment” does not make (most) people angry*; rather it is that it is often accompanied by internet feminist claptrap and gross generalizations, which often (inadvertently or not) include the socially inept alongside actual harassers.

    *It does make PUAs angry sometimes. Oh well.

    1. Well, let’s be honest, Warty really is creepy.

      1. Yeah, but he kind of basks in it.

        Along with blood, semen, and feces.

        1. Warty really, really likes fluids. Especially bodily ones.

    2. Not Claude Akins

      You have Doug Mataconis Syndrome. You go after low-hanging fruit re: social issues in order to distinguish yourself as a Tolerant, Enlightened Man of Virtue. As a Libertarian fellow, you are at home neither with hard right nor left. But as a man of refined tastes and heightened intellect, you’d (understandably!) rather win the plaudits of the Upper West Side set than the approving grunts of the People of Wal-Mart.

      Your trolling in this regard attracts not only the fringe lunatics, but the slightly-less-fringe indignant contrarian element, who maybe sympathize with the D&D creeps or the PUA creeps, because, hey, they can’t (or perhaps couldn’t, in their youth) get girls, and they take some of your criticism personally.

      This line of reasoning is supported by parsing your occasional writings on the so-called “PUA community.” Implicitly, you suggest women are somehow victims of these gentlemen. You absolve women of their free-will, but the women’s rights crowd doesn’t mind it in this instance, because you’re only denying them credit for their bad decisions. Failure is an orphan, as we know.

      All of this is simply empty kabuki designed to elicit the right reactions from the Right People. No serious intellectual discussion is going to come from “Is it OK for BO-reeking D&D nerds to tell strange women about their rape fantasies?” As a piece of signaling, though, it lets the world know that you are a Thoughtful and Sensitive Man.

    3. Yeah you pretty much got it, even posts that start out targeting actual bad behavior pretty quickly stray into all men are evil women hating asshats territory

    4. It also usually brings out a fair bit of female entitlement.

  28. Porn company offers Paula Deen six figures to become spokesperson.

    A website called PureMature.com fired off a letter this week … offering Paula a place in their company … in light of her N-word controversy, which has lost her MILLIONS in sponsorships.

    In the letter, PM starts by explaining to Paula she’s a MILF — a hot mom over the age of 65 who men would like to (you know). It continues with the job offer adding, “Full figured or thin, arthritic or diabetic — you embody our perfect spokesperson.”

    They just want to butter her up.

    1. Wouldn’t Paula be more of a GMILF?

      1. wouldn’t some one have to like to fuck her, for either title?

        1. Wylie, Wylie, Wylie?

          How can you come here to this bastion of depravity and yet believe there isn’t SOMEONE out there who wants to fuck Paula Deen, that there isn’t someone who has fantasized about using a stick of butter in ways -and places- the USDA never intended, with her?

          1. I had more hope for humanity, I guess.

            I’m not all that bright or perceptive.

            1. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Just realize that rule 34 exists and carry it to its logical conclusion.

              Hell, there’s probably people who want to hate-fuck Paula.

              And you’re bright and/or perceptive enough to post here and not be a troll so you have that going for you.

              1. Don’t beat yourself up off over it

                1. Don’t beat yourself off over it

                  Fuck off, slaver! Don’t tell wylie what butyraceous fantasies he can and can’t enjoy.

                  1. I learned a new word today

            2. Remember, if it exists, somewhere on the internet there is porn of it.

              I guarantee you that somewhere in the dark recesses of the net there are photoshopped images of her “having sex” or engaging in otherwise inappropriate activity.

              1. “Stuffing the turkey”

        2. I’m on record here as believing that she and her sons…

          1. Churn the butter?

        3. Rule 34, dude..

      2. Yes, but the term is GILF.

        1. I believe both are acceptable. I think I first heard it on Metalocalpyse as GMILF so that’s what I go by.

          1. Taking acronym authority from someone who can barely speak English doesn’t sound productive.

  29. Linking your own articles to Reason 24/7? rReally?
    https://reason.com/24-7/2013/07…..d-nsa-reve

    Next thing we need is a Reason 24/7 post that links to a Reason post that links to another Reason 24/7 post.

    1. It’s recursiveness all the way down.

    2. Poser

      1. I missed your post. Sorry!

  30. Gabby Giffords launches another gun control campaign.

    I know there will always be some in Congress who remain in the grip of special interests. Even in 1776, there was a small minority who refused to sign the Declaration of Independence. But the will of the majority prevailed on that day, and the opportunity for a more perfect union was born.

    That’s why I am traveling to seven states ? Nevada, Alaska, North Dakota, Ohio, New Hampshire, Maine and North Carolina ? in seven days this week on the Rights and Responsibilities Tour to celebrate the patriotic connection between our rights and our responsibilities. The tour is all about making sure that those elected leaders who voted against background checks hear loud and clear from their own constituents what I know is true: There don’t have to be winners and losers when it comes to preventing gun violence and protecting the Second Amendment. We can strengthen our laws and protect our rights.

    Our Founding Fathers grappled with serious questions and bequeathed to us a powerful responsibility: to guard the rights conferred on Americans and to live responsibly alongside one another. It will be a patriotic victory when the Senate demonstrates the American values of practicality and responsibility by voting again on background checks ? and passing them this time.

    Yeah, she’s totally arguing in good faith.

    1. Is a “patriotic victory” anything like a flawless victory?

    2. Well, she’s got to do something obnoxious now that she’s fallen out of being a politician.

      1. Really? I figured her husband was bored since he retired from NASA, so he’s gonna play with his meatpuppet some more.

    3. So, at this point all I want to know is – has she sold her Glock yet? I know she had one in the past so if she has gotten an open mind on this subject (yeah, I said it) is she pushing for everybody to disarm or just for us proles to disarm?

  31. 21 Jokes Only Nerds Will Understand (TW: BuzzFeed)

    I don’t get 14 or 20.

    Also, bonus worthless butthurt:

    Well, there really should be a narrower specification here ? given that what they took this from was about “intellectual” jokes, and “intellectual” and “nerd” are not necessarily synonymous. This appeals to SCIENCE nerds in particular. Not all nerds can guest-star on “The Big Bang Theory.” Nerds are as varied in nature as any other catch-all grouping. This post is like creating a list of “athlete” jokes and only including football and basketball. (Well, what about tennis, soccer, track, baseball, gymnastics, etc etc??)

    Not every nerd gets a kick out of math and science. Personally, I only got most of these on the level of some dim, distant recollection of a high school science class…

    There are gaming nerds, there are language nerds (Grammar Nazi, anyone?), there are art nerds. But where were the Dungeons and Dragons jokes? The horrible language puns? (That have nothing to do with math/science, that is.) What about art history jokes? And there was a sad, sad lack of fantasy/sci-fi references ? seriously? Not one single Trekkie gag in the bunch! No hobbits, wizards, or star commanders ? not even any aliens. No Ren Fair hilarity.

    On behalf of non-science nerds everywhere?I am disappointed, Buzzfeed.

    1. This person, in addition to being a whiny bitch, is conflating nerds with geeks.

      1. Where are you from, Joe? That distinction is exactly the one that I and everyone in my school used. Geeks are just nerds who aren’t particularly good at math and science.

        1. Houston. I’ve always been a proponent of the geek/nerd/dork distinction:

          Geeks are obsessed with their stuff, whether it’s comic books, quantum physics, or My Little Pony.

          Nerds are science/math whizzes.

          Dorks have no social skills.

          It’s possible to any combination of the three. I’d say I’m still the first two, but stopped being a dork after bartending for a decade.

          1. Q: How the hell did the My Little Pony obsession start in the first place? I see no connection to the bizarre obsessed sub-cultures permeating the internet and what would have been considered nerdy in the past (reading lots of books and being good at math/science).

            1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B…..and_spread

              tl;dr: 4chan, duh

            2. The Brony thing definitely falls into the geek, not nerd, category. Like Joe and I have said, nerd requires intelligence and math/science skills. Doll collectors are geeks.

          2. Yeah, we had the same distinctions, though we also had another category called “brains” who were nerds who were also good athletes with good social skills.

          3. Apparently someone understands the myriad distinctions.

    2. Dear Butthurt,

      Get over yourself.

      Sincerely,

      The Rest of the Internet.

      1. Having now looked at the (typically horrible) nerd joke, I’m baffled at the butthurt. Fully half of the jokes have nothing to do with science/math, and involve history, language, or some other non-technical subject.

        1. I’ve just read the first 4 items and I counted two linguistics jokes, including one Latin-based one.

          What a fucking moron.

        2. I would invoke Idiot Nerd Girl, but that’s sexist.

    3. I like #12.

      9 to go, more comments to come.

    4. #20

      The chemist will say “un-ionized.”

      1. #2 reminded me of

        Nigel was a chemist, Nigel is no more
        what Nigel thought was H20 was H2S04

    5. 14 is about a metric unit of measurement. 20 is “unionized” vs “un-ionized”.

      1. OK, I should have gotten both of those.

    6. #14 is a units joke.

      Okay, I dont get #20 either.

      My favorite of the genre (not listed): Rene Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender says “Rene, would you like a beer?” Descartes says, “I think not” and promptly disappears.

      Also, assume a spherical horse.

      1. My intro phil prof couldn’t stop laughing when he told that. You’d think it’d get old, but I guess not.

        1. Ive found it amusing for over 25 years now, so nope, doesnt get old.

      2. That Descartes one isn’t half bad.

      3. A neutrino walks into a bar. bartender says “we don;t serve neutrinos here” Neutrino says, “That’s OK, I’m just passing through.”

      4. A hydrogen ion tells his friend “I think I lost my electron.” His friend says “Are you sure?” and the Hydrogen ion replies “I’m positive!”

    7. Re #14: a pascal is the unit of pressure equivalent to one newton per square meter.

    8. 17,

      1. Interesting,

    9. 14. N/m^2 is a unit of pressure. A Pascal.
      21 Is just bad.

    10. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of red, they lay down for the night and went to sleep.

      Some hours later Holmes woke up, nudged his faithful friend and said, “Watson, I want you to look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson said, “I see millions and millions of stars.” Sherlock said, “And what does that tell you?”

      After a minute or so of pondering Watson said, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Metereologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day today. What does it tell you?”

      Holmes was silent for about 30 seconds and said, “Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!”

      1. e^x and a constant are walking down the street. They come to a corner and the constant peaks around it and backs away. “I cant go around there, there is a differential coming, I will be anhilated!” e^x scoffs and says “Differentials dont bother me at all, I will remain unchanged”, and boldly walks around the corner and runs into d/dy.

        1. The constant also cant spell.

          1. A kink arrives at the lair of the evil jump discontinuity, which has trapped his love interest in a pit of angry crocodiles. As the kink goes to confront the discontinuity, the discontinuity stops him and says, “We’re not so differentiable, you and I.”

            1. Why did the dead baby cross the road?

              It was stapled to the chicken.

    11. Also, I will kill anybody who brings up the 3 types of people binary joke.

      1. you mean the there are 10 types of people joke?

        1. yeah, mistyped

    12. 14 is too eurocentric (SI units of measure). Mercans almost caved into this back in the ’70s.

    13. Thane-

      14)Pascal

      20)Think “un-ionized” vs “union-ized”.

  32. Police response in regards to the disgusting dog shooting incident posted yesterday:

    Lt Swain, however, alleges that the officers were also looking out for Rosby.
    ‘I know it’s the dog’s master, and more than likely not going to attack him, (but) we’ve got a guy handcuffed that’s kind of defenseless. We have a duty to defend him too,’ Swain said.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..z2XvOPiUWQ

    1. Sure, that dog could have wanted to attack its loving master for years, just waiting for its chance, waiting for the cuffs to be applied so it could kill him.

  33. A Winnipeg dad said a pushy driver who allegedly bit a police officer following the fireworks show at The Forks ruined his family’s Canada Day.
    According to police, as thousands of people were leaving The Forks at 11:30 p.m., a woman driving a Pontiac Sunfire collided with a young child and though the child was not injured, the father got angry, at which time the woman drove her car into him multiple times trying to push him out of the way.
    Police said officers asked the woman to turn off the ignition for safety, which she again refused to do, and when an officer reached in to turn the ignition off, the woman bit the officer, causing an injury. The woman was then taken out of the car and arrested.

    1. I hope they charge her with Conduct Unbecoming a Canadian.

      1. What’s the punishment for that? Deportation to the US?

  34. Some folks believe that drinking alcohol is a sin. Others drink and say fuck that shit.

    Some folks believe that gay sex is a sin. Others have gay sex and say fuck that shit.

    Progressives say that anti-gay-sex people are bigots and yet they don’t say anti-alcohol folks are as well.

    Odd that.

    1. Is having sex with a Progressive a sin? What if you’re really drunk?

    2. Drinking alcohol is a choice though.

    3. Some folks believe that drinking alcohol is a sin.

      Alcohol acts as a disinfectant, not as well as chlorine, but it works. Some folks would not be where they are without grog.

  35. Why does Snowden want asylum? Isn’t it obvious that he is CIA double agent? It is news that the ZOG is spying on us? Why would you believe the MSM lies of the Jew York Times? It’s obvious that he is a half-Jew member of the Rockefeller ZOG ruling elite.

    Also who is worse? Obama, Hitler or Jefferson Davis? The latter two are dead so are no threat to me but Obama is a threat to me. They also opposed Amoronikkkan imperialism.

    1. Fuck off.

    1. Looks like they realized the law would not be so great in an election year…

  36. Sounds like some crazy smack to me dude.

    http://www.World-Privacy.com

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