Baltimore Cops Make Their Case to Prosecutor, Surveillance Restrictions Pass House Committee, Lois Lerner's Emails Retrieved: P.M. Links

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    Baltimore police handed a prosecutor the results of their own investigation into the death of Freddie Gray while he was in their custody. I think we're all in for a nickel ride.

  • The USA Freedom Act, a somewhat watered-down effort to rein-in domestic surveillance conducted under the Patriot Act, passed the House Judiciary Committee on its way to an uncertain fate.
  • Lois Lerner's long-sought emails are not so lost after all. The Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration recovered thousands of them. Maybe the IRS should have contracted with Hillary for storage.
  • And speaking of the presidential wannabe… Past and potential Clinton donors are getting cold feet about opening their checkbooks because of very public revelations of financial shenanigans.
  • In other tax news, the IRS won't tell people in whose names fraudulent returns were filed exactly what info the scam artists stole. It's concerned about privacy, you see…
  • In Pakistan, ten militants were convicted and imprisoned for the attempted assassination of teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for advocating that girls should be taught how to read and other dangerous stuff.

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  1. Maybe the IRS should have contracted with Hillary for storage.

    She’s too quick to delete.

    1. Hello.

      My work is done here. So you better entertain me well.

        1. ‘Tips on Turnips’?

          No thanks.

            1. Is that your book?

              Fine.

              Sigh.

              /pulls out Amazon credit card.

              1. You asked to be entertained, people seem to find it entertaining….

                1. Done.

        1. Where’s the part where they fuck?

        2. The headline for that when it happened was hilarious.

          “Black llama in police custody, white llama still at large”

        3. I laughed.

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  2. The USA Freedom Act, a somewhat watered-down effort to rein-in domestic surveillance conducted under the Patriot Act, passed the House Judiciary Committee on its way to an uncertain fate.

    Lots of best friends Al Qaeda has!

    1. Who let Yoda post on here? Are we letting anybody join now?

  3. Past and potential Clinton donors are getting cold feet about opening their checkbooks because of very public revelations of financial shenanigans.

    Pay to play isn’t as much fun as it used to be.

    1. It’s fine to be a stooge but nobody wants everyone to know they’re being a stooge.

    2. Take money from anyone and everyone. Only give it back when you get caught.

      Clinton 101.

      1. Only give it back when you get caught.

        That depends on what the meaning of “caught” is.

      2. I thought the quote Sean Davis was playing up, the director of the Clinton Global Initiative saying it was a commercial and not a charitable endeavor, was really striking. One would think that such a quote could put the tax status of the CGI in real trouble. With a less partisan IRS at least. Or maybe a quote like that is not actionable.

      3. So let’s see who else tried to get acquire yellowcake from Niger. Well, the Chinese government for one:

        North of the border, however, a single operation has emerged as the main link between China and Niger’s stocks of another critical energy source ? uranium. Trendfield is registered in the British Virgin Islands and based in Hong Kong but the hub of its business to date has been Niger, where it maintains an office on a quiet, sandy road.
        The consultancy was instrumental in helping state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation secure in 2006 the permit for what is to be its biggest uranium mine in Africa ? a deal sealed with a $300m signature bonus. It is run by Guy Duport, a Frenchman with an education from Liverpool and a mining background. The company has ties to Chinese and Canadian businessmen.

        So where are these businessmen now? Well they are now running West African Iron Ore. And who is West African Iron Ore’s major investor? Well, none other than Frank Giustra.

        Ah yes, the people one keeps company with…

  4. In Pakistan, ten militants were convicted and imprisoned for the attempted assassination of teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for advocating that girls should be taught how to read and other dangerous stuff.

    Meanwhile, the LeT plotter of the 2008 Mumbai attacks was let out.

    Islamic nut caress along with an Islamic nut punch.

    1. nut caress

      That’s not allowed in Islam.

      1. Do you have a fatwa to prove that?

      2. The rams seem to like it.

    1. Your buddy is my new hero.

      1. You must be a nice guy too.

        If I saw my name on a banner like that, everyone involved would pay dearly.

    2. libel? slander?

    3. AWESOME. Made my evening.

    4. https://www.unionfacts.com/lu/28894/CJA/1506/

      ^ Here’s the address of the carpenter’s union who is doing this.

      Now, if I were a rich, vindictive man, I might consider hiring some illegal aliens to stand outside their building with signs decrying the fact that the Carpenter’s Union pays unfair wages to the people they pay to hold their signs.

      1. Kickstarter? I’ll kick in a few bucks.

    5. Don’t you love his solution? Not only classy, but smart.

      Of course, as he noted, he could have retained a big legal gun from within our ranks, like R C Dean, John, or BIG BO CARA!

      1. Or he could’ve hired a violent goon from among our ranks to enforce his will with an iron fist. I.e. dunphy!

        1. ^ I love to but have other commitments at the moment.

    6. Take out ads publicly naming the head of the local saying that they’re using non-union laborers.

    7. Holy shit. He started a company in California? He must have the patience of a saint.

      1. We have ample reserves of patience, since we don’t have to wait for mounds of snow to melt to go outside.

    8. That’s incredible.

      1. That’s incredible.

        Who are you, John Davidson?

  5. Baltimore police handed a prosecutor the results of their own investigation into the death of Freddie Gray while he was in their custody.

    Toxicology report didn’t show it, but they’re sure he was high on PCP.

    1. No way, dude, it was flakka.

    2. Every cop is entitled to his own toxicology report.

    1. Did they freeze their assets and make pariahs of them? Because if not, Germany still better than the USA.

  6. The USA Freedom Act, a somewhat watered-down effort to rein-in domestic surveillance conducted under the Patriot Act, passed the House Judiciary Committee…

    They can pass our lives, but they can never pass… OUR FREEDOM ACT!

  7. In other tax news, the IRS won’t tell people in whose names fraudulent returns were filed exactly what info the scam artists stole. It’s concerned about privacy, you see…

    So criminals and the government know all about us?

    I’m starting to see things better now.

    1. “Those items “could be used for the building of a bomb,” Schreiber added, saying the couple also had several “conservative religious texts” in their apartment.”

      I think the term you’re looking for is “radical,” not “conservative.”

      1. ^THIS.

        I noticed it too. But according to the fair-and-balanced leftist media, conservative Hindu = conservative Christian = conservative Muslim = conservative Teabagger.

        Conservative = Radical OMG!

      2. No, what they meant was, there was Burke, and Chesterton, and Thatcher’s memoirs…

        Clearly these were Euro-teabaggers, about to shoot up some helpless minorities and/or gays.

    2. So criminals and the government know all about us?

      Please stop repeating yourself.

      1. Damn you!

    3. “criminals and the government”

      But you repeat yourself.

  8. I have a question for the car enthusiasts here. My 6 year old son (and car maniac) and I just happened on a page for Underground Racing where apparently you can add another 500+ horsepower to your supercar and get it well above Veyron hp, principally by adding twin turbochargers. Can this really be done? If so why don’t Lamborghini, Audi etc. do it in the first place? They say the cars are still street legal.

    Incidentally it is not necessarily the best idea to show a 6 year old boy drag race videos just before bedtime. But I find myself doing it a lot anyway.

    1. Link? I’m trying to picture what you’re describing. And then Mad Scientist can tell you it’s not possible.

      1. One example: http://undergroundracing.com/l…..lardo.html

        1. I have some friends who do R&D for Audi, which also owns Bugatti. They tell me when the Veyron is dialed up to 1000 ponies, it will shred a set of brand new tires in under 100 miles. But you don’t need to worry about that too much since you’ll run out of gas in about 25….

    2. You can add all kinds of power by cramming more air down the throat of the engine. HOWEVER….you’ll have to start running very expensive fuel to avoid detonation, (or you’ll have to turn the boost down so low that you won’t be adding anywhere near 500 horses). The engine will run much hotter. MUCH hotter, and you’ll be out of cooling capacity if you’re using it for anything longer than a sprint down the highway’s entrance ramp. The crank bearings in the block were not build for those kinds of loads, and neither was the block itself. You can expect severe reliability problems with most engines if you boost the hell out of it. Your stock fuel injection system will not be able to pump enough fuel to make that horsepower without replacing all injectors and, very likely, the fuel pumps as well with higher capacity units that cost quite a bit more. Your transmission wasn’t built to handle that much torque. Neither was your driveshaft. Neither was your differential….

      You see where this is going. Every other part of the car has to be upgraded to be more robust to handle the power, making the car both more expensive and heavier. Most sports cars value handling more than outright straight line speed, so a mere 600 horses in a Ferrari is plenty if the car is also nimble.

      1. So the moral of the story is, the experts at Ferrari know what they are doing. I did notice that the Underground Racing specs say the last 500hp or so is only available using racing fuel. Still, good for father son fantasies. Thanks.

      2. HOWEVER….you’ll have to start running very expensive fuel to avoid detonation,

        I had to stop laughing before I could read the rest of your comment.

        1. His question was specifically about making absurd horsepower. Not just turning up the boost by half a pound.

    3. You can…but unless I see a dyno sheet I wouldn’t take their word for it. For another thing, forced induction can push a lot of air into something, but it doesn’t mean it can withstand it for very long.

      My brother has built short and long block LSXs that are now pulling 1k+ HP, but they have to have the bottom end upgraded completely (H-beam forged rods, Eagle cranks, etc) – and I don’t know how many passes they’ve lasted.

    4. Putting that much turbo on an engine greatly decreases it’s lifespan. Audi incidentally does put turbos on many of their engines.

      Also, you need to do a lot of other things to make that engine behave if using it on the street: new fuel and system management, intercooler, water injection, modified cams and/or heads.

      People do this with some drag racing applications, but being street legal isn’t the same as being streetable.

    1. The fuck? Are the cops taking a page from Hilary Clinton playbook now, where there will be so many revelations that people just lose interest?

    2. And regardless of whether this directly contradicts a filed written report NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED.

  9. In Pakistan, ten militants were convicted and imprisoned for the attempted assassination of teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for advocating that girls should be taught how to read and other dangerous stuff.

    But those militants don’t like the cops or army either…

    1. Thus, the enemy of my enemy…..

  10. “…teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for advocating that girls should be taught how to read and other dangerous stuff.”

    You give a girl in an oppressive cave-dwelling theocracy an inch…

    1. …and they go to Virginia schools with sex offender frat boys?

      1. Gang-raped in the streets of Karachi on one hand. Gang-raped on a shattered glass coffee table on the other.

        CHOOSE.

        1. How about a Cave Dweller called Haven? Last name Moynihan?

        2. Literally Gang-raped in the streets of Karachi on one hand. Notionally Gang-raped on a shattered glass coffee table on the other.

      2. Next thing you know she’s lugging a mattress around for the rest of her life

    2. I think their uncles were trying to give them a little more than an inch.

  11. Al Sharpscum gets in physical confrontation with Fox News Reporter Leland Vittert for trying to ask Stephanie Rawlings-Blake a question.

    Frankly, Sharpscum looks like he’s in no condition to be picking a fight with anyone these days. Actually… I take that back: go ahead and get in more fights “Reverend”.

    1. He looks like Mr. Mackey.

  12. I’m too lazy to look this up.

    If I, as a driver, have passengers who don’t wear seatbelts, I’m criminally liable for it.
    Is there some sort of exemption for prisoner transport?

    1. I’m too lazy to look it up for you.

      1. Rufus won’t enact that labor. Why don’t you Google it?

          1. /narrows gaze.

            Stretches harder.

    2. There is no exception for people in the back of squad cars.

      Cops will intentionally handcuff people, put them in the back, and drive rough to bounce those people around.

      And they’re not held liable for it.

  13. Lois Lerner’s long-sought emails are not so lost after all. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration recovered thousands of them. Maybe the IRS should have contracted with Hillary for storage.

    Be interesting to know the chain of custody here. I wonder what the chances are of someone at the IRS purging any incriminating e-mails, handing over the rest, and everyone, all together, goes: FAKE SCANDAL.

  14. Will China Ban Katy Perry?

    …Perry grabbed a Taiwanese flag from a fan in the audience and wore it draped around her shoulders like a cape… And she did so while wearing a dress decked out with sunflowers ? which happen to be the symbol of anti-mainland student protests that led to the occupation of Taiwan’s legislature for 24 days in March 2014. …the reference to the Sunflower Movement may not have been intentional; the sunflower dress was incorporated into Perry’s tour outfits as early as April 20…

    But mainland fans are worried that Perry may be banned from returning to mainland China. She’s quite popular there; mainland fans have even given her a Chinese nickname, “Fruit Sister,” due to her penchant for flamboyant, fruit-themed costumes.

    Cloudy With a Chance of Censorship: China Bans Unofficial Weather Reports

    The regulation… covers any weather predictions involving “clouds, wind direction, wind speed, air temperature, humidity levels” as well as visibility and more. Those who distribute false or manipulated weather information and “create a negative impact on society” with such reports are liable to be fined as much as 50,000 yuan (around $8,000).

    1. I had something else in mind when I first read “fruit sister”…

      1. Something from the melon family?

        1. Carnegie Melons?

    2. Maybe Thomas Friedman was right about China after all…

  15. apparently you can add another 500+ horsepower to your supercar and get it well above Veyron hp, principally by adding twin turbochargers. Can this really be done?

    Anything can be done. The question is, “WHY?” .
    I’d rather have a Lotus Super Seven (or a Caterham with a strong two liter four cylinder) than a Lamborghini.

    1. “Anything can be done. ”

      Cool.

      Turn a Saturn 5 stage one booster over on it’s side, attach some wheels to it and light it up.

      1. In other words, Thunderbird One.

        1. +1 FAB

          also, all hail Gerry Anderson

    2. I read that Lotus recently got a new chief. He said he is going to stop Lotus from trying to compete with Porsche and go back to making simple light cars with great handling. Sounds positive.

      1. That’s great. That last guy was kind of a tool – I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had announced a Lotus SUV.

    1. She looks disturbingly like my wife.

      Except ESB’s eyebrows are waaay bigger.

      1. I can’t tell if that was a humblebrag.

  16. Dutch comedian interrogated by Muslim women over offensive jokes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryYETmi9lNA

    1. I’ve seen that and that guy is amazing.

      By the way, did you notice that the T.V. show is called ‘Bimbos and Burqas’ and appears to be a show where slutty dutch women get in arguments with orthodox Muslim men and Muslim women get in arguments with secular Dutchmen? This is the craziest T.V. show idea I’ve seen outside of East Asia.

      1. Holy crap, that’s awesome! UK version would be amazingly trashy, and I’d watch the shit out of French version (sound off, but French bimbos – oh-la-la)!

      2. The dutch invented reality TV

        they’ve always been one-toke over the line vs the rest of europe. pun intended.

    2. “offensive”

  17. Spot the Not: Steven Segal movies

    1. Sheep Impact

    2. Cyborg Nemesis

    3. Today You Die

    4. Driven to Kill

    5. Infinite Vengeance

    6. Clementine

      1. #1 is a beer commercial?

        But does star Seagal.

        3 or 5 is my guess.

    1. 1. Segal isn’t in porn nor is he Scottish.

    2. 1.

    3. 1.

    4. So many people picked 1 and were wrong. Behold the glory of Sheep Impact:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANEY7zF2RFU

      5 is the Not. It is a result of the action movie title generator.

      http://phrasegenerator.com/actionmovies

      The political soundbite generator is entertaining as well.

  18. Spot the Not: Christian books

    1. The Christian Art of War

    2. The Action Bible

    3. Healing Oils of the Bible

    4. Duck Commander Devotions for Kids

    5. Bad Girls of the Bible

    6. The Insanity of God

    1. 6. I know damned good and well modern Baptist housewives have coffeeklatches where biblical bad girls are discussed, so there’s probably a book. And there were Donutman and Veggie Tales videos, so four is likely.

      Yeah. 6.

    2. Nope. #1 is the Not.

      Honorable mention: Faithgirlz! Bible

      Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz! sparkle.

      “If it pleases and sparkles with the girls…”

      As for 6,

      The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, “Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? It sure didn’t work in Somalia.

  19. Someday we will pick up an old Jag (I’m in UK) with electrical problems

    Talk about your needle in a haystack…

    1. Lucas once manufactured a vacuum cleaner. It was the only thing they ever made that didn’t suck.

      1. Q: Why do the English drink warm beer?

        A: ‘Cos Lucas makes the refrigerators.

        /sign at the parts shop where I used to take my Triumph TR7 convertible.

        1. You know why British bikes are so fast? Because they have to get home before dark.

    2. Talk about a needle in a haystack sewing shop

  20. Duke, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Carnegie-Mellon,

    Spot the Not: anti-capitalism books

    1. Capitalism Sucks!

    2. Capitalism Must Die!

    3. The Enemy of Nature

    4. Why Not Socialism?

    5. Why Marx Was Right

    6. Down With Capitalism!

    1. None of the above

    2. Duke, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Carnegie-Mellon,

      I accidentally copied another list of famous colleges named after evil capitalists

    3. #6 is the Not.

      Stephanie McMillan has produced a 244 page book of texts and cartoons titled Capitalism Must Die! What It is, Why It Sucks, and How to Crush It which makes the complex and indecipherable easy to understand.

      Get a signed copy for only $15!

    1. My first thought was “has anyone ruled out pushing against the Earth’s magnetic field as a source of the effect?”

    2. You don’t need to interact with matter to alter momentum.

      The momentum of a photon of light is Plancks constant divided by the wavelength of that bit of light.

      Or simply put

      p = h/lambda

      It’s not a lot, but it’s measurable.

      1. Their issue is that the microwaves don’t exit the drive, so they’d be hitting the far end and counteracting the initial thrust, so it’s not a photon drive.

        1. They’re burning energy, no?

          The energy is going somewhere….

          My guess is that’s where the momentum change is also being realized. OF course, brighter minds than I more current in physics than I are stumped, so clearly the answer isn’t immediately obvious.

          1. I know, but sometimes you have to ask the stupid questions before going on to the smart ones. Because you can be too clever by half.

            I just want to know if they’ve managed to rule it out, as it’s something it could be interacting with.

      2. Good stuff for retard level STEM folks like myself – but what about practical applications in the near term? Yes, this breakthrough may mean savings on satellite and space station logistics / maintenance, but, what else?

        1. An engine that requires only an electrical power source and no heavy chemical propellants is a HUGE game changer. It would at the very least open the entire solar system to manned exploration.

    3. Cool cool cool stuff.

    4. Notice they also reference attempts at manipulating spacetime a la an Alcubierre Drive

      Btw, been lurking here for 17/18 years (with about five posts) and Agile Cyborg is by far the most entertaining poster I’ve seen. Makes me want to start doing DMT.

    5. And here I am, turning shafts for the cars of yesteryear.

      Jeebus I wish I was somewhere on the leading edge….of something.

  21. In Wrath Of Obama, The US President Teams Up With Putin To Destroy Lenin’s Zombie Army

    The trailer is pretty good.

    In related news…

    Microsoft brings Android, iOS apps to Windows 10

    With Project Islandwood, iOS developers will be able to take their iOS apps and build them for Windows. Microsoft has developed an Objective C toolchain and middleware layer that provide the operating system APIs that iOS apps expect. A select group of third parties have been using the Islandwood tools already, with King’s Candy Crush Saga for Windows Phone being one of the first apps built this way.

    For Android, there is Project Astoria… Windows Mobile… will include an Android runtime layer that’ll let them run existing Android apps (both Java and C++) unmodified. Unlike Islandwood, which will require developers themselves to recompile their software to bring it to Windows, Astoria will in principle work with any old APK, without requiring the developer to do anything but publish the app in the store?as long as the APK sticks to the APIs that Astoria will provide.

    As an aside, the Ars piece contains several minor errors and they are mediocre in general. Oh well.

    1. Somehow I know this was a Carl post without seeing the byline. Pretty cool stuff.

  22. More Agile Cyborg Facts:

    -Lisa Frank’s art career when Agile Cyborg accidentally brushed her hand

    -Picasso’s paintings are actually photographs of Agile Cyborg

    -Physicists in other dimensions have posited the existence of Agile Cyborg

    -Imaginary numbers were invented after someone gave Agile Cyborg a calculator

    -Agile Cyborg has consumed more drugs than all the people who attended Woodstock; both the original and the anniversary

    -Robin Williams was a successful drug abuse counselor until he met Agile Cyborg

    -Aliens have programs dedicated to finding proof of Agile Cyborg

    -Crop circles are actually caused by Agile Cyborg’s attempts to mow his lawn

    1. That last one? Fabulous.

      1. I wrote the first batch after witnessing his fugue state last night:

        Agile Cyborg Facts

        -When The Dark Side of the Moon goes on an acid trip, it watches the Wizard of Oz on mute
        and listens to Agile Cyborg.

        -Acid has flashbacks to Agile Cyborg

        -The ending to 2001: A Space Odyssey was based on a conversation with Agile Cyborg

        -MC Escher was a regular architect until he became friends with Agile Cyborg

        -HP Lovecraft wrote greeting cards until he met Agile Cyborg

        -Agile Cyborg once met Cheech & Chong- they immediately became DEA agents

        -The entire works of James Joyce are based on watching Agile Cyborg compete in a spelling
        bee

      2. I enjoyed the last one the most as well.

  23. http://listverse.com/2012/12/2…..ism-sucks/

    TEN REASONS WHY CAPITALISM SUCKS!

    “In a controlled economy, the government decides which commodities will be produced, by whom, and where they will go. The unplanned free market capitalist economy, however, relies on individuals buying products ? and for this to happen, the consumer has to want them. For this reason, corporations spend billions on extensive advertising campaigns, trying every trick in the book (and more) to convince you and I that we need their product.I like using my cell phone to send texts and receive calls, but I realized today that I need a camera and internet access because it will vastly improve my life! And this very morning my wife was content, but after seeing dozens of airbrushed size 0 women on billboards just on the way to the corner shop, she apparently has to buy an outrageously priced beauty product.The truth is that, by its very nature, capitalism breeds discontent. If we were happy ? the system would fail!”

    AHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    1. Shorter version: Put me in charge and I’ll make it a perfect world where everything would suck equally.

      1. Seem reasonable! But you mean, “where nothing would ever suck,” of course. I say we give it a try – what can go wrong?

    2. The first few sentences are actually true. He is just too much of an idiot to realize that the first sentence breeds human suffering on an epic scale, while the second produces spontaneous order and economic growth. he thinks he is making the opposite case.

      1. Also, he and his wife are apparently so incompetent that they are powerless when presented with advertising.

        “Help! I’m too stupid to resist TV commercials!! Eliminate capitalism, it’s my only hope!”

        1. Decision fatigue!!!!!

        2. It’s worse than that. The whole argument is so childishly sort-sighted, it’s laughable.

          I like using my cell phone to send texts and receive calls, but I realized today that I need a camera and internet access because it will vastly improve my life!

          Well, the evil capitalists invented the cell phone, too, so doesn’t it follow that he only likes its text and call functions because of their nefarious marketing sorcery? Everyone would have just been happy and satisfied with land lines if capitalism hadn’t stepped into “breed discontent”. Wait, but people only adopted landline phones because capitalists tricked them into thinking they needed one–otherwise they would have been happy sending everything by mail! And so on, and so on.

    3. Here’s What Police Just Did To This Woman After Her ‘Terroristic’ Threat Against ‘All White Cops’

      According to news outlets in Atlanta, including WSB-TV, authorities have arrested a Georgia woman who posted on Facebook a call for “death to all white cops nationwide.” The woman, identified as Ebony Dickens of East Point, Ga., issued her online threats under the alias Tiffany Milan.

      Why, that little dickens…

      With a perfect name like “Ebony Dickens” why on earth would she need to post under an uninspired alias like Tiffany?

      1. thread fail

      2. Oh come on, “Tiffany Milan” is like, euro-stylish! Combines the luxury and allure of expensive jewelry with high-fashion centre of Italy.

      3. Beats the Dickens out of me.

    4. Yawn. It’s just a slight rewording of the trite Marxist “capitalism instills false needs in people” argument. By this logic, history’s greatest monster was the caveman who discovered fire, because without him, people would have remained happy and content to freeze and starve to death.

      1. and they never would have become slaves to Big Oil.

  24. http://www.truthdig.com/report…..e_20150215

    Chris Hedges bitches about pornography.

    “When you fight porn you fight global capitalism,” she said. “The venture capitalists, the banks, the credit card companies are all in this feeding chain. This is why you never see anti-porn stories. The media is implicated. It is financially in bed with these companies. Porn is part of this. Porn tells us we have nothing left as human beings?boundaries, integrity, desire, creativity and authenticity. Women are reduced to three orifices and two hands. Porn is woven into the corporate destruction of intimacy and connectedness, and this includes connectedness to the earth. If we were a society where we were whole, connected human beings in real communities, then we would not be able to look at porn. We would not be able to watch another human being tortured.”

    1. Chris Hedges is the feces that results when shame eats too much stupidity.

      1. Great line. May I use it?

        1. I stole it from a Dale Gribble rant from King of the Hill.

          https://vine.co/v/OZlFeVZUbXi

    2. I think this comment was trolling = if not, it is Epic Derp. You really need to see the photo of “shiffron” as well


      Schiffon ? 2 months ago

      This is a poignant and critical assessment. We make a critical error in not guarding our hearts and minds with all due diligence. We make ourselves vulnerable when we naively ignore that the capitalist system is designed for consumption at any cost, even societal cannibalism. The society is more than morally indifferent it is depraved. This is a spiritual problem with undeniable adverse consequences.

      333 likes

      I think this is actually real. only a liberal can use so many words and say absolutely nothing.

      1. 333 likes to go and it’s perfect.

      2. Actually, Schiff is saying something:

        There are great multitudes who are plagued with nihilism who have spiritual problems of their own and who dream of the day when a Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili will come along with some undeniable adverse consequences.

      3. “We make a critical error in not guarding our hearts and minds with all due diligence.”

        Is Stuart Smalley writing mission statements now?

        1. “””We are building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude. We forge our tradition in the spirit of our ancestors. You have our gratitude.””

          1. +1 Dr. Klahn’s Godzilla attachment

      4. I count 3 “we”s and 1 “our.” Why the hell do idiots like that presume they speak for everyone around them?

        1. Argumentum ad populum? Or was that rhetorical?

    3. If we were a society where we were whole, connected human beings in real communities, then we would not be able to look at porn. We would not be able to watch another human being tortured.”

      … but of course everyone would be fucking everyone else like minks all. the. time. And watching each other do it.

    4. I actually agree with his criticism of porn from a cultural perspective, but I don’t believe criminalizing it is the way to deal with it.

      There are a wide array of issues that I find some agreement with either left or right on, but I rarely concur with their proposed solutions.

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