U.S.-China Tensions in South China Sea, Grand Jury Indicts Baltimore Cops in Death of Freddie Gray, Octopus Skin Can See: A.M. Links

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  • Dave Proch/daveproch.com

    The Pentagon is challenging the building of islands by China on the reefs of the South China Sea, a disputed area.

  • A grand jury indicted the six Baltimore police officers in whose custody Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury on most of the charges the prosecutor was seeking—but Marilyn Mosby dropped charges of "false imprisonment," based on the legality of the knife police said they found in Gray's possession. In the meantime, protests followed the shooting of two unarmed black men in Olympia, Washington accused of shoplifting beer—they survived, and the investigation into the shooting was handed over to an outside Critical Incident Team.
  • The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, settled a lawsuit filed by the mother of Jonathan Ferrell, fatally shot by a police officer in 2013 while seeking assistance after a car accident, for $2.25 million, and says the payment is not an admission of guilt.
  • The president of the Boy Scouts of America called on the organization to lift its ban on gay leaders.
  • The pipeline that ruptured along the coast of California near Santa Barbara was operating at about two-thirds capacity.
  • A three year expedition around the world by the Tara Oceans Consortium to collect genetic information from plankton uncovered thousands of new viruses living in the ocean. Researchers from the University of California in Santa Barbara, meanwhile, have confirmed some species of octopus can see with their skin.

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  1. I say we boycott Hit & Run until they have reliable evening commenting. WHO’S WITH ME?

    1. I say the boycott should be until Warty gets his h/t for the Olympia story!

    2. What is evening commenting? Is that like Reddit?

      1. It’s where Jesse goes to “groom” young men.

    3. Hello.

      “…Mass civil disobedience as a new stage of struggle can transmute the deep rage of the ghetto into a constructive and creative force. To dislocate the functioning of a city without destroying it can be more effective than a riot because it can be longer lasting, costly to the larger society but not wantonly destructive. Finally, it is a device of social action that is more difficult for the government to quell by superior force.

      The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”

      Obama.

      Kidding. Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Massey Lectures, 1967 – Conscience for Change.

      1. I can’t believe I got in to the game last night – club level seats, second row at that…and was treated to one of the more boring hockey games this year.

        I think Coach Q is concussed – breaking up a line that was actually generating chances to put in Turn Over Man (Versteeg) and The Weakest Player in the NHL (Nordstrom). The Ghost of Kimmo Timonen needs to be released from its Earthly bounds too.

        They still might be able to get their act together, but an, that was uninspiring.

        At least my buddy from Afghanistan got to be on the ice for the Anthem.

        1. That was awesome by the way. My wife always comes to listen to that and then leaves.

          Anaheim are good. Scary good. To push Chicago like that is impressive.

        2. A bit of a panic move?

  2. …and says the payment is not an admission of guilt.

    I hope at least their insurance rates go up.

    1. Oh yes…if they are not “self-insured” (ie. just tap the tax payers)

      1. just the tap

      2. Saw you mention you had tickets to last night’s game. Bummer they lost.

        1. Corey Perry and Henrik Lundqvist are on pace for the Conn Smythe at the moment.

          1. Not if Tampon Bay make the finals.

            1. True.

              Then it’s Tyler Johnson – hands down.

              1. Boy, has he been a pleasant surprise. That line is scary.

                1. They strike like lightning!

  3. 49 Former NASA Scientists Send A Letter Disputing Climate Change
    Select excerpts from the letter:

    “The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements.”
    “We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated.”
    “We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject.”

    1. Do we really need NASA? Don’t we have multiple private companies who can get into space now? Maybe NASA should get out of the way and let those companies do their things.

      1. Of course we need NASA! Name another government organization so essential to Muslim outreach!

        1. The Army?

        2. No… pigs… in… space!

    2. ‘Tony’ will be along any minute now to tell us how these are not ‘real’ experts.

        1. The future does not belong to those that slander the Prophet, or deny CAGW!

          1. CAGH PBUH?

          2. The future belongs to the meek, who will inherit it.

            That’s nice, innit? I’m glad they’re getting something because they had a hell of a time.

            1. “The meek will inherit the Earth….but not its mineral rights”

              – J. Paul Getty

              1. “The meek do inherit the earth, but they tend to inherit very small plots, about six feet by three.” (Robert A. Heinlein)

            2. Shut up, Big Nose.

            3. What? “Blessed are the cheese makers”?

              1. Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products

      1. +3 percent of NASA scientists

        1. Sure it ain’t 8%?

    3. The IRS needs to check into these guys.

    4. NASA won’t give up on CC. They’ve been milking that grant cow for years.

      1. You’d think it would be better to say there is no consensus, that it needs more research. They could at least give deniers some reason to vote for more funding.

        Heck, that’s all politicians really want, some reason to do what comes naturally to bureaucrats. And there’s NASA, taking sides and refusing to play along.

    5. Clearly there is a consensus and everyone knows that is what science is all about. It’s settled.

  4. 57) Last summer I was in Nebraska for a family reunion. Out driving with my uncle through the endless corn fields, he pointed out how depopulated the area is now, compared to a century ago when each quarter-mile lot (i.e., 40 acres) had a family, and often those families had 8-10 kids. Then he said how we romanticize those times as peaceful and low crime, but he thinks there was all kinds of shit that went down that we don’t remember. For one thing, there were lots of traveling salesmen and wandering preachers and so forth who could commit crimes and leave without a trace. Say an itinerant worker came to your area, and you hired him on for a season. Your sixteen-year-old daughter is spending a lot of time with him, and one day they both up and disappear, and the family never hears from her again. Folks then would have said they ran away together to get married. Well, probably, but a lot of the time it was something more nefarious. The parents didn’t have time to investigate?they had a farm to run, they had 8 other kids, and anyway she was 16 and practically an adult. As for law enforcement, at best you had only a sheriff and a deputy, and teen-agers leave home all the time, so unless there’s specific evidence of a crime they weren’t going to look into it. If this itinerant worker had fled to another state there was basically no chance he would be caught for any sort of crime. I think my uncle was probably right?this sort of thing must have happened all the time.

    1. Ban farms!!!

      — Progtards

      1. Well, family farms pretty much have been banned by the inheritance tax.

    2. Didn’t you post this one already?

      1. No, see, this is #57, and that’s the most recent number.

        1. Fucking positive you have posted this before. I remember it, dude…

        2. But you did post it already, just without the uncle bookends.

        3. Never question Ted.

      2. I feel like he did to.

        WHY THE FUCK DO YOU HAVE A NUMBERING SYSTEM, SERMON, IF NOT TO AVOID FUCK-UPS LIKE THIS?!?!?!?

        1. Thanks, Monty. That numbering system is obnoxious, and apparently worthless.

      3. agreed – remember this too.

      4. It’s an exact copy of #37, posted here.

        My google-fu is as strong as a Clinton tax publicist.

    3. I just saw a black cat walk by – twice, as in d?j? vu.

        1. +1 wet wall

      1. If it walks by a second time isn’t that like a double negative? SO maybe today’s the day you should play the lottery!

        1. Sorry, no, luck is additive, not multiplicative. Two negatives means even more negative.

          1. Are you positive?

            1. *stands, tips top hat, applauds*

            2. So the linguistics professor tells his class “In languages such as English, a double negative becomes a positive. In languages like Russian, a double negative remains negative. But in no language does a double positive become a negative.”

              A student in the back of the room mutters “Yeah. Right.”

              1. Made a signature block with that joke already. Love it!

            3. nice work!

      2. Yeah, deja vu really freaks me out.

    4. For me, corn fields will forever be associated with Malakai. Just like sewers will always be with clowns.

      1. My first car was named Christine.

      2. And televisions are associated with Carol Anne, and beds with Regan.

    5. Oh I believe it. You were more likely to have horrible things happen to you back then, but like today, it was often because of your own dumb decisions. People were just a lot more likely to be lame you for your own idiocy back then.

      1. There are a few people at work who I would like to “be lame” for their own idiocy…

    6. Something is going on here, but I’d rather eat breakfast than solve a mystery.

    7. Plus it was much easier for a person to change their identity, with less ability of law enforcement to track them. Some states still didn’t have picture ID until the 70s. States didn’t share information about people except in certain extreme situations, etc. etc.

    8. My father and mother and all my extended family are from western Nebraska. My dad said that every winter you could count on some guy to go nuts with cabin fever and blow his whole family away with a shotgun.

  5. Former UN Lead Author: Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate
    Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author.

    Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century.

    What Lloyd found was that the standard deviation of the temperature over the last 8,000 years was about 0.98 degrees Celsius? higher than the 0.85 degrees climate scientists say the world has warmed over the last century….

    1. The science is settled!

      BURN THE HERETIC!

    2. He’s from South Africa…what else would the racist say!

      /Climate Justice Now

      1. White South African climate denier represents an evil trifecta of capitalism, colonialism, and apartheid.

        Look, he even made the Climate Denier List!

        1. Nice. And it’s going to be pretty embarrassing as more and more credentialed atmospheric scientists (etc) get added to it. I wonder when they’ll stop calling attention to that.

          1. You’re wrong. Hobby-horse leftists love nothing better than axing one of their own as a denier/apologist/stooge for the Kochs/wrecker/Kulak/Trotskyist/etc. Putting together a list of heretics was only ever about wielding the truncheon, anyway. What good is it if you don’t get to bust open someone’s head on occasion?

    3. You know. If this actually blows up, I might have the opportunity to convert someone. My family has been moving further and further left because they trust that any policy based in “science” should be enacted (notice the quotes). If the tides actually change, I might be able to convince them that tearing up the economy with mass regulations on a shoddy studies say so could possibly not be the best idea.

      1. any policy based in “science” should be enacted

        They would have made great communists

        1. Oh trust me I know. They used to be socons. Full on let my husband take care of me and follow the rules of the church. Then that bit ’em in the ass, when it turns out letting someone rule your life can have bad consequences. I’m not sure if they’ve substituted in the state for the old group of caretakers or if they are just trying to get as far away from their old ideology as possible.

  6. Krugbe!!!

    BUSTED: Paul Krugman removed 20 years of data from a chart to show a correlation that wasn’t really there
    …The period in the early 1960’s was removed, and so was the period from 2000 on. In other words, out of a 55-year time period, Dr. Krugman decided to remove 20 years’ worth of data. For those keeping track, that’s removing almost 40% of an entire data set just because the data didn’t fit the narrative. And when you add those years back you get a result that shows a very weak correlation…

    1. Oh shut up, JL. Liberals would never do something intellectually dishonest to push their own agendas!

      1. I think the reasoning is more like… something that pushes the liberal agenda could never be intellectually dishonest

        1. “Reality has a liberal bias, and when we don’t see it in our data we know to correct it.”

    2. Krugabe? Bending data to make his own point? YOU LIE!

    3. A square peg WILL fit into a round hole as long as you remove the square parts.

    4. The conscience of a liberal.

      Apparently.

    5. I predict crickets from the NYT commenters

      1. NYT commenters are boring. Nothing worse than educated (and in some cases well-read, articulate) people with horrible comments.

    6. That’s amazing. It’s incredible because both the 60’s period and the early 2000 period show a massive divergence that completely contradicts Krugman’s argument. So all he really has is a 30 year period where the funds rate and the housing starts linked up. So since he only has one connected 30 year time frame where this was the case, how does he know that that particular 30 year time frame wasn’t a random outlier and that the 60’s and 2000s situation isn’t the actual natural order of things?

      This is one reason economics kind of sucks. We actually have a very small amount of data because we’ve only been reliably collecting this kind of information for like 70 years. An outlier period can therefore heavily skew the information because of how relatively small our dataset is.

      1. They don’t call it “the Dismal Science” for naught.

      2. We actually have a very small amount of data because we’ve only been reliably collecting this kind of information for like 70 years.

        It’s not just the lack of time series, but also the fact that they are trying to model a complex system.

        Two very important characteristics of Complex systems are Leverage Points and Non-Linearity. High-Leverage points are variables in the system where changing the value can vastly change the behavior of the system- Krugman is insisting that the Fed is one of these high leverage points, changing the behavior of housing starts. What these people always miss is that there are probably hundreds of other leverage points in the system that could have additive or confounding effects. It is simply nonsense to insist that housing starts is so dependent on one other variable.

        Non-Linearity suggests that even when you have found a good leverage point, you won’t necessarily get a linear change in the system as you linearly scale the variable. The “Law of Diminishing Returns” is a perfect example of non-linearity. The expanded chart implies that in a narrow band of values,(-5.0) – (-10.0), the Fed Funds Rate may affect housing starts, but once it goes sufficiently outside those bands, it doesn’t have the same response.

    7. Here’s a paragraph from Krugabe’s column today expressing his displeasure with the Obama Admin’s handling of TPP. The last sentence is a doozy considering the source:

      But other reasonable, well-intentioned people have serious questions about what’s going on. And I would have expected a good-faith effort to answer those questions. Unfortunately, that’s not at all what has been happening. Instead, the selling of the 12-nation Pacific Rim pact has the feel of a snow job. Officials have evaded the main concerns about the content of a potential deal; they’ve belittled and dismissed the critics; and they’ve made blithe assurances that turn out not to be true.”

  7. …some species of octopus can see with their skin.

    Way to ramp up the weirdness, octopi.

    1. Iron Law: Never Google the phrase “vagina selfie”.

      So Japanese octopi are like this?

      ‘Sex selfie stick’ lets you FaceTime from the inside of your vagina

      We may have found Warty’s new fictional nemisis: an intelligent raping Japanese octopus.

      1. Goddam it. Why didn’t I think of that?

        1. Ditto. That is brilliant, Johnny!

      2. Over/under on days till the first ER visit for one of things stuck in someone’s bunghole?

        1. Yesterday?

        2. This is why any picture of PB would be dark and fuzzy.

      3. Paging Sugar Free…

        1. I am eagerly anticipating “Warty Hugeman and the Nipponese Rapetopi”

      4. Never Google the phrase “vagina selfie”.

        There was never any danger of that, believe me.

    2. Octopi are awesome! I’d love to get one for my fish tank but I know it would escape, smoke my weed, drink my booze, bang my girlfriend, and eat my dog, all between the time I leave for work and get home.

      1. They climb out of their tanks in aquariums and go hunting for sharks. They will climb through ventilation ducts to hunt sunfish. Octopi are horror movie monsters.

        1. And since they have no bones they can squeeze themselves through tiny holes far smaller than they themselves are.

      1. Human Octopede III

    3. That would make picking your nose a lot easier.

      1. I can pick my nose, scratch my ass, deal a hand of cards and open a beer at the same time!

        /Octoman

        1. I can’t pick my nose, scratch my ass, deal a hand of cards or open a beer at the same time, but I can pop out eight kids at once

          /Octomom

          1. Dammitall ifh, I had forgotten about her, gah!!!

          2. what do you think the eight kids are for?

            1. Corn farming and getting kidnapped.

      2. Also, manscaping around the…um…never mind.

        1. Yeah, deja vu really freaks me out.

          1. Hey Notorious – I saw what you just did again.

          2. Hey Notorious – I saw what you just did again.

            1. KNOCK IT OFF YOU TWO!

              *shakes off dizziness*

    4. …some species of octopus can see with their skin.

      Meh… SF has been doing this with his face tentacles for years.

  8. 7 ideas completely lost on people who are ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal’

    How many liberals and progressives have heard this? It’s ridiculously common. Hell, even David Koch of the Koch Brothers has said, “I’m a conservative on economic matters and I’m a social liberal.”

    And it’s wrong. W-R-O-N-G Wrong.

    You can’t separate fiscal issues from social issues. They’re deeply intertwined. They affect each other. Economic issues often are social issues. And conservative fiscal policies do enormous social harm. That’s true even for the mildest, most generous version of “fiscal conservatism” ? low taxes, small government, reduced regulation, a free market. These policies perpetuate human rights abuses. They make life harder for people who already have hard lives. Even if the people supporting these policies don’t intend this, the policies are racist, sexist, classist (obviously), ableist, homophobic, transphobic, and otherwise socially retrograde. In many ways, they do more harm than so-called “social policies” that are supposedly separate from economic ones. Here are seven reasons that “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” is nonsense.

    Trigger Warning: Salon/Alternet

    1. So, not giving other people your money is a human rights abuse. I’ll have to remember that.

      1. Soros is abusing me by not cutting me a large check. Personally. As are all rich celebs.

      2. FIFY – don’t forget “progressive” taxation.

        So, not giving voting for the government to give other people your someone else’s money is a human rights abuse. I’ll have to remember that.

      3. Not giving is taking, and not taking is giving.

      4. Yes, JATNAS, according to proggies it is. Because, remember, you did’t earn that, you didn’t build that, and you’re living on land stolen from Native Americans and much of this country’s infrastructure was created using slave labor. /standard prog talking points.

      5. Indeed, you can’t separate fiscal issues from social issues. Look at Salon’s examples:

        1: Poverty, and the cycle of poverty. Broken families make poverty worse. You can have poor, intact families, as in the depression where families were more cohesive than today, so broken families aren’t the *sole* cause, but by the same token this indicates that poverty isn’t the *cause* of broken families.

        2: Domestic violence, workplace harassment, and other abuse. – If you’re interested in avoiding domestic violence, it’s better to have a husband/spouse than a live-in lover – the latter are more likely to be abusers.

        3: Disenfranchisement. Telling voters that they cannot decide policy matters, which will instead be decided by federal courts and regulatory agencies, *is* disenfranchisement.

        4: Racist policing. Race-baiting (a cultural issue) distracts attention from the abuses of police culture – not that there’s never police racism, it’s just a broader issue.

        5: Drug policy and prison policy. – Yeah, privatization is the only prison policy which gives people an incentive to perpetuate the prison system.

        6: Deregulation. With a regulatory state, it’s easier for the govt to break up traditional, time-tested institutions (like the family).

        7: “Free” trade. – A culture of work, flexibility and deferred gratification is the best way to deal with unstoppable globalization.

    2. Even if the people supporting these policies don’t intend this, the policies are racist, sexist, classist (obviously), ableist, homophobic, transphobic, and otherwise socially retrograde.

      That’s some mighty fine prog-jection you found.

      1. Yeah. There’s nothing more hateful than not giving special treatment to certain groups of people. I mean, treating them like they’re equals? That can only be explained by hatred. Tolerant people understand that certain people are inferior and in need of special policies to even the playing field. Anything else is bigotry.

      2. I read that in Major Payne’s voice.

        1. That is how I read everything here.

    3. These policies perpetuate human rights abuses.

      Not giving is abusing

    4. I hate the phrase too. I am fiscally libertarian and socially libertarian.

      1. Tomorrow, I am teaching someone how to make beer from all-grain. The blind leading the blind. 😉

        1. Holy smokes, I’m doing the same thing later today! Except in my case I’m both people…

        2. What system are you using? I’ve been trying to get an all electric HRMS based system up and running for years, but keep getting stuck on welding shit to stainless steel pots. In the mean time we have an igloo mash tun that is fine for doing 5 gallon batches but nearly impossible to hit temp targets with anything larger.

      2. But not sexually Warty-tarian.

        1. Also known as ‘prolapsed’.

    5. Intersectionality in action!

    6. The war on drugs is a fiscally conservative position? Or a socially liberal one? How about “racist policing”?

    7. 7 ideas completely lost on people who are ‘fiscally liberal and socially liberal’

      How many liberals and progressives have heard this? It’s ridiculously common.

      And it’s wrong. W-R-O-N-G Wrong.

      You can’t separate fiscal issues from social issues. They’re deeply intertwined. They affect each other. Economic issues often are social issues. And liberal fiscal policies do enormous social harm. That’s true even for the mildest, most generous version of “fiscal liberalism” ? high taxes, large government, regulatory capture, a distorted market. These policies perpetuate human rights abuses. They make life harder for people who already have hard lives. Even if the people supporting these policies don’t intend this, the policies are racist, sexist, classist (obviously), ableist, homophobic, transphobic, and otherwise socially retrograde. In many ways, they do more harm than so-called “social policies” that are supposedly separate from economic ones. Here are seven reasons that “fiscally liberal, socially liberal” is nonsense.

      FIFY

    8. ” These progressive policies perpetuate human rights abuses. They make life harder for people who already have hard lives. Even if the people supporting these policies don’t intend this, the policies are racist, sexist, classist (obviously), ableist, homophobic, transphobic, and otherwise socially retrograde.”

      Hey, I can “prove” my point by making a list of unsupported assertions too! This game is fun (but stupid).

    9. Well they had to attack the standpoint. They’ve been bleeding recruits to people understanding that your opinion on the gays has nothing to do with your opinion on the budget.

    10. The whole liberal/conservative divide is a canard anyway. In reality, you’re somewhere on the spectrum between authoritarian and libertarian, and distinctions within either category don’t matter so much.

      1. In reality, you’re somewhere on the spectrum between collectivist and individualist. Authoritarianism is a form of collectivism, libertarianism is a form of individualism.

        When seen thusly, it quickly becomes apparent that there is a ‘right’ and a ‘wrong’ way to look at things.

        You ARE an individual. You can be nothing else.

        Anything ‘on the spectrum’ that tends towards collectivism is wrong.

  9. The pipeline that ruptured along the coast of California near Santa Barbara was operating at about two-thirds capacity.

    If only we abolish pipelines and replace them with ships like the Exxon Valdez…

    1. Or trains.

      A few weeks ago, one of the local TV news propagandists blindly repeated the propaganda of the anti-oil people who referred to the oil tanker trains as “bomb trains”.

      1. argh! You both beat me.

        1. Yeah, deja vu really freaks me out.

          1. Didn’t I see this comment somewhere???

            /shudders

    2. Or trains! High speed oil rail.

      1. How about this – An oil Hyperloop. Only, since we’re not dealing with passengers, we can narrow the diameter a bit, and get rid of the cars. And since the speed doesn’t matter so much, we can skip the vacuum… oh, wait, that’s just a pipeline.

        1. +1 Real Men of Genius

    3. +It just needed one or two more hulls

  10. …the investigation into the shooting was handed over to an outside Critical Incident Team.

    That team has the whitewash with the primer mixed in.

  11. Researchers from the University of California in Santa Barbara, meanwhile, have confirmed some species of octopus can see with their skin.

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the sight of their skin.

  12. Swear jar for sheep, stat:

    NSW farmer Ken Turner didn’t know you could offend sheep with rude words.

    THAT was until the RSPCA came knocking on the door of his station outside Broken Hill, acting on a tip-off his shearers were swearing at his flock.

    Apparently the rude words were distressing the herd.

    “None of them actually told me they were offended,” a bemused Mr Turner told Macquarie Radio on Friday.

    1. *slap!*

      You OK? I heard you may have been carried away by spiders.

      1. *slap!*

        Thanks for the kind concern. I’m fine, but my phone line / broadband have been out for two weeks, and will probably be so for another week, hence the absence. The joys of living in an apartment, eh? So in addition to paying for primo broadband I am now paying prepaid mobile broadband just so I can check my fucking email. I blame libertarians who won’t recognise ADSL2 as a human right to be supplied by the State.

        1. Yeah, it must be tough living in that hotbed of libertarianism! Good luck!

    2. Baaastards

    3. “None of them actually told me they were offended,” a bemused Mr Turner told Macquarie Radio on Friday.

      The. Perfect. Response.

      1. NSW farmer Ken Turner

        “I just assumed if I was a Not Safe for Work farmer, I could allow swearing!”

    4. It’s not like he drew a picture of some prophet poking them from behind.

  13. Gay Parents Fight Valiantly to Protect Children From Gay Culture

    Over the weekend, the New York Times published one of the most frustrating, yell-at-the-screen articles I’ve read in a long time. The piece, cheekily headlined “Chelsea’s Risqu? Businesses,” explored an ongoing skirmish in Chelsea, a Manhattan neighborhood that used to be edgy and largely gay but that’s now mainly blanketed in the boringness of gentrification. The fact that no one actually thinks of 2015 Chelsea as particularly seedy, in a gay sense or otherwise, makes the battle?which apparently has sanctimonious gay parents trying to drive out gay porn/novelty shop owners in the name of the CHILDREN?all the more exasperating. But, as I explored in my recent long-form piece on the history and future of gay culture, the phenomenon of gay people attacking traditionally gay spaces and practices in the name of respectability is, sadly, nothing new. Indeed, it’s been the main mechanism by which much of the mainstream advocate class has tried to cajole “equality” from straight people in the wake of the first AIDS crisis.

    1. No one stays on the plantation anymore.

    2. Hell’s Kitchen is the new Chelsea. Spanish Harlem is next.

      1. My brother lived in Spanish Harlem while he went to Columbia in the 1970’s. His appartment was robbed about every six months.

      2. Except unlike those other two, Spanish Harlem is full of projects. Thank god I’m past the age where I give a shit cuz no way would I live there.

    3. Why are gay people supposed to be defined by their sexuality?

      1. It wouldn’t be news if it was “parents trying to drive out porn/novelty shop in the name of the CHILDREN”

        1. Stuff like that is local news all the time…

      2. I know. I could never imagine a straight person saying “I AM SO PISSED THAT THOSE STRAIGHT PARENTS DON’T LIKE HAVING A SEX SHOP NEXT DOOR! Do they not even care about straight sex culture?”

        I think we will never have true equality until people who allegedly ‘support’ gay people stop seeing gay people as 90% penis and acknowledge that they actually, you know, have lives outside of leather bars. These gay people have children and in their role as parents they’re behaving exactly like straight parents would. That’s what equality looks like.

        Of course, the sex shops have just as much of a right to be there, so in that regard the parents can go fuck themselves. It’s just understandable that they wouldn’t like the sex shops.

        1. I could never imagine a straight person saying “I AM SO PISSED THAT THOSE STRAIGHT PARENTS DON’T LIKE HAVING A SEX SHOP NEXT DOOR! Do they not even care about straight sex culture?”

          Not sure if serious? Because straight parents definitely piss me off with shit like this. I mean, no one makes them keep their kids out of my face.

          1. Nicole, let’s just say that I don’t like parents whining about this stuff either, but that neither of us represent normal Americans.

            1. No, but we are common enough that stuff like that is local news all the time. Every sexytimes business ever has had annoying parents try to shut it down, and it gets reported on a lot.

          2. Stop pressing your face against their bedroom windows, “Ms. Candy”.

        2. I think we will never have true equality until people who allegedly ‘support’ gay people stop seeing gay people as 90% penis and acknowledge that they actually, you know, have lives outside of leather bars.

          Gay males are 1-2% of the population- and are still 40% of all new HIV infections 30 fucking years after we learned the parameters.

          If you are less able to control yourself than the average heroin junkie, you might just be retarded- or 90% penis…

    4. a Manhattan neighborhood that used to be edgy and largely gay but that’s now mainly blanketed in the boringness of gentrification

      I’m so confused

      1. Chelsea was kind of a rundown section of town. Teh gayz started to move in and make it their own. Better restaurants and shops followed. This attracted monied, straight NYers – boom! – gentrified.

        The cycle repeats itself. If I had the cash I’d buy a building in Spanish Harlem.

        1. So gays have excluded themselves from their definition of gentrifiers?

          1. No, but when the first gays arrived, it wasn’t gentrified. I mean, early gentrifiers don’t actually live in gentrified places. They live in shitholes.

            1. Gentrifying Urban Commandos – I saw them in action in Humboldt Park over the course of the late 1990s-mid 2000s. Young couple, no gun, but a big dog….fix up a house, sell it, move on. Next wave stays and where there was Latin King graffiti, there is now a doggie day spa.

    5. That can’t be true, LH. Why, I am regularly assured on here that the only reason gay people have or adopt kids is to create the next generation of gay people.

      1. Thank you Tonio, I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to post this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCws7hkH02s

        It’s about a “non-traditional” couple who are seeking help regarding how to explain to their child where he came from.

        The video is in Portuguese but it has subtitles. I hope you enjoy it.

    6. A gay porn/novelty shop is a “traditionally gay space”?

      1. C’mon, don’t you define your lifestyle by strip clubs and sports bars?

  14. The Pentagon is challenging the building of islands by China on the reefs of the South China Sea, a disputed area.

    The Pentagon?

      1. Just wait until Obama reads about this in the paper!

  15. Does Rubio have a spending problem?

    Marco Rubio made $174,000 as a U.S. senator last year. He earned $52,000 from book royalties and a university teaching position, and at least $5,000 more from rental property.

    And yet, the 43-year-old Florida Republican also made what is typically viewed as a desperate financial maneuver ? cashing out nearly $70,000 in retirement funds.

    As Rubio runs for president, newly disclosed personal finance details have drawn fresh attention to a long-running problem during his political career: his struggles with money.

    wut?

    1. Maybe they could helpfully explain how the Clintons became megamillionaires to help Rubio out.

      1. They were on welfare after they left the White House.

  16. The Pentagon is challenging the building of islands by China on the reefs of the South China Sea, a disputed area.

    The Pentagon fancies themselves some kind of Karma Initiative.

  17. Christians dis-invited from debate because people’s feelings might get hurt

    The letter continued with a list of grievances, starting with the assertion that some ideas are “harmful, and at a liberal educational institution, injurious ideas are rightfully criticized and not given an unquestioned platform to be presented. A different mechanism of presentation is required if ideas are deemed potentially harmful.”

    Debates should only have 1 side presented, right? That’s the only way we’ll get thought conformity intellectual discourse.

    1. list of grievances

      Is it Festivus already?!?

    2. If it was a debate, wouldn’t that already mean it’s not an “unquestioned” platform?

    3. I find it amazing that there’s this bizarre alliance between the left and Islam, which is a much more radically anti-gay religion than Christianity, but apparently the leftists can’t handle a random Christian even talking on campus.

      Kudos to Michael Shermer, who’s very anti-religious, for defending this guy.

      1. More on this: It’s not an actual alliance, which implies a relationship of equals. The left hates all things white, western and Christian. Therefore the enemy of their enemy is their friends. Islam is also, in the left’s view, a brown peoples’ religion so by supporting that they are supporting oppressed brown people against colonialism and its legacy.

        1. Which is also funny because Islam is among the most colonialist forces in world history. It started in Medina and spread to Mecca through military conquest and then proceeded to spread by conquering the whole Middle East, North Africa, Spain, invading France, conquering India, invading and conquering portions of Central Asia, besieging Vienna, conquering parts of Eastern Europe, etc.

          Islam’s imperial holdings were eventually eclipsed by those of Europe because Islamic powers fell behind European powers in the 1700s. Europe therefore was a successful colonialist center of power more recently than the Islamic world, but Islam had a 1000 year head start.

          1. A few election cycles ago I had an urge to have a t-shirt printed that read “Martel/Sobieski” in a star-spangled red, white and blue. I ultimately decided that it wasn’t worth it since it would most likely fly over the heads of the majority of people it intended to offend.

          2. But it is okay if Islam conquers white people because of racism or something.

        2. But southern europe threw up the Muslum colonial yoke after hundreds of years of occupation. The brief time spent in the mideast/north africa in the last century is an eyeblink.

        3. White colonialism is evil, because slavery, I guess. Oh, and white privilege.

          Brown colonialism is okay. They’ll probably get over it one day, maybe.

          That’s why Israel is evil. They’re white, for the most part. All of those Islamic countries engaged in the same thing and killing each other in the streets is more pure or something.

      2. You know. I don’t think the alliance is as strong as reporters tend to portray. Sure your coastal elite are raging hypocrites, but I think a lot of the rank and file despise muslims (in an actually bigoted way) and just keep their mouths shut for the sake of the party.

        1. It’s not an alliance. The Western Left fawns over Muslims. The Muslims do not reciprocate. IOW, the Left are dupes.

    4. It looks like they held the debate, but a certain student group objected after the fact and demanded the administration apologize. I don’t even see evidence that the administration *did* apologize.

  18. good hourly rates:

    Man goes to court with stuffed owl as his lawyer

    Aspen, Colorado, man Charles Abbott was in court accused of violating a protection order involving his former roommate, Michael Stranahan. Abbott was alleged to have entered Mr Stranahan’s room while he was out of town and retrieved some belongings.

    Taking his seat in court on Tuesday, Abbott sat a fuzzy horned owl on the defence table with him, telling the court its name was Solomon and it would be representing him in court, the Aspen Times reports.

    1. Isn’t that technically an ex-owl?

      1. He’s pining for the fjords!

    2. Wouldn’t an owl only lawyer at night court?

      1. +1 Markie Post

    3. Judge Whitey: Counselor, what evidence do you offer for this new plea of insanity?
      Hyper-Chicken: Well, for one, they done hired me to represent them.
      Judge Whitey: Insanity plea is accepted.

    4. The owls are not what they seem.

      1. +1 cherry pie

        1. And a good cup of coffee.

    5. Good owly rates.

      No?

      /self narrow gazes.

    6. Who would hire and owl?

      Really, I don’t give a hoot.

    7. Abbott and Owlstello Meet the Judge?

      1. Who’s on first?

        Who?

        Who?

        Who?

        1. Now I’m really narrowing gaze.

  19. It goes like a rocket! Cash-strapped Libyans fighting ISIS forced to balance missiles on a hatchback and mount salvaged naval guns on trucks

    Images reveal how Libyan army is using scraps to fashion deadly weapons
    Naval machine gun, which fires 700 rounds a minute, is mounted on a truck
    It is running out of ‘scraps’ to create weapons to fight ISIS and Libya Dawn
    Opposition forces fixed deadly ground-to-air missiles on backs of trucks
    Civil war started after former leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in 2012

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..rucks.html

  20. FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers

    http://www.washingtontimes.com…..dnt-crack/

    1. “The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” the inspector general concluded

      Having cherry-picked the interviews to make the Bureau look bad.

    2. I’m stunned. Stunned.

      (that they’d admit it)

      1. Me too…unless this is some sort of “see, we need moar powerz” ploy.

        1. That was my thought.

    3. FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers…yet!

      Fixed for authoritarian consumption

    4. They obviously need more funding.

  21. The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, settled a lawsuit filed by the mother of Jonathan Ferrell, fatally shot by a police officer in 2013 while seeking assistance after a car accident, for $2.25 million, and says the payment is not an admission of guilt.

    They’re paying not because they are guilty, but because they are kind, charitable people who just like to give away [other people’s] money that they robbed at gunpoint got.

  22. 25 of the cleverest submissions in B.C. Ferries’ naming contest

    The ferry naming contest began Tuesday afternoon when B.C. Ferries announced the award of $500 to whoever could come up with the best names for three Intermediate Class ferries which will be added to the company fleet. But the ensuing results were expectantly not what B.C. Ferries had in mind.

    Taking the opportunity to deliver criticism to the company, customers sunk the contest under a tidal wave of hilarious and unlikely names, poking fun at fare increases, corporate greed and the B.C. government. While many of the names give an entertaining read, they won’t be considered in the contest due to somewhat strict naming criteria.

    1. “The Floating Crapsickle”

      “Queen of the Damned”

      I really hope these PR nimrods never figure out that social media stunts like this are destined to backfire.

    2. “Spirit of The WalletSucker”

      “The Queen of Transit Monopoly”

      “Spirit of Government Ineptitude”

      “Coastal Why Do You Need A Friggin’ Gift Shop You’re A Ferry”

      Good to see our Canadaianian friends have a sense of humor.

      1. I liked: 12.Queen of I should of been a bridge

  23. Cartwheeling Spider, Corpse-Hoarding Wasp Among Bizarre New Species

    Some 18,000 species were newly named and identified last year ? a tiny fraction of the estimated 10 million or so species yet to be discovered on Earth. (Scientists have identified and described about 2 million species thus far.) To draw attention to the planet’s unexplored biodiversity, scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) picked just 10 of the 18,000 species to highlight.

    Among them is the creepy “bone house wasp,” Deuteragenia ossarium. Females of this species create nursery chambers for their eggs in hollow plant stems, stocking each chamber with a dead spider so the young have sustenance upon hatching. Then, in a truly bizarre twist, the wasp moms build a final antechamber to their nests, filling it with ant corpses. Researchers suspect the dead ants give off scents that keep predators away from the vulnerable wasp hatchlings.

    1. You know who else was a corpse-hoarding WASP ….

      1. Miss Emily Grierson?

      2. Matt Welch?

      3. The Stepford Wives?

      4. Herbert West?

  24. Why Greece’s Syriza party is not sticking to the script on an IMF deal

    Privately, those within the ruling far-left party Syriza who were once confident of reaching a compromise with lenders, are now alarmed. Euro exit plans drawn up by the far left of the party are being studied seriously by those previously dismissive of them; articles contemplating a debt default have begun to appear in the party’s daily paper Avgi.

    In the script according to the eurozone, the expected ending is: Syriza splits; finance minister Varoufakis makes good his pledge not to sign a surrender and resigns. A government of the centre-left forms, with Alexis Tsipras now allied to the centrist Potami party and with tacit support from a liberal wing of the New Democracy party. Debt relief happens, but on the terms dictated by the lenders, and Syriza survives to complete its mutation into a centre-left social democratic party.

    However, there are some who are not sticking to that script.

  25. Ice addict ‘gouged out eyes and ate them’

    If only he had used bath salts instead, he’d have eaten someone else’s

    1. At least they didn’t go to waste.

      1. Well, the next day they did.

        1. Swiss, help me out here

    2. EPIDEMIC! EVERYBODY PANIC!

    3. If that said “Vanilla” at the beginning, I would understand.

      1. Alright stop!

        1. Collaborate and Listen!

  26. The Pentagon is challenging the building of islands by China on the reefs of the South China Sea, a disputed area.

    Wow. Just wow. Has any other country done this in history?

    China just took a territorial pissing/dump like some animals.

    1. The US has done lot’s of that in the past, when it was more acceptable, China is just catching up.

      1. China figures Obama is weak, so they can get away with it; Obama wants to prove he is not weak. No way this can end badly.

        1. China figures Obama is weak, so they can get away with it

          Agree.

          Obama wants to prove he is not weak

          Trouble is, he is weak, and he knows it. He won’t do squat. Frankly, fine by me. Japan and Korea are plenty rich enough to start pulling their weight in that part of the world.

          1. Yes, Restoras, yes they are. But, the constitution we basically forced on Japan after WW2 prohibits their military from being anything other than a defense force. I have no trouble with changing that, and fortunately the WW2 generation is effectively gone. However, Korea and the Phillipines (etc) would shit themselves if we even brought that up.

            1. The Philippines might handle it OK…but you are right on about the Koreans. They would flip.

  27. New Luxury Rental Projects Add to Rent Squeeze

    Of 370,000 multifamily rental units completed from 2012 to 2014 in 54 U.S. metropolitan areas, 82% were in the luxury category, according to CoStar Group Inc., a real-estate research firm. The firm defines luxury buildings as those that command rents in the top 20% of the market. In some places, including Denver, Tampa, Baltimore and Phoenix, virtually all new apartment construction has been targeted to high-end renters. In Atlanta, about 95% of new apartments have been in the luxury category.

    “I don’t believe there ever has been a time where we have produced so much luxury rental housing,” said Susan Wachter, professor of real estate at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. While these new buildings are priced for the affluent, many middle-class and young workers are straining to rent the units, in part because they have few others choices.

    1. I thought there was something of a housing pipeline. That is, a new apartment building starts out as luxury housing, and in 15 years the styles of carpeting, fixtures, etc., is out of date and the price comes down to be upper middle class housing. After 30 years it’s for the middle class, and by 50 years the working class moves in. Doesn’t this just mean there’s a ton of middle class housing coming down the pike in a couple decades?

      1. It still helps the middle class now, as at least it takes some of the competition for more affordable apartments from richer folks out of the market.

      2. In NYC the rents rise toward infinity no matter how old the building gets. That is why there is no middle class left.

    2. I wonder if this is the product of high regulatory hurdles?

      In the War Between the States, Confederate blockade runners loaded their holds with expensive luxury goods because the risks and costs associated with breaking through the Union blockade made carrying less valuable cargo unprofitable.

      I wonder if a similar phenomenon is at work here?

      1. Good analogy. The Regulatory Blockade.

        1. Something sabout cocaine and a cigarette boat?

      2. interesting idea – and one of the reasons (ha!) that I keep coming back to H&R

  28. Bernie Sanders is Hillary’s leftward advance man

    The Vermont socialist running in the Democratic presidential race is currently at 7.4 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, versus Clinton’s 64.2 percent. Clinton is in fact moving leftward on issues like immigration, gay marriage, inequality and more, but it’s not because she’s feeling the heat from a little-known competitor.

    Still, Sanders is staking out a role as the forward scout of the Democratic Left, going public with wish list plans to make the federal government even more massive, even more expensive, and even more intrusive. In the absence of Elizabeth Warren, who many of the most progressive Democrats would have preferred, Sanders is broadening the conversation in what is sometimes called the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.

  29. Islamic State fighters overrun Iraqi govt lines east of Ramadi

    “The situation is very critical now after Daesh (IS) fighters managed to overrun our defensive line in Husaiba,” Police major Khalid al-Fahdawi said.

    “We have retreated to the eastern part of the area and we’re waiting for more reinforcements and air force strikes to stop the Daesh advance.”

    Ramadi fell to the insurgents on Sunday in the most significant setback for Iraqi security forces in nearly a year.

    The IS advance has exposed the shortcomings of Iraq’s army and the limitations of U.S. air strikes.

    1. Got some Iraqi army rifles to sell…never been fired, only dropped once.

      1. I think they have been dropped once before … Baghdad bought them from France.

    2. But they only had a decade of training and the backing of the most powerful airforce in history. How were they suppose to win?

      1. The minute we left, the officer corps was reduced to a Chicago style patronage force. The only IA division that mostly resisted was the mainly Kurdish one…

        The funds for maintenance, training and such were piggishly looted (instead of being lightly skimmed) and the things we taught them, forgotten.

        I saw the 14th DIV in action in 2008. They were functional, and got the job done, beating up the JAM and the Iranians that had slipped in. Now, I am not sure they could do…anything.

        I am getting sad even thinking about this.

        1. *hands Swiss beat up tin cup of whisky, hums big rock candy mountain*

          1. *sips whisky, gratefully. Tosses log on the jungle fire*

        2. Thanks for the insight, Switzy. We have well and truly fucked ourselves as a nation.

          1. We gave the Iraqis a chance….I think that was somewhat worth it. They decided to fuck it up on their own…Time to let them live with that decision.

        3. “got the job done, beating up the JAM”

          They kicked out the JAM?

          1. I don’t know the Jaish al Mahdi’s stance on house music.

          2. And apparently answered this question in the process.

  30. Rate hikes expose shaky foundation of Obamacare

    Though supporters of President Obama’s healthcare program tout its success in providing insurance to millions of Americans, recent rate filings from large insurers have revealed that the law is built on a shaky foundation.

    In recent weeks, large insurers selling coverage through Obamacare have proposed massive rate increases for 2016 ? even exceeding 40 percent ? because they haven’t been able to sign up enough young and healthy customers.

    This is an ominous sign for the future of Obamacare, because two federal programs that were supposed to act as training wheels for insurers in the early years of Obamacare by absorbing excess risk are set to expire after 2016. If insurers don’t do a better job of attracting a healthier risk pool, 2017 promises to be a rocky year for insurance markets, regardless of which party is in control of the White House.

    1. Now, now…my rates only went up a bit…oh, wait, my out of pocket/deductible doubled oops.

  31. White people, take responsibility for your Waco thugs: Black Americans are tired of being the country’s conscience

    Which makes this kind of piece?this one, right here, the one I’m writing?useless, to some degree. Or maybe “useless” is too heavy of a word. “Ineffective,” perhaps? There is this echo chamber, or cipher, in which the unprivileged?me?is supposed to speak to the privileged, the veritable masters of the universe, and point out the flaws, the unfairness and indignities, separating the two groups. It has become the job of the victim to expose racism, then lead a conversation on it and really, one has to wonder?to what end? More than 100 white men?including the few men of color, displayed prominently on a couple of news websites?brandished weapons, shot at each other in a public restaurant, left nine of each other dead, and ? what should be said?

    How do I make you give up your privilege to see the disgusting inequity in news coverage, how biker thugs become “gangs,” then “clubs,” despite being listed as organized crime organizations? Why should I, or anyone like me, lead this discussion?

    1. You get the idea that they were on their knees every night praying that something like this would happen.

      1. Yes, but I still don’t understand the proggie fury over the media not calling a gang shootout a riot.

        1. Because it bothers them that black people are the only ones who get accused of rioting. No, the “Battle for Seattle” doesn’t count, because….something.

        2. I think the fury is that instead of wringing our hands about it on the news the cops just arrested them all.

          Apparently, being charged with capital crimes is not enough punishment. We need to scold them!

          1. Except for the ones the cops shot, of course. You want to really stir them up? Run the numbers on shot white “rioters” (bikers) in this incident versus shot black rioters in Ferguson or Baltimore and express that as a percentage.

    2. It’s ridiculous. Everyone knows “thugs” are Black.

      1. I thought Thugs were an Indian cult dedicated to the worship of Kali by strangling travellers.

        1. Being white is an act of thuggery.

          Hello.

      2. Stop culturally appropriating my culture, you micro-aggressing man!

        All about thugs’ Indian origins

        1. You learn the most interesting things on HNR

        2. You can have those numerals back when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

    3. Why should I, or anyone like me, lead this discussion?

      Why indeed.

    4. So they’re just going to ignore the actual pictures where a large portion of the bikers were Hispanic and several were black, aren’t they?

      Narrative uber alles.

      Also, is that Brittney Cooper? I refuse to read it, but it sounds like her.

      1. I had the same thought. Shockingly, it is not actually The Shame of Rutgers this time around.

      2. Now, now, Irish. When latinos do something bad and aggressive they are mandatorily described as white; when they are oppressed they are described as brown.

      3. There’s a couple of orientals in there too.

        (come at me bro, gotta have some way to differentiate them from russians)

        1. South East Asian Americans?

    5. This is one of those incidents where, like George Zimmerman, Hispanics are “white” because they did something bad.
      .

    6. Don’t you hate how white people are covering up this shooting, and how government authorities only rounded up a bunch of them and charged them with murder?

    7. the country’s conscience

      *barf*

  32. Anonymous “survivor” goes after Cathy Young over Columbia Mattress Girl

    This is the girl that updogged Cathy when the interview started to not go her way.

    1. Here is the story of her horrible assault:

      The incident happened my junior year at Columbia, when Paul followed me upstairs at a party, came into a room with me uninvited, closed the door behind us, and grabbed me. I politely said, “Hey, no, come on, let’s go back downstairs.” He didn’t listen. He held me close to him as I said no, and continued to pull me against him. I pushed him off and left the room quickly. I told a few friends and my boyfriend at the time how creepy and weird it was. I tried to find excuses for his behavior. I did a decent job of pushing it out of my mind.

      1. I politely said

        She’s a good girl been done bad fo sho

      2. IT’S WORSE THAN THE HOLOCAUST! *faints*

      3. Is this one of those “one in 5” rapes on college campuses I’ve been hearing about?

      4. She’ll never get over Mucho Grande.

        1. You have to get pretty low to land…

      5. Ace of Spades had a great post about that which included these immortal lines:

        “He hugged me for three seconds. It was exactly like that anal rape that Emma Sulkowicz described to me.

        This woman writes anonymously because she says she fears the pushback and mockery she might get if her name is connected to this Tale of Hug-Rape.

        Good Bet, Sister.

        Irresponsible Accusations from Drama-Seeking Children

        I saw Goodman Nungesser dancing with the Devil by the well by the north path. Then they made the beast with two backs.”

        1. “He hugged me for three seconds. It was exactly like that anal rape that Emma Sulkowicz described to me.”

          They collect and trade traumatic experiences like they’re Pokemon cards, except none of them have any clue what real trauma is.

      6. “I tried to find excuses for his behavior”

        like maybe the mysteriously unaddressed reason for going up in a room alone at a party

      7. We’re also assuming even this story is true. It’s so banal that it could be, since who would lie about something this stupid, but apparently she believes it’s some sort of grotesque and horrible crime and feminists do not exactly have a sterling reputation for honesty.

        1. What makes me think it isn’t true is that I’ve known victims of actual assault and they’re very reticent to talk about it because they don’t like reliving it and there’s also a feeling of wanting to hide. When they finally do talk about it, they usually have moved past it and so then there’s even less reason to tell people. So they maybe tell one person and then move on with their life. Whereas the typical Jezebel “victim” tells everyone who will listen and doesn’t stop talking about it for years and each time they tell it they act like the experience is just as fresh as the day after it happened. It’s just not realistic.

      8. Delicious. Not only ALL CAPS RANTING but further highlighted in all-red type.

        1. Oops, their links show up in red. But still…

    2. I still wasn’t fully prepared for what came this week: endless tittering of people around me in real life and in my social feeds saying they “weren’t sure” about Emma’s choice to carry her mattress to Columbia’s graduation; the insistence that Emma’s alleged assailant Paul Nungesser had been “proven innocent” by Columbia and exonerated by the NYPD

      Innocent? Innocent of what?!

      1. Does she know what “tittering” means? Doesn’t seem like it.

        1. She clearly didn’t attend the Columbia School of Journalism.

        2. Something like motor-boating, right?

    3. This is madness:

      But Columbia defines “Sexual Assault?Non-Consensual Sexual Contact” as “Any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object without a person’s consent.”

      When everything is sexual assault, then nothing is sexual assault.

    4. More CW-quality fantasia from emotionally broken and developmentally stunted people. They are the definition of Female Brain Gone Insane.

      I wish we could send these women to Syria so they’d have something legitimate to complain about.

      1. “I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability.”

        1. +1 Melvin Udall

      2. It’s not for nothing they call it “hysteria.”

  33. Clinton campaigning in a bubble, largely isolated from real people

    She took a private 15-minute tour of a bike shop that had closed for her visit.

    Argh, her hand gesturing and head bobbing! What an annoying mannerism!

    1. The more we see and know the more she’s just plain a horrible leader; let alone person.

      Talk about letting them eat (Duncan Hines) cake.

    2. Argh, her hand gesturing and head bobbing! What an annoying mannerism!

      Bill liked it. Oops — were you talking about Monica or Hillary?

  34. Just imagine the eulogies…

    A man and woman were found dead in Glencoe, Kentucky last Thursday after they left a parked car running so they could stay warm while they had sex

    more

    1. Murdered by global warming.

    2. At least they died doing someone they loved.

      1. Seriously, when my time comes this is how I want to go.

        1. Or phrased another way…

          when it is time to go this is how I want to come?

    3. In a Neon? The shame.

    4. It must have been pretty tame sex. I find that sex is a great way to keep warm, all by itself.

  35. Anti-Gun Democrat Shoots at Girlfriend’s Car

    One thing we’ve noticed about supporters of gun control is that they tend project their own temper/impulse control/mental health shortcomings onto others. That is, they know that they don’t have the temperament to avoid using firearms when angry, and since they can’t control themselves, they assume everyone else has the same deficiencies.

    It seems like one of those anti-gun Democrats in Detroit proved his own inability to control his temper early Sunday morning, as he blasted away with a shotgun to his girlfriend’s car over what should have been a simple domestic argument:

    Sources told Local 4 state Sen. Virgil Smith, who represents the fourth district, fired several shots into the woman’s car.

    1. One thing we’ve noticed about supporters of gun control is that they tend project their own temper/impulse control/mental health shortcomings onto others. That is, they know that they don’t have the temperament to avoid using firearms when angry, and since they can’t control themselves, they assume everyone else has the same deficiencies.

      I’ve been saying that for years. Progressives are emotional creatures without the capacity for rational thought except to rationalize their emotions. They are incapable of controlling their emotions and assume that everyone else is the same way.

  36. Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    1. I originally read that as ‘medication’ and thought it was all about the dose. Maybe the same is true of meditation

    2. Insight meditation can lead to “Beautiful Mind”-type pattern delusions in predisposed people.

  37. Two men in a gay relationship, and who had plans to marry, have discovered that they are actually brothers.

    1. Oh no! Their children are gonna come out all weird.

      1. Libertarian snark at it’s finest. Nice.

      2. I laffed too

    2. This will make a movie that first-world navel-gazing Sundance goers would love and get all teary-eyed about.

    3. The Corsican brothers? Cheech and Chong should do a part II using this as the storyline.

    4. I like the next article: “why boys don’t like condoms”. Yeah, real head scratcher.

      1. because they smell weird?

    1. Well, you could SugarFree the link…

      1. Maybe the homeless don’t WANT your muffin stumps!

    2. So the French are going to use force. Interesting.

      When I worked at a supermarket (part of a Pittsburgh-based chain), they were PROHIBITED by law from doing it. Believe me, they wanted to. The owners of the branch were massive pillars of the community and were known for their charity.

      So in the US, you’re not allowed to do what the French are forcing you to do. Weird.

  38. Breaking: Huffington Post article makes stupid claim.

    “New Grads Can’t Really Afford To Live Anywhere, Report Finds

    As experts at Trulia found, new grads can’t really afford to live anywhere among the country’s 25 largest rental markets. While the median annual income for new grads ranges from about $16,000 to about $41,000 in these cities, the income needed to afford median rent is two to three times that — assuming grads don’t want to spend more than 31 percent of their income on rent.”

    So it’s not that they can’t live anywhere, it’s that the average grad can’t afford the 25 largest rental markets. Well why can’t you live outside one of the top 25 largest rental markets, you ask? What, and commute from the suburbs like a FUCKING PEASANT.

    1. New grads who chose useful majors instead of grievance studies don’t have a problem living where they want, apparently.

      Nice Ivy League Degree. Now if You Want a Job, Go to Code School

      The 22-year-old graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and studio art that cost more than a quarter-million dollars. She sent out dozens of r?sum?s looking for a full-time job in graphic design but wound up working a contract gig for a Boston clothing store.

      1. Homework swallows her nights and weekends?a big change from Dartmouth, where after a few hours of class “you could just do whatever,” Feng says. “This is definitely like, you’re doing it all day long.”

      2. I am not responsible for your utter and complete lack of judgement

      3. Something tells me she’s still going to have trouble looking for work even after the code school.

        “I thought, they’ll see Dartmouth, and they’ll hire me,” Feng says. “That’s not really how it works, I found.”

        Most 22 year olds who have life and work experience would know that already.

    2. And besides, in those markets it’s considered normal to spend more than 31% of income on rent. 1/3 is the rule of thumb for a place like NYC.

    3. To many New Yorkers if you’re living outside of NYC you might as well just not live at all.

    4. Actually, the report says it’s probably wise to find a roommate instead, conveniently not mentioned by the Huffington Post.

      1. Which is also what every normal person in their 20s does if they want to live in one of those markets. Uh-duh…

    5. Also note that it’s median rent, which I would guess includes house as well as apartment rentals.

      31% is nothing. My first apartment ate up 60% of my gross income after the first roommate ran out and before I could get another roommate. I survived.

      1. Yeah. In Chicago, that would mean some ludicrously expensive Lake Shore Drive penthouse is driving up the median even though no recent graduate on Earth would even be looking to rent there.

        1. Not for nothing, but ‘median’ is only slightly impacted by those outliers.

    6. “New Grads Can’t Really Afford To Live Anywhere, Report Finds

      Thus the demand for $15/hr for flipping burgers.

    1. I think the complaint about 50 Shades of Oatmeal is valid. Pre-schoolers aren’t going to get it. It’s in there just so the writers can feel good about making an adult joke.

      The adult commercials being shown during kid’s shows is not really anything new. It’s just why my kids don’t get to watch television (Netflix Kids is great). That and I don’t need to be bombarded with an endless list of what they want because they just saw it on TV.

      1. You know who else snuck adult jokes into childrens’ entertainment?

        1. Moose and Squirrel?

          1. +1 Spongebob Squarepants

      2. Since my kids are at the Sesame Street age, we watch a great deal of it in our house. I have noticed a significant dumbing down of the content compared to the seasons from the late 1960s – late 1970s. There are a few episodes from recent seasons that make me positively apoplectic because they improperly pluralize Latin suffixes – teaching the children rhombuses, octopuses, forums, and hippopotamuses. I am reminded that when my grandfather graduated university, during the interwar period, he had a working knowledge (if not quite fluency) of Greek and Latin; this, to be a chartered accountant.

  39. Apparently, AgileCyborg is pitching a new show on craigslist.

    Now the key here is that I’ve determined the way to do this kind of show is kind of like you just have to build it and they will come like in Field of Dreams as in I believe that you need Lex Luthor actually in the show and Lex is Rupert Murdoch who is this really high status guy in New York City and we can’t waste time actually trying to contact Rupert Murdoch’s people to ask them if he wants to be in the show, we just have to create the show and put Rupert in the basic show’s mythology as the real Lex Luthor and that will cause him to show up in the actual show rather than the old fashioned way of asking him if he wants to be in the show because that isn’t the way we do things with this kind of thing.

    Rupert Murdoch is not a guy that you can call him up and ask him if he wants to be in a reality show, you just have to figure out that he’s the real Lex Luthor and that News Corps is LexCorps and figure out who Superman is and then just do the show as a Real Superman Reality Show and this will cause Rupert Murdoch to appear in the show as the real Lex Luthor, like I believe Rupert will actually show up and be a main figure in the show but we can’t worry about getting his confirmation in a real way before the show is already being made.

    1. Now it’s important for my personal assistant to understand who I am that I am able to figure this stuff out and do this: I actually developed the ability to figure out who the real characters are in real life after I made the discovery that I myself am a real version of a fictional character and that’s that I am actually the real Harry Potter. I basically one day just figured out that Harry Potter was a fictional version of me and that Hogwart’s was a fictional version of my old boarding school Phillips Exeter Academy when I realized all the signs were there: like I have an actual lightning scar on my forehead that’s the same as Harry Potter’s lightning scar in the book which I got under mysterious circumstances and all the characters in Harry Potter are real people from Phillips Exeter such as the fact my old dorm head Townley Chisholm who was real uptight and always busting me for everything is the real Severus Snape and then the school’s current principal Thomas Hassan is actually the real Albus Dumbledore and Mr. Chisholm and Principal Hassan really are just the real life versions of Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter because Phillips Exeter is actually the real life Hogwart’s.

      1. and the libertarian connection:

        And sometimes characters are more than one person because they have multiple mythic portrayals, so with Ivanka Trump who is Volcana in Superman she’s also the main character of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged because Ivanka Trump is actually the real Dagny Taggart, so if you have someone who’s a major figure like Ivanka who’s Volcana they will often have more than one mythic form and in Ivanka’s case she’s both Volcana in Superman and also the main character of Atlas Shrugged as Dagny Taggart and The Trump Organization is actually the real Taggart Transcontinental. So in Atlas Shrugged Taggart Transcontinental is a transcontinental railroad and in real life it’s The Trump Organization which is a transcontinental real estate development company which is a real life version of Taggart Transcontinental and Ivanka is a Vice President at The Trump Organization just like how Dagny Taggart is a Vice President at her family’s Taggart Transcontinental business in Atlas Shrugged. And then there’s just the whole Superman tie-in where Dagny is also Volcana and she runs with Wendi Murdoch who’s Mercy Graves and Rupert who’s Lex Luthor so it all comes together where Atlas Shrugged now has a cross character tie-in to The DC Universe and then Dagny is marred to the real Citizen Kane who’s Jared Kushner so Citizen Kane, Atlas Shrugged, and Superman are all connected in real life.

        1. I have never less wanted to do drugs in my life.

    1. apparently he’s friends with the designer who’s a woman specializing in pinup americana and it was a one-off custom shirt. oh yeah, he also landed a fucking satellite on a comet. goddamnit i hate humanity over that shit. wrap yourself in styrofoam and crawl into a fucking plastic bubble.

    2. Part 2

      “Interesting game. The only winning move seems to be not to play”

      1. To avpid criticism, you cannot touch on any SJW “triggers”. The problem is each SJW has different triggers which switch on a daily basis, there is no safe path.

        And in general on the War Games quote: That is not a shocking observation. That is, in fact, the point.

  40. Putin does the same thing, expects different results:
    “Failed Launches Cast Shadow Over Russian Space Program”
    […]
    “A presidential bill that received preliminary approval by the lower house this week pulls all the nation’s space assets together in one giant state-controlled commercial corporation.
    […]
    Critics say, however, that other giant state corporations created during Putin’s 15-year rule, as part of his efforts to concentrate lucrative economic assets in state hands, have not exactly been success stories. They say these state conglomerates suffer from mismanagement and inefficiency and are dogged by corruption.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technolo…..m-31198531

    So maybe central planning doesn’t work as well as certain idjits hope?

  41. Regarding the campus rape epidemic, Salon seems unclear on the meaning of “free speech”:

    Offended New Yorkers tearing down the posters are described as “brown shirts” by the account, and without irony one tweet complains, “So much for freedom of speech!” to accompany a photo of three people scraping off the well-affixed posters.

    http://www.salon.com/2015/05/2….._activist/

    1. suggesting that Sulkowicz’s public grief has been a cynical and entirely falsified effort to advance the agenda of a powerful, shadowy group of misandrists.

      What? I thought it was all just one big don’t-stick-it-in-crazy debacle for Nungesser.

      1. SANEIST!

  42. “some species of octopus can see with their skin.”

    …Which Agile Cyborg knows all about, as he has been skinning and smoking them every day for the last few years.

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