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    Hillary Clinton is refusing to participate in a final debate with Bernie Sanders in California ahead of that state's June 7 primary.

  • "Iraq's military imposed a curfew across Baghdad on Friday after security forces used tear gas, water cannons and gunfire against protesters storming the fortified Green Zone as political tensions reignited."
  • "Israel's defense minister announced his resignation Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by 'extremist and dangerous elements' and that he no longer trusts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."

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  1. The National Rifle Association has endorsed Donald Trump.

    Hopefully with a Venn diagram.

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    2. Quite the BS endorsement.

      If I remember it right, Trump supported the AWB.

      This is turning out to be Team Red loyalty.

      It’ll be interesting to see who Gun Owners of America endorses.

      1. GOA will also endorse Trump. If you think either of these organizations are really single issue, you are a sucker. I learned this during the Sarvis campaign, when Sarvis was clearly better on guns and they endorsed Cuccinelli. I did not renew my GOA membership.

      2. He’s been pretty reliably pro 2A for this campaign though.

        1. A staunch supporter of some gun rights for at least six months.

          But he is worlds better in this area than Hilly.

      3. Hey now, the Average White Band was pretty good.

      4. Better than Hillary.

        That has always been the NRA’s way and they are not Team Red loyalists. They endorse the best on guns among the available choices.

        womp womp to you

        1. I quit the NRA when American Hunter put question marks by the Libertarian candidates as their 2A stances.

      5. “NRA” actually stands for National Republican Association, so it’s hardly surprising.

    3. Aw, shoot.

    4. I think that gun control tweet could cost her the election. Seriously.

      1. What tweet? I’m obviously missing something.

        1. Here you go, Injun.

      2. *Shreiks “YEEAAAAHHH!!!!”*

  2. Hillary Clinton is refusing to participate in a final debate with Bernie Sanders in California ahead of that state’s June 7 primary.

    Those circles no longer overlap.

    1. Great way to duck “have you been interrogated… Er… Interviewed by the FBI yet” questions.

      1. It would have been interesting to see if Sanders is still in favor of begging off those questions.

        1. Enough of your damn…

          Hold on!

          MORE of your damn emails Hillary!

    2. She has everything to lose and nothing to gain by doing another debate

  3. I hope Bernie shows up for the debate anyway — with an empty chair, preferably an ornate and gilded one, for killary.

    1. “The American People are sick and tired of your evading questions about your damn emails!”

  4. “Israel’s defense minister announced his resignation Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by ‘extremist and dangerous elements’ and that he no longer trusts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

    Anti-Semite.

    1. I liked the part where they pointed out his replacement has little military experience without getting a statement from Ash Carter on how important military experience is for a Secretary of Defense and how they applauded the guy for sticking up for the right of military brass to publicly criticize their civilian commanders.

  5. “Iraq’s military imposed a curfew across Baghdad on Friday after security forces used tear gas, water cannons and gunfire against protesters storming the fortified Green Zone as political tensions reignited.”

    Man, who knew there were so many environment-hating Republicans in Iraq?

    1. I wonder if they’re protesters like Syria and Libya’s “protesters”.

  6. ‘No wonder Charlize Theron left him after they finished this movie!’ Sean Penn’s film The Last Face is savaged at Cannes and leaves audiences laughing and BOOING

    The film, which has received several one-star ratings, was off to a bad start when it opened with a block of text comparing the civil war in South Sudan to ‘the brutality of a love, between a man…and a woman.’

    Many criticized the film’s depiction of suffering in South Sudan, the Sierra Leone, and Liberia as a backdrop for the starry-eyed lovers to play out cringe-worthy scenes, which were likened to the work of famed romance author Nicholas Sparks.

    Owen Gleiberman, the chief film critic at Variety, wrote: ‘Penn would do well not to mistake his own global caring for an artistic impulse…

    ‘No matter how “well-meaning” a director may be, there’s something inherently eye-rolling about being asked to care about the tragedy of African children through the POV of two lovelorn glamourpusses.’

    1. My respect for Charlize Theron instantaneously vaporized after she fell for Sean Penn.

      1. I thought y’all were making that up. I just don’t see it.

    2. Maybe his forthcoming biopic of Hugo Chavez will do better.

      1. He’ll hopefully get paid in Venezuelan Bolivars.

        1. That somebody has already wiped with.

          /At least they’re useful

    3. something something Charlize Theron’s glamourpuss something something..

    4. Was it Sam or Spicoli who made him do it?

    5. The film, which has received several one-star ratings, was off to a bad start when it opened with a block of text comparing the civil war in South Sudan to ‘the brutality of a love, between a man…and a woman.’

      Somehow, I imagined this for the soundtrack.

      (Last time I checked, All This And World War Too had been taken down from Youtube.)

    6. “The film, which has received several one-star ratings, was off to a bad start when it opened with a block of text comparing the civil war in South Sudan to ‘the brutality of a love, between a man…and a woman.'”

      Wow, how did he think that was going to go over well?

    7. lovelorn glamourpusses

      great band name

  7. Hillary vs. Bernie, National Rifle Asssociation

    Well that hardly seems sporting.

    1. Damn you, Jerry!

    2. Something something Trumpity Trump…

    3. Islamophobe!

    4. Oops. If he had criticized Christians, he would’ve gotten the red carpet.

    5. Tour dates rescheduled for Austria?

    6. It’s unacceptable “punching down” to speak ill of people who slaughter innocent, unarmed civilians at your concert. Fucking Islamophobe!

    7. On a serious note, this is another sign of the West losing its mind and yielding its classical liberal values for social justice nonsense.

    8. Fuck Islam and all but the least devout of it’s practitioners.

      Obligatory: NAMALT

      1. The only good Muslim is a bad Muslim.

        That can be read both ways.

  8. Hillary Clinton is refusing to participate in a final debate with Bernie Sanders in California ahead of that state’s June 7 primary.

    Hillary Clinton refuses to answer the phone at 3 a.m.; “blame it on a video and leave me along,” she says.

    1. Damn it you people, stop making her WORK to become president. Coronations AREN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THIS HARD, DAMN IT!!

  9. This page is in French, I had to google translate. Looks like Eagles of Death metal have been banned from some shows in France because of the Takimag interview.

    1. Wow, who would have thought that having your concert shot up might, just might cause someone to have a bad opinion about the group doing the shooting, particularly if that group had also done some other shootings and bombings and stuff recently.

      1. And a little paranoia might be understandable after narrowly avoiding getting murdered in a planned attack.

        1. Getting brain matter on your face tends to do that.

  10. “The National Rifle Association has endorsed Donald Trump.”

    Of all the people to forget to send the Venn diagram to, she forgot the NRA. Sad.

  11. Hmmm… Root got the short straw and has to do Friday PM.

    Protesting by not alt-texting?

    “These are not the e-mails you’re looking for”

    1. Root believes in alt-text like P Brooks believes in threaded comments.

    2. Root never alt texts, which I respect, because fuck you.

      1. I have more respect for Root’s categorical refusal to alt-text than I do for Gillespie’s uninspired and/or lazy way of doing it.

    3. Dammit, Bob, at least we got links.

      1. So true. If Damon were still here, I’d apologize for egregious mocking, when Robby is clearly so much more deserving (we all assume).

        1. Have you seen Robby’s hair? I’m thinking it took a few “swirlies” to fertilize it so well…

  12. BREAKING NEWS: Secret Service shoot an armed man outside the White House and leave him in critical condition while Joe Biden is at work inside

    Don’t worry, Obama is safe – he spent the early afternoon golfing.

    Also, a few photos of some fit federal agents, which is a big surprise.

    1. Biden works?

      1. If getting too close to young women counts, yeah.

      2. He almost had a cure for cancer, but then that distraction occurred!

        1. Damn, so close!

      3. ….on his paintings.

        http://bit.ly/1TknfTO

    2. Obama’s #1 accomplishment during his two terms of office is that he has shaved a couple of strokes off his handicap.

  13. I don’t even own a TV, but if you do, you may want to check out tonight’s Very Special Jeopardy, with a Very Special Melissa Harris-Perry.

    Odds that she’ll get stuck in the red?

    1. America’s foremost public tax deadbeat intellectual!

    2. “I’d like to buy an eth.”

      1. Wrong thow, but *narrowth gaze* anyway

      2. You don’t buy consonants.

        I’ll take swords for $400, Alex.

        1. Suck it Trebek.

        2. Slammer and Ted — That’s the joke!

          *** rolls eyes ***

          1. DERP you are right

    3. Jeopardy has been dumbed down this week for the “Power Players” but they still leave whole categories untouched.

      1. Cheech Marin credits going on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” with changing his image and getting him the role on “Nash Bridges”.

      2. The questions are easier than the ones they have for middle schoolers.

      3. I did see last night’s episode. They’re so sloooow, that’s the problem. You don’t need to make jokes, and you’re all media people, you should know not to stand there and gawk at the board with your mouth open as you figure out which category to pick.

        Goddamn, the idiot yesterday who couldn’t figure out that Obama said his oath on MLK’s bible. She either didn’t know when Lincoln died, didn’t know when JFK died, or couldn’t do very simple arithmetic. And apparently the former head of the GOP didn’t know that Pakistan is inbetween Afghanistan and India? I’m glad people like Andy Richter and Louis CK always clean up in these tournaments.

        1. Anderson Cooper was disappointing. I expected better from him, for some reason.

          I kind of liked the real life Avery Jessup (S.E. Cupp) on Monday, though.

      4. I want them to bring Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter on for one of these “Famous-But-Stupid” weeks. It’d be the curb-stompiest curbstomp since Watson stomped them.

    4. I’ll take “Everyone is Racist” for $200, Alex.

    5. Category – “All Your Children Are Belong to Us”

  14. Doing the City a solid: Helping with mowing and bulk trash pickup

    A lack of funding has reduced manpower for a whole bunch of [Richmond, VA] City services. Here’s how you can help (and if you want to help, here’s what to keep in mind).

    Um, no. That’s why I pay taxes. It’s not my fault that the city government wasted my tax dollars on a spectacle (which they promised would fill city coffers to overflowing) or failure to reel-in an out-of-control, unaccountable school administration. No fucking way am I doing this. Even more maddening – they are having firefighters fill-in. Firefighters. So, your firefighter is going to show up for your fire or EMS call tired from mowing. Great.

    1. O/T (sort of): I missed you in the AM links, but yesterday I was the one that mentioned Petersburg as a site for libertopia. It is definitely a craphole now, but I grew up there, went to the public schools K-12 (explains my shaky grammar and poor typing skills), played basketball in HS there, still have family there, etc., so I’m nostalgic for the place and hate to see it crater (ha!). The whole place is depressing and wiping it clean (politically and bureaucratically speaking of course) is a daydream of mine. The problems are too systemic to fix, but I can dream.

      1. Thanks, PBR. Check out my comment in today’s AM links where I detail the current sorry state of the place.

      2. Your comments are spot on. The water bill fiasco is hard to believe, but my relatives get their bills sporadically and the charges are random at best. And the “leadership”. . . just sad.

    2. Are these volunteer firefighters? Cuz otherwise I don’t see them doing this out of the goodness of their hearts.

      1. No, professional firefighters.

        1. Professional card players who sometimes ride in a red truck.

    3. Solution: Dumpster and Brush fires so that mowing and bulk trash are taken care of and fire-fighters stay trained.

    4. Why aren’t police doing this? Because firefighters might actually be needed to do something worthwhile.

  15. What we know so far about the crash of EgyptAir flight 804.

    News consumers don’t care what you know as long as you feed us scenarios and possibilities as quickly as you can think them up!

    1. The flight attendant, in the lavatory, with a lithium-ion battery.

      1. And a seriously high-proof alcoholic beverage.

      2. The flight attendant, in the lavatory, with the co-pilot.

      3. Is this Clue?
        Ok, I go with Nick Papagiorgio, in the cargo hold, with a faulty hand warmer

  16. When are we going to build that wall: UPDATE: Feds Charge Canadians With Violating Yellowstone Rules

    On Monday, a park visitor reported to a park ranger that he saw several people off the boardwalk at Grand Prismatic Spring on Saturday. That visitor provided 26 photos and a 22-second video of them, according to the affidavit written by Park Ranger Alec Chapman.

    The photos and video showed four individuals leaving the boardwalk, approaching the spring, taking pictures or videos of themselves, and reaching into the spring. The nearest boardwalk was 25 yards away. The affidavit does not explain why the fourth individual was not charged.

    1. Fucking snitches.

    2. and reaching into the spring.

      Would that be the 160 degree volcanic spring? That one?

      Just stand back and let the problem self-correct.

    1. Its “Stockhausen” with different instrument-sets and a more-consistent time-signature

      1. Did you like it? I’m not a huge fan of doom, but I think the sounds were cool.

        1. yes! I don’t find it very “doomy” at all. It feels more like early-20th century avant-garde classical.

          1. Cool. I say doom because almost all I listen to is metal (and classic country), so everything gets filtered through that angle for me. Plus, I heard about it from a metal site.

    2. ehh …. don’t hate it.

      Sounds like a really long intro for a real song though.

  17. I didn’t know this was happening, but I am mildly excited: The Tick Returns: Get your first look at Peter Serafinowicz in Amazon’s new original series

    The “look” is just a photo, so temper your already lowered expectations.

    1. I’m going to wait for Thrakkorzog’s opinion on this one.

    2. SPOOOOOON!

      1. Not in the face!

      2. I am nigh-invulnerable!

    3. SPOOOOOOOOOON!

    4. That cow’s tasted human blood!

      1. “We’re filth, we’re filth, we come from filth, we are going to filth!”

  18. Hillary Clinton is refusing to participate in a final debate with Bernie Sanders in California ahead of that state’s June 7 primary.

    Yet people seem to think she’s still a shoo-in for the General Election… despite the fact that *merely appearing in front of audiences* is something she and her campaign staff see as “Only hurting her”.

    You’d think she’d relish the opportunity to get in front of the people of California and remind them how awesome-sauce she is relative to Trump, right?

    How fucking doomed is she that her best-call is to keep a low profile?

    1. She doesn’t want to risk a five-minute coughing spell.

      1. I can’t wait for Trump’s response when this happens in the debates. It’s either codeine or coughing, either of which put Hildog at serious disadvantage.

        1. He should keep a small bottle of cough syrup in his pocket, just in case. That would be hilarious, him reaching over with a bottle of cough syrup while she hacks and retches for minutes on end.

      2. Or awkward questions about Libya
        Or awkward questions about her secret email server
        Or awkward questions about the Clinton Foundation

  19. “Israel’s defense minister announced his resignation Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by ‘extremist and dangerous elements’ and that he no longer trusts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

    You know who else thought that dangerous Jews were taking over?

    1. Underzog?

    2. American?

    3. Soon Yi Previn?

  20. The National Rifle Association has endorsed Donald Trump.

    Shit like that is why I’m not a member. Though I may be soon, since it is a requirement to join the local gun club and have access to their range.

  21. What is the cost of blaming radical Islam for an exploding and then being wrong? It seems more prudent to treat it as terrorism until proven otherwise. Can someone explain this to me like I’m a Trump supporter?

    1. MUSLIMS NOT CLASSY. BOMB GO BOOM. SAD!

      1. Okay, but I don’t follow. Here I’ll try this.

        WHY BAD TO CALL MUSLIMS TERRORISTS RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANE GO BOOM? WHAT HAPPEN IF WRONG?

        1. IF WRONG, OTHER COUNTRIES AND PEOPLE ANGRY, NOT GIVE MONEY. MONEY GOOD.

          1. WHYCOME WE CANT TAKE BALL AND GO HOME? THEY NEED US MORE THAN WE NEED THEM?

            Fuck, Trump’s going to win this isn’t he.

            1. I am starting to think he just might….maybe it is the rum talking to me tho’?

    2. Can someone explain this to me like I’m a Trump supporter?

      If you insist.

      When Saudi Arabia sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending Islamics that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us … They’re terrorists … and some, I assume, are good people.

      (wait, that might fit better with a refugee question. Oh well, not like a Trump fan would notice)

    3. There is some question of diplomacy when a world leader jumps to finger-pointing. It’s provocative, reactionary, apt to bring out phrases like “saber-rattling” and “hot-headed cowboys”. And speaking before there was any effective means of knowing a thing about the crash was gauche.

      On the other hand, he’s coming off as the only guy in the room who will say what a lot, and maybe many, people thought first. And that’s what will be remembered.

      1. I read a dead tree copy of the NY Times today, and Hillary was quoted as saying the missing jet was due to terrorism. How come I haven’t seen an uproar about that?

        1. [Points at Libertarian]

          Hah-ha!

      2. There may be a majority in this country who think that bringing out phrases like “saber-rattling” and “hot-headed cowboys” is exactly what we need. Gauche? We’re going way past gauche. YIPPEE-KAY-YAY.

            1. I don’t know why I posted that there.

      3. Perhaps, but on the other hand treating all Muslims as if they’re incapable of differentiating between ire aimed at Islamic terrorists and ire aimed at Islamists kinda plays into the stereotypes that Muslims are violent reactionaries who’ll self-radicalize at the drop of a hat (or tweet, or youtube video).

        1. Expecting “rational” from either the pubic or the media will most often end up in heartbreak.

          I don’t think it was that big of a deal. The media wants to make a fuss, The Orange wants to be in the news – some couples are happier fighting with each other than they ever would be getting along with someone else.

          1. The makeup sex must be great.

        2. That’s IT. I’m SO radicalizing now. YOU MADE ME DO THIS.

          1. Shit, probably should’ve put a /sarc tag… I’m probably on some sort of list now.

            1. Only if you’re making credible threats as a *right-wing* terrorist.

    4. Hey dumb broad, why won’t you fuck me?

      1. Because you talk like a fag and your shit’s all retarded.

    5. It seems more prudent to treat it as terrorism until proven otherwise

      I disagree.

      If you assume it’s terrorism, and act upon that assumption, and are wrong, then you have likely punished people unjustly.

      The wreckage will be found. The black boxes will be retrieved. The corpses, wreckage and recorded data will tell you what happened. If the aircraft was brought down by purposeful, malignant action, then you can set about deciding how to react, and being well informed your reactions will be more appropriate than ones informed by prejudice.

      1. Well, they did in fact treat it like it was terror by passing a security alert to all airports. I agree that reprisals should wait for proof, but prevention and investigating like it is terror seems prudent.

      2. then you can set about deciding how to react, and being well informed your reactions will be more appropriate than ones informed by prejudice

        And that’s how you do satire, folks. You gotta walk right up to the edge without going over.

    6. http://www.theguardian.com/wor…..ancampbell

      The co-pilot of EgyptAir Flight 990, which crashed off New England in 1999, killing 217 people, deliberately crashed the plane as an act of revenge, according to a source close to the investigation. Gamil el-Batouty had earlier been reprimanded for sexual misconduct and the executive who told him he would not be allowed to fly US routes again was on board the plane.

      It’s not like Egytair has a spotless record.

    7. What is gained by assuming it to be terrorism? Plane crashes happen a lot and usually aren’t terrorism. You shouldn’t pretend that terrorism isn’t a distinct possibility, but I don’t see any advantage to jumping to conclusions either way.

    8. It’s EgyptAir so it’s Muslims no matter what happened.

    9. What is the cost of blaming radical Islam for an exploding and then being wrong?

      Pretty much zero, since all he was saying was what everybody was thinking anyway. If he’s wrong, so is everybody else, and we’ll all be happy to just, what’s the phrase?, move on.

      But if he’s right, then we’re all right with him, and Hillary looks like a dithering old coot for not seeing the obvious.

      In sum – zero downside, potential upside.

  22. Artificial intelligence will create ‘useless class’ of human, predicts bestselling historian

    Perhaps. But the rest of us will be making $25367 a month working a few hours on our laptops!

    1. We already have a useless class. We just call them politicians.

      (I apologize for the obviousness of that “joke,” but it had to be done, so I figured I’d take one for the team.)

    2. So the robo-pocalypse will be the robots making sexbots out of us! It all makes sense…

    3. Don’t you mean rupees?

  23. University of Miami Establishes Chair for Study of Atheism

    With an increasing number of Americans leaving religion behind, the University of Miami has received a donation in late April from a wealthy atheist to endow what it says is the nation’s first academic chair “for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics.”

    The chair has been established after years of discussion with a $2.2 million donation from Louis J. Appignani, a retired businessman and former president and chairman of the modeling school Barbizon International, who has given grants to many humanist and secular causes ? though this is his largest so far. The university, which has not yet publicly announced the new chair, will appoint a committee of faculty members to conduct a search for a scholar to fill the position.

    1. We didn’t want anyone to misunderstand and think that this was to be an advocacy position for someone who is an atheist,” he said. “Our religion department isn’t taking an advocacy position when it teaches about Catholicism or Islam. Similarly, we’re not taking an advocacy position when we teach about atheism or secular ethics.”

      Asked whether he anticipated any backlash, Mr. LeBlanc said: “This is an area where people can get overly excited if they don’t actually look carefully at what’s happening. The idea that there are nondeity approaches to explaining our surroundings is not controversial in the academy.”

      Mr. Appignani said he rejected a last-minute proposal from a dean to call it a chair in “philosophical naturalism.” Instead, he and the university leaders worked out the title, broadening the scope by including humanism and secular ethics.

    2. Um, isn’t that the science department?

      1. No, that’s agnosticism.

    3. Is… do we actually … like, NEED a group dedicated to studying a group of people united only by the lack of belief in a certain thing??

  24. Mom creates ‘permission slip’ so adults won’t stop her sons from climbing trees

    Julie Holcombe’s twin sixth-grade sons, Ryan and Patrick, often meet up in a field near their middle school with friends ? “the squad,” as they call themselves ? to walk home from school together.

    In the field, which connects two neighborhood middle schools near their home in Yardley, Pennsylvania, the boys can hang out, climb trees and play football.

    Last week, the 12-year-olds were doing just that when they said an adult they didn’t know approached them.

    “The man asked us to get out of the tree, and he said, ‘I’ve been watching you climb this tree after school for a while, and even sent a security guard over to talk to you, but you were being evasive of the officer,'”[…]

    “He told us, ‘I don’t want you kids climbing, because if you fall and get hurt, the school would be responsible and could get sued,'” Ryan said. “He said, ‘You aren’t in trouble, but if you do it again, I’m going to contact your principal.'”[…]

    When her sons told her what happened, Holcombe was incensed that her children were being discouraged from playing outside.

    So she typed up a letter and a “permission slip” for climbing trees, and gave it to her sons so they could show it to anyone else who approached them.

    1. “Woman arrested for forging government document”

  25. We didn’t want anyone to misunderstand and think that this was to be an advocacy position for someone who is an atheist,” he said. “Our religion department isn’t taking an advocacy position when it teaches about Catholicism or Islam. Similarly, we’re not taking an advocacy position when we teach about atheism or secular ethics.”

    Asked whether he anticipated any backlash, Mr. LeBlanc said: “This is an area where people can get overly excited if they don’t actually look carefully at what’s happening. The idea that there are nondeity approaches to explaining our surroundings is not controversial in the academy.”

    Mr. Appignani said he rejected a last-minute proposal from a dean to call it a chair in “philosophical naturalism.” Instead, he and the university leaders worked out the title, broadening the scope by including humanism and secular ethics.

    1. Did that statement come from the Vatican ?

    2. Looks like this is happening at University of Miami, which is private, so it’s probably kosher (ha!). Might still run afoul of CRA employment protections though.

    3. Here’s the link

      I used CTRL F but couldn’t find the words “socialism” or “communism” in the article.

      Excluding socialism and communism from atheist history deprives the history of atheism of lots of its rich diversity.

      1. Tell it from the mountain!

      2. Given that both of the above are even more faith-based than sky-daddy-ism, I wouldn’t say that.

    4. “nondeity approaches to explaining our surroundings”

      I’m sorry, doesn’t the science and philosophy departments already kinda cover this thing??

  26. Recently, an article published by Broadly claimed, “Everyone knows [bad boys] ? are desirable. Thanks to a recent study, this is now scientifically verifiable.”

    The research it refers to is a study published earlier this year, which suggested that some men smoke and drink because this makes them more attractive short-term partners.[…]

    One way to investigate the issue is to present women with hypothetical men with different personality types and see which ones they prefer. In one such study, participants had to help a fictional character named Susan choose a date from three male contestants, based on their answers to her questions.[…]

    So which contestant did participants think Susan should date and who did they prefer to date themselves? Contrary to the stereotype that nice guys finish last, it was actually the nice contestant that was chosen most frequently for both Susan and for participants themselves.

    In another study, participants who read dating ads in which people described themselves as altruistic (“I volunteer at the food bank”) were rated as more attractive short-term dates and long-term partners than those who didn’t mention such qualities. Other studies have similarly shown that women prefer men who are sensitive, confident and easy-going, and that very few (if any) women want to date a man who is aggressive or demanding. The picture that emerges is clear: when women rate hypothetical partners, they clearly prefer “nice” men.

    1. The picture that emerges is clear: Women who participate in academic studies of what they find attractive in men tell the researchers they prefer “nice” men.

      Heck with that, I’ll do some field testing and see what results I get. Where are my sunglasses, leather jacket and motorcycle?

      1. I think you left them with Iceman at the homoerotic beach volleyball game.

        1. Yeah, because I was too busy bombing terrorist lairs to waste time with stupid volleyball.

      2. Where are my sunglasses, leather jacket and motorcycle?

        Pants optional?

        I like your game, Notorious.

    2. “short-term dates and long-term partners”

      Well of course you want a nice person for short-term and long-term partners. But, really, the Angry-Guy-Who-Gets-Into-Fistfights-Constantly is probably in really good shape from all the physical activity, and he’s probably pretty hot. Not great for dating, because he’ll probably punch you eventually, but as a one-night stand…

    3. Okay, but choosing a mate for a fictional character and choosing one based on your own impulsive desires are very different scenarios… how often has a woman set up a female friend with her nice male friend whom she herself would never consider dating? Obviously she’s not going to set up her up with a real bastard, but she herself might be dating one.

  27. I’m done as Bond, Craig tells movie bosses: Star ‘turns down ?68m deal for two more films’

    Daniel Craig has told studio bosses he is ‘done’ playing 007, sources claim.

    The news comes just days after bookmakers called off bets on Cambridge-educated Tom Hiddleston becoming the next James Bond.

    Craig is the highest-paid actor to play the role, netting a reported total of ?38million for the four films he has appeared in.
    Action hero: Daniel Craig has reportedly told studio bosses he is ‘done’ playing 007 and turned down a ?68million offer from MGM studio to return as Bond for two more films.

    1. How much money do you need?

    2. Jesus, how hard is it to make a movie?

      1. Not hard. But based on the movies I’ve seen, it’s hard to make a *good* movie.

        1. Agreed, but I meant for an actor.

        2. Casino Royale was great. I never saw “Quantum”. Skyfall was “meh”. Just watched Spectre this week.

          I’m having a hard time with the way that the introduction of the Craig-bond sort of ‘reinvented’ the entire Bond narrative while trying to keep some bits of the old one.

          Its like the Nolan Batman was expecting you to see the Keaton batman as the same guy, or something. It an awkward approach they took. The whole “Q is a young genius”, “MoneyPenny is a hot black woman” thing hasn’t seemed to work that well as far as i see it.

          Although i think the way they handled “M” (whatshername? Judy Dench) as Bond’s ally who gets killed … i think that’s the one aspect of the 4 film-arc which actually works really well. She’s sort of his one ‘real ally” and the real plot of all 4 films is that “Bond Can’t Trust His Own People”…

          (Though the way they’re trying to tie up all the various bad-guys of the previous 3 films as all just separate Spectre people…. i guess would make more sense to me if i watched them closely in sequence. Spread out over…what, 10 years? makes it far harder to follow or care about)

          1. Quantum was a hot mess, but Royale and Skyfall were very entertaining (Royale far and away, of course). Haven’t seen Spectre, but I haven’t heard nice things. Is it at least somewhere between Quantum and Skyfall?

            1. I actually haven’t finished it. I got 3/4 of the way through a few days ago and stopped and haven’t gotten back to it.

              What i’ve seen so far is “good” but the problem seems to be that this film is like the “One that ties together all the plot lines from Royale-Skyfall into a summarizing “4th act”

              if you don’t remember the details from the previous 3, it actually requires going back and refreshing yourself, which i found annoying. *(which is also why the whole series is on my mind)

              Yes, what i’ve seen so far probably puts it between the two you mention.

              One part slightly-annoying is their attempt to shoehorn in a Mute Bruiser-Badguy a la “Jaws”

              (only he’s “Thumbs” – not kidding: he has spikes on his thumbs and kills people by drilling out their eyes)

              He’s not funny, he’s not interesting. He’s just there.

          2. The mythology is a little wonky, since they establish that this is the beginning of the story of a man named James Bond who gets the callsign of 007, but still callback to some previous agents who drove an Aston Martin and blah blah blah.

            Like commodious, I really liked Royale and Skyfall, but haven’t seen Spectre yet due to the reviews. The twist sounds like a wretched idea, and I’m so tired of action movies going over 2 hours.

            1. “Skyfall”

              Haha, that was such a stupid movie. Seriously, you non-programmers are of the belief that computers are MAGIC.

              1. Yeah, that just about killed it for me. I liked the intro and really enjoyed James Bond: Home Alone, but the hacking seen had me sagging in my seat.

    3. Time for a black, transgender Bond.

      IT’S THEIR TURN.

      1. ayfkm? zir*.

      2. I said shaken! Get your straw out of my martini cislord!

  28. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 157 pregnant women in the United States have tested positive for the Zika virus.

    Reuters says=


    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Health officials said 279 pregnant women in the United States and U.S. territories have tested positive for Zika infection
    , Obama pushes Congress on funds

    1. I think the difference is “in the United States” versus “in the United States and US territories”. There’d be a lot in Puerto Rico and the USVI.

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    1. Have you considered acting in the next Bond movie? You wouldn’t have to spend so much time on the computer and you get to kiss cute girls. Of course, it only pays about $30M and you have to work months and months and months.

  30. Donald Trump on San Bernardino: ‘If we had guns…boom

    The most articulate i’ve ever heard him.

    1. Oh man, my impression above, right on the money.

  31. Utah lawmaker wants opt-in requirement for porn

    Republican Sen. Todd Weiler said his resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, which sailed through the 2016 session, was only the first step. He plans to introduce at least three new proposals next session including one that could require Internet service providers add filters so everyone in Utah has to opt-in to view pornography.

    Between this and the erstwhile abortion-banning bullshit its like the GOP just wants to make sure they hold onto the Stupid Party mantle with a double-fisted death-grip

    1. didn’t they do that in the UK a few years back?

    2. So, what, internet providers in Utah currently set it up so you have to look at porn unless you opt out?

      1. “Please, Comcast, why can’t you protect me from all this porn???”

    3. Oh my goodness, that is some evil genius scheming.

      “We’re not taking anyone’s porn away, just opt in you perverts.”

      ~LATER~

      “Honey, why does our ISP bill say we opted in to porn??”

    4. Luckily, they’re on firm ground when it comes to precedent. Just watching the last 30 years of politics, it appears that the government can in fact do whatever it wants.

      LIBERTARIAN MOMENT!11!!1!

  32. The last of in the highly unpopular series “Crusty shares the New York Times:”

    Are You Successful? If So, You’ve Already Won the Lottery

    Skipping to the end:

    The human tendency to underestimate luck’s role has contributed to this troubling state of affairs by reducing the electorate’s willingness to support the public investments that make economic success possible. But the taxes people want to avoid need not be personally painful.

    1. Evidence from the social sciences demonstrates that beyond a certain income threshold, people’s sense of well-being depends much more on their relative purchasing power than on how much they spend in absolute terms. If top tax rates were a little higher, all homes would be a little smaller, all cars a little less expensive, all diamonds a little more modest and all celebrations a little less costly. The standards that define “special” would adjust accordingly, leaving most successful people quite satisfied.

      Happily, there is a simple remedy: Merely prompting people to reflect on their good fortune tends to make them more willing to contribute to the common good, according to a 2010 study published in the journal Emotion. So try to engage your successful friends in discussions about their experiences with luck. In the process, you may increase their willingness to support the kinds of public investments that will enhance the next generation’s odds of success. And you will almost surely hear some interesting stories.

      1. “Merely prompting people to reflect on their good fortune tends to make them more willing to contribute to the common good, according to a 2010 study published in the journal Emotion.”

        Unmentioned: The half-life of this effect is measured in seconds.

      2. Happily, there is a simple remedy: Merely prompting people to reflect on their good fortune tends to make them more willing to contribute to the common good,

        It’s always a simple remedy. Who and how does the prompting happen, and who decides the common good?

    2. “…reducing the electorate’s willingness to support the public investments that make economic success possible.”

      Classic. The NYTimes rarely disappoints. Unfortunately, I just threw up on my shirt.

    3. The human tendency to underestimate luck’s role…

      Yeah, that’s why they sell 200 million fucking lottery tickets every time there’s a large jackpot. Because humans are just too damn rational and always underestimate the role of luck.

    4. Well, every living organism has won the lottery, if you think about it. Just think how unlikely it was for the Earth to form in just the way it did and for life to evolve in just such a way that every individual organism is just exactly the way it is right now. Luck.

      1. No one is lucky to share a planet with these creatures.

        1. True story, camel spiders are responsible for more US soldier fatalities than Iraqi insurgents. At least, I assume that’s the case given all the emails about them.

          1. True story, according to some internet ramblings, camel spiders were the inspiration for face-huggers in the Alien movies.

            1. True story, camel spiders secrete a toxin that numbs your body and turns you gay.

              1. That explains a lot… nevermind

              2. Yeah, but if you get the antivenom in time you just end up bi.

            2. Solpugids….Google it…and try to sleep.

      2. It would almost seem as if there was some kind of divine intervention involved, amirite?

        1. amirite?

          We wouldn’t exactly be able to muse about the miraculous nature of our own evolution on Jupiter or Venus, so I’m thinking that’s not necessarily the case.

          1. We will someday.

            1. Except Europa. Attempt no landings there.

              1. What’s the worst that could happen? Not like we’re going to get von neumanned to death.

    5. Collectivism is its own reward. Everyone should WANT to be a little poorer in exchange for the mental-feeling-of-bliss that comes with knowing it produces a “Betterment” of society which somehow never actually materializes.

      “If only SOME HAVE LESS, we ALL COULD HAVE MORE!? WHY ARE YOU RESISTING??”

      1. I like that the history of capitalism has been the steady enrichment of everyone with the tremendous enrichment of some, and collectivists promise to impoverish everyone–but only modestly!–so they can provide substandard benefits and lackluster services.

  33. Seriously though, police videos are TOTALLY making police more reticent to vigorously enforce the law and stuff

    ATLANTA (AP) ? Two deputies yell “Stop fighting!” and “He’s got my Taser!” as they repeatedly stun a handcuffed man in the back of a vehicle, commanding him to relax even as he insists “I’m dead,” shortly before he stops breathing, body-camera videos show.

    1. “What’s your problem, buddy?” one deputy says. “That’s a good way to get shot right there. I tell you right now, you grab my Taser again, it’s gonna be on.”

      Professionals, every one of them.

    2. I look forward to this being reported in the mainstream media.

    3. When do we reach the point where it becomes criminally negligent to call 911 for anything? Or are we already there?

    4. These cops are in for it now, they’re going to get extra vacation time. JUSTICE comes on swift wings.

      1. In the sense that they’re made of atoms, yes.

    5. The deputies responded after Sherman’s mother called 911.

      […]

      The deputies approach the vehicle and start struggling with Sherman, with someone yelling “Tase him!” and “Hit him!” as he cries out and his mother begs them to stop

      Lesson learned!

  34. That sudden change in what had been an uneventful flight is why Egyptian officials are focusing on terror as the likely cause, a senior Egyptian official told CNN on Friday.

    Great, now Trump got the Egyptians going.

  35. Brazil = At least ONE aspect of Olympic Preparations Covered

    Rio Olympics to top London in supply of condoms

    1. Will they run the bogus stat about tens of thousands of prostitutes showing up for the games?

      1. Too many breast implants and their nipples are all weird.

      2. How the fuck did Brazil get so far ahead in hotness? Their 6s are like our 9s.

      3. Meh. I’ve never really understood all the fuss about Brazilian women. Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and basically any Slavic country has them beat by far.

        1. So racist I can’t even. I just can’t.

          1. The day you tell me you like to bang African or New Guinea pygmy tribeswomen is the day I’ll believe your dick knows no bounds.

        2. Gisele Bundchen notwithstanding.

        3. basically any Slavic country has them beat by far

          lol

          look who’s never actually traveled.

          1. Quite the opposite. Russia, Czech Republic and Poland are highly underrated for the ratio of hot-to-ugly women. Sounds to me like you’ve never been.

            1. cool story

            2. I’ve told stories about my eastern european trips about once a month. my impression of all the states you mention (and the ukraine and hungary) is that most are average in ratio between ‘hot’ and ‘kill with fire’, and would fare far better if the national diet(s) weren’t some combination of vodka/cigarettes/starchy food, making ‘pasty and unhealthy w/swollen eyes & cheeks’ sort of the dominant look.

              all of them are basically shit compared to Slovenia, where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a supermodel.

              I’d also rank Scandinavia better, because while the hot-ratio isn’t much higher, the heat is White-hot-fire rather than the frequent “meh, Would” you find in the Slavic states.

              as a side note – I’m surprised that as one of the resident racists you prefer the mongrel, partly-asiatic russians

              1. It’s almost like being a tourist in one city in a huge country doesn’t make you an expert on anything, and different people are attracted to different things.

                1. true that as well.

                  Though there is no disputing that swedes are hawt.

              2. as a side note – I’m surprised that as one of the resident racists you prefer the mongrel, partly-asiatic russians

                and who’s the racist?

  36. Hey, I know I mostly lurk now, but good to see Groovus again.

    Now, I am curious, and I don’t have any money riding on this outcome at all, but if I did… I would have bet that you are currently sans at least one kidney. Ya?

    (Seriously, man, we were worried. You got brought up quite a bit when bad news came out of the Ukraine. Glad to know that you didn’t end up in a Hostel situation)

    1. I think I was still lurking when Groovus left. Welcome back Groovus!

  37. Fuckin A Damon, we’re not supposed to know it’s PM Links until the end of the headline. Is Shackford the only one who can PM Links properly?

    1. Is Shackford the only one who can PM Links properly?

      Yes

  38. Our short national nightmare is over:

    The Associated PressVerified account
    ?@AP
    BREAKING: Oklahoma governor vetoes first-in-the-nation bill that would make performing abortions a felony.

    1. Thank God. The last thing this country needs is more Okies.

      1. What do people from Bakersfield, CA have to do with it?

        1. Okay, smart guy, what’s the preferred nomenclature? Oklahomos?

          1. Sounds right to me.

            But people from Bakersfield really do often refer to themselves as Okies.

            1. In fairness, the very last thing this country needs is more Californians.

    2. first-in-the-nation bill that would make performing abortions a felony.

      So “first in the nation” now means “the same as every abortion law until 1973”?

      Fucking media asshats.

      1. But that was like 50 years ago and was probably passed by old white men who didn’t have Tumblr!

  39. File Under = Lasts

    The last of Hawaii’s wild donkeys to be prepped for adoption

    Because that’s how you save “wild” creatures. Force them into human care. That’ll fix everything.

    Nation’s last tackle powderpuff football game gets saved

    Really? No one *anywhere* lets girls play tackle-football just for fun anymore? We aren’t just a nation of pussies…. We’re a nation of sad, boring, tumblr fatties.

  40. Group that helped sell Iran nuke deal also funded media

    A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group’s annual report. It also funded reporters and partnerships with other news outlets.

    1. OK, now that’s blatant corruption!

      NPR would have done it at no cost if just asked.

    2. I’m sure none of the anti-deal groups have any links with the media.

      1. Isn’t there a difference if one of the parties is partly subsidized,with taxpayer dollars that are taken under threat of imprisonment?

  41. SIGN THE PETITION!!!!!!!!!!

    Make presidential debates great again. This would be just what those people, those great people, those wonderful people, deserve at their debate.

  42. I wonder how long it’ll be before his business gets vandalized.

    Also, I learned that “Spanish speaker” was now a race. I’ll be sure to tell fair skinned blonde people from Barcelona that they’re the same race as a black dude from the Dominican Republic.

    Jesus, people are fucking retarded.

        1. “My wife is Hispanic. My children are Hispanic. Anyone that wants to call me racist on that basis, maybe we should settle it the old-fashioned American way in the alley.”

          Trump’s America, ladies and gentlemen. I’m liking it better every day.

          1. And it’s not enough for them to personally not shop there. They gotta call the Feds to investigate and find some ticky-tack created violation and shut them down.
            It’s fucking custard you assholes, get a life.

            1. I wonder if Gary Johnson thinks the guy should have to serve them in their native tongue.

            2. If there’s one thing I’d like to see from a Trump presidency, it’s breaking the back of PC culture and putting things back in perspective.

              It’s not even “PC culture,” as if we’ve all more or less agreed to some new moral standard. It’s self-styled culture police terrorizing the ambivalent majority of people with something to lose. The second we quit humoring their hysterics, their power is broken.

              1. Everybody has a point where they flinch. I wonder why nobody has thrown a fake punch at these SJW fuckers and backed them the fuck up.

    1. I wonder how long it’ll be before his business gets vandalized.

      It wont be reported until monday, but i assure you, its being planned as we speak

      1. True. After all, they have to find a health inspector that’s on board with deliberately ruining the guy’s life. Even though they’re common in city government, they’re gonna have to pow-wow before they go in with guns ball-point pens blazing.

        And that’s before the EEOC gets their marching orders from the Obama WH and Clinton campaign.

        1. That is what you meant by “vandalized”, isn’t it?

          1. more or less

      2. Oh, and

        VAGuy01
        2:16 PM MDT
        Please get this place closed and those immigrant workers unemployed ASAP.

        Heh.

      3. Oh, and

        VAGuy01
        2:16 PM MDT
        Please get this place closed and those immigrant workers unemployed ASAP.

        Heh.

    2. Fucking hell, Leon’s is fucking awesome.

      Fuckers are now in my city, messing with my restaurants, demanding unreasonable hiring credentials be enforced.

      Need to get the horde back together, root these people out, drive them before us, and hear the lamentation of their women (and or men and or genderqueerwhatever)

  43. Since last Friday was Pentecost, and since Groovus has come back to us, and because of my handle, I’ll just link to this.

    1. “Poland’s newly elected Prime Minister Beata Szydlo called Clinton’s words “unjustified and simply unfair”, adding: “With all due respect, and without using coarse words [Clinton] exaggerated and should apologize to us”.”

      Look, off the record, Prime Minister, what coarse words would you like to use? I won’ tell the Clintons.

  44. “Israel’s defense minister announced his resignation Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by ‘extremist and dangerous elements’ and that he no longer trusts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

    ANTISEMITISM

  45. “Overly Thick Eyebrows” now losing popularity with Teen Girls = “Sadistic, Serial-Killing Murder” Increasingly Popular

  46. RE: Hillary Clinton is refusing to participate in a final debate with Bernie Sanders in California ahead of that state’s June 7 primary.

    That’s too bad.
    I could’ve used the laughs.
    These are the two of the three best comedians running for president.

  47. RE: National Rifle Association Endorses Trump

    NRA = yes.
    Trump the Grump = not only no, but hell no!

  48. This is a Freedom of Religion case I’d like to see go to court


    Loudoun County woman charged in alleged ritual sacrifice of chickens

    1. “Rise Chicken Rise”

      1. +1 convenient location….. in Africa.

    2. This is relevant to my handle.

      1. …I’m seeing it, but I’m not seeing it.

        1. He typed his handle using severed chicken heads

          1. It give a new meaning to “chicken pecking”

            1. His blog is devoted to “Undressed Birds” ?

    3. Is it less murdery if you forego the ritual?

      A friend used to raise chickens. He described using half of a gallon milk jug to funnel the blood away when he cut their heads off. I’m not squeamish, but there’s a reason my chicken comes wrapped in cellophane.

      (later the chickens were mangled by coyotes or wild dogs. Is that less murdery than ritual sacrifice?)

      1. This lady was basically torturing them to death as part of her ritual, or so says the article.

      2. Her name, Carrion, is a bit ironic too.

    4. She should have consulted a religious expert, like a Friar.

    1. They kind of already did the twins thing in season 2, but I’ll give ’em the benefit of the doubt I guess.

      1. Not twins, in this case. One is a mogul, his younger brother is a balding slob. More like Cage in Adaptation than the Murder Twins.

        1. Cage in Adaptation really only worked because he always plays the same character.

    2. I didn’t even know season 2 was done…

      Also seeing McGregor act opposite himself is always awesome. He did a great job in the roles of Jesus and Satan.

    3. I hope his American accent has improved since The Island (yes, I saw it. don’t judge)

  49. Hillary Clinton is refusing to participate in a final debate with Bernie Sanders in California ahead of that state’s June 7 primary.

    Why would she participate? She’s got the nomination locked. She can only lose by participating.

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