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  1. 12 people are now confirmed dead and 48 injured from the Berlin Christmas market attack.

    Christmas is the time of miracles, so the real guy could end up being a neo-nazi in a MAGA hat.

    1. Hello.

    2. The last I’d heard is that Berlin police had a Pakistani in custody.

      1. Or, I guess I could’ve read the very next item….

        1. Yeah, I meant to quote both those links, but like a Kraut after a lorry driver, I FAILED.

          1. do the brits call them krauts, or don’t they have a unique term for that too?

            1. “Jerry”, derived from “jerrycans” (an improvised gasoline bomb made from a fuel container) is really common one. “Kraut” is used, and some old timeys use, “Heinie” as a pejorative, there are others that are regional and Cockney slang as well, but I don’t know of them.

              1. I’m pretty sure you have the etymology the wrong way round. Jerrycans are just gasoline containers (not specifically as used for improvised bombs). But are named for the British epithet for Germans because they were invented by Germans.

                1. I’m pretty sure you have the etymology the wrong way round.

                  ‘Twas explained that way to me by an authentic, honest to Sod, Limey, Zebulon. Either way is correct, since I specified, “fuel container”, and during WWII, on the Allies side in Britain, was to which they were referred. The term, “Jerryrig,” comes from the process of making an improvised bomb from the fuel containers, since the Army Engineers didn’t have much else to fight with, as it was explained to me.

                  I’m not going to argue with a man whose father served in WWII and received that very explanation from him.

                  1. Jerry Can has made it into the english-english lexicon, but I’ve only heard it in the south, but of course, there was plenty of exposure to american english for a couple of years, so it’s hardly surprising.

                    The Brits have a term, “Jerry Built” which is almost certainly an evolution of “Jerry rig”, which is used to describe some halfassed attempt at constructing a (usually mechanical) device or a building. As far as I know, nobody confused the ‘jerry’ in ‘jerry rig’ with the term for germans.

                    And then you have the “Jury rig”, which some brits use interchangeably with “Jerry Rig”, which might or might not be valid.

                    1. Jury-rig is the older version. I suspect “jerry-rig” would just be a pun.

                  2. Well, according to everything I can find, “Jerry” came first and the can was named after that.

                    “Jury rigged” of which “jerryrigged” is avariation, is used much earlier than WWII. It may be that the change to “Jerry” had something to do with Germans, but improvising gasoline bombs wouldn’t be the origin.

                    Having a parent who fought in a war does not make one an expert on the origin of words.

                    1. Is this the ‘nigger-rigged’ thread?

                    2. Ahem, that’s “Afro-engineered” these days!

                    3. +1 And, it was even used as a compliment sometimes… As a innovative “hack” used by a poor black guy just trying to get something done on the cheap.

                    4. 1) “Jerry” came first and the can was named after that.

                      Fine, then.

                      2) “Jury rigged” I never once used this term. The avariation is the one which I specifically referenced. The making of improv bombs from Jerrycans was called, and please note the explicit spelling: “j-e-r-r-y-r-i-g”. Does that look like “Jury rigged”, which is a nautical term, not a British Army Engineer term for a field improvised device that goes boom?

                      3) Having a parent who fought in a war does not make one an expert on the origin of words.

                      Considering that it the precise war in which the term, again since you seem to be exceptionally obtuse about this, was WWII, and in which the man served, AS AN ARMY ENGINEER MAKING BRIDGES, can qualify him as an expert explaining an Ur Exemplar from first hand experience.

                    5. The brits have a long history of ‘legitimization’ of malapropisms.

                      What with the regional accents and borrowing (indeed, the widespread use of cockney throughout the UK without the speakers actually understanding the origin of the term they use) – makes it a fertile ground for urban philologists. The widespread televised use of the term ‘berk’ is a good example.

                      Then you have the misappropriation of continental European languages, particularly Dutch. Few british users of the word ‘poppycock’ know where it’s derived from.

                    6. The widespread televised use of the term ‘berk’

                      I remember the last time I used that term, hurled forth in its proper context, and nearly got a punch in the face for my trouble. One of my few Ugly American moments.-)

                    7. +1 Informed Insultee

                2. As I recall, it came about because in the North Africa campaigns the British soldiers scrounged the battlefields for German gas cans because their own were notoriously leaky. “Jerrcan”was a way to distinguish the good stuff iover their crappy equipment.

              2. I thought Jerry derived from Germans (like Jap was a shortened version of Japanese). Old nicknames were pretty cool – Frogs, Roast Beefs, Cousin Jonathan, Limeys, etc.

            2. A generational thing, but about 60 years ago they might have been called “the bosche” by some limeys, although now, the term is limited to talking about expensive kitchen appliances and hand tools.

            3. Would you prefer I call them the Hun? You racist.

              1. ok, so

                *like a Jerry after a lorry driver, I failed.

                there

                1. Also, Bob’s your uncle.

                  1. I heard that in your case, it’s actually Crusty Juggler.

                    1. Either way, it’s all country matters to Monte Crusto.-)

                    2. …and his son.

        2. “He arrived in Germany on 31 December of last year… [and] was reportedly known to police for minor crimes….”

          But even if it wasn’t him, he does sound like quite a productive immigrant, having already managed to amass a rap sheet in less than a year.

          1. “Round up the usual suspects!”

            1. It’s Keyser S?ze. Keyser S?ze.

              1. The greatest trick the truck-driver ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

        3. Local newspapers say the driver of the lorry was followed by a bystander after jumping out of the cabin, and the man who tracked him used his mobile phone to keep in touch with police.

          Early reports, etc., but sounds like they likely have the right guy.

      2. I’m sure they have at least one Pakistani in custody. It’s a numbers thing…

  2. 269) In the LGBT school choice post earlier, Scott Shackford wrote “transgender people are coming out at a younger age.” And this transgender woman makes a good point that those who transition before puberty “drastically reduce later symptoms of dysphoria” because at puberty “bodies experience irreversible changes.” That makes sense. If you transition before puberty, it must be far easier to make the change?fewer surgeries, better outcomes. (And less expense!)

    But, but, but?that means making the decision when you’re 10, 11, 12 years old. My son is 11. His thinking is short-term and materialistic. He has no social judgment, no sense of enlightened well-being. And while he may be a little immature compared to his peers, he’s in no way atypical. There is no way I would trust his intuition about something like wanting to change his gender. How do I know he wouldn’t change his mind six months from now?

    Are there any kids that age who are mature enough to make the decision? Maybe they’re homosexual and misinterpreting what their emerging romantic feelings mean? Maybe they simply don’t fit into normal gender stereotypes (i.e, tomboys or effeminate boys) and are confused about what that means? This is difficult even for adults?how could a prepubescent’s judgment be sound?

    1. This is difficult even for adults?how could a prepubescent’s judgment be sound?

      It can’t, this is just further insanity.

    2. This is difficult even for adults?how could a prepubescent’s judgment be sound?

      Serious question: Any studies on regrets after making the prepubescent decision?

      1. Probably too early. Most who have done it aren’t adults yet.

        1. One might argue they never will be.

          1. +1 axolotl

            1. Have you ever SEEN ONE OF THOSE? I was in Hong Kong’s Ocean Park and they had two…THEY ARE HUGE! And a little creepy…very unsettling.

      2. Serious question: Any studies on regrets after making the prepubescent decision?

        I have no information on the breakdown between those that change their gender pre or post pubesence, however, Transvestites kill themselves at a much higher rate than most of the population. This would lead me to believe that changing gender solved nothing for them.

        1. Transvestites? Or did you mean transgenders?

          1. Ttansgenders. I misspoke/typed

            1. Titansgender, well that changes everything.

              1. You just keep digging in your derp pile lee. One of these days you will find one.

              2. Titansgender, well that changes everything.

                Did not Cronus castrate his father?

                1. Did not Cronus castrate his xer father?

        2. This would lead me to believe that changing gender solved nothing for them.

          I don’t think that’s necessarily a fair conclusion in general (though it may be for those who do kill themselves or continue to have other serious mental health problems). It could be that some would have even worse problems without transitioning.

          I tend to think that transgenderism is better considered a psychological problem than a physical/lifestyle one. But it’s not impossible that transitioning to living as the other sex is the best way to deal with it for some people. There certainly seem to be some trans people who are happy enough with their post-transition lives.

          1. True that it might not be fair in general. I have a very hard time believing that changing one’s gender is a generally healthy practice though. I think that it would exacerbate an underlying problem more often than alleviate one.

            If you can’t accept the body you are given, then I think that says something about you and your ability to deal with life. I was born in a family of 6 ft 4 athletes. I’m 5 11 and not very athletic. I didn’t get on a hormone and steroid regime in high school to try and defy the genetic hand I was dealt. I just dealt with the hand and am A-okay.

            1. If you can’t accept the body you are given, then I think that says something about you and your ability to deal with life.

              I think that’s true too. But then what?

              All I’m saying is that it’s possible that transitioning is the best available way for some people to get better at dealing with life.

              1. All I’m saying is that it’s possible that transitioning is the best available way for some people to get better at dealing with life.

                Maybe that’s true. Or perhaps not.Maybe not transitioning and learning to live with yourself as you are is the best course. I honestly don’t know. I do know that if you are born short, you have to live with it. If you are born black, you have to live with it. If you are born stupid, you have to live with it. The vast majority of people learn to cope with the hand they are dealt without disfiguring their bodies.

                In short, grow up and deal with it. It’s what most people do.

                1. But unlike the other things you list, gender dysphoria is a serious psychological issue for some people. Which, by definition, is something that is difficult to simply learn to live with.

                  Transgender people are a tiny minority, so it may not be reasonable to judge them based on what most people are able to do.

                  I really don’t know either. This is just how I think of it based on my limited knowledge and experience with such things. So it’s a good thing I don’t have to decide.

            2. “If you can’t accept the body your are given” makes me think of that poor guy who got gender-reassigned as an infant because of a doctor’s screw-up. It turned out… poorly.

              But he was given a girl’s body as an infant, and had all the help he could want for accepting that body – and it was, in this case, plainly not his fault that he couldn’t.

              So if someone is handed that sort of body/brain mismatch as the result of a congenital or genetic defect, rather than a medical error, I’m also going to be slow to blame him. I’m going to be slow to conclude that it says something about him and his ability to deal with life.

              1. I don’t really have good response to that. Maybe sometimes we are just born fucked up.

                That’s the best I can come up with.

          2. I tend to think that transgenderism is better considered a psychological problem

            Ya think? There is a physical reality, a fact: you are a male. There is a subjective denial of this fact: I feel like a female. Textbook psychological problem, probably categorized as a delusion, and one that is profound enough to spawn all kinds of other psychological dysfunctions.

            1. No it’s a choice! Wait no, it’s not a choice! Wait, which one of those options offers maximum empowerment? Empowerment is all that matters! Vote left, be a mascot of oppression and cut your dick off. Because it’s a choice, or it’s not, or something.

            2. That’s all true (though I’m not convinced that “delusion” is quite the right word for it).

              But the question remains, what should you do about it? As far as I can see, it’s not clear that transitioning isn’t the best available way to treat the issue for at least some people. If there were good evidence that some kind of therapy or drugs would work better (however you might judge that), then I’d say that was the way to go (though consenting adults should be allowed to modify their bodies however they want). But I don’t see much there.

              1. I think for now our best option is really just to admit that we don’t know, and hope that research into and studies of the various ways people currently try to deal with it will help future generations.

                It’s unfortunate therefore that some people consider it heresy to even admit that we don’t know whether gender reassignment is beneficial or not.

              2. But the question remains, what should you do about it?

                True enough. Forcing other people, by law, to indulge your mental illness shouldn’t be an option, but its currently being jammed down by numerous agencies, etc.

                Typically, we don’t treat mental illness by facilitating and reinforcing it, though. Not sure why this should be an exception. Now, if someone wants to live out their mental illness without impinging on the rights of others, I say why not. I have some serious reservations about people who want to make a living, or at least make money, by facilitating and reinforcing the illnesses of others, but I can’t say I would outlaw it, either.

              3. I would say delusion is the correct word. There are people who believe they should have been born without legs and in order to feel good about themselves, have their legs amputated. True story. Transgender reassignment surgery is no different.

        3. Almost like the transgender thing is a sign of mental illness…

          1. It is. At the very least, a bona fide dissociative disorder expressed as a delusion of granduer.

            Dr. ZG is of the firm medical opinion that it’s a discrete form of schizophrenia, and the person simply has no grasp of demonstrable, provable, falsifiable reality.

    3. Is this theoretical or practical? Assuming theoretical.

      I agree that trans people probably “know” fairly early on which sex they identify as (assuming it’s one of the fairly traditional ones). You are right that having pre-teen children make these kinds of decisions is frightening.

      I would hope that the parents have had lots of very long talks with the child and that they have together explored the various orientations and identifications together – not that this has to go beyond “so you’re a boy in a girl’s body and you want to marry a girl when you grow up,” or whatevs.

      All I can say is that this is not a decision most people take lightly. I knew from an early age that I was really, really attracted to other males and I struggled with that for years. And I’m cisnormative (a regular guy) so had a relatively easier time than the less conforming gays.

      1. very long talks. like 8-12yr long talks.

      2. I would argue sexual attraction and gender dysmorphism are separate things. It’s like comparing a person who prefers cake to an anorexic.

        1. That’s how I’m inclined to think of it as well.

          Being gay, as far as I can see, isn’t a problem for the person who is gay (aside from the potential social disapproval which has become much less of a thing). “Out” gay people are generally happy enough with their gayness.
          Transgender people, on the other hand, do have a problem. They aren’t comfortable with who/what they are and would rather be something else. So it’s not just another orientation, but a real problem that calls for some kind of solution.

          I don’t know if there is definitely a hard line to be drawn. And I’m no expert on the matter, so I may be mischaracterizing some people’s experience. But that’s how it looks to me.

    4. It really comes down to what your own stance on sanity and its relation to reality is. As far as I am aware, transgenderism is (now) the only form of body dysmorphism the psychological community treats by encouraging the person to explore it. I don’t know whether that’s good or bad for the health of the patient. The one friend I had who was transitioning M to F had a really horrible childhood and admitted to me that she thought her mother would have loved her more had she been born a girl. To be very clear, I don’t know whether she was “typical” of the transgender set or not. But that, along with some pretty jagged mood swings led me to believe that she might not be happy or healthy whatever she does. Which, I guess makes me one of those who goes back and forth on whether gender reassignment surgery is ethical. I don’t particularly care if a person wants to act/be the opposite gender from what they were born. And as long as it doesn’t take me any more effort to treat that person the way they want to be treated, I will do so.

      1. There’s a reason Johns Hopkins won’t perform reassignment surgery.

        1. Because Trump won?

          *** ducks ***

          1. How’d you know?

          1. Well that’s new. I can’t say I’m surprised though.

            1. His work has been debunked by transgender advocates. Are you surprised now?

      2. transgenderism is (now) the only form of body dysmorphism the psychological community treats by encouraging the person to explore it. I don’t know whether that’s good or bad for the health of the patient.

        You may have answered your own question.

    5. Do you think it’s a good idea to introduce an eleven year old to cocaine or body modification? If not, then why would you put them on a lifetime course of testosterone/estrogen or remove their junk at that age?

      There are always outlier cases where a chemical/genetic blurring of gender can be established, but they’re few and far between.

      1. Body modification is common in infants. Of course, they don’t choose it.

        1. -1 foreskin

    6. But, but, but?that means making the decision when you’re 10, 11, 12 years old.

      This is why parents must make the decision for them. The earlier the better.

    7. Now, if you could make a drug regimen that would delay puberty until the child was more mature, better able to make sound, reasoned decisions about their sexuality, then you could make both sides of the argument happy. Just delay childhood until they are ready to be responsible for their own bodies for the rest of their lives.

      That warm feeling you are experiencing is the side effect of 3 billion fathers of young girls smiling while dreaming of this very possibility.

      1. That warm feeling you are experiencing is the side effect of 3 billion fathers of young girls smiling while dreaming of this very possibility.

        Which is why people should be less concerned about the kids making the decision, and more concerned about parental involvement.

      2. I’m somehow wondering how you ever become mature enough to make the decision if you delay childhood.

      3. a drug regimen that would delay puberty until the child was more mature

        Wouldn’t that also delay maturity?

        1. Physically and anatomically, yes.

          Psychiatrically, since a vital component of psychiatric maturity is dependent on physical and anatomically development, that’s not quite as clear, since the sufferer’s of various endocrinological disorders and genetic syndromes WRT aging and physical maturity have shown both people can mentally and emotionally develop in an expected curve congruent to established norms, but others are stunted mentally and emotionally as well.

          How much one’s emotional, intellectual, and mental growth is affected by physical and anatomical development is largely predictably, but not set in stone either.

      4. Presumably the changes occurring during puberty contribute to this maturation process.

    8. I don’t know much about it, but I would think that the onset of puberty and the rush of hormones could at least potentially change one’s sense of gender. Making a permanent decision before that seems unwise to me.

    9. It’s just quackery, this will go down with exercising the demons and removing the humors.

      1. ^ this shit is cray cray, yo

        Seriously, what ethical mental health professional encourages this kind of thing?

  3. Russian detectives have arrived in Turkey to assist in the investigation into yesterday’s assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov.

    It was on video, so…

    1. I think they’re all circling around the idea that it was the CIA or Donald Trump behind it all.
      or perhaps reverse vampires.

    2. Yes, this might be the political assassination filmed in the highest resolution, from the most angles in history.

      1. I’ll adjust my tinfoil hat here and say that shooter looks like he was a cutout.

    3. I’m sure Turkey will cooperate fully in getting to the bottom of this.

  4. Working-Class Parents’ Investment in “Self-Reliance” Is Working Against Their Best Interests

    Damn fool white working class mid-Westerners just “long for a future where they [can] consider themselves self-reliant and economically independent.” This is clearly a problem! How to get around that and let these people accept the loving caress of the state? Maybe “frame government-supplied child care not as a benefit for the poor or unnecessary government intervention and toward presenting it as a culturally acceptable, universal right.”

    1. Because it’s clearly in your best interests to rely on handouts.

    2. “loving caress of the state”

      Death metal power ballad?

      1. Closest I’ve got off the top of my head is “The Demon’s Name is Surveillance”

      2. Glen Danzig’s attorneys will be in contact with you, if they haven’t already subpoenaed you already.

      3. Sounds more like a two-minute postpunk b-side.

      4. First song on Damn Fool White Working Class Parents’ second album.

    3. Again and again, they expressed reluctance to appear “greedy” and longed for a future where they could consider themselves self-reliant and economically independent. “Just let us run our own lives with less taxes,” one said about public assistance. “And we don’t want to live off the state, either,” added a stay-at-home mom in response to a conversation on subsidized child care. “We want to do it honestly.”

      Clearly these people are fucked up and need to be taught the correct way.

      1. Clearly these people are fucked up and need to be taught the correct way.

        That’s what government-run education is for.

      2. “And we don’t want to live off the state, either,”

        Except for Medicare, Medicaid, SS, SSDI, the VA, and mid-western farm subsidies.

        1. Pay your bet fuckstain.

        2. Oh, was that in the article too or did you also interview them?

        3. Quit taking the taxes, quit meddling in the healthcare industry, let workers invest privately rather than paying for your national ponzi scheme, and quit subsidizing big ag businesses.

        4. Ok, so that leaves what, 80% of the non-elderly population? Most Midwesterners aren’t farmers, veterans, or disabled.

      3. What the Left doesn’t understand (or, at least, pretends to not understand) is that even poor inner-city people want to be “self-reliant and economically independent.” The Right should label self-reliance and economic independence as Universal Human Rights; maybe they’d get better traction.

        1. But those are negative rights, not positive ones. Negative rights are sooo not hot right now.

          1. LOL you libertardians and your rights.

            1. I’m a stickler in that way.

          2. I was attempting to explain the idea of “negative rights” to a friend a while ago and was quite ineffective. Do you (or anyone else here) have a recommendation?

            1. Do you (or anyone else here) have a recommendation?

              A short youtube video.

            2. In a nutshell, positive rights involve making someone else do something. Negative rights do not. Positive rights are always, at their root, coercive.

              1. “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor”

                /Sixth Amendment

            3. Let’s go ahead and clear this up.

              Rights are viewed in two ways. One is legitimate, and the other is not. These two concepts of rights are known as “negative rights” and “positive rights.”

              Negative rights are those things that another may not do to you.

              Positive rights are those things that another must do for you.

              Positive “rights” are the moral equivalent of slavery as you are asserting that you have a claim on the effort of others, forcefully and without compensation or any kind of value exchange. Positive “rights” include “free” anything. Free healthcare, housing, sustenance, education, etc. These are not rights. If you receive these things for free, then someone else is paying for them. Someone else is supporting you. You are not an independent person. You are (ideally) answerable to those who support you. This amounts to charity when done privately and voluntarily. When accomplished through the state, this is theft under coercion and the threat of violence. It understandably upsets those who pay because they are working for far less than their labor is worth because they’re supporting you. Meanwhile, they are able to provIide less support to the people they are truly and morally responsible for. Positive rights also include any action you expect others to take on your behalf, even ? and especially ? if it’s against their will.

              1. Only negative rights are legitimate. The only ethical fight is a defensive one. You have a right to defend your life. You have a right to refuse coercion. You have a right to reject and respond to aggression initiated against you. You have a right to protect your property and the fruits of your labor as the means by which you provide survival and comfort to yourself and your family, and as an extension of the very energy you expended to create value. You have a right to think, feel, and believe as you will. You are a sovereign being. THESE are rights.

                1. Perspective example: you have a RIGHT to speak. You do NOT have a right to be heard, respected, agreed with, or even be given a platform

                2. Positive rights are legitimate. When the obligation is freely assumed by the other party.

                  I got a rec or two for Charles, but I’m late as usual; if anyone reads this, check the PM linx!

                  1. That’s not a right. That’s an agreement.

            4. The concept of positive rights is yet another bastardization of the meaning of words.

              The correct term is “privileges”. You have the “right” to do what thou wilt, as long as you do not interfere with others doing the same. You have a “privilege” to demand, backed by force, that others do as you demand.

        2. There is a dignity of working that many people experience that may be more important to people who have few other ares in their life to gain dignity (or esteem) from. Its not just about having a roof and food, although those are absolutely the most important. Immediately next comes being given the recognition (in this case in the form of a paycheck) for having done something for somebody that they couldn’t or didn’t want to do themselves. Its very strange to me that the self-esteem wing of the political culture doesn’t see this or chooses not to talk about it.

          1. Its very strange to me that the self-esteem wing of the political culture doesn’t see this or chooses not to talk about it.

            Will others approve if put a video of me doing the hard work no one wants to do on Instagram?

            1. Would you ask the ToughQuestions and post the responses on YouTube?

          2. Judge their motives by the logical end to their means and it should no longer be strange to you.

    4. “You didn’t build that.”

    5. I’m not giving Slate the page views, but if to actively try and dissuade people from becoming self-reliant and to push them towards dependence is vile and destructive of the human spirit.

    6. I decided to punish myself and read some of the comments…here are some real gems:

      “Self reliance is a myth for the most part. Show me the best example of a self made man and I will show you numerous ways he was assisted by society”

      “Self reliance is something that I value personally but don’t impose on other people. I know that a lot of things are way easier for me and my family than for others, and I can’t presume to know what it’s like for them.”

      “Self reliance is great. But there will always be people who can’t provide all they need. And their families will not be able to provide what they need. That is actually a key piece of capitalism: there are winners and losers. Then the winners contribute to take care of the losers. It is a social compact that makes capitalism function better. Lets people take more risks. Prevents the growth of a disaffected underclass. The idea that liberals are opposed to self reliance is absurd. That conservatives are so ardently opposed to any social safety net is fairly new. And dangerous.”

      Yep, this what they really believe…

      1. The idea that liberals are opposed to self reliance is absurd.

        Self reliance is a myth for the most part.

        Hmm…

      2. They have a perverse view of “self reliance.” They seem to mean anyone who isn’t a hermit in a forest.

    7. I recommend you declare a right to free food care and take his wallet and go eat.

  5. Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, and Yes are among the musical acts that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

    Which will coincide with the inauguration, so they’ll have to perform for Trump if they want in!

    1. Then I will particularly look forward to Tupac’s performance.

      1. The hof selections are terrible.
        Tupac? That’s not rock music, morans!
        Journey? They were the punchline to a joke until the Sopranos finale. That one song merits induction to the hof?Joan Baez? She’s a lady Bob Dylan, but worse.

  6. “German police say they are unsure if a man they have in custody was behind Monday’s lorry attack in Berlin.”

    Oops.

    1. How difficult can it be to match up the fingerprints from the truck cabin to a person who is already present in one of the many databases they have of criminals and asylum seekers?

      1. Deliberate obfuscation regarding immigrants and the Religion of Peace, is my guess.

      2. “‘The driver was wearing gloves’ — Yeah, *that’s* the ticket!”

        1. It is December in Germany. Not too unlikely.

      3. If he’s in custody they have access to his fingerprints. They can check those against the prints found in the truck. No match doesn’t mean innocent, but a match is highly suggestive of involvement at some level. Also hairs, flakes of skin, etc.

      4. “How difficult can it be to match up the fingerprints from the truck cabin”

        Um. Very hard. Depending on how many people have touched the truck in recent history.

  7. 12 people are now confirmed dead and 48 injured from the Berlin Christmas market attack.

    Clearly antisemitism.

    1. Hey, a link to Chateau Heartiste! Your PUA links are getting classier, Johnny!

    2. You know who else was a sad little man who had to use his power to get a girlfriend…

      1. Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec?

      2. Tyrion Lannister?

      3. Anthony Weiner?

      4. Hillary Clinton?

  8. President Barack Obama plans to transfer 17 or 18 Gitmo detainees to Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

    As a final FU to those countries.

  9. “Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, and Yes are among the musical acts that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.”

    Journey? And I guess I can give them Joan Baez, although I don’t think anybody’s listened to anything of hers in like 40 years.

    1. Since when is Baez even vaguely rock and roll? Even in Cleveland?

      1. She is technically folk, but so is Bob Dylan. Folk is much closer to rock than is rap. And she performed at Woodstock, something none of the other inductees did.

        1. Bob at least played electric guitar. Joan, not so much.

    2. Journey makes more sense than Tupac.

      1. I don’t if I can agree with you on that one. We’ll just have to go our Separate Ways.

        1. If he EVER hurts you…

          1. ….Troubled Times. Caught between confusion and pain…

            1. Clearly I remember picking on the boy, seemed a harmless little fuck.

              1. Hit you with a surprise left, didn’t he? Your jaw…left hurtin’….

                1. Gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady’s breast.

                  1. Ah yes, how could I forget?

                    1. I regret reading those comments/song quotes.

                      I think I’ll read some Lovecraft or, better still from my perspective, a Clark Ashton Smith short story to clear my mind.

                      *Picks up “Tales of Zothique” which was ready to hand.*

    3. Who? Oh, the “Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind” lady!

    4. Baez is also an activist, and we need to thrust all the activists we can into the spotlight for the next few years.

    5. I saw Joan a couple months ago. She’s a splitting image of Jill Stein these days.

      1. I heard you were dead.

        1. You just haven’t reached OT VI yet.

        2. He’s currently getting Lou Reed’s E-Meter. And finally explaining what the meaning of the passage on page 172…

      2. And Grace Slick is the spitting image of Aunt Bea.

        1. I always thought it was spitting image.

          1. Depends on whether you view the 70’s thru a fresnel lens.

          2. Somewhere on this thread the word “jerry” was used, as in “jerry can” etc. This spurred me to wikipedia, as I’ve always thought that “jury rigged” was wrong and the correct term was “jerry rigged” and had something to do with the English making do with what they had. Long story short, I was wrong.

            However, I do still CRINGE when I hear someone say “chunk” instead of “chuck” when they mean throwing, and use “flush out” when they mean “flesh out” an idea.

            1. My pet peeve is flaunt/flout.

    6. The Troggs still aren’t in the “some kinds of popular music” hall of fame.

  10. So, the current talking point from progressive friends seems to be about how terrible the Senate is. Including a quote from Bill Maher about how if the “Dakota territories” have four Senators, and that how “if there are two Dakotas there should be like 15 Californias”

    What is that I can’t even

    1. They sound like my daughter and her friends whenever they talk about stuff they don’t like.

      ‘Yeah, like so, why do we even need, like why Dakotas? And Montana has all that space, like why? Can’t we, like, just make it one whatever, you know, like space and call it Love or something?’

      1. Girl sitting next to me in 7th grade leaned over during a geography test and asked me, “Psst, which one is on top, North or South Dakota?”. True story.

        1. “South Dakota is North Dakota’s bitch.”

          1. “And quit saying ‘Pee-air”!”

          2. Maybe South Dakota is a power bottom? Ever think of that?

            1. What’s the difference between a power bottom and a regular ole bottom?

              1. Back and glute strength.

        2. Southampton County VA is “on top” of Northampton County, NC.

          1. Kinky!

          2. And you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.

          3. They are in the proper direction with regard to their states, at least.

        3. ‘I will be on top of you if you don’t shut up!

          1. Oh, sorry. I wasn’t clear. Still fucked her.

        4. Was she wearing a V-neck sweater when she leaned over?

        5. It’s part of the axis of evil. Wyoming, Montana, and one of them Dakotas.

    2. Of course a lot of the Californias outside of LA and SF would be Republican, but they don’t think that deeply about it.

    3. “if there are two Dakotas there should be like 15 Californias”

      I think the progs would be very surprised at the political make-up of 15 Californias. You’d pretty much have two liberal enclaves, a couple competitive states, and the rest pretty solidly conservative.

    4. That was actually a thing on Progressive Talk Radio here a few weeks ago. The chimp host was ranting about too many rural states, and specifically demanded that North and South Dakota be merged. Another gem: “Wyoming? NOBODY lives in Wyoming! Why do they get three electoral college votes??? There were more people on the block I grew up on in New York than there are in Wyoming!! If they get three electoral college votes, my block ought to get three electoral college votes!!!” You could hear the spittle flecks hitting the mike.

      It was awesome.

    5. I don’t they grasp that if a few urban areas got to decide the leadership of the country they would soon find the states would not play and those urban areas would be deciding the leadership of a much smaller country.

      1. Those urban areas might find it hard to eat, without any food.

  11. More electors defected from Hillary than Trump.
    The drumbeat for Hamilton electors was more effective messaging within the drum circle party.
    The ability of this election to provide amusement continues unabated.

    1. tbf, had Clinton won we probably would’ve had more defecting Republican electors.

      But yes, after all the talking about Hamilton electors the end result is hilarious.

    2. “Dammit, when we told you to vote your conscience, we didn’t mean that conscience! We meant your ‘it’s her turn’ conscience!”

  12. Poll: 46 percent of Americans “cannot be sure” if Russia hacked the 2016 election.

    In other news, 46% of Americans listen to fake news!

    1. How do you hack an entire election?

      1. You don’t, it’s just a bullshit talking point, like “climate deniers”.

        1. I’m gonna hack the internet.

          1. ^Russian Toadie.

            1. I take you to cliff Andropov.

              1. The Yuri’s still out on that one….

                  1. Into a pile of rouble?

                1. This sub thread is stalin out.

                  1. what’s the Khrushchev?

    2. 100 percent of Americans “cannot be sure” if Russia hacked the 2016 election. Some are just more gullible than others.

      1. What if I am 99.9% sure Russia had nothing to do with the DNC/Podesta hacks. Isn’t that good enough?

        1. I am 100% sure that, hacked by Russia or not, the DNC and Podesta emails are some pretty damning shit.

          1. I’m surprised no one had mentioned that it doesn’t matter for the most part how it got leaked. The stuff it said is still bad. I wish someone would hack the republicans so we can see what dumb shit they say. Although I don’t personally feel that they are smart or savvy enough to have some broad sweeping conspiracy like the DNC.

  13. Russian detectives have arrived in Turkey to assist in the investigation into yesterday’s assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov.

    Insert umbrellas with polonium reference here.

    1. “Try the Dioxin-Borscht!”

      1. It’s overrated. Didn’t even make Yelp, much less Zagat’s. Now the polonium chaj, that’s not my cup o’ tea.

  14. THE AWARENESS
    …When a guy who’s based his existence on Blue Pill idealism has it destroyed after having had it shape who he is for so long, the anger he feels usually comes from not having become aware of it sooner. That anger is directed inward or at the social order that’s held him in that idealistic delusion for so long. The frustration comes from wasting ones years invested in something that now seems so obviously false. That isn’t to say that some men wont carry this resentment over into a fully realized misogyny, it’s just to say that it begins from the regret of having lived what’s now an obvious lie for so long.

    A popular misconception about the Red Pill ? the popularized notion of it, not the actual praxeology ? is that it makes men misogynists or it’s inherently negative, or it’s function is ‘truthful anger’. I am reminded of the explanation of the 32nd Law of Power:

    The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes from disenchantment.

    That disenchantment is really what’s at root here for those who would paint the Red Pill with the brush of anger, negativity or hate directed at women in general….

    1. I have no idea what this is about.

      *** clicks link ***

      1. tl;dr

        WTF, Johnny?

        1. He posts this sht all the time.

          Summarized as “make money, fck bitches.”

      2. Culture evolves more quickly than genes, and that upsets some people.

    2. tl;dr: It’s not “red pill” guys fault that they’re assholes whom women would never consider going near!

      1. I’ve seen the second half of your statement disproven repeatedly over the decades.

        1. Chicks LOVE assholes.

    3. Jesus. I actually thought this was some metaphor for why Bill Clinton is lashing out at Comey, et al, for his wife losing the election.

      “When a guy who’s based his existence on Blue Pill idealism has it destroyed after having had it shape who he is for so long, the anger he feels usually comes from not having become aware of it sooner. That anger is directed inward or at the social order that’s held him in that idealistic delusion for so long. The frustration comes from wasting ones years invested in something that now seems so obviously false.”

  15. About freakin’ time for YES.

    Waiting until Squire was dead pisses me off though. What, 2014 was putting them in too soon?

    1. The Yes Album alone should be sufficient.

      1. They were fully qualified by the end of 1972.

        1. They should have been disqualified for the 80’s

          1. Everyone but everyone saw “Money for Nothing” and “Video Killed The Radio Star” on MTV and said “fuck yeah, let’s go do some of that!” – especially when they were within 1 parsec of Trevor Horn.

            “YOU LEAVE YES ALONE!

            1. “Owner of a lonely heart” predates “Money for Nothing” by about two years.

              1. I LOVE THAT ALBUM

                YOU LEAVE YES ALONE!

    2. +100 Fuck yeahs.

  16. Poll: 46 percent of Americans “cannot be sure” if Russia hacked the 2016 election.

    Oh look, Reason is adopting the leftist phrasing. How surprising.

    Nobody at this point is seriously claiming the election itself was hacked. The left is using the usual motte and bailey tactics of pointing to plausible Russian hacking of DNC emails, and conflating that with “hacking the election”. And Reason is apparently glad to help.

    1. Reason is adopting the leftist phrasing.

      Yes, exposing the communications in a campaign = hacking an election. Of course it is.

    2. The wording of the questions is a joke, also. It’s one of those “here are two statements, which one do you agree with.” It’s a complete push poll.

      1. And apparently that’s Reason’s fault.

        1. It’s Reason’s fault that they reported it as though it has any meaning.

          1. Is it also Reason’s fault that they reported it as a demonstration of people answering stupid polls in stupid ways?

            1. Odd, I didn’t see Reason making that assertion, maybe I’m reading a different version than you.

              1. Odd, I didn’t see Reason making that assertion, maybe I’m reading a different version than you.

                Sparky is really good at defending arguments and statements that don’t exist. So even when a Reason writer makes a bad argument, only Sparky knows what was REALLY said, he gets the context of the argument and must convey the true meaning to us proles. Leftists sure are smart.

                1. Clearly disagreeing with you of all people makes me a leftist.

                  I’d like to submit to Citizen X that you might be the red amsoc.

              2. Maybe you’re right. I don’t recall them ever bringing up a poll to show its stupidity. And we do have solid evidence that they’re all cosmo SJWs. Especially that Root guy.

    1. A joke? WTF? I guess at least I got a kick out of her stupidity. Maybe that’s the joke

    2. “The thief is sentenced to be crucified on Good Friday, as a final ironic twist to this case”

    3. Why do they always steal the Jesus?? Why not change things up a bit and nab a magi??

  17. Obama’s foreign policy legacy: Eight years of blobbing incoherence.

    1. Only to the stupid such as yourself.

      Don’t Do Stupid Shit was the real foreign policy. But since you defend stupid shit (Iraq) you wouldn’t know.

      1. Riiiight.

        Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Syria qualify as ‘don’t do stupid shit’. Never mind his nonsensical moronic tufgui talk on Russia and poor handling of reliable allies in Eastern Europe. I bet that Iran ‘deal’ will whither.

        You’re a clown.

      2. Pay your bet, assnugget.

      3. So Obama didn’t do stupid shit with foreign policy? Where have you been?

        1. Far up Anal Canyon, trying hard to breathe

        2. /sarc on
          If Obama did it then it wasn’t stupid.
          /sarc off

      4. It’s so nice to see the lefties have all jumped onto the same talking points. Obama never made any mistakes because BUSH and IRAQ even though nobody here defends either.

  18. RE: The Russian Ambassador Assassination

    I’m pretty sure that guy is more than just an off-duty policeman. His trigger discipline in every picture I have seen was outstanding. Probably a highly-trained operator.

    /notsureifkidding

    1. I am unclear on why it is important that he was “off duty.”

  19. Rogue One: Are These the Gay Star Wars Characters We’ve Been Looking For?

    Uh, the two robots that have been in every movie weren’t good enough? Talk about erasure.

        1. I see, so you admit to being an a-ha man.

    1. C-3PO was totally gay and walked like he had a dick up his ass at all times.

      1. All he wanted was a little respect, Rufus.

    2. R2? I seem to remember him sticking his plug into every motherboard he could find.

  20. I’m off work for the rest of the year and I need to find the motivation to start ripping out all the tile in the bathroom as part of my winter home project (redoing the master bathroom).

    1. No, you need to hang out here all morning, then go to lunch, then take a nap, then happy hour somewhere. You can start tomorrow.

      1. Add in a trip to the gym and maybe just get a little high…

        1. Yes. Because if you get a LOT high, you’ll start tearing up the tile and its all over then.

          1. I wish it worked like that.

            1. This actually happens to my wife, apparently. She talks about how she used to get high in college and clean all the things. Whereas, the only things I ever cleaned while high were the refrigerator, pantry, and occasionally the bowl.

              1. I need someone to breed a strain called “Purple Renovation Kush” that assists with home improvement.

                1. I tiled my kitchen while high. It shows.

    1. Tom Arnold needs to get with the making of True Lies 2.

    2. Tom Arnold, showing why he never hit it big. His timing still sucks.

      1. Oh, he hit it big. *Barrf*

        1. Meh. I think of him as the guy who gets called when John Goodman turns down a supporting role somewhere.

          1. My typo WASN’T intentional.

            1. Too bad, because it was awesome.

            2. Your subconscious disagrees.

  21. The Federal government — still retarded

    Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSC) formally proposed to mandate that all new cars be equipped with “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V) communications, also known as connected-vehicle technology. This would allow vehicles stuck in traffic to let other vehicles know to take alternate routes. It would also allow the governments?or hackers?to take control of your car anytime they want.

    As I’ve previously noted, none of the at least 20 companies working on self-driving cars or software appear to be making V2V an integral part of their systems. This is mainly because they don’t trust the government to install or maintain the infrastructure needed to make it work but also because self-driving cars don’t need that technology.

    While the risks of mandatory V2V systems are significant, the benefits are tiny. Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute notes that, “As NHTSA readily admits, hypothetical safety benefits of the mandate will be trivial for the next 15 years, at which point far superior automated vehicle technology may be deployed to consumers,” especially if manufacturers aren’t locked into technologies prescribed by the government.

    1. Sign me up!

      /Ron Bailey

    2. We already have that. It’s driver to driver. It’s called Waze.

  22. Michelle Obama ready for anonymity after ‘painful’ election

    “You know, there’s nowhere I can go in the world and just sit at a table and have a cup of coffee and watch the world,” Obama said in what is expected to be her final sit-down interview. “… Now it’s all gonna change,” Obama said at the White House.

    *** expels coffee from nose ***

    1. Oh, I’d be more than happy to ignore her for the rest of her days.

      1. We all would, but I have this weird feeling that we ain’t gonna have that luxury, no matter what we’re being told.

        1. “just sit at a table and have a cup of coffee and watch the world”

          Hey guys! I’m over here, drinking coffee! At this table! This where I am! Hey, you’re not looking!

          1. “Can’t you just let me eat this waffle in peace?”

            1. “I thought you people liked grits.”

              1. By “you people” you mean humans with functioning taste buds?

    2. Was that before or after she got on the plane for her taxpayer funded vacation to Hawaii?

      1. Those lavish taxpayer-funded vacations with her entourage are what she will miss the most.

    3. /World passing by. Birds fluttering and singing to each other. Atlas spins. Trees gently sway in the wind. People fucking.

      Michelle (caressing cup of joe at the kitchen table): Why comes noes ones links of me no mores?

      /squeezes mug enough to crack it.

      1. /pulls barista’s arm out of socket

    4. Yeah she says that now, but I suspect that she and her entire family are going to be loudmouths. Paving the way for Malia 2032.

      1. It would almost be worth it to see Malia squeeze out Chelsea in the primary.

        1. ha! May the Clintons become the Cleveland Browns of political dynasties.

        2. …only to lose to Ivanka in the general.

          I volunteer for exile Thunderdome style should this come to be.

      1. I once went to Best Buy wearing khakis and blue t-shirt. Someone asked me for help, so I blew my rape horn in her face. The nerve!

        1. blew my rape horn

          That is barely even a euphemism.

          1. No, silly, I call that my rape whistle.

  23. Dunno how this is possible: Demonetisation forces Indian manufacturers to slash production

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘demonetisation’ strategy to remove the high-value INR500 and INR1000 (

    1. Oh fuck you squirrels:

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘demonetisation’ strategy to remove the high-value INR500 and INR1000 ([less than] $15) notes from circulation has resulted in a sales drop [of mobile devices] of 50%, prompting several Indian manufacturers ? along with Taiwan’s Foxconn ? to wind down operations across their sites, leaving workers idle.

      Indian manufacturers including Intex, Karbonn, Lava and Micromax are planning to cut between 10% and 40% of their work forces following the demonetisation initiative. Lava has shut down a plant which provides jobs to 5000 workers for at least a week, while Micromax has also reduced production at sites in Rudrapur and Telangana.

      Buncha kulaks and wreckers if you ask me.

  24. 49 dead in Siberia after drinking toxic bath essence

    Sheesh, first bath salts, now bath essence.

    Glad I take *showers*.

    1. Methanol. It’s a helluva drug.

      Fuckwits,

      1. Yes. Anyone who can’t keep wood alcohol separate from grain alcohol as to which is safe doesn’t get much sympathy.

        1. It’s true after all, Brett. “Florida Man” really is a state of mind; I daresay a legit psychiatric disorder, actually.

          Even in Russian Siberia, bath essence Florida Mans YOU!

          1. Anyone who tells you you can use the whole plant to improve moonshine yield doesn’t drink his own product, or is a master distiller. (I don’t think methanol in the feed affects the water/ethanol azeotrope. Now benzene, benzene will move the azeotrope. Then you have to take the benzene out of your alcohol.)

    2. Apparently they weren’t denied the essence.

    3. With numbers like that, I wonder if it wasn’t a cult.

      1. If by cult you mean “crazy Russians willing to drink anything”, then yeah.

        1. Those are just called “Russians.”

    4. Lots of people seem to insult these guys for being idiots and drinking this stuff.

      But, c’mon guys. They live in Siberia. How do you ~know~ death wasn’t the ~intended~ effect??

  25. So Pearl Jam gets in at the same time as Yes? If it took this long to induct Yes, then Pearl Jam can wait a while. Or forever.

  26. Because my wife will kill me if I share this on FB.

    1. Thanks. I laughed audibly.

      1. That is brilliant. I needed that.

        1. THAT IS THE GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!

    2. LOL

    3. LOL. That’s *awful*!

    4. This might be one of those times when it’s worth it.

    5. From another fun page.

      Both pages linked are just killing it today with inappropriate and funny memes.

      1. Those are horrible. I like it.

    6. Brilliant!

  27. Getting sex by saying ‘If you don’t have sex with me I will find someone who will’ = rape or sexual assault?

    From the Clark University Dean of Students office [since removed]:

    […]

    Coercion is the use of emotional manipulation to persuade someone to something they may not want to do ? like being sexual or performing certain sexual acts. Examples of some coercive statements include: “If you love me you would have sex with me .”, “If you don’t have sex with me I will find someone who will.”, and “I’m not sure I can be with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with me.” Coercive statements are often part of many campus acquaintance rapes. Being coerced into having sex or performing sexual acts is not consenting to having sex and is considered rape/sexual assault.

    1. rape or sexual assault?

      Agency, it’s not just for cisgender hetero white dudes.

    2. Um, you, ah, well… you know, the link.

      1. Don’t you try to coerce me into posting the correct link, you date literary rapist.

        1. literary rapist

          Sugarfree is Brian Herbert?

          1. I always though Sugarfree was more like John Norman.

          2. I would have gone with Kevin J. Anderson for that, just because he also raped the Star Wars EU to death for me also.

            1. Oof — ion cannon shots fired!

            2. Kevin J. Anderson is possibly the worst writer who has ever gotten published. Even as a dumb 13-year-old, i knew his Star Wars novels were garbage.

    3. Hey, mind control is a form of rape.

    4. I have been raped several times, then. Huh. I don’t feel like a rape survivor. Just a dude who went on second/third dates he shouldn’t have in his early 20s.

      1. Sounds like you need to talk to someone about your pain.

          1. Oh gods. All the degreed white women I know are loving this. I tried to explain to one, “do you know how shitty your life will get if you piss off your hair-dresser and she reports you to the police as a domestic violence victim?”
            Of course, no one thought about how it could be abused.

            1. Hey, it’s just an hour out of the 1500 hours of training they have to have.

              1. Willing to bet we see legislation requiring stylists to undergo training for reporting abuse. And sex trafficing, because why not.

            2. Brett L is a misogynist who doesn’t want women to have degrees.

              1. Actually, the female engineers I went to college with have a remarkably different set of politics running the gamut of completely apolitical to conservative. I’m in favor of them having degrees. I just wish they didn’t get all the cool job offers.

                1. You can’t mansplain your way out of this.

            3. To be fair, the stylist is not required to act, and is only empowered to share resources with the client. They don’t report anything to the government.

    5. What about buying them a Fozen costume?

    6. “If you don’t have sex with me I will find someone who will.”, and “I’m not sure I can be with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with me”

      So now, the truth = coercion and emotional manipulation?

      Also, I have to tell you, if coercion is equal to some heinous crime, we’ll have to visit a prison to find a female over the age of 2.

      1. They’ll all be jailed for prostitution if they have sex on the same night as receiving a gift.

    7. See, when you go to Qboda instead of Chipotle because Qboda has queso and Chipotle doesn’t, you are actually raping Chipotle.

      1. I was raped by your porn retard fiction.

        1. Only retards read it in the first place.

    8. Never give your girlfriend ultimatums or try to talk her into something because that’s rape.

      1. Alienation of affection is literally rape by lawyers.

        1. It’s a really old timey tort principle as I recall, ironically one rooted in the idea that a wife has a duty to put out for her husband and vice versa.

          1. I would put ot more that the person constantly refusing sex is not living up to the terms of the marriage contract.

    9. If you consider that rape, why would you want to remain in a relationship with that person? That is only a threat if you do not consider them a horrible person for saying that in the first place.

  28. Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, and Yes are among the musical acts that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

    And still no Dick Dale. What a piece of shit that place is.

    1. Just breathe, Kristen. There isn’t a better man alive than Dick Dale, and someday I hope you get to give him a last kiss.

      1. Stay on the porch, Monte Crusto, and just fade to black, and dream of that elderly woman behind the counter. The one in that small town. The one you see in a rearview mirror, then miss it.

  29. “Poll: 46 percent of Americans “cannot be sure” if Russia hacked the 2016 election.”

    It’s the 54% who are sure (either way) that scare me!

    God save us all from people who are immune to uncertainty.

    Uncertainty is the necessary foundation without which rationality cannot stand.

  30. Japanese firm unveils ‘virtual wife’ to battle loneliness

    Japanese firm Vinclu is releasing a new smart home device that doubles up as a “virtual wife” for lonely men.

    The Gatebox, targeted at single young men, features a holographic character that talks and even texts you.

    The device won’t be on the market until late 2017, but it’s already prompted mixed reactions.

    Hmm… I can think of a few aspies here that need this.

    1. Without even looking, I can say that it will have pink and blue hair, big boobs, big eyes, and strange but revealing clothing.

    2. HM posted a link to a commercial for Gatebox yesterday. It was… heartbreaking.

      1. That wasn’t a commercial… wedding pictures.

  31. “46 percent of Americans “cannot be sure” if Russia hacked the 2016 election”

    Meanwhile, 100% of Americans with more than 3 functioning brain cells, can be certain it’s bullshit.

  32. Russian detectives have arrived in Turkey to assist in the investigation into yesterday’s assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov.

    As part of Alpha Group?

    “In one retelling,” Levitt writes, “the KGB kidnapped a relative of the hostage-taking organization’s chief, cut off the relative’s ear, and sent it to his family. In another, the Alpha unit abducted one of the kidnapper’s brothers, and sent two of his fingers home to his family in separate envelopes.

    “Still another version has the Soviet operatives kidnapping a dozen Shi’a, one of whom was the relative of a Hezbollah leader. The relative was castrated and shot in the head, his testicles stuffed in his mouth, and his body shipped to Hezbollah with a letter promising a similar fate for the 11 other Shi’a captives if the three Soviet hostages were not released.”

    Russia has a longstanding policy of targeting family members of terrorists. The reports of Alpha Group’s alleged actions in Beirut are consistent with this tradition.

  33. This guy looks exactly like a record store clerk that I bought a Threshold amplifier from…

    Uber driver in Michigan stabs passenger five times, says he ‘disrepected’ the car

    When Allemon arrived, the male passenger ? a 49-year-old from Beverly Hills ? tapped on the car window to let the driver know he was getting in.

    Allemon felt the passenger “disrespected” his vehicle with the window tap, police said.

    After driving the couple for only about one mile, he ordered the man out of his car. The passenger asked if they could at least wait for another Uber to arrive, since there was a snowstorm.

    A brawl ensued, and Allemon stabbed the man five times before the victim disarmed him, police said.

    1. I like owning my own car and not relying on others. For more than one reason.

  34. Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, and Yes are among the musical acts that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

    So when is Mozart and Bach to be inducted to the rock ‘n roll hall of fame?

    1. If The Nice and/or ELP are in the HoF, you got Bach covered.

  35. Trigger warning: old news — clearing out my queue

    Microsoft To Tie Executive Bonuses to Company Diversity Goals

    While the total numbers need improvement, [chief diversity and inclusion officer] Houston said new hires of women and racial minorities has increased. Women represented 27.7 percent of new hires this year and 21.7 percent of those hired for technical jobs. Of the new employees, 6.6 percent were African American/Black and 7 percent were Hispanic/Latino.

    I notice the numbers for some “racial minorities” are missing… I wonder why?

    Protip: if you hire a “chief diversity and inclusion officer”, your diversity and inclusion issues will never be deemed solved.

    Microsoft Fortifies Commitment to Open Source, Becomes Linux Foundation Platinum Member

    Just a continuation of an ongoing trend under Nadella, but still interesting.

  36. Black Goat Is Sacrificed On Tarmac Of Pakistani Airport

    PIA is Pakistan International Airlines, which had grounded its fleet of ATR turboprop passenger planes after a Dec. 7 crash of an ATR killed all 47 people on board. The flight on Sunday was the first by an ATR since then.

    It wasn’t PIA’s idea to bring a goat into the mix. Airline spokesperson Danyal Gillani issued what was no doubt the first airline statement about goat sacrifice in the history of aviation: “It was done by some local employees as a gesture of gratitude over the clearance of the first ATR [for flying].” Animal sacrifice is a part of Islamic tradition and can be found in other religions as well (see Leviticus 23:19).

    In defense of the sacrifice, a Twitter user who goes by MisBis wrote: “There’s nothing wrong in giving Sadqua [a charitable offering] … Sadqa bari balao se bachata hai [it hedges against many troubles] … stop making it a joke.”

    But the Pakistan International Airlines Pilots Association was not happy. “When you slaughter an animal in the middle of a major airport next to an aircraft, it is bound to attract attention,” said a representative.

  37. Isn’t that normal Florida wear?

    Florida police arrest man after he tried to break into a home wearing nothing but pants on his arms

    Sheriff’s deputies said the suspect broke a screen door, entered a front porch and tried to get into the home.

    He was wearing nothing but his pants draped over his arm, cops said.

    Carballo-Rios apparently tried to open the front door and struck a number of items in the house before walking.

    The noise startled the homeowner, who called police.

    Deputies arrested Carballos-Rios as he was running down the street naked.

    1. Only if the pants were jean shorts.

      1. His arms would get cold if he wore shorts, stupid.

        1. Crap! When is Labor Day again?

      2. Is there anything more awful than jean shorts? Well that and men wearing sandals… or black socks and sandals with cargo pants.

        1. You mean sandals with actual straps, right? Because I have three pair of flip-flops, and I can wear them to everything but job interviews and funerals and not be underdressed in Central FL. How else do you rinse the sand off your shoes and feet easily as you walk along the beach on any of the 340 days each year when its nice enough to go for a walk on the beach?

          1. Weirdo. I don’t want to see your hairy toes.

            1. Brett is a hobbit? That’s… not all that surprising, really.

        2. Leave my cargo shorts alone. They have lots of pockets.

        3. Is there anything more awful than jean shorts?

          Husky men in skinny jeans has them beat.

          1. The human sausage?

    2. he was running down the street naked.

      This is normal Florida wear.

  38. “German police say they are unsure if a man they have in custody was behind Monday’s lorry attack in Berlin.”

    Related to my post above, the standard should not be “absolute certainty”. The standard should be “beyond a reasonable doubt” when he stands in front of a jury.

    The standard for and indictment should be “probable cause”.

    Absolute certainty is unachievable in the real world because we’re subject to perspective. Even “1 + 1 = 2” is suspect to some level of uncertainty in the real world–since numbers can be misread.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallibilism

    1. They’re not certain yet because the guy is a Pakistani refugee. If he were a right wing extremist, which in Germany now means anyone right of Mao or Lenin, same as in the USA, then the identity would be known with 100% certainty.

      Why are the media still referring to the Nazis, National Socialist German Workers’ Party (gee, that sounds an awful lot like a lot of left wing political parties today) as right wing? I guess it’s the same thing as how they call leftists, liberals.

      1. And the media wonders why it’s held in such low regard.

        “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.”

        —-Gallup

        http://www.gallup.com/poll/195…..w-low.aspx

        I don’t think they’ve changed much, I just think the media model has changed with the introduction of the internet. When people only had four news sources, some of which shared resources among them, what the media said was the truth as far as most anyone knew.

        1. Changed? The NYT made a statement right after the election about how they’re going to be more balanced now. Krugman just wrote an article comparing today to 1930s Germany and Trump to Hitler. Yeah, they’re more balanced alright. Unhinged is more like it.

  39. Geert Wilders Shocking Tweet To Merkel: Your Hands Are Covered With Blood

    With a commanding lead over his competitors, it appears Holland’s anti-Islam, anti-migration Geert Wilders is willing to make his point more aggressively after yesterday’s deadly attacks across Europe.

    In a shocking tweet, he summed up his (and we suspect many Germans) feelings…

    After being convicted for incitement to discrimination (and insulting an ethnic group), we can only imagine what punishment the European bureaucrats will mete out for such a tweet.

    1. Shocking? The truth is now shocking. Imagine that. Merkel was also ‘shocked’, shocked I tell you!, that one of her snowflake immigrants just killed a bunch of people.

      1. The truth is now shocking.

        That’s one of the signs that a society is in decline. If people cannot express truths, the society cannot adapt to the problems related to those truths.

        1. This shit really bothers me, my wife and daughter-in-law were in Breitscheidplatz market 2 days before the attack. The Germans really need to get rid of that old hag.

          1. The old hag, and a million “migrants”.

  40. Zurich mosque attacker is Swiss-Ghanaian occultist.

    So not clowns, not Muslims, not angry white males…

    1. Weird cult. They wear tater hats? My German may be a bit rusty.

  41. The thousands of U.S. locales where lead poisoning is worse than in Flint

    Last year, the city of Flint, Michigan, burst into the world spotlight after its children were exposed to lead in drinking water and some were poisoned. In the year after Flint switched to corrosive river water that leached lead from old pipes, 5 percent of the children screened there had high blood lead levels.

    Flint is no aberration. In fact, it doesn’t even rank among the most dangerous lead hotspots in America.

    In all, Reuters found nearly 3,000 areas with recently recorded lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the peak of that city’s contamination crisis. And more than 1,100 of these communities had a rate of elevated blood tests at least four times higher.

    The poisoned places on this map stretch from Warren, Pennsylvania, a town on the Allegheny River where 36 percent of children tested had high lead levels, to a zip code on Goat Island, Texas, where a quarter of tests showed poisoning.

    Rick Snyder has been busy.

    1. Hmm. What if we had an agency who dealt with that stuff and didn’t spend it’s entire budge chasing carbon fairy tales?

  42. I just discovered that at my new workplace, we literally have “TPS reports”. There’s no cover sheet, though.

    1. That’s because you didn’t put the new cover on the TPS reports. Didn’t you get the memo?

    2. Anyone in the private sector technology game who still calls them TPS reports worries me.

      1. And what do you suggest calling a Target Partner Summary, smarty pants?

        1. A Key Partner Overview? This is IT, it should take 4 seconds to rebrand something.

  43. Chinese National Admits to Stealing Sensitive Military Program Documents From United Technologies

    Yu Long, 38, a citizen of China and lawful permanent resident of the U.S., waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court in Connecticut, to charges related to his theft of numerous sensitive military program documents from United Technologies and transporting them to China.

    bring out the Hillary defense!

  44. Tupac is not stock and roll. Nor is Journey.

    1. You should take that back about Journey.

      In the beginning, when Steve Perry was more like a back up singer, Journey could rock it.

      I mean, it was rock for your little sister, but if Elton John’s “Saturday” wad rock and roll, so was “Feeling that Way”.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0RFpXrPv2g

      I mean, that’s not my thing, but if they were rock and roll when they were Santana, they were rock and roll when they were Journey.

      Remember, the alternative, for most people, at the time was disco or James Taylor.

      Also, Tupac may not have been rock, but Afrika Bambaataa was.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VgLkk_drx4

      I’m just sayin’.

      1. That video just reaffirms my belief that the 70’s were the ugliest decade.

        1. The 70s were awesome.

          1. I wasn’t alive so I can’t comment on the general awesomeness of that decade, but I can say that everyone’s hair was gross looking.

            1. I was alive in the 70’s and I never understood why everyone’s hair was so stiff and wiry and frizzy. Like, even blond white guys, who should have had soft flowing manes, had Brillo pad head.

              1. Shampoo and showers were a less than regular thing.

        2. They were old hippies from the ’60s–except for Steve Perry.

          Back before MTV, of course, it didn’t matter how you looked so much. If anybody saw you it was from a distance in a stadium or on the album cover. If you were really pretty like Jim Morrison or Elvis, they’d put you on TV in a variety show or something. Maybe they’d put your band on TV at midnight on a Saturday.

          The medium was radio and listening to albums at home. If you weren’t on the radio, you didn’t exist for most people.

          Going to hardcore shows back them was truly exclusive. You’d never hear a lot of that music any other way. It wasn’t meant for the radio. That any of it was ever recorded was amazing. And listening to a recording is still out of medium–like judging a restaurant by its decor rather than the food.

          1. Someone never got exposed to The Old Grey Whistle Test.

          2. I should point out that few bands could do harmonies like that live today.

            That’s not a studio recording.

            When looks don’t matter, you can use great musicians.

            Live punk rock is awesome, but it isn’t about being a virtuoso.

            This is awesome, but you had to be there to experience it. You can’t experience it on YouTube, or, rather, it’s a different experience.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOCWma5vOiQ

            With virtuoso musicians, watching film or listening to recording is the intended experience.

      2. Journey has some decent rocking tunes. Stone in Love comes to mind. Feeling that Way is a good one also, as you mentioned.

  45. Examples of some coercive statements include: “If you love me you would have sex with me .”, “If you don’t have sex with me I will find someone who will.”, and “I’m not sure I can be with someone who doesn’t want to have sex with me.”

    What about, “If I wanted a friend, I’d buy a dog.”?

    1. Beastiality.

  46. No news on how Ron Paul got an electoral vote??

    1. I’m just waiting for the left’s next hairbrained sure to fail scheme.

  47. The R&R Hall of Fame needs a moratorium on new inductees until T-Rex is inducted.

    1. Keep banging that gong!

      1. Keep it classy, man. C’mon.

      2. THAT’S NOT THE ONLY SONG THAT THEY DID!!!!!

        1. It isn’t?

        2. You won’t fool the children of the revolution!

    2. No way, T. Rex was the most cursed band in history. Bolan, killed in a car wreck by his gf. The other dude died by choking on a cocktail cherry whilst high.

      1. What kind of idiot let’s their wimin folk drive?

        1. I think Bolan didn’t drive at all.

      2. “The other dude died by choking on a cocktail cherry whilst high.”

        That would be embarrassing even for a Cosmo. I bet that one day when we hear about the unfortunate passing of a Reason writer, that at least it will be from an olive pit or lime peel.

        1. They don’t put that kind of shit in appletinis, do they?

  48. Why would Russia want Trump to win when clearly, Hillary would be much easier to push around?

    1. If I were running Russia, I’d prefer Trump, because Hillary has kept doing stupid shit that all but required the Russians to go to war with the U.S.

      Trump you can negotiate with. Hillary you cannot because she is too truculent to recognize that at some point, if you push hard enough, you get punched in the nose.

      1. But, if they truly had the dirt on Hillary from her server’s deleted emails, she would be very easy to blackmail.

        1. I’m not so sure at this point. The hag basically acted like she was untouchable already, blatantly lying about matters she knew were false and would be discovered to be false, like almost all her initial statements about the email server.

          If she were elected she would just see that as further confirmation that nothing will stick to her and tell anyone who tries to blackmail her to screw off. Maybe the Republicans would have tried to impeach her but I can see her being arrogant enough to think she could never be brought down by any leak.

        2. The really valuable aspect of this is that nobody knows the what,who or how much dimensions of this debacle. We probably have multiple foreign powers and non-national interests with different sets of INT, with different objectives should they decide they want to use blackmail.

          It’s gonna be like an anti-prisoners dilemma, seeing which group can’t resist making a blackmail threat, and in doing so, devaluing the data the other groups have.

  49. Krugman melting down…again

    http://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/…..nt-trying/

    1. This election truly is the gift that keeps on giving. So many bubbles popped, so many straws desperately grasped.

  50. Hipster navel-gazing never goes out of style

    In our smugness and self-assuredness, many of us laughed off Trump and his supporters throughout the campaign, refusing to take them seriously. We lampooned their mobilization of what we saw as a hopeless, hate-filled movement. But the fact that we have just elected an American Berlusconi has wiped the smirks off our faces. What will we do with our newfound sobriety? At the very least, we are called to approach our circumstances with a renewed ? and, I believe, ultimately beneficial ? seriousness.

    There are at least two types of seriousness with which our current circumstances might be answered, two ways of facing the world without the slightest trace of sarcasm or playful duplicity. The first ? represented by our president-elect, who seems incapable of laughter, and some of his apologists ? is the bad kind, embodied by the thirst for profit or by apocalypse fetishism, joyless ideology, and even cruelty. It is a punitive seriousness, a burn-it-all-down ethics that favors revenge over reconciliation. This is the reigning type of seriousness.

    Conservative “apocalypse fetishists” like Krugabe? or Tim Egan?

    Ironic detachment is no longer an option. To the barricades, my hipster comrades!

    1. embodied by the thirst for profit or by apocalypse fetishism, joyless ideology, and even cruelty

      Yeah, he certainly seems to have sobered up and is now taking Trump seriously. Mook.

  51. Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, and Yes are among the musical acts that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

    Nothing screams rock and roll louder than Joan Baez.

  52. Hmm… prejudge much Reason.headlinewriters?

    German Police ‘Unsure’ If They Have Guilty Suspect in Custody

    No link love for the Swiss cheese mosque rampage yesterday?

  53. Just one more month. One month almost exactly to the hour now until Block Insane Yomomma and his vile wife can finally stop pretending that they sort of like America a little bit sometimes and permanently go back to Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright and “God damn America” and “F all you bitter clingers” and “my grandma was a typical white person” and all the shit that they really and truly believes in their heart of hearts.

    It can’t go by fast enough.

  54. TW: Salon’s Twitter Account

    Hey, President Donald Trump: Do you know where your bombs are falling? http://slnm.us/FVl3FFj

    Apparently they think Trump is already President, or they really thing their readers are the dumbest people on earth.

    1. That would make them half right.

    2. Today, more than ever, the world needs our system of checks and balances to work again. The alternative, unthinkable as it might be, is looming.

      They complained about a bunch of shit that happened during Obama’s presidency that they never criticized, but now that Trump will inherit Obama’s war making power, suddenly checks and balances are the order of the day.

      The left really are a bunch of disingenuous cunts.

    3. The comments are, surprisingly, almost 100% critical of the article.

    4. Have they even bothered to respond to this shit? Like “Yep, we’re fucking stupid and we don’t know who the POTUS is. Sorry bout dat.”

  55. I see that one of the cable networks (A&E maybe) has a new series starting in January on the KKK because “this generation is the last generation that will be taught to hate.”

    So, we’re going to focus on a movement that seems to have almost disappeared from general view, argue that they represent much of America and THEN give these idiots air time so they spew their idiocy all over the place.

    Morons (and that applies to both the KKK and the developers of this show).

  56. Hmmm… so, I had an idea to fix the European thing while still appeasing progs; just re-organize and re-contextualize your immigration/asylum program to be a fight against patriarchy. Thus, don’t discriminate on the basis of nationality or religion per se, but only on the basis of being a post-pubescent male from a patriarchal nation. Expel male immigrants and treat Europe as a giant women’s shelter. Women would gain more political power, so it’s a win for them, which also means it is likely a win for progs, so they will be tempted go along on that basis alone.

    1. treat Europe as a giant women’s shelter

      It’s all pussies and douches anyway.

    2. What are you talking about? You think the progs are being earnest when they say they want to help immigrants and women?

      1. No, but I think they know that women vote for them, I was hoping their love of power would be enough to shut down male immigration.

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