Monthly Archives: October 2007

The rich are different…they have more money

And they’re wrecking it for the rest of us. “We need not countenance their existence forever. One need not bring back Stalin to reduce or eliminate the rich. Scandinavian countries do quite well in minimizing their presence. And there is … Continue reading

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How to make an exit

After shooting your lover. Ah, YouTube, the internet loves you.

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Illegal U-turn in California

I was listening to the radio this morning and here’s the story: If you turn left into a driveway, pull halfway into the driveway and back out to go the other direction, this is considered an illegal U-turn in California. … Continue reading

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“What matters is what you do there.”

“No matter what you do in L.A., your behavior is appropriate for the city. Los Angeles has no assumed correct mode of use. You can have fake breasts and drive a Ford Mustang – or you can grow a beard, … Continue reading

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Sustainable development in California

Would be nice. “Disasters, though, have a way of stripping away those signs of comfort and rather starkly revealing land-use patterns as well as the philosophies that underpin growth. The flooding in New Orleans that followed Hurricane Katrina, for example, … Continue reading

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2008: Vote Bullshit

Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters (via WTF is it Now?) Gonna be a long long long year for me.

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Apparently California has brave rabbis, too

“The pairing of the rabbi and the firefighters was a natural one. “He had beds. They had been sleeping on asphalt. He had food and showers. They were grateful. “Rabbi Yosef Brod should have rushed down the mountain a week … Continue reading

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Anti-tax Republicans and hot places

“On Thursday Kirk Murphy wrote a compelling piece at Firedoglake, ‘Drown it in a Bathtub?’ – How Grover Norquist, the Club for Greed, and Arnold Let SoCal Burn, explaining how anti-tax sentiment in San Diego County left firefighters without adequate … Continue reading

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Nothing against God, but Jacquie Sullivan is nuts

Is the wisdom of separating church and state that hard to understand? I wonder. I have nothing against God, I just don’t like other peoples’ ideas of God shoved down my throat. Thank you very much. “BAKERSFIELD — Next time … Continue reading

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“Feminism is not about replacing injustice with injustice.”

“Next, we come to the purported hypocrisy of doing what they accuse others of doing. Feminism is not about replacing injustice with injustice. It is not about diminishing the humanity of anyone. It’s about unearthing the ways our traditional understanding … Continue reading

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Is it safe to bank yet?

“As much as the HangUp Team has relied on distributed pain for its success, financial institutions have relied on transferred risk to keep the Internet crime problem from becoming a consumer cause and damaging their businesses. So far, it has … Continue reading

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From glowing shrimps to the moonlets of Saturn

“Boy, this story begs for followup with more, expert opinionizing. In the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Andrew Schneider reports a case of glowing shrimp in the kitchen. A fellow bought them at the market, ate a few, turned out the lights, and … Continue reading

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Genarlow Wilson is free!

Sanity and Justice have prevailed in Georgia. Thank you Sanity and Justice and four members of the Georgia Supreme Court. You other three… “But Wilson is not the only young offender caught in a maze of draconian sex laws. Many … Continue reading

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White America’s idealized, less-than-real black man

“He’s there to assuage white ‘guilt’ (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial … Continue reading

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Spot the fake

(via Bruce Schneier)

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It’s easy to pray when you’re already on your knees

“Well you weren’t singing Wagner, were you dear. (Or Nazi-er still Richard Strauss.) We all know about the ‘lifestyle’ changes of ‘Ex-Gays.’ They ‘renounce’ their pasts, marry similarly-disposed lesbians and crawl into the closet — like so many of today’s … Continue reading

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Tree houses

I guess if I wanted to live in the forest, this Low impact woodland homes and other tree houses and a few of the other options might be quite pleasant (with proper catering and electricity and hot water and—nah, I … Continue reading

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Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography

Manuel Álvarez Bravo in the Country, México, 1970s. Photograph by Graciela Iturbide Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography.

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How to haggle your way to success

“About 10 years ago, a group of graduate students lodged a complaint with Linda C. Babcock, a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University: All their male counterparts in the university’s PhD program were teaching courses on their own, whereas … Continue reading

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Global warming? What global warming?

“Anyemaqen Mountains, China — More than 3 miles above sea level in these jagged, wind-scoured mountains, there’s little doubt that global warming is endangering China’s future. “The glaciers that ripple off the peaks of Anyemaqen, a mountain range in the … Continue reading

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The Regional Assembly of Text

I want to go to this store so bad I can taste it. I did order a year of their Little Book Club because getting a little handmade book every month delights me very much. (Did you know the Canadian … Continue reading

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FEMA Follies

Just when I thought FEMA couldn’t get any stupider…they do: “This is a violation of several laws, including the Hatch Act, and domestic propaganda (National Security Act 1947, Section 503 (f)). This is also censorship and a direct assault on … Continue reading

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You really ought to give Iowa a try

“S Brennan might be right when it comes down to an actual Republican nominee. But I’m down the road a ways from suburban Des Moines, and I can tell you (anecdotally, of course) HRC will a) not win the Iowa … Continue reading

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Waterboarding is torture

I am so sick of candidates and nominees for high office being okay with waterboarding. Is anyone who’s ever been waterboarded going to say it’s okay? I doubt it. Is anyone who’s almost drowned going to say waterboarding is okay? … Continue reading

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Botox Nation

“I would like to believe that we are beyond sexism: that women do,in fact, get judged and treated exactly the way men do. But, it doesn’t happen. One of the ways this really hits me is how women are punished … Continue reading

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Life kind of does begin at forty

Or so they tells me: “Actually, the older woman carries just as heavy a load after 40/50/60 as she does when she is 20, her ‘load’ changes slightly. Would I have used the word necessity in that sentence? No. Perhaps … Continue reading

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This would make a great reality show!

“Looking for a perfect little weekend vacation this fall? Here’s a travel tip you don’t hear very often: Head to Pittsburgh. Right away. “Seriously, get in the car and read this story later, because when you’re done reading, you’ll wish … Continue reading

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Is that a new look for Tigra?

I’ve been busy with other things so I’m late to the Tigra assault and JLA chamber of horrors pages party. But, then again, I was trying not to notice them. Snuff and porn comics will always be with us, but … Continue reading

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The End of Civilization as we know it

Quentin Tarantino explains why Top Gun is very very gay: (via Loganotron)

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37 Republican scandals with a dance beat

And these are just the one’s from 2007-ish. (via WTF is it Now?, of course)

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