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May 08, 2015

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Hal

Cactus paintings.

. . . Oh. Paintings of cactus.

Touch pianist.

Granted, the telekinetic variety just looks like a player piano . . . works with trackball, too.

Moon streaks.

DON'T LOOK ETHEL!!!! ETHELLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!

Dave M

First! Boy I thought *I* was eager for it to be friday. Anyway, here's some more ephemera.

Dave M

Damnit, that was my first first.

R. Sherman

Re: The Pulp Novel Cover Site.

There are 957 pages of those covers with each page averaging about 3 covers. So you have almost 2900 covers of books.

Strangely, those 2900 books collectively have only two plots.

Hal

Boy I thought *I* was eager for it to be friday.

Oy. With my Thursdays these days, I've been tending to stagger in from the current paycheck, and being UTC -8, munch on dinner while staring blearily at the just posted news from the city.

Strangely, those 2900 books collectively have only two plots.

Strangely? Relatively unsurprising, somewhat.

I'm currently and finally wading through a read of all 181 original Doc Savage stories. When that's done, next will be all of Nero Wolfe, followed by finally getting through a read of all the plays of Shakespeare, and then all of Terry Pratchett.

Anna

Try not to worry, Mr Dog.

Anna

Bond song on a budget.

Brilliant.

David

Brilliant.

Yes, it’s a pleasant surprise. I like that he even has his own title sequence dancers.

David

Strangely, those 2900 books collectively have only two plots.

Still, there’s apparently endless scope for variation on a theme. There’s forbidden sex, flat-share sex, journalist sex, heiress sex, lady wrestler sex, lesbian sex, bisexual sex, sex with the help, sex on a ranch, sex at sea, sex in space, sex in the Foreign Legion…

All kinds of latent hungers.

sackcloth and ashes

'Please everyone take care of each other tonight. So many are already close to losing hope. Reach out to that friend. I mean it'.

https://twitter.com/PennyRed/status/596439417742581761

David

Reach out to that friend. I mean it.

Yes, the End Times are upon us. Perhaps she’s realising that her inner circle on Twitter doesn’t quite correspond with the actual electorate.

sackcloth and ashes

I presume that Hatnan Senoj has been blocked for his tweet.

David

I presume that Hatnan Senoj has been blocked for his tweet.

Well, that’s the thing. Laurie and her comrades almost reflexively block just about anyone whose views are at odds with their own pronouncements. The resulting forced consensus may give them a sense of Speaking For The People™. Hence the bewildered dismay on discovering that the range of views in play extends beyond those typically aired by middle-class leftwing students.

Tom

"How could that awful, beastly, Cameron man have been elected, and with a majority! He's a brute! Absolutely no one I know voted for him."

- Penny Kael (allegedly)

David

Entirely unrelated to Laurie Penny’s trauma.

sk60

Entirely unrelated to Laurie Penny’s trauma.

Clegg gone, Miliband gone. Still waiting for Russell Brand to resign.

David

Did Laurie’s hashtags mean nothing to the proletariat?

sackcloth and ashes

Another classic from Owen Jones.

This man is to politics what Mr Chinnery is to animal welfare.

wtp

Yank needs some help with perception on UK politics again...I'm seeing a touting of an Obama victory in that "his man" Cameron won. It would seem to me Cmdr. Zero would be much more comfortable with Labor/Labour if not Lib-Dem...if not SNP...if not the outright Socialists. I think I know the answer to this but I'm still not clear as I got this headline from Fox on Google. Does Cameron actually like Zero? Was Millibrand somehow personally uncomfortable with him?

wtp

And BTW, I see it's the 70th anniversary of VE-Day. Just thought it somewhat coincidentally worthy of note...or not, depending on perception, reality, stuff like that.

Min

Re Owen Jones...

"Savour it."

https://twitter.com/OwenJones84/status/596288575404175360

David

“Savour it.”

And then hubris met nemesis.

Ten

Is Owen Jones that kid from the Harry Potter films? Help a Yank out...

sackcloth and ashes

@ wtp

In the same way that there was a Macmillan-Kennedy and Bush-Blair connection, I think it's pretty clear that the current POTUS prefers Cameron as PM. In theory, the US-UK relationship should be based on Republicans being mates with Conservatives, and Democrats cosying up to Labour. But that doesn't always happen.

In this case, it is clear that Obama had no time for Miliband. He probably remembered his role in the Syria vote in Parliament in August 2013, where the Labour leader first indicated he'd support air-strikes in response to the Ghouta Sarin attacks, then backtracked when the hard-left backbenchers in his party kicked off, and then delivered a mendacious speech which fooled very few.

His most recent boasts about 'standing up to President Obama' over Syria probably made matters worse.

Above all, and while I get the impression you don't think much of the current POTUS, I would give him a degree of credit for being a judge of character. Because he clearly realised that Miliband was a fucking cunt, and that he wasn't fit to run a bath, let alone a country.

Hal

UK election explanations for Americans . . .

If Headlines Expressed What Labour Supporters Really Feel

Do be warned, this is a lot of that very subtle, stiff upper lip, deadpan observation stuff, so you do have to read between the lines.

wtp

Thanks S&A. Stuff that slipped under my usually aware radar...or memory. Guess I was thinking of the Obama gift gaffe with your PM, but that was with Gordon Brown. As for

I would give him a degree of credit for being a judge of character. Because he clearly realised that Miliband was a fucking cunt, and that he wasn't fit to run a bath, let alone a country.

the phrase "it takes one to know one" comes to mind. Ungracious as it sounds. Yes, there has never been a president in my lifetime I've held in such contempt. I never felt Carter, for all his faults past and present, held this country in contempt. I only thought he just didn't get it and thus his damage was benign. Oft times I'm not so sure about BHO.

dicentra

Thanks for the piano thing!

That's the first time I've ever been able to play a Chopin nocturne. My trills still need work, but still.

Brilliant!

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

It's exploity to get a mani or have day laborers move your furniture: http://thebillfold.com/2015/05/the-moral-dilemma-posed-by-the-mani-pedi/#more-68830

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Poor Laurie. Sounds like the Penny dropped.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Steve 2's worst nightmare: http://patch.com/illinois/orlandpark/flying-spiders-invade-chicago

Kevin Perez

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/08/boston-university-prof-flunks-white-masculinity-in-controversial-tweets/

Decided to post this here (again) else where only because I found it on my Bing news home page and it's very relevant to the general theme of this website.

Enjoy! It's very comical and we have reached a point where such folks CANNOT be parodied.

Gregoryno6

The Coca Cola ad was great. Now I know what old Disney animators do for a hobby.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Professor Grundy is a dolt. The poor thing. She'll always be silly and trivial-minded. Just as well she's a "professor;" living in the ivory tower is the only way her tiny amount of brainpower will get her through life.

sackcloth and ashes

'Guess I was thinking of the Obama gift gaffe with your PM, but that was with Gordon Brown'.

I would say that was probably the effect that Cyclops had on people.

Rob Anzac

Greg#6, Agreed on the Coca Cola ad.

wtp

A&S...dude...yank here...Cyclops, whole new Google hole... but thanks for the direction to further enlightenment.

David

If Headlines Expressed What Labour Supporters Really Feel.

In the Independent, the socialist comedian and 80s hangover Mark Steel is doing the usual self-flattering contortions. He describes himself as “numb” and “dumbfounded,” as “consumed with horror but entirely mystified,” as if the election result were on a par with a reversal of gravity or the Moon turning purple.

Mr Steel believes that Miliband lost so catastrophically because of those every-ready bogeymen – “Rupert Murdoch and the wealthy.” You see, it’s all about “the power of Murdoch.” It’s telling that Steel simply dismisses the agency of the electorate, who, in his mind, are strangely peripheral, mere dupes of dark forces. For him, it’s inconceivable that lots of people could have made up their own minds, found Labour wanting or simply ludicrous, and voted accordingly. Because how could anyone possibly find a leftist agenda unattractive?

[ Added: ]

See also the first item here. That thread may be a better place for any further election-related comments.

sackcloth and ashes

@ wtp

'Cyclops' was Gordon Brown's nickname.

That's my oversight. I should have explained it.

'In the Independent, the socialist comedian and 80s hangover Mark Steel is doing the usual self-flattering contortions'.

About twenty years ago 'Viz' did a one-off strip called 'Lenny Left'. My Google searches have failed to dig it out, but I can recall (and Wikipedia confirms) that it was about a 'radical' comedian whose tedious activism and hackneyed pieces of 'socialist street theatre' attracts the complete disinterest of the general public.

I don't know if Chris Donald ever encountered Mark Steel, but 'Lenny Left' bears a striking resemblance to him.

Steel is ex-SWP, although he still shares that obnoxious little cult's worldview. His employment by the 'Independent' as a columnist was one of those milestones (along with the hiring of Robert Fisk and Johann Hari) that marked the slow decline of what was once a serious broadsheet into what one blogger called 'The 'Daily Mail' for people who recycle'.

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