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May 06, 2016

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R. Sherman

In 2012, a TV station in China's Xian city apologised after running a false report that a local farmer had discovered a giant piece of precious lingzhi mushroom.
The fleshy object, found in a well by the farmer, was identified by many viewers as a sex toy made of silicone.

TV reporters in Xian City need to get out more.

R. Sherman

Further to the "don't know a sex toy" link and the last paragraph, I quoted above, this is a lingzhi mushroom. I can hear the discussion:

Farmer Wang's wife: "What the hell is this I found buried in your sock drawer?"

Farmer Wang: Um, it's a . . . a . . . lingzhi mushroom!!! I found it in a well!! Honest honey.

svh

Kangaroo attacks car.

http://www.neatorama.com/pet/2016/05/05/Dash-Cam-Footage-Shows-Kangaroo-Attacking-Car-At-Midnight/

George

TV reporters in Xian City need to get out more.

In fairness, it could be argued that it is those who need to get out more who are most likely to be familiar with that type of thing...

Hal

Edible pizza box.

Ehn, of course the hot dog pizza has already been done . . .

Or if you also want dessert at the same time, you could just have a hamburger.

Hal

Kangaroo attacks car.

And then you should see what the koalas will do to you . . . !

Sam

ISS Earth viewing livestream.

"The space station is experiencing a temporary loss of signal."

That's how it starts...

David

That’s how it starts…

Signal restored. Invasion averted. For now, at least.

Incidentally, you can track the station’s position here.

jones

The isolator helmet just HAS to be better than goey for those troublesome tomes.

David

Your host, busily compiling next week’s ephemera.

Joan

Feminist hypocrisy, part three million.

http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2016/05/03/fat-shaming-editor-of-marie-claire-gets-an-epic-lesson-in-trolling-from-conservatives/

David

Feminist hypocrisy, part three million.

Heh. But of course.

mojo

Can't we rename Sir David Boaty McBoatface instead?

jones

Feminists eh?,

"sex work isn’t inherently immoral or demeaning. It can even be authentically feminist. “Once you’ve done it, you always know: When it comes down to it, I have everything I need to survive,” says Anna Saini, a former escort who is now a sex-worker activist and law student living in Brooklyn. “That’s powerful.” This view poses a deep challenge to traditional Western feminism, which treats the commercial sex industry as an ugly source of sexual inequality. The activists themselves are a fractious bunch."

Hmm, fractious?...or confused?

Do please don an isolator helmet and have a read.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/magazine/should-prostitution-be-a-crime.html

PiperPaul

David, could you provide details on how to correctly insert images into posts here, or might that messy up the place with silly animated gifs and outrageously-oversized, possibly triggering photos ?

Let's see if this works:

HOW TO POST AN IMAGE AT DAVID'S SITE

David

Use the tag below and insert the image URL between the quotation marks.

Which is pretty much what you’ve done. But watch the size.

R. Sherman

Use the tag below . . .

Wow. I now feel the same way as I did when I learned there were photos of boobs on the internet.

PiperPaul

Let's see if free-hosted, more reasonably-sized but more sillily-enhanced photos work...

Oh well, on previewing the post, it seems to not work. I can see why there would be Typepad filters for this type of thing, though.

I'll stop now, lest non-cake gets fed to me.

Dom

This is annoying. Very annoying.

http://reason.com/blog/2016/05/05/muslim-students-want-san-diego-state-pre#comment

David

This is annoying.

If a university president fails to enforce the university’s own codes of expected behaviour and is willing to tolerate and thereby encourage physical harassment and in effect taking hostages and obstructing the police, all of which is illegal, then I’ve very little sympathy for him. Presumably, he had on his person a phone with a camera, with which to identify many of those involved. Each of whom should have subsequently received a letter, copied to their parents, informing them of their immediate expulsion.

J.M. Heinrichs

Expulsion with prejudice?

Cheers

Spiny Norman

Each of whom should have subsequently received a letter, copied to their parents, informing them of their immediate expulsion.

Except that "muslim" is at the very top of the Left's "Victimology Scale", so even if he did record them, nothing would have happened.

David

so even if he did record them, nothing would have happened.

Well, yes. Such are the moral inversions of identity politics. But you’d think a spot of expulsion, delivered good and hard, would be part of the educational service. To disabuse them of the conceit that “activism” is somehow a license to indulge in mob intimidation and other criminal behaviour, and also the conceit that such behaviour can never have consequences. Maybe universities could broadcast live footage of the students being informed of their expulsion, and the sums of money pissed away, ideally with cutaways to the students’ parents opening letters informing them of the same, and of the reasons for it.

I’d watch.

Joan

"Blood-smeared Milo protest girl given 'Human Dignity' award by Rutgers."

http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/05/07/blood-smearing-protestor-milo-yiannopoulos-rutgers-talk-given-human-dignity-award/

David

“Blood-smeared Milo protest girl given ‘Human Dignity’ award by Rutgers.”

I think we may be living in a post-ironic age.

WTP

post-ironic age

Actually it's all a plot by the dictionary cabal to drive business their way.

PiperPaul

Alanis Morissette started all this mess.

Hal

Um. Brilliant calculating, this . . . .

Economist Suspected Of Terrorism While Doing Math

sk60

you’d think a spot of expulsion, delivered good and hard, would be part of the educational service.

'Hate crime' hoaxers expelled:

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/233255/

Best comment:

"So when will University of Albany organize a rally defending white males from false accusations? And will attendance by females and minorities be required so they can receive sensitivity training?"

WTP

Re our economist suspected of terrorism, I'm suspicious of anyone using differential equations to do economics.

Perhaps the lady reporting him was right for a different reason than she understood.

Hal

I'm suspicious of anyone using differential equations to do economics.

Ehn, granting that career is one thing, assorted random research can be something else . . .

WTP

Ehn, granting that career is one thing, assorted random research can be something else . . .

The kind of problems that require the use of higher math are pretty far removed from economics. Like using higher math to do "research" in psychology, philosophy, religion, etc. The data points in such disciplines are generally not significantly quantifiable. IOW smells like BS. Helps academics spin sufficiently science-y sounding mumbo jumbo to justify their jobs on the public's dime, however.

Jason

Alanis Morissette started all this mess.

Isn't it ironic?

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