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March 29, 2019

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Pogonip

Thanks, David, we love you! 😍

Hal

Tweaked Hitler

Oh, My . . . never mind the video clip, have a look at the comments . . .

Hal

Tree house.

Meh. I think I'd prefer a house with ten thousand orchids.

Hal

The Most Important Non-Superhero Comic You’ve Never Heard Of

Darleen

Damn those white people and their ...

[shuffles cards]

... Earth destroying diets.

Pogonip

Hi Darleen,

They’re lucky we are no longer what they think we are. My ancestors destroyed entire civilizations before breakfast, and had a good time doing it.

Darleen

It's not just his voice, but how she looks at her dad.

Darleen

Hi Pogo,

They’re lucky

yep ...

WTP

Cool awesome site...

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You know someone had to do it. Taking one for the team, I is.

Pogonip

Does anybody here like “weird [horror] fiction,” e. g. H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch?

🦑. Few things are more fun than tentacled horrors.

(The Wokelings hate it, so you know it’s gotta be fun!)

Pogonip

The happy singing family was adorable. May they climb every mountain as they go thru life.

TimT

The Most Important Non-Superhero Comic You’ve Never Heard Of

Hal, that sounds a bit like a Canadian equivalent of the US Howard the Duck, the character invented by Steve Gerber (who also wrote the original 'Guardians of the Galaxy' comics, I believe). Howard's a kind of deadbeat duck who mooches around Cleveland, smokes cigarettes, and gets into these comic-fantastical adventures. He has a human girlfriend (sort of - redhead Beverley Switzler). And at some point in the comic series Gerber - whether under pressure to stick to deadline, or due to a nervous breakdown, or whatever drugs he was on at the time - goes weird. Really weird. Instead of delivering a typical comic storyline - Howard confronts discovers funny/weird villain, deals with problem, Cleveland returns to normality - he sends Howard on a road trip and delivers a long, rambling self-referential stream of consciousness about the comic book writing process. Subsequent adventures of Howard often have set ups like 'Howard fights himself in his own hallucinations' and are set in locations like dreamscapes or insane asylums. Great series. I've got almost all of the original series (though I don't think Marvel ever published the last ones, maybe their relationship with Gerber broke down at this point, and the series lost narrative impetus?) There was a more recent one released by Gerber around 2000 which reads okay.

(I learned about this comic from a delightfully nerdy bus-driver I sometimes met when catching a bus back from Newcastle to my parents house in Raymond Terrace. "See, every comic has a hero," he said, "and he's drawn in a realistic way - but he's a duck!")

Hal

Few things are more fun than tentacled horrors.

Been commented on occasion, but . . .

And a number of years back a coworker sent off an email.

Coworker to entire company:
Has anyone seen my F. Paul Wilson book? I seem to have misplaced it. If anyone sees it, could you return it to me, or let me know where to find it? Thank you!

Me to Coworker, 2nd Coworker CCed:
Coworker is sitting at her computer. Her head is missing, blood is spattered all about the walls of her cubicle, and dripping _up_ towards the ceiling. 2nd Coworker is pacing back and forth outside the door of the cubicle. He is dressed in the robes of the high priest of a sect that hasn't been heard of for at least three thousand years, he is chanting scriptures telling of the return of The Ancient Ones, and his eyes have been gouged out.

Coworker to Me, 2nd Coworker CCed:
No, that's not my book. But you've got F. Paul Wilson absolutely spot on.

Hal

. . .Howard the Duck, . .

. . . . Howard was in the Guardians movies? Oy.

Mike

The Wall Street Journal.

Hard pass.

Jen

The feminist dance.

*Someone's* having a crisis.

David

Morning, all.

Hard pass.

It’s not for everyone, no.

Speaking of Our Reputable Media, yesterday, The Economist, supposedly a serious and learned publication, labelled Ben Shapiro as “alt-right.” (And more, “a pop idol of the alt-right.”) After an avalanche of correction, largely from people who know better than to read The Economist, the headline has since been changed to “radical conservative.”

Baby steps.

David

Goth Crocs:

Via Damian.

jones

the territorial anus.

What?....what??

gunker

the territorial anus

Growing up in Kimberley, South Africa, we had one of those, known as the Big Hole

The Big Hole

David

I see that quite a few of you have been testing the URL lengthener with this blog’s address. My incoming stats page now looks like a series of extended screams: “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…”

So that’s nice.

TimT

The Big Hole.

And those Yanks think they're so good with their 'Grand Canyon'....

A couple of Australian names are like that. Like, in the Northern Territory, the place name 'Peculiar Knob'. (Imagine saying that at a party. 'I come from a Peculiar Knob'....) Which once led to the following great conjunction of headlines on the front page of a newspaper:

Peculiar Knob Excites

International Women's Day Celebrations!

The editor of said newspaper claimed on my blog it was all a big coincidence....

jones

This is a lovely Knob. I enjoy it every weekend.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkeys_Knob,_Queensland

Behave....

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Speaking of graphic novel comic book heroes, at long last, an "extreme lack of representation" is corrected.

John Square

@Pogonip

Does anybody here like “weird [horror] fiction,” e. g. H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch?

Oh my. Have you heard these?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXMtRUSZxXM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq_HtZC48lM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6FkDC5Qaxg

These started me off about 30 years ago. Fantastic actor, and just the right voice for Lovecraft.

pst314

an "extreme lack of representation" is corrected.

We are living in Heinlein's "Crazy Years".

John Square

@jones:

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David

at long last, an “extreme lack of representation” is corrected.

“Thank you for being so wonderfully, authentically trans.” Says a bearded young lady named Jack.

Pogonip

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Captain Nemo

A baby hears a violin for the first time:

https://twitter.com/AudreysMMB/status/1111058253914480642

Pogonip

I can’t wait to get back to Yorkey’s Knob....

What? What?

Criticas

For your inner child: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/05/swing-house-by-mark-dejong/

Sporkatus

I think this may qualify as the sort of artistic nonsense worth comment - "Green Porno" with Isabella Rosselini acting out the mating habits of snails.
https://youtu.be/BckqviVaWl0

From Sundance TV

Daniel Ream

Does anybody here like “weird [horror] fiction,”

[looks over the edge of his Collected Zothique]

Go on.

David

For some time now I’ve been asking you heathens how I could describe this place to people who enquire politely but don’t really want to get involved in a long conversation.

It occurs to me that weird horror isn’t too far off the mark.

Sporkatus

Go on.

[ Looks up from his hardcover reproduction of the 1903 edition of The King in Yellow ]

Yes, rather.

Pogonip

Well, not to brag, gentlemen, but I am the official dog-walker of the Hounds of Tindalos.😁🐶🐶

David, we’re more like weird humor, since most of our humor is provided by weirdos.

Pogonip

I mean the subjects of your posts, not the esteemed patrons of this classy joint.

Bill Peschel

How could New Real Peer Review miss the author of the anus article: Brian Pronger.

Sadly, Dr. Pronger passed away last year before his seminal work was rediscovered.

Bill Peschel

For additional clean fun, I bring you: Hamsters Spinning Out of Control.

David

Brian Pronger.

Scholar and activist… advancing postmodern/poststructuralist, queer and social justice studies of the body,

Just once, it would be nice to be surprised.

David

[ Quietly extinguishes raging dumpster fire of HTML. ]

Sam Duncan

“Add length to URLs”

Hey, that might actually turn out to be useful in the EU's new dystopian intranet future.

“Tweaked Hitler.“

Or “Führer forgot to go before he left the Chancelry”.

“GauGAN is an app that will upgrade your doodles.”

(Okay, I'm a geek.) Ooh! Ooh! They're using Linux!

And yeah, the AI thing's cool too. But Ubuntu!

“A baby hears a violin for the first time”

Now do bagpipes.

Connor

lemonade enemas.

Band name.

Bill Peschel

[ Quietly extinguishes raging dumpster fire of HTML. ]

Sorry about that. I'm not sure why something I've been used to doing without thinking suddenly failed repeatedly.

David

Yes. Yes, it did. :-)

Pogonip

“Now do bagpipes.”

Close-up of screaming, red-faced baby.

신랑

The very wonderful 수리노을 (Suri-Noel) channel presents

"Attaching a Balloon to Cats"

=^ⓛㅅⓛ^=

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur3vPwELd_c

David

Attaching a Balloon to Cats

This blog is not responsible for any injuries sustained while attempting to attach balloons to cats.

Sam

Tweaked Hitler

Typical vegetarian behavior.

WTP

lemonade enemas.

Band name

No. Album name. Like Urine Wheels. See the difference?

Sam Duncan

“Attaching a Balloon to Cats”

Okay, hands up everyone who expected flying cats...

Sam

Okay, hands up everyone who expected flying cats...

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS IN THIS DOJO!

 신랑

Okay, hands up everyone who expected flying cats...

That thought did occur to me when I posted the link...

It's "cooking with dog" all over again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mw19wVXtn4

Steve E

Okay, hands up everyone who expected flying cats...


Steve E

Your cat, does she fly by herself?

No, I fling her!

PiperPaul

Is cat flinging as ugly as cat juggling?

FlynPigRanch

Pogonip, Ever been to Dildo Newfoundland?

Pogonip

No, but it’s on the bucket list. Whatever that is.

TimT, about 30 years ago a really horrible (horrible as in 💩, not as in tentacled horrors), was made out of Howard the Duck. In the U.S., he ain’t been seen since.

Darleen

Crisis of faith. And I think "faith" helps explain the initial attraction.

Ten

Typical vegetarian behavior.

Typical carnist behavior.

TimT

Pogo, I'm aware of this. First Lucasfilm after the Star Wars trilogy, I believe. (But then, I don't much like the original SW trilogy anyway.) Pity. Those original HtD comics are freaky and funny in all the right ways.

jabrwok

Mmmm, meat...

Hal

Florida Man, meet Virginia Woman.

From one story;

Police say that as a bookkeeper for No Limits Construction . . . had replaced another former bookkeeper for the company who pleaded guilty to charges last year after embezzling at least $150,000 from the company between January 2016 and January 2018.
Squires

It occurs to me that weird horror isn’t too far off the mark.

There is nothing weirder nor more horrible than reality.

David

I see the New York Times is spreading love again.

Previously.

Adam

The saying that “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” is no longer true. You can usually take a gender studies class as an alternative to repeating history. See your academic counselor.

I knew two guys who behaved like Hitler in the clip. One of them was confined to a psychotic ward in a mental hospital. The other was a fine oboist. Draw your own conclusions.

Jonathan

I see the New York Times is spreading love again.

Non-white people living in majority white countries are simply obsessed with white people.

To paraphrase PJ O'Rourke; white people are the beautiful 21 year old teacher and non-whites are the 14 year-old boys desperate for her attention.

Would they be happy with the result if white people actually turned their gaze on them and saw how they really are?

Jonathan

@ Pogonip: My ancestors destroyed entire civilizations before breakfast, and had a good time doing it.

Pretty much all Europeans are descended from these people.

"The most violent group of people who ever lived: Horse-riding Yamnaya tribe who used their huge height and muscular build to brutally murder and invade their way across Europe more than 4,000 years ago"
So, yes furriners beware.

via Steve Sailer

JuliaM

@jabrwok@ 'Bloodmouth carnist food' is a great potential band name!

Selina

Well-insulated

WTP

Band name would simply be Bloodmouth. Though for some reason I think it may have already been taken. Also...

Well-insulated

What is Swedish for "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice"?

Pogonip

Hi Jonathan,

I imagine my Yamnaya ancestors are turning in their graves at what their descendants became. We are thoroughly domesticated. Which will not necessarily keep us out of jail. A while back I read an article by a criminal lawyer pointing out that there are so many laws on the books that the average U.S. citizen, of any race, unintentionally and unknowingly commits an average 3 felonies per day. Of course the cops can’t keep up with all rhese laws either, especially since our owners are constantly enacting new ones. It’s like a giant Fizzbin game.)

Any Virtual Pet Cthulhu players here? (Playing Virtual Cthulhu is a 2nd degree felony in 32 U, S. states. Except on Tuesdays.)

pst314

How about a Chia Pet Cthulhu?

Pogonip

I like it! You could use heartleaf philodendron for the tentacles.

Jonathan

@Pogonip;

...there are so many laws on the books that the average U.S. citizen, of any race, unintentionally and unknowingly commits an average 3 felonies per day.

As Ayn Rand said:

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws".
Pogonip

Ayn Rand was a completely despicable con artist, telling her worshippers how awful the government was while collecting Social Security . Her worshippers infested the government in the ‘80’s and started the destruction of the U. S. She should have been deported, preferably by parachute drop to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. (No raft for you, bitch! You can be self-sufficient and swim!). Although every society collapses eventually, a good case can be made that American society would not have been destroyed beginning in the ‘80’s if she hadn’t started the ball rolling (good government is rarely manned by cultists), and I hope the heat in her corner of hell is turned up 5,000 degrees every time an American diabetic dies for lack of insulin.

Why, yes, I do get a bit cranky about my nation being destroyed.

The reason we have so many laws is that politicians get brownie points from their colleagues and their owners, the only people whose opinions they care about, for passing them. (“Legislative achievement.”)

Jonathan

Ayn Rand was a completely despicable con artist,

I agree, but she was right about some things.

Personally, I'd say the rot started in the '60's rather than the '80's though.

Darleen

Ayn Rand was a completely despicable con artist, telling her worshippers how awful the government was while collecting Social Security.

So she shouldn't collect back her what the government stole from her?

Damned tootin' I will try to claw back as much of FICA taxes as I can. I hope boomers bankrupt the ponzi scheme once and for all. My dad was self employed and worked into his 70s. He didn't get back what he paid in.

US Fed deepstate infested by Randians? Dear god, I could fertilize the Mojave with that bovine excrement.

Darleen

I'd say the rot started in the '60's

And it started in the colleges ... the embrace of Mao, SDS, Haight Ashbury, "counter culture", a Marxist & bored housewife Betty Friedan & The Pill. The boomer cohort was the pig moving through the python and the youths were indulged and exploited.

Pogonip

Not anymore, but it was in the ‘80’s. Now it’s infested with SJWs. And what they’re going to inflict on us was at least partially enabled by the Randian cultists’ fatally weakening the government.

Ayn Rand was an immigrant and thus entitled to NOTHING from us, not even our tolerance, which she should never have received.

The self-employed don’t pay in to Social Security. The 401(K) scam was originally inflicted on them, and I’m not surprised he got burned. Most people do unless they have their own accountant.

Pogonip

Hi Jonathan,

The societal rot did start in the ‘60’s, but it wasn’t till the ‘80’s that the termites were able to burrow into the government. Not much left of it now. I give it another 10 years if current trends continue and then I guess we’ll have to go elsewhere, though I notice a hopeful trend of states beginning to have functional governments and ignoring the nearly-dead Federal government, and if that continues, “elsewhere” may be another state.

I think there’s a revolt of the sane pending. The other day, I was chatting with a lady from southern California who said conditions there are much, much worse than viewers of “news” are allowed to see. The interesting thing was, although she looked around warily and lowered her voice to the barest whisper, she DID say it. And all those whispers will eventually swell to a roar.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Speaking of societal rot, what would we do without scholars ?

US Fed deepstate infested by Randians? Dear god, I could fertilize the Mojave with that bovine excrement.

The Mojave, the Sinai, the Sahara, and the Rub 'al Khali. Lest the Gobi feel left out...

The self-employed don’t pay in to Social Security.

The IRS begs to disagree...

Self-employment tax is a tax consisting of Social Security and Medicare taxes primarily for individuals who work for themselves.
Pogonip

A sample of the crippled Federal government:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/camp-lejeune-still-mess-6-months-after-hurricane-florence-where-n986456

All this is true EXCEPT the general is either lying or misinformed when he says the money for repair is being diverted to the border. MILCON and border patrol are completely separate pots of money, Congress would have to re-appropriate the MILCON money to use it for border patrol and Congress will do no such thing (Congress will not even pass the ordinary annual spending bills).

It is also possible the NBC propagandists told the general they would give LeJeune’s plight some badly needed publicity IF he’d agree to be quoted as blaming Trump’s border policy.

You see how exhausting it is to read the U.S. news these days. It’s all propaganda and you have to dig through a lot of 💩 to find the tiny seed of truth.

Darleen

The self-employed don’t pay in to Social Security.

Excuse me? You run your own business you pay both employer and employee "contributions" to FICA plus medicare.

Darleen

at least partially enabled by the Randian cultists’ fatally weakening the government.

Where? When? Give some examples.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Congress would have to re-appropriate the MILCON money...

Facilities repair normally comes out of O&M funds, MILCON money is generally programmed five years out for future construction, not repair, border wall MILCON money would come from unobligated MILCON funds and if construction is carried out by the military (or contracted through the military) no re-appropriation is required.

If the USAF can figure out how to rebuild Tyndall, which was almost completely flattened by Michael, the Marines might need someone else to figure out how to fix some leaky roofs.

Darleen

I'm old enough to remember a staple of stand up comedy was Mother-in-law as backseat driver. EU taking that routine as "how to" manual.

Baceseras

lemonade enemas

Judge: That sort of testimony we can eliminate.
Chico: Hey, that's-a for me, Judge -- a nice-a glass eliminate!

Jonathan

If you can't remember where you left your U-Boat, This might help you find it.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And so just days after Volvo announced it will introduce driver-facing cameras and limit all its cars to 112 mph...

What could possibly go wrong with the might and majesty of the EU behind this rubbish ?

...meanwhile in Gothenburg, at the Volvo headquarters, Mohammed Björn Muhammed, a typical Swede, goes about his daily task of monitoring Volvo drivers through their driver facing cameras, "Kuffar ! Put down the McVegan ! Both hands on the wheel or i report you to the EU Directorate of Driver Reeducation and set your speed limiter to 50KPH !."

People wonder why I don't have any cars made in this century...

Pogonip

FICA: yes, that’s correct, you said he was self-employed. I did not know he was employing other people. I’ll be paying self-employment tax myself next year, darn it.

Hi, Farnsworth! I’ve seen MILCON get shuffled around to rebuild after disasters, but I’ve been out of the field for a while so it may not be legal now.

Pogonip

Persons wishing to find examples of the termites chewing away should consult any history of the Reagan and, later, Clinton administrations and the congresses at those times. The Clintonistas were actually able to do more damage, as Democrats they got a free pass from the “watchdog” press.

At any rate, it’s all been destroyed and that’s pretty much that.

Pogonip

Hey, look! A historical movie that’s accurate!

https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-highwaymen-is-heck-of-movie.html?m=1

I hope this is a trend. The past is another country, they do things differently there, so it’s quite interesting.

Darleen

you said he was self-employed. I did not know he was employing other people.

My dad ran a small ad agency which consisted of one employee - himself. He had to pay a tad over 15% to FICA (combined employer/employee contributions to SS and Medicare).

The self-employment tax rate is 15.3%. The rate consists of two parts: 12.4% for social security (old-age, survivors, and disability insurance) and 2.9% for Medicare (hospital insurance).

Darleen

Persons wishing to find examples of the termites chewing away should consult any history of the Reagan

Sorry, Pogo, that's not how that works. You made the assertion that, specifically, Randians "infested" the government to the point of destroying it with her ideology.

Name names.

jabrwok

So she shouldn't collect back what the government stole from her?

Minor quibble. No one gets his money *back*. The money stolen from your paycheck goes to finance someone else's retirement. The money Social Security "returns" to you comes from MY paycheck, and those of other suckers still in the workforce.

Getting robbed for one's entire working life doesn't really justify turning around and stealing from the next generation, no matter how the government lies about the provenance of the money.

Darleen

Uh ... another reason not to go to the Post Office...

Darleen

letting robbed for one's entire working life doesn't really justify turning around and stealing from the next generation

And foregoing taking the benefits will help or hurt the program? Don't make this a fight between generations and let the government off the hook.

Thumbcinema

The pale stale females can only watch, enviously but with burgeoning respect.

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