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July 05, 2019

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Captain Nemo

She seems nice

She has apparently been identified, and faces up to 20 years in prison. So it looks like she'll get her just desserts.

London pad

When I clicked the link, I expected something a little well, um, groovier. That's quite tastefully done.

Restoration

Superb in every way.

Tim Train

Luftraum.

Warum? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum????

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Disaster has struck. I have lost my collection of hints, I only have the first chapter that I’d typed. There will be a slight delay.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

20 years for licking the ice cream? Let that be a warning to all you scofflaws out there!

Steve E

20 years for licking the ice cream?

What's the statute of limitations on these sorts of things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E2oirmkjOk

Seems like being famous buys you a certain amount of leeway.

pst314

20 years for licking the ice cream?

She was trying to spread disease:

https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/07/justice-police-believe-theyve-identified-viral-blue-bell-licker-say-charges-will-be-filed/

"As it turns out, the miscreant woman was also identified bragging about what she did on social media (of course). She posted that she had the flu at the time and she added that others who are also sick should lick ice cream in stores as well in order to 'start an epidemic'. She’s calling it the '#tinroofchallenge' since the ice cream she licked was the 'Tin Roof Sundae' option. Here’s some links, and yeah, that is, in fact, [biological] terrorism, buddy….

https://i.imgur.com/BekBO1j.png

https://heavy.com/news/2019/07/asia-blue-bell-ice-cream-licker/

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Yuck. Off with her head!

David

Morning, all.

She was trying to spread disease

I wonder how that all-important fame is tasting now.

David

Heh.

Via Ben.

David

Joss Whedon is unwell.

Joan

And finally, that was closer than one might like.

Must go faster.

Connor

Joss Whedon is unwell.

Being woke should come with a health warning.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Re Josh Whedon:

Dude be whack.

Es loco.

David

Being woke should come with a health warning.

It’s a kind of breathless rhetorical self-pleasuring for people who get high on pretentious outrage.

See also Mr Whedon’s latest protégé, Laurie Penny. For whom, hyperbolical breathlessness is a way of life.

sH2

Andrew Neil eats another one alive.

http://www.desertsun.co.uk/blog/9849/

David

Andrew Neil eats another one alive.

“Well, er… that is… an opinion...”

Our betters, behold them.

pst314

"It’s not a Ferrari."

Name the car after Arte Johnson, who kept falling off a tricycle in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

David

It’s oddly quiet today, comment-wise. Is everyone hiding in the bushes?

[ Starts thrashing bushes with stick. ]

CayleyGraph
Bra donations of note. || His is bigger than yours, and louder.
Is that juxtaposition deliberate?
David

Can’t talk. Thrashing bushes.

[ Bush-thrashing intensifies. ]

Sam

[ Starts thrashing bushes with stick. ]

Arrrgh! What the? Trying to sleep off last night's celebrations thankyouverymuch

[ grumbles ] ...salty Brits...

Sam

Man found dead in garden appears to have fallen out of an airplane (via Headline of Note)

Top comment:

He probably got stabbed before he hit the ground.

Funny cuz it's true, huh?

David

salty Brits

[ Taps watch. ]

Sam

And finally, that was closer than one might like.

Thing is, after an encounter like that not only is the rest of that trip filled with existential paranoia but every time they travel that road they have to muster the confidence to say, "This route to my destination is worth the not-insignificant chance I will be tackled and eaten by an enormous predator."

I mean, as a species we've been doing that for thousands of years but you sort of assume we're past that phase.

Then again, I've gone swimming in lakes after spotting gators and swam around a boat after catching several small sharks in said boat. But that was Florida, which doesn't quite share the same plane of existence with the rest of the world.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Our betters, behold them.

[regarding failed German defense minister]

Neil: "It is the Germans who call her that..."

pro-EU Twit: "[homina, homina, homina pause]...not all Germans"

True, I am sure her mother and dog like her. Where do they dig these people up ?

Zombie Dodge

Feel the love: http://archive.vn/2cRrM#selection-1095.55-1095.255

Russtovich

[ Taps watch. ]

Some of us live waaaay over on the other side of North America. In which case, from your time stamp, it would barely be 7am here. :)

Cheers

David

it would barely be 7am here

Here I am, at all hours, slaving away at the cruel rockface of blogging…

GT

Unlurking to say that Tin Roof flavoured ice cream (sans spittle) sounds very tasty.

David

Unlurking to say that Tin Roof flavoured ice cream (sans spittle) sounds very tasty.

I should thrash the bushes more often.

Boatswain's Mate

I should thrash the bushes more often.

You and Donald Trump -- two of a kind.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

David, I would also speculation that since July 4 is on a Thursday, that my fellow lazy-ass Amuricans took Friday off to game themselves a four-day weekend.

David

my fellow lazy-ass Amuricans took Friday off to game themselves a four-day weekend.

That’s the kind of cunning that cost us the colonies.

[ Shakes fist, glares across Atlantic. ]

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Ha! ALL my weekends are 7-day weekends now. 🍺

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Read it and weep: Frederick Douglass’s 4th of July speech

https://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july/

For those who are unfamiliar with him, Douglass was himself a slave for many years. Consider the eloquence and beauty of his language, and compare it to today’s eddicated Americans.

Baceseras

That's the kind of cunning that cost us the colonies.

Ha-ha, David thrashing the bushes -- pah! I'm up in a tree.

"How did you get up in the tree?"

I sat on it when it was an acorn.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"We must destroy western civilization, because I can't be bothered to eat less and exercise more". OK that is not the exact words but...

Rashatwar traces contemporary fatphobia to colonial brutality and how enslaved people were treated. Citing researcher-advocate Caleb Luna*, Rashatwar said curing anti-fatness would mean dismantling society’s foundation: “I love to talk about undoing Western civilization because it’s just so romantic to me.”

Ignoring the Grand Canyon leap of logic linking enslavement with "fatphobia", she is an "Instagram therapist", so we know we are dealing with a super cereal person to whom we should all listen.

*(Yes, that same one featured herein before)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Not at all dystopian, and if it was half as expensive, it would be twice as cheap.

OTOH, you can start at about $1700/month, get a double room* (after the first 8-13 weeks), free food, free health care, vocational training, and money for college. See your recruiter today.

*(Offer does not apply to temporary accomodations on ships, in tents, or SEA, B huts, or containerized accomodations)

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

If western civilization is destroyed, we all, including Sonilee, will be eating a lot less.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Hi Bacesaras,

TOURIST: How do I get to Carnegie Hall?

NEW YORKER: Practice, dude, practice!

Fay

"Restoration" fabulously fantastic. Please thank the elephant man.

Spiny Norman

[delurks]

I must say, David, you are in fine form in this thread. =^D

[lurks]

PiperPaul

I'm just dropping in to say that Spiny is not exactly a lurker and I see Pogonip behind that cardboard cat. The disguise is not working.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Busted! Darn!

I changed pseudonyms because of Steve E. pointing out something I hadn’t noticed about “Pogonip.” The new one was bestowed on me over at the Archdruid’s blog.

David

“We must destroy western civilization, because I can’t be bothered to eat less and exercise more”

I think we’ll give that one a post of its own.

pst314

[regarding failed German defense minister]

Reviewing her history, it appears that she did not have any actual defense-related qualifications when she was appointed. So...typical EU bureaucrat?

pst314

I changed pseudonyms because of Steve E. pointing out something I hadn’t noticed about “Pogonip.”

I liked it, because 'pogonip' is a rarely used interesting word, and because it reminded me of Pogo Possum.

Pogonip

Thanks, PST! Just for you, I’ll go back to Pogonip here.

So there, Steve. Harrumph.

jabrwok

Are women more emotional than men?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sexual-personalities/201504/are-women-more-emotional-men

The comments would seem to answer the question in the affirmative:-D.

Steve E

So there, Steve. Harrumph.

As my wife has told me on many occassions, I am often oblivious. I don't recall having commented on your pseudonym. I had always thught it was related to the cartoon strip Pogo. If I offended you in any way, I'm sorry.

jabrwok

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/pogonip

pogonip (ˈpəʊɡəˌnɪp)
n
(Physical Geography) an icy winter fog

Darleen

"Wait, that wasn't the way you wanted me to go through the gate?"

Steve E

Pogonip,

I think you have confused me with Captain Nemo. I went back through the threads and found this:

“PIBBLY-POO!”

I've seen Pogo using this for some time now and finally got curious enough to google it.

I'm not crazy about what I found.

Yuck!

I surely can't be the only one to notice that the name "Pogonip" is an anagram of "Pooping"...

Posted by: Captain Nemo | June 22, 2019 at 19:13

Theophrastus

"Man found dead in garden appears to have fallen out of an airplane"

Or as the Guardian could have reported it:

'Chilled migrant drops in'.

Sam Duncan

“Gyro-X, the two-wheeled transport module you’ve always dreamed of.”

Dammit, I keep losing my mental notes. I saw that a couple of weeks ago and meant to post it here.

“Friend.”

The change in urban foxes over just three decades or so has been astonishing. I remember when you'd barely see them out of the corner of your eye as they bolted at the merest hint of human activity.

“Heh.”

It occurs to me that this fact is actually much more important than whether it was “real communism” or not.

David

The change in urban foxes over just three decades or so has been astonishing. I remember when you’d barely see them out of the corner of your eye as they bolted at the merest hint of human activity.

We’ve a couple that sit on the lawn in the evening waiting to be fed.

Captain Nemo

You owe Steve an apology, Pogonip. As he clearly states, it was indeed me who pointed out that your name had an unfortunate anagram. For what it's worth, I liked it as a name, and was disconcerted when you changed it. I am, however, happy that it's now been changed back.

David

We’ve a couple that sit on the lawn in the evening waiting to be fed.

A couple of foxes, I mean. We’re not throwing scraps of chicken at people, you understand. That would be odd.

Steve E

We’ve a couple that sit on the lawn in the evening waiting to be fed.
..............
That would be odd.

You'd be surprised. When I put a pork butt in the smoker. The couple next door stare longingly over the fence expecting to be fed.

Sam Duncan

“Are women more emotional than men?”

For instance, in a meta-analysis of sex differences in the feeling of “moral” emotions (Else-Quest et al., 2012), women tended to experience more negative emotions, such as more guilt (d = −0.27), shame (d = −0.29), to a lesser degree embarrassment (d = −0.08).

I defy anyone, male or female, to feel more embarrassment than me. The avoidance of embarrassment is basically the central governing principle, above all else, of my entire life.

Of course that could be because I'm British...

“In contrast, men reacted with greater happiness to happy films (d = +0.31).”

Yay! Go blokes! Chin up, girls, it might never happen.

Interestingly, all of these cross-cultural studies find sex differences in neuroticism are larger in cultures with more sociopolitical gender equity...

The sex gap in depression is wider in high gender equity societies than in low gender equity societies...

The greater the social, health, and employment equality of women and men in a country…the larger the sex differences (women higher) in benevolence and universalism values...

What is clear is that if sex differences are assumed to result from gender role socialization, it is extremely odd for the largest sex differences to be found in Scandinavian cultures and the smallest in more patriarchal cultures. Yet, we also find this with studies of tested cognitive ability and even physical traits

Heh. How about that, then?

Daniel Ream

Joss Whedon is unwell.

Just noticing this now?

jabrwok

That would be odd.

Given that you're English, wouldn't that be "eccentric"?

WTP
What is clear is that if sex differences are assumed to result from gender role socialization, it is extremely odd for the largest sex differences to be found in Scandinavian cultures and the smallest in more patriarchal cultures. Yet, we also find this with studies of tested cognitive ability and even physical trait
Intelligence is extremely overrated. But I think I've said that before.
pst314

Just for you, I’ll go back to Pogonip here.

Thank you!
And reading the subsequent comments, I don't see them as a reason to have changed.

pst314

Joss Whedon is unwell.

Just noticing this now?

I'm avoiding his social media, and so am blissfully unaware of the day-to-day details of his madness.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

A couple of foxes, I mean.

You have on your lawn a couple of foxes ? So get off my back, and let's get it out !

Steve E

So get off my back, and let's get it out !

Next time, try five of them!

So get off my back, you big sex machine!

I swear there was an eastern european catalogue store back then. My Polish/Unkranian Bubba, for Christmas, bought my brother and I the exact same crazy polyester/rayon shirts that the Festrunk brothers wore. We'd put them on and become two "Wild and Crazy Guys."

Megaera

Re urban foxes and the relaxed attitudes clearly on display, I'm assuming this has to do with the absence of rabies...because hereabouts, if a fox or a raccoon wandered up to me in broad daylight and commenced gnawing on MY instep, well, I MIGHT have the presence of mind to check for a collar before calling in some serious firepower -- but it would be a pretty cursory check, and performed only after I had levitated into the next county. Applies to skunks as well, of course, but then there are other, highly compelling, reasons where skunks are concerned. (BTW, if anyone anticipates a need I have a sure-fire de-skunking recipe I'm willing to share. Between friends.)

Daniel Ream

I'm avoiding his social media, and so am blissfully unaware of the day-to-day details of his madness.

You need only review his body of work for the dysfunctions to become apparent.

The primary reason Whedon is so popular with millenials is that nearly everything he writes has the same basic structure: poorly socialized loners form an ersatz family. It's not hard to see why this resonates with a generation raised in epic levels of familial dissolution, but I'd at least respect him if I thought he was cynically pandering. I just don't think he is.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Ad placement of note.

pst314

I'm avoiding his social media, and so am blissfully unaware of the day-to-day details of his madness.

You need only review his body of work for the dysfunctions to become apparent...

:-) Yes, I've seen enough to of it.

"...poorly socialized loners form an ersatz family."

Guaranteed fanboy (and fangirl) appeal. "Squeee!"

Steve E

Damn you pst314! Now we're locked in a rogue vortex of italics.

jabrwok

Testing, testing...

Steve E

This is why David won't let us have nice things.

jabrwok, how do I close someone else's open italics tag? I tried the /i in my message but it didn't seem to close the italics out when I looked at it in preview.

pst314

Damn you pst314! Now we're locked in a rogue vortex of italics.

Sorry about that, Chief.

jabrwok

Steve, just putting a /i won't work unless it's surrounded by <> (less than and greater than brackets).

Unfortunately, the preview function does't seem to parse html, so I'm never sure that my "fix" works until I actually post it. Seems to have worked this time though, unless David did some surreptitious coding and didn't announce the fact.

Steve E

I did use the less than greater than brackets. I didn't show them in my post to you because html would be read as an actual command.

Looking at my comment now, I think it may have worked because my signature line isn't in italics.

Thanks for your feedback.

jabrwok

I don't recall whether my attempt worked or not. Maybe pst314 fixed the problem?

Whatever, at least we'll avoid the Scold-o-matic when it gets back from its tune-up:-).

pst314

It must have been you who fixed it, jabrwok.
Did you simply begin your comment with a closing i tag? I don't recall the correct way to post a comment that fixes that problem.

Sam Duncan

“I did use the less than greater than brackets.”

It might have been a rogue <em> tag, rather than <i>.

Daniel Ream

Frankly I'm a bit surprised TypePad doesn't sanitize the comment text block.

Yawhook

We’ve a couple that sit on the lawn in the evening waiting to be fed.

My parents have wallabies.

This is a direct consequence of the disarmament of the general public after that Port Arthur episode in 1996

jabrwok

It must have been you who fixed it, jabrwok.

Yeah, that occurred to me later, but I wasn't going to crawl out of bed to point out my own cluelessness:-P.

Sam Duncan

“My parents have wallabies.”

We have seagulls. Who squawk up a racket at 3am (and most of the rest of the time, actually - yep, there they go, right on cue - but they seem to make a particular effort in the middle of the night). I have to sleep with earplugs. No joke.

“This is a direct consequence of the disarmament of the general public after that Port Arthur episode in 1996”

Oh, if I had a weapon... what does seagull taste like, anyway?

Steve E

My parents have wallabies.

My parents had Earth Shoes.

David

Oh my.

Steve E

Understated and stylish, the earth shoe's claim to fame was its negative heel. (The toe was higher than the heel.) Apparently it lead to the invention of chiropractory.

Steve E

what does seagull taste like, anyway?

Well the one they just caught would probably tast like vindaloo curry.

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/a-glamorous-golden-bird-was-rescued-but-it-was-actually-a-seagull-soaked-in-curry

The Tiggywinkles Hospital. Heh.

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