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08 Oct 06:05

Presidential Misgivings

by Greg Ross

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George Washington: “So much is expected, so many untoward circumstances may intervene, that I feel an insuperable diffidence in my own abilities.”

John Adams: “If I were to go over my life again, I would be a shoemaker rather than an American statesman.”

Thomas Jefferson called the presidency “a splended misery.” He said, “To myself, personally, it brings nothing but unceasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.”

John Quincy Adams called his term “the four most miserable years of my life.”

Andrew Jackson: “I can say with truth that mine is a situation of dignified slavery.”

Buchanan to Lincoln: “If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering this house as I am at leaving it and returning home, you are the happiest man in the entire nation.”

Lincoln: “I am like the man who was tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. When they asked him how he felt about it, he said that if it were not for the honor of the thing, he would rather have walked.”

Ulysses Grant: “I have been the subject of abuse and slander scarcely ever equaled in political history.”

Rutherford B. Hayes, on leaving office: “The escape from bondage into freedom is grateful indeed to my feelings. Even with my constitutional cheerfulness, the burden of office has not been light. Now I am glad to be a freedman.”

James Garfield: “My God! What is there in this place that a man should ever want to get in it?”

Grover Cleveland: “I believe I shall buy or rent a house near here, where I can go and be away from this cursed constant grind.”

Teddy Roosevelt, to the incoming Taft: “Ha ha! You are making up your Cabinet. I in a lighthearted way have spent the morning testing the rifles for my African trip. Life has compensations.”

Taft: “I’ll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a president simply to hear other people talk.”

Taft to Wilson: “I’m glad to be going — this is the lonesomest place in the world.”

Woodrow Wilson: “I never dreamed such loneliness and desolation of heart possible.”

Warren G. Harding: “This White House is a prison. I can’t get away from the men who dog my footsteps. I am in jail.”

Herbert Hoover: “A few hair shirts are part of the wardrobe of every man. The President differs from other men in that he has a much more extensive wardrobe.”

Harry Truman: “Being president of the United States is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding, or be swallowed.”

Bill Clinton: “Being a president is a lot like running a cemetery: There are a lot of people under you, but nobody’s listening.”

17 Oct 06:30

Unquote

by Greg Ross

“Man is an exception, whatever he is. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.” — G.K. Chesterton

19 Oct 22:31

Bears would just eat zombies right up

by Rob Beschizza
"Zombies are just walking meat," says David Mizejewski, who explains in this video just how many they'd get through daily as part of Team Nature's cleanup operation. Check back next week to see how another type of beast would deal with the walking dead, and support the National Wildlife Federation to make sure they're around when the next major outbreak occurs . Previously.
16 Oct 21:01

Journal Comic: Daddy’s little helpers

by meaghan

Hey babes, I was on my friends’ Rachel and Leigh’s podcast: Pop Porn! We walk about the Take off! ending, Godslave, Gotham and American Horror Story!

ALSO YEAH! French and British readers! Tell me where to go!!

14 Oct 07:00

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26 Sep 08:15

bebinn: youngmarxist: So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell...

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youngmarxist:

So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell them how the process works before allowing them to get an abortion, does that mean we should teach our soldiers about the culture of the lands we’re invading, and explain to them that the people we want them to kill have families and feel pain, just like Americans?

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07 Oct 23:54

He Did The Crime, But She’s Doing Time

by Andrew Sullivan

Sometimes staying in an abusive relationship means enduring more than beatings. Alex Campbell reports on the horrifying case of Arlena Lindley, a domestic violence victim who was sentenced to 45 years in prison after her child, Titches, was killed by her abusive boyfriend, Alonzo Turner, for failing to prevent the child’s death:

Lindley’s case exposes what many battered women’s advocates say is a grotesque injustice. As is common in families terrorized by a violent man, there were two victims in the Lindley-Turner home: mother and child. Both Lindley and Titches had suffered beatings for months. But in all but a handful of states, laws allow for one of the victims — the battered mother — to be treated as a perpetrator, guilty not of committing abuse herself but of failing to protect her children from her violent partner. Said Stephanie Avalon, resource specialist for the federally funded Battered Women’s Justice Project, “It’s the ultimate blaming of the victim.”

Lindley’s not the only woman to suffer this injustice, either:

No one knows how many women have suffered a fate like Lindley’s, but looking back over the past decade, BuzzFeed News identified 28 mothers in 11 states sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for failing to prevent their partners from harming their children. In every one of these cases, there was evidence the mother herself had been battered by the man.

Almost half, 13 mothers, were given 20 years or more. In one case, the mother was given a life sentence for failing to protect her son, just like the man who murdered the infant boy. In another, the sentences were effectively the same: The killer got life, and the mother got 75 years, of which she must serve at least 63 years and nine months. In yet another, the mother got a longer sentence than the man who raped her son. In one more, a father fractured an infant girl’s toe, femur, and seven ribs and was sentenced to two years; for failing to intervene, the mother got 30.

Amanda Hess comments:

Campbell’s story demonstrates how the criminal justice system is scapegoating domestic violence victims in order to cover for its failures to properly investigate and prosecute instances of child and intimate partner abuse. Shortly before he began dating Lindley, Turner was charged on two separate occasions, first with burglary and later “unlawful restraint,” after he broke into an ex-girlfriend’s home, pushed her, and stole her belongings, then returned three weeks later, grabbed her by the neck, covered her mouth, and forced her outside. The woman escaped after a neighbor stabbed Turner in the leg; months later, Turner was out on probation from the burglary charge and was still awaiting trial on the restraint charge when he murdered the boy. On the day of Titches’ murder, another neighbor called police after she witnessed Turner kicking Titches on the floor, but when police arrived and couldn’t locate Turner or the toddler, they failed to pursue the report. It is outrageous that the justice system in this case only took a hard line against domestic violence after a child was killed.


10 Oct 18:23

Girls love the pedipalps

by toni

girls love the pedipalps

And that, my friends, is how you know which spiders are boys.

03 Oct 19:07

Alien Head Mask Just Won All Halloween Costume Contests, Forever

by Meredith Woerner

Alien Head Mask Just Won All Halloween Costume Contests, Forever

Go home all other masks, this mask is the best mask.

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03 Oct 16:06

[Comic 10-3-14] Everyday Is Halloween

27 Sep 20:16

Sat Stat: Staggering Graph Reveals the Cooptation of Economic Recoveries by the Rich

by Lisa Wade, PhD

The graph below represents the share of the income growth that went to the richest 10% of Americans in ten different economic recoveries.  The chart comes from economist Pavlina Tcherneva.

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It’s quite clear from the far right blue and red columns that the top 10% have captured 100% of the income gains in the most recent economic “recovery,” while the bottom 90% have seen a decline in incomes even post-recession.

It’s also quite clear that the economic benefits of recoveries haven’t always gone to the rich, but that they have done so increasingly so over time. None of this is inevitable; change our economic policies, change the numbers.

Via Andrew Sullivan.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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01 Oct 15:10

costumes for the blog

by toni

all the costumes

Just in case you are looking at this in RSS, or in the future (insert spooky futuristic music here), I made the fall animals some halloween costumes!

26 Sep 14:02

Sacrelicious Barbie and Ken mods: Jesus, Mary, Kali

by Cory Doctorow


They're made by Argentinian artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, who've made 33 dolls representing figures from Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism that they're exhibiting next month in a Buenos Aires gallery show called "Barbie, The Plastic Religion." Read the rest

26 Sep 21:40

Surprise marriage proposal via Magic: The Gathering

by Cory Doctorow


Lindsey Loree proposed to her boyfriend by challenging him to a game of Magic: The Gathering into which she inserted a homemade "Proposal" card (she had to sneak a card into her lap to make it work); once he said yes, she gave him a ringpop to seal the deal! Read the rest

29 Sep 21:15

Celebrating Coffee, Astronaut-Style

by Mika McKinnon on Space, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9

Celebrating Coffee, Astronaut-Style

It's International Coffee Day, a high-caf holiday made far more entertaining by its celebration in low-Earth orbit by our astronauts on the International Space Station. Warning: this contains the most adorable real-life astronaut-buddy-movie clip yet.

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08 Sep 05:58

you are aware of how marine mammals work, right?

by Coelasquid

2014-09-01

I’ve been wanting to draw little manatee shark-face mermaid comics for YEARS now, I seriously told all my Australiabros about it when I was out there and that was like back in 2011.

Kratos is a noted smoocher-and-break-in-halfer of mermaids, do not trust Kratos with mermaids.

24 Sep 16:27

Quiet pondering is sadly underrated.

by Jessica Hagy

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24 Sep 17:05

Ohm…

by toni

ohm

I was brainstorming some robots, and this popped up. Ohm.

23 Sep 01:55

the Swear

by The Awkward Yeti

the Swear

16 Sep 15:45

Brain tumor removed from tiny goldfish

by Rob Beschizza
George is recovering after the "high-risk" $200 operation, and may now live another 20 years. Surgeon Dr. Tristan Rich described the procedure as "fiddly."
17 Sep 14:18

Apropos

by Greg Ross

Washington University philosopher Roy Sorensen dedicated his 2003 book A Brief History of the Paradox “to those who never have a book dedicated to them.”

16 Sep 18:46

Pied Piper of Elephants

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I adore this elephant's enjoyment.

04 Sep 22:00

These Beautiful Giant Sculptures Support Power Lines With Style

by Vincze Miklós

These Beautiful Giant Sculptures Support Power Lines With Style

Electricity pylons, or transmission towers, usually aren't the most interesting structures, just basic towers that keep electrical wires aloft. But some architects have designed innovative towers that are more than mere eyesores.

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09 Sep 20:18

Mel Brooks cement prank at the Chinese Theater

by David Pescovitz
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Mel Brooks put his eleven fingers in cement yesterday at Hollywood's famed Chinese Theater. (Today)

12 Sep 19:10

Bottled Emotions

by Xeni Jardin

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A design project by Taylor Kinser of Chattanooga, TN. Read the rest

12 Sep 19:40

Burger King's gothburger

by David Pescovitz
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Burger King has launched a black burger in Japan made from black peppered-beef, buns and cheese darkened with bamboo charcoal, and a topping of garlic sauce blackened with squid ink. Read the rest

11 Sep 14:40

slaughterlord: The Ayam Cemani Chicken is notable for a couple...

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slaughterlord:

The Ayam Cemani Chicken is notable for a couple of things. First of all, partially due to its rarity, especially outside of its native Indonesia, one Ayam Cemani will run you about $2,500. Second, it is clearly the chicken of Our Dark Lord and Savior Satan! The birds exhibit the genetic condition “fibromelanosis,” which renders them totally black—we’re talking feathers, skin, organs, bones, the works. Only their blood is red, albeit a very dark shade.



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02 Sep 07:17

What Google should do

by Cory Doctorow


This Neil Cicierega design-fiction from 2013 proposes a brilliant idea for a Google autocomplete easter-egg, where typing "Google autocomplete is not working correctly" would autocomplete to a long, wonderful list of Borges-ian non-sequiturs, each more wondrous than the last. (via JWZ) Read the rest

02 Sep 15:00

Evil bear dream

by toni

evil bear dream

29 Aug 06:45

Unquote

by Greg Ross

“All religions promise a reward beyond life, in eternity, for excellences of the will or heart, but none for excellences of the head or understanding.” — Schopenhauer

“So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.” — Bertrand Russell

“The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.” — Alfred North Whitehead