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Just keeping things up to date
I have a few copies of “Playboy” from the 1970s stashed away somewhere. One of them has a letter where a guy writes in saying, “I met this really gorgeous, sweet woman, and we were planning to get married, but she sat me down yesterday and told me that she had a sex change before she met me. Mr. Hefner, should I marry someone who used to be a man?” and the response was, “So she had a sex change, big whoop. Would you be asking this question if she’d made any other change in her life before she met you? You love the woman she is now, and that’s all that should matter. If you want kids you can adopt or something.”
I feel so conflicted right now
That awkward moment when Hugh Hefner is more trans-positive than most feminists of the same era.
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Centers for Disease Control officials say the Texas nurse with Ebola may have been experiencing symptoms several days before she checked herself into a Dallas hospital.
a neat history of human awfulness
Where did this horror movie thing of mummies walking come from was it just some racist weird western notion to further exotify Egypt?? Did anyone actually believe this before The Mummy (the really old version) came out in the 20’s?
This is a great, interesting, insightful, long read.
i corrupted the image file but the cat is almost 100% in tact and has that smug fucking grin like “haha fuckr cant do shit” fuck you cat fuck you fucking grey cat piece of shit cat
Gamer gate has been trying to use Bayonetta as a rallying point, and criticism of it as proof of a “feminist agenda” in reviews
They’ve been trying to get Hideki Kamiya, creator of Bayonetta, to support them
the salt is so fucking real
WHEN WE WERE LITTLE SOME TEACHER TOLD US, THE GIRLS, THAT WE WERE LIKE FLOWERS, AND EVERY MAN WE HAD TOOK A PETAL WITH THEM. IF WE HAD TOO MANY WE WOULD END UP LIKE AN UGLY, WITHERED FLOWER AND NO ONE WOULD WANT US
Oh my God, these people are horrible!
Best I got. 94% enemy; she might be...
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I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.”
At the end of every Police Squad! episode, instead of having a freeze frame, the characters stop whatever they’re doing and keep still as the credits roll.
In what any Very Serious Journalist would consider a disqualifying move that requires the Republican Party to abandon the race completely, Florida Gov. Rick Scott refused to debate his Democratic opponent, the former Republican and former governor of Florida Charlie Crist (because of course; it’s Florida!), on Wednesday night. But he had a very good reason. As the debate’s moderator, Eliott Rodriguez, explained to the audience:
Ladies and gentlemen we have an extremely peculiar situation right now. …
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, our incumbent governor and the Republican candidate for governor, is also in the building. …
We have been told that Gov. Scott will not be participating in this debate. Now, let me explain what this is all about. Gov. Crist has asked to have a fan, a small fan, placed underneath his podium.
The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign say that there should be no fan. Somehow there is a fan there. And for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, I am being told that Gov. Scott will not join us for this debate.
At that point, the audience started booing, and Rodriguez turned to his co-moderator, Rosemary Goudreau, and said, “I don’t know. What can we say?” She didn’t know what to say either, but Crist sure did: “That’s the ultimate pleading of the Fifth I’ve ever heard.”
Oh, snap! Zing! BURN! That one’s going to leave a mark or two. Or 75.
At that point, the audience started cheering. And applauding. And any undecided voters left probably started deciding they would vote for the guy who bothered to show up, not the guy back stage throwing a hissy fit. And then it got even worse for AWOL Rick Scott.
Goudreau: Do the rules of the debate say that there should be no fan?
Crist: Not that I’m aware of.
Goudreau: So the rules that the Scott campaign just showed us says that no electronics can be used, including fans –
Crist: Are we really going to debate about a fan? Or are we going to talk about education, and the environment and the future of our state. I mean, really. There are serious issues facing our state, and it’s like funding education appropriately, protecting our environment, making sure we have ethical, honest leadership. I mean, if he’s going to give it to me, I’m going to take it.
Rodriguez: This is not a platform for one candidate. We’re hoping that Gov. Scott will join us on the stage.
Crist: Well, that’d be great.
Rodriguez: And I am told that Gov. Scott will join us on the stage. In all fairness to Gov. Scott, I was shown a copy of the rules that they showed me that said there would be no fans on the podium.
And then the moderators discuss with each other — on air! for everyone to see and hear and mock! — just how weird and “remarkable” this situation is. And it is weird and remarkable, but it only got better (for Crist). Because Rick Scott finally dragged his creepy skeletal sack on stage and explained why he was unfashionably late, proving to everyone that he was probably better off not showing up at all. When asked why “the delay,” this was his answer:
I waited to figure out if he was going to show up. He said he wasn’t going to come to the, uh, he said he wasn’t going to come to the debate, so why come out until he was ready?
Hmm, let’s go back in time about, oh, say, a minute. Remember when there was one guy standing on stage, ready to debate, and it wasn’t Rick Scott? Bet Florida voters do.
The Scott campaign released a super sad statement to try to salvage what’s left of Scott’s dignity:
“Charlie Crist can bring his fan, microwave, and toaster to debates – none of that will cover up how sad his record as governor was compared to the success of Rick Scott,” Scott campaign manager Melissa Sellers said in a statement. “Crist should buy a fan for the 832,000 Floridians who lost their jobs while he was governor.”
Yeah! And, uh, can also bring his Forman Grill, his margarita machine, and his sub-zero fridge to the debates but it won’t matter because he still sucks. So there!
Maybe the current governor should have stayed off stage and sent Clint Eastwood in his place. We hear he’s pretty good at debates too.
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You might not have realized, but you probably know Bailey, the five-year-old golden retriever that has captured the heart of millions of dad's Microsoft Outlook desktop apps. She is the star of the ever-popular "I have no idea what I'm doing" image macro meme. A new cache of fresh macros have hit the web, the Daily Dot reports, and it's high time we reassess the situation clearly at hand here: this poor dog has been enslaved to forever toil as an internet meme. We all need to be part of the solution. Free "I Have No Idea What I'm Doing" Dog.
The New York Times has a huge Pulitzer-bait story about injuries to U.S. military forces from old, unstable chemical weapons in Iraq, and how the Bush administration and the Pentagon covered it all up. It’s big, it’s a jaw-dropping exposé of shoddy treatment of soldiers, and you should read it.
The one thing that it does not do is vindicate George W. Bush’s brilliant decision to invade Iraq to put an end to the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s supposedly active program to manufacture chemical and biological weapons. All the chemical weapons that U.S. forces found were old and deteriorating, leftovers from the Iran-Iraq war:
The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.
You’re going to hear a lot of conservatives — like the nine paid staffers of Twitchy, for instance — saying, “See? Bush was right, so shut up, libs!” We especially loved Dead Breitbart’s take on the story, which leaves out a few somewhat important details. They say only that the Times story “details U.S. forces in Iraq finding thousands of chemical weapons during the Iraq war.”
“From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule,” Chivers wrote. “In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.”
See? Bush was right! Saddam had WMDs! USA! USA! USA! Suck it, libs!
Funny, though, what U.S. troops found was not those mobile chemical weapons labs that the Bush administration insisted were there but a lot of munitions left over from the 1980s:
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Bush insisted that Mr. Hussein was hiding an active weapons of mass destruction program, in defiance of international will and at the world’s risk. United Nations inspectors said they could not find evidence for these claims.
Then, during the long occupation, American troops began encountering old chemical munitions in hidden caches and roadside bombs. Typically 155-millimeter artillery shells or 122-millimeter rockets, they were remnants of an arms program Iraq had rushed into production in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war.
All had been manufactured before 1991, participants said. Filthy, rusty or corroded, a large fraction of them could not be readily identified as chemical weapons at all. Some were empty, though many of them still contained potent mustard agent or residual sarin. Most could not have been used as designed, and when they ruptured dispersed the chemical agents over a limited area, according to those who collected the majority of them.
In case after case, participants said, analysis of these warheads and shells reaffirmed intelligence failures. First, the American government did not find what it had been looking for at the war’s outset, then it failed to prepare its troops and medical corps for the aged weapons it did find.
In a pretty brilliant bit of revisionism, the ever-thoughtful American Thinker blog proclaims “NY Times admits Saddam had WMDs” in its headline, and then accuses Chivers and the Times of revisionism:
Chivers, of course, can’t very well say that Bush was right all along: His readers wouldn’t stand for it. So he tosses a bone to them, claiming the Bush administration’s goal in Iraq wasn’t merely to disarm Saddam of his WMDs — but to destroy “an active weapons of mass destruction program.” Instead he claims that American troops only found “remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.” Yet the fact remains that these chemical agents still had military value — a fact that Chivers concedes
Yep, they had “military value”: They could be wired together to create roadside bombs. Remember how Colin Powell went to the UN to warn the world that Saddam had rotting remnants of a weapons stockpile that could be used as components of roadside bombs? They were truly a terrifying international security threat.
The main thing we take away from the story is that the Bush administration did everything it could to not call attention to these old chemical weapons. They were an embarrassment. The were the wrong weapons. They were actually not the droids we were looking for. Worse, they would have raised awkward questions about where they came from:
In five of six incidents in which troops were wounded by chemical agents, the munitions appeared to have been designed in the United States, manufactured in Europe and filled in chemical agent production lines built in Iraq by Western companies.
To have announced that we were finding these suckers would have required Bush to say that he’d discovered where Saddam got his chemical weapons, and then, presumably, we’d have to bomb some American and European defense contractors. Even when the Pentagon did announce that some weapons had been found, it scrupulously avoided talking about where they came from:
The publicly released information also skirted the fact that most of the chemical artillery shells were traceable to the West, some tied to the United States.
These shells, which the American military calls M110s, had been developed decades ago in the United States. Roughly two feet long and weighing more than 90 pounds, each is an aerodynamic steel vessel with a burster tube in its center …
The United States also exported the shells and the technology behind them. When Iraq went arms shopping in the 1980s, it found manufacturers in Italy and Spain willing to deal their copies. By 1988, these two countries alone had sold Iraq 85,000 empty M110-type shells, according to confidential United Nations documents. Iraq also obtained shells from Belgium.
Strangely, these details aren’t getting mentioned so much in the rightwing media. Saddam had some WMDs, all right, and they were top-notch American military technology.
Getting beyond the question of whether Bush is vindicated — say, we mentioned that he isn’t, didn’t we? — the story is just amazing. The Pentagon was not about to expose the existence of these old weapons that were injuring soldiers, so the soldiers got inadequate preparation before being sent out to dismantle what they expected to be conventional shells that might be used in IEDs. And then, after they were injured, they were given a gag order, because what they found was TOP SECRET. But at least they got Purple Hearts for their trouble.
At every step, the military leadership did whatever it could to downplay just how many of these old embarrassing weapons were still floating around Iraq. By 2004 the mission had shifted to fighting insurgents, and documenting old chemical weapons and reporting them just slowed things down.
Go read this thing. It’s important, and lord knows the conversation needs to be about the incompetent handling of the chemical weapons that were found, and the shoddy treatment of those who found them, not merely dragging out the “Bush was right!” claims again. Because, as we may have mentioned, he wasn’t.