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25 Nov 17:15

Marissa Alexander Officially Not Allowed To Stand Her Ground In Florida

by Dan Weber
We can't even come up with a funny alt tag right now, guys.

We can't even come up with a funny alt tag right now, guys.
You remember Marissa Alexander, right? She was the Florida woman who fired warning shots at her abusive husband (and missed) during a domestic dispute and got 20 years for it. Fortunately, she got a new trial, and on Monday, justice was finally served. Unfortunately, as the piping-hot bowl of justice was being served, it was spilled in Marissa Alexander’s lap, and because this is Florida, she still has to pay for her meal.

A woman accused of firing a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons in what she said was self-defense took a plea deal Monday. [...] after serving 1,030 days in jail, she was willing to accept 65 more in her plea deal.

[...] Alexander also will have to wear an electronic device to track her movements for two years, though she will be able to lead a fairly normal life, including taking her kids to school and shopping.

Alexander will be released 27 January. The state waived the minimum mandatory 20-year prison sentence under the deal.

The judge will still have the prerogative to sentence her to more time on the third charge, up to five years, which was aggravated assault on a child. Or he could also sentence her to time served.

Congratulations, Marissa Alexander, your tortuous, Kafka-esque journey through the fine State of Florida’s legal system is nearly complete: 1,030 days of the only life you’ll ever live down, only 65 more to go — hang in there, baby!

Some of you Wonkaderos may recall another “stand your ground” case in Florida, y’know, the one with what’s his name. You may also recall that guy — we’ll call him “Schmorge Schmimmerman” — was able to post bail with the help of online donations and thus avoid hundreds or even thousands of days of incarceration. It must be really great to have so many Internet pals, and Yr Wonket has no doubt that some of Zimmerman’s supporters’ best friends are Blah. We cannot for the life of us figure out how Alexander’s online donations didn’t match those of Zimmerman. One of those truly unsolvable mysteries, we guess.

Anyway, other than the fact that Alexander has already spent nearly three years in jail and that she appears to be subject to a radically different interpretation of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, we think it’s time for everyone to just move on with their lives. Everyone except you, Marissa Alexander. You get to spend another 65 days in jail for having the temerity to use a firearm in self-defense, which everyone knows is not allowed in Florida.


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25 Nov 03:18

Don Lemon Live from Ferguson: "Obviously, There's a Smell of Marijuana"

by Rich Juzwiak

How long you think it took for Don Lemon to say something infuriatingly dumb and insensitive on this rotten night? If you guessed less than a minute after Anderson Cooper threw to him, you guessed right.


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24 Nov 22:19



a collection of birds being enshrouded by darkness

24 Nov 20:40

Police Are Killing More People Than Almost Anyone Else in Utah

by Andy Cush

They come in second to domestic violencers

Police Are Killing More People Than Almost Anyone Else in Utah

Recently, the national conversation around police killings has largely focused on two places: New York and Ferguson. Perhaps it's time to add Utah to that list, where homicides by cop are outpacing nearly every single other class of killer.


22 Nov 05:56

if the viruses aren’t called vaporware then i don’t...

if the viruses aren’t called vaporware then i don’t care

24 Nov 18:27

besturlonhere: simulatedcity: lilscoops: staff: icontherecord...






This afternoon we’re opening up the IC on the Record “Ask Box” for the first time to take your questions for Rebecca Richards, the NSA’s Civil Liberties and Privacy Director. 

Becky will take the wheel at 2PM to kick off the live question and answer session. 

Please do join us. 

The intelligence community’s first ever online Q&A. Short notice, we know, but whoa, wow. Get your asks into their box by 2 p.m. Eastern, then follow their Tumblr and watch Becky answer ’em. Should be fascinating. 

oh my god the NSA is doing damage control on tumblr lol

personally i think living in hell is cool

if this post gets 10,000 notes will you tell me what you have on me

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24 Nov 14:43

sandandglass: "If we can build a society that encourages greed...


"If we can build a society that encourages greed and sentiments which justify inequality, then we can also build a society nurturing solidarity, compassion and equality. It has proven all too useful for defenders of our bankrupt [financial] order to portray it as the rational expression of humanity. But the opposing evidence is there, and it is stark. In a world where prosperity exists alongside such misery, it should give hope to those who believe there really is another way."


23 Nov 07:04

yr knave is problematic


  • scoundrel and an outlaw
  • refuses to apprentice to a knight like a proper page
  • defies the will of god and king as he declares no fealty
  • unmarried and living in sin
  • barters with smugglers and trucks with nogoodniks
  • cravat not color coordinated properly; disgraceful lack of design sense
23 Nov 15:29

thecatsmustbecrazy: maths

21 Nov 22:27


20 Nov 21:00

bob-artist: More excited Loki


More excited Loki

21 Nov 15:17

eurotrottest: fathermercer: He wins OMGGGG



He wins


21 Nov 21:01

feverworm: gengrel uses his magical embroidery needle to stitch...


gengrel uses his magical embroidery needle to stitch life into inanimate objects

21 Nov 17:46

this is a laptop commercial

this is a laptop commercial

21 Nov 17:53

a silent hill monster: its me, your mother. i read your blog

a silent hill monster: its me, your mother. i read your blog
20 Nov 13:54

glittergirlgg: condescetier: hungrylikethewolfie: marielikesto...










A tip from your favorite nurse

(that’d be me)

Always have eggs in your fridge

You just never know when someone will split their head open

Or cut their finger while cooking

And so on

See that membrane there?

While the blood is gushing - hold pressure and crack open an egg

Peel that there membrane off and put it on the wound (continue holding pressure)

The membrane will harden and keep the wound closed until you can get to the ER for stitches

If you even need them that is

Nature: 1, Band aids: 0

You’re welcome.

I did some research on this (because I do that now, fucking science get out) and it seems that this was done in the early 1900s somewhat frequently. It was used as a way to treat just about any kind of skin wound, from burn to cut to in at least one case an ulcer. It actually helps the wound heal not by preventing blood loss but by replacing part of the skin tissue and helping it grow.

It also helps in healing scars and reducing their visibility.

Whoah science.




Also, if you have a splinter, smack one of these things on there and it will draw it out of your skin. No more shitting around with pliers.

it will also suck the poison stuff out of mosquito bites and stop them from being itchy

woaaah i didnt know!! awesome stuff :D

Did not know the mosquito bite or splinter thing!  EGGS—IS THERE ANYTHING THEY CAN’T DO?

They cant fix the economy

Or the government

20 Nov 15:26


20 Nov 18:45

Have You Seen These Men?

by Andy Cush

Police are raiding Quiznoses in both countries searching for the men, whom tipsters have indicated, "like the moon."

Have You Seen These Men?

The man on the left is wanted for verbally and physically harassing a young boy in Tewkesbury, England, and the man on the right allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl near a Kohl's in Newport News, Va. Police released these composite renderings this week.


20 Nov 04:15

Bill Cosby's Lawyers to Reporters: "Proceed at Your Peril"

by Hudson Hongo

Video in the top comments of Cosby saying the word "integrity" 900 times to an AP reporter.

Bill Cosby's Lawyers to Reporters: "Proceed at Your Peril"

In the wake of renewed rape allegations, Bill Cosby has seen his Netflix special postponed , his planned comeback sitcom killed and reruns of The Cosby Show pulled from rotation. According to the comedian's lawyers, however, it's not Cosby that should be worried, but the journalists covering his alleged crimes.


19 Nov 21:00

Disabled Female Minority Voter Gets Disenfranchised by Democrats

by Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker

"Sources suggest to the The Hill that the move is less about rules than softening resistance within the party to Pelosi's chosen candidates on the leadership slate; Duckworth publicly supported a challenger against a Pelosi ally in the contest to be the senior Democrat on the Republican-run Energy and Commerce Committee." Stay slimy, Nancy.

Disabled Female Minority Voter Gets Disenfranchised by Democrats

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) sacrificed her legs in Iraq when a rocket hit the helicopter she was piloting. But Nancy Pelosi is unwilling to make any sacrifices for Duckworth's sake, and so the war veteran is losing the right to vote for her party's congressional leadership along with her 200 peers.


19 Nov 21:30

Heroes Raid Doritos Truck to Survive Buffalo's Devastating Snowstorm

by Taylor Berman

Heroes Raid Doritos Truck to Survive Buffalo's Devastating Snowstorm

As you've no doubt heard, a giant snowstorm has shutdown most of Buffalo. People were trapped for dozens of hours, some of them without food or water. A few of braver ones to took the street to gather food from an obvious source: an abandoned Doritos truck.


19 Nov 05:00

November 19, 2014

If you want a Science book in a hurry, they're on amazon!
19 Nov 01:49

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie:


What is considered the threshold for poverty - the “poverty line” - is normally calculated by each nation for itself, and is supposed to reflect what an average human adult needs to subsist. In 1990, Martin Ravallion, an Australian economist at the World Bank, noticed that the poverty lines of a group of the world’s poorest countries clustered around $1 per day. On Ravallion’s recommendation, the World Bank adopted this as the first-ever International Poverty Line (IPL).
But the IPL proved to be somewhat troublesome. Using this threshold, the World Bank announced in its 2000 annual report that “the absolute number of those living on $1 per day or less continues to increase. The worldwide total rose from 1.2 billion in 1987 to 1.5 billion today and, if recent trends persist, will reach 1.9 billion by 2015.” This was alarming news, especially because it suggested that the free-market reforms imposed by the World Bank and the IMF on Global South countries during the 1980s and 1990s in the name of “development” were actually making things worse.

This amounted to a PR nightmare for the World Bank. Not long after the report was released, however, their story changed dramatically and they announced the exact opposite news: While poverty had been increasing steadily for some two centuries, they said, the introduction of free-market policies had actually reduced the number of impoverished people by 400 million between 1981 and 2001.

This new story was possible because the Bank shifted the IPL from the original $1.02 (at 1985 PPP) to $1.08 (at 1993 PPP), which, given inflation, was lower in real terms. With this tiny change - a flick of an economist’s wrist - the world was magically getting better, and the Bank’s PR problem was instantly averted. This new IPL is the one that the Millennium Campaign chose to adopt.

The IPL was changed a second time in 2008, to $1.25 (at 2005 PPP). And once again the story improved overnight. The $1.08 IPL made it seem as though the poverty headcount had been reduced by 316 million people between 1990 and 2005. But the new IPL - even lower than the last, in real terms - inflated the number to 437 million, creating the illusion that an additional 121 million souls had been “saved” from the jaws of debilitating poverty. Not surprisingly, the Millennium Campaign adopted the new IPL, which allowed it to claim yet further chimerical gains.

they could basically save the world at this rate

19 Nov 22:38


20 Nov 00:40

zenpencilspencils: (art by Gavin Aung Than, words by Gavin Aung...