Good Friday Open Thread | Main | EMT 04/15/17
April 14, 2017

Blogger X ONT Thingy -Guest Blogger via

Quote of the Day

On the day of US President Donald Trump's inauguration, two poorly understood forces of the internet collided in a sort of bizarre death lock - a struggle that has manifested in the real world as Nazi-costumed dances in New York, a meticulously planned theft in rural Tennessee and last month, a raid on a British rooftop.

These forces are called 4chan and Shia LaBeouf.

Quote of the Day

The future, as best I understand it, is basically Philip K. Dick by way of Pornhub.

-- Sonny Bunch commenting on dildo cameras being hijacked by online hackers

Quote of the Day

It probably won't shock anyone here to know that steps were made in the last half decade that will, in the end, destroy our nuclear deterrent by simple neglect.

Not unlike deciding to put a cat on a vegan diet - it doesn't kill it right away and it looks like you are feeding it - but it is a death sentence.

-- CDR Salamander

Quote of the Day

  • Do not take a bold stand, especially in public. It does not matter if your argument is made honestly and in good faith, or if you are an expert on the matter of policy under discussion.
  • Keep a keen sense of which way the political wind is blowing. Don't fight it - drift with it.
  • No matter the number of your accomplishments or their objective prestige, you will be humiliated for once having promoted a Wrong Opinion.
  • The more effectively and memorably you promoted the Wrong Opinion, the greater your punishment will be.
-- Aaron MacLean on what the whole Jim Webb-Annapolis debacle has taught current midshipmen

Quote of the Day

Finally, our Home Secretary and local dimbulb MP, Amber Rudd, made some off-the-cuff remark on the day after the attack to the effect that Londoners going about their business proved that the terrorists will never win. Standard post-attack fare, right? Only, I have just now worked out what our leaders mean when they say that. They mean, "we don't have to do anything, we don't have to change anything, we don't have to react in any way to what just happened; we'll go on just exactly as before and that will show those old terrorists we're not scared."

But we are scared, fam. If you have a brain in your head, you're scared. And they goddamn good and well better do something about it.

-- Sweasel on the recent sudden jihad syndrome knife attack in Westminster

Quote of the Day

I'm not sure if the guns are supposed to mimic something graphically here, but I like that there are a lot of them. How long has "guns and '70s clothes" been sure-fire movie formula, anyway? At least since Pulp Fiction. Probably since the '70s. Except in the '70s they were just called "movies."

...I wasn't into Sons of Anarchy so all I really know abut him [Charlie Hunnam] is that he has a confusing accent. It feels like every few years Hollywood tries to turn a good-looking guy into a charismatic guy. Meanwhile, if the example of Chris Pratt teaches us anything, it's that it's easier to turn a charismatic guy into a good-looking guy than vice versa. Then again, it worked with Channing Tatum so who knows?

-- Vince Mancini in This Week in Movie Posters

Quote of the Day - Welcome to 2017 Edition

If you recently Googled the phrase "Taylor Swift virtual reality sex" (or some variation thereof), you may have come across reporting on a "scandal" that embodies just about everything that is wrong with our culture.

Quote of the Day

Well. "Multicultural" means all the cultures but one.

-- Glenn Reynolds on the Mother Expelled From 'Multicultural Playgroup' Because She's White story

Quote of the Day

Canada's contribution was out of all proportion to the scanty population of the country at the time, and deserves to be memorialized. To put things in perspective, on D-Day the US covered two beaches, the UK two, and Canada one. By war's end, there were whole divisions of Canadians in Northern Europe (and another in Italy), never mind the Canadians at sea or in the RCAF or RAF (there were even some Canadians who fought in the US forces. There always are). At the outbreak of the war in 1939, though, the Canadian population was just under 11.3 million, less than 10% of the American, and less than 25% of the British. Canada's GDP imbalance with its allies was even stronger.

-- WeaponsMan on the disproportionate contribution of Canada to the WWII war effort

No Good Deed Ever Goes Unpunished By the SJWs
As KitchenAid found out to their dismay while trying to support women with breast cancer.


Girly Men With Girly Men Hands

    A new study in press at the Journal of Hand Therapy (yes, a real thing) finds that millennial men may have significantly weaker hands and arms than men the same age did 30 years ago.

Researchers measured the grip strength (how strongly you can squeeze something) and pinch strength (how strongly you can pinch something between two fingers) of 237 healthy full-time students aged 20 to 34 at universities in North Carolina. And especially among males, the reduction in strength compared to 30 years ago was striking.

...But today, older millennial men and women are roughly equal when it comes to grip strength.


Former Gitmo Prisoner (and recipient of a $1M Settlement) Dies Fighting For ISIS

He went out doing what he loved: jihading.

Welcome to 2017: Astronauts To Install A Parking Space Just For SpaceX and Boeing at the ISS

Zombies: The Early Years

"A new scientific study of medieval human bones, excavated from a deserted English village, suggests the corpses they came from were burnt and mutilated. Researchers from the University of Southampton and Historic England believe this was carried out by villagers who believed that it would stop the corpses rising from their graves and menacing the living."

I can foresee a whole series of books inspired by this little tidbit.

Arnold Kling on Peoples' Interests Becoming Narrower, Deeper, and Older

Fifty years ago, I believe that there were more social bridge players than tournament players. Today, it is closer to the reverse.

When I tried to get back into tournament bridge a few years ago, I found that the "barrier to entry" had gotten much higher. Players expect you to know a plethora of new tactics, which in bridge are known as "conventions."

The other point to notice was that the median age of players at the tournament seemed to be about 70. Not many young people are willing to get past the barrier to entry.

...As another example, consider people with an interest in baseball. Fifty years ago, many casual fans knew the batting averages and home run totals of well-known players. Today, there are fewer fans with that knowledge. Instead, there is a relatively small group of fans whose knowledge includes arcane statistics that did not exist when I was growing up.

Also, I think that interest in baseball skews older, in spite of marketing efforts aimed at the young. My sense is that in the ballpark it is mostly people over age 50 who are paying close attention to the action on the field. The younger people are on their cell phones and/or watching the JumboTron.

I believe that religion is becoming narrower, deeper, and older. A smaller fraction of the population is affiliated with a place of worship, but there may be an uptick among those deeply committed, such as Orthodox Jews. Otherwise, many congregations are thinning out as their populations age and die off.

Well It Was the 70s: The Gong Show Popsicle Twins

Tonight's thingy brought to you by scofflaws:


digg this
posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:12 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Martini Farmer: "Manchin's holding out for a major bump in grift. ..."

browndog Official Mascot of Team Gizzard: "LaPhroaig Quarter Cask Suffering in a cup... ..."

artisanal ette: "[i]And, from the weekend: Maria Batiromo says she' ..."

clutch cargo - processed in a facility that may contain lead: "Fuck that, fuck them, fuck her and Fuck this clown ..."

quint: "Someone here must drink Miller High Life, which I' ..."

Skip : "Hopefully bring along Senema if he does jump the f ..."

Hadrian the Seventh: " Tell you what, Nancy. Retire now and we'll consi ..."

Puddin Head: "Quint, I've never tried Cruet. Will give it a try. ..."

hogmartin: "Nood, Manchin rumors ..."

Colorado Alex in Exile: "I wouldn't be surprised if the leadership knows th ..."

bonhomme[/i][/i][/i][/b][/b][/b][/s][/s][/s][/u][/u][/u]: "nood ..."

Guzalot says FJB: "Just what we need, another RINO. ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64