1. carlie says

    For your weekend perusal, photographer Michael Stokes took hot photos of wounded veterans (mostly amputees). My favorite comment of his in the article: ““I wasn’t thinking about empowering these vets,” Stokes said. “They have the confidence already. I was just giving them the exposure.””

  2. carlie says

    (there are comments in the comment section about it being all white guys, and someone linked to the photog’s facebook timeline that show other races are included in the full body (ahem) of work)

  3. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Busy morning so far. Took care of the early morning change, then gave the Redhead a bath with wet wipes, and changed out her gown and linens because of all the sweat. She looks a lot perkier now. Left her with a cup of coffee while I’m taking a little coffee break. Then on to laundry and our breakfasts.

  4. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says


    That one even got an article in Croatian papers. My first thought … Ok my second thought* was that either only extremely hot people were chosen for the photo shoot or only extremely hot people felt confident enough to expose themselves like that.

    But it probably isn’t fair to complain about body diversity when the whole point was representation of body diversity.

    * I think you can probably guess my first thought

  5. rq says

    Boo. Can’t see those pictures at work. :( “Entertainment”. Seriously, Computer, it’s “Educational Material”. Geez.
    I’ll take a look when I get home. ;)

  6. says

    Yay carlie for things looking good for kid.

    And I just cleaned the flat and I’m soaked because it’s so humid here. Not even hot, but humid.

    Also, there’ll be a refugee residence in the street where Mr lives during the week. Of course the neonazis concerned citizens* are collecting signatures against it. Mr asked them why he should sign, but they couldn’t give him any reasons (probably becuse they would have to clearly voice their racism then).
    I so hate those people. They make me shake with rage and anger. Told Mr that when the residence is established he should spend some money at the Ikea toy section, buy some sweets and show up there to welcome them.

    *nahhh, they don’t see themselves as fascists or Nazs. They are not called fascists even if they make comments of “gassing undesirables” and show the Hitler salute.

  7. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says


    The fascists are of course horrible, but I’m impressed by the local government that they are building a refugee center in the middle of a town.

    Both in Slovenia and Croatia, these kind of places end up on the outskirts of some tiny town or village where presumably no one had enough political clout to avoid that. How is integration going to be accomplished when you stuck people in the middle of nowhere, where they have a hard time building a support structure of earlier migrants?

  8. Okidemia says

    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought #500

    hehe, never underestimate the power of a bad pun.

    Never underestimate the power of a pad bun!

    (sorry, couldn’t resist).

    (I take responsability for any interpretation in any language of the galaxy universe multiverse).

  9. says

    It’s less of a “what they want to do” than a “what can we do”. By now the regular refugee centres/residences are beyond their limits. People are “housed” in gyms, tents, old schools. Thoigh there are better and worse solutions. Where I live the strategy beyond the one central place is to acquire public housing and give people regular flats so they can start leading a “normal life” as soon as possible instead of being isolated.
    In the long run, this current crisi will benefit us because it will strengthen and revive public housing.

  10. says

    Tony @493 in the “Older Comments” section: I saw the coverage of Mormon porn. Good for a laugh, that’s for sure. Mormonism is a cult that’s ripe for porn. Transgression of the rules is just there for the taking. And there’s that mormon underwear. Fetish, anyone.

    Here’s the discussion from ex-mormons:,1628144

    The ex-mormons picked up on the “tithing”-themed fundraising. Very funny.

  11. opposablethumbs says

    carlie, you and your family are totally brilliant. It sounds like Aunt and her household are right at the top of the best possible chances for this young person, and very probably the best possible chance, even though it must be hard for him being away from people he will miss. I’m so glad you were all able to help him and holy shit but you’ve dealt with a lot in the last few days!!! It must have shaken you all up quite a bit. Hope you all get a chance to get back on an even keel over the next few days :-)

    I think I’ve missed quite a bit in the last couple of days, but respects and salutations and I hope you are all well here in the Lounge.

    DaughterSpawn had to go to hospital with minor burns due to a minor accident in the middle of the night of the Big Enormous Graduation Party, but fortunately the accident didn’t occur until the small hours so a decent-amount-verging-on-most of the party had already been enjoyed by then, so it’s not too bad. ¿Quién nos quita lo bailado?. (I can never think of a really good English equivalent for that, literally “Who can take away the [dancing we’ve] already-danced?”).

    Lovely sunny day today, yea even here in Blighty. Went to a free weekend festival thing in a neighbourhood not too far away, because SonSpawn was playing in a little project ensemble at the bottom of the bill (top of the bill was Femi Kuti), and ended up having fun bowling (I mean actual proper ;-) bowling, the kind with a jack and off-centre weighted balls that roll in a curve, not the ten-pin kind :-) which I haven’t done for ages, and getting extensively and vigorously sunned-on with much sun. It was neck-and-neck until the last end, which I lost :-( but at least I won some ends and got right up to the jack a couple of times so that was fun. The people in charge wanted to know if we were local, probably because bowling clubs are almost always desperate for any new players under the age of about a hundred and ten. I don’t know why bowling isn’t more popular with younger people, it’s fun :-)))

  12. says

    Just read one of the funniest things on Facebook:
    “Donald Trump is like if a comments section ran for office”.


    Sorry to hear about DaughterSpawn’s injury. I hope it’s not too bad.


    Yay for how things have turned out for the kid.


    Still jobless. The irrational part of me feels like I’ve been blacklisted from everywhere I *want* to work and some places I don’t really want to work, but applied at. I can hold out on paying some bills til next month, but that means August is going to be loaded up. Especially with fucking $412 for rent by the fourth. Thankfully I filled out my income taxes late (strange to be saying that), so I’ll be getting a check in the mail for $259 in the next couple of weeks, but that of course isn’t enough to cover rent. I really don’t want to go work for Walmart, but A: they’re always hiring and B: they’re walking distance from my house, and without a vehicle, that’s a huge plus.

    Dear nonexistent god,
    I’d really like to get back to some semblance of financial security soon. I miss shopping, going to the movies, going on vacation, having the money to go clubbing, or hell, just having money to buy a bottle of alcohol and drink at home. So if you’d kindly stop shitting on me that would be great. And while you’re at it, stop shitting on everyone else too.

    I know I’m not the only person struggling with finances, so I feel bad airing this here, but ya’ll are the only ones I can talk/vent to about it.


    Speaking of walking distance, I walked to the Dollar General store earlier today. It’s roughly a 40 minute walk. Hot Damn, was it hot outside. I saw a temp reading a store that said 97°F and it felt like that. I was dripping in sweat when I got home. Had to be done bc the dogs were out of food and for some reason they think they should eat twice a day. Go figure.

  13. opposablethumbs says

    Tony!, thank you and it doesn’t seem to have been too bad – I haven’t seen her (this all happened in another city, whence she headed home to where she lives now (which is in a third other city)) but we spoke on the phone and she said she’s just got a bandaged hand and some painkillers, unpleasant but no serious damage done.
    I’m really sorry things have been so shitty on the job front for you. It comes through so clearly from the way you write and the things you say that you are great with interactions and human relations, and would be a seriously excellent asset to any decent bar/restaurant as barman/bar manager. I was so sorry when it turned out that the last place couldn’t offer enough work to live on. I know it butters no parsnips, but I’m just one of a lot of people crossing fingers and tentacles for you.

  14. says

    It’s raining again. Yesterday afternoon and evening it rained off and on for about seven hours, for a total of just under half an inch, and it looks like we’ll be getting more today. Every drop helps. As long as you don’t live in areas prone to flooding and mudslides, that is.

    [refills basket of hugs and goes back to embroidery]

  15. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Ugh, found out why it has been so warm downstairs. The main exhaust fan, for which I have a plastic flap with velcro, so I can cover it for cold nights, had decided that the plastic should be tight against the fan in spite of the heat. *facepalm*
    Corrected that, and the air downstairs started flowing normally. The Redhead is happier.
    Waiting for her to tell me serve dinner. Rotisserie chicken (leg and thigh), stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and fresh green beans, with a glass of white zif.

  16. Okidemia says

    Chigau, on The current Mended Drum, is holding hiddenology* at #271

    on the other hand, the system here blocks all ads

    indeed, not letterally far from that other unfortunate human construct:
    on the other hand, the system here odds all blacks

    (I don’t know if this is phonetically correct, both as a non-native E and as hearing deficient, E natives will tell me if that’s okphone, or if odd is never possibly used as a verb. There might also be an issue with cultural use of “blacks” which might be limited to racist folks in practice –not sure either about that but it may share semantic weight that I don’t perceive and actually don’t mean).

    This is not funny, since it carries revolting truth, but can we consider it punny? (I mean, pun is not necessarily about funniness or am i wrong?).

  17. cicely says

    Giliell, well done to your little one! Blaui is adorable!

    opposablethumbs: Ouch! I hope DaughterSpawn heals up quickly and without adverse incident.

    *hugs* for Tony!, with continued *tentacles crossed* for your speedy re-employment.

    Thoughts on the new Gravatar…?

    I like it, a lot.

    Hi, Okidemia; I don’t believe we’ve met? Unless 1) you used to use another ‘nym, or 2) we have met, but my memory has misfiled it.
    Your punny does work, puns aren’t always funny, and “the system here odds all blacks” is mordantly true—and sardonically funny—in so many places.

  18. Okidemia says

    Tony! The Queer Shoop @17

    Thoughts on the new Gravatar…?

    I have to admit it’s really cool, and even try on more laudatory, but then I could not say how confusing it is to me, because it really looks like younger me with a nice rebel and tonic (sic) tone, without passing as strongly narcissic. I would then have to publicly admit narcissism to a level I’m not ready to concede, even if it is certainly increasing my sympathy (yes I’m narcissic, but you were sympathetical even before that gravatar). No, I’m just naturally confused these days, it’s age… :)

  19. Okidemia says

    cicely @22

    I don’t believe we’ve met? Unless 1) you used to use another ‘nym, or 2) we have met, but my memory has misfiled it.

    I’ve only been using this nym so far, but once where I commented under my real identity quite longer ago. I’m shy though, and actually I’m doing things on leisure (like here) that could bring prejudice to rl matters, so instead of working nymely, I live nymely. Germans have a word for that I think: Nimelungen… :)
    if by meeting here you mean that we commented on threads commonly (by which I mean “in commun”, not necessarily “frequently”), this is true, I remember your nym. I don’t remember specifics though and we may not have cross interacted directly. It’s difficult to me to remember, because I don’t actually comment as much as I think I do, sometimes I think I comment but things happen. I still behave as if I did though.

  20. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Oh no, the Redhead thinks she caught something from her CNA’s and her temperature is way up for her, and she sounds like she has a cold. Where’s the alcohol so I don’t catch it????

  21. Morgan!? ♥ ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ says

    Wowie zowie. We got a bit over two inches of rain today in about two hours. There were a few downpours. Now it has just been a constant light rain for about three hours that will probably last another two hours. There is flooding in the desert. I’m glad I live on top of a mountain. Mother nature sometimes has a sense of humor, sometimes not.

  22. says


    Germans have a word for that I think: Nimelungen… :)

    If we do, it’s none I recognise ;) But I could of course always make you one!

    I’ll pass the compliments on!

    Ouch. I hope daughter’s hand heals nicely.

    Cool avatar!
    Sorry bout the job situation. I know Walmart are shitty employers. Part why they didn’t succeed as expected in Germany is because their policies didn’t fly here. If you have to go there, think about it as an in-between until you get back onto your feet again *hugs*

  23. says

    Giliell @29:
    Wow. Walmart actually failed ? I’m so used to seeing them all over the place here in the States. I think I just assumed that anywhere they opened a location, they’d be there for good.

  24. Rowan vet-tech says

    Morgan, please send the hurricane remnants further north so I too can enjoy some rain, thanks.

  25. says

    Hello, rq, hello, rq
    This is not a test, I repeat, this is not a test.
    This is a hello.

    Yep, they started here in the late 1990’s and, following the idea of US exceptionalism, simply thought that if they brought us US shopping they’d sweep the market. Because if other countries have different shopping cultures, then those are clearly inferior and will be supplanted. Didn’t fly here. Especially not their ideas about how to treat employees. They tried to ban folks from having relationships with each other AND installed phones where people could denounce fellow employees suspected of having a relationship. They were shocked, I tell you, shocked when they were expected to actually follow the laws!
    They sold their markets in Germany in 2006.
    My mum in law worked for them until they closed down the cafeteria. It didn’t make enough profit. They failed to account for the fact that it brought people to the shop, especially 50+ couples who’d do their weekly grocery shopping and have lunch there.

  26. opposablethumbs says

    Thank you, cicely and Giliell – it will take a little while before the bandage can come off and I expect it’s not very nice, but apparently it’s all on the mend so no problem :-)

    Nice gravatar, Tony!

    We have Walmart tentacles here under the guise of the national supermarket chain they bought out – Asda, which they now wholly own. Haven’t noticed any changes to it, but then I wouldn’t – there isn’t a branch anywhere near enough to go to anyway so I’m not that familiar with them. Haven’t heard of any changes to it, I should say.

  27. says

    Nike came out with a new pair of shoes specifically geared to people with physical disabilities:

    Nike’s latest high-top sneakers look as flashy as any in its line-up, but they’ve got a secret power. The Zoom Soldier 8 Flyease (above) was designed specifically for people with disabilities, and incorporates a wraparound zipper system that lets wearers peel open the shoe with one hand, slipping their foot in with ease. It should make life that little bit easier for people who have physical difficulties, says Nike, including amputees, stroke victims, and Parkinson’s sufferers.

    The technology, named Flyease, was designed by Nike’s Tobie Hatfield, who began developing the latest version of the shoe after receiving a letter from Matthew Walzer, a young man with cerebral palsy. Walzer’s disorder makes his muscles stiff and weak, and as he was about to head off to college, he was worried that he wouldn’t be able to tie his own shoes without help. Walzer wrote to Nike for help.

    “Matthew was looking really for a basketball style, he really loved basketball, he loved LeBron James,” says Hatfield in a promotional video about the new technology. “And so I said, ‘I’m going to take this zipper in the back so this can literally just peel open.’ The main thing was about getting him in the shoes, adjusting the shoes, closing the shoes, and then being able to get out of the shoes all by himself.”

    Hatfield and other Nike designers worked with Walzer over the course of three years, shipping him prototype shoes and getting feedback over Skype. To create the sneakers, the company’s engineers had to build a new zipper designed to smoothly navigate curves without forcing the wearer to yank on the strap, and added internal cords to the shoe that run from its heel to its top so that the design tightens itself as it’s zipped up.

    “It’s still not perfect by any means,” Hatfield told Fast Company. “We know we can continue to make improvements, but we wanted to give access to those who need this sooner than later.” The Zoom Soldier 8 (and its sponsored partner, the LeBron Soldier 8) will go on sale in limited quantities on Nike’s website on July 16th.

    Here’s Nike’s page where you can buy the shoes. At $130, they aren’t cheap though. Nike might want to work on dropping the price of those shoes. Half that price would be great.

  28. says

    One of the drawbacks of having no job is that I go to sleep whenever I want to. The only drawback to that is, well, let me tell you about this horrible case of SIWOTI I’ve had for several hours.

  29. Saad says

    Rand Paul takes on the Planned Parenthood issue by standing up for individual freedom and opposing government intervention in people’s personal lives

    Just kidding. It’s the other way around. Got your attention though, didn’t it?

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is planning a push next week to fully ban federal funding for Planned Parenthood, with his office saying the 2016 GOP presidential contender will use “all legislative vehicles at his disposal” to ensure immediate action.

    “I am more appalled than ever by Planned Parenthood’s complete disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Mr. Paul said. “The recent revelation that this taxpayer-funded organization is selling body parts of the unborn further proves that this agency deserves our scorn, not our tax dollars.

    “I plan to do whatever I can to stop them and will introduce an amendment to pending Senate legislation to immediately strip every dollar of Planned Parenthood funding,” he said.

  30. birgerjohansson says


    Mexico’s Rates Of Missing And Murdered Women Reaches Epidemic Proportions

    Thai fishing industry turns to trafficking: ‘We witnessed girls being raped again and again’ – video
    Isn’t it time to boycott the hell out of that nasty country?

    Cambodian tycoon attack victim: ‘I cannot accept what he did to me’

  31. birgerjohansson says

    I have read (and liked) Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword, Jim Butcher’s Skin Game and Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem. My problem with the last book is that it postulates a civilisation existing on a world at the nearest star system.
    If civilisations were that closely packed, Earth would have been overrun by colonisers before the trilobitees showed up.

  32. says


    The only thing I didn’ like about Ancillary Sword was that Ancillary Mercy isn’t out yet…

    Yep. Right there with you, and have been for months now.


    Like the new pic.


    The colors in your project are nice and vibrant.

  33. says

    Tony, the new Gravatar is great.

    Tony @35, there’s no women’s version of this shoe? Disappointed.

    In other news, here’s another excellent reason to hope Marco Rubio fails in his bid for the presidency: “The next president of the United States must nominate Supreme Court justices that believe in the original intent of the Constitution and apply that. We need more Scalias and less Sotomayors.”

    Good news from Utah: that über conservative state is now likely to be the 31st state to accept the Medicaid expansion that is part of Obamacare. The state is following Montana, which expanded Medicaid in April, and Alaska which did the same thing last week. Another win for healthcare in the USA. Dragging Republicans kicking and screaming all the way.

  34. says

    Rachel Maddow reports on Sister Mary Peter Diaz and other supporters of the expansion of health insurance for low income Alaskans helping mobilize against a Koch brothers-funded opposition, ultimately winning and extending coverage to 40,000 more people.

    This business of making healthcare affordable for poor people doesn’t really strike me as progressive versus conservative issue. It’s more of a human issue. Rachel’s coverage includes a few laughs at the expense of the Koch brothers.

  35. says

    Having trouble doing the brain thing. The doctor screwed up and only gave me a prescription for half a month of adderall. I tool half-tablets for a while but I’ve been out for about a week now. I was wondering if it still did anything for me, now I know.

    I found this.

    “In both experiments, we found that whites exposed to evidence of white privilege claimed more hardships than those not exposed to evidence of privilege,” the researchers report. In other words, evidence that their race was an advantage prompted white people to move toward a victimhood mindset.

  36. says

    The man who is leading the “Counter Jade Helm” movement is a real piece of work.

    Pete Lanteri, the former Marine who’s organized a citizen surveillance group to monitor a military training exercise taking place this summer across seven southern states, is a self-described “hothead” prone to Facebook rants about rounding up “commies” and how blacks are a “failed race.”

    Lanteri, a 44-year-old former Marine who is originally from New York, where he once directed that state’s branch of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, and currently resides in Arizona, sat down last week with Fox News Radio’s Alan Colmes to talk about how his group plans to monitor the military operation dubbed “Jade Helm 15.” […]

    Here a few highlights from Lanteri’s online comments:

    “Libs” are “useless fucking Americans”

    “I can’t wait to kill a thousand of these fucks.”

    “Here’s hoping we are in a shooting war to save this country by the next Fourth of July!!!! Semper Fi Patriots!!!”

    “You should all be making lists of all commie/marxists/islamists in your neighborhoods. All the teachers, school board members, politicians, etc who are anti US Constitution need to be identified and addresses known so that when it comes time to round them up we know exactly where to start looking. They will be arrested and tried for treason!!!”

    Well, I guess we know where they get the idea that liberals are going to round up patriots and christians and put them in FEMA camps. That’s their proposed method of stopping people with whom them disagree.
    Talking Points Memo link

  37. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says


    The lizard looks great, but I also couldn’t help noticing you have wild strawberries! I love those.

    In other news, cleaning all the things takes a lot of time and effort. Who’d have thought.

  38. cicely says

    Brony: It probably works as well for Christians convinced that they are being persecuted. Let us see….
    “In both experiments, we found that whites Christians exposed to evidence of white Christian privilege claimed more hardships than those not exposed to evidence of privilege,” the researchers report. In other words, evidence that their race religion was an advantage prompted white Christian people to move toward a victimhood mindset.”
    Well, gang, waddayathink? Have we found yet another demonstration of those regrettable flaws built into human brainmeats?

  39. says

    Buzzfeed is reporting that Torrid has released superhero dresses for women of all sizes:

    The dresses run from $48.50 to $68.50, and come in sizes 0 (roughly 12) to 6 (roughly 30).

    They’re primarily Avengers movie-themed dresses: Captain America, Iron Man, Loki, and Black Widow. There’s also a Star Wars one.
    I’m sure no one here would be interested in these dresses. Nope. Not a soul :)

    I may have a lead on a job!
    Literally, as I was composing this message, I got a call from a huge entertainment complex here in Pensacola called Seville Quarter. They’re looking to staff up in various areas-bartending, serving, security, banquet staff. This place has been around for decades and has a great deal of business. I have an interview Wednesday @230. Fingers and toes crossed.

  40. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    I almost forgot – great new avatar, Tony! I’m sorry about ongoing troubles with the job hunt.

  41. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    And I was composing my message, you got good news :)

    Good luck on Wednesday!

  42. says

    All thumbs are being held.

    Unfortunately not, they’re just badly growing regular strawberries. We’re too high here for bees and the wind doesn’t polinate them well :(
    Ahhh, but I remember wild strawberries. *cue skeleton on cupbord in The Last Unicorn*
    My gran’s sister had them in her garden and I would pick them and line them on a long straw and when it was full I’d nibble them all off.

  43. says

    If you thought some of the claims about the Confederate flag not having anything to do with racism were ridiculous, you ain’t seen nothing yet. People are claiming that a section of a mural that features Klansmen in a Baker County, Florida, courthouse isn’t racist, just a part of Southern heritage.
    Interestingly the mural was put up in 2001.

  44. chigau (違う) says

    My workday was shortened due to grizzly bear.
    I have internet, maybe I can catch up.

  45. Morgan!? ♥ ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ says

    How did the grizzly feel about the encounter? (grin)

  46. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    carlie: YAY! I’m glad it’s working out and so, so happy I could I help. You are awesome, Kid’s Aunt sounds awesome, I’m sure Kid is awesome and wish him the best.

    (The weekend really sucked (bunch of drama, Roomie’s workdays sucked, Little One got stuck in laundry room, confronted Complex Manager about broken and unsafe shit, mailbox broken into so we have to go pick up from postoffice and more goddamn drama) so reading your messages then like “hey, so you don’t fuck everything up!” really helped me get through it. I just could not comment then, sorry.)

    Tony: YAY! Good luck! *crosses fingers*

    Mom Update: She was released from the hospital a couple days ago and is recovering fine. They wound up removing her spleen. They’ve found a friend to stay with for a week, which should give them enough time to get Mom’s husband’s first check if they want/need a hotel/temporary place to stay again.

    Rent Update: Waiting on a call back from Salvation Army (ugh) and I have an appointment with the city on Friday for a case review to see if they can help again. Roomie’s been working more than the last two weeks, which helps out a lot and he’s set up to do training this week to be a cabbie as well. Scary and I worry a lot so that’s new ripe ground for my brain to ruin.

    Job Update: I GOT A JOB! YAAAAY! I’ve filled out the background check and did the drug testing today and my start date is August 3rd. It’s the great job that I gushed about wanting like a month ago. Apparently someone up and quit and they called me. They’re moving the schedule around to fit me in (the person who quit had the shift starting at 5am and I can’t there in time on the bus) and the person I’ve been talking with is AWESOME. Love her so much.She’s the one that got me the first interview, told me their call volume dropped so they couldn’t hire me and got me two subsequent interview with different sections of the company. Finally! So.fucking.happy. And relieved!

    Now, I’ve got to hunt down places that can give me free professional clothes since I’ve only got the one interview outfit and bus cards. And school clothes and supplies for Little One.

    And I’m sure like a million other fucking things I need to take care but for now, I GOT A FUCKING JOB!!!

  47. JAL: Snark, Sarcasm & Bitterness says

    Uh, sorry if this ends up double posting. It shouldn’t but I’ve no idea what happened to the first attempt….

    carlie: YAY! I’m glad it’s working out and so, so happy I could I help. You are awesome, Kid’s Aunt sounds awesome, I’m sure Kid is awesome and wish him the best.

    (The weekend really sucked (bunch of drama, Roomie’s workdays sucked, Little One got stuck in laundry room, confronted Complex Manager about broken and unsafe shit, mailbox broken into so we have to go pick up from post office and more goddamn drama) so reading your messages then like “hey, so you don’t fuck everything up!” really helped me get through it. I just could not comment then, sorry.)

    Tony: YAY! Good luck! *crosses fingers*

    Mom Update: She was released from the hospital a couple days ago and is recovering fine. They wound up removing her spleen. They’ve found a friend to stay with for a week, which should give them enough time to get Mom’s husband’s first check if they want/need a hotel/temporary place to stay again.

    Rent Update: Waiting on a call back from Salvation Army (ugh) and I have an appointment with the city on Friday for a case review to see if they can help again. Roomie’s been working more than the last two weeks, which helps out a lot and he’s set up to do training this week to be a cabbie as well. Scary and I worry a lot so that’s new ripe ground for my brain to ruin.

    Job Update: I GOT A JOB! YAAAAY! I’ve filled out the background check and did the drug testing today and my start date is August 3rd. It’s the great job that I gushed about wanting like a month ago. Apparently someone up and quit and they called me. They’re moving the schedule around to fit me in (the person who quit had the shift starting at 5am and I can’t get there in time on the bus) and the person I’ve been talking with is AWESOME. Love her so much.She’s the one that got me the first interview, told me their call volume dropped so they couldn’t hire me and got me two subsequent interview with different sections of the company.

    Finally! So.fucking.happy. And relieved!

    Now, I’ve got to hunt down places that can give me free professional clothes since I’ve only got the one interview outfit and bus cards. And school clothes and supplies for Little One.

    And I’m sure like a million other fucking things I need to take care but for now, I GOT A FUCKING JOB!!!

  48. Nutmeg says

    *pokes head into Lounge*

    Hi, folks! Long time no talk!

    I’ve been (intentionally) absent from atheist/skeptic spaces for a while, but I’ve been missing the Lounge lately. I figured I would pop back in and see what’s happening. It’s lovely to see so many familiar nyms!

    I am well – finally recovered from grad school, employed in my field with a little bit of stability (I am incredibly lucky), and very happy to have moved out of my parents’ place and into my own little apartment. I’m going to try to at least lurk here a bit more often for a while.

    I hope offerings of food are still customary – I cupcake-ified my spice cake recipe this weekend and it turned out pretty well. Plus, copious icing improves most things. Have a cupcake!

  49. cicely says

    Tony!, my *tentacles* are all *crossed* to the point of cramping, re your job lead.


    Job Update: I GOT A JOB! YAAAAY!

    *all singing, all dancing, all champagne-cork-popping!*

  50. Morgan!? ♥ ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ says

    Welcome back Nutmeg! Congrats on recovery from grad school and appropriate employment and new abode. All great things. And spice cake is my favorite kind of cake. Opening port, ready to receive cupcake(s).

  51. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    JAL, CONGRA RATS WITH THE JOB!. The Pullet Patrol is in a tizzy, and I’ve been trying to calm them down with grog soaked corn. All that seems to do, is to make one think they can take me down, and then all the others grab onto the pullet, or other pullets grabbing the first pullet, to do the trick. With one trying to topple my heft, bones would break first. So I keep walking around followed by flying feathers and much clucking that sounds like laughter.

    Tony, go in and work your charm. Sounds like the hours and jobs might be erratic, but enough for a decent paycheck. Tentacles crossed.

  52. carlie says

    Kid called to talk to Child 1 – he’s getting well settled in at Aunt’s. I’m very happy. :) I think he’ll get established where he is and do well. I’m glad it worked out when and how it did – he was at our house for two weeks, and that was too cramped and tight. Wouldn’t have worked for any longer than it was, and we wouldn’t have been able to let him stay more than that. Everything happened just in time.

  53. Rowan vet-tech says

    My eldest girl kitty Rowan stopped grooming herself, so I ran some bloodwork on her and it was utterly normal. So my mind goes to “mouth or cancer “. Look in her mouth, and there’s only a little tartar. So I take her to her vet and we do x-rays, and she appears to have a stomach tumor. She’s 11 1/2 years old. We’re about to do an ultrasound on her, which will be as exciting as the rads because she is semi feral. /sigh. Poor Rowan.

  54. Okidemia says

    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk- @29 in a germane answer to my own broke point:

    Germans have a word for that I think: Nimelungen… :)

    If we do, it’s none I recognise ;) But I could of course always make you one!

    1. I’m not sure if I better had to go Nymelungen straight and give a befitting nym nym nym onomatopeia, given that I was already breaking phonetics with the second consonnant. Note that I’m breaking bad because then I could always hide behind the fact that French accent is so freaking bad that I’m also self mocking within puns**. Then, I feel unsure whether I didn’t break too far that you really did not get the Nibelungen ref (or that it was that bad a pun).

    2. Please you can make the “actual” German word for benyming like jerk ideal hideous hide. I’d love that. I’ve always loved German for that impressive self expressive wordiness driving conceptual sentencing to a very pleasant extreme.

    ** Please if you* feel like missing a key to understanding some comments I made, try reading it with the worst Frenchy accent you can think of***, it will certainly help in about half the cases.
    *** we never speak in tongue. Tongue is not a language tool there****.
    **** (this pun might indeed be really hard to grasp if you don’t speak French, but tell me if you get it*****)
    ***** Pun is not dead.
    ****** you* did read one line too far.

  55. Ice Swimmer (was Nakkustoppeli) says

    Congrats, JAL, on the job! Good luck on the interview, Tony with the handsome new avatar! Hope the economy will start to pick up speed all around. Yay for carlie!

    Let’s have something weird:
    Rock and Roll

  56. Rowan vet-tech says

    Ultrasound (kinda) accomplished. Unfortunately, because she is also aerophagic we couldn’t see the mass at all, and because she’s a feral little asshole (I love her, but this cat is nasty if it’s not on her very explicit terms) the main result was Ro’ deeply gouging my arm with her hind claws. And I got to chase her around the x-ray room, which was ‘fun’.

    Here is a picture of 9 month old Rowan shortly after her diaphragmatic hernia repair. She was found on the street by some of my friends way back in 2004. Took me a year to pay that bill off, but it was worth it. She may be stand off-ish, neurotic, semi-feral and she who pees on my bed when annoyed, but she was my first cat and I love her.

    And Ye Aulde X-Ray, with ye aulde ‘holy giant mass batman’. It’s going to eventually block her esophagus and make it so she can’t eat. Between the normal labwork, lack of athritis, weight loss (~10% of her body weight in the last 3 months) despite eating well, and the general ADR signs, the only option for this is ‘cancer’ and not ‘she ate something’.

  57. says

    I realized something today, courtesy of JAL.

    I walked to the store to get dog food a few hours ago, and as I often do, I kept myself occupied during the 10-15 minute walk by reading news on my phone. While I was caught up in reading, I got several Lounge updates. One of them was yours, JAL. As I read it, I felt this surge of happiness. Not for me, but for you. I felt a tingle up my spine and goosebumps. I even felt my eyes water a little bit. Having read your comments over the years and having an awareness of the financial stress you’ve been under, I was able to imagine (to some degree) the relief you must be feeling at having been hired.

    The feeling of nearly being in tears was an odd experience for me. Like I said, I was (and am) quite happy for you. But I couldn’t recall when I’d almost (or fully) cried at good news. I usually cry when I’m sad or when I’m really angry.

    Then it struck me: maybe I’m not crying because of specific emotions, but I cry because of extreme emotions. I often feel sad, but don’t cry. I often feel angry, but don’t cry. And of course, I often feel happy, but don’t cry. But it’s like there’s a threshold that, once crossed, something in my brain goes *click* and I can feel the tears start to form.

    That’s what happened to me today, as a result of reading your wonderful news. Again, congratulations!

    It’s lovely to see you around these parts again. Two things:
    1- what’s your occupation (if you don’t mid sharing, that’s fine of course)
    2- I’d love a cupcake. I just finished 3 cinnamon rolls that were slathered in icing, but your spice cupcakes sound irresistible .
    3- Are you enjoying having a place to your own.

    (oops, can’t count)

  58. says

    A unique elliptical pool table and ‘loop’ game designed by a mathematician:

    In a recent episode of Numberphile, mathematician Alex Bellos demonstrates his custom-built elliptical pool table. The table can be used to demonstrate some interesting mathematical properties. In particular, it can be used to demonstrate elliptical focus points. When the ball is shot from the complementary focus point from the hole it should always go in, regardless of the direction of the shot.

    Because a traditional game of pool would be impossible to play on the table, Bellos also invented a game called “loop” which uses the table and four balls to make the most out of the table’s unique properties.

    Bellos explains additional details of the table itself and the game of loop in separate Numberphile videos.

  59. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says


    Good to read you again, Nutmeg.

    carlie, it’s great that Kid is settling in.

    chigau, do tell about the bear

  60. opposablethumbs says

    Tony! and JAL that is such wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All fingers, tentacles, antennae, pseudopods and anything else possible are crossed for this to go well.
    Good to read you, Nutmeg, and it sounds like things are going well – good for you!
    Rowan, I’m so sorry. If nothing else, it’s good that your namesake is in expert hands – yours – and that you know so very much more than most about preventing suffering. It must be very hard for you, though. All the hugs.

  61. says

    Wait, that was 3.5 hours of unmitigated stress for a 15 minutes talk with my professor. That’s not time efficient.
    Also, end of college term and end of school term at the same time is not a good thing. College students are walking around campus looking harassed because of EXAMS!!! Teachers take their highschool students to college so they can have a look at it, which means lots of noisy kids in corridors and entire classes blocking the sidewalk, adding to the college students’ stess levels.

    Yayyyyyyy! Hope things are really starting to get better for you now.


    There you go.
    I guess the pun is on langue as in tongue and language.

    I’m sorry to hear about Rowan the kitty.

    Seconding beatrice, what about the bear?

  62. Okidemia says

    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk- #81

    There you go.

    [exstatic happiness burst]
    If it weren’t only me, I’d be messing even more with distortive wording:
    Selbsterklärichtiges Wort.
    Now I’m mooding toward asking you any kind of wordiness.
    Like how would say for an exagerated anxiety to lose one’s teeth all at once?
    Or more usefull to Pharyngula, how would you say for the spontaneous unreflexive pseudo-argument/reaction from male proponents that “it” isn’t actually sexism (when it obviously is at least partially –I’m referring to that very situation when things become more personnal than absolute general cases where people can more easily agree)?

    I guess the pun is on langue as in tongue and language.

    Yep, that was the paradoxical issue where things wedn’t wrong, but I realise I was mixing our discussion with the singular you French language relies on similarly to the English singular they (I refer to you* when I spot it in my writing here), and it was adding mess to confusion… I really lean toward messianics! :)

    Seconding beatrice, what about the bear?

    Not adressed to me, but I’d answer this: “I shaved it yesterday, and it was a huge mistake”.
    I’d love to expand on French accent and something that happened to me yesterday, but I really need to go if I don’t want to miss the first talk (which I am ethically not allowed today since I give mine later).
    Wishing you all whatever nice and comforting, today and forever.
    Best genuine whatever,

  63. Saad says

    Question about filters: I just wrote a long-ish post in that Reddit thread and when I hit submit nothing showed up. I thought if something goes to moderation, you see a note saying so? It did include a racial slur. Does that mean the post won’t appear and I should repost it with the racial slur censored? (Luckliy I copied my post to clipboard before submitting).

  64. carlie says

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. I have to go to work early. I have to get stuff done. I haven’t gotten anything done in two weeks, and I have a new summer student coming in this morning, and I HAVE TO GO TO WORK. And… we go outside, and Spouse’s car has been broken into (for values of “broken in” that include “opening an unlocked car door”). Nothing of value taken, and it must have been kids because they took a 6-pack of Coke but left one sitting on the seat, but we wanted to call it in just so it was on record. I thought it would be a 5 minute call, max. Nope. They’re sending an officer out. So now I have to sit here at home and wait. Dammit.

  65. opposablethumbs says

    arghdammit, carlie :-(
    Sorry for the aggravation. Glad you don’t have any valuables gone, or a smashed window … eh, it’s cold comfort though :-\

  66. carlie says

    Thanks opposablethumbs. Turns out we really were lucky – the reason they sent out an officer was that there have been a couple of dozen car breakins in the area in the last few months, and many of the others have been worse – smashed windows, valuables taken, etc. I feel like a dork because not only did we smoosh ourselves all over the car trying to figure out what all was gone, but then Spouse drove away in the crime scene so as not to be late to work. We hadn’t even been thinking of it in terms of a crime scene, just our car and trying to figure out what was wrong with it. I honestly thought they’d be aggravated that I even bothered to call it in, much less that they would want to investigate it. The cop was kind of sad because he might have been able to get fingerprints off of the one soda that was left, but he did drive around to see if any of the others had been drunk and tossed in a yard somewhere.

  67. birgerjohansson says

    Today is Cat Steven’s 65th birthday. As a kid, he spent some time in Sweden.
    Of course, 1950s Sweden was pretty dull and religious. The place would not have proven that it is possible to have a fullfilled life while being secular.
    — — — —
    An 85-year old lady was in n article in Västerbottens-Kuriren, a local newspaper, today. She is one of a few from Älvdalen who still speaks a local language, grammaticallly distinct from Swedish*. She has postcards from her grandnma that are written with rhunes, a writing tradition that lived on until ca. 1900 in that region.

    ‘*but still not officially recognised a a distinct language , despite several vericts in the European court.

  68. chigau (違う) says

    No biggy on the bear.
    If a bear is sighted near any work-site, we get safe until it’s gone.
    That close to the end of the day, we just came back to camp.

  69. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    Yay for the Mellow Monkey sighting! Thanks, Tony

  70. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    That thing when it’s so hot you can’t sleep so after a couple of days the tiredness and the heat catch up with you together and you get so miserable you just want to cry.

  71. cicely says

    Poor Rowan.
    And, also, poor Rowan.
    *gentle&cautious scritches* for one, and *hugs* for the other.


    Like how would say for an exagerated anxiety to lose one’s teeth all at once?

    Yes, how?
    I’d like to know what to call it, when I dream it.

    carlie, odd choice of thefted items, indeed! Otoh, a friend of mine once had his car more violently broken into—and all that was taken was his RPG-related things. Stereo—safe; change—safe. Kinda expensive gear shift doohickey-thingy—safe. Dice, reference books—gone.

  72. says

    Saad @84:

    Question about filters: I just wrote a long-ish post in that Reddit thread and when I hit submit nothing showed up. I thought if something goes to moderation, you see a note saying so?

    No, unfortunately if a comment goes into moderation there’s no notification.


    Hugs and my sympathies about your cat.

    Speaking of cat, my older cat-Kayta-is developing the most annoying eating habits (I hope she doesn’t have some serious physiological problem since I don’t have money to take her to a vet). She only eats moist food now-fine. Took me a while to figure that out. But now she doesn’t eat all her food at once, she goes back and forth to the bowl throughout the day-usually. The last few weeks though, I’ve noticed that she’ll eat when I first feed her, but she’ll go back a few times throughout the day, sniff the food and walk away. It’s like she’s hungry, but doesn’t want what she just ate hours ago. I’ve opened can after can of cat food and seen this happen. It’s frustrating because I ain’t rich. I can’t keep wasting money on cat food that she won’t eat.

  73. rq says

    There is, in fact, a notice: if you put in too many links, your comments will appear to you with a notice at the start saying “Your comment is in moderation” or the like. I know, I’m good at that one. :D
    You’re correct, however, for when a comment goes into moderation for bad language, so Saad, I’m pretty sure it will appear if you take out (or censor) the bad words. :)

    Many *hugs’n’scritches* for both of you, distribute as desired. :(

    Yays and boos your way, hopefully clear on how those should be distributed!!

    Beatrice @91
    Oh hey, I did some of that today while doing the old Circus Runaround Town while we played various levels of phone tag in the morning, proceeded to proceed to the City with three different stops on the way (pile out, pile in, repeat ad nauseum), picked up my sister, went to see Mum in hospital, took the kids out of the hospital so my sister could talk to Mum, hit the shops again (pile out, pile in!!!), hung out for a bit at the Old Apartment so the kids could get some air, left the kids with Husband, dropped my sister off at Aged Aunt’s, and proceeded to work alone and in silence and… well, not quite cried out, but at least currently the feeling is in retreat. We missed a car service appointment, though – I told Husband to reschedule it for Thursday – because there’s just no way I could have squeezed that anywhere in between. And Husband suggested I should just go on ahead to work with the kids, he’ll pick them up from there, as the car service is along the way… BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No. I’m going to let them play in the playground near an assured source of food for a while, thanks!
    (It hasn’t been HOT the past few days, but I’ve been sleeping poorly since the upper floor doesn’t ventilate too well, except for last night (it got hot) and today during the day (it was hot), and yeah, it just sort of… catches up and then jumps on you and then everything is a stressor.)

    * Mum is in hospital for her second hip replacement, all has gone well, she is in good spirits and hopes to be out within a week. And my sister is still here because she missed her flight on Sunday and Monday’s were all sold out.

  74. says

    Like how would say for an exagerated anxiety to lose one’s teeth all at once?


    Can I say fuck capitalism? Fuck capitalism.
    Mr informed me that there is going to be a “restructuring”. Not that their unit doesn’t make profit, it just doesn’t make enough profit.
    Best case scenario for us: no changes. Because the cut’s going to be close to their particluar lab, but he doesn’t know which side they’re on.
    Medium best: He’s part of the outsourced group but can sue to remain withth e mother company instead.
    Medium: He keeps a safe job with the outsourced part for less money
    Worst: unemployment.
    Ok, even if it comes to worst by that time I should be able to pick up the tab, but fuck, fuck, fuck. This is not what we planned.

  75. says


    *hugs*, and scritches for kitty-Rowan. I’m sorry.

    Hi again!

    Fuck Capitalism

    Beatrice and others coping with excessive temperatures.
    *hugs* and sympathies.

  76. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    Oh, “restructuring” . Translates as ” someone wants a bigger yacht”

  77. rq says

    And also *three cheers and a tiger* for JAL and the new job!!!
    And *many thumbs* for Tony and his interview. Sincerely best wishes for this working out, my friend!!!

  78. says

    Giliell, fuck capitalism and rentiers and greedheads who ruin everything. I loved your word, and am sending it to Rammstein as a song title (and first line).

    JAL, Tony, I hope by this point I’m congratulating both of you about jobs, but one way or the other, I’m with you sister and brother.

    Forgive me, those whom I’ve missed, I’m lying down and MyMouse has MyTablet. :)

  79. says

    Over on Facebook, a friend posted some thoughts on the 2013 movie Man of Steel. It prompted me to look up the opinion of a famous (in the comics world) writer, Mark Waid. Waid has been editing and writing comic books for decades and is one of the most respected and accomplished writers in the industry. He’s known for being a HUGE fan of Superman, and his opinion on the movie is informed obviously by his affection for the character. But at the same time as he has this emotional investment, he also lays out exactly why the movie was problematic. He explains in paragraph after paragraph why certain elements just don’t work.
    In short, he didn’t just say “I don’t like this movie.” He explained in good detail-with some arguments so convincing that I’ve change my mind on the movie-why Man of Steel was not a good Superman movie.
    Anyone with a few minutes ought to give it a read:

  80. says

    Oh fuck me.
    Hulk Smash mode enabled-
    Ya’ll remember how people were saying Michael Brown, Jr deserved to die because he reached for Darren Wilson’s gun? Or the people who say “do what the cops tell you and you’ll be fine”?
    A WHITE sovereign citizen was arrested after TWICE trying to grab one of six loaded guns in his confederate flag car:
    And guess who isn’t dead.

    A Towns County sheriff’s deputy and an agent from the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office stopped 30-year-old Dustin Lee Gunnells, of Hiawassee, for an unspecified misdemeanor traffic offense Wednesday, reported WKRK-AM.

    “Immediately the driver exhibited aggression towards the officers and began making statements consistent with ‘sovereign citizen type beliefs,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Rather than comply with deputies, the driver reached for a gun.”

    The deputies feared for their safety but did not shoot, and instead broke out a window in Gunnell’s car and physically removed him from the vehicle.

    Gunnells then tried to reach for a gun he kept in a holster at the small of his back, deputies said, but they were able to subdue him and take away his weapon.

    One of the deputies suffered minor injuries from broken glass, and they said Gunnells refused medical treatment for minor injuries.

    Deputies said they found six guns — a 9mm hand gun, a .45-caliber handgun, a .40-caliber handgun, a .44 magnum caliber short rifle, and a .223-caliber AR-15 military-style rifle — and extra ammunition inside Gunnells’ car.

    Each of the weapons was loaded, and all but the AR-15 had rounds within the chamber, authorities said.

    The deputies feared for their safety but DID. NOT. SHOOT.
    Fuck me, I’m so goddamn angry I’m crying right now.

  81. cicely says

    *hugs* for CaitieCat; to be delivered on your next access to YourTablet.

    Tony!, I did not like Man of Steel.
    “Very cold” is a good description of what I took away from it. “Not very satisfying” works, as well. And “Disaster Porn”.
    I have no plans to ever watch it again.

  82. says

    Tony 100 re Man of Steel.

    I haven’t read the link yet, but I wanted to put this out there first — I found it ponderous. Like it was trying to be immense and epic and it just came out ponderous, slow-moving and heavy footed. That’s the overwhelming feeling I came away from my only viewing of the movie with.

    And good luck on the interview.

    JAL – Congrats on the job. And good luck with it.

  83. says

    The Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, entered the presidential race today. He is the 16th Republican to do so. ‘

    In his announcement speech, Kasich said a lot of nice stuff about helping poor people, and giving a leg up to people down on their luck. And he did expand Medicaid in his state. So there’s that.

    On the other hand, he is way off on the rabid rightwing edge when it comes to voting rights, labor unions, reproductive rights, green energy, etc. He worked for awhile as a Fox News Pundit and he was a managing director at Lehman until 2008.

    Some pundits think of Kasich as a moderate. He once voted for an assault weapons ban. This, along with the Medicaid expansion, will probably knock him out of the Republican primary.

    Pretty sad state of affairs on the rightwing.

  84. cicely says

    But, Tony!…we live in Post Racial Amurca!!!
    </tones of deep, bitter sarcasm>

  85. Saad says

    In this episode of It’s not a symbol of hate!, Florida gun store owner stands in front of Confederate flag and states that his business is a Muslim-free zone and if you’re Muslim he won’t sell you a gun. This just a month after the white supremacist terrorist attack. Also, just how much gun crime in America is due to Muslims? Also, fuck him.

  86. Rowan vet-tech says

    Thankee all for the sympathies.

    Tony, that does sound like your kitty might have something going on. I’m in a fairly comfortable place right now and I would like to offer to pay for a vet visit and bloodwork for your creature, if that is not out of line.

  87. says

    Rand Paul is getting desperate. Maybe he wants to out-trump Donald Trump. He released a video of him taking a chainsaw, a wood chipper, and fire to a stack of paper.
    YouTube link
    This was part of Rand Paul’s campaign to reduce the tax code to one page, and the US tax system to a flat tax.

    And here’s what Donald Trump had to say about asking god for forgiveness:

    “We I take, when we go, and church and when I drink my little wine — which is about the only wine I drink — and have my little cracker, I guess that’s a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed, OK? But, you know, to me that’s important, I do that, but in terms of officially, I could say, ‘Absolutely!’ and everybody, I don’t think in terms of that. I think in terms of, let’s go on and let’s make it right.”

    Ah, shades of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Seems like the Republican field always has one candidate who cannot form coherent sentences. And there must be one candidate who dresses down to casual clothes in order to wield a chainsaw.

  88. opposablethumbs says

    Wishes and hopes and crossed tentacles for parental health (and general familial stress levels all round), rq, and spousal employment, Giliell. And familial stress levels too, come to think of it :-\

    Tony!, might it be worth trying a slight change of regimen: feed cat smaller amounts at shorter intervals, while keeping the rest of the can covered/wrapped in clingfilm in the fridge in between times to avoid waste? In case she doesn’t have her appetite calibrated for a large meal in one go, and is one of those cats who fairly quickly detect food as not-fresh if it’s been standing a while (particularly wet food in hot weather). I’m not experienced with this problem, but maybe others are (not having a cat myself, and having a dog who will eat pretty much anything at the drop of a – well anything. If it hits the floor, she’s interested and has probably already vanished it thoroughly and completely before you even noticed you’ve dropped it; if it hasn’t hit the floor yet (and isn’t going to), she’s still watching just in case.)

  89. says

    Donald Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number so that conservatives will harass Graham over his criticism of Trump. Trump is so immature, so over the top.

    In other news, more than 1,200 guns and two tons of ammunition were found in an upscale Southern California home. NBC Los Angeles link

  90. says

    opposablethumbs @109:
    I never thought about the quality of the food. I buy moist, canned cat food for her and put out half of it at a time. She rarely eats all of it in one sitting, choosing to come back periodically. But sometimes she doesn’t do that. Her eating is so erratic and it is maddening. I’ll try your suggestion though about keeping the remainder of the food sealed for freshness.

  91. Ice Swimmer (was Nakkustoppeli) says

    Tony @ 101

    The “sovereign citizen’s” grandmother claimed that he’s just an outdoors kind of guy and not a threat to anybody. Could be, but I fail to see how could he need all those guns for hunting (or any other reasonable purpose in his car) and why they would have to be carried loaded, a cartridge chambered.

    Had the guy been black and/or the cops incompetent someone would have died quite possibly.

    Lynna @ 110

    1200 guns and 2 tons of ammo! That’s enough to arm a few battalions. The question is why? Did somebody with more money than brains want to create a private army, was some nearly bankrupt gun wholesaler unable to pay the rent to his warehouse or was somebody going to sell them to the drug cartel in Mexico?

  92. says

    PZ commented recently on the deceptive tactics, and the anti-factual statements, of Republicans trying to defund Planned Parenthood. The comments also covered the deceptively edited video put out by anti-abortion activists.

    I noted in those previous threads that defunding organizations based on deceptive videos reminded me of the whole defund-ACORN debacle. The voter-registation/help poor people organization suffered so much from the James O’Keefe video treatment that it died in 2010. Since that time, Republicans have continued to blame ACORN for stealing elections, including the 2012 election. House Republicans have voted to defund the nonexistent organization multiple times.

    Well, guess what, ACORN is back in rightwing news.

    […] conservative pundit Wayne Allyn Root wondered if Hillary Clinton is scheming with President Obama and ACORN […] in order to steal the upcoming presidential election through massive voter fraud.

    Root speculated that Obama threatened to launch a Justice Department investigation into the Clinton Foundation if the former secretary of state refused to endorse the Iran deal, but told her that “if you go along with this, I’ll help you steal the election like I did in 2012. I’ll get my old pals from ACORN back together again, the old gang is back, and we will steal states with weak voter ID laws, we’ll have illegal aliens voting, we’ll figure out ways to stuff the ballot box in inner cities so that more people vote than are registered to vote in that district. We will figure out a way to steal you the election the same way we stole it for me. But if you go against me, you’re done.” […]

    Right Wing Watch link.

    As I noted in other threads, these deceptive videos hang around in the rightwing bubble forever. No matter how often they are debunked, the videos are still viewed as a factual basis on which Republicans act.

    Update: the makers of deceptive Planned Parenthood video #1 have issued deceptive video #2. Think Progress link

  93. says

    More potentially bad news when it comes to access to birth control for women: A religious politician in Missouri didn’t want his adult daughters to have health plans that covered birth control. Sheesh.

    Missouri state Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland (R) does not want his daughters’ health plan to cover birth control — even though two of those daughters are adults. So he and his wife sued the Obama administration. Though this lawsuit was rejected on jurisdictional grounds by a federal trial court, a panel of three appellate judges reinstated the suit on Monday. Should the Wielands ultimately prevail in their effort to deny birth control coverage to their daughters, the decision could have implications far beyond the Wieland family, potentially forcing insurance companies to maintain elaborate records to track many of their customers’ views on religion and sexual morality. […]

    Think Progress link

  94. opposablethumbs says

    Obviously Rowan will most certainly know better than I do about anything pet-related – it just occurred to me as maybe worth trying for a couple of days or so, purely on the off-chance (because my neighbour’s cat does this (I’ve cat-sat for them) and they told me to only give her a small portion at a time).

    Hope the feeding situation improves.

  95. Rowan vet-tech says

    Tony, if you call your vet and request an over the phone estimate for a physical exam and senior bloodwork (chem, cbc, t4, u/a) and let me know what that comes to, I’ll paypal it to you. That will help start ruling out certain problems. My addy contains the word spirit which is connected directly to the word serpents and is located at Hotmail.

  96. Rowan vet-tech says

    Opposablethumbs , your idea is good to try. Sometimes senior cays just get picky, but ruling out kidney and thyroid issues will help as well.

  97. says

    Some people in Utah are tired of the annual July “Pioneer Days” which are focused on Mormon history. Instead, pie-n-beer days are being celebrated. I’m not sure how well pie and beer go together, but I do like the play on words. The savory pies sound like they’d go well with beer.

    […] most Utahns will observe Pioneer Day at a parade or pancake breakfast, honoring the Mormons who 168 years ago rode wagons or walked into the Salt Lake Valley […]

    A small, growing contingent will revel in Pie and Beer Day, honoring baked goods and heady brews in hopes of finding a slice of freedom from the state’s dominant religion.

    This alternative holiday — a twist on words and food pairings — is a recent trend that “does make fun of predominant culture a little bit,” explains Michael Pezely, leader of the Lauter Day Brewers homebrew club. […]

    As Utah’s demographics change, the Pie and Beer Day phenomenon has expanded from backyards to bars and breweries. […] Last year, Utah’s nontraditional celebration was even featured in The New York Times. […]

    There were savory offerings, as well — the most memorable being pork pie with a real pig snout as garnish.

    Fans ate it up. “The line to get into the event went out the door, down the street and around the corner,” said Wheeler, KRCL’s drive-time host. “It was a Pie and Beer Day miracle that everyone got pie.”[….]

    Carlucci’s Bakery will be serving raspberry rhubarb pie along with a bright German-style Kolsch beer from Desert Edge Brewery. The beer has been aged in white wine barrels “and has hints of oak. […]

    Love the pie-in-the-faces-of-mormons aspect. Mormons don’t drink beer, or any alcohol … supposedly. They do eat a lot of pie and have their own recipes handed down from the pioneers — but with, I suspect, a fuck-ton more sugar added. I’ve tasted some of those pies. They’ll put you in a coma.

  98. rq says

    The day being what it was, I have now eaten altogether too many pastries. Going to go home and probably have a few more.

  99. says

    re Saad’s link @122:

    […] One friend asked what wines paired with gigantic military drills; Helm recommends Kung Fu Girl Rising or Boom Boom Syrah. […]

  100. says

    More info on the second heavily-edited attack video released by the Center for Medical Progress. Slate link

    […] attempts to titillate people with gross details of medical procedures to distract from the fact that they have no evidence of wrongdoing. […]

    Not only have both videos been misleading, so is the process by which they were released. Even though the people behind the videos would like you to believe they are a totally different organization than the Live Action crew that first publicized the initial footage—a group that is known for its history of misleading “sting” campaigns—this all fits the Live Action pattern […] the Live Action brand is hopelessly tainted now, which is likely why a “new” organization that uses the same people and same tactics has popped up. It also helps explain how, just like last week, Live Action was the one to “break” this latest news, putting up a post about the video within an hour of it going up on YouTube. […]

    […] the Center for Medical Progress shares leadership with the radical anti-choice organization, Operation Rescue, that devoted itself to harassing George Tiller until he was murdered by one of their regular activists in 2009. […]

    […] the real story here is not unethical behavior on the part of Planned Parenthood, but on the part of anti-choice activists. […]

  101. says

    I don’t think this is good news. I don’t think this is helpful.

    Armed men have taken up self-appointed sentry duty outside military recruitment centers after another armed man opened fire on a recruiting center and killed five in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week.

    The military has asked they not do so. […]

    Militiamen in at least five states — Texas, Georgia, West Virginia, Ohio and Iowa — are patrolling recruiting centers, […]

    In Iowa, some militiamen are hiding, ready to spring out in case of an attack, Kim Paulsen told local WHOTV.

  102. Ice Swimmer (was Nakkustoppeli) says

    The picture is from Lynna’s link @ 125.

    I’m sure the Founding Fathers didn’t have this in minds when they wrote “well regulated militia” to the Second Amendment.

  103. says

    Rowan @118:
    I’ll try to do that as soon as I can, but I don’t want to have you pay for anything until I can even transport my cat to the vet. I currently have $10 to my name, so I can’t even get a cab to take me to the vet. Hopefully I’ll get hired tomorrow. I’ll let you know.
    Thank you again.

  104. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Ugh, today was supposed to be busy day for the Redhead. A visit by a doctor to fit her leg brace, and by the equipment company renting out the bed to replace the temporary replacement. They kept calling back and forth, the doctor ran late, so all that got fixed was the bed. Nice and quiet. The doctor is rescheduled for tomorrow???? haven’t heard on that yet.
    Tonight her parents call and talk for a couple of hours. Time to test out the bed remote for the pre-call change.

  105. Rowan vet-tech says

    Just let me know when Tony. There’s not really much I can do for my Rowan, but I can maybe help your kitty instead.

  106. says

    Hugs offered for Tony! and Rowan and scritches for their furry feline friends. Hugs also available for anyone else in need of same.

    JAL, congratulations on your job! Tony! I have appendages crossed for you.

    I know there are other people to be congratulated, comforted and supported, but my brain has been going on and off-line, so I will just refill the basket of hugs and let you help yourselves. Seriously, brain, when I intend to walk into the livingroom and give Shadow her cat treat, and find myself in the front hall staring at the thermostat, seriously, what is going on here?

    Although I must admit that trying to give the Younger Daughter, whose nickname is Kitty, a cat treat meant for one of the actual cats was kind of amusing.

  107. Nutmeg says

    *hugs to all who would like them*


    Rowan: I’m sorry about your cat. It’s rough when there’s so little we can do for them. Your offer to Tony is really kind.

    Tony: Yay for promising employment situation! And to answer your question without giving identifying details, I’m a lab technician. I do molecular biology type stuff, mostly for ecology and evolution type questions. Most of what I’ve done for the past few years has been a mix of population genetics and gene expression. My day-to-day life is a mixture of benchwork (good), fieldwork (good), data analysis (yay!), writing (bleh, but apparently I’m good at it), and training/guiding junior lab members (man, I wish I had better people skills).

    And yes, I love living on my own! Occasionally it’s lonely, but not often, and mostly it’s quiet and low-stress.

    rq: I’m not caught up on what’s been happening with you, but it sounds very stressful. *hugs* if wanted.

    Giliell: Ugh, restructuring sounds like it sucks. I hope that one of the better-case scenarios happens.

  108. says

    Sexist as fuck material ahead.

    Apparently the world needed more of men judging womens’ bodies.
    Behold, the world’s first vagina beauty pageant.

    According to a press release for the contest, competitors can win up to $5,000, simply by digitally photographing their vulvas while awkwardly holding a printed-out hashtag in the frame and uploading this image to the Internet for strange men to judge and vote on. Cool.

    The author of that Daily Dot piece speaks approvingly of this contest. If the name is any indication, the author is male.

  109. says

    Grammar question-
    I composed a sentence recently that said “Another day, another black person killed by a LEO.”
    Should that have read ‘an’ LEO? I used ‘a’, because LEO stands for ‘law enforcement officer’. Boy, it’s been a while since I was last in school.

  110. Rowan vet-tech says

    I think it depends on how it’s read. If you automatically read it out as ‘law enforcement officer’, then ‘a’ is correct. If you pronounce it as leo, as I do, then a is also correct. If you pronounce it el-e-o, then an would be preferred.

  111. Rey Fox says

    Somehow I feel like I can’t leave things dangling here. So I’ll mention that I’m no longer sick. However, I did have hernia surgery on Monday, so now I’m in pain. But it’s a good kind of pain. I think. Hopefully I’ll be motivated enough tomorrow to start chucking resumes out into the abyss again.

    Thanks again to everyone for being nice to me.

  112. says

    Ouch fuck. I smashed my elbow into something and now it hurts

    Get well soon.

    Tony and Rowan
    *hugs for kitties*

    I also take hugs. Today is the official announcement of the “restructuring”. Maybe we’ll get some concrete news on Mr’S lab in particular. Unless they’re not affected at all, there will be consequences at casa Giliell. For one thing we’d planned for Mr to reduce his work hours when I start the on the job part of teacher training cause they make you crawl naked through hell and back and say “thank you” for the privilege. I guess that’s cancelled now. Lucky me…

  113. says

    Giliell @140:
    Hopefully Mr’s lab won’t be affected and if it is, I hope it’s minimally.


    Rey Fox @139:
    Yay for not being sick. Boo for being in pain.


    I just read that Ta-Nehis Coates is an atheist. Didn’t know that.


    I had a thought while writing a blog post. Remember those Buffy-vamps that turn to dust when you stake them? What if that dust could be used for something?
    • sprinkle it over yourself and gain vampiric abilities, but maybe take on some of the personality traits of the vamp
    • snort it like a drug and trip on the memories of the vamp
    • mix it with water to form a clay figure that can become either a golem or a demonic Wonder Woman

  114. carlie says

    Tony – “a” versus “an” goes by how you pronounce it, not what letter technically starts it. So if you say the word like “leo”, it’s a because it’s a hard consonant sound. If you say “l – e – o”, it’s an, because the letter “l” is pronounced “el”, which means a vowel start. Just like how we say “an hour” even though it starts with an h. Ooo, weird. “An h”? Ok, H pronounced aitch? I guess so. Now I want to go through each letter of the alphabet and think about it….

  115. birgerjohansson says

    Tony, another option to get powers is to find the ring belonging to the king of the Nazgul, the one who was killed on the plain of Pelennor. Nobody else remembered that ring, not Gandalf, not Aragorn, nor the hobbits.

  116. rq says

    I have this strange desire to watch Little Women. I haven’t thought about that movie in years.

  117. says

    Re birger’s link in 128: It was perverse fun to read that screed, what with Jesus Christ being quoted as saying “fuck you,” but in all caps.

    The screed was littered with “(sic)” thanks to all of the spelling errors, but there should have been more. “Your” should have been flagged with “(sic)” when “you’re” was correct.

  118. says

    As you might expect, Donald Trump is not apologizing for giving out Lindsey Graham’s private cell phone number. When questioned about the incident on Fox News today, Trump said, “I did it for fun.” He followed up with, “He calls me names, you have to fight back.”

    Trump has been calling people names. One of his favorites is “Loser.”

  119. says

    Republicans campaigning to be president are putting their economic plans together. To do this, they are consulting with long-discredited economists who have been proven wrong repeatedly.

    For example, Rand Paul and John Kasich have been meeting with Art Laffer and with Stephen Moore. (Moore is from the Heritage Foundation.)

    […] Laffer rose to GOP prominence in the 1980s pushing the celebrated-but-wrong idea that tax cuts can pay for themselves.

    More recently, he served as the architect of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) failed right-wing economic experiment, which destroyed state finances and did little to improve the state’s economy. Asked for an explanation, Laffer recently boasted, “Kansas is doing fine.”

    That’s only true if one overlooks literally every relevant detail. […]

    Maddow Blog link

    Krugman’s take on Laffer:

    Since the 1970s there have been four big changes in the effective tax rate on the top 1 percent: the Reagan cut, the Clinton hike, the Bush cut, and the Obama hike. Republicans are fixated on the boom that followed the 1981 tax cut (which had much more to do with monetary policy, but never mind). But they predicted dire effects from the Clinton hike; instead we had a boom that eclipsed Reagan’s. They predicted wonderful things from the Bush tax cuts; instead we got an unimpressive expansion followed by a devastating crash. And they predicted terrible things from the tax rise after Obama’s reelection; instead we got the best job growth since 1999.

    And when I say “they predicted”, I especially mean Laffer himself, who has a truly extraordinary record of being wrong at crucial turning points. As Bruce Bartlett pointed out a few years ago, Laffer was even wrong during the Reagan years: he predicted that the Reagan tax hikes of 1982, which partially reversed earlier cuts, would cripple the economy; “morning in America” promptly followed. Oh, and let’s not forget his 2009 warnings about soaring interest rates and inflation.

  120. says

    More on the armed citizens who have chosen to stand guard at recruiting offices after the shootings in Chattanooga

    Link to St. Louis Post-Dispatch page hosting Associated Press reporting.

    […] “We’re here to serve and protect,” Clint Janney said Tuesday, wearing a Taurus 9mm handgun as he stood in a parking lot across from a recruiting center on the west side of Columbus. “What the government won’t do, we will do.”

    Similar posts have been set up outside recruitment centers in several cities around the country, including Madison, Wisconsin; Hiram, Georgia; Phoenix; and several sites in Tennessee, including Murfreesboro.

    Note that the number of recruiting offices being “protected” is growing by the hour. This is not a good situation.

    There’s no evidence that such centers are in danger […]

    Janney, 38, who runs his own garage door company, is a member of the Ohio branch of the “3 Percent Irregulars” militia. He was joined by four other members of the militia, some of whom arrived Tuesday and others who’d been there since Friday. In Ohio and many states, it is legal to carry an openly displayed handgun or rifle. […]

    Capt. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps public affairs officer for the recruiting district that includes parts of seven Midwestern states, said he hopes the gun-toting civilians will go home.

    “While we greatly appreciate the support of the American public during this tragedy, we ask that citizens do not stand guard at our recruiting offices,” Stenger said in an emailed statement.

  121. says

    2 officers fired at Chattanooga shooter:

    A Navy officer and a Marine fired their sidearms hoping to kill or subdue the gunman who murdered five service members last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to multiple military officials familiar with internal reporting on the tragedy.

    It remains unclear whether either hit Muhammad Abdulazeez, who was shot and killed on July 16 after he gunned down four Marines and a sailor at the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. It’s also unclear why they were armed, as it is against Defense Department policy for anyone other than military police or law enforcement to carry weapons on federal property.

    A report distributed among senior Navy leaders during the shooting’s aftermath said Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, the support center’s commanding officer, used his personal firearm to engage Abdulazeez, Navy Times confirmed with four separate sources. A Navy official also confirmed a Washington Post report indicating one of the slain Marines may have been carrying a 9mm Glock and possibly returned fire on the gunman.

  122. says

    Well, I hope this backfires big time. The anti-abortion activists that have been releasing deceptively edited video interviews of Planned Parenthood employees have decided to mess with the Notorious RBG.

    Troy Newman […] claimed in a radio interview yesterday that the women’s health organization [Planned Parenthood] was “founded on a eugenicist philosophy” and that its founder was “embedded with the Nazis,” claims that he backed up with a fake quote from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the need to “exterminate” populations she doesn’t like. […]

    “Look, Planned Parenthood was founded on a eugenicist philosophy,” Newman responded, “in other words, ‘exterminate the people that we don’t want to have too many of,’ which is a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a sitting Supreme Court justice. That’s what abortion is all about.”

    He added that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was “embedded with the Nazis,” adding, “That’s not rhetoric, folks, look it up, it’s absolutely true.”

    We followed Newman’s advice and looked it up, finding (unsurprisingly) that Justice Ginsburg has never expressed the desire to “exterminate the people that we don’t want to have too many of.”

    There is also plenty of information available debunking Newman’s claims about Sanger. [….]

    Right Wing Watch link. Audio of the talk radio interview is also available at the link.

    Margaret Sanger did say some stupid stuff that was fashionable at the time, but she was not a Nazi, was not “embedded with the Nazis,” and she did not support racial eugenics.

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg is innocent of every charge laid against her by anti-choice activists, with the exception of being a “sitting Supreme Court justice.”

  123. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    Rey Fox,

    It’s good to hear you’re getting better. I hope the pain will pass soon. Good luck with resume chucking! Some advise careful targeting but I’m a proponent of just tossing everything everywhere and hoping you hit something good.

    Giliell, *hugs*

  124. rq says

    Just saw Liked on FB, picture of a t-shirt that says: “Marriage is a workshop where husband works and wife shops”.
    Can I have the puke-bucket?

  125. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    You get a puke bucket and a hammer and glassware for that.

  126. says

    You’re also allowed to yell furiously.
    BTW, did you know that there’s actually a reason why women “go shopping”? Nope, nothing to do with berries and such. Going shopping was about the first public place women (of a certain class, the one that mattered) were allowed to go unchapperoned. They couldn’t go to a pub alone, they couldn’t go to a theatre alone, they couldn’t go for a damn walk in the park alone, but they could go shopping. Also, shopping is fucking work.

  127. Saad says

    Good old established, respected sexism

    It has more than 107,000 likes on Facebook so far and comments like “words to ponder” and “very nice and educative piece” and “awesome message!”

    Two young ladies arrived a Meeting wearing clothes that were quite revealing their body parts. Here is what the Chairman told them: He took a good look at them and made them sit. Then he said something that, they might never forget in their life. He looked at them straight in the eyes and said; “ladies, everything that God made valuable in this world is well covered and hardly to see, find or get.

    1. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.

    2. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.

    3. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers of rock and to get them, you have to work hard & dig deep down to get them.

    He looked at them with serious eyes and said;
    “Your body is sacred & unique” You are far more precious than gold, diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”So he added that, if you keep your treasured mineral just like gold, diamond and pearls, deeply covered up, a reputable mining organization with the requisite machinery will fly down and conduct years of extensive exploration.
    First, they will contact your government (family), sign professional contracts (wedding) and mine you professionally( legal marriage).But if you leave your precious minerals uncovered on the surface of the earth, you always attract a lot of illegal miners to come and mine you illegally. Everybody will just pick up their crude instruments and just have a dig on you just freely like that. Keep your bodies deeply covered so that it invite professional miners to chase you.
    Let us all encourage our wives, friends and daughters to dress well and decent!

    When I got to the mining analogy, I was almost certain this was a parody. Poe defeats me again.

  128. thunk: Bulba 9000! says


    *Sigh* One of the communities I’m sort of a part of seems to be in the latter phases of membership decline. I haven’t talked to a friend on there in ages. And I haven’t found many new ones. Cue boredom and hypochondria etc.
    And I keep worrying that I’m not going to amount to anything in life. Of course, if I do nothing, I won’t.

    Why is troubleshooting my life so difficult?

  129. opposablethumbs says

    Just been watching the last part (sadly missed much of it) of an outstanding BBC documentary by David Olusoga, Britain’s Forgotten Slave-Owners – the part I saw was mainly about the vast economic and socio-cultural influence, after abolition in the 1830s, of the money from slavery (the £20 million (£17 billion in today’s money) paid in compensation to the slave-owners – what they then invested in (UK infrastructure, the UK’s industrial revolution, the UK’s “great houses”, the UK’s banking and insurance/financial industries, great UK institutions like the British Musum, some of the Royal Societies and the National Gallery)) and of the pro-slavery propaganda arguments (essentially the first emergence and development of many if not most of the concepts used to justify British imperial expansion and racism today).

    A lot of it was all about the meticulous paper trail followed by a UCL research team, linking names and amounts on the compensation records with names and amounts on subsequent investment records and lists of shareholders in various companies.

    Historical research and history programming, tracing the sheer scale of the use of enslaved labour in underpinning UK prosperity. Illuminating comparisons betwen the compensation to slave-owners and the banks bail-out – both systems regarded as “too big to fail” because of how much national and international credit networks relied on them.

    Well worth watching/finding on line if you get the chance.

  130. opposablethumbs says

    Oh, and the compensation money was mostly raised from taxes on commodities (there was no income tax then) so it was raised proportionally more from the poorest in the UK and paid to a small number of the richest. Of course the slave-owners got compensation while the slaves got nothing, not like that’s never been seen anywhere else.

  131. says

    Saad @160:
    As soon as I got to the first mention of God, I knew it was sexism all the way down. Fuck that noise. Women are not jewels. Women are not inanimate, non-living things. They are human beings with rights. Among those rights are the freedom to dress however the fuck they want to. And they should also have the right to exist in public on their own terms without being shamed for their appearance.
    (I know you knew all that)

    thunk @161:

    *Sigh* One of the communities I’m sort of a part of seems to be in the latter phases of membership decline. I haven’t talked to a friend on there in ages. And I haven’t found many new ones. Cue boredom and hypochondria etc.
    And I keep worrying that I’m not going to amount to anything in life. Of course, if I do nothing, I won’t.
    Why is troubleshooting my life so difficult?

    I’m sorry to hear that. Hopefully you’ll be able to find friends or a community (or both) that fits your needs/wants/desires. Sooner, rather than later.

    And I share your worry about not amounting to anything in life. I wish I had some advice to offer, but I’m almost 40 and still feel I haven’t amounted to much.


    Went to the job interview. It went ok. I couldn’t get a read on the owner, so I couldn’t tell one way or the other how he felt about me. Unfortunately (though understandably), they’re going to take 4-5 days of interviewing people before deciding on the two they want to hire (this is just for the bar), so I won’t know anything til next week. Sigh. I really wish I could have heard “You’re hired. When can you start.” I’d have said “right now”.
    I mean it wasn’t an awful interview. It’s just…well…I’d really like to get my life back on track and it’s so frustrating that not everything is in my control. Yeah, I know. Life isn’t fair.

  132. Funny Diva says

    thunk: Bulba 9000!

    hugs if you want some.
    I think troubleshooting one’s life is difficult because…life is difficult?

    At least…that’s what I try to tell myself when I’m getting stuck in “what’s wrong with me, why don’t I have this figured out, why is this easy for everyone but MEEEE?!!!”.

    IOW, I hear ya and feel for ya! I have a reserved seat in that boat myownself!

  133. Funny Diva says

    Whoooooo dogies!
    That comment thread about the internet cesspool whose names rhymes with bread-it. Holy FreezePeachy obfuscation, Batman. I guess there is a type of peach that makes a bad bellini cocktail!

    Kudos to the several Horde regulars doing the heavy lifting of calling bullshit on the bullshitters!

  134. Funny Diva says


    hugs and encouragement for you, too, man.
    I still say: U R Good People…and really wish I could make those basic good things, like a decent job/income happen for you!

  135. Saad says


    I hope you get the job. Sometimes it’s the so-so interviews that end up surprising us and I hope that is the case here.

    *fingers crossed*

  136. says

    Hey all,
    Hugs if ya want some. I’m afraid I’m too ‘rupt to offer congrats and sympathies to all that deserve/need them. Sorry about that.
    I was just browsing around the inner-nets for info about the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Once again, I am reminded to never read the comments.

  137. says

    The Brigham Young University float in the mormon-themed “Days of ’47” parade featured a sign that misspelled “education” as “educaton.”

    It’s Pioneer Days in Utah, a time when mormons go all out to honor the date when their prophet at the time, Brigham Young, first entered Salt Lake Valley. Every year, the mormons seem to get something wildly wrong, or hilariously off-topic, (like the float that featured oversize cardboard representations of the Duck Dynasty stars, guys who are not mormon).

    More images of mormon eccentricities can be viewed in the photo gallery attached to this article:

    There’s a guy who looks like Moses on a float that depicts him about to be swallowed by a whale, Job maybe? There’s a seagull eating a human being, and a float with some sort of cougar-like creatures pulling a pioneer wagon, (supposed to be “tapirs” from the Book of Mormon maybe?). There were no floats featuring one man with many wives.

  138. says

    awakeinmo @170:
    There’s not a whole lot of new information about it, as far as I’ve been able to tell (and my morning ritual is to check my blog, then Pharyngula, then my comic book sites which typically contain updates on comic book movies).


    Funny Diva, Saad:
    Thanks to you both.

  139. Morgan!? ♥ ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ says

    I would think that a thinking barman such as yourself would be a tremendous asset to any drinking establishment. Yeah, what do I know. Good luck my friend.

    A chuckle: a facebook friend who also lives up here on the mountain commented that there seemed to be a lot of big bears hanging around the local Mormon Temple at night. Yeah, even up here in Bumfuck Nowhere we have a Mormon Temple. Another local friend commented that the bears have always hung around that area. First friend then asks “Why? Are Mormons more tasty?”