Sunday Reads: No more crazies…no more hateful peoplePosted: August 10, 2014
All this week, there has been a feeling…like I am teetering on the edge of a high precipice. It does not need to be a cliff, it could my front porch down here in Banjoville, a redneck hell hole…where in the past two days my son has been threaten by one crazy ass, gun totting, bad check writing, self-proclaimed FBI-wanted shitkicker who wasn”t happy her check was not accepted by the grocery store Jake is working at now.
And….another self-righteous Christian fucker who asked Jake if he was wearing a medical alert bracelet, to which my son replied….”Yes, I was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.” You know what this dickjerk Jeeesus-loving freak assclown said???? He said that Jake got that disease because, “Gawd was punishing (Jake) for something” he did…Can you believe these people?
That was just the cherry to what has been an exhausting week. I don’t think I can write any more about it. You get the picture, I am sure of that.
So here are a few links, think of this as an open thread, just can’t manage anything else.
A ship found four years ago at the World Trade Center site was made from wood cut around 1773, new research shows.
Scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said the white oak in the ship’s frame came from a Philadelphia-area forest and matched the material used to build the city’s Independence Hall.
They announced the findings in the July issue of the journal Tree Ring Research.
The discovery links the ship to key dates in American history: 1773 was two years before the start of the war and three years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Scientists say they have finally discovered why the moon is shaped a bit like a lemon — somewhat flattened with a bulge on each side. As detailed in a new paper published online in the journal Nature on July 30, 2014, it’s all about tidal and rotational forces.
“Early tides heated the Moon’s crust in different places, and those differences in heating in different areas gave the Moon most of its shape,” lead researcher Ian Garrick-Bethell, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told the Agence France-Presse.
In other words, during the moon’s infancy some 4.4 billion years ago — when it was still super-hot as the result of an impact between Earth and another object — the Earth’s gravitational (tidal) forces molded its shape ever so slightly.
“Later on, those tides warped the outside of the moon while it was cooling, and it froze in that warped shape,” Garrick-Bethell told the Agence France-Presse.
Of course this does not explain things for the idiots who push the flat earth mantra, you know the one I am speaking of.
Update on those holes in Siberia: Mysterious Holes In Siberia May Actually Be Odd Type Of Sinkhole
(Have I posted these already?)
A few crazy news stories from around the US:
Actual grievance decision here: Litchfield Judicial District Grievance Panel v. Mayo – No. 08-0767 – 08-0767.pdf
Live cam here: EarthCam – Giraffe Cam
On to some funny things…Madonna in Cannes | Tom & Lorenzo Fabulous & Opinionated
Yah, the queens are making fun of Madonna.
JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL, when did Madonna turn 85 years old? When did she turn into Edina Monsoon? EXISTENTIAL CRISIS PENDING.
More at that link to TLo.
Another one because, well…you will see: Jon Hamm for GQ UK Magazine | Tom & Lorenzo Fabulous & Opinionated
Which is a good segue into this latest video from Funny or Die: Putting Joan Holloway In A Modern Office Says A Lot About Income Inequality
If you think Christina Hendricks’ character Joan Holloway would be a ridiculous throwback in today’s office environment, try women still making 23 percent less than their male counterparts.
Funny or Die teamed up with the “Mad Men” actress for this hilariously scathing critique of income inequality that’s certain to get people talking. After all, if workplace policies are going to be straight out of the ’60s, then our clothes, technology and smoking habits might as well be, too.
More eye candy and some interesting reading:
The Professor and the Siren
August 9, 2014 | by Marina Warner
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s groundbreaking mermaid.
By the side of the path around the circular, volcanic crater of Lake Pergusa, near the town of Enna in the center of Sicily, a carved stone marks the spot where Proserpina, the goddess of the spring, was seized and carried off by Pluto into the underworld. “Qui, in questo luogo,” proclaims the inscription. “Proserpina fù rapita.” This is the very place:
…that fair field
Of Enna, where Proserpin gath’ring flow’rs
Herself a fairer Flow’r by gloomy Dis
Was gather’d, which cost Ceres all that pain
To seek her through the world.
(Milton, Paradise Lost, IV)
And even more eye candy: 10 Ballet Photos That Prove Dancing Is The Magical Alternative To Walking
Maybe not “candy” but still damn interesting: 10 Rare Color Photographs From World War I | Co.Design | business + design
This is just cool as hell: Is an origami robot uprising unfolding? (+video) – CSMonitor.com
And finally, a last link about a new movie….Home Movies: Robert Altman, Hollywood Renegade | TIME
Have a good day, it’s an open thread.