Sunday Reads: No more crazies…no more hateful people

1960: A boy, dressed as a toreador, faces a large prize-winning Jersey cow at a Scottish agricultural show.

1960: A boy, dressed as a toreador, faces a large prize-winning Jersey cow at a Scottish agricultural show.

Good Morning

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.

Ship Found At Ground Zero Dates To 1773

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 Finally Know Why The Moon Is Shaped Like A Lemon

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?)

This One Tree Grows 40 Different Types Of Fruit, Is Probably From The Future


A few crazy news stories from around the US:

Prosecutors Won’t Charge Florida Man For Fatal Gunfire Outside Wal-Mart, Citing Stand Your Ground | ThinkProgress

Wall Street Analysts Predict The Slow Demise Of Walmart And Target

Lawyer Banned From Representing Female Clients Ever Again

Actual grievance decision here: Litchfield Judicial District Grievance Panel v. Mayo – No. 08-0767 – 08-0767.pdf

Obama on Iraq: ‘This is going to be a long-term project’ | Washington Watch | McClatchy DC

Watch a Giraffe Give Birth! Live!

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:

Paris Review – The Professor and the Siren, Marina Warner

The Professor and the Siren

August 9, 2014 | by

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) –

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.


31 Comments on “Sunday Reads: No more crazies…no more hateful people”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Jesus, how can you stand living in Banjoville with those nutjobs?

    Those “good Christians” who haven’t the sense they were born with are what is wrong with this country.

    I would want to reach out and slap the stupid face of that “cracker” who suggested Jake’s health was a result of god’s “punishment”. Morons,

    On the other hand, I never get tired of seeing Jon Hamm. Ever.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for the link to Marina Warner at the Paris Review. I really enjoyed her essay on Angela Carter.

  3. Delphyne49 says:

    I tried posting this to your FB page, but it wouldn’t take it for some reason.

    Former US secretary of state and potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a staunch defense of Israel over its conduct of the war against Hamas, placed full ultimate responsibility on Hamas for the deaths of children and other innocent people, and defended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on maintaining security control in the West Bank in the next few years.

    Read more: Hillary Clinton blasts ‘unfair’ world reaction over Gaza, cites anti-Semitism as factor | The Times of Israel
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  4. RalphB says:

    Wendy Davis campaign’s first TV ad …

  5. RalphB says:

    Jeffrey Goldberg has a great long interview with Hillary. He covers most everything well. The headline is a small part of the interview 🙂

    The Atlantic: Hillary Clinton: ‘Failure’ to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

  6. dakinikat says:

    I have to admit, JJ, if I were you, I’d have runaway from home a long time ago. How do you stand it?

  7. Fannie says:

    The message I get from Hillary is that she is tough, she’s not going to take any bullshit from terrorist, I don’t care where they come from, she’s not going to put with Hamas. She’s been pro Israel for some time, but I am sure that she thinks the humanitarian needs to be addressed in Gaza, and that the hate must stop from both sides, and that commitment of sitting down at the table and talking it over is the most important thing. She does believe in human rights for all people everywhere. She doesn’t always see eye to eye with these leaders, not Bibi, and not Obama. I honestly believe she is one tough lady, and that is why I voted for her in 2008.

    • RalphB says:

      Yep, and I trust her to try and do the right thing more than I do anyone else.

      • Sweet Sue says:

        I agree.

        • bostonboomer says:

          I do too. Frankly, I don’t see any alternative anyway; but I do believe Hillary would be handling things much better than Kerry and Obama are if she were back at State. I think she’ll make a great president.

  8. Fannie says:

    Wow, I couldn’t believe this, but it’s going to shake the system up:

    • bostonboomer says:

      I don’t understand why schools are even allowed to adjudicate sexual assault cases. They should be reported to police. What the heck does this even mean?

      “Frequently these cases involve two individuals, both of whom maybe were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and it can be very tricky to ascertain whether consent was obtained,” said Ada Meloy, general counsel of the American Council on Education, which represents college presidents.

      She said schools need to guarantee a safe environment for students, while law enforcement is best suited for handling more serious sexual assault cases.

      More serious? Sexual assault is a crime, period. Just because it happens in a university situation doesn’t make it “less serious.”

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Lindsey Graham is nuts too.

    Lindsey Graham predicts an ‘American city in flames’ if Obama doesn’t go to war in Iraq

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned on Sunday that militants in Iraq and Syria would attack the U.S. mainland if President Barack Obama did not immediately take military action to stop them.

    “I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorists’ ability to operate in Syria and Iraq,” Graham told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “Mr. President, you have never once spoke directly to the America people about the threat we face from being attacked from Syria, now Iraq. What is your strategy to stop these people from attacking the homeland?”

    The senior senator from South Carolina recommended a “sustained air campaign in Syria and Iraq.”

    And then what?

  10. dakinikat says:

    Bibi had a press conference on Friday night and basically said there will never be a two state solution:

    He made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank. He indicated that he sees Israel standing almost alone on the frontlines against vicious Islamic radicalism, while the rest of the as-yet free world does its best not to notice the march of extremism. And he more than intimated that he considers the current American, John Kerry-led diplomatic team to be, let’s be polite, naive.

    Perhaps most reporters switched off after he’d delivered his headlines, making plain that “no international pressure will prevent us from acting with all force against a terrorist organization (Hamas) that seeks to destroy us,” and that Operation Protective Edge would go on until guaranteed calm was restored to Israel. If they did, they shouldn’t have.

    Netanyahu has stressed often in the past that he doesn’t want Israel to become a binational state — implying that he favors some kind of accommodation with and separation from the Palestinians. But on Friday he made explicit that this could not extend to full Palestinian sovereignty. Why? Because, given the march of Islamic extremism across the Middle East, he said, Israel simply cannot afford to give up control over the territory immediately to its east, including the eastern border — that is, the border between Israel and Jordan, and the West Bank and Jordan.

    Read more: Netanyahu finally speaks his mind | The Times of Israel
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