Aug/30
2016

Consider this a humor tribute.

CORMORANT, Minn., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Duke easily won his third term as mayor of the town of Cormorant, Minn., over the weekend, locals said.

Duke, a 9-year-old Great Pyrenees, has one of the highest approval rates in the country as he ended his second term as mayor, locals said.

"I don't know who would run against him because he's done such great things for the community," Cormorant resident Karen Nelson told Detroit Lakes Online.[..]

This election was a cinch. "Everybody voted for Duke, except for one vote for his girlfriend, Lassie," Rick said.

Really? Only a total bitch would run against her boyfriend in an election. Sheesh.

Aug/29
2016

Gonna miss you Gene. But I'll watch your movies and you'll always make me laugh.

US actor Gene Wilder, remembered by many for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at the age of 83, his family confirmed. (BBC)

Always kind, always quirky, always funny. And the world certainly needs all the laughs it can get.

Jim: Where you headed, cowboy?
Bart: Nowhere special.
Jim: Nowhere special...I always wanted to go there.
Bart: Come on. (Blazing Saddles - last lines)

Aug/28
2016

Lisa Morrow is one pretty stupid cunt. Too bad she reproduced already.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like small trees at the edge of a meadow in Yellowstone National Park.[..]

Washington state resident Lisa Morrow's son was among the children Gleason led toward the elk. Despite safety advisories - and numerous examples of visitors getting gored by bison, mauled by bears and chased by elk - Morrow declared herself unafraid of the park's wildlife. She said she was eager to see a grizzly up close.

"I want to see one right there," Morrow said, pointing to a spot just feet away. "I'd throw it a cookie."

I too would like you to see a Grizzly less than ten feet away and yes I too would like to see you throw it a cookie. Preferably in a bikini and covered in honey because frankly you are one of the STUPIDEST CUNTS IN AMERICA. You are a waste of space and air. Way to put your child at risk because no one gives a fuck about your sorry, retarded ass.

Goddamn.

Of course when Jr. DOES get his face chewed off it will be the government's fault for not protecting him from the STUPID SHIT HIS PARENTS LET HIM DO.

I have a great idea Lisa, why not let him play on the highway? Better yet, you go first.

Aug/25
2016

It's hard to deny the assholery in this.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.

EpiPens are injection devices used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, and the price has surged in recent years. A two-dose package cost around $94 nine years ago. The average cost was more than six times that in May, according to the Elsevier Clinical Solutions' Gold Standard Drug Database.[..]

A two-dose package sold for an average $608 in May, according to the Elsevier database, and has possibly risen since then.

In a statement issued Monday, Mylan said it has savings programs for patients and is also offering free EpiPens to schools. The company said around half of U.S. schools are participating in that program.

Be it noted for the record that the CEO of said pharma giant gave herself a multi-million dollar bonus on the heels of a massive profit spike. Be it also noted that said cuntbag also is the daughter of a well known politician.

Yeah sure, HALF of the schools are in your program, but with the price being hiked up to SIX TIMES the original cost the other half who are not in the program are more than covering that cost, enough so that a rich businesswoman who was already fucking raking in millions could rake in even more. HOW'S THAT MONEY TASTE? LIKE GREED AMIRITE?

Heather Bresch made $18.9 million total compensation in 2015, 7.7 times greater than her $2.45 million pay when she was Mylan's president in 2007. Her predecessor as CEO made almost $15 million in 2007, according to SEC filings.

Hard to imagine how Heather lives with herself. People with allergies can and probably will die, if not from lack of medication then from poverty. All so you can make an extra 12 MILLION.

I hope the senate and public opinion roasts you alive. In case you're wondering there's a guy named Martin Shkreli who might give you some advice. I hear he has lots of time on his hands these days...

Aug/24
2016

I've never had any respect for Assmange or Snowden. Frankly I'm pleased with where they are right now, one locked like Rapunzel in a tiny room and the other in a country that doesn't have any issues at all with extrajudicial killings. Thus shit like this doesn't surprise me at all.

In the past year alone, the radical transparency group has published medical files belonging to scores of ordinary citizens while many hundreds more have had sensitive family, financial or identity records posted to the web. In two particularly egregious cases, WikiLeaks named teenage rape victims. In a third case, the site published the name of a Saudi citizen arrested for being gay, an extraordinary move given that homosexuality can lead to social ostracism, a prison sentence or even death in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom. (AP)

Yes transparency. Everything should be transparent, even things that could cost people their lives. Sure. And who gets to decide? When you publish private information that is STOLEN it makes you a shitbag. Plain and simple. Clearly Wikileaks doesn't care who the fuck gets caught in the crossfire as long as it gets them PR. Change the world? Bitch please. All you did was make it worse. For everyone.

Aug/23
2016

For anyone. But apparently Texas is immune to tragedy.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge has denied a last-minute attempt by professors to block a new Texas law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

The decision Monday comes two days before the fall semester begins at the University of Texas at Austin. The 50,000-student campus has led opposition to the law since it was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last year.

Three professors claimed in a lawsuit that guns in classrooms could be dangerous when discussions wade into politically charged topics. But U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that neither lawmakers nor university regents overstepped their power in choosing where concealed firearms could be allowed on campus.

Yep, some pissed off frat boy with a sense of entitlement is going to make a few people's day. Or life. This is JUST what you want in plentiful supply on a campus where the majority of folks are either tired, drunk, drugged, pissed or just not caring. I wouldn't trust most college kids with their own future, why the fuck would I trust them with the future of their peers?

Yep, Texas. Not above proving a point with the lives of others. Because, GUNS. Fucking stupid.

Aug/22
2016

I sincerely hope that every college-educated person who voted for this imbecile will realize their mistake. And not make the same one twice.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has an idea for making colleges cheaper - ditch the instructors and start playing online videos for students.[..]

"Why do you have to keep paying different lecturers to teach the same course? You get one solid lecturer and put it up online," Johnson said. "If you want to teach the Civil War across the country, are you better off having, I don't know, tens of thousands of history teachers, who, you know, kind of know the subject? Or would you be better off popping in 14 hours of Ken Burns' Civil War tape and having those teachers proctor based on that excellent video production already done? You keep duplicating that over all these different subject areas."

Fucking BRILLIANT Ron. Why the hell should we have ANY teachers in education at all? Just give your goddamn pre-k kid a tablet and show them how to launch YouTube and let society take over. Think of how educated and useful your kid will be. They'll know how to apply makeup and how to dance Brittany, but when left to their own I'm sure every kid would pick a Civil War documentary over Spongebob memes.

Goddamn you're a fucking moron Ron. You can't replace the human aspect of teaching in ANY subject, history, economics or medicine. Of course I'm totally willing to let you prove me wrong. How about you let me watch a few surgery videos and let me have a go the next time you're in the hospital. After all, if watching a video is the best way to learn I'm sure you'd have no problems with my doing your next colonoscopy. Just don't blame me if I get the wrong end to put the scope in. They don't show that part on the video.

Aug/21
2016

I always get the feeling, as I load my groceries onto the conveyor, that the person ringing and the person bagging are evaluating my choices and making a decision about what kind of person I am. Cat food? Pet lover. Fresh veggies? Healthy eater. Frozen schlock? Junk food junkie. And so on. Once in a while I'll catch the person ringing giving an item a quick look over. In a few instances I've had questions like "is this brand good?" or "how do you cook this?" In other instances I've had advice "Orion makes the best Choco-pies, the rest are meh."

It's not to say that it bothers me, evaluating people is an innate (and important) defensive mechanism with humans. It probably dates back to a time when knowing who was in your tribe and who wasn't could save your life. Of course seeing steak and Cheetos versus asparagus and Special-K probably doesn't impact a young grocery attendance health and welfare, but still it does say something about the check-ee.

I think what you eat and what you buy to eat can say a lot about someone. And, of course, there's no accounting for taste but I enjoy watching people, and since there's not much to do while your items are being scanned and bagged, I too like to check out those checking me out and wonder a little about what they buy.

Aug/20
2016

Windows 10 is pretty neat but there were a few aspects that made me wonder. First was that you could keep all your files and settings. It seemed sketchy, but it worked. Or appears to. The second is the "quick boot" feature. What I have noticed is that very often I can't tell if my machine is waking up or restarting. The only way I can really tell is if certain services that I have set to "manual" are available or not. Steam, for an example, is one that I have set as a manual restart. If it's not there when the machine turns on then I suspect that it's actually a reboot.

If that's the case then why is my machine being rebooted all the time?

I get that there are service updates, but I expect that I will be notified when those are applied. But, and this is where the quick boot comes in, I think that there are more crashes and instability in Win 10 than the typical user notices. I think that the quick boot actually masks questionable reboots which are caused by sketchy shit happening in Win 10.

I think Win 10 is a little different than its predecessors. I think that Microsoft has decided that users are willing to live with some instability so long as it doesn't really effect their regular usage. If a game causes the OS to get a little corrupted, they don't yank the process, they let it continue until the whole system goes down, BUT it comes back up quickly. Most of the time.

I've also noticed that a reboot doesn't mean or imply a FULL system restart. It's a partial restart with some content being held in memory after the start. To ensure a clean start you need to fully shut down. This I'm certain of because I've seen different behavior when comparing reboots to shutdown/restarts. And this is WITH the fast reboot off.

Anyway, I think we're going to see a lot of sketchy behavior from Win 10 for a while. It's what you expect with any new OS, especially as hardware manufacturers catch up and adapt. The hard part for users is getting used to the fact that identifying problems will be harder and fixing them even more difficult because MS doesn't want you to know when something is wrong any more. They want you to close your eyes and trust them.

Aug/19
2016

I was torn between putting this in the "asshole" vs. "idiot" category so I went with both.

Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of Israeli Or Sasson following the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions.

The athlete said he did not want to shake hands with an Israeli, nor was he obliged to do so under judo rules, but the IOC said his behavior went against the rules and spirit of the Olympic Games and the rules of fair play.[..]

"Shaking the hand of your opponent is not an obligation written in the judo rules. It happens between friends and he's not my friend," El Shehaby said after his bout. (Reuters)

El Shabby is a dumb motherfucker and it's a pity Egypt gave him the opportunity to demonstrate his stupidity on the world stage. Clearly he missed the part in his training where they explained the meaning of respect. Respect to his opponent, his host, the audience and the sport. Since he couldn't figure that simplest of ideas out he clearly deserves none in return.

I'd be surprised if Shabby ever returned to another Olympics. In fact it would be an absolute pity. He doesn't understand the spirit of the games nor the dignity of competition. Jackass. Go home and stay home so you don't embarrass your country or yourself ever again.

Aug/18
2016

This just goes to show that even when things are bad, they're not ALL bad.

Over the past year, as Brazil plunged into its deepest recession in decades, the city's homeless population has struggled. In June, facing a financial calamity, Rio's state government had to close or cutback service at 16 meal centers. The splurge on the Olympics has only heightened a sense of abandonment among the homeless, with many reporting being repeatedly removed by police from the city's recently cleaned-up Lapa district, where Bottura's restaurant is located.[..]

Sunday's meal was prepared by chef Rafael Costa e Silva, who normally dishes up fixed-price meals for $150 a head at his swank Lasai bistro in Rio. While he makes a living catering to the rich, he said he'll never forget the experience of serving the poor. (AP)

Massimo Bottura had an idea: take all the leftovers from the Olympics during the day and serve them nightly to the homeless. But he took that idea one step further, he serves it in the same manner, with the same care as he would to a paying customer, with dignity and sophistication.

Massimo Bottura, you are amazing. Thank you for your generosity and thank you for caring. I sincerely hope more people in Rio, and around the world, learn from your example - that a little effort can go a long way, that leftover is not waste if it fills a belly, and that everyone deserves a little kindness.

Aug/17
2016

Morons of the world unite! (Preferably near a really high cliff or at least a very short pier.)

A member of the audience asked Prof Cox to address Mr Roberts' request for proof of a human element in climate change.

"I could sit here and read out figures until I'm blue in the face," Prof Cox said.

"The absolute, absolute consensus is that human action is leading to an increase in average temperature. Absolute consensus. I know you may try to argue with that," he said to Mr Roberts, "but you can't."

Mr Roberts worked in coal mining and has an honours degree in engineering and a master's degree in business administration.

Throughout the show, the senator repeatedly called for "empirical data" proving that climate change was real.

However, Mr Roberts said the climate data had been "corrupted".

"What do you mean corrupted?" Prof Cox asked.

Mr Roberts responded: "Manipulated".

"By who?" Prof Cox asked.

"Nasa," Mr Roberts said.

At one point, Prof Cox produced a graph showing global surface temperatures of the past century. (BBC)

Morons who don't want to believe won't. These are also the same people who blindly follow the bible because they don't NEED proof, they just KNOW it's true. They're also the ones who are responsible for the increased pain and suffering of the Earth's poorest and most needy, people who can't afford to move when it floods, can't travel to greener and cooler places when it's parched. Why? Because it's convenient to defend the industries that are paying them because by the time it's too late it will be their children's problem. Not theirs.

Aug/16
2016

Apparently the gaming community of the "Closers" game is afraid of little girls. Little girls with attitude. Can I get a "whaaaaaaaaaa, boo hoo"?

The "Gamergate" controversy which roiled the world of video gaming has hit a new level. The name was coined as a row over whether Western gamers were mostly male and anti-women. Now, a similar row is rocking South Korea, arguably the country with the strongest culture of gaming in the world. As the BBC's Steve Evans reports from Seoul, it all started with a slogan on a T-shirt.
On the face of it, the slogan "Girls do not need a prince" doesn't seem that controversial.

In many parts of the world, it would pass as the kind of thing any young woman might wear without prompting a second look.

But when the actress, Kim Jayeon, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing the garment, she generated a storm and lost herself a job.

She was the voice of one of the characters in a South Korean online game called "Closers". (BBC)

You'd think a region that prides itself on martial culture and masculinity could deal with a women expressing her independence and inner strength. But then again these are gamers and probably NOT black belts. Gamers whose widdle pride is easily hurt. But misogeny and gaming isn't all that unusual anywhere in the world. But what IS unusual and extraordinary is how quickly and remorselessly the game manufacturer caved into the small-dicked yowling.

Fans of "Closers" inundated Nexon, the company which produced the game, with complaints. Many of the complaints, according to female activists, were offensive and anti-women.

Nexon quickly bowed to the protesters and sacked the actress. It told the BBC that she would be paid in full for her work but her voice would not be used on the game.

It issued a statement saying it had "recognised the voices of concern amongst the Closers community", adding that "we have suddenly decided to seek a replacement in the role".

I can't imagine any internationally known game manufacturers, Blizzard, EA, ID or others EVER caving to the pathetic whinings of injured male egos, much less when that message is delivered on a tidal wave of hate and anti-woman vitriol, but apparently those in charge of Nexon are equally small-dicked and eager to please their small-dicked players.

South Korea is pretty behind when it comes to equality and women's rights. Too bad for Nexon that they didn't recognize the opportunity to open their game up to international users who would have supported them if they had done the right thing, telling their audience to "fucking grow up" and demonstrated a lack of tolerance for discriminatory behavior. But they didn't

So fuck you Nexon and fuck your tiny-dicked users.

Aug/15
2016

I already dissed the Rio Olympics once, now I'm back at it. Between green pool water (the contractor didn't know that adding peroxide to the water when there's already chlorine is useless), athletes getting mugged at gunpoint, others getting bacterial diseases, lack of completion on the venues - like say - signage, and rows upon rows of empty seats the games have proven two things:

1) Rio's claim to just "pull things out" at the last moment is about as bullshit as you'd expect it to be

2) IOC isn't stupid, but just as greedy as FIFA and just badly in need of renovation, because only payoffs could have convinced the members to choose Rio as a destination

I suppose there's always a 3) which laments the greed within Brazil and how much graft there is since there was lots of time and money which could have been spent correctly to meet the minimum standard but didn't. Some Brazilians got mega rich off the deal. Everyone else got screwed.

I'm thinking that the Rio olympics will quietly fade into the distance, the day the last athlete leaves. And life will go back to exactly the same for everyone, the rich being filthy as well as the poor. Literally.

Aug/14
2016

Perhaps my question arises from my recent travel aborad, but when I went to the Smithsonian Air and Space extension and saw the Enola Gay on display I couldn't help but wonder if it was truly an appropriate thing for a mostly young audience.

Nothing can take back the events of history and removing an emblem of World War II won't change the role it played. But, in a museum dedicated to the glorification of man's accomplishments, to show the Enola Gay instead of some other B-29 Superfortress only tells part of the story. THAT plane is famous, not because of the design or technical achievements of the aircraft but because the US dropped one of the only two atomic bombs every dropped from it. In my mind, taking a smiling picture of junior in front of the shiny plane, without explaining to the youngster WHY this plane is famous is a disservice. If you're going to recognize the plane then do so, and in doing so acknowledge that we take no pride in the resulting horror and distruction it caused.

Again, I have nothing against having the plane in a museum, but I'd rather see it in a war museum that fully addresses the horrors of war and dispassionately and accurately, not with a McDonalds sign in the background. I'm absolutely certain that the Japanese tourists happily snapping away their holiday memories might have a different reaction if they knew what that aircraft represented, and I can't help but wonder if the Smithsonian is trying to gloss over one of the most devastating events in the history of our planet.

Aug/13
2016

Nico you're a fucking tool.

US news website The Daily Beast has apologised for publishing an article that may have "outed" a number of gay athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympics.[..]

The reporter [Nico Hines] had described how he used online dating, including popular gay app Grindr, to get dates with athletes.

The Daily Beast said it had "screwed up" and later removed the article.

The story said athletes were using dating apps such as Bumble, Grindr, Jack'd, and Tinder to connect with other people at the games.

Their writer described how he used the apps and he got three dates within an hour, and detailed what some men wrote on their profiles on Grindr.

He also gave details of their height, weight, nationality, and a description of their profile picture. (BBC)

Daily Beast eventually (note: eventually) retracted the article, but only after they'd gotten the maximum attention out of it. After the first lashing of public opion they balked and redacted some of the content, but didn't take it down. It took more anger and the condemnation of Society of Professional Journalists before DB (also, in this case standing for Dick Bags) finally decided to remove the article.

But not before the writer defended the awesome Trumpian-style media-fest in a sinularly stupid way.

According to gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, the reporter justified his presence on the app, saying he "didn't lie to anyone or pretend to be someone I wasn't - unless you count being on Grindr in the first place - since I'm straight, with a wife and child.

"I used my own picture (just of my face?) and confessed to being a journalist as soon as anyone asked who I was."

So AFTER he created an account, not for the purpose of dating but as a way to get access to private details, and AFTER he was contacted THEN he owned up to the fact that he wasn't there to date just steal information. See Nico, the LYING part came when you signed up to use those services as your free source of material so you coud get PAID for writing a lascivious article about Olympic sex. The fact that you jumped out of the closet (so to speak) and went "Ha ha, I'm not here to date, just to tell the world about you" makes you the shittiest of shitbags and the limpest of limpdicks.

Worse is that you don't want to admit the obvious and tried to defend your practise. How bad are you going to feel, scumbucket, when one of those people you described gets murdered or imprisoned back in their home nation when they're outted in a country where being gay means getting dead? Not much, from what I gather, as you sit in your nice home with your wife and kid. Maybe it'll get you some more free PR.

The Daily Beast needs to do more than apologize, they need to fire Nico Hines. Maybe then he'll understand the risk involved and that being used against your will for someone else's profit and amusement is a lot more serious than just lying about your sexuality on a gay dating website.

Aug/12
2016

I'll just state up front that I believe that islamic dress for women is a stamp of slavery, either forceably or self imposed. So if you're looking for an even-handed discussion on the matter just stop reading now.

The mayor of Cannes in France has banned full-body swimsuits, or "burkinis", from the French city's beaches.[..]

Muslim women from around the world have been quick to react to news of the ban.

"This is just an Islamophobic attack on Muslim women in Cannes," Aysha Ziauddin, who lives in Norfolk, told the BBC.

"The burkini allows me the freedom to swim and go on the beach, and I don't feel I am compromising my beliefs for that.[..]

"I don't have a burkini, but I do swim wearing a headscarf, tracksuit bottoms and long T-shirt," Kerry Amr told the BBC.

Kerry, who lives in the town of Telford in the west of England, converted to Islam eight years ago, and although she chooses not to wear a burkini, she believes women should be free to choose what to wear when they go to the beach.

"I think [the ban is] slightly ridiculous," she said.

"In Victorian times swimmers would wear long baggy trousers, full tops and swimming caps and no-one blinked an eye! (BBC)

So let's have the facts up front shall we? Swimwear is designed to ENABLE people in the water, not drag them down. Going to the beach is, for most, an experience of exposing your body to the sun, feeling the sand and playing in the water. If water were not an integral part of that we'd all go on holiday to the desert, but that's not how it works.

Hate-excuers like Kerry want to preen their "holier than thou" credentials, defending and enabling a mentality that makes women less than equal and often less than human. Instinctively children take their clothes off when they go into the water, the shame and humility is only beaten into girls and women by social agencies that want to ensure that segregation lives on by having women shame themselves. The fact that she feels that it is her right to hide her body and that exposure is wrong is just an indication that the training has worked.

Bitch, get this straight, embracing the abuse is not a RIGHT it's a fucking TRAGEDY.

Stupid.