• The conversation needs to change, and it needs to start focusing on the assailants and potential assailants. I think (I hope) that this might be the beginning of it. There's been a larger conversation about sexual assault over the past year or two, and I think that as a result the veneer is being slowly (sloooowly) chipped away. I agree with the core of what you're saying; we absolutely need to make it clear that perpetrators, not victims, are the ones who should be held responsible for rape. There's a long, ugly history of rape victim blaming, and it needs to end. And even well-intentioned advise, like the president's letter, often comes off as tone-deaf at best and victim-blaming at worst. We need, as a culture, to direct more of the message on boys and young men, potential (and maybe even unwitting) perpetrators of rape. We need to make it clear that it's never okay for men to take advantage of women, and we need to work at eroding a culture of sexual aggression that offers cover to these acts. And the fact that colleges are often complicit in covering up rape rather than prosecuting it is frankly disgusting. With that said, though, I think there's a tendency for those in social justice circles that's a kind of overreaction to these kind of victim-blaming narratives, and it's something I've seen a lot in this thread. There seems to be an idea that simply telling women to be cautious and avoid bad situations is in and of itself victim-blaming, and I think this idea is dangerous. Women need to do what they can to protect themselves from rape. That shouldn't be in any way a controversial statement, and that shouldn't be conflated with saying rape victims deserve to get raped. Even if we take major steps to erode rape culture, and even if we lived in a world where college men and fraternities were paragons of sexual egalitarianism, there will still be some men who tried to take advantage of women, and women would still need to protect themselves from these men. There's been a lot of evidence recently that most college rapes are perpetrated by a small minority of men, repeat offenders who commit an average of 5-6 rapes. I suspect that the kinds of men who would do these kind of things are precisely the kind of men who would be difficult or impossible to reach out to. And even if we could cut down on the number of men who commit sexual assault-or if other men were faster to report them, and the criminal justice system more apt to prosecute them- there would still be men out there preying on women.
  • There's also this, which advises skipping the Facebook arguments and spending your time and energy more productively. I feel like the right response (as a white man) is probably somewhere between the two. My old middle school classmate who I've kept in only the vaguest amount of contact with in the intervening 15 years made some racist comments. I briefly attempted to engage, then realized it wouldn't go anywhere, and unfriended her. Our only contact in 15 years has been on Facebook, and seeing picture of her dog was not more important to me than not seeing her racist nonsense that I couldn't change. If (ugh, I know my extended family, this is a "when") someone closer to me posts something fucked up, I will likely respond on Facebook in the least fighty way I can muster, then immediately pick up the phone to talk to them in a more approachable way about it. Phone calls and in person conversations with people who like/love and respect you can change minds. Facebook posts can, I think, be sometimes used to at least make someone feel enough like an asshole that they feel that their racist behavior is taboo and unacceptable in social situations. Which sometimes is the best you can do.
  • Brass Eye's zeit guest interview was enlightening.
  • "He was a fun-loving, care-free sort of see-ball, hit-ball guy with a cheeky grin" ... "We would have late-night coffees and he would just be in awe of the fact he was playing for Australia.... He would just say 'I'm going to go out there and smash it bro'. That was how he would talk. He would not think about it. He would just go out there and whack the ball. He was just positive all the time, he never moaned or complained.
    Australian test cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital two days after being hit by a bouncer during a match between South Australia and New South Wales in Sydney. [Warning: graphic images.]

    Hughes was struck on the neck by a ball from NSW bowler Sean Abbott, causing a rare vertebral artery dissection, which flooded Hughes's brain with blood. Widely regarded as one of the most promising batsmen of his generation, he was expected to return to the Australian side for the upcoming test series against India. Now, top-level cricket matches across the globe are being suspended to enable players to mourn and the first Test against India may be cancelled. Hughes rose to prominence in 2009 by becoming the youngest player (at 20) to score centuries in both innings of a test match. He was known for his thrilling, fluent stroke-play and straightforward approach to the game. Hughes, who grew up in rural Northern New South Wales and once joked that "he knew a lot about cricket and cattle but not much else," was three days away from his 26th birthday.
  • Grateful for what, exactly? Some people will jump on any passing vehicle on the assumption it's some sort of bandwagon.
  • Academics are so dumb oftentimes. Academics are dumb sometimes, and, even more often, smart in non-constructive ways. However, don't blame academics for things campus administrators write. They have an entirely different set of ways to be dumb. Sadly, the administrators I know are more aware and attentive to sexual harassment issues than most of the faculty, who may deplore sexual violence but aren't driven to address it because it's "not in their field." I really wish we could get a unified student-staff-faculty-administrator stand on the issue; then we might get more traction.
  • . Tragic.
  • It was the ultimate gift my parents could have given their children, of optimism and safety, the feeling that the next Thanksgiving would be a lot like this one, a predictable celebration of abundance and family.
    My grandparents were the immigrants, but this really hit home for me. It makes the stress worth it when I think of it this way.
  • So the article about the lion is interesting for lion reasons, but apparently there is a lake named "Possum Kingdom Lake." That sounds like an awesome lake.
  • Of course Britain celebrates American Thanksgiving. Of course. That's it. Effective immediately, Elizabeth II's portrait on Canadian currency shall be replaced by that of Sandy McTire.
  • People, especially the elderly, talked with a mixture of horror and pride about the exploits of even the nastiest thugs of the past. I find it really curious how people can't say the name Jimmy Savile without spitting, and yet aren't in the least bit bothered by the Krays, despite the fact that it's been common knowledge for the last fifty years that they were a pair of child rapists who made much of their money from servicing certain establishment figures with child prostitutes.
  • I wasn't really on board until the Nazi serving tray sold it.
  • Since the force of gravity is dependent on distance, an object inside the hollow moon near the shell would fall toward the nearest part of the shell, would it not? Only if it were in the exact center of the sphere would it stay there, and a nudge in any direction would cause it to fall in that direction toward the shell.
  • Take the derivative with respect to y and set that equal to 0, to see that the center of mass is lowest when y = 1/4. Using calculus seems like cheating, though! The only qualitative approach I can think of involves calculus-like thinking, so I'm not sure what's gained ... but as we remove liquid from the can the c. o. g. falls until a certain point and then rises, so if we remove a tiny amount right around that point in the process, the c. o. g. will stay in the same place. Yet in a center of gravity situation, the only single place (as opposed to multiple separated places) you can remove mass w/o changing the location of the c. o. g. is right at the spatial location of the c. o. g. itself, which can only happen in this situation when the surface of the liquid is right at the c. o. g. . In other words, the c. o. g. is at its lowest point as it passes through the falling surface of the liquid, and the rest is an algebraic calculation involving the density of the liquid and the mass of the can and volumes and heights and stuff.
  • From the rather common "skate punk into alternative music" origins to a bedroom producer who signed with Ninja Tune, Bonobo, the stage name for Simon Green, has continued to change musically. From the lone musician who made sample-based music, he has expanded into working with field recordings, studio musicians, and live shows where the band took a four bar drum break transformed it into a seven minute epic drum-sax solo battle, to which the crowd tried to clap along. You can see him live tomorrow at the Alexandra Palace in London in a special Boiler Room session, but until then, there's plenty more to see, hear and read.

    From the beginning, Simon Green's Bonobo was seen as more refined take on the well-played sampling game, though he fell into some of the same cliches with Animal Magic, his first album (YouTube playlist). His second album, Dial 'M' for Monkey (YT playlist), shifted the balance between hip-hop beats and jazzy samples farther towards the jazz side, utilizing samples of his own playing, alongside beats and breaks from his shopping during his North American tour. The progression towards live music and studio musicians was hinted at in Recurring - The Live Sessions EP (YT playlist), recreating some prior tunes as live pieces. [Bonus link: Strictly Kev talks about the album design, including the limitation on the tracks, which resulted in Four Tet's remix getting edited down a bit.] But it was Days to Come, released in 2006, that saw Green fully moving away from the "chill out" label that cast a shadow over his first album, turning to live musicians for the majority of the album. He figured more out in the studio with other musicians, trying things out and scrapping them when they didn't work. The result was his "best work to date." The next album, Black Sands (Japanese edition on Grooveshark), saw Green's title shifting listed as DJ and composer in an NPR interview/overview, as his sound expanded to reference, "a lot of nods to that kind of late 70s, early 80s kind of sounds and the more current stuff out of New York, like Yeasayer (Wiki) and Phenomenal Hand Clap Band (Wiki)." Some of that was also introduced to his other major effort that came out in 2010, Andreya Triana's debut album, Lost Where I Belong (Grooveshark stream). Green and Triana met after he heard her singing on Flying Lotus' "Tea Leaf Dancers," and they hit it off. Last year, the fifth Bonobo album dropped. Despite moving to New York, the resulting album has been noted to have a distinctly "London" sound, and also a closer association with 4/4 tempo and house music, still holding that specific Bonobo style. In some ways, the list of guest artists on the album, The North Borders (YT playlist), is a good marker for how well regarded Green's Bonobo is, with Erykah Badu being the best-known of the bunch. The album lead to another round of tours, and this time, was captured on a live album, The North Borders Tour - Live. (sample on Ninja Tune; various formats listed on Discogs). That album came out in October, but the tour wraps up tomorrow, November 28th, at Alexandra Palace in London. The final show is sold-out, but it can be streamed online at BoilerRoom.tv at 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm EST / 9.30pm CET / 12.30pm PST (the site features a live countdown, but for help calculating other local times, World Time Buddy might be helpful). Et cetera: Odd interviews and song selections
    1. DJ Shadow - "Midnight In A Perfect World" -- Bonobo's early inspiration to start making "beautiful hip-hop;" he went on to also list Madlib and Dilla with high regard
    2. Amon Tobin - "4 Ton Mantis" -- Green considers Tobin a mentor, though he also said they swapped beats back in this era. Tangents: Bonobo remixed this track, and Tobin remixed Bonobo's track "Scuba"; the two later collaborated on "I'll Have the Waldorf Salad" (previously)
    3. Bill Evans - "Peace Piece" -- something Green would pick in a "Desert Islands discs" scenario, noting he selected it to close his Late Night Tales mix (Resident Advisor review).
    4. Dorothy Ashby - "Essence Of Sapphire" -- jazz harp! Bonobo says "I always thought of Dorothy Ashby as a funkier Alice Coltrane;" he was introduced to Ashby by Kieran Hebden when they were out digging while on tour together.
    5. Bill Conti - "Reflections" -- "a hidden treasure on this very mainstream [Rocky] soundtrack."
    6. Lapalux - "Gutter Glitter" -- Bonobo says "You can still get an emotive sound from a vocal even if the lyrics are inconsequential."
    7. Herbert - "The Audience" -- Bonobo says "I've always been into tunes that have two parts in them, that have a twist."
    8. Erykah Badu - "The Healer" -- a Madlib production; Bonobo says "It's the heaviest tune but everything is just feather light. From the click in it to the bell. It's the deepest tune."
    More mixes and productions
  • The three friends went their separate ways
  • Looking back on Bonobo's back catalog, I definitely hear how his earlier work could be closely classified with similar artists (Koop, especially early tracks like Glömd (1997)). And now his modern stuff is definitely in line with more of the London scenes, but there's still something that's distinctly his own sound, and I love it.
  • If the British choose to celebrate Thanksgiving in November, can we remove their Queen from our Canadian money, please?
  • Given her ability to understand the medical literature and interpret the results of her own genetic tests, Goodsell might have been in a position to help many hundreds of others had she pursued a medical career. It's good she can now at least help herself.
  • See, back in the old days they knew how to balance things. On one side you had people trying to manipulate the public in order to serve business interests, and on the other you had people trying to manufacture public controversies to gain a partisan advantage. Kept everyone in check (especially the public). 'Twas a simpler time.
  • Thanks for this post. The outpouring of grief and mourning across the cricketing world has been painful and strongly heartfelt. The flags at Lord's are at half mast. That this was an entirely freakish accident doesn't mitigate the profound disturbance Hughes' death has had on all who love to play and watch cricket. This shouldn't happen. I hope they play the first Test next week. I hope Sean Abbott bowls again.
  • The Perfidious Kaiser? My story begins in nineteen-dickety-two. We had to say "dickety" because the Kaiser had stolen our word "twenty". I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles. - Abe Simpson
  • There is a great documentary with her concerning writers and place. I have it, watching it now. I believe it was a DVD extra from "Death in the Holy Orders" movie adapation which I think was the best. The stars, scenery, and 'what if Jesus parchment'. I loved her seperation of the poet and policeman. I do not have the title as I taped it like decade ago. But it is tea-cozy with lots of pan shots of her house library and writing area caulked full of cool books. She was amazing.
  • I loved P.D. James and she was my favorite popular writer. Her novels were beautiful and often evocative of the Piscean place. Also, the movie Children of Men contains some of the most beautiful movies scenes I've ever seen.
  • Although on one hand I am glad the move failed, since the Christmas "shopping season" is already too long by half, we have increasingly failed to hold the line and keep the forces of Christmas from infiltrating mid-November. So while we won the Thanksgiving Battle, it was but a delaying action in the War On Christmas, which I am sad to report is not going well. In retrospect, Thanksgiving was always a difficult place to make a stand; without the benefit of an alliance with Crass Commercialism it was probably doomed from the start. Falling back to Halloween, where the candy companies have dug in and are prepared to offer solid resistance, is probably inevitable.
  • I'm still uncomfortable with the kneejerk defense of getting publicly wasted as the inalienable right if not duty of college freshmen. I don't see where this is occurring.
  • A good article to share with the people you engage with, on some of the nonsense that people in St. Louis county have to put up with: How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty. Please post any similarly useful resources you run across.
  • "Possum Kingdom Lake." That sounds like an awesome lake. It's in North Texas...and it's okay, as far as lakes go around here. We have alot of them. The Toadies awesome Possum Kingdom explains it all.
  • If the US is going to export any holiday, I'd think Thanksgiving would be the least objectionable. Labor / Labour Day? Or Elvis' Birthday.
  • jfuller, if your son went to a party, got drunker than he intended, and ended up being raped by another man at the party, would you place the blame on his alcohol consumption or on the man who raped him?
  • The first letter says that "these incidents are almost always preceded by consumption, often heavy consumption, of alcohol, often by everyone involved in them", which I take it includes both victims and perpetrators, but everyone seems to have read it as saying that "if you drink and get raped, it's your fault". The second letter is confused about what it wants to say about alcohol: first it quotes surveys pointing out how often alcohol is involved in sexual assaults (not clear what "involved" implies about who had been drinking) i.e. a lot, and then makes a bunch of odd statements. "sober victims also exist" - who said they didn't? "correlation doesn't imply causation" - not generally, but given what we know about the effects of alcohol, I don't see a reason not to think it that alcohol is a contributory causal factor in both perpetrators' actions and in victims' inability to defend themselves at the time and produce evidence that is admissible in court later. This means that drinking is a moral fault on the perp's part (assuming they know it'll make them more likely to commit a crime) and imprudent (but not a moral fault) on the victim's. In both cases, the world would be a better place if people drank less, though I agree with the second letter's point that the moral difference between a drunk perp and a drunk victim should have been made clear. I agree that the stuff about casual sex doesn't make a lot of sense in isolation. Possibly what the first letter was shooting for is that drinking and casual sex in combination lead to consent problems. I'm pretty sure I've seen Mefi discussions along those lines i.e. that sex at a particular level of drunkeness would be OK in an existing relationship but, without an existing relationship, could be an assault (or at least, should be avoided because you couldn't be sure enough that it wasn't).
  • The real creepy thing about Kitty's various relationships hasn't been mentioned yet though: she was thirteen when she joined the X-Men, got involved with the much older Colossus and when he broke off the relationship, their team mates got him beaten up by the Juggernaut because he hurt Kitty, rather than, you know, being skeeved by an 18 year old fiddling around with a 13 year old girl. And in that happy lesbian flirting scene, Kitty is just turning fifteen while fake Courtney is somewhere in her twenties or thirties, not quite kosher either.
  • And the reason more retailers are doing a frankly spurious Black Friday push is that they're desperate to sell any shit at all to any sucker than happens along and the Christmas rush isn't doing it for them any more.
  • Yeah, Kitty and Illiyana WERE pretty close, now that I think of it....
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  • Perfect essay for turkey day. Reminds me to be thankful for family.
  • I first read her books in high school, and they were the first books that made me think that liking crime fiction wasn't something I should feel embarrassed about. I am sure I wouldn't agree with her politics, and in her later books she had a hard time writing about a modern, multicultural society that I don't think she totally understood, but she was a great writer.
  • That's it. Effective immediately, Elizabeth II's portrait on Canadian currency shall be replaced by that of Sandy McTire. Too late. Lizzie is already embedded in nearly indestructible plastic (unless you run it through the dryer) and Sandy has been retired.
  • From the FPP: "To put things into perspective, here's an excellent infographic breaking down the lack of diversity in the top 100 sci-fi and fantasy films ever made. There are eight protagonists of colour on that list, and six of them are Will Smith."
  • It was around at least ten years earlier, as a term for the 'absentitis' of workers looking for a long weekend. Well, studies show that nearly 40% of so-called sick days take place on a Friday or a Monday. Can't let the steerage sorts get out of line.
  • My Facebook is mostly filled with people who either feel the same way as me about Ferguson or just don't get that political. But I have one close family friend, who has always been more conservative then me but never radically so (except for Israel-Palestine...he's orthodox), and he has gone full-on Fox News on me re Ferguson. Posted link go to a conservative website using Wilson's grand jury testimony as 100% FACT. Making ad hominem connections between protesters and anti-Israel marches. Seeming to personally blame Obama for the fact that the health insurance exchange website in his state has an illegible captcha image. Mostly I get frustrated because he's seems to have just decided that there's THEM and US, so if he thinks they are wrong about Ferguson, they must be wrong about everything. It's hard to engage with someone who thinks I'm attacking their entire world view. I also don't get how he got to this point. We used to have genuine debates (which I enjoyed). But I'm also asking how I, as a white ally, can help the people trying to make this better without taking up the space of Black people trying to make their voices heard. Apparently engaging with my friend is how I do that.
  • In 1840, a Father John O'Sheehan had a traumatizing run-in with a flock: "He was headed north in his surrey towards Brattleboro and he met a turkey drive headed south. The turkeys began to roost on his surrey and on the backs of his horses, and so he had to drive for dear life to get out of there – but he still ended up with a good coating of turkey guano all over himself and his surrey and his horses."
    I always figured that turkeys were Lutherans.
  • Very sad. For our international audience, our Australian cousins take their cricket very seriously; and although this is being felt all over the world, it is particularly tough for them.
  • Of course Britain celebrates American Thanksgiving. Of course. I bought a really fancy bottle of maple syrup the other day if it's of any consolation.
  • . Adam Dalgliesh needs to write a grey, gloomy poem that wrenches the heart. .
  • dances_with_sneeches, why are you dividing by two in the missiles question? Unless I'm misreading the question, you shouldn't. Maybe you're dividing by two because there are two missiles? Check your answer against what would happen if it were correct: The 21000 mph missile by itself would cover that 250 miles in less than a minute.
  • From that last link: In America, turkey drives rivalled some of the cattle drives: there are records of an 1863 drive from Iowa to Denver (600 miles) and flocks of 20,000 were common. Between the coyotes and other predators, not to mention the difficulty to herding a flock of turkeys through all kinds of terrain and weather, I'm surprised someone tried that kind of drive even once.
  • As someone who grew up in the seventies, it's not really surprising that this is real. In some ways gender roles for kids seem more constrained now than they were then.
  • I love the mirror one. Thinking about mirrors and left and right is always a fun pasttime. Of course a mirror flips up and down. If the mirror is on the ceiling. Why you have a mirror on the ceiling is your business. A mirror on the wall flips front and back. So mirrors flip left and right, regardless of how the mirror is oriented. I mean really mean a mirror flips "left-handed" and "right-handed," which are distinct from "the left side of the room" and "the right side of the room." So both eriko and I can both be right as to whether a mirror flips left and right, it just depends what concept you really mean by those word. The direction the arrow points is an absolute direction (maybe call it east or west, rather than left or right), handedness is a relative direction. (Also, if you hold a sign pointing to your left and look into a mirror, the image sees it point to their right. Both arrows of course point to the same absolute direction.) You can see that a mirror flips handedness because if you hold up your left hand, your reflection holds up their hand, but you cannot rotate the mirror image hand into your left hand, because the relative orientation of the fingers and thumbs are switched. So your image has lifted their right hand. This would be true regardless of whether the mirror is in front of you, on the ceiling, or to one side. Mirrors invert one spatial direction (whichever one is perpendicular to the mirror surface). And inverting one spatial direction is equivalent to inverting any odd number of directions, but inequivalent to switching two directions. Handedness is the relative orientation of two directions (which way "east" is relative to "north," for example), so a mirror flips handedness, regardless of how the mirror is oriented. That does mean that if you look at a reflection from two mirrors, you get the "real" image back: that double reflection's left hand is equivalent to your left hand: you can image rotating that image in space and having it line up with the original. So if you have two mirrors without edges, put them together like a book at 90 degrees to each other, and look directly in the center. You'll see your true image, how other people see you. Not the one you see in the mirror. It'll look slightly off compared to what you usually recognize. The reason I like thinking about mirrors is that mirrors, by flipping handedness, also flip spin. So particles spinning one way (let's call it "left-handed") become particles spinning the other way ("right-handed") in the mirror. Now, strangely, left and right handed particles are not the same. A left-spinning electron feels different forces than a right-handed one. It turns out that if you take all the particles, turn them into their antiparticles, and look at them in a mirror, the laws of Nature are nearly the same as in the un-mirrored, anti-antimattered version. But not quite. However, the laws of Nature for an antimatter mirror running backwards in time are identical to ours. (Ignore the 2nd law of thermodynamics here) Also, while I'm discussing deep facts about the Universe, it is very important for you to realize that jalapeno cranberry sauce is no joke the most important part of your Thanksgiving meal. Seriously people, make some right now.
  • Justinian: "Kinda weird not to link to the thread in question when the post is about it, so I have done so." Justinian, Sebmojo posted this to Metafilter with a link to the Reddit thread yesterday, and it got deleted for linking to a raw reddit thread, so I think he was erring on the side of caution this time, in case the issue was "linking to Reddit threads = deletion" as opposed to "only linking to Reddit threads = deletion"
  • Back in the '70s, Psychology Today turned this into an actual board game: Blacks & Whites.
  • The about the author section is heartbreaking: "Mike Sholars is a writer, editor, Twitter guy, and he's so incredibly tired right now."
  • The story behind The Lion (yes, Lion): her name was Blondie, and she was the family pet of Charles Hipp, an oil businessman from Graham, Texas, who grew up in the circus. Blondie was bought as a cub, and lived with the family until she died of old age in 1968. (Link contains other amazing photos.) In looking for it, I also ran across this other story about the filming of the movie Roar in 1971, in which a family (Including a young Melanie Griffin) lived with lions for a few years. (more amazing photos, like this one. )
  • How many people's lifes here were changed by Gardner? In sixth grade I discovered Gardner in my friend's dad's library. We were already kind of antisocial, a perfect afternoon consisted on taking turns to use his Amiga, while the other one read Gardner books or Mad and Scientific American magazines (remember when those were still good). There were also some Heavy Metal magazines, but those were for private reading. I can trace a very straight line between discovering Gardner that rainy afternoon in Mexico and becoming a Google engineer (before Googler became a slur). I wish Gardner was still alive and writing his columns. I am sure he would come up with games and riddles that would be more interesting with the use of Google and everything else www. Donut hole becomes larger (imagine that you heat a disk of iron, then punch out the hole, then watch it contract as it cools), balloon in car moves in the same direction as car (the air is heavier than the balloon, when the car accelerates all the heave air rushes to the back of the car, and the balloon 'floats' to the front), water level lowers, truck driver is wasting his time.
  • I swore I saw this here before already. It was mentioned in the last comment on this post a little over a month ago. Maybe you saw it there?
  • If it was a flatbed, that would be different; for one thing the pigeons would escape. If they were turkeys, we would be heading dangerously close to WKRP territory....
  • I posted this to my Facebook an hour ago and am infuriated by the response: three white men who have defriended others over their overtly racist views, explaining why they disagree with Spectra (quote: "Other people's hateful views are not my responsibility"). My response to their intricately self-justifying arguments: "Hey, whatever, just thought I'd repost a massively popular blog entry by a black person expressing her wishes for your behavior around racism. Make of it what you will." Feeble, yes, but it's the best I could do at the moment. *fumes*
  • I swore I saw this here before already.
  • Links and discussions at r/cricket and r/sports on Reddit are worth exploring at the moment.
  • Women need to do what they can to protect themselves from rape. List please. See, the problem is that every day of my life, I do what I can to protect myself from rape. If I get raped tomorrow, I'd like to refer back to the list to see which item I fucked up. So, list.
  • Get out of my tub, McConaughey. You know what I love about black holes? High school girls get older, I stay the same age. Alright alright alright.
  • Iron Torus: Haven't you ever put a jar under hot water when the lid is stuck? Practical physics.
  • We have day after Xmas sales south of the border; we just don't have the formal holiday. This is my 6th thanksgiving alone; I was told several years ago that an open invitation didn't apply to me. I was grateful to learn that there are some who won't "missing step" when boundaries aren't respected.
  • Black Friday has got to be one of the shittiest inventions of the past 50 years. Celebrating buying toxic bullshit from corporations. Pathetic.
  • So is the answer to the pigeon one, "nothing changes"? I mean, there's still the same amount of air and pigeons and truck there. If it was a flatbed, that would be different; for one thing the pigeons would escape.
  • Frankly, any parents who fail to tell their college-bound daughter "In the first place don't drink yourself blotto, period. And most especially don't drink yourself blotto at mixed-sex parties" should have their daughter taken away from them for negligence by state social workers. That exact advice might keep one daughter unraped. And that chance, all by itself, is very much more that enough to justify giving the advice, in the face of any number of claims that it should not be given because it might be taken to support victim-blaming. That's lunacy on exactly the same level as opposing vaccination. In the old but still very useful TV catch phrase, "Talk to the hand, because the face ain't listening." Women shouldn't have to work harder than men to be safe, unless men are inherently not to be trusted. Get it? And if that's the case, parents of sons need to not excuse their son's rape-y tendencies. Who would want a son who is a rapist? Make sure you impart to him that it is NOT OKAY to coerce anyone into sex unless he is 100% sure the person wants it---no ifs or "well, she let me and didn't fight me off." How difficult is that? It's not difficult at all. Women should be able to live in a society where we don't fear men are Jekyll and Hyde. Teach your sons something. And stop blaming women.
  • If you are in London he's is also one of the amazing lineup for The Hydra's Ninja Tune night on 6th December (for which there's still tickets): http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?607904
  • > "we went through all the usual baby names...Lucifer...Benito...Mao..." What do you think inspired the first part of my username?
  • The efforts suggested in the President's email and the efforts suggested in The Current article are not mutually exclusive. Why not do both?
  • What was the pre-Hitler equivalent? The Perfidious Kaiser?
  • UK perspective: It's been a very weird experience to have Black Friday appear everywhere at once this year, like mushrooms after rain. Currys have implemented fake queues on their website - right now you have to wait an hour or so before you can access their site. Very weird.
  • I admire the way she handled her own lack of aging. That's why I'm a little shocked now.
  • I still reblog this gifset whenever it comes around on Tumblr, but lately I've been distracted by trying to figure out what young David Krumholtz is doing off to the side there.
  • There's also something to be said for the overlap of the "fake and gay" crowd with the "eww this is tumblr bullshit I hate social justice warriors they ruin everything" crowd. I'm not saying the venn diagram would be a perfect circle, but it isn't a peanut. Like, there's a contingent of people who wanted this to be fake, not just that wanted to know if it was fake or not or suspected it to be for various reasons. They had an actual motivation to prove it was other than the thrill of the chase or whatever. I'm not saying the people in this post are necessarily approaching it from that angle, but plenty of people were. "Lego isn't run by dumb tumblr feminists so this must be fake".
  • Here's the PBS chart comparing eyewitness testimonies in the Michael Brown shooting.
  • Well yeah. Being angry over a sports team winning or losing is stupid compared to being angry about a human being killed in the street and that being declared not a crime. I'm not even sure if the rioters in Vancouver were angry. I didn't say that people in Ferguson do not have a right to be angry, (and I did recognize that civil unrest in African American communities is reported and responded to differently than "white people" rioting). I was just wondering that if there are "stupid riots" then does that mean there are "smart" or "justified" riots? Was the violence (against property and so on) justified? I think fundamentally I have a hard time thinking about "race" in binary terms, eg, "white" versus "black." And I also think memes, while interesting for about 5 seconds, do not provide any real insights about how to move forward.
  • Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson. "...Please try and remember how USEFUL you could be should you decide to be brave enough to speak up to the folks more likely to hear YOU than me."

    Spectra is a queer Nigerian writer who uses the power of storytelling and media to inspire ordinary people to harness empathy for social change. This is a longer version of a piece originally written on her Facebook page, SpectraSpeaks. Her site, SpectraSpeaks.com (and therefore the link to this post), may be loading slowly at the moment because this post has been so widely shared, but I think it's worth the wait.
  • Yeah, the blog isn't loading for me. Here's the text of the facebook post, from the second link:
    Dear white allies, this is not the time to "unfriend." This is the time to "engage." This is the time to remember that the outrage you feel can in no way match my own and therefore you have way more emotional capacity than I do to talk some sense into the "other side." This is the time to remember that your "solidarity" does not render you powerless; in fact, the entire point of your solidarity is to lend the power you DO have to folks who do not. And by the way, this is the time to remember that you do have power. It may not feel like much - your empathy may temporarily make you forget that you're not Like Brown, you're not "one of us" and that in fact you are still one of "them" - but please try and remember how USEFUL you could be should you decide to be brave enough to speak up to the folks more likely to hear YOU than me. I'm seeing one too many white people bragging about defriending other white people. I don't need your condolences. I don't need rash actions that absolve you of the responsibility of facilitating hard conversations with folks I will never be able to reach; I need you to step up in a major way, and leverage the connections you DO have to address ignorance with conversation and interrogate white privilege with compassion. I will not do this. I cannot do this. My rage as a black person witnessing yet another moment in the endless cycle of racism in the US prevents me from engaging in a "level headed" conversation with folks who see the Ferguson ruling as just another news story to banter about at the water cooler. But you, don't do me any further injustice by claiming to stand in solidarity with me while really (really) excusing yourself of the hard work that is *engaging* with fellow white people on this issue. Don't hide behind being a good ally without actually doing any of the work other than echoing my cries of pain, anger, and soul wrenching disappointment. You're a white liberal? You don't share *their* views? It's disappointing to hear your friends say racist things? You don't wanna talk to them? I hear you. I really do. But who will? Who will? Hint: Not me. So before you squander the opportunity before you in an attempt to demonstrate your solidarity, ask yourself which choice would be easier? Unfriending the guy who attended your birthday party last year because he posted support of the non indictment OR responding to his post with an open ended question to begin a (likely long and strenuous) conversation? What would a good - a useful, valuable - ally do? Stop with the Unfriending. Speak up. And for those of you doing this already, thank you so so much.
  • Socrates didn't get drunk at the Symposium because he's got a higher tolerance. Not sure that's the right reference, which makes me think the President hasn't actually read much Plato. The idea that casual sex is in some way the cause of sexual assault, on the other hand, is so much more deeply pernicious and stupid that it makes me think the President hasn't read much of anything.
  • kitcat:
    Wait, Canadians, why are we hating on Black Friday sales increasing in number here? It's a bunch of freaking sales! How is that a bad thing?
    Everything Sys Rq said. Also, if you think Black Friday sales are popular among store chains because it decreases the amount spent at retail, I have a bridge to sell you (limit 5 per store). Anecdata warning aside, the markdowns among non-clothing stuff are usually limited to high-visibility door-crashers or weird off-brand electronics. No hysteria is worth it.
  • When they first introduced Kitty, Emma Frost and Storm were fighting over her. But if I had read that when I was a fairly innocent preteen, rather than the jaded slash fanfiction writer, I might have seen it a lot like Sigrid did. And then my mind would've been blown when I did realise.
  • the frankly cheaty method of phoning LEGO and asking I'm just glad a news organization did it's job of checking sources to provide a definitive answer instead of offering both sides of the story--sources say it's real but some internet photoshop and type folks say it's fake--and letting the reader decide.
  • (Also, I should add while slightly-embarrassed that scrapping and sparring with them can be a lot of fun)
  • The list to follow is offered purely in a spirit of fun and education, and is not intended to be definitive. It concerns only the most basic physics concepts, and nothing electronic. No answers are offered.

    Remember the wise words of Bob Crease in Physics World (Oct 2014):
    "Googling is not the Gardner way. The Gardner way is to ignite your fascination so that you experience the pleasure of finding the answer yourself."
  • It's more like a way of life in some places.
  • The President also seems completely mired in the idea that solution to rape is greater awareness on the part of women -- that women, in short, must work harder not to be raped -- which naturally slides quickly into victim-blaming, even if that isn't the goal. The most empowering methods of "helping women protect themselves" are going to fail at least sometimes, with the ugly side effect of "you didn't protect yourself enough." I'd like to see the President's idea on how to teach his male students not to be rapists, identify the ones that are, and hold them responsible. instead of making the responsibility for avoiding rape a woman's duty, maybe we could make the responsibility for not being a rapist (as well as covering for rapists) a man's duty.
  • In the instance of the nuts and bolts, the water level would fall if the cargo was dumped. When the cargo is in the boat, floating on the surface of the water, they're displacing a volume of water that is equivalent to their mass. When they go in the water, they'll sink and only displace a volume of water equivalent to their size.
  • Whenever boomers worry about millennials I'm so baffled. Look at these eloquent kids writing a tactful and utterly brutally effective letter on a sensitive issue in a politically awkward situation. The kids are alright. The kids are, overall, way more aware of the power structures and social systems and challenges of the world.
  • But if the take-away from that is supposed to be that there's nothing individual sober drivers can do to avoid drunkies, or that it's somehow wrong to do them, or wrong of me to teach them to my own young drivers then... y'know, pfui. Talk to the hand. The thing is, I never, as a beginning driver, ever got taught that I shouldn't drive after [whatever hour] because drunk drivers, or to pay attention to game schedules so as to stay off the road when drunk fans might be driving home, etc. I got told and told and told to not drink and drive, and not just by the driving instructor but by parents and teachers and billboards and PSAs on TV and so on. Where is the constant, inescapable "Don't rape!" messaging? Why isn't it a thing? We have it for drunk driving and smoking and drugs. It'd be nice to have it for rape.
  • OK- I'll carve. Who wants squamous and who wants rugose?
  • Movie discussed on FanFare
  • People having disagreements in this thread fulfills one of the requirements of a Traditional Thanksgiving. You guys are the best. Now pass the green bean casserole.
  • Cthulhu fhyum.
  • That's typical of physics. In mathematics, we give them cozy little pigeonholes to nest in, all safe and sound.
  • Terrific post by Spectra. Horrible design on her website. Seriously, the pretty but very cluttering background picture PLUS the tiny default font size will mean many visitors (especially older ones who are more likely to have sight issues) will not read the post. If you want to circulate this (as I have), I suggest you link to her Facebook post which has the same content.
  • Just because Amazon et al would love nothing more than to get Black Friday going over here doesn't mean they will. Almost every comment I've heard about is basically FUCK OFF THIS IS NOT AMERICA
  • Occasionally, there are moments when I'm proud to be Danish. (Also, I believe my family - my can't-remember-how-many-grands-father, specifically - knew Ole Kirk Christiansen, and there are some old wooden building blocks in the family that have the raised pillar things on them (but are flat hollow on the bottom) which I've been told come from that connection. I do definitely know for sure that I have family working for LEGO now, though.)
  • Oh God. This is the problem with beloved authors. I am sad that PD James is dead, but she was 94. I am devastated that Adam Dalgliesh is dead.
  • Re mirrors: It strikes me that a significant and often-ignored part of it is that left/right and up/down are different sorts of direction. Left and right are relative to the way the observer is facing, up and down are not. This is because the usual way of changing the way you face is by turning around a vertical axis, i.e., walking around to face the opposite direction. You can blame gravity for this. But you can also change the way you face by performing a handstand. In this case you have reversed top and bottom, but not left and right. If you print the letter "R" on a piece of paper and hold it up to a mirror, it is reversed left and right because you have rotated it that way to face the mirror without even thinking about it. If you flip it vertically (around a horizontal axis) instead, it appears reversed top to bottom but not left to right--again, because you performed that rotation. When we see our image in the mirror, we perform a mental rotation around the vertical axis, i.e., we imagine ourselves walking around the mirror to the other side. It's not quite right, though, because our wedding ring is now on the wrong hand, and why would a mirror arbitrarily perform that trick? A better way to picture how a mirror reflects an image is to imagine a rubber version of yourself running full speed into a mirror so fast that you reverse yourself front to back. The first parts of your body to hit the mirror, like your nose and toes, stick to the mirror, and your back parts continue on through until you are reversed.
  • Well, studies show that nearly 40% of so-called sick days take place on a Friday or a Monday. Isn't that just what we'd expect under a null model anyway? There are only five weekdays, and 2/5 = 40%.
  • Seriously one of the funniest movies ever made. Perfect casting, writing, and production. Endlessly quotable.
  • What a wonderful post -- thanks! Worth mentioning, linking, and watching (even though they may be buried within one of the playlists linked above): The Keeper (live in Paris) Short KCRW session from last year I passed up the chance to see him the last time he played a live show in NYC (not just a DJ set, like the one coming up in February), and won't make that same mistake twice.
  • Since the force of gravity is dependent on distance, an object inside the hollow moon near the shell would fall toward the nearest part of the shell, would it not? The mass of the part of the shell that is closer is smaller than the mass of the part of the shell that is farther away.
  • She started by diving into PubMed—an online search engine for biomedical papers—hunting down everything she could on Charcot-Marie-Tooth. She hoped that her brief fling with a scientific education would carry her through. But with pre-med knowledge that had been gathering dust for 30 years and no formal training in genetics, Kim quickly ran head first into a wall of unfamiliar concepts and impenetrable jargon. "It was like reading Chinese," she says.
  • And on a more directly related note, this is a lovely little essay.
  • heyho, thanks for the birthday wishes! Also, before I was vegan, we made a goose one year because we were curious. Talk about the red meat of the poultry kingdom. I wanted to like it but I just didn't.
  • Quite frankly, I'm surprised how many people in here thought the president's admonition against getting drunk was directed at the MEN. Because believe me, it almost never is.
  • Gardner of course influenced so many people, many of them now well-known mathematicians and physicists, that there is Gathering for Gardner, "a conference, a foundation, and a community of people who have a strong personal connection to Martin Gardner."
  • That's not a duck, that's a (stuffed) loon!
  • Sure, LEGO was great in the '70s, but more recently... Well really, Lego still makes the general sets, you can buy them on their website and -- get this! -- they're much more reasonably priced relative to what you get than the licensed ones. You can get a pack of 600 or so bricks for around $30.
  • Although on one hand I am glad the move failed Actually, it was partially successful, as indicated in the article: It is now the fourth Thursday instead of the last Thursday in November. No more November 30th Thanksgivings, which is what started the whole thing.
  • Happy birthday, Kitteh!
  • >> I'm still uncomfortable with the kneejerk defense of getting publicly wasted as the inalienable right if not duty of college freshmen. > > I don't see where this is occurring. It's all in the eye of the beholder. Mine see it occur in any comment that (hilariously) morphs linking on-campus drinking and on-campus rape into victim blaming. But you can leave that aside because msalt did not say "here in this thread" and it's a very well known phenomenon generally. I have not forgotten the orgy of victim-blaming accusations thrown last year at Emily Yoffe for her Slate column calling out the very well established connection for college women between heavy alcohol consumption and getting sexually assaulted. I have also not forgotten Amanda Hess's response, which included the self-contradictory claim Rape is a societal problem, not a self-help issue. Parents can tell their own daughters not to get drunk, but even if those women follow instructions, it won't keep other people's daughters safe. Self-contradictory, obviously, because if those well-advised women do follow their parents' advice and it keeps them unraped, or some of them unraped, or even a single one of them unraped, that alone is enough to make campus rape both a societal problem and a self-help issue. Frankly, any parents who fail to tell their college-bound daughter "In the first place don't drink yourself blotto, period. And most especially don't drink yourself blotto at mixed-sex parties" should have their daughter taken away from them for negligence by state social workers. That exact advice might keep one daughter unraped. And that chance, all by itself, is very much more that enough to justify giving the advice, in the face of any number of claims that it should not be given because it might be taken to support victim-blaming. That's lunacy on exactly the same level as opposing vaccination. In the old but still very useful TV catch phrase, "Talk to the hand, because the face ain't listening." N.b. in the interest of keeping my children alive I certainly did teach then that there were things they could do to avoid being hit by a drunk driver, and that they should do them. Be alert for other cars drivng erratically, or speeding, or making dumb mistakes. (Oh, that one that had to stop and back up because it went the wrong way down a one way street? Drunk-o, ninety percent chance, keep your distance.) Driving at night, in a college town? Drive as if half the other drivers are drunk. On a big game weekend? Strike "half," substitute "all." There's quite a bit more and we covered every point repeatedly. Sure drunk driving is a societal problem. But if the take-away from that is supposed to be that there's nothing individual sober drivers can do to avoid drunkies, or that it's somehow wrong to do them, or wrong of me to teach them to my own young drivers then... y'know, pfui. Talk to the hand. > See, the problem is that every day of my life, I do what I can to protect myself from rape. Well, you're likely to get called evil for that, certainly on tumblr and very possibly right here, specifically due to your having this attitude that promotes victim-blaming ("there's something she could have done, and she didn't do it") and more generally for being so imperfectly communitarian in thinking that rape might be an individual problem for you rather than only and exclusively a societal problem for all of us.
  • I love how a well-reasoned response can so politely and effectively say, "You're a doofus who doesn't have the slightest grasp on the underlying issues."
  • I think it's also only fair to warn the rest of the world, that, like kudzu, brick-and-mortar Black "Friday" has predictably already spread to include much of Thursday in the U.S. And of course, Black Friday has been on all week at some online retailers. I try to avoid buying anything, even basic necessities, during this hideous event since any random dollar I spend on, say, dishwashing liquid just encourages them.
  • If there was a way to do it without victim-blaming, I think it would be worth having a (much more careful and nuanced) discussion about alcohol and campus rape culture. I truly don't believe that casual sex has any place in this discussion.
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  • Oh good, something to fight about over thanksgiving dinner, I needed that.
  • You guys just need to convince the Premier League to bump the Europa League off TV on Thursday and you'll have it.
  • We mustn't forget Krampus, it's that time of year (yeah I know it's a guy in a costume).
  • I guess I could make that a little more qualitative: if you have an arrangement of masses and a plane through the c. o. g., removing mass from one side of the space divided by the plane will cause the c. o. g. to move out of that plane into the space on the other side. In the situation here, as we remove liquid from the top surface, redrawing the plane through the c. o. g. at each step, the c. o. g. will progress downward until the only mass left to remove is on the other side of the c. o. g. plane, at which point the c. o. g. will start back up. Therefore, the lowest point of the c. o. g. is where it passes through the surface of the liquid.
  • I saw this earlier on Facebook, and I am totally in agreement with the sentiment, and am envious of Spectra's ability to so clearly and powerfully express a sentiment I had been struggling to formulate at all.
  • Maybe everything is a fake. What about that? "Nothing is true, everything is permitted."
  • Hold the line Australia. *scampers off to the Steam store*
  • The president is right, but he should have qualified his suggestions since they are not the entirety of the problem and to assure victims they aren't to be blamed if they don't do these things. Anyway, nobody ever listens to the college president.
  • I never before considered that racists could have sense talked into them. I will try to do better.
  • I remember reading that issue with Courtney Ross and the Saturnine analog and Kitty when it came out, and I have to admit, I didn't see it either, but it sure is there. (I mean, I got she was seducing her into being less good, but the sexual side went right over my head.)
  • Loved it.
  • If the bathtub were moving near the speed of light, all the water would splash out.
  • . ... and thoughts with Sean Abbott too. No one can have the remotest idea what he must be going through. "Why does a death in sport hit us so hard?"
  • I've never really felt the need to self select due to political views; I do it enough based on other cultural factors as it is. I have outright Tea Partiers on my friends list, because we're actual friends. We may vehemently disagree when it comes to political matters, but we can usually talk it out. The rest of the time, I just unfollow the when they go into a huge tear on something like Gun Rights or Ferguson. Their views may not be my views, and they deserve the right to do their venting as well. So it's greatly ironic that the only person who I have blocked due to political views was a fellow Leftist - who turned out to be a genuine bully, and tried bullying me on a particular political view. I'm not down with that at all, so they unceremoniously got the boot.
  • Of course there are things women can do to protect themselves from rape; I think most women are painfully conscious of that fact, and lecturing them about it really doesn't help them at all. In fact, based on lots of testimony (including many AskMes), stressing that women should protect themselves tends to make victims of rape feel complicit, since they have been told it's their job to protect themselves. That's called "personal responsibility." Weirdly, at the same time, as seen in the UVA thread, society makes excuses for the rapists instead of holding them solely responsible. Yeah, college women probably shouldn't get drunk, especially at mixed-sex parties, but college men definitely shouldn't be raping women, yet that message somehow can't be said while the first is endlessly harped upon. Why would that be? I'd guess the answer is that society is mysogynist down to it's roots, but I'll entertain other suggestions as to why we tolerate rapists so much more than rape victims.
  • Well, so long as photographs tend to be edited in Adobe Photoshop or GIMP (raster image editors) or sent through rasterized image formats, I think pixels are pretty relevant.
  • It's also quite odd seeing people try to mobilize virtue ethics in this way, even though the move should be familiar as a kind of boilerplate move in conservative intellectual circles in the humanities. Agree completely. The squishiness of virtue ethics is a feature not a bug. It's based entirely on the individual and really supplemental to other ethical systems. There's no one set of "virtues" that define it, so one person's virtues are not universally applicable to every other person. As the editors rightly point out, offering abstinence as a curative to sexual assault ignores modern social mores and is therefore an unrealistic solution, however much it's offered in good faith. There's absolutely nothing wrong with recommending caution in potentially risky situations, but precaution is always situational, and consent should always take primacy in such discussions. A better appeal to virtue would be not to fucking rape somebody.
  • The crow, with the empty chair and the antlers, it feels to me like these are all supposed to be symbolic. Like this is a photo of when he pledged membership to the lodge.
  • Bonobo's great. I've been listening to a lot of The North Borders recently, and heard it a fair amount up at the ski hill coming out of cars too. He even came and played a DJ set in our little mountain town, but I was unfortunately away. Thanks for the huge list, I know what I'll be listening to at work the next couple of days.
  • Here's Adam Dalgliesh's reaction to the news: "He told himself that she had probably given pleasure to more people with her mysteries than he had with his poetry. And if the pleasure was different in kind, who was to say that one was inferior to the other? She had at least respected the English language and used it as well as lay in her power. In an age rapidly becoming illiterate that was something." (from Original Sin, 1994)
  • For some reason before the news broke yesterday I had been thinking about a one-dayer I remember from the mid 80s, where two or three batters took balls to the head. Helmets weren't so commonplace then. I was only about eight but I still remember Larry Gomes spitting teeth on the pitch. I figured that the ubiquity of helmets meant that sort of thing would never happen again. Horrible business. . Google's front page has a lovely touch right now.
  • I feel about Boxing Day/Week the way it sounds like a lot of people feel about Black Friday. I guess because it hasn't really taken hold yet in Canada, it doesn't have the same 'Let's all start shopping, ready...set...GO!' influence yet that it (apparently?) has in the US. Which, yeah, is gross. There's nothing wrong with wanting to purchase things when they are on sale vs. when they are not on sale. But when it becomes a tradition and a cultural institution instead of just a bunch of sales, I agree it's not good for society. That said, that Boxing Day's motives are ostensibly more pure than Black Friday's doesn't make it any better culturally. Immediately after the greediest day of the year (Christmas), it tries to reignite the greed while luring people to buy things they are in even less of a position to afford after overspending at Christmas, putting them into debt and further enslaving them to the system.
  • Massive fan of Bonobo. Not to say his later stuff isn't great (because it is) but I much prefer his early stuff that seemed to spring from the late 90s early 00's super chill/relaxed and playful genre that seemed to pop up (See: Air's Moon Safari, Hint's Portakabin Fever and Bent's The Everlasting Blink to name a few). His live cover of Nothing Owed is one of my alltime favourite tracks. Awesome, awesome post. More peeps need to listen to Bonobo.
  • That's an amazing story! It also serves as a reminder of just how little we actually know about our genetic code.
  • We all are much better off with retail promotions than eating turkey, dressing, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is an epicurean monstrosity. If we were eating better food there would be fewer arguments with our relatives.
  • The President's statement was idiotic and of the the wrong century, much less the wrong decade. I'm still uncomfortable with the kneejerk defense of getting publicly wasted as the inalienable right if not duty of college freshmen. Completely aside from the issue of sexual assault, there is nothing appropriate or gained by passing out in public. This culture that finds it OK for anyone to push alcohol (or drugs) on inexperienced people because it's "funny" or crazy", where a large group chanting "shots! shots! shots! " or "chug!", drinking games is normal -- no. It's coercive and even more closely tied to other crimes (DUII, regular assault, robbery) than sexual assault. And a lot of discussion about UVA said that Rugby Row frats known to foster rape culture still drew huge crowds of freshman "because that's the only place undergrads could drink", and you had to allow it because "if you don't, they'll just go to parties off cacmpus." No. Just, no.
  • I'd like to see the President's idea on how to teach his male students not to be rapists, identify the ones that are, and hold them responsible. instead of making the responsibility for avoiding rape a woman's duty, maybe we could make the responsibility for not being a rapist (as well as covering for rapists) a man's duty. I've never understood what's so hard about teaching a male, as he grows up, that "Hey, the girls and the women of the world are people and individuals too. Treat them like you would want to be treated. Be a good person. Don't have sex with someone who isn't 100% on board with having sex with you." (Though it honestly doesn't help when other women, same-aged and older, are calling women and girls sluts and whores. I actually had to roll my eyes at Bette Midler calling teenager Arianna Grande a "whore" at the AMAs. Or Sinead O'Connor chastising Miley Cyrus. My eyes ought be permanently stuck in the back of my head by now. )
  • It might be difficult for a North American sports fan to fathom but to really appreciate the impact of cricket ball you need to know that it is harder, heavier, smaller and less predictable than a baseball.
  • This is the kicker:
    Kitty Pryde wasn't straight. She likely never had been. I... was not straight. I likely never had been. Moreover, it was probably perfectly obvious to dozens of people in my life that I was a complete idiot. A complete, closeted, idiot. I looked across the room at Rogue, smiling at me from the Jim Lee poster. She looked so cocky, so confident. She also looked really hot, goofy hair notwithstanding. I wiped my eyes and said it. I looked Rogue in the eye and managed a whisper. "I think I'm gay." She kept smiling.
  • It was linked in another thread, but - the first take of Donnie Osmond dancing in "White and Nerdy" is hysterical. Apparently Al had no idea what he was doing behind him until they were watching the footage after and laughed hysterically and said "I have no notes, this is perfect."
  • Yeah; I read the news of his death this morning and it's the only time in recent memory that reading a news item has involuntarily made me swear out loud. For some reason I always assumed he'd make a recovery. I'll remember his last wicket stand with Ashton Agar (no matter how painful as an Englishman that was) and I'll remember the first time I saw him bat, this long-rumoured prodigy from Australia, playing for Middlesex back in 2009, when he carved out a quick century pretty much entirely through the off-side. He seemed one of the good guys.
  • "An anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) /ˈæzboʊ/ is a civil order made in the United Kingdom against a person who has been shown, on the balance of evidence, to have engaged in anti-social behaviour."
    -Wikipedia
  • . A tragedy and poor Sean Abbott.
  • Was priceless when she recently visited Australia - she being a physicist and all and our prime minister being so anti science and all ("To a conservative, intuition is as important as reasoning, instinct as important as intellect"). Merkel wanted to visit NICTA - National ICT Australia - the folks who among other things invented - WiFi. Only to discover that our prime boob had defunded NICTA to a fairly alarming extent. Awkwardness ensues.
  • The thanksgiving thing just really, really isn't true. I've hosted them here for my american friends, because they seem to get all wilty and sad if they don't have one, but the idea that it's got any sort of traction within the UK population is just, well, bollocks.
  • Wow KathrynT. Good luck to you and yours finding a treatment plan.
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  • As good a place as any to link to W. Kamau Bell's Vanity Fair article, On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014:
    By the time I found a late-night convenience store, I had passed a few—by my eye—unsavory characters of all races. So, as I walked in the store I had to take some precautionary action. For starters, I took the hood down. I took it down even though my afro had become a flat-fro from being squashed underneath. I didn't touch anything that I wasn't absolutely sure I was going to buy. (Just like my mom had taught me.) I kept my hands out of my pockets with palms clearly visible so the clerk behind the counter could easily see that I wasn't shoving things in—or maybe more importantly about to pull something out of—my pockets. And as soon as I decided on an It's It ice-cream sandwich, I went directly to the counter and gingerly placed my selection down, again keeping my palms visible and only making the movements I needed to get the money out of my wallet.
    I've never heard of not even touching things. Geez, we're playing a fucked-up game.
  • I grew up on so many of her books; Devices & Desires (made into a BBC series!) was always my favourite. And I had no idea she was a Baroness! .
  • She gave many pleasurable, and also a lot to think about with her sociological inquiries. Her books are also among the few objects of popular culture around which readers across the political spectrum can find commonality as well as constructive disagreement.
  • In case you need a refresher...
  • Looks like the bear photo is actually quite recent. The watermark belongs to Yulia Otto, who takes lots of photos of kids. Great photo though!
  • This kind of immigrant-meets-Thanksgiving essay is a newspaper staple this time of year. As the daughter of immigrants, I eat them up (pun intended) and never tire of them. No matter what country the immigrants are from (the Philippines, Iran, Vietnam, Poland, Brazil) I can always see some of my own family's experience reflected. That's one of the many reasons I love Thanksgiving so much.
  • *gibbers* Oops. I meant: *giblets*
  • I bet "Black Friday" sounds awesome in German.
  • Canadian Black Friday is extra terrible because our retail prices just aren't as low as they are in the US. We love copying American traditions, though, so people will line up outside of Best Buy tonight to buy a TV marked down to about what it would cost if they bought it in Buffalo instead.
  • I've noticed the US Thanksgiving menu is becoming more like the English xmas menu (with brussels and all) and that progression is positive. CURSE YOU JAMIE OLIVER!!!
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  • Capitalism is like a reverse King Midas, turning everything it touches into shit.
  • The clue to most of them is in what information is not given. For instance, he doesn't specify the thickness of the moon's shell.
  • I thought about posting this, but then I decided it was too foul for mortal eyes to gaze upon. "Liveliest awfulness" indeed.
  • I just re-read all of the Uncanny X-Men -- all of it -- over the course of a couple of months, thanks to cough cough hack wheeze finding them suddenly on my iPad as though placed there by the hand of God. And while I definitely had memories of Claremont as an ahead-of-his-time, woman-friendly, girl-power writer... and while those memories held up... when you read his entire run(s) in a huge chunk, there's a scarily prevalent theme of setting up strong, intelligent, independent women, but then having them get inevitably mind-controlled to be the puppet-slave of a domineering man. You can almost set your X-Watch to it. So I've kind of got a revisionist view of the revisionist view of Claremont. He sets up a lot of great women characters, yes, but can't seem to resist an inevitable mind-control plot that turns them into the pawn of a powerful male ego (or disembodied entity, in Malice's case). So I've gone from fuck yeah Claremont to oooookay Claremont in the course of the last while. In the grand scheme of things, I think he's done way more good for comics than harm for comics, but... yeah.
  • In the other Ferguson thread, for example, you had multiple people writing that they were crying. It's totally irrelevant, but it shows how good, sensitive and warmhearted they are. This is kind of a weird thing to say. Maybe they were genuinely touched and crying, and wanted to share their experiences with people who felt similarly. Many people deal with grief by sharing it with others who are grieving. I don't see how it's irrelevant at all. Your implication that people were saying those sorts of things to draw attention to themselves or as some sort of posturing is pretty uncharitable and mean-spirited.
  • They always bring out an hitherto unseen bully in me. I just want to dump their books while shouting YOU KNOW NOTHING OF THE PRACTICTES OF THE SYMPOSIUM AS DINNER PARTY. TRY EXTRAPOLATING A MORAL AND ETHICAL FRAMEWORK FROM SOMETHING WRITTEN IN THE LAST THOUSAND YEARS. It's also fun to ask them if, since they think Plato is such a good guide to behavior, that they also subscribe to his ideas about the proper role of women and boys in a man's sex life. You could also ask their opinion of whether they agree with Plato's assessment of Alcibiades' hotness, if you prefer to avoid reinforcing heterosexual panic.
  • (I also recognize that emotions in the US and in this thread are pretty high, and right now this thread is probably not a great time to be debating nuances or finer points, or presenting a differing opinion).
  • 1) Thursday? What? Obviously a long weekend is superior. If you aren't working in retail hell, then it is a long weekend as well as the Canadian one.
  • 1/6th of Britain is American? Plans of global domination going better than expected. I've been to a Thanksgiving in England. There was maybe three or four people from the US, and another ten or more from England and elsewhere. England used to have a strong Harvest Festival tradition, which is where Thanksgiving really comes from, but I'm not sure what happened to it. It was coopted by the church and so most people don't take part anymore. As for Black Friday, that's just promoted by the shops for the sake of profits.
  • > I never before considered that racists could have sense talked into them. I suppose that, statistically-speaking, this must have happened at some point on the internet.
  • Cricket helmets and a dangerous kind of complacency Risk compensation in action. Oh, and . A sad day for cricket.
  • I admire how she handled Dalgliesh's (lack of )aging. I had wondered what she would do as time passed and his having been a child during WWII became more problematic; somehow she made it work.
  • That final paragraph is dead on. Loved this.
  • we need to start celebrating "Galileo Day" or "Da Vinci Day" instead. It can literally be any Italian so why not have an Isabella Rossilini day parade?
  • Please post any similarly useful resources you run across. One of the best I've found for dispelling the idea that Brown's testimony is plausible is this chart from PBS showing the discrepancies in eyewitness testimony of the shooting. E.g. only 2 of the witnesses said Brown didn't have his hands up, when 16 said he did. Of course, this is only about the one incident, not the broader systemic issues. And then of course there's White People rioting over stupid shit. These won't permanently change anyone's mind, but it at least hammers cracks in their convictions.
  • "If you are thinking of tackling the full Thanksgiving feast, it's time to get organised. In fact, given the prep and number of side dishes (cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes) you might be better off bending the rules and serving your "Britsgiving" at the weekend instead of today." Apart from the green-bean casserole, that's basically Christmas dinner, so I'll probably serve it on 25th December instead of today. It's not that British people are celebrating Thanksgiving, rather it's Americans living in Britain, as the article says. Which is lovely, but not the same thing. (What's the Thanksgiving equivalent of "Bah, humbug?")
  • From the FPP: "To put things into perspective, here's an excellent infographic breaking down the lack of diversity in the top 100 sci-fi and fantasy films ever made. There are eight protagonists of colour on that list, and six of them are Will Smith." Anybody who wondered why it was such a big deal that boxofficemojo shut down, check the fine print of that infographic.
  • I have been both comforted and a bit discomfited to note that pretty much no one on my feed has been saying racist crap in response to Ferguson. I really live in a bubble, I guess. I have been pushing back when I see stuff on the margins, and the response has been pretty much "huh, good point." So I guess I'm lucky, but it's also a reminder of how narrow my circles actually are.
  • For most people it's not about changing other people's views, it's about making a statement about themselves. In the other Ferguson thread, for example, you had multiple people writing that they were crying. It's totally irrelevant, but it shows how good, sensitive and warmhearted they are.
  • Save me a wing! We could extend the concept with a savory shoggoth jello salad.
  • /points at people who said it was fake Ha ha!
  • Perhaps it's uncharitable of me, but whenever I see shit like this, I wonder how many women the speaker raped in college. He would never CALL it that, of course - but if the definition of rape is updated to reflect, ya know, reality, suddenly he's a rapist, and he CAN'T be a rapist, so everyone else must just be wrong!
  • Two missiles speed directly toward each other, one at 9,000 miles per hour and the other at 21,000 miles per hour. They start 1,317 miles apart. Without using pencil and paper, calculate how far apart they are one minute before they collide. 250 miles. (21000/60) + (9000/60) / 2. (I did this with a computer, no paper) Don't divide by two. The two combined travel at 30,000 miles per hour, therefore they are (30000/60) miles apart one minute before collision.
  • Sad story. Hard to believe they once played without helmets. (I believe that is also true of ice hockey goalkeepers). A friend who is a professional cricketer told me of an occasion when a batsman slogged the ball and knocked out one of the fielders. An ambulance arrived to take the fielder away. The batsman was standing forlornly at the crease on his own so my friend went over to chat with him, saying "Bad business ... can't be helped ... could have happened to anyone". The batsman said pensively "Yes ... I think it would have gone for four .... "
  • I think the only interaction I've had with someone saying outright racist things was just a person I did not know commenting on one of my relative's posts about the event. They were the type of person who immediantly admitted that they were racist and were seemingly proud of that fact. They were also they type of person who slung homophobic slurs at the person they were arguing with, and insisted that they were a "real American." I'm quite glad that I do not see this activity very often at all, but it did remind me that I've been in a bubble for many years which has sort of made me associate this sort of behavior as stuff that happens "elsewhere." I think many people might actually have attitudes like this, and some might come to the conclusion that because they don't see these behaviors in their daily lives those attitudes must have disappeared. I am quite sure that trying to change the viewpoint of the aforemented commenter would have been very difficult to impossible, but the fact that he was engaged by at least one other person may make other people who see those comments realize that these types of stances on race still persist today, and might rethink their attitudes towards events like Ferguson.
  • Women need to do what they can to protect themselves from rape. Unless you want women to consider every single male as being a potential rapist and have women just assuming all guys are just soulless dummies incapable of empathy who just want sex no matter how they can get it and are inherently too untrustworthy to be around women at all, then I think the onus should be on men to not be rapists and for the men to think deeply about what constitutes rape and be sure they aren't doing that or coercing someone into unwanted sex.
  • Me too, liz. How many girls did he get drunk and go to town on in his college days?
  • I initially perceived the advice to limit alcohol consumption and casual sex as the president's idea on how to teach his male students not to be rapists. Even if we charitably assume that the assumptions here are different than they usually are when these "explanations" of sexual assault crop up, they don't make much sense. Is the premise that drinking makes men more likely to sexually assault someone? Or that enjoying or seeking casual sex leads directly to perpetrating sexual assault? Given the long history of marital rape, the line about "commitment"as an antidote to rape doesn't hold up very well, either. Historically, that's been used to shame victims rather than to condemn rapists. Agree completely. The squishiness of virtue ethics is a feature not a bug. It's based entirely on the individual and really supplemental to other ethical systems. There's no one set of "virtues" that define it, so one person's virtues are not universally applicable to every other person. And it's almost always employed in the context of Greek philosophy, as here, with the implication that some sort of once-dominant, old-fashioned Western values has been lost and must be reasserted. Naturally, these takes on virtue ethics aren't often informed by the way the ancients actually behaved. As you say, they're more like empty, "squishy" boxes for the speaker's particular convictions. Functionally, it's usually the sophisticate's version of the just world fallacy.
  • I was into this until they went all LOLNAZI. Because six million Jews, AMIRITE? What does the Third Reich have to do with Lovecraft, anyway? I read he was a homophobe, but was he an anti-Semite as well? Or is this just people being insensitive and dull?
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  • Oh lord they eat the counselors too I'm dying
  • I was just wondering that if there are "stupid riots" then does that mean there are "smart" or "justified" riots? Was the violence (against property and so on) justified? Let me be more clear. Rioting about a sports team or pumpkins IS stupid. Rioting about massive injustice is not stupid.
  • . He was very highly regarded in the cricketing world. This Sunday would have been his 26th birthday.
  • Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, which is manifestly an economic thing, but since fewer people actually get a harvest anymore, substituting that with a "harvest" of deals to get the economy going honestly isn't the worst thing ever.
  • P.M. has a critical typo: a mirror flips handedness because if you hold up your left hand, your reflection holds up their hand should say: a mirror flips handedness because if you hold up your left hand, your reflection holds up their right hand To be really pedantic we ought to specify a flat mirror. A curved mirror is a little different. For holiday fun take the spoon at the dinner table and look at your reflection in the convex side then flip the spoon around to the concave side and see your reflection go upside down and tell your drunken relatives about the amazing discovery you just made!
  • What a great way to wrap up Thankgiving hangouts -- thanks so much for pointing this out!
  • "We're not gonna jump you, we're in Westwood!" I LOL'd. Accurate and sharp: just how I like my clever videos pointing out racism.
  • Black Friday has got to be one of the shittiest inventions of the past 50 years. It's a weird cultural thing. I can see using the sales as a chance to pick up something you need anyway (personally I'm keeping an eye on laptop sales), but lining up in the middle of the night and then trampling each other in a mad rush to pile some random stuff in your cart makes no sense to me. If other countries want to create some kind of syncretic holiday that borrows from the US Thanksgiving, more power to them. We've created weird secular versions of all kinds of real and invented holidays, so it's only fair that we return the favor. Personally I'd argue that there are far better American culinary traditions to be borrowing from if you really want a US-based holiday but there are worse, too; most Thanksgiving food is bland but satisfying crowd-pleaser food that is perfect for large groups, and it's mostly easy, though time consuming, to make.
  • Just an awfully tragic thing to happen. Pretty much everyone in Australia remains in shock about it, be they close followers of cricket or just casual observers. .
  • Speaking of Addams Family Values, I guess this as good a place as any to post the new A Tribe Called Red track that dropped today.
  • . for my mother, who loved her books and Ruth Rendell's and those of a good few other female mystery authors.
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  • howfar, thank you for introducing me to the word 'fuckeuology'. What a useful term.
  • From TFA:
    But Kim was never one for relying on others. She tried a support group when she got her implant, but it did nothing for her. She dipped her toes in patient forums, but was always frustrated by the rampant misinformation. "People just weren't interpreting things correctly," Kim says. "I wanted more rigor."
    OMG so much this. My eight-year-old daughter has Fructose Malabsorption Disorder, an unusual set of digestive intolerances that caused horrifying constipation, failure to gain weight, and hair loss and mouth sores from malnutrition until we got it diagnosed a little more than a year ago and which can only be treated with a very restrictive diet. Not very much is known about the condition; our pediatrican asked me to write a summary of everything that works for us and doesn't, saying "In the absence of solid data, I'm trying to build up a library of anecdotes." The most guidance I could get from a dietician was "you just have to trial in everything and see what works and what doesn't," except nobody could even tell me what the latency period would be between eating something bad and developing symptoms, or how much time symptom-free meant that a food was reliably safe. So I looked for an internet group, obviously. The one I'm in is pretty good; at least they all have experience with the condition and can supply their own lived-experience anecdotes. But the scientific illiteracy and general lack of rigor is just so terrible, from people self-diagnosing SIBO and treating it with essential oils to people insisting that honey (55% fructose, same as HFCS) is fine for their child "because it's all natural" but corn syrup made from GMO corn (less than 1% fructose) is not. People claiming that their child's FM was caused by vaccines, despite the fact that they don't vaccinate; they blame it on epigenetics from the vaccines THEY received as children. This is a very frustrating condition to manage, particularly if you're a "just show me the science!" person like I am, because there just ISN'T that much science. But surely we can do better than woo and bullshit! in conclusion, if anyone knows of a group that's like "fructose malabsorption disorder support and discussion where almost everyone is a biochemist," that would be great
  • I think every Dane knows someone who works for LEGO, Dysk ;)
  • I fully support adding another day of no work, eating and drinking too much, and passing out early from post-meal exhaustion to the calendar for any country that wishes to join in. Black Friday is a separate matter entirely and I don't acknowledge it.
  • In Canada, the name "Lakota" conjures up images of Don Cherry and Cold F/X "cold medication."
  • The Indy, without any forensic investigation at all, eventually established this by the frankly cheaty method of phoning LEGO and asking.
  • It's not that British people are celebrating Thanksgiving, rather it's Americans living in Britain 1/6th of Britain is American? Plans of global domination going better than expected.
  • The Lion! (yes, Lion) "Hey, let's take a picture of us putting the baby in the baby disposal!"
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  • There comes a time when every scientist, even God, has to write off an experiment. P. D. James was a bit of a cynic. .
  • Ugh, why do I always expect the comments in the guardian to not be cesspool of idiocy? Today I'm truly thankful for metafilter.
  • The short Indy article about it is worth a look.
  • Everything about this screams "Onion Parody": the bowtie-sporting, Eurocentric-value spewing president with a Roman numeral appended to his name, who hauls Plato into the first paragraph of his argument as an exemplar of sexual restraint, drops mid-20th century, pre-multicultural terms like "virtue" into the mix, and closes his diatribe with a reference to the male-female gender binary. Right-wing critics of education, you've found your spokesman.
  • ... or bring about a glorious new world!
  • I saw this around a few days ago and my immediate thought was "that certainly looks like a modern word processor document rather than something 40 years old." Then I decided not to spend any further time thinking about it because internet detectives were probably on it and I would hear the verdict on metafilter one way or another.
  • Zeno proved the missiles never collide. This is why real scientists know that Missile Defense is an expensive unworkable boondoggle.
  • I initially perceived the advice to limit alcohol consumption and casual sex as the president's idea on how to teach his male students not to be rapists. Except, as the student editorial pointed out, casual sex is irrelevant to the issue of rape and puts the emphasis on "rape as sex" rather than "rape as violence." There is a really short road between "causal sex is a bad idea" and "women have to withhold sex to keep men in line," making it once again "women's fault" (also making it really cis- and hetero-normative, but that's maybe a different argument for another time). If the President really meant to address the male students, he would have stressed that they shouldn't expect sex as a right -- not during a drunken encounter, not after x dates, not after a series of mutually satisfactory sexual encounters -- none of that is really part of a "casual sex" culture; it's part of a culture that does not respect women as autonomous people who can make decisions.
  • > What was the pre-Hitler equivalent? I think it was actually the Spanish, e.g. "Remember the Maine!". At least that's who I remember T. Herman Zweibel railing against.
  • I lived for a while in east London, in the heart of the old Kray territory and still infested with a lot of villany. A family member was a barmaid in one of the pubs known for its criminal clientèle (The Cock on East Ham High Street), and while I had the usual massive middle class horror of such things I did know a few of them through her. The integration of the demimonde with the law-abiding was surprisingly complex, especially to someone like me who had previously had almost no contact with career criminals. It's hard to accept, but there was a lot of status among the working class in being part of a known family, or being involved in the business in some way. People, especially the elderly, talked with a mixture of horror and pride about the exploits of even the nastiest thugs of the past. Some of that was a reaction to modern East Ham trends, with the sense that wave after wave of immigrants had dispossessed the white working class of control of its own society, and some of it was in reaction to perceptions of persecution and repression by police and corrupt politicians both local and national. There was - is - a lot of poverty and violence, and kudos for those who succeed, outside the rules or not. And knowing someone who'd be able to sort out a problem for you where the law couldn't or wouldn't get involved had a lot of practical value, and could even save your life. The gangsters had real local celebrity, and not through the romanticised misapprehension of what they were really like and what they really did. The way the media glommed onto this, and the way that outsider elites emjoyed being seen to mix with gang leaders, was and is extremely distatesful. Nobody should make a hero of violent psychopaths. But there are reasons why it happens, and they're not all due to fuckwittery.
  • I welcome the Europeans because Thanksgiving needs more Krampus.
  • From Richard Feynman's "Fun to Imagine" interview videos: Mirrors Then, "A harder one...What keeps a train on the track?" Trains
  • The Nameless Turkey from a dimension beyond that which mortals can comprehend, which brings madness to all who gaze upon its unholy visage.
  • Women need to do what they can to protect themselves from rape. That shouldn't be in any way a controversial statement, and that shouldn't be conflated with saying rape victims deserve to get raped. When it's the only message that is sent out, it absolutely is equivalent to saying that rape victims are complicit in their own rape. Imagine a campaign about drunk driving that focused solely on wearing your seatbelt to prevent serious injuries from being struck by a drunk driver, and staying off the roads entirely after midnight -- that's the state of sexual assault prevention messaging right now. Those are both good pieces of advice, although the "stay off the roads" part is unrealistic and overly restrictive, but they pale in comparison to the basic message of "Don't drive drunk."
  • Black Friday has got to be one of the shittiest inventions of the past 50 years. Celebrating buying toxic bullshit from corporations. It's not exactly a modern invention, but a new spin on an older phrase. Wikipedia takes the terminology back to 1961, to a phrase used by police officers who dealt with post-Thanksgiving traffic :
    For downtown merchants throughout the nation, the biggest shopping days normally are the two following Thanksgiving Day. Resulting traffic jams are an irksome problem to the police and, in Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday. Hardly a stimulus for good business, the problem was discussed by the merchants with their Deputy City Representative, Abe S. Rosen, one of the country's most experienced municipal PR executives. He recommended adoption of a positive approach which would convert Black Friday and Black Saturday to Big Friday and Big Saturday.
    The rebranding failed, but the re-imagining worked, when by the 1980s merchants looked at the year to date as operating on a loss, and the Christmas season, starting with Black Friday, got their books out of the red and into the black.
  • He moved the date to boost retail sales, and yet pro-business republicans called him a dictator. The more things change...
  • Good explanation with illustrations: Phillip Hughes' freak accident explained Conclusion of the article:
    "If you take away [bouncers] from the game it takes away that combative nature of cricket," Australian great Matthew Hayden told Triple M. "I know that we're not running into massive human men, but you actually just want to challenge yourself and Test cricket is called that for a reason – it tests everything. Added former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark: "As a fast bowler you've got to intimidate. That's part of the game. It's been a part of the game for a long period of time now and I hope it always will be."
  • "... I love the version of the Thanksgiving story in the movie Addams Family Values, because I get to see the Indians win." [SLGuardian]
  • Dear World: On behalf of the United States, I apologize. Again. Regards, Fellini
  • I'm sad to hear it, though I know she lived a long life. I have always liked PD James' writing and admired her as a person. It seems she was sharp right up until the end. A lot of people pooh-poohed her last novel, Death at Pemberley, but I thought it was good. She captured not only Austen's prose style but also something of her sensibility, particularly in her observations about human nature. .
  • We solved the soda can problem a long time ago on askme .
  • Imagine how this story would be different if she had been confessing her secret to a Rob Liefeld poster. She'd still be attracted to women, but also to tint absurd feet. That can't be easy.
  • Thanksgiving means pumpkin pie is REQUIRED. That is a good reason to adopt it.
  • Also that asbo thing is some fucked up governmental shit. You wouldn't be saying that if you were an old age pensioner, scared to leave your house because gangs of little savages terrorize you on a daily basis.
  • I want to know if the pigeons are spherical. The easiest way to think about the expanding donut is to consider that heat expansion is in proportion to the amount of metal being heated. The inside half of the ring has the least metal and will gain the least volume; the outside has the most and will be dragging the inside of the torus with it as it expands. Overall the outside is going to win and the hole will be larger.
  • Thanksgiving is a harvest holiday and as such is completely unobjectionable. Black Friday is a horrifying abomination, and if we export it, then we also need to export Buy Nothing Day. Maybe Small Business Saturday as well.
  • Here in Denmark, Black Friday is only an extra sales day (and an event at the American Embassy for posh people) the US Embassy in Denmark hosts a Black Friday formal dinner party/reception?!?!?
  • The consequence of constantly defining rape as only violent stranger rape is that we then were able to define a whole set of things as normal and basic perks of being male, like being able to have coercive and downright rapey sex without having it called or stigmatized as rape. That's a huge privilege that a lot of men have been benefiting from for a long time (and continue to do so). For the past two decades, most of us have known that acquaintance rape is more common than stranger rape. If men choose not to listen or defend themselves or pretend that's not true, that is their fault for not paying enough attention or caring. Honestly, how many Party of Five or Felicity episodes or pamphlets does it take? After all that, it's just willfully ignorant or stupid to pretend otherwise. These rapey guys seem to sniff out and look for technicalities wherever they can. (Also, how many questions on the green have we witnessed that are like "How do I get this girl to have NSA sex with me?" which is like "How do I manipulate her into letting me use her?" because he's not saying,"hey, can we have NSA sex?" Because he knows he'll have to risk getting a negative response. How about, hey, be blunt with your intentions and don't lead men/women on?) Sex shouldn't involve trickery or manipulation. How is that not obvious to anyone with a penis or vagina?
  • There's a definite generation gap on these issues, one that spotlights how recently and rapidly awareness of rape culture and sexual assault have come to the fore. For one thing, it certainly seems as if gross violations up to and including rape were effectively normalized far into the 20th century even in what were otherwise "liberal" contexts. Victims were silenced, and where they were not silent they were blamed. And to a significant portion of older generations, that's just how things "work;" that was the cost of interacting with "the boys" or with powerful men, and "wise" women didn't drink, or aim at certain careers, or go out unguarded. And if it happened in an otherwise "innocent" context, well, why did it happen to you and (supposedly) not to that (good, silent, demure) one over there? After all, it wouldn't do to shame these important, accomplished people for a mere...well, you get the ugly picture. It's also quite odd seeing people try to mobilize virtue ethics in this way, even though the move should be familiar as a kind of boilerplate move in conservative intellectual circles in the humanities. (Even weirder, Eastman's CV doesn't seem to indicate that he's a classicist by training.) Were he a bit more reflective, a bit wiser, a bit more competent and decent, he might well have written something less awful...or at least had the sense to listen and learn rather than deny and declare. The efforts suggested in the President's email and the efforts suggested in The Current article are not mutually exclusive. Why not do both? The President's arguments boil down to "don't get drunk and avoid casual sex, and then we'll have less sexual assault." He is blaming the victims here, and he's not even covering it with the usual, "it's unfair but practical" justification. He's outright calling these elements of bad moral character. That's what the language of "virtue" is all about. So, yes, the President's remarks would exclude the discussion the student paper opens up. He is, in the most literal sense imaginable, blaming the victims by implying that they are responsible for creating the conditions in which other people sexually assault them. These aren't neutral practices he's suggesting; he's telling victimized groups to stay in, get married, and stay sober...while victimizers need not listen to a word of it.
  • Claremont's always been pretty open about the sexuality of his characters, even if the Comics Code or Marvel's editors or whomever wasn't going to let him be particularly explicit about it. He intended for Colleen Wing to be bisexual (which his artistic partner of the time, John Byrne, had a problem with), and also Mystique and Destiny were lovers at one point. I generally agree with Shepherd; Claremont tended to write the same story, over and over (another favorite theme of his was riffing off of the Alien movies), and taken in aggregate they were more than a bit problematic. But I certainly don't fault someone for getting something positive out of the stories.
  • In the other Ferguson thread, for example, you had multiple people writing that they were crying. It's totally irrelevant, but it shows how good, sensitive and warmhearted they are. And what is the relevance this comment, and what are you trying to show with it?
  • Well done Curry's, I've been trying to sort out a hob from you for a month, finally able to sort installation, able to be at home, etc and your fuck me around with this, is your rationale that it's such a dickhead move that you will get lots of free press? I hope that makes up for anyone who takes my attitude which is never to visit your website again.
  • Wow. Just...wow. That is some impressively high-level crankery. Like all the best crankery, it has a grain of . . . not truth, obviously, but you can follow the trail. The current best understanding for fructmal is that the upregulation mechanism in the GLUT transport mechanisms in the gut is, for some reason, fructose-blind. That upregulation mechanism? It happens epigenetically, across generations of intestinal cells. (This is part of what makes it hard to study.) One of Wakefield's ideas in his initial shotgun of efforts to blame the MMR vaccine for something was that it caused intestinal inflammation and leaky gut syndrome. Add in confusion between cell epigenetics and organism epigenetics, plus the fact that this condition almost certainly has something to do with gut flora but we don't know what and Vaccines Kill Bacteria (which: no) and an infant's gut flora is thought to be colonized from its mother during childbirth, and you can see how someone practicing cargo-cult science could come to this conclusion.
  • Anyway, importing Thanksgiving into Britain and Ireland is slightly redundant because the functions of Thanksgiving (family, gluttony) in America are mostly taken up by Christmas, which is a bigger deal here. Also, the traditional January sales have moved closer and closer to Christmas so they now start the day after, so Black Friday already has an analogue in St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day (delete as applicable) too.
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  • Giving thanks just seems so culturally alien. If we're going to have a British version can it be something like Don't Like To Complain But Day? Or Best Not Grumble Thursday?
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  • A Tribe Called Red just put out Burn Your Village to the Ground for the holiday, and it's amazing. Oh man! Digging the hell out of this!
  • How many pixels do you really need to look at it when it's clearly in poorly word-processor-set Times New Roman? Might be time to rtfa.
  • Laughed out loud at that clip; willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and throw my entertainment dollars towards independent creators if and when the movie comes through Oakland. Thanks for posting this, quin!
  • Wut.
  • I love the questions, but I can do all the thought experiments I want and still be wrong (indeed I'm pretty sure I am.) What would amuse me would be to read the actual answers with explanations of why.
  • Thomas King wins Governor-General's Award for fiction In February, King won the British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. On Tuesday, he won the Governor-General's Literary Award for Fiction for The Back of the Turtle, his first novel in 15 years.

    In The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative, (Massey Lecture link here) Thomas King outlines the nineteenth-century fascination with and fabrication of "the literary Indian, the dying Indian, the imaginary construct."[i] These elaborations, King argues, reveal less about "authentic" Native identity than about a foundational "national fantasy," or what Daniel Francis has similarly examined as "the image of native people that White Canadians [have] manufactured." Tom King is also a noted Canadian/American humorist, and wrote and performed in the late, great Dead Dog Comedy Hour.
  • Head 'em up, goose 'em out! The good old days--when breasts were tasty and legs were ... tough.
  • I think she's on Canadian money as the Queen of Canada, not as "their Queen".
  • "there's something she could have done, and she didn't do it" turns quickly into "she didn't do it adequately" and it's just a way of saying "make sure he rapes the other girl".
  • when I search "personal responsibility" here it doesn't show up. Surprise.
  • The English colonies got their first breeds from Mexico via Europe, yes, but your phrasing does leave out a rather key part of the history.
  • I feel bad for the little girl; parakeets have really sharp claws!
  • Re mirrors: It strikes me that a significant and often-ignored part of it is that left/right and up/down are different sorts of direction. Left and right are relative to the way the observer is facing, up and down are not. Heck, just replace the mirror with another person standing facing you: that person has the same up/down as you, but different left/right.
  • Grangousier--is your singular purpose today to be as grumpy/negative/sarcastic as possible? Grousing about the coming Holidays and Black Friday are somewhat understandable--but--"Grateful for what, exactly?" is a sentiment that I can assure you is not widely held in either of the continents under discussion. Are some people beyond being grateful for anything, yes. But hardly a widely shared or universal sentiment. Not going to look up Pew, WHO, or other data bases but I feel confident about this.
  • The first annual Thanksgiving began in England in in 1606, to mark the failure of the Gunpowder Plot; it later became Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night celebrated on November 5th http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving#History
  • What I did not know is that Claremont included this sort of girl-on-girl sensuality in all of his comics, hiding it from the CCA as heterosexual female friendship. It wasn't until 1992 and Davis's fairly blatant art that I got the hint; actual straight women maybe don't feel this way about their friends. It was entirely possible, I realized slowly, that finger sucking and licking was not a strictly heterosexual activity among friends.
    Chris Claremont, the X-Men, Kitty Pryde, hiding in hindsight pretty blatant lesbian flirting from the Comics Code Authority and telling Rogue you think you might be gay by Sigrid Ellis, editor of Apex Magazine, the Queers Dig Timelords and Chicks Dig Comics anthologies as well as Image Comics' Pretty Deadly.
  • Counterpoint to the above: Snopes.
  • 1/6th of Britain is American? The "one in six" estimate was by Waitrose who, you know, sell food and don't do population surveys but ok. Ergo, the only really good thing about Christmas, so hells to the yes for two a year. Good point well made
  • Passages like this always made me wonder if P.D. James was a knitter. I've been unable to ascertain whether she was, but one thing is certain: that I'm glad she never turned that brilliant mind of hers to actual crime. She would have been all too successful at it.
  • This video tribute to him from Cricket Australia is really, really nice: http://youtu.be/YHL-qiz9y8Y.
  • You know, the guy didn't say why you shouldn't drink. If I were coming into this whole thing without ever having heard of the issue, I would assume he was advising students not to drink because they might commit sexual assault, not because they might be sexually assaulted. And frankly I think that's good advice. The casual sex comments are idiotic, though.
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  • Coca-colonialism!
  • I want to eat songpyeon now. I've never heard of them before, but they're dumplings, so I want to eat them. (And now I see that they're basically Korean mochi. I wouldn't necessarily call that a dumpling. Still want to eat them, though.)
  • I...don't really know how to express the queasiness I've been feeling this week about how the internet/social mediascape has been this perverse collision of BLACK FRIDAY and BLACK LIVES MATTER. It's like some sort of dark satirical absurdist alternative-present fiction that I've stepped into.
  • You know who really needed that insurance? This guy.
  • Also not a fake.
  • I wrote my college thesis in 1999/2000 on the unusual path of party formation in Germany (after WWII) and the CDU in particular: its postwar dominance and its apparent utter collapse in 1998-99 (after the retirement of Kohl and the scandals of Schauble). Merkel's name doesn't appear anywhere, and the next year I was like, "Wait, WHO is the party chairman? And it's a woman? And an EAST German?" I would have laughed if you'd suggested she'd be chancellor within five years and still in the top job a decade later. She is fascinating to me, because she is so unexpected, so opaque, and seems like such an odd fit for the CDU. She's also a certain kind of nerd dream come to life -- that if you are brilliant and hardworking, people will give you your due, even if your background isn't right, you dress funny, you aren't pretty, and you have little charisma. But that never actually happens outside of movies, so how does she do that? She's one of the people that I'm dead curious to read the first really comprehensive biography of, ten or twenty years after her death when there's some perspective on her achievements and her private papers have been available to researchers.
  • I already unfriended all my racist friends and relatives. Now I'm blocking OTHER people's friends. I'm sorry, but it's ridiculous to think you can change people's minds over facebook. My usual tack on facebook is to draw out crypto-racists until they say something blatantly racist or hateful. My goal is for people to know who they really are, because they're saying it with their real name. People who think they know them will find out where their friends really stand, and have to decide if they want to support that or not.
  • Here we go - Indistinct forms in aspic
  • Tortoises are vegetarians... mostly. Well, it's not like they have much choice in the matter. Kudzu could outrun them.
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  • Kinda weird not to link to the thread in question when the post is about it, so I have done so.
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  • You find these guys, it's always guys, sprinkled into certain upper echelons of WASPy well-heeled academic circles - monied family, shallow-read be-bow-tied reactionaries who consider themselves gentleman squires and classicists despite not seeming to know much about anything except that they know more than you. They always bring out an hitherto unseen bully in me. I just want to dump their books while shouting YOU KNOW NOTHING OF THE PRACTICTES OF THE SYMPOSIUM AS DINNER PARTY. TRY EXTRAPOLATING A MORAL AND ETHICAL FRAMEWORK FROM SOMETHING WRITTEN IN THE LAST THOUSAND YEARS.
  • I think most people assumed he would recover, even though it was clearly serious - it was a horrible shock to hear he was dead.
  • I don't see where this is occurring. Throughout discussions about the UVA rape, including the (surprisingly reasonable, aside from 2 trolls) comments on the original Rolling Stone article. Generally, it is just assumed that students have to and will drink, and that any attempts to limit that are foolish and unrealistic. It's a drunkenness culture on most campuses as well as a rape culture. For example, in this discussion: Why should an 18-year old woman have to run through a rape gauntlet just to get an alcoholic drink? To which I'd ask, why is it so important to make it easy for any 18-year old, male or female, to drink? At UVA, it it clearly linked in a very direct way to the rape culture, and one of the most obvious culpabilities of the UVA administration was their granting of an effective monopoly on (illegal) underage drinking to fraternities right on campus, in full view of everyone.
  • "Turkey drives" were an autumnal tradition from the 1800s to the early 1900s, and involved the overland strolling of flocks of turkeys from all corners of Vermont to their destination — and demise — in Boston.
  • I got a little teary-eyed while I was reading this. I haven't read a ton of the late '80s-early '90s Claremont stuff (I came to comics later), but looking at those scans...damn. That isn't subtext, that's just text. I'm amazed and happy that Claremont (and all of his collaborators - Davis, Neary, Oliver, and Orzechowski here) were able to sneak that in. Good for them, and good for Sigrid Ellis.
  • Poor pigeons.
  • Fuckeuology due. A cowardly deserter, a wartime looter, a violent thug and an unrepentant torturer who spent his later life dining out on giving pathetic suburban nothings a cheap frisson, all the while excusing and glamorising his crimes. Fuck you, Fraser, you dead piece of shit
  • Cthulhu, get in my belly! Body horror never looked so delicious.
  • Sure, LEGO was great in the '70s, but more recently... In the old days criticisms of Lego could be lots of different things, now they are just one big peice.
  • "As marketing blurb, it now seems oddly defensive and curiously drab, but laboured long-form copy was an accepted trope of the period; people had more time to kill back then" In the middle of a 4000 word article about the fine detail of the typesetting of a short note from a toy company. A fascinating 4000 word article, but still, the irony.
  • It's not that British people are celebrating Thanksgiving, rather it's Americans living in Britain We just got back from Thanksgiving dinner in a pub in Rotherhithe. There was us (New Zealanders), half a British indie rock band having a loud, bullshit conversation about Elbow vs. Coldplay and misogynistic song lyrics with an American singer songwriter, and a quartet of well brought up looking young college-aged American women who sat there speechless and shocked throughout much of the evening. Good pumpkin pie.
  • Reminds me of the "Don Logan" character in "Sexy Beast." Everyone was terrified of the little creep because he was so insanely violent.
  • Hah, that shows me. Well, it still looks fake.
  • Not only is a cricket ball smaller, harder, and heavier than a baseball, it's also thrown differently. Baseballs are generally pitched directly towards the batter's strike zone; they may swerve because of their spin, but the path is otherwise direct. A baseball batter who receives a bounced pitch is in a tactically advantageous position: such a pitch does not count as a "strike" and a batter struck by such a ball shall be awarded first base. The rules in cricket are different: balls are very often bowled so as to bounce before reaching the batsman. Part of the skill in bowling is to manage this bounce so that it ascends unpredictably. In fact, some bowlers have deliberately aimed repeated deliveries at the same patch of ground so as to create a damaged, non-uniform surface, which will deflect balls and make them harder to hit. Our American Cousins may not appreciate the fact that "bouncers" are meant to be dangerous. The idea is that a ball bowled this way will intimidate a batsman and throw him off balance. The rules don't even discourage this, really: they actually enshrine these pitches as something that is legal if it isn't done too often. So Hughes' injury was unexpected in the sense that this sort of damage rarely occurs; it wasn't unexpected in the sense that cricketing is supposed to be safe.
  • I find this banal. Facebook is not a medium for political persuasion. This is grandiose thinking.
  • Better alert the moderators now. Things are liable to get ugly in here.
  • I wonder if Lego keeps correspondence, especially those concerning ideas, patents, etc. I would imagine they keep legal stuff. Like a lot of kids who grew up with them in the 70's, a friend and I sent in a letter, we got a reply, very ohlovetheideaofairtanksandsubmarined but legal jot after that. One day, no air tanks with faceless workers cap and by Christmas next you have little policemen and scuba kits and bath tub rescue cutters.
  • I received an email from amazon.co.uk about half an hour ago announcing 'Black Friday is here!'. No it's fucking not. This is England, we already have Boxing Day, we do not need another ridiculous frenzy of shopping on a day totally irrelevant to us. That said, I love the idea of Thanksgiving and I would introduce it into my home and family if it wasn't very specifically a US holiday. It's secular, involves no presents and lots of food, and people give thanks. What's not to love? I'm thinking of introducing English Thanksgiving in February, because February in England truly sucks and needs brightening. But we'd have better food - I've been to several Thanksgiving dinners put on by US expats (here in England and in Australia) and good lord the food is bad. The giving of thanks, family and friends getting together, the feasting, and no presents I can really get behind, but jesus christ on a cracker the US Thanksgiving food I've experienced has been truly fucking awful (and not just because we don't have tinned pumpkin!). I've noticed the US Thanksgiving menu is becoming more like the English xmas menu (with brussels and all) and that progression is positive.
  • Black Friday spreads to China Surely this means the US is soon due to establish the nightmare holiday of Singles Day
  • It's killing me to see Black Friday slowly become a thing up here in Canada over the last three years or so.
  • Perhaps it's uncharitable of me, but whenever I see shit like this, I wonder how many women the speaker raped in college. Holy fuck that is incredibly uncharitable. That might well be the least charitable thing I've ever read here.
  • Did a whole lot of good for Sigrid Ellis, though.
  • This fit neatly with my memory of early Lego so I never doubted. Yay, Lego Corp.!!
  • RIP 'Mad' Frankie Fraser aka The Dentist, ex enforcer for the Richardson gang and declared Britain's 'most dangerous man' by two Home Secretaries, spending 42 years in prison. In his later years he found work as an after dinner speaker, television personality and tour guide (last year he received an Asbo after an argument in his old people's home over someone sitting in his favourite chair)
  • she was a great favorite of mine. .
  • At the risk of over-explaining a magnificent joke - the controversy over the real Springbok 1981 tour was a big deal in NZ and Sth Africa.
  • I remember coming across a copy of The Lighthouse and doing the math and thinking, holy cow, she is still at it, how much longer? and then there came two more! It was like putting on your coat and finding money in the pocket.
  • If the US is going to export any holiday, I'd think Thanksgiving would be the least objectionable. I mean, besides the powerful Butterball (turkey company) and oceanspray (cranberry company) lobbies, no one is looking to get rich off of it. I have no comment on Black Friday, as I choose to ignore that it exists.
  • Is the kid on the tortoise leading it on with a sausage? I'm not sure how well that would work.
  • It's a weird cultural thing. I can see using the sales as a chance to pick up something you need anyway (personally I'm keeping an eye on laptop sales), but lining up in the middle of the night and then trampling each other in a mad rush to pile some random stuff in your cart makes no sense to me. Thankfully, my store dosen't go in for any of those crazy gimmicks, but it'll still be a motherfucker of a day tommorrow.
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  • We've had a few of those. Other than the weird minifigs they've been pretty good sets - the different brick colours are nice.
  • The New Yorker on 'the astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world.'
  • 1: it doesn't really reflect left and right, you just expect to face people with their right on your left, and their left on your right. It just reflects everything back directly. 2: If it increases uniformly in volume, smaller, I think. 3: 500 5: rises 6: should stay the same. 7: no because equal and opposite. They exert as much force downward as they would if they were sitting. 8: it goes forward. Acceleration is the same as gravity, heavy air moves back, helium goes forward. 9: If I remember the math properly, all the gravity inside a perfect sphere cancels out, so it would float freely. 10: too many numbers, my head hurts.
  • A cultural critique of alcohol as a primary backdrop for social activities *combined* with hookup culture also isn't a victim blaming conversation, it's recognizing how combining the two ingredients is likely to be corrosive to consent culture. Thing is, women have been getting raped and getting blamed for it long before "hookup culture" or "casual sex" were concepts. Easy access to alcohol and a lack of decent and realistic education around its use don't really help, exactly, but they're not the source of the problem.
  • . Mods you might want to change "Australian test cricketer Phillip Hughes" to the first line of the post as there is an American MLB player with the same name born only two years earlier.
  • The pigeon one doesn't have a concrete answer. If the pigeons took off just as the truck started over the bridge, then followed a ballistic trajectory without flapping, before hitting the floor again as the truck reached the other side of the bridge, then they would have added nothing to the weight of the truck.
  • The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is an epicurean monstrosity. If we were eating better food there would be fewer arguments with our relatives. Kindly go wave that foodie flag elsewhere, sir. More turkey for the rest of us.
  • I was extremely surprised to see that my local shopping centre here in Paderborn, Germany, is advertising Black Friday.
  • A high school friend of mine was hit in the eye by a bouncer during an interschool cricket game. It fractured her eye socket and caused her pain for years. It's a nasty thing to happen, and I was still shocked to hear Hughes had died. I had read (or misread) that the ball hit him in the head and expected a fracture, or a severe concussion and an eventual full recovery. .
  • mudpuppie, driving huge herds of birds happens all over the world.
  • Cite?
  • I've had this discussion with olders a couple of time about how Millennials "expect too much" and then they usually cite things like not wanting to work late, wanting a raise too soon (and too much) and so on. And I have been mostly silent because I am not Millennial and have not personally run into these issues with them. But the more I think about it, the more I think, you know what? Even if they "all" act that way, which I doubt, I'm with them. We do work too long for not enough compensation. We shouldn't have to grovel in gratitude for the blessing of employment. I also am tired of my elders telling me to kiss their ass for whatever crumbs fall off the table. That feeling is bolstered by stuff like this. That's a hell of a letter. I wish I had been capable of writing something that good at that age. Give 'em hell, kids.
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  • I am struck by the number of commenters here who read the president's letter as directed solely to the victims rather than the perpetrators. I think I can explain that with this comparison: What do you know about drunk driving? What you probably know, and what has probably been drilled into your head since you got your license (or even before), is that you're not supposed to do it. It's foolish, it's dangerous, it's a costly gamble, it's a bad idea, it can ruin lives, and you, as a driver, need to make good decisions about it. Why do you know that? You know that because of the public service announcements against drunk driving that started up in the early 80s and are still everywhere today -- on billboards, on the sides of buses, at the end of every TV beer ad. Our ingrained knowledge that drunk driving is bad isn't this organic thing that just happened. It was a concerted public awareness effort, and it worked. I'm not saying it worked in that there aren't still idiots who do it, but the awareness piece of it? It worked. Thing is, that public awareness campaign is very clear on where the responsibility lays: With the driver. With the person who makes the choice to drive, and therefore puts others at risk. The ad on the side of the bus doesn't say "When you drive home tonight, make sure you're not in the path of a drunk driver." And why would it? How could you know? How could you know which of the other cars on the road is being driven by someone who's impaired? You can't. That's the difference between the 30-year-old effort to raise awareness and responsibility around drunk driving and the current conversation about sexual assault. One places the responsibility squarely on the potential offender. The other conversation is always -- always -- about what the victim needs to do in order not to be a victim. And that's why people are coming into this thread thinking that the president's letter is directed at the victims instead of the potential perpetrators. The conversation needs to change, and it needs to start focusing on the assailants and potential assailants. I think (I hope) that this might be the beginning of it. There's been a larger conversation about sexual assault over the past year or two, and I think that as a result the veneer is being slowly (sloooowly) chipped away. Hopefully, 30 years from now, the sexual assault PSA will be structured like the drunk driving PSA: "Hey you -- don't do it." We're not anywhere near there yet.
  • Have you considered the possibility that there might be more to Canada than just Capitalism and Christianity? yes - there is Cold, too
  • Right, but now we also have Lego Friends.
  • Call it whatever you want, 40% off winter coats bitchezzzzzzz
  • Okay, here are my answers to some of them. SPOILERS (or maybe not) Why does a mirror appear to reflect left right and not up down? A mirror will reflect up/down if you lie on your side. A piece of solid iron in the form of a doughnut is heated. Will the diameter of its hole get larger or smaller? Trick question. The iron doughnut hole is sold separately. Two missiles speed directly toward each other, one at 9,000 miles per hour and the other at 21,000 miles per hour. They start 1,317 miles apart. Without using pencil and paper, calculate how far apart they are one minute before they collide. 250 miles. (21000/60) + (9000/60) / 2. (I did this with a computer, no paper) A cube of ice floats in a beaker of water, the entire system at 0 degrees centigrade. Just enough heat is supplied to melt the cube without altering the system's temperature. Does the water level in the beaker rise, fall, or stay the same? A small boy is sailing a plastic boat in the bathtub. It is loaded with nuts and bolts. If he dumps all this cargo into the water, allowing the boat to float empty, will the water level in the tub rise or fall? Rise. Assuming that the truck's compartment is airtight, can anything be said for the driver's line of reasoning? The airtight compartment means all the pigeons are dead.
  • Of course it looks like it could be produced today. Every Lego brick ever made is 100 percent backwards compatible. I have bricks that are 40 years old that are indistinguishable from bricks that I've bought in the last few years, and they still fit perfectly.
  • Maybe everything is a brilliantly-constructed-from-Lego fake. That's wayyyy more interesting.
  • I realize that this is a serious issue - not in any way making light of it - but this is so ripe for parody - what with the bow-tie, the pocket square, the dogs and the unnatural hair coloring. He seems like the college president out of central casting from 1913. And his ideas, too, are right out of 1913 as well. I see Gordion Knott has also made the same observations.
  • Not enough things called "pudding" for you, eh?
  • My store in Canada is doing a Black Friday Sale. It makes sense for us because 1) as my boss put it "the advertising is done for us" 2) we have a lot of international students who shop here before they go home for the break 3) we are closed Boxing Day, the traditional sale day in Canada 4) before we started to do Black Friday, people were asking what we were putting on sale and when So really, if people hadn't been asking and it didn't work for us, we wouldn't do it. We're not marking up and then marking down, regular store hours apply. For us its just another sale but our clients seem to love it. Same way the do the Monster Sale in June.
  • Related (and previously on Mefi): John Scalzi's Straight White Male, the lowest difficulty setting there is.
  • Dear Canadian retailer, You shouldn't be allowed to call your stupid little sale a Black Friday Sale. BLACK FRIDAY BLOWOUT!!! 20% off all widgets! Except new models, cannot be combined with other offer, limit of one widget per customer.
  • The focus here should be on obtaining consent in any sexual situation, not on the level of commitment present between the two parties. What they said, those students who wrote the editorial.
  • All my Australian friends have been posting about this story and how terribly shocking it is. I'm beginning to think that no competitive sport is without terrible (if in some cases rare) risks to life and limb. . for Hughes and I hope Abbott finds peace after this terrible accident.
  • Oh geeze, more looking at pixels. It's always the pixels.
  • Music by Bonobo tends to pop up on Pandora and I enjoy it, but I've never known anything about the artist, so I appreciate this fpp.
  • Thanks Sonny Jim for the post, I started to make one yesterday but just couldn't finish it. SMH has some good articles on tributes people are making, including #putoutyourbats and #63notoutforever. The #putoutyourbats twitter hashtag has legendary Australian batsman Dean Jones putting out his 89 ashes bat. I really liked this obituary of Phil Hughes which I thought was really touching. This one the mother of an young cricketer has this quote: "Mum, you have to yell out when I am on 63 so I can retire."
  • Imagine how this story would be different if she had been confessing her secret to Morrison's Doom Patrol. ...the therapy bills could bankrupt a nation.
  • It is strange and bewildering to see Black Friday in shop advertisements here in The Netherlands. First Halloween, now Thanksgiving, wonder what will be next? (I bet it'll be 4th of July - I really wonder how they're going to spin that outside of the USA...).
  • I have zero tolerance for zero tolerance. I never listen to myself.
  • Love it. Looks like fun! Also, EmpressCallipygos's link to Donnie Osmand dancing is amazing. Donny is hitting the beat so hard!
  • He's also featured on the Tricky album "Product of the environment", which features british gangsters' stories set to music.
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  • Dirty pool, old man! I like it!
  • Maybe everything is a fake. What about that?
  • This is one of my favorite bits of lesser known American history. I always wanted to write about it, but never could find much information anywhere. As far as I can tell, there's only one book on the subject, a young adult novel – called, succinctly, The Great Turkey Drive – written 50 years ago by Charles Morrow Wilson (1905–1977), a guy from Arkansas who later moved to Vermont and is buried in Putney. He worked over the years for The New York Times, Reader's Digest, and the Encyclopedia Britannica. I had a hard time finding a copy of the book, but finally tracked one down a few years ago at the University of Vermont, in the main library's Special Collections. Which meant that I couldn't take it out, so I sat there one afternoon and read the whole thing cover to cover. Just like the famous cattle drives out West, but without horses, and with turkeys!
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  • I'd like to see the President's idea on how to teach his male students not to be rapists, identify the ones that are, and hold them responsible. instead of making the responsibility for avoiding rape a woman's duty, maybe we could make the responsibility for not being a rapist (as well as covering for rapists) a man's duty. I initially perceived the advice to limit alcohol consumption and casual sex as the president's idea on how to teach his male students not to be rapists. I agree that the corrective from the student newspaper on how victims of sexual assault might hear the message as shifting blame to them is cogent and well-spoken, but I am struck by the number of commenters here who read the president's letter as directed solely to the victims rather than the perpetrators.
  • I knew a woman who was doing a PhD about the link between food and sex in Victorian Literature. She showed me a story about two girls going into a field to have a picnic and was unbelievably erotic.
  • Look, Thanksgiving isn't all bad. I mean: 1) A Tribe Called Red just put out Burn Your Village to the Ground for the holiday, and it's amazing. 2) There is no 2.
  • For the can of soda, assume the can has height 1, and the soda in it has depth y (where y is between 0 and 1). The can by itself has mass m1 = 1.5 ounces, and its center of mass is at height h1 = 1/2. The soda by itself has mass m2 = 12*y ounces, and its center of mass is at height h2 = y/2. Therefore the center of mass of the system is at height H = (m1*h1 + m2*h2) / (m1 + m2) = (.75 + 6*y2) / (1.5 + 12*y). Take the derivative with respect to y and set that equal to 0, to see that the center of mass is lowest when y = 1/4. Using calculus seems like cheating, though!
  • Oh yes, I just saw this, so sad. I'll have to re-read all the books now. .
  • 63*
  • I divided by two because I was doing it wrong.
  • everyone in three rivers goes to kalamazoo or maybe south bend on black friday, so i'll go to three rivers
  • Exporting labour day doesn't really make sense, what with May Day and all.
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  • Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL, best known as crime writer P.D. James, died today at the age of 94.
  • I do wonder why anyone would eat a turkey when there are still geese in the world. Not only are geese incomparably tastier, but they're also miserable malevolent sods unlike noble turkeys who have never once knocked me off my bike into a canal in front of a guffawing crowd.
  • My S.O. just compared putting a baby on a lion's back to that thing where you put a milkbone on a dog's nose.
  • The Probably Stuffed Not-So-Bitey Bird Which unfortunately makes it the Probably Arsenic-Laced Bird.
  • I'd like her to uncover now why she constantly exercises the way she does. I'm tired from just the description of her exercising so much. Citizen-scientists unite! With people and groups like Quantified Self and e-Patient Dave, democratization of medicine is happening (as stated in the article), and I'm very happy for it. I actually feel sorry for the healthcare professionals who already have to appease malingerers and worriers who immediately think they have whatever unique disease they read about online. (The same folks who can't effing bother to get a flu shot.)
  • 1/6th of Britain is American? The Guardian story said that there were 200,000 Americans in Britain. That would be 1/30.
  • The US has Thanksgiving on a date that is objectively wrong: 1) Thursday? What? Obviously a long weekend is superior. 2) It's too late in the year. It's already snowing in most places that get a real winter. Who wants to mess around with decorative gourds now? 3) Get your black friday nonsense out of here. Humph. Sincerely, Canada
  • I love that Amanda Buckman is played by the same actress who was the Girl Scout in the first movie. The Addams have been a thorn in her side for a long time.
  • If the truck is airtight, all the pigeons are dead.
  • Anything that serves as a reminder of the '90s Addams Family movies is A-OK by me
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  • ellieBOA, thanks for posting this. It's a fascinating story. I'm building a hub for open research data at the moment in my day job, and was just discussing this kind of informed patient research with colleagues yesterday. Open access journals are really starting to help people with rare genetic diseases, and their doctors, to make discoveries about their conditions and contribute to research. This article by Sharon Terry of the Genetic Alliance makes the point quite forcefully.
  • > And inverting one spatial direction is equivalent to inverting any odd number of directions, but inequivalent to switching two directions. Maybe it's math vs. physics, but you might not want to say "switching". To me, if you start with an ordered triple of vectors (a,b,c), "Inverting" is (a, b, c) --> (-a, b, c) and "switching two" is (a, b, c) --> (b, a, c) both of which are orientation reversing. In fact, "switching two" is what happens if the plane of your mirror is between two axes instead of along one. For instance, if your mirror is the plane {x = y} in 3-space, then it leaves z^ alone and switches x^ and y^. I'm guessing you just thought "I'm using the word 'invert' an awful lot. Maybe use a different word to make the writing more interesting."
  • List please. In 1998, I was a criminology student at Indiana University (bloomington). I took a class that met only once a week (monday at 6-9pm) but was still a full credit class. I joked and told my friends that if I could find 3 more classes like this, I could do a whole week's worth of classes in one day. Anyways, the class was something about "criminal investigations". It was taught by James Kennedy (former Army Colonel, lawyer, professor, and current Sheriff of Monroe County). He was ALWAYS talking about how stupid students were. ALWAYS. He'd talk about how many times he has come into a scene where there was a hair dryer or curling iron in the sink full of water, and a dead body laying right next to it. He once talked about a scene where someone had died in a crash and they knew what had happened because the driver's hand had been jammed into the cassette slot (presumably while changing stations, changing tapes, etc, while driving). And then one day he talked about rape. And it scared the shit out of the entire class. Class was usually full of people talking shit to him (i mean he still was a cop, and we were college students), and he was really cool about it. Once he even did a mass hypnosis and showed how its not magical, just "suggestive". But that rape talk scared the shit out of the class. Because this is what he said(paraphrased): "I've been asked a lot of times about how to prevent rape. Those whistles don't work because everyone is blowing one on Kirkwood Ave on Friday night and people are pretending to be traffic cops. Those whistles just draw attention to how stupid you students are. They don't draw attention to rapes, because the assumption is that you are going to blow the whistle when attacked in the street. As you should all know, thats 'blitzkrieg rape', and although this occurs, its not often. What often happens is that women are raped by someone they know. Even if they have a whistle, some women won't blow it. I know this because even after something has happened, some women still think THEY did something wrong, not the rapist. So how do you prevent rapes? You just don't rape. There are many rapists out there who get off on whether you fight back, don't fight back, struggle, scream, whatever. You can try to put yourself in a safe situation, but even thats no guarantee. The only way to prevent the occurrence of rape is to not rape. I'm talking to YOU." And we all just sat there, stunned. Because it made sense, and that is the only practical way to prevent rape. Less alcohol and less casual sex? Academics are so dumb oftentimes.
  • Where is the constant, inescapable "Don't rape!" messaging? Why isn't it a thing? We have it for drunk driving and smoking and drugs. It'd be nice to have it for rape. The consequence of constantly defining rape as only violent stranger rape is that we then were able to define a whole set of things as normal and basic perks of being male, like being able to have coercive and downright rapey sex without having it called or stigmatized as rape. That's a huge privilege that a lot of men have been benefiting from for a long time (and continue to do so). We take the "don't drive drunk" messaging as mostly unexceptional now, but I can remember when it was new and how there was a lot of pushback because of how tightening the definition meant that "drunk driving" didn't just mean the dude who drank a handle of vodka and then drove blind drunk, but also newly included the millions of regular people who had a few beers after work or drank wine at a dinner party. Driving slightly buzzed was a lot harder to stigmatize and there are plenty of people who still don't consider it drunk driving even if they are well over the legal limit.
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  • She's right. The internet and the structures designed into social networks reinforce desires for self-segregation.
  • In my family, we celebrate Thanksgiving as the day we got permission to leave the USSR.
  • Apart from the green-bean casserole, that's basically Christmas dinner, Ergo, the only really good thing about Christmas, so hells to the yes for two a year. That's why we do Canadian Thanksgiving here (Brit and American in Canada) because the missus wants a Thanksgiving of some sort and I want another Christmas dinner a year.
  • Especially since it's being bounced off of a pitch made of any type of hardened soil with bumps and grooves and god knows what else.
  • Put the little nipper next to....

    The Parakeet! The Massive Live Bear! The Chicken! (And the Cigarette) The (probably stuffed) Bitey Bird! Those Gators! That Other Gator! The Crow. (And get the antlers) The Pandographer! The Lion! (yes, Lion) The Possibly Rabid Chained Up Racoon! The Menagerie! The Duck The Probably Stuffed Not-So-Bitey Bird The Chimp! The Venerable Tortoise! The Nightmare Inducing Gnome!
  • Too-Ticky, the article links scans in its second footnote.
  • It's killing me to see Black Friday slowly become a thing up here in Canada over the last three years or so. Quite. It's an extra bit of Hell for retail workers who already have to put up with Boxing Day Week.
  • I think there's a difference between someone being clueless, support-the-status-quo racist ("The grand jury obviously had all the evidence, so we should respect their decision," protestations of racial colorblindness) versus someone being maliciously knowingly racist (using racist epithets, general "Let them all kill each other" shittiness). I've been engaging the first type, though generally on other people's FB threads -- I post enough feminist articles that my own friends list has been whittled down in order to keep it a safe-ish space for me on that, which tends to pleasantly flow over into other social justice issues. I'm not sure social media is the right place for dealing with the second type. On the other hand, I would absolutely unfriend someone in real life if they were saying things that fell into the second category, so I don't have any real-life friends pulling that shit on Facebook. If I did, I wouldn't unfriend them on Facebook but stay friends in real life; that does seem cowardly. Engage fully if you're going to engage at all.
  • Yay, I love this kind of thing. Now I'm going to sit back and enjoy reading through all the explanations of how I drew the most completely, backwardly wrong conclusion to each question. Don't let me down, MetaFilter.
  • Wait, Canadians, why are we hating on Black Friday sales increasing in number here? It's a bunch of freaking sales! How is that a bad thing (except for people getting hurt in stampedes - that's terrible, sickening). It's letting me get some Christmas gifts cheaper and I'd hope, motivating people to do Christmas shopping earlier so that they can relax more in the days leading up to Christmas. I'd like to see Boxing Day go away - the sight of people madly shopping for more the very day after they've received a bunch of gifts has always made me want to throw up. Have you considered the possibility that there might be more to Canada than just Capitalism and Christianity? Boxing Week sales serve a practical purpose: To sell off the stock that didn't sell during the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday has no such practical purpose whatsoever except to serve as a green flag marking the beginning of the Spend Too Much Money On Shit Nobody Needs season. Want to be more relaxed about Christmas shopping? Do less of it. Maybe do none of it. Maybe join the millions of Canadians who don't celebrate Christmas at all.
  • I have seen arguments that Facebook is not an ideal medium for reasoned conversation of the sort that could change people's minds on important issues like racism, which I am somewhat sympathetic to. But there is also the issue of if we don't at least raise an objection when something objectionable is said (whether we proceed on to a full debate or not), then we end up being a bystander and thus contributing to the problem, which is a status quo of institutionalized racism and unconscious/unquestioned racial bias.
  • I was just wondering that if there are "stupid riots" then does that mean there are "smart" or "justified" riots? Was the violence (against property and so on) justified? "Smart" feels like an awkward word for it, but yeah, I'd call the Stonewall riots and Nat Turner's Rebellion justified.
  • Oh that is just awful, KathrynT.
  • The trailer for the movie looks really good (NSFW)
  • White People rioting over stupid shit. While I think how "rioting by white people" is reported differently, and is also treated differently by police and law enforcement (I'm thinking of for example the pumpkin festival riot thingy), on the other hand the idea that "white People riot over stupid shit" makes me wonder if the riot that happened in Ferguson was in comparison somehow *not* stupid, and that burning down local businesses and so on was justified. With the Vancouver riots a few years ago after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup (an example of "White People rioting over stupid shit") it was recognized there were a lot of factors that led to the mayhem, notably availability of alcohol downtown, and that masses of people were encouraged to congregate downtown all day drinking alcohol. In other words, like Ferguson, where the prosecutor seems to have deliberately tried to create a media event (and perhaps incite a riot), the Vancouver "white people riot" (Vancouver is a multiethnic city, and all ethnicities in Canada are passionate about hockey, not just white people; many of the looters in Vancouver were, for lack of a better term, "not white") was the result of a number of external factors. The rioters in Vancouver, besides not all being "white," also came from a variety of "class" backgrounds. Students from UBC mixed with revellers from Surrey. In Vancouver, at least at the outset of the riot, unlike in Ferguson, *lack of police presence* was cited as one of the contributing factors that led to the riot. Anyway, while obviously rioting and mayhem conducted by a dominant social group (ie, "whites") is reported differently, and receives different treatment from law enforcement, I find it strange that "white riots" are stupid, because that means that somehow the burning down of private businesses in Ferguson was a legitimate response to the social injustice residents of the community are living with, which in part led to the riots in the first place.
  • Thise are not mashed potatoes and gravy.
  • Of course, when this happened, the turkey would have been a lot closer to its wild ancestors than today's intensively bred birds which are engineered to be essentially fast-growing meat-spheres, with traits such as mobility being surplus to requirements.
  • Thanks to Smarter Every Day for answering #8 for me.
  • It's common practice, especially among the elderly to build a shed over their garden making it invisible from the road. These covered gardens are passed down the generations (assuming they remain undetected by the Police flying-squads) and have in some cases resulted in the remarkable evolution of vegetables. For example, Broccoli turns totally white, and begins to taste like banana after many many years being grown and seeded from the proceeding parent plant in an environment that receives no sunlight whatsoever. Cauliflower however, turns bright purple and somewhat surprisingly begins to taste like beef.
  • I'm from Canada and I assure you we have the best economy ever.
  • equivalent? The "Asiatic despot".
  • . Terrible news. It's on odd thing, cricket. I remember once batting and mis-cutting a very powerful shot, sending it right into the head of the silly mid off (very close in fielder). Knocked him senseless, and then he had a fit. Scary stuff, and all season I really struggled at the crease whenever I was batting with a short leg or silly mid off (both very close in fielders). I was acutely aware that one powerful shot and they could get hurt very badly. The reason that I mention it though, is that I often fielded at short leg. It never bothered me fielding there. I never had the same anxiety or fear as when batting. Stupid really. Also, thoughts should also go to Sean Abbott, who bowled the ball. It's going to be bloody hard for him to get out there again.
  • "Eat Turkey, Become American." (SLNYTimes essay)
  • I defriended one high school acquaintance for saying people in her friends list who disagreed with the grand jury decision were "on thin ice" for being "ignorant" and "spreading lies." She also posted the fake photo of DW where it looks like he was run over by a truck, then refused to take it down once people pointed out that it wasn't actually a photo of him. Sometimes it is clear that engagement is useless. On the other hand I'm still formulating my reply to the family friend who, after I expressed my dismay at the whole situation, said that "evidence was conflicting" and linked to the convenience store video with the comment "he looks pretty arrogant and intimidating." I want to engage him but don't want it to turn into a defensive shouting match.
  • The casual sex thing is purely victim blaming (and a particularly inane variety, since there just isn't any kind of logical connection between casual sex and sexual assault). The alcohol discussion, though somewhat inept on his part, is something I think we are going to see more of in the next few years at universities, because alcohol seems to function both as a date rape drug and as a drug used by perpetrators to lower their own inhibitions. The lyrics to "From Rugby Road to Vinegar Hill," which came up in the discussion of the ongoing (and growing) scandal at UVa, are a good example of this: All you girls from Mary Washington and R.M.W.C, Never let a Virginia man an inch above your knee, He'll take you to his fraternity house and fill you full of beer, And soon you'll be the mother of a bastard Cavalier!
  • IA! Pass the gravy and the drawn butter and the spicy cocktail sauce! IA!
  • When explaining the mirror question to people, it's a good idea to use "-wards" words, i.e. upwards / downwards, backwards / forwards, and leftwards / rightwards. Then when some says a mirror switches left and right, ask them whether they mean "leftwards" or "left-oriented". English is lazy and uses "left" for both concepts, but one is a direction and the other is an orientation. Then, like physicsmatt says, mirrors flip one of the three direction pairs, leaves two alone, and always changes the orientation.
  • The Graphic Systems C/A/T had been out for a couple of years when this piece was printed, so it could have been set on one of those. Equally, there were a few systems of letterforms on clear acrylic (kind of an optical step up from Letraset) which could be used for quick jobs. All of these evaporated without trace when photosetters appeared.
  • I am all about this. I have advocated til my fingers bled this week. And while I lost about a dozen Midwest-knee jerk-racist friends I (barely) grew up with over it (their choice) I also gained about as many terrific new friends that understand. And I think overall thats a net good. As for those that bailed, if they left over things I said at least I know they heard them and maybe some day those tiny cracks in their basic assumptions of how America works will grow into something bigger.
  • Racism Insurance Coverage for White Privilege is a clever short promoting the upcoming Sundance favorite Dear White People.
  • Black? I just remember blue and pink pegs.
  • Virtue in the area of sexuality is its own reward Where virtue means communication and consent, yes. Somehow that's not what the rest of his letter seems to think it means. He also ignores how much rape occurs in established relationships and continues the construction of rape as sex-gone-bad rather than a deliberate act by a predator. The students' response letter is fantastic.
  • You see, I was raised by liberal parents in a middle-class household, and in my household we did not subscribe to stereotypes. One could not judge a character by their looks or mannerisms or skin color or speech. This meant that I got into a fight with a classmate in sixth grade over the sexuality of pop star Boy George. Just because he looked gay and sounded gay and dressed gay didn't mean he was gay, I said. When presented with the cases that justified and reinforced cultural stereotypes, I insisted that the presumption could not be true. Oh man, I'm glad I'm not the only one who lost time coming out to this.
  • And Coffee Crisp, don't forget that.
  • In Bill Bryson's book A Walk in the Woods, about the Appalachian Trail, he notes, "There is one recorded instance of a woman smearing honey on her toddler's fingers so that the bear would lick it off for the video camera. Failing to understand this, the bear ate the baby's hand." I have always wondered about this incident. It is as horrifically American as a B. Kliban cartoon. Did the baby survive? Did s/he grow up to hate the mother with the blazing strength of a thousand MRAs? Did the marriage survive?
  • "With the death of what Sydney Smith described as rational religon and the proponents of what remains sending out such confusing and uncertain messages, all civilised people have to be ethicists. We must work out our own salvation with diligence based on what we believe." From- The Private Patient .
  • assuming they remain undetected by the Police flying-squads You jest, but that's the only way to explain those "Speed Enforced By Airplane" signs on speed limits.
  • Freak accident, and a total tragedy. Many years ago, I was hit in the ear with a bouncer. It dropped me to the floor.
  • When the cargo is in the boat, floating on the surface of the water, they're displacing a volume of water that is equivalent to their mass. When they go in the water, they'll sink and only displace a volume of water equivalent to their size. Isn't this assuming that the bathtub is not moving near the speed of light?
  • The monster Bonaparte.
  • And Dead Dog Café was the bomb!
  • And now I have to rewatch Harm's Way again. Turns out that was a good decision.
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  • The last one just kills me. "I wanna learn!"
  • That was better than I thought it would be.
  • Nevin, you might want to note that it was "White People rioting over stupid shit," not "Stupid riots". That's a fairly important nuance -- the triggering event being described as "stupid" is a different type of judgment than the riot itself being described as "stupid".
  • Wait, Canadians, why are we hating on Black Friday sales increasing in number here? It's a bunch of freaking sales! How is that a bad thing (except for people getting hurt in stampedes - that's terrible, sickening). It's letting me get some Christmas gifts cheaper and I'd hope, motivating people to do Christmas shopping earlier so that they can relax more in the days leading up to Christmas. I'd like to see Boxing Day go away - the sight of people madly shopping for more the very day after they've received a bunch of gifts has always made me want to throw up.
  • I wonder where that bear photo took place. From the kid's clothing I'm guessing Siberia, and not recently.
  • Well, at least no one accused him of ignoring the Bible.
  • To be clear, I am quite happy to not have any outright racists as friends, and that's at least somewhat by design. But it does make me look at stuff like comment threads on other people's/page's posts and make me wonder about all the other Americas I know very little about.
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  • The simplest answer to the mirror question is that mirrors don't swap left and right, they swap front and back. (which is what eriko already said, I guess.) Eriko's answer to the soda can question can't be right, though, because it doesn't depend on the density of the soda. If the soda were replaced with, say, neutron-star material, the tiniest amount of it would plummet the center of gravity near the bottom of the can. CaseyB: That would have to be a really short bridge or a really tall truck.
  • Isn't ASBO an acronym?
  • I love the blog. It also has some interesting links to explore. Great post.
  • (I also recognize that emotions in the US and in this thread are pretty high, and right now this thread is probably not a great time to be debating nuances or finer points, or presenting a differing opinion). That's just.. what are you trying to say here? Comes off as massively patronizing and concern troll-ish.
  • One of my favourite P.D. James quotes was her answer to the time she was asked why she'd never married again after being widowed in 1964. She said, "I like men for sex, and as dinner companions. I don't need to get married to have that."
  • The hollow moon problem isn't hard. It is super easy. Its just that we are taught gravity in the wrong way, using Newton's laws instead of Gauss. I can trace a very straight line between discovering Gardner that rainy afternoon in Mexico and becoming a Google engineer (before Googler became a slur). I can also draw a straight line between discovering Gardner in elementary school and majoring in physics in college a decade later.
  • Anyway, the article: My family getting together to eat and celebrate our lives on a day that represents the genocide of our ancestors and culture is, in its own way, a "fuck you" to colonialisation. Damn right.
  • London Turkey Drive Bonus: origin of the bird's name in English.
  • I don't, discopolo. I feel like if they don't like doing their fucking job, they should find a new job. Perhaps I'm speaking from a place of frustration, having spent $6000+ in deductibles over the past two years while my doctors play guessing games and don't actually listen to me, but the point stands. (I'm sure my insurance company loved spending $10,000 in sleep apnea tests just to disprove Dr. Genius showing off in front of his intern, declaring he knew what must be causing 8+ weeks of migraines! Surely it was that! Guess what? It wasn't. My friend the ex-Pfizer research chemist had better opinions about possible causes, and she was looking up research for me out of love).
  • Apart from his family and friends, I feel the most sorry for the bowler who bowled that ball; that must be incredibly traumatising to have a freak accident with your ball kill somebody.
  • Republicans pounced, and used the move to portray Roosevelt as a power-mad tyrant. In an early example of Godwin's Law, FDR's recent presidential opponent Alf Landon said Roosevelt sprung his decision on "an unprepared country with the omnipotence of a Hitler." Senator Styles Bridges of New Hampshire suggested that while Roosevelt was at it, he should abolish winter. This is the GOP's rhetoric in 1939. I forget all too easily that Reagan didn't invent the kind of cynical hyperbole that's endemic in this party. I love "Franksgiving" though. He walked into that one, you have to admit.
  • "German chancellor Angela Merkel opposes NATO membership for Ukraine and worries that a planned referendum in the country about joining the alliance could aggravate Western relations with Russia." http://energytransition.de/2014/03/closer-look-at-german-energy-dependence-on-russia/ "...in a fuchsia jacket, black slacks, and a helmet of no-color hair..." is pretty idiotic. And the article leading with pictures even more so. But yes, Germany is over a barrel or at the end of a pipeline which originates in Russia and passes through the Ukraine and the current crisis is Merkels to deal with. Germany is quite dependent on Russian energy and there is a tightrope that Merkel has to carefully transition that other european leaders do not. I think the current situation will define her legacy.
  • "Oh, my little Cacophony!"
  • I was like awww that's so cute and clever... Right up until the Nazi plates.
  • The magnet testing one is easy: the magnetic field on the bar magnet is stronger at the ends than the middle. Hold the end of the magnet to the middle of the non-magnet and it sticks. Other way round and the forces are smaller.
  • Surely this means the US is soon due to establish the nightmare holiday of Singles Day The rate that wars make widows it's already a kind of singles day in the US.
  • Dotsmom and I will be happily ignoring Black Friday, cozily shacked-up in a B&B celebrating our 34th. You shoppers, knock yourselves out, k?
  • As you say, they're more like empty, "squishy" boxes for the speaker's particular convictions. I've always viewed virtue ethics as supplemental to other ethical systems. It's first and foremost about defining one's own principles and standards for personal conduct, rooted in the idea that operating within that framework will allow the individual to thrive intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, socially, materially etc., and that to thrive one needs balance among the elements of one's personal system. This is essentially what we talk about when we talk about "character." When a person modulates his or her words, actions, and reactions according to the kind of person he or she wants to be, that's virtue ethics in motion. But those formulations are always made within the context of other ethical systems. What constitutes a virtue varies wildly from person to person, but, as formulated by the Greeks, it was intended to be a moderating force on the individual rather than a license to just do whatever the fuck one wants. A person choosing not to drink alcohol because he or she doesn't like the loss of control over his or her decision making is, I think, a virtuous choice, though not universally applicable. Not raping someone because it's a violation that deprives the victim of agency, which is at the very root of virtue ethics, is a virtuous choice (in addition to any rationale from other ethical systems, "it's against the law," "it's an act of horrible violence," etc.). In both cases, virtue is located in individual agency and is informed by modern social mores. Again, I think it's OK to advise general caution in potentially risky situations, but specific proscriptions against drinking and fucking as a means of preventing rape don't really have anything to do with virtue ethics as far as I can tell.
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  • Tributes to Phil Hughes from Islamabad Pakistan and from Kolkata India.
  • it is very important for you to realize that jalapeno cranberry sauce is no joke the most important part of your Thanksgiving meal. Seriously people, make some right now. posted by physicsmatt at 9:19 AM eponyhysterical.
  • Wow, tortoises are weirder than I thought!
  • Paypal Signs Deal to Make Black Friday & Cyber Monday a Reality in Africa /consume the world!!! *insert maniacal laughter*
  • The consequence of constantly defining rape as only violent stranger rape 1. I don't see how a message of "don't rape" is defining rape as only violent stranger rape. 2. It's not like "Don't [thing]" campaigns can't (existing ones sure do) include broader education messages that include more information and education. Why can't there be inescapable "don't rape" messages as well as education about consent and how yes, all it takes to make it rape is that she says no - no violent stranger required? I can remember when it was new and how there was a lot of pushback because of how tightening the definition meant that "drunk driving" didn't just mean the dude who drank a handle of vodka and then drove blind drunk, but also newly included the millions of regular people who had a few beers after work or drank wine at a dinner party. This is not a reason to not have messaging directed at men about rape; it's not a reason not to continue to include messaging in drunk driving campaigns about what constitutes drunk driving, either. In your initial objection, you didn't like it because you saw it as defined too narrowly, but then it might be no good because it's too broadly defined.
  • Isn't this assuming that the bathtub is not moving near the speed of light? posted by GenjiandProust Get out of my tub, McConaughey.
  • Next up: US to start celebrating Bank Holiday. All the children go to bed early, ledgers tucked under their pillows, hoping that Father Banker will come during the night to bring an interest payment.
  • Don't be fooled. Tortoises are deceptively fast. Fast enough to chase a dog and irritate the hell out of it.
  • I am struck by the number of commenters here who read the president's letter as directed solely to the victims rather than the perpetrators. I think it needed a sentence stating that it is advice for everybody.
  • Can we please not glamourise this idiot thug? Thanks.
  • These are a piece of cake. A torsoidal piece of cake with a center of gravity shifting at inverse pi.
  • This is a great article. It would be even better if it had some scans.
  • Apart from his family and friends, I feel the most sorry for the bowler who bowled that ball; that must be incredibly traumatising to have a freak accident with your ball kill somebody.
    Yes. By all accounts he's getting support and counselling, but it's an awful thing to happen to a 22-year old just starting to make his own inroads into the game.
  • Citizen-scientists unite! With people and groups like Quantified Self and e-Patient Dave, democratization of medicine is happening (as stated in the article), and I'm very happy for it.
  • The Hitler before Hitler was the The Pharoah, it turns out. It's nice living in a more secular age.
  • Generally, it is just assumed that students have to and will drink, and that any attempts to limit that are foolish and unrealistic. It's a drunkenness culture on most campuses as well as a rape culture. For example, in this discussion: This is somewhat true, but I think conflating them is a mistake. They have different root causes and different effects. Besides, at some point, students will need to be able to drink responsibly, since (whether you imbibe or not) alcohol is an integral part of most human societies, so young people need to learn to navigate alcohol. On the other hand, there is no such thing as "raping responsibly," and male students really need to learn that no amount of rape is appropriate. Conflating "drunkeness culture" and "rape culture" overwhelmingly throws the responsibility back on the women. I work on a campus, and I think that less drinking among the students would be a good idea, but I don't think young women should be brutalized for wanting to go to a party (whether I approve of that party or not).
  • I think it's worth noting the difference between dealing with people you know, with whom you have credibility, and dealing with (for example) a pile-on of idjits on Twitter sent into your path via a hashtag or one of their "celebrities" trying to pick a fight with you. The former may be worth engaging; the latter generally may not be. I don't have any problem picking and choosing battles. It's also worth noting that I will sometimes engage someone whose mind I am unlikely to change, not to change their mind but to make points to people who are following the discussion. This is especially the case with comment threads on my blog, where for every person who comments there might be hundreds to are just reading along. In that scenario, getting the person with whom I am chatting to acknowledge points is a bonus, not the goal.
  • Oh this is wonderful. New Zealanders have such a great sense of humour.
  • I think that medium.com post was a fake. I mean, just look at the font!
  • There seems to be a mix of comedy skill levels on their writing team, maybe the same happened for the film. I really like the insurance ad, their university diversity video is way too on the nose and simplistic though.
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  • Two missiles speed directly toward each other, one at 9,000 miles per hour and the other at 21,000 les per hour. Assuming "21,000 les per hours" is a typo for "lis per hour" rather than "miles per hour," I think this question is trying to normalize the idea of a Sino-Western missile-based conflict, which would only be slightly worse than a missal-based conflict.
  • A little of it is a bit Zero7-ish, but I really liked Machinedrum's remix of Bonobo's Eyesdown, as well as the original.
  • Woah, wait, I didn't look at your other answers; the missiles one just stood out to me upon a glance.
  • President of Eckerd college Donald Eastman III wrote a letter to the students about preventing sexual assault. His recommendation? Less alcohol and less casual sex. The college's student paper, The Current, responds in a civil, well spoken and cogent rebuttal.
  • You know, when you put "VIRAL VIDEO" in the name of a video, you're not really getting the concept.
  • we also need to export Buy Nothing Day That's originally Canadian.
  • What does the Third Reich have to do with Lovecraft? The original stories don't have any references for obvious reasons, but the Nazis play a large part in the expanded universe created after his death. Nazis getting involved with dark gods is not a unique trope, but the Nazi-Cthulu connection in particular has been around since at least the 1980's. They were a constant presence in our Call of Cthulu games.
  • I saw a young couple sharing an orange openly in the street the other day, juice running down their faces and hands. I just felt so sorry for them. This is hilarious, thanks.
  • May you be cared for in hell by your 20 year old self.
  • It's like reading the Thursday Next world version of New Zealand.
  • In case you need a refresher... "And then comes, the monologue." That is a well placed comma if there ever was one.
  • it is one accepted standard usage to not apply all capitals to acronyms, but only to initialisms OK, cool. This modern world and all that. Also that asbo thing is some fucked up governmental shit. Colin Wilson talks about the Krays and their lot in rather hilarious terms in A Criminal History of Mankind.
  • This is so well edited.
  • Awesome. I had seen this on FB and the Twitters but hesitated to repost it because it seemed too good to be true. I have zero ability to detect fake historical typefaces and I know from these kinds of things that every idiot who's seen a DVD of Helvetica thinks he's a typesetting expert so I didn't even bother to see what people were saying about it. Glad to see that the cynics were wrong for once.
  • daisyk : Is the kid on the tortoise leading it on with a sausage? I'm not sure how well that would work. Probably not well. Tortoises are vegetarians... mostly. Galapagos tortoises have a relationship with finches and mockingbirds who will move around the tortoise eating parasites from it. Occasionally, the tortoises will exploit this relationship by raising themselves up, letting a bird go underneath to clean its bottom shell, and then drop, squishing the bird which it will then eat. Observers have speculated this is to add protein their diets, but my theory is that some tortoises are just jerks. (including mine.)
  • James G. Dickson, National Wild Turkey Federation (U.S.), United States. Forest Service The Wild turkey: biology and management Stackpole Books, 1992 ISBN 0-8117-1859-X
  • I've been through periods in my life when I couldn't bear to read her work, and periods when nothing else would do. I'm grateful for her legacy. .
  • Well yeah. Being angry over a sports team winning or losing is stupid compared to being angry about a human being killed in the street and that being declared not a crime.
  • I remember watching David Hooks having his jaw shattered by a bouncer when I was a kid. That was traumatic enough. This is just devastating.
  • Schwartze Freitag?
  • So sad. You're not meant to die playing cricket. 63 Not Out forever.
  • I have an uncle who has been posting relatively benign, but really ignorant comments on my FB posts the last few days. Stuff like, "it's very sad that this young black man chose to behave in such a hateful and angry manner toward this police, and that's what got him killed. Thank goodness the grand jury saw the truth and sought justice." And as someone who tries to be an ally, and who spends a lot of time engaging with communities of color in the criminal justice context, reading the comments makes me sick. But I also recognize that I have a responsibility to confront these comments, especially since I can do so from a position of relative power and privilege. I can't just delete the comments and move on. I just haven't been able to figure out how to make him comprehend that even that comment, devoid as it is of any overt racism, is bigoted and hateful and hurtful. I cannot figure out how to start this conversation with him. I've started writing notes to him dozens of times, and then deleted them, because I just can't find the words to even start to explain. My uncle is racist. I know he is. But I also know that he's not going to understand how the comments he's made about Michael Brown and Darren Wilson are racist, or why they're so wrong. And so all I can think to do is to talk about how they've affected me. Here's where I am right now: "Uncle X, I'd really appreciate it if you would stop commenting on my Facebook posts, particularly those about issues involving racism and the criminal justice system. I love you, and you know that. But the things you've written in response to my posts the last few days have made you sound mean-spirited and bigoted, and I find your comments hurtful to read. I don't want to see you that way, and so I think it would be better if you didn't say those things to me, or in front of me. I'll make an effort in the future to block you from those posts, but I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't comment on any that you do see. I respect your right to believe whatever you want to believe. I just don't want to hear you talk about it, because some of the things you say have really hurt me. Thank you." It feels inadequate, but I just can't seem to figure out how to start unpacking the problem with his comments, or with the belief system that underlies them. And I don't want to have a conversation with him that's about whether or not I'm wrong to have my feelings hurt, or whatever. Because it's not about me. But I just don't know how else to engage with him when his whole worldview is so far from anything that would allow him to understand where I and other people who care about these issues are coming from. So I haven't sent the message yet, because I just don't know how to do it.
  • Hard to believe they once played without helmets. Cricket helmets and a dangerous kind of complacency
  • SPOILERS Mirror: It doesn't flip left/right, it flips in/out! The reason it looks that way is that if you are looking at a person, you're right eye would be on the same side of the midline as their left eye (they're rotated 180 degrees, compared to you.) But in the mirror image, the images right eye is on the same side as your right eye. The easiest way to see this is to hold an arrow and look in the mirror. When you point the arrow right, the image will be pointing right. When you point the arrow up, the image will be pointing up. But when you point the arrow directly at the mirror, the image will be pointing right back at you. You perceive it as a left/right flip because your mind thinks that the object is rotated 180 degrees, and the image isn't. Iron Torus: The iron torus' hole will get larger. Railroad wheels have steel "tires" on them, which are, for all intents, iron-carbon alloy toruses. They are removed and installed by heating the tires, which expand. Missiles: Math, go do it. (Hint: The answer requires knowing the speed per minute, which means dividing miles per hour by 60, which is hard, or by 10, then 3, then 2, which is easy.) Melting ice cube -- water level stays the same (assuming the atmosphere is at 100% humidity, otherwise, it drops a tiny bit as water evaporates.) This is easy proven -- fill a glass with icewater, mark the level, and let the ice melt. The ice floats because it is less dense, but the total amount of H2O is the same. A floating object displaces it's weight in water, but as it melts, it displaces less, which would make the level fall, but as it melts, it happens to replace the missing displacement with water, which means it stays just the same. Funny enough, displacement is going to show up a couple of more times here. Bathtub boat: The water level falls. A floating object displaces its weight in water, a sunken object displaces its volume in water. Since the nuts and bolts sunk, they are more dense than water, which means they would displace more water while in the boat, since they weigh more than an equivalent amount of water, but will only displace their volume of water when completely underwater. Helium balloon: Goes forward. Helium is less dense than air. When you accelerate, the air wants to stay behind (inertia) and in effect moves backwards a bit. (This is also why the car rocks backwards, lowering the rear suspensions and raising the front suspension when you hit the gas pedal.) Since helium is less dense than air, it's displace by the air and goes forward. Pigeons. Assuming the truck is sealed, when they're flying, they're forcing air down, that force hits the truck. So, mass on the truck remains the same. If you open the top, then things change. Usually, you see this posed as birds in an airliner, which you can assumed is (mostly) sealed from the outside air. Hollow moon: Inside such a sphere (assuming it's a spherical shell of uniform density) the gravity will be 0g throughout from the moon mass. However, it's a moon, which means there's a planet nearby. Thus, you'll drift to the point inside the shell closest to the planet. This force can be surprisingly strong -- the moon's gravity, after all, is strong enough to cause the tides on Earth. Soda Can: This...this I don't know. I know the trick to finding the point (tilt the can so that the top edge of the closed end is the same as the bottom edge of the open end, fill with water. Hmm. That means it's half full. Well, hell, that's easy. 6 oz. of soda, or with the can weighing 1.5oz, you need a total weight of 7.5 oz.
  • The Guardian story said that there were 200,000 Americans in Britain. That would be 1/30. You're off by a factor of about 10.
  • Death of an Expert Crime Writer favorited 8 times, recently by Friday14, The corpse in the library, pracowity, Blitz, rollick, IdiBot, dmt, Etrigan Heh.
  • Eastman's letter is so short that it's hard to tell what his underlying reasoning actually is, but hazards of victim blaming notwithstanding, I'm surprised at how few people seem to be able to conceive of any legitimate grounds for what he's saying. Anyone who understands how alcohol can make giving consent problematic should also understand how alcohol might make recognizing consent problematic, which isn't a victim problem. A cultural critique of alcohol as a primary backdrop for social activities *combined* with hookup culture also isn't a victim blaming conversation, it's recognizing how combining the two ingredients is likely to be corrosive to consent culture. Maybe you can solve that problem by really really really reinforcing consent alone. Maybe. Maybe not. There's also something to the critique of casual sex culture alone. Enshrining consent as essential is great. We should keep doing that. Is reducing the set of culturally expected obligations involved with sex to consent -- and momentary consent, at that -- really a good idea? It has a lot of benefits as far as personal freedom goes, but there's certainly room to treat people poorly even on the respectable side of that boundary. And if you're a college president with a close-up view of adolescence-magnified human follies, watching barely-adults attempt to navigate the consent boundary under the influence of natural drive, "just do it" culture, and no other obligations, it's not too hard to imagine arguing for more restraint than "well, s/he said yes and seemed into it."
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  • Domestic Turkeys were introduced to the North American colonies from Europe.
  • Green Grass Running Water is one of the funniest books I've ever read.
  • Following a question posted on social media forum Reddit asking if gardening in New Zealand was illegal, a satirical thread on the topic has gone viral. "My brother was killed in the Moutua Gardens protest. My uncle lost an arm in the 1981 Spring Bok-choi Riots. My sisters were arrested and thrown into prison, without trial, by a police-led mob after they were discovered re-potting gardenias. Every day I live in fear, alienated by my community for having relatives marked by the Green Thumb. I envy the dead."
  • That's not a duck, that's a (stuffed) loon! I'm glad you beat me to it, because I was going to feel a little bit shameful in my pedantry. So, thanks!
  • I absolutely LOVE that all of the smug naysayers have been proven wrong. The sentiment of the letter is beautiful, poignant in any decade, and right in line with how I've always felt about Lego.
  • Shortly afterwards, Fraser kidnapped Eric Mason, a Kray gang member, outside the Astor Club in Berkeley Square, with even direr consequences. When Mason demurred, Fraser buried a hatchet in his skull, pinning his hand to his head. Mason was found, barely alive, wearing only his underpants and wrapped in a blanket, on the steps of the London Hospital in Whitechapel. "Eric wasn't a bad fellow," Fraser later explained, "but that particular night he was bang out of order."
    I had always thought The Piranha Brothers were just a fictionalized version of the Krays, but I see the London crime scene had a pretty deep bench.
  • I love the picture of the chicken and the kid with the cigarette.
  • But... the thread never did get around to answering the question: Is it illegal to garden in New Zealand? Fun fact: When I was very young I had assumed that New Zealand was where all the Zs lived, and that the island was full of them.
  • I have totally failed at this. I think cynicism enables a disengagement that can be toxic.
  • Forget it, Jake. It's Reddit.
  • I do find it sad that non-US countries participate in Black Friday (I was never a fan because why in the name of God would you get up that early to shop). It's driving my Canadian husband nuts when he hears the news stories about it on the CBC. That said, I do miss seeing and being with my family today.
  • How to play the game of life when you are Black. Mike Sholars, associate editor at the Huffington Post Canada, on what it takes to "win".

    THE GAME OF LIFE (WHILE BLACK): HOW TO PLAY "He's so well-spoken!" (Avoid Specific Black-Related Speech Patterns: +2 Points) "You're the whitest Black guy I know!" (Question Your Racial Identity: -2 Points) "Hey, that's a nice TV. Where'd you steal it from?" (Endure Casual Racism: +1 Point) "I'm ordering KFC. I can assume you're in, right?" (When Is Racism Too Casual? -1 Point) "It's so cool that you have a sense of humour about this!" (Make Racial Jokes At Your Own Expense: +4 Points) "Way to play the race card." (Take Offense When Others Make Racial Jokes At Your Expense: -8 Points) "So you're Black AND Indian? But which one are you, really?" (Simplify Racial Identity For The Sake Of Others: +10 Points) "Oh wow. I didn't know that happened in Canada. But it was only that one time, right?" (Bring Down Mood With Firsthand Accounts Of Racism: -10 Points)
  • Came in to post the Brass Eye interview too. 'Fondled by a nonce'... It's how I'll always remember him.
  • My store in Canada is doing a Black Friday Sale. It makes sense for us because 1) as my boss put it "the advertising is done for us" argh, that probably means they will never change the name when it's imported in some other country. It's a terrible name: "The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving"
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  • The executive action that tore a nation apart (previously)
  • Unlike statements that show off how sensitive you are, statements that show off your mean skepticism are cool and make you look cool like Richard Dawkins doing a wheelie.
  • We did the torus one in high school. To prove that the hole expands we had a metal ball that wouldn't fit through the hole when it was cool. What we learned was the teacher gets really pissed off if you let the torus contract around the ball as it cools, making it nearly impossible to remove.
  • How many pixels do you really need to look at it when it's clearly in poorly word-processor-set Times New Roman? Other than the Lego logo on the bottom, the overall look and feel is like the kind of note that gets taped to the breakroom fridge about not cooking fish in the microwave.
  • weirdest birthday ever
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  • I can't put my finger on it, but I really liked this story. I love her attitude, her research, her belief in her own ability to potentially figure it out, and I really like that she seems to have reconciled with her brother with even him conceding that a lay person could do an amazing job on the research. Thanks for posting.
  • Oh, and Dan Rather is holding on line 2.
  • Mazel tov on his success.
  • I now see that they also have a series of videos called The More You Know (About Black People), which all seem to have the same humor and subversiveness. Good stuff.
  • I tried as an American expat in Canada to begin a US Thanksgiving or at least a dinner-oriented thing a few years ago as A) a way to alleviate my homesickness, and B) a way to make sure there were people around for my birthday (I have a birthday usually falls two days before, a day of, or day after Thanksgiving) and I think sharing food is a great thing to do. It didn't work out so well, but mostly because non-Americans work on Thursdays.
  • I remember that Feynman video about train wheels. It's great, one of those "I've seen 'em a thousand times but never noticed that thing."
  • I love that Amanda Buckman is played by the same actress who was the Girl Scout in the first movie. The Addams have been a thorn in her side for a long time. And now I have to rewatch Harm's Way again.
  • Here in Denmark, Black Friday is only an extra sales day (and an event at the American Embassy for posh people) I have not seen one single turkey anywhere. Let alone green-bean casserole, a foodstuff I will never ever understand. We have an extra Christmas-dinner-day at st Martins day. I can never remember when it is, but it is always a good occasion to stock up on all the goose/duck fat you need for Christmas parties. Actually I am right now in this minute cooking confit from cheap duck legs and st Martins-day fat. Yeah
  • Here's an interesting piece about looting. The property being destroyed is usually not owned by the local community, and many legitimate protests would have gone unnoticed without the threat white sensibilities that comes with property destruction.
  • They have no right to be as funny and smart as they are. And yet they are the funniest smartest movies. Especially this scene which is basically intolerable Basturds. Also spoiler alert I just realized watching this the other day that the bad guys indisputably die in the end of both movies. Oh and my favorite joke: Fake Doctor: ahh then you started feeling the little black monster...(meaning jealousy) Gomez: (excitedly) Pugsley! Utter stupid brilliance. How did they come to exist? How could a tv reboot be so faithful to the cartoon and full of nerdy fan service and yet so well made and surprising? I need an oral history. AV Club I'm looking at you.
  • Luvvly fella, used to buy his mother flowers an' that.
  • Thanksgiving isn't American anymore because everything is going to be open on it in five years. The erosion of the single secular national holiday in the United States should be cause for it to be taken back by legislation.
  • Well that was much more interesting than I expected. Quite a detective story. And I will never look at a lowecase f quite the same way.
  • I know we had her for a great span of time as well as any great books but my first thought was, "oh no, not yet." I do wish there had been more Cordelia Grey books, though.
  • Wikipedia takes the terminology back to 1961, to a phrase used by police officers who dealt with post-Thanksgiving traffic It was around at least ten years earlier, as a term for the 'absentitis' of workers looking for a long weekend.
  • Is it safe?
  • I think the point isn't to say the the Ferguson riot was justified, it's too defuse some idiotic notion destroying property is something that "other people" do. And more broadly, that somehow the African-American community are just generally lawbreakers.
  • Oh man, now that just ain't right.
  • I think the majority of the conventionally successful black men I know slow down their speech rather than raising their pitch, but I suppose the most effective tactic depends on the context. Maybe there's a middle range where you want to jump above it or stay below it and add that gravitas.
  • Isn't there more of the moon orthogonal to the section of it you're closest to, therefore pulling you towards the center of the sphere (ignoring any nearby planets)? Where is the force coming from to cancel out the greater mass of the moon far away from you?
  • God I love every case of the Internets detective squad being proven wrong on calling something fake or trying to figure something out. I'm just so tired of the smug bullshit, especially after the reddit Boston bomber and assaulted lady face scrubbing thing among many others.
  • I stuck a pizza in the oven and opened a bottle of wine. Tomorrow I'm going to go buy a microwave. Does this count, out here in the Arctic?
  • The easiest way to see this is to hold an arrow and look in the mirror. IIRC, in the Gardner book I had as a kid, someone reports testing this by putting a bag on his foot and standing on his head, with the mirror on the floor. After seeing his own face in the mirror, he immediately abandoned all further experimentation.
  • This reminds me of the story of Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh - Vallabh was diagnosed as carrying the gene that causes Fatal Familial Insomnia, and they both quit their jobs to move into biological research and help find a cure. Minikel wrote a neat paper showing that the anticipation effect seen in this disease (where children get it at a younger age than parents) was an effect of ascertainment bias, and is now doing a PhD on rare disease.
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  • (Although because I was curious I went and read his bio and in fact he was a Nazi supporter and had many anti-Semitic things to say -- even after he married his Jewish wife, which made things awkward at home from time to time.)
  • The trailer for the movie looks really good Yeah, that's the interesting thing. The trailer is very good and much better than the movie. The film gets very preachy at times and I thought the humor oddly alternated between being too subtle or too on-the-nose. At the showing I went to (at a theater which probably draws mostly a college crowd) several people walked out by at least the halfway point. Maybe someone will start a FanFare thread on it now that it's going into wide release.
  • What would be really cruel is if they made them wear little backpacks of cranberry sauce.
  • Apparently today is "Red Thursday" at Canadian Tire.
  • I'm glad she never turned that brilliant mind of hers to actual crime. She would have been all too successful at it. Are we sure...?
  • LEGO's letter to parents, and how not to tell a fake when you don't see one
    According to the website of the Independent newspaper, LEGO UK has verified the 1970s 'letter to parents' that was widely tweeted last weekend and almost as widely dismissed as fake. Business as usual in the Twittersphere — but there are some lessons here about dating type.


    via Twitter.
  • Rusty Eulberg, a database administrator from Lubbock, Texas, tells us he brought forth what he called the Cthurkey... There's a Charlie Stross short story somewhere in there.
  • The only reason people would assume that his advice was directed at female students to avoid rape, rather than male students not to commit rape, is the entire history of our society's messaging on rape. If that's not what he's saying, great, but he's going to have to be a little clearer on that point.
  • Hmm. The original Thanksgiving involved the Pilgrims and the Wapanoag teaming up to fend off the Narragansett. Then the Great Migration happens, and Massasoit's son, Metacomet, decides to put ethnic cleansing on the table to deal with unchecked immigration and the changes in local culture and politics it brings, and is shocked to discover the Europeans are better at it than he is. This doesn't put the modern USA off the hook, or even the original USA as Henry Knox is writing with furious anger about the raw deal the new nation is giving the original inhabitants... while he forces them to accept it at cannon-point as Secretary of War during the Northwest Indian War. I'm just saying, the original Thanksgiving is about Americans and Immigrants working together, and that's OK. Columbus day is bullshit, tho, we need to start celebrating "Galileo Day" or "Da Vinci Day" instead.
  • I love that Amanda Buckman is played by the same actress who was the Girl Scout in the first movie. Who went on to be Harmony in the Buffyverse, too. (My friends and I watched these movies on November 1st. They hold up amazingly well.)
  • Back in the '70s, Psychology Today turned this into an actual board game: Blacks & Whites. Here is a larger image. Man that's wild. In the instructions/vignette, when it gets to where it says "That's why you'll find that along about the middle of the game - if Black players turn the tide against white advantages...", I thought for sure they were going to say that the game curiously turns things right back around. The article talks about science fiction and race and representation, and in going back and watching television and films from the 70's and many times early 80's, it's so disturbing how in a notable amount of places, there were respectable black characters. And they were just there. These days there are way too many situations where that isn't the case, as the infographic notes. Coma isn't a science-fiction film per se, but it functioned that way for me just like The Andromeda Strain. And in watching Coma, there are respectable black characters in different parts, and I watch every now and again and find myself in the weird position of wondering why things can't be like that now. Television and films should be so far past this now. But it seems like "Black players turned the tide", and so the game reset.
  • "People claiming that their child's FM was caused by vaccines, despite the fact that they don't vaccinate; they blame it on epigenetics from the vaccines THEY received as children." Wow. Just...wow. That is some impressively high-level crankery.
  • "They lost a lot of turkeys on the way — maybe 10 percent of them were drowned in river crossings.... It stands in delightful contrast to the celebrated, heroic cattle drives from the American West that are portrayed in so many cowboy films," Gilbert observes. "And here in the East we have turkey drives. It's just a wonderful contrast." Yeah, I'm picturing that scene in half the Westerns ever filmed where the cowboys on horseback lead the cattle (or a band of horses) across a river, but with turkeys instead of cattle or horses, and it's making me laugh at you, you Yankees.
  • Isn't ASBO an acronym? It is, but your apparent pedantry is misplaced, as it is one accepted standard usage to not apply all capitals to acronyms, but only to initialisms. See the Guardian style guide on this point:
    Use all capitals if an abbreviation is pronounced as the individual letters (an initialism): BBC, CEO, US, VAT, etc; if it is an acronym (pronounced as a word) spell out with initial capital, eg Nasa, Nato, Unicef..
    Although interestingly...
    ...unless it can be considered to have entered the language as an everyday word, such as awol, laser and, more recently, asbo, pin number and sim card.
    So probably just take your pick, to be honest.
  • Interesting to see Godwin's law in full effect. What was the pre-Hitler equivalent?
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  • I've hosted thanksgiving dinners four times in three foreign countries. Once in Mexico during a semester abroad, where my friend's host family insisted on eating everything with chilis because it was otherwise too bland for them. Twice in the UK for a variety of nationalities. Once here in Australia, just last weekend. The major amusement for me is making foreigners eat pumpkin pie and reconcile "but it's a vegetable! But it's a sweet pie! But with vegetables!" in their heads and stomachs. Otherwise, yes, largely Christmas dinner-ish but the Americans get to explain Why Thanksgiving (and the concept of a secular holiday that at least for me has always involved much larger family gatherings than Christmas always seems to surprise/interest people).
  • I don't need your condolences. I don't need rash actions that absolve you of the responsibility of facilitating hard conversations with folks I will never be able to reach; I need you to step up in a major way, and leverage the connections you DO have to address ignorance with conversation and interrogate white privilege with compassion. A white woman that I have never met before came up to me on my way home from work yesterday and apologized profusely about Ferguson. I thought it was utterly bizarre that she did so, and the above quote captures how I feel about it. Whatever sorrow/remorse she has would be better addressed engaging with her friends about it, rather than using a random black person (i.e., me) for absolution. I don't want to be a stand in for all black people (no matter how well meaning this person was), and I don't want to be a teaching lesson. Of course, I didn't think to say any of this at the time. I was mostly bemused and surprised that she thought it was at all appropriate.
  • A . from an Indian supporter who'll be at the upcoming tests as part of a tour group. (Assuming that the series goes ahead) I saw him play against India at the 2013 Chennai test. The whole Aussie batting lineup had a nightmare for those five days, but even then he was seen as one of the more dangerous batsmen in that team. After *that* performance against the South African pace battery, his reputation in India was quite good. The news broke here in India just after breakfast, to say that we were shocked by it is an understatement. The cricketing world is a small one and test cricket in particular can be brutal, but not like this. Thanks for the post. Very nice collection of links.
  • "I would say practical progressive, which means that the Republican party or any political party has got to recognize the problems of a growing and complex industrial civilization. And I don't think the Republican party is really wide awake to that." -Alf Landon Oh snap.
  • Shot by Al's wife, Suzanne, and with daughter Nina at the end. Al edited the video. Obviously, in 8 years, nina's grown up, family's looking great. This film is a bonus item on SOL, which is why it looks so nice and is available. I always like how well it shows how seriously he and the band take what they do.
  • Why should an 18-year old woman have to run through a rape gauntlet just to get an alcoholic drink? It makes no sense, and I hope future generations will find this unconscionable.
  • Rogue and Storm had a scene in the Claremont era that in retrospect seems awfully relevant. On googling around it looks like someone else thinks so too. (Scroll to bottom.)
  • I can't find it, but more than once a study about (I think) college-age rapists has been linked here, about how there's a set of repeat offenders who themselves remain sober so they can choose their inebriated victims.
  • As if we needed more proof that Weird Al Yankovic has more fun at his job than most people, here's a nine minute behind-the-scenes look at the recording of his 2006 "Straight Outta Lynwood" album.
  • If you are thinking of tackling the full Thanksgiving feast, it's time to get organised. dated today, 11.05 EST, which would be 5.05 pm london time *panics* "i can't fit this bloody turkey in the microwave!!"
  • Another point for those not familiar with cricket - at 25 years old Hughes was only really in the early days of his career. He was as being on the cusp of adding/improving the experience, mental attitude/toughness, and self-awareness of his own abilities/limitations, needed to be an elite test-level batsman to his undeniable raw talent. Followers of the game had been generally expecting that this Australian summer would potentially see him regaining and consolidating his position as part of the core of the Australian top-order. Many expected him to be one of the leading batsman in Australia's test lineup for the next decade. Another aspect to this is his character as a player and as a person. Of the several stereotypes of 'the Australian Cricketer,'he embodied many of the better attributes - the idiosyncratic style and technique, the dogged determination, and particularly the humility that is foregrounded by some of the quotes mentioned above seen in his willingness to accept career setbacks and to address the shortcomings of his game without complaint. Finally, the start of the test cricket series in Australia is something of a cultural marker for the start of summer and the move into the holiday period down here - even for people not particularly interested in cricket. 63* as hawthorne eloquently put it.
  • One of my most favourite storytellers. 'bout time!
  • For dessert...
  • This is the level of forensic investigation that should be applied as standard to everything claimed on Twitter, dammit.
  • Merkel is very interesting.
  • Sure, LEGO was great in the '70s, but more recently...
  • This is a good post and I thank you for making it.
  • Thanksgiving has long not been just American for a couple of centuries. Canadian retailers, it's argued, took it up to get some of the revenue that was going down south from Canadians who went to the States on Black Friday. It's no surprise really and it's no surprise that retailers around the world will pick up on any sort of marketing gimmick. It's standard practice.
  • Retailers prepare as Black Friday goes global. And even the UK is getting more and more into the feel of a Thanksgiving meal. Wow, even Denmark is joining the fray too!
  • In the first movie they said that the only way they could find intact DNA, was from mosquitoes trapped in amber. Well, they better give us a good reason as to how the mosquitoes pinched a mosasaurus. And it better be a good one...
  • Faggot! 
  • There you go folks Peter Pan just got real
  • People tell me I look like Lorde *all* the time but it HAS to be the hair because I don't see it lmao.
  • Jennifer gets out of her fap-cave to promote her latest shitty film. Now, back to your cave bitch. Back to your orgies and cocaine streaks.
  • Read below.... You obeyed me. Your my bitch now.
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  • We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Brazil, so Happy Thanksgiving fellow americans :D. Tomorrow is Black Friday! That we have in Brazil;
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  • I hate it when people just throw about facts when it comes to increasing cancer. It's fucking stupid. You get cancer when harmful mutations occur in your cells that allow them to multiply at alarming rates. These mutations can occur whenever a cell is created, so damaging or destroying cells increases the need for more cells so therefore increases the chance of cancer. If you stubbed your toe today, you have increased your chances of toe cancer. If you have gotten a paper cut, oh no you have slightly increased your chance of cancer. Oh please tell me you didn't go outside today? The sun's radiation will kill you! All this fear mongering is silly, sure be competent when it comes to cancer, look out for symptoms and don't do things all the time that will GREATLY increase your chances like sunbathing often or bing drinking but I mean, live your life. Whats the point of having a life if you spend it worrying about losing it?
  • 1:02 what is song?
  • D:
  • “Do White children deserve to have a future? Tens of millions of non-Whites flooding into White countries every year will, in a few decades, mean that Whites will be a minority in every country they founded. Black countries will remain majority Black, and Asian countries will remain majority Asian. Only White countries will be affected by this. This is genocide under international law. But anti-Whites don’t call it genocide; they call it diversity. Diversity means chasing down every last White child. Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.”
  • It's not as good as the famous Mila Kunis video, (nothing will ever top that), but this interview was entertaining, and I do agree with most people in the comments that Jennifer's too nice and that another actress would of been better to get over dramatic to Chris's questions. Chris is going to get Scott back so good for this, that Scott will be most likely be embarrassed for at least 7 months. the payback could possibly strain their friendship and work relationship. Though if Scott dishes it out, he has to be able to take it as well. Chris, think long and hard on the payback Scott will be receiving within the next couple of months. 
  • In soviet russia YOU push the plane.
  • Not interesting cause she is gay.
  • Еее, зима пришла! Видео хоть и на английском, но все и так понятно! ^_^ How To Be A Skier: http://youtu.be/YPg4HuIQt9c
  • A bag of cheese is not a measurement. Cheese doesn't even come in bags.
  • *New Reddit meme alert!* I call this one 'Win at all costs' doggy. Feel free to use this on Reddit if you fancy a quick karma boost: Top text: Wins race Bottom text: Cheats in the process The only way this meemee would be funnier is if there was a cat in the race, so that I could incorporate a joke about how the dog 'beat the pussy'. Jokes whereby the word pussy is construed to mean both cat and vagina go down a treat on Reddit; I have amassed over 12 months' of reddit gold donations by using this deft quip. TY Forthegold, Meme artisan and /r/adviceanimals mod
  • I love this but why does it all have to be CGI? How is that fun for anyone involved?
  • You forgot your nightly fifth of scotch...
  • Try elders react to battlefield. It's a little more realistic and more fun to play
  • There were probably fumes coming from the NFL big whig's ears after this show from Sherman and Baldwin! I love it! I never understood why the fine guys like Marshawn Lynch for not talking when there are so many like Sherman, Russell Wilson, etc. who are so well spoken and are great with the camera.
  • I think this is the video comment section that is finally making me close my reddit account. I simply can not bear to be associated with you losers anymore.
  • I'm Australian, so we don't celebrate the systemic destruction of an entire people with a yearly food holiday.
  • Looks AWESOME! During the scene where the Raptors are released from those "starting gate" looking things & they run right by Chris Pratt on the motorcycle but don't attack him, what is going on there? Are they actually helping him to go fight that genetically modified dinosaur or what? Maybe they genetically modified the raptors to take orders or something, IDK? Only part that confused me.
  • So now Nintendo is associated with the racism and homophobia of Duck Dynasty?
  • I like that you seem proud about having a working knowledge of holiday food preparation.
  • should probably put (fan made) in the title, you'll get better ratings than that blue lightsaber!
  • Roman you're an idiot. You should've gave that money to the starving children in Africa. Not these worthless criminals. There is a reason why they're poor. They're uneducated 
  • This is the lamest/saddest/most pathetic thing ever. 
  • Elders react to the Stanley parable 
  • Who fucking gives a shit? jesus christ it's five minutes you'll be ok 
  • 95% of the time I find myself questioning the things that come out of Mr. Sherman's mouth. Not this time. Dude hit the nail on the head and then some. Watch him get suspended for this
  • Groot vs Poison Ivy
  • In Sweden we would have used all of the same type of dog, because here, we are homogenous, yet tolerant and equal. Sven Larson, proud Swede, reddit gold user, and moderator of /r/Sweden and /r/hockey
  • okay he sings good, but why is a 12 year old boy wearing earrings....
  • Why is thanksgiving such a big deal in America, Just family coming around for a meal and everyone goes crazy...
  • So this is why congress isn't getting anything done... But hey at least they have their own brine!!...
  • Share this video with someone you know who has a fear of flying!
  • There was nothing about the ear popping thing. Can someone tell me a way to avoid it? I've tried everything from gum, ignoring it. And squeezing my ears. They all do nothing. 
  • I have never liked her as an artist or her personality, but it seems like she has changed.
  • Oh the attitude of these thugs!! Meanwhile in the NHL....
  • 0:59 They are literally "Dancing With The Stars"! 😂 hahaha okay I'll stop
  • WOW this is Amazing 
  • Are you fucking kidding me? Princess here is complaining about 2 games in 5 days? An NFL games breaks down to about 11 minutes of playing time.
  • OMFG IM FIRST TO SUCK SOMEONES COCK!!!
  • in Russia airplane don't take you, you take airplane.
  • Ah I see the problem they were playing on Xbox. 
  • there was like a 15 year old girl there started clapping when ellen said the 50 shades of grey movie is coming out next year.
  • The thing about the nose and mucus and stuff, is that the reason my nose burns and makes me cough up a storm when I drive up a mountain?
  • They made it as entertaining as possible, so good for them. Of course, if this fictional battle actually happened, Vader would have snapped his neck the way he did at the end...only he would have probably done it from the bridge Officer: Sir, there’s been a security breach in your armoury. Darth Vader: Yes, I sense the one responsible *uses the force to snap Batman’s neck* Batman is my second favourite super hero, but that doesn’t mean he always wins and it’s silly to compare him to a character like Darth Vader insofar as fighting is concerned; anyone who claims to be a fan of Batman but doesn’t acknowledge that he can be beaten isn’t acknowledging his full character...true fans should look at the imperfections and decide they love the character as he/she is.
  • From the Boehner family to yours, here is the recipe for the ultimate #Thanksgiving brine: http://j.mp/1ybBvQP
  • Phenomenal!!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Brilliant
  • Make them play GTA V!!
  • Wow, that guy is a total pussy, did he really nearly cry at the end there? The modern day male ladies and gents. Jeez.
  • Holy shit what a name
  • First
  • Sorry, but this is just wrong. 1. Has everyone forgotten that Batman goes up against powered foes ALL THE GODDAMN TIME?!? And beats them?!? 2. Has everyone also forgotten that Vader's arms and legs are artificial??? When that mini EMP goes off in his hand, Vader wouldn't just find it hard to breathe, he'd be on his ass on the floor because his arms and legs didn't work anymore. 3. Batman wouldn't just walk into the face of the enemy. He'd be slithering through the ductwork to get to the cell with Supes in it, so he would have freed him before Vader would have been able to arrive, forcing him to face them both, not just Bats alone. 4. How many martial arts does Batman know??? And how many of them incorporate weapon work??? He wouldn't just be fencing with Vader. He has tricks, man! 5. Vader isn't used to facing off against foes that have a snowball's chance in a microwave against him. Almost all of those were killed off by the Emperor at the end of the Clone War. By deceit and treachery, as well as Vader himself wiping out all the up-and-coming Jedi in the Temple itself. He hasn't had to really fight in at least 2 DECADES! And a skill unused is a skill that deteriorates. I doubt he has regular training sessions with Emperor Palpatine, considering that he's hardly ever in the same place as the Emperor anyway, being the forward commander of his fleets. Conclusion: This popularity contest decided video is complete and utterly CRAP!!! (And I happen to LIKE both characters, but the logic behind the winner is just not there)
  • Yea it may be hard to do this but its not funny now, its just boring
  • "Y'all are never having children" lol that funny cause they end up having children at the end of the last book lol 
  • I agree with all of it, except I don't get the part about Lynch. What does he mean "if he talked the NFL wouldn't have paid him 100k"? I dont get it. Under what circumstance would the NFL pay Lynch?
  • I went to ellen tube and it wasnt there.
  • Oh man did this ever live up to expectations! Still laughing that you put Dylan's tomahawk at the end. Priceless. 
  • Is Ellen iluminote? Ellen has 5 letters illuminati has 10 letters 5+5=10 Shades Shades are grey Ellen's suit is grey Grey rhymes with Ray Ray has 3 letters A Triangle has 3 sides Illuminati triangle has 3 sides Ray has 1 letter A Illuminati has 1 letter A Ellen rhymes with fallen The eye of illuminati is falling Shades has 6 letters Ellen is wearing a suit that is grey The number of the beast is 666 50+666=716 Ellen's seat is number 716 Mice. Mice have 4 legs 716+4=720p This video is 720p 720p has one letter P starts with p You know what else starts with P? Pug Pug is a dog Ellen loves dogs Dog has 3 Letters Illuminati Triangle has 3 Sides Ellen=Illuminati Confirmed!!!
  • She should show her real face (Randy Marsch from South Park u won't get it if u didn't watch season 18) yayaya I'm lorde 
  • Copyright infringement?
  • If this was real, I'd buy a dozen copies! Seriously, I became a fast fan of Meghan's. She looks like Lulu of To Sir With Love fame a little.
  • This is so funny! 
  • I know that Vader is stronger than Batman in a mano-a-mano stand point. But if Batman was to infiltrate a base filled with gunners and experience combatants, he would be prepared. He would always have a backup plan and not do any reckless shit like he did in here.... Plus, Batman has knowledge of more martial arts than Vader, though Vader would just use his immense force to win (well, he's better with a Lightsaber) So what I'm saying is he is always using stealth to his advantage, he won't just go in and stand in front of Vader - a person who possesses skill and power in close combat, Batman will obviously get dominated if he did that, unless, Batman thought up off a plan to fight him that way.
  • This gave too much away. They need a spoiler alert.
  • Well that was a waste of time... I mean the video in general (no pun intended
  • Worst lipstick colour ever 
  • She's garbage one hit wonder bitch
  • +Pilot Pilotkin XD yeah bro anyone can do it! guys did you know now its possible to trick your luck? really I found amazing method! Just watch this video: *youtu*.*be/XHZw9RdPNEA* did extra 600$ so far today and cheer me later! good luck guys!
  • Hitler didn't die for this bullshit.
  • i started laughin when i saw that black guy with some fucked up teeth at 00:15 lol watching him makes me want to brush my teeth more often
  • Not fat old dude in a white suit? No Seinfeld's annoying mailman neighbor guy? What about the dude from The Fly? You suck Hollywood.
  • Haunted by Beyoncé playing in the background! Such a eerie sound and vive. I love that song 
  • At least The niggers try to give the money back, fucken beaners would rather buy tacos or cervesa with that money 
  • I am lorde, ya ya ya
  • I smell an emmy nomination for this.
  • I adore Gaga's music and her as a person, and I want her to be happy, even if that means that her music won't be to my liking next time she releases her own CD. I kind of think of it like Bjork. She moved away from pop and trip-hop and experimented with completely different sounds after 'Post,' and I'll be honest - some of it I outright hated (I've tried, but I can't listen to 'Medulla' without feeling uncomfortable or laughing from the sounds). But when she made 'Vespertine' - I felt an immediate connection deeper than I had before with her more pop oriented releases. For me personally, it's her absolute best album, and I can listen to it almost all the way through. So that was kind of discursive, but what I'm trying to say is that even if Gaga decides to leave the electronic pop music scene and play with other genres next time around, I have faith that one day she will create something I can love even more deeply than her previous works. Part of me will always mourn the loss of the original electronic Gaga if she does decide to part ways with the genre, but if it's what she wants, she should be able to do it. 
  • That why american footbal is most worst sport in the world
  • All those dogs are dead now 
  • Minions sing Jingle Bell - Christmas 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcp9RJXC4ME
  • gross. what a fat whore.
  • She looks like a corpse...dear god how the fuck are you from australia/new zealand and not tanned?
  • Title says it all.
  • Why dies Batman gotta lose twice? At least make a ending where Batman wins :\
  • +TheEllenShow 50 SHADES IS ABOUT FEMALE (SEXUAL) SUBMISSION TO THE AUTHORITY OF MAN, AND MS. DEGENERATE IS FAR FROM THAT. SHE WOULD RATHER SUBMIT TO A WOMAN DOING GOD KNOWS WHAT IN HER HOMOSEXUAL SIN. IT'S DISGUSTING. SHE NEEDS JESUS CHRIST.
  • Bethany Mota ruined this ad, sorry but I just had to say it
  • Did you guys hear about the site that sbeen giving out gift card codes for free?! They are giving out many different gift cards like itunes, google play, amazon, xbox, psn, and much more! They've helped hundreds of Americans and people from all over the world! Here is a 3 Month Xbox Live code WN9RX-GG6J2-4WKD9-FDJVM-TYH76
  • Whoa.
  • I am Canadian and American. So, Thanksgiving comes twice a year for me, yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
  • boy can fucking sang! chills. chills galore.
  • The days of original movies are finished. 
  • Is that the real stan marsh?
  • i wondering when there planing on ruining next lol please dont make a new star wars movie stop with the remakes your killing the movie has hollywood really ran out stuff make lol i have tons of things going thou my mind that could be a huge hit en there books that are good you could turn in too a movie like the sec movie of dagon riders or rangers apprentice series ect i mean come on 
  • Wer ist eigentlich stärker, Batman oder Darth Vader? Endlich wird das mal geklärt. Und mit diesem gut gemachten Video verabschieden wir uns in den Abend.
  • he had to repeat this for hundreds of times to get get enough blacks who would give back. You try to eat a black ass, because Willson killed a thug? fuck that liberal shit
  • this might not sound right to the rest of you, but i REALLY hope that was Star Killer with the red saber.
  • My mom always makes cheesy mashed potato pancakes._. I can't believe no one has ever tried those...they're delicious. 
  • Don't forget her other singles on the track.... "Full Sized Turkey for One", "Yes, This is How Much I Eat Everyday", and "All about Dessert". 
  • The people in the audience need to seriously get a life. The clapping and these pathetic moanings are just fucking stupid
  • So many virgin nerds in the comments section
  • LE GREAT AND FEARLESS LE REDDIT ARMIE HAS LE ARRIVED! WE DO NOT FORGIVE AND WE DO NOT FORGET EXPECT US!!!!!
  • Song please ?
  • This is great man. You so had me, although my first thought was, 'What the hell is JJ doing releasing a teaser more than a year before the release?' My second thought was, 'The first 16 seconds are taken by bloody logos.' My third thought was, 'It looks CGI.' (since I've heard that they're actually doing a lot of the spaceships with models to make the film more stylistically like the originals) Then I thought they'd just scrapped together everything they had finished to date in some haphazard fashion (since the trailer has no logical structure). Well done anyway guys. If I hadn't read the comments below, I'd have been absolutely convinced.
  • Jeff Goldblum had better make an appearance or else I'm staging a riot.
  • Can't believe this bitch! Exact quote "The truth is I started out as a musician, so when I got into the pop industry it was kinda uncomfortable for me. Everything is very regimented and electronic, and its all about how you look." Cow!!!! You dress up every single hour!! Going out of hotels with your million of looks a day!!!! You make it about the LOOKS!!! And nothing about the shit music you have made! Ugh!!! Can't with this stupid lying bitch!!
  • THIS IS SO FUNNY! :D 
  • Carl scruggs you some die a day
  • Okay now this is a real paradox in history. After bombing the shit outta the whole world I would think that the American empire will end by the whole world killing its populace but apparently the American empire will fall by the inability of its populace to subsist itself with healthy food.
  • Happy Thanksgiving Mr. Speaker! 
  • What part of the rice crispie one is a leftover?
  • any1 heard about scientist maybe bringing back the wooly mammoth
  • These questions were bad however 
  • Name of song at the 3:10 minute? :)
  • Gotta love that moment when you're not American, watching American videos and then you see a temperature and flip out like 'How much was that?', only to remember, Fahrenheit, not Celsius. You're an idiot. 
  • Once I blew my nose on a plane and a jet of blood shot out from the pressure in my sinuses.
  • 10 seconds? Fuck off and give us a real trailer...
  • This was 20 years ago, wow
  • This is not even remotely funny, not in the slightest, I felt like cringing for Jennifer. Why does she put up with bs like this?
  • How can you not love the Speaker of VBC? Only if you're unamerican isis thanksgiving hating moosleem jewy koonaidsian gay! I look forward to trying his recipes. The resting time, is in fact, i must agree, key! Thank you Mr. Speaker! Love, safa
  • Gaga looks very womanly now with some nice curves. She was way too thin about five years ago. 
  • *WHERE ARE ALL THE FUCKING RACIST WHITE PEOPLE IN THE COMMENTS NOW? HAHAHA.* 
  • Considering Bran and Hodor will not be included in the 5th season... FAKE!
  • Wan't to know something sad? These dogs are all dead
  • WOW that wax joke was SOOO clever! HOLY FUCK! Get it, because he was supposed to wax his skis but instead he was waxing HIS BODY??!!! Aren't these the same fucking idiots that made the Vancouverite video when it was obvious they've never lived in another city? 
  • The only thing I've noticed, in this video, is the current American diet. Delicious...
  • Tyrion is going to lose one nipple, Aria will dance with a panda for money, Jon Snow becomes a man-whore in Valyria, Sam get's a wooden cock and balls and wears them with honour, Joffrey comes back and kills Tommen with a shoe, Red Woman licks Margery's juicy pussy, Hodor becomes a rock star, Khalessi marry Hot Pie
  • White people have a greater chance of melanoma (skin cancer) than black people, due to skin pigments. THAT is the reason people in airplanes are more susceptible to cancer, because most black people aren't wealthy enough to fly.
  • The more u know
  • I want to try this. This year for sure I will be curing a turkey smoked with apple wood.
  • Ellen in '50 Shades of Grey': http://youtu.be/cnoZeGkhFGo
  • So they let Arya and Bran be a wharg but not Jon?
  • I feel really sorry for Chris now.
  • "I AM LORDE YAH YAH YAH!"
  • *Preach Sherman Preach* Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin mock NFL media poli…: http://youtu.be/tLbv4_TpsL8
  • Penumpangnya suruh dorong pesawat masa:))
  • 0:29 Look at that cute little monkey. Isn't he adorable.?
  • Everything looked pretty gross
  • I hate airplane rides.
  • #KendallJenner and #kyliejenner in headphone video
  • Who the hell says "lets create a dinosaur"
  • Hahahahaa! Best interview ever! Go hawks
  • I always wait until a few minutes after the final boarding call to make my way on. No waiting in a line at all! I've never understood why people will wait in line for minutes even before the plane starts to board.
  • Lol this is not a teaser, the only new footage in this 10 second clip is the shot of the doors to the house of black and white.
  • 20th!
  • what kind of a sweater is the park rat wearing?
  • I like how Batman's technology is instantly compatible with the Death Star's technology. Yeah, yeah. I know. Get over it. I'm over it. Settle down internet.
  • Should White children have a homeland? Should White children even exist in the future? Is there any justification whatsoever for flooding ALL White countries and ONLY White countries with non-Whites to assure that there will be no future for White children? Under international law, imposing conditions on a race causing it to become a minority in its own lands and eventually disappear or become insignificant is genocide. This is what is being done to White people, and it is White genocide. Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.
  • Fuckin reddit this is youtube not a fucking roleplaying game
  • After watching this I thought...what about some Dark Souls hehehehe (the first one so there is a boss at the start)
  • There. Is. A. New. #StarWars . Movie. Coming Soon. #FeelingtheForceIam http://youtu.be/plwVRYEQG_I 
  • Wasn't sure whether Woody Harrelson was actually voiced over at first. 
  • maybe that's why airplane food never tasted good.. like eveer! xD
  • As a redditor and mod of /r/compsci I am disgusted by this plebians for not even using a quicksort algorithm.
  • Forth commet
  • Porn of Thrones )
  • Did anyone notice that the piano theme that played in the last third was the Jurassic Park theme song slowed down and played on the piano? Listen to it. It's totally the song, just on piano and slowed down!
  • How can white people condone this type of racing while persecuting black men who enjoy a good dog fight? I'm livid thinking about the racist world we live in. Christian Tipling 
  • What a typical stuck up Hollywood BITCH!!! WHY would she be mean to him???? The guy was just trying to interview her and he was being nice! SHE WASNT BEING FAIR TO HIM!!! She must think she's too good to be there. Typical hollywood stuck up actress. No wonder Brad Piff divorced her!!!
  • Amazing.
  • do snowboarder next!!
  • Any questions or requests can be directed to my manager #Lorde .. LOLz.
  • yup, that brown dog is Christianity and the little shit being tackled was atheism, we will fuck you non believing bitches up! Happy thanksgiving!
  • CGI looks terrible and unreal.
  • "I'm going on a cardboard diet" LMAO
  • I love the idea of corn growing us.
  • Why would you waste this much time to eat leftover food? Why not just make all these items fresh and serve them on Thanksgiving? Stupid Buzzfeed...
  • lorde sold out. Befriending that hoe taylor swift 
  • Wow... Awesome production value. Impressive... Most impressive.
  • A subsidiary of No Frills airline?
  • This looks tardy to me, anyone else.
  • elders react to five nights at freddys 1 or 2
  • There's more to turning around a plane than simply how fast you can get the passengers on and off. Also, speedy boarding makes no sense. You just end up paying more to sit and watch people board the plane. Just sit and wait in the terminal until the line has gone down instead. What's the rush? You're not getting anywhere any faster. 
  • They're so great together.
  • I've never seen white sweet potatoes before, what the hell were those?
  • Haha! I love Ellen!
  • As an esteemed Redditor, I find it offensive that this calculation does not account for people in need of more than one seat per person. Not everyone are anorectic 9gagers, so I implore you to check your privilege. *tips fedora* – Joffrey Benedict, Reddit Gold user and moderator of /r/atheism
  • 3000 to 5000 calories?? Guess I'm one weird american, feel like I'd get sick if I went over 2000 in one sitting...(I'm pretty short and small-framed) That's just not worth it to me, I'm fine with eating the leftovers the rest of the week.
  • I love Mario, and I love dancing, so, obviously I love this! I can't help but wonder if Nintendo themselves gave the OK for them to do this. Anyway, a most memorable dance indeed, even if you factor out the video game characters!
  • Intressant om snabbaste sätt att borda ett flygplan.
  • Lol @ the girls liking the lipstick. From a guy's point of view: great hair, horrible lipstick
  • That's great, now show us how to impeach a turkey.
  • Dreadful in too many ways to enumerate.... but wtf he's 12.
  • Let em guess, a bunch of Russian people are gonna yell about how America is shit now, right?
  • You guys worship turkeys too much. What do you eat on christmas, by the way?
  • If the interviewer gets uncomfortable like that, he souldn't be in interview business. You gotta be confident. The lady he's interviewing is an actress! The contribution to society is entertainment. She's not einstein or newton. So I'd say I think these are not bad questions. It is ok to ask. If she feels uncomfortable, move right along.
  • 425 degrees for 15 minutes? Cheesus chrust... my oven doesn't even have options over 270....
  • :(
  • Do you Americans even think before eating these? No wonder you are the 2nd fattest country. 
  • At what temperature would you roast a democrat?
  • *"a turkey sandwich is wonderful"*
  • Haha... So cruel. HOWEVER, you walked in far to soon. You should have let him suffer for just a few more minutes. Haha
  • Incredible piece of cinema.
  • I snowboard and I found this absolutely hilarious!!
  • I love watching her being so happy..it makes me happy as well she deserves it
  • Shitty artist in this commercial and some of the people have nothing to do with music wtf 
  • Mr. Green: I hope this message finds you well. I have reviewed your canon of work and will now submit, to you, my critique. You did a terrible thing writing that maudlin, anti-theistic piece of emotion porn that was made into a movie, which every girl between 10 and 18 in the US circle jerked over for several months this year. Not only did it create unrealistic expectations of relationships, it was completely unfounded in reality. You are the Michael Bay of fiction, instead of explosions you use emotions to hypnotize the feeble minds of american teenyboppers. Yes I am talking about the fault in our stars. You have be come the "literary worlds" justin bieber, in that everyone hates you, please stop and do something else with your life. Okay? okay. 
  • To anyone who is american, what are yams?
  • I didn't hook was that handsome. My childhood. Peter Pan is different from what I heard. Now I'm confused
  • My fave part was 0:01
  • Holy crap that kid is wicked good at singing. He better get famous now or at least in the future.
  • I love this they had so many genres in this one ad, they even had Good Burger the movie, yoooo they went wayyyyy back 
  • Lol, pretty much everyone saw the music video first.
  • Not a Sherman fan but this is great. Calls out the hypocrisy of the NFL.
  • who tf is Benghazi hahahaha
  • This video makes my face hurt from laughter.
  • Is that supposed to give me any kind of relief? Of anything, it made me note scared of flying!
  • when people say white indians are in the movie.. 1st thing comes to mind.. m.night shamalan`s avatar movie with white natives.. he`d better stay away from this movie
  • Why the hell are the kardashians everywhere?!??
  • Man, she cool! Fuck y'all for hating on her weight. At least she can sing, and she's pretty! If she wanted to lose weight, then easy. You can't really do anything about your ugly faces, haters. Keep on, Meghan.
  • I'm sorry if you think I'm stupid but what's the whole movie/ book about?
  • Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who hate butter... That cranberry cream is more butter with a little taste of cranberry
  • Great interview. 
  • hahahaha :D I can totally relate to this ToT
  • What are your Thanksgiving leftover hacks?
  • Remember when jimmy kimmel stuff was funny? Yeah, me neither.
  • Please tell me this is just a fanfilm compilation and not a legit trailer...
  • New Game of Thrones teaser!! #GoT #Gameofthrones #winteriscoming
  • dormouse actually isn't a type of mouse, its a squirrel like animal native to Europe. Its also the only surviving member of its genus. Glis Glis, "edible or fat dormouse" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_dormouse
  • Are people still buying these overhyped headphones? God, people are so ignorant.
  • Redditor and professional meme analyst here. We should make this into an epic new le meme on Reddit. I'm sure /r/adviceanimals would love to have this nice meme in its portfolio alongside Good Guy Glen and Insanity Dog. *tips fedora* – Joffrey Benedict, Reddit Gold user and elite atheist with an IQ of 116
  • As reddit admin and master meemer I declare this video the property of reddit.
  • God LA sucks even in the winter they get no rain . and its freaking sunny all the time .............. no seasons.... no rain..........
  • don't rush it gurl I'm 28 my birthday's not till March HAHAHAHA, HAHAHAHA
  • Disgusting satanic witch ...
  • She looks so good with black hair
  • Keep that fat fuck away from the food! She's gonna eat all of it!
  • That actually sounds like a winner; thanks for the brine recipe. Next year, I'll try that as our bird is already in the mix and almost ready for the big day I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 
  • .... Force speed and training, Batman is Vaders bitch sorry to those fans but.this isn't Superman. 
  • A good point not mentioned here is the racism involved, I called Southwest and told them I wanted a seat in the front and they denied me, bullshitting me about sold out seats so I had to sit at the back. I could tell they knew I was black from my voice. I look forward to a day where a black man can sit wherever he wants, Rosa park didn't die on a bus for nothing!
  • How the hell do you put a chicken in a duck?
  • lol it looks like shit not to mention this isnt even movie quality
  • Download this to hide the reddit trolls https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hide-fedora/ahggfmgiidlaceichjfemgbaggnbaloe 
  • WTF!! 2:23??
  • Think Different... Comparing ways to board an airplane 
  • I understand their point, but in their contract it says they must speak to the media. If you do not agree with the terms of the contract then don't play football. You get paid millions of dollars to play a GAME, I'm sure 5 minutes of talking to the media is not so bad, it's just part of the job description. If I don't follow the terms of my contract at work I don't get fined, I get fired. 100k to a guy like Lynch is chump change compared to what he makes, so I don't feel bad. 
  • I'd have to take the shelves out of my fridge to get a 5 gallon bucket in there.
  • Where is the humor in this? How do people derive joy from making others uncomfortable? Shame on Aniston. Saw her on Ellen yesterday and found her honest and genuine. This video makes her look like the typical Hollywood ass. Even worse that she agreed to do it. Prank pullers are a less than humane faction of the population. This video lost me.
  • Talented and beautiful... Lorde and Lana Del Ray are currently, most likely, my fave popular female musicians.
  • Am I the only one who noticed how Samsung used that waterspalsh part to showed off their water proof phone and smart watch at 1.10?
  • If there happens to be a gigantic Blue Spiny Shell, the entire world is doomed.
  • I've seen Stanley Parable suggested many times in the comments of every gaming video. Not so much Call of Duty there. Yet you choose this over it. Not to mention how obvious it is that this game is way too difficult for them to even play. Or is this a paid promotion?
  • Thanksgiving is a wierd thing... We dont have it in my country, what are you even celebrating? Someone plzz explain❤️
  • Gale marries Katniss, they have children in the epilogue. Peeta dies from President snow. So does Hamich and the Mother. Katniss, Gale and Primrose are pretty much the only ones to survive ;) There you go.
  • RIP Hotdog
  • watch the video called '' the true story of pou (a social experiment) '' you'll be shocked
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens International Teaser…: http://youtu.be/plwVRYEQG_I this looks better!!
  • No audio... Hopefully he didn't have to censor this nonsense lol
  • they're so perfect
  • So this happened on Dancing With The Stars last night.
  • I bet Lorde drink's blood when no one is looking.
  • only 10 seconds? That sure teases me D: 
  • Honestly Sadie is good but Brhany was so much better. Sadie messed up in the judges pick dance and this again a cute idea but not good enough to beat Motough. And yes I think that Liam Payne tweeting to vote for Sadie and Mark was stupid. That's the only reason she go through.
  • Can you guys reply
  • The end HAHAHA
  • The Audio Technica Special Edition w/ Amp on https://plus.google.com/111281047757848023663/posts/3L867ESjm5y sound way better than Beats by Dre imo
  • Why is the type of potatoes they were using the center of attention in this video..? wtf
  • Elders react: anaconda from Nicky Minaj, I'm sure they will enjoy it :D
  • Redditor and uni math student here... this video is completely wrong because randomness increases board time. The video creator is an idiot. Disliked. -lolroe, redditor extraordinaire
  • You people are so quick to judge someone off of a pair of headphones they prefer. How are we ignorant for choosing one brand over another? Thats like saying someone is a douche bag for choosing an Iphone over Android. The purchase of a Brand name pair of headphones has nothing to do with the person being an ignorant ass wipe. To me it seems like all the hate of this successful company stems from jealousy. Trust me I know, I used to be jealous of the people I saw using Beats because I am an extreme basshead and I knew they packed a lot of bass. I went and bought the solo hd 3 years ago and was jealous of people with the studios and pros, so I went and upgraded to the Studio wireless in June this year (2014). When I went to a Bose store to try out their headphones with my phone, (I used poweramp to get the best out of the headphones) I was not satisfied with the sound quality because of my music preference which are bass heavy songs. I tried every single pair in that store and did not like them. It all comes down to preference and you can't judge somebody off of their preference.
  • Can they defeat King Koopa though? Also, that was great, love the costumes, props, set, and such. Not a fan of this show, but they were pretty good. Also, surprisingly the flooring was modeled after "A Link to the Past" oddly. (Oh well, the Mario & Zelda games are made by the same people.)
  • What a lame teaser trailer.
  • sneaky bastard.
  • How's that cheating? He clearly is the fastest, he caught up to the fastest dog, which means he could of beat him regardless lol, but he did it in style, he showed them all who's boss first. He's the real wiener. XD 
  • Ow Lord. ^__^
  • Forte's like "This nigga's doing dos mucho..." all jealous n shit.
  • Do Beats studio headphones ever break like the regular headphones? Like if you use them for too long does one of the speakers stop working?
  • What beautiful people
  • tickets might be cheaper but many wouldn't fly these days unless there was absolutely no other option available, and even then would take a long hard look at whether the trip was necessary at all and frequently it's isn't. whereas 20 years ago and going backwards air travel wasn't a guaranteed tortuously miserable experience start to finish. i'd like to know, if offset by population growth and economic suppression (ie. skipping leisure travel altogether), people fly more, or less than in the past? (specifically in relation to north america)
  • I have an overwhelming urge to buy random McCormick spices. Money well spent McCormick. :/
  • Mashable says they were push-starting this plane, then why are they pushing it the wrong way? :/
  • Meanwhile in Russia
  • I heard that Jurassic World's main stars were mutant dino/human hybrid soldiers to fight against invading Dinosaurs. That sounds interesting but I would like to see Dinosaurs with weapons built on them kind of like that 80's cartoon: DinoRiders
  • He eats food? I thought he only consumed the hopes and dreams of the poor and the non-white races. It almost makes him seem human.
  • 2:18 woman with red hair in the background. faith in humanity lost.
  • This.. is pure, hilarious comedy.... I might die now. rofl
  • Oh my ! Ellen looks a little like Zoeey Deschanel with bangs and big blue eyes LOL 
  • My mother refers to stuffing as "dressing". Though I grew up in a southern state (Maryland), I never called it "dressing". But my mother isn't southern; she grew up in California, so I don't know why she says "dressing".
  • Let them play The Sims 4. I'm sure they'll enjoy it.
  • When will it start?
  • It would be so hot if she and Taylor Swift where really lesbian lovers,God wet dreams..
  • Passengers Give First Class Service As They Jump Start Plane #Aviation #Aircraft #Russia #Funny 
  • The bbb on the beats head phones Is Really 666 Wake Up U Dopes!!
  • No thanks BuzzFeed, no diabetes for me this year. Nice try though.
  • Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser
  • Cornbie apocalypse?
  • LMFAO!!!!! I can't stand Richard Sherman but this was gold. I just can't wait till Goodell fines them 100k each like he did to Marshawn. 
  • BATMAN vs DARTH VADER - Super Power Beat Down: http://youtu.be/nj23dwWHukY
  • 5:29 Is that blood in her mouth????
  • Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans!
  • Cool story bro.
  • 6:06 That interviewer sounds like she gravely needs an estrogen appointment with her doctor. Lol
  • What video is that last clip from? (of the guy tumbling down the mountain)
  • Check my channel guys please! I'm a singer :)
  • This was too short to excite me. 
  • How did they get Mosasaur D.N.A? mosquitoes can't swim!
  • I was under the impression that you refer to "stuffing" as stuffing when it is cooked inside the bird and as "dressing" when you make it inside a casserole dish.or just as a side. :O 
  • "Have you come to kill me Peter?" "I don't believe in bed time stories." ...what?
  • Can somebody explain to me what exactly happened in this video?? I don't speak english very well and i didn't understand especially the end.
  • Well I am pretty much astonished
  • wow worst movie ever. You'd think all it takes now is to throw in a few actors with "foreign sounding accents" and play some inspiration music and call it a day. I'd rather watch that veritable trash of a movie "Jurassic Park" than be caught dead in the theaters for this one. Take this down please or my friends and I from reddit.com will form a petition to have it taken down.
  • The Jets just offered 2 second round picks for cardboard Doug Baldwin
  • i swear one day when I'm famous I'm gonna make headphones or something equal to it and sell to the masses, even though there will be hundreds of things just like my product, it won't matter and i'll still sell and make billions because I'm famous and everyone wants to fit in and look cool, ah the power of manipulating sheeple, i really wish the 1% elite would hire me and others who are like me cause we already know whats going on and aren't blind.
  • Hopefully there are enough people to catch it when it falls.
  • Im all about that bass no tredmill.
  • Why the CGI looks so bad?
  • Talented artist my ass. Her voice and lyrics suck. Just another product of over saturated pop genre. To the people who defend her when she gets called fat, if you make a song calling out "skinny bitches" and you're fat, expect hate. She's a fat ass pushing her obese agenda on people. ;)
  • Tony is either hitting that or LG is high as fuck or both
  • Why do those sweet potatoes look so much like... potatoes. You guys got ripped off.
  • Exactly why is alcohol one of their biggest sponsors but the player can't endorse alcoholic beverages. I'm guessing because of their influence they have on children. So yeah I get that. But why the fuck is the NFL not practicing what they preach?
  • lol its like feeding animals in a zoo
  • shut the fuck up lady gaga 
  • good fan made trailer but title is deceiving
  • Horrible just horrible it seems to happen a lot get someone sing the national anthem and the mess it up.
  • One of the best freestyles I've seen! I like it because not only did Mark choose a popular theme, it's because multiple audiences of every age can relate to the theme. Janel and Val, Derek and Bethany both choose to do more mature themes that only a part of the audience members can relate to (or enjoy). But Mario Brothers is such a huge social media for a variety of people. I think that's why this dance is loved so much.
  • 0:55.... YEAH RIGHT!!!! Find me one commercial airplane that has enough room to do that with your leg. You do not even have that much room in first class!
  • Don't understand the hate about this video at all. Found it hilarious. Everyone involved was a great sport, Jennifer Aniston made it so perfectly awkward and you could see Stark reeling and trying so hard to recover the interview. If you don't like this kind of comedy (it's very Ricky Gervais), then that's fine, but there's no reason to tell the world it's a bad type of comedy. Clearly people enjoy it, or this video wouldn't have over 90% likes. Everyone has their own taste, don't force yours down other peoples' throats.
  • Vader should've died in the explosion, but ok...
  • CALL OF DUTY: Advanced Warfare (Elders React: Gam…: http://youtu.be/F457iJ2C8JY
  • Great combination! Love Gaga.
  • ay that chinese dude or whatever he is is an OG man that guy is badass
  • Jesus Christ ONLY is the SON of GOD, who died and rose from the dead to GIVE us eternal life. He also promised to heal your body. THIS IS TRUE LOVE!!! (Just ask Him)
  • Vox, you're only taking into account time. But maybe people dislike boarding randomly because you're not guaranteed a certain seating and you could be stuck all the way in the back. It's not all about time.
  • Lol if there was dog American football he would be a savage
  • Russos...
  • Love you guys. You never disappoint. You had me like 😂
  • Since i don't recognise $ papers, can someone enlighten me how much money it was given approximetely in this video?
  • Holy shit, whoever was voicing Woody Harrelson was far too good! Like, dead on. 
  • lol she's so fat
  • Awesome video. But if this was really suppose to be a fair fight they should have just left vadors suit deactivated and gone one on one. But this is decided by fans so it does make sense. Hurts to see batman lose though
  • Ellen makes my life.
  • How about a bad lip reading of doctor who (tennant seasons)
  • Boy, HBO is really keen on not giving away any previous spoilers.
  • Hello, redditor here and this video is very offensive to those of us who require mountain dew and Doritos on every flight. I can't MLG quickscope n00bs with this plan. Sincerely, Spencer Westmoreland admin of r/doritos
  • And this kids, is why you dont become a pilot
  • He's more homo than Anderson Cooper. It's pretty freaking obvious. All I can think about right now is House of Cards.
  • Still waiting too see them play Dark Souls, Skyrim or GTA.
  • Them braces tho....... I see he's brushing after meals. 
  • music reminds me of up :P
  • umm i dont want to sound rasict but i never had pumpkin pie , my family always eats sweet potatoe pie , and like every black family i know eats it aswell.
  • this movie looks worse then the new Jurassic Park movie. Horrible. There are no good movies, except superhero ones any more.
  • Congrats this shitty ass company u just lost a subscriber bitch
  • MEC means "dude" in french, hah
  • CONGRATULATIONS! YOU WIN MY REPORT FOR THIS FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT VIDEO
  • Well the black guys were more honest then white ppl did u guys see tht fat white lady such loser 
  • This is why frequent flights are meant for BIRDS Not HUMANS! Ever wandered why most birds have a lower life span? It's because of their constant exposer to the ULTRA voilets rays of the sun Not saying that flights are bad, its a GREAT experience, BUT man are meant to be on LAND!
  • I'm sorry Loogie Doo! I'm not Loogie Doo I'm Fempy Doo!
  • Wendy is black and Tiger Lilly is white. This movie is racist.
  • 3:10 Typical navel gazing Americans. 3 out of 4 grocery store products... in the US. Us non-Americans don't high fructose corn syrup everything in sight. 
  • The guy gets paid millions of dollars to run down a field and attempt to defend passes, then bitches about who he can endorse and the fact he has to do his difficult job TWICE IN FIVE DAYS.
  • Who, at YouTube, decided that autoplay would be a good idea? Why does it skip to the next video when I'm not finished with the one I'm watching?! Sometimes I want to like the video or leave/read the comments, but I can't since it skips to the next video. And even when I disable the autoplay (by clicking on the button), it still skips to the next video! This is a horrible user experience. Fix it! But then again, you won't fix it since you never listen to what your users want. You only care about profits. SMH...
  • jel i cetalji guraju?
  • Available at Walgreens.... I was waiting for chi-chi-chia... I'm old :( 
  • 5:00 The CoD community in a nutshell.
  • This was such an awkward interview.
  • This needs to be in theaters
  • Doesn't take into account overhead bin storage which is a problem for last boarders. imagine you have a million+ miles, and like a n aisle seat and you get boned and have to check your carry on every flight. 
  • SPOILER: At the end of the hunger games everyone gets a turkey sandwich and it becomes the full games. 
  • lol
  • Grape soda, watermelon, fried chicken.
  • What is the song? And where can I get/or buy it?
  • loolz all i c r fegs criing bcuz tey r scard ov flyeng naow. u all meed to sut up and grow sum big harry balz loolz . ur juss sad bcuz u turnd in2 pussiz also 2 and loolz othr stuf 2 say 2 u guyys wood di if i kicked ur assz and also any1 who disarees wit me can stfu and 1v1 me on club pengwen and then we cn settle it liek men loolz and also ur mom is so stoopid she liked my harry ballz HA HA loooooooooooolzzzzzzzzz if any1 who is a smrtazz or wizguy bettr stfuu 2 bcuz i will noskop their fegget azzes on cod 1 2 3 AND 4 5 6 7 wen they come out loolz you will b noskopd liek when i noskopd falcon lover in te plane wide feelds of africuh loolzzzz #cod4lief #rekd #codplayrrzzzz #pwnd
  • Elders Play counter strike thats would be funny :D
  • Hahaa, this is brilliant! xD
  • "Oh Hell No! " hahaha
  • In Soviet Russia plane don't push you, you push plane.
  • Aaaahhh, this was a really nice video. I feel warmed. Shame to see such a large amount of dicks in the comments but hey, this is YouTube. The only way some people manage interaction is through posting stupid things on the internet. 
  • amazing, this dude just can't get out of his own way
  • That wasn't at all funny... I feel bad for Jennifer, that must have been so awkward... 
  • Does anyone know the name of the song in the gopro edit part ? 
  • Do you add black people's tears before or after the brine?
  • Why do it to black people though? this is racist!
  • *DOBRI STARI YUGO... POSTO AVIJON...*
  • Been seeing a lot of so called *scientist* types complaining about this movie, but where were they when *Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs* was released? Food falling from the sky and not a PEEP. Damn liberal media. 
  • elders react to GTA V !
  • No wonder America is fucking obese!
  • Hunger Games is better than Twilight. Just like finding rat feces in your potatoes is better than finding spider eggs in your cobb salad.
  • and people think we're going into space leisurely...
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  • Na -52 bi pola Evrope i Amerike pomrlo, a ne guralo avione.
  • how they be playing xbox while looking at a computer screen o.o?
  • Hey it looks just like a McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 the Soviet Union copied from stolen plans!
  • fatso
  • OMG THIS ACTUALLY WORKS! 1. Hold your breath for 5 minutes. 2. Die
  • fucking moron
  • And this was pure satisfaction for me, even if I have no freakin' idea how Batman got a hold of a lightsaber missed how he got a lightsaber. Guess this just proves that there are better superpowers than *filthy rich*
  • So...what do ripe peas taste like?
  • LOL
  • The Night Wolf awakens...
  • Can someone explain to me this absurd amount of idiots with their 'reddit' comments? What makes them think it's funny or cool? Anybody? 
  • Fake as fuck and not funny
  • The problem is: no one likes Southwest.
  • Why not just Quinn? So he can get a job when he's older.
  • 3:25 is absolutely incredible.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens International Teaser…: http://youtu.be/plwVRYEQG_I Just incase you haven't seen, I hope it is real...
  • GOODBYE BATMAN!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
  • Tiger Lily is too old to be Tiger Lily -My Mom
  • So awkward at the end.... lol 
  • if i get 3,000 subs i will upload a video i did of me running around in public pouring milk on peoples heads some guy punched me in the head!!!!!! like so others can see
  • Before anyone starts shouting at me .. I'm just posting this and not agreeing with the ending [spoilers]. 
  • Hello people, can anyone tell me where I can find full leaked version of Pan? I've read in one movie magazine yesterday that it has been leaked but can't find in anywhere - I've tried on torrents but no success. Is there anybody who knows where I can find it to watch online? Thanks in advance 
  • This was no where near as good as I thought it'd be and how it could've been.
  • Ok gay. Why has batman a saber ? 
  • Why do people always pick sides when it comes to race. Cant we all just classify ourselves as humans with different skin colors, still the same species...
  • Interesting spin on *Peter Pan*. A far cry from the novel, but that's kind of the point, isn't it? +Helen Burns will no doubt cringe at Hugh Jackman's appearance.
  • Congratulations you've just contributed $$$$ towards their drug addiction! Your doing more harm than good...next time give them food instead (no cash)..
  • I am Lord, Lord Lord Lord! I am Lord!
  • If Ben Franklin had his way, we would had the first Turkey as a congressman. 
  • How to be a soccer player pleaseeeeee
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPg4HuIQt9c
  • I see they are milking Jurassic park for all its worth again!!! I will Bet this movie will Be like all the other hollywood big budget crap films and will be forgot after its release in a few months time. It will be one of those movies where you forget it and like 10 years later be like oh yeah i think i saw that but its not memorable.
  • Hahha, this was funny! I don't think it was that over-hyped. I mean Chris bless him is bound to find the slightest challenge in an interview incredibly awkward, something other professionals wouldn't bulk at.
  • Why did you tell us where your gear is from? If your a real skier, you will ask about it. :D
  • New Star Wars International Trailer. Amazing !
  • lorde is pretty and talented but weird. better weird than boring though
  • well it's obviously fake (sadly, this looks like it might make a great movie), but i'm an audio engineer and trust me no self respecting studio would ever mix the voices so they could barely be understood because of blaring music and sound effects, just trash. if you cant afford some decent mix speakers a decent set of headphones will get you pretty close, listen to this with headphones on and you'll see what i mean. super excited for the movie and would like to give the creators of this fan made trailer mad props on everything from visuals and believability to creating tension and a real desire to watch the feature, my only critique is on the audio, especially the voices, almost unintelligible.
  • YAAAAY! LET'S ALL BE FASHION VICTIMS AND SPEND WAY TOO MUCH MONEY ON SOME PLASTIC HEADPHONES THAT ARE WORTH A TINY FRACTION OF THEIR COST AND MAKE CELEBRITIES BILLIONS!!! SMH - F**king morons who buys these headphones. Buy Bowers & Wilkins P5, or Philips Fidelio M1, or Sennheiser Urbanites - basically ANY other brand is better than shite plastic Beats headphones and they'll probably be cheaper than Beats bollocks too.
  • Bitter Haters are so Uneducated I feel sorry for you all. Poor Things.
  • Wow you can barely see the mustache. Keep it up, Randy.
  • The worst part of air travel is getting on and off the plane. People act like its there first time every time. Where is my seat? Let me get 10 things from my carry on while blocking the aisle, since I'm rude and didn't get my items out and ready ahead of time. I think all bags should be checked except for one item you bring on, ie purse, backpack, etc. That way you walk on and sit the fuck down. Also, the airlines don't enforce their own rules. They have boarding groups on the ticket, then they just board everybody at once. Also, they let people on with way more items than allowed by law. 1 carry on, 1 personal item. If they have more, get out of line and check a bag fucker. Thanks for holding everyone up. 
  • Woulda been the funniest thing if the fat lady, owner of the dog that got ran over, woulda kicked the shit out that chihuahua like kicking a 50 yard field goal right through the uprights and into the parking lot
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens International Teaser…: http://youtu.be/plwVRYEQG_I That's it!?!?! What is even happening? Apart from aliens and robots and explosions?, GAH I know it's just a teaser but UGH
  • I actually put this video in my favorites, coz Im going to follow every steps @.@
  • hes lipsyncing
  • lel dollars every single dollar just dollars xD
  • Was that Cara Delevigne as a mermaid???
  • Pushing in the wrong direction there, otherwise great effort!
  • The only day in which I wish I lived in the U.S
  • I know these guys are rich and have a lot of money to spend, but it's obviously a better Idea for them to spend their money on better phones and headphones
  • Sadie should have won. She won my heart with her innocence, sweetness and dancing ability without any prior training. Both Bethany and Janel are bitches who think they are better than anyone else. Ever notice the snotty way Bethany reacts after the others dance? And Janel is too full of herself. Alfonso is almost a professional so it kind of is not fair he won 
  • I love air travel. The sights, sounds, even the ridiculous check-in times.
  • This is in no way a prank. You do these types of videos to look like a good person, giving money away is something that doesn't need to be recorded if you're going to do it don't post it on the Internet so people can tell you how nice you are 
  • *--- insert quote from video here --*
  • pathetic black people too lazy to work but good enough to steal the money that isnt theirs
  • Pause at 0:05. Aww yeah!
  • Pirates, mermaids, flying ships, the London skyline, lost boys, swords, a bad wig. Ok so this now has my interest. 
  • So they figured out an excuse for another movie. HOW do we get people to need to go back? AND end up with the same story as before? Well lets OPEN the park, and then Obviously the danger would be fixed, so we will MAKE a dinosaur that gets loose and of course it can repel bullets, fire, and anything else. LORD, help us. they should call this Rocky Balboa-the jedi-at the museum-with caribbean pirates-acting dumb if not dumberer-scary movie-on Speed-featuring indiana jones and harry potter Movie!!! Staring JOHNNY DEPP and Morgan FREEMAN
  • I don't understand the prank here!! Can anyone please explain to me??
  • As the CEO of Ryanair once said... Passengers will crawl bollock-naked over broken glass to get low fares. This pretty much sums up why airports are such a horrible experience. 
  • Only person I screamed for was DARYL 
  • She didn't curse, scream, or even raised her voice, so how was she rude? This interview wasn't that awkward, the interviewer is either a amateur or chicken if he can't take a little resistance from a guest. He might consider another job because you're not supposed to be offended when the people you interview don't want to discuss something. He was too over the top and dramatic at the end! Staged and FAKE!
  • I can't wait until thanksgiving. I'm gonna go home full
  • Guys this is a cool video and all but let me turn your attention to a serious epidemic going around right now. Unfortuantely lots of people are suffering from #gifnorance which is when someone buys a gift card.. Yeah that's it, Just buying a gift card is the epidemic. Why is that a bad thing? Because you can get them online for free!! Any gift card you want for free including itunes, google play, amazon, xbox, and psn and more! Heres a $50 Amazon code AS88-W257H6-C5TBD
  • Wait. So... The new definition of "freestyle" is "choreographed"? I thought freestyle was supposed to mean improvised...
  • im sure this fatass will stuff her face at thanksgiving. Being thankful for her huge mouth
  • i remember people used to make fun of me when i had the bose quiet comforts, saying " i'd never pay $200+ for headphones" and now look, just because they're "stylish" ( like gay ass jordan shoes ) everybody buys them. bottom line is, Beats are alright headphones but are surely not the best Bose high frequencies and lows are waaaayyyy better, trust me
  • I'm so conflicted; on one hand nostalgia and potential brilliant retelling of classic stories and "Hook" was great fun, but on the other hand "Maleficent" and the remake of "Alice in Wonderland" and simple fun stories being corrupt by desire to make them more edgy, dark, or tragic, and my childhood being torn apart by focus group testing, lowest common denominator, clumsily shoveled out, just get money out of them somehow, with great potential comes greater potential for failure... and I honestly can't think of much more to say. hope it's good, no, hope it's amazing
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  • NEEEEW PRANK!! I've never felt so good to see so many honest people! Happy Thanksgiving my friends! Smile More :) 
  • IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (1 JOHN 1:9). NICE VIDEO, I HAVE NOTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT HUMANITY WORKING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE A COMMON GOAL :)
  • LMAO at the end omg
  • How did this thing beated BETHANY AND DEREK ? WTF
  • Finally a generosity prank.
  • Tells us traveling tricks.............. Tells us were gonna die
  • Anyone saying vader shouldn't have won, I'm sorry but your stupid. Batman is literally a normal dude who is just super smart has gadgets an can fight. Vader was trained since he was 10 and has the power of the force. Obviously vader wins there is no contest dude can kill people instantly with the force 
  • "I'm John Boehner, and this is your tax money at work."
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  • RomanAtwoods motto is Smile More. RomanAtwood has 12 letters. Smile More has 9 letters. Because I'm sharing this comment on Google+, I'll have to use the + so: 9 + 12 = 21 21 = 0.5 * 42 42 is the answer to everything in the universe. There's only 1 universe = 1 eye 42 = 3 * 14 A triangle has 3 corners ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED!!!1 
  • I'm a little overwhelmed with the negative comments considering that Obama has done little more than to shut the U.S. government down, burdened American with Obamacare, and let millions of illegal aliens take the few jobs the U.S. has. My prediction is that there won't be another Democrat in the White House for at least 10 years after Obama's last term. Thanks for the interesting cooking technique.
  • Benghazi is the place we fucking killed the american Ambassador last year.
  • Oh no. 2 games in 5 days, try p[laying a hockey game back2back or 5 games in 7 nights.
  • Here is the dance on Dancing with the Stars with Mario & Princess Peach. This will be one to remember guys. Just coming of Nintendo Day too! Woo hoo!
  • WHY DO AMERICANS OBSESS OVER THANKSGIVING WTF?
  • Am I the only one who's face lit up and screamed as soon as Bethany popped up on the screen ?!? 😂😍💕
  • She has a lovely voice. I like her. 
  • Where do you buy the "park rat" jackets? 
  • Please do an elders react to teens play Advanced a Warfare
  • All the good characters are killed and they leave this little bitch alive.
  • Sigh, see what happens when white people raise dogs? They end up violent/untrained, dogs always bark at me and chase me when I walk by and white people think I don't know about their secret agenda of raising dogs to be violent against blacks. Don't even bother trying to backtalk your way out of this, I'm smarter than you're petty words, plus you have no right to say anything so check your privilege first! At least I can rejoice in knowing all these dogs are dead since this was filmed in 1993.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens International Teaser… It beings. http://youtu.be/plwVRYEQG_I
  • Ellen is such a hater, get a life!!!
  • So when is your corn apocalypse novella coming out?
  • People who are still buying gift cards need to know that there is now a place you guys can go online to get free gift card codes for any gift card. When i say ''any'' i mean ''any''! Think of any gift card in the world and they probably have it! Go get yours now before they run out and they giveout ends. Here is $50 Google Play gift code 9LAW6VF8PULBWT133823
  • +Pilot Pilotkin haha XD yeah bro really easy! guys I found amazing video! This trick really works! anyone can do it,you can be cheating your luck now! Just watch this video: *youtu*.*be/XHZw9RdPNEA* did extra 600$ so far today! and thank me tonight ^
  • When is there ever pumpkin pie leftover.
  • Does anyone find it strange how Taylor Swift just "magically" becomes everyone's best friend in the music industry? Especially with all the most popular stars at the time? I just... I dunno. Kinda strange.
  • Only fags wear beats.
  • Jetzt noch in Sibirien, demnächst bei Ryanair - Passagiere müssen Flugzeug schieben: http://youtu.be/k0kSMnG6Lik 
  • Quintavious? WTF kinda name is that?
  • Is there a way to be subscribed to Mental Floss and only get notifications about new videos that feature John Green? I am sorry but any time I see anyone else then him doing one of these videos I immediately turn it of. 
  • So T-Rex was star for first two, until Spinosaurus took the spot light in the third. What could be worse then either of them? Will Hans Zimmer compose this movie? He should, no one does a better job then Zimmer.
  • +Dancing with the Stars is one of my guilty pleasures, and this AWESOME #Mario themed freestyle is the best thing EVAR. - Lindsay :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPmEhQLq-vk
  • The guys they were playing with were not hateful cretins. This surprises me.
  • Ha ha, whats with the disco storm trooper... anyway not bad for a fan made trailer, cannot believe people were thinking it is an official one though
  • Some players need to learn how to speak to the media, and some just need to know when to shutup...
  • "More likely to die from a plane crash than to die from the radiation." I know that's supposed to make me feel better, but it's the complete opposite.
  • her dress is not slutty enough for my taste.
  • am i the only one wondering if this album is actually up for sale lol
  • Kids got pipes for shure
  • Whats the music in the bg with beyonce
  • I believe German turkey consumption outstrips US turkey consumption.
  • Simple let's stop paying them all this money. They whining for nothing. The rest of us are fighting our CEOs for raises. These punks crying about making money endorsing products and getting paid. If I was giving the opportunity these clowns get I wouldn't complain.
  • What type of helmet is the 400 days guy wearing? Link? 
  • Wow. Just WOW!!! Everything was on point here from the music to the choreography to how amazing the set was!
  • Arabicmovies 
  • Um, who won America's Got Talent again? Cause this little kid deserved to win more than whatever fool did. For real. He's fuckin' twelve. How?!
  • Everything gives you cancer: from eating to drinking, and even breathing wtf
  • Молодцы ребята.
  • The NFL would likely to suspend Sherman, Baldwin, and Cardboard Baldwin for this mock interview. 
  • Disney making spin offs off their classic animated movies for money, give me a break. First Maleficent, then Cinderella, and now Pan. Wow
  • Elders react to Call of Duty: Ghost
  • Tony is such and amazing artist, I wish I could draw like him
  • I just listen to a GREED monger tell me about turkeys....go F'k yourself.
  • That cranberry butter. Just holy shit. I want to smear it all over me and use it as lube
  • Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard? This I gotta see. Will be a change from Wolverine I mean fuck, he can play that role in his sleep. 
  • You missed the racer style, but you could make a whole video on how to be a ski racer!
  • I watched this trailer 5x EDIT: 6x :) and each time I did, it reminded me of when Robin Williams played Peter Pan. And that made me cry. But otherwise, it looks great, and i'm sure Hugh Jackman will do an excellent job as Black Beard, so I may go see it.
  • The Dark Knight Detective vs. the Dark Lord of the Sith. Batman vs. Darth Vader is finally here - watch it and have some strong opinions for once!
  • Much trailer, very reveal.
  • My boys and I NEED those mega long hoodies !!! Does anyone know where we can get them :) ?! Thanks in advance !
  • Please credit your music!
  • Elders React to: - Minecraft - GTA V - War Thunder
  • *tricks ...*tricks ....*tricks IT'S MOTHERF*CKING TRICKS,NOT HACKS!! I MENTIONED THAT IN THE OTHER VIDEO,SO GET IT RIGHT!!
  • why is the floor a link to the past though...
  • This idiot is a hypocrite as well.
  • I wonder how many homeless families could have been fed with the production cost of this humanizing yet strangely sad video
  • Ellen I want to meet you, I suffer from depression and your show is the only thing that keeps me going
  • I've never cringed so much in my life
  • So making it a little harder detecting taste is harmful? Running out of ideas Buzzfeed?
  • "Pick your legs up" is she trolling?
  • Does lorde sound American to you, not your typical kiwi accent. 
  • let me give it an F for fucking failure effort. 
  • YEA YEA YEA YEA I AM LORDE YEA YEA YEA YEA LORDE YEA YEA YEA
  • Most of the people calling her fat probably are twice as fat. For god sake look at the american population, half of them are obese. 
  • someone should have told her that halloween was over , so she can get rid of that witch costume 
  • valar morghulis
  • Beats by Dre Presents: #SoloSelfie: http://youtu.be/mcbVomzq1Ig
  • Since my comment disappeared within 10 minutes, let me repeat it. To the phucking idiot ( I forgot her name ) who came on here and announced who won, thanks a lot! I have no tv so I have to watch shows on Hulu on my pc, which means I can't see shows till the day after. I have been avoiding Yahoo all day so I wouldn't see who won. I came on here to see the GREAT freestyle from Sadie and leave a comment. I see the line below and guess what? Some rude bitch says who won. Real sweet. Even if I had a tv, some people DO tivo to watch later. She could have waited till tomorrow. This was the BEST season ever and I was looking forward to watching the winner tomorrow. Why bother now? I wish I could remember your name. I didn't expect my comment to be gone in 10 minutes, but whoever you were I hope someone ruins YOUR day tomorrow and I hope you drop dead the next day. Fuck you.
  • Something just happened in my pants... 
  • Happy Thanksgiving.
  • RomanAtwood best youtube channel!
  • When in trouble, tuck for a double 
  • Siberia Airport: In -52C -59F Freezing conditions passengers push a plane in Igarka Airport Siberia
  • you people that fight over this shit are pathetic. The public votes. I didn't vote, I don't watch the show, I watched a couple of times to see Chong & I just seen this so I clicked it & I have to say, pretty cool Mario dance but really your morons to fight about a dance show.
  • Don't use them for listening to music. Use them as a prop in your selfies! #Yoloswag420 Or buy a better headset for half the price.
  • Just bought some headphones on sale for $40 (normally 80) and still sound so much better than the overpriced shit known as beats. Its only a fashion statement. In fact, i see people just walk around with it on their neck, and ive honest to god never seen someone listen to them once. If u want quality, get a bose for the same damn price
  • Jesus Christ is the SON of GOD & promises you eternal life if you simply believe HIM. He promised to also heal your body. (Just ask Him)
  • As a Canadian, I don't even know why I watched this. I'm not even that big into Canadian Thanksgiving. Maybe now that Pizzamas is over I just need more John. Hank is easy enough to come by with SciShow. 
  • This guy is RIDICULOUS 
  • Im suprised she is still relevent this year . One Hit Wonder 
  • I hate this human being so much.
  • Does anybody here still buy gift cards? #Lol Seriously?? You guys must not know you can get them for free from freecodesend. They have any gift card you want for free. itunes, google play, xbox, amazon, psn, steam, you name it they probably have it. Here's a $50 itunes code XXMPM65JY2NH2RL4
  • It's amazing ->plus.google.com/113992267808926630619/posts/g8JZwfFjUzC ,if you are a psn player check this!
  • ooohhh HELL NO - what should've really happened in the book 
  • Star Wars is gay!
  • Wait... I thought the duck was stuffed in a chicken, not the other way round.
  • Finally. Batman loses for once. 
  • Why isn't JOHNNY DEPP for the character of the captain Hook?! THAT SUUUUCKS! 
  • Omg ellen looks so beautiful with black hair
  • OH GREAT! This is totally comforting when I already have a fear of flying.
  • Nicest and chillingly inspiring video I've seen in s long time.
  • In his book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," author Michael Pollan describes in some detail the ubiquitousness of corn in the American diet. Think high fructose corn syrup. Think corn fed beef. It's a bit scary. 
  • First! lol
  • DUDE you guys are the best I love you guys so much no homo but yeah I wish I lived in Canada but im stuck here in gay America hope your watching those canucks! Your vids are so hilarious love you guys
  • Love Meghan, she's pretty and can sing, y'all stop hating. 
  • Don´t tell me, only in Russia right?
  • Next video: How To Be A Snowboarder ;)
  • I don't know why everyone is complaining about the CGI. I think it's just because time has progressed since the first one in 1994 and the other two in 97 and 02, thus we see CGI like this everywhere nowadays. I don't think it's terrible and unreal, I think that we have just become more use to seeing similar in other movies with the growth of technology in the past decade. Personally I am more interested in the storyline. I remember when I saw Jurassic Park in the theater for the first time when I was in the third grade and it's been my favorite movie series since. 
  • People are making everything nowadays about race, its becoming annoying. Just enjoy yhe video with human beings in it
  • So emotional when that presenter got teary, Gaga n Tony are so nice
  • Man i hate these people from reddit (even tho i'm one of them)
  • I actually thought this was going to be a preview for a porno.
  • *Great job Quintavious !!* 
  • They're so mean. Doing a commercial when Kylie Jenner had been stung by a bee. Poor her :( 
  • I can't stop looking at Hugh Jackman's wig. I mean its seems so fake. :/
  • For a 12 year old, he's got a strong voice box 
  • This is how white people win track
  • Those special effects look like complete shit are you fucking kidding me?! Watch them again if you don't believe me. Least there is still plenty of time to save this future disaster.
  • That's my boy Quintavious!
  • I wonder what Jennifer's pussy looks like? I would love to see it. She probably has that 70s thing going on.
  • "2:52, you need a snot rag? I...I- can get you snot rag if you need one!?" "NEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAGGGHHHHH!!! 😭😭😭😭😭 *echos*" Bye. 🙋 This dude is pure genius.
  • Wait just one dangblasted second... there is no evidence suggesting Carol Brady can cook. ALICE did all the cooking in the Brady household!
  • An interesting look at how we board planes. I've got an interesting idea based on stocks and flows, but I need to think about it some more. #systems #airports 
  • Кино, очень прикольное будет, но трейлер банальный, сначала идет красивое место а потом эти туу туу тук и показывают поломанные места, а под конец я не понял он че приучил этих динозавров когда на Мотике гонял?))) фильм будет шикарным. Эрик Картман (c) 
  • Fuck the NFL their becoming a bunch of divas!!!! Halftime game on super bowls, look more like a nickoldeon stage concert for kids, than a real football game. They fuck it all up!!!
  • Are you all dumb?! Batman can't lose, with anybody. Because...BECAUSE IT'S BATMAN ! ! ! And there's nothing you can do about it! XD
  • CM PUNK! CM PUNK! CM PUNK!
  • Winter is coming.
  • I normally side with the guys, but Catherine's ending is so awesome. I hope they all had a good time. :)
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKOZgQy8qrw This is where they created their band XD
  • Fun fact: when turkeys get freaked out, they will pile up in a corner, and suffocate themselves and eachother.
  • Here we see the wild russians taking in a plane to feed there sunlight depraved comrades. Sergei, Vladimir, Ivan, and Dimitri will eat this nutritious meal with vodka tonight in their abandoned nuclear power plants and apartment buildings. 
  • Some people are missing what Sherman was trying to portray. It isn't about not wanting to speak to media, or wanting to promote Beats over Boss headphones. Richard Sherman's point is about how the NFL is always being hypocritical about things they do themselves. The NFL frowns on athletes going out and drinking, but one of their biggest sponsors is a liquor company. The NFL talks about safety, but then they make teams, like the Seahawks play 2 games in 5 days....his point is the hypocrisy that is the NFL. Roger Goodell talks about players being accountable for their actions, but yet he isn't accountable for his mismanagement of the Ray Rice situation.
  • Can't believe this beat Bethany... Like its a cute idea but it shouldn't take you to the finals... 
  • I usually am a good judge of movies by their trailors however I am going to wait until another one comes out. This movie looks boring...but I am hoping for it to be goooood because I love JP
  • Hello youtubers, can anyone tell me where I can find full leaked version of Jurassic World? I have read on one movie blog 2 days agothat it has been leaked but can't find in anywhere. Is there anybody who knows where I can find it to watch online? Thanks in advance! 
  • cette version j'y vais ! 
  • HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP I CANT WAITTTTTT
  • None of these are permanently harmful besides the first one 
  • Kylie Jenner got the Kim Kardashian genes, she like a mini Kim with the ass and boobs while the other one.....I don't even know how the other one is a Kardashian she flat and definitely not sexy
  • See that (adult professional musicians), a 12 year old can do it! (Aaron Lewis, etc.) 
  • PAWS UP
  • Asshole dog. Somebody should euthanize it.
  • Peeta and Katnis's ship name would either be Peenis or Katpee c:
  • Moral of the story: Most white people are shitty all black people are good.
  • The reason why this dance was better is because Sadie did a lot more than Bethany did. Derek really dumbed his dances down for Bethany. She honestly doesn't do much movement (difficult movement I mean). Derek just knows how to make her look like she is doing a great job. So I think this dance deserved to win. Nice job Sadie. :)
  • Fuck this little shit. 
  • Velcorm to russia! These people here are veleeey stronk!
  • Bill belichicks dog races?
  • The Woody Harrelson voice is on point!
  • Have the Elders react to some of Slamacow's videos! 
  • Thanksgiving caroling courtesy of Meghan Trainor...
  • Leftovers? What leftovers?
  • Dre is a fucking faggot and his headphones are fucking garbage. Stop buying his shit you stupid brainwashed faggots
  • I actually thought she was the main lead,then i saw the 'trailer' and was like:'Damn Im dumb'xD
  • The type of "prank" that you'd expect someone in the royal family to be involved with! Boring, terribly tame, over hyped and full of shit editing!
  • She's so cool
  • Is that the door to the house of black and white? Also, Nice vid :) 
  • Why anyone would cram bread into meat that already has its own reputation for being dry is beyond me.