• NYT reported over the summer that the market for 0-days is booming and that governments are some of the top purchasers. "The average flaw now sells from around $35,000 to $160,000."
  • "We pressed up Infinite. We might have pressed up maybe five hundred, a thousand records tops. We couldn't give them away. Nobody was feeling it. We don't know why. Then Marshall, I think he was sitting on the toilet making a poop, and he came up with the alter ego. He came into the studio, talking about this alter ego that he has now."
    An interview with Jeff Bass
    , who, along with his brother Mark, produced and co-wrote Eminem's first two albums (plus Lose Yourself from the 8 Mile soundtrack).


    In this 2000 interview with Mix Magazine, Jeff and Mark talk about the more technical aspects of their style, as well as being white in a predominantly black part of the industry:
    "Hip hop is a culture," says Marky. "It should have nothing to do with race, color, breed, whatever, but of course it does. As white producers working with black artists, it was always hard to be taken seriously by our peers and by the record companies. Eminem changed that to a great extent; however, we will always have to overcome the fact that we are seen as an anomaly."
  • Wilfred Owen's explicitly anti-war patriotism-skeptic poem Dulce et Decorum est and Rupert Brooke's patriotic but simply-mourning poem The Soldier are more widely known WWI poems in the UK than In Flanders Field.
  • Well, at least enough decades have passed to encompass quite a few of those 140-day half-lives since those good old days of WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?!? As long as you're not nomming on your lint brush it's fine. The alpha decay is completely blocked by your epidermis. Even if you did manage to eat the thing the polonium would be the least of your problems.
  • Sophie1 Rockets are not humans. Medical research =/= engineering. You claimed that these experiements could not have produced useful information because they were "injust". They may produce results you are unwilling to use (and rightfully so), but the usefulness data has to do with the science, not the moral propriety. Can you explain why you disagree? How does the injustice make it impossible to get useful information- again, not information you are unwilling to use, but actually scientifically invalid data? RogerB: First of all, even what you're putting forth as "scientific rigor" is also an ethical code — we have to trust that experiments were carried out as they're described, the resulting data weren't falsified, etc Absolute nonsense. The scientific method requires that methods and outcomes are open and repeatable. We don't have to "trust" shit. Scientific rigor is not an ethical standpoint, it's a guide that we have seen time and time ago produce "useable" results. Calling it a morality is frighteningly medieval. chimaera, you didn't understand my comment. I was saying that Sophie1 may not want to use it, and that's perfectly valid, I was not making a statement one way or the other. Everyone: my point was only that the idea that it's impossible to acheive usable data through immoral means, regardless of the scientific rigor of the research is incorrect. I made no comment on the morality of using it.
  • White poppies were pinned onto men, not in uniform, by "patriotic" young women, as a symbol of their supposed cowardice. I thought those were white feathers, but my knowledge of this largely derives from Wikipedia and Downton Abbey.
  • "They're venomously anti-American there," one U.S. official says. "It's always been that way." I suspect there was a time when they didn't give a fuck about America...
  • Because if they were both murdered by different countries, the coincidence of them independently using the same method within two years of each other would itself be remarkable. posted by topynate Unless of course polonium poisoning is far more common than is widely known, and these two cases are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • The fundamental rule of VFR (Visual Flight Rules) is that the pilot of each aircraft is responsible for separation of their aircraft from all other aircraft. The magical phrase is you are required to "see and avoid" all other obstacles and aircraft. So, there's going to be some blame attached to both, because they got themselves into a place where they couldn't "see and avoid" each other. The one place you never want to be, unless you are a fighter trying to shoot down the other plane, is behind and below. There's no way for the other guy to see you, and if something happens to drop his airspeed -- for example, say, drag increasing because jumpers are climbing out -- two things naturally follow. Less airspeed means you're going slower, so the guy behind starts to catch up. Less airspeed also means less airspeed over the wings, which means less lift, which means you tend to drift down -- which means the plane ahead is not only slowing down, it's drifting down, and drifts right into the plane that's behind and below. The guy flying in front will get dinged for not holding altitude and not seeing and avoiding (the right answer if you lose visual is power up and move up/forward, then sideways until you can see the guy behind again. Oh, and of course, don't lose airspeed and altitude.) The guy behind, though, is really getting dinged because he put himself in the sucker spot -- and when the guy ahead started to slow down and drift down, he didn't get out of the way.
  • I think of all the various iterations of Dancing With/Singing With/Cooking With/Surviving With as modern variety shows and it isn't as if many of them are on close personal terms with shame, but the variety shows of the 60's and 70's do seem different in some Old Hollywood kind of way. Like it's way less "Who's our demographic?" and much more "Let's get high and put on a show!" I think the seventies were a time when there were still expectations that the whole family would gather round the TV and enjoy a variety show that had a little bit for everyone. Then houses got bigger and TVs got cheaper and the kids could watch their own shows and grandma could have her own little television in her room. And then cable television got big and you could watch Close Encounters or other random movies every night if you wanted. So no more need for cheesy variety shows.
  • May I also suggest the poem WalMart Supercenter by Erika Meitner, also about the goings-on in walmart parking lots?
  • Man, white guys got it tough. In other news, Marky Mark apparently liked rapping to the tune of the world's saddest song being played on the world's tiniest violin.
  • I slept in a wal-mart parking lot when driving from SF back to Seattle. Nice enough place to doze.
  • I always associate poppies with this time of year and Veteran's Day, and I also grew up in the Midwest. However, my grandfather was heavily involved in both the VFW (the "vee eff dubya")and American Legion, and my dad was Commander of his American Legion post for a while. They used the money generated from poppy sales for the upkeep of veterans' graves and to help offset the cost of memorial services, as I recall.
  • The fact that MeFites watch "reality" TV at all reduces my already-jaded hope for humanity. Wait. You mean the relationship questions asked by mefites didn't get your spidey senses all a tingling?
  • Always been a pacifist and never fell for some power-hungry twit wanting to use people as disposable pawns, but white poppies seem pretty much like unoriginal slacktivism endorsed by those who just like to seem more moral than everyone else. Red poppies don't glorify war but remind us not to get too cocky or take peace for granted.
  • I kind of wish there were light blue poppies to promote our support of the long history of involvement we have with UN peacekeeping operations. Let's just go full balls/ovaries-out and politicize the poppy.
  • hobo gitano de queretaro: "This has zero impact on anything."
    While I share your concerns about how this paper is being presented, I think this is a bit harsh. The paper is presenting a really fucking counter-intuitive finding for a disease with an etiology that we are only just beginning to grasp the complexity of. That is not nothing. With confirmation from a larger study, that could also be geared towards looking forward at economically viable ways to conduct screening if it ends up making sense, this could have a real impact on diagnosis and thus treatment. However, more importantly, it gives us clues towards how autism just fucking works on a basic level, which helps everyone working on addressing it.
  • Why is poisoning someone to death more cowardly than shooting them? Also, what does that have to do with being a man? I am sort of confused by these TV ethics I would not be surprised to see a remake of Ghost Dog called Ghost Warrigul where the main character follows the Klingon code of honour on the streets of a major U.S. city. This was one of the most thoroughly vile sacks of protoplasm ever to pollute the earth with their presence. Unfortunately if all such persons were in a room it would be rather crowded. The Wall Streeters among them would probably take a secret elevator to a room above the main party room.
  • Herodios: Manufacturers of antistatic devices take great pains to make the polonium hard to remove. Even so, Dr. Zimmerman of King's College said it could be done with "careful lab work," which he declined to describe. Burn below 250 degrees C will be a good start. Then you'll have the Po concentrated in the ash. (Do not do this!)
  • In 1879, a French gynecologist / knee expert suggested that a tiny but very important body part existed. No one seemed to be in any hurry to test his hypothesis, although there was some desultory interest shown in the 1970s and 2000s. This Tuesday, two Belgian researchers (Steven Claes and Johan Bellemans) confirmed that the anterolateral ligament (ALL) exists and that about 97% of us have it. (Press release; abstract.) "The doctors wanted to know why some patients with ACL tears suffered from pivot shifts, or knee collapses, even after successful reconstructive surgeries. ... Patients with ACL tears were likely suffering knee collapses because of ALL injuries."

    How could this be missed so long? Yes, it is small, but it's not really that much smaller than the Lateral Collateral Ligament also known as the LCL, at least according to the photographs, and that ligament is a well-known troublemaker. ... However, doctors themselves are quite cavalier about what appears to be a massive medical oversight. University of British Columbia professor Dr. Wayne Vogl says the ligament has continued to be missed "because of all the other stuff that is there." Alrighty then. Also: One doctor argues that this is more of a "rediscovery" than a new discovery. "We've known for years that a thickening around the area where the ALL is located has a role in knee stability," he said. "While I don't think this is necessarily a breakthrough, I think it's a good reminder that we need to refocus some attention on ACLs that don't respond well to surgery."
  • I say we dig up Arafat's record collection and see how dusty it is. And any secret Dusty Springfield should set off alarms, as far as I'm concerned.
  • Senor Cardgage: "My research says this aired on ABC on a wednesday night. Thus it ran against either Real People and The Hulk or it ran against One Day at a Time with The Jeffersons (and probably got its ass handed to it) or an NBC movie. It was also late April though and we may have been in the rerun lull before May Sweeps?" If it's April, they'd be still on the 1977-78 schedule. Real People didn't premiere until spring of 1979, and the Jeffersons were still on Saturday. Wednesday in spring of '78 would be the CBS Wednesday Night Movie and Black Sheep Squadron, assuming it was at 9 pm ET. If at 8, Good Times and Szysznyk or Grizzly Adams.
  • I grew up in the South and I never saw a poppy worn for veterans until I started visiting the UK and then moved to Canada.
  • For "interesting" substitute "big ole jerks" and you get the true meaning. —I disagree. In the last couple seasons, we've had Cochran, Jeff Kent, Malcolm Freberg, Vytas Baskauskas, Reynold Toepfer, Eddie Fox, etc. Lots of interesting, decent players who were not jerks, and who were beloved to Probst. Oh, you mean the same Jeff Kent who said this in his parting speech: "You know what pissed me off? I think I've made about $60 million playing baseball, and I want this frickin' million dollars in this game and it's not even a million bucks! It's 600 grand by the time Obama takes it!"
  • Hotel? Whaddaya mean, hotel? Don't those cost money? Hotel? Whaddaya mean, hotel? Don't those cost money have bedbugs? FTFY
  • Ironic- The site refuses to load: "It looks like your JavaScript is disabled. For a better experience on HackerOne, enable JavaScript in your browser."
  • US person here. Have a poppy on my cork board at my cube right now. Has always been a thing here for as long as i can remember.
  • It's easy to see why Russia wanted Litvinenko dead. He was a muckraking journalist. I'm honestly confused as to what Israel would have gained from Arafat's death at the time. I'm not being coy; I really am honestly confused as to what the practical advantage would have been. This is partly the thing: Israel would neither really need to kill Arafat, nor certainly not in that way. But I think the point of the comment is that neither Russia nor Israel alone would want both Litvinenko and Arafat dead. So unless they both figured they could use the same method at the roughly same time, you have to think of reasons why Russia wanted to kill Arafat. I'm not knowledgeable enough to answer that question.
  • I remember my grandpa watching some Woody Allen movie with his girlfriend at the time. I was in the kitchen playing with Lego while they watched it and talked. Eventually, I overheard his girlfriend (I really can't remember her name...) say "Who would make love with that weird little man?!" When I grew up and watched one or two Allen movies that was the only thing I could think of when ever he was on screen. "Who would make love with that weird little man?!"
  • Probst is just terrible, I truly wish Survivor had a different host. About 5 minutes into the podcast and I've only just figured out that Linda Holmes is Miss Alli of TWOP. OMG, biggest fan crush ever.
  • Are those disclaimers that they make everyone sign before skydiving broad enough to cover even these kinds of incidents? I suppose they are, but damn, there's no excuse for the pilots having so little situational awareness.
  • Ringo is wonderful in my opinion, and his part of the Beatles catalog has some of the best songs they ever made. OK, I'll give you "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "With a Little Help from My Friends", but "Good Night" and "Octopus's Garden" and, yes, even "Yellow Submarine" can go fuck right off.
  • I love seeing the campers lined up at the local WalMart this time of year. There have been dozens the last couple times I've been past. I imagine them full of happy retirees on their way south for a chatty, boozy winter. That was the plan my grandparents had, with their little boler trailer when they finally retired. And then my grandfather had a series of strokes, slid into dementia and died. And was followed soon after by my grandma. I'm depressing myself here. Feel like I need to grab another beer and write a three chord country song.
  • I guess Richie didn't do a very good job at keeping his bullying . . . Incognito
  • Yeah pretty simple. WP8 supports almost all of Direct3d except shaders. If you want you can also use MonoGame, and open source implementation of XNA. Developing for WP8 is only slightly slower than native windows development. I can hit F5 and run in an emulator or have it run over USB on my Nokia WP8 phone. The best thing is that even if it is running on the phone, it will still hit breakpoints in VS debugger.
  • Kerkerkruip might be interesting. It has good mechanics at least. I'll have a closer look at it later.
  • "These mites are ruining our cheese!" "No, this cheese is ruining our mites!" (Del Amitri's "Roll to Me" plays)
  • ?Clearly, this isn't the problem you said it was." Pretty much, yes. There's a ton that could be said about sexism in regards to Survivor. This article barely scratches the surface of it. And yet, you dismiss it as "a shit takedown". It's not often that someone agrees that something is a problem but attacks someone who brings up a symptom of it quite so specifically.
  • Maybe it was just the spirit of the times, but I have a hard time watching a 38 year old man sing a love song to a 16 year old.
  • "I applaud your enthusiasm, but no part of this research is news, much less counter-intuitive, and it really does not change anything. Early intervention was already a big part of autism therapy, in theory, and now we (maybe) have a weak diagnostic sign with a fuzzy to the point of useless timeline. Hell, we already knew that. " Except that it points to even earlier intervention, and a clearer diagnostic timeline. There are still huge challenges, but it seems like if you were talking to Galileo, you'd be yelling, "GREAT, SO THE EARTH MOVES! WE'RE STILL NO CLOSER TO THE MOON, FUCKFACE!"
  • The wife and I are big Survivor fans and this article sounds pretty biased and kilter. Pick another season and you'll see the women blantly mocking the men for being so easy to manipulate. Sexism exists in the game dynamics, no doubt. It's fascinating how the tribes want to break alliances down along gender lines, just because. But that goes both ways and the big sting alpha males almost always get tripped up by men and/or women for being so alpha stupid.
  • Man, we gotta find a new way to start comments.
  • > "Linda Holmes is Miss Alli of TWOP." REALLY??!! I'll join in that fan crush with you ...
  • No Moby-Dick. Interesting.
  • I think that's understandable because Brad Culpepper has so easily and readily fit in the role of sexist asshole. The guy is just a an unbelievable piece of work on the show, it's mind-boggling. When he asks another man whether he's been sexist, instead of the women, you literally replay the scene in your head, because you're sure that a real person wouldn't be so blatantly ignorant and sexist. But no, it really happened and your mouth drops to the floor. It's the classic, "It's how I was edited" excuse, but Brad Culpepper did address this in his exit interview with Dan Fienberg at Hitfix:
    "I wouldn't be happily married to Monica for 22 years if I were a sexist or a misogynist. I'm a very liberal Democrat. A lot of stuff that was said didn't eve make the air because it just made no sense. The people down on Redemption Island spent very little time with me and were taking everything very personal. What wasn't shown one time was when I went down there the very first time, I opened up the floor for everyone to talk and every single person on my tribe, to a person, said glowing things about me. Ciera was like, "He gives me hugs and kisses my head when I feel bad about how well I didn't perform in a Duel." They said "He cooks, he cleans, he does everything around. He never bossed us around." And that's when they did show me say to Candice, "That's what he said and he said and she said and she said and your husband said." They only showed the tail end of that. They didn't show actually what everyone said."
  • The scientific method requires that methods and outcomes are open and repeatable. Wow, thanks for explaining. What do you do when step 1 in the published method involved sending people to the gas chamber? Scientific rigor is not an ethical standpoint, it's a guide that we have seen time and time ago produce "useable" results. Calling it a morality is frighteningly medieval. Seriously, you're going to wave around this kind of cheap positivism and go full-bore Internet Science Warrior in a thread about Nazi medical experimentation, of all places? Are you really so aggressively oblivious to the fact that science is a system of social practice, not something carried out by individual researchers in a social vacuum? The case under discussion should be the single most obvious counterexample in the entire history of the world, but since it apparently isn't, let me repeat: the social pressures imposed by the larger society make it virtually impossible for the results of Nazi human science to be worth anything. It's not just a matter of Mengele not designing his experimental methods properly, as you quite repellently seem to be suggesting. It's that the distortions of the social ideology permeated the society, and colored every result as well as every decision about what to investigate; that doctors and researchers had to investigate and promote the right ideas in order to get funded, get their work approved, and even just not get killed, to such a degree that free investigation with no regard to where it might lead was basically unimaginable. The article provides some very good examples, which a reader less invested in a simplistic and asocial ideology of "science" would pick up on. A social environment like Hitler's Germany could not have produced, and did not produce, good human-subject research, for reasons far beyond the narrowly methodological problems with individual studies' design, and it's both naive and a little disgusting to argue otherwise. Perhaps you don't actually disagree, but just mean to argue some abstract hypothetical point about abstract immorality and abstract scientific research, but at the very least doing so in this context is in incredibly poor taste.
  • If there was a channel that ran his re-runs back to back with the newest Jack Van Impe episodes, I would hand write a letter to my cable company begging them to start the feed at like 1:00 AM Central, and after 3:30 I could give a fuck.
  • I mean, I like his movies except for that nervous fella that's always in 'em!
  • Ah there it is.
  • But I have been known to watch the Real World/Road Rules challenges... Oh, I remember that show! But I thought it was called Lunk Heads in Bunk Beds.
  • Stalin's Story, by Victor Gijsbers, is a game combining Vladimir Propp's folktale archetypes with totalitarian manipulation. One player assumes the role of Stalin, and with it the power to dictate the rules and order executions; other players are either actors trying to beguile him with a traditional rustic tale or courtiers trying to twist the tale's elements to their rivals' discredit.

    Gijsbers recently returned to Soviet-themed gameplay with Comrade Stalin, an elaboration of Werewolf that examines the consensual nature of power. He's also a formidable designer of interactive fiction: -In The Baron (warning: child abuse), a grim story of a father looking for his daughter, "it is left to the reader to decide which of the possible endings are the better or truer ones (thus, one cannot win or lose in any traditional sense)," and "there are moments when the player decides not just what action she will take, but also for what moral reason." -Fate is about a young queen ringed about by enemies, with nothing but dark magic to help her win a future for her unborn child. How bright a future depends on how much she's willing to sacrifice... -Kerkerkruip is a bit of a departure for Gijsbers: it's an interactive fiction rogue-like. Morality is de-emphasized, but choices are as important as ever: when to defend, when to strike, what gods to pray to, who to slay in what order, and how to defeat the dread wizard Malygris.
  • Tech nerd fantasy, imo. While the oculus plus a gun controller plus an omnidirectional treadmill is basically what I've been dreaming of since I first played Doom all those years ago, the vast majority of people do not want to strap on an expensive helmet on to play a video game. It's a neat toy, but it's a niche product at best. I thought so, but man you should see the reactions of regular people trying it on youtube. The only other time I've seen people react that way to anything, they were high as shit.
  • And you're also not counting smart TVs, and Wi-Fi enabled disc players, and HTPCs, etc.
  • He has a younger brother and a Sri Lankan family (news reports talk about Tamara Ekanayake attending his funeral) so presumably either of them inherited the place and haven't found anything to do with it.
  • Indeed, invading Belgium and committing war crimes there meant the war was pretty much lost as soon as it began, since it cemented Britain's entry into the war, and hence the sea blockade that made Germany's position untenable.
  • Yahoo News has it without the massive branding lead-in and horrible overlays. It's impressive that the pilot of the destroyed plane managed to escape safely.
  • Oh, god, it's $600? Wow. OK. Hmm. Where to begin? Coleco ADAM? Neo Geo? Seriously, help me out here, I need a more egregious case of gouging early adopters...
  • Ugh. I want to post something snarky about guns being legal, but I'm just sad.
  • I heard the white poppy is actually glorifying giving heroin to children. I just made that up but everyone is free to repeat as fact.
  • I was wrong about white poppies; it was, indeed, feathers. "Order of the White Feather" - my God. The war propaganda of course eagerly exploited cultural traditions of the heroic, as if these poor kids were going to go out and duel with Trojan warriors, instead of being cut down en masse by shellfire and machine guns.
  • [Hi - not only do we not really do the "I wish harm on these people" thing but being mindful of the history of fire hoses in a thread about racially charged issues would be useful. Thank you. Make an effort.]
  • The George Harrison press conference is really funny, I loved the joke about not being chased by a fireman unless you're on fire.
  • I enjoyed the Linda Holmes article, couldn't yet listen to the podcast (anyone have a transcript?), and have long thought Probst sees, with some exceptions, the men on the show as the natural leaders and winners and women as the second stringers. I have felt this at various times from his commentary during the challenges, his questions/comments during tribal council, and his questions and comments during the final hour wrap up results shows. This isn't the first time anyone has noted his weird favoritism toward men on the show -- google Probst and sexist and there are varied pages of results that expand back years and aren't limited to this one episode.
  • Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned by polonium, like Russian Litvinenko before him.
  • The fact that MeFites watch "reality" TV at all reduces my already-jaded hope for humanity.
  • Color me intrigued.
  • Lest we forget, all those plastic poppies end up in landfills.
  • Well, I'm glad we're past the mefites noisily proclaiming their superiority to anyone who watches survivor. It's interesting, out here in the colonies, Survivor could actually be viewed as very progressive - it was one of the first shows broadcast here with: 1) Nearly equal representation of women 2) Highly visible racial minorities from across the board 3) First gay people as major "characters" 4) Great diversity in age and background of contestants (though I grant, younger players are outweighed, and I cannot believe breast implants are as prevalent in America in general as they are in Survivor). I do think it's folly to conflate the show with the contestants - though I do think bringing back execrable racists like Colton is a terrible thing (Probst has said he was against that from the get-go, and certainly expressed that in interviews post "one-world". ) Obviously, it's not directed by samaritans, but I don't think Survivor is noticeably worse than a lot of television out there - and sometimes, it's noticeably better. Regarding this season - I think Culpepper was certainly edited in a way to highlight aspects of his personality, but that his personality was a bit on the not great side. I think his main problem was that he played way, way too hard, too fast. Also, I suspect because of his sports background, where intensity is required but you can't take it home with you, so to speak, he was able to remain emotionally distant from the "Game" and was genuinely puzzled when others weren't able/willing to do it. The burning of the immunity clues has to be, as a whole, the dumbest moves of the season. There are many ways you could keep that clue and not piss off your tribe. This all said, I would be very reluctant to seriously judge anything or anyone on Survivor (Colton excepted) - we only see such a small proportion of what goes on, and what we do see is built for particular narratives.
  • Let's just go full balls/ovaries-out and politicize the poppy. I suppose the argument is it's too late for that -- it was politicized from the start.
  • It's interesting that there isn't a connection made between Canadians wearing a poppy and Americans putting a yellow Support The Troops sticker on the back of their car, insofar as most people who do these things often have no connection with vets or have never had to suffer the consequences of wars they support.
  • this sentiment quoted in the article fucking horrifies me: "Why would those who have made war on society or have been a burden to it be permitted to say what shall be done with their remains?" the Washington Post asked in an 1877 editorial. "Why should they not be compelled to be of some use after death, having failed to be of value to the world during life?" From around the same era, in an editorial in the precursor to Toronto's Globe and Mail, regarding the idea of a minimum wage: "Better a few should starve than an entire class be raised up to idleness." These days such sentiments are cloaked in rhetoric; it's a shock to see them voiced so openly.
  • It's probably right, that Wal-Mart lets people stay there because they actually turn a small profit from those people buying cheap food and stuff in the store. All I know for sure is, there is no way no how that Wal-Mart is doing it out of any tiny little bit of kindness. Wal-Mart can do crushing indifference and horrifying malevolence very well, but kindness is not in their repertoire. In a way, Wal-Mart is kind of refreshing in how comfortable they are with being evil. Other corporations equivocate and try to do some good in the world to compensate for all the evil crap they do, but with Wal-Mart it's like, "Fuck you. Fuck everybody who isn't us. Money."
  • Or you might say that these are very marginal results, performed after a long period of time, and without the benefit of, e.g., samples from an autopsy. As the authors themselves do. And I don't feel like digging the reference up again, but Arafat's own doctor said his symptom's weren't consistent with radiation poisoning.
  • It's like the most depressing Springsteen song you can imagine.
  • Dov Weissglass, a former aide to Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister at the time of Arafat's death, also denied Israeli involvement. "To the best of my knowledge, we had no hand in this,"
  • They messed with the wrong guy.
  • I mentioned in another thread that I have seen otters eat pelicans, many many pelicans, so seeing pelicans eat pigeons would be unseeable but not a horror.
  • his hotel suite bathroom was closed off for some years for the Po-210 to die down 210Po is an alpha emitter that has a half-life of 138.4 days
  • it's hard for me to see the win-condition for the rest of the players. I think that'd be because one doesn't exist.
  • Echh, I hate that phrase. Me, too. Do people in real life actually use it? It seems like a phrase made for movies or when in the presence of clergy or something.
  • I lived through the seventies and still am amazed looking back at them.
  • Mimolette is a beautiful cheese with no flavor to back it up. I would gladly eat anything else in the cheese case. This is no big loss.
  • Relax, Obamacare covers this.
  • I'm sort of surprised Wal-Mart hasn't set up separate lots with sewer and electric hookups people can rent. Work at Wal-Mart. Shop at Wal-Mart. Live at Wal-Mart. I guess that supposes you're posh enough to have an RV though, and not a truck-bed with a topper
  • automatic playing video, just FYI.
  • Interrogating suspects without them being made aware of their rights, or by using brainwashing techniques is reprehensible, but as long as we investigate and confirm the results, why not use them in order to convict? {/} Some branches of science seem to have trouble with the "fruit of the poisonous tree" concept.
  • I wanted to hear what my football hero, Tony Dungy, had to say about this: "[Hazing] doesn't happen everywhere," Dungy said. "It happens where you allow it to happen." I knew Tony would speak truth!
  • I laugh hysterically at the videos of people trying to stand up while doing the Oculus roller coaster simulator and staggering around wildly as their brains try to maintain balance. Then I feel a little bad.
  • People keep telling me to get a console, because they "do everything" by which I think they mean it plays dvds, which I do not need. An open source PC sitting next to my TV I think I need, if only in order to plug my old big speakers in and rock out. I think that is what we do with the apple tv.
  • This list also answers every libertarian's burning question. The answer? "Author of The Ayrshire Legatees"
  • Holy shit. I'm glad everybody survived. Unfortunate that there was bad enough piloting involved for one plane to (apparently) descend on top of another and none of the skydivers who could see it were able to alert the pilot. They were incredibly lucky to be able to get out of the plane that caught fire and broke up. The G forces involved in suddenly not being in level flight can be immense. That said, shit happens sometimes. The NTSB will investigate and lessons will be learned, and the FAA might even make some new rules, because that's how we do flying in this country.
  • Jinx Blaze :)
  • but almost everyone I know (not exactly a war mongering lot) wears red poppies because it's exactly about remembering the horror of war, and the sacrifice of so many people. My dad was a veteran, saw serious combat in WW2, and never spoke a remotely pro-war (or pro-even violence) word to me. And every November, he'd stick a red poppy in his collar. That's good enough for me.
  • This argument is easily debunked by the slogan that accompanies the poppy in the run-up to Remembrance Day: LEST WE FORGET No issue with the white poppies, but almost everyone I know (not exactly a war mongering lot) wears red poppies because it's exactly about remembering the horror of war, and the sacrifice of so many people.
  • Well, I'm glad we're past the mefites noisily proclaiming their superiority to anyone who... You're, um, familiar with Metafilter, right?
  • The "Hardcore History" podcast recently posted part 1 of a series on WWI. This first part is three hours long, and Dan Carlin goes into great length about why the whole thing is so wasteful and futile and dumb: Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon
  • I've wondered about the economics of driving around in an RV versus staying in cheap hotels. Renting an RV is really expensive, and buying one can be a huge investment, too, unless you're comparing it to buying a home, but there are a lot of other costs to balance (vehicle maintenance and fuel versus utility costs, difficulty in parking any sizable vehicles anywhere besides large parking lots, open street-side parallel parking, and similar unrestricted spaces). One reason truckers park in Walmart lots is because of federal hours of service requirements, and if there's not a rest stop, truck stop, or other designated facilities in the right place (or if they're all full), you have to find something else. And folks who think this isn't very "Walmart" of Walmart, at least some Walmarts don't allow truckers to take their mandatory breaks in their parking lots. I randomly met a trucker who was going into a casino to use a bathroom there, after he was booted from a Walmart parking lot. /transportation planning geek
  • > " No doubt, the audience isn't seeing the full, nuanced view of the person, but they are definitely parts of that whole." Hmm. I remember back in the early days of the reality TV explosion, there was an episode of one show where a contestant just ripped into all of the others. A long monologue about everything that was wrong with all the other people there, that went on and on and on. It turned out that in an interview she had been told to, "Say one positive thing and one negative thing about all the other contestants." Then they just edited out the positive ones. I don't assume I know anything about the people on reality TV unless I know them personally.
  • It's more than just video footage. FTA - "NBC News has locked up exclusive interviews", and "ABC News said it was involved in the bidding for the video, but it pulled out 'as soon as it became clear that these interviews were tied directly to cash payments.'"
  • White poppies were pinned onto men, not in uniform, by "patriotic" young women, as a symbol of their supposed cowardice. hmmm, are you not confusing them with white feathers?
  • OK. Just made it to the Yellow Submarine dance spectacular. But it was going pretty well until then!
  • [Guys, let's maybe talk about the specifics of this specific thing as a thing worth discussing if it's worth discussing and skip the standard argument-about-Israel-by-proxy routine. There's a whole lotta of fighty older thread about I/P that you can go read if you're in the mood for that.]
  • Let's be honest - Valve's back is against the wall, in part because of how the market has shifted, in part because of their own actions (can we please just burn Greenlight to the ground and pretend it never existed?) I don't think they really have many good choices at this point.
  • New country tune in the works: I'm-a gonna move to a Walmart parking lot every day I'll go inside, and see what they got I'll get whatever I need, it'll be right there sunscreen, Ziplock bags and underwear
  • Over the weekend, Holmes joined former Survivor contestants Rob Cesternino and Stephen Fishbach on Cesternino's Robhasapodcast show for a lively discussion of this topic (runs just over an hour). —"Is there sexism on Survivor? To find out, we asked three men..." You know Linda Holmes is a woman, right?
  • The fact that terms like "walled garden" come so easily to you and invoke a distaste in you puts you in a very small minority of TV users. I keep being disappointed at everybody else, but they don't seem to notice.
  • Ya know, I made fun of it in its day but I think I'd legitimately enjoy watching someone Bowl for Dollars now.
  • The A-Team Killings
    "Last spring, the remains of 10 missing Afghan villagers were dug up outside a U.S. Special Forces base – was it a war crime or just another episode in a very dirty war?"
  • I've yet to hear of anyone who actually used the thing who had anything bad to say about it. Other than motion sickness. I just watched a video from gamescon where they asked a guy what he would pay for it, and he just said: "Name your price, I'll get it." The HD one is supposedly leaps and bounds better than the dev kit.
  • @Canageek, it's not just a holiday in BC. It's a holiday in several provinces. My grandfathers, who fought in WWII, and my grandmothers were very glad for it to become a holiday because they could take the day to pay their respects, watch the service on TV or in person, go visit friends or visit vets alone in the hospital, and so on. It was a very solemn occasion in my family and they really needed the day off. So did both my grandmothers, who appreciated the chance to have their husbands and children around them, as both had lived through the war, one being bombed out in her city and the other living through war time in Canada. Today, I am thankful that my more recent veteran relatives have a day when they can go to services, deal with the fallout of their PTSD, and not have to show up at work (if so lucky to have that kind of job). I am not offended by people who want to wear white poppies. I just don't understand how a red poppy glorifies war or how it ignores the pain and suffering of all peoples. Many generations of my family have fought in or lived through wars. I was always taught that, while McCrae's poem popularized the poppy, it was about reflecting on how many people lay dead in graves around the world, with nothing more than the same little white crosses (or other markers, if they were so lucky as to even have a marker) to show they ever existed. And that we were to think of all the mothers and fathers who lost their children and all the people who were killed in friendly fire, in misguided bombings, in unrest in their own countries and so on. That we were to think very, very carefully about ever getting into a war, because of the amount of blood shed. I was also taught that the Legion was a group that wanted peace. There was no recognition of PTSD, no support groups, no universal health care after the world wars. And the Legion, formed by veterans who knew what it was like, set up the Legions as safe havens, where you could get a cheap drink and be with people who would listen. My grandparents were involved in the Legion and they set about visiting vets who had shellshock, visiting vets who were in the hospital with no family to visit them or no one to talk to about the PTSD that had been retriggered, attending funerals to recognize the years and emotional health sacrificed and to make sure the family had support, and so on. The Legion helped send me on an international exchange with people from a culture with which Canada had once been at war, telling me they wanted me to learn about the other people and become friends with them. They also gave me money to go on a one week youth program when I was a teen. And they gave me money to go to university, with the idea that education could change the world and perhaps lead to peace. My grandfathers wanted nothing more for anyone than peace. One of my grandpas used to tell me how, at night, the Canadians and the Germans would come out of the trenches and trade stuff, like Canadian cigarettes for German chocolates, and how they were all just a bunch of scared kids who'd signed up because they needed to eat or because there was really no choice. On Remembrance Day, I am always teary, thinking of war and the horrors of war and it's never been limited to remembering soldiers.
  • JSOC's mission in Afghanistan seems like a sure recipe for this sort of insanity cropping up for as long as they are operating there. Not to derail on the presentation of the article, but that sudden appearance of the image of the exhumed body that the body of the text scrolled through was kind of odd. Is that done for gravitas?
  • This is wonderful - thanks for the post
  • I find it hard to believe that you'll be able to play most Steam games with their fancy new controller without having to do some serious tweaking beforehand with a mouse and keyboard plugged in to get it set up. Even in Portal 2, which I assume is one of Valve's flagship games for Big Picture mode, you can't change any of the game settings using only a controller. You have to mouse over to the "Apply" button to get out of any of the menus. If Valve can't even be arsed to get their own games working with just a controller, it seems like Steambox is going to be an awful living room experience. Reading here that they're planning to crowdsource controller configuration doesn't engender a lot of confidence.
  • It's funny how easily even commenting on topics reported by mainstream news outlets these days can apparently warrant warnings not to "go off on conspiracy theory snipe hunts." I can understand when people start talking "conspiracy theory cabal booga-booga" in response to people discussing things they claim to somehow be reading between the lines of news accounts and headlines, but how does commenting on mainstream news reports that flatly assert certain claims have anything to do with "conspiracy theorizing"? Is the idea that even thinking or talking about certain subjects--even if on the basis of widely reported factual evidence--is so dangerous it needs to be stigmatized? Lexical drift has certainly been working at hyper-speed when it comes to that mercurial phenomenon known as the conspiracy theory, if so. If MSNBC, The Guardian, and all the rest are conspiracy theorists, who isn't a conspiracy theorist? That term hardly seems to mean anything more, in casual usage, than being a way to quickly dismiss (even shame away) the concerns of anyone who believes people sometimes actually do get away with planning and accomplishing bad things in secret for reasons. Seems the implication is that truly balanced people with good critical thinking skills know implicitly that no one in history has ever pulled the wool over on anyone, much less and gotten away with it.
  • I have a hard time watching Ringo Starr sing any song. posted by Atom Eyes at 11:16 AM on November 6 [+] [!] Please tell me it's just the watching part. Because Ringo is wonderful in my opinion, and his part of the Beatles catalog has some of the best songs they ever made.
  • The Deadspin article is a good riposte to the whole defensive attitude shown by Incognito. Bullying is unacceptable no matter where you work, this should be stamped out with no leniency. Allowing this culture to perpetuate is the fault of the manager, I'd expect him to be accountable. However, this is the NFL and nothing will happen.
  • There are two different sets of folks doing this, which you can see pretty well in the pics. There are people who choose to stay there and people who have no other choice. People with RVs, especially of the retired variety, stay there to save a few bucks, or when there isn't a RV campground nearby, or if they just don't want to bother looking for one. And hey, it's Wal-Mart, they will need to stop and get groceries sooner or later, so...you do the math. My parents have an RV and have "camped" at Wal-Mart parking lots a number of times. They told me it's kind of weird the first few times, but really convenient. Most of the pictures here seem to be the latter group, of people who are homeless and have nowhere to go. Seeing kids there really breaks my heart. But as long as we have such wealth inequality, this kind of thing will only increase. As for Wal-Mart, they get to look like a good guy, and there's a bunch of loyal customers that are good for business. Cops will often patrol Wal-Marts at night, just as they do donut shops and convenience stores, so I imagine there's not a lot of real danger.
  • I've jumped from a Cessna in that configuration: door modified to open upward, locking wheel brake so you can stand on it with one foot while holding the wing strut. It is an ironclad rule that once you are out you are committed: you are jumping. You do not get back into the plane. So I'm trying to imagine the horror of that guy out on the strut, seeing that plane below him, the next jumper in the doorway ensuring you're not getting back in anyway. It's a precarious perch: you're not meant to remain there for more than a few seconds' count, and utterly untenable for any maneuvering; the least twitch on the stick is going to throw you off.
  • I love you elizardbits but you are wrong.
  • From the Grantland article: If being a good person who's sensitive and eager to please makes you a gigantic target in the NFL, that's pretty depressing. and Martin apparently hit the breaking point last Monday after a practical joke in which teammates refused to sit with him at lunch. What the fuck. Elementary school bullshit is supposed to stop somewhere in the time before you become a goddamn adult.
  • And these low-skill, repetitive tasks, they require a lot of "training," hm? It depends on what training you are hoping to provide. No, there are not a great deal of jobs out there for poppy-pin-pusher-throughers and you won't get any particularly valuable skill out of the tasks themselves. But there are inmates that have not had a great deal of experience with a typical work environment and this kind of work can be valuable for those inmates. And the prison work programs like CORCAN have graduated levels that you work through as well, so this sort of thing would represent a pretty low rung for just that type of inmate--you would likely not have a guy with a welding license doing this sort of work. But through CORCAN an inmate can actually get a welding apprenticeship while in jail. It's not so easy to get a job these days even if you weren't in prison. It doesn't help that the low-skill jobs are given to prisoners because they're cheap. This is apropos of nothing unless you're arguing that prisoners should not be able to work.
  • That giant RV looks fancier than most apartments I've lived in... I lived at home during university. I remember getting locked out of the house one freezing night after stumbling home drunk, so, in order to not wake up my parents, I slept in our trailer (it was a nice one). It was fucking cold.
  • I think Probst is a pretty good host except for his biases. His handling of some of the more ridiculous moments in the seasons has been pretty good, and the episode from Redemption Island where Philip 'played the race card' featured him doing a very good job in that Tribal Council in moderating a civil and thoughtful discussion. Those biases can get damned annoying, though, and the article has some good points. I wouldn't say that all of them are valid (just for an example, but there's certainly some skimpy male clothing on the Survivor beaches, and a fair amount of blurring of their swimsuit areas as well), but certainly Probst has a tendency to lionise his physically active males and especially football figures. And the article is so very correct in how it points out that he just won't highlight the women in the same way as he does the men, and wouldn't ever start referring to one by her surname in the same 'mark of respect' way he's done with some of his other favourite contestants. As a host and producer, though, he's going more for good television rather than good gameplay or good behaviour, and that difference in perception comes through in how treats the show. The most egregious time for this was with Russell Hantz on the Samoa season, where I ended up unable to watch the Probst-narrated 'Previously on Survivor' bit because his description of events being almost all at the whim of a near-omniscient Russell simply ran somewhat counter to the show as was presented and edited for the audience. It was like a little internal battle of realities each week. Hell, you could even get a little bit of that with this season, where Probst's obvious appreciation for Brad Culpepper's sporting maleness had its counter in 1) how poorly Brad did in the game itself, and 2) little moments like the editing keeping in the time he miscounted on his fingers when demonstrating the strength of numbers in this game. If there is anything that I'm noticing spreading on Survivor it's religion. Both Redemption Island and, even more centrally, South Pacific had a very strong Christian angle, and bonding and playing through faith has come up in more seasons than not for the past several years. It would maybe give me less pause if I didn't also know about Mark Burnett's multitude of Bible productions, but I'd put the religious against the non-religious as one of the stealth factors in the game ahead of sexism, which is much more frequently subverted.
  • A really excellent article, and one that I imagine was insanely grueling to write. I have a hard time reading about medical ethics, so much of it just makes me so angry. I know that times and norms and moralities change, but how hard is it not to step on the poor, those without protection, those who are being persecuted, those who are different? (That's a rhetorical question, I know that sometimes our societies make it very, very difficult.) "The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is the duty of the living to do so for them." -Lois Mcmaster Bujold
  • (Some states make spending the night in rest stops either de facto or de jure illegal, those fascist assholes. Looking at you, California.) It's not illegal to spend the night in California rest stops- you just aren't allowed to camp. I've spent many nights in rest stops and have never been hassled.
  • It's always going to be cheaper and easier for a lone genius to get the next Minecraft running on the machine used to make games than to get it running on a PC and then porting it to a phone. It's trivially easy to get games running on mobile devices now. Unreal and Unity both compile cross-platform.
  • "Order of the White Feather" ...kindred intellects evoke allegiance per blunt instruments...
  • Incognitio incident shocking, but not to players (warning - autoplay video at top of article)
  • dry white toast funny you mention the "Lest We Forget" line. I know it's probably supposed to be associated with the Binyon poem but I can't help but think of the more politically fraught Kipling Recessional, which was written before WWI. I think it was someone on Metafilter who pointed me to Orwell's essay on Kipling, which completely revised my view of the man.
  • click? or noclick? click? or noclick? click? or noclick? God damnit. Click.
  • My white poppy was made by a WWII vet.
  • So I guess free bug fixes are kind of over, huh?
  • My city is one of those that bans overnight parking. It was basically a concession to the adjacent subdivisions (not at all tony, but certainly nice enough) which predated the commercial development, and essentially belies the class issues that are at the heart of this. That is, it isn't the RVs with satellite dishes they're worried about, it's the people living out of their last-gasp pick-ups. Personally it's way down my list of objections to Wally World (although I live in a downscale neighborhood and one of the things you get is huge amounts of unnecessary noise -- just now there was some screaming match down the block that ended in a vehicle storming off). The neighbors insisted on an enormous tree-lined berm, and there was very nearly a federal lawsuit over some stormwater runoff issues. On the plus side, my internal urban planner likes the way that unused parking lot space is actually finding a viable use, and of course most of this takes place not all that adjacent to residential areas, so the social objections should be limited in most cases. Overall, though, I think this reflects fears of a relentlessly grinding economy and a permanent underclass. I don't think it's any accident that the right wing celebrates a certain type of nomadic American and tries to deny the existence or importance of any other.
  • It kills me that 'approving' of the artist' leads to a judgement about the art. So, should you reserve judgement about something you think is great until you learn more about who made it?
    So much of Allen's material comes from such a specific, limited perspective that many (myself included, sometimes) are inclined to see his work as being autobiographical. His frequent onscreen appearances don't help this. With some artists, it's possible to separate the work from the art. Using film as an example, I know Robert Altman did some morally questionable things, but it's easier for me to separate his art from his life because his body of work can't be interpreted as directly autobiographical in the same way that Allen's is. Also, as problematic as some of Altman's behavior was, he didn't (to my knowledge) rape anyone or marry a child in his care. So there's that.
  • But that doesn't make sense in the context of what we saw. The first two girls they took out were the stronger ones, who were paired with men on the other tribe with whom the Tadhana men had either a problem with (Gervase) or wanted to bait for Redemption Island (Tyson.) First time around, they were going to vote off either Katie or Marissa. Katie because she perceived as weak and Marissa because she was connected to Gervis, who was too much of a showoff or too loud for Culepper AND probably because she called out Culepper at the council on the beach, where Laura B was voted out. I think Brad voiced concern about his wife, who was on the other team and Marissa called him out for that, which was as dumb as Brad expressing concern. So it's clear that weakness was an issue there, with Kate, but Marissa and Gervase attitude probably pissed off Brad more. There was nothing inherently strong about Marissa, in Brad's eyes.
  • Using the n-word isn't racist if your peers deem you to be black? Anybody want to try to explain this from a social construction of race point of view? The bosses like the white guy better than they like you. Suck up or get cut.
  • just read through all of it. i thought the first couple chapters were pretty awful. but i guess the story is finally getting somewhere and i'm curious where it's going. not sure it will go somewhere that's not also awful though.
  • The only times I have ever been in a Walmart have been 3 am diaper shortages and prescriptions. 3-4 years ago my boy and I were walking a trail along the Swannanoa river and we came up on the lower end of a Walmart parking lot and there were all these kids playing in the river. Boy waded in. I looked up the hill and there were some old RVs and people grilling meat. Lawn chairs under shade trees. I walked up there and wound up with a beer in my hand and a free lunch. Maybe this is just the very best Walmart parking lot in the country. It's where I take boy when I can't get a playdate with one of his school chums on the weekends.
  • well, it's pretty sexist of culpepper and the other men on his tribe to just use the women as pawns against the men they have problems with Point taken, however, I think there's a fine line between calling something inherently sexist and seeing an affinity group designating a part of their tribe as "other."
  • Emphasis added to point out that it was Probst's intro that Holmes was taking issue with. He makes conscious choices of what to highlight and how to frame it. Yes, we agree about Probst's intro was what Holmes was taking issue with. Her and I disagree on the interpretation though. I pointed out that several of those interpretations were also about the producers' choices, to the point that "seven of ten" is a misleading statistic, given that at least half of them are complaints at least partially about Probst or the producers. Again, we disagree on those interpretations. Have you actually seen episodes from this season? ut the fact remains that virtually everyone who's come off Survivor (and pretty much every similar long-form competition "reality" show) has said that the producers shape the narrative to the point that the contestants barely recognize the events. Survivor is indeed storyboarded, where the creators film everything they can and then craft storylines based on what they've filmed, i.e. what the players actually said or did. I've seen enough Survivor with it's returning players who usually behave in similar ways to take the "but the edited me that way" compliant with a grain of salt. No doubt, the audience isn't seeing the full, nuanced view of the person, but they are definitely parts of that whole.
  • The red poppy is a symbol of needless bloodshed and betrayal. We told our soldiers they were fighting for freedom. We told them home by Christmas. We threw them in a meat grinder. We remember their noble sacrifice and our eternal national shame. That's why Nov 11 is solemn as a tomb. White is the colour of innocence. It is inappropriate because we as citizens of a democracy always have the blood of our soldiers on our hands.
  • Heh, here's some info on the decontamination they did after the Litvinenko case: it doesn't actually mention closing off the bathrooms, which means either my brain made it up (I am almost certain I heard about it at a conference in Spain a couple of years ago), or it was an additional CYA measure by the hotel that didn't make the report.
  • Whatever. I still like the poppies.
  • Full 108 report on Al-Jazeera.
  • I still think when Probst leaves the last tribal council with the vote jar, they should show a little mini-movie montage of him crossing deserts with it, parasailing, hacking through jungles with it under his arm, chasing down a kid who steals it from him in a marketplace, etc., then he shows up live on the stage with it at the final episode. In the Amazon season, they did have Probst jump on a jet-ski after final tribal council. The live finale opened with footage of him arriving in the waters of New York aboard the jet-ski.
  • Wired is stupid. The Playstation 2 was a credible Linux desktop. The Steambox isn't any kind of PC, no more than a Sega Saturn was a RISC workstation despite being specc'd like one. It's a console.
  • I think most Americans have a different view of WW1 than Europeans. For whatever reason, American education has tried to give the thing some sort of noble purpose. Brits and other Europeans seem to have better grasped the horrible futility of the war.
  • israel doing this just doesn't make sense to me - if they had wanted him, they could have and would have gotten him years before russia? - i can't think of why they would bother the u s? - i can't think of why they would bother, either remember that arafat was a known actor with predictable potential for trouble or the lack of it - why replace him with someone - or several actors - who might be much more disruptive - which is pretty much what did happen, in part i'd look at his political rivals - i doubt anyone helped them as an officially sanctioned act, but who knows what a rogue agent might do? - and if one person can think of polonium poisoning, surely someone else can without the help of a rogue agent - maybe someone who figured out how one could get it out of one of those static brushes if we can come up with that idea, surely someone else could
  • bigendian: Also, misses to explain why pigeons constantly bop their heads. I've heard a few theories (and prefer the "depth vision through parallax" explanation) but never quite know who to trust. The Straight Dope covered this; IIRC it was a guest column. Basically, it has to do with pulling their CoG forward to take a step, just like humans swinging their arms as they walk. Pigeon balance is rather more precarious than ours, though, and their feet less well muscled, so they have to resort to a larger movement than we do (and, of course, we don't *have* to do it, but it's quite natural to do so). The proof is in the fact that pigeons walking down a roof slope don't bob their heads, because they don't need to - as soon as they lift a foot, the CoG shifts forward.
  • I should note: I am personally inclined to say that particularly the kind of experiments being talked about here shouldn't be used, but the controversy is still talked about in medical ethics classes for a reason--and it isn't as black and white as one might hope. This is one case where the more I learn, the more confused I get in some cases.
  • Just returned from Scotland and they were all over the place there. I'm not keen about the symbolism here. The poem is clearly not anti-war, but it should be. It highlights the insanty of sending young people to kill each other en masse. posted by Mental Wimp at 3:54 PM on November 6 [+] [!] On the other hand, virtually everyone in the UK knows about Remembrance Day red poppies and what they mean but not many of them know about the poem, and few could tell you what the poem says.
  • "(the actual LD50 for 210Po is less than 1 microgram for an average adult " How the fuck do you even transport that without completely fucking shit up? I don't even... Like one slip and you have a hugely high probability of being dead. I believe I read in a previous article about this that that's how they tracked down what happened in the case of a previous killing with polonium, because it leaves traces everywhere during transport and when it's used, even with careful precautions.
  • Can I wear a puppy instead?
  • One of my close pals grew up in (and lived for some time as an adult in) John Brunner's old home on Hampstead Heath. It really is on the Heath too, virtually at the end of a cul-de-sac that leads directly onto one of the footpaths up to Parliament Hill, one of those fantasy London locations that only exist in films. A huge old pile, it was more some sort of semi-commune in the 60s, or so I am led to believe, and there are apparently lots of folklorish tales of the goings-on there when JB was in residence. It certainly feels appropriately dark and gothic inside; all steep staircases, gloomy wallpaper and caramelised paintings. Although I don't know whether my pal's parents redecorated when he moved in (must ask him) he tells me he inherited Brunner's desk. John Hall, who was also part of that scene, wrote a book based on his experiences in that house, called Life On The Hill, but I don't think it's ever seen the light of day. It wouldn't have done me any good mentally or physically, but I would so love to have been part of that whole New Wave scene back then. The people... the stories... the stories about the people... I have done some of the things in that house that ought to be done in a house like that, but it's not the same.
  • Birds of Britain
  • being able to sleep in the walmart parking lot has been a lifesaver for me before. i was making a trip from texas to new york as fast as i could in an attempt to get home and visit my family before one elderly member passed on. i could barely afford gas - in fact i'd had to have gas money wired to me by my older sister the day i left - and i certainly didn't have any money for a hotel room. it was a 32 hour drive - longer than i expected, i'd never made that particular trip before and overestimated my ability to stay awake. i needed to sleep somewhere in virginia, and i stopped at an interstate rest stop. because, stupid child that i was, i assumed that interstate rest stops were for resting at. i'd been there for about an hour when a police officer came up and knocked on my window and asked if i was sleeping and told me i was not allowed to sleep at the rest stop and i had to move along. i didn't even make it to the next rest stop before i caught myself dozing off and i took the nearest exit - which ended up having a walmart in it. most interstate exits probably have a walmart in them, come to think of it. anyway i managed to sleep in the walmart parking lot and not drive off the road and kill myself so thanks walmart!
  • Its on the front page of al-jazeera Arabic right now. http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/d8055cee-6ec4-4443-8ec7-9c5d66f4525c
  • I once arranged for my patient's family to stay at the local WalMart in their RV while he was hospitalized. The manager just very carefully asked that they not be taking up parking spaces on the Thanksgiving weekend. Which seemed reasonable, all things considered.
  • Under the well-established legal principle of command responsibility, military officials who knowingly allow their subordinates to commit war crimes are themselves criminally responsible. OK then, let's see more prosecutions and people being held accountable. The US is not alone in covering up atrocities, but they could take the lead and send the message that this is not acceptable.
  • Also, FTA, "David Barclay, a British forensic scientist who had studied the report, told al-Jazeera: "The report contains strong evidence, in my view conclusive evidence, that there's at least 18 times the level of polonium in Arafat's exhumed body than there should be.""
  • Yeah, I got to page ... seventeen? Eww. (Looks to me like our scientist ran to the bathroom to quick rub one out vis a vis his new assistant -- he later claims it was coffee -- and I'm done.) Sorry I didn't make it to the talking cat.
  • But I have been known to watch the Real World/Road Rules challenges, where the people are even more loathsome and the challenges are even dumber, so it's not like I have the cover of good taste. I used to watch those too. My favorite one ever - apropos of sexist tropes in "reality competitions" - was the first season where it was a boys team vs. girls team. The boys made a pact at the start that each time they had to vote someone off they would simply go with the guy who had the lowest points total, fair and square. As a result their team spent the whole series with no drama, no fights, no hurt feelings, just solid teamwork. Meanwhile the girls, with no such pact, became a sad nest of fighting, backstabbing, gossip, etc. - pretty much every Mean Girl stereotype you can name. The producers must've been pissed at the boys' successful evasion of the show's formula, as every subsequent season I've checked in on, the rules of the season were devised in ways to disallow simple "lowest points" eliminations.
  • It IS mildly squicky, but my god had I the opportunity I would totally have taken that opportunity too. Leaving nothing and taking nothing, of course.
  • It's interesting that there isn't a connection made between Canadians wearing a poppy and Americans putting a yellow Support The Troops sticker on the back of their car, insofar as most people who do these things often have no connection with vets or have never had to suffer the consequences of wars they support. Every poppy sold in Canada goes directly to supporting veterans' charities. As for the symbolism, no matter how McRae's poem was used in 1915, the red poppy now is always taught as a symbol of blood and remembrance. Some schools combine it with paper cranes as well, for the civilian casualties of war.
  • Arafat. Leader of the PLO. Assassinated? I won't hold my breath waiting for the perpetrators to be tried, but they could have been men and shot the bastard. Poisoning the old man was cowardly.
  • I have flown my plane in formation (after careful training by excellent former Naval aviators) and the relative position of the two aircraft here was pretty much the opposite of how it ought to be done. It's clear that immediately before the collision the pilot in top plane had little chance to see the bottom plane. Either the pilots didn't plan & brief this flight adequately, or they deviated massively from the plan.
  • Didja ever buy a "magic lint brush"? They're full of polonium. NYT, 03 Dec 2006:
    Solving the nuclear whodunit [death of Alexander Litvinenko] is complicat[ed by] the relative ubiquity of polonium 210, the highly radioactive substance found in Mr. Litvinenko's body. . . . public and private inquiries have shown that it proliferated quite widely during the nuclear era, of late as an industrial commodity. "You can get it all over the place," said William Happer, a physicist at Princeton who has advised the United States government on nuclear forensics. "And it's a terrible way to go." Today, polonium 210 can show up in everything from atom bombs, to antistatic brushes to cigarette smoke, though in the last case only minute quantities are involved. [. . . ] Commercially, Web sites and companies sell many products based on polonium 210, with labels warning of health dangers. By some estimates, a lethal dose might cost as little as $22.50, plus tax. "Radiation from polonium is dangerous if the solid material is ingested or inhaled," warns the label of an antistatic brush. "Keep away from children." [. . . ] Though dangerous when breathed, injected or ingested, the material is harmless outside the human body. Skin or paper can stop its rays cold. Industrial companies found polonium 210 to be ideal for making static eliminators that remove dust from film, lenses and laboratory balances, as well as paper and textile plants. Its rays produce an electric charge on nearby air. Bits of dust with static attract the charged air, which neutralizes them. Once free of static, the dust is easy to blow or brush away. Manufacturers of antistatic devices take great pains to make the polonium hard to remove. Even so, Dr. Zimmerman of King's College said it could be done with "careful lab work," which he declined to describe.
  • WalMart can do whatever it wants to buy public approval, but I will not shop there. Ever.
  • Researchers using eye-tracking technology found that 3-year-olds diagnosed with autism looked less at people's eyes when they were babies than children who did not develop autism. But contrary to what the researchers expected, the difference was not apparent at birth. It emerged when babies were 2 to 6 months old, and autism experts said that may suggest a window during which the progression toward autism can be halted or slowed. Article in the NYT. Also SciAm, etc. Reduced eye contact for autistic babies has been documented previously (e.g.), but this study captures the exact window of the decline.

    Here's the abstract from the paper published in Nature this week, worth reading: Deficits in eye contact have been a hallmark of autism since the condition's initial description. They are cited widely as a diagnostic feature and figure prominently in clinical instruments; however, the early onset of these deficits has not been known. Here we show in a prospective longitudinal study that infants later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) exhibit mean decline in eye fixation from 2 to 6 months of age, a pattern not observed in infants who do not develop ASD. These observations mark the earliest known indicators of social disability in infancy, but also falsify a prior hypothesis: in the first months of life, this basic mechanism of social adaptive action—eye looking—is not immediately diminished in infants later diagnosed with ASD; instead, eye looking appears to begin at normative levels prior to decline. The timing of decline highlights a narrow developmental window and reveals the early derailment of processes that would otherwise have a key role in canalizing typical social development. Finally, the observation of this decline in eye fixation—rather than outright absence—offers a promising opportunity for early intervention that could build on the apparent preservation of mechanisms subserving reflexive initial orientation towards the eyes. While there's much previously on the heartbreak associated with autism, this may go down as a first ray of hope.
  • There's a very, very small number of over-the-top right wingers whose schtick I found endearing. Downey was one of them.
  • The guy's dead for five years and the house is just gathering dust? Some kind of Jarndyce v Jarndyce kind of thing going on? (Sadly, Patrick Leigh Fermor's houses in Greece, intended as a sort of literary retreat for literary people, is apparently going to wrack and ruin.)
  • Does the long-running reality TV program Survivor have a sexism problem? A few weeks back (Mefi's Own) Linda Holmes published "The Tribe Has Broken: How Sexism is Silently Killing 'Survivor'" in response to a controversial episode where a male contestant was soundly ridiculed by host Jeff Probst for following a suggestion made by his wife ("Does she tell you what to do all the time?"), while a female contestant who followed a much more direct command from her husband did not receive similar teasing. Over the weekend, Holmes joined former Survivor contestants Rob Cesternino and Stephen Fishbach on Cesternino's Robhasapodcast show for a lively discussion of this topic (runs just over an hour).
  • This PBS website goes through the ethics of using Nazi medical experiment data today. As we approach the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht/Reichspogramnacht on the 9th, it is worth noting that this is still pretty controversial. What I found most interesting on that website was the point of view of the survivors of the experiments--which went both ways.
  • Despite all this I just can't believe that there is someone whose last name is really Incognito.
  • They're a big deal in Britain, and there's a lot of pressure on people to wear one. If you're a public figure and you're seen not wearing one on TV in the run-up to Remembrance Day, you'll attract a lot of attention and be expected to justify your decision. James McLean, an Irish footballer, refused to wear one on his shirt in a match the day before Remembrance Day last year, presumably as he's from Derry, the site of Bloody Sunday. He was on the receiving end of abuse and death threats as a result.
  • Ugh, when I say "for some reason," I know the reason, I just meant that we Americans--at least ones in my part of the States--never bothered to do this. Sorry.
  • There's some aspect of life on the road in an RV that deeply appeals to me. On the other hand, it seems like a way of life that could, with just a couple mis-steps, be very difficult to get free of once you've gotten into it. Obviously, I don't know from experience, but I imagine it would be hard to go back into living at a fixed address, just needing references, credit history, all of that, just to rent a place, let alone buy. Some people in the article are doing it because it's their dream, but that must be a vanishingly small portion.
  • IMO, the Canadian (Harper) Government clearly doesn't give a flying fuck about its veterans. It is appalling and, oh, so angry-making. Spend a hundred million blowing smoke up our asses about some half-forgotten battle of 1812, but royally fuck over the vet just brought back from Afghanistan. Utterly despicable. Harper. [spit]
  • Well, I mean. It's the same supposed solution as with playground bullies, innit? The other veterans, the bully's peer group, they need to be the ones to step up and say "dude you are being a stank ass sack of cocks right now and you need to quit this shit". In reality nothing will ever change and the bullied will become the bullies.
  • there's no excuse for the pilots having so little situational awareness The investigation is probably ongoing, there are multiple causes besides pilot error. Unless that has already been determined I don't know.
  • What are birds
  • Yeah, and why would the Israeli's want Arafat to die? He gave them everything they ever wanted.
  • Gotta love the contextual text ads running on MeFi: * Wal-MartJobs - Hiring Now Walmart.Joblinker.net/Jobs Complete your online application today. Start your new Job tomorrow! * They're everywhere, really. Not unlike Walmart.
  • I felt like we were intruding on Mr C. As if we'd interrupt him at work on a new manuscript. The housekeeper spoke not a word of English, but led us into his office... and then left. Michelle and I were there, alone. This was no museum. This was no shrine. This was Arthur C. Fucking Clarke's office. His office with everything.
  • I think those who are counting Apple TV out will be in for a surprise next year or shortly thereafter. Apple has stuck with that product for years despite it never being a big seller, and pushing iOS to 64-bit right now makes a hell of a lot more sense if you think about it in terms of the future of the one iOS product that would need to address buttloads of RAM in the short term. Apple has a vision for this product. They don't stick with an unpopular device unless they're pretty sure that the fulfillment of their vision for it will make people want it. Apple TV is already great for Hulu and Netflix and iTunes rentals and purchases, not to mention AirPlay, and yet I think it only represents maybe half of what Apple intends for it. They aren't dummies. They know people's living rooms are as important to them as their pockets and briefcases. Apple TV ain't done by a damn sight.
  • I was in 10th grade or so when Morton Downey, Jr. hit his peak, and as a fifteen year old I found that show *amazing*. Dad was always watching Donahue, which I found dull, but this show was like your Id leapt out of your body and manifested itself as a TV show. These days that kind of shock TV is par for the course, but it was a very new thing at the time.
  • Good catch. I needed a pullquote for the title but the one I initially picked was too long, so I settled on this one. Still, I'd wager it's not too far off the mark. The trucker's point was that he preferred sleeping in the Walmart parking lot over the beehive-like truck stop.
  • I find these discussions pretty visceral,as a woman, as a person of partly Jewish descent, and as a person with dissident tendencies. I can't read about the Third Reich without the consciousness that I likely would have died a horrible death. I have long wondered where the anti-abortion people were getting their data on rape and pregnancy. I simply have personally known too many people who were impregnated by their rapists. One woman I knew who was raped actually kept and raised her child. Most of the victims I knew one way or the other got abortions. I can't provide citations on this, but I have read that the odds of becoming pregnant due to rape actually are slightly higher than the odds of becoming pregnant by a man you love and willingly have unprotected sex with. In any case, there were no double blind studies even possible, let alone attempted in Nazi Germany or any place else at that time. You would have had to have equal numbers of executed women, some the victims of rape close to their deaths, and some who had made love with their husbands or lovers before being killed. The second group would have had to be unstressed. In Nazi Germany, most people were stressed. It just would not have worked. Why would anyone expect valid results? As for the anatomy, well that's not been from exactly nice sources until pretty recently.
  • Checkbook Journalism? More like checkbook accident voyeurism entertainment television. Some people, knowingly performing risky acts broke their toys but were apparently otherwise unhurt, how is this news really? I'm more concerned about what passes for news rather than who's throwing money around for ratings and ad dollars.
  • September 21 is International Peace Day. They should distribute and wear the white poppies of peace during the run-up to that day, and refrain from co-opting a day meant for veterans and their loved ones.
  • "This video has been removed by the user. Sorry about that." fyi....looks like the YT clip has been pulled.
  • The main problem with their thinking is that the PC is not a 'game machine' for most people. It's a thing they buy for other things that also happens to play games. And now the thing that people buy for other things that also plays games is a tablet. Valve should be making a tablet, not a console.
  • > "Were we expecting Survivor to be a shining beacon of social progress? An example for the rest of the world to follow?" Sure, why not? Why ignore the problem just because it's a pervasive one?
  • TF BLUE Oh man, it felt so good to make that joke.
  • To be honest, I'm sort of ambivalent about the ethics of respecting the wishes of the dead, since they are dead after all. Even given that, though, this sentiment quoted in the article fucking horrifies me:
    "Why would those who have made war on society or have been a burden to it be permitted to say what shall be done with their remains?" the Washington Post asked in an 1877 editorial. "Why should they not be compelled to be of some use after death, having failed to be of value to the world during life?"
  • It's also a great way to remember that all those Canadian soldiers went there to help the good old British Empire, that glorious thing, or France, which had traded them for a bunch of sugar islands some decades before. And, of course, how fun the conscription debate was. And say what you will about Haig, at least he wasn't John French.
  • Poppies are certainly not a thing in the US (or not all of it) in the way they are elsewhere. As a project for a folklore class, I took myself to the San Francisco Veterans Day Parade one year and (among other things) interviewed people wearing blue poppies sold by the Disabled American Veterans. It was pretty clear that those people had zero context for poppies whatsoever and they were pro-war types who had bought poppies on the grounds that they were 'supporting the troops'. (And, no, I'm not inventing their politics. They felt the need to tell me about their politics and what they imagined mine were (namely the same as theirs).) What. I'm a 30 year old uberliberal from the Northeast and we have always bought poppies from veterans around Veteran's Day. My husband does, too--and has memories of being encouraged to do so as a child, as a way to remember the young men and women who fought in various wars. We both had grandfathers who fought in WWII, and while neither of our sets of parents served, my parents were extremely patriotic peacenik hippies, who encouraged the practice, too. We probably have a whole garland of them hanging from our rear view mirror in our car. It might not be a custom on the same scale as in other places (they're not pins here, but on little dangly things you're supposed to clip into your lapel) but it's definitely a custom. I'm sort of shocked that there are other Americans who have never heard of it.
  • A website by Luke Taylor has all you ever needed to know about the London pigeon.
  • Cool page about things that contain polonium (nothing to do with YA's case)
  • He's no Wally George. Why choose one or the other when you can have both?
  • Nah. Just show a timelapse of it sitting on a desk somewhere for the months between the wrap up in the field and the live finale, with all the editing etc happening in the background. With the Benny Hill theme playing.
  • Does this mean I must decide what I love more, TF2 or Alisun?
  • Ok, Thursday Next, we need you!
  • If Valve can't even be arsed to get their own games working with just a controller, it seems like Steambox is going to be an awful living room experience. Reading here that they're planning to crowdsource controller configuration doesn't engender a lot of confidence. They're making it so that the controller emulates a keyboard and mouse, which is to say that *all* games should work with their controller (to counter your example, you can use the trackpad to mouse over and hit 'Apply'). The crowdsourced configuration is probably not going to be without a hitch but it's a very Valve-like solution to the problem and at worst case you'll just create your own key map. The controller's dual-trackpad approach, which I hope they'll be combining with their already-extant 'lotus' onscreen software keyboard, might entirely obviate the need for a mouse and keyboard for most casual computing tasks altogether (apart from heavy word processing for instance). It's definitely the most exciting part of these whole proceedings. It seems likely that the Steam Machines won't live for very long--they won't hit a price point that satisfies unless Valve subsidizes, which I expect they won't do--but the controller will probably live on and might change our whole idea of what input ought to look like.
  • Yeah, we did that in junior high school. Then (I think) the cranes were sent to Hiroshima.
  • Mimolette, even a three year old one is very mild, very tasty like caramel apples. Based on nose alone you'd think the FDA would go after Vacherin first.
  • Apparently, one of the last things he watched was a VHS tape of The Ali G. Show. I imagine him, upon reaching the end of the final episode, sinking back in his easy chair and closing his eyes for the last time, while softly murmuring to himself "My work here is done." And overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
  • Using film as an example, I know Robert Altman did some morally questionable things What did Altman do?
  • This has depressed every cell in my body, so thanks for that.
  • I love this, the fact that America has nomads, many living that way through choice as well as necessity. I'm likely romanticising but there's spirit there. Not just cheap vodka.
  • The researchers gave a presentation last March that has a bit more detail: abstract. Segond's 1879 paper (yes, in French). Oh hey wait: a different set of researchers also investigated this in 2012, but it looks as if they disagree on the exact location and weren't looking at the ACL connection.
  • I think those who are counting Apple TV out will be in for a surprise next year or shortly thereafter. Apple has stuck with that product for years despite it never being a big seller They sold something like 6-8 million of them this year. That's 600-800 million dollars. Valve's total revenue is apparently in the 'high hundreds of millions". I'd wager that Apple's AppleTV business is bigger than all of Valve put together, and that's not even counting itunes sales through it.
  • DAMN YOU MADAM CURIE!
  • The animation at 19:40 for "Sweet Sixteen", dated as it is, is kind of interesting. Anyone know more about it?
  • Another difference--but as someone said upthread, the US is a big place--I've noticed in terms of remembering the dead from WWI and WWII, is that here in Canada, no matter how small the town, there is a cenotaph. It's very obvious, very beautiful, very solemn. But no place I've ever lived in the South ever had a very public cenotaph commemorating those particular dead. Sure, for the Civil War, maybe for Vietnam or the Korean War, but not one for the first Great Wars. (Again, I may be wrong. Totally possible.) The WWI/WWII cenotaph seems to be something that is ubiquitous in Canada, the UK, and Europe for some reason.
  • I ♥ my Kaypro, too. I should see if it still boots. Agreed on both the mild squick and complete awesomeness. Clarke's writings were a formative part of my youth, and continue to be so to this day.
  • On a far less subtle note, I was revolted to see this picture today, tweeted by the Royal British Legion's official account. It's of four children holding giant plastic poppies three of them wearing t-shirts that read: Future Soldier. Unbelievable. Back in my young day, a kid wearing a "future soldier" shirt would be doing it as an act of punk rock provocation, with the meaning being "combat fodder for the state". I don't think even a fairly conservative person would have viewed joining the military as an actively great career choice, except from a "well, our other options are so shit" standpoint, and no one would have put that on a t-shirt. They were handing out poppies here in the US when I was a kid, so early eighties.
  • There is a campground just down the street from our Wal Mart and this practice drives the owners absolutely insane.
  • When I say "apparently," I mean "according to Wikipedia." I'm probably not alone in this tic.
  • (not all of them mind you -- but the stories behind the sad ones... ugh)
  • So...the new translation seems to be the only really available copy. The others on Amazon are over 60 bucks!? Yeah, the Bantam edition from 1982 (the one I devoured, like freya_lamb, at age 13 or 14) has been out of print for a long time. When I wanted to replace my copy a few years ago I was surprised by how much it cost as well -- I think I eventually found it for about $35 after some searching. I'll be really interested to read the new translation, in part because there were clearly some problems with handling slang, etc. in the original. I wonder if there is a subtitled version available in this country? I have a vague recollection that the dubbed version was the only one officially released for the English-speaking market. That's certainly only ever been the version I've seen. (I think there are unofficial subtitled versions available online.)
  • A culture of hazing is indefensible. If this was a greek organization on any college campus, their charter would get yanked in a heartbeat.
  • So Walmart IS doing good for the world!
  • yeah, the culpeppers are jerks and brad is king of that jerk mountain.
  • Or to put it another way, somewhere, Trip Hawkins is laughing his head off.
  • Yes, Melville was still in his critical nadir in 1898 -- pretty much nobody liked his later, weirder stuff (including Moby-Dick) in his lifetime, and until the 1920s he had only a small cult following. All of his work had been out of print for more than forty years by the time he was rediscovered by critics and mainstream readers. Apparently The Brothers Karamazov wasn't translated into English until 1912. I was wondering whether Crime and Punishment being better was the consensus in the English-speaking world at the time, but it looks like it won by default.
  • The fact that MeFites watch "reality" TV at all reduces my already-jaded hope for humanity. MeFites are interested in everything. Not every individual MeFite, of course. But collectively, I don't think there's a subject in heaven or earth or dreamt of in someone's philosophy that doesn't interest MetaFilter. This increases my otherwise-quite-limited hope for humanity.
  • We were shown the film in high school as an anti-drug message and it was definitely the dubbed version (in Australia). I remember one of the teachers clearing his throat the first few times the word fuck was mentioned. After that he didn't bother :)
  • they could have been men and shot the bastard. Poisoning the old man was cowardly. Why is poisoning someone to death more cowardly than shooting them? Also, what does that have to do with being a man? I am sort of confused by these TV ethics
  • I'm not sure you actually know what he "did."
  • the crash was just across the way from where I live. haven't really watched too much of it, but from conversations it sounds like it wasn't too terribly far away from the refinery over there, which would have been pretty horrible.
  • What did Altman do?
    Some of the circumstances under which he got his actresses to strip down and do nude scenes were weird, IMO.
  • phew, not what I thought it was.
  • I freakin' love this kind of television. You just don't see it anymore and I think that's probably a very good thing. It's as if the entirety of the production machinery had never heard of shame. There was no joke too broad, no setup too lame, no celebrity pairing too awkward to make it to air. I think dortmunder might be onto something...it had to have been the cocaine.
  • I'm kind of thinking you have to have watched the dynamic with regard to this particular player - Brad Culpepper. The bro-iest of the Bros. There have been few players I've gotten physically pissed about over the years and this guy is one of them. I saw this particular incident as a ribbing by Jeff to both of them. He's making fun of them for playing the part of sexist tropes.
  • He's making fun of them for playing the part of sexist tropes. Ironic sexism is awfully hard to make out among all that actual sexism. I stopped watching Survivor -- a show I loved in the early seasons -- because of just the "wallpaper sexism" that Holmes refers to.
  • His show was before my time but after watching the documentary I know I would have loved it when I was younger. Hell, I watched some episodes and clips on youtube and I love it now.
  • Well, if you eliminate consoles, you're basically competing with Roku. Not exactly formidable competition.
  • Were you under the impression that most football players were adults? As I've been reading about this, it really has been hitting home that the culture around football teams that many of us detest in high school never, ever changes. For the ones who are good enough (and lucky enough to avoid serious injury) to get to the pro level, they are always in a bubble where being the bully is supported and encouraged by those around them. Usually it's the team versus anyone else, but in such an environment of distilled aggression, anyone who comes into the room and displays weakness or does not respond in the expected, tough guy way (i.e., punches someone or proves they can dish out damage in some acceptable method) will become a victim of it.
  • If all professional sports leagues were abolished overnight, I wouldn't miss a thing. Should we get rid of the Bolshoi Ballet too?
  • The centre of the Australian War Memorial is a courtyard flanked by long cloisters, lined with bronze panels. On the panels are a list of dead Australians, who gave their lives during a long list of wars, 'emergencies', police actions, and peace keeping missions. The bronze panels aren't flush with their neighbours - there's a little gap between each one, just the right size so that when you find your great-grandfather, uncle, brother, daughter or friend, you can leave a poppy next to their name. I was a little surprised to find out that poppies and Australia goes back to 1921:
    The Australian Returned Soldiers and Sailors Imperial League (the forerunner to the RSL) first sold poppies for Armistice Day in 1921. For this drive, the league imported one million silk poppies, made in French orphanages. Each poppy was sold for a shilling: five pence was donated to a charity for French children, six pence went to the League's own welfare work, and one penny went to the League's national coffers.
    There are two other things that you might find in Australian lapels at another time of year - rosemary and Legacy pins.
  • Bert? Is that you?
  • The Yellow Submarine dancing.... wow. It really was a different time. And the BIG! FINALE! was two (!!) nondescript Ringo songs. What a letdown. I recently saw a Burt Bacharach special on PBS which featured loads of variety show excerpts (mostly from the Sixties, mind you) which had all sorts of weird background dancing. For example, Dusty Springfield singing while mustachioed guys in turtlenecks slowly pushed big set pieces on wheels (don't believe me?), or Dionne Warwick singing "Walk On By" with fellas dressed as real estate agents swanning around with ladies. I miss this awesomeness. But returning to Ringo, here he is, dancing with a bird on "Ready Steady Go" in 1963.
  • KokuRyu: They aren't, as much as The Newell may try to insist that they are. middleclasstool: So, what niche does the AppleTV have to exploit? I don't see anything that it can do that half a dozen boxen already attached to my TV are perfectly capable of, without being pushed into Apple's walled garden.
  • Second link is dead.
  • I am an aide for a nonverbal autistic 18 year old. In the past couple years, I've spent countless hours observing him in every conceivable setting including an Aspergers Inclusion Program at his high school in which he participated. I love this kid as I would my own. I support him in any way that I can and am constantly looking for anything that cracks into his world for even the briefest of moments so that I might better empathize with him. IANAD and I don't mean to offend anyone by saying this but you will never convince me that he is not afflicted by something that warrants a cure and those who say otherwise need to take a closer look at folks a little further down the spectrum before condemning those who have the audacity to call for a cure to this often debilitating disorder.
  • Damn, do I remember Downey in High School. I think I was in a cognitive dissonance kind of headspace; I was young and male and wanted to be all "GRAR, PACK SNARL" as I watched it, but the future West Coast liberal was even back then thinking "This guy ain't quite right..." Great theater, tho. Look forward to the docu.
  • Salammbô seems an odd call if you deem Flaubert worthy of a place on the list.
  • I'll tell you one thing cutting into into a whole Mimolette: If you finish the job with the same numbers and fingers you started with, you did well.
  • My husband was formerly a truck driver in the northeast. He notes that walmarts that allow o/n parking became sparser and sparser during his driving years. He says parking at Walmart used to be a thing and now it is less of a thing...
  • I slept in a Walmart parking lot in my car when I drove from Michigan to Atlanta and was too poor to afford a hotel. It was loud as hell with all the semi trucks pulling in and out, and I didn't sleep much at all. It's amazing that anyone can or would put up with that long-term.
  • I really don't think Valve should be making any hardware (console or tablet), tbh. If steam goes away, it goes away, they can still make a pile of money making great games. And once the oculus comes out the whole game market is going to be thrown into upheaval anyway.
  • There Leonard's the asocial one.
  • Swiss team of cheese experts claim cheese mites found in body of Yasser Arafat. French cheese maker union assured having nothing to do with this and declared the evidence "circumstantial, at best".
  • That's surprisingly tolerant of Walmart. Not sure if it's a life I'd choose for myself, must get freezing in the winter. When you picture life on the open road, Walmart isn't the first thing to come to mind.
  • maybe the mocking of non-uniformed men was done with white feathers, not poppies....I will see if I can find a reference to this when I get home
  • String Theory is a character-driven serialized comic book published on the web and written/illustrated by Dirk Grundy (Twitter cat feed). Following the adventures of grumpy, socially inept super scientist Dr. Herville Schtein, it is set in an alternate timeline where "the Cuban missile crisis went terribly wrong," the Cold War never ended, super scientists and super powered individuals run amok, the American Southwest is an irradiated postnuclear desert, "America...is not doing so well," and Chicago... Let's not talk about Chicago. It is about failure and families and how we all kind of mess each other up a little, but only because we care. It's kind of sad. But also kind of funny. Think Venture Brothers with the satire and comedy turned down, and the characterization and plotting turned up. Oh! There is also a very cute talking cat, if that helps sell it for you.

    Note: The art and storytelling evolve quite a bit throughout the series, and the plot begins in earnest in Chapter 2. Chapter 1 is something of a fakeout, and something more than a fakeout. You'll see.
  • How much of this webpage is rooted in facts? I get less certain by the paragraph. Also, misses to explain why pigeons constantly bop their heads. I've heard a few theories (and prefer the "depth vision through parallax" explanation) but never quite know who to trust.
  • I donate to the Legion and to a charity that works in war zones every year, but I don't wear a poppy, and I've always been disturbed by the fact that this inevitably invites questions and criticism. The red poppy may represent the darkness of war, but it was a romanticized and limited darkness that was presented to me growing up: noble sacrifice, and maybe lost youth, but certainly not boats of Jewish refugees turned away at Canadian ports, and Japanese-Canadians being sent to prison camps, and First Nations enlistees barred from the Navy and Air Force and denied veteran support at home. I respect those who chose to serve honourably, and I am angry for those who were lost needlessly, and I have pity for those who came back changed for the worse, but I have trouble viewing war as something that unites us as a country instead of something that divides us as people.
  • David Roth had a pretty good piece on the larger NFL narratives that play into this. The thing that kills me about it all is the reflexive defense about manly toughness, that Incognito is the sort of guy you'd want in your foxhole or next to you in a fight. Football is a game. It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be war or a fight to the death, and talking about it like it is those things makes a mockery of all of them. Hell, people loved Brett Favre because "he's having so much fun out there" and "he's just a kid" or whatever. I happen to think that Favre is a tremendous asshole who should be banned from the league for his off-field behavior, but one of the things people liked about him is that he recognized on some level that it's just a game. It's like that Grantland column said: Winning doesn't require misery. There's not enough at stake in any football game to make it worth the destruction it causes when it's been militarized all to hell in the name of machismo, and every incident like this only further convinces me that professional flag football would be a better, safer, more pleasing sport in every way that matters.
  • I remember it being an amazing book. It's veery sad to hear that she still isn't clean at 51. A close friend of mine has struggled to become clean for over 25 years. A hard, soul-destroying battle.
  • I feel more conflicted about poppies being made by convicts. What's to be conflicted about? Convicts gotta work, too, and the proceeds for poppies go to charity AFAIK. Convicts in Canada make a whole lot of stuff, some of which may even be in your office. CORCAN is generally considered pretty beneficial in terms of teaching work skills for employment once the convicts finish their sentences. Provided people are willing to hire them, of course. Which is a problem.
  • Fnarf, exceptions to that being Cirie Fields (three time player), Sabrina Thompson (2nd place) Vecepia Towery (winner), Alicia Callaway (two time player) and Crystal Cox (top 3 or 4)
  • So far the most 'rabid' comment in this thread is yours.
  • I keep forgetting about this trick on long trips. Getting a motel room is nice, since you get a hot shower and all that, but I'm only going to be there a few hours and I can't justify spending $70 on that. We've caught naps at rest stops and hospital parking lots, but I'll have to remember the Wal-Mart trick.
  • Also, I have to agree that this post is framed really badly. Especially the title: "early intervention against autism"? FFS, do you not get how that's offensive? Autism and various associated non-neurotypical ways of thinking are a core part of the lives and make-up of many people I know and love and/or have worked with (I work in IT). It is not a disease. News stories about autism or autistics are constantly framed as some quest-like search for "curing" or overcoming something innate, one part mystical search for the sword in the stone and one part Horatio Alger bootstrapping. They rarely include quotations or counterpoints from adult autistics, or organizations representing autistics (like ASAN) rather than the people who make money off treating them like perpetual children (like Autism Speaks). And it's especially loathsome when you realize how many stories are about parents trying to "change" or "cure" or "fix" their children, or how they've Bravely Coped. Or, to put it another way, go swap the word "homosexuality" for "autism" in this and many other news stories about autism, and see how long it takes before the lightbulb goes on.
  • Predictably, this is mostly just talking.
  • it's not even clear that Israel would be implicated if poisoning were proven Well, with the vigor with which the rabid pro-Israel side and Israeli officials are denying that Arafat was poisoned, I suspect that maybe they do have something to do with the poisoning.
  • Great comment, furtive. Thank you. I wore a red poppy as a child and teenager, have worn a white poppy in the past when I could get one, and for the last few years have't worn one at all. Of course, I'm currently living in a country where poppies for Remembrance Day are not a thing at all. (Switzerland.) For me, the main good of the white poppy is to provoke exactly this kind of conversation. What does remembrance mean, exactly? What is the glorification of war, and the army, and how can/should we avoid it? (I think we definitely should, for the record.) --- On a far less subtle note, I was revolted to see this picture today, tweeted by the Royal British Legion's official account. It's of four children holding giant plastic poppies three of them wearing t-shirts that read: Future Soldier. Unbelievable.
  • You just know that Big Cheese is behind this.
  • the fact remains that virtually everyone who's come off Survivor (and pretty much every similar long-form competition "reality" show) has said that the producers shape the narrative to the point that the contestants barely recognize the events. i watch a lot of reality tv and i think just as many people come out saying, basically, 'they can't put words in mouth - it might not have happened exactly as they showed it, but we said and did all the things they showed - if you can get a bad edit, you gave them the material.' it seems like most of the people who claim it's all made up are the ones who are trying to repair their own images.
  • What they're doing is something I've never seen -- a guy with a monkey grip on the wing strut continuing to hang on while another guy gets out. I'm no pilot but you don't have to be one or an aeronautical engineer to see that that's a shitload of bad weight distribution and leverage in addition to drag for such a tiny plane, and with all that going on the pilot is not in a good position to see the other plane and his maneuverability is horribly compromised. It seems to be a deliberate setup rather than the second guy failing to notice that the first guy hadn't gone yet -- there's just no way. I'm sort of amazed that this is allowed at all.
  • "Sometimes our adversaries are the men and women of a community." Maybe you should send them another memo about how you're liberating them? On deployment in February 2010, the A-Team was responsible for calling in an airstrike on what turned out to be a convoy of civilians, killing 23 people, many of them women and children. Oh. Ok then.
  • "Like other importers, Tomales Bay had to destroy a shipment. Although the FDA has not officially banned the cheese, importers can't risk losing so much product and have stopped shipping the aged cheese." So it's not actually banned, they just can't get the mite count down low enough to meet FDA standards. The headline is a mite misleading.
  • Wow. I had no idea. I graduated from high school the year the Beatles broke up, and went though years of experimental jazz in the early seventies and was in a cult when this came out... The 70's were every bit as weird as the 60's...but...in a different way: mass media was still in denial about cultural change, and were trying out different counter-cultural outfits for size. None of them quite fit. Like this show so charmingly didn't.
  • It doesn't seem very Walmart of them. -Wal-Mart Now Draws More Solar Power Than 38 U.S. States -Solar panels are sprouting on business rooftops across the US: "The way was led by Walmart"
  • Man, Infinite is a great album.
  • 2013 Science Journalism Award winners from the American Association for the Advancement of Science: [via Romenesko]

    Also: Certificate of Merit - Radio: Ashley Ahearn of KUOW Public Radio in Seattle for a three-part series on coal in the Pacific Northwest (11 March, 12 March, and 18 June 2013)
  • I was surprised about this policy, too. It doesn't seem very Walmart of them. BTW, the title of this thread is not talking about Walmart parking lots; it's from the trucker in the piece who said that trying to sleep in a truck stop is like trying to sleep in a beehive.
  • Sometimes I eat at the diner downtown Most times I buy cool ranch corn chips from Walmart in my dressing gown You might call me crazy but I ain't no fool I do my bathin' and shavin' in a $19.95 kiddie pool (Which was only fifteen after coupons)
  • So, who was at fault in the accident. Looks like the pilot of the plane that was flying above the other one. Amazing how small video cameras are enabling us to record and share so many things.
  • Changed my mind - based on this image the other accident plane is actually N70520.
  • Etrigan, If you haven't watched any of the episodes, which is a question you've avoided answering, you can see them at the CBS website. Here's the first episode, where about 25 minutes in, Culpepper thinks up and arranges the five guy alliance because (paraphrasing) "we're five guys and therefore strong and will never lose". The funny part is that none of the other guys have the view that "we're men and will never lose" but are happy to have Culpepper be the leader and thus target. So yeah, Probst parroting Culpepper's dumb thoughts in the intro, something he's done every season, doesn't strike me as inherently sexist of him or the show's producers and creators.
  • I'm a lifelong Canadian and military brat. The poppy has always symbolized the horror of war, sacrifice and remembrance for those who have lost their lives. I think the white poppy folk are a bit misguided.
  • Mousebender: It's not much of a cheese shop really, is it? Wensleydale: Finest in the district, sir. Mousebender: And what leads you to that conclusion? Wensleydale: Well, it's so clean. Mousebender: Well, it's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.
  • Arafat and Hisbollah were very much at odds when he died, I've read, and Fatah was its primary competitor, and as we see from its pivotal role in propping up Assad, Hisbollah has done the Russians great service lately-- and I doubt that relationship is a recent one.
  • I remember the first season with Richard Hatch who was *GASP* gay and this season we have Caleb, Colton's boyfriend, and it's just not a deal (at least not in the edit). Probst has been called out on several recap sites and message boards for his misogyny.
  • I was a pablum puking liberal of a 17-year-old when he struck TV gold, but it was still a blast to tune in to Mort's hijinks. Documentary sounds ace. Thanks for the post!
  • I'm glad for the extended explanation, because I'm on page 12 and nothing has happened except for people talking about themselves and each other, and then on page 13 somebody starts going to an orientation session in which people talk about things, and while I'm not generally a Michael Bay stuff I do kind of like an occasional "something happens" in my mad science/adventure comics. I'll tough it out for now, but when your comic starts with a bunch of people talking about something really exciting that just happened, instead of showing that exciting thing happening, it kinda gives me doubts.
  • Except the stealth adoption of the Apple TV, which everyone I know has. And yet, no one I know has one. This is literally the first news I've had that Apple TV is anything more than a footnote. Having 71% of the non-console set-top box market would be impressive, except for that "non-console" thing.
  • This is a really neat finding! Although the n is small, its still pretty damn impressive for the nature of the population being studied. As always if any of y'all would like access to any of the research being academically discussed here please feel free to memail me with an email address I can send a PDF to, a link to the abstract of exactly which paper(s) you want, and a promise not to distribute the paper(s) further. It would make me implausibly happy if you were to then return to the thread to share knowledge gained or with questions about the paper, but hey, no worries.
  • Also Vincent Price, according to the opening.
  • Work at Wal-Mart. Shop at Wal-Mart. Live at Wal-Mart. "Welcome home, I love you."
  • "Take up our quarrel with the foe" is a call to arms, not so much a mere plea for remembrance.
  • CORCAN is generally considered pretty beneficial in terms of teaching work skills for employment once the convicts finish their sentences. Yes, now they have the marketable skill of pushing pins into holes, plus the vets get more money per poppy because they're made with slave labour. Win-win! Or, you know, completely fucked up.
  • I actually suspected Nabil Shaath. He is a very ruthless man and was instrumental in blocking an autopsy at the time of Arafat's death.
  • The reason that Apple never made a play for the living room is simple - there's no real open niche for them to exploit. Except the stealth adoption of the Apple TV, which everyone I know has.
  • I haven't read the autobiography, but I loved the film when I saw it many years ago. I rented it again recently, and was so disappointed that it the version I received was dubbed that I turned it off. I wonder if there is a subtitled version available in this country?
  • As a pacifist who served in the Canadian Forces, I'm torn about the whole poppy thing. What I'm sure about: the intended symbolism of the red poppy is to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, the whole "lest we forget" thing. Hence the association with Remembrance Day. The red of the poppy is for all the blood spilled, the colour is a patriotic coincidence and has nothing to do with the red of the red ensign, the maple leaf, or the red patch worn in WWI/WWII. Can the poppy also be a symbol of peace? I think the vast majority of Canadians would agree that anyone hanging on to the poppy as a symbol of peace is adding secondary meaning to the symbol of the poppy. The poppy is a symbol of consequences, not of actions. What I'm not sure about: does the poppy glorify war? I'm torn between remembering buddies past, family members past, unknown soldiers, and all the victims of conflicts past and present, and drawing attention to the ever expanding military apparatus and use of conflict as a lever. I think the poppy is a valid symbol of remembrance, but any remembrance also draws attention to the fact that we continue as a society to glorify the warrior, the military, military technology, and the use of violence and terror as a means to an end. The symbol of the poppy is strongly interconnected with the military, with veterans, heck, it's trademarked by the legion, and so the association is pertinent. Since we tend not to diminish these institutions then, in a way, we are glorifying them. I don't think we should go about repurposing the poppy, that goes against the who "lest we forget" mantra. I'd rather see another symbol be added, to better contextualize our remembrance. I'd love to see a peace symbol in the pin of each poppy. In the end I'm not wearing a poppy this year, and haven't for the past three or four. It sucks to remember that we are not where we want to be yet. But having written this, I realize I need to be more active in promoting peace, and not simply disengage from things I no longer wish to be associated with.
  • I would like to point out that the language used to discuss intervention, which a lot of people are going to read as 'cure' is from someone at another institution, and they were not involved in the study. One of the actual researchers said they hope it might be further developed for early diagnosis, which is a much more reasonable statement. This has zero impact on anything. I hate medical journalism. So much.
  • We mourn the death of the monoculture when we do not have to experience it.
  • And Left Coast is the Philip K. Dick role-playing game. Last night I finally got to play A Penny for Your Thoughts, a game in which you're amnesiacs in group therapy in which the others help you recover your memories and discover who you are (or at least that's the rationale for what's essentially an improv game.) There is some killer cool stuff going on in role-playing games/story games.
  • Woody Allen started a relationship with a 19-year-old woman which resulted in a marriage that lasts to this day. Well, if it were just that... but he's got something of a history. Taken together, and man. I'm not on board with letting rich and famous men do what they want to whoever they want, so long as they keep making moves that appeal to intellectuals.
  • There is a free version of unity you can use if you make less than 100k that is missing stuff like LOD and audio filters. I been doing a comparison of MonoGame, DirectX and Unity with an eye toward an application, not a game though, that requires 3D rendering on WP8. I can write a software renderer using nothing but direct3d primitives if I have to. I have in the past. But as a non-genius developer I really don't want to.
  • I was hoping somehow that an actual boiler might be involved.
  • The Santa Fe Reporter (free, local paper) did an article on what they called "Walmartians." My favorite quote from the article: Riders of the bus say they spend money at Walmart. They've parked overnight at many of its stores across the nation. But they oppose any number of the retail giant's corporate and labor practices, particularly its ability to undercut locally owned shops in small towns and how it treats its employees. Asked if they felt like parking overnight there endorsed those practices, Potter responds: "We're kind of like bottom feeders, if you look at it in fucking anybody else's bigger way." "We park at a Walmart," he says. "We beg money off of people that are coming out of the Walmart. We usually spend money in the Walmart. You know what I mean?" "I mean it's easy, it's accessible, just like any other bullshit, like McDonald's, fucking Wendy's," Pixie adds. "Like, yeah it's bullshit. But it's there. It's everywhere." A young woman who didn't want to be identified by name adds: "It's got a dollar menu and all I've got is a dollar."
  • backwords I want to read the article you mention but your link points to this post.
  • I'm from the south (Texas and Georgia) and have never seen locals wearing poppies at this time of year, not even veterans. However, I have totally worn lilacs on the Glorious 25th of May.
  • The Miami Dolphins and Everything That Will Never Make Sense
  • "Comrade, can we speak in confidence here?" "Da, what is it? Another complaint about the terrible bureaucracy?" "In a way. But really, the biggest problem is how long it takes Great Leader to do anything." "What do you mean?" "He said yesterday that he would have the grain distribution edict ready for the food planning bureau by 2 today, but, still, we do not have it. We have asked once, but he delays. Of course we cannot risk asking again. But I have seen them complete and signed on his desk. He just does not give them to us." "That is indeed a problem, but he is the leader. It is still his prerogative. You should just be patient." "That is so. Still, it does not make sense to me. For some unknown reason, he keeps STALIN." "..." "Did you hear me? I said, he keeps--" "I'm calling the guards on you."
  • I just saw this film recently. Loved the fact that it focused on Thin White Duke era Bowie. Probably one of the better depictions of opiate addiction in film (not that it's a high bar to set).
  • White poppies were distributed in 1933 Britain as a pacifist alternative to red poppies according to Wiki Also, Remembrance / Armistice Day red poppies are such a strong UK & Commonwealth tradition... I was surprised to learn from Wiki that it started in the US (where it is not practiced today and never became a custom as far as I know)
  • Fixed the link to the Reporter article. I know Walmart ≠ my lawn but Potter and Pixie need showers and jobs, good grief. Nothing I hate more than play-acting at suffering, when there's real suffering all around you. Those dollars you beg for? The genuinely poor & homeless people you're sharing that parking lot with could really use them.
  • "May Have Been" is not news. "Might Have Been" is innuendo. Just give us the facts, preferably with citations.
  • "Amazing how small video cameras are enabling us to record and share so many things." You'd think we'd finally have some decent footage of UFO's and Yeti by now.
  • Five. Heads head in shame. And three partially. Goes off and sulks in a corner. I haven't even heard of most of these. This ... this ... this is a total book-geek fail on my part. Pardon me while I grab a flashlight and go read all night under the covers. For the next two years. The only redeeming quality to this damnable list? I'm pretty sure I can get them all for free on kindle.
  • The fact that MeFites watch "reality" TV at all reduces my already-jaded hope for humanity. There might be someone close and dear to you, perhaps under the same roof, who watches "reality" TV....[insert dark ominous laughter]... I haven't watched the show for a few seasons, but incidentally the last one I watched was one which pitted men against women, and the women kicked butt. Probst is a host who loves to rib the contestants and I've never really picked up a sexist vibe from the show, myself. Incidentally, it was a pretty great vehicle which allowed a very dynamic, but very sexist male player reach the pinnacle of the show, only to lose to a woman whom he had considered his "puppet" the entire time. Talk about ripe revenge.
  • I have certainly seen the American Legion folks or other veterans groups offering poppys to wear around Memorial Day or Veterans Day. Yeah, (fake) poppies were distributed in at least some parts of the US as late as the seventies. I haven't seen it recently, though.
  • Yeah, bed-bug avoidance is ALWAYS a plus!
  • Ray Bradbury's vacation house in Palm Springs is still available for rent. It's been totally renovated, but you might still get the occasional piece of junk mail.
  • Unity is free -- pro just gives you access to some more advanced visual effects, etc.
  • Growing up in Newfoundland in the 70s I remember the poppies, my impressions even as a child was of them being a reminder of the soldiers killed in war, not of "rah rah war!". I do absolutely agree there should be something to mark ALL those affected by war. But that should be something that stands alone and not something trying to co-opt a different symbol. If you're a public figure and you're seen not wearing one on TV in the run-up to Remembrance Day, you'll attract a lot of attention and be expected to justify your decision. Already kind of beaten to the punch, but was going to remark on how this is so similar to flag pins in the US (a la Obama during the first Prez run).
  • For "interesting" substitute "big ole jerks" and you get the true meaning. I disagree. In the last couple seasons, we've had Cochran, Jeff Kent, Malcolm Freberg, Vytas Baskauskas, Reynold Toepfer, Eddie Fox, etc. Lots of interesting, decent players who were not jerks, and who were beloved to Probst.
  • In all my schooling and life I have never met anyone who didn't see the red poppy as a symbol of the horror of what war can do. Surprised to hear it heard as glorification.
  • It seems as if the Walmart brand is what bothering people on MeFi about this policy. Would this be so depressing and horrible if it were Costco or Whole Foods parking lots?
  • There's a fundamental problem with the polonium-poisoning theory, which is that Arafat's symptoms were not consistent with it. Anyway. I haven't seen the actual report, but the bit Teh Guardian quotes says the results moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210. Look at the bit I highlighted. Evidently that wasn't enough to sell papers, so they got someone to sex it up by saying
    It's what killed him. Now we need to find out who was holding the gun at that time, adding: I would point to him being given a fatal dose. I don't think there's any doubt at all.
    All that when the original report could only find "moderate" support!
  • A "Previous" thread about white poppies.
  • So naturalists observe, a cheese Hath cheesemites that upon it prey But this has bureaucrats to fight it And so the cheese has been indicted.
  • Also worth checking out is Margary's bit a couple days ago: Football Players Hate Each Other More Than You Think. It's fucking ridiculous, this whole situation. As awful as it is, I'm grateful it's not my team. If it were Chicago, I'd have qualms with rooting for them after crap like this. The rookie hazing thing has been going on forever, but as someone pointed out, making the rookies pick up a $30,000 tab on a salary as little as $400,000 (the NFL minimum) is already over the line. Adding in the racist bullshit and constant abuse? That shit needs to end, and people who think it doesn't, that 'this is just how things are' need to wake up and stop embarrassing themselves.
  • Rewarding friendly hackers who contribute to a more secure internet. "We've selected some of the most important software that supports the internet stack, and we want you to hack it. If the public is demonstrably safer as a result of your contribution to internet security, we'd like to be the first to recognize your work and say "thanks" by sending some cash to you or your favorite non-profit." This is a full disclosure bug bounty program, and all vulnerability reports will eventually be made public. Also featuring an Allie Brosh logo for The Internet.
  • Yay sportsball players, giving our young fans something to aspire to!
  • Again, we disagree on those interpretations. Again, you brought them up as a mathematical demonstration that it wasn't really the show's fault, and again, Holmes specifically said, "But I cannot deny that having to sit through all this preening by bullies is beginning take a toll on my enjoyment, especially when I feel like the show and the host are on their side." She seems to be agreeing with you that the players are assholes, but that the presentation is also problematic. The time and effort that the contestants spend in the confines of the game is dwarfed by the time and effort that the producers devote to casting, devising, storyboarding, editing and generally polishing the entire thing. They don't just stumble on a bunch of people in a jungle and suggest some wacky games to play -- it's all very controlled from far in advance of the beginning of the competition to well after the end. At some point, you have to ask whether they want to present these problematic issues in the way that they do. The answer seems to be an unequivocal Yes.
  • I could only watch about 10 minutes before I had to get back to real-life stuff, but what I saw was surprisingly witty and non-embarrassing. George Harrison's narration in particular sounds straight out of Hard Day's Night: "The only qualities his father shared with a human being were his ability to talk and drink from a cup."
  • Yeah, I would have taken something. Nothing of historical or potential emotional significance. A paperclip. A pencil. Something I could frame at home and when people ask why I have a framed paperclip on the wall I would tell them about Arthur C. Clarke's house.
  • The real problem with the show is racism, not sexism -- or rather, the two combined. Black women have always fared extremely poorly (like poor Francesca, voted off first in two seasons).
  • I'm pretty uncomfortable with widespread wearing of symbols stuff. Like how an American politician wouldn't dare be caught out without a dumb flag pin. It seems like even if the white poppies are not symbolically the opposite of the red, the act of doing something different and wearing the white is a more potent expression than wearing the same thing as everyone else. They're getting more coverage and awareness of their cause than if they had decided to wear white poppies some random week in March. And a veteran griping about being disrespected (though I'm sure that isn't widespread) is being ungracious. If someone decided to wear one because you complained would that be a sign of respect or just of not wanting to rock the boat? Wouldn't that make you wonder about everyone else? Better to accept everyone's expression as genuine and assume the best about those who choose not to wear the "correct" symbol.
  • Thanks. For group jumps it's probably best to choose a facility that has a plane large enough to take everybody at once. (Chosen as a first result on a search for "king air skydiving" -- I haven't jumped in or even been to Tennessee...)
  • The Nazi rocket program was a success, and was the foundation of the even more successful American and Soviet rocket programs, even though it was under the auspices of the Third Reich. Rockets are not humans. Medical research =/= engineering.
  • Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned by polonium, like Russian Litvinenko before him. I think your chronology is backwards: According to Wikipedia, Arafat died on 11 November 2004, and Litvinenko on 23 November 2006.
  • Fnarf Jeff Probst has always been a sexist asshole. He likes his women to be girls. . .and his men to be the most dudely of dudes. . .five minutes into the first episode of the season you knew Probst was going to be calling him [Culpepper] by his last name and admiring his football muscles. It's almost like Probst has underlying doubts about his own masculinity!
  • What strikes me about the chorus of "Martin should have stuck up for himself" responses is that it makes the assumption that he didn't. This is his second year with the Dolphins, so this has been going on a long time. How do we know, in all that time, he never responded in the way that Rolle or Tony Siragusa think he should have?
  • Really, the "non-console" bit is misleading. It would be more accurate to say that they have 71% of the dedicated streaming appliance market, which sounds impressive until you realize what that omits.
  • Sophie1: Truly though, the experiments could have led to nothing useful, as the experiments (I will not call it research) were done in violation of all justice and human dignity by people who had no right to be doing it at all. This isn't true, and we actually have a counter example from Nazi Germany. No one is going to argue the ethics of the issue, but whether experiments can led to something useful is entirely based upon their scientific rigor, not their moral propriety. Mengele's "experiments" could not lead to anything useful because they were not scientifically sound, not because they were abhorrent. The Nazi rocket program was a success, and was the foundation of the even more successful American and Soviet rocket programs, even though it was under the auspices of the Third Reich. That program, unlike Mengele's, was scientific, despite its use of slave labor and its ultimate goal of destroying London. The Nazi regime was fundamentally anti-rational; and therefore a lot of the "science" they promoted was bunk. But the scientific process, if used, works for even monsters. You can make a (perfectly valid) moral argument and say we shouldn't use "fruit of the tainted tree", but it's nonsense to say morally dubious programs can't produce useful data.
  • i pretty much agree with Fnarf - i think the show can be seen to be "on the side" of bullies if you look at it one way, but it can also be seen as the show really likes to watch bullies/alphas fall on their asses. i can understand why some people don't enjoy it and why some people find probst and the producers to be problematic to watch - but it's not the only interpretation, especially when you consider the top 3 or 4 for all the seasons - the big alpha stomping bullies very rarely make it to that stage of the game, and even if they do, they very rarely win it. if the show is on their side, it's not doing the bullies any good.
  • This is fascinating. My MIL recently started living in an RV and has mentioned parking overnight at Wal-Mart as an option. I had no idea that this was A Thing!
  • Despite the cries of "Save the Mimolette!", the FDA has decided to ban the sale of the French cheese Mimolette over mites used in the rind.

    This well-aged cow's milk cheese has never sickened anyone, to my knowledge. The French have been enjoying Mimolette for four centuries, so if it were harmful, they might know by now. But early this year, the Food and Drug Administration began holding shipments of Mimolette because of tiny mites on the rind. They deemed the mites an allergen and health hazard and demanded that importers destroy the wheels.
  • Yes, I know.
  • middleclasstool: So, what niche does the AppleTV have to exploit? I don't see anything that it can do that half a dozen boxen already attached to my TV are perfectly capable of, without being pushed into Apple's walled garden. Cable and satellite TV, as it currently exists, is a usability nightmare for non-technical people. As an example, my parents have cable, a Blu-Ray player, a stereo tuner, and surround sound, and they had to buy a $100 universal remote and pay a tech to program it so they could successfully navigate watching TV and movies without wanting to kill themselves. Apple's M.O. is finding markets that have good core ideas and shitty user experiences, and moving in and simplifying things and improving UX. They don't compete on features, specs, or price. They compete on design and build quality and delight. And they haven't even gotten into the subject of games on ATV. Yet. The fact that you have half a dozen boxes (and indeed, the fact that you, like me, favor a plural like "boxen") hooked up to your TV that can access the same services as ATV puts you in a minority of TV users. The fact that terms like "walled garden" come so easily to you and invoke a distaste in you puts you in a very small minority of TV users. Most people marvel at buying a song or video or app on their phone and seeing it automatically pushed to their tablets and laptops with literally zero effort. You integrate the living room TV experience into that more deeply, and people will scramble for their wallets. I'd wager that Apple's AppleTV business is bigger than all of Valve put together, and that's not even counting itunes sales through it. Oh, sure, but compare that to iPhone and iPad sales. Compare that to the first month of new iPhone and iPad sales. Apple is an extremely focused company. They say no to good products unless they firmly believe they will be great products. Remember, this is the same company that murdered the iPod Mini at the height of its popularity.
  • They're also not counting modern BD players which incorporate set-top functionality as well, nor "smart TVs" with the box baked in.
  • Skydivers' planes collide. Everybody survives. More footage and interviews.
  • Today the poppy honours veterans from Afghanistan The Canadian Afghanistan war stopped making sense by about 2002 but we kept our soldiers in Kandahar for another decade, dying by the dozen. For me, remembering that war is much like remembering WWI - pointless bloodshed we ordered our soldiers into. On the theme of betrayal: Prior to the 2nd Battle of Paschendaele, Canadian General Arthur Currie protested to Haig that the village could only be taken at a cost of 16,000 Canadian casualties and was not strategically significant. Haig overruled him. In the end it cost 15,654 casualties and had no strategic significance. For a WWII example, see Dieppe. The civilian government and electorate of Canada do this sort of thing to our soldiers on a fairly regular basis, most recently in Afghanistan. We have no right to say "not in our name." Each of us is complicit, having allowed the election and reelection of the representative governments that put our soldiers in Afghanistan and kept them there. Those of us who were against the war when it mattered should remember our failure to stop it. No Canadian has the right to pretend that we are innocent and wear white. (I am aware that symbols mean different things to different people, but wearing a white poppy does not have the same meaning now in the immediate aftermath of a long war that it might have had as a preventative political statement pre-war.)
  • Nobody's yet beat the mouse and keyboard when it comes to precision controls and lots of easily accessible buttons. I see no reason at all to suppose that a fucking trackpad mounted to an ergonomic grip has a shot at it. And soft buttons? Please. A button without tactile feedback is the devil walking the earth. And now the thing that people buy for other things that also plays games is a tablet. Valve should be making a tablet, not a console. Valve does not make the kind of games (aside from maybe DOTA 2) that function well with the shitty touch interface native to tablets. If steam goes away, it goes away, they can still make a pile of money making great games. I'd be willing to bet very precious things that they make vastly more money from Steam than anybody, except maybe Blizzard, makes from selling games (and that's mostly on the back of the absurd revenues WoW brings in). Valve's model is premised on their having more money than God, and taking 30% of a good portion of PC game sales will always be far more lucrative than content creation. And once the oculus comes out the whole game market is going to be thrown into upheaval anyway. Tech nerd fantasy, imo. While the oculus plus a gun controller plus an omnidirectional treadmill is basically what I've been dreaming of since I first played Doom all those years ago, the vast majority of people do not want to strap on an expensive helmet on to play a video game. It's a neat toy, but it's a niche product at best.
  • I wonder if Neal Stephenson actually spent a night imprisoned in the back of a terrorist's RV parked outside a Wal-Mart for, you know, research purposes.
  • Did you order the Code Red? Did you order the Code Red?
  • "Is there sexism on Survivor? To find out, we asked three men..." Indeed. Thats how things are done.
  • I don't get the constant fixation on eye contact as a meaningful marker of, well, anything. I mean, I get that this is a quick and easy marker for autism in the continuing absence of a gene or biomarker, and better yet one that can be easily noted by a layperson. But in my experience, too many clinicians and therapists keep wanting eye contact to be yet another thing that they want to fix or change with behavioral modification techniques, rather than focusing on the important stuff, like pragmatic language issues, or sensory tolerance training, or self-help skills, or whatever. That is, they intrinsically see avoidance of prolonged eye contact as a deficit rather than a preference or difference, a thing to be fixed instead of worked with. Do I honestly care that my son doesn't look non-close-family people in the eye that much? Nope, no matter how much I'm "supposed" to insist upon it with him when I watch his interactions with other people (teachers, etc.). I'm too busy worrying about little things like equality for him under the law, especially with regards to his educational options, and why it is that he will use his prodigious memory to phonetically memorize all of "Gangnam Style" and sing it constantly (on key!), but why he still cannot form a grammatically-correct sentence more than five or six words long. Let him look where he wants; we have bigger fish to fry. His IEP is tomorrow; I might be a little stressed.
  • phew, not what I thought it was. BOOOO NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS
  • I love this, the fact that America has nomads, many living that way through choice as well as necessity. I'm likely romanticising but there's spirit there. Not just cheap vodka.
    I remember watching Roam Sweet Home many years ago and being fascinated by that pocket of US culture; I've never done the RV/fifth wheel thing but it's always seemed at least superficially appealing to me, at least for an extended vacation road trip. Maybe someday! It's a sweet film and narrated through the persona of the filmmaker's aging dog, whose mantra "Elsewhere is better. Elsewhere better be." has stuck with me all these years. I think I'm too much of a homebody for an extended nomadic existence, but I can appreciate that wanderlust a little bit.
  • i got the sense that probst's problem with colton wasn't his completely odious personality and manner, but the fact that he faked appendicitis to quit and then came back and quit again. if there's anything probst is 100% consistent on it's his opinion of people who willingly leave.
  • Wearables always fail. I've seen nothing from the Oculus that makes me think it can buck the trend; a lightweight, thin touchscreen strapped to your face is still a screen strapped to your face.
  • I've slept in WalMart parking lots on road trips before. If you can't find a free campsite, don't have a couch to crash on in the area, and there isn't an available rest stop (Some states make spending the night in rest stops either de facto or de jure illegal, those fascist assholes. Looking at you, California.) then it's as good as anywhere else. Truck stop parking lots are good too, there's often a big field o' dirt off to one side and you can just tuck yourself in among the semis. Hotel? Whaddaya mean, hotel? Don't those cost money?
  • We play with the Steam Machine, Valve's game console of the future
  • I know he had his imperfections, Quite the understatement. This was one of the most thoroughly vile sacks of protoplasm ever to pollute the earth with their presence. Lots of people want to honor the abstraction of "founding leader of the arabist derived Palestinian nationalist movement." Nobody wants to honor Yasser Arafat. Nobody who ever dealt with him ever retained any compunctions against killing him. Some people stayed alive only because it was impolitic to kill them. Now it appears Arafat might not even have merited that consideration.
  • Wired is stupid. The Playstation 2 was a credible Linux desktop. The Steambox isn't any kind of PC, no more than a Sega Saturn was a RISC workstation despite being specc'd like one. It's a console. It's still awfully early to come to any conclusions because the details are simply lacking at this point. My understanding (and I could be wrong!) is that you'll be able to easily install other operating systems, which puts this pretty firmly into PC territory in my opinion (and it's arguable that'd make this more of a credible Linux desktop than the PS2 you cite).
  • > Okay, I'll amend it to 'all you have to do to find out which regular people will commit atrocities is create a context in which it's okay for them to do so'. Sure, that's how anyone recruits people for criminal activities, basically. > If you want to stop this stuff from happening, though, you can't do it by creating the context in which this kind of stuff happens, letting it happen, and then picking somebody at the low end of the command chain and throwing the book at him because he cracked and did what you asked him to. I agree completely - but both are at fault - the people who set up the system to allow and encourage this, and the people who implemented it. The people at the top should, of course, get much greater jail sentences because of their kingpin positions. It is to be noted that, under treaties that the United States has signed, refusal to investigate war crimes is in itself a war crime and is punishable with severe penalties under US law. Also worth noting is that the Obama Administration has steadfastly refused to make any sort of systematic investigation of war crimes and has generally had the attitude of "looking forward, not backward."
  • In the previous thread on this, didn't we try to figure out how many cigarettes Arafat would have to smoke to inhale that much polonium? Wouldn't he have had to smoke like 18 packs a second? All I'm saying is that if anyone sees his widow suddenly trade in a few million Marlboro Miles for the kickass jet ski and Kool beach towel, that could be a way for her to cover up the surveillance cameras and then make a quick escape. Keeping an eye on the survivors is the first thing they teach in mystery story writing class. Just sayin'
  • i think there's a lot that sucks about probst, but i do enjoy his hosting despite it. it's sort of the way that i love guns n' roses.
  • Wasn't a forensic analysis able to trace the source of Litvinenko's poison to a specific nuclear reactor in Russia? I'd be curious to see if the same analysis was or could be done with Arafat's poison, to see if it could be traced in the same way. It wouldn't identify secret reactors in Israel, but it might help identify or filter potential suspects elsewhere.
  • I've always wondered why there are so many RVs parking in our local Wal-Mart parking lot. Didn't realize it was a "thing".
  • ...in the Dolphins locker room, Richie Incognito was considered a black guy. He was accepted by the black players. He was an honorary black man. "Richie is honarary," one player who left the Dolphins this offseason told me today. "I don't expect you to understand because you're not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It's about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you've experienced. A lot of things." Using the n-word isn't racist if your peers deem you to be black? Anybody want to try to explain this from a social construction of race point of view?
  • It kills me that 'approving'of the artist' leads to a judgement about the art. So, should you reserve judgement about something you think is great until you learn more about who made it? The Offended and the Disapproving: the bane of modern existence. Disagree away: you're not judging artistic merit. Loathsome creators can create beautiful things. Take God, for example...
  • It'll be a bleu Christmas
  • I am mortified to learn that Survivor is so imbued with those less than pleasant attributes of human behavior.
  • My girlfriend (now my wife) and I drove her 1978 VW camper van from British Columbia back home to Ontario one summit. We went south, visited mount Rushmore (no dead presidents, it was foggy), and then headed east. At Sioux City we found a Walmart. Cheap stop for sure, but oddly beautiful, right next to a cornfield, and as luck would have it we were the only ones there. It felt a little tacky at the time, but 10 years gone I remember it sort of fondly. I can't ever remember being closer to her than that night, after sharing some cheap pizza for dinner, and walking back to the bus next to the fence between the parking lot and the corn.
  • 23 is the new 13 for people who are afraid of irrelevance and death
  • Lest we forget, all those plastic poppies end up in landfills. posted by Sys Rq I was just thinking about this yesterday when I managed to poke a hole in myself with the exposed end of my poppy's pin. I'd happily pay $20 for a more durable, less pointed perma-poppy that I could wear for a week or ten days every year, then retire for the rest. Doesn't mean I'd stop dropping coins into vet's donation boxes every November.
  • Gave has confirmed that there will be no Half Life 3 exclusive. (Because there will be no Half Life 3! Mwha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Not really. Probably.)
  • You had me at Art Carney
  • i'd been there for about an hour when a police officer came up and knocked on my window and asked if i was sleeping and told me i was not allowed to sleep at the rest stop and i had to move along. Yeah, this is one of those doofy laws some states have. The key, if you ever find yourself in that situation again, is to avoid looking like you are actually settled in. That is, don't get in the backseat, don't wrap yourself up in a blanket or jacket, don't take off your shoes or other accoutrements. To avoid being hassled, make it look like you're just "resting". Have a book or map on your lap or immediately handy. Turn the car off unless you're going to freeze. Open your windows just a crack, if weather permits. It prevents the build-up of tell-tale window fogging. Finally, if it's possible, tuck yourself over in the truck section, not the passenger car section. If you can, find the "no man's land" between the two. But remember, for safety's sake, lock your doors, don't park well away from the activity, and stay near (or under) a light. It might be harder to catch a few hours sleep, but you'll thank me when you don't wake up in the back of a serial killer van.
  • Welp, that's another evening that's going to be wasted archive diving. Thanks a lot. (No really, thanks.)
  • Am I the only one that's really excited to try the controller? Like, there will definitely be a learning curve, especially for anything remotely FPS-like. Of course. But after a few days of adjustment time, this thing could be like nothing else. I hate playing games on a desk with a mouse and keyboard. It has too much in common with the 10 hours a day I spend doing professional work. Give me a couch, a controller and a glass of beer. The living room console experience fits properly into our evolutionary leisure path.
  • Unfortunately, Woody Allen is in the same boat as Roman Polanski - without an acknowledgement and a reckoning for what they did, their opus, no matter how marvelous, is now something I can't enjoy and won't endorse. I am more than a little upset he's been able to adopt two girls, given his past.
  • I was ready to lean a little with the "they edited the show to make me appear that way" with Culpepper, but that interview seals the deal. The guy is a jerk. HitFix: When you look back at your reading of this season's specific strategy, it seems like you caught onto the different implication of the twist faster than a lot of people did. Do you think you were maybe over-strategizing around that twist? Or were other people under-strategizing or under-realizing how it was a different game? Brad: It was a different game because I had my wife over there and very few others did. I think Rupert had his wife and John had his wife. Are you married? HitFix: I am not. Brad: OK. Do you have a... significant other at all? HitFix: Not at the moment, but I certainly have. So the only people that had skin in the game were the ones who had spouses there. Don't worry about the moms and daughters, or brothers.
  • It might not be a custom on the same scale as in other places (they're not pins here, but on little dangly things you're supposed to clip into your lapel) but it's definitely a custom. It's not a custom in California. My grandfathers and step-uncle were veterans. I've never seen anyone wear a poppy here, ever. The U.S. is a big place. It doesn't surprise me at all to find customs in other parts don't exist here.
  • The Swiss scientists were commissioned by Suha Arafat so they are not completely objective. An autopsy done immediately after death would have nipped all of this nonsense in the bud. But for whatever reason, the French did not want this to happen.
  • YEAH I was gonna link that video and then decided not to because UN-UNSEEABLE HORRORS.
  • So what are you so afraid of?
  • You missed "experiments" in the tags.
  • At first I wondered: a gynaecologist and a knee specialist? ... and then I thought, well, of course! - when you're squinting up the tunnel of love, what's right beside your ear? It's the next obvious thing to look at if you get bored with vaginas. So yeah, natural progression of study.
  • WOW COOL is not the appropriate reaction! the appropriate reaction is RUN and SCREAM and CRY.
  • We've spent a couple of nights at Wal-Mart in our RV. Once when we were just too exhausted to drive any further and there was no available space in the only RV park in the area, and once when my wife and daughter wanted to get their hands on the last Harry Potter book when it was released at midnight and we were on vacation. It's OK for parking overnight and then moving on. I can't imagine making it a long-term thing.
  • I don't understand the implication of bert2368's procedure, but I like how it sounds like a folk remedy. That's how you dissuade hookers, now to get rid of fire ants, try....
  • I've wondered about the economics of driving around in an RV versus staying in cheap hotels. I think it's difficult to compare the two, unless you can put a price on the subjective experience of staying in your own space. You'd have to pay upwards of $100/night (in the midwest) to get a room that's comparable in space and quality to my RV. Plus I don't have to pack/unpack, I can cook all my own meals, I don't forget anything at home that I then have to buy on the road, I don't have to pay for pet boarding/sitting, I don't have to tip the cleaning staff (on the other hand, I have to make my own bed). But yeah, we have the truck payments/maintenance, RV payment/maintenance, diesel fuel, RV insurance, etc. Hotels probably would be marginally cheaper when we were traveling, but for full-time living it's absolutely less expensive, long-term.
  • gingerbeer just showed me the video and WOW. Cool.
  • Contrary to my stereotypes, there seems to have been more recognition in 1898 of the literary merit of novels written by women than there is now.
  • I'm by no means convinced that Israel was behind Arafat's death, but its worth noting that Israel had no compelling geopolitical interest in tracking down, say, Adolf Eichmann. It's possible that there's some sort of warped principle of "you don't get to die in your sleep" involved on the part of the Israeli security services.
  • symbioid: hmm, pollonium hermanium, apparently ... Aha! He was assassinated by Gustavus Fringus! (Or that's what Walterius Albus wants you to believe....)
  • I have to thank Miss Foster, my tenth grade teacher, for Silas Marner--and others on this list that I actually enjoyed.
  • Here's an article about Pernkopf and his anatomy atlas, with illustrations of the Nazi insignia inserted into people's signatures. There's also a chilling photo of Pernkopf speaking in (what I presume is) a lecture theatre.
  • shades of the Chris Paul, State Farm, separated at birth television ads. though this is much better - epic in fact.
  • Bah. Put a label on it and move on. Even restricting it by "level" of mites seems provincial. We don't ban imports of products with "too much" peanut in them despite peanuts being a much, much more common allergen.
  • The problem with the red poppy is that is specifically refers only to those who fought. Rather than remembering veterans as victims of war, it sets them out as a class apart. The teen soldier who is killed on the battlefield is just as much a victim as the old woman who starves to death in her cottage. The white poppy remembers them both; the red poppy only those who have somehow "given their lives for our freedom". If the red poppy crowd wish to not be seen glorifying war, they can start by leaving off the uniforms and medals, waving flags, and beating drums. They can then stop calling themselves a "legion" and also start using their funds to help those victims of war not connected to the armed forces. It is not long since they were named after Earl Haig, one of the most vicious and foolish propagators of bloodshed in WWI.
  • Paying for video footage isn't exactly "checkbook journalism.". Almost all documentaries, news magazine shows, etc. license footage and photos ( not from their own archives, of course) for use, and paying for amateur footage isn't quite the same as paying for an interview or story rights. And in any case while I admire the major news operations for their continuing efforts to get material for free, they are in fact in the business of selling ads. If I've got something unique to bring to the table I will definitely demand my cut.
  • That's an awesome takedown of a show I don't ever really watch because I always find the people on it too obnoxious and the challenges too contrived. But I have been known to watch the Real World/Road Rules challenges, where the people are even more loathsome and the challenges are even dumber, so it's not like I have the cover of good taste.
  • This has neither Bea Arthur or Jefferson Starship.
  • Also if you're a lone genius coder, you'd just be writing an iOS app in objective C and not dealing with an engine, no?
  • For those of us who remember, it's hard to believe that the "Morton Downey Jr." show (and consequently the height of Downey's stardom) lasted just two years. A new documentary has attempted to fill in the blanks of his life before and after that very brief celebrity.

    The son of a famous Irish American Tenor and a dancer/actress, Morton would try his hand at a number of different careers (including several stabs as a singer) before he fell into talk radio in the early eighties. Then, at the age of 53, he created the syndicated "Morton Downey Jr. Show" in 1987 and became a star virtually overnight. The documentary "Evocateur" (Trailer) attempts to make some sense as to how he came to create such an angry spectacle that went on to influence talk television, politics and certain dark corners of the Internet (Netflix currently has the documentary on streaming). Also: The AV Club did an in-depth look at one episode of his show for their "A Very Special Episode" series a year ago. Finally, one brave soul listened to his 1989 record album so you don't have to (and reported on what he found).
  • (Also, I should have said, it's not even clear that Israel would be implicated if poisoning were proven--maybe some Russian arms dealer did it, or the CIA did it, or who knows. I mean, it's not all that unlikely a controversial world leader might be assassinated is it? It seems to me no one really gains anything by positing this as too unlikely or implausible to be true, so the predispositions people seem to have toward one view or another are fascinating.)
  • It's sad but also kind of nice that we've reached a point where people can think the poppies glorify war. In the past the cost of Canada's wars was so obvious it wasn't necessary to point out the meaning of "Lest we forget." Every family had lost a husband, brother, cousin or friend, or had a loved one come back physically broken. But we've had almost seventy years of peace since WWII, and the peacekeeping and police actions between then and now have been fought by volunteers. It's been so long since a generation has been called to war we've almost forgotten the mixture of bitterness and patriotism that lies beneath the surface of Remembrance Day.
  • That was certainly a factor, but I read an interview on EW where I thought he was reasonably upfront about his distaste for Colton's racism shortly after the season ended. I suppose it's heresy by this point in the thread, but I like Jeff's hosting!
  • Apart from a mild squicky feeling at seeing the results of someone bribing their way into a dead guys house, is this for real? Is some organization (or someone?) knowingly or unknowingly paying money to keep the service to the house going? It didn't seem as if anyone had moved in yet the service staff hadn't moved on. I guess if the money to clean (preserve?) it is coming in...
  • came for the baby pigeon discussion, left satisfied: My hypothesis is that pigeons come about when pigeon love is mixed with a bit of grime, guano and feathers. seems legit!
  • I respect what each individual decides with respect with what they do with the poppies, but here's why I wear the red poppy. Canadian troops were sent into Hong Kong to defend against that Japanese invasion of the British Colony and the Mainland in general. They were hopelessly outgunned and the Colony fell to Japanese control. These Canadian kids - most of whom had not seen much of the world beyond their home provinces - were subjected to some of the most absolute horrors of WW II and spent most of it in hellish POW camps. My mother lost 5 sisters during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong through starvation and capture by the Japanese troops. But she and my grandmother are forever grateful for the sacrifices these troops made in the face of hopeless odds to try to proctect Hong Kong and the families that lived there. It still breaks my mother's heart to think of kids that were sent halfway around the world, to a completely foreign country, and yet be willing to serve in the way they did. We can argue the merits of colonialism, the British rule of Hong Kong and calling in the troops from far flung corners of the "Empire" - but I think its worth remembering the young men and women who came to the defense of my family.
  • Snap!
  • I would've been asleep when this came on, seeing as I was only 8 and this was a school night, so let's take a look here... Man, so all those Battles of the Network Stars really ate into ABC's variety budget, eh? Or Kate, Farrah and Jaclyn got bigger raises than we thought! This show looks "Bowling For Dollars on your Channel 55, Tinytown!"-level cheap. Somebody called in some massive favors or offered mountains of coke, because, damn. We made better-looking stuff in my high school studio. Craig? Nah, no one had Craig stereos in their cars back then, unless by "we're #1" they meant they were the built-in car radio from the factory - which most people promptly replaced for an Alpine or something!
  • I highly recommend Rebecca Skloot's book, referenced by Bazelon in the article, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It goes into the ethics of these questions in a very accessible way, focusing on Lacks' life, what research on her cells led to, but also using that as a jumping off point into other incidents, including what the Nazis did.
  • A 30 for 30 short tells the story of the husband and wife team who created MLB's schedule every year for two decades, using only pencil and paper.
  • Did you know refined uranium tastes sweet? It's like the powdered lead they used to mask "off" port wine with. A traditional technique to improve flavor complexity and color, denied modern chefs because the GOVERNMENT (always bad) wants to REGULATE (always bad) your food, with no concern for the traditions involved. Write your congressmen! DEMAND refined uranium in your wine!
  • I drove the lower 48 and Canada in a semi for a couple of years. A Walmart, an interstate rest stop that allowed overnight parking or the property where I would unload in the morning were my favorite places to sleep. Truck stops are noisy, expensive and DANGEROUS. Half awake drivers trying to park in the dark ran into my truck while I slept at the for profit truck stops more than once. In some areas, they were also crime magnets. East St. Louis? (shudder). I learned to draw an X on one of my headlight in cheap lipstick, and throw a wet paper towel on the ground outside the passenger door to stop the hookers knocking on my window all night long.
  • Asking "is Survivor sexist?" is sort of like asking "is this pie made from human feces lacking in essential nutrients?" Because, well, yeah—it probably is, but there was already such an obvious and excellent reason not to eat it that asking about its nutritional content is just weird.
  • I am not a man. And honestly, I thought it was kind of cool that two guys wanted to sit around and talk about gender roles for an hour. I mean, it would be one thing if it was a panel of eight guys, but I felt like their interest was really genuine. Cesternino had a lot more to say about it than maybe I even anticipated (he brought up the thing with Dawn getting slammed by the internet, which I hadn't even thought about leading up to that conversation). And Fishbach is just a smart dude who's spent a lot of time thinking about Survivor. Honestly, the way different kinds of guys are treated (adequately "macho" dudes versus other dudes) is almost as deeply bent as the way men and women are treated. As for the surface-scratching thing, sure. Of course women contestants would have different things to complain about than women viewers; why wouldn't that be the case? I wouldn't expect to be able to nail in a single podcast every important gender issue that's arisen in, what, 300 hours of television? When the show has cast maybe 250 people? I don't know. I really thought the podcast was fun; that's just deeply intense nerdery that I enjoy a lot. As for the stuff about watching reality television at all, it's not my experience that reality-show viewers are appreciably more or less intelligent than people who watch anything else, except in the ever-hopeful minds of people who don't watch reality television.
  • Today on CIUT-FM, Classical Underground did an Alternative Remembrance Day Show. (Classical music, critical commentary with a progressive view, Wilfred Owen poetry) I'm a fan. This show is great.
  • One of the things that makes me watch Survivor religiously is to see how the contestants react to the blatant bullshit of Jeff Probst, as well as the obvious manipulation of the producers. It's kind of like real life in that way: some decent people, some idiots, some psychos, some bullies, some sexists and racists, all struggling to get through this stupid game called Survivor life. It's a really good show despite because of these flaws. Jeff Probst has always been a sexist asshole. He likes his women to be girls -- young and sexy but not helpless -- and his men to be the most dudely of dudes. Brad Culpepper is archetypical here, and five minutes into the first episode of the season you knew Probst was going to be calling him by his last name and admiring his football muscles. But dudely dudes typically fare poorly on Survivor. Probst rarely gets his way in this regard. But Probst is not Survivor. The cast makes the show. When freakazoids like Brandon Hantz are ruining the game, it can be close to unwatchable. But right now, and in most of the previous seasons, smart, capable women run the show -- often by sitting back and keeping their own counsel while the dudely dudes preen and parade and talk themselves right out of the game. It's very satisfying to watch if you're on the women's (or less macho men's) side.
  • George_Spiggott: "Thanks. For group jumps it's probably best to choose a facility that has a plane large enough to take everybody at once. " Sky Van
  • I remember my father had an anti-static camera lens brush that was radioactive- probably was polonium. Yeesh.
  • I imagine GoPro will be buying the rights to that video shortly.
  • All that when the original report could only find "moderate" support! On a scale of 1 to 6, the Swiss report's (p 69) "moderate" support is a 5.
  • Mimolette sickened me once. Not through mites but through being super gross tasting.
  • It's like the most depressing Springsteen song you can imagine. posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:25 PM on November 6 [28 favorites −] Favorite added! [!] I would totally buy that album - maybe like every track is a story about a different one of the parked vehicles' inhabitants
  • Out of editorial mode: in some ways, it kind of makes me imagine what we'd get if Jhonen Vasquez had continued making comics. The tone, writing, art and premise sometimes have a Vasquez-ish feel, but it's more refined and mature. Also, sometimes the jokes are the saddest moments.
  • RogerB: The scientific method requires that methods and outcomes are open and repeatable. Wow, thanks for explaining You're the one who said something directly contradicting this, so I don't see how you get off being sarcastic. What do you do when step 1 in the published method involved sending people to the gas chamber? I wouldn't use the data. That has nothing to do with the question of whether the data has any use. Why is this so hard to grasp? If morally unjust research could never produce potentially scientifically useful data, the entire moral question posed by the article wouldn't exist. and go full-bore Internet Science Warrior in a thread about Nazi medical experimentation I don't know what the fuck you are talking about. I responded to one comment saying it was impossible for unjust research to ever yield positive results. I wasn't going full bore anything. It's not just a matter of Mengele not designing his experimental methods properly, as you quite repellently seem to be suggesting. You caught me, I'm a Nazi. In case you want to be honest at one point, I didn't "suggest" anything. I directly said that Mengele's "experiments" could not produce scientifically valid data is because they were not scientific. The fact that they were depraved- DID YOU CATCH THAT, I JUST CALLED THEM DEPRAVED LOOK AT MY BRAVE ANTI-NAZI STANCE- however, is not reason they were scientifically invalid. That's why they were socially invalid. but at the very least doing so in this context is in incredibly poor taste. Again, if morally unjust research could never produce potentially scientifically useful data the question posed by this article wouldn't exist, and no one would ever do anything bad in the name of science again. But that's the question posed in the fucking article, so maybe poor taste in a discussion website is using the laziest moral cudgel ever.
  • Similarly in the US, the yellow ribbon is a reference to a song about waiting for a veteran to come back home. Mmm, it contains the lyric "I'm really still in prison, and my love she holds the key". So no, not so much veteran as convict.
  • Okay, thinking about it a bit more, perhaps that photo's not 'unbelievable' as such, but it's still awful.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cheese_mite.jpg and now I'm supposed to sleep tonight. Awesome.
  • Based on the dinosaurs on the bookcase, it's pretty clear Clarke had the same interior decorator as me.
  • Thanks. For group jumps it's probably best to choose a facility that has a plane large enough to take everybody at once. A King Air? That won't do. You need a DC-9!
  • Arafat died of old age; that is the victory condition of life. He was not assassinated. I know he had his enemies, but not everything has to be the work of a secret cabal. If you want to really honor the man, don't go off on a conspiracy theory snipe hunt and instead concentrate on the ideals of peace between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples. I know he had his imperfections, but so did Washington and Gandhi. It does not make him any less a hero.
  • Skydive Superior also had a fatal accident in 2000, where two skydivers collided midair and one of them lost consciousness from it. Interestingly - and I think this is because this happened outside of the airplane - the FAA classified this as an "incident" and "not a midair collision". I'm not really sure what to make of this information, other than maybe the employees at this skydiving outfit are not the best trained people out there.
  • I tend to shrug when console games are ported to PC operating systems, but wrinkle my nose vice versa (with the Diablo series bearing the brunt of my scorn). But I do enjoy both platforms. I'd love to have a Steambox, and I can't really nail down why. I certainly can't afford one. I just bought an original Xbox at a used book store (!) for $20. The games are less than $5 each. It's weird to go backward (the marketing campaigns are always compelling), but I'm discovering some very equally weird phenomena in the process. For example, online Halo 2 is still a thing.
  • "looking forward, not backward." --which is a euphemism for 'looking the other way'. Yeah, it's a disgrace, and one gets tired of consoling oneself with the thought that the OTHER guys' disgraces would have been even more disgraceful...
  • 11 Leg (note that the foot is obscured by grass) I take issue with this caption. It should be "note that the foot has gone wherever pigeon feet go to, leaving the leg as a hideous stump."
  • Puts the stupid antivaxxeers definitively to rest, doesn't it? Not like they weren't, before.
  • I saw the photos when they were featured in the NYTimes magazine a month or so back (linked above). Striking photos, and similar to what you can see in my local Walmart parking lot on most mornings.
  • Just returned from Scotland and they were all over the place there. I'm not keen about the symbolism here. The poem is clearly not anti-war, but it should be. It highlights the insanty of sending young people to kill each other en masse.
  • The thing that makes Po-210 such a great spy poison is that it's essentially a pure alpha-radiation source. Alpha particles are big and heavy and strongly interacting: put the source inside of you and the alphas stop by careening through your cells like out-of-control tractor trailers; put the source in a paper envelope and all the careening happens inside the paper, you are totally safe. There's a very soft gamma ray from one decay out of 100,000. And the decay product is a stable isotope of lead, lead-206. Probably if you had a big pile of polonium-210, like a teaspoonful, you couldn't detect the radiation from a foot away with a standard radiation meter. The thing that is shocking here is that the analysis was done on remains exhumed after Arafat had been dead eight years --- more than twenty half-lives for Po-210. The fact that lead-210 and polonium-210 are both children of a radon gas chain, and that the body was in a concrete mausoleum, makes it very hard to put a limit on the natural background of these isotopes. I admit that I'm only halfway through the full report, but the further I read the squishier the case for poisoning becomes.
  • I remember hearing about these two when I was in business school taking a linear programming course. The professor was praising the solving ability of Excel; particularly this widget he developed that was being used by FedEx for route planning. "Baseball schedules," he said "are too complex for a computer. You need nerds for that." These are adorable nerds. Great film!
  • I kind of can't decide if this is an incredibly sexist comic, or if it's depicting an incredibly sexist character for later comeuppance, but either way I'm not enjoying spending time with this incredibly sexist character. Ah, just got to page thirty-seven where the female character inexplicably kisses her boss who's been nothing but terrible to her for the first thirty-six pages -- yeah, I'm pretty much done.
  • Yeah, I read the Swiss conclusion of "moderate support" as "we didn't actually see it happen, but you wanna tell me how the fuck else that lead-210 got into his body, dude?" It would be nice if journalists could read more than one paragraph of the actual report instead of directly quoting people who are emotionally and/or politically invested in the outcome.
  • We spent several nights in an RV in the parking lot of the Walmart in Fruita while on a mountainbiking trip. It was totally fine, quite pleasant actually. And the Walmart is damned close.
  • As a former cheesemonger, this really curdles my blood.
  • Could have saved a lot of time and money by simply developing a lap-desk, so gamers could sit on the couch with a wireless keyboard and mouse. And yeah, this definitely NOT a PC for the living room. It's another console, period.
  • "Tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree" and "She wore a yellow ribbon" are different songs. Curse you and your inconvenient facts! (Thanks, that was a lacuna in my cultural underpinnings. Wondered why felt so breezy down there.)
  • Wired takes a look at the Steam box.
  • Wait, so Hollywood had it right all this time? Things DO explode into fireballs when they collide? Jokes aside, glad everybody lived. Scary shit, this.
  • Looks legit.
  • The further away we get from the '70s, the more I love them.
  • There's a vehicle-specific issue with many commercial and some public campgrounds; many do not permit VW Westfalias and other VW Microbus/Vanagon/Caravelle-based campers (Eurovans seem OK - maybe it's the front engine, or they look like mid-90s Astro vans?). I've been given an incredible number of different reasons - we're not "real" RVs (too small?), we're campers not RVs (umm, what?), we don't have our own toilets or showers (except some do), we don't have proper utilities hookups (except Westfalias and some Weekenders do)... The real reason is historic: VW buses were "dirty hippie"/pothead cars. RVs are for proper-haircut beer-drinking citizens. So, sometimes it's Walmart or nowhere, though my personal, middle-aged-crewcut white person-who-cocktails experience is camping is any parking space I fancy. Including "closed" seaside parking lots, and alleys in Civic Center SF.
  • I'm not 100% sold on the controllers but Tommy Refenes liked it so while I may not invest in a steam box I could see getting the controller. Years of playing consoles have robbed me of my ability to use a keyboard for games.
  • If you finish the job with the same numbers and fingers you started with, you did well. Is this a case of winding up with fewer, or more?
  • Brandon, you're talking more about the game (players and their interaction), but Linda was talking more about the show (Probst and the choices the producers make), and even when she talks about player interactions, she points out that these are casting problems, and thus at least somewhat within the control of the show part of the equation. No, most of the article is a bout specific actions by specific players from a specific episode in a specific season, Blood vs. Water. Seriously, there's a list of ten items and seven of them are about this season, its players and some of their actions. I think that's understandable because Brad Culpepper has so easily and readily fit in the role of sexist asshole. The guy is just a an unbelievable piece of work on the show, it's mind-boggling. When he asks another man whether he's been sexist, instead of the women, you literally replay the scene in your head, because you're sure that a real person wouldn't be so blatantly ignorant and sexist. But no, it really happened and your mouth drops to the floor.
  • Maybe it was just the spirit of the times, but I have a hard time watching a 38 year old man sing a love song to a 16 year old. I have a hard time watching Ringo Starr sing any song.
  • Why is poisoning someone to death more cowardly than shooting them? Also, what does that have to do with being a man? I am sort of confused by these TV ethics Its like you've never seen a Dirty Harry movie.
  • I can't believe that in 1898 they did such an obvious ploy for page clicks!
  • "Richie is honarary," one player who left the Dolphins this offseason told me today. "I don't expect you to understand because you're not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It's about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you've experienced. A lot of things." This is blowing my mind. "being a brother is more than just about skin color"? What? I thought it was all about skin color. Whether you are a Stanford grad with highly educated parents or a person with more humble origins, there is a not insignificant percentage of white people that are going to view you as "other" or call you "nigger" like "Richie" did. The only thing I can figure is that the African-American Dolphin players quoted in the above links have been cocooned in some kind of NFL celebrity privilege for too long. They are used to being recognized in and around Miami. They should try living somewhere where they would not be recognized for a while and see how that works out for them.
  • They're making it so that the controller emulates a keyboard and mouse, which is to say that *all* games should work with their controller (to counter your example, you can use the trackpad to mouse over and hit 'Apply'). The crowdsourced configuration is probably not going to be without a hitch but it's a very Valve-like solution to the problem and at worst case you'll just create your own key map. Yeah, that's sounding to me like all the pre-iPad tablet computers designed by people who didn't want to bother making a completely touch oriented UI so they just gave up and threw in a stylus. This is sounding a little more glib than I meant it to. But I'm really skeptical that Valve can make this work.
  • It is possible for more than one person to win. It is also possible for nobody to win.
    *ominous and distant bell*
  • "I think most Americans have a different view of WW1 than Europeans. For whatever reason, American education has tried to give the thing some sort of noble purpose. Brits and other Europeans seem to have better grasped the horrible futility of the war." Those would be fighting words in Belgium. The reasons for fighting in the Great War are largely forgotten, but they were very real, halting German Imperialism was very much not pointless. For a taste of what that really meant to people in the small countries of Europe check out the remarkably gripping Judicial Report on the Sacking of Louvain by the Flemish Professor Leon van der Essen, which is written with remarkable neutrality and conspicuous respect for truth. The report is euphemistically circumspect about the fate of women in Leuven, and what exactly the Germans did to priests, in the style of the time but don't be fooled. For the 'other side' of the story, this is the official German statement on what happened and a telegram to Wilson by the Kaiser that mentions it. Also, here is a documentary,
    Under the Eagle (50:03) The German invasion of Belgium and France was brutal and fanned the flames of war
  • I knew these folks when they lived in Staten Island. They worked hard to bring the National Lighthouse Museum to their borough. And although it hasn't been built yet, progress is being made.
  • Some branches of science seem to have trouble with the "fruit of the poisonous tree" concept. That's because it's science, not law. Your metaphor is broken. The use of ill-gotten evidence to further injure a victim is an obvious injustice. The use of ill-gotten evidence to expand the knowledge of disease or injury and using that knowledge to aid someone is finding hope where harm was done. It doesn't justify the original crime, but we would be foolish to not bother to use subsequent knowledge for good.
  • I am just stunned by how many adult male reaction to this is that the Martin should've fought Incognito. I shouldn't be, but I am. I've heard several different men talk about how "that's how you stop a bully" It's bad enough we tell kids this shit but grown men...jesus.
  • Ace Ventura will get to the bottom of this.
  • I imagine there'd be legal repercussions if they fought gucci mane, again, a part of NFL culture is that fighting isn't taboo. Fighting during training camp, when you're practicing against the same person for a solid month, multiple times a day, it's pretty much expected. If there isn't a fight during training camp, there's almost always some commentator who will bring it up as a sign the team is soft. The thing is, it's an intense, violent contact sport. Constantly slamming into another person who's job is just as on the line as yours is, it causes emotions to run high, and a fight, as long as no one gets hurt, is seen as a good thing, as messed up as that is. It's a pretty deep-rooted aspect of football, and, yeah, it's something I have a harder and harder time trying to gloss over as a fan. If all professional sports leagues were abolished overnight, I wouldn't miss a thing. Other people would.
  • Wow, lots of really fighty responses. I'm sorry about the poor framing re a glimmer of hope, but that's why I quoted the whole abstract from the paper. I don't understand what it has to do with early intervention or hope. The research is specifically documenting that for babies that go on to develop ASDs, "eye looking appears to begin at normative levels prior to decline. The timing of decline highlights a narrow developmental window". Is this a cure? Far from it - and no one is claiming that. All it does it bring us one step closer to understanding the mechanism by which autism spectrum disorders appear to develop.
  • I guess we're going to have to get a bunch of kids make anti-bullying PSA's for NFL players now.
  • The PC is like an aging monarch who just keeps on living despite everyone's predictions (and secret wishes) to the contrary. I don't think Valve is doing this out of some existential fear, but rather out of (perhaps misguided) ambition. Regarding wearables/head mounted displays (HMDs)/the oculus, there's already one kind of bulky wearable in mainstream use: headphones. So I don't think that being a wearable is an insurmountable problem. In particular, HMDs have so many advantages compared to traditional displays that their eventual adoption is probably inevitable, but whether the Oculus represents the start of this, or whether it's still in some indeterminate future, is a different question.
  • Another American who has never heard of this tradition nor saw anyone wearing poppies growing up. I grew up in the midwest for what it is worth. Although this does help explain why I see all the managers in the BPL wearing poppies. I have been wondering about that for the past couple of years.
  • I thought he died of AIDS? His actual cause of death was kept secret, and I always assumed it was because it was scandalous. If he had died of radiation poisoning, the Palestinians would have had no reason to keep it secret, and every incentive to publicize it and blame it on Israel. However, AIDS is so strongly associated with homosexuality in the public mind (whether rightly or wrongly, and don't get on my case for this statement) and homosexuality is so strongly condemned in the Muslim world, that there would be very good reason to keep it secret. It would have been a huge scandal. No, that's just propaganda. Pretty weak freshmen stuff at that. You can guarantee that anybody who repeats such a claim earnestly is not doing so in good faith.
  • Valve makes what, one game every two years now? Meanwhile, they get a cut of every game sale that goes through Steam. If they had to choose one or the other, they'd get rid of the Half-Life team so fast your head would still be spinning when the next winter sale rolls around.
  • buying one can be a huge investment, too, unless you're comparing it to buying a home, but there are a lot of other costs to balance... Related: Albert Brooks's Lost in America
  • biffa: I only need to know one thing: where they are. In London. You're welcome. Really - no trouble at all.
  • Are there toilets/washrooms/showers at Walmart? That are open 24 hours? How does that whole aspect work?
  • I was fifteen when this came out and nuts about the Beatles. How did I miss this? Or, maybe I saw it and am still repressing the memory.
  • Terrible show starring terrible people behaving terribly features terrible politics. And this is a surprise how?
  • Let's be honest - Valve's back is against the wall, in part because of how the market has shifted, in part because of their own actions (can we please just burn Greenlight to the ground and pretend it never existed?) I don't think they really have many good choices at this point. The only reason their back is against the wall is because their office is so full with all the money they've been making... PC Gaming is big business. The numbers who play LOL and DOTA are pretty huge, and Valve have ensured themselves a slice of that action. Sure the PC as a device has not been selling as well, but thats because most people already own one! Valve have an audience out there to convert. I don't believe that people will remove the need for something approaching a home pc.
  • "Documenting that there's a developmental difference between 2 and 6 months is a major, major finding." Melanie Klein laughs.
  • And yet, you dismiss it as "a shit takedown". It's not often that someone agrees that something is a problem but attacks someone who brings up a symptom of it quite so specifically. I didn't say it was a problem, merely noted that article was clearly slated in a particular way i.e. male sexism towards women is a major problem on Survivor. As a long time fan of the show, I don't see that problem, while cheerfully admitting there's a lot fluidity in the class, race, gender dynamics appear on the show. It's biggest problem is that it doesn't have a completely accurate formula for creating a solid season of interesting tv watching. Sometimes the players are incredibly boring or repeatedly behave stupidly. That's because predicting how individual react under the stress of the game isn't black and white. So a seemingly great player, might just clam up under the stress and fade into the background. Or just freak out, piss everyone off and quickly get voted out The most fascinating part of Survivor is how many players buy into the sexist roles, even after it's been shown for over a decade that doing so is dangerous in terms of game play. There's always, always a group of young, buff guys who think they're God's gift to the game and will just completely crush the competition. Yet that rarely happens for any length of time, as the young studs aren't as smart as they think or they're a masterful player of the social game who runs circles around the "we will win challenges and triumph forever" scheme.
  • Probst's interview is interesting, as what he hypothesizes is that the men make better returning players for drama reasons, where women may just be too calm and rational for driving tv ratings. It's sexism of sorts, but hardly what the article implies. "No, I'm sorry, you said your house was infested with bedbugs, but these are lice. Totally different order. Clearly, this isn't the problem you said it was."
  • I rather have a problem with the red poppy when I see things like this. I visited Canada's war memorial in Vimy Ridge last year and the experience made my blood run a little cold, but for the wrong reasons. The video I watched in the visitor's center and the pictures and text displayed gave a clear message that Canada was proud of what her soldiers had accomplished, that the war had been a "trial by fire" from which we emerged as a grown nation, that we lament the sacrifice and the bloodshed but we can hold our head high and speak of our dead as heroes. But I saw nothing to be proud of and I still don't. I respect the right of people to feel the way they do. I do not begrudge people their red poppies and I understand they may wear them understanding them to be symbols of peace and sacrifice. But I myself am deeply conflicted about the messaging I feel behind this symbol in the modern era, and I don't wear the poppy anymore. From my earliest education as a child I have absorbed messaging about Canada's military history that was strong on patriotic pride, and you will forgive me if I find it difficult to disentangle the poppy and its message of peace from the background noise. Even the poem is a profoundly mixed message, yes it regrets the sacrifice, but it says courage and press the fight, it became powerful government propaganda during that war, and today if one regrets the utter waste and pointlessness of war it is hard to identify with cries to hold high the torch and take up the quarrel. Today the poppy honours veterans from Afghanistan in a conflict that has none of the rhetorical grandeur of the past wars, and which is an active political issue (or has been in recent years), but all politicians wear the poppy like a shield at this time of year -- not doing so is unthinkable -- and thus it gains power. It is hard to simultaneously wear the poppy and publicly decry military intervention, reject nationalistic pride, and proclaim the senselessness of war, as one may be accused of devaluing the sacrifices our veterans made. Yet, one must wear the poppy. I would wear a white one, personally, I do support what it stands for, but by wearing it I would be implicitly challenging those wearing red, and I have no desire to do so. These are delicate subjects. But I don't like how easily the symbol of the poppy and the rhetoric of peace and honour can be (and often is) twisted into a pro-military message. Maybe I'll wear a red and a white together.
  • Spending a night in the Reno Walmart's parking lot became a tradition I looked forward to every time I went to Burning Man. There was always a colourful mix of characters around, both Burners and Non-Burners, and several times I got to check out parts of the largescale art installations up close on their way out there. One of my friends still cites sleeping without a blanket on the pavement between two of our cars as one of his favorite travelling memories. (Yeah he's a bit of a weird one).
  • Heh. Note this from the comments on the NPR piece: Adam Bonin: "I'm trying to remember where it was that I read that going into the first season, the producers had predicted Joel Klug, the dumb health club owner, was the archetype for their expected winners. Do you think he'd have been crazy about Cochran winning but-for his occasional immunity wins? Played a perfect social game." Joel Klug: "1. I was a consultant at the time not an owner. 2. The producer picked Sean to win before production. 3. I'm not dumb;) But thanks for noticing"
  • If all professional sports leagues were abolished overnight, I wouldn't miss a thing.
  • For instance, let's look at number 2 on the list, which you seems to be saying is proof of Probst's and/or the show's sexism and I'm definitely saying is the sexist actions of the players or just a single player. Here's the quote:
    2. From Probst's intro looking back on last week's episode: "[One tribe]'s plan was to take out the weak." In fact, that tribe's men had a plan to take out the women. Weakness really didn't enter into it. The intro simply took it as a given that "taking out the women" and "taking out the weak" are the same thing. If that's the case, you might think it's a casting problem.
    To me, it's pretty clear that Culpepper is running the show on his team's side and thinks the women are weak, so ergo they have to go. So Probst wasn't being sexist, but parroting what Culpepper was thinking.
    Emphasis added to point out that it was Probst's intro that Holmes was taking issue with. He makes conscious choices of what to highlight and how to frame it. By "parroting" it without pointing out that Culpepper is conflating "women" and "weak," he's lending it legitimacy. Not surprisingly, we're reaching different scores because I'm going based on what I saw from watching the show, while you seem to be scoring based on what Holmes wrote about the show, and I disagree with many of her interpretations. Yes, we were discussing her interpretations, starting when you said, "Seriously, there's a list of ten items and seven of them are about this season, its players and some of their actions." I pointed out that several of those interpretations were also about the producers' choices, to the point that "seven of ten" is a misleading statistic, given that at least half of them are complaints at least partially about Probst or the producers. If we give half-points, then it's 6-4 players over producers, with asterisks by #7 ("girls") and #10 (passive female players, which could be due to casting or presentation rather than playing styles). And I'd like to revisit the point I set aside earlier -- this is all very tightly managed and essentially "written" by the producers. I take Culpepper's defense ("I can't be misogynist -- I'm married!") with a grain of salt, but the fact remains that virtually everyone who's come off Survivor (and pretty much every similar long-form competition "reality" show) has said that the producers shape the narrative to the point that the contestants barely recognize the events. Add in the fact that the producers carefully select who they're going to put on the show in the first place, and they have to take at least some of the blame for how it looks to the observer.
  • They will do this and yet they will not ask that companies label clearly for cross-contamination for any of the top 8 known most common food allergens, or do anything to regulate the haphazard voluntary cross-contamination labeling that some companies use completely inconsistently.
  • This research seems very interesting but I don't understand what it has to do with early intervention or hope -- that's the part that seems wildly speculative, unsupported by evidence, and designed to appeal to a sensationalist and gullible media.
  • In all my schooling and life I have never met anyone who didn't see the red poppy as a symbol of the horror of what war can do. Surprised to hear it heard as glorification. I think it just depends where you're from. At my high school (deep in Stockwell Day country, BC), they were definitely a glorification. The Remembrance Day ceremony speech was always repellently jingoistic, and doubled as a recruitment drive for the cadets. We hadn't heard of the white poppy, so many of us would protest the speech each year by drawing a black line across a red poppy, like a No Smoking sign. It was bratty, for sure, and in a different town where the symbol read as somber instead of celebratory, it'd have been a nasty thing to do. But wearing the normal poppy at those particular events, where the message was so rah-rah-rah, seemed like complicity.
  • The Nazi Anatomists. "How the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics."
  • Guys: Dr. Schtein is a not-nice person. Sorry I didn't clarify that; I thought it was obvious (I mean, he even looks kind of stereotypically evil!). While he's not-nice, he is weirdly sympathetic and interesting to learn more about. That's how Osgood feels about him: pretty much, "This man is insufferable and awful but what a fascinating disaster his life has been." So, yeah, to be clear, it's a story about an unpleasant, kind of misogynistic, totally broken human being. It's not a wink-nod-amirite misogynistic story, though.
    to quick rub one out vis a vis his new assistant
    He's peeing. Or, maybe, pretending to. As an excuse to get away from Osgood. Because he does like and oddly respect her, and that's making him hardcore uncomfortable. Because he's weird. I included the little note for a reason. The art and story set up certain expectations that the comic later demolishes. If it helps at all, read Dr. Schtein in James Urbaniak's voice. That's basically what the intention is.
  • Wow, I am going to read this book next. This is very tragic.
  • The thing about Israel is that just two years previous they had come this|close to completely destroying the Arafat compound (largely built with international monies, e.g. US aid surrounding the Dayton Accords, mind you) and yet stopped surgically short of doing so, demonstrating that they certainly could have ground every last brick to dust had they wanted to. Yet politically it remained expedient to keep him alive. It's really hard to work out the cui bono, though. Russia's major interest in the region, then, was and remains Syria, although a secondary interest at the time in subtly propping up Iraq was not to be ruled out. It's hard to see how either of those is advanced by the death of Arafat. If anything, him being alive kept Israel busy. He was also a convenient bete noire that served the political interests of the Sharon government as long as he was alive (see above). It's especially hard to see how Israel, accustomed to exploiting an overwhelming conventional military advantage, would feel the need for skulduggery in this case. I mean, you start to imagine rabbit holes to go down where any of the objectively likely parties mentioned earlier could have done it not for their own direct interests but as a quid pro quo to another party, and then you're basically imagining a black box of competing interests and potential collaborations into which you can project nearly anything.
  • I wish I could find the comedy bit I remember about "Morton Downey Junior Junior", a pint-sized version of Downey even more racist, sexist, and in-your-face than his progenitor.
  • We live in an RV full-time and just stayed in a WalMart parking lot last month en route to South Dakota. It was pretty uneventful: there were a couple of semis parked nearby and it was quiet other than the noise from the generator. I certainly wouldn't want to make a habit of it - I like a good supply of running water - but it's a very convenient option when it's midnight and there's no campground nearby. We used an app that shows all the WalMarts that accept overnight guests. P.S. It's a really weird experience knowing you're sleeping in a parking lot but waking up in the exact same home.
  • The Steambox isn't any kind of PC, no more than a Sega Saturn was a RISC workstation despite being specc'd like one. It's a console. If it runs Linux software it'll at the very least be a usable HTPC, and I know if I get one the first "accessories" I'm buying are a keyboard and mouse (I'm sure Valve spent a lot of time on that pad but if they think I'm using a controller to play Team Fortress 6 they're out of their goddamn minds).
  • Major suspects: Iran and Syria motivated by a goal of weakening Fatah and strengthening Hamas as part of the larger effort to confront the US. See also Rafik Harriri. USA -- the Bush administration saw Arafat as a barrier to peace and part of the problem. Cheney is pretty evil. Various Palestinian political factions -- many wanted him gone. The lack of an autopsy and obstruction of Suha's efforts seems pretty damning.
  • A few interesting facts from this fascinating article on Litvinenko's polonium poisoning: "Weight-for-weight, polonium-210 is around 250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide" "[Polonium] is far from easily available. The amount ingested by Litvinenko is thought to have been less than a microgram — a speck of dust. It was a tiny amount, but many times more than needed to kill him. Because polonium-210 has such a short half-life [138 days], that much of the substance would have to have been newly created. Which means whoever killed Litvinenko had access to a nuclear reactor. " "Only about 100 grams of polonium are manufactured each year, and just three countries are known to produce it reliably: Israel, the United States and Russia." Not that I'm pointing any fingers.
  • I think maybe some of his work is scientifically inaccurate. I for one do not believe pigeons will ever become interested in human fashions.
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  • That sounds like something a SECRET PELICAN INFILTRATOR would say
  • Ringo, the TV Special, 1978.

    With guest stars Art Carney, Angie Dickinson, Mike Douglas, Carrie Fisher, John Ritter, and George Harrison.

    I shit you not.
  • Also featuring an Allie Brosh logo for The Internet. Yeah. Completely MISSING THE POINT of the manic part of a manic-depressive cycle really gets me on board.
  • Not so great framing on this post. Autism isn't all about heartbreak, and autistic people (and those of us who support them) aren't waiting for a "first ray of hope." We live lives of hope and heartbreak, challenges and joys, just like everyone else. Also the "disease"/ "cure" terminology is very problematic.
  • The ex is Canadian and was in the RCAF for three years. I lived in Canada for two years. The Remembrance poppy is cheap and ubiquitous. The role it serves is similar to a US flag lapel pin but without being explicitly nationalistic. It's a way for Canadians to differentiate themselves from the bellicosity shown by the US and simultaneously demonstrate apologetic patriotism. There was one on the left lapel of the suit worn by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his press conference yesterday.
  • The problem with eating mites and cheese is you run out of mites and all you've got left is the cheese.
  • There's a lot more than $1500 available for people who find vulnerabilities in this software and don't have ethics.
  • I also remember the 70s. I'm crapping you negatory.
  • It's not often that someone agrees that something is a problem but attacks someone who brings up a symptom of it quite so specifically. i dunno - saying that there are issues to discuss but that this article does a bad job of it for reasons is a pretty typical response, especially if someone feels the article glosses over things.
  • well, it's pretty sexist of culpepper and the other men on his tribe to just use the women as pawns against the men they have problems with. i do think that he thinks the women are weak and massaged his reality to make it so by voting out women with strength first. i get the impression that he likes his women to act strong but ultimately defer to him.
  • Poppies are certainly not a thing in the US (or not all of it) in the way they are elsewhere. As a project for a folklore class, I took myself to the San Francisco Veterans Day Parade one year and (among other things) interviewed people wearing blue poppies sold by the Disabled American Veterans. It was pretty clear that those people had zero context for poppies whatsoever and they were pro-war types who had bought poppies on the grounds that they were 'supporting the troops'. (And, no, I'm not inventing their politics. They felt the need to tell me about their politics and what they imagined mine were (namely the same as theirs).)
  • I'm sure all the criticisms of the lab work might apply just as well to Litvinenko's case or other cases in which it's broadly accepted polonium poisoning took place. In the Litvinenko case, the activity levels detected where pretty huge for this kind of analysis: it was possible to trace his movements after the poisoning by the residual activity he left in things he touched, and his hotel suite bathroom was closed off for some years for the Po-210 to die down (cheaper and safer than gutting the fixtures for decontamination). It doesn't get more unambiguous than that, and was glaringly obvious after they figured out what to look for. To my knowledge there hasn't been another case of polonium poisoning - except maybe for legitimate accidents where there never was any doubt about the cause of death.
  • Sunrise in a Wal-Mart parking lot/it can be so beautiful
  • And this is the company that operates N94059. They don't have any photos of their other planes that show the tail numbers, unfortunately, but that one is clearly visible in at least one picture.
  • > all you have to do to get regular people to commit atrocities is create a context in which it's okay for them to do so. It isn't so clear. Initially the Milgram experiment appeared to show that - but it's clear that there are serious flaws with taking those results and applying it to anything else (for example, imagine how the experiment would change if you allowed the subjects to go home and think about it - or even go out to lunch and take a break?) More recently, records from concentration camps seem to show that a lot of soldiers who were assigned to them were unable to actually do the job, and the Nazis allowed prompt transfers away from the camps without any blemish on a soldier's record - leading one to suspect that they knew that a lot of soldiers simply wouldn't do it, and didn't want to break otherwise good military men for this.
  • Well, then, it's status as news or not depends on who's doing the reporting, I guess. Who and how, of course. Life is short. Putting the headline in the subjunctive for me at least is an invitation to ignore what follows. Why do people take sides on issues like this anyway? Because Middle East, of course.
  • Mimolette is the one that looks almost exactly like a canteloupe, threeants. I like it. It is mild but sometimes that is what you want. Plus it just looks cool.
  • Paying for video footage isn't exactly "checkbook journalism.". Almost all documentaries, news magazine shows, etc. license footage and photos ( not from their own archives, of course) for use, and paying for amateur footage isn't quite the same as paying for an interview or story rights.
  • Somehow it reminds me of Kerouac's On The Road... "emptiness they saw all around them", quite fittingly. It's the make-self-belief, relentless human tendency to adapt to the worst and try hard to see good where there's little good. Except these guys call a spade a spade ("It's got a dollar menu and all I've got is a dollar.")
  • The wife's face and tone when she says "The Pope won" is incredible.
  • It doesn't seem to include the gruesome bit where they get et by pelicans in St. James's park. That's probably for the best.
  • Winning doesn't require misery in 2013. Also from the Grantland article. It seems pretty simple, yet so many people can't figure it out. I would love to be able to like sports without having to justify all of the outright shittiness it brings up.
  • As long as games are written on the PC, there will be games written for the PC, for the same reason that authors love nothing so much as to write about writing. When the top-selling ipad games are actually written on the ipad, then we can start to fear for the PC's future.
  • So, who was at fault in the accident. Looks like the pilot of the plane that was flying above the other one. More likely the plane below. I can't watch this with sound right now, but from the video it looks like the plane above is flying straight-and-level while the jumpers get in to place and the one below climbs into it. Looks like the tail number for the surviving plane is N94059, which matches the FAA's registration information for that number. No NTSB docket yet, but I'll check back in a week or two. No tail number I can see for the other plane, but I believe they're both Cessna 185s - if they came from the same jumping outfit, it's probably this one.
  • That giant RV is a glorious palace, my god. The square footage alone is larger than easily 50% of NYC apartments.
  • Fixed the link to the Reporter article.
  • Slap*Happy: Go with the most appropriate one - the 3DO.
  • well the idea that he can't be a sexist and have monica by his side seems to assume facts not in evidence - plenty of people who behave in sexist ways have wives and mothers and daughters. i've also known plenty of sexist liberals. he seems to think everyone got that impression because the people on redemption island said some stuff, but he had no problem being the decider and ringleader, choosing when to dole out a crumb of gameplay to the women on his tribe and ignoring them in other gameplay conversations. it's not terribly surprising that a football player would have an easier time playing with a bunch of dudes, but it is going to appear a certain way and it's pretty easy to edit that storyline to fit. also he can say all he wants that someone when aggressively challenged by him said he never bossed anyone around, but editing or not, him bossing his tribe around was pretty easy to see.
  • I had heard rumors of AC preferring the company of young gentlemen but I had no idea that his home was named after this Leslie Ekanayake, or that he's buried next to him. I am so glad they're back together.
  • White poppies were pinned onto men, not in uniform, by "patriotic" young women, as a symbol of their supposed cowardice. The poem's message, as revealed in the final stanza, is "we got killed real quick in France, join up and avenge us".
  • There's a fundamental problem with the polonium-poisoning theory, which is that Arafat's symptoms were not consistent with it. How so?
  • I actually like the idea of an Oculus as a screen for regular use. Strap it on, combine it with a keyboard peripheral that somehow tracks your fingers so that you can look down at a simulation of your hands over the keyboard, and lay back instead of having to sit in a chair or do complicated things to get a screen over your face.
  • Were we expecting Survivor to be a shining beacon of social progress? An example for the rest of the world to follow?
  • The 1970s were a very strange time.
  • You can't fight them Sadly, gucci mane, what Rolle and a good number of other players who are blaming Martin are saying is that Martin should have fought Incognito, that fighting to end the bullying is 'what a man would do' and that's pretty much the root of the problem.
  • This is my shocked radioactive face.
  • Ghidorah: " Elementary school bullshit is supposed to stop somewhere in the time before you become a goddamn adult." Were you under the impression that most football players were adults? That video of Incognito in the bar...Jesus, what a piece of shit.
  • Here in New England, veterans hand them out as I leave my local grocery store. I will wear one if I see them this year; I lost mine from a couple of years ago.
  • Of course, you also have to buy a big-ass truck. So what you're saying is you've got a cheap and spacious place to live, plus a big-ass truck?
  • assuming something like an $600+ price tag for the lowest specs You could put together an A10/8gb ram/500gb-1tb hd machine for way less than that.
  • if you get bored with vaginas .....Nope, sorry, I'm afraid you lost me there.
  • This series would be better with actual bloodsport in which the women lurk in the dark of the night and drive the terrified men into pit traps and devour them.
  • Yeah. Completely MISSING THE POINT of the manic part of a manic-depressive cycle really gets me on board. I think it's lame too, but...
    Question: Does the "all the things" meme bug you or are you okay that it gets used for .. uh .. all the things? The meme doesn't bug me. I'm happy that people are having fun with it.
  • My research says this aired on ABC on a wednesday night. Thus it ran against either Real People and The Hulk or it ran against One Day at a Time with The Jeffersons (and probably got its ass handed to it) or an NBC movie. It was also late April though and we may have been in the rerun lull before May Sweeps?
  • Cripes, I remember watching this as a nine year old and being excited at first, then disappointed.
  • The Queenslander, April 4, 1898: "Mr. Clement K. Shorter, asked by 'The Bookman' to write out a list of 100 of the best novels in the English language, supplied the following list, naming only one book of each author, and giving the date of publication :--" [Via.]

    1. Don Quixote, 1604, Miguel de Cervantes 2. The Holy War, 1682, John Bunyan 3. Gil Blas, 1715, Alain René le Sage 4. Robinson Crusoe, 1719, Daniel Defoe 5. Gulliver's Travels, 1726, Jonathan Swift 6. Roderick Random, 1748, Tobias Smollett 7. Clarissa, 1749, Samuel Richardson 8. Tom Jones, 1749, Henry Fielding 9. Candide, 1756, Voltaire 10. Rasselas, 1759, Samuel Johnson 11. The Castle of Otranto, 1764, Horace Walpole 12. The Vicar of Wakefield, 1766, Oliver Goldsmith 13. The Old English Baron, 1777, Clara Reeve 14. Evelina, 1778, Fanny Burney 15. Vathek, 1787, William Beckford 16. The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1794, Ann Radcliffe 17. Caleb Williams, 1794, William Godwin 18. The Wild Irish Girl, 1806, Lady Morgan 19. Corinne, 1810, Madame de Staël 20. The Scottish Chiefs, 1810, Jane Porter 21. The Absentee, 1812, Maria Edgeworth 22. Pride and Prejudice, 1813, Jane Austen 23. Headlong Hall, 1816, Thomas Love Peacock 24. Frankenstein, 1818, Mary Shelley 25. Marriage, 1818, Susan Ferrier 26. The Ayrshire Legatees, 1820, John Galt 27. Valerius, 1821, John Gibson Lockhart 28. Wilhelm Meister, 1821, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 29. Kenilworth, 1821, Sir Walter Scott 30. Bracebridge Hall, 1822, Washington Irving 31. The Epicurean, 1822, Thomas Moore 32. The Adventures of Hajji Baba, 1824, James Morier 33. The Betrothed, 1825, Alessandro Manzoni 34. Lichtenstein, 1826, Wilhelm Hauff 35. The Last of the Mohicans, 1826, Fenimore Cooper 36. The Collegians, 1828, Gerald Griffin 37. The Autobiography of Mansie Wauch, 1828, David M. Moir 38. Richelieu, 1829, G. P. R. James 39. Tom Cringle's Log, 1833, Michael Scott 40. Mr. Midshipman Easy, 1834, Frederick Marryat 41. Le Père Goriot, 1835, Honoré de Balzac 42. Rory O'More, 1836, Samuel Lover 43. Jack Brag, 1837, Theodore Hook 44. Fardorougha the Miser, 1839, William Carleton 45. Valentine Vox, 1840, Henry Cockton 46. Old St. Paul's, 1841, Harrison Ainsworth 47. Ten Thousand a Year, 1841, Samuel Warren 48. Susan Hopley, 1841, Catherine Crowe 49. Charles O'Malley, 1841, Charles Lever 50. The Last of the Barons, 1843, Bulwer-Lytton 51. Consuelo, 1844, George Sand 52. Amy Herbert, 1844, Elizabeth Sewell 53. Adventures of Mr. Ledbury, 1844, Albert Smith 54. Sybil, 1845, Lord Beaconsfield (Benjamin Disraeli) 55. The Three Musketeers, 1845, Alexandre Dumas 56. The Wandering Jew, 1845, Eugène Sue 57. Emilia Wyndham, 1846, Anne Marsh 58. The Romance of War, 1846, James Grant 59. Vanity Fair, 1847, W. M. Thackeray 60. Jane Eyre, 1847, Charlotte Brontë 61. Wuthering Heights, 1847, Emily Brontë 62. The Vale of Cedars, 1848, Grace Aguilar 63. David Copperfield, 1849, Charles Dickens 64. The Maiden and Married Life of Mary Powell, 1850, Anne Manning 65. The Scarlet Letter, 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne 66. Frank Fairleigh, 1850, Francis Smedley 67. Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1851, H. B. Stowe 68. The Wide, Wide World, 1851, Susan Warner (Elizabeth Wetherell) 69. Nathalie, 1851, Julia Kavanagh 70. Ruth, 1853, Elizabeth Gaskell 71. The Lamplighter, 1854, Maria Susanna Cummins 72. Doctor Antonio, 1855, Giovanni Ruffini 73. Westward Ho!, 1855, Charles Kingsley 74. Debit and Credit (Soll und Haben), 1855, Gustav Freytag 75. Tom Brown's School Days, 1856, Thomas Hughes 76. Barchester Towers, 1857, Anthony Trollope 77. John Halifax, Gentleman, 1857, Dinah Mulock 78. Ekkehard, 1857, Viktor von Scheffel 79. Elsie Venner, 1859, Oliver Wendell Holmes 80. The Woman in White, 1860, Wilkie Collins 81. The Cloister and the Hearth, 1861, Charles Reade 82. Ravenshoe, 1861, Henry Kingsley 83. Fathers and Sons, 1861, Ivan Turgenev 84. Silas Marner, 1861, George Eliot 85. Les Misérables, 1862, Victor Hugo 86. Salammbô, 1862, Gustave Flaubert 87. Salem Chapel, 1862, Margaret Oliphant 88. The Channings, 1862, Ellen Wood (a. k. a. Mrs Henry Wood) 89. Lost and Saved, 1863, The Hon. Mrs. Norton 90. The Schönberg-Cotta Family, 1863, Elizabeth Charles 91. Uncle Silas, 1864, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu 92. Barbara's History, 1864, Amelia B. Edwards 93. Sweet Anne Page, 1868, Mortimer Collins 94. Crime and Punishment, 1868, Fyodor Dostoevsky 95. Fromont Junior, 1874, Alphonse Daudet 96. Marmorne, 1877, P. G. Hamerton 97. Black but Comely, 1879, G. J. Whyte-Melville 98. The Master of Ballantrae, 1889, R. L. Stevenson 99. Reuben Sachs, 1889, Amy Levy 100. News from Nowhere, 1891, William Morris "Mr. Shorter also named eight of his favourite novels, by living authors, as follow :--" An Egyptian Princess, 1864, Georg Ebers Rhoda Fleming, 1865, George Meredith Lorna Doone, 1869, R. D. Blackmore Anna Karenina, 1875, Leo Tolstoy The Return of the Native, 1878, Thomas Hardy Daisy Miller, 1878, Henry James Mark Rutherford, 1881, W. Hale White Le Rêve, 1889, Émile Zola Around the same time, Shorter contributed a list of "A Hundred Books for a Village Library," which yielded several replies.
  • Will be very interesting to see who ends up taking the fall for this. Who's getting fired and who's gonna pay? I just can't decide.
  • There are several possible ending conditions: You are Stalin: Congratulations! You were and continue to be Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, and you have ordered at least one person's death tonight! Collectivization will continue, you will prosecute victory in World War 2, and you will die in your bed at age 74. You are a successful actor: Your acting has pleased or at any rate has not displeased Stalin. Maybe he'll take you into his confidence! Or at least continue to not order your death! You are an unsuccessful actor: If you haven't been dragged off to be shot, then you've been dragged off to await the next train to Siberia. You are a successful courtier: You've thinned the ranks of your rivals while avoiding their snares. You persist in Stalin's favor! You can definitely keep this up for the next 25 years. You are an unsuccessful courtier: See "unsuccessful actor." It's interesting to note that there's a separate moral victory available to any non-Stalin player. Stalin must be obeyed in everything: he can interrupt people, change rules arbitrarily, take the last Coke, claim the best chair in the living room, hoard all the pizza, etc. And yet Stalin can be disobeyed: all you have to do is quit playing. This is interpreted in-game as the public revelation of your counter-Revolutionary loyalties; your character will be dragged off and shot.
  • Yeah this is well meaning by Facebook and Microsoft, but the grey market for important security holes is way more complex these days. Depending on your patriotism, you may not even need to compromise your ethics. Uncle Sam wants you to overflow buffers!
  • I still think when Probst leaves the last tribal council with the vote jar, they should show a little mini-movie montage of him crossing deserts with it, parasailing, hacking through jungles with it under his arm, chasing down a kid who steals it from him in a marketplace, etc., then he shows up live on the stage with it at the final episode.
  • Chrysostom I ...I think I love you.
  • The fact that MeFites watch "reality" TV at all reduces my already-jaded hope for humanity. I'd rather have lunch with Kanye West going on about his genius in a roomful of Kardashians than snob about who watches what on TV. You're not better than me.
  • Also, I've been unable to determine if there are currently any plans to publish her new book in English, though I'd be a little surprised if nothing comes about in the next year or two.
  • I just don't understand how regular people start to do things so atrocious. I know it must be a gradual process, but ... ugh. I suspect that, unfortunately, context is everything, and that all you have to do to get regular people to commit atrocities is create a context in which it's okay for them to do so. Most of us have probably never hunkered down to eat an animal raw after killing it by biting its throat or braining it with a rock. We're omnivores, and omnivores do that kind of stuff all the time, but we exist in a context that makes it both unnecessary and unacceptable to behave that way. This is why it's so disturbing when your government says, "Torture people? Sure, we do it all the time. Works great." Because it changes everybody's context.
  • have to ask whether they want to present these problematic issues in the way that they do. Yes, but then they get foiled by good players who don't fit the producer's or Probst's mold. Culpepper, for instance, is gone for good -- and early, too. One of the themes of the show has always been that "weak" and "strong" don't always, or even usually, mean what you think they do. Big strong manly men get creamed on this show, over and over again, often by 90-pound-weakling girlie girls.
  • Now this is a list!
  • So it sounds like the key discovery is that a piece of tissue which was just considered to be a "thickening" of tissue is, in fact, ligamentous, and has some anchoring relationship to the surrounding bone structures. Pretty cool that we're still learning things about the gross anatomy of the human body!
  • Hmmm... I've read 14 of these. That other list of 20th and I think 21st century books, floating around here a few days ago, I had read only 5. Maybe I live in the 19th century and didn't know it.
  • Survivor is still a thing at all? That's worth a podcast episode.
  • Phredward, Dissection is also a great book on this topic. It tells the story of modern gross anatomy study against the backdrop of student/cadaver photographs, which were common up until the mid-20th century.
  • As long as games are written on the PC, there will be games written for the PC What's more, as long as PCs are the best tool for making games, many of the most innovative, interesting games be PC games. It's always going to be cheaper and easier for a lone genius to get the next Minecraft running on the machine used to make games than to get it running on a PC and then porting it to a phone.
  • What's the problem...are they "Persian White" poppies?
  • Russell Wilson goes to Seattle Children's hospital every tuesday night. I've got the same problems others have, with publicly funded stadiums, concussions and now this Incognito crap, but here in Seattle, where the Hawks are having a good season to say the least, the culture seems to be somewhat different.
  • Like it's way less "Who's our demographic?" and much more "Let's get high and put on a show!" "Cause you know what, the musicians that made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years were rrrrrrreal fucking high on drugs. The Beatles were so fucking high they let Ringo sing a few tunes." - Bill Hicks
  • Oh my. I devoured the book as a thirteen year old in 1988. I have no idea why I identified so strongly with her but honestly she was a kind of hero to me back then. I think it was because she seemed to be living so intensely, and with such agency, which is a bizarrely twisted way of viewing addiction and desperate squalor. It had a massive influence on me though, in wanting to be the heroine of my own story, to be a protagonist, whatever the context. Thanks so much for posting this. I'd picked up some bits of her 'after-life' online but didn't know she was working on something more. It's a sad story, but her voice is just compelling to me.
  • "Brits and other Europeans seem to have better grasped the horrible futility of the war." As the UK marks the centenary over 4 years, there has been quite a bit of debate over whether the dominant "WWI was simply a pointless horrific war" (esp. compared with the WW2's "great good war") view is too simplistic. Of course one can believe it was a just war to engage in while still finding the ways that it was fought (lions led by donkeys etc.) absolutely appalling.
  • "[Walmart]'s policy of allowing overnight stays in their parking lots is intended to boost sales, but has the tangential effect of creating a subculture around its locations... The two separate Walmart parking lots in Flagstaff, Arizona are specifically known for their long-term residents, and this past summer photographer Nolan Conway spent several days making a series of portraits of both the overnighters and the people who call these asphalt grids a temporary home."

    Waking Up At Walmart (via)
  • I want a special-coloured poppy just for me, and it has a special meaning that only I know about. What's that? I should fuck off and make it myself? Oh.
  • Brandon, you're talking more about the game (players and their interaction), but Linda was talking more about the show (Probst and the choices the producers make), and even when she talks about player interactions, she points out that these are casting problems, and thus at least somewhat within the control of the show part of the equation.
  • The Wired article seems to be mostly cribbed from Nolan Conway's website with a little info from a NYT interview with him in September. Neat stories. That giant RV looks fancier than most apartments I've lived in... Made some of the other situations look kinda harsh though. Still, when it's warm and you're not facing emergencies, there's something very appealing about being out on the road.
  • White poppies were distributed in 1933 Britain as a pacifist alternative to red poppies according to Wiki They're distributed by the Peace Pledge Union (as sort of implied by wiki). If they're really a new thing in Canada, I'm pretty surprised.
  • Ghidorah: Sadly, gucci mane, what Rolle and a good number of other players who are blaming Martin are saying is that Martin should have fought Incognito, that fighting to end the bullying is 'what a man would do' and that's pretty much the root of the problem. I imagine there'd be legal repercussions if they fought, but maybe not. There isn't anything in their contracts that disallows this? Martin sounds like a standup guy and I feel bad that he's put in this terrible situation. Incognito seems like he has some real issues, although I am curious as to why some of these other players are saying he's a good guy. This "men" stuff has always bothered me.
  • I was unaware of this policy but it explains a couple of grisly incidents locally over the past few years, where people died in their cars but no one noticed for a few days.
  • sio42 -- having the poppy on your corkboard indicates that it's not a "thing" in the US the way it is in Canada (Ontario, at least. Can't speak for the rest of the country). Putting it anywhere other than pinned over your heart is considered somewhat disrespectful around these parts.
  • Wow, I assumed the everyday anti-static brushes used some mild isotope of polonium, and this 1-gram-could-theoretically-kill-10-million-people polonium must be some different, much nastier isotope. Nope. Same isotope. So, I suppose you have some other bright idea for getting this lint off my slacks?
  • This thread has shown me that people have very individual mindsets concerning the poppies and what they mean, and that the decision to wear a white or red poppy or no poppy is a very personal one, and I have no quarrel with any one else's decision as I expect them not to quarrel with mine. As for myself, I'm making a white felt poppy pin to wear for the next week or so, because to me the white poppy symbolizes peace and remembrance while the red poppy stands for remembrance and military associations.
  • wait do white women have it tough or do they get a pass? Because my girl gets doors held for her 24/7 and she couldn't rap her way out of a christmas present.
  • I say we dig up Arafat's record collection and see how dusty it is. And any secret Dusty Springfield should set off alarms, as far as I'm concerned. You might dismiss my claim as that of a rabid Zionist, but the truth will out and I will be vindicated: Arafat liked Nickelback.
  • Hmmm. "In Flanders Field" is a great poem but it's not really pacifist at all...
  • whether experiments can led to something useful is entirely based upon their scientific rigor, not their moral propriety First of all, even what you're putting forth as "scientific rigor" is also an ethical code — we have to trust that experiments were carried out as they're described, the resulting data weren't falsified, etc. — and there is good reason to doubt this is the case of virtually all Nazi medical science. Second (and on preview, as Sophie1 has also pointed out) medical science doesn't follow the same rules, even procedurally, as engineering; fundamental things change, epistemologically and methodologically as well as ethically, when humans are the object of study. The rocketry analogy just doesn't work.
  • Could someone explain why Apple is a threat to Steam and Valve? Doesn't Valve make awesome games that people want to play, no matter the fate of the PC?
  • Wow, the Facebook chatter at the end of the article is just the cherry on one big, insane sundae.
  • Count me as another anti-war Canadian who nonetheless wears a red poppy this time of year without fail.
  • Yes, now they have the marketable skill of pushing pins into holes, plus the vets get more money per poppy because they're made with slave labour. Win-win! Or, you know, completely fucked up. I have been paid by the Federal Government to remove staples from Census forms in the past. It paid pretty well, and we definitely had a couple of ex-cons in the warehouse. There are low-skill, repetitive tasks that need to be done sometimes, too, and being exposed to that is probably better than not considering the difficulty facing those with criminal records trying to find jobs. In terms of remuneration, a lot of what CORCAN does is essentially job training for people who are incarcerated. These guys do not make a lot of money and the Conservatives are trying to claw back even more for "room and board", which I thought was already factored in and the basis for paying only 50 cents to $2.30 per hour. That's low but I don't think someone in prison should necessarily get market wages and I don't think putting convicts to work while they are incarcerated is necessarily "fucked up".
  • Yeah, regardless of what people may have been taught about the red poppy or what textual analysis we can do on the poem, what we are taught about a symbol and what that symbol actually means are often (always?) two different things. Similarly in the US, the yellow ribbon is a reference to a song about waiting for a veteran to come back home. You would think that it was a message of peace. That does not appear to be how it is interpreted by many who use the symbol (on their cars or otherwise). It is possible for people to view the poppy as a sign of peace and for others to disagree with that notion in good faith. (As a side note, the author of the piece in the last link should be fired and never so much as allowed near a typewriter again).
  • Warning: there is a graphic picture of a dead person in the middle of this article. Maybe that should be added to the tags? I have only read the first part and skimmed the rest, but it looks pretty damning. I just don't understand how regular people start to do things so atrocious. I know it must be a gradual process, but ... ugh.
  • I thought those were white feathers, but my knowledge of this largely derives from Wikipedia and Downton Abbey. My (American) grandfather happened to be in Canada before the US got involved and was given one of these. Not sure if it had any effect on his entering the army when America did enter.
  • I thought he died of AIDS? His actual cause of death was kept secret, and I always assumed it was because it was scandalous. If he had died of radiation poisoning, the Palestinians would have had no reason to keep it secret, and every incentive to publicize it and blame it on Israel. However, AIDS is so strongly associated with homosexuality in the public mind (whether rightly or wrongly, and don't get on my case for this statement) and homosexuality is so strongly condemned in the Muslim world, that there would be very good reason to keep it secret. It would have been a huge scandal.
  • Such a haunting piece. The fact that so many anatomists who colluded with the Nazis were known, some even prosecuted, but basically all allowed to live and work with no real consequences is shocking. I know that medical advances often come from war - in plastic surgery, prosthetics, infection control etc - but the idea of scientists gleefully using the bodies of people destroyed so cruelly is hard to stand. Really thought-provoking, thanks for posting it.
  • Dolphins' GM Jeff Ireland (the lovely man who once asked Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute in a pre-draft interview) allegedly knew about the bullying and suggested Martin punch Incognito. Will be very interesting to see who ends up taking the fall for this. Who's getting fired and who's gonna pay? I just can't decide. God, I'd love for Ireland to be one of them. That dude has no concept of how the real world actually works and what is socially acceptable within it. I'd love for him to join it.
  • Would this be so depressing and horrible if it were Costco or Whole Foods parking lots? Good luck. There isn't enough spare room to park a Smart car in my Costco parking lot, let alone a trailer.
  • The Swiss were hired by Suha Arafat, but on the other hand were prepared to put their name to a report that they knew would give many people a strong motive to ruin their careers. The desire to satisfy their client seems rather paltry weighed against that. Regarding the lack of an autopsy in 2004, there's a quote on AJ from Nabil Shaath:
    "[T]he question really then was how to continue, how to move on, and that is really the question that needed to be tackled at the time. "We felt that going into an autopsy would really make it very difficult for the people and very difficult for the memory of Arafat and would turn what is a martyrdom case into a police criminal case. "Really, people were not really ready, at least in our mind, for turning this into a criminal police case."
    Really the Swiss investigators are about the most objective people you could ask for. The Russian agency doing a parallel investigation has to be discounted to some extent due to being an organ of the same state that most people believe is responsible for killing Litvinenko in the same way at a time when no one suspected that Arafat was poisoned with Po-210. It seems suspicious to me that after decades in which Po-210 poisoning was feasible but unknown and almost uncommented upon, that two groups would independently hit upon the same method within a span of two years. Then again, why would either the FSB or Mossad possibly want to murder both Arafat and Litvinenko?
  • What desjardins is failing to mention (and which happens to be the very best part of owning an RV) is that you get to take YOUR OWN BATHROOM with you EVERYWHERE YOU GO. That's right, no more questionable gas-station restrooms, nossirree. I poop in MY OWN toilet, no matter where I happen to be.
  • Huh. I have some mimolette in the fridge, and I wouldn't say it's that mild. Reminds me of aged gouda.
  • "Yes, but in retrospect, our (British) national interest was not served by our participation in the First World War. It cost too much in money and men. Hence our belief that it was futile and pointless. Maybe if WWI hadn't led to WWII twenty years later we'd be more positive about it, as we are about WWII."
    My understanding has been that Britain entered the war, at least in part, because some things are more important than whatever national interest is supposed to mean. This was a war that desperately needed to be made an anachronism and the only plausible way to do that was with force. The western front was started to steal the bells out of churches, the scientific and cultural treasures out of museums, the wine out of cellars, and the food out of peoples mouths so that soldiers could "live off the land" like they were medieval conquerors. With hindsight we now know that the effort failed at Versailles where the miserably vain wrath of men like Clemenceau who were already drawing up plans for the next great war, dooming the sacrifices of so many to irrelevance next to what they were made for, but they didn't know that then.
  • sweet mister: And I don't know anyone who does own an AppleTV - unless you're in a full-Apple environment, there are other options available, many of which a person may already own.
  • BTW, the title of this thread is not talking about Walmart parking lots; it's from the trucker in the piece who said that trying to sleep in a truck stop is like trying to sleep in a beehive. Good catch. I needed a pullquote for the title but the one I initially picked was too long, so I settled on this one. Still, I'd wager it's not too far off the mark.
  • The FDA is really tone-deaf about these things.
  • Bwithh it certainly is a custom in the US in my own anecdotal experience. We learned the poem in elementary school and I have certainly seen the American Legion folks or other veterans groups offering poppys to wear around Memorial Day or Veterans Day. I always associated it with rememberance rather than glorifying war but on the other hand upon adult reflection the poem is a little ambigous on that, what with the take up our quarrel line.
  • By burrowing into the rind, the mites aerate the cheese and allow it to breathe and mature. Sounds disgusting, but you don't eat the rind. /looks up sheepishly with huge hunk of rind hanging out of wine-stained mouth
  • I especially love this because my parents served this function at my school - they had a big grid and they used pencil with teacher initials and room numbers and so forth, trying to optimize the ability of every kid to take the exact combination of classes and electives they'd asked for. (This was, like, the early '80s, so you couldn't just feed it into a computer.) It was always a big challenge when somebody wanted to take an unusual combination like, say, very advanced calculus and first-year French, but they'd try to figure it out. Tiny little print in pencil in boxes, moving classes around ... ah, memories.
  • Man that's good. I can't wait to see where this is going.
  • Was Richie Incognito wrong? Absolutely. But I think the other guy is just as much to blame as Richie, because he allowed it to happen. At this level, you're a man. You're not a little boy. You're not a freshman in college. You're a man. When I say TOXIC you say MASCULINITY! TOXIC!
  • I feel more conflicted about poppies being made by convicts.
  • This is just a dead-simple way of weeding out one set of potential users with demonstrably abysmal reasoning skills. -PareidoliaticBoy Excuse me?
  • That's an awesome takedown of a show I don't ever really watch because I always find the people on it too obnoxious and the challenges too contrived. Nah, it's a shit takedown that's depends on viewing the show through a very narrow slot in order to reach its conclusions. For instance:
    "Far more men than women have been treated as "leaders," and host Jeff Probst has never been even one-tenth as interested in women contestants as he is in the men. He's essentially come right out and said so, that the women just tend not to be as interesting on the whole as the men."
    Notice how leaders is in quotes. That's because in the context of the game, leaders are seen as potential targets who have to balance goal of leading while not appearing too strong to be a threat further down the line. Those who do take that leadership role are almost always alpha types who just have to be in charge and take center stage. It's so obvious on the game that the smart people, male and female, figure out that is and then manipulate them into the role they secretly crave, in order to direct team animosity at that person. This isn't sexism, that's game play in manipulating the perception of certain roles. The link in the quote goes to an article and short interview with Jeff Probst, the host of survivor. The article talks about how Survivor supposedly only brings back men to be returning players. But it conveniently ignores seasons where numerous women were returning players because...well, I don't know why. Survivor has returning players in several ways. Sometimes, it's the theme of an entire season, such a previous players vs new players or favorite players vs new players. Other times, they just bring back two players for a single season and place them with sixteen new players. It's the latter that that article focuses on, for unknown reasons. Probst's interview is interesting, as what he hypothesizes is that the men make better returning players for drama reasons, where women may just be too calm and rational for driving tv ratings. It's sexism of sorts, but hardly what the article implies.
  • Ha, Devonian, my friend lives on either that cul de sac or one right adjacent to it, I was just up there last weekend. And Ber, in my previous work in doc tv I had good reason to know a lot of second-hand info about AC, and I was told he did prefer young gentlemen, emphasis on YOUNG.
  • Yeah, I'm another conflicted one. When I was growing up the message was pretty much one of remembrance, and while In Flanders Fields was always read (Heck, I even memorized it and read it at the Remembrance Day assembly-- I still know almost all of it by heart), there were usually other poems read, and class discussion (Which is how I learned of Dulce et Decorum est, one of my favourite poems). Also, both my Great-Grandfather Brown & MacKinnon fought in WWI, for a lot of years, and as far as we can tell, both were at Vimy. My Great-Grandfather MacKinnon's paybook even as some poppies pressed into the pages. He also was the only one of 12+ men that he talked into going off to war with him to survive. On the other hand, I've seen more and more connection with a support out troops mentality in the last decade or so; the highway of heroes, much stronger connections to current veterans rather then WWII ones, and so on. Thus I'm conflicted. I've not bought one yet, and am still debating if I will buy one by Monday. I probably will if I see someone selling one, since the money does go towards helping veterans, which I think is a good thing. Also: Am I the only one who finds it weird that BC has Nov 11th as a holiday? In Ontario it was brought up a few times, but they always decided they'd rather have it be a sombre occasion, rather then becoming yet another long weekend.
  • To me, it's pretty clear that Culpepper is running the show on his team's side and thinks the women are weak, so ergo they have to go. But that doesn't make sense in the context of what we saw. The first two girls they took out were the stronger ones, who were paired with men on the other tribe with whom the Tadhana men had either a problem with (Gervase) or wanted to bait for Redemption Island (Tyson.)
  • Between this and the head injury issue, I'm seeing my enthusiasm for the NFL wane. This kind of thing is just not okay, even in a workplace that tolerates hazing. I hear this. I had just about given up on football these past couple of years, and then the Broncos had to go and get off to such a great start this season that my resolve to be done with the whole sport collapsed. Hurry up and win another Superbowl and get bad again so I can quit you, Broncos!
  • FDA's Mr Cream Genes Finds Fly, Does Muenster Mash
  • all you have to do to get regular people to commit atrocities is create a context in which it's okay for them to do so. It isn't so clear. Okay, I'll amend it to 'all you have to do to find out which regular people will commit atrocities is create a context in which it's okay for them to do so'. If you want to stop this stuff from happening, though, you can't do it by creating the context in which this kind of stuff happens, letting it happen, and then picking somebody at the low end of the command chain and throwing the book at him because he cracked and did what you asked him to.
  • The parking lot for your average suburban Walmart is so large it won't be fully filled but 3 days a year. That says something about the cost of free parking, but in general Walmart has the space to spare.
  • I would totally buy that album - maybe like every track is a story about a different one of the parked vehicles' inhabitants Someone here needs to get this idea to Tom Waits immediately.
  • I remember when he first died, a mycologist friend on LJ had posited a theory that he had been poisoned by a specific type of mushroom, which, apparently has symptoms similar to what Arafat had been dealing with before his death. He didn't really posit more than that (i.e. who was behind it, etc...) Pollonium is a whole other interesting story, no? Or is it pollonium a fairly common radioactive substance?
  • That we think it's noble for our fellow humans to die in squalor in a muddy ditch, trying, themselves to kill a person in the other ditch, who--odds are--are essentially identical to them in deed and thought--is one of the most repellent things about human beings.
  • Canadian here - I don't think the poppies are explicitly pacifist, but to call them glorifying of war is a little bit of a stretch. The way the poem was taught to me from elementary school is that the poppies serve as a reminder of the very real costs of war. So while it doesn't explicitly condone war - and in fact, it carries forth the historical belief that war may be inevitable in some circumstances - it reminds us not to glorify bloodshed and to remind ourselves of the reasons why we fight wars. In that sense, it's hugely different from American culture around warfare (e.g. the Support our Troops stickers) because the tone of the whole affair is solemn and reflectory, rather than celebratory.
  • After watching the first three minutes, my impression is that everyone involved in conceiving and producing this was using Scarface amounts of cocaine. Cocaine makes every idea you have seem like a good idea until you run out. These guys, they didn't run out soon enough.
  • Are those disclaimers that they make everyone sign before skydiving broad enough to cover even these kinds of incidents? I suppose they are, but damn, there's no excuse for the pilots having so little situational awareness. They are comprehensively broad. They're printed on brilliant yellow or orange paper with diagonal warning bar borders, and each short paragraph, which must be initialed in addtion to signing the paper, basically says in one sense or another: "I fully accept that there are countless ways I could die doing this and I waive all liability irrespective of cause." I'm wondering where the eyes on the ground were. In my experience every jump is watched, there is constant radio contact and no two planes are going to be in the same airspace at the same time. It's typical for skydiving centers to be at or adjacent to a regional airfield, and every now and then there's a takeoff when the jump plane is at altitude. But your pilot knows all about it and files a straight and level course and nobody gets out until the other plane is gone.
  • Over the weekend, Holmes joined former Survivor contestants Rob Cesternino and Stephen Fishbach on Cesternino's Robhasapodcast show for a lively discussion of this topic (runs just over an hour). "Is there sexism on Survivor? To find out, we asked three men..."
  • If he had died of radiation poisoning, the Palestinians would have had no reason to keep it secret, and every incentive to publicize it and blame it on Israel. Well, many of them, including Arafat's wife, did blame Israel, loudly and repeatedly. But until the Russians poisoned Litvinenko with it in 2006 - two years after Arafat died - there was never a known case of Polonium 210 poisoning. There was no reason to test Arafat's body for a substance that was, at the time, a basically unknown poison. If he was, in fact, poisoned with Polonium by Israel, it was a brilliantly-executed poisoning, and it's basically only because of what Russia did two years later that anyone even thought to check for it. (Also reminds me of the Russian poisoning of Yushchenko with a dioxin for which a test had only been developed a few months prior, and which was not well known.)
  • "You're one to talk, Bill." - Ringo
  • I was surprised about this policy, too. It doesn't seem very Walmart of them. But think about it... People who camp there need to buy basics every day they stay there: bread and juice, toiletries, items for repair. That's revenue they wouldn't get if the campers moved on. And the parking lots are huge, so there's little to no resource cost to the store. Plus, loyalty.
  • Too bad the U.S. government doesn't expend as much effort investigating these animals and their superiors as it does trying to fuck with the likes of Snowden, Greenwald, and Assange.
  • And what tchorchkies! From a previous visitor The office and study at first appear unremarkable -- lots of souvenirs and books, an enlarged New York Times front page reporting "First Man on Moon,'' and scores of photos amid the teak shelves. But closer up, the magnitude of what Clarke has done -- the stage on which he's played -- comes into focus. There's an actual moon rock given him by NASA; a long-ago Christmas card from Apple Computer founder Steve Wozniak when both he and his Macintosh were no big deal; a photo of Clarke with the Pope, who, Gunawardene explained, had invited the author to the Vatican some years ago for a discussion of the future of man in the space age. There's the T-shirt signed by astronaut Buzz Aldrin and, in the opening page of a published lecture by Neil Armstrong, these handwritten words: "To Arthur -- Who visualized the nuances of lunar flying before I experienced them.''
  • I have been paid by the Federal Government to remove staples from Census forms in the past. It paid pretty well, and we definitely had a couple of ex-cons in the warehouse. There are low-skill, repetitive tasks that need to be done sometimes, too, and being exposed to that is probably better than not considering the difficulty facing those with criminal records trying to find jobs. And these low-skill, repetitive tasks, they require a lot of "training," hm? It's not so easy to get a job these days even if you weren't in prison. It doesn't help that the low-skill jobs are given to prisoners because they're cheap.
  • sio42 -- having the poppy on your corkboard indicates that it's not a "thing" in the US the way it is in Canada (Ontario, at least. Can't speak for the rest of the country). Putting it anywhere other than pinned over your heart is considered somewhat disrespectful around these parts. Having lived in both Alberta and Ontario, a poppy on a corkboard means you bought/found a poppy and need somewhere to stick it so it doesn't poke anyone. There's probably a poppy stuck on a cubicle somewhere in my office right now. The people who take poppies most seriously seem to be actual veterans, as well as politicians and the TV media. Gotta wear that thing when you're seen in public. Note how Rob Ford wears a poppy in his latest crack-related press conferences. I wouldn't connect it with the yellow ribbon, though. The red poppy doesn't mean you support what the troops are doing today, and it doesn't glorify war. It is about recognizing the terrible cost of the world wars.
  • Ironic- The site refuses to load: "It looks like your JavaScript is disabled. ... What's even weirder is that the front page actually displayed, apparently quite adequately, for a split second before it did the passive-aggressive switch over to the "no js" page. It looked FINE, hackerone, why you gotta be like that?
  • Steam OS means a lot to Linux in general. The graphics card manufacturers never really treated Linux seriously and their drivers were often buggy or slow, if available at all. Now they have a serious financial incentive to write stable, high-performance drivers for Linux. Also, I find it interesting that that all the game consoles coming out are basically PCs: XBox One, PS4, Steam OS. They have PC processors and PC graphics chips. Before, none of them were. This will make it really easy for game designers to write high-performance, machine-level software that can be ported to all three boxes.
  • Unfortunately, Woody Allen is in the same boat as Roman Polanski - without an acknowledgement and a reckoning for what they did, their opus, no matter how marvelous, is now something I can't enjoy and won't endorse. Um... Roman Polanski drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl; Woody Allen started a relationship with a 19-year-old woman which resulted in a marriage that lasts to this day. Now, I will grant you that it seems squicky and inappropriate for Allen to start dating someone 40 years younger than him who was his girlfriend's adopted daughter, and I don't particularly feel a need to defend his actions. But I have to say, it is a far cry from rape and pedophilia on the spectrum of moral badness.
  • Oh man the smoking. He lit the next cigarette off the last and I vaguely remember him having a fish bowl instead of an ashtray. I was in like 5th or 6th grade, all the kids were obsessed. The documentary is pretty good if a bit disjointed I thought.
  • I just remember some guy in the front row waving a giant American flag while Morton Downey was preaching.
  • It's just about impossible to talk about the implications of a Steam Box without some idea of price and configuration. That said, I don't get how this makes sense for more than a subset of consumers assuming something like an $600+ price tag for the lowest specs (and more like $1000 for something well equipped). I totally get how it makes sense for Valve however; Windows 8 threatens their cut of sales from Steam on PC, someday iOS or Android may do the same in the living room. They can talk about consoles all they like and how gamers don't want to be shuttered off in their home offices, but it's clear that every platform is headed for a walled garden where the platform owner gets a 30% cut of everything sold on the platform. I'm just surprised Valve's answer to this it to build their own walled garden.
  • This feels weird to say here, but I actually was expecting those voice mails to be way worse. The impression I got from reading them was that he was fucking with Martin, trying to be as offensive and push as many of his buttons as possible. To be totally clear, I don't think this excuses the words that Incognito used. I think it's absolutely true that when you use homophobic, misogynistic, or racist slurs like that, you end up doing the heavy lifting for homophobia, misogyny, and racism whether you "believe in it" or not. The Deadspin article is right on that even if other people of color on your team let you use the n-word with them, that doesn't mean you get to turn around and use it in a totally derogatory way to hurt someone else. But it seems like that's not really what the discussion about this blow-up is about - instead there's this weird emphasis on the fact that the voice mails seemed "threatening." Like, all of the other shit he did was cool, but add "I'm gonna kill you" in the context of what is very clearly a prank call and that's what's over the line? What? The other thing is that I do feel kind of like Martin handled this like someone who had never been on the receiving end of this kind of shit before, and just didn't know how to react. That's not to say he acted "badly," exactly, but as someone who's been bullied and ostracized (for what sounds like similar reasons), I know I reacted in ways that just fed the fire, like acting standoffish or weird or blowing up in anger, and it sounds that Martin did too. I get that it's kind of a double bind - fight back and you're the aggressor, roll over or go higher up and you're a coward - but at the same time, throwing your lunch tray down is exactly the kind of outburst they're hoping to provoke. I really do empathize though - I'm really glad I haven't had to deal with that kind of stuff in a long time.
  • It's trivially easy if you pay everyone their respective tolls. I don't think it costs anything to develop for android, does it? And very little for ios -- something like $100?
  • you're arguing that prisoners should not be able to work ...for practically nothing.
  • For several years, I imported white poppies from the PPU and you could get them from the Toronto Friends Meeting House. There were no threats from anyone. Canada's exceptionally militaristic, with all the stuff about 1914 defining the nation recently bandied about. It was the first time that Canada was allowed to send forces under its own name. The PPU poppies remember all victims of war - civilian and military - and support education to reduce our reliance on war when society fails us. Naïve? Maybe, but it's gotta be worth a try.
  • Coincidentally, here's a news report from Monday's Los Angeles Times: Military, CIA compelled medics to abuse detainees, report says
    Defense Department and CIA interrogation policies after 9/11 forced medical professionals to abandon their ethical obligations to "do no harm" to those in their care and some prohibited practices, including force-feeding of hunger strikers, continue today, a report issued Monday alleges. The report, Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror, was carried out by a 19-member task force of Columbia University's Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Open Society Foundations. The researchers spent two years examining public records of medical professionals' involvement in military and intelligence interrogations and treatment of detainees. It accuses the counter-terrorism operations of having "improperly demanded that U.S. military and intelligence agency health professionals collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in U.S. custody."
  • The real problem with the show is racism, not sexism -- or rather, the two combined. Regarding race, I think the show highlights and not always favorably, how different cultures can be between races, yet the dominant culture is always perceived as right or normal. Setting aside the point that Holmes (and others in this thread) make that what we're seeing at home is actively managed by the producers, so they get part of the blame on everything that we see, let's run the numbers: Not surprisingly, we're reaching different scores because I'm going based on what I saw from watching the show, while you seem to be scoring based on what Holmes wrote about the show, and I disagree with many of her interpretations. If I'm wrong and you have indeed watch this season, let me know. But we're probably still going to disagree! For instance, let's look at number 2 on the list, which you seems to be saying is proof of Probst's and/or the show's sexism and I'm definitely saying is the sexist actions of the players or just a single player. Here's the quote:
    2. From Probst's intro looking back on last week's episode: "[One tribe]'s plan was to take out the weak." In fact, that tribe's men had a plan to take out the women. Weakness really didn't enter into it. The intro simply took it as a given that "taking out the women" and "taking out the weak" are the same thing. If that's the case, you might think it's a casting problem.
    To me, it's pretty clear that Culpepper is running the show on his team's side and thinks the women are weak, so ergo they have to go. So Probst wasn't being sexist, but parroting what Culpepper was thinking.
  • [Warning for "child abuse" added to the "Baron" link by OP request.]
  • Ringo covering Only You, 1974. 1:14 is sublime. Via.
  • I want Martin blocking for my home team. Tough guy, smart guy. Perfect O-lineman. No you don't, he's not very good at his job. But hey I'm a Dolphins fan, so if you want Martin on your line letting Brady get murdered a few times a game, go for it. My take is that this was a bad combination of the sensitive Martin and the roided out freakshow that is Incognito, not any particular animus on Incognito's part. Martin sucked it up as long as he could because he was on the verge of losing his job - which I'm sure didn't help his mental state - and finally decided he was done. More power to him, I hope he figures it all out. And if this ends up an excuse to fire the piece of crap that is Jeff Ireland, I'm on board.
  • "May Have Been" is not news. "Might Have Been" is innuendo. Just give us the facts, preferably with citations. Well, then, it's status as news or not depends on who's doing the reporting, I guess. MSNBC is reporting this story as follows, placing the emphasis on the claims of Arafat's widow:
    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered with polonium: widow PARIS - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.
    So before we go putting too much energy into treating specific accounts of this news event (or nonevent) as if those accounts themselves contained all the evidence necessary to confirm or refute the factual claims, let's be clear that no one entity's reporting is responsible for this story, and that textual analysis probably isn't going to be sufficient to settle the factual claims (if it ever were). Since people don't seem to apply skepticism to claims that come from forensics labs consistently, it's curious that this particular forensic result is sparking so much skepticism based on the indirect reporting rather than any details contained in the results. Why do people take sides on issues like this anyway? What's the point? Why does everyone think it's their job to evaluate forensics results in this case but not necessarily in others? Who cares. I'm sure all the criticisms of the lab work might apply just as well to Litvinenko's case or other cases in which it's broadly accepted polonium poisoning took place. There are fallible and corruptible people involved at every stage of everything we do or see reported. What's the big deal? Not like this would make or break Israel's moral standing in the world. We already know Israel's done worse. What's the point in debating this one way or the other?
  • I only need to know one thing: where they are.
  • Steam OS means a lot to Linux in general. The graphics card manufacturers never really treated Linux seriously and their drivers were often buggy or slow, if available at all. Yeah, but that's typical corporate cluelessness. The secret about Linux is that it won -- not on the desktop, but in servers, in routers, in phones, in set-top boxes, and in tablets. Desktop's the only holdout, and while I think PCs will be around a good while yet, Android's got much wider adoption than Windows 8 will. They sold something like 6-8 million of them this year. That's 600-800 million dollars. In revenue. Don't confuse revenue with profits, especially since so much of Valve's revenue is pure profit. I doubt that iTunes sales through Apple TV are tremendously great, but it can play content you got on your other iOS machine. That's pretty good -- but the Steam Machine will almost certainly be able to play games you bought on your PC. It's not so easy to compare the two right now, especially considering the Steam Machine doesn't even exist yet, so let's not declare anyone a winner yet, hm?
  • There is a service on top of Great Gable in the English Lake District every year. The mountain was bought by the early climbers - most of whom were killed in the first World War, and donated to the National Trust. There are a few words from the climbing club and National Trust and then the two minutes silence. I don't care what colour your poppy is, but if you cant join in and silently give a thought for all those lives lost and damaged, yesterday and today, just 120 seconds, then you're missing out on something important. Millions of ordinary people coming together.
  • This comment on reddit by a jump plane pilot is pretty insightful in explaining the difficulty in piloting the plane while jumpers are hanging on outside. It also has a link to the NBC source video in case they take it down at YouTube.
  • hmm, pollonium hermanium, apparently ... so - looking on wiki, I see this: "(the actual LD50 for 210Po is less than 1 microgram for an average adult " How the fuck do you even transport that without completely fucking shit up? I don't even... Like one slip and you have a hugely high probability of being dead.
  • A real leader would take the rap, admit his cuplability, and resign. Philbin has stuck to his guns. Q.E.D.
  • I think he's bending over backward to give Incognito a pass because he's his teammate.
  • I also was surprised to find that so many academics could just slip away from their pasts. Not by moving or changing their names or something like that, but by standing perfectly still, just letting history pass them by. Relying on the willingness of people to forget and move on. No quick google search when picking classes to find out which professor is easier, or a nazi collaborator...
  • Woody Allen Making Love: a supercut
  • Not a victim, but a perp. In the public interest. We just don't want to give people ideas about using such means in the future. Same applies here.
  • Wearables always fail. I've seen nothing from the Oculus that makes me think it can buck the trend But have you worn one? I tried one at PAX, both at the Oculus booth and at several Indie game booths that had the kit set up. It's very well done, the current dev kit has a lot of padding on it and you don't notice the weight. Only issue with the dev kit is that the resolution is 720p. With other 3D systems you get an impression of depth, with the Oculus you get a tangible feeling of depth. The other big plus is head tracking, which is only limited by physical constraints. In racing games I can spot the apex of turns and be much more effective at the game. In flying sims, I don't have to flick a second joystick around to look at targets. I think it's the next wave. Lots of games are integrating it and developers are using it. There are game jams centered around the Rift. John Carmack left ID software to work on the Rift. It's not going to be mainstream next year, but it's going to be the high piece of equipment gamers are going to get. And a lot of designers are getting access to usable and relatively cheap VR equipment.
  • I thought he died of AIDS? Maybe he died from drinking polonium-laced HIV. Nobody would have seen that coming.
  • marry a child
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  • This otherwise comprehensive and rigorous study has neglected to address the London pigeons' prodigious production of poo.
  • I and 12 of my closest friends slept in a Walmart parking lot just last month in Thompson, Manitoba in our school bus converted into an RV, because half of our transmission fluid had poured out after a particularly bumpy part of our road trip, and it was either stopping there at 2am to buy some fluid when the store opened, or drive 500 miles in second gear until the next stop. It's hard to be grateful to Walmart, but we very much were.
  • Changed my mind - based on this image the other accident plane is actually N70520. fwiw...here is a photo from their gallery that appears to confirm that number. Its a pretty severe angle, but if you zoom in it is readable.
  • Seriously, there's a list of ten items and seven of them are about this season, its players and some of their actions. Setting aside the point that Holmes (and others in this thread) make that what we're seeing at home is actively managed by the producers, so they get part of the blame on everything that we see, let's run the numbers: 1 -- Both the players and how Probst responded. 2 -- Probst. 3 -- Players. 4 -- Probst. 5 -- Producers. 6 -- Players. 7 -- Players (but this is a longstanding complaint about the show in general). 8 -- Players and Probst. 9 -- Players. 10 -- Players (with the note about casting). I score it 7-5.5, and the last line of the post lines out the author's objection (emphasis added):
    But I cannot deny that having to sit through all this preening by bullies is beginning take a toll on my enjoyment, especially when I feel like the show and the host are on their side.
  • The thing about maybe Israeli involvement is that the government wasn't exactly subtle in its killing of Sheikh Yassin a few months earlier. So why bother being so with Yasser Arafat?
  • The fact that MeFites watch "reality" TV at all reduces my already-jaded hope for humanity. Metafitler can be pretty awesome, but using it's members as barometer as your already-jaded hope for humanity probably isn't going to do anyone much good. ?Clearly, this isn't the problem you said it was." Pretty much, yes. There's a ton that could be said about sexism in regards to Survivor. This article barely scratches the surface of it.
  • They should add a rule that the player who is Stalin has to wear a paper cutout of a thick mustache.
  • Yeah, Sticherbeast, my question is more why Russia would have wanted Arafat dead, or why Israel would have wanted Litvinenko dead. Because if they were both murdered by different countries, the coincidence of them independently using the same method within two years of each other would itself be remarkable. As for theories of motivation: Arafat was single-handedly preventing Hamas from breaking with Fatah. Many people wanted that to change - as it did two years later.
  • Apple has at least 83% of the Apple market in the US.
  • At the height of Downey's fame I was a shy, reserved, not likely to speak up in a crowd early teen. I was in awe of his abrasiveness and confidence. I think I started smoking at that age at least in part in imitation of Downey.
  • The rest of this article is just as bad. Lots of stuff taken out of context and just doing their best to be offended. But I cannot deny that having to sit through all this preening by bullies is beginning take a toll on my enjoyment, especially when I feel like the show and the host are on their side. Newsflash: There are lots of bullies out there. And I love watching Jeff take the piss out of them.
  • He's no Wally George.
  • If I remember correctly, back when Litvinenko was poisoned scientists were actually able to use the samples to pinpoint the likely nuclear reactor the polonium came from. I wonder if that same kind of analysis will be possible here.
  • lowest east side wrote: On a scale of 1 to 6, the Swiss report's (p 69) "moderate" support is a 5. Only sort-of: the lowest possible level of support is 4 and any lower level would mean that the proposition was contradicted. Their scale runs from "our results strongly support" [the proposition that] "the death was not caused by polonium-210 poisoning" to "our results strongly support" [the proposition that] "the death was caused by polonium-210 poisoning". So a result of 1-3 would be negative; a result of 4 would be "slightly"; and a result of 6 would be "strongly". It's worth noting that this was only one of three investigations: the French one has not yet been released, and the Russian one [translation] apparently didn't find any polonium.
  • What a penetrating article. Thank you for pointing it out. "His research cannot be validated without justifying, at least to some extent, the entire Nazi justice system, which was instead one of injustice," I know that people have trouble with this process. That they are all dead and it was all so long ago. Truly though, the experiments could have led to nothing useful, as the experiments (I will not call it research) were done in violation of all justice and human dignity by people who had no right to be doing it at all.
  • I think that'd be because STALIN.
  • Seriously, what are you suppose to do? What are you supposed to do? Why, you do what any Stanford-educated, NFL-tough man would do when dropped into a system stacked deep against him. You toss your club-mandated plate of spaghetti, and change the fucking rules. Serious here, as a deep NFL fan... Martin has my respect. Already, the establishment shills are all "BOTH sides are bad!" Well, fuck no! One side walked away and got professional help when he was sure he was about to kick someone's asshole clean out his mouth. The other side got an "attaboy!" from the bosses for putting a black man back in his place. I want Martin blocking for my home team. Tough guy, smart guy. Perfect O-lineman.
  • Yes, red poppies are (or at least were) a thing in the U.S.. In rural Missouri where I grew up, the American Legion gave them out for Veterans day and/or Memorial day. It was a well-known custom. American Legionnaires would stand in the middle of main street, and everybody would give a few cents and take a "poppy." According to their web page, they still do, though where I currently live, in somewhat more urban Virginia, there seem to be no discernible customs of any kind... Anyway, according to that page, as you can see, "The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented the hope that none had died in vain."
  • On a far less subtle note, I was revolted to see this picture today, tweeted by the Royal British Legion's official account. It's of four children holding giant plastic poppies three of them wearing t-shirts that read: Future Soldier. Unbelievable. Good word, that's horrific.
  • thanks for the additional assurance of not-shitting
  • Do TV newscasters always sound this annoying, or is it just this guy? I could barely stand to watch it long enough to get to the interesting part. Interesting that the point of mainstream news is to digest the raw information and make it easier to understand, but once you're used to understanding what happened by watching raw youtube clips from whichever random people happened to be there at the time, the actual information transfer rate you get through the professional news starts to seem frustratingly low.
  • Fewer underage girls than the title suggests.
  • Regarding the picture at the end with no caption, I guess it's because the cats wouldn't talk to him.
  • Do TV newscasters always sound this annoying, or is it just this guy?
    I admit that I haven't watched the clip but feel pretty confident in saying that yes, TV newscasters always sound that annoying.
  • Between this and the head injury issue, I'm seeing my enthusiasm for the NFL wane. This kind of thing is just not okay, even in a workplace that tolerates hazing.
  • Dude.
  • The one place you never want to be, unless you are a fighter trying to shoot down the other plane, is behind and below. There's no way for the other guy to see you, and if something happens to drop his airspeed -- for example, say, drag increasing because jumpers are climbing out To say nothing about the jumpers themselves since "behind and below" the plane they've just exited is precisely where they're going to go.
  • "When informed consent is not the rule, the people whose bodies and tissues go to medicine have been overwhelmingly the poor and the marginalized." If you want to read about the less sad side of learning from dead bodies, I highly recommend Stiff. Funny, respectful, and super duper interesting.
  • From the slideshow on Nolan Conway's site: "Rick Keller (75) says he doesn't live in his R.V. for economic reasons, 'I belong in the woods.' He lives in the woods, but comes to Flagstaff weekends to restock. 'I just pray that the Lord keeps me alive one more year, because these are such exciting times,' he says, referring to the Arab Spring." He sounds like an interesting guy. Although there's also a picture (at the top of the Wired article in fact) of a guy with his wife and young son in the car, and the look on the kid's face, looking at his dad out of the corner of his eyes, is like "Can you believe this guy?" Wal-mart does have some positive aspects. Their return policy is fairly good, and they cash paychecks, which I myself have had to rely on.
  • I wonder why there aren't any bounties sponsored for popular proprietary technologies like Java, C#, or IIS.
  • Antrel Rolle: Was Richie Incognito wrong? Absolutely. But I think the other guy is just as much to blame as Richie, because he allowed it to happen. At this level, you're a man. You're not a little boy. You're not a freshman in college. You're a man. It's dead ass wrong. But in this world in general people will do what u allow them to do. I am very sympathetic for Martin and if he was my teammate that would have never took place. That I can assure. So what are you suppose to do? These people always blame the victim and say they aren't doing anything to stop it but don't offer any useful solutions. You can't sit there and say "Hey man, cut it out." because they'll go after you even more. You can't fight them, and even if you could, that's probably a terrible idea. Seriously, what are you suppose to do? It seems like if you went to management they'd just give you some bullshit about how it's part of the sport, everyone goes through it, they don't mean it seriously, etc.
  • Wait, pelicans eat pigeons? I had no idea. Fascinating. Unless you are pulling my leg in which case I hate you.
  • Arafat was very religious in the use of his lint brush, obviously. That and smoking his 18 packs of cigarettes a minute.
  • My god, it's full of tchotchkes!
  • Art Carney must have been on every variety special made that year. Art Carney was in every variety special made every year. It's as if the entirety of the production machinery had never heard of shame. I think of all the various iterations of Dancing With/Singing With/Cooking With/Surviving With as modern variety shows and it isn't as if many of them are on close personal terms with shame, but the variety shows of the 60's and 70's do seem different in some Old Hollywood kind of way. Like it's way less "Who's our demographic?" and much more "Let's get high and put on a show!"
  • As the French would say, Americans like to buy their cheese already dead, in a body bag.
  • Is it okay to stop liking Eminem yet? *pulls off mask to reveal George F. Will*
  • This was incredibly avoidable. There's absolutely no excuse for those pilots not knowing how close their aircraft are to each other. I do know that many skydiving pilots are doing it for their logbooks: i.e. getting paid little or nothing to clock more hours and takeoffs and landings. I wouldn't go so far as to generalize about the experience and skill level of these pilots from that but in this case at least one and reasonably both of them are wholly culpable.
  • Yeah, I was reading Dr. Schtein's lines in Rusty Venture's voice by the second chapter.
  • I prefer Robert.
  • One of my profs in law school always wore a white poppy. Not knowing the history, I thought it was a bit of an affectation, but one I could get understand. Two years later, if there were any in town that I could find I would wear one for sure.
  • I also think that reports of the PC's death are exaggerated. And Apple TV might be cool, but it's difficult to imagine it like another iPhone, which was unique at the time (because of the tremendous institutionalized cluelessness of cell phone companies).
  • I read this book as a pre-teen (maybe. Young adult anyhow) and thought: that sounds pretty cool. I was in AA by 21.
  • So...the new translation seems to be the only really available copy. The others on Amazon are over 60 bucks!?
  • SECURITY GUARD You never see anything anyway. They always uh... turn the camera, and... play music and... you know, the wind blows and then the curtain moves. You don't see anything.
  • Wait, maybe I am thinking of a different cheese. What's that horrible French cheese that's light brown and looks like it would be kind of mild and caramely like Brunost, but actually just tastes like ass?
  • Oh wow. That answers the question I had yesterday but didn't bother looking into re: what Mayor Rob Ford and his staff were wearing on their lapels.
  • hobo, are you upset about the research or the way that it's being reported? You dismiss the research as if it's just "step 5 of 500", but steps do need to be taken if we're to advance the knowledge base around autism, or any scientific pursuit for that matter. Are you upset that they didn't definitely find a cause and treatment all in this one study? It seems disingenuous to complain about whether the early signs are reversible or not or whether or not they can alter the developing brain. That's not what this study sets out to find. At least a few researchers quoted in the article disagree with your assertion that it's not news or that it's a useless development--they seem to think it narrows the window in which they thought it was possible to start showing signs. That's important. No, it's not the end goal, but it is important for our understanding of autism. If you're just complaining about the reporting, I can sort of understand, but you seem to be just taking shots at everything because you're upset about some people not being that scientifically literate.
  • That giant RV looks fancier than most apartments I've lived in... Ours looks pretty similar to that. The RV payment + monthly campground rent is about half of what we paid for the apartment we left behind. Of course, you also have to buy a big-ass truck.
  • I don't know about guards at concentration camps, but groups of civilians (including children) used as slave labor were a regular sight in Austria by the end of the war.
  • This game looks very interesting! But, it's hard for me to see the win-condition for the rest of the players. Is it last-player standing? How quick are the rounds? maybe we should get this up on a google hangout or something, try it out.
  • My grandfather fought in WW2, my other one was in the merchant marine facing U - boats. I wear it for them and all the others who sacrificed. Lest we forget, no glorification at all.
  • The 30 for 30 series has some of the best documentary storytelling anywhere.
  • By 2004 Arafat wasn't exactly Cobra Commander. Who would want to go all KGB on him by then?
  • Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. -- George Orwell, "The Sporting Spirit" (1945)
  • I'm just surprised Valve's answer to this it to build their own walled garden. N-no because Valve. Gaben. Flat management structure. Hats. Steam Sale. HL3. Greenli-...Valve.
  • [few comments removed - RTFA don't just commentbot because you saw the words "war crimes"]
  • We just finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I had to skip over most of the endless song Dahl wrote for the Oompa Loompas to sing after Mike Teavee got shrunk. One stanza after another about how bad TV was for you and how you should read more, dammit. And it makes no sense anymore, because kids today are living in a TV paradise. There are so many great shows out there, especially compared to the dreck I watched as a kid. I don't miss one single stupid moment of Love Boat or Fantasy Island or the dozens of BS variety shows that were all TV had to offer. They were slow and dumb and predictable and they made you feel stupider after watching them. I assume it was similar feelings about the westerns and variety shows of the 60s that fueled Dahl's ranting.
  • I hope that the majority of those vehicles have a dog-eared copy of "Travels with Charley" tucked under a seat. Maybe not the ones who are homeless by necessity--so I'm hoping there are more by choice than necessity. Now to read the article and find out...
  • "Hardly anyone at the time would have believed that I would still be here today." Christiane Felscherinow, better known as Christiane F., has published Mein Zweites Leben (My Second Life), the follow-up to her (in)famous autobiography, which was originally published when she was 17. Christiane's story became a sensation in Germany and a cult classic around the world (as well as the basis for a cult film, with a soundtrack by David Bowie), and has recently been republished in America in a new translation. (Previously)
  • In Canada, poppy pins are worn for the two weeks before November 11, Remembrance Day. The pins, inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields, commemorate Canadian soldiers who have died in war (any war), and are distributed by the Royal Canadian Legion in exchange for small donations.

    There has been some discomfort with the pins in recent years, however, with activist groups claiming that they contribute to the glorification of war. The Rideau Institute has now started distributing white poppies symbolizing peace. Veterans are not pleased, and some are pointing out that the red poppy already symbolizes peace.
  • And the whole issue is that it's trying to play in the console market without understanding how or why the console market works. The fact that they are putting Titans in some of the beta units really shows a fundamental inability to grasp what they're getting into. Valve's long term problem can be summed up in three points: 1. The platform they built their empire on - the PC - is dying. 2. The successor platforms to that platform already have the niche that Steam lives in filled. 3. It's becoming clear that developers, especially independent developers, need Steam a lot less than Steam and Valve need them. zixyer: As the article points out, they're planning on "open sourcing" controller configurations, i.e. getting Steam users to do their job for them (for free, of course.)
  • Ray Bradbury's vacation house in Palm Springs is still available for rent. It's been totally renovated, but you might still get the occasional piece of junk mail. Does it come with a nursery?
  • My wife will be having ACL surgery next year. Thanks for this post maudlin!
  • Add some security and some say in voting for the management for a nominal fee and you're on your way to Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong.
  • Interesting stuff! I love the storygame diaspora. I also liked Rock of Tahamaat, by Dogs in the Vinyard writer Vince Baker. I think it was written to demonstrate some obscure game design point, but it stands as a fascinating game even without that.
  • Come to the Pats, Martin! Smart, tough and ruthless is Coach B's way. An O-Lineman who can so utterly destroy an elite player for being stupid, lazy and overconfident you could do nothing to him or the system he played in... yup. Mankins and Martin in front of Brady. I'm digging it.
  • the women just tend not to be as interesting on the whole as the men For "interesting" substitute "big ole jerks" and you get the true meaning. There have been some slimy women on the show, but for complete unadulterated douchecanoes, its the guys hands down.
  • i'm a couple episodes behind, but i'll be glad to return to this thread when i'm all caught up!
  • "I awoke to the sound of motor vehicles around me, beginning the 8 a.m. rush for bargains, and I knew getting back to sleep would be impossible. Wearily, I started my car's engine, pulled out into the late, and drove for the exit to the parking lot. When I got to the intersection, I noticed that across the street was another Wal-Mart, and the next store down was also a Wal-Mart. It was then I realized I had died in the night, and was in hell."
  • my awesome friend, who is in the Canadian military, sparked a debate with this fb comment today: Several of my friends are offended by the white poppy movement. This surprises me because we, as soldiers, sailors and airmen and women, fight for the right to live in peace and with full freedoms. The white poppy has a long and honourable tradition of opposition to war in all its forms. The red poppy reminds us to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of peace and freedom. On Remembrance Day I will proudly wear the red poppy and recall my friends who died in Afghanistan and those of our forefathers who died in earlier wars....but I also wear the white poppy to show my desire for enduring peace. I wish for an end to war and take no offence to those who support peace. As a member of the military, I have a vested interest in peace... I don't want to leave my children orphaned or my husband a widower, and I don't want friends and colleagues to die. The white poppy movement takes nothing away from those who remember fallen comrades. I for one, would give anything if it would bring back friends who died in Afghanistan.
  • As much as I like consoles and the idea of this, the mass market is not going to pay $600 for a gaming/convergence box. Smartphones and tablets have done away with the idea of single-function objects. I no longer carry GPS, compact digicam, voice recorder, multitrack, SPL meter, DVD player etc etc etc because the iPhone and iPad replace all of those. I can see why they're scared of Apple. I think they're right to be scared.
  • He was on the receiving end of abuse and death threats as a result. Which pretty much tells you all you need to know about how fetishizing a symbol can basically vacate the thing it symbolizes.
  • Mmm, it contains the lyric "I'm really still in prison, and my love she holds the key". So no, not so much veteran as convict. "Tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree" and "She wore a yellow ribbon" are different songs. The latter has the lyric "And if you ask her why the heck she wore it / She wore it for her soldier who was far far away".
  • She has a really good point about Probst (who has said on multiple occasions that men Survivors are more interesting than women), but the rest of it is editing. The situations described in her blog did not happen the way that they were portrayed. So yes to editing and Probst, no to the game being sexist.
  • It would be symbolic for Israel to kill him with a "nuclear weapon". The Israeli nukes are the black hole of Middle East politics, a giant gravity well around which all other politics rotates but which no one talks about.
  • It's trivially easy if you pay everyone their respective tolls.
  • Wwaaaooouuuugghhhh. Uhhogod. Keep those Brandy Alexanders comin', sweetheart. This is only gonna get worse before it gets better. 1978. I'll just leave this here.
  • sweet mister: And I don't know anyone who does own an AppleTV - unless you're in a full-Apple environment, there are other options available, many of which a person may already own. Apple has 71% of the non-console 'set-top box' market in the US.
  • NBC News has joined the ranks of organizations such as the National Enquirer and TMZ with their recent checkbook journalism.
  • Dear lord, Art Carney must have been on every variety special made that year.
  • I applaud your enthusiasm, but no part of this research is news, much less counter-intuitive, and it really does not change anything. Early intervention was already a big part of autism therapy, in theory, and now we (maybe) have a weak diagnostic sign with a fuzzy to the point of useless timeline. Hell, we already knew that. This is step 5 of 500, and it was a relatively easy step. We're still crippled by the prohibitively expensive cost of using this information to screen babies for autism. It won't change anything. There's no evidence that an intervention exists to ameliorate the progression of autism spectrum disorders and their symptomology ; no one can even say for sure whether those early signs of autism are reversible or not. They sure as hell don't have a solid proposal to alter the developing brain of a two month old infant, good luck getting that IRB signed. It's not even an edge case, like testing for Huntington's disease, which is immensely controversial despite being a diagnostic slam dunk. The sensitivity and specificity here are below coin flipping. Thus, this is a useless development. I know all these dudes camped outside the walls of medicine, your "clinical" neuroscientists, your neuro hyphen psychologists are in a frenzy to someday be as good as the doctors who can make a diagnosis clinically without fifty multiple choice exams, a PET scan and an MRI....I know they're dying for a machine they can use to bill for an autism diagnosis. Too bad. And for all the thousands of parents who are going to get an email with some breathless 22 year old reporter saying there's an autism cure, this is crass exploitation. I'd like to point out my own red flag (more like an air raid siren) for bullshit medical wankery, the inclusion of the word promise in the introduction and the word hope in the conclusion. This distasteful business of selling hope directly causes human misery and pain, it's part of the senseless news cycle of sensationalism, and it makes me sick to have to deal with the fall out.
  • this is so hideous
  • Copronymus: " It's like that Grantland column said: Winning doesn't require misery. " Granted, my disgust with football is pretty apparent, but could y'all fans riddle me this: wouldn't this level of hazing have a negative affect on team cohesion? And thus be something that's bad for the team's ability to win?
  • It's easy to see why Russia wanted Litvinenko dead. He was a muckraking journalist. I'm honestly confused as to what Israel would have gained from Arafat's death at the time. I'm not being coy; I really am honestly confused as to what the practical advantage would have been.
  • I grew up in the American midwest with military parents (and grandfathers on both sides) and now live in the UK in a city where the Royal Navy is the biggest industry we have. As a kid I occasionally saw poppies around 11 Nov ("Veteran's Day" in the US, not "Remembrance Day") which my parents would quickly purchase if they saw someone selling them. But it was a purchase and wear for the day kind of thing, not a two-week poppy-wearing extravaganza. Veteran's Day was pitched as a day to thank veterans for their service, a day which coincidentally overlapped "Armistice Day". My mother (retired USAF) always got very upset if no one thanked her for her service on Veteran's Day and was always upset that it wasn't a proper federal holiday that everyone got off. She also was furious when one year the bleeding heart liberal Berkeley grad history department head at my high school read In Flanders Fields during morning announcements, instead of letting a veteran come speak to the students. So it was much to my surprise when I discovered during my first Remembrance Day service last year that in the UK it's so very much about the veterans of one awful war, not today's veterans living in the shadow of Vietnam and war protests. Yes, I totally felt like a social pariah after it took me about a week to realize I was like the only person not sporting a poppy, and I was happy enough to do so, and found the Remembrance Day services at the local war memorial very solemn and touching. It's a 100% different experience than what I was taught about Veteran's Day in the US. I think the "Lest We Forget" part of it is critical to what that day is supposed to symbolize, and it was something I never ever heard in the US. Also my husband reminds me to remind all y'all that whether or not you buy into the poppy wearing, at least in the Commonwealth countries, donating to the Poppy Appeal et al does support important charities. Unlike, say, buying a yellow ribbon car magnet at Wal-Mart.
  • sweet mister: Actually, it's stupid of them to be afraid of Apple - if they were going to make a play for the living room, Apple would have done it long ago. The AppleTV is the forgotten stepchild of the Apple family at this point. The reason that Apple never made a play for the living room is simple - there's no real open niche for them to exploit.
  • I keep thinking that opium is somehow involved.
  • Interesting to see Mieville's Iron Council on the bookshelves: published in 2004, when Clarke was 87. Maybe the publishers sent him a complimentary copy, but I like to think of him reading it.
  • I have a tangentially-related question, since we're talking about imported cheese anyway: I've heard people decry the fact that you can't get TRUE, non-pasteurized Camembert in the U.S.; but I've seen it (I assume pasteurized) in the grocery store. Since I've never been to France and so have no basis for comparison, has anyone tried both and can tell me how much difference pasteurizing actually makes to the flavor of this or any other cheese? Is it obvious or subtle?
  • Blogger is a better man than I. That VHS of Dune would have left with me. Hopefully this place doesn't get looted.
  • My grandfathers fought in the first world war, my father in the second and I consider myself and those of my generation enormously fortunate not to have had to follow in their footsteps. I wear a poppy for them.
  • Heck, Minecraft itself is going to keep PC gaming alive for a long time. It's almost a gaming platform in its own right. There are quite a few Minecraft mods with more users than most PC games. And for all that Steam is seen as synonymous with PC gaming, most of the biggest PC games aren't on Steam. League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Diablo 3, Battlefield 3, World of Tanks, and Guild Wars 2 -- none of them are on Steam and together they have more players than all the rest of PC gaming combined, with the exception of Dota 2, which is the only Steam game that is in the same league as any of those.
  • In my experience every jump is watched, there is constant radio contact and no two planes are going to be in the same airspace at the same time Both planes were owned by the skydiving outfit and from their website it looks like they do some competitive jumping, so my guess is they were going to practice a formation jump from both planes. That reddit comment has some good info on the whys.
  • I was in Canada last November and heard on the CBC about how the legion was going after a woman who was selling knitted poppies she had made with a group of her friends. However, the gift shop at the McCrae home in Guelph sells leather poppy pins (they don't look like the ubiquitous ones) with impunity.
  • There's a vehicle-specific issue with many commercial and some public campgrounds; many do not permit VW Westfalias and other VW Microbus/Vanagon/Caravelle-based campers This is just a dead-simple way of weeding out one set of potential users with demonstrably abysmal reasoning skills.
  • My exposure to him was limited to a Mad Magazine spoof. Getting my hands on a Mad Magazine was rare (the selection and availability at Waldenbooks in Helena, MT was sketchy) so I ended up being very overexposed. I had a very hard time believing that such a show existed.
  • Wow, I assumed the everyday anti-static brushes used some mild isotope of polonium, and this 1-gram-could-theoretically-kill-10-million-people polonium must be some different, much nastier isotope. Nope. Same isotope. Well, at least enough decades have passed to encompass quite a few of those 140-day half-lives since those good old days of WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?!?
  • On October 30th, it was reported that NFL offensive tackle Jonathan Martin walked out of the Miami Dolphins' facility after a cafeteria prank. It was subsequently reported that Martin had been subjected to bullying by his teammate Richie Incognito, long considered to be one of the NFL's dirtiest players. Though the incident was initially thought to be a product of rookie hazing gone haywire (resulting in, among other things, Dolphins rookies footing thousand dollar bills at strip clubs), the backstory turned out to be far more serious. Incognito allegedly sent Martin threatening and racially charged text messages and voice mails. The revelation kicked off a flurry of discussion about bullying in the NFL workplace. While many pundits and ex-players supported Martin, others blasted him for violating the "NFL Code." Incognito was then suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, while claiming that the truth would come out. Several days later, it was reported that Incognito had been asked by the Dolphins' to "toughen Martin up" because Martin, a Stanford grad, was considered by some in the NFL to be "soft", a characterization which disappointed some ex-teammates. So what has been the reaction from the Dolphins' locker room? In recent days, a number of teammates have vocalized their support for Incognito. Some defended his use of the n-word by claiming he was honorary which prompted a rebuttal from Deadspin.
  • On a far less subtle note, I was revolted to see this picture today, tweeted by the Royal British Legion's official account. It's of four children holding giant plastic poppies three of them wearing t-shirts that read: Future Soldier. Unbelievable. That's made my mind up. It's the white poppy for me only this year. If you are actively using the poppy to recruit kids to the army you haven't learned a damn thing and the remembrance is glorification.
  • I've always seen it as rather a complicated poem, the last bit being more "please let us not have died in vain", and that message is not precisely pacifist, but I wouldn't say it's glorifying war, either. It's alway seemed to me like: Here is this horrible, horrible thing. We need it to mean something. Does it mean something? Can it mean something? Taking all that complicated stuff and turning it into factionalism of "whose color of poppy are you wearing" seems, um, problematic.
  • The German invasion of Belgium and France was brutal and fanned the flames of war Yes, but in retrospect, our (British) national interest was not served by our participation in the First World War. It cost too much in money and men. Hence our belief that it was futile and pointless. Maybe if WWI hadn't led to WWII twenty years later we'd be more positive about it, as we are about WWII.
  • If Arafat was assassinated, I don't see what would have been in it for Israel. The timing and MO doesn't fit. Many revolutionary figures are done in by their own near-allies.
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  • I agree Slap*Happy - haven't watched anything of his in years for that reason.
  • I spent a fortnight in Spain with Uli Edel, who directed the film, a few years ago. I was expecting a dark intense auteur but instead he was a wonderful avuncular bear of a man. We drank a lot together, and he still talked a lot about Christiane and the other kids.
  • One line stood out for me in what is a remarkably well written piece - so many threads brought together, and the careful highlighting of the victims' lives and those who spoke against this - was about the neurological condition named after the Nazi doctors. My immediate thought was how terrible to be diagnosed with a condition and learn it's named after Nazis, and then to see that it had been renamed and the suggestion that the researchers have their names removed wherever possible - that is a symbolic gesture, but I thought truly valuable, taking away any power or prestige that these bastards traded their intellect and work for.
  • Unity and Unreal are engines that are great if you are an artist who wants the shortest path to putting your 3d models into a fairly simple game. If you are a lone genius coder, probably you're going to want to write an artistically simple but code-complex game, hence Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress, and while you could try to do such a thing in Unity or Unreal, you'd be going against the grain of the engines. Also, probably you're a control freak and a perfectionist and the thought of not having source-level access to your engine gives you anxiety sweats. I don't think it costs anything to develop for android, does it? And very little for ios -- something like $100? Yes, but Unity is something like $1.5K, and Unreal has it's own licensing restrictions (a percentage take of your profits above a threshold I think?).
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  • George_Spiggott: "This was incredibly avoidable. There's absolutely no excuse for those pilots not knowing how close their aircraft are to each other" This is actually a surprisingly common issue in high wing aircraft like these Cessnas. The pilot above can't see the aircraft below because it is below and slightly behind. The pilot below can't see the aircraft above because of his big-ass wing in the way. In one of these little Cessnas, there is very little rearward visibility, so somebody is going to be flying blind if you're doing formation flying with the aircraft at differing altitudes. Someday, ADS and/or TCAS will become cheap enough that even little Cessnas like these can have the situational awareness commercial flights have. Note that I'm not saying that the pilots involved bear no responsibility, they certainly do. I'm just saying this is more akin to a person misjudging a left turn in their car than outright reckless driving, at least based on the information available at present.
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  • In terms of remuneration, a lot of what CORCAN does is essentially job training for people who are incarcerated. These guys do not make a lot of money and the Conservatives are trying to claw back even more for "room and board", which I thought was already factored in and the basis for paying only 50 cents to $2.30 per hour. That's low but I don't think someone in prison should necessarily get market wages and I don't think putting convicts to work while they are incarcerated is necessarily "fucked up". If it's rehabilitative, like the prison farms the Conservatives have tried to close, or some thing like woodworking training, then it seems compassionate.
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  • Britain was right to fight Imperial Germany in 1914. The British war effort made sense, initially. Germany's invasion of Belgium was a huge escalation and German militarists had gotten pretty excited about redrawing the map of Europe. However, as stalemate settled in it should have been clear that a fair negotiated settlement was necessary. Everything after the Christmas Truce was an obscenity.
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  • I am still loving this in 2014
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  • Wheneverr I feel sad or alone, I listen to this song. It makes me feel happy. It makes me feel like I'm not afrid!!
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  • i can literaly quote eery single line from every single video this was my childhood im sobbing
  • What the heck are my ayes seeing
  • Under all that makeup is probably a dude
  • Cute
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  • My favorite Lady Gaga song . ;-)
  • Omg!! Her voice is amazing :)
  • I am saddened to see what Freddy has written. I second your comment. I hope everyone will abide by simple respect, at least in regard to language in the future. Connie and her little admirers deserve better. We who are ConnieFriends can deal with obscene trolls well, but only if we remain morally upstanding ourselves.
  • That is sooo cute!!!!!
  • Inspiring
  • Released a new song LIFES SO STRANGE that just hit 2,000PLAYS.If you can check it out, you can probably relate! Currently have 357 subscribers,over 16K views.. I have opened up for KRIZZ KALIKO,STEVIE STONE,MAYDAY of STRANGE MUSIC and HUEY MACK.If you can check out my music,give it a LIKE/SUBSCRIBE itll be much appreciated! T-MAS
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  • Watch "J Staxx Party animal" AWESOME NEW 2013 MUSIC VIDEO
  • I love this sooong! It makes me cry but I really love it!
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  • "The best music ever"? Here you go, try to kill me: JONAS BROTHERS WILL FOREVER STINK OF PIG CRAP.
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  • •••••• IF YOU REALLY CARE TO READ THIS THEN THANK YOU. I work my ass off to make it in the music biz but it is hard to advance when nobody ever hears you. I do not have the money for fancy videos and advertisements so all i am left with is spam. If you could please take a second to "thumbs up" this comment it would make my day. You dont have to like me, just give me a chance to be liked.
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  • SO GLAD I DEPORTED HIM
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  • my brother do that staf
  • SOOOO CUTE!!!!! 3333
  • My video got destroyed like 2 seconds from the end!! :(
  • what does rihanna's sex tape have to do with apoligize???
  • 6810 KPOP fans watched this!
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  • i miss this hahahha 
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  • This video is all my childhood.
  • WATCH BRITNEY`S NEW MUSIC VIDEO "WORK BITCH" AMAZING Britney´s new song Perfume is my favourite! listen!!!!!
  • Really sad not funny just ouch!!!!
  • I miss the old miley :'(
  • Is it too late to order fries?
  • Right
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  • song always makes me feel little better about life for some reason Bruno mars yo da man!!! 
  • "Sooo funny and sad
  • Who would have known he would grow up to fuck a brazilian prostitute , lol. I can see all of his fans going bananas now
  • Look at me now!!
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  • @ 6:00 He says it's not appropriate to make jokes about Jews since it's racist! while the entire show is about making fun of a Muslim?!
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  • Joe's so cute
  • gosto muito do bruno mars
  • Me pregunto qué se supone que están reproduciendo los little monsters (soy uno)??? Porque no avanzan eb reproducciones ni Applause, ni LoveGame, ni The Edge of Glory, ni Bad Romance, ni Alejandro, y ninguno de los audios .______.
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  • Bobby Lee`s version was better
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  • mite song
  • I really miss this miley cirus
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  • Is that the drugy rock star from lost?
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  • I like this song but i start hate u ! Bc if that song ** Muslim attack ** fuck u nicki ! I am a shia Muslim and proud
  • Pobre sita a ella le isieron lo mismo poro a ella la golpio bien feo su novio
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  • I still remember every word this seriously breaks my heart what happened to nice music :(
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  • i think joseph gordon levitt did better
  • No, sorry, I stopped watching in 1917 to go to the Russian Revolutions
  • Gg ma gueule
  • Algun Chileno?xd
  • It's awful...
  • don't feel like doing anything I just wanna lay in my bed Don't feel like picking up my phone So leave a message at the tone Cause today I swear I'm not doing anything
  • its sad about the way she was the way before was amazing now she is the most disturbing since demi and selena (their way better then her from 4 yrs ago)
  • What happened with this miley?? -_-
  •  made by gay cunts for gay cunts.
  • go to peoplevote.webs.com and go to the guest/nonmember page and comment "I vote will". if I can get enough votes, I could get the girl of my dreams. please.
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  • Gayyyy he needs to start living in the real world I mean foe real
  • Aww so CUTE!!!
  • so allein, aber jetzt im fürchte seine zu spät, sich zu entschuldigen. so traurig
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  • one of my all time fav !
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  • B R A S I L 2 0 1 3
  • Love this song
  • . I love this song
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  • Holy crap!! Im raking in thousands each month cheating from online roulette! I just watched the video at: /watch?v=-1OcyiJKShA Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.
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  • Freakin' Rhianna bots, Shut Up.
  • yes please 
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  • los amo y siempre lo hare <3 <3
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  • She seems too full of herself... Makes me irritated
  • Love this so much
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  • shut up whore!
  • adorei o vedeo do bruno mars
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  • I miss those times when I was a teenager.
  • aun me gustan LOL
  • You are awesome I linsten to all his song
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  • its so stupid that Justin Biber or whatever is more poplar than M.C.R 
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  • When the little boy laughs it funny
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  • thia has been around since i was in 2nd grade and now im in 7th lol
  • Thumbs up if you are still watching this in 2013 :P
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  • She is so beautiful this makes me cry every time I see this
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  • Finally these fags are OFFICIALLY gone. Nobody has even gave a shit about them since like 2008. I've hated them since '05, and I'm happy they're gone & forgotten. Justin Bieber's next for sure, then 1D. :)
  • Do cute!!!!:)
  • كويس
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  • t0p c0mm3nt 
  • I do a great review of the Paris Hilton sex tape but also. .. Nice vid, though I like my videos better. My vids are called: "Is Miley Cyrus sucking the devils dick?!!"..., "Miley Cyrus "Today show" full review! Oh yes!"....., "Gaga & Miley are TWISTED TWATS!"...., "Miley Cyrus is a CRAZY CUNT!". See them on my YouTube channel, Nicholas1morales, it's hilarious! Tell your friends and enjoy all my videos also!..Robin Thicke is a piece of shit just trying to objectify women!
  • Y is dumbledore naked? !?
  • shes so f'ing retarded now she has that stupid hair cute and she wears gross ear things she was my hero until she did that.
  • Haha I prefer the way that Perrie and I think it's Kath with, dance that but this is great too ♥
  • Its a old song but it still good!!!
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  • love song so much 
  • Ridículo D:
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  • Jajaja william que csmare XD
  • For an aware Humanity, Knowledge for a better world : - We are same species (Human), same family (Humanity). Languages, religions, nations are human inventions. - Harming the environment (overexploitation, pollution....) is also harming ourselves (diseases and early death). For a living body-planet, better consumption (organic, less meat...), less births (human overpopulation) and reforestation of the earth (save biodiversity...).
  • whats song at 5:40?
  • Lol
  • Cool
  • Oh its terrible *facepalm*
  • Bobby Lee 
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  • Who is listening it in 2013 :D ?
  • Gay
  • Soooo cute and sings soon gently
  • and there seven things i miss about u
  • I do a great review of the Paris Hilton sex tape but also. .. Nice vid, though I like my videos better. My vids are called: "Is Miley Cyrus sucking the devils dick?!!"..., "Miley Cyrus "Today show" full review! Oh yes!"....., "Gaga & Miley are TWISTED TWATS!"...., "Miley Cyrus is a CRAZY CUNT!". See them on my YouTube channel, Nicholas1morales, it's hilarious! Tell your friends and enjoy all my videos also!..Robin Thicke is a piece of shit just trying to objectify women!
  • Haha!! Harry Potter is the best!!
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  • hahahaha cueroo! Tu mama esta embarazada ahorita Andy! Me la cogi super rico y ese culoteeee yumii <3
  • gangnam style? :P
  • Today a hacker leeched a new fuck video with the whore Rihanna View the full thing here : celebrity-news-daily.me.pn hahahha,this particular girl is really stupid
  • Perfer Jonas Brothers than Justin Bieber and One Direction
  • Such an awesome song!!! Love the song
  • It's music like this that makes me feel ashamed to be a European...
  • haters always hate. it never change. *facepalm*
  • she beats beiber
  • At this time a hacker leeched a fresh fuck video with the bitch Rihanna Watch the complete thing here : crazy-celebrity-videos.co.uk hahahha,this particular girl is really stupid
  • I cant get enough of her singing this song
  • The first time I heard this I thought he was a girl
  • Я посрал нормально
  • someone is really gonna disliked this video because you can't pleased everybody
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  • Thats hella funny
  • 1:16 me: AHHHH HE'S NAAAAKKKEEEEDDD!!!!!!!!!
  • Lol
  • Fuck u, minaj!! Too bitch, like a dog!
  • nothings wrong wit it but when its unneeded dont make it a issue
  • ~ That's a disgusting and offensive comment. This is a video that children visit. It's also in Connie's favourites list.
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  • chubby cuppy cake boy deserves this many views! now that is hilarious
  • This is sooooo awsome
  • <3 stinky feet
  • Megan Fox O_O
  • I can't believe it , Rihanna did it once more A new sex tape with her has been leeched currently If you want to watch her fucking visit : daily-celebrity-news.co.uk It's totally free 100%
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  • Am I the only one who doesn't think this doesn't sound the way it was supposed to?
  • JOE WAS SO CUTE
  • I gave it a thums up
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  • megan fox
  • HARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYHARY SNAP HARRY SNAPE HARRYDNAPEHAR- *naked Dumbledore* DUMBLEDOOOORE!
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  • wow--- over 9,000 dislikes------no wonder her new single isnt selling
  • huehuehue i didnt really make it an issue. but this guy cay seems to have a problem seeing amanda touched by the lil girl wonderful voice. you can find his comment where he even called her a bitch and to stop crying.lololol what a miserable fellow.
  • Song at 03:00 ?
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  • Gaga oh lala
  • Bad man tune
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  • M o r o c c o <3
  • Gaga oh la la
  • Exactly! That's what I keep telling everyone! I'm Muslim too and I love Achmed! ^_^ It's to get everyone to laugh at their fears and it's mainly targeting and was mocking Bin Laden and his men.
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  • LIKE if you watch this for the first time on 2013!
  • NYC song
  • eu sei cara '-'
  • HOW SOME PEOPLE RIGHT IDOITS
  • GOOD BOY
  • Ima 16 year old Detroit rapper come check me out I just created a YouTube account so far I only have a video of me rapin to the 8 mile soundtrack I go by the name nick crucial spread the word I'm trying my hardest to achieve my dream
  • song at 4:24
  • boss as fuck
  • The video really made me think the first time I watched it. I know that is not the response most people probably have, but I am not like them. That is why I've constantly had trouble meeting people who might like me or even be attracted to me. Fortunately, everything changed when I found the right dating website for me. If you want to try it yourself, just go to this website. MyLocalDateFinder.co­­m
  • No booty
  • Me gusta mucho y tambien cantarla fasinanteB-)
  • Eminem is faster
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  • STFU
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  • nice song to the times I hear
  • Eminem is in the matrix!!!!!!!
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  • my names treesap im a 14 year old rapper from boston just bump my latest track "lyrical" plz like sub and comment if you like
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  • How is called the song of the minute 1:39?
  • I wonder how it would look if busta rhymes and watsky were in a rap battle
  • Fuck this white bitch thatwants to be a pimp rapper like tupac biggie eazy e icecube trinidad james and others
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  • <3 T.T
  • How is called the song of 3minutes?
  • Jajaja Shakira a logrado mas siendo una cantante latina y la revista rolling stone la considera la artista mas sexy, y Katy Perry no necesita ponerse esos vestidos y ni necesita bañarse en popo como gaga...
  • cool. so u hate to see people cryin. so dont cry when ur mum and dad die yea? asswipe~
  • Rian a los comentarios estupidos, this video is the best!! ;)
  • The only reason I hear this song is to hear ludacris jb sucks
  • uh
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  • its my favorit rapping son
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  • C A N A B I S ♥
  • 600.000.000 wiews!!!! go go go go go gooooooo!!!!!
  • I love this song 3
  • I believe JUSTIN BIEBER
  • lmao im a fucking weirdo now? i dont think kindergarden peeps tell you not to cry when ur mum and dad are dead. awwww seems ur a lil butthurt arent ya? unneeded? shes a girl and shes touched? unneeded shit? rofl u seem miserable man sorry to say. hey, i hope more than one people come to ur funeral. lolololol never argue with an idiot, cos ull always lose. i lose. but meh i dun give a fuck. cos ur just way to miserable to live man. roflmao
  • Chumbawamba "Tubthumping"
  • 2:50 Gangnam Style!!!!
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  • estas era música, letrá, bandas, esto eran ELLOS♥
  • Ollg
  • Like Lil Wayne said.man fuck these bitch ass niggas
  • WTF
  • Shut.Up. Rhianna bots.
  • THIS PIECE OF CRAP GOT THE MOST VIEWS?
  • Popsicles
  • Hi
  • peido é fedido
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  • you guys should go check out that new girl on vevo people are talking about, licia guns and grenade. that is a good song and she kinda looks like miley cyrus in her profile pic. but this song is good none the less.
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  • Daughters"
  • Sherlock learn some English.
  • I half mrocon
  • R u gise still together
  • super ass
  • I not either
  • epic :)
  • i miss zanessa. they were the best celeb couple.
  • #DrakingSince2007
  • 9,281 haters!!!!
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