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Saturday, December 04, 2010

float like a butterfly sting like a glass onion

Harry Benson (b. Dec. 2, 1929): The Beatles and Cassius Clay, 1964


dang, now i'm gonna have to learn finnish

don't know if it's in there or NOT, but my favorite is italian and it's
gatsu piedi

(you figure it out)

Glorious, elaborate, profane insults of the world
Cory Doctorow 

An open Reddit thread entitled "What are your favorite culturally untranslateable phrases?" rapidly degenerated into a collection of rollicking, profane, grotesque insults, each more alarming and delightful than the last. Read the whole thing, of course, but here are some of the less profane examples:..........

(Image: Okay, so it's funny., a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from andrewbain's photostream

a whole series of videos on

the wild plants of japan (time lapse) and pretty damn cool

a series of photographs

paris, 1977

if it's them or theirs, i'm sure they'll make an exception

for you and yours? R I P babies, rip

all up in arms about abortions and birth control (not babies mind you but little wiggly thaings. NOT actual human beings, but eggs and sperm) BUT if you're a LIVE, LIVING PERSON, EFF YOU. THEY DON'T GIVE A FLYING YOO HOO. how do you justify that? how do you sentence an innocent to death? 

i guess 'they' have NO fucking problems doing JUST THAT

Arizona Cuts Financing for Transplant Patients
Effective at the beginning of October, Arizona stopped financing certain transplant operations under the state’s version of Medicaid. Many doctors say the decision amounts to a death sentence for some low-income patients, who have little chance of survival without transplants and lack the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to pay for them.............. 

Joshua Lott for The New York Times
Randy Shepherd, a patient, and his daughter Krista.

this is EXACTLY how i feel this morning

thanks lemmy!!!

Friday, December 03, 2010

this cat is to stairs

what maru is to boxes



Wiley Vs. Rhodes from ApachePictures on Vimeo.


what is life?

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.

Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its cell components.

"The definition of life has just expanded," said Ed Weiler, NASA's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency's Headquarters in Washington. "As we pursue our efforts to seek signs of life in the solar system, we have to think more broadly, more diversely and consider life as we do not know it."

This finding of an alternative biochemistry makeup will alter biology textbooks and expand the scope of the search for life beyond Earth. The research is published in this week's edition of Science Express.


pic from the nasa story linked above - Image of Mono Lake Research area


Sarah Palin Defends Willow's Use Of Anti-Gay Slurs

By On Top Magazine Staff


read it!

here's but a paragraph

An affront to the eyes of God


In doing some research for my review of "Made in Deganham," the movie about the women strikers against Ford UK, I wanted to find out when equal pay for equal work first became the law in the United States. I didn't discover what I expected. Only two weeks ago, a Republican filibuster in the U. S. Senate prevented passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have added teeth to measures for equal pay. The Republicans presumably feel they have some support from women on this subject, especially those following religions which preach that a woman must submit to the will of her husband: Either her actual husband, or her legislatorial surrogate.........


whoa, this dude run off and unfinished thoughts are ummmmm, well see for yourself

the foreign press have it right

and our press corps don't? well, i think most of them do, they're JUST TOO FUCKING SCARED TO SAY IT

(well in all truth i  don't know if i'd use the word traitor. stupid. yes. vicious. yes. self-absorbed. wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yes. dangerous. yes (only because she has FANS. which by the way, i just cannot understand). 
Foreign Press Says What America’s Won’t: Sarah Palin is a Traitor
by Sarah Jones

  The GOP's Tabloid Patriot is an International Embarrassment
Sarah Palin has made it to the big time; she’s now being called out by international media. Yesterday, the Russian newspaper Pravda (this same paper has been quoted in numerous Right Wing publications when it criticized President Obama, and was considered a paper of merit at such time) eviscerated Sarah Palin for her unrelenting attacks upon the democratically elected President, at a time when America needs to stand together, united. When members of the International Press call Sarah Palin out for her lack of American patriotism, it’s time for the American Press to pay attention. It’s about time someone did.
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey writes in Pravda:
“By attacking the democratically elected President of the United States of America at a sensitive time in her country’s history, she shows the tact of a boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral…....................


found via

Thursday, December 02, 2010


Burlesque Dancer Zorita 1950’s

beam me up scotty!

starship meaterprise 


saw this and wanted to post about it

i happen to be one of the fans of tweezerman products. they're EXPENSIVE but VERY well made. there's also a lifetime guarantee on sharpening (if whatever you have needs sharpening that is). on top of everything, the company has a soul

Dal LaMagna: A Serial Entrepreneur Parlays Tweezerman Business Success into Social Activism

The following is an excerpt from Dal LaMagna's new book, "Raising Eyebrows: A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right," (Wiley, 2010).

When I started Tweezerman, I had not imagined the company it would eventually become. At the time, I had no grand vision for a grooming implement empire; all I was hoping for was a modest business that could support me.

That hadn’t always been the case.

After 16 years of failing at dozens of businesses, I was simply trying to be realistic, to scale back my schemes, and to take one small step at a time.

It was that sense of caution and focus that put me on the right track. Even today, I’m not sure what would have become of me or Tweezerman had I not experienced those early failures.......

pic via


i'm praying (no pun intended) there is something we're missing here. i'm praying (no pun intended) a judge based a custody decision on whether a parent had a religion or not. this CANNOT be. it just can't

Dad: Court took my kids because I’m agnostic

By Daniel Tencer

A divorced Indiana father says he lost custody of his kids because he's agnostic.
Craig Scarberry had joint 50-50 custody of his three children with his ex-wife for four years, until a judge ruled last month that he was to be limited to four hours' visitation time per week and custody once every second weekend.
Scarberry says the only thing he can find in the ruling to justify the change is a superior court commissioner's comment that "the father did not participate in the same religious training as the mother ... father was agnostic." The ruling also stated that "when the father considered himself a Christian, the parties were able to communicate relatively effectively."..........

Editor's note: The following is a transcript of an MSNBC segment in which Cenk Uygu, host of Young Turks, interviews a father who claims he lost custody of his kids because he's agnostic.
Religion is, apparently, not "in" anymore, at least not the way it used to be, according to a new poll. Results show that in a single generation the Christian Church drop-rate has increased five-fold. That's a huge number. Goes on to show that "80% of people raised in a church will disengage before they are 30." On the other hand, there are some people who take religious devotion so seriously that they punish others for not sharing the same beliefs. That's exactly what seems to have happened in an Indiana courtroom recently......................

fuck them. really, FUCK THEM

because THEIR kids have enough to eat, they don't give a flying fuck about YOUR kids. the sooner you realize it and STOP VOTING FOR THEM, the better off the ENTIRE COSMOS will be




(it's ap, so you have to click the link)

Republicans Block Child Nutrition Bill

and as JM Ashby said on bob cesca's awesome blog
$4.5 billion for healthier school lunches and more free lunches for poor children is too costly, yet $700 billion for tax cuts for the rich is just what the doctor ordered in this economy."

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

tis the season


Carole Lombard (in shorts) with other Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties

i'm told i'll be needing a bumbershoot today

via (where you can read MORE on the print as well)

L’Opera / Jour de Pluie
oil print, 1909 by Pierre Dubreuil

anderson, man, how can you sit there with a straight face

when you're talking to someone who is a bag o' dicks?

unfortunately, this is just way too easy

 posting story links without comments that is. this doesn't need ANY further introductions from moi

Tea party leader: Restricting vote to property owners ‘makes a lot of sense’

asswipes, asswipes and MORE asswipes

the sooner y'all realize THEY DON'T GIVE A FLYING FUCK ABOUT ANYONE OR ANYTHING BUT THEMSELVES, we will ALL be better off. i promise you that. WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP

Rep. John Shadegg's ridiculous views on unemployment benefits
By Jonathan Capehart 
A new entry in the annals of Republican ridiculousness came today with the appearance of Rep. John Shadegg (Ariz.) on "Morning Joe." Get a load of his response when MSNBC's Mike Barnicle asked him to square GOP opposition to unemployment benefits (because they're not paid for) with its support for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest (without saying how they would be paid for). ..............

this is one hell of an essay

and it hits the nail on the head. if you are too stubborn, too ignorant, such a liar you cannot recognize yourself. WAKE THE EFF UP

American Psychosis: What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion?…

By: Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, is the author of severalbooks including the best sellers War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. .

The United States, locked in the kind of twilight disconnect that grips dying empires, is a country entranced by illusions. It spends its emotional and intellectual energy on the trivial and the absurd. It is captivated by the hollow stagecraft of celebrity culture as the walls crumble. This celebrity culture giddily licenses a dark voyeurism into other people’s humiliation, pain, weakness and betrayal. Day after day, one lurid saga after another, whether it is Michael Jackson, Britney Spears or John Edwards, enthralls the country … despite bank collapses, wars, mounting poverty or the criminality of its financial class.

The virtues that sustain a nation-state and build community, from honesty to self-sacrifice to transparency to sharing, are ridiculed each night on television as rubes stupid enough to cling to this antiquated behavior are voted off reality shows. Fellow competitors for prize money and a chance for fleeting fame, cheered on by millions of viewers, elect to “disappear” the unwanted. In the final credits of the reality show America’s Next Top Model, a picture of the woman expelled during the episode vanishes from the group portrait on the screen. Those cast aside become, at least to the television audience, nonpersons. Celebrities that can no longer generate publicity, good or bad, vanish. Life, these shows persistently teach, is a brutal world of unadulterated competition and a constant quest for notoriety and attention................


wednesday humor

sarevil changes feminist history to make it HERstory conveniently for HER of course (goddess, that woman is a gift that just keeps on keepin' on)

How Palin Flunks Feminism
The governor-turned-reality-TV-star’s new book dives into feminist history—distorting and misunderstanding it every step of the way.

by Michelle Goldberg Info

In some ways, it’s a good thing that Sarah Palin calls herself a feminist. It means that, even among conservatives, women’s equality has become a normative position, the starting point for debate. It means that feminism has gone from something that the right wants to destroy to something it wants to appropriate. That’s progress, of a sort.
 But reading Palin’s new book, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, it’s clear that in order to claim feminism as her own, she’s had to radically distort its history. In a chapter on feminism that’s sure to be widely discussed, she mischaracterizes the views of nearly every historical feminist she mentions.
Sometimes she does it to defame them, other times to make it seem as if they shared her ideology..............

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

this is a damn fine essay on airport 'security'

Testing the TSA with Titanium Man 
 Mike Shaughnessy
Guestblogger Dr. Michael Shaughnessy is a German professor who specializes in computer assisted language learning and visual representations of culture at Washington & Jefferson College. He is the director of the CAPL project to provide free CC licensed media to language and culture instructors worldwide.

I have been covertly testing airport security since early 2002. I file no reports and the only notes I take are mental. I am the person that knows when the airport has security holes and still boards the plane. I am titanium man.
OK, enough of the dramatic science fiction; the truth is stranger. I have a few replacement parts installed in my body. Both my right and left humerus are constructed of titanium pins and plates with a number of screws in each arm and my right tibia has a full titanium core with a number of screws to fix it to my ankle and up by my knee. The details of how they all got there would be book length. The short version is that in early 2002 I had to get around in a wheel chair for a while, learn to walk, write, dress myself, eat, cook, all over again. It was an odd rebirth with metal ersatz bones to keep me all together. Unable to use my arms for much at the time due to their reconstruction, I managed to get around by dragging my left foot against the ground to propel the wheelchair. It was much like skateboarding when you get enough momentum to get from place to place.
Oddly enough, one of the first things I did after 4 months in a skilled nursing facility was fly to Canada. At the airport I first noticed how little security there was for me, despite the increased vigilance resulting from 9-11. I was 'wanded' in my wheelchair and of course beeped when wanded on my arms and right leg. After a brief visual inspection, I was simply pushed on by security. At the time, there was no security check of my wheelchair and I could have brought anything stashed in my chair or thick seat cushion. I felt sick being simply pushed by security as I watched a grandmother get special scrutiny. Flying wheelchair bound opened my eyes to the oddities of airport security.................

roxi copeland

(you can find roxie here by the way

has a new song for us

via the political carnival

Monday, November 29, 2010

ira has science friday

here at ravings we have science MONDAY (well, not regularly)
from why evolution is true

The surreal treehoppers


because a football player is far more important

 than a mere woman (always has been that way AND UNLESS WE EFFING CHANGE, ALWAYS WILL BE)

Notre Dame charged with not taking girl's sexual assault allegation, and subsequent suicide, seriously

A Catholic university overlooking a sex crime. It's not pedophilia, but still I bet someone in the Vatican is smiling.

It's a disgusting story. Read this and this.....................


Sunday, November 28, 2010

via where you should go to read the VERY SHORT story accompanying this picture of mae

me and the old man just prior to church


(more on the hat at the link above)

nice sox!


the skinny white boy on soul train

i remember actually WATCHING this on soul train (well, this is a mashup with booker t thrown in. i mean MINUS the booker t). most things don't make me speechless. at the time THIS did. now, i guess it doesn't seem that unusual.

anyway, dangerous minds gives us David Bowie VS. Booker T: Hammond B3 meets ‘Fame’ on Soul Train

David Bowie vs Booker T. - "Fame" (BRAT Mashup) from Daniel Barassi on Vimeo.

j d


wired has

100 gift ideas for you

as a matter of fact #1 IS something i'd love!!!

Hario V60 Buono Kettle

The perfect cup of joe is exactly 2 minutes, 30 seconds away: Hario's slow-pour kettle, coupled with its ridged conical drip cup ($23), prolongs infusion time for delicious solubles without overextracting your brew or straining your wrist. And while high-end coffee gear can cost as much as a new Toyota, the V60 goes for less than a few fill-ups.
$59 | Hario
Photo: Massimo Gammacurta

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