Statist plot

Dec. 8th, 2016 09:05 am
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Consistently, the Koch Bros are trying to save us from public libraries.


Dec. 8th, 2016 06:23 am
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Somehow it is not surprising that there are two news stories in the same day about eating shit. A court ruled that coal miners are allowed to tell the boss to do it if he tries to make them engage in unsafe practices, and the pope, no less, said it’s what the peddlers of fake news are trying to get their customers to do.

Thanx to Metafilter and Charles P. Pierce, respectively.

ETA: Three times makes a tradition.

Poker is a woman’s game

Dec. 8th, 2016 06:10 am
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Gambling is the one vice I never had, but I enjoyed this account of a woman beating men at their own games.

Thanx to Metafilter

Five-faced funny farm

Dec. 7th, 2016 05:55 am
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The Pentagon could save an obviously wasted $125 billion if it wanted to.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.

Not forgotten

Dec. 6th, 2016 01:39 pm
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Killed for being intelligent women. December 6 1989
Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department.
Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student.


Dec. 6th, 2016 07:12 am
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As a child, I took an IQ test. The authorities never told me my score but said I was in the top 1%. Over the years I have come to a frightening realization: It’s true. 99% of humanity is stupider than I am, and I don’t know shit. (Millions of Americans trust Donald Trump.) Unsurprisingly, there is a similar distribution of computer skills.

Thanx to [ profile] andrewducker

There goes the neighborhood

Dec. 5th, 2016 06:09 am
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Bud Selig joins Bowie Kuhn and the other immortals in the Baseball Hall of Fame. As King Kaufman said, “Can you remember the last time you went nine months without hearing the words ‘firestorm of controversy’ in relation to something Bud Selig did?” He was a Godawful commissioner, but it turns out he did something even worse. As the news story says,
He repeatedly said he never would become commissioner, but he blocked Texas Rangers owner George W. Bush from taking the job, leading Bush to run for governor of Texas and later president.


Dec. 5th, 2016 05:45 am
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Haters gaming the search engines to tell us Jews, women, and Muslims are evil.

Thanx to Metafilter


Dec. 4th, 2016 11:20 am
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A white American woman in the Heartland underwent female genital mutilation for the crime of self-molestation at age 3. She doesn’t want it to happen to anyone else.

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Dec. 3rd, 2016 11:02 pm
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
The site slowdown tonight (Saturday night) is due to database load -- Saturday nights are one of our busiest times and we're still going to need to do some performance tweaks to our new setup over the next few days as we run into load issues. (Some problems only show up once all y'all start banging on the site!) We've made a few changes now that will improve things for some people, and will do a more permanent fix later on tonight or tomorrow morning once the traffic dies down, since doing it now would just increase database load.

Site performance may continue to be rocky on and off for the next few days until we get everything tuned the way it needs to be tuned -- thank you for your patience!

Lipstick, Powder, & Paint

Dec. 3rd, 2016 05:41 am
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As my friend Stef Maruch says, the notion of having to put on a clown face every day to come across as properly female is scary. Like sex and so many other things, makeup is something people should do if they want to, but should be purely optional. Hillary Clinton, having lost the election, has decided to forgo that particular option. If the forces of truth, justice, and the American way connect on one of their Hail Mary passes (recount or faithless electors), not only will we have immeasurably better governance, but there will be the small pleasure of knowing that the millions of Americans who voted for Trump because he has a prick (as well as being one) have a woman president who doesn’t even play along with their silly rules for face painting.

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