100 Year-Old Photographic Negatives Discovered from Doomed Antarctic Expedition

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On Ice: 100 Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Antarctic

Conservators restoring an Antarctic exploration hut recently made a remarkable discovery: a small box of 22 exposed but unprocessed photographic negatives, frozen in a solid block of ice for nearly one hundred years.

These negatives were meticulously processed and restored by a Wellington photography conservator. Antarctic Heritage Trust executive director Nigel Watson said of these never-before-seen images:

“It’s the first example that I’m aware of, of undeveloped negatives from a century ago from the Antarctic heroic era. There’s a paucity of images from that expedition.”

The team from the Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) discovered the box in a corner of one of the many supply depots Robert Falcon Scott established for his doomed Terre Nova Expedition to the South Pole (1910-1913). Though Scott reached the Pole, he and his party died of starvation and the extreme cold on their return trip.

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1 b_sharp  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:11:12pm

Look for ghosts.

2 Stanley Sea  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:12:33pm

From the comments: here’s the link to the full gallery

nzaht.org

3 dell*nix  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:18:20pm

Wish my old man had strip cut and stored his negatives better. Had them rolled up in canisters and the base will not unwind without cracking. Early safety film with the vinegar smell to them.

4 Amory Blaine  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:21:04pm

This is a great book about a doomed Arctic Expedition I read some years ago (my first e-book).

In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic

In 1912, six months after Robert Falcon Scott and four of his men came to grief in Antarctica, a thirty-two-year-old Russian navigator named Valerian Albanov embarked on an expedition that would prove even more disastrous. In search of new Arctic hunting grounds, Albanov’s ship, the Saint Anna, was frozen fast in the pack ice of the treacherous Kara Sea-a misfortune grievously compounded by an incompetent commander, the absence of crucial nautical charts, insufficient fuel, and inadequate provisions that left the crew weak and debilitated by scurvy.

For nearly a year and a half, the twenty-five men and one woman aboard the Saint Anna endured terrible hardships and danger as the icebound ship drifted helplessly north. Convinced that the Saint Anna would never free herself from the ice, Albanov and thirteen crewmen left the ship in January 1914, hauling makeshift sledges and kayaks behind them across the frozen sea, hoping to reach the distant coast of Franz Josef Land. With only a shockingly inaccurate map to guide him, Albanov led his men on a 235-mile journey of continuous peril, enduring blizzards, disintegrating ice floes, attacks by polar bears and walrus, starvation, sickness, snowblindness, and mutiny. That any of the team survived is a wonder. That Albanov kept a diary of his ninety-day ordeal-a story that Jon Krakauer calls an “astounding, utterly compelling book,” and David Roberts calls “as lean and taut as a good thriller”-is nearly miraculous.

5 Eclectic Cyborg  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:21:42pm

My relatives confound me sometimes.

My mother in law just got out of the hospital after a 5 day stay (including over Christmas) for COPD/Breathing complications and she is STILL SMOKING!

My heart breaks, I wish I could make her and my wife stop.
They’ve both tried in the past but never kicked it for good.

6 Pie-onist Overlord  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:23:03pm

re: #5 Eclectic Cyborg

My relatives confound me sometimes.

My mother in law just got out of the hospital after a 5 day stay (including over Christmas) for COPD/Breathing complications and she is STILL SMOKING!

My heart breaks, I wish I could make her and my wife stop.
They’ve both tried in the past but never kicked it for good.

Zedushka smokes in the garage.

He makes my car stink.

7 dell*nix  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:24:26pm

re: #5 Eclectic Cyborg

I know what you mean. My girlfriend has COPD also plus assorted other problems and cannot quit either.

8 Pie-onist Overlord  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:26:27pm

I have read that nicotine is more addictive than heroin.

9 dell*nix  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:28:35pm

re: #8 Pie-onist Overlord

It has social and physical hooks that have to be delt with.

10 Bear  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:28:40pm

This one should not turn out as bad as the Scott one. article.wn.com

11 Kragar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:29:58pm

Whenever I read about a doomed expedition, I remember Red Dwarf.

In the episode entitled “White Hole” of the British TV series Red Dwarf, the characters plead with the hologram Rimmer to sacrifice himself by agreeing to be turned off, thus providing the currently-low-on-power ship to sustain them for longer than it could do so if he was still running, comparing the act to that of Oates. Rimmer simply dismisses him as a “prat”, suggesting instead that since the only record of Oates’ sacrifice was from Scott’s journal, it’s likely that Scott had eaten Oates to avoid starvation after he had “whacked him over the head with a frozen husky” (which is what Rimmer said he’d do, had he been there), the diary entry simply being made because, in Rimmer’s view, it was “better to say ‘Oates made the supreme sacrifice’ while you’re dabbing up his gravy with the last piece of crusty bread”.

12 joe90  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:30:08pm

re: #2 Stanley Sea

More from the National library.

natlib.govt.nz

13 Amory Blaine  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:30:44pm

I quit 10 years ago. You have to outsmart your own brain. Asshole behavior is a deliberate trick the mind plays knowing that a tipping point will have those around you asking you to start smoking again.

14 Political Atheist  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:30:46pm

How do you even approach how to process these?


re: #5 Eclectic Cyborg

It’s about the hold the chemicals have on them. So many serious drug addicts can’t kick the cigs. Damn shame.

15 b_sharp  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:31:20pm

re: #5 Eclectic Cyborg

My relatives confound me sometimes.

My mother in law just got out of the hospital after a 5 day stay (including over Christmas) for COPD/Breathing complications and she is STILL SMOKING!

My heart breaks, I wish I could make her and my wife stop.
They’ve both tried in the past but never kicked it for good.

Breast cancer stopped my mom smoking.

22 years later it stopped her.

16 Killgore Trout  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:33:18pm

I have an Obamacare question: Can I still sign up for a subsidized plan past the January deadline? I’d really like to give it a couple months for the bugs to be sorted out.

17 b_sharp  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:33:57pm

re: #16 Killgore Trout

I have an Obamacare question: Can I still sign up for a subsidized plan past the January deadline? I’d really like to give it a couple months for the bugs to be sorted out.

Get it before you get bugs.

18 Amory Blaine  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:34:22pm

re: #16 Killgore Trout

Yes. Until March 1st I believe.

19 Killgore Trout  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:35:02pm

re: #16 Killgore Trout

I have an Obamacare question: Can I still sign up for a subsidized plan past the January deadline? I’d really like to give it a couple months for the bugs to be sorted out.

looking at the Oregon site now. I’m pretty sure the estimates they’re showing aren’t correct. About 50% lower than when I checked last month.

20 Killgore Trout  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:35:29pm

re: #18 Amory Blaine

Yes. Until March 1st I believe.

Ah, that’d be great.

21 Amory Blaine  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:36:39pm

re: #18 Amory Blaine

Yes. Until March 1st I believe.

Oops it’s March 31st sorry for the bad date.

22 Gus  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:37:13pm

re: #18 Amory Blaine

Yes. Until March 1st I believe.

Trying to understand how that works. So the subsidies expire after March 1st?

23 Targetpractice  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:37:34pm

re: #5 Eclectic Cyborg

My relatives confound me sometimes.

My mother in law just got out of the hospital after a 5 day stay (including over Christmas) for COPD/Breathing complications and she is STILL SMOKING!

My heart breaks, I wish I could make her and my wife stop.
They’ve both tried in the past but never kicked it for good.

I’ve tried for years to get my parents to quit. My mother actually has said she’d quit, has quit in the past, and would have no problem doing so again. Except she does have a problem, namely that she won’t agree to quit unless my father does, and he’s as stubborn as a mule. Time and again I’ve implored upon to quit, even if just to save money in cash-strapped times, but they blow me off by telling me that the doctors assure them they’re in good health. Except I know that’s bull because both have had their doctors tell them they need to quit.

I’ve sort of come to make peace with the reality that one of them’s not going to quit until they turn up with a major health issue related to their smoking, and by then I imagine they’ll just keep smoking because in their minds they’re already past the point-of-no-return.

24 Amory Blaine  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:38:38pm

re: #22 Gus

The subsidies never expire as far as I know, but the deadline of 3/31 is for coverage for the rest of 2014.

25 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:38:47pm

Damn, it’s a slugfest between the Blackhawks and Blues tonight. 5-5 with 4:00 in overtime.

26 b_sharp  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:39:06pm

re: #23 Targetpractice

I’ve tried for years to get my parents to quit. My mother actually has said she’d quit, has quit in the past, and would have no problem doing so again. Except she does have a problem, namely that she won’t agree to quit unless my father does, and he’s as stubborn as a mule. Time and again I’ve implored upon to quit, even if just to save money in cash-strapped times, but they blow me off by telling me that the doctors assure them they’re in good health. Except I know that’s bull because both have had their doctors tell them they need to quit.

I’ve sort of come to make peace with the reality that one of them’s not going to quit until they turn up with a major health issue related to their smoking, and by then I imagine they’ll just keep smoking because in their minds they’re already past the point-of-no-return.

The part I bolded says she hasn’t quit.

27 Gus  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:39:12pm

re: #24 Amory Blaine

The subsidies never expire as far as I know, but the deadline of 3/31 is for coverage for the rest of 2014.

OK. So it’s like March 31st every calendar year. Si? Maybe?

28 Targetpractice  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:39:30pm

re: #24 Amory Blaine

The subsidies never expire as far as I know, but the deadline of 3/31 is for coverage for the rest of 2014.

I was under the impression that the 3/31 deadline had to do with whether or not you’d get hit with the tax penalty in your ‘15 taxes.

29 Killgore Trout  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:42:50pm

re: #21 Amory Blaine

Oops it’s March 31st sorry for the bad date.

good enough for me

30 Eclectic Cyborg  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:43:37pm

re: #6 Pie-onist Overlord

Zedushka smokes in the garage.

He makes my car stink.

We have a “no smoking in the house” rule which I will ABSOLUTELY not bend on. You want to smoke? Fine, but there’s no way I’m allowing that nasty smell to get on everything.

31 Targetpractice  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:43:42pm

re: #26 b_sharp

The part I bolded says she hasn’t quit.

She quit during the two times she was pregnant, first with me and then my sister, and she quit for a summer shortly after she retired from the Navy. But my dad insists on continuing to smoke, and between the stress of a new job and the smell of cigarettes in the house, she ended up smoking again.

32 psddluva4evah  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:45:06pm

Just saw Saving Mr Banks. If you are a Mary Poppins fan or if you never saw the film, like my sister you will still love this movie. I highly recommend it. Somebody told me they hope I have movie on DVD since after seeing it, you will want to watch Mary Poppins all over again. Well, they were right, now I just need to go buy the movie on Blu-Ray

I can’t recommend it enough.

33 Killgore Trout  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:45:26pm

re: #22 Gus

Trying to understand how that works. So the subsidies expire after March 1st?

It’s really fucking complicated but I think there will be a lot of leeway. it’s been such a clusterfuck that I really don’t think they can get away with handing out penalties for not using a service that’s not functional yet. They want people to sign up so I figure there will be plenty of exceptions and extensions.

34 Eclectic Cyborg  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:46:16pm

I am thankful to have grown up in a non smoking home. Neither my parents or maternal grandparents (who also raised me) smoked much past the time my brother was born.

35 Killgore Trout  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:52:50pm

Bungled Cover Oregon rollout voted Oregon’s top news story of 2013

In the midst of the finger-pointing, executive director Rocky King went on indefinite medical leave, and chief information officer Carolyn Lawson resigned.

lol

36 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:53:54pm

And the Blues win 6-5 in a shootout.

37 Gus  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:56:05pm

re: #33 Killgore Trout

It’s really fucking complicated but I think there will be a lot of leeway. it’s been such a clusterfuck that I really don’t think they can get away with handing out penalties for not using a service that’s not functional yet. They want people to sign up so I figure there will be plenty of exceptions and extensions.

Yeah. Don’t really feel like talking about this now so if we continue I’ll bug out.

38 Gus  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 7:59:05pm
39 RealityBasedSteve  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:01:30pm

re: #38 Gus

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Well, that’s certainly a constructive behavior. I can’t imaging that not being effective. /////snark

RBS

40 Killgore Trout  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:01:34pm

Wow. I don’t think I can direct link but the Cover Oregon “gold” plan from Kaiser only covers 10% of Emergency room/ambulance and hospitalization? That can’t possibly be correct. A semi-serious car accident with a week in hospital would would be financially devastating to most normal people. Am I reading this right?

41 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:03:21pm

re: #38 Gus

Congratulations. You have found a lunatic on the Internet.

42 Gus  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:03:31pm

re: #39 RealityBasedSteve

Well, that’s certainly a constructive behavior. I can’t imaging that not being effective. /////snark

RBS

Christian and life coach. Hahahaha!

43 Gus  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:04:04pm

re: #41 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Congratulations. You have found a lunatic on the Internet.

Congratulations. You’re on the internet.

44 RealityBasedSteve  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:04:08pm

re: #40 Killgore Trout

Wow. I don’t think I can direct link but the Cover Oregon “gold” plan from Kaiser only covers 10% of Emergency room/ambulance and hospitalization? That can’t possibly be correct. A semi-serious car accident with a week in hospital would would be financially devastating to most normal people. Am I reading this right?

are you 100% sure that you’re not reading it backwards? That the Insured has to pay 10%, the other doesn’t make any sense at all.

RBS

45 Amory Blaine  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:06:05pm

re: #38 Gus

She’s got a book!!

Francis, she’s single…

46 RealityBasedSteve  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:08:09pm

re: #38 Gus

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Oh great…. she also sells a book on Internet Marketing for Stay At Home Moms. Here it is….

Web site has that wonderful 90’s look.

RBS

47 Killgore Trout  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:08:18pm

re: #44 RealityBasedSteve

are you 100% sure that you’re not reading it backwards? That the Insured has to pay 10%, the other doesn’t make any sense at all.

RBS

Yeah, I just figured that out. 10% is what you pay, the insurance company takes the other 90%. That makes a lot more sense.

48 Stanley Sea  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:10:06pm

49 RealityBasedSteve  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:10:39pm

re: #45 Amory Blaine

She’s got a book!!

Francis, she’s single…

Ya beat me to it…. But as a friend of mine once said, “Dating a women with kids is like playing a game from somebody elses savepoint.”

She has those crazy eyes….

RBS

50 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:11:04pm

re: #43 Gus

Have another drink.

51 RealityBasedSteve  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:12:28pm

re: #47 Killgore Trout

Yeah, I just figured that out. 10% is what you pay, the insurance company takes the other 90%. That makes a lot more sense.

Sounds better than what our company offers. It’s a “Pewter” plan, but the good news is that I can get my care from almost any of the Veterinarians in town, and they cover 60% of the cost for the plastic cone that goes around my neck.

RBS

52 Amory Blaine  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:17:53pm

My SO of (so far) 19 years was a single mom. Her mom hated my guts too, briefly. Until I grew on her like a fungus. -_-

53 People For The Ethical Treatment Of Sarah Palin  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:18:50pm

re: #38 Gus

Man, this chick has issues!

54 BongCrodny  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:21:28pm

re: #5 Eclectic Cyborg

My relatives confound me sometimes.

My mother in law just got out of the hospital after a 5 day stay (including over Christmas) for COPD/Breathing complications and she is STILL SMOKING!

My heart breaks, I wish I could make her and my wife stop.
They’ve both tried in the past but never kicked it for good.

I’ve never smoked cigarettes.

I had some pulmonary testing recently, courtesy of the VA. After the tests, the *first* thing the doctor said to me was “How long have you been a three-pack-a-day smoker?”

I listened, and I understood. It’s now been five weeks since I’ve taken even a puff.

If this keeps up, I may have to change my screen name.

55 Amory Blaine  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:22:25pm

It looks like her husband beat her.


56 steve_davis  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:24:11pm

re: #3 dell*nix

Wish my old man had strip cut and stored his negatives better. Had them rolled up in canisters and the base will not unwind without cracking. Early safety film with the vinegar smell to them.

yeah, my mom’s father lost 50 years of photographs when Wilkes-Barre flooded in ‘72. It does tend to make you wonder about the absolute loss in things like that.

57 BongCrodny  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:25:49pm

re: #38 Gus

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So pretty, and yet so very, very ugly.

58 People For The Ethical Treatment Of Sarah Palin  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:28:42pm

re: #55 Amory Blaine

Seems her biggest problem is that she thinks someone who beat her with a baseball bat was “nice”.

/

59 Kragar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:31:17pm

re: #58 People For The Ethical Treatment Of Sarah Palin

Seems her biggest problem is that she thinks someone who beat her with a baseball bat was “nice”.

I’m thinking that might have been some of that sarcasm stuff I’ve heard so much about lately.

60 People For The Ethical Treatment Of Sarah Palin  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:33:47pm

re: #59 Kragar

And I added a sarc tag to mine as well. lol

61 People For The Ethical Treatment Of Sarah Palin  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:37:01pm

re: #55 Amory Blaine

It’s a shame she doesn’t want to confront useless, corrupt, wife abusers instead.

62 Kragar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:50:29pm

Four robbery suspects arrested for what LAPD deems ‘felony stupid’

According to Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman, at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Saturday morning a Los Angeles resident awoke and saw four suspects on her home surveillance system entering her house. She immediately called 911, and police and SWAT were on the scene within minutes.

One of the suspects immediately fled and was quickly apprehended. Another absconded into the backyard, but found himself fenced in.

The two remaining suspects convinced the homeowner to tie them up and identify them to the police as fellow victims. She obliged, tying them up before leaving her residence to talk to police, who she quickly informed of the remaining suspects’ plan.

The police decided to wait the bound suspects out, Officer Eisenman told the Los Angeles Times, and after some time the suspects “got tired of waiting” and emerged.

“They came out, still tied up, thinking that we were going to believe they were victims also,” Eisenman said. “That’s what you call felony stupid.”

63 RealityBasedSteve  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:58:13pm

re: #62 Kragar

Four robbery suspects arrested for what LAPD deems ‘felony stupid’

Yea… they weren’t exactly the criminal masterminds that you see in the movies. (except for the ones where it’s about a crew of bumbling buffoons)

RBS

64 Political Atheist  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 8:58:51pm

re: #62 Kragar

A self defense success story via a good security system if local reports are accurate. Several occupants had time to flee the threat.

65 prairiefire  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:00:07pm

re: #54 BongCrodny

I’ve never smoked cigarettes.

I had some pulmonary testing recently, courtesy of the VA. After the tests, the *first* thing the doctor said to me was “How long have you been a three-pack-a-day smoker?”

I listened, and I understood. It’s now been five weeks since I’ve taken even a puff.

If this keeps up, I may have to change my screen name.

Do you feel better?

66 austin_blue  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:06:10pm

Easier to get to the moon, walk around, and fly back to the earth than it is to establish a viable town under the ocean.

So much room for us to inhabit, so hard to get there.

67 BongCrodny  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:07:54pm

re: #65 prairiefire

Do you feel better?

Honestly? Not yet.

It’s likely, however, that it’s because my body is still purging itself of the 30 years of abuse I put it through. If I’m still off the weed three months from now, I might have a different answer.

68 darthstar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:13:47pm

Drove to Santa Cruz to have dinner/drinks with a friend and some of her friends who had ridden their bikes there from San Francisco today. Being me, I wore my good tie-dye and peace sign hat. As we sat in the lounge of their hotel having cocktails, we talked about where everyone was from originally. When it came my turn, I said, “Well you couldn’t tell from looking at me but I’m a California native.” That pretty much set everyone off.

69 Mentis Fugit  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:14:51pm

re: #66 austin_blue

Easier to get to the moon, walk around, and fly back to the earth than it is to establish a viable town under the ocean.

So much room for us to inhabit, so hard to get there.

A spaceship only has to cope with one atmosphere of pressure differential. Below 10 metres of water, you’re dealing with more than that.
Youtube Video

70 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:23:18pm

re: #64 Political Atheist

A self defense success story via a good security system if local reports are accurate. Several occupants had time to flee the threat.

Being well-prepared will often tip the odds in your favor.

71 funky chicken  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:25:49pm

re: #67 BongCrodny

Are you missing the weed or just healing your lungs? There are so many products made with extracts now that smoking isn’t necessary. I like nicotine more than cannabinoids but really find gum to be just as satisfying as smoking—maybe more since I don’t have the lung problems. A young guy at work was raving about his cannabis lip balm the other day. I hadn’t heard of that before.

72 Single-handed sailor  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:29:57pm

re: #54 BongCrodny

I’ve never smoked cigarettes.

I had some pulmonary testing recently, courtesy of the VA. After the tests, the *first* thing the doctor said to me was “How long have you been a three-pack-a-day smoker?”

I listened, and I understood. It’s now been five weeks since I’ve taken even a puff.

If this keeps up, I may have to change my screen name.

Vaporize

73 BongCrodny  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:35:03pm

re: #71 funky chicken

Are you missing the weed or just healing your lungs? There are so many products made with extracts now that smoking isn’t necessary. I like nicotine more than cannabinoids but really find gum to be just as satisfying as smoking—maybe more since I don’t have the lung problems. A young guy at work was raving about his cannabis lip balm the other day. I hadn’t heard of that before.

Both, actually. Healing the lungs takes priority, though. At some point in the future maybe I’ll consider investing in a vaporizer; I’ve also heard that a water pipe is better for one’s lungs than smoking from a regular pipe or cigarette papers. However, my current housing situation precludes either of those options.

Obviously, cold turkey is the absolute best option. So cold turkey it was. :-)

74 People For The Ethical Treatment Of Sarah Palin  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:35:52pm

re: #71 funky chicken

My husband had struggled with quitting for a long time. He finally did it by switching to electronic cigarettes and then slowly giving that up as well.

The first time I quit smoking was so easy, however, I was on vacation in Palm Springs, so I was very relaxed and off my daily routine. The next and final time I quit was very hard, as I was home, and had to deal with not only breaking the nicotine urge, but the smoking routine I had.

75 Eclectic Cyborg  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:43:47pm

My wife and mother in law will smoke out front on the patio. They have lawn chairs out there and they have some great conversations. I think that’s the part they enjoy even more than the nicotine.

76 dr. luba  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:44:02pm

re: #55 Amory Blaine

Clicked on her link, and it’s to one of those “stay at home mom make money with a website” sites. So, just another internet scammer, and a pretty nasty one. But she’s Xtian, so all the homophobic hate is OK.

77 darthstar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:46:17pm
78 darthstar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:47:02pm

In all fairness, the monkey did have nice tits. Wait…he’s talking about another guy…never mind.

79 Stanley Sea  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:53:49pm

Speaking of….

Arty

80 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:54:28pm

re: #77 darthstar

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It would seem that the words of a governor outweigh those of a state senator. Some state legislators are real goobers, after all.

81 darthstar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 9:57:24pm

re: #80 Dark_Falcon

It would seem that the words of a governor outweigh those of a state senator. Some state legislators are real goobers, after all.

The irony of Bobby Jindal telling other Republicans to talk like adults doesn’t strike you as odd itself? Yes, he’s a governor. So the fuck what? He’s just as guilty of screwing his own people over in favor of party loyalty as the rest of the retards in that party (and no, that’s not an insult to people with disabilities…I said “retards” not “developmentally disabled people”…there’s a difference).

82 freetoken  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:00:56pm

Party of God, indeed:

Republicans to seek marriage amendment

Several local Republican lawmakers plan to support a proposed constitutional amendment that could render marriage between gay and lesbian couples illegal.

State Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, plans to introduce a statewide constitutional amendment at the upcoming January legislative session that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.

[…]

“Of course I was very disappointed that they ruled as they did,” said state Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis.

[…]

“My constituency is strongly opposed,” she said of same-sex marriage. “In fact, they had mentioned it at church that it’s just not something that is Biblical.

[…]

Donna Carpenter, previous Roosevelt County clerk, resigned after the Supreme Court decision based on her belief that God’s law supersedes all others.

[…]

83 Lidane  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:05:03pm

Hola Lizards! Been away visiting la familia for Christmas. Hope everyone had a great holiday. :)

BTW, word of warning — if you’re squeamish avoid any video and still shots from UFC 168. Apparently, the main event ended with a horrific, Joe Theismann-level leg break. Everything I’m reading online says it’s bad.

84 sagehen  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:07:33pm

re: #73 BongCrodny

Both, actually. Healing the lungs takes priority, though. At some point in the future maybe I’ll consider investing in a vaporizer; I’ve also heard that a water pipe is better for one’s lungs than smoking from a regular pipe or cigarette papers. However, my current housing situation precludes either of those options.

Obviously, cold turkey is the absolute best option. So cold turkey it was. :-)

Brownies. Butter. Cookies. (assuming you live in a state where you can go to the shop for those products; if you have to do it yourself, consider mixing into your spaghetti sauce.)

85 darthstar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:09:39pm

re: #82 freetoken

Party of God, indeed:

Republicans to seek marriage amendment

If we really want to fuck with them, we could rename marriage as Obamatrimony.

86 Lidane  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:13:06pm

re: #82 freetoken

Party of God, indeed:

Republicans to seek marriage amendment

I love how the only Constitutional amendments these dipshits come up with restrict rights. You know, because it worked so well with Prohibition.

87 darthstar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:15:28pm

re: #54 BongCrodny

I’ve never smoked cigarettes.

I had some pulmonary testing recently, courtesy of the VA. After the tests, the *first* thing the doctor said to me was “How long have you been a three-pack-a-day smoker?”

I listened, and I understood. It’s now been five weeks since I’ve taken even a puff.

If this keeps up, I may have to change my screen name.

I smoked weed for decades - and a shitload of it. Eventually, I just stopped. Still like it occasionally, but limit myself to one hit as my tolerance is back in the toilet. Love the taste, love the smell…don’t really love being stoned anymore though…that made giving it up a lot easier. Probably smoked it less than five times in the last six or seven years.

It gets easier with time. Don’t worry about it. And enjoy being aware (even though it sucks sometimes).

88 RealityBasedSteve  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:19:40pm

re: #83 Lidane

Hola Lizards! Been away visiting la familia for Christmas. Hope everyone had a great holiday. :)

BTW, word of warning — if you’re squeamish avoid any video and still shots from UFC 168. Apparently, the main event ended with a horrific, Joe Theismann-level leg break. Everything I’m reading online says it’s bad.

Yes… it’s bad. QWOP extra joint between knee and ankle bad.


RBS

89 wheat-dogghazi  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:23:03pm

re: #73 BongCrodny

Both, actually. Healing the lungs takes priority, though. At some point in the future maybe I’ll consider investing in a vaporizer; I’ve also heard that a water pipe is better for one’s lungs than smoking from a regular pipe or cigarette papers. However, my current housing situation precludes either of those options.

Obviously, cold turkey is the absolute best option. So cold turkey it was. :-)

However, I’ve read that water pipes, and hookahs, aren’t much of an improvement. They cool the smoke, but don’t filter out any of the vaporized chemicals or particulates in the smoke.

90 wheat-dogghazi  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:28:00pm

re: #82 freetoken

Party of God, indeed:

Republicans to seek marriage amendment

These people just don’t comprehend the United States is not a religious state, but a secular one. The Constitution prohibits it. There are many people living in America who are prohibited from eating pork, or working on Saturdays, but you don’t hear them demanding there be constitutional amendments to ban the sale of pork products, or extend the Blue Laws to Saturdays.

But some Christians, being members of the majority religious group, figure their delicate feelings demand legal recourse.

91 Mentis Fugit  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:44:45pm

re: #90 wheat-dogghazi

But some Christians, being members of the majority religious group, figure their delicate feelings demand legal recourse enforcement.

You know that’s what you meant.

92 Kragar  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:52:13pm

re: #91 Mentis Fugit

You know that’s what you meant.

Why do RWNJ worry so much about Sharia Law?

They hate the idea of biblical law having any competition.

93 goddamnedfrank  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:55:27pm

re: #82 freetoken

Republicans to seek marriage amendment

Utah had one of those until a week and a half ago. It appears that enshrining bigotry in a State Constitution doesn’t make it untouchable by the Federal Courts.

94 Lidane  Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:59:19pm
95 freetoken  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 2:31:42am

We are on the 5th day of Christmas, I think. Perhaps it is only coincidence that the 12th day lands at the start of the Orthodox Christmas. Anyway, it’s the Feast of the Holy Family:

MP3 Audio

97 Dr Lizardo  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 4:06:48am

re: #96 Varek Raith

18 die as second bomb attack in 2 months strikes Russian city

There have been threats by Chechen extremists to disrupt the Sochi Winter Olympics. Sadly, it looks like those weren’t just idle threats.

98 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 4:41:18am

These religious nuts like Robertson think they can do and say anything on the job even if it offends others? I have news for them…

“Accommodating prayer, proselytizing, and other forms of religious expression

“Some employees may seek to display religious icons or messages at their work stations. Others may seek to proselytize by engaging in one-on-one discussions regarding religious beliefs, distributing literature, or using a particular religious phrase when greeting others. Still others may seek to engage in prayer at their work stations or to use other areas of the workplace for either individual or group prayer or study. In some of these situations, an employee might request accommodation in advance to permit such religious expression. In other situations, the employer will not learn of the situation or be called upon to consider any action unless it receives complaints about the religious expression from either other employees or customers.

“Employers should not try to suppress all religious expression in the workplace. Title VII requires that employers accommodate an employee’s sincerely held religious belief in engaging in religious expression in the workplace to the extent that they can do so without undue hardship on the operation of the business. In determining whether permitting an employee to pray, proselytize, or engage in other forms of religiously oriented expression in the workplace would pose an undue hardship, relevant considerations may include the effect such expression has on co-workers, customers, or business operations.

“For example, if an employee’s proselytizing interfered with work, the employer would not have to allow it. Similarly, if an employee complained about proselytizing by a co-worker, the employer can require that the proselytizing to the complaining employee cease. Moreover, if an employee was proselytizing an employer’s customers or clients in a manner that disrupted business, or that could be mistaken as the employer’s own message, the employer would not have to allow it. Where the religiously oriented expression is limited to use of a phrase or greeting, it is more difficult for the employer to demonstrate undue hardship. On the other hand, if the expression is in the manner of individualized, specific proselytizing, an employer is far more likely to be able to demonstrate that it would constitute an undue hardship to accommodate an employee’s religious expression, regardless of the length or nature of the business interaction. An employer can restrict religious expression where it would cause customers or co-workers reasonably to perceive the materials to express the employer’s own message, or where the item or message in question is harassing or otherwise disruptive.”

eeoc.gov

Even atheists have rights under this provision of Title VII. For instance, you should be able to excuse yourself if people insist on a “prayer” before a staff meeting, for instance. You cannot be retaliated against for that, although scummy employers will always find a way to fire someone even if the employee has a clean, outstanding work record.

Of course, this doesn’t affect the DD people since their “employment” is covered under contract law; however, the people who are hired employees of A&E or Duck Commander who are subjected to these forms of “religious expression”, the situation is different.

So, if Phil thinks he can now hold forth on the set of DD and say anything he wants, whether it gets to the TV screen or not, I have a bridge in AK to sell him. He can’t just proselytize and condemn people by quoting the bible—the work place is not the pulpit. With all the resultant publicity about his GQ article, though, he may have already poisoned the workplace for those affected by his remarks. Trying to kick those remarks under the carpet is going to cost A&E.

This is the situation that took down Paula Deen—race discrimination and her use of racist language alleged by an employee (who was white, BTW).

So Phil had better watch his step. And so had A&E.

99 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 4:48:11am

re: #93 goddamnedfrank

Utah had one of those until a week and a half ago. It appears that enshrining bigotry in a State Constitution doesn’t make it untouchable by the Federal Courts.

It’s not like the Supreme Court struck down DOMA or anything, either.

100 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 5:08:17am

My girlfriend smokes, not heavily, but regularly. And I have started joining her on the balcony for the occasional ciggie.

That has eased up a bit since it is growing cold, but I think that we both gotta kick it.

101 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 5:49:59am

re: #46 RealityBasedSteve

Oh great…. she also sells a book on Internet Marketing for Stay At Home Moms. Here it is….

Web site has that wonderful 90’s look.

RBS

She is the MOM WHO FOUND THE WEIRD TRICK!!

Well now we know why everyone hates her.

102 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:01:42am

re: #98 Justanotherhuman

These religious nuts like Robertson think they can do and say anything on the job even if it offends others? I have news for them…

I let my work team know in advance if there are any religious holidays coming up that I won’t be at work those days and I usually have my projects completed by that time. In the winter I work extra hours on Monday and Tuesday so that I can leave early on Friday (for Sabbath).

When there is free food, I don’t partake, but I sometimes bring in treats that everyone can share.

My other co-workers are generic Christian, atheist, evangelical, Catholic and Hindu. We don’t sit around and talk about our various religions, we have to do actual work.

Nobody at work knows that I cover my hair.

103 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:03:53am

re: #101 Pie-onist Overlord

She is the MOM WHO FOUND THE WEIRD TRICK!!

Well now we know why everyone hates her.

It’s a fucking Ponzi scheme!

104 ObserverArt  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:04:28am

Oh great, Darrell Issa is going to be on Meet The Press to give his side of the Bengahzi New York Times story. The tease by Gregory was that Issa is going to discuss the “coverup.”

If the Republican’s want to show any kind of change in the way they do things, getting Issa out of his chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would be a good start. But we all know that isn’t going to happen, so another day another Issa version of the truth.

105 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:07:32am

re: #104 ObserverArt

Oh great, Darrell Issa is going to be on Meet The Press to give his side of the Bengahzi New York Times story. The tease by Gregory was that Issa is going to discuss the “coverup.”

If the Republican’s want to show any kind of change in the way they do things, getting Issa out of his chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would be a good start. But we all know that isn’t going to happen, so another day another Issa version of the truth.

Issa is still playing Grand Theft Auto, just like he used to.

106 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:07:47am

Wingnuts are still spamming this fucked up shit.

107 Flounder  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:17:59am

Governor Dean on Fox news this morning, providing some defense for the ACA. The moderator seemed to think there would be a big crush of people seeing their doctor on January 1st. Dumb-ass, I thought no one could sign up? January 1st? Try calling your doctor January 1st, let me know if you talk to a real person. What a maroon.

108 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:19:18am

Taking down decorations on this rainy day. One very large box just of Santa Claus collection and a few other items. Next, the trees and garlands. Easy work. Then the cleaning. Not as easy. : ) My grandson can tote those. I need more storage space, or clean things out and get rid of some stuff. But not the xmas things. I pretty much know what I will, or won’t, ever use again, so if no one wants it, it goes to the thrift store for recycling.

109 A Mom Anon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:33:51am

re: #108 Justanotherhuman

I took the little bit I have left and put it away yesterday. I used to go nuts at Christmas, 3 trees (small medium and large), the whole house looked like Martha Stewart’s magazine threw up everywhere. 3 yrs ago The Husband got a job offer in another state and I purged everything down to a box of old ornaments from my grandma and a box of ornaments that I’ve collected for The Teenager. So, this year I bought two little teeny live trees and some more stuff to make a wreath and some stuff for the fireplace mantle. If the trees survive, I might need a few more lights as they get bigger, but I don’t foresee having to buy much else ever again.

I don’t get people sometimes. I have a friend who doesn’t have kids and leaves to go visit family for Christmas. She spent FIVE DAYS decorating a house that no one will be at for the holidays. Oh, it’s stunningly gorgeous, but why? No one will see it but her and her husband (he works out of town and comes home on weekends). Then she has to come home from a week or more of traveling and clean all that up and put it away.

110 Flounder  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:39:04am

Since the thread started with smoking, let me give you some of my tips for quitting. Go cold turkey. If you can’t live without cigarettes and patches don’t work (don’t use patches either) try Skoal or Copenhagen. I found quitting chewing tobacco easier. Suck on candy canes or menthol cough drops. Cut down on coffee, or switch to decaff. No drinking alcohol for the first two weeks. Most importantly, you will always be addicted. I haven’t smoked in 10 years, I would still love one, and would puke all over if I did. Good luck. For my quitting drinking was the hardest, but I don’t miss alcohol anymore.

111 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:43:54am

I don’t know what just happened but I went into the garage and THE REAR WINDSHIELD OF MY CAR IS COMPLETELY SHATTERED.
wtf.

112 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:44:04am

Wow that sucks.

113 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:46:21am

re: #111 Pie-onist Overlord

I don’t know what just happened but I went into the garage and THE REAR WINDSHIELD OF MY CAR IS COMPLETELY SHATTERED.
wtf.

Heated garage? Out in cold, into warm garage, small imperfection in glass gave when glass started heating up fast in heated garage?

114 Flounder  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:46:55am

re: #111 Pie-onist Overlord

Wow that does suck. I have heard of faulty defrosters doing that, but not when it is off.

115 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:48:15am

re: #111 Pie-onist Overlord

I don’t know what just happened but I went into the garage and THE REAR WINDSHIELD OF MY CAR IS COMPLETELY SHATTERED.
wtf.

Check for small corresponding hole in garage door/wall.

117 Flounder  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:51:58am

re: #116 Pie-onist Overlord

Time for a new one! ;)

118 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:52:34am

re: #116 Pie-onist Overlord

It appears there is a problem with this particular vehicle of the rear windshield randomly exploding.

That’s what they want you to think.

(That sounds like a marketeer’s ‘random’, rather than an engineer’s.)

119 Dr Lizardo  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:54:36am

re: #116 Pie-onist Overlord

It appears there is a problem with this particular vehicle of the rear windshield randomly exploding.

Wow. From the CR article,

“In November, Ford had issued a “technical service bulletin” stating that cold temperatures might play a role with the rear glass breakage on some Escape and Mariner SUVs built “on or before 10/15/2010.”

That does suck.

120 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 6:59:02am

re: #119 Dr Lizardo

Wow. From the CR article,

That does suck.

Doesn’t completely suck until an extensive Fault Tree Analysis traces the failure back to a line in VB’s code.

121 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:00:26am

re: #116 Pie-onist Overlord

It appears there is a problem with this particular vehicle of the rear windshield randomly exploding.

At any rate, it shouldn’t cost anything to replace it, but let me tell you: When that happened to my rear window, the assholes who replaced it never reconnected the heating elements correctly, and by the time I discovered it, it was too late to get them back out there. So, no rear defroster for 12 yrs, but luckily, I don’t have to scrape that often.

Make sure the job is done right; if it’s not, your ins co should keep after them and not pay until it is.

122 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:02:30am

Looks like there was a recall recommendation but I never received one.

The warranty guy sits in the cubicle right opposite mine. I should be fully reimbursed for the repair.

I’ll drive Zedushka’s car to work tomorrow AND THEN I’M GOING TO CALIFORNIA!!!!

123 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:10:15am

Sparklies everywhere…on my socks, even. I’ll be seeing this stuff in June, no doubt.

124 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:12:14am

re: #123 Justanotherhuman

Sparklies everywhere…on my socks, even. I’ll be seeing this stuff in June, no doubt.

Careful—I think that’s the spoor of a Young Adult vampire.

125 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:12:28am

Dose ‘em if you got ‘em.

126 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:14:23am

Wells Fargo ordered to buy back securities worth $94 million

(Reuters) - An arbitration panel has ordered Wells Fargo & Co’s (WFC.N) brokerage unit to buy back about $94 million of auction-rate securities from investors.

The San Francisco-based bank’s brokerage unit was ordered to pay at par value to investors including James Cohen and a family trust for the securities, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel said in an award dated December 24. (link.reuters.com/bax65v)

The Cohen family accused Wells Fargo Advisors of fraud, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty related to investments in municipal auction-rate securities or MARS.

127 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:14:25am

re: #111 Pie-onist Overlord

I don’t know what just happened but I went into the garage and THE REAR WINDSHIELD OF MY CAR IS COMPLETELY SHATTERED.
wtf.

Sorry to hear that. At least you won’t have to run the AC for a few days.

128 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:14:40am

re: #125 darthstar

Dose ‘em if you got ‘em.

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There is certainly something about certain drugs that enhance the subjective “religious experience”, but it is very Hitchensian to dismiss all religions as merely the byproduct of a bad acid trip.

129 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:15:42am

re: #128 Sol Berdinowitz

There is certainly something about certain drugs that enhance the subjective “religious experience”, but it is very Hitchensian to dismiss all religions as merely the byproduct of a bad acid trip.

More like Dawkins, really, in its sophomoric quality.

130 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:16:59am

re: #128 Sol Berdinowitz

There is certainly something about certain drugs that enhance the subjective “religious experience”, but it is very Hitchensian to dismiss all religions as merely the byproduct of a bad acid trip.

No…some are the byproduct of a good acid trip.

131 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:17:32am

re: #128 Sol Berdinowitz

There is certainly something about certain drugs that enhance the subjective “religious experience”, but it is very Hitchensian to dismiss all religions as merely the byproduct of a bad acid trip.

And kind of unneeded. You can get good results with fasting, stress, and sleep deprivation, the medieval formula. Of course, if you want to shapeshift into a wolf, Don Juan’s goody bag will work.

132 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:17:33am

re: #129 Dark_Falcon

More like Dawkins, really, in its sophomoric quality.

Meant Dawkins, actually, thanks.

133 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:19:02am

re: #132 Sol Berdinowitz

Meant Dawkins, actually, thanks.

You are welcome, though an upding would be welcome as well.

134 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:19:24am
135 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:20:03am

re: #131 Decatur Deb

And kind of unneeded. You can get good results with fasting, stress, and sleep deprivation, the medieval formula. Of course
, if you want to shapeshift into a wolf, Don Juan’s goody bag will work.

Instant Karma. People just love the concept a pill that will make them intelligent, skinny, potent and/or englightened.

136 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:25:17am

re: #125 darthstar

Dose ‘em if you got ‘em.

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Religion more as a product of mental illness than some “mushroom cult”. I mean, when you start seeing things that aren’t there and hearing voices, well…

137 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:27:10am

re: #135 Sol Berdinowitz

Instant Karma. People just love the concept a pill that will make them intelligent, skinny, potent and/or englightened.

Here’s some more Karma in action:

Man robs bank, gets robbed himself moments later

A Texas bank robber was robbed by another crook just moments after holding up bank.

Larry Poulos was the unwitting recipient of karma-refund. The Arlington native passed a deposit slip to a teller at the Educational Employees Credit Union. Scribbled on the back was the word “bomb.” Poulos managed to get away with more than $5,000, but his heist didn’t go quite as planned, Dallas News reports.

Poulos made a lot of mistakes. One was having his very identifiable “I

138 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:28:35am

re: #136 Justanotherhuman

Religion more as a product of mental illness than some “mushroom cult”. I mean, when you start seeing things that aren’t there and hearing voices, well…

When you’re running down religion in that way, frankly that’s borderline insulting to the believers here.

139 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:28:45am
140 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:28:56am

re: #136 Justanotherhuman

Religion more as a product of mental illness than some “mushroom cult”. I mean, when you start seeing things that aren’t there and hearing voices, well…

I draw the line at any religion (or interpretation thereof) that insists I must believe in angels, demons, virgin births, dead people coming back to life, etc.

I do not belive in any “supernatural”, there are only those aspects of nature we have yet to understand.

141 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:31:59am

re: #136 Justanotherhuman

Religion more as a product of mental illness than some “mushroom cult”. I mean, when you start seeing things that aren’t there and hearing voices, well…

Religion is the easy answer to all the hard questions. What happens when we die? Whoa. Better invent a happy place so the whole tribe doesn’t do a buffalo run off the edge of the mesa. Maybe a few buttons of Peyote in the soup will help me sell this story.

142 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:32:50am

re: #136 Justanotherhuman

Religion more as a product of mental illness than some “mushroom cult”. I mean, when you start seeing things that aren’t there and hearing voices, well…

Too easy—it’s more a feedback loop between a growing awareness of the greater environment and an animal that is becoming sentient. Every culture, with few arguable exceptions, has had to come up with a best-guess cosmology to help hold its world-system together. That none of them have been accurate is a minor detail.

143 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:34:21am

re: #138 Dark_Falcon

When you’re running down religion in >that way, frankly that’s borderline insulting to the believers here.

In all fairness, you also believe Paul Ryan has a viable economic plan.

144 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:34:38am

re: #139 darthstar

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145 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:34:45am

re: #143 darthstar

In all fairness, you also believe Paul Ryan has a viable economic plan.

Ouch.

146 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:35:52am

re: #143 darthstar

In all fairness, you also believe Paul Ryan has a viable economic plan.

That’s a fact, I do.

147 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:36:58am

re: #143 darthstar

In all fairness, you also believe Paul Ryan has a viable economic plan.

“Viable” in the sense of “beneficial to the 1%”…

148 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:37:19am

re: #144 Dark_Falcon

There’s a difference between going to Benghazi and doing a photo op with your armed escort and going to Benghazi and interviewing some of the people actually involved in the attack.

149 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:38:48am

re: #146 Dark_Falcon

That’s a fact, I do.

150 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave of the waffle light)  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:39:21am

re: #148 darthstar

There’s a difference between going to Benghazi and doing a photo op with your armed escort and going to Benghazi and interviewing some of the people actually involved in the attack.

And tjhere’s a difference between investigating Benghazi to find a way to put procedures in place to avoid similar events in the future and investigating it for purposes of political grandstanding.

151 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:39:53am

re: #148 darthstar

There’s a difference between going to Benghazi and doing a photo op with your armed escort and going to Benghazi and interviewing some of the people actually involved in the attack.

I’d expect the NYT reporters had an armed escort as well. It’s SOP in Middle Eastern cities. Reporters in Iraq also need them.

Kidnappers, robbers, and Islamists… Oh my.

152 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:40:43am

re: #150 Sol Berdinowitz

And tjhere’s a difference between investigating Benghazi to find a way to put procedures in place to avoid similar events in the future and investigating it for purposes of political grandstanding.

But…Senator McCain! Even the sweat on his balls smells like mavericky patriotism.

153 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:42:03am

re: #138 Dark_Falcon

When you’re running down religion in >that way, frankly that’s borderline insulting to the believers here.

I don’t think so. Do you think many of the characters that are figured into religion would survive not being committed for their actions these days?

How many people, for instance, have been arrested and are either committed or serving time for killing someone and invoked “God” or “jesus” or “The Devil” told the person they were evil and should be killed?

Does the story of Abraham ring a bell?

154 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:42:16am

re: #151 Dark_Falcon

Kidnappers, robbers, and Islamists… Oh my.

One of those things is not like the others, Megyn.

155 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:43:50am

re: #152 darthstar

But…Senator McCain! Even the sweat on his balls smells like mavericky patriotism.

Would never attack his patriotism—that puts us in the Saxby Chambliss league. I’m really doubting his competence and intelligence, though.

156 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:43:53am

re: #150 Sol Berdinowitz

And there’s a difference between investigating Benghazi to find a way to put procedures in place to avoid similar events in the future and investigating it for purposes of political grandstanding.

Hey, Senator McCain backed Ambassador Stevens’ plans in Libya, and he and his fellow Senators visited as part of a fact-finding trip intended to find actual facts. Compared to some of the bullshit other senators have called ‘fact-finding’, McCain’s golden.

157 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:45:11am

re: #154 darthstar

One of those things is not like the others, Megyn.

Don’t you mean ‘Dorothy’? Though I suppose ‘Judy’ would do as well. :D

158 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:45:22am
159 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:46:37am

re: #157 Dark_Falcon

Don’t you mean ‘Dorothy’? Though I suppose ‘Judy’ would do as well. :D

I don’t know those anchors.

160 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:49:03am

re: #159 darthstar

I don’t know those anchors.

It was a ‘Wizard of Oz’ joke, you screwball.

161 Decatur Deb  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:50:00am

re: #156 Dark_Falcon

Hey, Senator McCain backed Ambassador Stevens’ plans in Libya, and he and his fellow Senators visited as part of a fact-finding trip intended to find actual facts. Compared to some of the bullshit other senators have called ‘fact-finding’, McCain’s golden.

If you want to find facts you send a competent 06 and a couple GS11s. anything else is stagecraft.

162 darthstar  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 7:52:45am

re: #160 Dark_Falcon

It was a ‘Wizard of Oz’ joke, you screwball.

Sometimes you’re so metro it amazes me.

163 Varek Raith  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 8:05:27am

re: #116 Pie-onist Overlord

It appears there is a problem with this particular vehicle of the rear windshield randomly exploding.

O_o
Good thing it didn’t happen on the road.

164 Skip Intro  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 8:26:12am

re: #122 Pie-onist Overlord

Looks like there was a recall recommendation but I never received one.


I’ll drive Zedushka’s car to work tomorrow AND THEN I’M GOING TO CALIFORNIA!!!!

Bring rain. We haven’t had any for nearly a year.

165 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 8:49:29am

re: #130 darthstar

No…some are the byproduct of a good acid trip.

Yeah, don’t blame bad things on good drugs

/

166 Lidane  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 8:55:50am

re: #144 Dark_Falcon

Yeah. They went to Benghazi to try and confirm the RWNJ derp, not to find out the truth.

167 Lidane  Sun, Dec 29, 2013 8:56:51am

re: #146 Dark_Falcon

That’s a fact, I do.

That’s okay. Sometimes it takes a while to stop believing in fairy tales.


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