Now for Something Different: “Sonámbulo / the Sleepwalker”

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“Sonámbulo / The Sleepwalker” is this week’s Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere. Read a Q&A with director Theodore Ushev here.

A surrealist journey through colours and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García Lorca. Visual poetry in the rhythm of fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

A film by Theodore Ushev
Music by Kottarashky
Production: Les Productions Unité centrale / 9311-8990 Quebec Inc., Canada, 2015
Distribution: Bonobostudio (International), La Distributrice de films (Canada)

AWARDS
Special Jury Award, Animafest Zagreb 2015
Special Mention, Fest Anca 2015
Best Music Award, Animator Poznan 2015
Canadian Film Institute Honorable Mention for Best Canadian Animation, Ottawa International Animation Festival 2015
Special Mention, Multivision International Festival of Animated Arts 2015
Alva Costa Award for Best Short Film up to 5 Minutes, Cinanima Espinho 2015
Honorary Distinction, Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival 2015
Special Mention, Longue vue sur le court 2015
Special Mention, Sommets du cinema d’animation 2015
Best Short Animated Film Award, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2016
Special Prize, Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2016

MORE THAN 100 FESTIVAL SELECTIONS, INCLUDING:
Holland Animation Film Festival
Annecy International Animation Festival
Animafest Zagreb
Ottawa International Animation Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
DOK Leipzig
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival
Curtas Vila do Conde
IndieLisboa
Cinanima Espinho
Anima Mundi
Guanajuato International Film Festival
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
Vienna Independent Shorts
Melbourne International Animation Festival
ANIMATOR Poznan
Animatou Geneva
Anim’est Bucharest
Sapporo International Short Film Festival
Uppsala International Short Film Festival
Festival du nouveau cinéma Montréal
London International Animation Festival
Animateka Ljubljana
Anima Brussels
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film
Hiroshima International Animation Festival

More about the film: bonobostudio.hr

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211 comments

1
Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 9:37:37pm

I’m off to bed, but I leave y’all with this.

huffingtonpost.com

The head of the Office of Government Ethics expressed alarm Saturday that the Senate would begin considering President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for cabinet positions before they’ve been fully vetted for conflicts of interests.

“As OGE’s Director, the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me,” wrote OGE director Walter Shaub Jr. in a letter to Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Say it, Senator Warren!

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Belafon  Jan 7, 2017 • 9:42:50pm

re: #1 Anymouse

I’m off to bed, but I leave y’all with this.

huffingtonpost.com

Say it, Senator Warren!

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How are we going to get the best price for Yellowstone if the Secretary of Labor can’t use his personal contacts? //

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 9:45:39pm

re: #2 Belafon

How are we going to get the best price for Yellowstone if the Secretary of Labor can’t use his personal contacts? //

I get Chimney Rock, it’s close to my home.

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retired cynic  Jan 7, 2017 • 9:54:53pm

re: #3 Anymouse

I get Chimney Rock, it’s close to my home.

Just take your gun and go take it. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do now?

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 9:57:41pm

re: #4 retired cynic

Just take your gun and go take it. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do now?

I’m a white guy, so I suppose that would be the way to do it.

I would just need to set up an account asking people to send snacks and French vanilla creamer.

(That is still pretty funny when the wingnuts did that and they got a bunch of sex toys and a fifty-gallon drum of lube instead.)

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Dave In Austin  Jan 7, 2017 • 9:58:45pm
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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:01:29pm

Something I’ve always wanted to do, take a train to a ski area in the Americas. In Europe that’s the only way to motor, it seems.

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Dave In Austin  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:02:58pm

For posterity…..

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retired cynic  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:03:12pm

re: #7 teleskiguy

Something I’ve always wanted to do, take a train to a ski area in the Americas. In Europe that’s the only way to motor, it seems.

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I love trains. Have since I was a kid and rode the City of New Orleans frequently.

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:04:29pm

re: #8 Dave In Austin

Might want to hide that.

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retired cynic  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:05:02pm

re: #10 teleskiguy

It’s ooogly.

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Joe Bacon  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:08:09pm

re: #7 teleskiguy

Last year when I turned 60, I rode the Coast Starlight from LA to Oakland and back. NIce to have a roomette with concierge service. It was a truly enjoyable ride and the food was better than what I expected. On my bucket list is to ride the California Zephyr from Emeryville to Chicago and then take another train route back to LA .

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freetoken  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:14:22pm

The following video is from a month ago, and got a little bit of attention, but I think it is required viewing, to think more deeply about what is going on:

Timothy Snyder - “What Can European History Teach Us About Trump’s America?”

As a bonus, also from Yale, here is a lecture from last summer that might also shed some light on the big picture:

Eric Cline - The Collapse of Cities and Civilizations at the End of the Late Bronze Age

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BeachDem  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:14:34pm

re: #9 retired cynic

I love trains. Have since I was a kid and rode the City of New Orleans frequently.

I just had to (and I love it anyway)

Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans

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Single-handed sailor  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:15:12pm

re: #12 Joe Bacon

Last year when I turned 60, I rode the Coast Starlight from LA to Oakland and back. NIce to have a roomette with concierge service. It was a truly enjoyable ride and the food was better than what I expected. On my bucket list is to ride the California Zephyr from Emeryville to Chicago and then take another train route back to LA .

The ride from Oakland to Reno is great this time of year.

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:16:43pm
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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:17:35pm

Driving home from Tahoe today (Totally got rained out teleskiguy) I was listening to Shooter Jennings (Waylon & Jessie’s boy) show ‘Electric Rodeo’ (two hours of badass jams from Rock to Country, Jazz to Funky) and he went off on Julian Assange for a bit…said he was wondering if anyone had written a song for him…then found like twenty on the internet (and said that’s why the internet is fucked up, everyone and their fuckin’ mother can record a song and put it out there…not like the good ole days where you needed talent)…anyway, he listed the three worst Julian Assange songs and the second was actually a parody mocking Assange, only Shooter didn’t catch that…here it is…it’s some funny shit. Enjoy.

Don’t Mess With Julian Assange

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:19:08pm

re: #17 darthstar

Snow level got too high, eh? That’s not good.

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:23:44pm

re: #18 teleskiguy

Snow level got too high, eh? That’s not good.

One of our patrollers got taken for a ride yesterday. Threw four bombs along the ridge then dropped in and hugged a tree while he threw the fifth - crown came up the ridge above the tree he used as shelter and broke five feet deep. Took him for a ride down a ridge line with a net 350’ vertical drop past trees and over a couple of rocky edges. Deployed his airbag and stayed on top - only got a few bruises and some lost gear. Lucky to be alive. Saw him at the dispatch center today and said, “Good to see you, man.” and he said, “You know, it’s really good to see you too.”

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Joe Bacon  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:24:24pm

I found this video of the California Zephyr going from Chicago to Emeryville. After seeing this video, I put this train trip on my bucket list. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Riding AMTRAK’s “California Zephyr”

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retired cynic  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:24:36pm

re: #19 darthstar

OMG!

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:24:59pm

Sucked him off that fuckin’ tree like a vacuum cleaner. Really great guy. Glad he’s okay.

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allegro  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:27:44pm

Note to self: next time I wanna watch an opera I haven’t seen before, if it seems to start weird, like jumping into the middle of a story, rather than watch it through thinking this is kind of a shitty opera, look to see if there’s another disc of the whole first half stuck under the booklet in the DVD case.

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:28:09pm

re: #21 retired cynic

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:29:32pm

re: #20 Joe Bacon

Having done it from Denver to Emeryville, I can definitely say that there are parts worth doing.

This would be just entering Utah on Thanksgiving Day, along the CO river.
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retired cynic  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:30:38pm

re: #24 darthstar

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:34:51pm

re: #26 retired cynic

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VegasGolfer  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:35:14pm

re: #12 Joe Bacon

dereklow.co
Here’s a cool article about train travelling.
Sounds like a cross country would be fun.

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:35:19pm

re: #26 retired cynic

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:36:03pm

re: #26 retired cynic

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:36:45pm

re: #28 VegasGolfer

dereklow.co
Here’s a cool article about train travelling.
Sounds like a cross country would be fun.

We certainly had fun this summer on the Hudson Bay Railroad. My wife, train connoisseur, all her life wanted to take that trip. (Her family went on it when she was a child, but she was deemed too young. For years afterwards her brothers bragged about that trip.)

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retired cynic  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:37:24pm

re: #29 teleskiguy

re: #27 Anymouse

re: #30 darthstar

Thank you all very much for the explanations. Keep safe!

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:38:01pm

re: #29 teleskiguy

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:38:28pm

This is the best book out there about avalanches.

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:39:35pm

re: #33 darthstar

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:39:53pm

Okay…time for bed…hated driving home in the rain - don’t like hydroplaning. But I made decent time…

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:41:01pm

re: #34 teleskiguy

From a layperson’s point of view, I have really enjoyed this book too, which is part avalanche science, part history, and part personal memoir. I like her writing style a lot.

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:41:57pm

re: #36 darthstar

Okay…time for bed…hated driving home in the rain - don’t like hydroplaning. But I made decent time…

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Decent version of Feel Like a Stranger, btw, but the Loser that came after was off the fuckin’ hook.

Everybody’s laughing,
And drinking that wine…
I can tell the queen of diamonds
by the way she shines…

Come to daddy on an inside straight,
and I got no chance of losing this time…

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:43:15pm

For the curious, I got to see Beach Blanket Babylon tonight, which was hysterical and featured any number of completely inappropriate jokes. It was great. :)

And then we came home because he pretty much had enough energy to get there and back and that was it. But at least we didn’t miss it!

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:44:12pm

re: #37 klys (maker of Silmarils)

From a layperson’s point of view, I have really enjoyed this book too, which is part avalanche science, part history, and part personal memoir. I like her writing style a lot.

Good read…”Snow Sense” and “Staying Alive” also listed on that link are two of the texts we use in our Avy 1 training classes. (we all have to have Avy 1 at our resort - I still need to take Avy 2 but I’m busy training new candidates this year).

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darthstar  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:45:41pm

re: #39 klys (maker of Silmarils)

For the curious, I got to see Beach Blanket Babylon tonight, which was hysterical and featured any number of completely inappropriate jokes. It was great. :)

And then we came home because he pretty much had enough energy to get there and back and that was it. But at least we didn’t miss it!

Fun show…and they do a good job of keeping it current. Keep your eye out for the Capitol Steps - a musical political satire group…they’ll have some great new material in a few months I suspect.

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:46:20pm

I take avalanches very seriously. I’ve been to six funerals of avalanche victims in my day, including one of my best friends in Steamboat. His brother dug him out and it was too late.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:47:18pm

re: #40 darthstar

Well she’s one of the authors of Snow Sense, so it makes sense. But the one I linked is definitely more of a personal memoir with enough of the science that, if you’re not actually trying to use it for evaluating avalanche danger but are just curious, you can learn a bunch without it being dry.

My paperback is actually signed by her, but not because I got to meet her, just because the bookstore had an extra after a visit she did that I somehow missed hearing about. I think I first read that book while recovering from having my appendix out.

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Quiet Storm  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:48:51pm

OT: Driveby

Don’t know if any of you experts have seen the new XXX trailer that is out. xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) -“Jungle Jibbing” clip- Paramount Pictures

I am sure you will find it amusing if nothing else.

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prairiefire  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:49:43pm

re: #7 teleskiguy

35 years ago I used a Euro Rail pass to great advantage. You really should check out the Euro Alps!

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:49:50pm

re: #28 VegasGolfer

dereklow.co
Here’s a cool article about train travelling.
Sounds like a cross country would be fun.

That section he talks about in the article between Denver and Salt Lake City sounds like the most interesting part to me, and whaddya know, Denver is only two hundred miles from here.

My wife is already looking for tickets. Stopover in Salt Lake City to tour (we didn’t do that on our recent car trip) sounds interesting as well.

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prairiefire  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:50:35pm

re: #46 Anymouse

That’s not far at all.

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:50:36pm

re: #44 Quiet Storm

I wish skis slid that well on dirt, I would ski year round and not have to hop hemispheres.

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prairiefire  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:51:41pm

re: #48 teleskiguy

Please don’t tempt the drifts. They look really high.

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:51:47pm

re: #45 prairiefire

35 years ago I used a Euro Rail pass to great advantage. You really should check out the Euro Alps!

I’ve skied in France and Italy. The Alps are spectacular.

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:53:06pm

re: #45 prairiefire

35 years ago I used a Euro Rail pass to great advantage. You really should check out the Euro Alps!

Did the Euro Rail pass in 2015 for a one-way trip from Stuttgart, Germany to Gdansk, Poland by sleeper car. It was most definitely worth the price, and a bunch cheaper than flying.

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:55:26pm
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BeachDem  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:57:10pm

re: #41 darthstar

Fun show…and they do a good job of keeping it current. Keep your eye out for the Capitol Steps - a musical political satire group…they’ll have some great new material in a few months I suspect.

The Capitol Steps—named after my good friend, former Congressman, convicted Abscam participant (who was set up by Lee Atwater, but that’s a story for another day) John Jenrette and his then wife, Rita, who were, well “engaged” on the Capitol Steps.

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stpaulbear  Jan 7, 2017 • 10:59:22pm

David Gilmour did a cover of this song, but this is the original by the band Unicorn. Gilmour produced Unicorn’s two albums after he saw them play at a wedding reception. The album sounds tons better than the sound in this YouTube.

Unicorn- “No Way Out Of Here”

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:04:24pm

My wife points out that Ft. Morgan, Colo. is about fifty miles closer to pick up Amtrak, and you don’t have to deal with Denver traffic. (She’s already on this.)

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:16:37pm

re: #55 Anymouse

My wife points out that Ft. Morgan, Colo. is about fifty miles closer to pick up Amtrak, and you don’t have to deal with Denver traffic. (She’s already on this.)

It’d be an early morning pick-up there. As I recall it’s about an 8am stop in Denver.

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prairiefire  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:19:36pm

re: #50 teleskiguy

Oh, very good.

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:20:27pm

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:23:51pm

re: #56 klys (maker of Silmarils)

It’d be an early morning pick-up there. As I recall it’s about an 8am stop in Denver.

The Amtrak Website seems like it was designed by the lowest bidder.

Trying to figure out when a train even runs from A to B is difficult: It would seem to me that if you picked a date and there was no train that day, it could offer up alternative days near that date but noooo - it’s been like that for years.

The easiest way I’ve found to make a reservation is to skip the Website altogether and simply call Amtrak.

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prairiefire  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:24:31pm

re: #53 BeachDem

The Capitol Steps—named after my good friend, former Congressman, convicted Abscam participant (who was set up by Lee Atwater, but that’s a story for another day) John Jenrette and his then wife, Rita, who were, well “engaged” on the Capitol Steps.

An early example for our times, x 75. Very cool, wonky pbs nerds know CS, for sure.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:27:03pm

re: #58 Anymouse

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re: #59 Anymouse

Well, yes and no. They do demand-based pricing, so it’s useful to have flexible dates and shop around if you’re looking at getting a bedroom or roomette. I’ve seen differences up to $200 for the same room type on the same date, depending on when the search happened. I don’t know how willing the agent on the phone would be to check multiple dates as you try to find the cheapest date.

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teleskiguy  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:29:40pm

Warming up around here. It’s a full 24° F warmer than this time last night.

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:32:22pm

re: #62 teleskiguy

Warming up around here. It’s a full 24° F warmer than this time last night.

It is here too (but we’re not far apart). Since 8PM, the temps have come up nine degrees (it’s 11F now).

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:35:08pm

re: #61 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Well, yes and no. They do demand-based pricing, so it’s useful to have flexible dates and shop around if you’re looking at getting a bedroom or roomette. I’ve seen differences up to $200 for the same room type on the same date, depending on when the search happened. I don’t know how willing the agent on the phone would be to check multiple dates as you try to find the cheapest date.

Well, as I noted, if you don’t know the dates they run trains, it’s tough to do a search at all. For example, if you put in February 20 and there is no train that day, the Website doesn’t offer something like “There is a train on February 18.”

You seem to be stuck just plugging in dates until you find one. At least by calling, they know when their trains run and you can ask for different dates.

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freetoken  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:37:40pm

From that same series of Yale lectures on ancient cities, the opening video is a presentation of the big picture, so to speak, of the “ancient world”, which I put in quotes because I find the concept not quite right:

Kenneth Harl - Orientation and Introduction to the Ancient World

The presenter is the always amusing to watch Kenneth Hari, with whom some may be familiar from this TTC courses.

What I notice most, though, is how narrow the scope of the lecture. Nothing about east Asia, which is typical of Americans. It’s as if that part of the world just doesn’t exist. Nothing on the America, too, which is understandable given the absence of written records, but the Mayans did have a writing system and some of it is deciphered.

As enjoyable as Hari’s presentation is I come away from it with the feeling that once again we are seeing the biases of “the West”, in so far as the scope of humanity. For sure the development of towns, writing, and then kingdoms of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean directly influence our society today (we are in some significant part an extension of Roman civilization), yet the world is still bigger than that.

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:41:50pm

re: #65 freetoken

From that same series of Yale lectures on ancient cities, the opening video is a presentation of the big picture, so to speak, of the “ancient world”, which I put in quotes because I find the concept not quite right:

If they’re going to call it the ancient world, I presume they start with the Hadean Eon?

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freetoken  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:45:52pm

re: #66 Anymouse

It was a series about the development of “the city”… so no, molten lava continents are out.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:46:38pm

re: #64 Anymouse

Well, for what it is worth, the California Zephyr runs daily. Heading towards Emeryville, it leaves Fort Morgan at 5:05am, assuming it is running on time. (My experience with Amtrak outside of the Northeast Corridor is that that would be a big assumption.)

Should help if you do choose to investigate on their website.

We’re taking the Coast Starlight back up from LA next weekend, after my race. That will be fun.

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:47:02pm

re: #67 freetoken

It was a series about the development of “the city”… so no, molten lava continents are out.

So, “the ancient city” might be more appropriate.

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Anymouse  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:48:00pm

re: #68 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Well, for what it is worth, the California Zephyr runs daily. Heading towards Emeryville, it leaves Fort Morgan at 5:05am, assuming it is running on time. (My experience with Amtrak outside of the Northeast Corridor is that that would be a big assumption.)

Should help if you do choose to investigate on their website.

We’re taking the Coast Starlight back up from LA next weekend, after my race. That will be fun.

Daily? Okay, we’ll check it out. Thanks, Ms. Klys.

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prairiefire  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:48:12pm

re: #67 freetoken

That leaves the Big Island out?

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freetoken  Jan 7, 2017 • 11:52:58pm

And it is very relevant to our political climate today…

The recent election saw yet another successful manipulation of the rural population based on resentment of the more urban, and wealthier, regions.

I’ve seen at times in my Facebook feed posts by people from the country trying to dump on California or urban areas… for no real reason other than their personal resentment (which the posters never own.)

The bottom line of human life the past 10k years is that we’ve congregated into every larger communities, which brings complexity and thus new problems, but the advantages outweigh the problems, which is why we still do it.

With people come “wealth” and all the more so when the population organizes around win-win scenarios of labor division.

It’s a discussion which is mostly absent from the talking head shows on cable news, perhaps because the discussion would take longer than a 15 second sound bite.

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William Lewis  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:12:07am

re: #20 Joe Bacon

I found this video of the California Zephyr going from Chicago to Emeryville. After seeing this video, I put this train trip on my bucket list. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Thank you. I just spent the last 90 minutes watching and enjoying that video.

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ckkatz  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:14:46am

re: #13 freetoken

Just listened to the first lecture. It is kind of long, and not always to the point, but - Wow!

The lecturer gives three signs to be concerned about. He used Nazi Germany examples, but there are others.
1. Going to a one party system.
2. Cessation of state monopoly of violence. IE incorporation of militias into power structure.
3. Use of a crisis to suspend civil liberties.

Snyder noted that the US as a moral political example is gone as of the 2016 election. And suspects that Anti-Americanism will probably decrease as nobody will have time to care anymore.

He closed his lecture noting that the Millennial generation will either solve this issue, or will be forgotten as irrelevant.

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prairiefire  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:15:52am

re: #74 ckkatz

Just listened to the first lecture. It is kind of long, and not always to the point, but - Wow!

The lecturer gives three signs to be concerned about. He used Nazi Germany examples, but there are others.
1. Going to a one party system.
2. Cessation of state monopoly of violence. IE incorporation of militias into power structure.
3. Use of a crisis to suspend civil liberties.

Snyder noted that the US as a moral political example is gone as of the 2016 election. And suspects that Anti-Americanism will probably decrease as nobody will have time to care anymore.

He closed his lecture noting that the Millennial generation will either solve this issue, or will be forgotten as irrelevant.

Interesting

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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:34:45am
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wheat-dogg  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:50:43am

re: #74 ckkatz

Just listened to the first lecture. It is kind of long, and not always to the point, but - Wow!

The lecturer gives three signs to be concerned about. He used Nazi Germany examples, but there are others.
1. Going to a one party system.
2. Cessation of state monopoly of violence. IE incorporation of militias into power structure.
3. Use of a crisis to suspend civil liberties.

Snyder noted that the US as a moral political example is gone as of the 2016 election. And suspects that Anti-Americanism will probably decrease as nobody will have time to care anymore.

He closed his lecture noting that the Millennial generation will either solve this issue, or will be forgotten as irrelevant.

He also notes the decentralized nature of the US police forces. That is, there is no central command structure. If the government starts to unify local police forces under one command, then things will go south in a big hurry, because we’ve already got big problems with excessive force and abrogation of civil rights by police officers already.

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Anymouse  Jan 8, 2017 • 1:16:14am

We were going on in the last thread about horrendous nuclear weaponry, but no one brought up the M65 Atomic Cannon, an artillery piece designed to lob nuclear weapons.

It was fielded in Europe and South Korea, but was shortly superseded by missile technology.

I’m off to bed (really).

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Dave In Austin  Jan 8, 2017 • 1:22:44am
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Jebediah, RBG  Jan 8, 2017 • 1:24:18am

re: #44 Quiet Storm

I am hoping that the next installment in this “xxx” series will be focused on lacrosse because the name will be the best.

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freetoken  Jan 8, 2017 • 1:25:08am

re: #74 ckkatz

I think we need to take to heart Snyder’s assertion that history does not even rhyme, much less repeat.

We will not be the Germany of 1930. But what we can learn from the 20th century is how nation states can go down a destructive path quickly.

I still maintain that what we are seeing is an outworking of the collapse of the old, religious, worldview that has been so deeply embedded in America since the first religious pilgrims came here. The wave of “great awakenings” in this country caused large wakes of religiosity to be part of the fabric of our society.

When I look on my Facebook feed at the most ardent anti-Clinton, pro-Trump supporters, they are all religious fundamentalists.

It seems many of the educated elite find it queer that a sinner as great as Trump could be so adored by the church-going middle-America, but it’s not really that weird.

Religion serves as a way to provide meaning to one’s very temporary existence, and if we look at the voting patterns we see that Trump did especially well with the older generation.

The myth that America was “great” but somehow was not so under Obama (and would be even worse off under Clinton) resonated with the populations of the Old Northwest now known as the Rust Belt.

We’ve touched on revanchism here before, way back in 2008/2009.

What is sometimes overlooked is how in America this revanchism has to also embrace the deep religiosity to which I referred above.

This Trump recognized right away, which is why he put on the I’m-a-Christian-too charade.

For many of Trump’s supporters, it wasn’t just about Make America Great Again, but about Make My Religion Great Again.

Which is why in my Facebook feed I see the pro-Trump supporters also pushing the idea that we need a new Crusade against Muslims (yes, really.)

American fascism is/will-be different than German fascism or Italian fascism (though it’s more like the latter than the former.) A few years back I brought up Brazilian fascism as something to study, because I think it shows us how the society can turn towards fascism but not really duplicate what happened in Germany.

What Snyder is warning us against is falling into an either-or trap (i.e., there are only two models of our reality: 1) the progressive arc of history (very Obama-esque), or 2) the eternal now (absent of a past, e.g., Brietbart.))

Rather, reality is about people doing specific actions in specific locales, the “moments” about which Snyder spoker.

What we are seeing in American society today is a very stark divergence of the idea of America, between us urban elites and those in the Rust Belt, Appalachia, and the Plains states.

For example, I believe in higher taxes, granting citizenship to long-time residents (regardless of how they entered), and ultimately an acceptance that we are very highly dependent upon each other (which means we also have to give up the idea of being self-reliant), and that religion which is practiced through a fundamentalist funnel is not going to work anymore.

I’m afraid the Rust Belt folk fell for the strong-man gimmick because they are simply afraid of being left behind, of there not being the glory days of the industrial revolution anymore. Brokenness brings desperation, and that is also why Trump played on the drug-addiction card so much.

But more deeply, I believe that the concepts which are reified in their communities, where activities are often poured through the ceremonies of a fundamentalist-originated Christianity, can not be reckoned with our society today, where an American may very well be a Muslim, or more horrifyingly, an atheist.

And that is why abortion is the keystone to understanding what is happening today.

I accept that I am a collection of cells. The religious right, and some large share of Americans, believe we are magical beings, “souls”, that somehow get inserted into fertilized eggs.

The rejection of the magic is too much for a significant fraction of America.

What Trump communicated expertly (and he is an expert in at least one thing - manipulative communication), to America, is that they can keep their magic. He won’t challenge them on that, unlike Obama, who (rightly) believed Americans are still clinging to their Bibles.

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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 1:25:36am

re: #79 Dave In Austin

A harbinger of things to come. Fuckface Von Clownstick can’t be slighted, it makes him incontinent and impotent.

I won’t be surprised when he starts jailing dissidents, he’s that fucking insecure.

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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 1:50:39am

re: #81 freetoken

Stop making sense! It’s scaring me.

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Dave In Austin  Jan 8, 2017 • 2:17:32am

Tommyknocker…..

Facebook Post

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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 2:58:17am
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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 2:59:31am

Been there (kind of).

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Anymouse  Jan 8, 2017 • 3:00:03am

re: #81 freetoken

We can hope that this wave of support for Mr. Trump is not some fatalistic desire for a libertarian feudalistic paradise like Somalia, but more like the Battle of the Bulge in WW2.

In that battle, the Nazi Germany government basically threw the last of its reserves and material in a desperate attempt to reverse the inevitable march of the Allies into Germany.

By the way, on Thanos’s post about the new (actually, not so much new as it has been continuous) War on Birth Control found here at Little Green Footballs, I enjoyed the stab at conservatives with the line “Junior Anti-Sex League.”

I don’t know about conservatives’s plans for birth control, but they will pry my sex blog from my cold dead [redacted].

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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 3:00:46am
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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 3:01:48am
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Shiplord Kirel  Jan 8, 2017 • 4:55:52am

I was browsing at Hobbylinc.com and ran across this. I don’t do speculative woo-woo models but I thought the Machu Picchu setting was extraordinarily evocative (shows they know their audience too):

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jeffreyw  Jan 8, 2017 • 5:04:17am

Imgur


Good morning!

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Timothy Watson  Jan 8, 2017 • 5:14:02am

re: #91 jeffreyw

[Embedded content]

Good morning!

Did you bring enough for the whole class?

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jeffreyw  Jan 8, 2017 • 5:29:43am

re: #92 Timothy Watson

Did you bring enough for the whole class?

I may have to grind some more cinnamon…

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 8, 2017 • 6:05:50am

You used that knife for that bread?

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JasonA  Jan 8, 2017 • 6:08:47am

re: #79 Dave In Austin

There is no bottom.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jan 8, 2017 • 6:10:05am

But, but he’s ‘emeritus,’ now.

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jeffreyw  Jan 8, 2017 • 6:11:04am

re: #94 Colère Tueur de Lapin

You used that knife for that bread?

I used it on my finger earlier, so it was already out.

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JasonA  Jan 8, 2017 • 6:16:52am
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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:05:21am

re: #44 Quiet Storm

OT: Driveby

Don’t know if any of you experts have seen the new XXX trailer that is out. [Embedded content]

Video

I am sure you will find it amusing if nothing else.

Complete horseshit, but funny.

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Shiplord Kirel  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:19:32am

Cabot Guns; known for gaudy, tasteless, and over the top custom firearms; has gone for the gold with this one:

Even at the stridently ammosexual Firearms Blog, opinions are divided:

“The pistol has integrated electronics that generates a twitter post after each shot :D .”

“hmm does it rotate through a number of catch phrases?
“TERRIFIC”, “SAD”, “APOLOGIZE”’

“Gross.
President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho at least had the good sense to avail himself of an appropriately functional M249, but this thing is just hideous to look at.”

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ObserverArt  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:30:17am

re: #11 retired cynic

It’s ooogly.

No more ooogly than the actual man it mocks. I don’t think any image will ever be worse than the man himself and what he represents.

Oh yeah Good Brrrrr Morning.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:31:20am

The Trump response is something we’ll need to get used to…

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:34:01am
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Ace Rothstein  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:34:38am

The turtle is on FTN lying.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:39:23am

re: #104 Frankie Five Angels

The turtle is on FTN lying.

They just need to add a ‘normal’ person to all of the Sunday shows to have the last word and say to McConnell and whomever else they’re letting spew their crap, “You disgust me.” End of segment.
Next segment ends the same way.

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:39:59am

re: #87 Anymouse

I enjoyed the stab at conservatives with the line “Junior Anti-Sex League.”

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(You do remember that from 1984, yes?)

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:49:59am

re: #98 JasonA

And what are Democrats going to do to make sure that Republicans live up to their own demands? Republicans are going to push the boundaries. Let’s see if Democrats push back.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:50:00am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:54:17am

“What’s wrong with having friendly ties with Russia?”

Those same people were freaking out about normalizing ties with Cuba recently.

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:55:30am

re: #98 JasonA

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More Calvin ball

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ObserverArt  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:56:57am

The “Warrior Twins”* were on Meat The Chuck and were asked what was the best thing and worst thing about Obama’s legacy. It fucking made me sick.

Good: He was the first Black man and he had a good family.

Bad: He made the world unsafe.

*McCain and Graham

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ObserverArt  Jan 8, 2017 • 7:58:49am

re: #105 darthstar

They just need to add a ‘normal’ person to all of the Sunday shows to have the last word and say to McConnell and whomever else they’re letting spew their crap, “You disgust me.” End of segment.
Next segment ends the same way.

They don’t allow normal people on TV. Only people that can bring advertisers and we know all too well about advertising…its gloss not fact.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:00:40am

Happy birthday Elvis!

Elvis Presley - Happy Birthday!

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Eventual Carrion  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:02:11am

re: #111 ObserverArt

The “Warrior Twins”* were on Meat The Chuck and were asked what was the best thing and worst thing about Obama’s legacy. It fucking made me sick.

Good: He was the first Black man and he had a good family.

Bad: He made the world unsafe.

*McCain and Graham

“Unsafe”, as opposed to the paradise it was prior to his first term?

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ObserverArt  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:02:38am

re: #108 darthstar

Brian Stelter ✔ @brianstelter
Trump “claims that people call him the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter” wapo.st Fodder for @ReliableSources, 1 hour away…

About the only thing that Trump would compare with Hemingway is his running with the bullshit.

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Ace Rothstein  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:05:18am

re: #111 ObserverArt

Unsafe? Hmmm. Did Obama start the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan?

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:05:36am

re: #115 ObserverArt

About the only thing that Trump would compare with Hemingway is his running with the bullshit.

rimshot!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:06:31am
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ObserverArt  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:07:46am

re: #116 Frankie Five Angels

Unsafe? Hmmm. Did Obama start the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan?

No, Hillary did!

And because she worked under Obama and Obama endorsed and campaigned for her it was ALL Obama’s fault. See how that works.

McCain and Graham are Republican Choir Boys. Listen to them sing the Republican Hymns.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:08:04am

re: #111 ObserverArt

The “Warrior Twins”* were on Meat The Chuck and were asked what was the best thing and worst thing about Obama’s legacy. It fucking made me sick.

Good: He was the first Black man and he had a good family.

Bad: He made the world unsafe.

*McCain and Graham

Fuck those two. Did sequestration make the stock market triple? Did their shutting down the government with Ted Cruz add 11.6 million private sector jobs? Did McCain’s knowing how to get bin Laden but not telling before the election kill that fucker?

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:09:12am

re: #119 ObserverArt

No, Hillary did!

And Because she worked under Obama and Obama endorsed and campaigned for her it was ALL Obama’s fault. See how that works.

McCain and Graham are Republican Choir Boys.
Listen to them sing the Republican Hymns.

This. They’re getting attention because they’re being semi-critical of Putin…but their role is to sell the GOP as a serious party that shouldn’t be questioned. Fuck them.

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ObserverArt  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:11:37am

re: #121 darthstar

This. They’re getting attention because they’re being semi-critical of Putin…but their role is to sell the GOP as a serious party that shouldn’t be questioned. Fuck them.

Notice too they are about the only Republicans that can be shown on a stupid TV show to say anything about Putin. I don’t see many of the others.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:18:23am

re: #122 ObserverArt

Notice too they are about the only Republicans that can be shown on a stupid TV show to say anything about Putin. I don’t see many of the others.

Token critics.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:28:46am

re: #98 JasonA

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Patricia Kayden  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:31:13am

re: #111 ObserverArt

The “Warrior Twins”* were on Meat The Chuck and were asked what was the best thing and worst thing about Obama’s legacy. It fucking made me sick.

Good: He was the first Black man and he had a good family.

Bad: He made the world unsafe.

*McCain and Graham

Good: He beat you and your useless, non-English-speaking, narcissistic idiot.

Bad: He only had 8 year.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:35:40am

re: #109 GlutenFreeJesus

“But don’t you remember the Cuban Missile Crisis?”

Uh. Yeah. I do. When the Soviets/RUSSIANS installed nukes in Cuba, pointed at us.

…………..

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:36:29am
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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:46:01am

Dave’s got a point. Everyone’s acting like Bush never happened. That fucker lied every time his lips moved.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:47:41am

re: #90 Shiplord Kirel

My third favourite World Wonder after The Great Library and The Pyramids in Civ V.

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Romantic Heretic  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:50:20am

re: #98 JasonA

What’s that there? (Gets out magnifying glass)

Oh! It reads ‘Unless they are Republican’ in really tiny print.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:54:37am

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Stanley Sea  Jan 8, 2017 • 8:56:32am

re: #131 darthstar

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Are you going out?

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:05:04am

re: #132 Stanley Sea

Are you going out?

Hell no.

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Stanley Sea  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:05:24am
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BigPapa  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:05:58am
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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:06:07am

re: #131 darthstar

I’ve never seen an “extreme” avalanche forecast in Colorado. It’s quite rare to even see “high” forecasts. Anybody backcountry skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains today are sure candidates for a Darwin Award. Yikes!

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BigPapa  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:08:06am
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BigPapa  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:08:38am

Tweets to Abby Martin should fire up some flying monkeys.

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Stanley Sea  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:12:44am

re: #133 darthstar

Hell no.

Is anyone?

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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:15:10am

re: #139 Stanley Sea

Is anyone?

If they do they’re idiots who probably deserve what’s coming to them.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:16:38am

re: #139 Stanley Sea

Is anyone?

No…mountains are closed today. Too dangerous and too wet.

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teleskiguy  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:20:20am
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ObserverArt  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:20:48am

re: #128 darthstar

Dave’s got a point. Everyone’s acting like Bush never happened. That fucker lied every time his lips moved.

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The thing about Sirota is you need to watch what he means and the context.

Would I be going too far to think he is also making a dig on the US Intelligence services and how you can’t trust them because they may also be saying all this stuff to protect Hillary and the DNC and it hurt Sirota’s candidate?

It is Sirota.

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BigPapa  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:20:50am

re: #141 darthstar

No…mountains are closed today. Too dangerous and too wet.

Wait… I thought you ski during the storm, not after. Where’s the fun in that?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:26:31am

re: #144 BigPapa

Wait… I thought you ski during the storm, not after. Where’s the fun in that?

Sunshine and fresh powder is heaven.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:29:25am

re: #84 Dave In Austin

Tommyknocker…..

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Pac Man

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:36:14am

more whining

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:36:14am

Well, it was a dark and stormy night, and now it’s a not-very-light and stormy day. I checked, and there are no current “Danger, Will Robinson!” advisories for this part of the Peninsula. I just hope the weather clears in time for Mrs. FBW’s flight home tonight!

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:36:20am

re: #143 ObserverArt

The thing about Sirota is you need to watch what he means and the context.

Would I be going too far to think he is also making a dig on the US Intelligence services and how you can’t trust them because they may also be saying all this stuff to protect Hillary and the DNC and it hurt Sirota’s candidate?

It is Sirota.

I think this one’s pretty easy to interpret. Think Progress used to criticize Bush. Legum could have said we haven’t had a president this dishonest since Bush and it would have been fine.

I used to be blocked by Sirota because I criticized him over Greenwald. But some of his stuff I agree with, so I sent him an email saying just because I thought his buddy GG was a douchebag wasn’t worth blocking me, and he unblocked me.

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Resistance Is Not Futile  Jan 8, 2017 • 9:49:26am

re: #148 Blind Frog Belly White

Well, it was a dark and stormy night, and now it’s a not-very-light and stormy day. I checked, and there are no current “Danger, Will Robinson!” advisories for this part of the Peninsula. I just hope the weather clears in time for Mrs. FBW’s flight home tonight!

It’s supposed to die down some this evening, and more tonight. Is she coming in to SFO?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:00:37am
152
Skip Intro  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:14:54am

re: #151 Backwoods_Sleuth

153
BigPapa  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:15:49am

@MartinShkreli ‘s Twitter account is suspended for harassing @LaurenDuca, who went all adult on Tucker Carlson a few weeks ago.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:16:14am
155
BigPapa  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:18:18am

I need Charle’s Suspended Cat pic.

156
I cannot.  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:25:30am

re: #155 BigPapa

Is this the one you were thinking of?

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Charles Johnson  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:25:54am
158
darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:32:26am

re: #155 BigPapa

I need Charle’s Suspended Cat pic.

Speaking of suspended cats…I really want to get some goldtaze.de cat bridges but they don’t ship to the US apparently.

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BigPapa  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:34:48am

re: #156 I cannot.

No, there’s one better. Charles, can haz Suspended Cat pic?

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Shiplord Kirel  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:35:09am

Running on Fumes: Pandemonium at Mexico’s Gas Pumps

Through the week, roads across Mexico were blocked by protesters and burning tires, thousands of businesses were ransacked, upward of 1500 people—among them, police officers— were arrested, and at least five people were killed as furious citizens took to the streets following the more than 20 percent price gas hike.

The Mexican government has for years maintained artificially low gas prices in Mexico thanks to massive subsidies that are absorbed by the state, but as of this year that all changes. The cost of fuel will finally be adjusted to conform to real market value. The surge in gas prices is the just first major sign of changes to come, but certainly the most tangible so far.

Expect more of this as Trump turns the screws on the Mexican economy.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:36:12am

The 21st Century frightens Kentucky so much:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:38:23am
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Charles Johnson  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:39:45am
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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:44:32am

Not that I didn’t get pelted enough by the wind and rain yesterday…but the boy has needs.

If you want to hear the wind and rain here’s the vid:
goo.gl

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:46:42am

Here’s how shitty it is…even the seagulls resent being outside right now.

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ckkatz  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:48:04am

re: #158 darthstar

Cool! Thanks for posting!

goldtatze.de has some way interesting stuff. Don’t think I should get it for my current cat, though as she is a bit on the klutzy side.

hauspanther.com

goldtatze.de

(Edited to add the Thank you to DarthStar for posting the cool site.)

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Ziggy_TARDIS  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:51:10am

Rafsanjani was the big reformist opponent to Khamenei.

So, this is not good. I’m going to hazard a guess and say he was killed in some way. It’s something the Khamenei might do.

168
Ziggy_TARDIS  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:53:17am

re: #167 Ziggy_TARDIS

This year is off to an awful start.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:54:51am

re: #167 Ziggy_TARDIS

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Rafsanjani was the big reformist opponent to Khamenei.

So, this is not good. I’m going to hazard a guess and say he was killed in some way. It’s something the Khamenei might do.

He was 82, had been retired for a few years, and was basically a surviving icon for the moderates. He had stopped being active politically after he was DQ’d in 2013 from running again. Reports say it was a heart attack.

170
Targetpractice  Jan 8, 2017 • 10:57:18am

Well folks, Target here. The good news is that the city of Virginia Beach has succeeded in turning the streets from snow-clogged messes into slush-filled ones, so commerce has resumed…even though mass transit has not. The hotel has mostly emptied, leaving only those of us poor souls unwilling to brave the streets just to go home for a few hours between work shifts. So now our own enemy is boredom, which may lead to mutiny if not alleviated in the near future.

171
Backwoods_Sleuth  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:00:02am

ummm

172
Charles Johnson  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:01:14am
173
darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:01:44am

Fuck Shkrelli.

174
FormerDirtDart  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:02:49am

re: #171 Backwoods_Sleuth

175
Targetpractice  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:04:28am

re: #174 FormerDirtDart

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*clears throat* Uh, Sean, your Freudian slip is showing.

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Charles Johnson  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:07:31am
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Shiplord Kirel  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:12:02am

re: #153 BigPapa

@MartinShkreli ‘s Twitter account is suspended for harassing @LaurenDuca, who went all adult on Tucker Carlson a few weeks ago.

It would be a little bit embarrassing for decent people if Shkreli were to fall into a wood chipper or be dissolved alive in an accident with an acid tanker: It is unseemly to cheer and gloat at such an occurrence, but honesty would require that the temptation be acknowledged.

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darthstar  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:13:15am
179
Skip Intro  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:14:38am

re: #171 Backwoods_Sleuth

ummm

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Well, maybe around $25 million a year different.

180
Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:16:05am

re: #161 Backwoods_Sleuth

Federal judge block coming in 3…2…1

181
Eclectic Cyborg  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:17:15am

re: #176 Charles Johnson

I wonder if he’ll try to break CCJs record.

182
FormerDirtDart  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:19:56am
183
sagehen  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:22:28am

re: #167 Ziggy_TARDIS

[Embedded content]

Rafsanjani was the big reformist opponent to Khamenei.

So, this is not good. I’m going to hazard a guess and say he was killed in some way. It’s something the Khamenei might do.

You don’t think him being 83 years old might have something to do with it?

184
Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:31:42am

re: #127 darthstar

Rafsanjani dies. Born in 1934, former President was a key figure in #Iran’s power structure for 4 decades.

Could handle the thought of facing President Trump…

185
Belafon  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:33:23am

re: #178 darthstar

So, once again, the Democratic party is more representative of the American people.

186
FormerDirtDart  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:34:43am

Non-subscription access to story

187
jeffreyw  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:36:13am
188
Charles Johnson  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:38:24am
189
retired cynic  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:40:55am

Here is a good take on something we have been chewing on for months, especially after the November debacle.

hecatedemeter.wordpress.com

I may end up being a witch and priestess. I like her.

190
Dave In Austin  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:41:53am

I just got me a Russian #MAGA hat on ebay

191
jeffreyw  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:45:22am
192
JasonA  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:45:27am

re: #188 Charles Johnson

You’re treading on thin ice here, Johnson…

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Dave In Austin  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:46:31am

re: #188 Charles Johnson

What else have you been watching recently? I think we have watched most all the high profile series on NF and Amazon. Wife and I are currently on “The Crown” on Amazon and I’m watching “Hand of God” (AMZ) on the nite shift (Very creepy but I could watch Dana Delany all day…).

194
Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:46:58am

re: #150 Resistance Is Not Futile

It’s supposed to die down some this evening, and more tonight. Is she coming in to SFO?

Yup

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The Ghost of Senator Incitatus  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:49:12am

re: #188 Charles Johnson

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…you’re taking money from the anti-telepathic-gorilla lobby, aren’t you?

This will not stand.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:52:40am

re: #187 jeffreyw

[Embedded content]

Yep, it’s that kind of weather. Making Pozole tonight.

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makeitstop  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:53:01am

re: #173 darthstar

Fuck Shkrelli.

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If I were Duca’s husband, I’d have a little sit-down with Shkrelli and explain to him why harassing my wife is not a good idea. In no uncertain terms.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:55:58am

re: #188 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

Inorite? Have you gotten to the shark guy yet?

Still, the lighter, happier mood of The Flash is a nice balance for the darker, more serious Arrow.

Till Flashpoint, that is…

199
scottslemmons  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:56:45am

I was honestly surprised Shkreli made it to the end of 2016 alive.

Just another case of civilization being too civilized to save itself. :/

200
Charles Johnson  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:57:24am

re: #193 Dave In Austin

What else have you been watching recently? I think we have watched most all the high profile series on NF and Amazon. Wife and I are currently on “The Crown” on Amazon and I’m watching “Hand of God” (AMZ) on the nite shift (Very creepy but I could watch Dana Delany all day…).

Sherlock, Black Mirror, Penny Dreadful, Stranger Things, Bojack Horseman are all pretty good. I have Travelers and The OA queued up to watch soon.

201
allegro  Jan 8, 2017 • 11:58:29am

re: #197 makeitstop

If I were Duca’s husband, I’d have a little sit-down with Shkrelli and explain to him why harassing my wife is not a good idea. In no uncertain terms.

She seems to be handling him quite well. (White Knightisms make me twitch.)

202
jeffreyw  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:00:12pm

re: #196 Blind Frog Belly White

Yep, it’s that kind of weather. Making Pozole tonight.

Mmm… posole

Imgur

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Dave In Austin  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:03:07pm

I have high hopes for “Mozart in the Jungle” tonite on the GG awards. One of the best series I have seen in a long time and a nice break from my usual fare of blood, guts and SiFi….. Just heartwarming and funny.

204
makeitstop  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:04:26pm

re: #201 allegro

She seems to be handling him quite well. (White Knightisms make me twitch.)

True. She does seem pretty fearless.

But if it were my wife receiving the harassment, I would have something to say about it.

205
Dave In Austin  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:04:36pm

re: #202 jeffreyw

Wife made a pot last nite….. We’ll be feeding off it for the next month…

206
Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:06:28pm

re: #205 Dave In Austin

Wife made a pot last nite….. We’ll be feeding off it for the next month…

That’s what I thought last month when I made a pot with 5.5# of Costco’s Country Style Spareribs.

Two days later, it was gone.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:08:32pm

Rainy weather is putting me in the mood for comfort food. Pozole tonight. Red beans and rice, maybe Tuesday. Haluski after that.

Now I gotta get me some of those Costco boneless beef shortribs for braising……

208
jeffreyw  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:10:28pm

re: #205 Dave In Austin

We watched a German mini-series a while back, Heimat, that we enjoyed. The first and the second “seasons” were better than the third but it was worth the time. We watched it on Netflix DVDs.

209
Blind Frog Belly White  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:13:30pm

re: #208 jeffreyw

We watched a German mini-series a while back, Heimat, that we enjoyed. The first and the second “seasons” were better than the third but it was worth the time. We watched it on Netflix DVDs.

We’re on the lookout for our next ‘British cranky loner detective’ series, having gone through Luther, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, and at least one other.

210
sagehen  Jan 8, 2017 • 12:22:42pm

re: #209 Blind Frog Belly White

We’re on the lookout for our next ‘British cranky loner detective’ series, having gone through Luther, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, and at least one other.

Inspector Lynley mysteries are good; based on a series of books. He’s not exactly a cranky loner, but the Sgt who’s his main assistant is.

And have you seen “The Escape Artist”?

David Tennant mini-series. He’s not a detective in this one, he’s a defense lawyer who gets a brutal serial killer acquitted. The BSK repays him by targeting his wife…

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Clearly a Country For Sick Old Haters  Jan 8, 2017 • 5:02:10pm

re: #172 Charles Johnson


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