Daily Beast Reports: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies in the US

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We learned last week that Russian front groups had purchased at least 3,000 politically divisive advertisements on Facebook during the 2016 election, but tonight the Daily Beast is reporting that the propaganda effort went farther than ads; Russia also used Facebook Events to organize anti-immigrant rallies on US soil.

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Beast that the social-media giant “shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.” The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads. (This is the first time the social media giant has publicly acknowledged the existence of such events.)

The Facebook events—one of which echoed Islamophobic conspiracy theories pushed by pro-Trump media outlets—are the first indication that the Kremlin’s attempts to shape America’s political discourse moved beyond fake news and led unwitting Americans into specific real-life action.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:34:27pm

Well, I finally got CL’ed, so reposting from downstairs…

Longish post here so buckle up:

With the 9/11 anniversary approaching I’ve spent the last few weeks researching Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of the hijackers and the pilot of United Airlines 11, the first plane to strike the first WTC tower at 8:46 am.

In particular, I’ve been curious about what drove this man to join Al-Qaeda and commit to carrying such a heinous act of terrorism against the United States.

Of course the general charge against most Muslim extremists is that they hate the U.S. because Israel, but that’s a very, very simplistic way of viewing things.

Atta was born to a relatively well off Egyptian family. Both his parents are college educated and successful professionals (his surviving siblings are very successful as well). According to several sources Atta’s father basically kept the boy at home most of his youth and prohibited him from socializing with anyone other than his family outside of school hours. No friends, clubs or sports. As a result, the young Atta, while excelling in academics, had a non existent social life. He was isolated and somewhat despondent, traits he carried well into adulthood.

His career plans didn’t exactly take off either. He did Architectural design for awhile but after AutoCAD became more of a thing, there was no need for his services anymore. He then worked a series of menial jobs including selling cars and packing computers, both while living in Hamburg. He wanted to go back home to Cairo and work there, but his family did not have the right connections for him to find a good job.

Those who knew him in Hamburg say he was intensely introverted and very private. He had few close friends and no romantic relationships. The only place he spent much time at besides home or work was the Al-Quds Mosque.

The extreme fundamentalist religion at the Mosque is what I believe was most crucial in stoking the fires of a man who was already angry and frustrated at a world he felt did not have much of a place for him and a family who was not supportive. Most radical fundamentalist theology (whether Muslim or otherwise) is heavily focused on blaming someone else for a persons failures rather than encouraging him or her to accept responsibility for their own failures and work to better themselves.

Thus, the U.S. and Israel became convenient targets for Atta to take his frustration out on. America, however, wasn’t his first target. Not long after establishing contact with Al-Qaeda, Atta and some of the other men who were on those planes 16 years ago decided they wanted to go to Chechnya and join the Muslims who were already fighting against Russians, only to be talked out of it by Al-Qaeda leaders.

Now of course had Atta not become involved in the 9/11 plot another hijacker would have taken his place, but if that had happened would the attacks still have been carried out as successfully as they were? All signs are that Atta had a significant role in organizing and preparing the hijackers for what was to come throughout 2001 and traveled extensively to make sure the attacks could go smoothly.

None of this is meant to absolve Atta of repsonsibility. The man committed a heinous deed and was an undeniable enemy of the state.

I find it striking though that the distance between a healthy and rational human being and a radicalized terrorist madman can be so small. There might have been one act, one conversation, one letter, one show of affection that would have kept Atta from being on the plane that fateful morning.

Of course we’ll never know for sure and that will be just one of many enduring mysteries surrounding 9/11/01.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:34:52pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:37:32pm

These fuckers are absolutely clueless.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:38:12pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Reported

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:39:35pm
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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:43:57pm

So what cost will we and the rest of the western world extract from Putin and his beloved Russia?

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makeitstop  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:45:30pm

Zuckerburg has a shit ton of explaining to do. And he goddamn well better do it before he decides he’s allowed to run for president.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:46:50pm

re: #7 makeitstop

Zuckerburg has a shit ton of explaining to do. And he goddamn well better do it before he decides he’s allowed to run for president.

He’ll just buy the damn presidency the way we’re going.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:49:12pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

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Charles, I reported that jerk.

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makeitstop  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:50:33pm

re: #8 teleskiguy

He’ll just buy the damn presidency the way we’re going.

His money and a few cheap catch phrases and it’s in the bag.

I wish I could be full on /// here, but it’s kind of scary how plausible it is.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:52:06pm

I guess the color commentators and announcers of the sportsball game in Denver are Bush League. People are pissed, man!

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:53:01pm

re: #8 teleskiguy

He’ll just buy the damn presidency the way we’re going.

Just the thought of a 2020 campaign coming down to Zuckerberg Vs. The Rock…

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LoonRadio  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:53:11pm

I think “misprision” is a word we should use more often.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:02:11pm

A semi full of pigs crashed just west of my twenty, closing the interstate for five hours.

25 pigs didn’t make it. ☹️

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:03:59pm

re: #11 teleskiguy

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I guess the color commentators and announcers of the sportsball game in Denver are Bush League. People are pissed, man!

If by Bush League, you mean one of them is a woman, yeah.

Not that I am watching the game or listening, but that’s probably the reason people are pissed. Not exactly a shining endorsement of NFL fans but that’s not surprising.

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retired cynic  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:08:30pm

re: #14 teleskiguy

None of them were going to make it, honestly. I avert my eyes driving by those trucks, but I enjoy eating meat, so I’m a chicken.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:11:23pm

I sprung my car from the car hospital in Colorado this afternoon. Drove from Sterling to Scottsbluff and just made it with about five minutes to spare before the rental agency closed for the day.

My insurance company accepted my complaint that the repair shop did not have the car ready until 3:30 PM Friday and closes at 4:00, and not open on the weekend, so they approved the rental for the land yacht for the weekend.

I had the deductible wrong - it was $500, not $1,000 as I originally though.

A lesson I have had trouble passing to my wife is that if you have only one car and you are dependent on it, you cannot afford to go without collision/comprehensive insurance. Our car is four years old and has 54,000 miles, but it our only car. We would have been screwed without it (the repair was way more than $500, and the rental would have been a lot more if we’d done it rather than the insurance company). While you could go ten years without an accident (and therefore all those collision payments go down the drain), if you have a collision, then you need a large pile of money right then. (Something like a bad savings account.)

Everything went smoothly with the mechanic in Colorado and the rental agency in Nebraska: Sign here, and here, and over there, and out back, you’re good to go.

Made it back to town just in time for the village board meeting. My modest tax rise proposal I made at the last meeting passed with some discussion this time round. Final budget approved. Village is well in the black, despite infrastructure projects on the water tower and the streets, plus the increase in the public library budget.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:19:03pm

re: #15 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I stopped on the channel for a quick minute and they were pretty bad, but your point would likely still stand if they weren’t and one of them was a woman. The whole production felt like a weird bootleg NFL.

Americans still feel hella insulated and exceptional for the most part and pay a great deal of attention to stupid stuff. But it would be inaccurate to not notice it in other countries as well.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:21:32pm

re: #18 JordanRules

I’m still wondering when Monday Night Football became two games and why because now I have to avoid the bar for twice as long when it comes to doing dinner at a sports bar on Monday nights.

AND now there’s Thursday night football too. Ugh. It’s spreading.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:24:37pm

re: #19 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Spreading a product super thin that has been losing their audience. Sounds about right for that class of owners. They have been coddled and insulated from so many market forces for so long. They will continue to make horrible decisions I’m sure.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:24:45pm

re: #19 klys (maker of Silmarils)

On the bright side, San Diego is now football free.

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MsJ  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:24:46pm

Russians on Facebook are also the original drivers of the Texas sucession movement.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:25:04pm

Have not heard from my son since he E-mailed me from Jacksonville last night. He is in one of the areas Jacksonville Electric Authority says is without power, so that is probably the reason.

Instant news is anxiety-inducing. If Irma had happened one hundred years ago and we were in this situation, I would likely not have heard of the hurricane for days or weeks out here. I might have even gotten a telegram saying “I’m fine Dad” before the news broke here.

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:25:27pm

So we have this massive military plus all the nukes. A huge economy. Our strategic opposition attacks where there is little resistance. Cyber. Currencies. Propaganda. Proxies like Syria and Crimea leadership. NK exporting missile tech in trade for weapons tech like fusion warheads. The endless stretch of personal data hacks. It’s a low level battle, warmer than a cold war colder than a hot war. WW3 on simmer.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:25:55pm

re: #22 MsJ

Russians on Facebook are also the original drivers of the Texas sucession movement.

And at least one of the California succession movements (though not on Facebook originally).

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:26:17pm

re: #21 Kragar

On the bright side, San Diego is now football free.

You lucky bastards.

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freetoken  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:26:42pm

Interesting to see what happens to fundamentalists when they give up their religious ventures.

Remember the defendchristians.org site?

Apparently the domain no longer works.

Wayback machine has the last post as just before Trump is inaugurated:
web.archive.org

So I looked up the preacher… and now he’s an insurance salesman:
agents.allstate.com

I guess the revenue from the Christian victimization angle wasn’t sufficient.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:27:45pm

re: #24 Unshaken Defiance

You’re right. I’ve been saying cold, but warm seems more apropos.
Most of the country is clueless about it too.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:27:56pm

felonious amounts of illegal rain here in la bayarea

some storm goddess is going to prison

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:28:28pm

I am not a pilot but this seems not the most efficient method.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:28:47pm

I left Sterling for Scottsbluff on Colo. State Hwy. 14. (Goes to Greeley if you go too far on it.)

There is a whole lotta nuthin’ in the Pawnee National Grasslands, and Colorado is way flatter than the Nebraska Sandhills. It was good to get back to a place with rolling hills and the vista broken by an occasional cow. Where does Teleskiguy find a place to make a downhill run? /s

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:30:22pm
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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:30:23pm

re: #30 klys (maker of Silmarils)

“Like a glove…”

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:30:29pm

re: #25 Anymouse 🌹

And at least one of the California succession movements (though not on Facebook originally).

i really liked the idea of CA secession but i lost interest when it was uncovered that it was russian backed subversion

i like the idea of living in an independant Bear Flag Republic; being a pawn of pootie, not so much…

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freetoken  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:30:40pm

Eight hate groups are in San Diego’s backyard, civil rights organization says

The law center says the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission in Vista is primarily focused on attacking LGBT rights, including same sex-marriage and allowing gay people to serve in the military, but it has also maligned Muslims.

Its president since 2007 is the Rev. Gary Cass, a former member of the Grossmont Union High School District Board and a former officer in the Republican Party of San Diego County.

According to Cass, only one type of person is qualified to serve in public office: Christian men.

“The first qualification is they must be a Christian,” he said in a YouTube video.

“The biblical biological requirement for office is you must be male,” he continued. “Civil leadership should be conceived of as an extension of the family and God’s created order.”

He has also espoused anti-Muslim views, and describes himself as “Islamophobic.”

It’s unclear if the group is still active — its website went offline early this year and its social media accounts have been deleted.

Probably not good for selling Allstate insurance, being associated with a hate group.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:32:09pm

From the replies, the guy apparently survived.

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retired cynic  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:32:52pm

re: #30 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I am not a pilot but this seems not the most efficient method.

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The Whomping Willow scores another hit!

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:34:24pm

Unanimously? Huh

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:35:36pm

re: #35 freetoken

“Islamophobic.”

is there such a thing as being “islamophoric”?

sufis, maybe…

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wheat-dogg  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:36:23pm

re: #30 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I am not a pilot but this seems not the most efficient method.

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I could go with two explanations.

1. He knew he didn’t have enough room or altitude to land safely, so he used the tree as a “brake” for a short-field “landing.” (aka crash)
2. He is incompetent, came in too low, and clipped the tree by mistake, and was damn lucky he didn’t wreck himself or anything but the plane badly.

It’s been a while since I had any flight training, but IIRC an emergency landing using the wings to catch trees is an acceptable way to attempt a survivable crash.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:39:26pm

re: #31 Anymouse 🌹

Where does Teleskiguy find a place to make a downhill run?

This is about 75 minutes west of Denver.

Instagram

.@Arapahoe_Basin, I’ve missed you so.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:41:01pm

Irritated and disappointed with Kurt Eichenwald after I’ve supported him in the past. Won’t be doing that again.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:43:03pm

re: #32 JordanRules

Erm, that’s the topic of this post…?

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:46:15pm

re: #38 JordanRules

Unanimously? Huh

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i really wonder to what extent trump himself understands how much his “nationalist” anti regular gop movement is a bid by white supremacists to take over the republican party

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:50:11pm

re: #43 Charles Johnson

Ouch! My bad. Was on my phone in spy mode and jumped quick on that.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:53:50pm

Just checked, this is real

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danarchy  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:55:27pm

re: #42 Charles Johnson

Irritated and disappointed with Kurt Eichenwald after I’ve supported him in the past. Won’t be doing that again.

What did he do this time?

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:55:44pm

re: #35 freetoken

Its president since 2007 is the Rev. Gary Cass, a former member of the Grossmont Union High School District Board and a former officer in the Republican Party of San Diego County.

All Republicans aren’t bigots, but the overwhelming majority of bigots are Republicans.

According to Cass, only one type of person is qualified to serve in public office: Christian men.

I’m sure my majority-female (including the mayor) and Christian village board would be surprised to find that out. So would the overwhelming majority of people here who are Republicans and Christians. I guess they’re not “true Christians” or “real Republicans.”

“The first qualification is they must be a Christian,” he said in a YouTube video.

“The biblical biological requirement for office is you must be male,” he continued. “Civil leadership should be conceived of as an extension of the family and God’s created order.”

And such people as these are why there are more atheists every day, especially when such hateful rhetoric is not called out publically (television, radio, from the pulpit, &c) by churches.

“No, I don’t know that atheists should be regarded as citizens, nor should they be … atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots.” - Channelling his inner George W. Bush’s hateful rhetoric I see.

He has also espoused anti-Muslim views, and describes himself as “Islamophobic.”

I would suspect he’s anything outside his tiny religious feefees phobic, but that would just be me.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:56:51pm

re: #46 Kragar

Just checked, this is real

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Okay, I’m choking-laughing.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 9:58:15pm

re: #47 danarchy

He said Charles went too far with his 9/11 v. 45 tweet.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:03:00pm

re: #46 Kragar

Already conservative supporters are making the excuse for him that conservatives usually make for themselves: I was hacked.

Expect that to morph rapidly to “liberals are making it up” (followed by a deluge of screenshots from liberals showing they didn’t), then a notasbadas argument or a “squirrel!”

Ted Cruz is likely too powerful to bring down like an Oklahoma rep dealing in child porn or Michigan reps using state funds and offices to carry on a tryst.

Cruz is shameless anyway; after the way he allowed Trump to attack his wife (though Cruz’s superpac started it with billboards of Melania in Utah); he probably won’t care much.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:03:01pm

re: #49 The Ghost of a Flea

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:04:51pm

Hollywood lends support to Woods’ being pantsed.

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Ace-o-aces  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:05:20pm

re: #46 Kragar

Just checked, this is real

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It’s real AND IT’S FANTASTIC!

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BeachDem  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:06:32pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

These fuckers are absolutely clueless.

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I liked the neverfoeget hashtag.

Welp, nothing like what others have dealt with in TX and FL—but the rain here has been intense all day and some of the wind gusts as well. Charleston and Georgetown are a mess and here are some shots from the Grand Strand.

wmbfnews.com

Saw some shingles floating by, but not sure if they’re from my roof. So far haven’t found any leaks.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:09:29pm

I may be naive here but I just don’t see Cruz doing that within 1000 miles of his own Twitter.

It’s funny as shit though.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:09:36pm

Holy shit, all these years later, Delicatessen is still great. Thankyou, Netflix.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:09:38pm

Mr. Johnson, you’re not the only one getting hammered on your Twitter feed tonight. Jim Wright is getting it too, after weighing in on Steve Bannon’s interview on “60 Minutes”

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:11:54pm
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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:14:45pm
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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:15:27pm
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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:16:18pm
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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:16:50pm
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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:19:33pm

They make a good point…

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:21:59pm

re: #61 Charles Johnson

Someone needs to repost that to @commiegirl1 and @stonekettle

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:23:47pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:25:33pm

re: #66 Kragar

Even Rule 34 has its limits.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:26:11pm

re: #67 Anymouse 🌹

Even Rule 34 has its limits.

No.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:27:20pm

re: #68 Kragar

No.

I speak from authority here in my other job (not the village trustee one). I do not want to see Ted Cruz submissive bondage porn.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:28:19pm

Unanimous Senate move against the yam tonight and now this.
Cuck as a defining characteristic.

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retired cynic  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:28:28pm

re: #69 Anymouse 🌹

It’s OK. I won’t look at it, you can’t make me.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:29:55pm

re: #70 JordanRules

Unanimous Senate move against the yam tonight and now this.
Cuck as a defining characteristic.

What unanimous move against Mr. Trump happened today? I missed that one.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:30:12pm

re: #62 Kragar

Mother Jones needs to get an award for pairing that photo and that article.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:30:37pm

re: #69 Anymouse 🌹

I speak from authority here in my other job (not the village trustee one). I do not want to see Ted Cruz submissive bondage porn.

Are you sure? I found some in like 30 seconds

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:30:47pm

re: #72 Anymouse 🌹

See my #34.

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Scottish Dragon  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:32:49pm

re: #69 Anymouse 🌹

I speak from authority here in my other job (not the village trustee one). I do not want to see Ted Cruz submissive bondage porn.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:32:57pm

re: #75 JordanRules

Sorry #38.

LMAO!!!

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:33:45pm

Well, poor Senator Cruz is probably asleep right now. By the time he wakes up any shred of credibility he had will be in tatters. Screams from the hapless right wing family values folk of “fake” and “liberal snowflakes” won’t save him.

On that note, I started cleaning my percolator. For this I deserve a pot of coffee from a spiffy clean pot.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:34:13pm

re: #74 Kragar

Are you sure? I found some in like 30 seconds

Don’t show it to me. Let me maintain my innocence.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:34:20pm

Well, looks like Ted’s ‘like’ of porno has been ‘unliked.’ I’m not seeing it on my end.

No matter, the damage has been done and the internet is having a gas right now.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:36:56pm

re: #78 Anymouse 🌹

Ted belongs to a tribe where this kind of thing is on one hand condemned, but on the other there’s clearly-established rituals that will expiate him. Hypocrisy about fucking is a baked-in feature of the culture, most especially for old dudes with power.

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Scottish Dragon  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:37:31pm

re: #80 teleskiguy

Well, looks like Ted’s ‘like’ of porno has been ‘unliked.’ I’m not seeing it on my end.

No matter, the damage has been done and the internet is having a gas right now.

One or more interns are getting fired tomorrow…

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:37:38pm

re: #62 Kragar

Ted “no right to stimulate one’s genitals” Cruz.

Small government conservatism.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:38:04pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:41:53pm

[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:42:26pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:43:24pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:46:35pm
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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:48:58pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:49:10pm

Ol’ Ted already has a template, a classic wingnut playbook move.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:49:56pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:52:46pm

I heard on NPR this afternoon that Hillary Clinton is supposed to be on “Morning Edition” in the morning.

Regrettably, the NPR station here (which does not come in at my house and barely in my car) seems to be trampled this week with a new pirate Christian preaching station (they give no station IDs or such).

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:54:21pm
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Single-handed sailor  Sep 11, 2017 • 10:57:22pm
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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:03:41pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:04:04pm

This is fun.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:09:01pm
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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:12:25pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:16:30pm

I wonder if Ted Cruz even knows what’s going on over at Twitter … or is he going to wake up to this in a briefing from a staffer in the morning?

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:16:32pm

re: #84 Kragar

That gif is actually too on point.

“Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins’ solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don’t just stare at it, eat it.”

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:18:18pm

I don’t think he’d even ‘like’ anything like this on his private account.

Maybe I’m really underestimating the ultra repressive types.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:19:53pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:21:15pm
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sagehen  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:21:55pm

re: #96 teleskiguy

This is fun.

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Shmata fractal.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:22:11pm

re: #101 JordanRules

I don’t think he’d even ‘like’ anything like this on his private account.

Maybe I’m really underestimating the ultra repressive types.

They don’t think they will get caught (cough cough Ted Haggart)

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:22:59pm
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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:23:23pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:23:29pm

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:25:12pm

It was a gorgeous light show in the area this evening.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:26:30pm

re: #105 Anymouse 🌹

This is just so sloppy and too perfect IMO.

Personal or private account… you affirming via a like just takes it one extra step that is so unnecessary and easily avoidable. Watch and keep it moving. This is strange to me. And it stayed up so long.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:29:09pm

re: #111 JordanRules

This is just so sloppy and too perfect IMO.

Personal or private account… you affirming via a like just takes it one extra step that is so unnecessary and easily avoidable. Watch and keep it moving. This is strange to me. And it stayed up so long.

There’s no verification required for likes and it’s really easy to hit the heart by mistake. I have no problem believing it’s real and very much doubt a US Senator like Cruz doesn’t have two factor verification in place. It’s probably legit.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:29:12pm

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some porno now and then, it’s literally a fourth or maybe even a third of the entire internet. But sexually repressed slobs like Ted Cruz will find a lowly scapegoat for his liking of a short-ass preview porno clip.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:34:32pm

re: #61 Charles Johnson

Well for what it’s worth, everyone is posting a single frame of the video in Sen. Cruz’s likes.

I turned up the tweet with the video in question (since all the screenshots have the timestamp cut off, at least as I can see it from my laptop).

I won’t sully our esteemed host Mr. Johnson’s site with a link to a porn clip.

Ted Cruz you hypocrite… . it’s not the porn you know, it’s the hypocrisy you’re being dragged across the Internet and back for.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:35:29pm

This whole ‘Ted Cruz likes porn’ thing is really a wake-up call to the prudishness and sexually repressed nature of the United States. We’re fuckin’ prudes, man! Sex is *dirty* and *unmentionable.* Sex is worse than violence! Better to depict horrific violence in mass media than show adults enjoying each others’ bodies. That might lead to more lovey-dovey humans, and we don’t want that!

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:36:00pm

re: #112 goddamnedfrank

Ahhh accidental like. Okay, very possible. But wouldn’t you just quickly unlike it? It was up for like an hour.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:36:38pm
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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:37:24pm

re: #116 JordanRules

Ahhh accidental like. Okay, very possible. But wouldn’t you just quickly unlike it? It was up for like an hour.

Might not have realized he did it.

In fact I’m sure he didn’t realize it. Tapped the icon by accident.

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piratedan  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:37:47pm

re: #96 teleskiguy

I came up with Miner’s Ennui

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:38:18pm

re: #115 teleskiguy

This whole ‘Ted Cruz likes porn’ thing is really a wake-up call to the prudishness and sexually repressed nature of the United States. We’re fuckin’ prudes, man! Sex is *dirty* and *unmentionable.* Sex is worse than violence! Better to depict horrific violence in mass media than show adults enjoying each others’ bodies. That might lead to more lovey-dovey humans, and we don’t want that!

Sex is filthy and animalistic and that is why God wants you to save it for the person you marry.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:42:19pm

re: #117 goddamnedfrank

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:42:32pm

re: #115 teleskiguy

This whole ‘Ted Cruz likes porn’ thing is really a wake-up call to the prudishness and sexually repressed nature of the United States. We’re fuckin’ prudes, man! Sex is *dirty* and *unmentionable.* Sex is worse than violence! Better to depict horrific violence in mass media than show adults enjoying each others’ bodies. That might lead to more lovey-dovey humans, and we don’t want that!

That’s your story. I’m no prude. I despise violent films but have no problem with sex.

That might be because I wasn’t raised in a repressed household with Puritanical memes, conservative voters, and weekly church indoctrination.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:43:11pm

re: #122 Anymouse 🌹

That’s your story.

Um, no.

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Kragar  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:46:22pm

So, Rick and Morty went straight up darkside last night.

Rick & Morty - The Ricklantis Mixup Ending

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:46:35pm

re: #122 Anymouse 🌹

I think you missed the snarky tone being conveyed about how Americans generally are WRT violence verses sex.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:46:44pm

re: #123 teleskiguy

Um, no.

Well, a significant portion of the populace certainly is prudish. See all of those that flipped out when Kirsten Gillibrand said “fuck” (as words have magical powers with conservatives, such as “radical Islamic terror”).

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:46:55pm

I mention an observation of mine and suddenly I’m part of the observation.

*shaking my damn head*

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:50:21pm

re: #122 Anymouse 🌹

That’s your story. I’m no prude. I despise violent films but have no problem with sex.

That might be because I wasn’t raised in a repressed household with Puritanical memes, conservative voters, and weekly church indoctrination.

It’s not a story, it’s literally the operative criteria behind MPAA ratings.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:50:56pm

re: #127 teleskiguy

I mention an observation of mine and suddenly I’m part of the observation.

*shaking my damn head*

LOL. I wasn’t going after you specifically. (Extends hand in apology.)

re: #125 JordanRules

I think you missed the snarky tone being conveyed about how Americans generally are WRT violence verses sex.

I didn’t read it as snarky, though I am well-aware of what is foisted off on our society as acceptable (blowing people up, good; sexyfuntimes, bad).

I blame the Puritans.

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:52:48pm

re: #129 Anymouse 🌹

LOL. I wasn’t going after you specifically.

And I quote:

That’s your story.

Try again. Try harder.

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:53:25pm

re: #129 Anymouse 🌹

Alrighty I guess.

*Stares into the void blinking*

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JordanRules  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:55:06pm

Damn.

This is so messed up.

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danarchy  Sep 11, 2017 • 11:57:03pm

re: #92 Anymouse 🌹

I heard on NPR this afternoon that Hillary Clinton is supposed to be on “Morning Edition” in the morning.

Regrettably, the NPR station here (which does not come in at my house and barely in my car) seems to be trampled this week with a new pirate Christian preaching station (they give no station IDs or such).

[Embedded content]

you clearly have internet access. tunein.com one of the myriad places you can live stream npr. Or just go to any npr stations website, I am sure they have a live stream.

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:00:29am

re: #115 teleskiguy

This whole ‘Ted Cruz likes porn’ thing is really a wake-up call to the prudishness and sexually repressed nature of the United States. We’re fuckin’ prudes, man! Sex is *dirty* and *unmentionable.* Sex is worse than violence! Better to depict horrific violence in mass media than show adults enjoying each others’ bodies. That might lead to more lovey-dovey humans, and we don’t want that!

You took it out of context.

I think I need to go to bed.

re: #122 Anymouse 🌹

That’s your story. I’m no prude. I despise violent films but have no problem with sex.

That might be because I wasn’t raised in a repressed household with Puritanical memes, conservative voters, and weekly church indoctrination.

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Single-handed sailor  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:01:23am

re: #118 goddamnedfrank

Might not have realized he did it.

In fact I’m sure he didn’t realize it. Tapped the icon by accident.

Just like accidentally down-dinging somebody here with a touch screen when trying to scroll.

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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:01:36am

re: #134 Anymouse 🌹

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Anymouse 🌹  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:03:51am

re: #136 teleskiguy

That’s my cue to say goodnight. I had a long day and I earned my after-dinner cheap rum and cheaper Kool-Aid.

Good-night y’all. Catch ya some other time …

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:07:53am

I’m not feeling very gracious, for all my amusement.

These are people that postulate how any unconventional sex—extramarital, gay, even slightly kinky—is all part of the event horizon that collapses into the Grand Unified Perversion where the dangerously outre and the non-consensual are just another way of getting kicks. That the prudishness is shadowed by sexual improprieties that involve abuse of power, coercion, and a culture of looking away from such behaviors…not a coincidence.

There’s the stated rules and the implicit rules…and that latter take that assumptions of “all fucking is bad fucking” and turn it into “my bad fucking isn’t any worse than all the other bad fucking.” Which explains the recurring theme of not understanding consent and tending to blame victims for being “tempting” and “available.”

Whenever one of them gets caught, I think their noses should be rubbed in it.

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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:09:46am
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JordanRules  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:10:48am

I’m paranoid about rat fucking since the last election. I admit that.
Add in Equifax and I feel like anything crazy can happen tomorrow.

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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:12:31am

re: #140 JordanRules

I’m paranoid about rat fucking since the last election. I admit that.
Add in Equifax and I feel like anything crazy can happen tomorrow.

Don’t worry. Mark Zuckerberg will buy the next election, and then we’ll achieve a utopian paradise.

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JordanRules  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:15:01am

re: #141 teleskiguy

‘Like’

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:15:21am

re: #127 teleskiguy

I mention an observation of mine and suddenly I’m part of the observation.

*shaking my damn head*

Forget it Charlie, it’s Quantum.

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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:19:29am

re: #143 Grunthos the Flatulent

So rare to see my actual first name being used here. So goddamned rare. And coming from you? I’m perplexed beyond scope.

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:21:04am

re: #144 teleskiguy

So rare to see my actual first name being used here. So goddamned rare. And coming from you? I’m perplexed beyond scope.

It appears in your Twitter, and a first name seemed necessary for the “Chinatown” reference.

Sorry to disconcert you.

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JordanRules  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:31:54am
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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:36:49am

re: #145 Grunthos the Flatulent

Sorry to disconcert you.

Not disconcerting! Just, well, weird. And you’re absolutely correct about my Twitter, which is under my real name.

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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:40:24am

re: #143 Grunthos the Flatulent

Disregard my paranoia and disbelief. I thought you were someone else.

Damn thousands of LGF accounts!

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:54:32am

re: #148 teleskiguy

Disregard my paranoia and disbelief. I thought you were someone else.

Damn thousands of LGF accounts!

Now I’m the one with the cartoon question mark floating over my head.

(Now drinking: Garage Project’s Hāpi Daze)

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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:56:49am

re: #149 Grunthos the Flatulent

I’m getting known around here as a real asshole, so disregard that question mark over your head. It’s most likely caused by a fucking asshole like myself.

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Grunthos the Flatulent  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:59:23am

re: #150 teleskiguy

I’m getting known around here as a real asshole, so disregard that question mark over your head. It’s most likely caused by a fucking asshole like myself.

You’ve had your moments but you man up later, and I’m not getting an asshole vibe now.

I’m just the Antipodean shift.

Anyway, between Ted Cruz and James Woods there’s enough schädenfreude for everyone.

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Timothy Watson  Sep 12, 2017 • 1:20:56am

re: #53 JordanRules

Hollywood lends support to Woods’ being pantsed.

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It was a couple years ago that Woods was openly dating a 20-year-old:
businessinsider.com

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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 1:25:40am
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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 1:34:48am

re: #153 teleskiguy

As a participant of so-called *action sports,* I have to commend the filmmakers and Bam himself for exposing the dark and often fatal underbelly of pushing things.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Sep 12, 2017 • 1:47:05am

re: #110 klys (maker of Silmarils)

It was a gorgeous light show in the area this evening.

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notice that, this being san francisco, the lightning is truckin’!

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teleskiguy  Sep 12, 2017 • 1:49:39am

re: #154 teleskiguy

As a participant of so-called *action sports,*

Probably my favorite picture of me participating in ‘action sports.’

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Kragar  Sep 12, 2017 • 1:55:52am
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freetoken  Sep 12, 2017 • 2:42:00am
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Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 2:59:49am

re: #128 goddamnedfrank

It’s not a story, it’s literally the operative criteria behind MPAA ratings.

Unless the violence is too realistic; Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop initially got slapped with an “X” Rating because the violence was not only graphic, but quite realistic. And that was just a bridge too far for the MPAA.

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freetoken  Sep 12, 2017 • 4:23:34am
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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Sep 12, 2017 • 4:30:03am

Heh:

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William Lewis  Sep 12, 2017 • 4:53:53am

re: #124 Kragar

So, Rick and Morty went straight up darkside last night.

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Video

Cementing it’s place as the most despicable bit of nihilism masquerading as satire yet.

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makeitstop  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:04:23am

I’m enjoying a nice morning daydream, where the broadcast industry is examined closely and has a set of new, modern-world regulations applied. A 21st Century Fairness Doctrine, if you will…

and then I woke up. But putting pressure on RT is the right thing to do.

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I cannot.  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:05:58am

So, re: #124 Kragar

Having never seen Rick or Morty, I have one question…

The fuck is that shit?

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Dave In Austin  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:07:15am

Since I slept last nite instead work. I think I missed the un-missable.

Did Mr. 7 Mountains Theology get caught with magic fapping content?

I’m feeling the rumble……..

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Dave In Austin  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:09:36am

re: #124 Kragar

So, Rick and Morty went straight up darkside last night.

[Embedded content]

Video

Jeebus!!

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freetoken  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:12:37am

re: #165 Dave In Austin

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Dave In Austin  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:17:48am

re: #167 freetoken

Damn!!!

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:24:43am

re: #162 William Lewis

Cementing it’s place as the most despicable bit of nihilism masquerading as satire yet.

Rick & Morty never claimed to be satire.

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William Lewis  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:24:46am

re: #164 I cannot.

So,

Having never seen Rick or Morty, I have one question…

The fuck is that shit?

Typical stuff for that show. It’s a multiple universe SF (Rick has a gun like device that opens portals) and is allegedly satire in existential form. I’d argue that, unlike the actual existentialists, there is no hope at all, not even ala Camus (see the ending of “The Myth of Sisyphus” for example.) Of the protagonists (using the term loosely) Rick is a violent, alcoholic sociopath who argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. He’s a moral nihilists as well. Morty, his grandson, is depicted as being essentially spineless and willing to follow him as a father figure because both parents are equally despicable characters. Only one character is even slightly presented as slightly decent - Summer - and I get the feeling that is only to make fun of the fact that she doesn’t yet get that there is utterly no reason for hope. I wish they would have the intellectual honesty to present her as a stoic in contrast to the other characters, but a teen-aged Marcus Aurelius would rather undermine their purpose I think.

By now you’ve probably gotten the impression of how badly I despise this show. I need to now go re-watch all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender to wash my brain out from seeing even that 1:27 of R&M.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:26:01am
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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:28:56am

Rick is an anti-villain, and Rick & Morty is One Punch Man for villains.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:32:50am

I didn’t bother watching Bannon on 60 Minutes since there is literally nothing he could say that would interest me aside from admitting that he’s a traitor to the US, but reading this transcript is stunning. Why was this guy ever thought of as smart? He can barely string sentences together.

STEVE BANNON: I think Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan. They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented. It’s very obvious. It’s obvious as— it’s obvious as the— it’s obvious as night follows day is what they’re trying to do—

CHARLIE ROSE: Give me a story that illustrates that.

STEVE BANNON: Oh, Mitch McConnell when we first met him, I mean, he was— he was— he— he said, I think in one of the first meetings— in Trump Tower with the president— as we’re wrapping up, he basically says, “I don’t wanna hear any more of this ‘Drain the Swamp’ talk.” He says, “I can’t— I can’t hire any smart people,” because everybody’s all over him for reporting requirements and— and the pay, et cetera, and the scrutiny. You know, “You gotta back off that.” The “Drain the Swamp” thing was— is Mitch McConnell was Day One did not wanna— did not wanna go there. Wanted us to back off.

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:35:46am

re: #166 Dave In Austin

Jeebus!!

That’s the evil Morty we’ve been waiting for since season one.

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William Lewis  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:41:16am

re: #174 Belafon

That’s the evil Morty we’ve been waiting for since season one.

It takes time for Grampa’s corruption to do it’s work like the One Ring on a hobbit.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:42:15am

McConnell is such a fucking asshole.

Mr. McConnell said that he insisted the newly passed legislation preserve Treasury’s ability to apply “extraordinary measures” and shift money within government accounts to pay off debt and extend federal borrowing power.

Social Security and Medicare come to mind.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:46:26am

LOL!

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Sir John Barron  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:47:45am

Good gosh this whole thing is cray-cray. It’s a bottomless pit of ratf0cking.

But, you know, Whose vote did it change!!!?!?!? Her emails!!!!

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Sir John Barron  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:49:00am

re: #176 MsJ

McConnell is such a fucking asshole.

Social Security and Medicare come to mind.

Republicans can hold happy fests on the front lawn of the WH when one chamber of Congress passes a Health Care Kill Bill but far be it from Democrats to be happy about a debt limit deal.

/

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Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:49:21am

So weird to see discussions of Rick and Morty mixed with the Bannon interview.

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William Lewis  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:51:02am

re: #180 Barefoot Grin

So weird to see discussions of Rick and Morty mixed with the Bannon interview.

Why? The show is marginally not as bad for people as Bannon.

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Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:52:14am

re: #181 William Lewis

Why? The show is marginally not as bad for people as Bannon.

Yeah, that’s what I meant. Nihilist to nihilist.

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Big Beautiful Door  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:54:44am

re: #159 Dr Lizardo

Unless the violence is too realistic; Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop initially got slapped with an “X” Rating because the violence was not only graphic, but quite realistic. And that was just a bridge too far for the MPAA.

Great movie, btw.

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:54:54am

Imgur


Good morning!

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 5:56:35am

re: #184 jeffreyw

OMG! That puppy is soooooooooo cute! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:04:57am
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Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:11:32am

Here’s a little context for our host’s tweet yesterday (a reminder):

[Can’t find this tweet right now:
[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

]

Sorry: Amy Siskind’s tweet is gone, but here’s the article:

theatlantic.com

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:13:19am

So the Jesus Canadian Cruz really loves is a freak on Pornhub…

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:21:01am

Greets and saluts from the Resistance in the NYC metro area.

That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

But there’s plenty to say about Trump’s ongoing descent into madness and lies and spin.

It was predicted to be a monster storm with massive damage across its entire path. A storm that size would cause immense damage, and yet the only thing that matters is that he proposed deep budget cuts to FEMA and USCG.

You can’t explain that. Well, you can. The GOP doesn’t want to do disaster relief and rebuilding. They’re fixated on tax cuts, as Speaker Ryan was again spewing this morning. They complain that the federal deficit is sky high, but refuse to increase taxes on those who have benefited from decades of low taxes - the rich. At same time, the GOP claims that tax burdens are sky high, when they’re near historic lows, especially for the rich.

Tax cuts for millionaires while service cuts go to everyone else. It’s all about redistributing wealth and burdens. The wealth goes to the rich and the burdens flow to everyone else.

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:22:45am

re: #189 lawhawk

That may have been all I have to say about Ted Cruz, but there’s a lot of other people with great takes:

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:22:53am

From Yahoo:

The latest was two-term Rep. Dave Trott of Michigan, who said in a statement Monday that he’d decided after careful consideration that the best course for him was to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector.

In contrast to those diplomatic words was Trott’s most recent tweet, sent in mid-August: “I think America needs more unity and less divisiveness…meaning @realDonaldTrump should focus more on golf & have less press conferences.”

Trott joins a string of moderate Republicans, including Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Dave Reichert of Washington state and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, who are not seeking re-election.

Each of these seats will be heavily contested by Democrats eager to take back control of the House, and rumors abound of other GOP retirements still to come. New Jersey’s Leonard Lance is weighing retirement, while another Michigan Republican, Rep. Fred Upton, is mulling a campaign for U.S. Senate, according to party operatives who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Also Monday a senior GOP senator, Bob Corker of Tennessee, issued a statement indicating indecision about his future following a CNN report stating that the influential chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee had not yet decided whether to seek re-election next year.

Finally some good news in the trump era.

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Sir John Barron  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:30:54am

re: #189 lawhawk

The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations,than anyone thought - but amazing people working hard!
— Donald J. Trump

“No one could have predicted….”

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:32:43am
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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:33:18am

And I take it back. Of course Rick & Morty is satire. It’s making fun of people who look for heroes in cartoons.

I overreacted to people who get bent out of shape over a cartoon, but to each his or her own.

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JordanRules  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:39:54am
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makeitstop  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:40:55am
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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:43:16am

re: #164 I cannot.

So,

Having never seen Rick or Morty, I have one question…

The fuck is that shit?

It’s the brainchild of Dan Harmon (“Community”) and runs on a programming block that specializes in similar subject matter, be it cartoons or live action.

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:49:08am
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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:49:12am
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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:53:37am

re: #162 William Lewis

Cementing it’s place as the most despicable bit of nihilism masquerading as satire yet.

I’ve never seen anything about Rick and Morty. After that clip, don’t know what to think.

So, that is on the Cartoon Network? Is it sold as an adult cartoon and shown late night?

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I cannot.  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:53:42am

re: #197 Myron Falwell

That…kind of answers my question, but upon further reflection…

HOW THE FUCK IS A PROGRAM BLOCK LIKE THAT EVEN A THING?

I’m kinda going with William Lewis on how I’m feeling about it…

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:53:52am

Libertarians are just salivating at the idea of open piracy during emergencies, but shoot looters on sight!

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:54:17am

re: #185 MsJ

OMG! That puppy is soooooooooo cute! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

He’s a Harvey rescue, they went down with a van full of pet supplies and came back with a load of dogs and cats to help ease the space problems for a shelter there. A drop in the bucket but every animal they brought back was from a kill shelter and their time was short.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:54:52am
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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:54:55am

re: #164 I cannot.

So,

Having never seen Rick or Morty, I have one question…

The fuck is that shit?

Heh. Right there with you. Just saw your comment.

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:56:09am
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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 6:59:50am

re: #184 jeffreyw

[Embedded content]

Good morning!

That is a classical cute pupper. I hope a home is coming.

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:00:33am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:00:54am

re: #195 JordanRules

Russian politician says on live TV that Russia stole U.S. presidency

US intelligence did not miss it, but their hands were tied: had they come out against it more forcefully, it would have looked like partisan meddling. The Russians knew this and exploited that weakness to the max…and succeeded.

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:01:29am

re: #201 I cannot.

That…kind of answers my question, but upon further reflection…

HOW THE FUCK IS A PROGRAM BLOCK LIKE THAT EVEN A THING?

I’m kinda going with William Lewis on how I’m feeling about it…

I got nothing.

Adult Swim is also noteworthy (or notorious) for reviving both Family Guy and Futurama from cancellation by Fox.

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:01:53am

re: #200 ObserverArt

I’ve never seen anything about Rick and Morty. After that clip, don’t know what to think.

So, that is on the Cartoon Network? Is it sold as an adult cartoon and shown late night?

It’s on Adult Swim, which actually is a separate entity from Cartoon Network, though I doubt a lot of people care about the distinction since it runs the night shift on the channel.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:02:27am

re: #203 jeffreyw

He’s a Harvey rescue, they went down with a van full of pet supplies and came back with a load of dogs and cats to help ease the space problems for a shelter there. A drop in the bucket but every animal they brought back was from a kill shelter and their time was short.

Who’s they? Is there an article?

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JordanRules  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:04:33am

re: #209 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Very successful. What’s going to happen next time? Crazy that it’s so out in the open with the RT guy just saying it on TV.

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:04:57am

re: #207 ObserverArt

That is a classical cute pupper. I hope a home is coming.

Mrs J tells me that he was very quickly placed.

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:06:08am

re: #206 lawhawk

Shhhhhh. After we get him to strike the age requirement out of Medicare.

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:08:45am

re: #211 Belafon

It’s on Adult Swim, which actually is a separate entity from Cartoon Network, though I doubt a lot of people care about the distinction since it runs the night shift on the channel.

Yup, like Nick at Nite originally was for Nickelodeon. (People forget that Nickelodeon was not originally a 24/7 service; the night hours in the early 1980s were shared with ABC-Hearst’s ARTS, antecedent of today’s A&E.)

With Cartoon Network, it was the other way around. Originally 24 hours, the popularity of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and other mature cartoons (Sealab 2020 and Aqua Teen Hunger Force) late at night resulted in Adult Swim as an overnight block. That start time has creeped up over the years… from midnight, to 10pm, to 9pm and now at 8pm.

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:09:17am

re: #189 lawhawk

Greets and saluts from the Resistance in the NYC metro area.

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It was predicted to be a monster storm with massive damage across its entire path. A storm that size would cause immense damage, and yet the only thing that matters is that he proposed deep budget cuts to FEMA and USCG.

You can’t explain that. Well, you can. The GOP doesn’t want to do disaster relief and rebuilding. They’re fixated on tax cuts, as Speaker Ryan was again spewing this morning. They complain that the federal deficit is sky high, but refuse to increase taxes on those who have benefited from decades of low taxes - the rich. At same time, the GOP claims that tax burdens are sky high, when they’re near historic lows, especially for the rich.

Tax cuts for millionaires while service cuts go to everyone else. It’s all about redistributing wealth and burdens. The wealth goes to the rich and the burdens flow to everyone else.

States rights!

Can you imagine Florida and Texas (and some other coastal states) having to be solely responsible for these weather events? In one bad year (like this) those states would be bankrupt and fast heading to total collapse. People would either be forced to live in a hell-hole or leave. After a few years both states would be so far from being what they are now they would define a realistic American Dystopia.

As block-headed as their governments can be, as well as some of their citizens, it would be just rewards but really it would begin to destroy all of America.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:11:19am
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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:12:16am

re: #214 jeffreyw

Mrs J tells me that he was very quickly placed.

I’d still like to know who “they” are. I would like to donate to their efforts.

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:13:08am

re: #213 JordanRules

Very successful. What’s going to happen next time? Crazy that it’s so out in the open with the RT guy just saying it on TV.

Vladimir Putin giving an address to the world in the style of Dr. Evil, complete with playing the Pee Tape in its entirety.

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:13:38am

re: #216 Myron Falwell

Yup, like Nick at Nite originally was for Nickelodeon. (People forget that Nickelodeon was not originally a 24/7 service; the night hours in the early 1980s were shared with ABC-Hearst’s ARTS, antecedent of today’s A&E.)

With Cartoon Network, it was the other way around. Originally 24 hours, the popularity of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and other mature cartoons (Sealab 2020 and Aqua Teen Hunger Force) late at night resulted in Adult Swim as an overnight block. That start time has creeped up over the years… from midnight, to 10pm, to 9pm and now at 8pm.

Though the 8-11ish block is King of the Hill, Family Guy, Cleveland Show, and American Dad. It’s also the only place to get anime on TV.

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:14:22am

re: #191 MsJ

From Yahoo:

Finally some good news in the trump era.

Interesting. I don’t know what to think. It may signal the ‘Republican’ party coming to either a total end or crazy beyond all belief.

They lost a bunch of moderates before back in the 90s and it lead to more extremists and eventually Tea Party/Freedom Caucus types. If the even less-moderate moderates leave the party is open for more completely whackos.

Not sure what to wish for for fear of what we might get.

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:16:32am

re: #212 MsJ

Who’s they? Is there an article?

There may be something on it in the shelter’s FacebookLink page but I don’t do FB so cannot provide a better link. Here’s their web page.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:17:23am

re: #220 Myron Falwell

Vladimir Putin giving an address to the world in the style of Dr. Evil, complete with playing the Pee Tape in its entirety.

The point is, they are still in a position to make us dance to their tune anytime they feel the need….

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:17:32am
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CongoJack  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:18:26am

re: #216 Myron Falwell

Sealab 2021 is amazing, I do recommend. Though when the person voicing Captain Murphy died it was a sad day and the show lost its direction slightly.

If you want to just laugh at stupid Aqua Teen Hunger Force (in its many iterations) is not a bad watch. Carl is the best character of the show imho.

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Eventual Carrion  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:19:33am

re: #225 MsJ

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Because FUCK THE CONSTITUTION, we are Russia now.

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:21:01am

re: #211 Belafon

It’s on Adult Swim, which actually is a separate entity from Cartoon Network, though I doubt a lot of people care about the distinction since it runs the night shift on the channel.

Thanks for the info. That makes sense.

As an artist, I do not like any form of censorship, just as long as things are kept to appropriate audience and people have a choice of watching or not.

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:21:25am

re: #221 Belafon

Though the 8-11ish block is King of the Hill, Family Guy, Cleveland Show, and American Dad. It’s also the only place to get anime on TV.

Right. It tends to be in stages, with the really dark stuff like R&M coming on after 11pm.

The anime block runs on Saturday late nights and is an artifact of the old Toonami, but that was run as a program block on Cartoon Network and not a separate entity.

Of note, Williams Street, the production company for almost all of Adult Swim’s original series, is headquartered in the old studios for what was WTBS Channel 17.

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:21:44am

re: #226 CongoJack

Sealab 2021 is amazing, I do recommend. Though when the person voicing Captain Murphy died it was a sad day and the show lost its direction slightly.

If you want to just laugh at stupid Aqua Teen Hunger Force (in its many iterations) is not a bad watch. Carl is the best character of the show imho.

I liked Children’s Hospital, and NTSF:SD:SUV::. And I think Rick & Morty is really good.

Edit: And how could I forget Robot Chicken.

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:22:03am

re: #214 jeffreyw

Mrs J tells me that he was very quickly placed.

Good! How could anyone looking for a pupper pass by that little guy.

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dangerman  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:23:08am

re: #30 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I am not a pilot but this seems not the most efficient method.

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I am a pilot. This is not the most efficient method.
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unless he *was* trying to park in that space

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CongoJack  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:24:36am

re: #230 Belafon

Children’s Hospital is the best live action show on AS.

All this Tim and Eric live action additional crap (other than Tom Goes to the Mayor which I found funny) is just utter crap.

Also let us not forget Robot Chicken and Squidbillies.

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:26:26am

re: #224 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The point is, they are still in a position to make us dance to their tune anytime they feel the need….

That’s kinda the point. It could escalate to such a ridiculous scenario like what I said above and Russia would STILL hold a decided advantage over us, and control over a major political party.

Russian pols are now freely admitting to stealing the 2016 election. What really would stop Putin from doing the same?

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:33:10am

re: #212 MsJ

Who’s they? Is there an article?

I found an article in the local news with a summary of the trip.

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Interesting Times  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:35:44am
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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:37:47am

More images out of the Florida Keys shows serious damage across the entire area.

The former home of Shel Silverstein was destroyed by a falling tree.

Of course there’s lots of people who say that since law enforcement isn’t letting people back into the Lower Keys due to the damage, lack of critical supplies/water/electricity/downed lines/debris on roads, they will not evacuate the next time.

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:38:10am
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Dr. Matt  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:39:11am

Just checking in post Irma. Our neck of the woods dodged a bullet. No flooding for me. Never lost power. Boredom was our only plight. Now I have 30 gallons of bottled water to drink.

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meteor  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:40:16am

OT: I got through the hurricane. No injuries in my family. Stayed with my cousin down the road. Went back to our home yesterday. We have no power and the electric company says they may take 7-10 days to fix it.

I am only getting through this with extra tranquilizers. At least work was called off today.

I’ll check in later if I can. Thanks.

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:41:09am

re: #228 ObserverArt

Thanks for the info. That makes sense.

As an artist, I do not like any form of censorship, just as long as things are kept to appropriate audience and people have a choice of watching or not.

There was one now-cancelled show — or more specifically, it’s creator — that DID get Adult Swim in a shitton of hot water.

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Interesting Times  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:42:32am

re: #2 Charles Johnson

You mentioned a lot of likes and new followers in addition to the ridiculous pile-on for that tweet…do you think something like this might have contributed as well?

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:42:43am

re: #239 Dr. Matt

Just checking in post Irma. Our neck of the woods dodged a bullet. No flooding for me. Never lost power. Boredom was our only plight. Now I have 30 gallons of bottled water to drink.

Sounds like meteor could use some.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:42:55am

re: #235 jeffreyw

I found an article in the local news with a summary of the trip.

Reading that makes me terribly sad. People had to turn in their pets due to an emergency and now they have no way to get them back. This is why people die in disasters. I wouldn’t ever leave my pups behind. And giving them up would be like chopping off an arm.

That was the case in FL, too. Shelters welcomed dogs but told the owners they couldn’t get them back.

This leaves you with abandoning a loved one or possibly dying with them. Not everyone can find a place to shelter that will take pets…or have money to do so even if they were readily available (they’re not). Hell, even a person of means (I could afford a hotel for a couple of weeks and a full relocation until the disaster was over, if I had to) may not be able to find one that takes animals.

I would go with option 2, myself, I suppose. I would never give up my animals. Never.

I am kinda heartbroken right now.

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:42:59am

re: #238 lawhawk

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:44:57am

re: #236 Interesting Times

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:46:17am

re: #246 Myron Falwell

That’s the rub, isn’t it. ////////////////////////////////////////

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(Bert the Turtle)  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:49:22am

Probably real late on this, but so what:

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:51:41am

re: #248 (Bert the Turtle)

I’d have gone with this instead:

Porno For Pyros - ‘Good God’s Urge’ (Full Album)

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:52:29am
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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:53:38am

re: #248 (Bert the Turtle)

Probably real late on this, but so what:

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Has Zodiac Killer Cruz thrown an entry-level social media staffer under the bus yet? Or is he still in the bathroom?

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(Bert the Turtle)  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:56:12am

re: #251 Myron Falwell

Don’t know, but there is this:

rawstory.com

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lawhawk  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:58:10am

re: #251 Myron Falwell

Yes, he is throwing a staffer under the bus.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 7:58:46am

“Dealing with it internally” is code for we are desperately trying to find a staffer to scapegoat but right now everyone wants too much money.

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dangerman  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:02:14am

re: #238 lawhawk

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There is a mini audit. There’s a due diligence checklist and there’s signing under penalty of perjury.

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JordanRules  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:04:43am
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Sir John Barron  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:05:21am

re: #238 lawhawk

House GOP wants to subject all EITC claimants to a mini-audit before giving out any refunds
— Catherine Rampell

And who would do the “mini-audit”? The IRS? The IRS that the GOPTeabag party has raged against for the past eight years and that the GOP congress has cut funds to? That IRS?

/

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:07:02am
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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:11:38am

Well, turns out it takes a few days to migrate from Android to an iPhone, even with Apple’s migration app (which actually works, for a wonder), and now I have a couple of questions.

1) Do I need antivirus or firewall software? (Apple says no, but…)

2) Is there any way besides hooking up to a laptop to see my own directory structure? I still hate the way Apple treats us like helpless children.)

Thanks!

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:13:21am

Yes Ted, “someone” did that.

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:13:35am

re: #253 lawhawk

re: #254 goddamnedfrank

“A mistake” … sure, it was a mistake to randomly find a tweet on an account named sexuallposts and like it.

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Eventual Carrion  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:16:21am

re: #261 Myron Falwell

“A mistake” … sure, it was a mistake to randomly find a tweet on an account named sexuallposts and like it.

But your honor, my client simply found these drugs and was on his way to the police station to turn them in when apprehended.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:22:10am

re: #220 Myron Falwell

Vladimir Putin giving an address to the world in the style of Dr. Evil, complete with playing the Pee Tape in its entirety.

I’d prolly laugh myself into a hernia if I saw that.

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:22:51am

re: #244 MsJ

Reading that makes me terribly sad. People had to turn in their pets due to an emergency and now they have no way to get them back.

I wondered about that and asked Mrs J if these animals were surrendered by people fleeing the looming hurricane but I was assured that these animals had been surrendered before the hurricane had even formed. Of course I am at several removes from this and have no way to verify any of it.

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Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:24:59am

re: #264 jeffreyw

I wondered about that and asked Mrs J if these animals were surrendered by people fleeing the looming hurricane but I was assured that these animals had been surrendered before the hurricane had even formed. Of course I am at several removes from this and have no way to verify any of it.

The article stated that they were given up before the storm but implies, to me, that they were surrendered because of it.

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dangerman  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:25:48am

Danger clan post irma

I don’t know if i said this already - luck has a way of making us look smart(er) than we may be

several times in the last week team danger was faced with crossroads/ decision making points. Each time with less than perfect or sometimes no information. You do the best with what you have. So we decided and either prepared or acted. Then things changed. we faced a new set of decisions, etc. each time with big question marks and guessing. We always had contingency plans. Some better than others. Some would have been way under optimal, whatever. And we would have done it - the best we could at the time.

Then luck intervened. Irma fell apart. I look like a genius.

mostly we just got out of the way early, then it looked like irma would follow us, and in the end she didnt and just gave up. food here was a bit dicey for half a day. we never lost power. gas was a non issue.

moving south to lake buena vista tomorrow. hopefully power will be restored at home by thursday and we can ease our way back there. i’ll do a condition report at the end of the week when everyone’s settled back in.

more later from the road

dm

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BlueGrl21  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:30:35am

I am in India right now.

My husband called and woke me up. “I have two words: Ted Cruz.”

It was so worth the loss of sleep. That’s my Senator, y’all!

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calochortus  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:34:25am

re: #265 Belafon

The article stated that they were given up before the storm but implies, to me, that they were surrendered because of it.

My understanding is that they tried to clear the shelters of animals that had been there before the hurricane so that there was room for displaced animals. In other words they wanted the space for animals that would likely be claimed when things settled down.

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:36:37am

Here in S. Illinois we are just now getting a taste of Irma, breezy and some sprinkles. It’s dry and any rain will be welcome, the grass crunches underfoot.

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BlueGrl21  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:40:32am

re: #267 BlueGrl21

I am in India right now.

My husband called and woke me up. “I have two words: Ted Cruz.”

It was so worth the loss of sleep. That’s my Senator, y’all!

The only thing that could have made me happier is Louis Gohmert accidentally liking gay military porn.

It’s sad how much delight I take in Texas Republicans making asses out of themselves. But man, I have to live here. The schadenfreude is 10 times as delicious.

Back to bed now. Good day, U.S. Lizards.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:42:31am

re: #270 BlueGrl21

The only thing that could have made me happier is Louis Gohmert accidentally liking gay military porn.

It’s sad how much delight I take in Texas Republicans making asses out of themselves. But man, I have to live here. The schadenfreude is 10 times as delicious.

Back to bed now. Good day, U.S. Lizards.

Unlike Trump, for whom numerous people are ready to line up to say the most outrageous things in his defense, not a lot of people are going to to be willing to do spin doctoring for Toxic Ted.

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electrotek  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:42:55am

I woke up to this:

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:43:50am

re: #268 calochortus

My understanding is that they tried to clear the shelters of animals that had been there before the hurricane so that there was room for displaced animals. In other words they wanted the space for animals that would likely be claimed when things settled down.

That is my understanding as well, but the article is a tad unclear on that point. Mrs J volunteers at this shelter and my understanding is informed by her assurances. She was not among those who made the trip but this is her take, too.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:44:33am

re: #259 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Well, turns out it takes a few days to migrate from Android to an iPhone, even with Apple’s migration app (which actually works, for a wonder), and now I have a couple of questions.

1) Do I need antivirus or firewall software? (Apple says no, but…)

2) Is there any way besides hooking up to a laptop to see my own directory structure? I still hate the way Apple treats us like helpless children.)

Thanks!

1) No. Mobile phone viruses are actually quite uncommon, particularly on iOS. What most people think are viruses are actually malware or ads for malware. Follow the general guideline of not downloading sketchy stuff and you won’t need to worry about antivirus.

2) Not that I know of. There are a few file manager apps on the App Store but most don’t seem to go as deep as what you’re looking for. You can probably get there by jailbreaking it but that will void your warranty.

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calochortus  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:45:44am

re: #273 jeffreyw

That is my understanding as well, but the article is a tad unclear on that point. Mrs J volunteers at this shelter and my understanding is informed by her assurances. She was not among those who made the trip but this is her take, too.

I don’t think most reports are very clear about it. Probably because the people involved think it is obvious that they wouldn’t be basically kidnapping people’s pets and shipping them off. But then it gets reported without mention and becomes less obvious.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:46:55am

Also, this Ted Cruz shit is funny as hell. Good way to start my day.

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Le Coquí Résistance  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:47:50am

re: #259 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Well, turns out it takes a few days to migrate from Android to an iPhone, even with Apple’s migration app (which actually works, for a wonder), and now I have a couple of questions.

1) Do I need antivirus or firewall software? (Apple says no, but…)

For the iPhone? No. Apps run in their own sandbox and they can’t break out of it.

2) Is there any way besides hooking up to a laptop to see my own directory structure? I still hate the way Apple treats us like helpless children.)

Not that I know of. iOS will have a Files app where you can view the iCloud file system.

Thanks!

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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:47:55am

re: #271 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Unlike Trump, for whom numerous people are ready to line up to say the most outrageous things in his defense, not a lot of people are going to to be willing to do spin doctoring for Toxic Ted.

Ted has the charisma of spent uranium. It didn’t help him one bit when he ran last year, it really won’t help him now.

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JordanRules  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:51:18am
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Myron Falwell  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:52:26am

re: #276 Eclectic Cyborg

Also, this Ted Cruz shit is funny as hell. Good way to start my day.

I’ve been giggling and grinning all morning.

It’s not just that it happened on his account… and that he positions himself as a goddam prude… it’s that this happened yesterday, on 9/11.

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Interesting Times  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:55:32am

re: #279 JordanRules

In which what starts out sounding like a romance novel excerpt ends as horror o_O

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:56:50am

So I hear that the lizard man who wears a Ted Cruz skin suit was caught liking a video of human mating rituals on Twitter.

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danarchy  Sep 12, 2017 • 8:59:28am

re: #259 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Well, turns out it takes a few days to migrate from Android to an iPhone, even with Apple’s migration app (which actually works, for a wonder), and now I have a couple of questions.

1) Do I need antivirus or firewall software? (Apple says no, but…)

2) Is there any way besides hooking up to a laptop to see my own directory structure? I still hate the way Apple treats us like helpless children.)

Thanks!

While there are a few AV programs for the iPhone, Apple does not give them the access to the OS that they would actually need to be effective. Because of the closed nature of the OS and the App store viruses on iOS are pretty rare though.

There are several file manager apps for iOS that will let you manage the user storage area, but nothing that will give you access to underlying file system that I am aware of.

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calochortus  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:01:11am

Time to do something constructive. BBL

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Stanley Sea  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:01:52am

re: #279 JordanRules

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And the asshole subtweeted about her this morning.

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electrotek  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:02:05am
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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:02:17am

re: #281 Interesting Times

In which what starts out sounding like a romance novel excerpt ends as horror o_O

I hope she managed to escape before he grabbed her you-know-what.

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William Lewis  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:08:02am

re: #272 electrotek

So that lie allows him to hate them with a clear conscience?

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:10:01am

re: #269 jeffreyw

Here in S. Illinois we are just now getting a taste of Irma, breezy and some sprinkles. It’s dry and any rain will be welcome, the grass crunches underfoot.

A few sweeps coming up through Southern Ohio.

Thank God nothing like the remnants of Ike in 2008.

Heh. Just looked up the date when that happened. September 14, 2008.

I was without power for 2 days and some parts of Columbus were out for over a week. AEP crews were already diminished with 1/3 of them down in Texas due to Ike hitting there initially.

Roofs all over town were torn up with 75 MPH gusts.. Blue tarps all over houses and apartments for weeks. I remember trying to go mail some bills at the post office right before the winds really hit. Dodging branches, garbage cans, and all kinds of stuff driving back home. The sky wasn’t even that dark it was all wind. Very eerie.

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Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:10:51am

re: #256 JordanRules

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Doesn’t matter. The “5 or 6 thousand” fraudulent votes thing was put on Breitbart and is now gospel. SoS Gardner, who is well respected in NH, isn’t helping anything by lending his credibility to the commission.

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A hollow voice says, Covfefe.  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:12:42am

re: #274 Eclectic Cyborg

re: #277 Le Coquí Résistance

re: #283 danarchy

Thanks, all! It looks like I’ll be downloading that iOS program to see my files after all.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:13:32am

re: #259 A hollow voice says, Covfefe.

Well, turns out it takes a few days to migrate from Android to an iPhone, even with Apple’s migration app (which actually works, for a wonder), and now I have a couple of questions.

1) Do I need antivirus or firewall software? (Apple says no, but…)

2) Is there any way besides hooking up to a laptop to see my own directory structure? I still hate the way Apple treats us like helpless children.)

Thanks!

My own question…what about all of your music that is on your phone and downloaded from the Music store? I haven’t used iTunes in years (if I ever find my external drive with all my music I will be a happy camper but I put it “somewhere safe” a few years ago and have yet to find it) so what happens to all that stuff? Can it be migrated?

Thanks from me, too!

(That said, I am hoping I like the iPhone 8 or X and am planning on buying one. We shall see. I really hate having to get a dongle for frigging headphones.)

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:13:43am

That’s a pathetic deflection and not a direct answer. “Staffing issue” probably means his social media manager didn’t uncheck the “display media that may contain sensitive content” setting.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:14:40am

re: #264 jeffreyw

I wondered about that and asked Mrs J if these animals were surrendered by people fleeing the looming hurricane but I was assured that these animals had been surrendered before the hurricane had even formed. Of course I am at several removes from this and have no way to verify any of it.

In Texas I hope that is the case. I know in FL it wasn’t. Hubby was reading a story to me about shelters telling people that by giving them their pet they were surrendering it and would not be able to reclaim it.

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stpaulbear  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:16:11am

Crap. My credit union sent me a link to Equifax to check if my info had been stolen. I’ve been holding off but this morning I decided to check. I entered my last name and the six digits of my SSN, hit the button, and got a screen saying that the site was unavailable. Now I’m worried about what just happened with my information. I know nothing about advanced cyber security and I’m afraid my info just got hacked. Do I need to be concerned about what just happened??

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:17:03am

I can’t even…

The Tennessean reports that 54-year-old homeless man Gerald Melton was critically injured this week when he was shot twice by Katie Quackenbush, who was driving a Porsche SUV near the area where he was trying to sleep.

Police say Melton asked Quackenbush to move the SUV because its exhaust fumes and loud music were impairing his ability to sleep. The two then got into a loud argument with each other, and then Quackenbush allegedly exited the vehicle holding a gun that she then used to shoot Melton twice, leaving him with a wounded abdomen.

Police say Quackenbush then got back into her car and fled the scene.

And the award for “Parent of the Year” goes to:

Quackenbush’s father, Texas attorney Jesse Quackenbush, defended his daughter after her arrest by claiming that the homeless man was threatening to kill her shortly before she decided to get out of the car and fire her weapon at him.

“She didn’t try and kill this guy,” he said. “She had no intention of killing him. She didn’t know that she hit him… She did say she closed her eyes when she shot both times, but they were warnings, and she thought she pointed away from him.”

$20 says she gets off with probation and community service.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:17:38am

re: #295 stpaulbear

I would contact the credit union and make sure they actually sent that email. Sounds like a possible phishing attempt to me.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:19:03am

re: #296 Targetpractice

Wow that is so fucked up.

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:20:20am

re: #278 Myron Falwell

Ted has the charisma of spent uranium. It didn’t help him one bit when he ran last year, it really won’t help him now.

I sure hope next election for Cruz sends him packing. Texas and America will be way better off without this slimy liar.

From Senator to Presidential candidate to out of office all in the span of his 6 year term sounds about right to me.

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:20:59am

re: #293 goddamnedfrank

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That’s a pathetic deflection and not a direct answer. “Staffing issue” probably means his social media manager didn’t uncheck the “display media that may contain sensitive content” setting.

So a staffer was cruising porn tweets in the middle of the night and accidentally liked one?

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:22:33am

re: #295 stpaulbear

Crap. My credit union sent me a link to Equifax to check if my info had been stolen. I’ve been holding off but this morning I decided to check. I entered my last name and the six digits of my SSN, hit the button, and got a screen saying that the site was unavailable. Now I’m worried about what just happened with my information. I know nothing about advanced cyber security and I’m afraid my info just got hacked. Do I need to be concerned about what just happened??

Everyone needs to be worried about it. Sign up for Credit Karma (it’s free but they ad spam you a lot in app for new credit cards) and watch for any new credit inquiries or new accounts.

There is a way to freeze your accounts so nothing new can be added. There is a tutorial from one of the Tech websites. Google it for more but here is one.

chicagotribune.com

FWIW, I wouldn’t bother giving Equifax any additional information. I read a report from a tech guy who said that they PINs that they are providing is nothing more than YYYYMMDDHHMM which is the biggest freaking joke around. The techies were absolutely filleting Equifax about that. They said it was like their IT department was being run by someone who went to Coding Camp.

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Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:28:07am

re: #301 MsJ

Everyone needs to be worried about it. Sign up for Credit Karma (it’s free but they ad spam you a lot in app for new credit cards) and watch for any new credit inquiries or new accounts.

There is a way to freeze your accounts so nothing new can be added. There is a tutorial from one of the Tech websites. Google it for more but here is one.

chicagotribune.com

FWIW, I wouldn’t bother giving Equifax any additional information. I read a report from a tech guy who said that they PINs that they are providing is nothing more than YYYYMMDDHHMM which is the biggest freaking joke around. The techies were absolutely filleting Equifax about that. They said it was like their IT department was being run by someone who went to Coding Camp.

People have been putting pet names and random numbers in and being told they are likely impacted.

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:28:10am

re: #296 Targetpractice

I can’t even…

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And the award for “Parent of the Year” goes to:

$20 says she gets off with probation and community service.

She was in her SUV and the guy was threatening to kill her, so she gets out and goes over with eyes closed to fire off warning shots.

Very creative story telling there.

She could have just driven off.

I hope she gets a heavy sentence. And fuck her lawyer father.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:31:59am

Question: My credit is…not great but I am still considering freezing my report. Is this a good idea?

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danarchy  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:32:51am

re: #295 stpaulbear

Crap. My credit union sent me a link to Equifax to check if my info had been stolen. I’ve been holding off but this morning I decided to check. I entered my last name and the six digits of my SSN, hit the button, and got a screen saying that the site was unavailable. Now I’m worried about what just happened with my information. I know nothing about advanced cyber security and I’m afraid my info just got hacked. Do I need to be concerned about what just happened??

consumer.ftc.gov

Sends you to this site to check which asks for that info, so if that is where your link goes you are probably safe.

equifaxsecurity2017.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:36:23am

re: #293 goddamnedfrank

CRUZ: “It was a staffing issue, and it was inadvertent, it was a mistake, it was not a deliberate action.”

That’s a pathetic deflection and not a direct answer. “Staffing issue” probably means his social media manager didn’t uncheck the “display media that may contain sensitive content” setting.

Because the last thing Ted could do would be to admit that he was a normal human male who occasionally enjoys watching pornographic content.

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:37:12am

re: #303 ObserverArt

She was in her SUV and the guy was threatening to kill her, so she gets out and goes over with eyes closed to fire off warning shots.

Very creative story telling there.

She could have just driven off.

I hope she gets a heavy sentence. And fuck her lawyer father.

It’s “affluenza” writ large. She feels absolutely no fear of serious consequences for her actions, so she does not think her actions through at all.

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dangerman  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:39:15am

i’m not really sticking around today - just catching up
at political-wire and this caught my eye. i cant easily create the links and cant click through to the sources at the moment…

is the gop finally at a breaking point:

“In the minds of many, however, it’s grown too full, and badly needs an excision. Now more than at any point in its modern history, the party has reached such a breaking point that historians, political analysts and Republicans themselves say it faces the possibility of splintering and spawning a third party.”

and from electoral-vote.com

gop gambled and lost on trump:

That said, Gerson’s purpose is not to eviscerate The Donald. Been there, done that. His purpose is to point out that the GOP leadership hitched their wagon to Trump, tolerating his bad behavior with the hope that he would be a “useful idiot” whom they could lead around by the nose. That “huge wager,” as Gerson puts it, has not paid off, and the question is what price the GOP will pay for the decision its leaders made. To illustrate the potential ways in which the Trump virus could infect the whole party, the writer observes that:

News accounts following Trump’s betrayal of Republican leaders on the debt limit reported them to be “livid.” What does it tell us about Republican politicians that they were livid about a three-month debt-limit extension but not so much about misogyny, nativism and flirtation with racism?

He thinks that people might just take note of this, and infer a few things about the Republican Party’s priorities.

my bold

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:41:23am

Possibly the funniest thread I have read in a while. The responses are perfect throughout (note the spelling of the guys name. Classic.)

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:45:16am

It totally does not surprise me that the GOP leadership are still pissed over the “deal.” Besides the obvious slap across the face, what it really means for them is another 3 months spent on the debt, appropriations, and how to make all this shit work together when they wanted to move on to tax cuts. They wanted to push all that off until after next year, freeing up their hands to move on election-year business.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:45:22am

re: #307 Targetpractice

It’s “affluenza” writ large. She feels absolutely no fear of serious consequences for her actions, so she does not think her actions through at all.

The absolute epitome of “affluenza” is living in the White House

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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:55:38am

Obama

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 9:56:39am

re: #300 Targetpractice

So a staffer was cruising Cruzing porn tweets in the middle of the night and accidentally liked one?

Fixed.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:02:13am

We, as a species, are fucked beyond words.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:05:36am

re: #314 MsJ

We, as a species, are fucked beyond words.

‘You want to eat some dog?’: Woman launches bizarre racist tirade at Asian shopkeeper

You just don’t understand right-wing humor and satire.

/

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electrotek  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:07:45am

re: #314 MsJ

We, as a species, are fucked beyond words.

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She looks Italian or Greek to me, since it is in Melbourne AU after all.

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:07:54am

re: #314 MsJ

We, as a species, are fucked beyond words.

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Is it sad that I had to check the article to figure out which white-majority country this happened in?

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:09:49am

I love the fact the Republicans are getting screwed by Big Orange Donny.

Trump probably is thinking he got over on them big time.

But one thing Trump hasn’t figured out. Should the impeachment process ever start it will probably be from a Republican he pissed off. And he will need the Republicans to save his butt if impeachment goes on.

I don’t think many are going to be helping him out of that jam. The rope he has around McConnell may just be the rope that hangs him.

And I bet Donny is foolish enough to think maybe some of his new-found Democratic friends would help. Yeah…foolish.

I’m liking the timing of all this. Maybe by December we get a nice big gift from Mueller and get the New Year off to a great start.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:13:01am
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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:15:48am

re: #318 ObserverArt

I love the fact the Republicans are getting screwed by Big Orange Donny.

Trump probably is thinking he got over on them big time.

But one thing Trump hasn’t figured out. Should the impeachment process ever start it will probably be from a Republican he pissed off. And he will need the Republicans to save his butt if impeachment goes on.

I don’t think many are going to be helping him out of that jam. The rope he has around McConnell may just be the rope that hangs him.

And I bet Donny is foolish enough to think maybe some of his new-found Democratic friends would help. Yeah…foolish.

I’m liking the timing of all this. Maybe by December we get a nice big gift from Mueller and get the New Year off to a great start.

Considering he’s now said that he won’t make wall funding a necessity of passing a DACA bill, despite the White House making it pretty clear within 12 hours of the DACA announcement that it was being used as leverage to secure wall funding, I’d say Trump has entered the desperation stage of his presidency. As in he feels he need some sort of “win” and is willing to totally fuck over anyone and everyone to get one. This is the sort of scenario that plays very badly for the GOP, as they needed party unity to have any chance of making things happen and he’s shitting all over that.

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Alephnaught  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:18:33am

re: #314 MsJ

We, as a species, are fucked beyond words.

‘You want to eat some dog?’: Woman launches bizarre racist tirade at Asian shopkeeper

If it were me, I would have immediately answered “Sorry, you’re not my type of meat.”

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:23:12am

Imgur


Chicken noodle with a grilled cheese.

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sagehen  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:23:44am

re: #308 dangerman

He thinks that people might just take note of this, and infer a few things about the Republican Party’s priorities.

Good guess. I (and many others) absolutely did take note of this, and inferred a few things about the Republican Party’s priorities.

Or, uh, actually… no inferring necessary. We already knew the Republican Party’s priorities. But I suppose another data point of evidence is marginally helpful.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:23:58am

re: #307 Targetpractice

It’s “affluenza” writ large. She feels absolutely no fear of serious consequences for her actions, so she does not think her actions through at all.

Yeah, also with a healthy dose of “My daddy’s a lawyer so I can do whatever the fuck I want.”

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Stanley Sea  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:26:04am

re: #322 jeffreyw

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Chicken noodle with a grilled cheese.

Damn that looks excellent.

Insert Homer slobbering gif.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:26:06am

re: #314 MsJ

We, as a species, are fucked beyond words.

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I wonder who she voted for?

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The fact that Trumps election has led racists to become so overt and brazen really pisses me off.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:26:46am
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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:27:34am

From last night so sorry.

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stpaulbear  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:28:44am

re: #297 Eclectic Cyborg

The credit union email was legit.

re: #305 danarchy

The Equifax website I went to was the one listed by the FTC.

re: #302 Barefoot Grin

Crap.

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:29:06am

re: #326 Eclectic Cyborg

I wonder who she voted for?

////

The fact that Trumps election has led racists to become so overt and brazen really pisses me off.

She is in Australia.

I have a former boss and now a client that is Australian. Last time I saw him I asked him how things are in Australia. He was quick to say it is nuts and too much like the craziness in America.

So, it is easy to get confused by it all. Nuts all over these days. And yes, Trump and the others in Europe (like Brexit) have influenced the craziness everywhere.

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jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:29:50am

Veteran journalist in Fort Worth:

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:30:46am

re: #328 goddamnedfrank

From last night so sorry.

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James Brown always said you gotta be big on the one…Ungh!

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makeitstop  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:31:55am

re: #297 Eclectic Cyborg

I would contact the credit union and make sure they actually sent that email. Sounds like a possible phishing attempt to me.

Not to alarm you further, but I was of the understanding that Equifax was going to notify compromised accounts via mail.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:33:12am

re: #318 ObserverArt

I love the fact the Republicans are getting screwed by Big Orange Donny.

Trump probably is thinking he got over on them big time.

But one thing Trump hasn’t figured out. Should the impeachment process ever start it will probably be from a Republican he pissed off. And he will need the Republicans to save his butt if impeachment goes on.

I don’t think many are going to be helping him out of that jam. The rope he has around McConnell may just be the rope that hangs him.

And I bet Donny is foolish enough to think maybe some of his new-found Democratic friends would help. Yeah…foolish.

I’m liking the timing of all this. Maybe by December we get a nice big gift from Mueller and get the New Year off to a great start.

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:38:05am

re: #327 goddamnedfrank

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OFFS, this is from the same people who lectured us that Americans didn’t care about Trump’s taxes even as polls showed that a majority of Americans felt his taxes were relevant.

Just say aloud what you think, Chris: “Hillary should have resigned the race the moment her email server became public, because no matter what she did, we were going to hound her about it!”

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jeffreyw  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:38:11am

re: #325 Stanley Sea

Damn that looks excellent.

Insert Homer slobbering gif.

Thanks! I add a wee drop of sesame oil and a dash of five spice to the soup for a little flair.

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plansbandc  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:38:34am

re: #96 teleskiguy

Bell Telephone Solipsism.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:38:48am

OMFG…ROTFLMAO…LOLOLOL!

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jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:39:57am
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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:40:32am

re: #338 MsJ

Ted Cruz Fingers Staffer For Liking Late Night Porn Tweet

Because he cannot just admit it…

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:40:50am

re: #328 goddamnedfrank

From last night so sorry.

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What, you think he eats all that soup?

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jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:41:03am
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electrotek  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:43:30am

Anyone watching the Apple Keynote Address?

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:45:00am

re: #342 jaunte

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Yes, Ted’s tax reforms will penetrate deep into the nation’s tax code.

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Eventual Carrion  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:47:13am

re: #344 Targetpractice

Yes, Ted’s tax reforms will penetrate deep into the nation’s tax code.

Cause all dingy’s to rise

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EPR-radar  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:47:15am

re: #324 Eclectic Cyborg

Yeah, also with a healthy dose of “My daddy’s a lawyer so I can do whatever the fuck I want.”

Another ingredient in this toxic mess is a homeless person being a very easy target.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:47:42am

re: #342 jaunte

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:48:14am

re: #343 electrotek

Anyone watching the Apple Keynote Address?

I am now. I had to pull it up on my phone since I don’t have an Apple computer.

WhatEVs.

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EPR-radar  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:49:06am

re: #335 Targetpractice

OFFS, this is from the same people who lectured us that Americans didn’t care about Trump’s taxes even as polls showed that a majority of Americans felt his taxes were relevant.

Just say aloud what you think, Chris: “Hillary should have resigned the race the moment her email server became public, because no matter what she did, we were going to hound her about it!”

Fixed that for you.

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electrotek  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:49:35am

re: #348 MsJ

I am now. I had to pull it up on my phone since I don’t have an Apple computer.

WhatEVs.

You can watch it on your PC with the EDGE browser, actually.

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sagehen  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:49:56am
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jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:50:36am

re: #343 electrotek

I’m not watching it, but I assume they will be selling something.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:51:10am

re: #350 electrotek

You can watch it on your PC with the EDGE browser, actually.

I didn’t even try Edge since it blows. :-)

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Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:51:45am

re: #351 sagehen

[Embedded content]

Bernie Sanders stiffing others to fatten his own wallet? Say it ain’t so!

/////

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:51:55am

re: #352 jaunte

I’m not watching it, but I assume they will be selling something.

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sagehen  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:52:19am
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jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:53:07am

Harvey damage continues: 460,000 gallons of gasoline spill near Houston Ship Channel.
houstonchronicle.com

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:53:15am

re: #354 Targetpractice

Bernie Sanders stiffing others to fatten his own wallet? Say it ain’t so!

/////

The comparisons to Trump just keep on coming.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:53:44am

re: #356 sagehen

That’s a nice rebound for Kim after getting fucked over by the network on Hawaii 5-0.

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stpaulbear  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:54:03am

re: #351 sagehen

Lachlan Markay ✔ @lachlan
Bernie Sanders’ campaign still owes (a disputed) $450k to cities where he campaigned. Clinton and Trump, OTOH, have settled all 2016 debts

WITH CORPORATE CASH!!1!11!

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:54:14am

re: #359 Eclectic Cyborg

That’s a nice rebound for Kim after getting fucked over by the network on Hawaii 5-0.

What happened? I don’t really watch the reboot.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:54:43am

re: #357 jaunte

Great, I can we can expect prices to go up another 15 cents this week.

Half /

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:54:55am

iPhone up now in case anyone cares.

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jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:55:47am

re: #362 Eclectic Cyborg

“…Flooding from Harvey triggered numerous other leaks from oil and petroleum products storage tanks, including collapsed storage tank roofs from the volume of the water. Exxon Mobil, Valero Energy, Kinder Morgan and Phillips 66 all reported incidents in the Houston area.

Harvey knocked out nearly 25 percent of the nation’s oil refining capacity to churn out gasoline and other fuels.”

There’s the driver.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:55:57am

re: #361 MsJ

What happened? I don’t really watch the reboot.

The network offered him and another minority actress significantly less money on their new deal than their white co-stars.

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Stanley Sea  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:56:18am

re: #351 sagehen

[Embedded content]

Note they state “disputed debt”

He’s pulling a yam.

National City is suing him for payment already.

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BeachDem  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:59:37am

re: #327 goddamnedfrank

[Embedded content]

2,000—104

Impressive ratio.

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sagehen  Sep 12, 2017 • 10:59:55am

re: #361 MsJ

What happened? I don’t really watch the reboot.

After 7 seasons, time for contract renegotiations.

Steve and Danny were offered considerably more money than Chin Ho and Kono.

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ObserverArt  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:00:24am

re: #357 jaunte

Harvey damage continues: 460,000 gallons of gasoline spill near Houston Ship Channel.
houstonchronicle.com

Now all that is needed is some kind of spark or flame.

How long before they call the whole area a ‘Superfund Site’?

Oh wait. It’s Texas. They don’t care about all that fake worry about pollution and all. They are tough down there.

“Shit boy, I drink gasoline for breakfast!”

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:01:07am

re: #326 Eclectic Cyborg

I wonder who she voted for?

////

The fact that Trumps election has led racists to become so overt and brazen really pisses me off.

That’s in Australia.

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petesh  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:01:20am

re: #310 Targetpractice

It totally does not surprise me that the GOP leadership are still pissed over the “deal.” Besides the obvious slap across the face, what it really means for them is another 3 months spent on the debt, appropriations, and how to make all this shit work together when they wanted to move on to tax cuts. They wanted to push all that off until after next year, freeing up their hands to move on election-year business.

McConnell is now saying he can finagle things so the limit is not reached until well into 2018 anyway:
talkingpointsmemo.com
That’s the kind of maneuver he’s good at …

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Charles Johnson  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:02:08am
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Aucun pays pour les vieux ennemis  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:03:23am

re: #342 jaunte

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Charles Johnson  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:03:26am
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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:03:29am

New iPhone release…thus far it is uninspiring.

I hope there is an X speaker up next. So far…meh.

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jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:04:35am

re: #372 Charles Johnson

”..Bannon—celebrated for his economically nationalist alabaster skin and eyes like clear Colorado streams alive with clean coal-eating fish…”

Lol.

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petesh  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:04:55am

re: #374 Charles Johnson

The troof! They can’t handle the troof!

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Romantic Heretic  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:05:11am

re: #369 ObserverArt

“Shit boy, I drink gasoline for breakfast!”

That explains a lot.

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Sir John Barron  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:05:14am

re: #372 Charles Johnson

Yeah, that’s Bannon’s problem—bad lighting.

/

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:09:00am

re: #356 sagehen

The bigger question is why is there a Hellboy reboot? Was something wrong with the two films directed by Guillermo del Toro? Was Ron Perlman’s performance as the titular character perhaps not good enough?

Please, spare me.

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Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:09:13am

re: #375 MsJ

New iPhone release…thus far it is uninspiring.

I hope there is an X speaker up next. So far…meh.

I need a new phone soon. Hoping it means a price drop for down-line models. Not likely, eh?

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Charles Johnson  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:10:21am

re: #381 Barefoot Grin

I need a new phone soon. Hoping it means a price drop for down-line models. Not likely, eh?

Well, uh… not exactly.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:11:51am

re: #381 Barefoot Grin

I need a new phone soon. Hoping it means a price drop for down-line models. Not likely, eh?

The 7 is already reduced. The 6 is almost cheap.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:12:02am

re: #381 Barefoot Grin

I need a new phone soon. Hoping it means a price drop for down-line models. Not likely, eh?

Used iPhones here in the Czech Republic sell for a small fortune. An iPhone 5 is about $350. Hell, an iPhone 3 is still about $100.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:12:34am

re: #384 Dr Lizardo

Used iPhones here in the Czech Republic sell for a small fortune. An iPhone 5 is about $350. Hell, an iPhone 3 is still about $100.

I am seeing zero dollar iPhone 6 on contract.

386
Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:12:40am

re: #382 Charles Johnson

Well, uh… not exactly.

re: #383 MsJ

The 7 is already reduced. The 6 is almost cheap.

Yeah, 6 is about how far down I was thinking.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:13:20am

re: #346 EPR-radar

Another ingredient in this toxic mess is a homeless person being a very easy target.

I’ll bet the homeless person is Black.

388
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:13:32am

re: #385 MsJ

I am seeing zero dollar iPhone 6 on contract.

FYI, that was me assuming it is on contract. I believe it was through Best Buy I saw the 0 dollar.

389
Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:13:36am

re: #384 Dr Lizardo

Used iPhones here in the Czech Republic sell for a small fortune. An iPhone 5 is about $350. Hell, an iPhone 3 is still about $100.

Wow. You can get refurbed pretty cheap through Verizon.

390
Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:14:32am

re: #385 MsJ

I am seeing zero dollar iPhone 6 on contract.

There are no phones on contract here in the Czech Republic. The concept simply doesn’t exist.

391
Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:14:45am

re: #380 Dr Lizardo

The bigger question is why is there a Hellboy reboot? Was something wrong with the two films directed by Guillermo del Toro? Was Ron Perlman’s performance as the titular character perhaps not good enough?

Please, spare me.

It’s how studios deal when they fuck over a director: They just write them out of the whole thing by “rebooting” a franchise.

392
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:14:51am

re: #386 Barefoot Grin

Yeah, 6 is about how far down I was thinking.

I have a 6s that is perfectly functional. I was hoping the new one would blow me away. The 8 isn’t even breezing my way. I hope there is an X to follow this announcement…but I think not.

Wireless charging. Yeah, I like that. Nice they caught up to Android from like 3 years ago.

393
Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:14:59am

re: #388 MsJ

FYI, that was me assuming it is on contract. I believe it was through Best Buy I saw the 0 dollar.

The iPhone 6se I was looking at is $16.99/month for two years. I can hold off for a little while, but my samsung is almost done for.

394
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:16:07am

re: #390 Dr Lizardo

There are no phones on contract here in the Czech Republic. The concept simply doesn’t exist.

Get someone from the states to send you one. You can get refurbs off eBay for next to nothing. I bought several refurbs for my hubby (who is hard on phones).

395
Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:16:42am

re: #391 Targetpractice

It’s how studios deal when they fuck over a director: They just write them out of the whole thing by “rebooting” a franchise.

Same shit happened with Sam Raimi: Sony wanted a new Spiderman film started ASAP, he wanted to take time to pursue other work, so they just canned him and “rebooted” the franchise with an all new director and cast.

396
electrotek  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:16:48am

re: #288 William Lewis

So that lie allows him to hate them with a clear conscience?

Yup, evidently so.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:17:03am

re: #391 Targetpractice

It’s how studios deal when they fuck over a director: They just write them out of the whole thing by “rebooting” a franchise.

Seems to me that del Toro is gonna get the last laugh - his new film, The Shape of Water, is getting rave reviews; after premiering at the Venice Film Festival, the critics are calling it his best film since Pan’s Labyrinth.

398
jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:17:32am

I never was much for honking the car horn. Since the iPhone was introduced, I use it when the light goes green. A lot.

399
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:17:44am

Here it comes! iPhone next gen (X?)

400
Stanley Sea  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:18:30am

Gotta be Jason Miller.

Also note the campaign sent Rubio water & trump towels.

401
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:19:35am

Yup, iPhone X. Now they’re talking.

402
Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:19:37am

re: #393 Barefoot Grin

The iPhone 6se I was looking at is $16.99/month for two years. I can hold off for a little while, but my samsung is almost done for.

I bought my kids unlocked LG, I think it was this, bestbuy.com. It’s worked great for both of them, ones 12, and ones 22. All I had to do was move the sim over.

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Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:19:57am

re: #399 MsJ

Here it comes! iPhone next gen (X?)

Oh. It’s iPhone Ten. Not iPhone ecks.

404
jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:20:43am
405
Barefoot Grin  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:20:53am

re: #402 Belafon

I bought my kids unlocked LG, I think it was this, bestbuy.com. It’s worked great for both of them, ones 12, and ones 22. All I had to do was move the sim over.

Cool. I’ll check that out.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:22:42am

re: #400 Stanley Sea

Gotta be Jason Miller.

[Embedded content]

I was just about to say the same thing. Dude is a dog.

407
Stanley Sea  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:26:13am

Lewandowski.

Has kidS & was up for the COS position.

Disgusting.

408
Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:27:10am

re: #397 Dr Lizardo

Seems to me that del Toro is gonna get the last laugh - his new film, The Shape of Water, is getting rave reviews; after premiering at the Venice Film Festival, the critics are calling it his best film since Pan’s Labyrinth.

It’s not the first time a studio has fucked him over. He and Hideo Kojima were working to make the newest installment to the Silent Hill franchise, but Konami canned the game without warning after they had a falling out with Kojima.

409
jaunte  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:29:04am

Will Face ID information be as protected credit scores?

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:29:29am

I LOLed.

On the Equifax thing: from personal experience, it is a pain but should not be treated as the end of the world or a major catastrophe. I figure I am likely in the group hit. This will be the third time that I can think of where that’s happened. If you are really concerned, you can freeze your credit report. This isn’t free (nor is it necessarily free to lift the freeze if you need to have your credit checked). Alternately, you can place a fraud alert, which is good for 90 days. This is free.

A fraud alert allows creditors to get a copy of your credit report as long as they take steps to verify your identity. For example, if you provide a telephone number, the business must call you to verify whether you are the person making the credit request. Fraud alerts may be effective at stopping someone from opening new credit accounts in your name, but they may not prevent the misuse of your existing accounts. You still need to monitor all bank, credit card and insurance statements for fraudulent transactions.

Once you place a fraud alert with one of the three companies, they must tell the other two.

Of course, you should also be getting your free credit report annually and checking for incorrect or fraudulent entries, but that goes without saying.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some kind of changes happen in terms of how credit checks are handled, because a lot of the information that was leaked is stuff that people can’t change. Cost companies enough money because of fraud and they’ll change.

Last note is I’m sure that Apple definitely appreciates the free advertising people provide it with.

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plansbandc  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:32:38am

re: #153 teleskiguy

Thank you for this. I am a huge fan of Jackass, Bam, and all the boys. Great seeing Ape and dad again too. Hope Bam finds his way.

412
Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:32:49am

re: #408 Targetpractice

It’s not the first time a studio has fucked him over. He and Hideo Kojima were working to make the newest installment to the Silent Hill franchise, but Konami canned the game without warning after they had a falling out with Kojima.

Apparently, del Toro has been trying for many, many years to make a film of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella “At The Mountains of Madness”; if I understand correctly, he has a complete screenplay - it’s ready to go, basically. But the studios are concerned there’s no love story, or leading lady, etc., etc. Sounds he’s come up with a script that’s meticulously faithful to the source material.

It’d make a great film. I’d recommend, if I could talk to him, that he try going international to get the money for the production. Sadly, such a project would be deemed “too risky” by the Hollywood studio accountants.

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MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:32:59am

re: #409 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Will Face ID information be as protected credit scores?

It’s on the phone alone…nothing goes to the server.

414
unproven innocence  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:33:11am

re: #385 MsJ

I am seeing zero dollar iPhone 6 on contract.

Beware of offers to lease a phone without ever owning it. The significance as I understand (in most states) is that the owner of the device (which would not be you) has all rights to any/all info stored on the device or transiting the device.

415
goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:34:29am

re: #407 Stanley Sea

Lewandowski.

Has kidS & was up for the COS position.

Disgusting.

Possibly but Lewandowski comes off as less skeezy and more violently misogynistic and openly rapey.

416
Sir John Barron  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:35:23am

re: #415 goddamnedfrank

Possibly but Lewandowski comes off as less skeezy and more violently misogynistic and openly rapey.

He hired the best people, the best.

/

417
electrotek  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:35:32am

ALL PHONES MATTER!!

418
Amory Blaine  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:36:09am

re: #237 lawhawk

The Giving Tree is back and he’s out for revenge…

419
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:36:49am

re: #414 unproven innocence

Beware of offers to lease a phone without ever owning it. The significance as I understand (in most states) is that the owner of the device (which would not be you) has all rights to any/all info stored on the device or transiting the device.

I wouldn’t ever lease anything. Nor would I buy it at full price over payments (like AT&T’s Next thing). I will just buy it outright in a month or two (or five) when it’s on sale for an outright buy.

420
Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:37:23am

re: #412 Dr Lizardo

Apparently, del Toro has been trying for many, many years to make a film of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella “At The Mountains of Madness”; if I understand correctly, he has a complete screenplay - it’s ready to go, basically. But the studios are concerned there’s no love story, or leading lady, etc., etc. Sounds he’s come up with a script that’s meticulously faithful to the source material.

It’d make a great film. I’d recommend, if I could talk to him, that he try going international to get the money for the production. Sadly, such a project would be deemed “too risky” by the Hollywood studio accountants.

It’s absolutely mind-boggling, the guy who to this day still gets rave reviews for Pan’s Labyrinth can’t get a studio to touch a Lovecraft film because it’s “risky.”

421
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:39:00am

So now you can literally talk shit by having an animated talking poo emoji. LOL

422
Ace-o-aces  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:39:41am
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Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:40:17am

re: #420 Targetpractice

It’s absolutely mind-boggling, the guy who to this day still gets rave reviews for Pan’s Labyrinth can’t get a studio to touch a Lovecraft film because it’s “risky.”

LOL one of my students watched Pan’s Labyrinth on my recommendation - I did warn her that it’s got a somewhat sad ending.

She told me later she was a blubbering wreck after she got done watching it.

424
Single-handed sailor  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:40:33am

re: #409 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Will Face ID information be as protected credit scores?

Will it work on dead bodies? Asking for a friend.

425
makeitstop  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:41:31am

BTW, this new Queens of the Stone Age tune is pretty rad.

Queens of the Stone Age - The Way You Used To Do (Behind the Scenes)

(And I’m not wishing ill on anyone, but will Josh end up looking like Trump in ten or so years?)

426
goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:41:58am

Flip phones are cool he says to nobody in particular.

427
BeachDem  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:43:03am

re: #415 goddamnedfrank

Possibly but Lewandowski comes off as less skeezy and more violently misogynistic and openly rapey.

When Lewandowski had his screaming fight with spokesmodel Hope Hicks, wasn’t part of the story/rumor that it was a “lovers’ spat” and not a campaign argument?

428
Charles Johnson  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:45:38am
429
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:46:05am

re: #426 goddamnedfrank

Flip phones are cool he says to nobody in particular.

They’re a whole more likely to work after you put them through the wash.

430
BeachDem  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:46:39am

re: #424 Single-handed sailor

Will it work on dead bodies? Asking for a friend.

OITNB sorta spoiler.

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431
Charles Johnson  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:47:01am
432
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:48:00am

re: #430 BeachDem

tb6odm30cJlRP4XPlQ5r2MvwADHvUJMo

433
Kragar  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:50:51am

re: #422 Ace-o-aces

The site name was right in the lower corner of the video.

434
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:51:22am

iPhone X from $999 meaning 256 gig will be closer to $1300. #appleevent

435
goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:51:48am

re: #429 klys (maker of Silmarils)

They’re a whole more likely to work after you put them through the wash.

Mine wasn’t though, turned on for 5 seconds at a time but refused to recognize the battery. Upgraded to an LG 450 and I confirmed it’s not the old battery. Living large.

436
Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:52:29am

re: #431 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

I long ago concluded there’s an almost infinite supply of gullible morons out there.

And this worked, by the way: I used to be able to easily find out who they were by saying to them, in an off-hand, casual way, “You know, I was watching the world news this morning before I went to work and I saw that the dictionary people, you know, Webster’s, yeah….they’ve decided that for next year’s edition, they’re removing the word “gullible” because no one uses it anymore - it’s basically an obsolete word.”

When they answered, “Really? Wow….I guess so. I mean, how often do you hear that word?” yeah, then I knew who the gullible were.

It worked for me because I have an absolute deadpan delivery and an authoritative voice.

437
b.d. (bill d.)  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:52:51am

re: #431 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

It’s not like Alex Jones swore, in court, under oath that he was lying to his listeners or anything?

//

438
Sir John Barron  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:55:15am

In other news, another townhouse in my development just listed for $299k. I’m shocked. I had to double triple check to make sure it is an actual townhouse and not a single family home. Last I knew the comps in my neck of the woods were more like $215k, $225k tops. And the neighborhood really hasn’t gotten better in the past five years or so. Hadn’t realized real estate was booming again.

439
goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:55:50am

re: #434 MsJ

iPhone X from $999 meaning 256 gig will be closer to $1300. #appleevent

Add in the voice / data plan and in two years that’s an absolute top of the line MacBook Pro. Crazy.

440
Targetpractice  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:57:57am

re: #434 MsJ

iPhone X from $999 meaning 256 gig will be closer to $1300. #appleevent

*sigh*

Didn’t Apple learn its lesson with this shit in the 90s? Sure, they had their own “Apple culture” and people would buy their products so they could feel as though they were above the unwashed masses with their IBMs and Dells. But it also meant the company ended up on the verge of bankruptcy because most of the market was eaten up by companies offering products “just as good” for a lot cheaper.

441
Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:58:27am

re: #412 Dr Lizardo

Logan. But that had a character people rooted for.

442
goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 11:59:03am

I don’t mind spending serious money on tech but call me crazy I’d like to get at least five years use out of the shit before it’s obsolete.

443
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:00:35pm

re: #438 Sir John Barron

In other news, another townhouse in my development just listed for $299k. I’m shocked. I had to double triple check to make sure it is an actual townhouse and not a single family home. Last I knew the comps in my neck of the woods were more like $215k, $225k tops. And the neighborhood really hasn’t gotten better in the past five years or so. Hadn’t realized real estate was booming again.

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444
Amory Blaine  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:02:08pm

re: #439 goddamnedfrank

I’m rocking a 1+ 1 for going on 3 years now. I’m hoping I get lucky with a sketchy battery from eBay because its the only thing going bad on the phone and there are no OEM batteries.

445
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:02:16pm

The iPhone 8 was uninspiring to me. The X is pretty nice. Now I just have to cough up a ton of cash while my 6s is perfectly functional.

Maybe wait until next year. I like it but am not like OH YEAH GIMME GIMME.

446
Belafon  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:04:39pm

re: #434 MsJ

iPhone X from $999 meaning 256 gig will be closer to $1300. #appleevent

You can preorder the Galaxy S8 Note for $929.

447
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:09:16pm

re: #439 goddamnedfrank

Add in the voice / data plan and in two years that’s an absolute top of the line MacBook Pro. Crazy.

So what we’re saying is, the innovation here is getting consumers to pay more?

448
goddamnedfrank  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:09:27pm

re: #444 Amory Blaine

I’m rocking a 1+ 1 for going on 3 years now. I’m hoping I get lucky with a sketchy battery from eBay because its the only thing going bad on the phone and there are no OEM batteries.

Honestly if the next MacBook Pro has 4G LTE with Voice capability I’d seriously consider upgrading my current Mid 2014 Retina MBP and the flip phone. I really like the modular OLED touchscreen that replaces the function bar buttons on the most recent release but am not jazzed about the current AMD graphics card. Still, like I said It’d feel wasteful to replace my current rig before getting five years out of it.

What I don’t like about smart phones is that I’d probably either need reading glasses or to hold it at arms length to really use one for browsing. Right now the laptop screen sits at exactly the right distance and the physical keyboard is much better.

449
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:11:51pm

re: #448 goddamnedfrank

Honestly if the next MacBook Pro has 4G LTE with Voice capability I’d seriously consider upgrading my current Mid 2014 Retina MBP and the flip phone. I really like the modular OLED touchscreen that replaces the function bar buttons on the most recent release but am not jazzed about the current AMD graphics card. Still, like I said It’d feel wasteful to replace my current rig before getting five years out of it.

What I don’t like about smart phones is that I’d probably either need reading glasses or to hold it at arms length to really use one for browsing. Right now the laptop screen sits at exactly the right distance and the physical keyboard is much better.

I only browse on the phone if I’m absolutely stuck with no other options.

I use my smart phone every day, a lot, and I’m willing to pay a reasonable amount for it, but it is not a functional computer in the same sense as a desktop or even a laptop and should be priced accordingly.

On-screen keyboards are acceptable for 140 character messages but nothing more.

450
Sir John Barron  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:13:54pm

re: #447 klys (maker of Silmarils)

So what we’re saying is, the innovation here is getting consumers to pay more?

“Our newest model, Version XXX, has a special feature. We’re calling these new babies ‘flip phones’. They close and open really easy, just with a flick of the wrist. And they’re smaller than the big clumsy flat screen smart phones. And best of all, this new flip phone has no features, no Internet access. The phone part doesn’t even work. We’re listing it at $2500.”

451
Dr Lizardo  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:15:32pm

Well, goodnight Lizards.

452
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:15:32pm

re: #448 goddamnedfrank

Also the OLED function bar is kind of cool but overall mr. klys is a whole lot less enamoured with the MBP than you might think. (He’s got one from work.)

453
MsJ  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:16:13pm

re: #449 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I only browse on the phone if I’m absolutely stuck with no other options.

I use my smart phone every day, a lot, and I’m willing to pay a reasonable amount for it, but it is not a functional computer in the same sense as a desktop or even a laptop and should be priced accordingly.

On-screen keyboards are acceptable for 140 character messages but nothing more.

I live on my phone. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up (check email, read news) and the last thing I do before going to sleep (reading Kindle, news, surfing).

454
danarchy  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:16:49pm

re: #315 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

You just don’t understand right-wing humor and satire.

/

OK, that rant is pretty incoherent. She doesn’t sound or move like she is drunk, wonder if she is off her meds…

455
stpaulbear  Sep 12, 2017 • 12:38:40pm

re: #438 Sir John Barron

In other news, another townhouse in my development just listed for $299k. I’m shocked. I had to double triple check to make sure it is an actual townhouse and not a single family home. Last I knew the comps in my neck of the woods were more like $215k, $225k tops. And the neighborhood really hasn’t gotten better in the past five years or so. Hadn’t realized real estate was booming again.

A friend of mine is selling his 2-br house in San Francisco (Bernal Heights neighborhood). I was surprised that it was selling for $850,000. I thought for sure that it would be over a million given what I hear about SF realty.

456
austin_blue  Sep 12, 2017 • 1:22:05pm

re: #40 wheat-dogg

I could go with two explanations.

1. He knew he didn’t have enough room or altitude to land safely, so he used the tree as a “brake” for a short-field “landing.” (aka crash)
2. He is incompetent, came in too low, and clipped the tree by mistake, and was damn lucky he didn’t wreck himself or anything but the plane badly.

It’s been a while since I had any flight training, but IIRC an emergency landing using the wings to catch trees is an acceptable way to attempt a survivable crash.

Yup. Lucky but dumb.


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Incredibles 2 Official Teaser Trailer The teaser trailer for "Incredibles 2" is here. Disney/Pixar's "Incredibles 2" opens in theatres in 3D June 15th, 2018. Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is ...
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Deadpool’s “Wet on Wet” Teaser After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice ...
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Voice of America Reporter Outed as Alt-Right However, using information Fatzick himself posted on Reddit — including his age, girlfriend’s name, former employers, friends, location, educational background, and sports affiliations — this reporter was able to tie the vile posts of UncleSam4200 to the Voice of ...
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