A Dog of the Sea (Beluga Whale) Plays Fetch - UPDATE: The Rest of the Story

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I posted this on Twitter, but I just can’t stop watching it, so here it is again. Something about it just makes you feel good, like you’re not alone.

UPDATE at 11/9/19 6:14:48 pm by Charles Johnson

Well, I posted this with the best intentions, but as usual, reality smacked me in the face. It appears there’s more to this story and it’s not good. We might be more alone than I thought.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:11:05pm

The whale’s name is Hvaldimir is a male[1] beluga whale that fishers near Hammerfest in northern Norway noticed in April 2019 wearing a camera harness; after being freed from the harness, the whale remained in the area and appeared used to humans. Speculation that he had been trained as a Russian spy whale led to his being dubbed Hvaldimir, from Norwegian: hval (whale) and Vladimir Putin.

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Charles Johnson  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:13:37pm

It appears there’s a history here. Now I am sad.

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wrenchwench  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:14:34pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:16:34pm

oh no

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:25:01pm
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macaw  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:25:29pm

...

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DangerMan (misuser of the sarc tag)  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:33:30pm

giant octopus attacks golden gate bridge
effing brilliant

it came from beneath the sea

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:34:28pm
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jaunte  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:36:43pm

re: #8 Backwoods_Sleuth

Caution, this hat may enrage Piers Morgan.

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Dave In Austin  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:40:26pm
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Belafon  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:45:08pm

Hvaldimir is who he is. Now, it sounds like he needs a home because he’s not really equipped to be out on his own until he can be trained.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:48:09pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:49:28pm
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Belafon  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:51:32pm
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retired cynic  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:51:57pm

re: #13 Backwoods_Sleuth

Those Black Metal Cats just make me want to cry.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:54:08pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:54:35pm

re: #11 Belafon

re: #1 Backwoods_Sleuth

In the old days, Hvaldimir would be caught and eaten.

Ar363aO0mXOb19e1xuLRwfXy9XHvGETgsxy4x4U/HFNemPZAOK/T9aNwoRJM4kzkrXBgjuvU6Rmdq4VL4F9gMrulvxp7khJnHXgRmh2wniG1IH6qM6+dse79hq4vZtl/VZAZjh8I6Sxx/FnPSFDXxjkjzaNh521qECJE5GjmJAYxgE2BJKTmS/hq/EjiL8Cdb3mPaTyouuOf4iJsfEY9KuhqRYPSxkz/Jvqv8FUbh50RAHeVhvFsg2J8FB29QdHHYqqm9pAw4b/uQbRYZP3PFJGPXeCDWwGOdMUpWkPb54Iuj1b1UfL8kb0+HFvhl7jJySfHpO6jX1Q0c213RK+vGACBI1flRzjpCU3XY87jnTh/j1nLwKGZf9lqsAv7jc6rWarGlOUIDtcwtaRNFe4ol0pL7RwJQ+fbJkn1SkhTbJhLHMds/qNzgvuKJqueKMIxL0jOpJLbWwNkDHRHZS+y4JtdZ7aMZPiXfnkCcP5EdpohReOEtkdI+Uyk7EcCPLD7GmwJsQNxRia70mTuCGLXibG7R7atncQ6BDolXbS1NhPM1oQBUfzPZiwdpY0RiCahahIWappWp7OoVdxKF8xTpA==

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:56:00pm
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Eventual Carrion  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:57:28pm

re: #14 Belafon

[Embedded content]

So the only reason there was no quid pro quo because “the money was released without getting the investigation”, is because Bolton released the ransom leverage.

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Patricia Kayden  Nov 9, 2019 • 6:58:16pm
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Belafon  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:01:47pm

re: #19 Eventual Carrion

So the only reason there was no quid pro quo because “the money was released without getting the investigation”, is because Bolton released the ransom leverage.

When you’re so bad the warmonger can’t stand you.

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William Lewis  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:05:14pm

re: #14 Belafon

[Embedded content]

I do not recognize a world where Bolton is on the good guy’s side…

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The Ghost of a Flea  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:06:32pm

re: #22 William Lewis

I do not recognize a world where Bolton is on the good guy’s side…

In D&D terms, it’s Lawful Evil versus Chaotic Evil.

If you’d like to learn more, visit your local gaming supply store.

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Belafon  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:08:27pm

re: #22 William Lewis

I do not recognize a world where Bolton is on the good guy’s side…

Definitely not. The problem Trump had with bringing in Bolton is that Bolton still has a Cold War view of the world, and that view pits the US against Russia, not working with it.

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William Lewis  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:09:45pm

re: #23 The Ghost of a Flea

In D&D terms, it’s Lawful Evil versus Chaotic Evil.

If you’d like to learn more, visit your local gaming supply store.

Oh, trust me as a neutral good dude, I understand.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:09:54pm

re: #23 The Ghost of a Flea

And for those of you in the know:

Steve Bannon is a yugoloth. It’s the skin that’s the give away.

You can’t un-see it, Planescape fans.

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Charles Johnson  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:16:53pm
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Dread Pirate  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:25:38pm

If I ever thought something that stupid I’d shoot myself. Fucking pathetic, I hate to say it but that’s an argument for eugenics.

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Jebediah, RBG  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:26:51pm

re: #4 The Pie Overlord!

oh no

[Embedded content]

Between that hillside and the Warner’s lot is a wide, deep concrete channel that might give a little protection. Unfortunately there is at least one neighborhood sort of contiguous with the hillside.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:31:29pm

re: #28 Dread Pirate

Nah…

…that there is nurtured stupid.

The reason these people abhor and belittle the social sciences is we have the critical tools to observe that all the stuff they push as Unquestionably True is the product of psychology and culture. To replicate they need rubes; academia provides a vaccination.

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Belafon  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:33:05pm

re: #28 Dread Pirate

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The Pie Overlord!  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:38:02pm
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jaunte  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:41:45pm

Now he’s just quoting Elf.

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Dread Pirate  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:42:04pm

re: #30 The Ghost of a Flea

It’s easier to sterilize them.

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Dread Pirate  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:47:06pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:52:15pm

re: #28 Dread Pirate

[Embedded content]

If I ever thought something that stupid I’d shoot myself. Fucking pathetic, I hate to say it but that’s an argument for eugenics.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 9, 2019 • 7:53:46pm

re: #33 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Now he’s just quoting Elf.

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Jay C  Nov 9, 2019 • 8:06:42pm

re: #28 Dread Pirate

[Embedded content]

If I ever thought something that stupid I’d shoot myself. Fucking pathetic, I hate to say it but that’s an argument for eugenics.

But telling: it’s just like most “defenses” of Trump’s corrupt/illegal/obstructive actions: never an argument that he didn’t do what he’s accused of, or that someone else was responsible, or (only rarely) that the charges were/are misconstrued. Just the standard lame rejoinders: blanket denial, insult the accusers, and give the distinct impression that Donald Trump is completely above the law. Or ought to be. Because MAGA…..

Not really helpful.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Nov 9, 2019 • 8:08:30pm

re: #35 Dread Pirate

“The firm’s alumni include prominent conservative legal minds including Attorney General Bill Barr, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.”

Well, that’s some excellent company right there.

//

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William Lewis  Nov 9, 2019 • 8:21:01pm

Home from work, got a little guiness and grouse to hand and some glorious singing…

Haley Reinhart and Postmodern Jukebox “Imagine”

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sagehen  Nov 9, 2019 • 8:27:13pm

re: #19 Eventual Carrion

So the only reason there was no quid pro quo because “the money was released without getting the investigation”, is because Bolton released the ransom leverage.

Is that why Bolton was fired?

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goddamnedfrank  Nov 9, 2019 • 8:29:31pm
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Rightwingconspirator  Nov 9, 2019 • 8:44:25pm

About 150 pieces of jewelry cast for the holiday gifting season. In an hour, time compressed video.

Facebook Post

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Deep State SuperElite Satinist  Nov 9, 2019 • 8:52:08pm

re: #22 William Lewis

I do not recognize a world where Bolton is on the good guy’s side…

Bolton is allied with the neocons, who mostly do NOT get along with Trump’s people; most likely because Trump’s people are ruining the USA’s ability to project power (hard or soft).

More examples: Bill Kristol, Max Boot, Paul Wolfowitz, Jennifer Rubin …

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Nov 9, 2019 • 8:56:00pm

re: #44 Deep State SuperElite Satinist

Bolton is allied with the neocons, who mostly do NOT get along with Trump’s people; most likely because Trump’s people are ruining the USA’s ability to project power (hard or soft).

More examples: Bill Kristol, Max Boot, Paul Wolfowitz, Jennifer Rubin …

And thanks to Trump the era of America being the “most essential nation” is gone forever. We will never recover from the way he alienated our allies and he’s completely fucked up the Middle East and Asia.

This is what happens when people ignore history which teaches that every empire eventually falls from overcommitting and overextending military power abroad while ignoring domestic needs.

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Hecuba's daughter  Nov 9, 2019 • 9:13:07pm

re: #45 Joe Bacon 🌹

And thanks to Trump the era of America being the “most essential nation” is gone forever. We will never recover from the way he alienated our allies and he’s completely fucked up the Middle East and Asia.

This is what happens when people ignore history which teaches that every empire eventually falls from overcommitting and overextending military power abroad while ignoring domestic needs.

We didn’t fall because we were overcommitted or overextended or that we ignored domestic needs; we fell because we did not recognize that Putin was waging asymmetric warfare and we lost. We were arrogant in thinking that because the Soviet Union lost the “Cold War”, its defeat was permanent and we failed to realize that it was developing new tools of war that we were not equipped to confront. We also did not realize that an entire political party could, on a dime, switch allegiance from our nation to an enemy power. If the Republicans had any loyalty to the United States, they would have removed Trump when they still held both houses; their continuing support of Trump shows that they have forfeited any claim of loyalty to our Constitution or our country.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Nov 9, 2019 • 9:57:19pm

re: #33 jaunte


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