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December Open Thread

by Bjinse Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 10:43:37 PM EST

The main reason December is so jolly is because Santa knows where all the bad threads live


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by generic on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 07:41:13 PM EST
surely this is quite old now. Musk's claims about being able to "rescue" the kids were being debunked in real time by people who knew the cave layout pointing out exactly how detached from reality his ideas were.

This only matters cos Musk has refused to retract his childish outbursts against Unsworth and is thus being sued for what, given Musk's net worth, is really only a nominal sum (c $100k I think).

But Musk is definitely being a dick about this and I hope he loses and is given punitive costs

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 10:18:22 PM EST
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Well, it matters to me since that was the first time I really paid attention to him. Since then he has turned into one of my favorite grifters. His cars explode, find exciting parking opportunities in fire trucks and have comparable uptime to a modern fighter plane. Saving the world, one shoddily slapped together luxury car at a time.
by generic on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 10:27:24 AM EST
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Bjinse, too funny.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 4th, 2018 at 08:22:36 PM EST
Deer mister Bins

Santa do snot egzist he is my dad wiv a fols beerd

Hop e this hellps

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 10:44:26 AM EST

by generic on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 01:36:24 PM EST
So true.

I finally got around to investigating this Greek "corn" malaprop in my second reading of Ste. Croix. The first time around I noted with interest but set that aside because there are so many other curious complaints about it.

I've come across a wonderfully thorough public domain historiography (published in the 1920s) debunking 15th cen. "cotton" and "tobacco" marketing by Spanish and Portuguese slavers in the NEW! World; and chuckled at diverse references to "iron" mining and "God" in epic verse of Homer, for example.

##Translations don't write themselves, yo.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 5th, 2018 at 09:30:34 PM EST
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Pete Shelley is dead
There's a chunk of my adolescence right there

I don't mind - the Buzzcocks

Reality's a dream
A game in which I seem to never find out just what I am
I don't know if I'm an actor or ham
A shaman or sham
But if you don't mind, I don't mind

I'm lost without a clue
So how can I undo the tangle of these webs I keep weaving?
I don't know if I should be believing
Deceptive perceiving
But if you don't mind, I don't mind

I used to bet that you didn't care
But gambling never got me anywhere
Each time I used to feel so sure
Something about you made me doubt you more

How can you convince me
When everything I see just makes me feel you're putting me down
And if it's true, this pathetic clown'll keep hanging around
That's if you don't mind, I don't mind

I used to bet that you didn't care
But gambling never got me anywhere
Each time I used to be so sure
Something about you made me doubt you more

I even think you hate me when you call me on the phone
And sometimes when we go out, then I wish, I'd stayed at home
And when I'm dreaming or just lying in my bed
I think you've got it in for me, is it all in my head, is it in my head?

How can you convince me
When everything I see
Just makes me feel you're putting me down
And if it's true this pathetic clown'll keep hanging around
That's if you don't mind, I don't mind, I don't mind



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Dec 7th, 2018 at 04:02:25 PM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 07:10:43 PM EST
This American Life | Little War on the Prairie, podcast (EN)
Minnesota, site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 07:47:22 PM EST
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BIEWEN: The quality of the teaching varies.

Monroe Elementary [school] is just across the river from hanging site. Patricia Hammond is prepping her third grad class for the 'pow-wow.' I asked her how she presents the War of 1862, standing with her in front of her students.

HAMMOND: We just alked about, like, a conflict is a disagreement. And we talked how the Dakota indians didn't know how to solve their conflicts, and the only way they knew how to solve their disagreements was to fight, which we know, we don't fight when we solve our conflicts. We use our words, but they, that was their only way that they knew how to solve a conflict. They fought. And so the white settlers needed to fight back to protect themselves. And then we talked, people were killed.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 8th, 2018 at 08:51:02 PM EST
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I'd love to hear her class on Auschwitz.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Dec 10th, 2018 at 01:45:13 PM EST
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The scientific reason you want to squeeze cute things
"Cute aggression" is a superficial display of aggression typically uttered in response to young children and young, attractive animals. It's also an example of what would be called 'dimorphous expression,' which is a name given to what happens when someone expresses one emotion while feeling another, i.e., "cute" + "aggression." "Cute aggression" is a documented psychological phenomenon, but a recent study from UC Riverside suggests -- and this is what's new -- that there may be a neurological basis for the phenomenon as well.

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In short, the study seems to offer evidence to affirm something resembling the following: you see a cute animal. You see a cute baby. Your brain rewards you so much that you feel overwhelmed. You express the opposite of that emotion to bring yourself back into balance. This leaves you in a more effective place to take care of a small animal or child.

by das monde on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 08:54:57 AM EST
perhaps with an optimal set of "54 participants between 18 and 40". yanno, the ones who frequently squeeze babies.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 04:49:56 PM EST
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