Ricky Desktop – Banjo Beat.

“Weird Al” Yankovic with purple hair.

Rep-Elect Madison Cawthorn (NC-11): Cry more, lib. JiliFilipovic: Imagine winning an election and this is what you say. It really is clarifying, though. There’s no plan to make Americans’ lives better. There are no ideals, no sense of civic duty. There is simply meanness, power hunger, and a desire for dominance over your fellow citizens, who you see as enemies. It’s just so sad that we’re here.

cadburyegg54: The concept is “Super Sanity”. The Joker is not insane, but rather he is so sane that he realizes that he is a comic book super villain, but that awareness and his actions make him appear to be insane to those inside that world who do not possess the same awareness. Where it gets trippy is that it can be argued that our accepted reality is quite mental in the things that we accept. And many that we label as mentally ill are unable to simply accept such a flawed existence. As Krishnamurti once said “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society”. Are they truly insane? Or are they too sane and only appear insane to the rest of us who cannot see?

altonin: “If you want to actually start to end homelessness, you need to give homeless people unconditional homes, including when we use them to do drugs or sit around drinking. either housing is unconditional or it isn’t. Someone sitting at home alone, an active alcoholic, squandering your charity, drinking all day is better situation than a street homeless alcoholic. Someone using drugs in your charity house is better than them doing the same with no shelter.

“Most of you would not like most street homeless people, I definitely don’t and didn’t when I was street homeless. for every one person who uses unconditional shelter to turn themselves around, someone else will do jack shit and very slowly, if ever, work through the issues that made them homeless, will maybe never be able to live independently. Still better than street homelessness, still worth doing. Ultimately either you believe that shelter should be universal or you don’t.

“Homeless people actually can’t be rehabilitated if you want to end homelessness. We either affirm the right to shelter for the worst drunken, lying, filthy, cheating, self destructive homeless people that exist, genuinely irredeemable wankers, or we concede that shelter is not a right.”

Field Marshall Goering – one of Hitler’s earliest, longest-lasting associates, the top German military figure during World War Il, and for a long time Hitler’s designated successor – was the highest-ranking Nazi to survive the war and be tried, convicted and sentenced to death at the Nuremberg Tribunal (although he managed to kill himself with a cyanide capsule the night before he was to be hung).

Gustave Gilbert, an American psychologist fluent in German, worked as a translator with the Nuremberg Tribunal and interviewed Goering in the days between his conviction and his suicide. Gilbert asked Goering how it was possible to build and sustain public support for a war effort, especially in Germany, which had barely recovered from the still recent disaster of World War I.

Here’s Goering’s reply: “That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

@gafa: “I don’t mind at all paying taxes when the poor can’t. What really pisses me off is having to pay taxes when the rich won’t.”

@foejarro: “Now, when Biden wins, watch how I don’t wear his name on a hat or fly his flag on my lawn for four years like a fuckin’ weirdo.”

From an image meme going around:

The top 10 things Trump supporters have said to me that I will now deeply enjoy reminding them:

10. America, love it or leave it.
9. Elections have consequences.
8. Shh … the grownups are talking now.
7. Show respect for the new President.
6. Your side lost, deal with it.
5. This is God’s plan.
4. Triggered much, snowflake?
3. The American people have spoken.
2. You’re just mad your side lost.

and my personal favorite:

1. Fuck your feelings.

James Fell:

Imagine this. It’s 1936 and you’re a teenager in Hitler’s Germany. Membership in the Hitler Youth has just become mandatory, but you say no fucking way because fuck that Nazi bullshit. What do you do? Answer: you become a pirate.

At the time, you were allowed to leave school at age 14, but if you were 17 you were going to get conscripted. if you stayed in school, you’d be forced into the Hitler Youth in order to be indoctrinated into Nazism and work to convert others into its murderous cult. Many young people quit school and formed their own resistance group called the Edelweiss Pirates, and they loved to punch Nazis.

Besides the whole allegiance to Hitler stuff, being in the Hitler Youth. sucked. It was highly regimented fascist paramilitary bullshit and totally the death of fun. Hitler Youth was boys only; girls were made to be part of the League of German Girls. Edelweiss Pirates were all about freedom of expression and growing long hair and mixing genders and fucking up those Nazi punks.

They numbered in the thousands, and in addition to just enjoying being teens and playing that “degenerate” jazz and blues music and exploring their sexuality, they’d hunt down Hitler Youth patrols and beat the shit out of them on a regular basis. A pirate slogan was “Eternal War on the Hitler Youth.”

Before the war the pirates were seen as little more than an irritation, but during the war they did things such as gather up Allied propaganda dropped by airplanes and push it through people’s mailboxes to spread the word that Hitler was bad. They also helped German Army deserters disappear. They added sugar to the gas tanks of Nazi vehicles, pulled down Nazi flags, and even derailed munitions trains. On October 25, 1944, the Nazis finally took them seriously and Heinrich Himmler ordered a crackdown. The following month, 13 people, many of them Edelweiss Pirates, were publicly hanged in Cologne.

The Nazi regime kept up the pressure on the Edelweiss Pirates, imprisoning many and even sending some to concentration camps, but their spirits would not be broken. History was unkind to the pirates, viewing them as criminals rather than a true resistance group. But efforts have been made to rehabilitate their image and view them as an important part of resistance to fascist authority during the Second World War.

“You know what’s wild?

“Your body – like, the one you’re existing as? Your mind prison? – it’s not a wholly independent entity. It’s an ecosystem. You’re a bog that’s self-aware.

“Imagine if a swamp could telepathically communicate a desire for Chicago style deep dish and then just, have it.

“No wonder my stomach hates me, the fish are confused as fuck.”

Esther Choo, MD: “I don’t know if people realize how incredible a scholar Anthony Fauci is. He has an H-index of 221 (in medicine, >50 or above is highly accomplished, >100 is extraordinary, and >200 is stratospheric, achieved by <100 scholars in the world). His work has been cited 217,943 times.

“How he has accomplished this while running the NIAID, advising presidents, saying yes to approx 99% of speaking engagements thrown at him, taking a daily run/walk, and showing many kindnesses to students and mentees, is completely beyond me.

“What I do know is that you’d better be on pretty solid f*cking ground if you’re going to claim wisdom on this pandemic that exceeds his. And the fact that he needs a security detail is one of the most shameful things to come out of this miserable time.”

@adam_Winnle: I get that it’d be bad for democracy if Trump refused to leave the White House and the Secret Service had to drag him out. I get that. I do. But, purely selfishly, I wanna see that. I’d pay cash money to see that. I’d sign up for a separate streaming service just for that.

@ProskowGlobal: In the middle of Rudy Giuliani’s latest YouTube video “ELECTION THEFT of the Century,” he stops to do a commercial for a cigar store.

Zoe Leonard’s “I Want a President.”

@C_Morgs65: When the world treats the news of you losing your job like the goddamn Death Star just blew up, you’ve certainly… made some choices.

@salty_ashley: if you voted for Trump, I mean this in the most disrespectful way possible: I do not want anything to do with you. Not only did you vote against basic human rights and equality, you decided racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia and misogynistic behavior wasn’t a deal-breaker.

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Perry Gripp – Raining Tacos (on Christmas Eve) – a Yuletide variant of this – and just so you know, this is the guy who invented nerdcore and performed the rocking guitar lick on Buffy – is far more catchy and festive than you would think.

Van Jones (CNN commentator):

[F]or people who saw babies being snatched away from their mothers at the border, for people who are sending their kids into schools where the n-word is now being used against them, for people who’ve seen this wave of intolerance, they wanted a moral victory tonight. We wanted to see a repudiation of this direction for the country. And the fact that it’s this close, I think, it hurts, it just hurts. I think people got their hopes up looking at those polls. […T]here were people who were hoping for a big repudiation, and that has not yet come.

Yellow turtle.

President Donald Trump will lose Twitter privileges he enjoys as a world leader when President-Elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20th, 2021. Twitter confirmed that Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account will be subject to the same rules as any other user — including bans on inciting violence and posting false information about voting or the coronavirus pandemic.

Jawnrah.

Awkward.

Poison” as ’40s swing. Perfect fit.

Dave Chappelle on the win.

Trump + Glengarry Glen Ross.

Nearly a year letter, the savvy young climate activist finally got her revenge, by twisting Trump’s words back around at him for his election whining.” Here’s a young woman who already knows how to play the long game.

[O]ne such exoplanet is even stranger, featuring the evaporation and precipitation of rocks, supersonic winds that rage over 3100 mph, and a magma ocean 62 mi deep.” (wiki)

How you wash long hair in zero gravity (2020).

Berthold Woltze – The Irritating Gentleman (1874).

First rescue dog in the White House!

Far Side moment.

“There’s a yearly tradition in Queensferry, Scotland called Burryman Day, where they cover a guy in giant burrs and parade him through town, feed him whiskey and he brings you luck.”

Cutest dog costume ever (rhino!).

The kaiju in Pacific Rim are direct story standins for climate change.

Student loans dischargeable through bankruptcy?: “[T]he “educational benefit” clause of the 1990 bankruptcy act CLEARLY didn’t mean what the courts and the legal profession had taken it to mean. It was right there, in the Congressional Record. [T]he $150b in private student loans, a form of subprime debt dominated by an obscure institution called The National Collegiate Student Loan Trust (no employees, office, or website!) could be [readily discharged].

Maine Becomes First State to Use Ranked-Choice Voting in a Presidential Election. (HN)

I know nothing of this politician, but it’s a sound strategy for perhaps the best political commercial this year.

The University of Cambridge dates back to 1209 and has thus experienced the travails of pandemics of the past 800 years, including the Black Death. One of the hygienic practices dating back to that time includes ringing a bell to clear space between the infected and the uninfected. This type of hand bell is called a plague bell. Cambridge students who are self-isolating can select to have their food deliveries announced by plague bell. One difference between now and centuries ago: they make this selection by filling out an online form.

Tom Hanks sings about his testicles.

The brain is just 8 lbs. of meat that sits in complete darkness and plays a video game of what it thinks is the most realistic thing ever. It’s 3 lbs, not 8. Also, it’s not really meat, it’s mostly fat with some water and salt. You have a wad of soggy bacon inside your skull. And this blob of gross unprocessed jello somehow manages to run a complex biomechanical suit using less electricity than it takes to work a lightbulb. And people wonder why humans are so fucking weird and have odd experiences that aren’t actually real. I mean, if a bowl of tapioca pudding managed to hallucinate so vividly it invented calculus, it also going “Dude, I heard a weird noise and i’m 100% sure it was the ghost of the neighbor’s cat which hasn’t actually died yet” would be just as expected as anything else.

Beautiful image.

Disney recruited Deaf actor Troy Kotsur to bring some linguistic clarity to the sign language that helps [Tusken Raiders] all communicate.” Neat.

Insert disc.

Bwahaha:

In 1944, Astounding Science Fiction published a serial called Deadline, by Cleve Cartmill, describing a nation at war secretly working on an atomic bomb. People working on the Manhattan Project at the time recognized a lot of information in there that was supposed to be top secret.

The FBI came to interrogate the magazine’s editor, John W. Campbell. He argued that there was nothing in there that a reasonably bright person couldn’t figure out or guess from publicly available information about how nuclear fission works, and the rest is just common sense extrapolation about how engineering works. Eventually, he convinced them that censoring the story halfway through would be much more suspicious than letting it finish.

Then, just as the agents were leaving, Campbell added “Oh, and by the way, I know you’re building The Bomb at Los Alamos, New Mexico.” It turns out about a quarter of the physicists in the US had suddenly changed their mailing address to the middle of the desert.

So, dark times, but hopeful“:

There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.

So for some reason after reading a Mefi post I got the urge to adapt “One Day More” for tomorrow’s events:

[BIDEN]
One day more
Another day, another destiny
This never ending road back to D.C.
These men who wallow in their crime
Will surely come a thousandth time
One day more

[DONALD]
Meter’s for losers. So, I totally have, you know, I’ve done the best living these past four years, ask anyone, they’ll tell you, my living’s been the best of any President since Washington. So, you know, they ask me, because I’m the expert in this, you know, how can I keep living like this when me and the Presidency are parted?

[BIDEN]
One day more

[DONALD] (to COVID19)
There are so many you can slay

[COVID19] (to DONALD)
And yet with you, my plague was started

[FAUCI]
One more day with this fool

[DONALD & COVID19]
Will we ever meet again?

[FAUCI]
One more day with him not caring

[DONALD & COVID19]
I was born to be with you

[FAUCI]
What control we might have known

[COVID19]
And I swear I’ll turn you blue!

[FAUCI]
But he just wanted fanfare

[VOTER #1]
One more day before the storm

[TRUMP]
Do I throw the vote away?

[VOTER #1]
At the ballot box of Freedom

[TRUMP]
Do I challenge it in court?

[VOTER #1]
When wait lines begin to form

[TRUMP]
Anything but just give way …

[VOTER #1]
Will you take your place with me?

[ALL]
The time is now
The day is here

[BIDEN]
One day more!

[DONALD JR.]
One more day till *sniffff* the “election”
We will run them off the road
We’ll be ready for Joe *sniffffff* Biden
(quieter) do you have any more bl–

[BIDEN]
One day more!

[MCDONNELL]
Watch him run amuck
Don’t care if he falls
Never know your luck
When there’s a free for all
Here a little dip
There a little wound
My state blindly loves me
So I’m safe and sound!

[VOTERS]
One day to a new beginning
Raise the flag of freedom high!
Every vote will be counted
Every vote will be counted
There’s a new world for the winning
There’s a new world to be won
Do you hear the people sing?

[TRUMP]
My place ain’t here
I fight for Puuuuuuu—-

[BIDEN] (interrupting)
One day more!

[TRUMP & COVID19]
There are so many {you/I} can slay

[COVID19]
And yet with you, my plague’s just started

[FAUCI]
One more term, all on my own

[ERIC]
I will join these voters ‘morrow
I will follow where they go
Does Dad know my little secret
I filled in the wrong ov-al

[BIDEN]
One day more!

[MCCONNELL]
Watch him run amuck
Don’t care if he falls
Never know your luck
When there’s a free for all

[DONALD JR.]
One more day till *sniffff* the “election”
We will run them off the road
We’ll be ready for Joe *sniffffff* Biden
Tomorrow is Election Day

[BIDEN]
Tomorrow we’ll be far away
Tomorrow is Election Day

[ALL]
Tomorrow we’ll discover
What Fate or Heaven has in store!
One more dawn
One more day
One day more!

So probably we’ll see news about the value of nine Justices. There’s nothing about there being more or less in the Constitution, and if we went by the prior tradition of judicial circuits, we’re overdue for expansion.

[T]he network, now in all 50 states, is built not on traditional journalism but on propaganda ordered up by dozens of conservative think tanks, political operatives, corporate executives and public-relations professionals, a Times investigation found.

Goth Disney Princesses.

Let’s be clear about Trump & COVID. He didn’t “play it down.” He:

  • denied its existence,
  • denied its danger,
  • called it a “Democrat hoax”,
  • told us not to wear masks,
  • pushed dangerous treatments,
  • blamed China,
  • blamed the CDC,
  • withdrew from the World Health Organization,
  • took no responsibility,
  • withheld ventilators from governors,
  • questioned the credibility of medical experts and ignored science,
  • encouraged big gatherings,
  • asked states to re-open way too soon,
  • and, perhaps worst of all: eliminated the pandemic team set up by Obama-Biden.

The Paradox of Tolerance, explained in an image. Or Wikipedia. Namely, that you can’t tolerate those who won’t tolerate you, or you’ll swiftly find yourself amongst Nazis.

Hallelujah The Hills – “Memory Tree“.

Living underground with your treasure“. Most, and the best, of the world’s opal comes from Australia, but conditions at Coober Pedy are ferociously hot. The miners dig their own homes and other places underground, sometimes finding rich opal in the process. Rob visits some of these surprising luxurious homes.

Existential Troopers – The Mandalorian. How awesome would it have been if this had actually been in the show? *snortle*

Benedict Cumberbatch improvised a key moment in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Final Tom Toles editorial cartoon.

A-list celebrities considered for pandemic-related public service announcements were individually rated based on their loyalty to Trump and other political leanings […HHS Spokesman] Caputo suggested that one of the themes of the campaign should be ‘Helping the President will Help the Country.’

The biggest problem for contact tracing may be, unexpectedly, the bombardment of the US population with spam phone calls. Only about 20 percent of US adults would pick up the phone if an unidentified number is calling them, and 15 percent wouldn’t en listen to a voicemail left by one of these callers.

Evidently, Idaho’s state legislature is full of idiots.

Tenacious D absolutely SHREDS “Time Warp” … with guest stars!

Baby cat needs help from his mommy. So cute.

You’re a daycare worker, watching over toddlers, when the imminent end of the world is announced. It becomes increasingly clear none of the kids’ parents are going to show up as the end inches nearer. Amazing short story based on this writing prompt … I don’t want to spoil it. Just read it.

Beautiful cover of “Under Pressure” by Willie Nelson and Karen O: “I’ve heard this song countless times without processing the gravity of what Bowie and Freddie were singing about, maybe because their performances are so exhilarating you get swept away in the high of that duet.”

(I have to admit, though, I enjoyed it more with the tempo sped up to match the original (tempo only – they didn’t sound like chipmunks). If you have the wherewithal, capture the sound and run it through Audacity with ‘Change Tempo’ set to 220.)

GoGos – We Got the Beat (2020).

Has anybody seen my tambourine?

Video of teaching a kitten how to use a scratching post. SO. CUTE.

Wallace Shawn (Vizzini of Princess Bride, among many other things: “Trump has liberated a lot of people from the last vestiges of the Sermon on the Mount. A lot of people turn out to have been sick and tired of pretending to be good.

Crazy Bruce’s Liquor … WHOO WHOO WHOO!

Trump Stuff

Sam Elliott narrates Biden ad with his distinct Americana voice.

A recent rally in Wisconsin was typical. In 90 minutes, President Trump made 131 false or inaccurate statements. “President Trump’s speech in Janesville, Wis. Passages highlighted in red are false or inaccurate.”

It’s hard not to just gloss this over as more Trump assholery, but you had to love his diarrhea-of-the-mouth for his North Carolina speech: “That’s all I hear about now, it’s all I hear. […] COVID, COVID. COVID, COVID, COVID. COVID. A plane goes down, 500 people dead, they don’t talk about it. COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID!

On the centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, our President: “I’m getting your kids back to school and your husbands back to work.

A good compilation – in the form of a commercial – of all the truly sick comments that Trump has made, none taken out of context: “Donald Trump got over COVID. But he’ll always be sick.

Trump paid a visit last night to woo the faithful—then leave them stranded in the icy airfield where his rally was held: “Waterloo VFD medic reports 4 patients treated for cold exposure with no transports to hospital required. One officer advising 8 to 9 elderly people who are struggling. Seperate officer advising they have located an elderly party who is frozen cold unable to move with an altered mental status.”

Remember Yakko’s World? Every Terrible Thing Trump Has Done As President.

@erictile_: “The reason why America isn’t recovering from COVID-19 as quickly as other countries is because we are a country that values individualism over collectivism. Nobody here wants to do anything that is a minor inconvenience to them in order to protect their neighbors.”

@SMTuffy: “The silver lining to #coronavirus is that the US will fundamentally reassess its broken healthcare system. Much the same way that Sandy Hook drove the US to really tackle gun control, and how the fiascos in Iraq & Afghanistan caused a rethink of the military industrial complex.”

Unity Truth Center (Vancouver) (2000): “A busy church food bank, known for offering warm drinks and snacks to its regulars, has announced it’s closing because it is attracting too many poor people. ‘It’s attracting a lot of street people that made it uncomfortable,’ said Charlotte Prossen, Unity Truth Centre minister, ‘It’s creating social unrest in the church.’ ‘A food bank is a social service and that is not who we are.'”

Polar bear live cam.

There’s truth to this.

Would you like a bite of my cheese-spangled sandwich?

Baby hears echoes for the first time.

@nickbilton: “Everyone who thinks Trump is toast, don’t forget that exactly four years ago the ‘grab them by the p–y” tapes leaked, Hillary was destroying him in the polls, and he still went on to win. This isn’t even close to over.”

The Jack-Was-a-Time-Traveler Theory:

“Jack from Titanic was a time traveler that was only there to save Rose from committing suicide and altering the timeline. This may seem ridiculous but think about it for a moment…if Rose jumped to her demise then the ship would have stopped to look for her. The temporary delay would lead to warmer weather and the Titanic would have never hit the iceberg. This is also why Jack made it a note to spend so much time with her, his job was to ensure her survival.

“Let’s look at the evidence – Jack doesn’t have any currency in this time period so he has to gamble in order to get the ticket in the first place. He mentions fishing at Lake Wissota which is a man-made lake created in 1917, five years after the Titanic sank. His haircut seemed completely out of place for the era, furthermore that rucksack wasn’t common until the late ‘30s. He claims he will take Rose on a roller-coaster on the Santa Monica Pier which wouldn’t be built until 1916. How else would Jack have knowledge of these future places?

“What other James Cameron movie had time-travel? Terminator…that’s right, Rose is in fact Sarah Conner’s grandmother.”

@rebrafsim: “If you carve a pumpkin in September, it’s called premature ejackolantern.”

@Rondell_Travino: Pro-life means wear a mask.

@TheHyyyype: Psychologist: How does that make you feel?Reverse Psychologist: Leef uoy ekam taht seod woh?

thebaconsandwichofregret:

The soil testing equipment on Curiosity makes a buzzing noise and the pitch of the noise changes depending on what part of an experiment Curiosity is performing, this is the way Curiosity sings to itself.

So some of the finest minds currently alive decided to take incredibly expensive important scientific equipment and mess with it until they worked out how to move in just the right way to sing Happy Birthday, then someone made a cake on Curiosity’s birthday and took it into Mission Control so that a room full of brilliant scientists and engineers could throw a birthday party for a non-autonomous robot 225,000,000 kilometres away and listen to it sing the first ever song sung on Mars, which was “Happy Birthday”.

This isn’t a sad story, this a happy story about the ridiculousness of humans and the way we love things. We built a little robot and called it Curiosity and flung it into the star to go and explore places we can’t get to because its name is in our nature and then just because we could, we taught it how to sing.

That’s not sad, that’s awesome.

@floozyesq:

Me: It’s okay to be a person struggling with productivity during a prolonged crisis.
My brain: Not you, though.
Me: Not me, though.

(Yup, that sounds familiar.)

Keanu Reeves: “I’m at that stage of my life where I keep myself out of arguments. Even if you tell me 1+1=5, you’re absolutely correct, enjoy.”