May 28, 2017

Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-28-2017


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Sting's Personal Library, London

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, and would you care to know that the guy in the yellow cap who's wearing those ugly pants is Justin Bieber? Yeah, me, neither.

"Buying books would be a good thing, if one could also buy the time to read them"
--Arthur Schopenhauer

The Universal Library

but according to this very lengthy Atlantic article, Google once planned a project to scan every book in the world:

Google’s secret effort to scan every book in the world, codenamed “Project Ocean,” began in earnest in 2002 when Larry Page and Marissa Mayer sat down in the office together with a 300-page book and a metronome. Page wanted to know how long it would take to scan more than a hundred-million books, so he started with one that was lying around. Using the metronome to keep a steady pace, he and Mayer paged through the book cover-to-cover. It took them 40 minutes.

OK, so the scanning process needed to be improved. And Page managed it, so Google was able to move forward with the project:

By 2004, Google had started scanning. In just over a decade, after making deals with Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, the New York Public Library, and dozens of other library systems, the company, outpacing Page’s prediction, had scanned about 25 million books. It cost them an estimated $400 million. It was a feat not just of technology but of logistics.

$400 million is serious coin. So what happened? Legal problems. A bunch of authors filed suit, claiming massive copyright violations:

Instead of asking for anyone’s permission, Google had plundered libraries. This seemed obviously wrong: If you wanted to copy a book, you had to have the right to copy it—you had to have the damn copyright. Letting Google get away with the wholesale copying of every book in America struck them as setting a dangerous precedent, one that might well render their copyrights worthless. An advocacy group called the Authors Guild, and several book authors, filed a class action lawsuit against Google on behalf of everyone with a U.S. copyright interest in a book. (A group of publishers filed their own lawsuit but joined the Authors Guild class action shortly thereafter.)

I suppose it's hard to claim "fair use" when you're copying the entire book.

This piece has lots more about the Google case, and an interesting discussion about the history of the impact of technology on copyright protection - starting with the rolls of music used by player pianos.

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

A SLABBERMENT is a sloppy mess.


The Republican Party is a SLABBERMENT.
Maxine Waters' hair is a SLABBERMENT.
Ace's knees after a martial arts bout are a SLABBERMENT.

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EMT 05/28/2017


Criminy it's almost June already.

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Overnight Open Thread (27 May 2017)


Do enjoy this weekend but do take time to remember why we have this long holiday weekend to begin with.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 05-27-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]


Coming Attractions


What's the point of a movie trailer? I think that it's to convince the audience to spend money to see the advertised movie. Not to entertain on its own, although that can be a happy accident of well created trailers, but to promise an experience that will be worth a few dollars and a couple of hours of your time.

How to actually go about that, though, has changed dramatically over time. I'm no expert in movie trailers, but the changes are easy to see if you ever lose yourself in Youtube looking for a decent trailer to Moby Dick. You can find the original trailer below, but, at least for me, it doesn't convince me to see the movie itself.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 05-27-2017


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Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry playing chess in Fry's rooms at Cambridge, 1980

Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, for the 'ettes, I try to pick out a few lovely, conservative dresses to ooh and ooh over. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon.

Problem 1 - White To Play (209)

Hint: White mates in 3

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Grab a beverage and take a peek at the world of animals.

Usually our opening is a silly photo. How about a moving photo today?

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Saturday Gardening Thread: The Horde before summer [KT]

—Open Blogger

Welcome to this week's AoSHQ Gardening Thread! Some great photos from The Horde are featured today, without much information on plants unless it comes from the photographers.

In a recent comment thread, Don included a link to a close-up of a Desert Bluebell, Phacelia campanularia, that he grew last year. "It did fairly well here in Kansas, blooming until midsummer, and it was very, very blue." Check out some of his flower photos in their original size. Inspiring. Go ahead. You won't regret it.


My thinker is moving at about sloth speed after faraway anonymous committees of experts deigned that my previously acceptable migraine medication regimen is no longer acceptable. Time will tell how well my brain adjusts to the change in meds. I will just say that I have not been at my best this week. So I have turned to The Horde for help.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Cows and the Alamo [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs


Here's a little history for a Saturday: Many Americans today may not know that Elsie the Cow was both the face of the Borden Company and one of the most popular celebrities in America during her heyday. She's no Hedy Lamarr, but she has had quite a list of accomplishments for a cow who started out with the name "You'll do, Lobelia".

Back a little further in time, there were quite a few nameless cows at the Alamo, presumably lost to the Mexicans. Now this is some history I really didn't know anything about: The Borden Brothers whom Elsie eventually came to represent were running one of two Texas newspapers when the Texas revolution started. After his brother joined the army, Gail Borden, a former schoolteacher, carried on as editor with another brother and a partner.

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


Good morning Morons. Where the hell has this past week gone? I'm not sure either. Glad you stopped by.

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EMT 05/27/2017


I'd give you content, but I pulled a Hillary last night.

Fat, drunk and old is working pretty good for her, so I figured I'd give it a try too.

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Overnight Open Thread (26 May 2017)


You'd think this would be a ginormous story but sadly it isn't. Explosive revelation of Obama Administration illegal surveillance of Americans. Given the tsunami of leaks not just related to Trump but also other areas, it wouldn't surprise me that information illegally obtained on political opponents has been used for quite some time and would partially explain some behavior of certain judges and politicians that have left their supporters scratching their heads. We have a huge problem with the quality of employees at these agencies and their oversight. Folks need to be held accountable for these leaks.

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Hillary Clinton: Still Drinking, Still Coughing, Still Raging About the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy


"A little chardonay," which in some languages translates to a shitload of vodka, helped get her through her massive, humiliating failure.

She also had prolonged coughing fits, which are probably just the after-effects of the walking, non-transmittable pneumonia that makes you have seizures that she had last year, a thing which totally exists.

Then she began ranting like a lunatic about the Vast Right Conspiracy her political Gollum Sidney Blumenthal invented for her to fantasize about, in order to spare her the humiliation of her husband getting a rimjob on the job.

In other words, just another day in this sad bitter Harridan Nixon's drunk and unfulfilling life.

Night. Have a great weekend.

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Former Politico Reporter, Now With the NY Times, Apparently Steals Photo of Gianforte Complaint from Local Reporter; Won't Admit He Stole Without Attribution, Despite "His" Picture Having the Same Shadows on It as the Local Reporter's


But we should trust reporters, because they are the High Priests of Truth.

Bermes [a local reporter in Bozeman, MT] herself reached out to say that
[NYT re-reporter Jonathan Martin had] "obtained" the photo from her Twitter feed without attribution to her. Instead of simply apologizing and owning up to what he did, JMart, who is the second husband of DC socialite and former Meet the Press executive producer Betsy Fischer Martin, doubled down with a denial.

The Montana-based court reporter pointed out how the two pictures are the exact same image. "Same piece of paper redacting my personal information, same shadow. That’s my photo," wrote Bermes.

See images at the link. A guy intervened in the dispute to say that after comparing them, they were identical, except for resizing and compression. i don't know if that guy's an expert or who he is, really, but they do look similar, and Jonathan Martin did not say where he "obtained" it from.

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Wonderful: Our Judicial Overlords Overturn Sentence on Younger Member of the Beltway Sniper Duo


He was sentenced to life without parole at age 17 -- but a judge has vacated that sentence, claiming that a 17 year old can't be exposed to our harshest penalties, as they have the greatest chances of reform.

Malvo appealed to the court saying he should not have been sentenced to life without parole because he was 17 years old at the time of the murders and he based his appeal on the Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama.

The decision in the Supreme Court case ruled juveniles are constitutionally different from adults for the purposes of sentencing "because juveniles have diminished culpability and greater prospects for reform," which makes them "less deserving of the most severe punishments." Judge Raymond Jackson agreed and made his ruling to vacate Malvo's sentence.

Even though this guy committed serial acts of terrorist murders, shooting random people over a several-week period.

And he did it for Allah.

There's a lot of real terrific Reform Stories about Islamist murderers, right?

And yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the national injunction against the travel ban. I guess they want more Manchesters.

Every week I'm shocked to see how the nation has chosen to completely forget 9/11, and now it's begun the hard work of forgetting all the terrorism that happened in the year following 9/11.

In two years, Djokhar Tsarnaev will be The Bachelor.

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It's a Long Weekend to Get Your GAINZZZ Up to Speed


Last time, I promised I would either GET GAINZZZin' or I'd make up a lie about GAINZZz GOTTEN.

Well, I lied on both counts. I did not gain a damn thing -- still stuck at the same weight, still same bodyfat. I have gotten back to hard exercise after giving my ailing knees and lower back a break (they seem healed up), but I have no GAINZZZ regarding the overweight.

Again, I stayed low carb but still have not gotten back on IF (like I vowed I would), and this suggests to me that IF is the missing ingredient for GAINZZZ.

I've been off IF long enough that I'm now in the same position that anyone who never tried it is in: Saying "But it's really hard to not eat for 14 or 16 hours."

Sure is! But your body adapts to that and then it feels normal. Unfortunately, your body also adapts to being fed for 14 hours of the day, and then that feels normal, and deviation from that feels hard.

Below, some links about health I've saved.

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Political Violence From the Left Continues Garnering Zero Condemnation in Leftist Media


You can find my condemnation of Greg Gianforte's bodyslam right next to CNN's condemnation of the professor charged with three accounts of attacking peaceful Trump supporters -- with a bike lock. Which is a heavy metal improvised weapon.

Berkeley police have arrested a former Diablo Valley College professor for committing an assault during the protests that took place this April. During the protest, violence broke out between supporters of President Trump and far-left anarchists who brand themselves "Antifa," many of whom were clad in black and wore full face masks to conceal their identities.

East Bay Times reports that 28-year-old Eric Clanton was arrested Wednesday evening in Oakland and is currently being held on a $200,000 bail in Berkeley City Jail. He was arrested on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, including a U-lock bike lock, a weapon he is alleged to have used to seriously injure three people at the protest.

Note the three attacks hit the victim in the neck or head -- which is the target point which could kill someone with a steel bludgeon -- and also note that it does not appear to be the cops or the media which ferreted out this guy's identity, but 4chan.

Apparently the media couldn't give any fucks about it, and still doesn't.

You can also find my scathing rebuke of violence by the right next to CNN's denunciations of the mob attackers at Middlebury College, at least one of whom participated in an attack on a woman causing her enough injury to need a neck brace.

Oh, and you can also find my denunciation in the same common repository in which CNN scolds Middlebury for promising to punish the violent felons, but then not really punishing them at all.

Many are on temporary probation, with notation of that probably expunged from their record if they don't re-offend for the rest of the semester (that is, until like last week), and others have a notation in their file. This, too, I imagine will never be disclosed to anyone, due to privacy concerns -- so what's the point of a notation?

If students know they won’t be punished for violent and childish behavior, why would they stop?

One wonders if conservative students disrupting, say, a Linda Sarsour or Bill Ayers speech in similar fashion would receive such light sentencing. They certainly wouldn’t receive such a muted response from the mainstream media.

No one can identify the person who caused the injury to the female prof's neck -- but perhaps they're not looking all that hard, as they didn't seem to look very hard into the bike lock attacks in Berkley.

Maybe a job for 4chan again, to do the investigatory work the police and media aren't interested in.

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Sting Video Features Abortionists Describing Some of Their Most Gruesome Practices


Preview video and transcripts of their horror stories here -- very difficult reading.

There's another issue here, too: The group who made this video is currently being hounded by California prosecutors for conducting Journalism Against the Progressive Interest.

How can anyone claim this is not news important to the national discussion?

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Wow: Aide to NYC Mayor DiBlasio Charged With Possession of Child Pornography, Some Featuring Images of Babies as Young as Six Months Old


Via JWF, and the NYPost.

Jacob Schwartz, 29, was busted for allegedly keeping more than 3,000 disgusting images and 89 videos on a laptop after downloading the filth from the internet.

The illegal smut shows "young nude females between the approximate ages of 6 months and 16, engaging in sexual conduct...on an adult male," court papers say.

If Greg Gianforte's attempt to keep his Safe Space free of Harm is rooted in core conservative personality flaws, what does Jacob Schwatz say about progressive Democrats?

Answer: Nothing, of course. If it's a Democrat, it's always just One Lone Man's Failing, having no larger lessons about anything, and therefore should be forgotten as quickly as possible.

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Declassified Memos Show FBI Illegally Shared Spy Data With Third Parties Who Had No Legal Right to Have It


Isn't this unexpected.

The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau's public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.

In his final congressional testimony before he was fired by President Trump this month, then-FBI Director James Comey unequivocally told lawmakers his agency used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was "lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked."

Once-top secret U.S. intelligence community memos reviewed by Circa tell a different story, citing instances of "disregard" for rules, inadequate training and "deficient" oversight and even one case of deliberately sharing spy data with a forbidden party.


The court also opined aloud that it fears the violations are more extensive than already disclosed....

The court isn't the only oversight body to disclose recent concerns that the FBI's voluntary system for policing its behavior and self-disclosing mistakes hasn't been working.


The FBI's very first compliance report in 2009 declared it had not found any instances in which agents accessed NSA intercepts supposedly gathered overseas about an American who in fact was on U.S. soil.

But the IG said it reviewed the same data and easily found evidence that the FBI accessed NSA data gathered on a person who likely was in the United States, making it illegal to review without a warrant....

Lawmakers in both parties and both chambers of Congress are writing reforms behind closed door, leaving the intelligence community anxious it might lose some of the spy powers it considers essential to fighting terrorism, cyber attacks and unlawful foreign influence.

See also this piece by Andy McCarthy -- usually on the pro-law-enforcement side of controversies -- explaining why these are serious breaches.

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Here Is Why We Shouldn't Care That Greg Gianforte Won The Special Election In Montana


Remember Congressman Etheridge? Probably not, because the Democrat Party protects its own.

Check the video below the fold for Etheridge's violent reaction to some students asking him questions.

But the Dems were cool with that behavior, because they allowed him to run for the governorship in the Democratic primary, and then after he lost gave him a job in government! He is the executive director of the North Carolina branch of the U.S. Farm Service Agency, whatever the hell that is.

So lets us not get too exercised by Gianforte's behavior. Holding Republicans to a different standard than Democrats is exactly the game plan of the Democrat Party, and it works very, very well.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread



The Honeysuckle Bower
Peter Paul Rubens

This is a self-portrait with his first wife, Isabella Brant. I love this work. Their faces are marvelous, he's rocking that sword, and she has a bit of the devil in her....

Apparently they went clubbing after the last sitting for this portrait, and got a bit frisky on the dance floor and were asked to leave by the Burghermeister of Antwerp, who was scandalized by the Rubens' behavior. This may or may not be true, but really, history is only what I make of it...

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The Morning Report 5/26/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. Well, it looks like Greg Gianforte's alleged "body slam" against Guardian propagandist Ben Jacobs had no ill effects on his campaign as he handily defeated Rob Quist for Ryan Zinke's Montana House Seat. Of note, this was another special election where the Democrats swore up and down on a stack of "Rules for Radicals" that it's a bellwether indicator that Trump's presidency was over. Also, early voting, which always aids Democrats, this time may have bit them in the ass. Insert Nelson Muntz laugh here. The 4th Circuit-Bottoms have overstepped their authority and defied the President and the Constitution. Daniel Horowitz over at Conservative Review urges PDT to now ignore their ruling. I concur. No links but Mark Levin went on a tear in defense of what is obviously tortious interference against Sean Hannity. He advises him to sue the shit out of Media Matters. Lastly, a bipedal cockroach by the name of Kendall Fells who claims to be in "the Fight for $15" on moral grounds has been exposed as a very well paid SEIU operative. He doesn't like the attention so let's douse him with the figurative can of Raid, shall we? Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

And Now, a Long Distance Dedication to Rob Quist, Ben Jacobs and the Democrat Party:

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Thursday Night's ONT Sucks


(Note: Montana election thread below)

I'm really in an IDGAF mood tonight because of a lot of things, so don't expect a lot out of the ONT, I just don't feel up to coming up with a theme or giving a lot of commentary. Lets start out with a language lesson:


I don't know about y'all, but I find that kind of neat.

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Montana Election Post


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Cosmic, Man: Scientists Speculate That the Great "Cold Spot" in the Universe Might Be the Impact Zone of Another Universe Colliding With Our Own


See Wikipedia for background on the cosmic background microwave "Cold Spot." It is, as the name suggests, notably colder than other parts of the universe.

Which is interesting, at least to people interested by such things, as the Universe tends to have a lot of "isotropy," a word meaning that it appears pretty much the same (in terms of distribution of matter, background radiation, heat, etc.) no matter which way you look.

"Anisotropies," areas which are outliers as far as this generally-roughly-equivalent-dispersion rule, interest scientists -- Why?

(One example of an interesting anisotropy is the Shapely Supercluster, an area of space which is overly dense with galaxies compared to everywhere else, and which is itself being pulled towards a gargantuan pit of supergravity called the Great Attractor, which itself must be an even more superdense region.)

But back to the Cold Spot. Scientists are speculating that the Cold Spot is cold because it might be the impact zone of another universe colliding with our own, which I'm going to analogize is like a meteor pushing away molten rock to its periphery, forming a crater outside it, and a void where it actually hit.

Some scientists are speculating that the normal levels of background radiation were "shunted" away from the impact zone, and that the Cold Spot is therefore maybe physical evidence of universes beyond our own.

Matter seems to have been shunted out of the Cold Spot too, or at least that's what I would guess based on this description of the area as a "supervoid," a curiously large expanse containing far less stuff than other parts of the universe.

Also note, though, that that article notes that these areas of overdensity and underdensity are rare but not singularly so, and I've heard physicists suggest that this can be explained pretty simply -- sure, the universe will tend to be mostly isotropic, but there is no such thing as perfect isotropy, and so it would sort of be odder to see a near-perfectly isotropic universe than a not-so-isotropic one. I think the idea is like if you flip a coin 1000 times -- you'd expect the most likely outcome to be 500 heads, 500 tails, but if you actually got that perfect distribution, you'd be kind of surprised. (And in fact stuff like that -- where experimental results come out too close to the expected -- are often taken as possible evidence of fraud in the experiment, because things just don't work out neatly like that very often.)

Even if you assume nearly perfect distribution of energy in the first bloom of the Big Bang, random fluctuations and Heisenberg-type effects guarantee you're not going to get an actually perfect distribution, and once the distribution isn't perfect, stuff starts happening, like some blobs of matter being drawn towards others by gravity, and voids beginning to form simply because that area's matter got pulled into some other area.

Anyway, cool stuff. Not sure if it proves the existence of other universes, but I'd like to think so, because I think we need another one, stat.

Never Mind? This article from last month says the Cold Spot doesn't even exist, but is just an artifact of the technique of data collection used to produce the WMAP.

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Woman Arrested In Connection With Manchester Arena Massacre


Deb Heine asks the question that occurred to me -- is this the same strangely-behaving woman with a backpack some concert-goers alerted security about, only to be told "Shut Up, Racist"?

If so, obviously she didn't detonate her bomb. Lost nerve, maybe it failed.

Still, I'd be mighty curious to see if the woman who reported seeing a girl acting "figity" with her backpack recognizes this woman.

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Good News For Women: Men Are Now Having Breast Implants Installed On Their Biceps and Traps


I sure think they look like the most ludicrous kinds of breast implants -- the ones that don't even bother trying to look plausible.

So, apparently, guys are now injecting some kind of oil into muscle locations. Does this build muscle, or something that looks like it? No, it looks like you have a big, misshapen saline breast bag sewn on to your bicep.

It's as ridiculous as it sounds -- no, it's more ridiculous. Because you have to see the pictures.

Hellllo, Ladies. Wanna feel my arm-tits?

The guy on the left is like the woman who gets breast implants slightly implausibly big, but at least they could, maybe, be real.

And then you see the guys who went Kayla Kleavage on themselves.

It's pretty silly. I mean, what is the point here? These are not muscles. They do not look like muscles. They look like goiters.

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"Mattress Girl's" New Art Exhibit Is Powerful Garden of Sculptures Showing a Genuine Artistic Talent


Nah just fucken wit ya, it's her in a bra, panties, and high heels being tied up and belt-whipped by a dominatrix in order to show how art itself is being raped in Trump's America, or something.

As the performance started, this man in a suit, named Master Avery, started to berate Sulkowicz. "Your boobs are too small," he spat. "You can't even stand up straight."

Sulkowicz is focused on combating the problems of violent rape, and also Negative Body Image You Guys.

He pulled a long, gnarled rope out of a black leather bag and started tying intricate knots around her upper thigh. Once the knots covered both of Sulkowicz's legs, Master Avery started around her waist, moving her body as he worked quickly. At one point, the rope almost hit Sulkowicz's eye. After a few shocked blinks, she looked up at the audience and laughed.

"We're acting out this sadistic-masochistic relationship between the institution with all of its financial power, and this program that wants to be political but can't be really because it's being tied up by this institution," Sulkowicz explained.

She means the institution charitably funding her lame ass.

After what seemed like days--but was was really about 45 minutes==Master Avery had completely tied Sulkowicz up to a large wooden beam. Using a pulley system attached to the ceiling, he used his whole body to lift her from the ground, and after a few tries, Sulkowicz was suspended with her arms and legs wrapped around the beam, rendering her immobile. The rope visibly cut into her skin as Master Avery took off his belt and started hitting her with it.

Sulkowicz continued to smile at the audience.

Later, she's taken down from the ceiling but hung back up. The second time around, Master Avery's beatings became more intense. At one point, he called out to the crowd, asking if anyone else wanted to partake. To everyone's surprise, one man in the audience volunteered, walking up to Sulkowicz and slapping her hard across the face.

"Everyone in the audience was shocked," she told me after the performance.

Um, did the audience not see her student film of a simulated rape featuring real (pornographic) sex?

So apparently this is Sulky's job, forever.

Content warning for the pictures, unless you are Lena Dunham's personal assistant and think that every self-exposure of a very average-looking girl is "So Braaaave."

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British Security Services Were Warned Five Times About Salman Abedi Talking Up Suicide Bombing


Maybe it's time we focused less on "Muslims need to report their misbehaving members" and more on "Security services need to actually do something when citizens report likely terrorists."

I don't know that all of the people reporting Abedi were Muslim, but given that they were "friends" and I can't see Abedi trying too hard to integrate into broader British society, I imagine at least some were.

The Manchester suicide bomber was repeatedly flagged to the authorities over his extremist views, but was not stopped by officers, it emerged Wednesday night.

Counter Terrorism agencies were facing questions after it emerged Salman Abedi told friends that "being a suicide bomber was okay", prompting them to call the Government's anti-terrorism hotline.

Sources suggest that authorities were informed of the danger posed by Abedi on at least five separate occasions in the five years prior to the attack on Monday night.


Two friends of Abedi also became so worried they separately telephoned the police counter-terrorism hotline five years ago and again last year.

“They had been worried that ‘he was supporting terrorism’ and had expressed the view that ‘being a suicide bomber was ok’,” a source told the BBC.

Akram Ramadan, 49, part of the close-knit Libyan community in south Manchester, said Abedi had been banned from Didsbury Mosque after he had confronted the Imam who was delivering an anti-extremist sermon.


Mr Ramadan said he understood that Abedi had been placed on a "watch list" because the mosque reported him to the authorities for his extremist views.

A well-placed source at Didsbury Mosque confirmed it had contacted the Home Office's Prevent anti-radicalisation programme as a result.

A US official also briefed that members of Abedi's own family had contacted British police saying that he was "dangerous", but again the information does not appear to have been acted upon.

I'm not sure all of these claims are true -- it could be pro-Islamist agitators making claims to exonerate the Libyan community in Manchester.

But I gotta tell you, based on the past record, with so many "Known Wolves" being at perfect liberty to murder and maim, and the FBI seemingly intentionally permitting the Garland shooter to begin his attempt to assassinate people for putting on Free Speech demonstration, I am seriously beginning to wonder if our security services are actually in the business of protecting us rather than "community feelings."

And meanwhile, the feds allowed known MS-13 members to enter the United States as "unaccompanied minor" border crossers, and they're now lost in the country.

A number of Central American youths who were positively identified by border agents as MS-13 and Sureno 18 gang members were allowed to enter the country in July 2014 under Obama administration border surge policies, according to documents released today by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). Johnson is seeking information from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the status of these cases and, most importantly, whether they were released from the HHS facilities to communities in the United States. The youths were initially held by the Border Patrol in Nogales, Ariz., and were later transferred to HHS-run facilities in Virginia, Washington, Texas, New York, and Oklahoma.

The gang members were identified on July 5, 2014, after staff members at the Border Patrol facility saw MS-13 graffiti in the bathrooms. Officers documented 16 juveniles who admitted to gang membership...

Despite the positive identification as gang members, the youths were transferred to low-security facilities around the country....

A week later, on July 11, Border Patrol agents apprehended two more UACs who were heard in their cells boasting about their gang affiliation and crimes to each other...

These two were separated from the general population in the Border Patrol holding facility until "being placed". There is no further information available about the disposition of their cases, whether they were eventually placed in an HHS contract facility somewhere, whether they were released, whether they have completed their deportation proceedings, or what has happened to them.

One thing to keep in mind about security services leaving known wolves to kill:

I spoke to a source with close knowledge of terrorist surveillance practices, and she told me that even serious terrorist threats -- serious, like they know this guy is definitely a terrorist -- are followed something like three 8-hour shifts a week.

When I heard this, I tried to clarify: "No, I don't mean the low-level threats, I mean the high level threats."

"I mean the high level threats too," she said. "The low-level threats get much less surveillance."

The problem, which surprised me, is just that there are so many high-level terrorist threats that there just aren't enough counter-terrorism surveillance personnel to follow them any more than a fraction of the time.

So part of the problem is simple: We just have too many high-level terrorism threats living in America. (And Britain, of course.) They overwhelm security services with their sheer numbers.

Maybe it's time to focus on that, the real problem, rather than lying to the public that we can "manage" terrorist threats in-country.

We can't. I was flat-out told how thinly spread surveillance personnel are and how they have to do triage surveillance even on the highest level threats.

Like, just an idea, maybe we could not admit known MS-13 gang members into our country when they illegally cross the border.

Posted by Ace at 02:11 PM Comments

Cowbell? New Jobless Claims Rise At Lowest Rate In 44 Years


"New" jobless claims, contrasted to continuing jobless status, and it's the rate of increase not the absolute level that's particularly tiny but still, that's a nice mark: Only 1000 new applicants in May.

Thursday's report beat forecasters' expectations, which were for new jobless claims, adjusted for seasonal variations, to rise to 237,000.

And it provided a good sign for the economy. Few claims indicate that layoffs are rare, and that, in turn, net job creation is strong.

Economists believe the real growth sector in the economy is Internet Trolls paid by Russian Spymasters to Hack the Election.

It begins again...?

Posted by Ace at 12:39 PM Comments

Good Job, PDT


Another good column by Kurt Schlichter, with one of the best openings I've read in a while:

Looking at it objectively, as a guy who opposed Trump until he dispatched Ted Cruz, I have to consider all the facts and ponder the evidence carefully before awarding Donald Trump the grade of A+. He has done an incredible job of doing exactly what I had hoped he would do in the off chance he defeated that naggy harridan and her corps of gender indeterminate hipsters, coastal snobs, race hustlers, aspiring libfascists, media scum, and wussy pseudo-conservatives terrified that a Hillary loss would mean people might expect them to do more than wear bow ties and go on NPR to prattle about Burke in their high-pitched, nasal voices.

Open thread until ace shows up.

Posted by OregonMuse at 12:06 PM Comments

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Love and Pain Or, "Vampire"
Edvard Munch

The truth is, Munch did not title this painting "Vampire." He called it "Love and Pain" and it was only later that it picked up the name and interpretation of a man locked in a vampire's embrace. Munch maintained it was nothing more than a woman kissing a man on the neck. The Nazis declared it morally 'degenerate.' In the painting, we see a man in anguish, arms around his love, while she tries to comfort him. Perhaps she is laying her face on his shoulder even. Some thought it was about his visits to prostitutes, yet others saw it as some sort of macabre fantasy about the death of his favorite sister. Evidently Munch remained ambiguous about the deeper meaning behind it.

It was considered shocking when it was unveiled, somehow people saw sado-masochism in it. Maybe it's her loose red hair and red dress that mark her as a siren. The darkness surrounding them, and the man's own black clothing make her stand out all the more. But is it really shocking today?

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 5/25/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. I'll be light on the blathering commentary this morning but there are a few stories of note. First up, evidently the GOP candidate for Ryan Zinke's House seat body slammed a reporter for the UK Guardian. I can understand the frustration and loathing of media types but a Todd Akin moment like this is uncalled for. That said, I am a pacifist by nature and abhor violence, but my loathing of the Left is such that I still hope the guy wins. Secondly, there was some sort of heated confrontation between Debbie Wasserman Schultz Test and the Capitol Police over a stolen laptop of hers that they refused to give back to her. Could it have anything to do with the Democrat IT specialists who hacked everyone and now are on the lam in Pock-EE-ston? I wonder what's on that laptop she wants back so desperately. Hmm. Aside from that, the President's poll numbers have rebounded considerably during by all accounts a successful first trip abroad. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

UPDATE: GnuBreed informs me that the Pakistani DNC IT guys are still in the country.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:10 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (5/24/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(I'll be peace, you be quiet.)

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. Winston Churchill

Quote II

Islam is something we can't afford any more in the Netherlands. I want the fascist Koran banned. We need to stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands. That means no more mosques, no more Islamic schools, no more imams... Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslims.Geert Wilders

Quote III

’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful? Robert A. Hall

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:58 PM Comments

Today in the Social Justice War on Civilization


A couple of white girls became fascinated by tortillas during a trip to Mexico. They researched the techniques of making them, including "picking the brain" of every "tortilla lady." They also admitted to occasionally looking into kitchen windows to see techniques.

Their dream was to open a burrito food truck.

That dream ended one day after the Social Justice Warriors screamed they were "culturally appropriating" the Mexican heritage.

And at the University of Michigan, once believed to be a real school, the meltiest little snowflake in the upper northwest has decided that wood paneling is sexist and racist.

Anna Wibbelman, former president of Building a Better Michigan, an organization that voices student concerns about university development, stated at a student government meeting in late March that "minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling" found throughout the 100-year-old building, the meeting’s minutes state.

The little melty snowflake just said something pretty racist -- minority students don't like "quiet" settings.

But I'm sure Anna Wibbleman knows many minorities through their brief guest appearances on Girls.

Another snowflake attempted to defend her, but also stating that minorities are loud and feel oppressed by quiet rooms.

Current president of Building a Better Michigan, Jazz Teste, stated that Wibbelman’s comment wasn’t necessarily about the wood paneling.

“I believe it was an off-hand comment about how many students felt marginalized by the quiet nature of the building when they entered,” she told The College Fix via email.

Wibbelman could not be contacted for further detail despite repeated requests.

If anyone who isn't a snowflake SJW claimed that minorities liked being loud, do you think they'd get away with it, with no one demanding a Viral Firing for such a problematic assertion?

But obvious, 1950s era stereotypes and racism are permitted to the SJWs. Just so long as they couch it in the right lingo.

Oh, here's the good news: Mizzou, site of the most frenetic Social Justice Warrior conniptions then seen in 2015, is still paying the price for now being regarded as a joke: It will welcome its smallest entering freshman class in almost 20 years.

No one's happy about any deaths in Manchester. This is too ironic not to notice, however:

I don't know where people get this idea that "terrorists only kill the bad people." But that seems to be the unstated premise at work.


Posted by Ace at 07:41 PM Comments

Revealed: Obama's NSA Absused Data-Collection To Spy on Americans for Years


In this article, "upstream collection" refers to collecting data from the infrastructures of communication -- phone signals and the backbone of the Internet itself. So a sort of global collection, I guess. Vacuuming up all signals from their sources.

I suppose "downstream collection" would be targeted at individuals, intercepting, for example, signals on a specific phone line or from a specific computer.

Sara Carter reveals that Obama's NSA ignored its own "rules" on this for years.

The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa....

The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an "institutional lack of candor" and that the improper searches constituted a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue," according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017....

Officials like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have argued their activities were legal under the so-called minimization rule changes Obama made, and that the intelligence agencies were strictly monitored to avoid abuses.

The intelligence court and the NSA's own internal watchdog found that not to be true.

"Since 2011, NSA's minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702," the unsealed court ruling declared. "The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court."

I can't wait for CNN's wall-to-wall coverage of this.

Posted by Ace at 06:46 PM Comments

Chelsea Clinton: We Have to Look at the Cosmic "Interconnectedness" of Forced Child Marriage and... Global Warming


Nature abhors a vacuous nepot. The leftist media, on the other hand, can't get enough of it.

Chelsea Clinton continues batting 1.000 in peddling glibly sophomoric pablum that would choke Depak Chopra like an oversized penis engorged with PC Pieties.

Apparently Chelsea Clinton -- Scholar, Sage, Idiot -- has failed to notice that the countries accused most frequently of causing climate change have been the ones to elevate the age of consent, liberate women so that they're not chattel to be bargained off for a number of goats, and make family-arranged rape socially unacceptable.

But she's now the draw for her parents' continuing efforts at worldwide graft as charity, so we continue to see her pronouncements eagerly repeated by the media.

This is the woman whose pronouncements are so vapid -- silly-string and bubble-gum for the brain -- that even a liberal writer at the very liberal Variety called her out.

Also worth reading: Kyle Smith's take-down of this empty vessel that can be filled with her parents' dreams of easy cash.

She's not just a little girl anymore, you know, not just someone's daughter or campaign prop. Chelsea Clinton is a person, no, a citizen, no, a global citizen, and she is done being quiet.

Hear, world, as Chelsea speaks out.

She is speaking out about social media: "I've recognized, as a lot of people have, that Twitter is a vehicle for me to share my thoughts."

She’s speaking out on movies: "Of course I’m going to see Furious 8. I've already seen Logan. I love that Logan is being succeeded by a little girl."

She's speaking out on the Clinton Foundation: "At its most distilled level, we try to make a positive, impactful, empowering difference in whatever ways we can."

She's speaking out on speaking out: "This is not the time to be silent or stay on the sidelines."

With the exception of a few resentful Twitter pokes at the man responsible for rendering her mom an isolated forest monster -- Chappaquatch-- instead of the most powerful woman in the history of the planet, everything Chelsea says is pretty much like this. The positions she articulates on progress (pro), climate change (anti), and gauzy, inspirational, make-the-world-a-better-place-for-girls-and-women goodness (super-duper pro) are verbal fentanyl.

Everything she says is a platitude wrapped in a cliche washed down with a bromide. She's the dusty end of the greeting-card section, the lite FM of famous-person chatter, a human press release.

In short, Chelsea Clinton is becoming the champion dullard of our time. This didn’t happen by chance: We’re talking about the ever-calculating Clintonworld here. The dullness is a strategy, a demented post-last-ditch effort by the Clinton gals to finally power Hillary into the Oval Office. But I'll come back to that.

Better put some ice on that.

Posted by Ace at 05:43 PM Comments

The National Laughinstock Now Praising Denver to Reduce Maximum Sentences for Domestic Violence -- Wife-Beating -- So as to Protect Illegals from Deportation


This may sound familiar -- a Green Card holder struck a plea deal for his two bank robberies to be sentenced to just one day less than a year, because any sentence of a year or more exposes a Green Card holder to deportation.

The Boston prosecutors successfully kept this Solid Non-Citizen in the country, where he went off to an economically fruitful and diverse career of murdering two doctors engaged to one another.

Not to be outdone, sanctuary city Denver is now "fighting back" -
-- the National Laughinstock's words --
against the illegal immigration crackdown by reducing the maximum sentences for a wide variety of crimes, including wife-beating, which they used to be rather firmly against, but different circumstances have revealed their true priorities.

With a raft of allegedly "minor" crimes now capped in sentencing to no more than one day less than a year, Denver hopes to keep a lot of criminals contributing to the diverse quilt of murder and vehicular manslaughter that is the fabric of American greatness.

Allegedly these sentencing guidelines apply to anyone, but I have a feeling that they'll make an occasional exception for actual US citizens, and sentence them to longer stays in jail.

Posted by Ace at 04:52 PM Comments

Man Who Choked Woman To Death With His Penis Gets Off


And also, he's been acquitted of murder.

The Florida man who claimed his girlfriend choked to death during oral sex was found not guilty of second-degree murder Monday.

Richard Patterson, 65, of Margate, was acquitted of killing 60-year-old girlfriend Francisca Marquinez in 2015 after a week-long trial, according to the Sun Sentinel.

During the trial, his lawyers initially argued that Marquinez died accidentally while performing oral sex on him at her apartment.

To bolster their defense, Patterson’s lawyers filed a motion to show his penis to the jury.

I don't believe it's possible to not know you are killing someone during oral sex.

If you read the article, you'll find the judge did not actually permit the defendant to enter his penis into evidence. You'll also find that the dead woman was so decomposed when they examined her they found it difficult to establish the precise cause of death.

Which leads me to question why she was badly decomposed when found. Was her body... hidden?

In any event, medical experts said that it was "unlikely" one could inadvertently kill a woman during oral sex, and the defense actually changed its theory of the case to (and I really don't understand this) that this is how the defendant thought she died.

"That's not the way she died," defense lawyer Ken Padowitz said."“But that’s the way Richard Patterson thought she died."

What? What the hell does this mean? Either she was deliberately strangled or accidentally suffocated by penis. If the latter is impossible, and the defense is admitting that, that only leaves the former possibility, and the defendant's claim of what he "thought" happened seems... entirely self-serving and entirely irrelevant.

And also, preoposterous.

So this guy was acquitted of murder by virtue of having a big penis -- this is some serious Privilege we have to talk about.

But I'm sure all the male readers here will jump to his defense, as I'm certain the men of Ace of Spades are similarly-situated and deal with this heavy, veiney burden as well.

Posted by Ace at 03:03 PM Comments

Brother, Father of Manchester Bomber "Detained" in Libya; Brother Said to Have Been Planning His Own Attack


Tipped by ThunderB.

Manchester bomber's father Ramadan​ detained in Tripoli, Libya

Follows Tripoli arrest of bomber's younger brother Hashem

Security forces say brother was planning terror attack

Fifth suspect arrested in Wigan in connection with attack

Almost 1,000 British soldiers being deployed on streets today


The father and a brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi have been arrested in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, authorities in the beleaguered African nation said Thursday.

Also Thursday, police in the Manchester area made four more arrests and said they were investigating a "network" as the probe intensified into the suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people and wounded scores more, many critically.


"I think it is very clear that this is a network we are investigating," [Manchester Police Chief Ian] Hopkins said. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack but that assertion has not been verified.

Update: Andrew Cuomo is still "reviewing" whether or nor to march in a parade honoring Salman Abedi.

More: Deb Heine at PJMedia digests an interview with a concerned mom who saw a woman with a backpack sitting alone and nervously fidgeting with the backpack.

Waddy went on to tell the Sky News reporter that she didn't think Security took her seriously because of how they treated her daughter after she got up and complained about the creepy woman, too. "My daughter... had gotten upset about things and she went to Security and they basically told her, 'how would you like it if someone accused you of this?' She added, "Nothing was done about it."

It's possible that that was just a case of people picking up inputs and deriving a plausible but incorrect conclusion. Note, however, how official response is to dismiss such prudent reports by citizens, hushing them up as Racist.

How are you ever going to prevent such attacks when the official response is to insult people who believe the Official Lie "If you see something, say something"?

Patrick Poole points out that this is yet another "Known Wolf" terrorist attack-- the authorities were "aware" of Abedi, and yet he was free to murder and maim.

Thanks to Aetius451.

Posted by Ace at 01:48 PM Comments

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Although it's called "Dope Nose," it's not, apparently, about coke, though that is the suggestion. Apparently it's a reference to the singer's criticism of his fans for objecting to Weezer's poppy turn. He said something like "this dope knows" what fans want, and I guess "Dope Nose" is some kind of pun on that. Or at least that's what some random guy I never heard of wrote in a comment on Song Meanings.
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I don't want to step on the ONT, but if you want to follow the race where a Citizen Activist had his Safe Space violated by someone using Hate Questions and shut down those Hate Questions with a Speech Bodyslam, check it out
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An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)