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For Amusement Purposes Only.

Changeling poet, musician and writer, born on the 13th floor. Left of counter-clockwise and right of the white rabbit, all twilight and sunrises, forever the inside outsider.

Seeks out and follows creative and brilliant minds. And crows. Occasional shadow librarian.

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Bastet - Ancient Egyptian Goddess of Cats and the slayer of Apophis, serpent of chaos (www.youtube.com)

Bastet is the Egyptian goddess of the home, domesticity, women's secrets, cats, fertility, and childbirth. She protected the home from evil spirits and disease, especially diseases associated with women and children. As with many deities in Egyptian religion, she also played a role in the afterlife....

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@The_Picard_Maneuver I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?

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TIL - thanks! Awesome links!

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Hat tip to @liv for the article and their work over on @conservative, which still has me smiling.

How to build a heat-resilient city (grist.org)

Cities are hot. When you cover the ground with asphalt and concrete, jam millions of cars together on congested streets, and erect thousands of buildings that leak their own heat, you create what experts call an “urban heat island.” Daytime temperatures in these places can be as much as 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than...

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Hat tip to @Firlefanz for the heads up on the article.

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That's some of the most intriguing imagery I've seen. I wasn't familiar with the the Holy Mountain, so I ended up tracking down a copy.

Not for the faint of stomach... especially if you don't like to watch exploding conquistador toads fighting Aztec iguanas, but damn that's a wild ride. No country does surrealism like Mexico. Thanks for the rabbit hole!

The Holy Mountain Wikipedia

Side note, the entire time I was watching this I was thinking - damn, this is really similar to Santa Sangre in tone and style - turns out it's by the same director, Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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I rewatched this recently, and yeah, all the cliches are there (some rather clumsily filmed even by 40s standards) - but fuck me if Bogie still doesn't blow it out of the water with that performance. I can't think of a single film noir protagonist that matches what he pulled off in that film. He's better here than he is in Casablanca by a long shot imho.

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The world has enough warrior poets. What it really needs are more barbarian poets.

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I christened this guy Ratfucker Kennedy when he started his campaign, and today, beyond all doubt, he's earned the right to bear that name.

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Newsom, we get it - you want to run for president. But don't fuck up my state to do it.

You've done ok in CA when you've kept your mouth shut and followed in Brown's footsteps, but this latest bullshit display of throwing widely popular progressive initiatives (this one passed 66 to 9) under the bus is a slap in the face to all Californians, proving yet again that you're an empty neo-liberal suit playing progressive to pander to the public.

California is not your billboard for a future presidential run. Do your damn job and stop using your veto pen to try to appeal to voters who aren't even your constituents yet.

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In theory they can, but it's very unlikely, as it requires a 2/3rds majority in both the Assembly and the Senate. One of the things I severely dislike about California politics is that the Governor's veto power is near absolute in practice. On top of that this state has an entrenched political machine that has invested in Newsom since he ran for Mayor of San Francisco - and many in Sacramento owe their careers to him. There's no realistic chance any of these vetoes get overridden.

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I fucking love the fact that mule deer sprint down the middle of my street at midnight.

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Regardless of what any of the Klingons in this thread claim, I suggest following S.P.O.C.K.'s advice - never trust a Klingon.

Enhance your calm: Demolition Man turns 30 | The film remains an under-appreciated gem of ‘90s comedy/action flicks (arstechnica.com)

Thirty years ago today, Demolition Man first hit theaters, pitting Sylvester Stallone against Wesley Snipes in a crime-free but killjoy future where even minor vices have been declared illegal. The passage of time hasn’t quite elevated this sci-fi action comedy to the legendary status of Die Hard or Lethal Weapon, but it’s...

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You see, according to Cocteau's plan I'm the enemy, 'cause I like to think; I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder - "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I WANT high cholesterol. I wanna eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green jello all over my body reading playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal? I've SEEN the future. Do you know what it is? It's a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing "I'm an Oscar Meyer Wiener".

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It's been depreciating at a pretty constant rate. I'd wait to invest until it's under $1.

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If someone continues to harass you after you've blocked them, it's because they're lonely and want your attention. I've found that offering comforting and condescending words while reverse spamming them with Eleanor Rigby seems to end the harassment quickly... especially when they realize that they can't block you properly either.

Will the world ever stop being anti-intellectual?

One of the most aggravating things to me in this world has to be the absolutely rampant anti-intellectualism that dominates so many conversations and debates, and its influence just seems to be expanding. Do you think there will ever actually be a time when this ends? I'd hope so once people become more educated and cultural...

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Agreed. I'd also like to add that intelligence != wisdom != experience, and you need all three to achieve real understanding.

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mujon pumbogh puH, DI'rujvamvo' jInarghlaHbe'
mInDu'lIj tIpoSmoH, 'ej chalDaq yIlegh
chovup vIneHbe', loDHom Do'Ha' jIH neH
jIghoSDI' 'ej jIjaHDI' ngeDmo', vItlhchugh pagh vItlhHa'chugh
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SoSoy, qen loD vIchotpu'
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SoSoy, qen jIyInchoHpu'
'ach DaH yInwIj naQ vIpolHa'chu'pu'
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qaSpa' wa'leS poHvam jIcheghpu'be'chugh
yIruchtaH, yIruchtaH 'ej pagh SaHbogh vay' yIDalaw'
narghpu' 'eb, tugh jIHegh
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wa' loD QIb tu'qomHomHey mach vIleghlaw'taH
SIqaramuS, SIqaramuS, qul mI' DamI''a'?
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ghalIl'eyo', ghalIl'eyo', ghalIl'eyo', ghalIl'eyo',
ghalIl'eyo', vIgha'ro', QaQqu' ghu'vetlh
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jIghoSDI', jIjaHDI' ngeD, tujonHa''a'
Qun pongvaD! Qo', bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'
(yItlhabmoH) Qun pongvaD! bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'
(yItlhabmoH) Qun pongvaD! bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'
(HItlhabmoH) bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'
(HItlhabmoH) bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'. (HItlhabmoH) 'o
Qo'! Qo'! Qo'! Qo'! Qo'! Qo'! Qo'!
('o SoSoywI', SoSoywI') SoSoywI'! HItlhabmoH!
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nagh chojaDlaH 'ej mInwIj Datuy'laH 'e' DaQub
chomuSHa'laH vaj HeghmeH cholonlaH 'e' DaQub
'o bangwI', jIHvaD yIta'Qo', bangwI'!
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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror - 4th Annual Collection - 1991 - featuring the work of Joyce Carol Oates, Haruki Murakami, John Crowley, Karl Capek and Ian Fraizer (pdfhost.io)

Opening Statement of Mr. Harold Schoff, attorney for Mr. Coyote: My client, Mr. Wile E. Coyote, a resident of Arizona and contiguous states, does hereby bring suit for damages against the Acme Company, manufacturer and retail distributor of assorted merchandise, incorporated in Delaware and doing business in every state,...

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@Virginicus - the Freedom Caucus certainly will. However, the realpolitik of the situation is that any Speaker will need Democratic support to get elected at this point.

There are three possible outcomes here:

  1. The Republicans are able to control their caucus and elect a new speaker entirely with GOP votes (highly unlikely, and if they do, a new leader will be just as vulnerable as McCarthy was until 2024)
  2. The Republicans are able to peel off enough Democratic votes to get a new speaker in by advancing a moderate and granting concessions (possible, but this effort would likely lose as many GOP votes as it would gain Dem ones unless they convince Jeffries to rally his caucus in support of a moderate)
  3. The Democrats are able to peel off enough GOP votes to elect Jeffries (slightly less likely than 2, above) - this is the worst possible scenario for the GOP

Jeffries has them over a barrel as long as he maintains caucus discipline. Thus far he's doing a far better job at it than the GOP, plus he's still got Pelosi's connections in his back pocket (and she's definitely not about concessions to the GOP at this point). This opinion piece is both an olive branch and a subtle threat to those on the GOP side who can still do basic math - it's "work with us, or watch us take the Speakership before 2024".

The Year's Best Science Fiction - Fourth Annual Collection - 1988 - featuring Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, Bruce Sterling, and William Gibson (www.mediafire.com)

It rains a lot, up here; there are winter days when it doesn’t really get light at all, only a bright, indeterminate gray. But then there are days when it’s like they whip aside a curtain to flash you three minutes of sunlit, suspended mountain, the trademark at the start of God’s own movie. It was like that the day her...

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Hilarious that the screed they've typed is only protected under the First Amendment of the country they wish didn't exist. That last bit would get them jailed in Russia, and if they took a similar stance against the Chinese leadership, they'd be vacationing in a re-education camp before Thanksgiving.

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I avoid this by not watching porn that makes me sad. There's plenty of consensual, happy, joyful sex-positive porn out there.

While your point is valid about this particular situation (which is horrible and criminal on multiple levels), your overbroad generalization of porn and the implied assumption of guilt in the viewers is what's led folks to react negatively to your statement.

On a larger level, this kind of statement plays into the puritanical doctrines towards sex that paint it as a negative force, and subsequently leads to the twisting of a positive, creative act into a negative expression of power and rape in those that accept those doctrines.

Porn is not at fault here, nor are its viewers. Those at fault in this crime are the producers and publishers, who were well aware of the abuses happening under their watch, and deceived their viewers into believing they were observing consensual performance acts. I hope that these women get every cent and more, and it would be excellent to see a class action suit from Pornhub's subscribers arise in tandem to and in support of their complaint.

[News & Opinion] "Already an embarrassment": Legal experts shred Judge Aileen Cannon for granting Trump "delay" (www.salon.com)

The federal judge presiding over Donald Trump's classified documents case on Friday temporarily paused a series of significant pre-trial deadlines pertaining to prosecutors' sharing of sensitive materials that the former president is entitled to while building his defense, The Messenger reports....

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Oh boy. Just stopped by to warn you that linking to the bad place is likely not to be too popular around here. That being said, your profile there does have some cool links and you seem like a chill dude, so I wanted to give you a heads up before the downvotes started. You'd probably be better served by posting this link in your profile description if you're really looking to drive cross-traffic.

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Mom: "You're my changeling child."

Me as a kid: "Cool! Maybe I'm magic!"

Me as an adult after learning what people usually do with changelings: "Wtf Mom???"

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Can we PLEASE make the top bar be customizable already? Or at least filter NSFW by default? It's a really bad look whenever I open this and "jailbait" is at the top of my screen almost every time.

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@jcrm Lol - I figured out how to do this accidentally. You may have noticed that Jailbait doesn't appear in the top bar anymore.

It's because I posted this to it (sfw and 18+ by a long shot, but you'll still want eyebleach). Apparently that top bar of communities prioritizes those that have no posts. Take a look - you'll see every suggested community is empty. Posting to one removes it from the selection algorithm.

Pinging @ernest as it looks like the sorting on that top bar algorithm is achieving the opposite of its intended purpose.

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"Burning Man has countercultural roots and, once upon a time, it was a celebration of creativity and a counterpoint to mindless consumerism. Over the past few years, however, it has become massively commodified and started attracting some of the worst people on earth. Nowadays, it is an excuse for influencers and Silicon Valley types to take a bunch of drugs and party in the desert while pretending they are doing something meaningful that elevates the world’s consciousness. Burning Man is supposed to be about “radical self-reliance” and yet a number of attendees appear to be flown in on private jets and shacked up in luxury accommodation with air conditioning. I don’t care how exotic the drugs or how interesting the art is: once people such as Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk show up to your party, there is no longer anything countercultural about it. You are not rebelling against the man. You are the man."


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As someone who watched the Burning Man scene begin, evolve, and become what it is today, it was clear from near 2000 on that it was destined to become a parody of itself.

Plus, as someone who has spent their life working to encourage creativity and preserve it, something about Burning Man always struck me as deeply wrong on a spiritual level. I think of all of the wonderful artworks that could be adorning our streets and walls that are nothing now but ash on the playa and it honestly makes me want to smack my head into the wall. I get the point of sacrifice, of creating art for art's sake, and respect the mythos of the Wicker Man, but shit has gotten too far out of hand.

If you really want to be revolutionary, bring your art back to your neighborhood. Live it every day, not just during summer vacation. Put it out there for free if you want to flip off capitalism, but don't destroy it. That which inspires you to create is holy and a part of your soul, and it's result deserves much better than the flames.

@Ryntastic Sorry for hijacking a month-old comment of yours, but it inspired me to speak out, and I've been holding my tongue about the BM scene for a long time.

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