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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / A Most Glorious Troll
« on: August 18, 2015, 12:06:12 am »
http://m.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/a-typical-welcome-sign-that-wont-fly-b99519325z1-307301071.html

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For 27 years it's been up there on the flat roof of Mark Gubin's building in the flight path of Mitchell International Airport. A sign painted in letters 6 feet tall tells people arriving here by air: "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND."

"There's not a real purpose for having this here except madness, which I tend to be pretty good at," Gubin said Tuesday when I stopped at his place in Bay View to see the sign.




The sign is in Milwaukee :lulz:

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Is that a two-cuil or a three-cuil election?

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I was kind of, albeit apparently futilely, hoping that people here would get the point and not run off with "things that make humans super special".

Cainad got it, at least. Cainad, let's you and me go start our own species.






Oh, shit. I'm sterile. Never mind. We're all going to die.

Well, I'm sure if I try REALLY hard...

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I was hoping that would be the answer you'd have :lulz:

I mean, I guess some philosophy major might try to sell something like "religion" but I'm pretty sure animals also believe things that they have no concrete evidence for, they're just less complicated things.

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So, tonight, while bartending, a wine glass flew off its rack to the floor, untouched. I was six feet away, and nobody else was behind the bar. The four people sitting at the bar all saw the same thing I did, apparently.

Not suggesting anything other than that it was fucking weird.

Could have been internal stress within the glass releasing abruptly, breaking the glass and causing it to leap from the rack. Spontaneous fracture happens frequently in bar glassware, because it is typically soda-lime glass, not always annealed well, used frequently, and typically subjected to high temperatures during washing. This, along with daily taps and bangs, gradually introduces additional stress into the glass, along with stress that was present at manufacture due to poor annealing processes, and glasses can abruptly release that stress in the form of kinetic energy, jumping at fracture or even exploding. The thicker parts of the glass, such as stem or base, are both more likely to build stress and capable of releasing more energy at fracture; in the upper part of the glass you're more likely to see a spontaneous circular crack.

Amorphous solids are the fucking greatest.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Cain called it. Greece defaults.
« on: August 12, 2015, 02:14:31 pm »
"capitalism" "cannibalism" getting harder to tell which is which these days

Not surprising, when you consider that Mr. Peanut is a peanut who is trying to sell you other peanuts to devour. He's even got a bourgeois little hat, cane, and monocle.

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I think the reason that narrative got me hook-line-and-sinker is not so much because it made my monocle pop out and fall into my free-range organic quinoa-kale smoothie, but because it was very easy for me to accept the idea that members of the religious right were deliberately trying to provoke dissent in the ranks.

But I probably had the wrong of it.

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Right... and the reactions on FB and most media are tut-tutting their form, as per usual.

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That Sanders had the black vote is totally something I assumed. Damn it.

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There is something really nasty about the "support for your side is conditional, based on politeness" narrative...

I'll admit that my immediate response was "why the FUCK are they doing this to the one candidate who seems most likely to be receptive to your message." But, I guess he really WAS receptive to their message, in spite of that?

I dunno. My gut reaction sure felt a lot like standard white, educated liberal hand-wringing, and it's hard for me to shake that impression. But my gut is for processing shit, not politics, so maybe it demands re-examination.

My support for things like Black Live Matter (and the understanding that shit like #AllLivesMatter is a way of hijacking the message to render it meaningless) is definitely not conditional based on politeness. This event doesn't make me want to turn against it. But I'm struggling with trying to figure out if it was the politically astute thing to do.

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I sure hope the fact that Sanders is the Tumblr favorite right now doesn't wipe him out.

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FWIW I know both of the researchers who are frequently cited for their research in e-cig safety, and they are emphatic that even though there are health risks with e-cigs they are absolutely vastly dwarfed by the known dangers of smoking real cigarettes.

According to my doctor, vaporizers are linked to cardiopulmonary disease, but with about 3% the incidence rate of cigarettes.

Well, there is so far exactly zero conclusive research indicating that, but there is some preliminary research indicating an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Nicotine itself is a pretty toxic substance (and not in a "ZOMG TOXINS!" way) so I wouldn't be surprised if there are some deleterious effects from vaping. Definitely still much better than cigarettes, though.

I would figure that we won't have conclusive information on the effects of vaporizers for at least a few decades, since they're still fairly new. Additionally, a lot of people using them have history of smoking, so linking vaping to cardiopulmonary disease is confounded by that.

So really, people of all types should vape it up, because we need DATA, damn it!

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I average one or two cigars or a pipe per month, and I usually enjoy it. I had a cigar yesterday though and I felt like sun-baked dog shit the rest of the day. And that's how I learned not to smoke on workout days.

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