Little Oskar was born without any eyeballs. But he was lucky enough to find awesome people with love to give him--

--and balls with bells inside so he can hear them. Here he is.




That's it, screw this species, the cockroaches can have the planet.


No picture, becoz EWWW



It's that time of year again, so here's this.

Thanksgiving Unprayer

On this day,
when Earth tilts away from the Sun
and the world lies dormant,
it's appropriate to pause for a moment
and express appreciation for all that we have.

To express awe and reverence for the
nuclear furnace that formed this planet from interstellar dust,
the natural processes that organized its elements
into the carbon we are made of, and water,
that enables life to exist, to reproduce itself,
to be mobile, and conscious,
so we are able to appreciate our good fortune.

To thank our predecessors who
developed eyes to see the sunrise,
ears to hear music,
brains to understand
and a society to share all this.

Thank our fellow beings,
who share this earth
and who produce the oxygen we breathe,
the food we eat, the medicines we need,
and provide us with companionship.

Thank our ancestors who
freed us from superstition,
learned about the world
and passed on their knowledge
so that we enjoy the luxuries of our modern lives.

On a personal level, we thank
our parents for bringing us into this world,
and those who are here to share this day with us,
and not least, this fellow creature,
who gave up its life
so that we might continue on
in this great cycle we celebrate.


Tu much bad stuffs--need a happy

Who this guy is?  Scratch that, WHAT this guy is? 

Is racoon. Is hairless. Is rare mutation. 
This guy is  fine and healthy, and now gets to live in the Busch Sanctuary.  Yay.

He's cute. Well, in a kinda way.

Chemical Warfare

For years I've been harping on the militarization of our police forces, nice to see it's finally getting some attention, now that they're using pepper spray poison gas** on people.

Best of the lot, a very insightful piece by Alexis Madrigal, writing in The Atlantic

Why I Feel Bad for the Pepper-Spraying Policeman, Lt. John Pike

Also, Philip Zimbardo, the Lucifer Effect, pickle barrels, Stanford Prison Experiment, Milgram, yada yada

**"Pepper spray"--fuck whatever PR flack came up with that moniker,  it's OC Gas: it's banned for use in warfare, restricted all to hell in prisons, has killed dozens of people in the US, including one last month (courtesy of the NYPD, natch)Call it what it is--a chemical weapon, poison gas.  

Chart is from Deborah Blum's Speakeasy Science article, also required reading = everything you should know about OC gas.


Wasn't this fiction?

"always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. ...


Occupy Wall Street, Thursday.


Cain you believe this?

Is Mr. I-don't-need-to-know-anything really this stupid? He wants to know

"How do you say 'delicious' in Cuban?"

In Cuban? He doesn't even know Cuba is part of Latin America. Somebody needs to tell him to use Latin, he should say

Ego Asinus

Ge'ez, what a Morom.


Forgotten Heroes

For Veterans Day, let's remember and honor all those who gave their lives so that we might live.

During World War I, more American women died in childbirth than American men died in war.

Thank You All



That is a really cool boat. Not only that, it's Ireland, on the River Shannon. I want to be these people. Just watch.

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

Wow. Just, wow.


Satan Wins!!

College student Cristen Hemmins was kidnapped, raped and shot twice. That's not enough for heartless  sociopath Phil Bryant (R-United Methodists), who wants to force her to bear and raise her rapist's children.

 "Why can't you men have any sympathy for women like me?"
Chisten asks.
"Yeah, no shit why?"
I echo, and add
"Why is this evil prick Lt. governor of Mississippi instead of in an institution?
If  this slobberingly idiotic personhood bill passes, sez the evil prick,
ZOMG!!    Well, LOL! Guess what?

He did it!  Satan won! Yay, Go Satan!   

I start out my day with a smile, knowing that Al Queda of Mississippi lost, and go to pet my kitteh, Lucy Fur.   (^_^)


Olympic Pics

This is kind of neat.
In Occupy Olympia, (Washington's state capitol) the police helped set up the tents.

This is a neat one.

"To Protect and Serve"


the Rights of the Born

Just had a go at articulating my position on this whole issue of "Fertilized Eggs Are People just like corporations".

Miltie sez:

I do believe the vast majority of abortions are performed on women who just do not want their pregnancies to come to term because giving birth would just be inconvenient, and clash with their lifestyle.
And he says he is ready to listen. But of course he wasn't. Later he said this:

Am I the only one in this forum that is truly for freedom? As in the freedom of the unborn to life? Is a baby inside the womb a worthless jumble of cells, unworthy of life and the rights of those outside?

To which I say:

It's good to see that we both agree, as I too am totally for freedom. I will be moving in on Thursday.

For the first half year or so I will give you a debilitating, possibly fatal, physical condition that will leave lifelong changes to your body even without the likely major surgery; then I will demand your constant attention every waking moment for many years, without regard to how this will affect your health, earning power or quality of life.
You will of course provide me with adequate housing, food, clothing, education, medical care and other needs even if it drives you into bankruptcy, for the next eighteen years.

It's good to see that you are truly for freedom and recognize that those of us outside the womb are not just a worthless jumble of cells, unworthy of life and the rights of a blastocyst.

(BTW, my arrival will be Cash On Delivery to the tune of several thousand dollars. Have it ready.)


Help me out here

I don't watch tv. I quit altogether back when Murphy Brown was the top show, in the Pliocene or whenever.
Now, I see a lot of clips on Youtube so I can see what I'm [not] missing*, but seriously, WTF?
Is this a real TV broadcast on something that calls itself a News program? Really? It's like the Onion, right?

Tell me it is.

tell me it is.

*mostly it's people bitching about how terrible what they're watching is. Kind of like:
"It hurts SO BAD when I stab myself in the head!".

"Well then, why don't you STOP DOING it?"

"Whut?? ?? lol? huh? ?? "