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New Billboards Portray A Fiery Hell In Which We All Have Syphilis - LAist #WeAreNumber2
My next band will be named Syphilis Explosion. - Steven Perez from Android
that's the Dianetics volcano, isn't it? - Big Joe Silence
LOL, after all this time, I actually managed to delete all of the comment spam from my blog. Now if only I showed this much dedication and perseverance to things that actually have a major effect on my life.
I stared at this for a good long minute because it looks so terrible - 16 Photos From This Morning's Gnarly Rainstorm - LAist
That mudslide is crazy. - Jennifer Dittrich
So many of those pictures are just awful. - Anika
Whenever the weather gets shitty, I always think of this Damon Wayans skit #LeonJackson
Woken up by what sounds like fire hoses pointed directly at my windows.
Hmm. The Facebook search bar doesn't seem to work in Chrome any more. Weird.
Without torture prosecutions, we can't claim to be a nation of laws - L.A. Times - Opinion
I think the lack of indictments from police killing black people blew the whole "nation of laws" thing out of the water anyway. We're a full-on banana republic. - Victor Ganata
This Parks and Recreation/Star Trek Mashup Art Is Just Perfect - io9
5 Studies That Prove Racism Is Still Way Worse Than We Think - Cracked
It's been an obvious fact of history, but once again I am reminded that imperialism and torture go hand in hand.
The Water Cure - Debating torture and counterinsurgency—a century ago - New Yorker - 2008 Feb 25 (via Junot Díaz)
"Many Americans were puzzled by the news, in 1902, that United States soldiers were torturing Filipinos with water. The United States, throughout its emergence as a world power, had spoken the language of liberation, rescue, and freedom. This was the language that, when coupled with expanding military and commercial ambitions, had helped launch two very different wars." - Victor Ganata
"During the next half year, it became clear that American and Filipino visions for the islands’ future were at odds. U.S. forces seized Manila from Spain—keeping the army of their ostensible ally Aguinaldo from entering the city—and President William McKinley refused to recognize Filipino claims to independence, pushing his negotiators to demand that Spain cede sovereignty over the islands to the United States, while talking about Filipinos’ need for 'benevolent assimilation.'" - Victor Ganata
"Aguinaldo and some of his advisers, who had been inspired by the United States as a model republic and had greeted its soldiers as liberators, became increasingly suspicious of American motivations. When, after a period of mounting tensions, a U.S. sentry fired on Filipino soldiers outside Manila in February, 1899, the second war erupted, just days before the Senate ratified a treaty with Spain securing American sovereignty over the islands in exchange for twenty million dollars." - Victor Ganata
"In the next three years, U.S. troops waged a war to 'free' the islands’ population from the regime that Aguinaldo had established. The conflict cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos and about four thousand U.S. soldiers." - Victor Ganata
"Within the first year of the war, news of atrocities by U.S. forces—the torching of villages, the killing of prisoners—began to appear in American newspapers." - Victor Ganata
"A letter by A. F. Miller, of the 32nd Volunteer Infantry Regiment, published in the Omaha World-Herald in May, 1900, told of how Miller’s unit uncovered hidden weapons by subjecting a prisoner to what he and others called the 'water cure.'" - Victor Ganata
"'Now, this is the way we give them the water cure,' he explained. 'Lay them on their backs, a man standing on each hand and each foot, then put a round stick in the mouth and pour a pail of water in the mouth and nose, and if they don’t give up pour in another pail. They swell up like toads. I’ll tell you it is a terrible torture.'" - Victor Ganata
"During his court-martial, Waller testified that he had been under orders from the volatile, aging Brigadier General Jacob Smith ('Hell-Roaring Jake,' to his comrades) to transform the island into a 'howling wilderness,' to 'kill and burn' to the greatest degree possible—'The more you kill and burn, the better it will please me'—and to shoot anyone 'capable of bearing arms.'" - Victor Ganata
"According to Waller, when he asked Smith what this last stipulation meant in practical terms, Smith had clarified that he thought that ten-year-old Filipino boys were capable of bearing arms. (In light of those orders, Waller was acquitted.)" - Victor Ganata
"Some denied, on racial grounds, that Filipinos were owed the 'protective' limits of 'civilized warfare.'" - Victor Ganata
"More generally, some people, while conceding that American soldiers had engaged in 'cruelties,' insisted that the behavior reflected the barbaric sensibilities of the Filipinos. 'I think I know why these things have happened,' Lodge offered in a Senate speech in May." - Victor Ganata
"They had 'grown out of the conditions of warfare, of the war that was waged by the Filipinos themselves, a semicivilized people, with all the tendencies and characteristics of Asiatics, with the Asiatic indifference to life, with the Asiatic treachery and the Asiatic cruelty, all tinctured and increased by three hundred years of subjection to Spain.'" - Victor Ganata
"There was, of course, an easier way than argument to end the debate. On July 4, 1902 (as if on cue from John Philip Sousa), Roosevelt declared victory in the Philippines. Remaining insurgents would be politically downgraded to 'brigands.'" #MissionAccomplished - Victor Ganata
"'[The American public] sips its coffee and reads of its soldiers administering the 'water cure' to rebels; of how water with handfuls of salt thrown in to make it more efficacious, is forced down the throats of the patients until their bodies become distended to the point of bursting; of how our soldiers then jump on the distended bodies to force the water out quickly so that the 'treatment' can begin all over again. The American Public takes another sip of its coffee and remarks, 'How very unpleasant!''" - Victor Ganata
Nut Rumpus Prompts Korean Airline Exec To Apologize And Resign - NPR — shared solely because of the phrase "Nut Rumpus" #iam12
"Not all white people are white supremacists, but all white people benefit from white supremacy." - How I Discovered I am White - Renegade Mothering
"Prior to the Women’s Rights Movement, women were stuck in the home while men went to work and supported them. But then women were liberated and able to get jobs working outside the home. Right?WRONG. White, middle to upper class women were 'stuck in the home.' Women of color have ALWAYS 'worked out of the home.' In fact, the women of color were probably working in the homes of the white women about which our history is written. So one of the most oft-repeated, trusted narratives about American history erases the history of women of color. It is dead fucking wrong. It isn’t even kind of right. They are erased. Non-existent. Unseen." - Victor Ganata
"They are a chapter that ends with 'but then Martin Luther King, Jr., and all is well.'" - Victor Ganata
A very good piece. - Eivind
Downtown's Giant Da Vinci Building Burned Because It Was Bad - LAist
"'When you got that bare wood. It burns. It burns good.'" - Victor Ganata
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. watching his friend kill his wife and then himself over Facetime is some freaky future dystopian shit
Damn. - Tamara J. B.
Shit, that's awful. - Jennifer Dittrich
oh, Jeezus. :| - AHnix (Anna Haro)
CA Sees Worst Pertussis Outbreak in 70 Years - MPR
"In what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 70 years, 9,935 cases of pertussis were diagnosed between January 1 and November 26. That translated into 26 cases per 100,000 people, according to research published in the December 5 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report." - Victor Ganata
"When the researchers looked more closely at the available data, they found that most of the mothers of the infants who contracted pertussis had not been vaccinated." - Victor Ganata
"'Very few mothers of infants with pertussis had received Tdap [tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine] during pregnancy; many more were vaccinated after delivery, which does not confer any direct protection to the infant and is no longer a preferred strategy,' the researchers write. 'Recently published data indicate that Tdap vaccination coverage among pregnant women [in California] was only 19.5% in 2012.'" - Victor Ganata
I really struggle with seeing how choosing not to vaccinate is not child abuse. FYI for those who are struggling the Tdap is covered by the state healthcare agencies at the county level in CA so you can go in and get one there if you don't have insurance or $35 for the local pharmacy to do it. - Steve C Team Marina
Yup, you can always go to the public health department to get free vaccines for children and California also has a free Vaccines for Children program for those who qualify - Victor Ganata
"The city now consumes less water than it did in 1970, while its population has grown by more than a third…." Los Angeles, City of Water - NYT via @HawthorneLAT
That moment when you mishear "Carter" as "Kutcher"
Come on, try to tell me this guy's not a peanut farmer: - Micah
I was all like "He's a physicist?!?!" - Victor Ganata
(I totally believed the medieval history part, though.) - Victor Ganata
"I am not a robot"
NASA's Orion launch a success: "There's your new spacecraft, America!" - Boing Boing
It is difficult for me not to interpolate the narrative that government agencies are still much better than private industry in certain fields. - Victor Ganata
sometimes it certainly seems that way. unlike private companies, government agencies can't simply close up shop overnight and vanish with the morning dew when they spectacularly and expensively screw up. - Big Joe Silence
No one sane would ever read literary/artistic criticism as objective fact, as something didactic that forces the reader to think a certain way, but that is how some people seem to read video game criticism.
It sounds the same as rock n roll and books. - Rodfather
OK, I am grudgingly willing to admit that a crossguard made out of energy beams has potential utility, but an entire hilt made out of energy beams would be absurd. #ErrantPedantry #YouKeepUsingThatWord
How exactly do you hold....... - WarLord
I figured the energy cross guard was a bad plan until MAN pointed out the the only protection against an energy beam was an energy beam...I had no argument against that :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Stephen Colbert commented on the cross-guard issue with the new lightsaber and he brought up a good point. He said that, in his opinion, the blades don't start at the end of the built-in pieces on the guard, but run through the whole length of it, only peaking out a little at each end. That would fully protect the user....I think...>.> But a energy! - Chris Topher
I knew there was something about virbroswords being able to go toe-to-toe with lightsabers (due to the video games), so I learned about cortosis. Maybe someone with gauntlets made of cortosis could have an energy hilt! - Arlan K.
Why Should Anyone "Respect" the Law? — Gawker
"How can you ask people to respect the law when the law does not respect them?" - Victor Ganata
I can't decide what's a grimmer conclusion: that no one really believes in justice, or that the justice system is working exactly as intended to keep black and brown people subjugated.
The American Justice System Is Not Broken - The Concourse - Deadspin (via Junot Díaz) - Victor Ganata
"America is a serial brutalizer of black and brown people. Brutalizing them is what it does. It does other things, too, yes, but brutalizing black and brown people is what it has done the most, and with the most zeal, and for the longest." - Victor Ganata
"The best argument you can make on behalf of the various systems and infrastructures the country uses against its black and brown citizens—the physical design of its cities, the methods it uses to allocate placement in elite institutions, the way it trains its police to treat citizens like enemy soldiers—might actually just be that they're more restrained than those used against black and brown people abroad." - Victor Ganata
"America employs the enforcers of its power to beat, kill, and terrorize, deploys its judiciary to say that that's OK, and has done this more times than anyone can hope to count. This is not a flaw in the design; this is the design." - Victor Ganata
"Policing in America is not broken. The judicial system is not broken. American society is not broken. All are functioning perfectly, doing exactly what they have done since before some of this nation's most prosperous slave-murdering robber-barons came together to consecrate into statehood the mechanisms of their barbarism." - Victor Ganata
No one actually believes in justice, really. Fuck all this shit.
That's so unjust of you to say. - Todd Hoff
they only believe in "Justice for me and people that affect me" - Me
"Compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission, ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite. All of which are American dreams." — "Know Your Enemy" by Rage Against the Machine
Now I hear Zack's voice "All of which are American dreams...All of which are American dreams...All of which are American dreams...All of which are American dreams...All of which are American dreams..." - AHnix (Anna Haro)
It really makes me sad that these guys can't make it work. We NEED them. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
This chef doesn't want Asians to eat his food. He doesn't even want Asians to eat near him — Angry Asian Man — WTF
"Lawsuit alleges Cesar Ramirez referred to Asians as 'shit people,' purposely served them inferior cuts of meat." - Victor Ganata
Racism *and* wage theft. What an asshole. - Victor Ganata
I hope that guy is never allowed to serve food to people ever. Not even at a convenience store. And he has the gall the serve Asian fusion? What a dick. - Anika
hopefully this lawsuit means the end of his career. fuck that guy. - Starmama
UGH. ^^^^ - AHnix (Anna Haro)
While I realize this is purely a physics joke, I can't help but feel it's also a Star Trek TOS joke :D #redshirt #blueshift
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Speed could also turn a red pill blue. - Joe
Human ancestors developed a taste for alcohol 10 million years ago - L.A. Times
"Roughly 10 million years ago -- long before humans began to store food harvested by agriculture, and long, long before they intentionally fermented food and made a delightfully relaxing ritual of consuming the result -- a new study finds that the guts of our primate ancestors evolved the ability to metabolize alcohol." - Victor Ganata
"Carrigan's team found that the digestive enzyme ADH4, which begins to break down alcohol on the tongue and in the esophagus and continues to do so in the stomach, was first found plentifully in the gorilla, a primate ancestor from whose lineage humans diverged roughly 10 million years ago. It is similarly found in more recent evolutionary ancestors, including the chimpanzee and the bonobo." - Victor Ganata
"Our 10-million-year-old relationship with alcohol should come as no surprise, the authors of the latest research suggest. It coincides with the middle Miocene climatic transition, a period of rapid environmental change in which the fragmented forest ecosystems of East Africa were giving way to grassland ecosystems." - Victor Ganata
"In that period, our hominoid ancestors -- consumers of tree fruits all -- increasingly came down from the trees. As they dragged their knuckles along the ground, they would likely have found fallen fruit colonized by yeast and in various stages of fermentation." - Victor Ganata
"Those that could eat that spoilage would not only have fared better at living on the ground than those sustaining themselves on unripened fruit in the trees; they would have been more likely to survive lean growing seasons by virtue of their ability to eat fruits (and eventually meats) that were well past their prime." - Victor Ganata
During the Summer we would give the all berries with rot to a vendor with goats. He said the goats would let them sit around for a few more days so they could get drunk off them. - Rodfather
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