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May 2nd
4:07 PM
"An eagle named “Critical Theory” flew into the room and perched atop a burning American flag and shed a single tear on the dropped chalk. Sections of Lacan’s Seminars were read several times, and the Spirit of Hegel himself showed up and demonstrated the nature of dialectics so vividly that everybody in the room progressed to a trans-physical state transcending conventional notions of time and space."
—  a Zizek copypasta from r/badphilosophy
May 7th
6:09 PM
"I’m convinced that 2001 is really a movie about getting something good to eat. Monolith appears to apes: Apes get tasty meat. All the humans in space? They’re eating processed crap (even the restaurant on the orbital is a “Howard Johnson’s”) Then Dave goes through the monolith. Just before he evolves into space baby, he’s shown eating a real, prepared meal, with knife and fork.

The monolith creators are just interested in making sure we eat well"
February 22nd
7:14 PM
Via
February 21st
12:20 PM
Via
stickyembraces:

Marty McFly travels back in time to tell Philosophers about their legacy, Part #1: Marx

stickyembraces:

Marty McFly travels back in time to tell Philosophers about their legacy, Part #1: Marx

February 14th
12:38 PM
"Yes we are men of God. That money cannot be used for contraception. That money has been set aside for out-of-court altar boy settlements and, of course, for some priest relocation. Respect our authority!"
—  Jon Stewart, The Vagina Ideologues
12:36 PM
"This government hates religious organizations so much it lets them keep a 100 billion in offerings, tax free. Persecute my ass like that!"
—  Jon Stewart, Hannity’s holy sausage fest
February 13th
11:57 AM

Iran Worried U.S. Might Be Building 8,500th Nuclear Weapon

Onion »

TEHRAN—Amidst mounting geopolitical tensions, Iranian officials said Wednesday they were increasingly concerned about the United States of America’s uranium-enrichment program, fearing the Western nation may soon be capable of producing its 8,500th nuclear weapon. “Our intelligence estimates indicate that, if it is allowed to progress with its aggressive nuclear program, the United States may soon possess its 8,500th atomic weapon capable of reaching Iran,” said Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi, adding that Americans have the fuel, the facilities, and ”everything they need” to manufacture even more weapons-grade fissile material. ”Obviously, the prospect of this happening is very distressing to Iran and all countries like Iran. After all, the United States is a volatile nation that’s proven it needs little provocation to attack anyone anywhere in the world whom it perceives to be a threat.” Iranian intelligence experts also warned of the very real, and very frightening, possibility of the U.S. providing weapons and resources to a rogue third-party state such as Israel.

February 4th
11:03 AM
Via
politicalprof:

For those of us of a certain age …
h/t: EC

If it were only a 3 hour tour.

politicalprof:

For those of us of a certain age …

h/t: EC

If it were only a 3 hour tour.

January 26th
4:46 PM
Via
phredology:

And here we have a libertarian arguing that words mean what they mean because the government tells us its what they mean.
You can’t make this shit up.

phredology:

And here we have a libertarian arguing that words mean what they mean because the government tells us its what they mean.

You can’t make this shit up.

January 4th
9:38 PM

Witness the power of this fully armed and operational candidacy!

November 11th
12:03 PM
Via
politicalprof:

When it’s true, it’s true. h/t: EE

politicalprof:

When it’s true, it’s true. h/t: EE

November 3rd
4:40 PM

Charlemagne Dynamite - 11/3/11

Shock Development: Republican Race Gets Much More Interesting

In the wake of Rick Perry’s flamboyant flame out and Herman Cain’s on-going meltdown, anti-Romney forces have found a new man, a man who lives vicariously through himself, who’s feelings on the issues focus groups want to know - yes, The Most Interesting Man in the World!

The surprise move, surely to leave analysts agog, was prompted according to unnamed sources by a recent write-up in the Huffington Post:

I inquire if he’d “live in the hills of the Serengeti for a summer after being gifted a wife by local tribesmen,” and his reaction is telling: “Is she Catherine Deneuve beautiful or does she look like Snooki?” he asks. He says if it was the former situation, he’d probably do it.

"I’m pretty open to anything," he says. "If there is any reason to do it and the results won’t be harmful, I’m probably in." >link<

The intriguing comment was not only timely but too much for disaffected Republicans to resist. Ironically, the tipping point was apparently occasioned by someone digging up an arcane comment by Paul Krugman, fretting that the Dos Equis front man may, by his very ebullient excess, prove the existence of a free lunch. Before anyone had time to say ‘bold stroke’, GOP brahmins had already drafted him into the primary process. The next debate should prove, at the very least, most interesting.

"Women don’t accuse him of sexual harrassment, they pine for it, regarless of his natural aversion to pick up lines", said one giddy operative. "TMIMITW 4 teh win!", remarked another, normally solemn looking intern, who continued unphased in the face of natural inquires over TMIMITW’s foreign policy experience: "Playing Canasta with Reagan in Reykjavik, he wagered shaving his beard up against Ronnie signing a deal with Gorbachev. We know who lost. But more than that, we know what sacrifice he risked for the sake of ending the Cold War." I always thought that bit about Nancy and her astrologers was a bit far fetched.

His candidacy, however, has already resulted in some friction - and concern. Donald Trump had eagerly volunteered to co-star in an ad blitz but is said to be simmering after being rebuffed, as TMIMITW flicked his cigar while casually likening “the essence” of Donald’s coiffe to rollerblading. Across town a concerned Obama advisor, formerly bemused by Newt Gingrich’s “Lincoln/Douglas” debate proposal, expressed unalloyed alarm saying, “Good God man, he put Steven Hawking in a wheelchair.”  Apparently, when asked to share his calculations regarding cosmological issues at the event horizons of black holes, he told Hawking “since a key ontological variable in the solution involves reflective consciousness, I prefer that you do the math yourself.” The source went on to remark, “Not since Russell withered before Wittgenstein’s impatience does history record a more devastating encounter - neither man was ever the same again.”

Indeed, his reputation does seem to be expanding faster than the universe. But how will a man who usually expresses reservations and avoids the public limelight deal with a campaign crucible which has already disfigured such a slew of promising candidates? Sure he’s the only man to ever ace a Rorschach Test, but the harrowing rigours of a Presidential campaign? Still, he only winks with the gleaming eyes of a man who knows who let the dogs out. “Its never too late to start padding your obituary.”

"Handling and cunning image projection would be superfluous", according to Karl Rove, only expressing fears that his services may not be needed. "He’s a sick puppy, totally beyond my advice; I mean he once drowned a man in the fountain of youth for revealing that Warren Buffet asks him for stock tips - and his only bout with superstition was not that masturbation would make him blind but, rather, that it would make his hand invisible - and, frankly, that may just be what this economy needs."

In a slight but measurable way, I began to find myself affected somehow. Though its only this reporter’s surmise, so has the Romney campaign which has refused all comment. Anne Coulter’s ravenous speculation may prove telling: “Remember George Kastanza asking Jerry ‘You told her about the shrinkage right?’ This a testicular moment Mitt never bargained for. Right now he’s getting a prescription for ‘Low T’ and no doubt will show up at the next debate sporting a beard - and an updated organ donor card.”

Stay thirsty for more as the story unfolds. This is one candidacy that doesn’t taste like chicken. 

August 13th
1:29 PM
Christian Right Lobbies To Overturn Second Law Of Thermodynamics

"What do these scientists want us teaching our children? That the universe will continue to expand until it reaches eventual heat death?" asked Christian Coalition president Ralph Reed, speaking at a rally protesting a recent Kansas Board Of Education decision upholding the law. "That&#8217;s hardly an optimistic view of a world the Lord created for mankind. The American people are sending a strong message here: We don&#8217;t like the implications of this law, and we will not rest until it has been reversed in the courts."   &gt;Onion 9/2000&lt;

Not the most famous bit of Onion prescience; and yet, as another Texas dude splashes into the GOP circus, one can only reach back in reporting the essence of the matter. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but it may be the ironic product of the former being trumped by the latter.

Christian Right Lobbies To Overturn Second Law Of Thermodynamics

"What do these scientists want us teaching our children? That the universe will continue to expand until it reaches eventual heat death?" asked Christian Coalition president Ralph Reed, speaking at a rally protesting a recent Kansas Board Of Education decision upholding the law. "That’s hardly an optimistic view of a world the Lord created for mankind. The American people are sending a strong message here: We don’t like the implications of this law, and we will not rest until it has been reversed in the courts."   >Onion 9/2000<

Not the most famous bit of Onion prescience; and yet, as another Texas dude splashes into the GOP circus, one can only reach back in reporting the essence of the matter. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but it may be the ironic product of the former being trumped by the latter.