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Martha-Ann Alito Fantasizes About Flag Designs to Piss Off Her Neighbors
  • The Onion was recently bought, and the new CEO is a well-regarded former disinformation reporter. Literally a journalist who reported on fake news, is now running the world’s preeminent fake newspaper. Only the Onion could make that work. There have been some great interviews with the new CEO, he seems to really give a shit about the company.

    To run Global Tetrahedron as CEO, Lawson hired Ben Collins, formerly senior reporter at NBC News covering “disinformation, extremism and the internet.”

    “My friends and I now own and run The Onion. I’ll be the CEO,” Collins posted on X. “We’re keeping the entire staff, bringing back The Onion News Network, and sharing the wealth with staff. Basically, we’re going to let them do whatever they want. Get excited.”

  • Kevin Spacey Admits He Was ‘Too Handsy’ in Piers Morgan Sob Story
  • Yeah I almost watched Baby Driver the other day, but then I saw him on the poster and got that revolting feeling in my stomach. Decided that if I have a choice, there’s just no reason to watch him. I like Ansel Elgort though, so I’ll just watch Tokyo Vice.

  • Are you there, God? It's me, Justice Alito. Inside the movement to make the Supreme Court explicitly Christian.
  • Wow, these extremists are getting really good at talking out of both sides of their mouths.

    Catholics and evangelicals appear to be increasingly “putting aside theological differences in order to bond together so that they can push back against the creeping, secular humanism that is happening in America.”

    And yet, in one of the recent Rolling Stone pieces about Alito, he was caught on tape essentially saying seculars and religious nuts can’t live in peace, one side has to win out.

    Justice Samuel Alito spoke candidly about the ideological battle between the left and the right — discussing the difficulty of living “peacefully” with ideological opponents in the face of “fundamental” differences that “can’t be compromised.” He endorsed what his interlocutor described as a necessary fight to “return our country to a place of godliness.”

    So it’s okay for different sects of Christians who disagree on a lot to band together to fight against secularism, but god forbid the same grace is extended to seculars to live in peace with Christian nuts (puns intended).

    As a Jewish atheist, I’m flabbergasted. I’m clearly not welcome here according to any of these assholes.

  • This word was rejected by geologists. But it’s already taken over the world. A panel of scientists rejected the term “Anthropocene” — but others keep using it.
  • I get why geologists might be hesitant to add a whole new epoch named after us, they deal in absurdly long timescales. That said, I’ve read a number of climate and environment papers going back at least 5 to 10 years where Anthropocene is used without a second thought.

    We did this, so it’s only fitting that we at least take the inconsequential step of calling a spade a spade.

  • Is Craigslist Dying?
  • Yeah there are a ton of these on Craigs List lately too. It’ll be a whole listing that appears to be a standalone separate unit, but it turns out to be shared. Sometimes there will be hints like “private entrance” or something, but it’s still pretty deceptive.

  • Is Craigslist Dying?
  • Good question, I wish I knew. The closest I’ve found is sometimes Zillow, but it’s pretty different, not really comparable.

    I’m not on Facebook, but from what I hear they’ve got the monopoly on this kind of thing now.

  • Is Craigslist Dying?
  • At least as far as apartment listings in California go, in my experience most of them are scams and phishing schemes. So yeah, 5-10 years ago most were legit postings, now it’s flipped.

  • Why we gave up on learning how to play an instrument?
  • I believe there are 3 kinds of musicians. Keep in mind I have no evidence for this, it’s just what I’ve experienced through a life of playing music and being around lots of musicians.

    #1 is someone with natural ability, these are the people who seem to be able to pick up any instrument and intuitively understand how to make it sound like music. This is the rarest kind of musician.

    #2 is someone with a little bit of #1’s natural ability, but like 70% of their skill comes from honing it through sustained, long-term practice. It’s hard, and can be incredibly frustrating, but also very rewarding. I’d say many if not most successful musicians fall into this category.

    #3 is someone with none of #1’s natural ability, but a passionate desire to learn. With grueling long hours of practicing the basics, studying some theory, and intentional instruction, #3 is perfectly capable of playing an instrument beautifully, but it will be a lot more work for them than it would be for #’s 1 and 2.

    It’s probably pretty similar to sports. Some people are naturals, but almost anyone can learn to be really good at them, it just takes a shitload of work.

  • Georgia court of appeals indefinitely pauses the election subversion conspiracy case against Donald Trump
  • That’s super interesting, thanks for sharing your experience! The way you describe it, it actually makes a lot of sense that deference would be given to the defense side.

    I’m so conflicted, because I tend to automatically sympathize with most defendants since the system is so often stacked against them. Trump has turned that upside down. Never thought I’d cheer for a prosecutor…

  • Georgia court of appeals indefinitely pauses the election subversion conspiracy case against Donald Trump
  • Yeah, I could see it as a conflict if she only appointed him after they started dating, but Willis testified vehemently that they only started their relationship after she appointed him. She said the witness who claimed otherwise was either lying or misremembering. I guess it comes down to who should be believed, and while I would never blindly believe any officer of the state, I think she has more credibility than Trump and his defense team.

  • Georgia court of appeals indefinitely pauses the election subversion conspiracy case against Donald Trump
  • This is one of those examples that we can all point to for why Trump’s behavior as a corrupt mob-style boss is not just bravado, and anyone who tells you it is is either ignorant or has an ulterior motive.

    There is no conflict of interest here, and I also firmly believe there isn’t even an appearance of a conflict of interest. A Georgia lawyer can correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe there’s a specific statue that spells out that it is acceptable for a married couple to be on opposing sides of a trial. It was determined that’s entirely fine. So how could it be that two prosecutors, who happen to be fucking, while working on the same side of a trial have a conflict of interest? What, they know how each other look naked, so that gives them some legal advantage over their platonic opposition? It just doesn’t track.

  • Senate GOP blocks bill to guarantee access to contraception
  • I mean…

    If the government can take away the right to basic reproductive healthcare for half the population, there’s no reason they couldn’t do it for the other half. They likely wouldn’t, because the right wingers obviously believe men deserve more rights than women, but let’s not underestimate the government’s capacity for making terrible policy in furtherance of some fantastical pseudo-purity culture that only exists in their minds.

    Oh, I see your edit now. You meant they can’t take it away after they’ve already had one. True that.

  • NSFW
    I don't want to be in a romantic relationship with anyone.
  • Single-shaming is real. It’s particularly nasty because it can often come from family, friends, and strangers alike. And the media does it constantly.

    Most governments are set up to support and value married folks with tax breaks and incentives, fuck everybody else.

    Guess who’s less likely to be able to buy even a small house because you need at least two huge incomes these days to even qualify? That’s right, single people.

    I’ve been single for about a decade, and I’m overall pretty happy. Every once in a while I do find myself in a self-inflicted shame spiral, but I always tell myself “Bertram, this is your life, live it however you want to live it.”

    That said, I’m not opposed to finding a partner, somehow, but I’ve built a nice little life for myself so it’s just not a priority. Especially because I wouldn’t even know where to start…

  • Tokyo Govt To Launch Dating App To Boost Birth Rate
  • I completely agree. It’s why I’ve never been on the apps, how could I possibly trust them when they clearly don’t want to succeed at their function? It’s also probably why I’ve been single for years…

    A fully non-profit transparently administered dating app is a great idea, and I would sign up immediately.

  • Best terrorist leader ever
  • Yeah I loved his whole arc. He was a well rounded and fully developed character. I started off hating him when he first showed up, but ended up sympathizing with him hard as he redeemed himself.

  • Video player required.
  • NPlayer is really good in my experience. It works with the vast majority of files. It sometimes struggles, but anytime that happens VLC picks up the slack. It remembers where you left off in individual video files. It’s not on Fdroid, sorry about that, but there are Android and iOS versions.

  • I made cheesy cauliflower balls
  • It’s…difficult to describe. When it’s done properly (like this post), it tastes amazing. When it’s boiled or steamed, it straight up makes me gag.

    Egyptians have a fried cauliflower dish, I’m blanking on the name, that is so delicious. Damn I’m hungry again too.