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Proud anti-fascist & bird-person

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Was BioShock Infinite good?
  • Loved the story and setting, but I wish the enemies were less "bullet spongy."

  • 32 percent of Americans believe a military regime or authoritarian leader would be a good way of governing the country.
  • Reactionaries believe that all of the problems they face are due to the fact that the wrong people are ruling.

    They are 100% in favor of a neo-feudal pseudoaristocracy where billionaires are unleashed to rule the States as their fiefdoms and will impose their vision upon their subjects.

    Reactionaries do not value individual autonomy except for the privileged man who runs the factory, farm, or family; all others should do as they're told or face his wrath.

    They do not believe in structuring society to be fair and equitable, as is evident by their crusaides against DEI, holding police accountable, women, LGBTQ people, the non-religious, the unhoused, progressive taxes, and welfare.

    All they care about is power to enact their will on others.

  • I don't know what to wear today
  • He designed a way to gross people out at work by soaking his feet in the toilet.

  • The GOP Actually Loves Playing Identity Politics, And The Republican National Convention Proves It
  • Their entire value system is based on it.

    To the conservative mind, there is no higher good than to fit into your little box and fulfill the role that was assigned to you.

    When they say they "don't like identity politics," it translates to "I wish people would stop trying to change their role or their box."

    All of conservative politics makes sense with this axiom.

  • What are some good TV series crime/drama/thriller?
  • If you're never seen Columbo, you're in for a treat.

  • Piazza San Gaetano and San Lorenzo Maggiore in Naples- Achille Vianelli, lithograph (c. 1845)

    Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • I wasn't intending to criticize you, I get it.

    Just wanted to add some context.

  • JD Vance once wrote that he 'convinced myself that I was gay' when he was a kid
  • When he brought up the issue with his grandmother — known to Vance as "Mamaw" — she replied bluntly: "Don't be a fucking idiot, how would you know that you're gay?"

    When Vance explained his reasoning, she laughed.

    "JD, do you want to suck dicks?" she said, according to the book.

    So... 8 year old JD Vance instead wanted to eat pussy?

  • Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • You'll never get him to agree, because his entire worldview relies not on facts but on controlling the conversation.

    It's immaterial to him if he is right or not.

    Reactionaries are inherently anti-intellectual, because it allows dim dipshits to hold court and have their ideas treated by their fellow regressive peers as the equivalent of that of people who actually know what they're talking about.

    It's so much easier to "know" things when you can make up whatever bullshit you want or can cite another boot-licker who is also using motivated reasoning and magical thinking.

    Do you think he cares that Republicans tried to have a Fascist coup before?

    Or that Regan was flooding inner cities with cocaine?

    Or that the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by a Democrat?

    He doesn't give a fuck, because all he cares about is projecting the appearance of being correct. The actual facts are irrelevant.

  • Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • They don't care about facts, it's always about controlling the conversation; they'll sacrifice everything to that end, including their own judgement, edification, and dignity.

    Reactionary politics is always about maintaining power for the privileged.

    They believe there is no higher good than to fulfill the role bestowed upon you by your betters: it's why they all lick the boots of cops who put those uppity minorities in their place. It's why the "never Trumpers" started out reviling Donald Trump until he won and proved to them that he deserves to rule. It's why the KKK terrorized black folks who rose above their station. It's why they fought for school segregation. It's why they opposed women's liberation, abortion, and now birth control. It's why they want to transfer wealth to the already obscenely rich. It's why they ruined innocent people's careers during the Red Scares. It's why they oppose unions and strikes. It's why they want to end public schooling. It's why they kept locking up black men in chain gangs after slavery was (mostly) outlawed. It's why they object to prison reform. It's why they are opposed to welfare programs.

    Everything about the reactionary right makes sense when viewed from this perspective.

    Lincoln noted the same lack of substance behind conservative arguments in that quote above; reactionaries have always been this way.

  • Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson makes waves at Republican National Convention
  • He said he started seriously thinking about becoming a Republican in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police officers and the resulting "defund the police" movement.

    Fuck this self-serving dickhole.

  • Six people are found dead in a hotel in downtown Bangkok, with poisoning a possibility
  • Wait, wait, wait.

    You're telling me there are other countries?

  • Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • Well I just gave you Lincoln's own speech and you choose to listen to propagandists instead.

    Could you not understand it?

    You refuted nothing- you drive-by fired a Wikipedia article at me that you didn't even read because you're lazy and haven't been told how to respond to this because the fake historians you listen to don't want to mention it.

    How very postmodern of you to insist on your own reality.

  • Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • Because you know I'm right.

    Lincoln hated conservatives and slavers- one and the same in his time. I gave you a primary source.

    Lincoln is only a "well known conservative" to people who listen to grifters and liars.

    You've incapable of refuting the facts laid before you, so you run away like you always do while claiming that you're correct.

    Conservatism is built on a pile of bullshit.

  • Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • Read the first fucking sentence, genius. He's referring to slavers who call themselves conservatives.

    Real Westworld moment here.

  • Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • But you say you are conservative—eminently conservative—while we are revolutionary, destructive, or something of the sort. What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? We stick to, contend for, the identical old policy on the point in controversy which was adopted by “our fathers who framed the Government under which we live”; while you with one accord reject, and scout, and spit upon that old policy, and insist upon substituting something new. True, you disagree among yourselves as to what that substitute shall be. You are divided on new propositions and plans, but you are unanimous in rejecting and denouncing the old policy of the fathers. Some of you are for reviving the foreign slave trade; some for a Congressional Slave-Code for the Territories; some for Congress forbidding the Territories to prohibit Slavery within their limits; some for maintaining Slavery in the Territories through the judiciary; some for the “gur-reat pur-rinciple” that “if one man would enslave another, no third man should object”, fantastically called “Popular Sovereignty”; but never a man among you is in favor of federal prohibition of slavery in federal territories, according to the practice of “our fathers who framed the Government under which we live”. Not one of all your various plans can show a precedent or an advocate in the century within which our Government originated. Consider, then, whether your claim of conservatism for yourselves, and your charge of destructiveness against us, are based on the most clear and stable foundations.

    Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. There is a judgment and a feeling against slavery in this nation, which cast at least a million and a half of votes. You cannot destroy that judgment and feeling—that sentiment—by breaking up the political organization which rallies around it. You can scarcely scatter and disperse an army which has been formed into order in the face of your heaviest fire; but if you could, how much would you gain by forcing the sentiment which created it out of the peaceful channel of the ballot-box, into some other channel?

    Lincoln at Cooper Union

    Read a goddamn book

  • Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • And Lincoln hated conservatives.

    It's hilarious that you want me to read "the truth" by a convicted fraudster and conspiracy theorist.

    Also, you didn't address what I said because you know I'm right and you're an intellectual coward. So which is it?

    You're beyond parody.

  • Why a union president crossed partisan lines for a starring role at Trump’s RNC | CNN Politics
  • First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    —Martin Niemöller

    You've got to be pretty goddamn stupid to think Nazis are leftists.

    So are you stupid? Or lying?

    My bet is both.

  • Archivist with giant books at the Clementium, Czechia (then Czechoslovakia), Prague, 1958
  • It reminds me of music manuscripts, but there's not enough detail to know for sure.

    And I have no idea why they would be bound like that.

  • Video Chess - Cliff Spohn (1979) 🇺🇲
  • I remember this!

    Atari 2600 box art was kind of awesome.

  • O primavera gioventu- Giaches de Wert (1535-1596), Strings and vocal performance by Concerto di Margherita

    > Giaches de Wert was a Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance, active in Italy. Intimately connected with the progressive musical center of Ferrara, he was one of the leaders in developing the style of the late Renaissance madrigal. He was one of the most influential of late sixteenth-century madrigal composers, particularly on Claudio Monteverdi, and his later music was formative on the development of music of the early Baroque era.


    Western kingbird shooing off a great tailed grackle

    There were a couple swooping at him for about five minutes before they finally drove him off.


    Bathing at Bellport- oil on canvas, William James Glackens (1912)


    Tam Gan- Robert Henri, oil on board (1914)


    Grackle Display


    Raja Rani Vase- unknown Jaipurite artisans, Jaipur blue pottery (19th century)

    > The use of blue glaze on pottery is an imported technique, first developed by Mongol artisans who combined Chinese glazing technology with Persian decorative arts. This technique traveled east to India with early Turkic conquests in the 14th century. During its infancy, it was used to make tiles to decorate mosques, tombs and palaces in Central Asia. Later, following their conquests and arrival in India, the Mughals began using them in India. Gradually the blue glaze technique grew beyond an architectural accessory to Indian potters. From there, the technique traveled to the plains of Delhi and in the 17th century went to Jaipur.


    Mountainous River Landscape with Travelers- Tobias Verhaecht, oil on panel (early 17th century)

    > Tobias Verhaecht (1561–1631) was a painter from Antwerp in the Duchy of Brabant who primarily painted landscapes. His style was indebted to the mannerist world landscape developed by artists like Joachim Patinir and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. He was the first teacher of Pieter Paul Rubens.


    Two Lovers- Reza Abbasi, Persian miniature painting on paper (1630)


    Page 13 of the Codex Borbonicus- Unknown Aztec artist, pigment on amate paper (c. 16th century)

    > The original page 13 of the Codex Borbonicus, showing the 13th trecena of the Aztec sacred calendar. This 13th trecena was under the auspices of the goddess Tlazolteotl, who is shown on the upper left wearing a flayed skin, giving birth to Cinteotl. The 13 day-signs of this trecena, starting with 1 Earthquake, 2 Flint/Knife, 3 Rain, etc., are shown on the bottom row and the right column. > > The Codex Borbonicus is one of a very few Aztec codices that survived the colonial Spanish inquisition. When the Spanish conquistadors (led by Hernán Cortés) entered Aztec cities, they would often find libraries filled with thousands of native works. However, most of the works were destroyed during the conquest as a means to hasten the conversion of the Aztec to European ideals.


    L’Amans Dreams He Rises and Dresses, from Roman de la Rose- Unknown artist, tempera on manuscript (15th century France)

    > Le Roman de la Rose (The Romance of the Rose) is a medieval poem written in Old French and presented as an allegorical dream vision. As poetry, The Romance of the Rose is a notable instance of courtly literature, purporting to provide a "mirror of love" in which the whole art of romantic love is disclosed. Its two authors conceived it as a psychological allegory; throughout the Lover's quest, the word Rose is used both as the name of the titular lady and as an abstract symbol of female sexuality. The names of the other characters function both as personal names and as metonyms illustrating the different factors that lead to and constitute a love affair. Its long-lasting influence is evident in the number of surviving manuscripts of the work, in the many translations and imitations it inspired, and in the praise and controversy it inspired. > >The Romance of the Rose was both popular and controversial. One of the most widely read works in France through the Renaissance, it was possibly the most read book in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. Its emphasis on sensual language and imagery, along with its supposed promulgation of misogyny, provoked attacks by Jean Gerson, Christine de Pizan, Pierre d'Ailly, and many other writers and moralists of the 14th and 15th centuries. The historian Johan Huizinga has written: "It is astonishing that the Church, which so rigorously repressed the slightest deviations from dogma of a speculative character, suffered the teaching of this breviary of the aristocracy (for the Roman de la Rose was nothing else) to be disseminated with impunity."

    The entire manuscript can be viewed online here.


    Scarlet macaw (captioned as Macrocercus Aracanga, red and yellow macaw)- Edward Lear, color lithograph (1832)

    > Lear's illustrations were produced using lithography, in which artists copied their paintings onto a fine-textured limestone slab using a special waxy crayon. The block was then treated with nitric acid and gum arabic to etch away the parts of the stone not protected by the wax. The etched surface was wetted before adding an oil-based ink, which would be held only by the greasy crayon lines, and copies were printed from the stone. The printed plates were hand-coloured, mainly by young women. > > Lear drew directly on to the limestone instead of first making a painting and then copying it onto the stone, thus saving him considerable expense. Although this method was technically more difficult, drawing directly onto stone could give a livelier feel to the final illustration, and was favoured by some other contemporary bird artists such as John Gerrard Keulemans. Lear largely taught himself lithographic techniques, using stones hired at the studio of his printer, Charles Joseph Hullmandel. Hullmandel was the author of The Art of Drawing on Stone (1824), and the leading exponent of lithographic printing in Britain. His colourists used egg white to give a sheen to the parrot's plumage and a shine to the bird's eye.


    A Famous Motive- Honoré Daumier, oil on canvas (1862-65)

    > Honoré-Victorin Daumier was a French painter, sculptor, and printmaker, whose many works offer commentary on the social and political life in France, from the Revolution of 1830 to the fall of the second Napoleonic Empire in 1870. He earned a living producing caricatures and cartoons in newspapers and periodicals such as La Caricature and Le Charivari, for which he became well known in his lifetime and is still remembered today. He was a republican democrat (working class liberal), who satirized and lampooned the monarchy, politicians, the judiciary, lawyers, the bourgeoisie, as well as his countrymen and human nature in general.


    What is something creative that you do but don't get paid for?


    Common Grackle

    Drawn in 64 x 64


    Standing Buddha from Gandhara- unknown artist, carved stone (1st or 2nd century CE)

    A very early depiction of the Buddha.



    Drawn at 128 x 128



    Experiment with low-res art


    The Orchestra of the Opera- Edgar Degas, oil on canvas (1870)

    > For all the stylistic evolution, certain features of Degas's work remained the same throughout his life. He always painted indoors, preferring to work in his studio from memory, photographs, or live models. The figure remained his primary subject; his few landscapes were produced from memory or imagination. It was not unusual for him to repeat a subject many times, varying the composition or treatment. He was a deliberative artist whose works, as Andrew Forge has written, "were prepared, calculated, practiced, developed in stages. They were made up of parts. The adjustment of each part to the whole, their linear arrangement, was the occasion for infinite reflection and experiment." Degas explained, "In art, nothing should look like chance, not even movement". He was most interested in the presentation of his paintings, patronizing Pierre Cluzel as a framer, and disliking ornate styles of the day, often insisting on his choices for the framing as a condition of purchase.


    "Etchings" Euphemism

    > The phrase "Want to come up and see my etchings?" is a romantic euphemism by which a person entices someone to come back to their place with an offer to look at something artistic, but with ulterior motives. The phrase is a corruption of some phrases in a novel by Horatio Alger Jr. called The Erie Train Boy, which was first published in 1891.