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14288034_1045168822218505_585090470_nOver at Naked Capitalism, Yves Smith lays bare The Quiet Desperation of Millennials.

Pentagon warmongers just can’t decide whether or not they should fight Al-Qaeda terrorists, or be their sponsor.

But they’re happy to court war with a nation where the outcome might end in a nuclear exchange.

And if you think nuclear war is impossible, let the War College podcast tall you why nuclear war looks inevitable.

Meanwhile, Thousands Of Israelis Take To The Streets Calling For Palestinian Genocide.

Even if you didn’t miss it, it’s bears repeating, Yahoo Secretly Scanned Customer Emails For The NSA.

Let’s be honest. The ACA is Working As Intended: Generating huge profits for the health-care insurance industry. It was never intended to efficiently or appropriately enable Americans to get health-care services: it’s a corporate welfare law. And it’s working wonderfully at doing just that. But, some progressives refuse to let go of delusions to the contrary.

In further evidence of their sentiment towards committing genocide against black Americans, Georgia cops caught bragging about targeting black drivers in insanely racist Facebook messages.

Via all_hail_the_hypno_toad, Ars Techinica talks about what’s missing in all this talk about colonizing Mars.

Michele Mosca, a quantum physicist, describes for us how the world is about to fundamentally change.

And let’s end today’s links on a light-hearted note, with some Cat Cos-Play, as seen above!

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UnkaWillbur - May 26, 2017

Here' some links to nosh on, to start of your weekend. I hope everyone's weekend is great; me, myself, I'm planning on jumping out of a perfectly…

  • 17
  • Morning folks! Here’s your song of the day!

    https://youtu.be/PGZbSKE5A14

    • Shohanna

      I am allergic to bananas!!

  • Shaykayvah
    • MsPythia

      Aw — sweet! Morning Shay!

      • Shaykayvah

        Daddy’s little girl.

  • SmotPoker

    John Lennon, and I share a birthday ergo, ipso facto, hocus pocus, I’m a creative genius that has gone tragically unrecognized in my time.

    • I’d agree with that. Well, part of it at least. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • SmotPoker

        Everything but the genius part…

    • MsPythia

      I love your writing! Happy upcoming Birthday!

      • SmotPoker

        Thanks MsPythia, and I’m hoping to find some time this week to pound out a tale about one of my birthdays when I ended up waking up in a NY jail to a fellow “customer” whistling “Happy Birthday” as I was waking up….

        • MsPythia

          ๐Ÿ˜€ I look forward to reading that!

  • SmotPoker

    Staving off a migraine, and I fear that I’m in for a losing battle at some point without taking drastic counter measures such as taking my medication. I really try to save that for when there is no doubt at all I’m having a migraine, although it is nice to kick it’s ass before it settles in….

    • Shohanna

      It’s better for you to catch it prior to it elevating.

  • MsPythia

    Good Morning all. Today is National Poetry Day, so I made this especially for it:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/405ec0942dccfb9fafb46fd9aa5e78a0369181da276a069dd97f7238e26ee8de.jpg

  • 17

    Three New Orleans Police Officers Caught Selling Untaxed Cigarettes; Not Choked to Death

    Late last month, six people including three New Orleans police officers, were indicted as part of an illegal tobacco smuggling ring. The scheme, which lasted just about one year, involved smuggling cigarettes and
    cigars across state lines in order to avoid paying federal and state taxes.

    http://www.copblock.org/166948/three-new-orleans-police-officers-caught-selling-untaxed-cigarettes-not-choked/

  • 17

    Massachusetts Detective Caught on Video Threatening to Kill Teens & Plant Drugs on Them (Just) Suspended 60 Days

    In spite of being caught red handed issuing these threats, Det. Bigda is not being charged with a crime, nor will he even be fired from the police department and forced to go work for a different department in another area of the state. Instead, he just received a suspension and will be back on the streets protecting and serving the shit out of the citizens of Springfield in 60 short days.

    http://www.copblock.org/166938/massachusetts-detective-caught-video-threatening-kill-teens-plant-drugs-suspended/

    • Edwin

      with pay?

  • 17

    Google Changes Its Tune When it Comes to Tracking Students

    Now that schools are back in full swing, we thought it would be a good time to check in on whatโ€™s happened in the student privacy world since we submitted our FTC complaint about Googleโ€™s practices a little under a year ago.

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/10/google-changes-its-tune-when-it-comes-tracking-students

  • Dosido3
    • MsPythia

      That’s hilarious! Good Morning Dosi!

      • Dosido3

        mo’nin’ Ms.!

  • Dosido3

    Oh…and good morning, y’all!

    • 17

      Good afternoon ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 17

    Are the Russians Really Coming?

    It seems that America is unable to come to grips with the fact that the 90โ€™s are over. Today, Russia is no longer lying in ruins, and the US is not nearly as powerful and hegemonic as it used to be after the fall of
    Berlin Wall. Washington just cannot adapt to the new realities in order to adjust its relations with Russia accordingly, effectively preventing itself from finding an ally in Moscow. Now Russia demonstrates that it
    is once again a great power, and in military and political terms โ€“ it is again a superpower, one that will not tolerate abuses and provocations the US regularly visits upon nations across the developing world.

    http://anotherdayintheempire.com/russians-really-coming/

    • Dosido3

      And if the Russians are coming, is that necessarily a bad thing? All superpowers need counterbalance to hold each other in check. We have had unchecked power for decades now.

      • kreskin

        BINGO

  • 17

    Governments blow billions by shutting off the internet to block cheating students and cheap phone calls

    As governments around the world increasingly adopt the tactic of shutting down electronic communications to limit political disruption or simply control citizens, they are costing their economies dear.

    Some 81 state-ordered shutdowns of some or all electronic communication in 19 countries over the past year led to $2.4 billion in lost economic production, according to a new estimate from Darrell West of the Brookings Institution.

    The accounting, taken for the year to June 30, 2016, estimates the loss to GDP based on how much of a countryโ€™s economy depends on digital services (which is very low in North Korea, for example, where few people have access to the public internet). If anything, it is a conservative measure because it does not include losses in tax revenue, productivity, or investor confidence.

    http://qz.com/802340/governments-blew-2-4-billion-in-a-year-shutting-off-the-internet-and-whatsapp-and-facebook-messenger-to-control-their-citizens/

  • 17

    US Soldiers Resist Obamaโ€™s Support of Al Qaeda

    As is by now well-known, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agencyโ€™s previously classified 2012 report on the origin of the Islamic insurgency against Bashar al-Assad was released to the public on 18 May 2015, and it revealed the Obama Administrationโ€™s knowledge, at least since that time, that “the Salafist [Saudi-backed fundamentalist Sunni Islamic], the Muslim Brotherhood [Qatari-backed fundamentalist Sunni Islamic] and AQI [Al Qaeda in Iraq] are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria”, and acknowledgement that “the West, Gulf countries [Saudi Arabia and Qatar mainly], and Turkey support the opposition [to Bashar al-Assad], while Russia, China, and Iran support the regime”, so that the U.S. Government is, in fact, allied with Al Qaeda there, to overthrow Assad.

    This pro-Al-Qaeda position was news, however, to Americaโ€™s military personnel in that region.

    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/10/06/us-soldiers-resist-obama-support-al-qaeda.html

    • Edwin

      I guess maybe they’re waking up to the fact they’re not really fighting for “freedom”.

      • kreskin

        U.S.A. ! U.S.A. !

        I wonder , do those fools ever ask themselves what the fuck they’re doing over there ? Do they ever ask themselves what they are accomplishing ? Does it even matter to them ?

        • Edwin

          I think a lot of them sign up to get out of their small towns, to get education and it’s a job. Once they get their clutches into them they brainwash them until they are robotic zombies.

          Over the years I have spoken with and/or observed a lot of US GIs over here and they are not very bright. They are obedient. I eavesdropped in a coffee shop as some were talking about getting re-deployed to Iraq, once.

    • kreskin

      It’s a fact , Al Qaeda and ISIS are our allies in Syria . Whatever it takes to overthrow Assad. The consequences if they were to succeed ? They don’t give a shit .

      We have become what we once hated.

  • MsPythia
    • Dosido3

      It’s hard to read in the small print – hard for me to enlarge anyway.
      How about #datadump #hillaryhack #hillarydirt or some such that isn’t as obvious as #Guccifer?

      I’m crying for my country – are we still a sovereign state? – we have two scumbags running for CEO of America, Inc.

    • Dosido3

      So if anyone starts quoting stuff they find at the Guccifer cache, it will be scrubbed and/or they’ll be put on a permanent secret government watch list or something?

      • MsPythia

        Don’t know. But what this person is saying seems to make a lot of sense.

        • Dosido3

          It makes sense. It’s still conjecture and too highly technical for your average bear. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3bb3f5bdd126274a7c91e37e59255e44eff984d75b0b891c9999caf705773a03.jpg

          • MsPythia

            It doesn’t seem like such conjecture when the fact is, any hashtag having to do with Guccifer is being shadowbanned and not allowed to trend on Twitter no matter how many thousands of people are talking about these leaks. Yesterday early it trended for a little while, then just disappeared even though everyone there wanted to talk about it. Shadowbanning is when you post something and no one even sees it at all no matter how you word it. Right now Guccifer, Guccifer2, Guccifer_2, Gooseifer, Goosefer, etc. all won’t be seen by anyone. That means the Obama administration, the Clintons and the criminal cabal of people who protect their corruption at all costs are trying to do everything they can to keep what’s in these leaks secret.

          • Dosido3

            Thanks, Ms.

          • Shohanna

            Try GFR, GCR, GCFR, etc etc. Try to get it going.

            Then change your URL using http://www.tinyurl.com

          • Edwin

            Cool. Thx. (Never knew that before.)

            16 to go

            http://tinyurl.com/h4ptk4o

          • Shohanna

            Damn you! lol I didn’t want to visit that site! LOL

          • Edwin

            I’m a crafty devil.

          • Shohanna

            I figured that out! Brat! lol

    • towerofbabel

      I’m beginning to think that radical transparency OF EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY would be the best policy. No secrets at all. I know it’s a pipe dream but it seems like the only way to deal with the secrecy and corruption proliferating everywhere in all levels of government and society.

      • Edwin

        That would be democratic.

  • MsPythia
  • SmotPoker

    White Punks On Dope Do Extreme Yoga At Bus Stop After Overdosing On Heroin

    In a scene that is both hilarious, and tragic a Memphis couple overdoses on heroin outside a Walgreens according to a witness that saw them snort the drug. Bystanders didn’t do squat to help, but realistically there wasn’t much any of them could do other than to call 911 which someone did.

    The video showing them in what can best be described as extreme yoga poses (I’m in awe of the man on the bench, and my back hurts just looking at him) for a full 10 minutes as the crowd (all African-American I should add, maybe send a copy of it to Paul LePage) stood around having fun, and taking videos of the couple.

    Amazingly enough the ambulance or cops never did show up during the nearly 10 minute video. Didn’t they realize that white lives were in danger?

    https://www.facebook.com/CourtlandKUSHGarner/videos/10153812302120404/

    • Shohanna

      Aww can’t watch. ๐Ÿ™ It’s blacked out. /sigh

      • SmotPoker

        You can go see it on Raw Story, it’s where I found the original story. It’s an amazing thing to see.

        http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/bystanders-gawk-and-shoot-video-as-memphis-couple-overdoses-it-wasnt-any-of-my-business-to-help/comments/#disqus

        I get that there isn’t a lot you can do for these two unless you are trained, and have the proper anti OD drug NarCan on you for just such an emergency.

        It’s sad that the one kneeling on the sidewalk can’t afford new flip flops (the cheapest of shoes) but can find money for the drugs.

        • Shohanna

          Oki.. Kinda distracted here. I am doing long put off cleaning. It got so bad I was like NOPE, it’s time to NOPE the shit out of this stuff. LOL OH and I got a new chair!! YAY

          • SmotPoker

            Ooooh, new chair. Perhaps we’ll break it in….

          • Shohanna

            **O.O** Er, um, How do you purpose to do that?! I am quite interested.. I hope your butt isn’t that big to spread all the way to Ky!! …

          • Shohanna

            I had to take the chair back. ๐Ÿ™ too big for my desk and it wouldn’t Squish down anymore, Damn it all.

          • SmotPoker

            Just make sure it reclines, and isn’t a fabric that will stain….

            Oh, and it’s not the butt that’s big enough to reach KY….. : )

          • Shohanna

            OH!! ICWYDT… Naughty!! **giggles**

          • Edwin

            I use a stool at the computer. I sit up straighter, I change position more often and more easily, I sometimes use it as a prop for doing stretches as I watch videos… and stuff like that.

    • Edwin
      • SmotPoker

        I’m saddened that not a single bystander had a Sharpie available for some drawing of the dicks on their passed out faces….

    • Dosido3

      Since I spend a lot of time under my rock, I had no idea that heroin addiction was so very widespread across the country until it came to light in New Hampshire campaign town halls. I mean, I know about meth labs and know where to find some around these parts but still. So now being aware of this epidemic scourge, I’m going to be that stick in the mud and say I can find no amusement in the behavior of addicts. It’s just so sad and hopeless. It’s like laughing at the mentally ill. Can’t do it unless they are running for public office.

      • SmotPoker

        It’s a hopeless world friend, and I must try at all times to find the humor in all things, even the tragedies. if not I would surely go mad….

    • towerofbabel

      If they had tried to help they might have been shot when the police showed up.
      Sad though to see people like this.

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    As many as 44 Afghan troops go missing while on US military training visits โ€“ Pentagon

    In an effort to find illegal work and settle permanently in America, at least 44 Afghan troops visiting the US for military training have gone missing since January 2015, Pentagon officials said. It raises concerns about procedures for such programs.

    Eight Afghan troops have left military bases without authorization since September alone, Pentagon
    spokesman Adam Stump told Reuters, disclosing the total number of Afghan troops who have gone missing for the first time.

    โ€œThe Defense Department is assessing ways to strengthen eligibility criteria for training in ways that will reduce the likelihood of an individual Afghan willingly absconding from training in the US and going AWOL [absent without leave],โ€ Stump said.

    https://www.rt.com/news/361784-afghan-troops-missing-us/

  • SmotPoker

    An Open Letter To The People Of The United States

    An Open Letter to the People of the United States: Election or Revolution?

    http://truepublica.org.uk/united-states/open-letter-people-united-states-election-revolution/

  • SmotPoker

    Has anyone else watched any of the new Netflix series Luke Cage? If not I recommend it. If you liked the Netflix Daredevil, or Jessica Jones, you’ll love Luke Cage.

    Ain’t nothing scarier for a certain segment of the population than an over sized, super strong, bullet proof black man.

  • SmotPoker

    Where the rolling fuck is everyone tonight? The one day I keep a normal schedule, and ain’t nobody around…

    • I was at work, I’m home now, you can torture me with pictures of plants. LOL.

      • SmotPoker

        Shit that reminds me, I forgot to check the condition of the ones hanging in the shed today….

        I did break out E-Nail, and did some dabs today. Not much, (it doesn’t take much) I did about 8 hits, and all told it was less than the size of a grain of rice, probably about 1/2 of one. Kept me solid for hours. At that rate I have enough oil to last me a very, very long time. I love making them fresh with pressure, and heat, no chemicals to burn off or anything like with blasting it with butane. From bud to oil in 30 seconds. It’s like fresh squeezed OJ, but better….

        Love the E-Nail. I don’t get what I called that “crackhead vibe” from heating up the titanium nail with a torch. I really didn’t care for that at all. The E-Nail is fantastic, heats up fast, and it’s the same temp every time making for a consistent experience. One of the drawbacks of the torch was that you would get wildly different heats, thus wildly different hits/taste…..

        • Wait, how does it work? I looked at “Bee-Nail” but that wasn’t clear how it makes oil from plant.

          • SmotPoker

            First off, not “Bee-Nail” but “E-Nail” or even “D-Nail” would work. It’s basically a titanium nail that is heated electronically rather than with fire from a torch.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O45h85UzubQ

            I actually have that model, but a different rig.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb267de16d30ec0d5a127609fdcc541f2aea79c2b64dff327ca26c2eebf178fa.jpg

            As for making the oil that’s easy. I use a Nu-Wave counter top cooker that I heat 2 steel plates on, then place 1-2 g of cannabis in some folded parchment paper, and in a vice or place on a press for 30 seconds. Remove, and it’s ready to rock. Save the pressed buds for use later in making butter, as there is still some THC in the oil still left on the bud.

            I’ll get enough oil out of 1-2 g of bud that it last me a lot longer than it would smoking or even vaping the bud. Very economical, and very potent.

            No Nu-Wave or steel plates? No problem, got a hair straightener for a down, and dirty no frills way to make it?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dF2-M9aqIs

          • So, you’re just doing standard butane filtering to make you oil/dabs and then using this “E-Nail” vaporizer?

          • SmotPoker

            No, I ain’t done the BHO in a couple of years. As explained above, I know how to do it, but this option (Rosin Tech) is far superior in all ways.

          • Yeah, I don’t see how any of those systems produce oil and none of their pages seem to describe it.

          • SmotPoker

            The systems? The D-Nail or E-Nail is just for heating/vaporizing the oil. BHO or Rosin Tech process to make it first, then use the nails to imbibe. Make sense now? Sorry if I didn’t explain it properly before.

          • Yeah, but I don’t see an explanation of how you’re making the oil without using butane. LOL.

          • SmotPoker

            Look at the bottom video posted titled “How To Make Cannabis Dabs With A Hair Straightener”. It’s quick and easy. I just use a press or vice instead of a hair straightener.

            You’re heating up the oil just enough so you press it out of the bud, and onto the parchment paper, then it is ready to be dabbed.

          • OK, missed the bottom video. Had to reload.

          • SmotPoker

            OK cool, i was beginning to wonder, I was struggling to find ways to simplify it more, and was kind of puzzled why an intellect such as yourself wasn’t understanding the concept here…lol

          • everything under the image was not showing, so that’s why. LOL.

          • SmotPoker

            I’m just glad we cleared it up, and you understand. It’s really simple, and clean. I mean the taste is really clean. I hate to use the word “pure” because I think it’s been over used when it comes to BHO products which don’t shine a candle to Rosin Tech process when it comes to purity, and taste.

            I also like that it is much, much cheaper than spending $60 on a case of high quality butane when you are shooting a few pounds at a time. Far less dangerous. You aren’t going to blow up your garage or house using heated plates to squeeze out some cannabis oil from a bud….

            To me it’s really the only option that makes any sense at this time for the home budget. I think wholesale operations in the future may employ something along the lines used in printing to press massive amounts at a time. Time will tell.

          • SmotPoker

            There is also BHO processing (Butane Honey Oil) which I’ve also perfected, but don’t recommend. It’s expensive to produce because you use high quality 5x-7x filtered butane, It’s dangerous as fuck, it takes longer to make which increases costs, it really should be tested before use to ensure quality, and it hurts the environment.

            Basically what you would do is pack cannabis into a glass or SS tube with an open end, and closed end with a nipple on it to accept nozzle from the butane, and a 50micron screen on the open end to allow the oil/butane through, but not the plant matter as you unloaded the can of butane into the tube it would freeze, then remove all the trichomes from the plant. You would have a bowl in a warm bath catching the oil/butane, wait for it to boil away the butane, then put it in a vacuum chamber for a day or three depending…..

            Lot of work. Dangerous work. Fools need not apply.

        • Dosido3
          • SmotPoker

            That’s what started this whole conversation….

    • Dosido3

      I dunno…maybe people OD’d on campaign stupidity and corruption. I know I have. I did watch the Giants WIN their WILDCARD GAME!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ YAS!!!!

    • Ann Watson

      Normal is as normal does one that is is one that was to someone else.
      Welcome to global time. ; )

  • Annaleigh

    So Jennifer Rubin wrote a column on how Hillary can appeal to millennials. Uneventful, except for one hilarious part: she says Hillary needs to “play to [our] sense of fairness.” LOLOLOLOLOL

    Ugh.

    • Edwin

      Ha ha ha. Sweep the primaries under the carpet and unleash CTR trolls 2.0. That oughta do it.

    • ROFLMAO

  • Edwin
    • Dosido3

      yep, the only way to get a leg up is to join the military. that’s where the money is…for some people.

    • I wish I knew who that video was by, I liked it.

    • I”m pretty sure it’s Immortal Technique, but I can’t find the video.

  • Good evening everybody I hope everybody’s day went really well :^) I love this clip from South Park
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TlqKFlU7YAs

    • Hiya Steph!

    • notisaidthepig

      Hi, Stephanie!

      • Hey Noti! :^) How was your class today?

        • notisaidthepig

          Perfect! I wasn’t there! Ha, ha. I had a district-wide meeting to go to. My principal really wanted me to join this cultural committee since I am new at the school and looking at things through newbie eyes. They want that perspective. It was okay. Actually, I went to school after the meeting to see if the room was trashed. It looked fine but that’s because the custodian had already been there. The substitute left a note saying the classes were pretty good except, of course, that period six class. But, hey, tomorrow is Friday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Nice ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay Friday! Except I’ll be working on Saturday, and then on Sunday there is a lunch thing :/ Sleeping in who needs it ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • notisaidthepig

            I hear you. I’ve been spending Sundays working all day preparing lessons. Sigh. Well, at least I have Saturday. I’ll focus on that. Oink!

          • towerofbabel

            I have an awful lot of respect for teachers like you.

          • notisaidthepig

            Thanks, Tower. Not to toot my own horn but it’s certainly not an easy job.

          • Yeah I just want you to know how important you are. I did a good job raising my kids, but my children’s teachers was a huge part of their success and I am forever grateful to the profession as a whole.

          • notisaidthepig

            I’ll remember that the next time a parent calls me a liar (one did some days ago). ๐Ÿ™

          • Some people :/ I know it’s hard, but parents deep down know that if their child is struggling it is more than likely something that they’ve done or have not done. That guilt and fear is why it’s easier for them to blame you, then to own up to their mistakes. Sorry that you get to experience the lovely side effects of denial.

          • notisaidthepig

            Fortunately, it’s the minority.

          • Yep that’s what my daughter-in-law does on Sunday as well :^)

            I may not have to work on Saturday, more then likely I’ll have to.

            Ok other then baking or working in my garden. I love reading a book, while watching TV and being on the internet that’s my best lazy day ๐Ÿ˜›

    • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

      I was wondering why that clip hadn’t shown up yet on youtube. I especially like when he says that she’s just such a turd sandwich to keep losing to him.

      • I was cracking up laughing when I saw the show. I really do believe that Trump has tried to throw this race several times. He just can’t do it. Hillary won’t court her own party. For that would betray the interests that she truly represents, and the Republicans by far and large can’t stand her.

        • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

          what a strategy eh?

          • She so deserves this kind of s*** show.

            How embarrassing must it be, to not be able to thoroughly trounce somebody like Trump. I would want to hide under a rock.

          • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

            I wish she would and leave us alone.

          • Me too ~

    • notisaidthepig

      I hadn’t seen this. Hysterical.

  • SmotPoker
    • Dosido3

      Ack! Somehow you got me to look at the site that must not be named! The comments were funny though.

      • SmotPoker

        I do take my responsibility to the community to post links seriously. I know it’s not on the approved recommended reading list, but sometimes one likes to traipse amongst the daisies, and besides, it was a funny comment….

        • Dosido3

          Well done, sir! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Annaleigh

      I’ll say, maybe even the Christmas decoration selling to November at least (unless there are really, really good sales that warrant it). Walked into Dollar Tree the other day, Christmas stuff is already out next to the Halloween. Made me irritable. ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Dosido3

        Yeah. I hate that. I need to pace myself through the holidays.

      • SmotPoker

        Yeah, I usually come back to those places after hours, and burn the bitch to the ground….

        • Dosido3

          It helps that it’s all highly flammable too

      • Veri1138

        Take some ladies underwear and stick it in with The X-Mas stuff.

    • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

      I saw egg nog today.

      • Hi toad :^)

      • Dosido3

        Hi Toad. Did you see Unka’s earlier link about decorative gourd season? Hilarious!

        • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

          I did not. Just got home.

      • I am off to bed, have a lovely night Toad <3

        • all_hail_the_hypno_toad

          You too <3

    • Veri1138

      Is it time to break out the banana hammocks, plushy reindeer antler headgear, and mistletoe, ALREADY?

  • panem et circenses

    Younger adults more likely than their elders to prefer reading news

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/06/younger-adults-more-likely-than-their-elders-to-prefer-reading-news/

    The older you are, the more likely it is you’re still being programmed by your TV. That explains Clinton supporters.

  • panem et circenses

    Facebook keeps recommending I befriend people with Arab names. Maybe because I post so much about how I hate the US government.

    • panem et circenses
      • Dosido3

        Explains a lot about how some peeps get radicalized? Or maybe it’s a new FB outreach program for Trump?

        • panem et circenses

          I’m not going to assume that any of these people are radicals. I’ve certainly posted nothing that would put me on that list other than jokes disparaging cops, politicians and nationalists. But I hate those regardless of which country they reside.

          • panem et circenses

            I just find it curious because I have no Muslim friends and don’t really follow any Arab news or anything on fb, other than a single page with news about the International Freedom Battalion in Rojava, but those are mostly western volunteers.

          • Do you think you are being bated?

          • panem et circenses

            I have no idea. It’s just odd. One page out of hundreds, maybe a thousand, that has anything to do with the Middle East shouldn’t effect the algorithms to that extent.

          • Dosido3

            Pretty weird. I have Muslim American Facebook friends and I don’t get that. It’s true. I’m not trying to make you paranoid. :/

          • panem et circenses

            Nah I already had the same thought, but I’m not going to jump to any conclusions. It’s just something strange.

          • Ann Watson

            Mark as spam and ignore them.

          • Yeah it is odd.

          • Veri1138

            Many of are fine posters from The Banned Room and from before, working against Hillary and countering government lies… as well as making donations to Sanders…

            And you thought you wouldn’t be noticed?

            There is a list. A very long list. Even my name is on it. When it comes to Round-Up Ready time, we are all anti-government (as in, anti-oligarch, anti-war) agitators according to the criminals who head up our government and pretend to act in our name.

          • SmotPoker

            I’d let that meal swim right on by…

          • Veri1138

            Does he think he is being baited? Hell, I KNOW HE IS BEING BAITED. And that is just from looking at the post above.

          • Veri1138

            Me? I’d be like

            “FB is allowing Jihadi accounts! Sick’em F.B.I. Why are you allowing FB to be a recruiting tool for terrorists who only wish to blow up our Godly Country under Heaven!!!! KILL ALL JIHADIS!!!”

            While chuckling under my breath. Can you imagine some FBI agent getting a call, “Dude, seems you picked the wrong dude.”

            I don’t suggest you do that, though.

          • Veri1138

            And don’t forget to throw in a spelling error or five if you do report the suspicious Jihadi FB account activity using FB as a recruiting tool.

          • Edwin

            I do have Muslim friends on facebook, who sometimes post in Arabic, and I have visited lots of Islamic countries. I don’t get what you’re getting.

          • panem et circenses

            Well, there are a lot of things that could’ve triggered it due to my interests (Anarchy pages, the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, anti-nationalism, even activist pages like Anarcho-Queers and Feminists) but it seems more and more unlikely to be random.

          • panem et circenses

            Even stuff like BLM, Occupy, Standing Rock. Who knows?

          • Veri1138

            Left Organizations are disproportionately on the terrorist watch list. RW terror orgs are mostly infiltrated by The FBI, already and make for useful tools when a headline is needed.

          • panem et circenses

            I did report some guy to facebook who said quote:

            “It’s way past time to turn Saudi Arabia into a glass parking lot. Death to islam, death to moslems.”

            They reviewed it and concluded that it wasn’t hate speech.

          • Edwin

            he’s a regular lovefest, that guy

          • Veri1138

            To be truthful, I believe that Saudi Arabia should be turned into an international gas station. Though, I don’t wish death upon all Muslims.

            Saudi Arabia is an evil country. I have never met a Saudi I would call friend and still trust. EVER.

            I’ve been to Saudi enough times to know. And if you are a foreign worker over there in the gas fields, you don’t want to bring your children… especially if your children are blonde haired and blue eyed. You get the picture about what is going to happen to them… and it would not be the first time.

            Caught some Saudi Air Force officers being trained in The US inviting their English instructor, gorgeous woman, to come over to Saudi to meet their families. The truth is, Saudis try to keep Westerners away from their families to prevent “contamination”. She would have most likely been raped and paid off with The US Embassy telling her to go back home and shut up “in the interests of US-Saudi relations”. I was the third person to tell her that. That’s IF she made it back to the States. Saudis have no problem making wives in Saudi Arabia out of foreign women, even if the woman is married. They annul the previous marriage in a Wahhabi Islamic Court and forcibly marry their rape victim.

          • panem et circenses

            I have no love for Saudi Arabia, but this guy explicitly said he wants all “Moslems” dead.

            It’s an upside down world. I consider it an honor if I’m deemed a threat to society while Terry Tuffcunts like that asshole are just your average patriotic American.

          • Veri1138

            I also wouldn’t trust the Pashtuns in Helmand Province. Bachi Bazi is a favorite pastime of theirs…

            I am discerning about the people and cultures I do not like.

          • Veri1138

            Don’t get me wrong. There MAY BE – a big MAY BE – someone worth a damn in Saudi. I have yet to meet one. First time there: 1990. Last time there, in 2011.

          • Veri1138

            http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/05/will-a-child-rapist-walk-free-in-saudi-arabia.html

            The guy was only prosecuted after international media attention embarrassed The King of Saudi Arabia. It’s not uncommon for such to occur.

            We had a friend of a friend marry a Saudi. Perfect gentleman in Europe. Got her home to Saudi. First thing he did was strip her in front of his other wives, beat her, and tell her, “Now you will learn your place!”. It took some doing to get her out of Saudi, but it got done. Marriage was annuled back in Europe.

            Western women, especially blonde hair, blue-eyed women, are highly prized sex slaves in Saudi.

            Kuwait? Just as bad. You don’t want to know how many stories we heard coming out of the hospital where Kuwaiti women take the hired help who is a woman (most likely raped by her employer) and take glass bottles, shove them in the foreign workers vagina or anal cavity, and shatter the bottle inside of them… for sexual fun. Seems to be a past time. Seems the women are actually worse sexual abusers than the men.

            Kuwait and Saudi and Qatar are closely related allies with family ties.

            I have more stories, but you get the picture. And not all of them are second hand.

          • panem et circenses

            Yes, and his victim was Saudi Arabian. The guy I quoted would have her nuked also.

          • Veri1138

            It is normal for Saudi society.

          • Edwin

            any vegan sites?

            FBI Recruiting Moles To Infiltrate “Vegan Potlucks” To Root Out Terrorists At RNC Convention
            http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×3322574

          • panem et circenses

            Some with vegan tendencies, though I’m not vegan myself. Like I said, it could be pretty much anything. Sadly, it’s probably something much more mundane than I’ve considered that may have pissed off the thought police.

          • Edwin

            Have you ever seen this? I’ve watched it a few times. It relaxes me.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja3ygTxZgv4

          • panem et circenses

            I believe so if it’s the one I’m thinking of that traces the evolution of politics and society. I’ll watch it again in any case.

          • Edwin

            Yup. Sounds like. Films for Action best film of 2014.

          • Dosido3

            nah…but if you challenged any Clinton tropes, then yeah. red hot on the radar. don’t take any long trips.

          • Veri1138

            Probably sparred with a disgruntled government employee in the forums (most likely) or a post was liked by the wrong person (who is on a watchlist) and the automated software sent out a fishing expedition.

          • Edwin

            land of the free

            don’t you forget it

          • Veri1138

            Piss anyone off lately? Send any emails to The DNC or Hillary or a government entity? Posting too much about Russia? Involved in the Civil Rights movement, specifically BLM?

            That’ll all get you on the list.

          • panem et circenses

            I don’t communicate with anyone at any level of government, though I did post on Hillary Clinton’s fb page about her $258,000 received in traceable donations from Wells Fargo in 2016, on a post about Trump scamming that exact same amount from charity, before they instantly shadow banned me.

          • Veri1138

            Yep, that was enough.

            Or, you could have replied to one of the FBI’s multimedia relations (running software that creates up to 150 fake user accounts on social media to spam propaganda) and pissed them off. So, them being in a snit led to an abuse of power.

            Try to get on an airplane. That’ll tell you.

          • panem et circenses

            I’m not sure how I could’ve pissed anyone else off unless they peeked my page and found one of my jokes insulting (very likely), and that post was from a sock account. Not that that matters, I know. I don’t get in heated arguments or anything on fb either. I mostly make non-political jokes when I venture beyond my page.

          • Veri1138

            Well, that means you posted something some government lackey was a little upset about. So, an abuse of power resulting in an entrapment scheme.

            Start checking your spam account folder for any suspicious emails, also. Something like, “Take a Vacation in Syria” or the like, or “Join our Mosque in Brotherhood”.

          • Veri1138

            Oh, or…

            Someone on a watchlist liked one too many of your posts. Post on any foreign sites like RT?

          • panem et circenses

            Nah I avoid RT for the same reasons I avoid mainstream US media. That’s a possibility though. I’m involved in anarchy and philosophy groups with people around the world, though it’s all philosophical and historical and not the direct action type of groups.

          • Veri1138

            Automated fishing expedition by The FBI or you replied to a poster (who was really an FBI propagandist pretending to be an original poster) in such a manner that really irked them.

            If it keeps happening… First contact FB… then contact the FBI with your suspicions that Jihadis are trying to contact you and you don’t believe in such things.

            Turn the tables ๐Ÿ™‚

            What can I say? I like f*cking with them.

          • panem et circenses

            I have posted on Al Jazeera English a couple times, but nothing inflammatory, and that page seems to be crawling with spec ops bots from different factions.

          • Veri1138

            Al Jazeera is Qatar. Might as well as be a CIA front.

            Play dumb. Contact FB and complain, though not in a racist manner. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, contact the FBI about suspicious Middle-Eastern types and what happened. Sound like a concerned citizen that is a little bit dumb about such things.

            Your typical college educated Texan, should do the trick.

          • Veri1138

            I’m serious. Looks like automated fishing expedition. So, since it is FBI… if it keeps up, do as I recommend. It’ll bring you some scrutiny… but then again… you already have some.

            Put some egg on their face.

            But remember, sound like a concerned typical suburban American Soccer Mom or Dad, from Texas or Oklahoma or Kansas…

            And since you are concerned that it could be bad guys… you’re already authentic and concerned. The truth is always the best policy as well as the best lie (since no one likes the truth).

          • panem et circenses

            Yeah, my only hesitation is that having nothing to hide is pretty meaningless when it comes to what those with a monopoly on violence can and can’t do. Freedom of speech is an illusion.

          • Veri1138

            America is Rule of Policy. Where those who make policy decide how and to who the laws are applied, in whatever manner they deem necessary.

            Ah, just don’t do anything right now. If it keeps up… for a few weeks, then be concerned. The automated fishing attack usually only should respond if you click on “Be My Jihadi Friend” Accept Button. Dismiss as soon as possible.

            Don’t sweat it. Probably millions have recv’d the same fishing expedition.

          • panem et circenses

            It’s okay, me and my lawn tools are ready for when the black choppers start landing:

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/67a43b6594d731cb6c49a269d5f4edc4fbe9d49436cebb4219f165d2ee829bfb.jpg

          • Veri1138

            That’s the spirit. Channel Alex Jones if you have to report the FBI to the FBI!!!

            Guaranteed they think you are a fruitcake and dismiss you.

          • Veri1138

            Well, I checked my Fakebook account. No Jihadis. And I probably piss off a lot more people than you.

            Verdict: Automated fishing expedition. Probably from some disgruntled government employee.

          • Veri1138

            Hell, Disqus software once enrolled me in a Manga Friends Followers program because I once posted on a manga site.

      • Annaleigh

        That’s weird! Mine are pretty much all friends of friends, except for when I sometimes use Facebook to research fundamentalist Mormon genealogies, and then get recommendations to befriend people from that culture (I don’t have anyone from that culture on my actual Facebook friends list or anything like that. Closest I come is that Rebecca Musser and I follow each other Twitter, that’s it). Maybe it’s also Facebook pages you look at that they factor in?

      • SmotPoker

        I’m not saying it’s a trap, but it’s a trap.

      • Veri1138

        Yep. Looks like FBI entrapment.

        • panem et circenses

          Thought crimes.

          • Veri1138

            Pre-crime.

      • Veri1138

        Oh, check out Google and Facebook links to In-Q-Tel. Prepare to maybe not be surprised.

    • Edwin

      You must be on the terrist watch list.

      • panem et circenses

        That wouldn’t come as a surprise.

      • Veri1138

        Once, I shifted some of my pay from a US account to a Polish account. $1,000.00. All of a sudden, I was having to answer questions about if I was funding terrorists. The money transfer resulted in The US Treasury, The FBI, NCTC, AWB (Polish), and other EU entities; having their tripwire tripped.

        All those authorities, and yet big Banks can launder cartel, terrorist, criminal, and oligarch money with no questions asked for so long. Hundreds of billions of Euros and dollars and little of me with a legitimate transfer of $1,000 from one of my accounts to a foreign account…

        Has their balls sweating.

        So, how come I believe that they really aren’t concerned about terrorists? /rhetorical question

        • Dosido3

          They’re just looking busy I suppose. I’m glad you got to experience the full benefit of your tax dollars at work!

          • Veri1138

            I WAS WORKING FOR THE FUCKING GOVERNMENT.

            At the time.

          • Dosido3

            ROFL! Thank you for your service!

          • Veri1138

            Welcome. The one hand of the government scratching its ass to remove dingleberries and not knowing what the other hand was doing.

        • panem et circenses

          You should become a corporation. Then you can send your money wherever you’d like to avoid taxes without ending up on anyone’s radar:

          Corporations Avoid Taxes By Offshoring $2.5 Trillion โ€” More Than The GDP Of France

          http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/corporations-avoid-taxes-offshoring-25-trillion-more-gdp-france-2427041

          • Veri1138

            Rich Dad, Poor Dad… the book… showed you how to do that. Unfortunately, nowadays, without the right connections and tax haven accounts…

            The government likes to crack the whip at you. You have to be connected to do that.

        • Edwin

          BUT… you don’t live in a police state

          • Veri1138

            Huh? News to me… ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Veri1138

      Don’t hate The US. Hate the people who abuse US power and have subverted the nation to their own ends. Well, that and the ignorant voters who allow it.

      • panem et circenses

        I’m an anti-capitalist who isn’t a fan of any government or other unwarranted hierarchy.

        • Veri1138

          Even anarchists will form committees when someone does something wrong. That’s government.

          There is a role for government. It’s just that people don’t keep an eye on it, enough.

          • +1000 upvotes.

          • Veri1138

            THanks. I like Social Capitalism.

            If something needs doing, like a hi-speed rail road… bonds are sold to the locals so the locals can also benefit. Instead of being arranged by Wall Street.

            I think some rural area did that in Wisconsin or Minnesota somewhere, to get hi-speed Internet. That way, people see an investment in their communities, while paying for their own services, while getting a dividend.

            Instead of the Crony Capitalism we have now.

          • panem et circenses

            There’s no difference between capitalism and crony capitalism. The marriage of capitalism and the state is the inevitable conclusion of the hierarchy of economic (which is also political) power.

          • Ann Watson

            One step at a time saves nine. Tear everything down at once and all you are left with is dust.

          • panem et circenses

            One step forward, three steps back. Don’t expect to get there going in the opposite direction with the tools available. Have a nice trip, though.

          • Ann Watson

            Try a sideways step and you might avoid slipping in bloodshed. ; )

          • panem et circenses

            Oddly enough, this is exactly how Marx and Lenin felt, and we know how that’s turned out every single time, stalled in state capitalism.

  • Dosido3

    Social Darwinism on social media…
    https://twitter.com/drudge/status/784121449606852608

  • Veri1138

    Well, Russia has advisers with Syrian Arab Army units now. And has warned The US that any “mistakes” ordered by Sec. Def. Ash Carter, will result in American warplanes being shot down.

      • Veri1138

        Pretty much.

        I posit one scenario where a nuclear weapon is used in Syria and blamed on Assad. 5-20kts.

        Of course, it will be a fake incident. For some reason, rumors of Syrians possessing nukes made the rounds. I was in a f*cking grocery store in the middle of nowhere today and heard it, again.

      • Veri1138

        Well, put the cloud in the middle of LA or Chicago or NY or Dallas or Washington, D.C., and that would be more correct.

    • panem et circenses

      “Rebel” groups breaking the cease-fire dozens of times and the US blaming Assad and Putin for retaliating didn’t help anything either. That’s what happens when you supply jihadists whose goals aren’t the same as yours and don’t recognize any authority.

      • kreskin

        There never was a cease fire , does Uncle Sam have any control over it’s iSIS and Al Qaeda allies ? Hell no . It was a ploy by the U.S. to buy time for their jihadist pals who were getting their asses kicked by Syrian government forces .

        Our wonderful government did the same thing in Ukraine. As you may recall the thugs from Kiev were getting their asses kicked by the ethnic Russian Ukrainians in the east , Kerry and company called for a truce . On Putins advice the ethnic Russians agreed to it , Kiev forces used the time to regroup and re-arm , then went back on the attack .

        The U.S. has no credibility , can’t be trusted , Moscow knows it .

    • kreskin

      The New York Times serves as one of uncle Sam’s propaganda distributors … generally speaking.

      Ash Carter is is a God damn lunatic , Frank Loonie Tunes Gaffney and John Bolton got nothin on him .

      • panem et circenses

        Thanks 1970s Noam Chomsky for informing us of that fact. Hell, they may as well put a neon sign out front saying “Property of the US Government”.

        • panem et circenses

          Does anyone truly believe that Operation Mockingbird ever ended?

    • kreskin

      Sounds like the Russians have drawn the line . https://www.rt.com/news/361800-russia-syria-usa-aistrikes/

      • panem et circenses

        Like Obama’s “red line”?

        • Edwin

          pffft!!

          such a stooge

        • kreskin

          Sounds like Obama is struggling to control the lunatics and madmen .By sending in the missiles I think Putin has decided to call Uncle Sam’s bluff . Wouldn’t you agree ? Certainly he isn’t backing down .

          • panem et circenses

            I have no idea. That’s above my pay grade. I know that there’s a lot of posturing and that it can go on for a long time (remember the Cold War?), but I also know that it’s highly reckless a single spark could ignite a war.

          • kreskin

            ” It’s highly reckless a single spark could ignite a war.” Exactly , that’s what worries me .

          • panem et circenses

            You can’t go wrong investing in sun block and Hellfire Missiles.

          • towerofbabel

            In the last year of WWII, when Nazi defeat was already assured, more Germans lost their lives than in all of the preceding years of the war. Humans have an ridiculous knack for clinging to disastrous policies to save face. Mass destruction becomes more desirable that being embarrassed in front of your war mongering friends. Obama has let himself be painted into a corner. War is the most likely outcome, as absurd as it is.

        • kreskin

          There have been a few of them , haven’t there?

  • panem et circenses
    • notisaidthepig

      Such hypocrites.

      • Edwin

        Such assholes.

    • towerofbabel

      This guy looks sillier and sillier with each passing day.
      Even a magnificent library won’t correct that. It hasn’t in the past.

      • Shohanna

        I like how they are saying he has the Highest approval rating of his term.. **nod** Like I believe that bullshit.

    • notisaidthepig

      Spiffy needs to see this!

    • SmotPoker

      The cat has the same look on it’s face that I do when those idiot bible thumpers come around knocking on my door.

      I am aggressively rude towards them, and warn them not to come around my place again or they would regret it.

      If I recall correctly, I might have went a tad overboard with my threat to sell the mother/daughter combo into white slavery….

  • panem et circenses

    How the Alt Right is trying to create a โ€˜safe spaceโ€™ for racism on college campuses

    http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/alt-right-safe-space-racism-college-campuses/

  • Shohanna

    http://betanews.com/2016/10/06/anonymous-calls-for-revolution/

    At least someone is.. I don’t agree with everything, but they have 99% right.

    • notisaidthepig

      Long overdue IMO.

    • 17

      When I start seeing the correct things blow up, I’ll lend a hand. Until then, it’s every man for himself.

    • towerofbabel

      Radical Transparency is all that is needed. The rest will take care of itself.
      There is a reason why martyrs to the truth are attacked as terrorists even though they never lifted a finger in violence. The truth it terrorizing for those who depend on secrecy, coercion and violence to maintain control in all societies.

    • panem et circenses

      Right “libertarian” garbage. Fuck the slave owning, genocidal founding fathers and fuck “muh private property rights”, and double-fuck replacing crony capitalism with the direct capitalist tyranny of “the good old days”. I don’t want to be part of any “revolution” the edgelord who wrote this is involved in.

    • Shohanna

      WTF what happened to Panem’s post?

      • Ann Watson

        The video wouldn’t run for me, standard message not allowed in my country, could be something to do with it.

        • Shohanna

          Naw, it was something else. I got to read the message and was replying to it when it gave me an error message that it had been deleted. So I wanted to know what happened. That’s all.

      • 17

        The sausage grinder says Panem deleted it.

        • Shohanna

          Ahh oki, how do we delete posts?! I want to do that! lol

          • 17

            The same place where you flag posts.

          • Shohanna

            Er that wasn’t there before! O.O

          • 17

            Been there as long as I remember. Only on your own posts, not others’.

          • Shohanna

            Hmm. Oki ty. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • SmotPoker

    The Dark Side Of Dolphins

    Playful, clown princes of the sea right? Fuck no, not even close. They are raping, killing, machines that have evil streaks just like humans.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlnwpOfGHtY

    Here they are in a gang bang. Take note that yes, dolphins have an external penis….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVBuM3FBjiA

    BASTARDS!

  • SmotPoker

    Gee why hasn’t a battalion or three of those Jew haters from Stormfront signing on to fight the Jews with the Palestinians? Common enemy right?

    Oh wait, yeah, now I remember why, it’s because they are a bunch of sniveling, cowardly, keyboard warriors with hate in their hearts, and shit for brains.

  • Friday Links and Open Thread are up and ready for your perusal!

  • Shohanna

    Please tell me @Unkawillbur:disqus that you didn’t delete and censor Panem’s post?

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