Early Morning Open Thread: Blog Discovery of the Week


fixing the interlattice
Found art, or perhaps I mean found oorts?

Fortunately for me, true understanding is not required for deep enjoyment. Smut Clyde, sir, I’d propose, except we’re both married to other people, and also located on opposite sides of the globe…

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    Schlemizel says:

    So, how many people would have to whine to google to get them to place this in front of a given link?

    Because I would totally organize a couple of hundred people to do this to Sully (for instance).

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    raven says:

    45th Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacare.

    “On a February night 45 years ago, a linebacker on the South Carolina State football team named Robert Lee Davis went with three or four teammates to a bowling alley just off the black college’s campus in Orangeburg. Theirs was not an act of recreation but of political protest. “

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    raven says:

    May I say that Mika is a stupid fucking bitch?

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    Schlemizel says:


    Odd that I have absolutely no memory of this event. Human history is so littered with these ugly episodes that many just get lost in the shuffle and thats a shame.

    Thanks for posting that link

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    Schlemizel says:


    May NEED I say that Mika is a stupid fucking bitch? ftfy

    sitting next to Shmoe I’m sure IQ points are drained off, like a star next to a black hole, the black hole sucks the life out of the star & returns nothing. Lately I feel like I am suffering the same effect at work every day

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    raven says:

    @Schlemizel: We were still in the field in the wake of the Blue House and Pueblo. What I do know is that in April MLK was killed and I’ll never forget the reaction of one especially militant brother from Chicago. “I’m surprised it took so long for them to kill that Uncle Tom”. Context was everything.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Schlemizel: I believe that’s only for sites that google host themselves.

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    M. Bouffant says:

    @MikeJ: Google applies that warning to any Blogger account that is reported as “abusive.”

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    At JFK, boarding one of the last flights out before the blizzard hits. SF weather has to be better than what’s coming for the Northeast.

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    MikeJ says:

    @M. Bouffant: Right, and google owns blogger.

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    kindness says:

    You know it isn’t a blanket application, I mean otherwise most the threads here would have content warnings on them. And if we could organize to apply those labels to RedState or FreeRepublic most the troglodites would be hitting the ‘I don’t understand but let me in’ button. It’s true. They hardly understand anything it seems.

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    Kirbster says:

    If I judge by the local TV news, people are kind of going overboard in preparing for the blizzard. They’re stripping supermarket shelves and draining gas stations in a manner that would suggest that under ordinary circumstances, they keep no food in the house and generally drive around with a nearly empty gas tank. Is it really that big of a deal to be snowed in for a couple of days over a February weekend?

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    Cassidy says:

    @Kirbster: Just based off the price of gas, I drive around with a half full tank or less. I can’t imagine that’s uncommon.

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    Cassidy says:

    Oh, since Open Thread, the first (that fans are aware of) openly gay fighter will be fighting in the first female match in the UFC on Feb 23rd. I don’t know if it’s history making, but definitely groundbreaking in both regards. Her name is Liz Carmouche and she’s also a USMC vet. She was brought in to be the sacrificial lamb to the female “rockstar” of the sport Rhonda Rousey, but Liz has very heavy hands, so we’ll see.

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    Older_Wiser says:

    @Cassidy: I have restricted my gas usage to no more than $15/wk, usually $10, for a small 5 spd vehicle. I’ve restricted my buying habits to a 5 mi radius of grocery store, drugstore, dollar store and thrift store (where I buy not only clothes, but used household goods as well). It’s the rare occasion that I actually have to leave this area to buy something, and I never buy online, either, since FedEx and other delivery services have a huge carbon footprint.

    Working to reduce my own carbon footprint even more.

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    dmsilev says:

    This is awesome:

    Outgoing Energy Department Secretary Steven Chu, who announced his resignation last week, took to his Facebook page Thursday to make light of an article from parody news site “The Onion” alleging that he woke up next to a solar panel after a night of partying in D.C. As Chu wrote in a post on his Facebook page:

    “I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Riddled is hysterically funny – haven’t I seen Smut Clyde around here before? I recognize some of the nyms in the comments, too.

    I’m having to stifle myself to keep from waking up the little monsters in the house.

    I don’t understand and I wish to continue.

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    piratedan says:


    scary that none of what passes as investigative reporting has twigged to this yet……

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    WereBear says:

    @Cassidy: Just based off the price of gas, I drive around with a half full tank or less. I can’t imagine that’s uncommon.

    It is in cold areas. This practice will create condensation. If that water gets into the tiny gas lines and freezes, you are SOL.

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    Jay C says:


    I know: I can imagine people in suburbs, or rural areas freaking out about supplies (a la Halloween Blizzard of ’11); but I’ve seen outbursts of shelf-stripping even here in Manhattan – where, even in the worst storms, one always has emergency food available in the form of a Chinese restaurant on nearly every block.

    My favorite blizzard-supplies story dates back to 1996, though: in preparation for a big storm, I went to a local market to get some stuff, and noticed a woman with a shopping cart loaded with all sorts of odd items, including about a dozen or more packets of Jello. I really had to wonder just how bad it would have to get in NYC if one had to rely on Jello as your emergency rations…

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    catclub says:

    @dance around in your bones: Looks like the crowd from Alicublog and Sadly No, maybe some LGMers, which is a great crowd.

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    jayboat says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    I don’t understand and I wish to continue.

    I’ve got just the place for this.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Is it really that big of a deal to be snowed in for a couple of days over a February weekend?

    Of course it is. There’s no more football on TV!

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    MomSense says:


    We are doing the same. Obviously many of the things we buy in our little five mile radius are trucked in from elsewhere but we have really cut down on our gas consumption. We are also fortunate to have a real downtown with lots of diverse offerings.

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    different-church-lady says:

    I thought to myself, “OK, gonna be snowed in for two, possibly three days, and I’ve got no food in the house. Better figure out what I need.”

    Then I started looking through the cabinets and freezer and realized I had plenty of food for the weekend.

    This is how it is in First World Problemstan: we have so much food available we forget what food we have. “Storm shopping” is more about making sure you have the food you’ll want at any given moment, not the food you’ll need.

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    different-church-lady says:

    If anyone’s listening, our strange little buggy-things continue. Basically when I load up BJ, I get the same page view as I got last time I loaded it. I then need to deliberately hit reload to get the page to come up to date. Something’s not telling the browser that the page has changed automatically.

    It’s also stopped remembering who I am and what my e-mail address is (a bug others have reported).

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    different-church-lady says:

    Y’all read the comments for that graphic?

    Substance McGravitas on 2/5/13
    Does the little sad gray rectangle not do anything?

    wiley on 2/5/13
    The little sad gray rectangle never gets to do anything. ~

    ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© on 2/5/13
    All three buttons install viruses into Internet Explorer.

    zombie rotten mcdonald on 2/5/13
    How could one tell?

    Another Kiwi on 2/5/13
    There are slightly fewer porn popups when the viruses are active.

    zombie rotten mcdonald on 2/5/13
    Well, THAT would suck…

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    Janet Strange says:

    @raven: As a white, anti-war, college student at the time, I was one of thousands protesting the invasion of Cambodia and the killing of four Kent State college students. Being part of the protests made a huge impression on me. The iconic photo, the song “Ohio,” are an essential part of my understanding of the history of America during the time of my youth.

    But I had never even heard of what happened at Orangeburg, where three college students were killed.

    Much food for thought.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @raven: Thanks for the reminder of the Orangeburg Massacre. It’s taken one hell of a lot of courage to make things better over the years.

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    handsmile says:


    Hope you’re well-provisioned for body and spirit for this weekend as the forecast looks to be pretty dire for your Great State. Our friends in Portland and Round Pond have emailed that early snowfall has been heavier than expected and this is well before the brunt of the blizzard arrives tonight.

    Also too, was there any “walk-back”/follow-up/push-back to LePage’s most recent declaration to schoolchildren that newspapers were the greatest danger to Maine’s citizens? Or at this point does his chronic demagoguery and oafishness no longer elicit much outrage or attention? His disgraceful term in office ends in 2014, right?


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    twiff says:

    @Kirbster: i ran out of bread last night. so i went to get some. madness. apparently bread is a fantastic insulator or something? i’m not sure what it is that drives the run on bread, but it’s alwasys been there. my mom used to make sure we got bread, milk and eggs before any storm.

    as for the run on gas: snowblowers and generators. in CT, i think the general assumption now is that it takes CL&P at least a week to recover any significant outage. fuckers.

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    As you can see, only the best of common-taters infest the Riddled webelog.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @jayboat: And just where would that be?

    @different-church-lady: Me, too. It’s a pain in the butt.

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    Sophist says:


    Story of my life.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @dmsilev: I laughed out loud. That is one smart–and funny–guy.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Jay C: Jello? Are you sure she wasn’t getting ready to party like it’s 1999?

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    Tommy D says:

    @WereBear: Yes. True. In cold damp areas keep the tank full to avoid getting water in the gasoline.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    The original version of the Content Warning can be found on the way to Mick Farren’s website:

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    @sm*t cl*de:


    My EYES!!!

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    Gary Ruppert says:

    @different-church-lady: Fact is, this is the quality of commenters over at Sadly, No!

    Smuts Clyde and Substance McGravitas et al have long been preverting the already warped and indescriminate standards of the commentariat over there. Plus, HTML Mencken and Gavin are back. Snark, outre wit, and a surfeit of sophmoric puns are sure to ensue. No one is safe.

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    Another Kiwi says:

    Thanks for linking to Riddled Annie Laurie. Talk about a spike in visitors!!!

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