Open Thread

I have a lot of things I want to write about right now but I am completely distracted by this:

A scientist has stumbled upon a creature with a “transient anus” that appears only when it is needed, before vanishing completely.

The warty comb jelly, or sea walnut, looks a lot like a jellyfish, but the new finding reveals it may represent a critical stage in evolutionary history.

The phrase “transient anus” is fucking glorious.

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    This has been getting a lot of play in the gay meme community.

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    Ruckus says:

    I’ve been around a few tranrsient anuses before, but it was on a plane, train or bus.

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    chopper says:

    of course, “enormous, mendacious, disembodied anus” pops up top of the page.

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    Brachiator says:

    Sic transit gloria anus

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    Chip Daniels says:

    I have a list of people for whom “transient anus” is a perfect descriptor.

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    matt says:

    ‘transient anus’ is an unwieldy term though. It should be called an ‘Imus’.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    The phrase “transient anus” is fucking glorious.

    It’s the name of my new band.

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    Ahasuerus says:

    I’ve been called worse.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    manafort is speaking in his hearing, which Ari Melber tells will be the last thing before sentencing

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    Brachiator says:

    A couple of my co-workers have season’s passes to Disneyland. This has got them all shook up

    Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Opening Date Announced!

    Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open to the general public on May 31, 2019, while Walt Disney World’s version will debut a couple months later on August 29, 2019. However, it will open in phases, with Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run opening first, followed by Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at a later date. (As we cover in our Tons of New Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Details Emerge from Construction Tours post, Rise of the Resistance is the more complex, higher profile attraction.)

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    Pogonip says:

    Suuuure he “stumbled upon” it.


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    VeniceRiley says:

    Transient Anus is Paul Manafort’s prison name.

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    Chad Tutcher says:

    @Brachiator: Oy,Vey!

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    chopper says:


    oh i get it, it’s a prison rape joke.

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    Baud says:

     “transient anus” that appears only when it is needed, before vanishing completely.

    Worst superhero idea ever.

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    MomSense says:


    I’ll sing back up vocals!

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    No, I think people in Trump’s orbit are assholes all the time.

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    Brachiator says:

    Terry Gross interview with Jane Mayer on Fresh Air

    The White House And Its ‘Shadow Cabinet’ Of Fox News TV Hosts

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    VeniceRiley says:

    @chopper: I didn’t mean it that way. But you’re free to read it however you wish.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Damn it, SD! I was gonna call it for MY band name. The only solution is for us to form a band.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Transient Anus seems to fit the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @MomSense: I’m on uke!

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Betty Cracker: Butt Shine and the Turd Polishers is taken.

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    @VeniceRiley: Pray tell, what other way could that possibly be understood?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    They’d better check their blackout dates before they get too excited. Our calendars are looking pretty ugly.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Baud: 😄😄😄😄

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    hitchhiker says:

    texted that to mr hitchhiker, and he instantly claimed it as HIS band name, with Jelly McPoopbomb as his own stage name.

    then he texted a fantasy about how he would only show off his transient anus if members of the audience flung their underwear at him. (both our daughters and their husbands are on this ongoing family text … )

    yes, apparently i AM married to a 9-yr-old.


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    Gin & Tonic says:

    As I said downstairs, I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m dying of suspense waiting for the Manafort sentencing.

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    hilts says:

    transient anus – Secret Service code name for Jared Kushner

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    Brachiator says:

    @A Ghost To Most: The president of Algeria is named Bouteflika, and yes, I find that amusing.

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    MomSense says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I think you should do one song in a French accent!

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    VeniceRiley says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Is every mention of an asshole in prison a rape reference?

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    Jay says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    A) transient, eg. broke, homeless

    B) anus, asshole.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Brachiator: Me too. I hope I die before I get old.

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    It would be great if we had a transient anus in the White House, but sadly, the asshole who lives there is there all the time.

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    geg6 says:



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    geg6 says:

    Manafort is going to get nothing. This judge is a dick.

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    hitchhiker says:

    Since we’re open-threading, I just remembered that today is the 18th anniversary of the day I sat in a tiny conference room off the local trauma center ER and got told by a doctor that my husband was seriously injured, and that the likelihood was that he’d never have movement or sensation below the level of his nipples again.

    I remember that he waved his two hands around in a floppy, useless way to give me the picture that mr. h would not have the use of his fingers and thumbs. I remember that he suggested mr. h might have trouble breathing on his own from now on.

    Our kids were 10 and 12, waiting out in the lounge with a friend who had come down to sit with us.

    I had to tell them.

    Fast forward, most of that was at least partially wrong, though the struggle from that day to this one was … intense.

    Anyway, here’s to surviving a broken neck on the side of a mountain! Here’s to helicopters and brilliant nurses and dedicated physical therapists and neuroscientists. Here’s to him.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Transient anus… I got nothin’. Damn.

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    Drunkenhausfrau says:

    Great band name.

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    a thousand flouncing lurkers (was fidelio) says:

    @Betty Cracker: According to Elizabeth Bear, over on the Twitters, they toured with the Dead Kennedys.

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    kindness says:

    Transient Anus sounds like a punk band name.

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    oh no.

    they’re gonna name it after trump.

    and trump’s gonna think it’s an honor…

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    Kathleen says:

    @kindness: Or a farting bus.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    47 months. That’s it?


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    hilts says:

    47 months for Manafort

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    hilts says:


    This judge is an anus.

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    Humdog says:

    @hitchhiker: And here is to you, hitchhiker, for being with him through every step in his recovery. That is a wonderful and remarkable story, thank you for sharing it. I’d go see his band even if it has a disgusting name!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @hitchhiker: Wow. You have reason to celebrate.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Brachiator: Yep! You also have to reserve a spot to go for the first few months.

    It looks very cool. I might go to Disneyland for the first time since I was 5.

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    Betty says:

    @hitchhiker: So happy you have some things to celebrate in spite of the challenges.

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    Adam Geffen says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    I was going to say something along those lines but I’m too slow. ;)

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    Martin says:

    Found my next character name!

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    Adam Geffen says:

    An open thread about anus seems as good a place as any to ask a question I’ve had for a while.

    I’ve been lurking here since about 2011 (maybe it was a little earlier). Can someone explain to me the hatred here for Glenn Greenwald? I’ve been around long enough to know a fair number of people here really really hate him but I haven’t been able to get a handle on why. Insight please?

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    different-church-lady says:

    @Adam Geffen: Short answer: he’s a professional troll.

    Long answer: He’s a professional troooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooll.

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    Adam Geffen says:



    Would it be possible to elaborate? Why is he viewed as a troll?

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    Transient Anus is the name of my food truck that only serves varieties of chocolate donuts.

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    NonStopRocka says:

    I have been reading this blog for 10 plus years, and this might just be my favorite thing J Cole has ever posted.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Adam Geffen: Here’s a rather notorious example.

    A Google search for “ greenie” will turn up several others.

    HTH a little.


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    Adam Geffen says:

    @Black Onion:

    Chocolate anuses are a thing. Your food truck should sell those.

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    Adam Geffen says:

    @Another Scott:

    Thank you for the link! I’ll take a gander when I’m able.

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    @Adam Geffen:
    My basic objection to Greenwald is that he pretends to be a factual journalist when he’s actually an advocate. A factual journalist is supposed to dig up as much evidence as possible, reach a conclusion based on the evidence, and present the evidence and conclusion to their audience. An advocate takes a position, finds evidence to support it, and constructs an argument using that evidence to support their position. An advocate can try to minimize or undermine evidence that contradicts their position, which a factual journalist is not supposed to do. There is some blurry space in the middle- someone who starts out looking just for facts may find the evidence so compelling that they feel obligated to advocate for the position the facts push them toward, and a good advocate must know enough about the facts counter to their position to be able to rebut them effectively- but those are the two ideals.

    Greenwald is clearly an advocate. He comes from a background in law rather than journalism, and he has always argued like an advocate rather than a fact finder. But when he’s challenged on his conclusions, he acts as if he’s a factual journalist and anyone who contradicts him is the one ignoring the evidence, even when they’re the ones presenting evidence he’s ignored. Even worse, he has tried to do factual journalism while maintaining his basic orientation as an advocate, with really bad results. The classic example was his writing on Snowden’s document trove. He started from a position of opposition to any kind of spy program and looked through the documents for evidence that the US government was doing something wrong. He ignored evidence of internal controls to minimize the risk of domestic spying, conflated domestic and international spying, and generally twisted the facts as much as necessary to portray the US government as engaged in wrongful behavior. It was exactly what factual journalists are supposed to avoid. He went in with a conclusion and looked for facts to bolster it rather than starting with facts and working to the conclusion they supported.

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    Chris Johnson says:

    Clearly not the only one singing to myself, “enormous… mendacious… disembodied anus…” o/`

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    The jellyfish shall inherit the earth. I just read an article in Discover Magazine (or Smithsonian, one or the other), about jellyfish. One scientist harvested a medusa adult stage, took it to the lab, got distracted and forgot to transfer it to proper salt water, left in fresh water. Came back the next day, and it was gone. In its place was a polyp. In essence it had REVERSED the life cycle, reverted to polyp stage, to save itself. Leading to new insights into fact that some jellyfish might just be immortal, those species that can do this. Unless they are eaten, of course, which tends to end the life cycle.

    P.S. this blogs is using such low contrast fonts (trendy right now but a disaster), that I can almost not see the boxes to type in my Nym and address, etc, when posting. I sincerely hope the new design (which I chipped a few bucks in for) will address this issue, and NOT go so low contrast I cannot even read the d*mend blog. Grump.

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    Dupe1970 says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: came here for this comment. thanks!

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