Respite Open Thread: Little Blue Penguins On The Move


Hey all. I’m out of town for a while, but had this set aside to share with you. I did not know penguins came in sky blue.

Open thread

39 replies
  1. 1
    Another Scott says:

    Wow. That woman’s blouse certainly is an attention-getter!




  2. 2
    plato says:

    Michelle Obama is the world's most admired woman.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 19, 2019

  3. 3
    SenyorDave says:

    I love how the station made this into a breaking news story with almost a sense of breathlessness.

  4. 4

    @SenyorDave: Yeah, I was watching a few videos and it looked like several newscasts were having some great fun with it.

  5. 5
    Luthe says:

    FYI for NoVa folks:

    I am moving in to my new apartment on Monday. Anyone want to do a meet-up sometime toward the end of next week?

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    SenyorDave says:

    @plato: Michelle Obama is the world’s most admired woman.

    And who finished 19th out of 20? The one and only FLOTUS Birther McBirtherface (thank you, Betty Cracker, this name is now ingrained into my brain forever). I can only hope that finding this out makes for a miserable day for the orange turd.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    I had a great time seeing the little penguins on parade on Phillip Island in Australia.

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    Scott P. says:

    Penguin Moses has led them to the Promised Land.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Luthe: hi lithe, I am on the train so I can’t check, but I think you are one of the people who volunteered to help with testing buI didn’t t send me your email address. If that’s the case, please send email to my nym at Thanks

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    chris says:

    Love the little penguins! But there is no respite. Ever.

    NEW: PAC linked to Democrat Jimmy Panetta’s For Country Caucus is targeting a vulnerable House Democrat by me + @ryangrim— aída chávez (@aidachavez) 19 July 2019

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    rikyrah says:


    Hope that the move goes well :)

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    rikyrah says:

    Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) Tweeted:
    NEW: A group of Democratic governors have uneasily watched the primary but largely stayed quiet.

    No longer.

    The debate hand-raising, the social media focus & rise of policies like ending priv insurance + decriminalizing border have them speaking out

  13. 13
    rikyrah says:


    Who is Jimmy Panetta?

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    rikyrah says:


    Y’all know exactly who you are who owe me, and like most black people who have been screaming that Trump is the SYMPTOM and not the cause since BIRTHERISM, an apology.

    — Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) July 18, 2019

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    rikyrah says:


    I keep thinking about how all of the Black and Brown people who are sitting in jail bc they can’t afford bail for minor offenses while Hope Hicks is out here living her best life. It’s the kind of thought that literally makes me ILL

    — Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) July 18, 2019

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    Edmund Dantes says:


    Shit needs to be torn to the ground. Along with other large chunks of the federal law enforcement.

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    rikyrah says:

    Damn…too too young :(

    Ex-Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus dies of heat stroke aged 32 while working outside for his family business in Arkansas where ‘real feel’ temperatures were over 100 degrees
    Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs says Petrus died Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital
    Petrus had worked outside all day at his family shop in Lonoke County
    His cause of death is listed as heat stroke
    Petrus was a University of Arkansas walk-on who earned all-Southeastern Conference honors in 2007 and 2009
    He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and had a three-year NFL career, winning a Super Bowl with New York
    The temperature in Little Rock was a blazing 92degrees on Thursday but had a ‘realfeel’ of a scorching 100 plus degrees

    PUBLISHED: 10:15 EDT, 19 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:02 EDT, 19 July 2019

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    chris says:

    @rikyrah: Dem rep

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    rikyrah says:


    Lips pursed..what kind of Dem?

  20. 20
    chris says:

    @rikyrah: Um, wrong kind? There’s a list in the article.

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    chris says:

    @rikyrah: No edit today.

    While Justice Dems and @AOC get savaged for backing primary challengers, a PAC linked to centrist Democrats is backing a GOP challenger to a vulnerable Democrat, @KatieHill4CA— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) 19 July 2019

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Just rewatched “Years and Years” again. It is a truly frightening series. I think the most frightening scene is Emma Thompson’s character Vivian Rook explaining to a bunch of companies who are bidding to run the concentration camps (and as for “running” we mean maintaining the bricks and mortar not doing anything for the people inside) how “concentration camp” is just a term “you could have a camp full of oranges and it would be a concentration of oranges”. She also explains the historical background of the Boer War where the Brits placed the homeless people displaced by the war into camps where “nature took its course, disease and pestilence took care of the problem”. The matter of fact way that she described her policy is absolutely chilling. If you get a chance to watch the whole series, do. It really should be required watching as to how things can get when good people do nothing.

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    Brachiator says:


    Michelle Obama is the world’s most admired woman.

    Before I looked at the details, I was going to write, “Does the Queen of England know about this?”

    But I see that Her Majesty is in the top 10.

    Also Interesting to see that Hillary Clinton also ranks higher than Melania.

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    rikyrah says:


    While Justice Dems and @AOC get savaged for backing primary challengers, a PAC linked to centrist Democrats is backing a GOP challenger to a vulnerable Democrat, @KatieHill4CA— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) 19 July 2019

    Backing a GOP challenger?
    Phuck outta here.

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    chris says:

    @rikyrah: That’s what I said.

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    Martin says:

    @chris: Katie will win. The fear of a democratic rep has been dispelled (Duncan Hunter doing his part to help that), and holy fuck do Californians hate Trump. They’re raising money well, Katie Porter (similar district) hasn’t suffered for coming out for impeachment.

    But fuck the centrist Dems all the same.

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    chris says:

    @Martin: Thank you, that’s reassuring. Hard to believe that any Dem these days would get within spitting distance of a Repub without… well, spitting.

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    kindness says:

    I saw a clip on those penguins yesterday. Cute. Of course yesterday they didn’t say the Sushi shop owner had been feeding them fresh sushi like they did today.

    I am shocked, shocked I tell you to see these wild animals that I have been feeding continue to show up where I have been feeding them!

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @Another Scott:

    Wow. That woman’s blouse certainly is an attention-getter!

    Take that, face-detection surveillance software!

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    J R in WV says:

    Have to say, if they are supporting any Republican running against ANY Democrat, they are NOT Centrist Democrats. They are fascist Republicans, and no mistake about that!!

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    Michael Allen says:

    @Another Scott: It’s a very strange and visually confusing choice for TV. In person it would only be weird.

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    Shana says:

    @Luthe: Yep, let me know when and where.

    Can I also say I love that a group of penguins is called “a waddle.”

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    Steeplejack says:


    Where did you end up getting a place?

  34. 34
    Aleta says:

    Blair Braverman @BlairBraverman
    Y’all, having sled dogs has been so good for my body image. And not because mushing is a joy-filled, physical outdoor activity, although that’s true. It’s actually something much simpler than that.

    (thread+ fab dog pics!)

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    LuciaMia says:

    @Another Scott: I know…it looks like she’s being absorbed.

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    LuciaMia says:

    So the penguins came back. That could be good advertising for the sushi truck?

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    pluky says:

    @Shana: only because you beat me to it.

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    Luthe says:

    @Steeplejack: West Alexandria

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    Annamal says:

    I love wandering at night along Wellington waterfront, in some places you can hear something that sounds like a cross between a really angry donkey and a mournful demon which lets you know that there are penguins near by :)

    Having said that, the announcer is wrong about pigeons and politicians being the only wildlife around, Wellington now has a great deal of native wildlife co-existing (thanks to a fully fenced wildlife sanctuary about 30 minutes from the city centure). It’s been absolutely amazing over to years to go from just the occasional tui to a full on dawn chorus with destructive parrots:–pose-hazard-with-tree-stripping

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