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artiofab
Jun 21
4

You might enjoy this discussion from a few years back. I’m not tooting my onw horn here — most of the contributions are way more erudite and thoughtful than anything I said. Mxyzptlk’s Heuristic of the Three Levels of General Assholishness in particular comes in handy for diagnosing this issue. 

Jun 6
35

The answer is that a lot of people in this country are hesitant to call when something like this happens, and for good reason. Which means we need to replace the police force with a more effective solution that actually serves more people, such as community organizations and social services. Read more

Jun 6
23

I’m not suggesting replacing the police with a group of unpaid, untrained volunteers who do 3 hours of work a week. I am suggesting taking the money we spend on the police and using that for community organizations staffed with paid professionals, who specialize in mental health, trauma, and other issues. 

Jun 5
9

 I hate that this isn’t the most infuriating thing I’ve heard today. It might not even make the top three.

Jun 5
46

‘There is nothing, Lady Galadriel’, said Gimli, bowing low and stammering. ‘Nothing, unless it might be - unless it is permitted to ask, nay, to name a single strand of your hair, which surpasses the gold of the earth as the stars surpass the gems of the mine. I do not ask for such a gift. But you commanded me to Read more

Jun 5
42

Let’s not forget the pledge of allegiance (which all public school children are obligated to recite every morning, regardless of their families’ positions on religion). Read more

Jun 5
3

That was only about a metre high. More of an anxiety bird than a terror bird.

Jun 4
1

I’ve jokingly pronounced it “jizz-modo” in my head all these years. It never occurred to me that that would be the proper pronunciation.

Jun 4
1

Unless you exclude foreign policy, all US administrations of the last several decades have been bad. Like war criminal bad.  That’s America’s sad reality, and does the average American’s inability to empathize with some poor Syrian kid half a world away really surprise you at this point?  America is a callous country.

Jun 3
33

Underrated: the Iraqi PM slightly flinches and smirks at the first shoe, then half-heartedly swats at the second one to cover his tracks.