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Hey, folks! I still exist. I’m just having another unplanned migraine vacation — same thing yesterday — so I may not get to posting anything today beyond this.

The tweet below has pretty much exhausted my creativity for the day, I think.

Oh, and as long as I’m pasting tweets, everyone should see this:

Consider this an open thread.

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Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

Folks, I only just realized that Roger Ailes died like, three weeks ago.

Why am I always the last one to hear the good news ?

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Dan Holme,

I would so read that story. It would make a great TV show.

Katie Kitten,

Supernatural isn’t perfect, but I’m a sucker for that kind of show. I think it did get bad for a couple of seasons but then got better again. I do wish they had series regulars that weren’t all white dudes but the chemistry between Sam and Dean keeps the show watchable through the rough patches. Have you ever seen Hex? It’s a short lived British supernatural themed show about a girl who discovers she’s a witch and her lesbian ghost best friend. It also starred Michael Fassbender before he was famous. Not many people in the US seemed to have seen it but I really liked it. I keep hoping it will have some sort of revival because of the early Fassbender in it.

DanHolme
DanHolme
3 years ago

@WWTH

Cheers! I’ll have a go at scribbling something over the summer. If nothing else it will be a good excuse to go yomping in the hills around Chinley and Marple, and up onto Kinder. All in the name of ‘research’.

Hex was good, but I only saw the first series, by the time the second series came out I was living without a TV. I might revisit it.

I’m quite entertained by the idea of a few M.R.James heroes, those slightly fusty antiquarians getting into scrapes with haunted dolls houses, binoculars and etchings, getting together to form a loose society of investigators – it would probably be quite genteel, until they ran into Count Magnus or the thing from Barchester Cathedral. Maybe they can be the DZP’s go-to research squad.

History Nerd
History Nerd
3 years ago

I’m not too surprised that evolutionary psychology tends to be uber reactionary. Scientists are only rated as being to the left of the general population because they’re much more likely than the general population to be atheists (about 55% of scientists are atheists, compared to about 20% of the population who are “unaffiliated”) and to not have personal moral problems with stuff like pornography or abortion. Those are hardly sufficient criteria for classifying someone as “left-wing.”

Valentine
Valentine
3 years ago

RoK posting more garbage.

http://www.returnofkings.com/122742/russia-embarrasses-ukraine-in-the-latest-propaganda-battle-of-east-versus-west

I donโ€™t mind about Russia recovering its previous empire on the extreme east of Europe.

Well i fucking mind and no one fucking cares about your opinion. He dont know history, he dont know anything. Ukraine is no previous fucking empire of russia. Fuck off and fuck yourself.

Sorry i really angry and dont know where to post this one.

JS
JS
3 years ago

@Valentine What the woman from Georgia is accused of leaking wasn’t publicly mentioned by the government. Suspicions are that it was the documents sent to The Intercept recently, showing that the NSA thinks that Russian hackers were involved in hacking into one of our voting systems.

Valentine
Valentine
3 years ago

@JS

But they dont already know if it proof or not? (I dont want that it true)

Hambeast, disorderly she-tornado and breaker of windows
Hambeast, disorderly she-tornado and breaker of windows
3 years ago

Valentine – I’m sorry, I’ll stop using Cyrillic to refer to the current U.S. manbaby in chief. There are lots of other references to use.

History Nerd
History Nerd
3 years ago

She’s being charged with violating her top secret security clearance. She could’ve leaked the documents to The Intercept and other stuff also. For all we know, she could be getting paid by the Russian government to undermine confidence in US democracy.

Valentine
Valentine
3 years ago

@Hambeast

You can keep using. I feel bad now. Yesterday I very tired because I cant get good sleep. I annoyed but now I realise I just being stupid. You keep using and enjoy ))))

But History Nerd…seriously? not everything is ‘russian conspiracy’. Can be that your governmetn just corrupt like our. Just because we red on corruption map and US has green there not really mean anything. George Bush won by cheating with voter machines.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
3 years ago

For all we know, she could be getting paid by the Russian government to undermine confidence in US democracy.

For all we know, she could be an alien from Venus trying to undermine our space program to keep us from becoming a threat to the Venusians.

I mean, that’s just speculation, but we really don’t know, do we?

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Wasn’t there a 3rd Rock From the Sun plot about Venusians trying to take over the world? They were all played by supermodels, including Cindy Crawford. They used their misandric feminine wiles to seduce earth men. I forgot to what end they wanted to control earth though.

Valentine
Valentine
3 years ago

Also with president trump, who really needs any more reason to loose confidence with US democracy…? ))))

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
3 years ago

If you want your confidence in American democracy undermined, this is the thing to read today:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/06/the_white_house_s_latest_attack_on_democracy_is_unprecedented.html

Dalillama: Irate Social Engineer

@Valentine

. Can be that your governmetn just corrupt like our.

Nah, our government is corrupt in a totally different way than yours. Which isn’t quite true, but yeah, the U.S. political system is ridiculously corrupt, and the only reason it shows up as less corrupt is because so much of the corruption has been legalised.

Valentine
Valentine
3 years ago

@dali

You have paperwork for your corruption;))) trust, i know! I seen guys sign off in america. They must fill so much papers! I only seen more papers in one other country – Myanmar!

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

George Bush won by cheating with voter machines.

I haven’t seen much evidence of that. I have seen tons of evidence of vote suppression throughout the US. The electoral college system with winner-takes-all policies gets ridiculous results. And the media has largely given up on reporting, preferring the far cheaper method of providing entertainment.

Direct fraud is very risky: the people who would be in charge of doing it are not generally the sharpest tools in the shed. And you need to mess with a lot of such people to flip the vote by even just a couple percentage points. Good luck keeping a lid on it.

There’s evidence of occasional small-scale fraud, but not at the large scale. Bush-Gore and Trump-Clinton both ended up pretty close numerically to what the polls were indicating.

Valentine
Valentine
3 years ago

But none even if i not correct, that still no proof of Russian conspiracy. It can be possible and i fully honest when i say that i hope that it not because this all same red scare bullshit from before – but even if some russian hack something does not mean all bad things is because of russia. You talking about russia – they fucking smuggling polish apples into russia right now! It hardly this world powerful bad guy. Too many times i reading this bullshit in American press. Trust, your country not corrupt like maybe ukraine or russia – but it corrupt. All are. Where there are people with power always will be people who use their power for bad and can cover very easy. In ukraine corruption like one of my fellow workers worried that he cant find good school for his daughter because he not know how to make the bribery correctly. In uk and us i dont know how you corrupt, not like this – but i not for one second believe it working how they tell you it working.

Capra
Capra
3 years ago

I’ll drop this here since it’s an open thread:

http://keranews.org/post/first-texas-shelter-male-victims-domestic-violence-opens-dallas

Domestic violence shelter, for men. Interesting that I don’t recognize any of the names involved as any of the MRAs who express so much concern that women get shelters…

(edit: fixed typo)

Matchstick
Matchstick
3 years ago

I’m hating this election night in UK. When the result was a forgone conclusion, an *absolutely* shitty one to be sure, but there was no doubt, it was easier to just pull covers over head and give up for another night.

But now… now there’s that painful little glimmer of hope that I havent felt in more than a year and I hate now knowing if I can truely embrace it yet ๐Ÿ™

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
3 years ago

Hah, there’s another Worms Armageddon election special.

History Nerd
History Nerd
3 years ago

I’m uber paranoid about anything I see in the news nowadays.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
3 years ago

@numerobis
The entire election has been the Labour party keeping a very slight lead over the Conservatives.

445/650 seats declared

Labour 197
Conservatives 191

Just 205 seats left.

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

Valentin: Russian hackers are pretty well demonstrated. What they hack then comes out as propaganda, to shift world opinion. E.g. Climategate, which set global warming policy back several years, or the silly DNC email controversy. Shockingly, it turns out that some people aren’t always perfectly nice; with a tiny bit of spin you can twist that to everybody being completely 100% corrupt all the time.

Russian hackers directly flipping elections isn’t demonstrated at all, and I’m really dubious. But elections systems in the US are stupidly complicated, and many are actually, for real, hackable.

Russian hackers connected to the government seems likely. It takes a lot of resources, and the hacking is almost always helping the government.

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

Ooglyboggles: the entire election, the Tories claimed a huge advance on Labour. The exit polls are the first indication that the Tories wouldn’t increase their seat count.

What’s the distribution for uncounted seats remaining? Is it more Conservative areas, or more Labour, or a mix? Because as it stands now, a Labour government looks possible!

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

Generally the Tories pick up seats later on. More rural constituencies so takes longer to get the ballots in.

Looking overall like either hung parliament or very small tory majority.

So basically a ยฃ130 million exercise in being exactly where we were six weeks ago.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
3 years ago

@ Alan Robertshaw
With only 150 seats left as of 8:08 pm PDT and the Conservatives with 220 votes over the Labour Party’s one vote, it does seem to be going to be as you predicted.

EDIT:
Now as of 8:11 pm PDT

Conservatives 224
Labour party 220

Labour party gained 27 more seats than they had last time and Conservatives had lost 11 seats.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

The magic number is 326. That gives a majority over all the other parties combined. In practice the Tories can also add on any DUP seats. The DUP is like the Ulster tory party. Although they’ll probably want something in return.

Matchstick
Matchstick
3 years ago

Guessing even with their Unionist credentials DUP aren’t going to be exactly keen on a hard border with RoI ?

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
3 years ago

@ Alan Robertshaw
They would have to get more than 2/3’s of the remaining seats in order to get the majority number.

8:27 PDT
Conservatives 251
Labour Party 230

105 seats left.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

Russian hackers directly flipping elections isnโ€™t demonstrated at all, and Iโ€™m really dubious.

I don’t know how anybody could read this and not conclude the machines were hacked. Since, y’know, it outright says the machines were hacked.

The media burying the absolute shitballs out of it in favour of demonising the whistleblower for being feeemale in public smacking down their precious pro-Trump narrative better ratings [I can’t think of any other option here, please insert your own] doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

@ matchstick

Wouldn’t have thought so. Apart from the peace process implications there’s also the economic one. People in the border areas often have jobs on the other side.

Interestingly there looks like being a majority of MPs (from all parties) who are either remainers or ‘soft’ Brexiters. So that might affect negotiations. Although officially all the parties stood on a ‘no deals with the other parties’ platform, I think we’ll see a bit of wheeling and dealing which might lead to a common EU negotiating stance.

Matchstick
Matchstick
3 years ago

Fuck, Philip Davies HASN’T lost his seat after all ๐Ÿ™

Matchstick
Matchstick
3 years ago

@Alan first question looks to be can Tories get enough seats to get over the line with DUP’s help (they currently have 10).

Current BBC prediction has them just making it…

numerobis
numerobis
3 years ago

SFHC: Can you cite that part? I’m not seeing it.

The NSA document says that GRU hacked some computers via spear-fishing, and ran an unknown payload. That’s as far as is known.

You’re claiming this is proof that they changed vote totals. It’s a first step towards that goal, but it isn’t proof yet.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
3 years ago

50 seats left, Tories need 37 of those seats to ensure complete victory.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

@ matchstick

Heh, looking at the results and the number of seats remaining, looks like they need snookers.

(hope you get that)

Matchstick
Matchstick
3 years ago

@ Alan – I’m trying to think of a suitable Snooker pun to respond with but 5.20AM clearly isn’t the time to try that ๐Ÿ™‚

PaganReader - Misandrist Spinster

633/650 seats declared
307 torie
258 labour
1:08 am (US EDT)
Fudge

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
3 years ago

@Alan
The conservatives lost by 2 seats. Even if they get every single remaining seat they cannot reach 326 majority. Yay crisis averted I guess?

DanHolme
DanHolme
3 years ago

Woke up at 6 in Derby to discover that we’re not the most marginal seat any more, Labour having regained Derby North by (apparently) over 2000 votes. A good local result was all I was hoping for, so the larger picture of a Tory party in disarray is gravy.

Overall, not the result I wanted, but a far better result than I dared hope for.

UKIP coming third in Boston, of all places – noice.

KatieKitten420
KatieKitten420
3 years ago

@WWTH
It seems like we pretty much agree about Supernatural. I definitely wish the cast was more diverse, and especially wish we could have a female character that lasts for more than 2-3 seasons before getting killed(usually horribly) but since the whole point of the show is the relationship between the two brothers while they hunt monsters I can live without diversity as long as the chemistry between the two actors stays awesome.

I think seasons 1 through 5 are definitely the best and the Leviathan season was awful, absolutely the worst. They also could have done a whole lot more with the whole demon Dean thing, I was kind of disappointed with that, but the last two seasons have definitely improved a lot overall. I liked the Men of Letters plots and was amused by the God and his sister essentially act like angsty teenagers plot. And I am dying to find out what happens next season after that insane cliffhanger with the crazy alternate world where the apocalypse did happen. I’m so hoping we spend a bunch of time in that world next season. But I’m babbling now so I’m going to stop.๐Ÿ˜„

Valentine
Valentine
3 years ago

Re hacking

Looks like you both know more than me about this one. I havent read anything yet that say this directly connect to russia. But if you can say it hacked, then okay, but second step to prove who hacked. Of course russian hackers exist – all countries have hackers. I seen somewhere that 2/3 of hack attack on US coming from inside. I know they proof hacks before as well – like that british man who hacked in the Pentagon.

But i think i cant clear understand numerobis. You saying you think it true or not true that it russian hackers specifically?

For SFHC – i cant read this article. But if it say they were hacked then they were, okay, at least can be very likely. But there no proof it russian. And also looks like stereotype now to say all hackers from russia who attack US. It very easy to make look like russian hackers. But i would not know why someone would do that, but i cant think also why Russia would want trump to win. Okay he shitty corrupt busness man – but thats not good enough. So he will support Putin? Well not now. Since june last year already trump want to be apart from russia and try to say hillary supporting Russia. That many months before voting and many months before hacking on machines.

So for what? I cannot say trump benefit russia so far with his action. He too unpredictable already. Really russia need no permission from any county- already it very clear after they invade Krim and eastern ukraine. They will do what they like no matter who leading any country.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

@ Dan

Woke up at 6

I went to bed at 6. About to yawn myself through some meetings. I’ll be doing that pretend to cough thing.

DanHolme
DanHolme
3 years ago

@Alan

I had some bad family news yesterday that rather put election stuff on the back burner, so I had a few pints and watched ‘Class’ to avoid the BBC coverage, which I thought was going to be really disheartening watching. I was watching the Lankin invade the planet while everyone else was getting excited by the exit poll. Thus this morning was a bit of a welcome surprise, unlike pretty much every other time I’ve turned the telly on this year!

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

@ Dan

Oh sorry to hear that. Sympathies.

I had access to a TV last night so I ended up flipping between the Channel 4 coverage and the BBC. In the cases of Brexit, the US election, and the superbowl, I basically stayed up until ‘it was in the bag’, then woke up to something totally different. So this time I decided to see it through to the (almost) death. Still waiting for most of the Cornish results. They hadn’t even started counting in some of the seats. It’s that dreckly thing.

DanHolme
DanHolme
3 years ago

@Alan

Cheers, it’s unwell elderly relative stuff. That, on top of what I was assuming gloomily would be a landslide Tory victory, was enough to put me off watching anything realistic.

‘Dreckly’ is a good word, I’ll use that. My favourite word from your neck of the woods is ‘grockle’; a mate of mine worked at Kent’s Cavern and brought it up to Derbyshire with him.

Great turnout locally too, the figures indicate about 10,000 more people actually voted in Derby North than in 2015. Engagement!

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
3 years ago

Turnout up, youth turnout especially. Totally knackered (had to start work at 9pm last night :-s) but very very heartened!
Tories threw away a modest absolute majority (17, wasn’t it? – but all their own), and now have a majority of only 2 by depending on another party, not even all their own now.
Overton Window shifts a bit from far right back towards the centre. I think Corbyn said something like “the fight starts here” … ๐Ÿ™‚

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

Well my constituency was almost the last to declare (beaten by one of the other Cornish constituencies and Kensington for some reason). I’m glad to see that my campaigning for the Green candidate has taken their vote from 4,483 at the last election to, er, 831.

Hmm, I’ll have to learn how to ‘meme’.