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August 25 2017

What I wanted to get off my chest for some time now:

All the stuff happening in the US political-wise (for the last one and a half years - give-or-take) keeps reminding me of this quote from Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

"The President is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it."
                                                [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Chapter 4]

Each and every tweet coming from Trump, all the shifting of personnell, mindless remarks about whatever, the soap-opera-way of governing the most influencial country on the planet, keeps the media busy with reporting on these, nevertheless outrageous/stupid incidents and the people's focus on the margins of political importance.
Probably it has been like that, or similar, during Adam's days. However, I would argue reality has never been that extremely close to the satirical exaggeration I know from his books.

(oh yes, and not to forget this one:
"The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarise: it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarise the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarise the summary of the summary: people are a problem."
                                     [The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Chapter 28]
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August 24 2017


Parfüm-Verkäuferin genervt, weil sie ständig nach neuem Duft "FDP" gefragt wird

Köln (dpo) - "Das Zeug wäre der absolute Verkaufsschlager, wenn wir nur welches auf Lager hätten", sagt Sandra Kutz und schüttelt den Kopf. Bereits zum elften Mal wurde die Parfümverkäuferin heute nach dem edlen Herrenduft "FDP" gefragt, der derzeit überall auf Plakaten beworben wird. Doch das Parfüm ist scheinbar unmöglich zu bekommen.


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August 23 2017

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August 22 2017

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This is for all y’all who don’t understand how terrifying these suckers are. 


I know just the man for the job.

This is a good joke. This is such a solid, quality joke.

@explainingthejoke ?

The initial image is a size comparison between the statue of liberty and a wind turbine. The wind turbine is over ninety feet (about 28 meters) taller.

A commenter pretended to misinterpret the image as one of a wind turbine attacking the statue of liberty. The next commenter answered with an image of Don Quixote, a literary character who once thought a windmill was a monster and announced his plans to fight it. They are joking that if a wind turbine attacked the statue of liberty, Don Quixote would be willing to fight the wind turbine.

Incidentally, that scene led to the English idiom “tilting at windmills,” meaning a person who has not only disproportionate reactions of anger, but disproportionate reactions of anger to nonexistent challenges.

So all those people who are fighting to preserve coal jobs and the fossil fuel economy are….


tilting at windmills.

I feel like this is one of the very few times where explaining the joke leads to another one that everyone can now understand and laugh at

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I don’t like the Antifa

good points on how not to demonstrate against white suprematists (and how to):

I can’t say much about their motives, but I will say this: it seems to me that some of them might have only randomly ended up on their end of the political spectrum. Had they been hanging out with different people, their inclination towards violence would have made some fine nazis out of them. But then again it’s hard to pass judgement on what’s in a man’s heart.

One thing we can judge though is the things they are doing. The violence. Do I think that the nazis who are marching through Bad Nenndorf are by no means punchable? No, I don’t. It would give me satisfaction to see them being punched. But what cause would that serve? Would it weaken the nazis’ resolve? Would it prevent anyone else from becoming a nazi? Do blockades and sabotage acts ever make a nazi anything but more determined?

Actually, I think that the nazis aren’t just fine with the Antifa punching them, they actually enjoy it for two reasons: first, it’s part of their identity. I don’t claim to know much about the psychology of the common nazi, but there are a few tropes that seem to be clear: manliness is important, the seriousness of the mission is important, the heroics of standing against adversaries are important.

Being attacked is part of the nazi identity.

Second, any attack on them can be used by them against the rest of society. They can point to their bruises and say: look, you are not better than we are! And this is precisely one of their central storylines: Axis vs Allies, Buchenwald vs Bad Nenndorf, nazis vs Antifa – they want everyone else to think it’s all the same, that there is nothing particularly bad about being a nazi.

And yet there are some things that nazis seem to be unable to cope with. The little town of Bad Nenndorf being all colorful and nicely decorated for them is one of those things. People applauding the march of the nazis, people playing loud music, people toasting with beer and laughing at them is another thing.

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August 21 2017

Who is that and where is it from?
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August 20 2017

"May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace." ABC News report from February 26, 1979 about the world of August 21, 2017
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August 17 2017

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Gays are only acceptable in the form of Soviet propaganda

every time i see that last picture it completely baffles me as to what ELSE it could possibly be meant as
does anyone know what the children are supposed to represent?

what a beautiful family

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August 15 2017

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So I learned of this great Japanese USB product. It’s a giant Enter key and it’s exactly what it looks like: Epic slamming of the Enter key. That is actually the product intent. That’s fantastic. 

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Schließlich macht der Autor eigene Vorschläge für Maßnahmen, die unter Berücksichtigung der durchschnittlichen Geschlechtsunterschiede helfen können, Tech-Berufe für Frauen attraktiver zu machen (achten Sie hier bitte auch darauf, dass das Schreiben von nahezu allen berichtenden Medien als „Anti-Diversitätspapier„, dessen Autor Frauen aus der Techbranche raushaben will, bezeichnet wurde).
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August 13 2017

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