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We should be nurturing corporate spectacle, like good Americans.”

How many guinea pigs does it take to mow your lawn?

Would you ever ask a man that question?

The N.Y. Jets are now at minicamp. Some of them are campier than others.

“The financial success of Young’s strategy to exploit female insecurity was not lost on competitors.”

“We wanted to test this, how easy is it to spread disinformation?” (via Story Bones)

“This movie — about an invasion of the American homeland — may be the most brutally subversive critique of US foreign policy since Apocalypse Now.”

“The foundation is holding a Reinvent the Toilet Fair to demonstrate new designs, and to prepare, they’ve put in a 50-gallon order with a company called Maximum Performance, which has been making pseudopoo out of soybeans and rice since 2003.”

“She was accused of three counts of forgery, in part because her driver’s license had her real name on it, which the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office thought was bogus.”

“Historically, and into the present, whiteness is the stuff of terror, fear, and death for a great many people around the world.”

The families of other terrorists are almost never interviewed.”

“Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.”

“That is a desperately old melancholy to be entrusted to the voices of third-graders, brimming with hope and with no pimples.”

“It impacts negatively on people’s ability to get jobs, to find housing, to have social relationships. … It’s as big a barrier to recovery probably as the symptoms themselves.”

How to Talk to People Who Are in Wheelchairs

“If he’s one-fifth as good as Wayne, you’re getting $10 worth of Wayne Newton for nine dollars.”

“Go ahead and check your electric bill right about now, just in case some extra streetlight cash is hiding in there.”

The real winner in all of this is Jesus.”

  • Loki100

    Wow, that Tebow photo is one of the gayest things I have ever seen. And I say that as someone who watches RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Teen Wolf.

  • SisterCoyote

    We moved to this house seven years ago, just as I was starting highschool. I have been begging my dad literally since the day we moved in to get a goat for the lawn. We could drink the milk, and not have to mow it, and let’s just face it, goats are awesome, and she would probably keep the neighbor’s herd of roving cats away, too! I think the zoning laws would even allow it!

    This country could be so great if we had goats instead of mowers. Think big, people!

  • AnonymousSam

    Just letting cows eat grass could do us a world of good, especially when you consider that eating grass as little as once a month eliminates a substantial amount of e.coli from the cows’ digestive tracts.

    And let me tell you, the meat from hand-raised cows with grass diets? A lot better than anything you’ll buy in stores.

  • MikeJ

     Goats are big business here in the Pacific NW. Really the only sane way to get rid of invasive Himalayan blackberry bushes.  Call up the goat rental place and they bring the herd out.  Particularly useful on slopes where you can’t run a machine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Evans/100000619020207 David Evans

    It’s good, I suppose, that Richard Muller has finally come to accept that the great majority of climate scientists who have been warning about human emissions of CO2 for more than 20 years were neither lying nor inept. But a little more humility, or even an apology, might have been in order. To the extent that he and his fellow skeptics delayed action on the problem they will have been responsible for many deaths.

  • pharoute

    Yeah, I wondered what his reaction would have been like if an oceanographer came in and said “I don’t think you’re doing particle physics right.”

  • Wingedwyrm

    I do some roleplaying online, mainly Werewolf: The Apocalypse stuff where I mainly play Bone Gnawers.  My character railed on deoderants as a part of a conspiracy to make people reject the natural and worship wealth.

    The sad thing is that this isn’t a crazy conspiracy theory.  It’s how marketing works, it’s how civilizations have worked for thousands of years.  In Ancient Egypt, natural hair (as in the stuff on one’s head) was deemed ugly, even disgusting, when compared to wigs.  Hense the perfectly uniformed and perfectly behaved hair you see in depictions of Egyptians in modern fiction.

    If natural was beautiful, everybody could be beautiful.  On the other hand, if carefuly planned unnature was beautiful, then only those both wealthy and lucky could achieve it.

  • Mau de Katt

    For the people who made Red Dawn to expect us to take it as a straightforward blockbuster, they’d have to believe this country has learned absolutely nothing from the awful ordeals of its recent past which have killed thousands of its bravest, most idealistic young people and devastated their families. It would have to be a film produced by a nation of contemptible idiots, for a nation of contemptible idiots.

    That simply can not be true.

    Okay, I can’t decide if the author of this review is being serious or ironic with these ending paragraphs.  And if being ironic, is the rest of the review also irony?  Or not?

    What I find really amusing is that the villains were changed from being the Chinese to being North Korean, because of the Chinese government’s economic influence over Corporate America.  As the reviewer said, talk about meta!

    However, I think the penultimate paragraph of the review is the reason this movie will be taken to be a straightforward blockbuster by the majority of the viewing public and not a subversive criticism at all.  But I hope I’m wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/swbaxter13 Scott Baxter

    I think in order to be a straightforward blockbuster, it’d need to do well at the box office, and I dunno if that’s in the cards. It looks terrible, and I say that as somebody who enjoyed the original, back in the 80s. The fact that it was filmed a couple of years ago, and is only being released now (presumably to cash on Chris Hemsworth’s newfound fame as Thor) does not bode well. I kinda think it’s going to be a straightforward bomb.

  • http://jesustheram.blogspot.com/ Mr. Heartland

    Old members of Frankie Goes to Hollywood must be kicking themselves for not thinking up that sort of homoerotic blasphamy in their day. 

  • Loki100

    I like that even if we strip away the homoerotic subtext (and isn’t that a fun phrasing)… it’s still pretty blasphemous since it presents Tim Tebow as analogous to Christ.

  • http://jesustheram.blogspot.com/ Mr. Heartland

    Yes.  And the blue-eyed all-American muscle Twink must of been perfectly aware of what he was doing. 

  • ChristianPinko

    Tim, Tim . . . doing the Jesus Christ pose never ends well. Oh, the stories Scott Stapp could tell!

  • Jessica_R

    The small petty part of me can’t wait for the photos of Tim Tepleasestopitnow making out with a guy to hit TMZ. The rumor mill is churning about him, and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being gay, there’s quite a bit wrong about being a sanctimonious jackass. Bah. 

  • PJ Evans

    We used to take lawn clippings out to our church – the back half was (and is) still pature, and was rented to people who had horses. In summer, it got them something to eat that wasn’t dead weeds. (No, we didn’t spray the lawn with insecticides.)

  • Lori

    Goat rentals are bid in Southern California too. They’re by far the best way to clear vegetation if you have a steep hillside within the mandatory fire buffer zone around your house or business. The Getty Museum rents goats to clear their hillside at least a couple times a year. I was there once when the goats were working—so cute.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Goats are big business here in the Pacific NW. Really the only sane way to get rid of invasive Himalayan blackberry bushes.  Call up the goat rental place and they bring the herd out.  Particularly useful on slopes where you can’t run a machine.

    Sheep too.  There is a place called Ewe-topia where you can take your dog, and let the dog run around a pasture herding sheep.  Dogs of particular breeds love it.  

  • Daughter

     Goats can’t do it along. Humans still have to dig up the roots.

  • GDwarf

    Goats are awesome. They’re smart and friendly. The only downside is that they’re a bit smelly and are tricky to keep in a set area. They like to climb and explore. Otherwise, they’re adorable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

    I can’t get out of my head the image of  several hundred guinea pigs mowing a lawn. The noise alone would be hysterical.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    Law enforcement lied and as a result a woman spend 4 and a 1/2 months in jail with the result that she lost her house and car.  Is there anything she can do to… I don’t know… pain and suffering… “You’re lying to a grand jury means I’m homeless now,” something… is there any kind of restitution she can get, or is she just screwed?

  • Lori

    Well, that and the fact that they’ll eat or attempt to eat almost anything so you have to be more careful about what they can get a hold of than you do with a lot of other animals.

    They are really, really cute though. If I could, I’d love to a a couple goats.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    It’s only “gay” if you assume the person looking at pictures must always be a man. 

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Wealth and cultural ideas of beauty have been directly linked ever since wealth existed. Now (and since the Victorian era, and maybe before) we have a rabid health culture that claims that what our society happens to claim is beautiful happens to be healthy too — what a coincidence! And also coincidentally, all these supposedly most healthy foods are expensive per calorie, while most of the supposedly least healthy foods (especially the tasty ones) are inexpensive per calorie. And of course this way, if you’re unhealthy, you’re choosing to be. It couldn’t be an accident of genetics or an issue of money. So now we’ve managed to tie being beautiful with being good “scientifically” — except not really, but don’t tell the health culture people that.

  • Loki100

    Why yes, why would anyone assume that a person reading Gentleman’s Quarterly, a magazine that publishes on fashion, style, and culture for men, would be a man?

    Also intentional or not, the photo is aping the stylistic elements and conventions of 1950s muscle and fitness magazines. Which, as we all should know, were really gay porn designed to get around the very severe restrictions on what could be mailed by the US Postal Service.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Are all the sexy pictures of women in magazines directed at women for the sexual titillation of women, then? Or are they, rather, aspirational pictures for women? 

    That’s what these pictures are, for better and worse: aspirational pictures for men. That the man is being pictured as an object more than a subject is perhaps surprising, but that is getting more and more common as people realize there’s a lot of money to be made by making men hate their bodies too, along with a lot of money in stuff for the sexual titillation of women. These pictures are also getting a metric crapton of play on sites by and for women, because they are seriously sexy — something I’m sure the magazine took into account.

  • Loki100

    Are all the sexy pictures of women in magazines directed at women for the sexual titillation of women, then? Or are they, rather, aspirational pictures for women?

    They actually aren’t sexy pictures. Of all people, Tyra Banks has talked extensively about this subject (not that she wouldn’t know, but rather that she’d actually say something intelligent). The prototypical women’s magazine picture of a woman is one where the shoulders are sloped downward, or even forward, rather than backwards, which deemphasizes the breasts. This is often coupled with a hunched over position which further deemphasizes sexuality.

    http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/6800000/tyra-poses-tyra-banks-6880923-1024-768.jpg 

    It is a stylistic conceit that rather awkwardly (due to the nature of the poses involved) diminishes the sexuality of the picture while leaving the beauty aspect.

    These pictures are also getting a metric crapton of play on sites by and for women, because they are seriously sexy — something I’m sure the magazine took into account.

    You mean like the website “JustJared” which took its name from Jack, from Will & Grace‘s play (within the show) “Just Jack?”

  • PJ Evans

    The prototypical women’s magazine picture of a woman is one where the
    shoulders are sloped downward, or even forward, rather than backwards,
    which deemphasizes the breasts.

    Actually, it makes the breasts look larger and softer.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    They actually aren’t sexy pictures.

    Um, yeah, actually they are. Not every single last one, but yes, they are. The picture you attached is even a sexy picture. 

    Tyra Banks is not exactly the last word in feminist critique.

  • vsm

     I’m not entirely sure what you’re arguing there. You say that beauty can’t be divorced from sexuality, and that Tebow, half-naked in a men’s magazine, looks like women are encouraged to look when flirting with men, but there’s absolutely nothing gay about it? Notthatthere’sanythingwrongwiththat.

  • http://twitter.com/mattmcirvin Matt McIrvin

    “But a little more humility, or even an apology, might have been in order.”

    I’m afraid that for Muller it’s still all about self-aggrandizement: his public statements are of the nature of “it was reasonable to disbelieve in global warming up to now, but not any more, thanks to me.” Which is, of course, completely false.

  • http://twitter.com/mattmcirvin Matt McIrvin

    This is reminding me of Terry Pratchett’s discussion of sheep vs. goats as religious metaphor in “Small Gods”: something like “because sheep are stupid, and have to be driven. Whereas goats are intelligent, and need to be led.”

  • Tonio

    I didn’t pick up on the Tebow photo supposedly being feminine or gay (which, it cannot be emphasized strongly enough, are not the same thing). But I did sense that the pose seemed sexual or that it was presenting him as a sex object, perhaps because the hips are thrust forward. The typical posed photo of a male athlete in his gear is usually like Superman, with hands on hips, chest thrown forward, and staring angrily into the camera.


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