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    From Patton Oswalt's Twitter yesterday.

    @ian holloway. At one time, she was somewhat funny and interesting. Now, she seems to be drinking from the same Kool-Aid, as the Tea Party. I originally thought it was joke, until I saw the look of crazy in her eyes. Trust me, Florida has a large number of them.
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    That's the funniest thing Victoria Jackson's done in decades.

    I hope you're ready for the greatest GIF of 2011:

    Gumby ain't having none of that.
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2011
    OMG, FYI, and LOL enter the OED.
    Not only that, but the heart symbol -- not the <3 emoticon, the actual ? graphic -- has also made it in.

    The Coming Global Food Fight
    A country has “food sovereignty” when its people consume safe and nutritious food largely grown by their own small farmers. Significantly fewer countries sustain this sovereignty today than a generation ago
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2011
    Martin de Thurah is a GENIUS.

    Okay maybe that's a bit strong.

    But his videos are very beautiful. I particularly recommend FILM 1 - here on Vimeo.
    • CommentAuthorjonah
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2011
    @Brendan McGinley It needs a nut shot.

    @Fookwit that first image reminded me of a horror comic that scared the shit out of me as a kid. I think it was by Clive Barker. All I remember are the plague masks. Anyone got any ideas?

    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2011
    @ Jonah: I honestly tried watching your clip but Ann Coulter AND Bill O'Reilly together on a Sunday morning made my brain begin to eat its visual cortex. Way too soon after waking-up for that much irrationality (by them) and hate (from me). Maybe later. Much later.

    And no clue re: the possible Clive Barker ref either, sorry.

    (See what happens when the chronobastards go and deduct an hour from my life.)
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2011
    I have no kids and next to no experience of the reality of dealing with them, so my naive factor could be off the chart here but does this report strike anyone else as a little absurd as well as sad?

    Dedicated teacher Leonora Rustamova wrote a book to engage five teenage rebels in her class. But after it went up on a website she was dismissed, a decision that was upheld at a tribunal
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    Uh...Miss Coulter...? You realize that yes, Doctors have prescribed radiation treatments for their patients, but these are done, only under extreme circumstances, and are closely supervised by the physician in charge? Not only that, but patients who do this, are pretty much quarantined from the general pop., usually for months on end, so as to ensure that there is no additional radiation exposure? The reason I know this, is because one of my uncles was diagnosed with cancer, and had to undergo this procedure.

    @ jonah. I don't mean to attack you, just the extremist. But that Clive Barker Story, do you think thats from "The Books of Blood"?
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2011 edited
    @Fookwit - Yes, sad: and absurd when the children and the parents affected are on her side. I'm not in the UK but I've heard from people there that there's a bureaucracy around child safety and privacy (e.g. parents not being allowed to take photos of school events).
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2011 edited
    @ Fan: not being able to take photos at school plays, sports days, etc, is largely an urban myth put about by the more right-leaning meeja over here in their ceaseless obsession with what they see as "political correctness gone maaaaad!". It became so frenzied towards the end of last year that top ranking police and lawyers were exhibited, swearing on their mothers' lives that this wasn't the case and people should feel free to snap merrily away. There've probably been incidents but this idea belongs alongside "Winterval" as a Daily Mail "let's-provoke-a-knee-jerk-outrage-reaction" story.

    If the-powers-that-be's biggest objection was the story being published online, I'd have thought some kind of legal waiver, signed by the parents, would have been enough to satisfy everyone; particularly as it's going to be published as a book shortly.

    But you're right. So-called common sense falls victim to "better safe than sorry" absolutism way too often.
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    Australian federal government may ban hundreds of ornamental plants on the grounds that they contain traces of compounds which can be used to manufacture psychoactive drugs.
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    @greasemonkey what unit (giggle) of measurement are they using?
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    Centimetres. I don't trust the self-reported data, but most of it comes from clinical measurement.
    • CommentAuthorHelljin
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2011

    My children are just getting into elementary school and the further they get the more I'm getting the feeling the school system is only interested in turning them into cogs for the machine.

    The problem is with the teachers, the school system and many parents, don't encourage or allow creativity from them in the classroom anymore.
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2011
    @Jonah and Lemon Laser Betty

    Ann Coulter says stupid shit just to get a rise out of people, usually people on the left. She once called a presidential candidate, in a roundabout fashion, a faggot to a large conference of the opposing party even though the guy is as straight as an arrow. She has said she's jealous of Palin of all people.
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    I can't stand Ann Coulter. I hate her ideas, her politics, and just about anything that comes out of her mouth. Coincidentally,
    I have a grudge-fuck fantasy involving her.
    But I am a sick fuck. I would also add the Orbit Gum lady if possible.
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    Speaking of

    Alright, I'm done talking about her.
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    Artist Shelley Jackson wrote a 2,095 word story called "Skin" back in 2003. She chose a rather unique method of publication. Readers were invited to have a randomly chosen word from the story tattooed somewhere on their body. The story would exist on the volunteers (aka "words") as long as the volunteers existed, and the story would die out word by word as the volunteers died.

    The "words," who hail from various parts of the world, were encouraged to stay in touch and get to know each other through their electronic or physical communication of choice. To date, this currently ongoing project has 1,875 applicants with 553 already tattooed.

    The artpiece, which exists only on the Internet, can be accessed here.

    After reading about the project and seeing a sample video, I idly wondered if Beloved Internet Jesus would be tempted to create a short comic story to be tattooed on the bodies of willing fans. Then again, certain problems came to mind. How many fans would be willing to have a panel of a Warren Ellis story tattooed on their body? How could you ensure that the tattoo artists drawing the individual panels a) would meet Ellis standards of quality and b) would not muck up the panel in execution? For that matter, what if a volunteer wanted a panel that clashed with what Ellis wanted in the script? Would those fans also form communities or would the mercenary urge to exploit their tattooed panel for personal profit assert itself? How would those who just want to read the story do so?

    Ah well, one can speculate.