I romanced my girlfriend both ways. It made her cry into the pillow
Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Rat Hunters of New York - Narratively - Pocket

quote [ Quietly, the group steers their dogs across Chambers Street west of the park, Reynolds leading the way. Susan Friedenberg, a dog breeder from Staten Island, brings up the rear with her spotted auburn cairn terrier named Tanner. Reynolds stops at the opening to a cobblestoned side street while the others bring their dogs around to the back entrance of Theatre Alley, which George Washington once used as a private entrance to the Park Theatre. ]

Norway rats are huge. The size of a kitten. And invasive.
[SFW] [environment & nature]
[by snowfox@3:53pmGMT] [0 comments]

The Sound and the Story: Exploring the World of Paradise Lost

quote [ John Milton’s Paradise Lost has been many things to many people — a Christian epic, a comment on the English Civil War, the epitome of poetic ambiguity — but it is first of all a pleasure to read. Drawing on sources as varied as Wordsworth, Hitchcock, and Conan Doyle, author Philip Pullman considers the sonic beauty and expert storytelling of Milton's masterpiece, and the influence it has had on his own work. ]

who would have guessed milton's paradise lost could be found
[SFW] [literature]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:25amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Say Good-Bye to the Ten-Digit ISBN

quote [ The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced last week that newly purchased ISBNs sold through Bowker will soon be sporting a 979 prefix. ]

So they need a new number space, but in practice it's a new country code? Sounds tricky.
[SFW] [literature] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@8:01pmGMT] [2 comments]

Confidential documents reveal U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan

quote [ For nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan, U.S. leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. They were not, documents show, and they knew it. ]

Link goes to an archive.org mirror because washington post is shit and paywalls.

Michelle Obama Has 'Same Values' as George W. Bush

“I knew there were no nuclear weapons... the intelligence did not show that that was the case so I knew it was a misrepresentation to the public... In my view, that was not an impeachable offense.” - Nency Pelosi

#madpridewasright #sowaslonghair

[SFW] [politics] [+1 Informative]
[by steele@6:52pmGMT] [3 comments]

Steele had 'personal' relationship with Ivanka Trump,

quote [ Steele was ‘favorably disposed’ to Trump family, report said, and former MI6 officer gifted her ‘family tartan from Scotland’ ]

WASSUP STEELE!!?! Couldn't resist dude - this is just waaaaay to good a headline to not place here...
[SFW] [humor] [+1 Informative]
[by knumbknutz@6:45pmGMT] [4 comments]

Dinosaur tail found preserved in amber

quote [ The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The one-of-a-kind discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years.

Examination of the specimen suggests the tail was chestnut brown on top and white on its underside. ]

Science bitches!! /25 chars
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Underrated]
[by knumbknutz@6:40pmGMT] [13 comments]

Judge ‘had threesomes in her chambers and pressured lawyers into group sex’

quote [ A judge has been accused of using her court room to have group sex with lawyers. Judge Dawn Gentry, 38, from Kentucky, US, is also alleged to have pressurised lawyers into having threesomes with her and her ex pastor lover.

Those lawyers who refused her requests, were then not given preferential treatment in their cases, it is alleged. Divorced Gentry denies the allegations against her. ]

OK, that's a new one Kentucky.

Florida responds with "hold my beer..."
[SFW] [people] [+4 Hot Pr0n]
[by knumbknutz@4:28pmGMT] [5 comments]

Khuk Khi Kai, The Chicken Poop Prison

quote [ Chicken poop has a strong and suffocating smell of ammonia that’s hard to stand for more than a few minutes. The odor causes a variety of adverse reaction in humans ranging from vomiting, headache, and irritation to even stress and depression. ]

all i smell is chicken poop
[SFW] [crime & punishment]
[by ScoobySnacks@10:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Risking food safety, USDA plans to let slaughterhouses self-police

quote [ A new rule, finalized today, would reduce the number of government food safety inspectors in pork plants by 40 percent and remove most of the remaining inspectors from production lines. In their place, a smaller number of company employees — who are not required to receive any training — would conduct the “sorting” tasks that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) previously referred to as “inspection.” The rule would also allow companies to design their own microbiological testing programs to measure food safety rather than requiring companies to meet the same standard. ]

The free market will solve it. You know, when safe food isn't as profitable as unsafe food, the poor have no choice, and we just accept food-related death as a normal part of life.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+6 WTF]
[by snowfox@5:30amGMT] [11 comments]

Harvesting the Blood of America's Poor: The Latest Stage of Capitalism

quote [ The number of collection centers in the United States has more than doubled since 2005 and blood now makes up well over 2 percent of total U.S. exports by value. To put that in perspective, Americans’ blood is now worth more than all exported corn or soy products that cover vast areas of the country’s heartland. ]

Six Cancer Fundraising Tips to Help You Raise More Money - GoFundMe

What am I doing? Just thinking about stuff...
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+2 WTF]
[by steele@12:22amGMT] [4 comments]

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