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Overly amused by das Trippenhous, which is German for stairs.
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Does it sparkenspitzen?

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Just because. (in case the image below sends you to a redirect loop).
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+Cindy Brown - thanks, that worked. D'awww, too cute!!

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"Decisions concerning immigration and refugee resettlement are exclusively the province of the federal government, and attempts to pre-empt that authority violate both equal protection and civil rights laws and intrude on authority that is exclusively federal," ACLU of Indiana's legal director, Ken Falk, said in a news release.

Should be interesting to see how this unfolds.

In the meantime, CA is one of those states that told Daesh to fuck off...
Gov. Mike Pence sued for halting Syrian refugee resettlement in Indiana

+IndyStar: Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana is facing a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana that challenges his power to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state.

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Gov. Mike Pence is facing a federal lawsuit that challenges his power to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Indiana.
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What a fucking maroon.

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#nottheonion -- so far as I can tell o.O
The son of a New York mob boss has given Islamic State a stark warning, saying if they are planning any attacks in New York, they will have to contend with the Sicilian mafia. The notorious crime syndicate say they want to do their bit to protect locals.
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Today's question:

Why would terrorists bother with trying to sneak in through the refugee screening process when they likely already have the resources to gain valid travel documents and travel across with much less risk and waiting?

Not to mention the rather large number of terrorists that turn out to be radicalized citizens of the target country rather than Syria...

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+Kimberly Chapman Too precious. I had to reshare that clip. Thanks. 

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Jessica Jones, S1E7 (AKA Top Shelf Perverts)


(If you mention spoilers, just note spoiler warnings in the comment.)
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We finished the season yesterday. Great show. Looking forward to next season. ^_^

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Saw the first episode of Jessica Jones last night. Netflix released the entire first season at once?

Wow, just wow. I mean WOW.

Intense, too. I'm likely to be watching one episode at a time, but I'll be working my way through them.

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+Cod Codliness And it should be. The shows Netflix is making (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Power Man, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Punisher) are street level crime shows. And street level crime is more brutal and gritty by nature.

The rest of the MCU are bigger, more grand adventures. They are tales played out across a much larger scale. They lend themselves to more flavorful characters.

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It was SO hard to pick out a picture, but I finally went with the goofy one.

Done with the state of the world for today. Have some pictures instead...

Roeselien Raimond, a Dutch nature photographer who takes especially warm and beautiful pictures of wild red foxes, shared some exclusive new winter fox photos with Bored Panda and talked to us about her work.
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This article makes the importance of immigration starkly clear.

In fact, you could argue that we need those Syrian refugees. The more the merrier.

In many rich countries, worker-hungry businesses are eager for more immigrants. But to stabilize the elderly share of advanced countries’ population would require an immediate eightfold increase in immigration from less-developed countries, according to the International Monetary Fund. This isn’t politically feasible given the resistance even current levels of migration have generated.
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It's not like this was a surprise. We've known it was coming since the boomers were born. And it's been talked about since then. But, fail of McCarthyism, our economy does not allow for any long term planning.

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"Even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service."

Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography/Memoirs
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If you're looking for a good read, I'd recommend this book. And look! A coupon, too!

Being 42 was fun because I'm a nerd.  But as of next weekend I'll be 43, so it's time for my annual mega-special coupon for Finding Gaia.

Usually it's US$4.99 and I do occasionally do random coupons dropping that down to $3.99.

But only around my birthday can you get this special present from me to you of paying only 99 cents.  That's an 80% savings and it ends on Monday, December 30.

Only Smashwords lets me do a temporary coupon this way, so if you want the special sale price, you have to buy through Smashwords.  But they offer all major formats, no DRM, no geoblocking, and the book is TOTALLY YOURS forever.  If you switch devices later, come back to the page and it'll let you download a different file format.  You can have it on as many devices as you want.  I mean hey, I hope you don't pirate my book because that's not fair, but nobody is policing your transaction, unlike some other major retailers.

So go to and use coupon code XG82V to pay $0.99 for Finding Gaia all this week.  Tell your friends, or better yet, use the Smashwords gift function ( to buy it for them.  Nothing says, "Hey friend, I was just thinking of you!" like the gift of lefty immortals with superpowers having adventures and hot sex.  No, really. Nothing else says that.

If you really want to buy it on Amazon you can, but you'll pay the full $4.99:  Other stores and information can be found at

PS: You can read the first few chapters ABSOLUTELY FREE on Smashwords, so if you're not sure, go check out the free sample and then grab it for a paltry sum while you can!

PPS: If you've already read it, thank you, and if you want to make me all squishy for my birthday please post a review!  The most recent Amazon review is a troll, so it'd be sweet if someone replaced that with something more useful.

PPPS: Since it always comes up...yes, it's an ebook.  I am still waiting for about 25 people to tell me they will help support a paper edition, which will be expensive (probably at least $25 plus shipping).  I have about 12 people.  If I get enough interest, I'll run a Kickstarter for it.

#findinggaia   #indiebook   #ebookcoupon   #sale  

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This is really interesting, and seeing the results for no DST, makes me wonder... the fuck? Turn it off!

(pinging +Kristin Milton, queen of maps ;) )
Daylight saving time was created to benefit Americans, but not every part of the country is affected equally. Within the Eastern time zone, for instance, the sun rises a whole 40 minutes earlier in New York City than it does in Detroit. To illustrate how daylight saving time impacts sunrise and sunset times around the county, cartographer Andy Woodruff published a series of helpful maps on his website.
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That was a very strange argument. I didn't find either side notably offensive, but apparently they were each offended by the other. I wonder if I missed a dog-whistle or something.
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I am also the author of the Palindrome Prayer :-) (-:


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The avatar I use, with kind permission, is by Sarah Cloutier, melukilan at deviantart.  You can find the original artwork at her gallery.

I used to write a good deal about being deaf at my Livejournal blog, particularly under the deafhood tag.

"Get ready for a large file transfer." (Agent Coulson, Agents of SHIELD, S1E21)

"I hate it when people don't know the difference between ur and u'r" (@blainecapatch, twitter)

“Dawn take you all, and be stone to you!” For just at that moment the light came over the hill, and there was a mighty twitter in the branches. William never spoke for he stood turned to stone as he stooped; and Bert and Tom were stuck like rocks as they looked at him. And there they stand to this day, all alone, unless the birds perch on them; for trolls, as you probably know, must be underground before dawn, or they go back to the stuff of the mountains they are made of, and never move again. (“The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien)

But I'll never be convinced to except except for accept, accept I get a really good explanation. (Me)

Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants. (Peter Welch, Programming Sucks)

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.  (Woody Guthrie)

California scent with a hint of sanity.
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Farpotshket (yiddish): Something that is all fouled up, especially as the result of attempts to fix it; repeatedly making something worse while trying to fix it.

"I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate." (Barack Obama, April 2013)

"And on the third day, the skies darkened, and a swarm of assholes descended from the clouds; and not a person could withstand them, but they were covered in the filth of the Internet."  (+Yonatan Zunger , 13 Apr 2013) 

"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it." (John Stuart Mill, 1866)

"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay." (Robert Frost)

"Few things are stronger than
The mind's need for diverse
I am glad
Not many men or women can remain
Faithful lovers to the unreal." (The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master)

"wine; talk; touch; unzip; touch; strip; gasp; finger; gasp; mount; fsck; more; yes; gasp; umount; make clean; sleep" (Unix)

They are facing not a theory but a condition, for that they are first, last and all the time the people of the eye. (George Veditz, 1910)

"Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins." (Carlos Santana)

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway."  (Andrew S. Tanenbaum)

"I don’t understand people who dislike reading because I think all that free time means they’re up to no good." (frau sally benz on the 'net)

"Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." (Plato)

"It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain." (Francis Maude)

"If I Said The Sky Was Blue, They Would Say No." (President Obama)

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” (James D. Miles)

The Oxford philosopher JL Austin once observed in a lecture that in English a double negative implied a positive meaning, whereas no language had been found in which a double positive implied a negative meaning. To which Sidney Morgenbesser responded in a dismissive tone, "Yeah, yeah."

"People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as 'parasites' fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society." (Jason Read)

"But that's -- I'm sorry, but that's completely ridiculous! How can I possibly prove it doesn't exist? Do you expect me to get hold of -- of all the pebbles in the world and test them? I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!" (Hermione Granger)

To put it another way: The First Amendment guarantees a right to speech. It does not guarantee a right to respect. (+John Scalzi)

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. (T. S. Eliot)

A well educated and organized citizenry being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and use the Internet shall not be infringed. (+David Landry)

The truth is that male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women.  They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.  Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world.  (Jimmy Carter)

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley
(Robert Burns)

What I like about April Fool’s Day: One day a year we’re asking whether news stories are true. It should be all 365. (Prentiss Riddle, April 1, 2008 @pzriddle)

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. (Thomas Jefferson)

Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.  (Drew Sirtors)

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. (Albert Camus)

I am the light that shines over all things. I am everything. From me all came forth, and to me all return. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there. (Gospel of Thomas)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.  (Mark Twain)
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