Monday, April 25, 2011

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (4/25/2011)

"The United States is fundamentally getting it wrong when it comes to setting its priorities, particularly with regard to the budget and how Americans as a nation use their resources more broadly. ...Americans are overreacting to Islamic extremism, underinvesting in their youth, and failing to embrace the sense of competition and opportunity that made America a world power. The United States has been increasingly consumed by seeing the world through the lens of threat, while failing to understand that influence, competitiveness, and innovation are the key to advancing American interests in the modern world." That's a summary of a report released by... wait for it... the Pentagon.

The ongoing travesty of Guantanamo.

Things like this are why liberals think so many Republicans aren't just wrong on the issues, they're dicks: Foster children would be allowed to get clothing only from second hand stores.

Speaking of dicks, I hate the Dodgers, but it's a shame what's been done to them and to the LA Times by their respective owners.

There is no definitive historical evidence that a goddess named Eostre and her hare companion were part of pagan folklore.

Carry a smart phone, lose a lot of privacy.

Monster flower blooming in Switzerland.

I never knew animated gifs could be art, but these are.

Bureaucrats and politicians in hell.

Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!

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  1. Wow! That flower is amazing. Love the tauntings and insults -- could play there all day. And who knew I would actually agree with the Pentagon?!

  2. It's surprising to see something so, well, sane, come out of the Pentagon, but apparently some very high-up people are behind it. Thou ruttish hedge-born bugbear!

  3. OK, that foster child story just chapped my hide. What an insensitive bastard. I'm a former child welfare services caseworker, and those children that actually go through having to be removed from their homes frequently have nothing. Getting brand new clothes and toys or books or whatever is small recompense from being taken away from their families whom, no matter how difficult the situations are, they love. Grrr.

  4. There's a certain kind of person who seems to believe that humiliation should be part of the price of getting help, and that's the one thing that they're very happy to contribute.


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