Monthly Archives: June 2010

Drunk Parrots

Some rainbow lorikeets in Australia seem to get drunk every year at the end of the rainy season. It might be from eating overripe and fermented fruit.

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Gallagher is crazy, hateful, racist

The Stranger recaps a recent show by Gallagher, who spends his time trashing liberals, people of other nationalities and ethnicities, and most of all, gay people.

“Hey, President Obama,” he spits out the name like a mouthful of burning hair. “You ain’t black. I don’t care what you say—you’re a latte. You’re half whole-milk. It could be goat milk—you could be a terrorist!” I am too busy losing my mind to catch the next joke, which is about Ted Kennedy’s brain cancer. Aaaaand we’re off.
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He opens a giant can of fruit cocktail and pours it in. He opens a can of some Asian vegetable—water chestnuts, maybe—and pours that in, too. “This is the China people and queers!!!” he screams and takes his sledgehammer to the thing with a fury that is no fun at all. Wet chunks of China people and queers fly everywhere. The hateful, bitter old man laughs. I cannot believe Bill Hicks is dead and this motherfucker is still touring.

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Sergio Vega declares he is not dead, dies

Sergio “El Shaka” Vega just finished a media tour to dispel rumors that he had died. Then he was gunned down.

During his media tour, Vega told a Latino entertainment Web site, “It’s happened to me for years now, someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I’ve been killed, or suffered an accident.”

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What the Taliban banned

The Taliban decreed that to predict the weather was to predict Gods will—an act that they denounced as un-Islamic sorcery.

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Little people

 Little people

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Snoop and Willie, hanging out

From Buzz Feed:

 Snoop and Willie, hanging out

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The New York Post copes with defeat

 The New York Post copes with defeat

Via For Your Entertainment.

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Ron Rosenbaum doesn’t know

Ron Rosenbaum has written a manifesto for agnostics in Slate. I tried to read it all, but could only bring myself to skim after this part (which appears very early):

Atheists display a credulous and childlike faith, worship a certainty as yet unsupported by evidence—the certainty that they can or will be able to explain how and why the universe came into existence.

According to Rosenbaum, atheists are CERTAIN that we will be able to explain the existence of the Universe. Which is to say that Rosenbaum doesn’t know what atheism is or what it means to many (dare I say the majority) of us atheists. Nevertheless, he rolls along with the rest of his argument, demeaning atheists for their crimes, which exist mostly in his mind. Pretty awesome for someone who claims to be “radically” skeptical.

Check this out:

You know about the pons asinorum, right? The so-called “bridge of asses” described by medieval scholars? Initially it referred to Euclid’s Fifth Theorem, the one in which geometry really gets difficult and the sheep are separated from the asses among students, and the asses can’t get across the bridge at all. Since then the phrase has been applied to any difficult theorem that the asses can’t comprehend. And when it comes to the question of why is there something rather than nothing, the “New Atheists” still can’t get their asses over the bridge, although many of them are too ignorant to realize that. This sort of ignorance, a condition called “anosognosia,” which my friend Errol Morris is exploring in depth on his New York Times blog, means you don’t know what you don’t know. Or you don’t know how stupid you are.
In fact, I challenge any atheist, New or old, to send me their answer to the question: “Why is there something rather than nothing?” I can’t wait for the evasions to pour forth.

What the fuck are you talking about? I guess I can’t speak for all atheists, Ron, but my response would probably be a lot like yours. That is, I think it’s a hugely interesting question that we may never know the answer to. Which I guess makes me not an atheist according to your presumptuous definition.

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Pie Packing

 Pie Packing

Mario Klingemann recreates fine works of art with pie charts representing their colors.

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Episode 3 – “Outer Space”

Lost in the depths of Outer Space, Dave and Jeff still find time to discuss hilarious news items about the misery of the North Korean people and Afghan suicide bombers’ premature suicides, which are both comedy gold. Also: Mark Twain, tiny penises, drunk parrots, and swears.

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