Squashed

Sep 29

un:


endymions:

one donut to rule them all

This


Nine donuts for mortal men doomed to die

They were not, of course, doomed to die quite so quickly before they consumed the donuts of power. The greatest of them all, a very great man indeed, became the Donut King of Peoria and briefly ran a reasonably successful regional franchise before a series of heart attacks led to an early death.

The Lord of the Donuts trilogy is a mediocre work in which a hobbit eats a donut deep fried in Mount Doom and travels there to set up a donut shop. Along the way, he is assisted by a variety of fantastic creatures, all of whom agree that the donut shop is a brilliant idea.

un:

endymions:

one donut to rule them all

This

Nine donuts for mortal men doomed to die

They were not, of course, doomed to die quite so quickly before they consumed the donuts of power. The greatest of them all, a very great man indeed, became the Donut King of Peoria and briefly ran a reasonably successful regional franchise before a series of heart attacks led to an early death.

The Lord of the Donuts trilogy is a mediocre work in which a hobbit eats a donut deep fried in Mount Doom and travels there to set up a donut shop. Along the way, he is assisted by a variety of fantastic creatures, all of whom agree that the donut shop is a brilliant idea.

(Source: nomellamesfriki, via suchtango)

Sep 28

Apparently one candidate for governor said the word “I” a bunch of times.

This is one of the dumbest lines of attack. A first person singular pronoun isn’t the problem. “I am honored.” “I am humbled.”

Maybe tell me if somebody says something like, “I’ve always thought I deserved to be governor.” Or “I think it will look good on my resume.”

If you can’t come up with decent lines of attack, maybe don’t attack. You’ll look desperate.

Sep 26

"Is that the appropriate response to sexism? To kill it with fire?"

I thought the first UAE female fighter pilot leading the strike against ISIS was a cool story for a bunch of reasons. I was pretty unimpressed by Fox News using it as a platform for sexist jokes. (Seriously, are you just self parody now?) Carolyn was skeptical about my reaction—but I think it’s a legitimate question. It thought I could turn to the internet to get a fair and balanced answer.

Sep 25

Could one of you let me know when an iOS update lets Siri respond appropriately to voice commands like, “Siri, let’s rock a little harder.” Or, “Okay, Siri, don’t rock quite so hard on Mondays”?

Who Should, and SHOULDN’T, be the Next Attorney General?

becausefinanceisboring:

Eric Holder just announced he’s stepping down as U.S. Attorney General. From a Wall Street accountability perspective, Holder leaves behind a woeful record when it comes to policing banks and their executives in the wake of massive fraud.  Despite Congressional and public buy-in for more corporate crime enforcement (especially in the immediate wake of the 2008 crisis), and ample law enforcement tools at his disposal (including Sarbanes-Oxley provisions that allow for the prosecution of corporate executives), Holder’s record on financial fraud is virtually non-existent: a few enforcement actions against foreign banks, and a couple headline-grabbing but ultimately substance-less fines against U.S. banks.

So, with that said, hope springs eternal.  If the President wants to even attempt to salvage his record on financial reform, he should start by appointing a strong Attorney General for the last days of his term.

Here’s a short list for who should get the nomination:

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And here’s a list of who should absolutely NOT be nominated, Dear God please NO:

Here’s why:

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I’d like to keep Cordray at the CFPB and am a bit wary of the comparably short length of Lawsky’s resume. (It’s not that it’s not impressive. Color me impressed. But Attorney General of the United States impressed?)

Martha Coakley would be relatively high on my list … except that she’s midway through a race for governor of Massachusetts.

What do you think of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman? He has the willingness to go after the big lenders and the political background to survive confirmation. Alternatively California AG Kamala Harris could be a good pick. (Her Wikipedia page suggests that somebody has beaten me to the speculation.)

Wait, why is Eric Holder resigning?

Whatever the reason, I’m sad to see him go.

Sep 23

So Emma Watson gave a speech to the UN

It’s a lovely and passionate speech on gender equality. I particularly liked the line, “I decided that I was a feminist, and this seems uncomplicated to me.” It’s basically an “Everybody Likes Kittens” story. The headline might as well read, “Hermione gives a speech to the wizarding world on something uncontroversial.”

But apparently there’s somehow a “backlash.”

Actually, let’s get one more important bit of context. Watson is a young actress giving a speech as a goodwill ambassador for U.N. Women. So we’re not talking about a policy maker or an intellectual to whom we migh respond, “I quibble with some of the practical implications of those policies you’re advocating.” Reasonable responses to a speech goodwill ambassador range from, “I found that inspiring,” to, “I didn’t find particularly inspiring.” When Drew Barrymore speaks against hunger, you don’t say, “I’m concerned that distributing grain could affect folks with a gluten-sensitivity so we should distribute rice instead.” A goodwill ambassador isn’t in charge of that kind of detail. You just agree that hunger is bad. Unless you’re on the side of gender inequality, there’s really nothing to get flustered about.

So “backlash.” Except that it’s not really a backlash. It’s this:

Business Insider reports that a 4chan user posted a countdown which hinted that the “Harry Potter” actress could become the next star to have their iCloud hacked and personal photos dispersed for the world to see.

Several celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian and Gabrielle Union have recently had their private and intimate photos splashed across the Internet. On 4chan an anonymous user posted “Emma You Are Next” with a countdown timer and a picture of Watson appearing to wipe away a tear. The site is where the hacked, nude photos of other female celebrities initially appeared.

I don’t think I need to emphasize how not okay that is. (I’ll emphasize it anyway. If the guy who did that was, say, the best man at your wedding, it would be morally reprehensible not to dox your own best man.)

But it’s not just that. It’s not enough to just not be the guy who does something like that. It’s not even enough to not be friends with that guy. Or to call out your own friends for just putting this sort of thing down to trolls being trolls.

I’m not actually sure what is enough. Perhaps systemic sexism is a little childhood ingestion of lead. There’s no exposure level sufficiently minimal that it isn’t harmful. And if somebody is content to poison you or your family, you have more than adequate reason to be upset.

Edit: In a development that shouldn’t surprise anybody, the “you are next” thing was a hoax. The curious part is that it was done by Rantic Marketting in an effort to get 4chan shut down. Apparently Rantic was hired by celebrity publicists. My view remains unchanged. Except that apparently Rantic and some publicists need to add “worse than 4chan” to some business cards. And in a bizarre turn of events, 4chan could plausibly claim it was slandered.

Second Edit: Upon further review, I’m not at all persuaded that Rantic is a real company. Actually pretty sure that (yep) Rantic is also a hoax. Looks like CNN hasn’t seen through that one yet?

Anyway, the issue remains. It’s not okay to menace a young woman for basically being a woman because you’re an anonymous internet troll. It’s not okay to menace a young woman for being a woman because you’re trying to make a political point. It’s not okay to menace a young woman for being a woman because lol at all the people who thought you were unironically being gross and sexist.

Sep 20

Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing

So am I allowed back there or not?

So am I allowed back there or not?

Sep 18

“I make a heartfelt appeal, that a logic of profit does not prevail, but one of solidarity and justice.” — Pope Francis (via azspot)

(via azspot)