— StompyMech (@Stmpy_Mch) April 25, 2017
Headlines that make your eyeballs bleed:
How was a gay Islamist porn star able to penetrate Germany’s intelligence agency?
Go on, tell me this isn’t trolling:
On one occasion I even, I am ashamed to admit, very diplomatically expressed negative sentiments on Islam to my wife. Nothing “overtly racist”, just some of the “innocuous” type of things the YouTubers had presented: “Islam isn’t compatible with western civilisation.”
She was taken aback: “Isn’t that a bit … rightwing?”
I justified it: “Well, I’m more a left-leaning centrist. PC culture has gone too far, we should be able to discuss these things without shutting down the conversation by calling people racist, or bigots.”
The indoctrination was complete.
ADDED: Called it. (I’m not going to pretend it was hard.) So deep inside their OODA loop it’s simply cruel at this point.
It’s possible that a time will come in which a parent must explain their divorce to their child. […] However, it’s guaranteed that a time will come in which a parent must break the news of a celebrity’s divorce to their kids. […] Today, it was announced that Angelia Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. The news was so massive, that a literal earthquake happened at the time of the press release. […] And as a parent in the year 2016, it is absolutely your responsibility to tell your kids about this divorce in a way for them to understand and respond in an emotionally healthy way. […] You might ask, “Well, what if my kids don’t know who Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are? Why should I explain the divorce to them then?” […] Again, it is your responsibility to educate your children about celebrity culture. If your kids don’t know about Brangelina, you need to write the term on the blank side on an index card right now. …
(An impressive number of Mashable readers seem to have been trolled hard by this.)
… The TL:DR is that I have had to trash an entire draft of the next Laundry novel because I tried to satirize British politics, and British politics is beyond satire.
(Post is darkly amusing throughout.)
Seth Myers on “I don’t know anyone voting for Trump”:
Did you ask everybody in your yoga class? Did you check with the entire drum circle because guess what: You know you have that crazy uncle you only see at Thanksgiving? Well, this country is about 48 percent crazy uncles and it’s about to be Thanksgiving all day, every day.
An etymology lesson from Tyler Cowen:
trump (v.2) “fabricate, devise,” 1690s, from trump “deceive, cheat” (1510s), from Middle English trumpen (late 14c.), from Old French tromper “to deceive,” of uncertain origin. Apparently from se tromper de “to mock,” from Old French tromper “to blow a trumpet.” Brachet explains this as “to play the horn, alluding to quacks and mountebanks, who attracted the public by blowing a horn, and then cheated them into buying ….” The Hindley Old French dictionary has baillier la trompe “blow the trumpet” as “act the fool,” and Donkin connects it rather to trombe “waterspout,” on the notion of turning (someone) around. Connection with triumph also has been proposed. Related: Trumped; trumping. Trumped up “false, concocted” first recorded 1728.
Note also (from same internal link):
trump (v.1) “surpass, beat,” 1580s, from trump (n.). Related: Trumped; trumping.