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True Colors of Ancient Greek and Roman Statues – For centuries, we’ve assumed that the clean, white surfaces of ancient Greek sculptures were the standard of beauty; during the Renaissance, artists strove to emulate this simple aesthetic in their own art. Even today, we expect truly beautiful classical and ancient art to be pure and unadorned – but Vinzenz Brinkmann and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann have spent over two decades proving us wrong.

davidthompson: The Pretending Can Get Competitive A man in Norway is sparking outrage on social media after he was sympathetically interviewed about his decision to begin identifying as a disabled woman…In the interview, [he] stated that he had always wished he had been born a woman who was paralysed from the waist down. So not just a woman, but a woman in a wheelchair, which confers bonus points. So many intersections. So many opportunities to impose on others. The gentleman in question, Jund Viktoria Alme, is a 53-year-old senior credit analyst for Oslo Handelsbanken. He is of course able-bodied, if a tad high-maintenance.

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This 1966 Syd Mead Design for Ford Looks Like a Proto-Tesla-Cybertruck – Core77

ArtStation – House in Art Nouveau Frodo’s house, if he had kept the ring of power for himself

Every generation dreams of what will be, building structures of what it imagines the future will be like. For the last four years, French photographer Laurent Kronental has been documenting the lives of the senior citizens who now live in Paris’ big housing projects that were built between the 1950’s and 1980’s.

Australian Expedition Discovers Wealth Of Deep-Sea CreaturesWhile the scientists came across creatures like the adorable deep-sea batfish, which resembles a round dumpling with human-like eyes, they also found scarier-looking beasts like the bathysaurus mollis, whose sharp fangs and translucent skin make it look like a monster from a nightmare.
Bullshit Jobs – Wikipedia
1. flunkies, who serve to make their superiors feel important, e.g., receptionists, administrative assistants, door attendants, store greeters, makers of websites whose sites neglect ease of use and speed for looks;
2. goons, who act to harm or deceive others on behalf of their employer, or to prevent other goons from doing so, e.g., lobbyists, corporate lawyers, telemarketers, public relations specialists, community managers;
3. duct tapers, who temporarily fix problems that could be fixed permanently, e.g., programmers repairing bloated code, airline desk staff who calm passengers whose bags do not arrive;
4. tickers, who create the appearance that something useful is being done when it is not, e.g., survey administrators, in-house magazine journalists, corporate compliance officers, quality service managers;
5. taskmasters, who create extra work for those who do not need it, e.g., middle management, leadership professionals.

Silicon Valley mogul David Sacks throws himself a Marie Antoinette-themed 40th birthday
A Democratic Star Fails Upward |The rise of Stacey Abrams hasn’t done much to lift the Democratic Party’s chances, but it has done a great deal for Stacey Abrams. Her journey from obscure state legislator to millionaire influencer reveals the party’s drift toward Californication, where the managerialism of DC insiders meets Hollywood celebrity. Instead of building messy coalitions and centering a clear agenda—what precisely are we building back better?—the Democratic Party seems to prefer accumulating soft cultural power. Failing in her second bid for the Georgia governorship probably won’t help Abrams’s presidential prospects, but she is already enjoying a lifestyle not unlike that of post-candidacy Hillary Clinton and post-presidency Barack Obama: hanging with Hollywood celebrities, consumed with vanity media projects like a cringeworthy Star Trek cameo (as, yes, the president of earth), and writing Dan Brown-style political thrillers and how-to books about entrepreneurship.

The Email Caste’s Last Stand Private companies like Twitter have therefore been expected to shoulder the burden and make sure the scions of the professional-managerial class can find lucrative work, even when there is no real economic reason to pay them. That system is now buckling under the sheer amount of waste and parasitism that can no longer be covered up by cheap money and easy debt. Musk makes a useful scapegoat here, but none of this is his fault, nor could he change this dynamic if he wanted to.


Why Is Donald Trump Alienating His Florida Base? Trump played a character on television as a business executive with a gift to select talented people to run business ventures and to fire incompetents. When given the reins of government in 2017, President Trump did a generally terrible job of selecting competent, loyal people for key positions. The list of disasters on this front is long–Jeff Sessions, Tony Fauci, Bill Barr, Reince Preibus, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense “Mad Dog” Mattis.

U-Haul Builds Bullet Train From California To Texas | 

Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire ‘was run by a gang of kids in the Bahamas’ Many are former co-workers from quantitative trading firm Jane Street, others he met at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his alma mater. All 10 are, or used to be, paired up in romantic relationships with each other.

But the US has become an unserious country, I’m afraid. We do have an absurd voting system, at least in many blue states as well as many purple states, which of course affects the entire outcome. And perhaps “absurd” is a kind word for our voting process. What’s more, we not only have a cognitively challenged president, we have a president who is obviously cognitively challenged. Just a few years ago most of us wouldn’t have believed it possible. We also are about to have a senator from Pennsylvania who is cognitively challenged in a different way, and was elected despite it.

Here’s A List Of GOP Election Wins The Media Won’t Tell You About

Bob Dylan’s Childhood Home – Hibbing, Minnesota –

Who Decided to Put Sauerkraut in Chocolate Cake? According to the San Bernardino Sun, the kraut cake was the invention of a “creative and enterprising cook,” Geraldine Timms, a lunch-lady who worked at Waller High School in Chicago. In 1962, canned sauerkraut was among the surplus foods distributed to lunch programs in the Chicago public school system by the government. School officials tasked lunchroom supervisors with finding ways to get rid of a massive stockpile of pickled cabbage. Timms rose to the challenge spectacularly with a “real winner,” a double-tiered, improbably kraut-filled chocolate cake, topped with mocha whipped cream.

For dissidents, the only way forward is to develop and counter-culture, which means politicizing our own lives fully. How you spend your money, where you spend your money and on whom you spend your money must be political. How you live, where you live and with whom you live is political. In order to build a counterculture, the dissident must become a fully political animal.

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  • Casey Klahn November 14, 2022, 8:33 AM

    These (strange daze) I jump to the new AD blog to comment at first. But, I love commenting on this blog. Sadly, my comment feels one dimensional, because I’ll be bitching about the Midterm elections, 2022. Someday, we’ll wistfully look back at this dead election as “the good old days”. Because now that our overlords have cemented their election fuckery into the very bedrock of America (this is: democracy) those problems you’ve been having (my friend on the phone the other day crying about her young household of 20-somethings who now run into the red financially/ my grocery bills somewhere around double vs. before Biden/ that niggling fiasco in Europe with all the bullets and bombs zipping around/ your personal firearms criminalized overnight by bureaucratic declaration…) will seem mild. Mild compared to: WWIII.

    Mild compared to thug politics in the streets where black-clad inquisitors purge Amerikkka of MAGAs. Mild compared to energy not expensive, but unavailable because: fuck you is the reason. Mild compared to corporate Fascism where your face is unwanted and also your business is actually also not wanted – why are you coming to my store, aszwhole?

    Mild compared to medicine that has nothing to do with your personal health and everything to do with the body politic and public health. Why haven’t you just died yet, citizen?

    I wanted to write about my review of the election bagshit but this box os glitching (my old iMac I suppose) More later.

  • Jack November 14, 2022, 8:35 AM

    Excellent and interesting posts this morning G and I love that Royal Flycatcher. I had no idea that any small bird like that existed.

  • Casey Klahn November 14, 2022, 8:37 AM

    Damned right swipe on my Apple Mouse…

  • Steve (retired/recovering lawyer) November 14, 2022, 9:11 AM

    All I can say about today’s collection of interesting internet effluvia is, “Eclectic.” Well, that and would the individual pinning the poor bird’s feet please let go?

  • Mike Austin November 14, 2022, 10:07 AM

    Car chase? You call that a car chase? Such a circus act is pure Bollywood. You want a car chase? I give you one. From “To Live and Die in LA”:


    See the entire movie. Weird as Hell. Like life.

  • Casey Klahn November 14, 2022, 11:48 AM

    So, at the risk of being yesterday’s crank, I give you my review of the election.

    Did I read that 10k votes came out of nowhere, late in the game, and pushed a dem over the finish line in New Hampshire?

    Perhaps everything can be summed up by the Maricopa Ropa-a-Dopah. If you think the election was stolen, you need to just shut up and sit down. It was above fully board and clean as a somehow-born baby’s butt. As far as I can tell, they reserved the very red precincts for late counting, even though those were the election-day votes, and lit a fire under the blue precinct votes, which were mostly mail-in votes. This has the hoped for effect of pushing Lake down long enough for the media to call the election for the Basement Retard Katie Hobbs. Also helpful if your dem Senate candidate needs to be pushed. Now, is that illegal? Probably not.

    Also, they took the ballots off site, warehoused the ones that didn’t go in ditches in some location, and as far as I can tell they then transported them a second time, to a third location, to be *counted*. Oh? You don’t trust the chain of custody? You are a deep kind of MAGA dummkopf, says Lefty. It’s (probably) fully legal.

    When you stand in line on election day, like an idiot, you are 72% likely to vote Republican. If the tabulation machines go on the fritz, why is that not legal? it’s a mishap; nothing more. It has the disproportionate effect of suppressing your MAGA vote, but it is legal.

    And, that, my friend, is how you steal an election fair and square.

  • OneGuy November 14, 2022, 3:25 PM

    I keep replaying the elephant tweet, Nice! Very nice!

  • TrangBang68 November 14, 2022, 6:21 PM

    How did the election fiasco in Arizona happen ? The leftards wanted it that way just because… , fossilized old leftists in the retirement communities had to support their fellow dementia sufferer on Pennsylvania Avenue… the McCain remnants the widow Pillhead and her daughter Fatty along with Flakey Jeff and the Holy underwear crew in Mesa like the status quo…Chapo Guzman from Supermax informed the Sinaloa Cartel Lake wanted to shut off the 24 hour Fentanyl and baby hooker supply lines from Mexico.

  • Jim November 15, 2022, 12:02 AM

    Any ballot counting center that is relying on snipers deployed upon the roof as defense against the fraud, is proof of the fraud.

    A Bundy Ranch measure of pissed off citizens on adjoining, higher rooftops (of which there are many) could’ve made short shrift of those Oath Breaking badges atop the ballot center’s exposed heights.

    Soon might be the time to call on all the old men with Stage IV cancers, skills at arms and the tools therewith, and a full measure of Not Give a Damn, anymore. And just give ’em targeting data, money, untraceable cars and a metric fuckton of cash, and just turn ’em loose.

    Cruel, yet merciful, all in one. And likely, the necessary catalyst to that which likely follows. No predictions. Just preparations.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  • Dirk November 15, 2022, 9:37 AM

    Brilliant sunrise over Reno Nv this morning, coffee perfect, watching a C130 do short lap emergency landing sets. Kinda cool.

    The right did better then the media is letting on. Not that it matters.

    The truth of the matter is, only one thing going to change the left. PAIN, things gotta get so bad not even they can stomach it. That means even more deaths, more people in the street, more poison shots, more Democratic Govt.

    Was reviewing the young dark haired Bitcoin guy, he’s a dead man walking. His accident isn’t far off. You just can’t spill the beans about the billion or so dollars that Ukraine parked in bitcoin only to secretly send it back to the far right.

    I’ve said this here, before. The amounts of money being squandered by our govt, As in momey to other countries other organizations is coming back, as “in kickbacks” it’s not just the left, their is no difference between left and right. These fuckers are all bought and paid for.

    OREGON 114 passed. The single most “repressive gun bill ever written” in these United States. And the Communist, Tina Kotex, is our new Gov. Won’t take her long to flush this state down the tubes.

    Our nations leadership is communist. It’s the truth, no denying it. We deserve the Govt we got handed to us this past week.

    Amusing actually.

    • Tom Hyland November 15, 2022, 9:45 AM

      It wasn’t bitcoin, Dirk, it was a Ponzi Scheme called FTX. Here’s a report from Adam Green at know-more-news you’ll find informative. https://www.bitchute.com/video/bUkSBlDZgzbX/

      • Dirk November 16, 2022, 9:15 AM

        Thanks Tom, very informative.