tidbits cross time

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:16 am
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Envoys bearing tribute to the Tang court were required to dress in their native costume, since the tribute from far off, strange lands was the point.

To cure a pallid complexion per medieval sources: use a thorn of Apocathery's rose to leave a drop of blood beneath the bush.
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I know it is the nature of things

Oct. 21st, 2017 11:31 pm
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But I am a little surprised there don't seem to be ebooks of the Pliocene Saga. Or a North American edition younger than about twenty years.
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A graphic distributed by the Citizens Corporation states that on
June 13, 1943 the Supreme Court ruled that no one can be forced to participate in patriotic rituals such as the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.

When you call for an NFL player to be fired, you are calling for the law to be broken.

It's not open for debate.

It's established LAW.
What I commented:
FWIW, in the case referred to, the Supreme Court ruled that the *government* did not have the power to compel public school students to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem was not an issue, and the last time I checked, the NFL was not a government agency.

Personally, I don't care what players do. Take a knee, flip the bird, or sing an aria from Turandot. But the Citizens Corporation is being a bit disingenuous here.

P.S. BTW, the NFL has, in the past, dictated how players may express themselves when wearing team uniforms. That they choose not to in this instance is, well... interesting.
I chose not to go into details, but I found it interesting that the case arrived at the Supreme Court because the children of Jehovah's Witnesses were being penalized for hewing to their religious beliefs.

I am also allergic to the idea that any subject is "not open for debate."


Should the Dred Scott decision of 1857 been "not open for debate" after the ruling was made? Obviously not.

That said, I'm not arguing that the Court's decision in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette was wrong. I'm arguing that nothing, ever, should be labeled "not open to debate."

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I see my red head, messed bed, tear shed, queen bee
My squeeze
The stage it smells, tells, hell's bells, misspells
Knocks me on my knees
It didn't hurt, flirt, blood squirt, stuffed shirt
Hang me on a tree
After I count down, three rounds, in hell I'll be in good company

Dead Love couldn't go no further
Proud of and disgusted by her
Push shove, a little bruised and battered
Oh Lord I ain't coming home with you

My life's a bit more colder
Dead wife is what I told her
Brass knife sinks into my shoulder
Oh babe don't know what I'm gonna do
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This isn't Fables. But my bet is it's for the same people who like Fables. -- Bill Willingham

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From an email received today...

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:45 am
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I usually have no use for 'bacn' (which I consider as 'spam' you signed up to willingly receive), but I find I do open messages from the Daily Stoic. From today's email:
There are two ways to do math in this life. The one that looks at the odds and says, Why me? and the other that looks at the same odds and thinks, Why me? Why am I so lucky? That’s what Epictetus meant when he said “every situation has two handles.”

We can see all the things that go wrong in the world, all the breaks we didn’t get, all the things we wish went differently. Or we can see how truly fortunate we are to be born here and now in a time of antibiotics and chemotherapy, to have the privilege of even owning a computer to look at this email, to count our blessings and acknowledge how far ahead we have come out so far.

We choose which handle we will grab, which math we will do. And this decision determines the quality of our life, long or short, easy or arduous.
I find the mention of chemotherapy interesting, for without said therapy, I would most certainly have died almost two years ago.

In other aspects, I have to say that my life—both professionally and personally—would have been substantially different, and not necessarily in a good way, without the Internet and search engines.

Never forget: amor fati.


He saw a personal ad asking for him.

Oct. 21st, 2017 12:39 am
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He felt ill.

He went home.

He felt worse.

He attacked his wife.

He tied her up first. )

Empire #0

Oct. 20th, 2017 11:24 pm
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"I reserve the right to change my mind [laughs], but Barry and I have talked about it many times and one thing we like in the world we’ve built is that there is no Justice League waiting in the wings, no Fantastic Four, no Avengers to set the world right. It is not a story of what happens when the villain wins until the heroes wake up, it’s about there not being any more superheroes."

- Mark Waid

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Oct. 20th, 2017 01:49 pm
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Years ago,  I inherited two Ikea dressers that are now 13 years old and broken. I didn't even want them at the time. Ikea now has a safety recall on them, and will pick them up and issue a full refund to me. Talk about luck; I'll get paid over $200 for some useless junk.

Batwoman #8

Oct. 20th, 2017 03:43 pm
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A repost of one of my Hallowe'en 2014 selections! H.P. Lovecraft's classic 1924 tale of horrific family secrets gets the Richard Corben (writing as, appropriately, "Gore") treatment in the underground comic Skull #5 (Last Gasp, 1972). NSFW warning for gore.

'Is it Edward Norrys' fat face on that fungus thing?' )


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