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July 11, 2009

On vacation for a few days. Going to try to take the little gashlycrumb to The Edward Gory House.

While cruising around the intertubes I found another artist who reminded me of Gorey, Candice Tripp.

If the global economy melts down or the revolution comes, please keep me posted.

In the meantime, behave yourselves and don’t piss off the squidbot.

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  1. Stemella permalink*
    July 13, 2009 6:44 am

    Makes total fucking sense

    Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief

    Bad language could be good for you, a new study shows. For the first time, psychologists have found that swearing may serve an important function in relieving pain.

    The study, published today in the journal NeuroReport, measured how long college students could keep their hands immersed in cold water. During the chilly exercise, they could repeat an expletive of their choice or chant a neutral word. When swearing, the 67 student volunteers reported less pain and on average endured about 40 seconds longer.

    Although cursing is notoriously decried in the public debate, researchers are now beginning to question the idea that the phenomenon is all bad. “Swearing is such a common response to pain that there has to be an underlying reason why we do it,” says psychologist Richard Stephens of Keele University in England, who led the study. And indeed, the findings point to one possible benefit: “I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear,” he adds.

    I have noted a marked increase in my own potty mouth over the last 8-9 years, which must correlate to the pain I feel from paying such close attention to politics. I absofuckinglutely swear by this!

    I hope you’re having a good time in Goreyland. The economy still limps along with Goldman Sux getting a big uprating today with more profits in its future. Bush and Cheney are getting called on more war crimes and nothing will be done about it. Sotomayor will sit for her kabuki Senate hearings, no doubt getting approval after much hot air spewage.

  2. triv33 permalink
    July 13, 2009 6:58 am

    So, you think there’s a link between my foul mouth and my twenty-four year battle with intractable migraine? Unfuckingbelievable!

    • Stemella permalink*
      July 13, 2009 6:59 am

      Yes, Goddamnit, I do think there is a great likelihood, motherfucker!! haha

      Mornin’ Triv! :)

      • triv33 permalink
        July 13, 2009 7:22 am

        Mornin’! I should get some cards printed up. “Forgive my foul mouth, asshole…I’m in a fuck-ton of pain.” Eh, on second thought, fuck it.

  3. Stemella permalink*
    July 13, 2009 6:58 am

    Scientists have invented a new “Green Lube” made of oleogels as an alternative to those currently made from petroleum products

    A team of researchers from the University of Huelva has developed an environmentally-friendly lubricating grease based on ricin oil and cellulose derivatives, according to the journal Green Chemistry. The new formula does not include any of the contaminating components used to manufacture traditional industrial lubricants.

    “The objective of this research was to develop a product that could be used as a lubricating grease but that was made only from natural materials and was therefore 100% biodegradable”, José María Franco, a chemical engineer at the University of Huelva and co-author of the study published recently in Green Chemistry, tells SINC.

    • triv33 permalink
      July 13, 2009 8:37 am

      Huh, that castor bean is a versatile little devil. From deadly poison to green lube.

  4. Stemella permalink*
    July 13, 2009 7:35 am

    We’ve been eating sushi for a long, long time. Fish on the menu of our ancestors: Already 40,000 years ago people fed themselves to a large degree on fish

    The isotopic analysis of a bone from one of the earliest modern humans in Asia, the 40,000 year old skeleton from Tianyuan Cave in the Zhoukoudian region of China (near Beijing), by an international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Washington University in Saint Louis has shown that this individual was a regular fish consumer (PNAS, 07.07.2009).

    This reminds me to go shopping to make some fish kabobs.

  5. Stemella permalink*
    July 13, 2009 2:51 pm

    Another must read from Glen Greenwald:

    The events preceding Goldman Sachs’ new “blowout profits”

    Great source of references to those events all saved in one place, plus this tasty tidbit at the end

    UPDATE IV: The Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim has details on growing anger among Congressional Democrats at the refusal of the Treasury Department to provide even basic disclosure and transparency regarding the disposition of TARP funds. Indeed, Geithner is simply refusing even to acknowledge their inquiries, and it looks as though the Democratic-led Congress will impose a legal deadline for him to do so.

    • cometman permalink*
      July 15, 2009 9:50 pm

      Demanding transparency on the bailout funds is just more kabuki I suspect. Because Greenwald mentions in that article that it’s the Democratic Congressional leadership which is blocking legislation to audit the Federal Reserve from coming up for a vote. I’m sure some of them are genuinely pissed off but if the leadership won’t allow a vote on the Fed (most likely because it is favored by a majority already and would actually pass) , I doubt they will be forcing any deadlines on Timmeh and the T-Men.

      Even if we were able to somehow get rid of Pelosi and Reid, whoever took their places would act the same way. Because you don’t get to be in a position of “leadership” anymore unless you remember who you’re working for, and that isn’t us.

  6. triv33 permalink
    July 13, 2009 3:17 pm

    I read that HuffPo piece. Silly special inspector general, Timmy doesn’t answer to anybody, apparently. And poor, poor congress…somebody is ignoring their concerns! Imagine how that must feel. Is any of this shit ever going to bite that evil little elf in the ass?

    • Stemella permalink*
      July 13, 2009 6:06 pm

      Not as long as his masters at Goldman Sux sit on the throne and Larry Canetoad has his blubber lips on Obama’s … neck, yeah that’s it.

  7. Stemella permalink*
    July 13, 2009 6:07 pm

    Coincidence? you decide

  8. Stemella permalink*
    July 14, 2009 12:33 pm

    It is Bastille Day! Sacre! and the Saboteurs are activated!

    French workers threaten to blow up factory

    The 366 employees of the New Fabris plant in Châteullerault, north-central France, said they will detonate bottles of gas in the factory they have been occupying for the past month unless Renault and PSA-Peugeot – the factory’s main customers – come up with the funds.

    They have set a July 31 deadline, when they will take action if they have not each been paid 30,000 euros (£26,000).

    “The gas bottles are in the factory. Everything is ready for it to blow up,” said a union representative.

    New Fabris was declared bankrupt on June 16, hit by the crisis in the car market.

    Renault and PSA accounted for 90 per cent of its business.

    Union members say the factory contains car parts worth around two million euros, and a new Renault machine estimated at a further two million.

    “We are not going to let PSA and Renault wait until August or September to recover the spare parts and machines still in the factory,” said Guy Eyermann, a CGT union official and head of the plant’s works council.

    “If we get nothing, they get nothing at all,” he said.

    Mon Dieu, I wish some Frenchmen would come on over and help motivate that spirit we once had.

    • cometman permalink*
      July 15, 2009 10:05 pm

      And the Canucks have already provided the theme music and everything. This one was just posted yesterday so I figured I’d spread it around. Even has some nice pics of severed heads.

      Really don’t know what we’re waiting for.

      • Stemella permalink*
        July 16, 2009 9:01 am

        I don’t know either.

        I’m not a fan of Rush’s vocals but they sure knew how to play bass.

        Welcome back, Sir Squidalot! :)

        • cometman permalink*
          July 16, 2009 12:34 pm

          Thanks! Had a very relaxing few days off. And I did manage to pick up some nice literature to start warping my little spawn’s brain with :P

          • Stemella permalink*
            July 16, 2009 12:55 pm

            Excellent. I have a book to recommend for when the spawn squidlette is a little larger perhaps, Pagoo about the life of a hermit crab and other tide pool dwellers. Lovely illustrations too.

  9. triv33 permalink
    July 14, 2009 3:25 pm

    I started a bitter rant here, but I’ll just say I wish spirit would help and leave it at that.

  10. cometman permalink*
    July 16, 2009 12:42 pm

    Here’s that celebrated Teutonic sense of humoron display again.

    German prosecutors said Thursday they had launched an enquiry into whether a garden gnome with its right arm raised in a Hitler salute in a Nuremberg art gallery is against the law.

    “The investigation is ongoing and people are being interviewed,” Wolfgang Traeg, a spokesman for the public prosecutors office in the southern city, told AFP.

    Hitler salutes and Nazi symbols have been illegal in Germany since World War II, but Traeg said that investigators may establish that the garden gnome is in fact ridiculing the Third Reich.


    The artist in question is German-born Ottmar Hoerl, who has designed numerous exhibitions and projects in public spaces including the large blue euro sculpture in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

    “I was a bit surprised that this gnome has produced a reaction like this. Until now everyone has understood it.” Hoerl told AFP, calling his artwork “an image of the German master race.”

    “I view (this investigation) with a certain irony.”

    Hmmmmm. Maybe this is a serious portrayal of the 3rd Reich but I think I read somewhere that the average Nazi was more than 16″ tall. Maybe next the German prosecutors should look into the Stonehenge sequence in Spinal Tap and figure out if that was somehow supposed to be subversive.

    • Stemella permalink*
      July 16, 2009 12:52 pm

      That is hilarious!

      and so was the Stonehenge sequence. I love when they stomped on it!

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