Sunday, July 31, 2011

Best Actor 2002: Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York

Daniel Day-Lewis received his third Oscar nomination for portraying Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York.

Gangs of New York depicts a revenge story as well as the criminal life of Five Points in New York City during the Civil War.

Daniel Day-Lewis plays the villainous Bill, who has everything a villain needs, a fitting name, with a nick name, fairly well dressed in his own way, or at least very particularly dressed, a glass eye, an arsenal of sharp knives, with a fitting profession, as well as a distinct accent and voice, but one should not forget his mustache, which makes him look like the type of guy who ties damsels in distress to a train track.

There really is no bones about it he is a villain to be a villain, and that is the way Day-Lewis portrays it. He never really tries to act like Bill is not a villain. He is and he plays it like Bill knows it himself considering the way he takes such glee with his villainy. Much of what this performance is in Day-Lewis' unique character creation of the Butcher.

Day-Lewis effectively makes the Butcher into a memorable villain with the glee he takes in his villainy. Also just through the way he talks, stands, and walks. Everything is attuned by Day-Lewis a very individualized man from this period. Although I do not really think the real Butcher was quite this flamboyant, what Day-Lewis does do is make the character seem of the period in his own way.

This certainly is an actory performance by Day-Lewis with his voice, and his mannerisms, but as much as it is an actory performance, I did always see the Butcher as a character in the film, and not just Day-Lewis doing his big acting. This is not a subtle performance, for the most part, but Day-Lewis' method does work in creating an effective villain for the film. He is easy to hate, but also he manages to be entertaining in his villainy.

I said this is not a subtle performance for the most part but there is one scene where Day-Lewis attempts to show even more behind the butcher with his long talk to DiCaprio's character at night. Day-Lewis is indeed terrific in this scene, a scene where he is not yelling, or making some sort of threatening look in someway, but instead tells about a little bit behind the Butcher's philosophy, which Day-Lewis gives the right earnestness as well as regret to show that the Butcher certainly believes in his own ways very deeply.

I do believe this is a good performance in the context of the film, I feel despite the flamboyant nature of the performance he does not ever go so far like say the Milk Shake scene in There Will be Blood where his acting because much much too obvious. I don't think this is an amazing performance though. It is a fine villainous turn by Day-Lewis, he is threatening well being entertaining in his own sick way. I never saw him as a great villain though, just a good one, his performance for me never had the extra visceral thrill that truly makes an unforgettable villain.

Sunday Shuffle

You Are A Tourist, Death Cab for Cutie


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Kenapa Kucing Tidak Bisa Jatuh Terbalik?

Anda mungkin pernah lihat kucing yang jatuh dari tempat tinggi kemudian membalik tubuhnya dan bisa mendarat dengan mulus dan tidak mengalami cedera. Kenapa bisa? Hal ini terjadi karena kucing (dan beberapa hewan lain) punya sistem keseimbangan dan koordinasi yang luar biasa.
Sistem inilah yang membuat kucing, ketika jatuh, akan menyadari dalam posisi apa dia jatuh. Kalau dia jatuh dalam posisi terbalik, dia akan segera memutar tubuh sehingga kakinya berada di sebelah bawah, dan bersiap untuk mendarat.

Mendaratnya juga tidak asal meregangkan kaki. Kalau manusia jatuh dari tempat tinggi dengan kaki ke bawah, biasanya pasti patah kan. Kalau kucing pinter, mereka setelah memutar kaki ke bawah, segera meregangkan kakinya sehingga angin menahan jatuh tubuhnya. Dan saat bersentuhan dengan tanah, kakinya langsung ditekuk supaya mengecilkan efek jatuhnya.
Rekor tertinggi pernah mencatat bahwa kucing pernah jatuh dari ketinggian lantai 46 tingkat (walaupun sambil jatuh dia sempat mantul-mantul ke kanopi) dan tetap bisa bangun dan berjalan dengan agak terpincang, luar biasa kan.

Kalau manusia kemungki mati tuh. Tapi penelitian menunjukkan bahwa semakin tinggi kucing jatuh, makin banyak tulangnya yang patah. Itu bisa terjadi hanya jika ia terjatuh minimal dari batas lantai 5 tingkat saja. Lebih dari itu, jumlah tulang kucing yang patah menurun drastis, apalagi kalo semakin tinggi.
Nah rahasianya adalah, kucing (dan beberapa hewan lainnya) punya apa yang disebut dengan terminal velocity, yaitu kecepatan jatuh maksimum yaitu 60 mil perjam. Saat kucing jatuh, sesuai hukum fisika, kecepatan jatuh si kucing makin bertambah.

Ternyata, saat kecepatan jatuh kucing mencapai terminal velocity, di saat itulah kucing merasa paling rileks dan nyaman. Maka dia mulai meregangkan kakinya seperti bajing loncat untuk mengurangi efek jatuhnya.

Nah itulah sebabnya makin tinggi dia jatuh, makin ada kesempatan untuk dia merasa rileks. Itu juga sebabnya kalau dijatuhin dari tempat yang rendah, dia tidak sempat ngerasa rileks. Makanya jatuhnya lebih berasa.

10 Jenis Hiu Unik di Dunia

1. Hammerhead Shark

Memiliki panjang antara 2 hingga 6 meter, dan semua spesies memiliki kepala menyerupai martil gepeng. Mata dan lubang hidung ada di ujung kepala. Mereka ditemukan di perairan hangat sepanjang garis pantai dan paparan benua.

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Kepala yang berbentuk seperti martil ini juga memberikan keuntungan berupa area penciuman yang lebih luas, meningkatkan potensi menemukan partikel di air sedikitnya 10 kali dibandingkan dengan hiu 'klasik' lainnya.


2. Goblin Shark

Pernah ditemukan di perairan jepang dan termasuk jenis hewan purba yang masih bisa bertahan hidup hingga saat ini. Jenis ini memiliki panjang 1,3 meter serta bentuk yang unik dengan moncong pipih dan panjang. Biasanya hidup di kedalaman 150 hingga 200 meter.

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3. Threasher Shark

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Jenis ini adalah yang terbesar dari tiga spesies hiu (panjangnya sampai dengan 6,1 meter) dan dapat ditemukan di semua daerah beriklim hangat. Selain itu mulai dari gigi sampai ekor merupakan senjata untuk melumpuhkan mangsanya. Hiu jenis ini telah mengalami penurunan populasi yang signifikan karena adanya penangkapan yang berlebihan.


4. Frilled Shark

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Adalah ikan hiu yang jarang terlihat di permukaan, jenis ini terkenal karena pertumbuhan gigi mereka yang aneh. Jenis ini juga pernah ditemukan masih hidup di lepas pantai Jepang dekat Awashima Marine Park di Shizuoka, barat daya Tokyo.


5. Spined Pygmy Shark

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Merupakan salah satu anggota terkecil dari keluarga hiu, mencapai panjang maksimum hanya 11 inci. Spesies ini pernah ditemukan oleh anggota Komisi US Fish Steamer Albatross Ekspedisi Filipina antara 1907-1910. Meskipun pertama kali ditemukan di perairan Filipina, hiu ini tersebar di seluruh samudera yang ada dunia.


6. White Whale Shark

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Hiu ini ditemukan oleh penyelam yang berenang di pantai Kepulauan Galapagos pada bulan Agustus 2008 dan Hiu ini dapat tumbuh hingga 50 sampai 60 kaki serta beratnya dapat mencapai 10 ton. Ikan hiu ini ditemukan pada samudera tropis dan hangat dan tinggal di laut terbuka dengan umur sekitar 70 tahun.


7. Saw Shark

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Bentuknya hampir sama dengan ikan gergaji, sebagian besar tersebar dari perairan Afrika Selatan ke Australia dan Jepang, tinggalnya di kedalaman 40 meter dan tahun 1960 hiu ini ditemukan di perairan yang lebih dalam (640 m sampai 915 m) dari barat laut Karibia.


8. Greenland Shark

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Merupakan salah satu Hiu terbesar dari perairan Samudera Atlantik Utara sekitar Greenland dan Islandia. Hiu ini hidup jauh di utara daripada spesies ikan hiu lainnya. Hiu jenis ini dapat tumbuh hingga 6,4 m (21 kaki) dan mencapai berat 1000 kg.


9. Megamouth Shark

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Jenis hiu yang sangat langka sejak yang ditemukan pada tahun 1976. Dapat tumbuh hingga 18 kaki dan berat mencapai 2,5 ton.


10. Whorl-tooth Shark [Helicoprion]

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Hiu berumur panjang ini pertama kali muncul di lautan Karbon dan banyak yang berpikir bahwa Hiu ini hanyalah mutasi, tetapi menurut catatan fosil menunjukkan bahwa ia hidup antara 280 dan 225 juta tahun yang lalu. Dan yang aneh adalah penemuan batu berbentuk "lingkaran gigi" di daerah Idaho, Wyoming dan Utah.

Open Thread & News Round-Up: Debt Negotiations

Reportedly, a deal is being struck and may be announced as soon as this afternoon...

ABC—Congressional Sources: Republicans and Democrats Reach Tentative Debt Deal:
Democratic and Republican Congressional sources involved in the negotiations tell ABC News that a tentative agreement has been reached on the framework of a deal that would give the President a debt ceiling increase of up to $2.4 trillion and guarantee an equal amount of deficit reduction over the next 10 years.

...Here, according to Democratic and Republican sources, are the key elements:

* A debt ceiling increase of up to $2.1 to $2.4 trillion (depending on the size of the spending cuts agreed to in the final deal).
* They have now agreed to spending cuts of roughly $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
* The formation of a special Congressional committee to recommend further deficit reduction of up to $1.6 trillion (whatever it takes to add up to the total of the debt ceiling increase). This deficit reduction could take the form of spending cuts, tax increases or both.
* The special committee must make recommendations by late November (before Congress' Thanksgiving recess).
* If Congress does not approve those cuts by December 23, automatic across-the-board cuts go into effect, including cuts to Defense and Medicare. This "trigger" is designed to force action on the deficit reduction committee's recommendations by making the alternative painful to both Democrats and Republicans.
* A vote, in both the House and Senate, on a balanced budget amendment.
So, no new revenue (OMFG).

And never mind, of course, that cuts to Medicare, which is underfunded, and cuts to Defense, which has the most wildly bloated budget of any government program in the nation, are not remotely equal. This is an absolutely fucking absurd "compromise." But we're supposed to feel okay about potential cuts to Medicare because they "are designed to be taken from Medicare providers, not beneficiaries." Oh, that's fine then, because not paying providers will definitely have no effect on beneficiaries when they can't find any providers willing to accept them as patients!

Again, I feel obliged to point out that this entire framework, tying budget cuts to raising the debt ceiling, is bullshit, because we raise the debt ceiling to accommodate spending we've already done. Future spending should be based on what we need, not on what we've already spent.

President Obama and Congressional Democrats never should have conceded that the debt ceiling talks be contingent on anything else. They never, ever, should have budged from the position of a clean raise. Twelve-dimensional chess my big fat ass.

And let me stress again: No new revenue. This is unfathomably stupid.

McClatchy—Economists: Now is wrong time for Congress to cut spending:
Some House Republicans backed by tea party groups demand even deeper front-end cuts, perhaps as much as $100 billion, arguing that politicians can't be trusted to keep their promises further out.

That'd be dangerous, warned Mark Zandi, chief economist for forecaster Moody's Analytics.

"I think the idea is a very serious policy error," he said. "This would be the fodder for another recession. The economy may be able to digest $25-30 billion more (in federal spending cuts) ... but $100 billion, I don't think it could digest that."

Zandi, who's frequently cited by Republicans and Democrats alike, favors spending cuts "when the economy is off and running," but he cautions that "to add more fiscal restraint in the latter part of 2011 and 2012 would be a mistake."
Additionally, Suzy Khimm rightly points out that the deal will squeeze state governments, which will ultimately lead to decreased spending and layoffs in the public sector, deepening the economic crisis.

There isn't enough UGH in the world for this mess.

ThereIsNoSpoon [TW for violent imagery]:
It's hard to imagine how it gets much worse than this. If this deal goes through, it would represent nothing less than a capitulation on the part of the President and the Democratic Senate to economic terrorism on the part of the Republican caucus, and would set a major precedent for more accountability-free hostage taking in the future. Grover Norquist seems pretty happy about it, and why not? The gameplan for drowning the government in the bathtub is obvious from here. It's clear that the Democrats won't do a thing to get in the way, because there's no hostage the Democrats will be willing to shoot--or even threaten to shoot--when the GOP takes one, nor will the media abandon its postmodern "both sides are just as bad" shtick no matter how asinine the GOP becomes.

None of which even touches the fact that the discretionary spending cuts and bipartisan commission to recommend entitlement cuts are right in line with what President Obama has repeatedly said he wanted, anyway. We're certainly not going to get any help to stand up to this atrocious "compromise" from the President: he actively wants most of what is in it.
I just don't know what to say anymore. We are simply not being governed by responsible and decent people who are keen to represent the interests of and be accountable to the US citizenry. Our democracy is lost.

UPDATE: Additional recommended reading...

Digby: The New Deal vs. The Bad Deal

Reuters: Britain, Japan warn of disaster if no U.S. debt deal.

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Happy Blogiversary To Me! A Re-Post Celebration

Today marks Tattoosday's fourth anniversary, when we first started off here on BillyBlog as a once a week feature, before spinning off into a stand-alone site little over a month later.



To celebrate, I'll be sharing favorite posts from the past four years throughout the day. Just a little celebratory break before we resume our normally-scheduled programming.



I also encourage readers to comment below or email me (tattoosday@gmail.com) and I will attempt to re-post reader favorites throughout the day.



Thanks to all of my readers for supporting me throughout the years! Here's to at least four more years!





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Anniversary Re-Post - Julie's Crazy Tattoo

As part of our fourth anniversary, we are re-posting some of our favorite Tattoosday moments. This post is one of my all-time favorites, from June 15, 2010:



Inkspotting can be impulsive, but I also like to approach each volunteer after some consideration.



Rather than rush up on someone and barrage them with questions, I like to make sure the tattoo(s) in question are not only interesting to me, but will be interesting to others.



When I spotted Julie's back in Penn Station, for example, I hesitated:





It wasn't initially clear what her tattoo said and I was struck by its uniqueness. A huge fan of word and type tattoos, I couldn't recall ever seeing anything quite like it.



So my curiosity got the best of me and I introduced myself to Julie.



The tattoo "Loufoque," which is a slang term in butcher jargon for "crazy person". Julie explained that she apprenticed with a butcher shop for six months and it was a word she often heard tossed about by the staff, occasionally used when referring to a customer who might be difficult or, let's say, insane.



The term Loufuque derived from 19th Century butcher slang and it became part of the vernacular. Julie thought that this tattoo would be a great way to commemorate her experience.



The tattoo was done by Ryoko at Brooklyn Tattoo. I asked the artist where she came up with the letter design and she kindly gave me a little more perspective:



"I recall Julie requesting the letters themselves to express lunacy. The final design in the photo is my own interpretation of what she had asked for and I think my intention here was to make the phrase look chaotic and disorderly, yet somewhat maintaining it's legibility. It's what I was able to put together by trying to depict what she might have been imagining in her head at the time."
So, this post was written and prepped and I was online doing some final research when I stumbled upon this tidbit of information from "Of Meat and Men" by Rachel Kramer Bussel over on The Daily Beast:



Her goodbye present from the Fleisher’s staff is a set of knives inscribed with her name and “Loufoque,” French-butcher Pig Latin for “Crazy Lady,” a term she now has permanently tattooed across her back. Yet Powell now sounds much surer of herself than the lost woman whom we find in the early pages of Cleaving. Next up is a stab at a novel: “I’ve written quite enough memoirs for a 36-year-old.”


Was this coincidence? Or were we talking about the same person?



Scrolling back in the article, I discovered that the Powell here and the Julie that I met in Penn Station were one and the same person.



The same person who crafted The Julie/Julia Project, in which the author blogged her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which became a book, which in turn became the film Julie and Julia. All of this Julie never once mentioned. Then again, I never asked. And it is all about the tattoo, after all.



That being said, thanks to Ryoko for sharing her thoughts about creating this tattoo, and a hearty thanks to Julie Powell for sharing this interesting tattoo. I'm glad my curiosity got the better of me!









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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Uniknya Siput Raksasa Dari Afrika

Siput Raksasa Afrika adalah jenis siput terbesar di planet ini, dengan cangkang yang bisa tumbuh sampai 30 cm dan 15 cm diameter. Habitat aslinya di hutan tropis Ghana, Afrika.

Siput Raksasa Afrika hidup dalam kondisi tropis, tanpa musuh alami. Setiap siput dapat menghasilkan sampai dengan dua ratus telur per tahun. Fakta ini menjadi masalah bagi penduduk sekitar yang besar jumlahnya.


Dimanapun koloni dari siput raksasa ini berada, semua spesies lain dari siput pohon pasti punah. Nafsu tak terpuaskan mereka untuk menyantap jenis tanaman dan buah-buahan, membuat hama Siput raksasa Afrika, menjadi salah satu masalah yang cukup mengganggu di tanah air mereka. Di beberapa tempat bahkan ditemukan fakta bahwa siput-siput ini juga memakan semen dan cat bangunan.

Mereka adalah makhluk hermaprodit dan juga produktif dalam berkembang biak. Sepasang siput bisa menciptakan 8 sampai 10 juta koloni dalam waktu 5 - 7 tahun masa hidup mereka. Selain itu mereka juga cukup tangguh dalam beradaptasi. Mereka bisa mengubur diri hingga 6 bulan lamanya jika iklim di sekitar mereka sdang tidak mendukung.


Sementara mereka dianggap sebagai parasit di Afrika, di Dunia Barat, siput raksasa Afrika ini adalah beberapa hewan peliharaan yang paling didambakan di oleh para pencinta hewan, karena kecerdasan mereka dan kemampuan untuk mereproduksi suara.

Bagaimana Proses Pembuatan Piramid Besar Khufu?

Seorang arsitek Perancis, Jean-Pierre Houdin, mengklaim telah menguak cara pembuatan Piramid Besar Khufu yang dilakukan bangsa Mesir kuno ribuan tahun lalu. Menurutnya, pembangunan piramid dilakukan dari bagian dalam dan bukan dengan konstruksi dari luar seperti digambarkan para ahli selama ini.
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Konstruksi piramid raksasa yang dibangun Khufu, dikenal juga dengan nama Cheops, 4500 tahun lalu telah lama menarik perhatian para ilmuwan. Piramida setinggi 137 meter tersebut tersusun dari sekitar 3 juta buah batu yang masing-masing beratnya 2,5 ton.

Nah bagaimana cara mereka mengangkat batu seberat itu? Para arkeolog dan ilmuwan disiplin ilmu lainnya kesulitan memecahkan rahasia tersebut karena tidak banyak bukti-bukti yang ditinggalkan bangsa Mesir. Selama ini, para ahli meyakini piramid Khufu dibangun dari bangunan utamanya di tengah kemudian baru ke samping untuk membentuk lerengnya atau membangun sisi lereng satu demi satu.

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Namun, setelah melakukan penelitian selama delapan tahun, arsitek Jean-Pierre Houdin berpendapat lain. Dari model komputer tiga dimensi yang berhasil diprogramnya terlihat bahwa piramid dibangun dari bawah ke atas. Mula-mula dibangun lereng paling bawah hingga ketinggian 43 meter. Kemudian konstruksi dilanjutkan dengan membangun lereng di atasnya hingga mencapai puncak.

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Houdin juga mengklaim dapat menjelaskan teka-teki lainnya bagaimana cara menempatkan Kamar Raja yang dibangun dari 5 buah batu granit seberat 60 ton di ruangan piramid. berdasarkan bentuk piramid yang tinggi dan melebar, ia yakin bangsa Mesir menggunakan batu yang sama berat untuk menaikkannya dengan sejenis katrol.

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Dengan teknik tersebut, untuk membangun makam raja sebesar itu, ia memperkirakan hanya dibutuhkan 4.000 orang. Perkiraan ini jauh lebih kecil daripada prediksi para ahli sebelumnya yang diperkirakan mencapai 100 ribu orang. Houdin berencana untuk membuktikan teorinya dengan cara melakukan uji coba langsung tanpa merusak piramid.

Better Late Than Never

Back in April, I ran into John in Herald Square (34th and 6th) who had some pretty amazing work. He estimates he is about 25% covered in tattoos, which includes both arms, hands to shoulders, and both sides of his neck.



I stopped him and handed him a flier, but he was in a hurry, so we went our separate ways.



A month or so later, he e-mailed me a couple of photos:







John "loved Popeye growing up" and "love[s] the way [tattoos] look".



Not a lot more to tell, other than this was done by Rodrigo Melo, when he was at Rising Dragon Tattoos on 23rd Street (now on 14th). Rodrigo has since left Rising Dragon and co-founded North Star Tattoo in the East Village.



John is a photographer whose work can be seen here.



Thanks to John for sharing his ink with us here on Tattoosday!





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Friday, July 29, 2011

Best Actor 2002

And the Nominees Were:

Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt

Nicolas Cage in Adaptation

Adrien Brody in The Pianist

Michael Caine in The Quiet American

Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York

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The Virtual Pub Is Open


[Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]

TFIF, Shakers!

Belly up to the bar,
and name your poison!

Debtpocalypse Open Thread

The House is garbaging around with Boehner's revised plan. There will be voting! And then the Senate will drink Boehner's milkshake. Or something.

This is an exercise in futility, because even if the legislation on the table passes the House, it won't pass the Senate, and, even if it inexplicably passed the Senate, Obama would veto it. It's a huge waste of time, orchestrated by people with balled-up paper towels where their sense of decency should be.

Anyway, here's an open thread for discussion, if anyone still has the energy to talk about this nightmare.

Number of the Day

40%: President Obama's current approval rating, and his lowest to date, in the new Gallup poll.

Here's another number, which might have something to do with that approval rating: 0.1%. That's the rate of US consumer spending in the second quarter.

Congress is faring even worse. Democratic leaders have a 30% approval rating, and Republican leaders, who had a 36% approval rating a few months ago, now get a meager 25% approval.

There are a lot of unhappy people in this country, most of whom feel powerless to effect change, and rightly so, as their votes are exponentially diluted by corporate cash, thanks to the Supreme Court.

Rob Ford: Toronto's Own Garbage Nightmare

[Trigger warning for misogynist language.]

I don't think I can put it better than Shaker Shira*, who sent this in:
It has been an interesting day or so here in Toronto. We've just finished the longest City Hall meeting on record, with citizens waiting up to 20 hours to speak against proposed service cuts that would affect the most vulnerable members of our city.

At around 4:30am today our Mayor, Rob Ford, listened to a local children's book author passionately defend our public library system. Upon learning that the author's recent book is called Words That Start with "B", Ford said "I can think of another word for her." This is the Mayor of one of North America's largest and most diverse cities.
You can watch the video here. I haven't been able to make a transcript as yet, because my partner is asleep beside me, and the sound, particularly of the Chief Anal Milliner Mayor, seems quite faint on the video. If anyone can do one and send it to me, I'll include it.

Everywhere we look, garbage nightmares. The corporatist mayor of Canada's largest (and among the world's most diverse) city, who thinks it's alright to call a citizen a bitch in a council meeting. Because she spoke up about the importance of libraries.

Update: Transcript below the jump, thanks to Shaker Princess R.
[Sounds of clapping.]

Female speaker: "Uh. Thank you so much. Could you tell us the name of your book?"

Author: "Most certainly. Uh, the name of my book is called 'Words That Start With B'."

[Noises from the crowd.]

Female speaker: "Words that start with "B"? B? Like..."

[Laughter here from the crowd, female speaker, and author. During the laughter, Mayor Ford comments.]

Mayor Ford: "I can think of another word for her."

[Female speaker turns to, presumably Mayor Ford, and replies.]

Female Speaker: "Do you think that's the word?"

[Laughter settles.]

Female Speaker: "Um. So do you think Toronto should aspire..."

[clip ends.]


* To whom, as ever, the tip of the CaitieCap. Which is silly, as I don't even wear caps, but there it is.

Random YouTubery: Dramatic Dog Is Dramatic


Video Description: An 8-year-old male English setter and his new 9-month-old little sister play in their front yard in Illinois. The younger puppeh zooms around wildly, then runs up to her brother, and when he gives her a playful nip on the neck, she dramatically falls over and plays dead, then hops back up and commences to continue zooming around wildly. On the video, the owners can be heard laughing at their antics.

[Details about the dogs via this news report.]

Black bridal hairstyles pictures




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