Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Why we're more shocked by the terrorist attacks in Paris than in Beirut

I think one of the reasons why people are paying more attention to the attacks in Paris than the one in Beirut is because unfortunately, we’ve become desensitized to that sort of violence in the Middle East. The frequency of attacks there has created the perception of them being so commonplace that when such attacks occur, we no longer react to them like we would when they happen to an area where they're uncommon and stand out more prominently, like Paris. Obviously, of course, that doesn’t make the bombings in the Muslim world any less tragic than the attacks in Paris or elsewhere.

Is there a racial bias to it? Probably, but I want to point out that some of the victims were not white. At least fifteen of the victims were from Africa and Latin America. The number goes up depending on whether or not people from Portugal, Spain, and Turkey are considered non-white and who knows if all the victims from the U.S. and other European countries were themselves white. My point is that this isn't strictly a case of racial bias. Yes, there will be people who will be more effected by the attacks in Paris than in the Middle East because most of the victims were white, but it won't be the sole reason, which goes back to the desensitization.

I hear that selfies are all the rage these days

So is giving handjobs in Church parking lots and selling meth behind your local 7-11, but one thing at a time!

Eh, it'll do.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Please subscribe!

(Credit: PvP)
It's not a funny strip, but I chuckled (darkly?) at the last panel. I think it's just the sudden switch from her ranting about Destiny and flipping the bird to her "Please subscribe!" at the end. I'm kind of hoping that the current storyline leads to Jade quitting PvP and becoming a full-time vlogger. I think it would be an interesting direction. The strip that comes after this seems to be pointing towards a conflict between her and Lucille, PvP's partner or owner (I actually forgot her role in the comic) over her vidya game opinions.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What did that lone doctor know?

You know those commercials for toothpaste and drugs where the voiceover goes "Nine out of ten doctors recommend/agree that you should use this product"? What's up with the lone dissenter? I don't care about the nine who gave a thumbs up, I just want to know why that other one didn't go with them. Did they know something that the rest of us didn't know or chose to overlook? Are they like "Hold up, this toothpaste can cause cancer of the everything" and the others are like "Nah, it'll be fine, man. Chill and let's collect that sweet, sweet payoff for reccing this cancer causing crap."

It's almost like that one star review on Amazon. All the others are four and five star, but then there's that single star and I don't know about you, but I always have to check those out over the latter because that may be the one honest reviewer.
Five star review: This lube worked great! Just a little squirt and I was able to demolish my wife's backdoor like nobody's business!

One star review: This lube turned my dick purple, then my dick fell off. Would not use again.
On the other hand, it could just be a troll who fires off a one star just to be an ass. "Never actually used product, I just hate everything."

Friday, November 6, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Buzzfeed's "48 Books You Need To Read In Your 30s" list has about zero actually useful books for a thirty year old

Book Riot linked to this list last month and I was decidedly whelmed. As one commenter said, the selection tends to be full of navel gazing and angst. Another is a librarian and claims to have only heard of five of them. To be honest, the list looks like a jumble of randomly chosen books aimed to show off "how well read" the choosers are more than actually help improve anybody reading the list. The main problem, at least for me, is that it lacks any books that would actually be helpful to someone in their thirties. I'm talking about books that cover a wide variety of subjects. If I made the list, I'd have included that stuff along with the following subjects:
  • Finance, including saving and investing money and getting a mortgage
  • DIY repairs
  • Medical (like how to do stuff in an emergency until help arrives)
  • Vehicle maintenance: Because knowing how to do simple things like changing oil is a money saver
  • Time management
  • Cooking simple meals
And so on. Sure, I would include fiction in the list, but having books covering the above subjects would be far and away more useful to someone in their thirties than fucking "Always in Vogue" or "What Is This Thing Called Love". There is one book about running that would be useful, but the other 47 sadly aren't.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, had the dumbest origin story ever

Seriously, this is how he got his super speed:

I know smoking can be hazardous to ones health, but this is a bit ridiculous. DC must have thought the same because they retconned the source of his powers later on to come from the Speed Force, like all the other Flashes. I think his current 52 incarnation gets his powers from the blessings of the Roman god Mercury or something like that.

But still, let's point and laugh at Jay getting his powers because he had to have a smoke.

(via imgur)

Who wants some naked She-Hulk by Frank Cho? (NSFW)

I can't wait for the spike in pageviews this'll cause. As the title says, NSFW. Hit the jump for the pictures.
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