1. This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.
    The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith (1759) - Chap. III
  2. The failure of Pasacal’s Wager
From the Dutch strip (now in English, too) Could Be Worse (Retrieved from Why Evolution is True, run by Jerry Coyne).

    The failure of Pasacal’s Wager

    From the Dutch strip (now in English, too) Could Be Worse (Retrieved from Why Evolution is True, run by Jerry Coyne).

  3. I love Kowolski!

  4. A short documentary on Althea Gibson. Such a great athlete.

  5. I did not become aware of who Dinesh D’Souza was until a couple of years after Obama was elected president of the U.S. and all manner of idiots, conspiracy crazies and downright odd-ball characters started emerging from whatever decomposing woodwork they resided in.

    One such odd-ball character, was Dinesh D’Souza who at the time was President of The King’s College, a small Christian institution in New York. Now I know what some of you may be thinking, that a”Christian institution” does not suggest a strong academic foundation based in sound reasoning. But the fact remains The King’s College has been around for nigh-on a century and while there is certainly a religious/conservative slant to their orientation, they are a ranked and accredited institution. 

    Which brings me to the central issue of how they could possible employed the crackpot Dinesh D’Souza as their president? Just listen to the man in an interview below, where is able to link the incidents in Ferguson, MO, over the death of Mike Brown the horrible terroristic activities by IS/ISIS/ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

    What!? How does any rational person not dismiss him as a barking mad, especially the kind of rational people you would expect to see around academic institutions. 

  6. How have I never heard of Althea Gibson? I’m approaching my third decade in this life and I am only just learning about this woman who not only broke color barriers but was an astounding athlete, in a time when the achievements of both women and minorities were marginalized fairly often.

    I had no idea who she was until I saw the google doodle this morning. What an amazing black woman and athlete! To win 11 grand slam titles is an immensely significant feat even by today’s standards.


    What a great woman, what a great woman indeed. It is really unfortunate that one does not hear of her more often. While she is no longer with us, I am happy to celebrate her greatness.

  7. The expression on his face in the last frame. Hahahaha

    The expression on his face in the last frame. Hahahaha

    Reblogged from: cartoonpolitics
  8. Aaliyah as Akasha in Queen of the Damned (2002).
Oh Aaliyah, you left us too soon.

    Aaliyah as Akasha in Queen of the Damned (2002).

    Oh Aaliyah, you left us too soon.

  9. The anatomy of Horror films is particularly true for 80’s slasher flicks. Lol at “heard of youths”. So true.

    Reblogged from: tastefullyoffensive
  10. Police warn sharing James Foley killing video is a crime

    Scotland Yard has warned internet users they could be arrested under terrorism legislation if they viewed or shared the video of James Foley's murder, as Twitter and YouTube attempted to remove all trace of the footage from the web.

    This is certainly an interesting stance adopted by the British administration. I’ve noticed here in the US, that media outlets are also very reluctant to address the heinous nature of the crime. Perhaps it is for the best, at least from the perspective of James Foley’s family, that we air as little news as possible of the actual killing and focus on his life.

    But then again, James Foley was a journalist who made the ultimate sacrifice for his line of work. And witnessing the raw savagery of the group of people who call themselves ISIS/ISIL/IS may be the best way to honor the man and also create the drive necessary to stamp these vermin off the face of the earth.

    I made the mistake of clicking on a gif of the  murder on one of the 4chan boards  and if that is what an Islamic caliphate would stand for, then I want no part of it. I really can’t believe people would be that cruel to another human.

    Whatever the aftermath of this event in terms of U.S. and Western foreign policy, I can only hope the family manages to find some healing some way or somewhere. No one deserves to witness a loved one murdered in such a manner.

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