Christopher Hitchen’s mother committed suicide

While reading Christopher Hitchen's memoir Hitch-22, I learned that Hitchens' mother, whom her refers to by her first name Yvonne, died in Greece in the early 1970's in what looked like a suicide pact with a psychotic lover. After some investigation, Hitchens...
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Portland Women’s Day March 2017

At my wife's behest, I attended the January, 2017, Portland Women's Day March. I haven't done anything like that since college. The attendees marched quite peaceful, though with plenty of enthusiasm. Some speculated that the march remained peaceful because my gender...

When freedom of thought becomes impossible ~ Salman Rushdie Quote

The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible. ~ Salman Rushdie So well put by Rushdie. That goes for everything, from science to religion, from art to politics...It's core to...
President of the United States Donald J. Trump at CPAC 2017 February 24th 2017 by Michael Vadon

“Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president”

I was watching the May 12th edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, and Obama's former speech writer Jon Favreau was on and said this about Trump: Trump is a low-information voter who got elected president. ~ Jon Favreau, Former Barack Obama speechwriter Exactly right!...

Sarah Silverman’s Message to America ~ On Gay Suicide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM6xbW1DZyM Transcript below: Dear America, When you tell gay Americans that they can't serve their country openly, or marry the person that they love, you're telling that to kids, too. So don't be fucking shocked and wonder where all...

How Habits Form ~ How Habits Are Broken

On Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed reporter Charles Duhigg, who has written a book titled The Power of Habit. In the interview Duhigg describes the three-part structure of a habit... Trigger - Something in the environment that triggers or cue's the habit's routine...

“Keep Calm and Carry On” ~ Story behind the words & poster

The video is only about 3 minutes long, and you'll learn a bit about where the now iconic phrase and poster came from, and where it was rediscovered. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrHkKXFRbCI The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On - YouTube.
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Baking “hard boiled” eggs

I tried it, and it works. But you gotta check that your oven temperature is accurate--most are not. Get an oven thermometer to confirm. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees (F) Place raw eggs on oven rack positioned in center height of oven Bake eggs at 325 degrees for 30...

TV takes a dump in your brain ~ Cartoon

Exactly right! Image captures it all. From the opiate of the masses to this: TV takes a dump in your brain. Perfect. Now I'm gonna go watch American Idol. Great cartoon : occupywallstreet.
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12 fucking rules for success ~ image & text versions

It's like all the self-help bits of advice curated into one twelve item list...that repeats the f-word a lot. In case the title didn't give it away, NSFW due to language. I found this "12 fucking rules for success" image about a year ago and had forgotten about...

Glorious Octopus Image

I bumped into this image of an octopus recently and had to share. Such a striking, symmetrical geometry to this octopus' pose. Totally mesmerizing.

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

I'd watched a documentary some years ago about a Russian scientist who, in 1959 or so, started trying to domesticate foxes in hopes of discovering how wolves were domesticated into dogs. Surprisingly, the answer to that question still remains a mystery. This video...

Old insults with class ~ by redditor Jesse_James

Found this thread of old insults while browsing reddit post What old insults need to make a comeback? My favorite contribution was a long list of insults from famous politicians, authors and the like curated by redditor Jesse_James.

“That’s not the way you should think about it”

I took my car into a Toyota dealership some weeks ago for a repair I thought Toyota should pay for. After stating I knew my car trouble was not the service rep's fault, I noted that I did think Toyota should be asked to pay for the service. How the service rep....