Tuesday assorted links

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1 too hot for MR February 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

5. If that place isn’t staffed with attractive young assistants, I’ll eat my ushanka.

6. Winning boosts testosterone; see also “nice guys finish last.”

2 anon February 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

So, I was in the park today. A friendly guy walks by, says hello. In one hand he had the leash to a small white dog. In the other hand he had a small bag of dog shit, and a Starbucks. In the same hand.

Even I thought he must be a Hillary voter.

3 thfmr February 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Shame to sully a perfectly good bag of dog shit…

4 Thomas February 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Excellent

5 TMC February 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

lol

6 Turkey Vulture February 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm

That was me.

7 anon February 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm
8 4ChanMan February 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Oh yeah looks like Kushner is getting CUCKED

9 jim jones February 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Trudeau seems a bit wimpy, I believe his nickname is “Bambi”

10 Ray Lopez February 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm

#1 – Small correction: it’s The Gambia, not “Gambia”.

11 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm

What makes the THE Gambia instead a Gambia like all others? What sets them apart?

12 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

* makes them THE Gambia

13 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Because it is such a great country. It is unique. So you need to separate it from all the try-hard wannabes around it.

Like The Argentine.

14 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm

And the Philippines, I guess. It seems like trying to desguise an inferiority complex. Would someone take it seriously of Pepsi Cola called itself the Cola? Why do we have to honor those guys wishes? We don’t call Brazil the Brazil. We know Brazil is the forst and only. We don’t need to overcompensate.

15 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

You guys apparently overcompensate by forgetting embarrassing historical events, like 1891.

16 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Nothing happened in 1891 except the war against the Navy mutiny and we prevailed!!

17 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm

You could not name Brazil The Brazil because the country is named after a tree. Which tree specifically? Who knows? It is impossible to know.

However naming something “the” something else is quite common in Iberian languages. Las Palmas for instance. Las Vegas. Los Angeles.

18 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm

Thiago, I don’t know what the custom is in your country, but in America we try to avoid obvious lying (unless we are POTUS). Knock it off.

19 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

We know exactly which tree it is supposed to be, the Pau-Brasil https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paubrasilia

I used to see lots of them when I was young. And some specialista believe the xountey is not named after the tree after all. We problably will never know. Somo specialists believe Brazil may be named after the myrhical island of Hy-Brasil.

20 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm

Liar! Brazil has never been defeated!

21 ClickByCommenter February 14, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Let’s all relive the most humiliating moment in Brazilian history.

https://youtu.be/qfiVL_Ol80Y

22 Thiago Ribeiro February 15, 2017 at 2:19 am

The important thing is, Brazil defeated the Hun and earned the coveted Olympic gold medal.

23 Bob from Ohio February 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm

“Small correction: it’s The Gambia, not “Gambia”.”

Small correction: No one cares.

24 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Of course not. All the cool kids are debating whether to say “the Ivory Coast”.

25 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Well, this makes sense. Not all coasts are ivory. However, if there are other ivory coasts, the cou tey should be renamed A Ivory Coast.

26 Cooper February 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Is someone from Gambia called a Gambino?

27 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

And do they like to gamble?

28 Mark Thorson February 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm

You don’t, but others do.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18233844

29 gab February 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

The same thing that makes “THE Ohio State University”

30 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm

How many Ohio State Universities are there?

31 gab February 14, 2017 at 5:41 pm

One

32 Thiago Ribeiro February 15, 2017 at 2:23 am

And yet there could be more. So they are the Ohio State University. How many Gambias would there be?

33 Tuvea February 14, 2017 at 9:05 pm

Like “The Donald”? So he isn’t confused with all the other Donalds.

34 Slocum February 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

#3 Playboy retained just enough brand memory to be noticed briefly when it removed nudity and now, again, when restoring it. I suspect the next time will be when it stops publishing the magazine altogether.

35 too hot for MR February 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Last summer I found a motorcycle on Craigslist: 1996 Honda Rebel with less than 200 miles. Interesting. I went to have a look and the backstory was that it was given to the Playmate of the Month in May 1996 and had sat in her garage since. It looked and ran like a brand new bike and was cheap, so I scooped it.

Curious if the bike showed in the magazine, I ordered the issue on eBay. No dice, but it was intriguing to see the content of Playboy c. 1996. Generally strong by today’s standards, including a good interview with Ray Bradbury. (Punchline: political correctness will be the death of us.)

36 Axa February 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Political correctness went after Larry Flint…..I forgot who said porn is the canary in the mine of freedom of speech.

37 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Not for the next 4 years.

38 Mark Thorson February 14, 2017 at 4:33 pm

I’ll leave it to you to dig through the photos and see if you can find your bike. This site often has photos from foreign editions and other sources that didn’t appear in the U.S. edition.

http://www.ilpaesedicuccagna.it/L1/L2/L3_Playmates/1996/Sand/Sand.htm

39 thfmr February 14, 2017 at 9:26 pm

Cool resource, thanks. Brief look indicates no.

40 Dan Lavatan February 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Why didn’t you just ask her, she probably had extra copies. What did her garage look like, we’ve all wondered if playmates are well organized.

41 thfmr February 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm

The seller was a friend who was helping her clear debts. He had a beautiful garage full of immaculate bikes. Good honest guy who owns a gun range and knows how to use power tools. Knows less about how to find the best Cambodian food in Virginia. Probably voted for Trump, the sucker.

As for the playmate, you can quickly sort this out via Google but I can relay that the intervening 20 years were not kind.

42 Judah Benjamin Hur February 15, 2017 at 12:58 am

“As for the playmate, you can quickly sort this out via Google but I can relay that the intervening 20 years were not kind.”

I just had to look (having read the book).

20 years is a long time, but I think you’re overstating the case. If she were single, she wouldn’t have any trouble finding a date.

43 albatross February 14, 2017 at 4:38 pm

+1

I think Playboy is a pretty good stand-in for what has happened to a lot of print publications. They had:

a. A lowbrow way to attract a lot of readers.

b. Some highbrow content (some quite good) that was being cross-subsidized by (a).

And then the internet came along, and provided an immense volume of (a) for free. And all the history of really good stuff done in (b) over the years seemed worth saving, but nobody knew how to get anyone to pay for it.

I think this applies about as well to most newspapers as to Playboy.

44 The Original D February 15, 2017 at 3:12 am

Playboy should go back to Playboy Clubs. In the age of the Internet only live experiences can compete.

45 Dan in philly February 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm

Maybe it was the New Come Gambit?

46 Dan in philly February 14, 2017 at 7:35 pm

New Coke. Autocorrect, you vixen!

47 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

#1

Good to know going back to the Commonwealth has such a shinning track record. Pakistan!!!!!

#2

In Brazil, we call it política. We usually translate it to English as politics.
# 3
I recall reading here an explanation for their strategy. They owe me the time I spent reading it back. And what the creative officer of a “naked woman magazine” (yes, this is exactly how it is called in Portuguese, but with Portuguese words) does?

# 4

I enjoyed the movie about the Young Einstein, which was called Young Einstein. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Einstein
I also enjoyed the movie about the Young Frankenstein, which was called Young Frankenstein (it is pronounced Fronkensteen, actually).
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Frankenstein

# 5

If I recall it right, one of the first political fights of the yoing Trotsky happened because the local public (yes, I am aware it is not the case here) library wanted to charge six rubles as an enrollment fee instead of five. And it was an exercise in futily, because the local workers neither had six rubles nor had five rubles. The more the times change…

#6

To be honest, I have nothing useful to nore here, I just wanted to be thorough.

48 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm

* note here

49 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Congratulations, your have indeed thoroughly and honestly noted nothing useful.

50 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

I noted I can be thorough when I want. Know thyself and all that. It is not useful to other people, I fear.

51 Paul Fallavollita February 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

6. Political preferences are largely heritable, so if liberals are dating less and coupling less, then this means that their percentage of the population will decrease over time. The Trump-contraceptive effect would be in addition to the effects of abortion, alternative lifestyles, concern about zero population growth, and other such liberal afflictions that were already impacting the reproduction of the Left.

52 too hot for MR February 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Haha. Your enumerated factors versus the breeding habits of the dependent class are like peeing on a structure fire. Perhaps applicable to the professor types, though.

53 Cliff February 15, 2017 at 12:09 am

What breeding habits are you referencing?

54 thfmr February 15, 2017 at 3:31 am

Just higher fertility rates, nothing kinky

55 Dan Lavatan February 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

They rely 100% on imports.

56 Borjigid February 14, 2017 at 9:47 pm

If political preferences are largely heritable, why do we observe large differences in political preferences between age cohorts?

57 whatever February 14, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Because age is a factor as well. It’s not like people don’t change their mind as they age. So for example you could have have a x% chance of being a democrat at age 20 and y% at age 40, where x and y are determined by your genes.

58 thfmr February 15, 2017 at 4:16 am

…and also the leftist underclass has more children.

59 Steven Flaeck February 15, 2017 at 11:04 am

You misspelled “white working class”. IIRC, it was urban makers versus suburban and rural takers.

60 Dick the Butcher February 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm

The liberal women I know are married and they’re so depressed, I’m glad they’re married to someone else. It’s not that the warden is a prize . . .

61 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

“The warden”…on Valentine’s Day? Is divorce illegal where you live?

62 gab February 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

You know women?

63 Dick the Butcher February 14, 2017 at 6:06 pm

I formerly knew women. Now, I can live without them. Are you one of them, gab?

64 gab February 14, 2017 at 10:42 pm

No, no I’m not. And I’m not a dick either.

65 Axa February 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm

#1: The following is a list of commonwealth of nations largest trading partners: Canada-USA, Australia – China, India – China, Pakistan – China, Nigeria-USA, Malaysia-China.

Whatever the commonwealth importance is, it’s not trade.

66 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 3:44 pm

1. So the USA will be next? It has been over 200 years. Time to forgive and move on?

2. The Cold Civil War is coming to an end. The Left is no longer interested in even talking to their former voters. They want them destroyed.

4. New movie about the young Karl Marx.

Does it involve young Karl getting a job? Expressing his views on mass murder? Sleeping with the maids? The only thing that could possibly make this film enjoyable would be Karl meeting his in-laws.

5. There is no way that a library can charge that much. Not unless it is offering sex on the side. Or alternatively, now we know where those £2 million stolen books ended up. It wasn’t Evil Silicon Valley Bond-style billionaire villians at all.

6. Being a liberal is associated with not working out. With being effete. Being a Republican is strongly associated with being the sort of man that women like. So the shock is that they were dating before the Trump victory. I suspect fake news.

67 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm

If I got a nickel every time I heard some gal talking about how hot Steve Bannon is, I’d owe like $200

68 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm

And Playboy is going to put Hillary or Lena Durham or any of the other faces of the Left in its centerfold.

I bet Steve Bannon gets groupies though. After all, Charles Manson does too.

69 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

I’m sure Hilary and Dunham get groupies too. {shudder}

70 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm

I bet they get Gay men who want to pretend to be their best friends.

71 Dick the Butcher February 14, 2017 at 6:18 pm

Depending on whether Hillary’s net worth is realizable, she could attract a certain type of gentleman. It would be blood money. Markets in everything indeed.

But, ewwww. Dunham would need to sport an eight-digit net worth.

Comparing Steve Bannon (super star) to Manson. It isn’t subtle.

72 Bellisaurius February 14, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Surprised they never did gags like that for the april issue. I could have gotten those bea arthur pics I’ve always wanted

73 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Conversative men are all Cucks like me

74 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Which is why, boys and girls, you should never engage in criminal conversation.

75 Art Deco February 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

No one outcucks me NO ON

76 Cliff February 14, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Oh I beg to differ I’m pretty much the consummate cuck

77 Joël February 14, 2017 at 7:35 pm

So Much For subtlety’s 6 is one of the most beautiful troll I have seen on this blog for a long time.

78 Michael February 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

Re: #5:

The London Library is more expensive.

79 Sam the Sham February 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

#3: Duh.

80 The Anti-Gnostic February 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm

#3, #6 – I’m still not tired of winning.

81 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Not a surprise, with something so rare for you.

82 Thomas February 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Feisty today

83 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Lotta layups in this thread.

84 Sam the Sham February 14, 2017 at 8:53 pm

I gotta say, it’s good to see you back, msgkings!

85 The Anti-Gnostic February 14, 2017 at 11:05 pm

And still not tired of it.

86 Todd February 14, 2017 at 4:03 pm

4 – There is also a planned film about the elderly Karl Marx, starring and with a script written by Mario Adorf. The film is “based on real events in the 1870s when Karl Marx, philosopher, economist and author, was urged by his friend Friedrich Engels to leave London on health grounds and finish his follow-up to Das Kapital in warmer climes. The resulting journey to and from Algiers, by way of Monaco and Paris, saw the aging economist tracked by spies and play off different governments, which had only recently been at war.”

http://variety.com/2017/film/asia/wang-quanan-mario-adorf-karl-marx-last-journey-1201985139/

87 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

I call dibs on a film about the not quitw toung, nor quite elderly Marx. It will be about when he got genital boils.

88 Larry February 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm

AI is already steering our thoughts. I thought the Trump campaign was terrible but I was so wrong, it was brilliant.
https://scout.ai/story/the-rise-of-the-weaponized-ai-propaganda-machine

89 Art Deco February 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

#1. They just go to the confabs. None of those countries recognize the Queen as reigning.

90 Art Deco February 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm

And as a Queen myself I should know

91 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Whereas I’m an obese witch who put a curse on Just Another MR Commenter.

92 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Also I’m a huge cuck! I’ll probably change my handle to msgcucks.

93 Art Deco February 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm

I posted the above comment

94 Just Another MR Commenter February 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

I’m a compulsive sock puppet.

95 charlie February 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Team Tom is clearly the best way for democrats to feel your pain.

Or have really inexperienced politicians lead national parties.

96 Turkey Vulture February 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

3. I think by the time I was 16 (so around 2000) the internet was already an easier source of naked ladies than finding somebody’s dad’s playboys/penthouses. Its continued existence (especially after trying no nudity) is pretty amazing.

97 So Much For Subtlety February 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Its continued existence (especially after trying no nudity) is pretty amazing.

So you’re saying some people really do read it for the articles?

98 Thiago Ribeiro February 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Not enough people to justify getting rid of the naked women as they have just learned.

99 Turkey Vulture February 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Either that or the remaining subscribers don’t understand how to cancel their subscription.

I believe people still pay for AOL.

100 Dan Lavatan February 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Do they accept frequent flyer miles?

101 Turkey Vulture February 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm

I can’t say I have seen Playboy listed as an airline miles option, but if it is, that could do it. I know I wasted miles on subscriptions potentially more worthless than a no-nudity Playboy when they faced expiration.

102 Turkey Vulture February 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

My brief research did not turn it up as a miles-for-subscriptions option

103 inertial February 14, 2017 at 5:09 pm

5. Wow, that place is beautiful!

6. A breakdown by party affiliation and sex would’ve been more useful than just by party affiliation.

104 RPLong February 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

If you’re interested in history, here’s the Vox link TC originally gave us when Playboy decided to eliminate nudes:
http://www.vox.com/2015/10/13/9523879/playboy-nudity-no

105 Art Deco February 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

2. Lessee. A quondam votary of Louis Farrakhan (who has dumped his chronically ill wife), a devious SJW lawfare artist; a man who has not held a non-political job since he was in high school whose other signature is making a public point of his sexual deviance; and another chap whose non-political employment sums to 3 years (and also makes a public point of his sexual deviance). That’s the Democratic Party elite today.

106 msgkings February 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

I’m naming my band Quondam Votary

107 Turkey Vulture February 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm

Colin Meloy probably has a song sitting around with that title.

108 The Other Jim February 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Playboy ended nudity both as a publicity stunt and also as a nod to the empowerment of women, which was supposed to be found absolutely everywhere after Nov 8 2016.

But after Hillary got her ass kicked in what she herself referred to as “the almost-erotically historic 2016 US Presidential election,” you knew it wasn’t going to last. It will be a blip in history, just like truckloads of cash pulling up to the front door of the Clinton Foundation.

109 poorlando February 14, 2017 at 6:16 pm

#5. The Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco is a library and chess room where membership costs $95 per year. Not as expensive as the Russian one, but roughly same order of magnitude.

110 Tim C February 14, 2017 at 11:50 pm

#2 seems to be contradicting itself – it talks about how there is “no debate over ideology”, and “no shift as has occured in 1984” etc., yet then goes on to say “the bernie sanders wing is ascendant. Given that the Democrat’s 2016 campaign was a rejection of the Bernie Sanders approach, its dominance would imply that the ideological debate and shift has in fact already happened?

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