This week’s au courant links:
- On ISIS: we need a new playbook.
- I guess we can expect a new batch of Star War babies next year.
- Undertale for Best. Game. Ever.
- Tricorder update.
- Ending taxpayer-subsidized sports stadiums.
- Sanders more electable than Clinton against GOP frontrunners.
- Hulk like Bernie; Hulk smash Trump.
- The shadows of reality go as fast as they like.
- Easy HTML framework to build VR.
- Best Twitter bots of 2015.
- Best music on NPR in 2015.
- YouTube rewind – 2015.
- Don’t get started on this (wait ’til Monday at the office): Fractal Gears.
- Elon Musk: giving away AI.
- On protecting Hillary.
- Tool of Wall Street? Hillary.
- Darling of the millionaires? Hillary.
- What good government looks like: Elizabeth Warren.
- Rethugs and dildos.
- The disconnect between social media fame and wealth.
And finally, to enjoy the Star Trek Beyond trailer:
Some Russian officials killed then burned 50 Ukrainian ducklings being smuggled into the country.
“The ducklings did not have any accompanying documents, so a decision was made to destroy them,” said purported human being Svetlana Zaporozhchenko.
Yes, this is being a real thing.
You have been thinking to yourself many times “Where are the wax figures going to die, yes?”
They are going to Ohio.
The Mansfield, Ohio, BibleWalk museum is taking the left-over wax figures no one wants any more -the Tom Cruises, John Travoltas, Ringo Starrs and the Prince Charles- and giving them an afterlife. Tom Cruise is being the Jesus, though it is not known whether he is hanging from the cross.
Because the Japanese are fucking ineffable they are to be painting one of their airliners to sorta look like R2D2.
No, no one knows why. Probably because Disney told them to. As a promotional device; you understand device? Because all eyes will be turned the skyward to see this giant R2D2 flying above them at 30,000 feet. This is the great advertisement device.
So, you are an American, yes?
As an American what are you thinking of Putin? He is a horrible sociopath, yes? With his shirtless horse-riding and journalist killing and his uncool warlike personality? We are agreed: most Russians are thinking he’s a fucker, too. We just can’t say too much because Lubyanka is still a real thing no matter what that tired old second-rate actor you had for a president told you. So are the KGB, they just used social media to rebrand themselves.
So Putin is the sociopath. Not a psychopath, that is being Stalin, the Пизда с ушами, may he die a thousand deaths. Russia knows sociopaths, okay? We know the difference between pure evil and self-regarding sociopaths, I am telling you. So listen to me now when I am telling you this Jeffery Bezos is a sociopath.
Are you reading the too god damn long piece in the New York Times making the Bezos out to be a hero of no revolution? Because he pushes the workers nose to the grindstone? And then pushes some more and tells the workers they like it? Yes, that’s right – he is a fucking sociopath.
You Americans think that your “techies” are bigger than life and can do no wrong. You thought the same thing about the Steven Jobs and he was the big fucking sociopath too. You know what the Jobs and the Bezos have in common? They both created a workforce that is spending every minute of every day devoting their lives to their heroes. And the workers still love these pricks even when they do terrible things like fire people with cancer or fire people who want to spend time with their families. The Bezos and the Jobs are evil people.
The only hope for the Amazonians is if they wake up and go to work for literally any other tech company that treats people properly.
Or they could get a union. Unions are good. Bezos and Jobs are bad.
(Ed’s Note: Our foreign correspondent Titus Sovetologov has just returned from an extended research trip and will contribute more articles in the future.)
After a night’s rest it became obvious to us that no presidential candidate would dare utter baffling statements about ‘binders full of women’ or ‘ten thousand cetrifuges’ unless such things actually existed.
To do so would be political suicide, correct?
So we did some research.
First we checked the WNBTv file cabinets. You know, on the off chance we were the proud owners of binders full of women. Sadly, such was not the case.
We also peered into the storage room and ducked down the stairs to the unfinished basement, seeking any elusive
WMDs centrifuges that might be lurking about. Again, no joy.
Which made sense; binders full of women, not to mention ten thousand centrifuges, would take up considerable space. Certainly far more than afforded by WNBTv’s meager warren of rooms. Indeed, more space than even Iran might possess. Where might such vast expanses exist?
Russia of course.
Welcome to Pyramiden, the city Russia built specially to secretly house Mitt Romney’s binders full of women and ten thousand centrifuges.
Good luck with the centrifuges. 1