At least Fake Salondot.com identifies itself clearly as parody. As for The Guardian, it is long past that, as demonstrated by its latest idée fixe, the viper’s nest of racism and patriarchy that is apparently “Thomas the Tank Engine”:
…when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they are all pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.
[t]here are certainly a lot worse shows in terms of in-your-face violence, sexism, racism and classism. But looks can be deceiving: the constant bent of messages about friendship, work, class, gender and race sends my kid the absolute wrong message.
Of the Guardianista’s claim that it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory, I recall this pearl of wisdom from The Tick:
And, isn’t sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you’re good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit.
H/T Small Dead Animals
In the vast info-spew that is the Internet, one occasionally comes across a digital gem. A growing Twitter meme has been parodying of Salon.com, an online magazine that itself is degenerating into unwitting self-parody.
Salon.com’s actual headlines today range from “9 sinister things the Christian right does in the name of God” to “7 biggest myths about big penises“, so we know that under-equipped cis-male secularists can feel upbeat and informed.
So how does that differ from this:
CNN takes its viewers deep down the rabbit hole:
The actual results of the Crimea referendum were posted on a Russian government site and promptly pulled down:
The website of the “President of Russia’s Council on Civil Society and Human Rights” posted a blog that was quickly taken down as if it were toxic radioactive waste. According to the Council’s report about the March referendum to annex Crimea, the turnout was a maximum 30%. And of these, only half voted for annexation – meaning only 15 percent of Crimean citizens voted for annexation.
The official Crimean election results, as reported widely in the Western press, showed a 97 percent vote in favor of annexation with a turnout of 83 percent.
The pulled report was discussed by a council member on Ukrainian television.
The first May Day parade in Red Square since the demise of the USSR was held today, keeping close to the Soviet-era playbook:
Unlike Kremlin leaders in Soviet times, Putin did not personally preside at the parade from atop the mausoleum. But he carried out another Soviet-era tradition by awarding “Hero of Labour” medals to five workers at a ceremony in the Kremlin. He revived the Stalin-era award a year ago.
And there’s more of the old school to come:
Putin has also revived the Soviet-era practice of staging massive displays of military firepower on Red Square to mark May 9, the allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, one of the most important days in the Soviet and Russian calendars.
Central Moscow streets have been partially closed in recent days as tanks and mobile rocket launchers rehearse for that parade next week.
These weren’t the ones we were waiting for.
I came across an article at Ars Technica on the implications of the recent wave of newly discovered exoplanets that fall within the Goldilocks zone. The author proposes that the discovery of planets that are viable for civilization but uninhabited could be the result of a pattern of bottlenecks for intelligent life referred to as the Great Filter:
This apparent absence of thriving extraterrestrial civilizations suggests that at least one of the steps from humble planet to interstellar civilization is exceedingly unlikely. The absence could be because intelligent life is extremely rare, or because intelligent life has a tendency to go extinct. This bottleneck for the emergence of alien civilizations from any one of those billions of planets is referred to as the Great Filter.
In the discussion of the latter possibility the author links to this BBC item on research into extinction-level threats to humanity. Surprisingly from the Beeb, anthropogenic global warming is not listed as one of those threats.
Warren Kinsella informed us breathlessly on April 10, 2014 of a unique hand sign created by volunteers for Olivia Chow’s mayoral campaign:
On June 17, 2013 Yahoo Sports reported that current Real Madrid star and record transfer sale from Tottenham Hotspur Gareth Bale had successfully trademarked his widely seen goal celebration gesture:
And thus come together an over-exposed, over-privileged prat… and a European soccer player.
Fitting that as ruthless dictators run rampant over blathering democracies, the League of Nations is coming back… as a football tournament.
The Congressional Black Caucus and the Hip Hop Caucus are launching a hip-hop tour on how climate change is victimizing black people.
Said Congressman Keith Ellison:
If you’ve ever wondered about test scores between black students and white students, if you’ve ever wondered about health disparities, if you’ve ever wondered about who gets to make it through the flood and the big bad storm and who doesn’t, you really don’t have to look any further than this issue of climate change.
Because clearly the only way to put a cap in that racist Gaia is to bust some tricky rhymes.