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You know what I hate about the Affordable Care Act?

Its very name validates the principle that human health -- and thus, by extension, human life -- is a commodity to be bought and sold.

Kind of barbaric, except barbarians don't usually have a money economy.

-- Mal

Well, should I get a new computer or what?

Just ruminating. A new computer would put a real strain on my finances. But the box I'm currently running is about as obsolete as it can get: Dual core AMD, "only" 2 GB RAM, a rather old Invidia GeForce 9400GT, running under XP. Which, of course, is no longer going to be supported.

Naturally, the current box does everything I want, but the potential vulnerability of XP after April does cause concern, especially since I know basically diddly about IT security. To say nothing of how badly windoze 8.0 has been panned, although I understand 8.1 is better.

So I'm wondering if getting a laptop primarily for Internet purposes would not be a viable option, and continuing to use the XP box to play my old games (which is the primary thing I use a computer for in the first place, aside from bullshitting on the 'Net). It's not an option I'm in love with, as I am not the tech-junkie type who needs the newest thing. Hell, I still use a rotary phone.

-- Mal

William Tenn was a bloody genious...

... just found a link to the complete text of "The Masculinist Revolt." I read it in 1968 when he first published it. It's friggin' hilarious.


-- Mal

Found a great link

First read this story in 1968. It is a laff riot.


-- Mal

Oh, I found a lovely link...

Read this story in 1968, and have looked for it ever since. It's a riot.


-- Mal

Why a woman who is not a feminist is a coward.

Rights are not a sweetmeat granted to a person at the whim of an all-powerful tyrant, rights are qualities that inhere in us by the very nature of being human. Thus a right cannot be "given" nor "taken," though a right may, under sufficient threat of violence (psychological or physical, it makes no difference) be withheld or denied.

At root, I see feminism as a protest against the denial of right. Big rights and little rights, but overall and most especially what should be obviously a right for all humans, the right to the integrity of one's own person. And a person who would willingly surrender a fundamental right, is by very definition craven. For if we will not fight for our rights, for what will we fight?

The careful reader, however, might just detect the hidden consequence of this thought: for if rights inhere in each and all by virtue of being human, then any human who will not struggle against the denial of right is craven, not just any woman. So I find I have mistitled my little rant indeed. It should read "Why anyone who is not a feminist is a coward."

-- Mal

"And Aubrey was her name"

-- Mal

Not being a star member anymore has its benefits.

Without the ads flashing on my screen, I would never have become aware that there is a men's aftershave called "Pitbull."

Are they kidding me? Pitbull?

-- Mal

Is this the worst Beach Boys song of all time?

In general, I agree with the assertion that the Beach Boys are America's Beatles. Unlike the Fab Four, however, the Beach Fellas occasionally launched a turkey. Such as the first track on this video:

I suppose it is useful as an historical document. We now know that the introduction of the "shift" in the early 60's made a strong impression on young American males. But seriously, "wearin' a shift and it turns me on?" I can't remember too many other masturbatory songs about clothing...

-- Mal

This was posted in the Lounge

But I think it is so impressive it deserves exposure here.


Absolutely wonderful.

-- Mal
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