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so the onion took on chris brown once again in an article titled Heartbroken Chris Brown Always Thought Rihanna Was Woman He’d Beat To Death. cue scores of tweeting feminists who are upset at the onion because "violence against women isn't funny".

like, duh.

hanna rosin in slate at least doesn't misunderstand the onion, but to me her piece still misses the mark. what's most interesting me here is that people are arguing about whether or not the fictional violence was "funny". why? that's not the only way to assess the article.

i never once thought the article was making fun of violence, or was using violence against women to score a cheap laugh. i didn't think that the fictional violence was funny either (though i think that sometimes it can be; i usually appreciate it when it is turned against a bully). instead the article is completely unsubtle satire, directed at chris brown and his enablers, media and fans alike. i can actually appreciate the lack of subtlety, because really, chris brown doesn't deserve any. any laughs this got from me were in appreciation of the satire itself, of it pointing a huge, shaming arrow at entertainment news and gossip, at chris brown's fans who think he's hot, at a culture which raises women to blame themselves and stay with men who abuse them, at the fact that this man is not in jail where he should be, but instead continues to be treated as if he were a person we should empathize with while he jerks out some tears over his most recent breakup with the woman he abused.

i didn't laugh out loud because my funnybone was tickled (it wasn't), i guffawed at the perfect skewering, and i sort of snorted at the irony that some of the best analysis and insight we get is from comedic outlets like the onion and jon stewart, who're skewering mainstream media mercilessly, and pointing out exactly how wrong our culture is to venerate this shite. that's neither misogynistic nor racist.

i'm not sure what is up with the offended feminists. i don't subscribe to the dumb idea that feminists don't have a sense of humour, and it annoys me when people talk down to those who don't laugh at the same things; one size does definitely not fit all when it comes to humour. there are many allegedly funny things that don't amuse me, and i don't think my sense of humour is impaired; a lot of humour out there is stupid, thoughtless, or cruel. i also think satire overlaps with humour instead of being a pure subset, and it's highly context-driven, so it's all too easy to miss. but i thought this was not subtle at all, and yet a number of feminists really do seem to completely miss the point in this case. or is it something i am not seeing?
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i don't know anybody for whom this would be the perfect gift.
click to burn your eye balls )
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stylized palm statue at the nanaimo harbour
there used to be a colourfully painted bear at this location, but now we've got a palm statue. i mean, yes, we can grow some very hardy palms here, all wrapped up during the winter, but they're not exactly emblematic of the city.


cut about half of the boards i de-fanged yesterday. way too hot and humid to do much.


watched the 2nd and 3rd jason bourne films. is it just me, or do the films have incredibly little to do with the books? it's been a while since i read them. in any case, i had to stop in the middle because i was becoming breathless from watching the never-ending chases.
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bohemian rhapsody. muppets. best tribute ever.


via many on twitter.
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gmail is out of beta! the logo changed some time today.
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sign in red: DELUGE SECTION 11|10

thank you, BC ferries. this sign filled us with confidence while travelling on the coastal inspiration.
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OMG. total eclipse of the heart music video by bonnie tyler; lyrics as they should have been:



via [personal profile] submarine_bells. i can't stop laughing.
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the "national organization for marriage" usually makes me sick, but today it became -- inadvertantly, of course -- the prime hilarity of my day.

a few weeks ago i heard that they were planning to either change their name, or start a major campaign as "two million for marriage". a title/slogan that acronymizes to "2M4M" -- which sounds like an ad on a kinky gay sex site to us perverts. that's almost right up there with "teabagging".

i thought after this came to their ears, they might change their mind about the name. but no, they went right ahead. what they didn't go right ahead with, however, was the acquisition of the appropriate domains.

enter 2m4m.org.

via [personal profile] sara.
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click image for the recipe.


via [personal profile] telophase.
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president and puppy
commander in chief gets even more cute.
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i really like the concept, but i've never seen one in non-plastic, and i hate plastic dinnerware. well, "hate" -- not with the passion of a thousand suns going nova, you know. just -- ew. not in my mouth.

*googles*. oh wow, there is actually a titanium spork!

and this picture is worth 200 words or so. this one leaves me speechless.

proto spork for those who just like to shovel it in.

(instigated by [livejournal.com profile] ailbhe.)
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by now i imagine everyone has seen the republican budget plan, and i don't think there is anything new i can say. besides, i am still sorta speechless.

but i decided it needed some presentational pizazz to make it more appropriate, a bit more dazzle to cover up the bullshit; a more suitable font, for one, and...


maybe i should throw in a vampire?
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while fast food chains are not usually known for designer signature fragrances, burger king launched "flame", a beef-scented fragrance this week. the company describes the spray as "the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat".

mmh, man-meat.

i am not linking because i don't like viral marketing campaigns. but i do find it an amusing WTF.
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somehow i don't think this ad will help progressive organization "working assets" attract new customers. but it did cause a double-take when i saw the ad pop up on liberal blogs over the weekend.
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hie ye to lolfed.com which is very funny, in the sense that laughing is better than crying.

via krugman's NYT blog.
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ok, i've been trying very hard to avoid anything about palin since the election, but this one blindsided me, and i can't keep myself from helping it go viral -- i laughed so hard i was truly almost rolling on the floor.

be warned, slaughter of turkeys and of the english language happens simultaneously. i am not kidding about the turkeys. (i am also not kidding about the language, but people are less likely to be grossed out by that.)


surreal. i adore the cameraperson.

(via huffpo.)

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