Category Archives: Pottersville

The Lowest Bastards Are Book Burners

Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.

Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.

The rest?

“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.

We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.

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Grave-Robbing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy set for 35 countries

This is the world as remade by lawyers. This is why movies are shit reboot after shit reboot. This is why TV does shit reboot after shit reboot. Art becomes “property,” like fucking real estate. Those who can’t do, who can never understand, rape the dreams of creators and turn them into whores for all the world to see.

Previously here:

The Girl With The Bank Account Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book And Movie Versions
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer Mashups
Shot By Shot: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Red Band Trailer
New Statesman – Girls, tattoos and men who hate women

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No IQ Wanted

Overqualified and Unemployable

Sally had applied for a job at a college teaching the computer language she’d been writing about for years. In fact, the college was using her book as the textbook for the course. But they wouldn’t hire her. Why? She didn’t have a Master’s degree.

And:

It gets worse. Sally wanted to work for a local organization that has a tendency to hire young people at low starting salaries. When she applied, she even offered to work at that low salary. And she was turned down.

I know why. Young people are inexperienced and far more likely to do what they’re told instead of tapping into experience to suggest improvements as they work. Employers don’t want smart, helpful people. They want drones — bodies to fill seats, push pencils, and get a job done without questioning what they’re told to do.

Yep.

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American Wasteland

The Cruel Waste of America’s Tech Talent

This ragtag group from Carl Hayden Community High School in West Phoenix constructed the robot out of cheap plastic tubing and garbage. It smelled so bad, they called the machine Stinky. The other entrants — almost all college students — had corporate sponsors and serious budgets. This was an underwater robotics contest, but Carl Hayden didn’t even have a swimming pool. Nonetheless, Stinky came in first place.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
— Thomas Jefferson

Previously here:

What Having No Help Can Lead To

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Ebola Back In NYC Again?

Next-day update: Negative.

Previously here:

Ebola Again
The CDC Can’t Handle Hyperlinks And They Expect Us To Trust Them With Ebola
Oh Look. More Ebola “Hysteria.”
Word: Ebola Edition
Ebola Now In New York City
USAMRIID Finally Involved For Ebola In U.S.
More About Ebola
Good Morning, Ebolageddon!
Ebola Shit Hits The Fan, American-Style
Ebola: Makin’ Those Tracks
Ebola: The Ad-Targeting Facepalm
Ebola: The Facepalm
Trained Professionals Getting Ebola
Ebola Nightmares
CDC’s Frieden Makes Claim. This Is So No One Forgets.

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Two Members Of NYPD Murdered

December 7:

Today, December 20:

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Not Even Video Can Indict A Murderer, If The Murderer Is A Cop

What a disgrace.

At post time, there is still no official press conference. But with even The New York Times now reporting it, the “source” must be high and credible.

Previously here:

R.I.P. Eric Garner

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We Interrupt This Blog For Reality

BullshitNYT

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Ebola Again

Updated

October 5:

November 18:

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When The Money Runs Out …

The writer is William McPherson, a novelist, critic, and journalist, who was the editor of the Washington Post Book World and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Read that again: He won a Pulitzer Prize.

Now he is poor.

Falling

If you’re poor, what might have been a minor annoyance, or even a major inconvenience, becomes something of a disaster. Your hard drive crashes? Who’s going to pay for the recovery of its data, not to mention the new computer? I’m not playing solitaire on this machine; the hard drive holds my work, virtually my life. It is not a luxury for me but a necessity. I need dental work. Anybody got $10,000? Dentists are not a luxury. Dental disease can make you seriously ill. Lose your cellphone? What may be a luxury to some is a necessity to me. Without that telephone and that computer, my life as I have known it would cease to exist. Not long after, so would I. I am not eager for that to happen.

Additional:

Being Poor

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