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I'm looking into buying my own place and... holy shit, what is this fucking nightmare? Even if I set aside the fact that matchboxes full of mold are being sold at what must be seven times their actual worth, there's a minefield of junk fees, bullshit sleight of hand and bad faith to manoeuvre through. I just want to buy a house, not sell my soul to Santa!

I'm thinking a tin shack in Queensland among the tree frogs is the best solution.

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having recently been through the process, can concur.

the number of people who want to get a taste of the sale is fucking ridiculous.

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I guess this over-entitled team owner is angling for a new Las Vegas stadium subsidy:

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The nearly 60-year-old

multipurpose park was always a terrible place to watch a baseball game, with seats ridiculously distant from the action, but in recent years the experience has only gotten worse. During one game, the stadium flooded with sewage. On another occasion, the lights went out. Feral animals roamed the increasingly vacant corridors. Then, for the 2022 season, Fisher doubled season ticket

prices. Meanwhile, he and MLB

commissioner Rob Manfred shed crocodile tears over the lack of fan support in Oakland. But what kind of product

have Fisher and MLB been asking fans to pay for? In a nutshell, the A’s stink. Last year they turned in the worst record in baseball by losing 112 of their 162 games. They scored 339 fewer runs than they gave up to opponents. This record was the

product not of chance, but design. The team payroll last season of $43 million ranked dead last in the league, 12% of the leagueleading New York Mets (who, to be fair, hardly made the most of their $334-million payroll, losing nearly 54% of their games). The best-paid player on the A’s, shortstop Aledmys Diaz, batted .229 last year and has started this season on the injured list.

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weird how the owner of the damn team is not responsible for the upkeeps of their own fucking stadiums

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"Feral animals roamed the increasingly vacant corridors."

The transfer market was slack.

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It was when a raccoon threw a rare home team home run back onto the field that people sat up and took notice.

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Man, fuck this shit. No more subsidies for billionaires.

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I strangely very rarely go to Toronto. It’s four hours on the train from here and five by car I guess, this kinda a reason. I get to Montréal a lot more regularly, Vancouver (like 5+ hours by plane) more often than Toronto...

I know there’s coolish stuff there but I dunno... Might be that I spent a lot of my childhood closer to it but I just tend to think of it as kinda a generic city, not really a place to visit. Am looking forward to seeing Trix and the Southern Ontario Wonketariat tho.

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Up at about 3 this morning. I tried to go back to sleep, but that wasn't going to happen, so I'm up, a pleasant hour catching up on Wonkette, and then off to do my early morning at work.

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May 8·edited May 8

*waves* How many hours sleep did you bank?

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Hey, sweetheart!

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Stormy Weather:

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“This is the kind of testimony that makes it impossible to come back from,” defense lawyer Todd Blanche said. “How can we come back from this in a way that’s fair to President Trump?”

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So, Todd. Here's what you do. First, invent a time machine. Then go back in time and convince the dumbass that rawdogging a porn star while your wife is home with her newborn is probably not a good idea.

Or better yet, go back further to a certain night and yell at his daddy, "Pull out, Fred! Pull out! Think of the country!" Can you do that? That'd be swell!

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Oh, there's my old phrase: "If only Fred trump had done what Donnie wanted to do with NATO...pulled out."

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Fair? Just because you're a shitty attorney doesn't mean Dipshit Donnie isn't getting treated fairly.

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Are they trying to shoot for a mistrial due to incompetent defence? Is that a thing?

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"fair"? Do fuck off, you gutter-running turd-scrumper.

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What's the expression? Truth hurts?

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lol

In a way that's fair.

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Fair? How about all the contempt of court? Fuck off.

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Fair?

Like, firing squad?

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p.s., the new temp name is brilliant.

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It amused me soooo much I just hadda

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Where "woke" == "why are these people asking about my sketchy machine learning, data hoovering company that really doesn't do much but suck up citizen's data?"

𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗿'𝘀 𝗖𝗘𝗢 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 '𝘄𝗼𝗸𝗲' 𝗮 '𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗿, 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱'

Oh, and Alex Karp's forecasts disappoint the market after strong revenue growth

https://www.theregister.com/2024/05/07/palantirs_forecasts_disappoint_the_market/?td=rt-3a

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Palantir needs to be nuked from orbit.

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What is "a form of a thin pagan religion"? This guy's use of language is...odd.

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It sounded better in the original German.

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Oh! Interesting.

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He’s down with thicker religions.

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It's amusing and amazing these idiots blame everything on "woke" now, it blows my mind. They could blame it on empathy I suppose but that didn't poll as well I guess.

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It means they can literally blame anything and everything, or absolutely nothing at all. It's a protean snarl term that has no fixed meaning.

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A pretty crappy week for Boeing. Again.

𝗙𝗮𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘆 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿’𝘀 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘄 𝗹𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵

NASA says May 17 is the soonest astronauts could launch on Boeing's Starliner spacecraft.

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/05/faulty-valve-scuttles-starliners-first-crew-launch/

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*Printer begins spewing out astronaut resumes*

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"Hey, Bob, is there a bolt missing here?"

"I was wondering where this bolt went."

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"Hey look, they gave us an extra in case we needed it!"

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"Oh, you know how it is -- you put stuff together and you always have parts left over."

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Schroedinger's nuts: either parts left over, or dropped on the floor and bounced to never be seen again.

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"Well, we have the allen wrench ... just in case ..."

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ok funny story time. Well, it is funny to me.

Yesterday morning I went down stairs and there was a note on the computer from hubby that he had no dinner the night before, because there wasn't any angel hair pasta nor a frozen lasagna, so he did not even eat.

And it was early, and I was all...whut...whatevers, and tossed it as you do.

When I got home from work yesterday I was all...dude, what was with that note? Like what did you want me to even do at that point? You were the one who did the grocery shopping for cryin out loud. And he was all what, you expect me to write the shopping list too?????

So I checked the pantry. Box of angel hair 2/3 sitting right there behind the crackers. Checked the freezer. Not one, but TWO frozen lasagnas were in the front, third shelf down.

I plunked all three on his TV table right in front of him, then went off to finish the veggie garden, a'whistlin.

Moral of the story: Isn't one, just found the entire thing extremely entertaining, once I got over the annoyance to being met with a note like that at 6 in the am

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Have you checked your fella's sell by date?

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Yes--what was the point of informing you in that way that he cannot forage for himself (and knowing food was available)?

I am laughing at this so much, but you needn't tell him that!

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She should. "Hey, honey, all my internet friends are laughing at you."

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Omg, I want this to happen.

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Jen, I get great enjoyment from this and you might, too: when that certain person is peering at the refrigerator, pityingly asking *me*, across the room, where some desired item is, I reply, "you're a lot closer than I am, why ask me?" 😹

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Tell 'em it's behind the milk!

It is always behind the milk, even when the milk is in the door shelf

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If you want to become a tradwife, you have to think of these things in advance.

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He's a lucky man, that's all I can say.

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aw I am lucky too. He's terribly sweet at times.

Just for whatever reason, he thinks his food is my responsibility. I am not sure what more he wants from me other than cooking dinner. If he chooses to have something else though, I feel that is a him problem

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We alternate dinners, but I noticed that the expectation is that on "my nights" we have a complete dinner, and that it will be yummy, and maybe leftovers for one of us to take to work the next day. On his nights we get (except for a few special occasions) "healthy yet unappealing" bachelor recipes with no leftovers because they're icky.

Also, I am expected to provide the "extra" food--like snack or component items. Salsa or cheese to have around? Cinnamon bread? That's me.

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Are we talking dry baked chicken, side of broccoli dude-meals?

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That's the good one. We also sometimes "enjoy" "potassium blow-out" which is a plain baked potato, lima beans, and a banana for dessert.

I do love him very much, however.

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Well, at least you guys won't have leg cramps at night. Bonus!

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I make the list and usually do the shopping. This weekend I asked him to do it cause I was gardening, finally, and zomg my new shade garden is looking pretty nice for a first year garden ^.^ When it fills in, it will be even better, assuming everyone comes back next year and spreads

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"Come back next year and spread" is going to be my sign-off for invitations now.

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Back in the day when I did online roll play, I did a joke character that was ambient moss who was always trying to spread their spores.

Was funny

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*That* Angel Hair was already opened, so stale.

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You can't expect us to find things that are right in front of our faces.

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In his defense, the pasta was behind another box.

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edit: though mind, I store em end up, so the box was taller than the crackers

Which is how I spotted it right off

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I'd a just stuffed my face with the crackers, that's what they're there for.

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Husbands can't find anything when we're looking for it. It's like our brains just edit it out.

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If it doesn't cross our fovea, our dumb internal AIs fill in the rest by simulation.

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It's behind the milk is one of our family jokes XD

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Also, you're a grown ass man (as the kids say), make yourself a sandwich if you can't find something else to eat.

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RIGHT????

That was the part that especially had me guffawing.

You or I would be all HUH none of that? Well fuck, that sucks. Guess I'll make some eggs

He goes to bed without eating so he can write me a guilt trip note XD It was for lolz

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Dude, what a baby. Want me to come over there and channel my super loud and mean Filipino grandma? I'll do it. He'll cry.

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giggle

Might be good for him XD

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Start plotting now for the note you leave for him.

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Naw, I haven't got the stamina nor the attention span for that.

Though I had wished I had found that angel hair before I left for work and left it out for him.

THAT woulda been some funny PA shit right there

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You could take a week and leave a few strands of angel hair pasta each day in unexpected places: his shoes, his underwear drawer, his jacket pocket, etc.

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In my ongoing quest to round out my cinematic literacy to the point I can pass for human, I finally watched Brokeback Mountain...

(... very vague spoilers...)

... fucking hell that was sad. Pretty landscapes though.

I often get strangely claustrophobic or something watching stuff whose set decorators remind me competently of the 70s or 80s, like the later scenes of that film do. Not quite sure why. I guess maybe they weren’t really great decades for me, but I think it might be more the realization that they were such a different time, and are now such distant ones. Seeing into someone else’s living room and there’s a huge console television you’d need a crane to move in there, it’s like the temporal analogue of vertigo.

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We had one of those! We got it from my grandmother when she got a new tv.

Was our first color tv. Also, a rather nice piece of furniture because she never bought cheap stuff for herself

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We got one kinda the same way! It was in our grandparents’ basement because they’d got a new one thinking the old one didn’t work anymore. My grandfather said I could take it and I got my parents to haul it home and it turned out the tuner just needed cleaning, (which I did myself). Huge thing made out of I figure most of a mahogany grove.

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Ours had side cabinets to store things. It was before VHS and such were common, so not sure what you were supposed to store in them.

But the remote did not work so our remote was whatever kid was closest at the time

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I don’t think ours had a remote. Not totally sure now though.

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Ours had one! Just did not work

One of them big brown bulky boxes with like 3 buttons on them XD

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𝗕𝗼𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝟳𝟴𝟳 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗮𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗱

FAA: Boeing apparently didn't confirm bonding "where the wings join the fuselage."

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/05/boeing-says-workers-skipped-required-tests-on-787-but-recorded-work-as-completed/

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You have to understand these are the workers who dropped a fuselage assembly (like, a third of the plane!) off from the overhead crane moving it around the assembly plant. Destroyed the thing, but managed to not kill anyone. BUT, and here is the important part, they are non-union!

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JFC. Like I'm not already terrified of flying....

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I only play an engineer on teevee.

But I am in favor of wings staying attached to rest of airplane. Especially in flight.

It's just good policy.

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Bah, that's such an old-fashioned approach! I mean, they'll probably stay on for most of the flight. Maybe.

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It's extra for a plane that will stay in one piece for the entire journey. Buy your ticket upgrade now!

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Criminal negligence, you say? Corporate manslaughter, you say?

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pfft! like that's an important thing even! Hell, there's two wings for redundancy!

/s

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Pish tosh. What's the worst that could happen?

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sure sure, blame it on the workers, not your own leadership incompetence that stresses speed over completeness

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Blame the workers, kill the whistleblowers.

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“I can reveal this to you now," Mary Trump wrote. "'Honeybunch' is my family’s preferred term of endearment.

Ew, so he probably called Ivanka that too.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-stormy-daniels-2668190940/?cx_testId=6&cx_testVariant=cx_undefined&cx_artPos=2&cx_experienceId=EXC93HV4HK4I&cx_experienceActionId=showRecommendationsVP9S9ZC8WNR522#cxrecs_s

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"Honeypot", you say?

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Probably Pence as well, in the early days anyway..

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So, I don't know this because we don't do "high school graduations" in the UK, but what time do they normally take place? And where is Barron's school? Is it possible he can do both these things?

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It looks like the timing should work, considering that trump has a trash jet, and the graduation is at 10 AM (odd time, per my experience as a HS graduate, sister and mother of HS graduates). However, it's clear that trump won't have time to spend with Barron after the ceremony (which may be to Barron's liking for all we know), and this dinner gives him a good excuse to get away from family and spend it with s̵u̵c̵k̵e̵r̵s̵ donors.

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Reporting is that this particular Graduation is at 10am

And his trash jet will just be a few miles down the road for a quick getaway.

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Thanks for the info.

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Mine was mid june about 3 in the afternoon on a saturday because heaven forfend our last day of school be an actual school day.

Both were in college auditoriums because not enough space at the tiny HS ones

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edit: well, youngest's was. Oldest graduated the year of Covid so kinda got hosed on the entire thing, they had it on their open air field so they could do them one at a time and socially distance and all. Think his time was 4pm (they were assigned times)

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Usually late afternoon early evening. Ours is at 6 P.M., if I'm remembering correctly. Some larger schools, I think, start a little earlier because they have so many to get through. Still don't think the timing will work out.

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Mine was on a weeknight, not sure how they do it now.

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Generally in late May or early June.

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Did anyone truly expect him to attend his youngest spawn's graduation?

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As a political stunt, or a means to get attention, maybe.

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I am wondering if Barron even wants him there.

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Something something shocked face.

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Perhaps Judge Merchan.

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No, but I'll admit that I was curious to know how all his propagandists who had been whingeing that he couldn't go would spin it when he simply decided not to.

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Easy one. "Security reasons"

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They'll just pretend they never said any of that.

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If he did I'd expect him to try to turn it into a fundraiser.

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I certainly didn't but had chosen a golf game.

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I was vacillating between golf game and political rile-em'-up.

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"It's far nastier," she said of Republican attacks. "You wouldn't believe what's being talked about. 'Oh, we're going to get back at her. She's going to lose committee assignments next Congress. She'll get primaried. We're going to come after her. This is going to be nasty.'"

The lawmaker also complained that Republicans were trying to "divide" her from Trump because the former president supports Johnson.

"That's the chitter-chatter going on in the inner circles that is trying to divide me away from President Trump," she remarked. "But everybody right now is trying to pretend like there's a problem between us."

https://www.rawstory.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-far-nastier/

Funny and excellent.

I also think entirely genuine- I am convinced that people like Taylor Greene are sincere when they whine like this. They really do believe that getting back what they themselves dish out is deeply unfair and mean. They really do think that their own mean-spirited, rabble-rousing spite is not merely acceptable but also laudable. They can and should hurt whomever they want however they want, but the moment anyone responds to that they're wounding the innocence of the Taylor Greeneian.

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Honestly, it's a trait that runs through them like a stick of rock. It's why I don't think calling them hypocrites is always (though definitely not never) appropriate- their moral code is ALWAYS structured in formulae that go "it is wrong for you to do X, not me".

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Members of the "Overseer Class" ... that is how they think.

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Fanatics all act the same. It's just the nouns they say that change.

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Not for nothin, but didn't Maddison "Orgy" Cawthorn make a similar whine right before he was memory holed by the GOP?

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That's Madison "Who?" Cawthorn.

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That's what I remember.

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𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝗻. 𝗘𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝗯𝗲𝘁𝗵 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘄 “𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻” 𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹

Her coalition envisions a $500 billion push to decarbonize transportation.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2024/05/elizabeth-warren-build-green-bill-explained/?utm_source=press.coop

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So long as Sunk Mole doesn't have a single grubby, pot smoke-stained finger in it.

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Well shit. I was supposed to volunteer to help the Veterans Home do some remodeling and cleaning. But half of the staff of my department called out sick. So it's back to work today.

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