As you do.

HAMABSOAARA for short.

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Mrrrrn, I’ve had this nightmare before. Look at that jerk.

Too many monkeys, (no ruined ponies, not enough typewriters for anthology compilations, I still don’t own a circus). At least one of them finished her Kung Fu Doctorate (most people don’t: it’s like a Berklee thing where not graduating is normal enough; and leaving with a Master’s in Kung Fu is maybe for run-of-the-mill overachievers) and consequently thinks the “Enter the Dragon” solution would surely both leave quite a trace on the rice paper and get all banned from science museums.
So, for now, it’s a détente.
Rather: millions of crossed detentes.

(It comes down to optics a little. The one of millions making eye-contact in each image: she is likely the hero; slap her direct opposite upside the head first: that one is most likely your villain. It is, however, all a distraction: the Thomas-Crown-shaming heist will go down regardless. That’s how we do.)

The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place 



Thanks Washington Post on writing about everything that made me question the Newsweek’s cover story, “Smuggled bushmeat is Ebola’s Back Door.” I only put Newsweek’s link so you can read how ignorant some people are about this disease. 

Two main things: 

  1. Bushmeat = wild game. 
  2. Fruit bats, NOT chimpanzees, are thought to be the reservoir for Ebola.

That is all. 

I try really hard not to argue on the internet, but that Newsweek piece is enraging.

A lot of things are possible in this world, but that does not make them probable. Risk is never zero, but come on. You are probably more likely to die in the backseat of a Ford Pinto rear ended by a Google driverless car while we chase tornados.

This kind of paranoid cover story serves absolutely nobody. It makes people terrified, and that’s it.

Here’s a similar piece from The Telegraph in London, which suggests that bush meat was “almost certainly” responsible for the outbreak currently ravaging parts of west Africa (it was actually caused by a boy’s contact with an infected bat).

Please, someone, show me the data. Has there been a single example of Ebola spreading to other countries via contaminated food?

No? Then GTFO.

It is true that illegally imported bushmeat presents some food safety concerns, and it is also true that some types of bushmeat are suspected vectors for Ebola. (The second, smaller Ebola outbreak going on right now in DR Congo seems to have been started when a woman butchered the carcass of an unspecified “bush animal” that had died and was given to her husband.)

But the odds don’t add up. In fact, they multiply. And what happens when you multiply fractions?

Here’s what you do: you take the tonnage of bushmeat butchered in Ebola-endemic regions of Africa each year, the fraction of that meat that is even of Ebola-carrying species, the fraction of meat from those species that are likely to be contaminated, the fraction of those meats that are exported, the fraction of those exports that wind up in the United States, the fraction of those that are mishandled or cooked impoperly. Multiply those numbers together and what do you get: me giving you the middle finger.

And yet, as the Post points out:

Fear-mongering narratives about Ebola circulating in the popular media can also have a serious effect on knowledge and attitudes about Ebola. Though there are no cases of person-to-person infection in the United States, a recent poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health reports 39 percent of Americans think there will be a large Ebola outbreak in the United States and more than a quarter of Americans are concerned that they or someone in their immediate family may get sick with Ebola in the next year. A similar poll conducted for Reason-Rupe had four in 10 Americans saying an Ebola outbreak in the United States was likely, and conservative Americans were more likely to say an outbreak was likely. These two national surveys show Americans are grossly overestimating their risk of infection.

Ugh. Either people have never heard of a disease (e.g. Chagas, Nipah, Lassa, Chikungunya, Trypanosomiasis) or else it’s killing them tomorrow. Fucking hell.

And that’s just on the public health side. As the Post piece points out, what this kind of shit does for perceptions about immigrants, African culture, and the wide wide world outside of U.S. borders is even worse. Shameful.

Lots of valued added comments by Batz. 

The Notable Actors of Spice World (1998)



And it passes the Bechdel Test. 

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It’s indicative of a much bigger problem. If I can disrupt your content distribution strategy from my iPhone, then maybe something is wrong with your content distribution strategy.



Hey pals, here’s a Galactus and Silver Surfer illustration i did for a fan tribute to Jack Kirby over on Comics Alliance, you guys should check it out.

Happy birthday Jack, we miss you! ~

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