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1. Nate Silver is showing a significant bump  for the Democrat’s after the DNC, much higher than the RNC’s bump.

Via NYT’s fivethirtyeight:

Electoral Vote Prediction

Barack Obama

314.2

+10.4 since Aug. 31

Mitt Romney

223.8

Animated Granholm .gif via HuffPo

Personally, I thought Jennifer Granholm’s speech was the best. She was one of the more rousing and animated speakers of the night.

5. Factcheck.org had to aggregate their analysis of Obama’s and Biden’s speeches, because apparently they each didn’t have enough exaggerations and out-of-context quotes to warrant posts of their own. (Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney each had their own posts from the RNC previously on factcheck.org)

6. As promised, song for Friday. This is seriously the best Gangnam Style mash-up I’ve seen yet:

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Pop-culture Tags: barack obama, democrats, DNC, election 2012, fivethirtyeight, gangnam style, honey boo boo child, jennifer granholm, joe biden, Nate Silver, obama, politics, PSY

WTF Wednesday – Weird News Wednesday

A Bowl of Ambergris or: Whale Excrement

According to NBC:

Charlie Naysmith stumbled upon the loaf-sized lump at Hengistbury Head, on the southern coast of England, the Bournemouth Echo reported over the weekend.

As far as Charlie was concerned, it was just a seaside curiosity. But after doing some research, he and his family determined that the curious lump could be worth somewhere between £10,000 and £40,000 ($15,850 to $63,350).

“We have discovered it is quite rare and are waiting for some more information from marine biology experts,” the boy’s father, Alex, told the Echo.

Dude, I want a pet whale, so I can harvest its excrement for money.

According to the wikipedia page for the substance called amebergris, which can come out of either end of the whale, Moby Dick had an entire chapter dedicated to the stuff. Remind me to never read Moby Dick. Or stand in front of a whale anus.

Categories: Weird News Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: ambergris, England, gross, poop, UK, vomit, whale

Happy Labor Day!

It’s not really socialist. There is just no way a modern president could make these sort of remarks in a modern SOTU address.

Abraham Lincoln, Dec. 13, 1861 excerpt:

It is not needed nor fitting here that a general argument should be made in favor of popular institutions, but there is one point, with its connections, not so hackneyed as most others, to which I ask a brief attention. It is the effort to place capital on an equal footing with, if not above, labor in the structure of government. It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital; that nobody labors unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow by the use of it induces him to labor. This assumed, it is next considered whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent, or buy them and drive them to it without their consent. Having proceeded so far, it is naturally concluded that all laborers are either hired laborers or what we call slaves. And further, it is assumed that whoever is once a hired laborer is fixed in that condition for life.

Now there is no such relation between capital and labor as assumed, nor is there any such thing as a free man being fixed for life in the condition of a hired laborer. Both these assumptions are false, and all inferences from them are groundless.

Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

The last sentence in the speech is, “With a reliance on Providence all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us.” That’s how Abraham Lincoln said, “God Bless America.” Compare that shit to Obama’s 2012 SOTU style. Oh, how times have changed.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Social commentary Tags: Abraham Lincoln, capital, communism, labor, Labor Day, POTUS, president, Socialism, SOTU, State of the Union

Happy Friday! Woahp woahp whoap.

Go here for the original PSY “Gangnam Style” music video.

Categories: Pop-culture, Viral Things Tags: Asian, gangnam style, k-pop, korea, music video, Pelvic thrust, PSY, stanley kubrick, the shining, whoop

Oh the tragedy.

New Jersey’s favorite dying newspaper, The Star Ledger, has more.

Don’t worry; I’m sure in a year someone will offer Snooki and her baby their own reality TV show. He can be the Honey Boo Boo Child of the Shore.

Considering how long I lived in New Jersey, I’m still a little disappointed I never visited the bar in Seaside Heights where Snooki got punched.

Categories: Pop-culture Tags: GTL, jersey shore, JWoww, MTV, New Jersey, NJ, Pauly D, Seaside heights, snooki, The Star Ledger, trainwreck

Not really Weird News, but still the most interesting thing on Digg today. Why do Gentleman Pandas pee upside-down? Answer: For the Lady Pandas.

Via the UK’s Daily Mail – video narrated by David Attenborough:

The higher the scent is, the better their personal message spreads, so some clever panda along the evolutionary line began doing a handstand, allowing him to get his pee a little bit higher than any other panda in the forest…

Along with the urine, pandas also secrete ‘anogenital gland secretions’, a waxy substance which indicates the age and sex of the panda to curious observers.

The researchers said: ‘Aiming urine backwards and hitting the target is probably no easy task, particularly when doing a handstand, so selection of larger trees for urine marks probably maximizes the amount of urine that reaches the target.

Categories: Weird News Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: animals, cute, daily mail, mating, nature, panda, Pandas, pee, tree, urinate

1. I fucking love science

2. Trust me, I’m a designer

IPhone watercolor case

3. George Takei – I really hope I’m as hip as George Takei when I’m 75.

“I find her lack of black…fabulous.”

“Get it at www.itsoktobetakei.com

Original concept: Comedian Keith Lowell Jensen, Sacramento CA

Proceeds benefit my show “Allegiance.” Thanks!”

Categories: things that amuse me, Viral Things Tags: art, Facebook, gay, george takei, i fucking love science, I’m a designer, memes, social media, Star Trek, Star Wars, trust me