the assassination of franz ferdinand was actually the most hilariously botched assassination attempt of all time though like i can’t even explain to you how badly it went i mean there were six guys and the first one chickened out and the second one forgot to factor in the delay on a hand grenade so it exploded like three cars past the archduke’s so the guy took a cyanide pill and threw himself into a river, but the cyanide was expired and the river was six inches deep so the police just pulled him out and took him off to jail and then everyone else basically gave up and headed home, and then the driver of the archduke took a wrong turn and the car stalled next to the last of the six guys, and he was just like “what a crazy random happenstance” and started world war one
You forgot to mention that the last guy was eating a sandwich at a restaurant.
I like how even after it’s been proven that “GIF” is pronounced with a soft g (J) instead of a hard g (G), a large majority of tumblr just dismissed it in a “no you’re wRONG!! THERE’S NO ‘J’ SOUND!” kind of manner
it’s because we’re literal fucking children thast can’t accept change or new ideas
Lol I pronounce it like gift without the t
i like how the subjectivity of reality allows people to pronounce it however the fuck they choose regardless of what’s been ‘proven’
Just because some people were really good with computers and invented the .gif it doesn’t mean we have to accept their opinions on language and pronunciation. They wanted to name their abbreviation for Graphics Interchange Format (Graphics not Jraphics) after some peanut butter but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sound like an asshole by calling it “.jif”.
Speaks a nameless, hubristic praetorian:
“The only security procedure to catch [the 3D firearms] is a pat down. Is America ready for pat-downs at every event?”
This is a non-credible, generalized threat. The security state has just been asked to prove itself more than an illusion. It cannot.
A police state capable of stopping the Liberator is a greater threat than terrorism itself.
The firing pin is metal and the bullets are metal. There was nothing stopping anyone from making a plastic gun all this time so any calls for additional security because of 3D printed guns or gun parts are total bullshit. Anyone making a big deal about public safety because of defense distributed is ether an idiot or a propagandist or both.
“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.” - Carl Sagan
In today’s late-coming admission that the Obama Administration has assassinated four American citizens with drone strikes, Attorney General Eric Holder described the death of one of those four, 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, as a “mistake.”
A mistake is when you write “2012” instead of “2013.”
A mistake is when you make change for a ten instead of a twenty.
A mistake is when you back into another car.
But — as Mr. Obama would say — let me be clear: Targeting a 16-year-old who is accused of no crime for death by bomb in a specific attack two weeks after his father was assassinated is not a mistake.
That’s what we call murder.
Weed law in Chicago sends native plant gardeners to court
Last fall, as my colleague Jon Yateschronicled in the Tribune in December, Cummings, a retired teacher, was ticketed for violating the weed law.
She went to court. She explained that the little dirt plots outside her home are filled with native plants. She showed the judge the plaque she received from the city of Chicago in 2004 commending her naturalized landscape.
The judge, in return, showed her several photographs taken by an inspector from the Department of Streets and Sanitation.
Looked like weeds to him, the judge said.
She was ordered to pay $640.
On her way out of court that day, Cummings asked for a copy of the photo that had particularly troubled the judge.”I could see he was referring to milkweed,” she said.
Milkweed may sound like a weed, may look like a weed, but it is, in fact, a native plant, the only plant on which the monarch butterfly lays its eggs. The monarch butterfly happens to be the state insect of Illinois.
“The irony,” she said.
After the hearing, Cummings might have appealed her case. She resolved, instead, to fight not only her punishment but the law itself.Using the Freedom of Information Act, she discovered that weeds are big business for the city of Chicago.
In 2009, Cummings says, the city issued 5,522 citations for weed violations and collected a little under a million dollars. Within a couple of years, after the City Council raised the fines dramatically — from $100 to $600 minimum — the number of tickets and the revenues shot up.
In 2012, according to Cummings, the city made $3.7 million from weeds. (A city representative did not answer my request to verify her numbers.)