Sunday, July 30, 2023

Getting In Cars W/ Strangers

Another for the "What in the name of hell is wrong w/ you fucking people?" file:

Couple Allege Uber Driver Stabbed Them After One Vomited in Car

According to the complaint, the couple were being driven home last Sept. 25 after a night out with friends when Hakobyan became nauseous during the trip and vomited in the vehicle’s back seat.

The plaintiffs apologized and offered to pay the Uber driver to clean the vehicle, but the driver instead “became extremely aggressive” and refused to take the pair home, the suit states.

“Plaintiffs protested and begged the driver take them to their destination and ensured that the driver would be adequately compensated for her troubles,” according to the suit.

Rather than de-escalate the situation, the driver took out a knife and stabbed her passengers multiple times and both needed medical care, the suit states.

Shouldn't the driver be doing hard time?

Today In The Class & Culture Wars: “Writing off San Francisco”

A look at the “journalism of privilege” in real estate and food, which can at times replace reporting on ordinary people's experiences of essential human needs  —  Celebrity-owned $25,000 glass-door fridges; hotel owners “writing off San Francisco” as the market drops …

Next Target: The American Taliban

Blow up a few MAGA rallies & see what happens.

Subterranean Sunday

La Brea Av. & Wilshire Bl. here has been effed up by subway construction since 2015. Pretty sure the tunnel's been dug, but now 10,000+ ft. of new pipe is being laid under what will be the station entrance, which is slated to open next yr.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

None So Blind ...

Note the National (Socialist) Review blaming victims.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Our so-called liberal media covers up the right's racism and growing homophobia  —  Political reporters at our leading news organizations routinely put a thumb on the scale in favor of the far right - both by failing to call out its racist and increasingly homophobic nature, and by adopting right-wing frames in reporting current events. 

Thursday, July 27, 2023

70 Yrs. Ago Today

"Police Action."

Congressional Review

From the "He seems nice" file, another drunken Republican loser.
Matt Fuller / The Daily Beast:
‘You Are a Pussy’: McCarthy and Swalwell Get in House Floor Feud  —  There's a story going around Capitol Hill that Democrats are delighted to tell. … There's a story going around Capitol Hill that Democrats insist you just have to hear.  It's about how Speaker Kevin McCarthy is “a pussy.”
Northern Californians are just effing jerks. 

Whereas South Carolinians are doing "it" w/o benefit of marriage. Strike this ho-bag dead, Jeebus!!
 Brianna Herlihy / Fox News:
Nancy Mace gives racy explanation for almost being late to Tim Scott prayer breakfast: ‘a little TMI’  —  Rep Mace spoke at the 13th Annual South Carolina Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday  —  South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace shared a risqué anecdote during her speech at Capitol Hill colleague

Beef Bologna

Frankly, a bit disappointed. I was expecting more than mere length. Bake yourselves some big damn pieces of bread & get some girth going.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Weds. Whatnot

We were just informed that Mick Jagger is eighty today, although it is "tomorrow" in most of this stupid world.
We'd be more than remiss if we neglected the root of all good music.

Come To Sunny California

Lovely, innit?

Local Action Round-Up

Today's Landlord Scum

British tourist awarded $375,000 after suffering hundreds of bed bug bites at infested Hollywood Hills home

The tourist, Meshak Moore, at first believed the marks on his body were from mosquito bites, but four weeks after waking up with itchy welts on his skin he discovered his mattress was infested with hundreds of bugs and nests that he recorded in a video he submitted as evidence.

“I’ve been sleeping in this for a month, getting bitten,” he is heard saying in the video when he discovered the bugs, according to court records filed Friday. “Look. Look.”

The arbitration decision, signed June 29 by Robert Bare, a judge with the American Arbitration Assn., came after six years of litigation between Moore and Henry Huang and Robert Norris of Bamboo Retreats LLC, the owners of the house in the 2000 block of Vasanta Way. Moore was in Los Angeles for an extended vacation, renting part of the house occupied by Huang and Norris.

Six fucking yrs. to punish a pair of corporate parasites who were extending professional courtesy to other parasites? Arbitration my ass!

Natural world: The red part is your blood. The black part is your blood turned to bedbug poop.
A bed bug feeding on human skin.
(Edwin Remsberg / VWPics via Associated Press)

Photographic Filler

It's an ugly world; I don't know why you chump-ass suckers keep living in it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023


Can Not Wait Until Every Single One Of You Freezes To Death

Peter Ditlevsen / Nature:
Warning of a forthcoming collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation  —  Abstract  —  The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) is a major tipping element in the climate system and a future collapse would have severe impacts on the climate in the North Atlantic region. In recent years weakening in circulation has been reported, but assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), based on the Climate Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) model simulations suggest that a full collapse is unlikely within the 21st century.
Karl Mathiesen / Politico:
Gulf Stream shutoff could happen this century, scientists warn  —  It would be the end of the world as we know it but some scientists say they feel fine.  —  3 MINUTES READ  —  The Atlantic Ocean current that keeps large parts of Europe warm could come to an abrupt and catastrophic stop …

Satanic In Seattle?

Monday, July 24, 2023

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Drink Up!

Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
In Memoriam

For once, something good to say of the dead.
Daniel Arkin / NBC News:
Tony Bennett, enraged by racism, championed civil rights alongside MLK  —  In an era when most white entertainers stayed on the sidelines, the singer marched for racial equality and resisted apartheid.  —  In the 1950s, Tony Bennett watched with dismay as Black musicians like Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington were denied admission to concert hall dining rooms and hotels. The injustice he witnessed infuriated the young singer.
 Dave Kindy / Washington Post:
Tony Bennett saw racism and horror in World War II.  It changed him.  —  What were the chances?  Thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land devastated by war, old friends bumped into each other on the street.  —  It was Thanksgiving Day, 1945, when two U.S. Army soldiers met unexpectedly in Mannheim, Germany.

Small Town News From The Heartland

Compare & contrast:

New report points to homicide rate declines in US cities after pandemic-era spike

Or is Fargo a big city?

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Surf Report

Now I'm worried about this poor otter. The forces of repression seem to be getting worked up.And here, for idiots, is the shorter, small-screen version.Speaking of surf, perhaps the first "surf" tune. W/ B-side. Very hep for 1960.



Wednesday, July 19, 2023

More Feeding Of Animals

"Guess who's coming to dinner?"
Via MPS. Couldn't resist.

NBC Jumps On Nuclear Bandwagon

"Bite Me!"


Isabella Ramirez / The Daily Beast:
GOP Florida Rep Accused of Sexual Harassment Allegedly Bit, Berated People  —  Rep. Fabian Basabe (R-FL), accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit by two male ex-staffers, has an extensive history of bad behavior spanning nearly two decades, the Miami Herald reported.
"Nearly two decades". W/ a public service record like that he'll probably be Florida's Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2026.

Rat Sessions

Ian Underwood whips it out.

... But Never Better Late

Up at the crack of 1300 to find this labor of un-paid love was published late. Figures. All is bullshit. Is no one else even aware of bullshit? Aren't you fuckheads tired of it yet? Why doesn't somebody do something about it?

Serious As A ...

"Hot summer day didn't quit for the night", to coin a phrase. Recorded in Pasadena 40 yrs. ago this month.

Hot Rats

Even if it says "Bird Seed" on the bag, it's rat feed. Nonetheless, thanks for the photo opportunity, pigeon-lover.
No, those are definitely rats. Did not, however, check their little rat bellies.

Last Fishing Expedition

I still dunno. That dog doesn't look so thin.
When asked what he would like to eat back on land, Shaddock, smiling and jovial as he slid into a waiting car, said “tuna sushi.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

"Failing To Secure A Load"

I've been saying for yrs. that everything's made of shit & we're all dying. Further proof, if needed:

Human waste leaking from truck causes crashes on Connecticut highway

This image released by the Connecticut State Police, Tuesday, July 18, 2023, shows one
of two state police cruisers damaged when human waste, leaking from a tractor trailer,
turned Interstate 95 in Bridgeport, Conn., into a virtual skating rink, causing multiple crashes
Monday night, July 17, 2023. State police charged the driver with reckless driving,
reckless endangerment and failing to secure a load. (Connecticut State Police via AP)

Suspicious? You Bet I Am.

Cynical, even. Seems like a lot of corporate clothing.Two items down.

Summer Doldrums

Possibly different day, absolutely the same old same old.

Yesterday's image in higher resolution.

Happy Ending

Bella, a real rescue dog. 

Australian man and his dog rescued by Mexican tuna boat after drifting 3 months in the Pacific Ocean


Monday, July 17, 2023

Reprise ...

John Coltrane died on this date in 1967.
Better than Dylan.

Temperature's Rising

Also from the AP, an invasive species, in a version for idiots to watch on their "devices", & one for those who can handle an extra 30 secs. or so on the wide screen. Furriners are fascinated by the furnace.Allez-vous faire foutre a la bouche, Froggies. I mean, what's the big deal?

Summer's Almost Gone ...

Saw the first back to school ad, or at least the first that registered in what remains of my consciousness.
Hmm. Not as bad as I'd hoped (& wanted).

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Sunday Surf Long Listen

Barely 'phoning it on my recently functional mobile 'phone. No idea what Del Shannon is doing here.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Pence Pontificates: "I'm Pro-Life"
(Even If It Kills The Mother)

Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Pence says abortion should be banned for nonviable pregnancies  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence said abortions in the case of nonviable pregnancies should be banned, taking a hard stance on abortion policy, which has served as an emphasis of his campaign.  —  “I'm pro-life. I don’t apologize for it,” Pence said in a recent interview. “I just have heard so many stories over the years of courageous women and families who were told that their unborn child would not go to term or would not survive. And then they had a healthy pregnancy and a healthy delivery.”
Next: No contraception, missionary-style only, pregnancy required.

Friday, July 14, 2023

Hooray Hooray, Le Quatorze Juillet!

Heads shall roll!
Execution of Louis XVI, German copperplate engraving, 1793, by Georg Heinrich Sieveking.

"Now I'm Not Saying Hitler Was Right, Mind You, Just That That Commie Lenin Was Much, Much Worse"

Some people just can't help themselves.
Ryan Phillips / The Big Lead:
The Seattle Times fires newly hired editorial writer David Volodzko after he claimed on Twitter that Hitler was a lesser evil than Lenin  —  The Seattle Times has fired recently-hired columnist David Volodzko after he wrote one piece for the paper.  Volodzko was a member of the Times' editorial board …