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Horrors of the Night category archive

Nefarious Plots 0

Two NSA staffers are monitoring sigint.  One asks,

Via Job’s Anger.

Unfit for Human Consumption 0

Title:  Too Hideous for Human Eyes.  Frame One:  Medusa, with her snake hair waving.  Frame Two:  Indiana Jones's Lost Ark, with the SS guy gasping in horror.  Frame Three:  Senate Trumpcare Bill, with Mitch McConnell blocking to door to the meeting room.

Via Job’s Anger.

How Stuff Works, Customer Service Dept. Dept. 0

Man holding cell phone to wife:  Why does every rate increase begin with


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Things that Can’t Be Unseen 2

Below the fold, if you dare.

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Party Hearty 0

Penn State PR Department discussing stories about


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(If you are unclear as to what this cartoon refers to, just read this.)

Afterthought:

When I went to college, I briefly–oh so very briefly–considered rushing a frat.

Then I realized I could get drunk quite nicely on my own without having to waste my drinking money on dues.

Because, frankly, getting drunk is what college fraternities do. All the rest is window dressing.

Facebook Frolics 0

Man says to wife,


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The Watchers 0

All Hallows’ Eve Approacheth . . . 0

. . . and there be monsters.

Don’t Go There 2

The innerwebs tell me that panicked pols are touting banning travel to west Africa, even though portions of west Africa have struggled with ebola for years, and the rest of the world, for all practical purposes, has done little or nothing to help, because (to be blunt) it was Africa and nobody outside of Africa cared much if at all.

Methinks, as regards the US right now, a ban on travel to Texas would be more to the point.

After all, Texas is the US epi(demic)center for the disease and, unlike, say, for example, just to mention one, Nigeria, has proven itself incapable of dealing with the contagion.

Scaredy Cats 0

What Noz said.

A Picture Is Worth 0

Cartoon of bumper sticker:  Elect another BUSH:  Third Time's a Charm


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Why does this make me think of an H. P. Lovecraft story?

“Wound Collector” 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Katherine Ramsland tries to find some explanations for the spate of mass shootings ending in the suicide of the shooter. The article does not purport to explain why they happen, but does find similarities among them that seldom get noted in the news coverage.

A nugget (emphasis in the original):

We often don’t think much about the suicide angle in the aftermath of mass shootings, but a high percentage of these offenders had been depressed, angry, unstable, and unhappy with their lives. Yet instead of just taking themselves out, they decide to take others with them. What used to be an inward act has increasingly become outward.

I call this coercive suicide. We don’t yet know Aguilar’s motive, but typically suicidal mass murderers have the added need to punish someone, to make a public show of their death as a “lesson,” and/or to add their own notch on the infamy scale.

Follow the link to find out what a “wound collector” is.

Into the Valley of Death . . . . 0

Twits on Twitter 0

Tony Norman comments on Geraldo’s “selfie.”

While Geraldo has always been comfortable going wherever the intersection of narcissism and new media will lead him, most of us have an instinctive revulsion about the prospect of sharing too much about ourselves. Some things — like the way we look like in the steam of the bathroom mirror — should be private.

More selfie-awareness at the link.

Facebook Frolics 0

FB status update spooks the spooks, leading to a haunting.

Too True To Be Funny 0

Man staring and thinking:  For me, to be human is, for the most part, to hate what I am.  When I suddenly realize I am one of them, I want to scream in horror.

Via Comically Vintage.

When I Was Growing Up, There Were No Eagles 2

Not where I grew up, at least.

Now they have come back, as my irregular posts of my brother’s eagle pictures indicates–he lives directly across the Bay* from where we grew up.

And someone has been killing them, untentionally, it seems. The current theory is that they were collateral damage in an attempt to get foxes or coyotes (coyotes? there weren’t any of them, either).

Dick Destiny has a nice write up on his best guess as to what was used and on why that is his best guess.

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*When you grow up on the Eastern Shore, the world is divided into two parts. “The Shore” and “across the Bay.”

Yippee Tyson on! 0

Did Nick Carter foresee modern agriculture?

Who destroyed the fractious factory farm?

Was Frank Perdue peeping around that corner?

Who conned Agra?

And what exactly is a “Monsanto,” anyway?

Find out now!

Listen to the Case of the Chemical Chickens (mp3) now!

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Exporting Culture 0

Britain should consider this a hostile act:

MTV is to launch a British version of its hit show Jersey Shore, which tells the story of eight outgoing teenagers growing up near the beach.

WikiHysteria (Updated) 0

In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tracy Rubin goes ga-ga because Visa’s, MasterCard’s, and Amazon’s websites got slow for a little while.

This is a serious overreaction, founded in ignorance of how computer networks actually function. Her “expert” is Richard Clarke, who (surprise, surprise) has a scary book to sell.

For a sane view of the cyberterrorism drumbeaters, read Dick Destiny.

Addendum, later that same week:

Dick Destiny, whose background in these matters is far stronger than mine, considers Ms. Rubin’s reasoning. The results are not pretty.