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Doctors without Boundaries 0

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

Unchecked baggage.

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The March of Progress 0

Or not.

Schools in the United Kingdom are beginning to remove analog clocks from the classroom — because students are complaining that they can’t read them, reports say.

Officials have begun replacing the traditional clocks with digital ones as children have been unable to tell the correct time on analog clocks, The Telegraph reports.

More at the link.

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Facebook Frolics 0

The pothole posse.

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Lead Poisoning 0

A couple buys a home and discovers that automobile battery casings have been used in the fill for the property.*

Automobile batteries contain lead.

Now they are stuck with their own little hazardous waste dump, one they can’t sell, don’t want to use, and for which they can’t get help for a clean-up.

I really don’t have anything constructive or creative or clever to say about this, other than that it’s just too despicable for words.

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*One suspects that this is recycling that Scott Pruitt would find laudatory.

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Nor Any Drop To Drink 0

Dry gulch.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Twits who fly the fiendly skies.

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Try a Low-Fad Diet 0

Title:  Beyond the Paleo.  Frame One:  Find modern life emasculating?   Try a pseudo-scientific diet (Image of caveman growling,

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Apocalypse Not 0

According to investigators, Deemie was under the influence of narcotics on February 17 when he became convinced that a zombie invasion was nigh. Deemie is accused of breaking into the home of a neighbor, Larhonda Gonzalez, around 3 AM and stealing the keys to her Ford Escape.

Deemie then drove the stolen SUV to the Peoria airport, where he sought to crash into the terminal. He then somehow bypassed security and got aboard an empty plane parked on the tarmac.

We are a society of stupid.

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Devolution 0

Image of Egyptian hieroglyphics paired with image of emoticons.  Caption:  4,000 years later and we are back to the same language.

Via PoliticalProf.

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Men Are Pigs 0

Online oinkers.

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Newspeak 0

We have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.

According to a new report by the Washington Post, analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told on Thursday that there were certain words that couldn’t be used on official documents that were being prepared for the agency’s budget next year.

    The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

More at the link.

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Who Ya Gonna Call? 0

Honest to Betsy, you can’t make this stuff up!

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Vile 0

Words fail me.

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Great Moments in Spell Check 0

From today’s local rag:

Copy of print newspaper showing "mechanizations" improperly used for "machinations."

It’s also in the online version as I write this:

That was true under President George W. Bush, who used a national emergency to throw a veil of secrecy over his administration’s mechanizations.

What kind of machinations, one wonders, will be required to correct this error.

(By the by, the local rag has been rolling out some excellent editorials lately. The Editorial Board clearly finds the antics of the current federal administration to be concerning.)

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“Social Media” Isn’t 0

The second paragraph in a story in today’s local rag states:

Linda has asked that her last name not be used for fear of harassment on social media.

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Dog Gone* 0

Canine recruit found to be insufficiently fiendly.

One such puppy, a German shepherd named Gavel, flunked out of police training in Australia in February after he was found to “not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line.” As BBC reports, the problem was that Gavel was “too sociable,” and enjoyed meeting strangers a little too much to make a career out of catching criminals. Unfortunately, he was too much of a good boy.

The story goes on to say he was adopted by the governor of Queensland.

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*Sorry. Couldn’t resiste.

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Caffeination Nation 0

Oh, my.

A 16-year-old high school student who collapsed in a classroom last month died from ingesting too much caffeine, the county coroner said Monday.

The official cause of death for Davis Allen Cripe was a “caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia,” said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. It was the result of the teen ingesting the caffeine from a large Diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald’s and an energy drink over the course of about two hours, Watts said.

The story goes on to say that the autopsy found no undiagnosed or untreated condition. The caffeine did it all on its ownsome.

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The Call of the Wired 0

Tales of the headset set.

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Stray Thought, Normalization Dept. 0

One of the distressing aspects of dis coarse post-election discourse is the attempt on the part of some to portray bigotry, hatred, and racism as somehow legitimate because the bigots, haters, and racists feel “aggrieved.”*

For example.

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*Afterthought, Late That Same Evening:

And, natch, because they are not Not White. Not White grievances are ipso facto not legitimate. If you paid attention, you’d know that.

I think I shall be ill.

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