Welp, due to colossal corporate incompetence and an aggressive disregard for even the most rudimentary customer service, I will be offline again today. I'm so sorry for the interruption. Let me assure you that I would rather, by a factor of eleventy trazillion, be writing content for y'all today than dealing with the bullshit that's keeping me away.
In the meantime, here are some links of interest for discussion:
[Content Note: Anti-choice terrorism] Robert Dear, who perpetrated the act of anti-choice terrorism on the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility on Nov. 27, appeared in court yesterday and dramatically announced that he is guilty: "'I am guilty there will be no trial. I am a warrior for the babies,' he said in an outburst in El Paso County Court overheard by CBS4 reporter Rick Sallinger. Soon afterwards he stated 'You'll never know the amount of blood I saw in that place.'" Without a trace of fucking irony. Also: Bullshit. He's a liar as well as a murderer.
[CN: Terrorism; death; video may autoplay at link] "The man at the center of last week's massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., began discussing jihad and martyrdom with his [then] soon-to-be wife even before she came to America last year. He also may have plotted an attack as far back as 2012 with a neighbor who had purchased the two assault rifles used in the shooting, according to senior American officials. The neighbor, Enrique Marquez, has spoken at length with federal authorities in recent days about his relationship with the gunman, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and their planning. Mr. Marquez has checked himself into a mental health facility and federal authorities are still trying to assess his credibility and corroborate his account. It is not clear why the 2012 plot did not go forward."
[CN: Guns; video may autoplay at link] This sounds like a terrific idea: "Gun rights groups say they will conduct a mock mass shooting this weekend at the University of Texas campus as they try to end gun-free zones. The Open Carry Walk and Crisis Performance Event will involve actors 'shot' by perpetrators armed with cardboard weapons, said Matthew Short, a spokesman for the gun rights groups Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com. 'It's a fake mass shooting, and we'll use fake blood,' he said. He said gun noises will be blared from bullhorns. Other people will then play the role of rescuers, also armed with cardboard weapons."
[CN: Racism] Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia continues to be flagrantly racist: "Near the end of oral argument in a high-profile affirmative-action case Wednesday, conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that black students benefit from a 'slower track' at less prestigious schools and are thus harmed by affirmative action." This fucking guy.
"Scientific Evidence Doesn't Support Global Warming, Sen. Ted Cruz Says." Sounds about right.
And finally! "The Fluffiest Cats in the World." A+