December 5th, 1941. 75 years ago today Dr. Seuss drew this cartoon.

75 years ago on December 5th 1941 Theodor Seuss Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss was working for the New York newspaper PM as a political cartoonist when he crafted this single prescient panel.      Three days later on December 8th Geisel produced this panel which served as a retrospective on American foreign policy.   Dr. Seuss worked for three years as a political cartoonist for PM newspaper creating over 400 panels in his distinctive style. About half of these were reproduced in Dr. Richard H. Minear's book Dr. Seuss Goes to War. Fortunately with he help of UC San Diego Dr. Minear was able to get the entire body of work archived and easily accessible at http://library.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dswenttowar/index.html With the pending 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Wednesday Dec 7, 2016 I found these cartoons to be an interesting perspective on the world view of the United States as the country leaped from isolationistic policies to becoming fully engaged...
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Lincoln's thoughts on Mike Pence's reception at Hamilton

Abe's thoughts on Mike Pence's reception at Hamilton.

Admit it. SNL is going to be awesome again for the next four years!

You know it is true!

Donations to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence's name

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The 2016 election polls are not wrong. You are.

 Folks, You need to put this to rest and focus your energy on making things better. The polls were not ever wrong. All the polls showed you was the *likelihood* of an outcome. No one ever said Trump would categorically lose. The majority of the polls just said that it was most likely he would not win, but there was always a very reasonable chance he would. If you are diagnosed with a disease and you are told that with 100% certainty you will pass away in a month, the odds are not in your favor. But if you are told you have a 28.6% chance of not passing away you will walk away thinking "That's good, I have a chance". So please quit obsessing over the polls.    Images from 538    
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#2018 #MidTermElections

  #2018 #MidTermElections

When the class bully almost wins

Folks, It is election day and we are all exhausted. This has been an election for the record books in terms of how outlandish it was and how it normalized behavior we would have thought outrageous on a SNL skit only a year ago.  I consider myself to be a reasoned liberal. i.e. I will give anyone a fair chance to explain their perspective. And as long as they are drawing upon established facts or well supported arguments I can at the very least agree to disagree with them. But something has changed in our electorate. Well not so much changed as has become dominate in our conversation. And that is people, and the news presenting and taking opinions and speculation as fact or treating them as well supported arguments. And they are not. The unfortunate upshot of this is that after the primaries were over those who supported Hillary should have rallied behind her. But...
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Make America Great Again...

Make America Great AgainBe careful what you wish for!

Prince - Purple Rain Tribute Drink

Prince - Purple Rain Tribute DrinkCelebrate the life of Prince with the ShovelBums tribute drink: Purple Rain!

Minnesota Historical Center is preparing Prince's "Purple Rain" coat for display.

Minnesota Historical Society preparing Prince's Purple Rain Coat for display "To honor Prince's legacy in Minnesota and beyond, the Purple Rain suit in our collections will be on view at Minnesota History Center starting tomorrow (April 23, 2016). Visitors can view the suit for free during normal museum hours, which begin at 10 am tomorrow. There will also be a space for remembrances. Extra kudos and thanks to all our staff who worked so hard to prepare the suit for viewing by the public!" MHC on Facebook   For you ‪#‎Prince‬ junkies this is pretty sweet. This is the original live recording of Purple Rain at a benefit show from 1983 of which a lot of it made it to the album. And kind of like VH1 Pop Up Videos (that dates one a bit!) it has interesting info in the caption bar.  
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Mother Jones Article - Inside The Race to Stop the Next Mass Shooter. Their estimate was off by two days :-(

A few months ago, after the last mass shooting, I saw the estimated intervals between mass shootings in the US in a Mother Jones article. I counted ahead from that date and made a note on my calendar that according to their estimates there would be another by December 4th... A few months ago, after the last mass shooting, I saw the estimated intervals between mass shootings in the US in a Mother Jones article. I counted ahead from that date and made a note on my calendar that according to their estimates there would be another by December 4th...  Mother Jone's article Inside The Race to Stop the Next Mass Shooter by Mark Follman
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Koko gets kittens for her 44th Birthday


Koko the sign language Gorilla gets kittens for her 44th birthdayKoko - The gorilla  almost any practicing anthropologist alive today feels a kinship with received kittens for her 44th birthday. Watch this great video:    
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This weekend Mars will be as big as your Full Moon and Uranus!

This weekend Mars will be as big as the full moon and Uranus.Totally true and hard science here folks. This weekend Mars will be as big as Your own Full Moon and Uranus (depending on your viewing distance).   As for Mars being viewed from earth and appearing as big as the moon, it is never, ever, going to happen.
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Probably NSFW, but clever -> Key & Peele's Pirate Chantey Is the Feminist Anthem of the Summer

VIA Jezebel - Thanks for the heads up Lucy! Key & Peele's Pirate Chantey Is the Feminist Anthem of the Summer 77,557 91 Madeleine Davies Filed to: COMEDY 7/09/15 5:50pm   “I once met a lass so fine. She was dunk on barley wine. I’d been at sea for months a three. I knew I could make her mine. And the lass was past consent! So it was off with her we went,” growls pirate Jordan Peele. Don’t despair, though. There’s a twist! Sing it with me! “A woman has a right to a drink or two without worrying about what you will do! We’d say ‘YO HO,’ but we don’t say ‘ho,’ ‘cause ‘ho’ is disrespectful, yo!”
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Facebook now lets you choose who you see first in your news feed

Note: This is iOS only right now. It will be coming to other platforms soon. This is great news! Facebook has introduced a way to actually prioritize who you see on your news feed (though it caps at 30 unfortunately). It has also simplified who you are friends with (anyone have crazy uninformed friends on their list? lol!) that you choose not to follow (or want to refollow).  It is very easy to access:   1: Go to the facebook App and click "More" in the lower right corner:       2: Scroll down until you see "News Feed Preferences" under Settings:       3: Viola! There you go. Prioritize away! But keep in mind Facebook inserts a star into your news feed so you can see who you have prioritized...but so can your friend/relative looking over your shoulder!        
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