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I agree with your post's sentiments...but I don't think "nasty" was invented because of Nast.

It pre-dates him by a couple of centuries, at least.

But it did aptly describe some of his work.

nasty (adj.) Look up nasty at
c. 1400, "foul, filthy, dirty, unclean," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old French nastre "miserly, envious, malicious, spiteful," shortened form of villenastre "infamous, bad," from vilein "villain" + -astre, pejorative suffix, from Latin -aster.

Alternative etymology is from Dutch nestig "dirty," literally "like a bird's nest." Likely reinforced in either case by a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish dialectal naskug "dirty, nasty"), which also might be the source of the Middle English word. Of weather, from 1630s; of things generally, "unpleasant, offensive," from 1705. Of people, "ill-tempered," from 1825. Noun meaning "something nasty" is from 1935. Related: Nastily; nastiness.

Posted by The Center Holds | Thu Sep 29, 2016, 06:15 PM (1 replies)

Trump: "Megyn Kelly behaved very badly"

What a piece this guy is.

"I thought their questions to me were much tougher than to other people, and I respect that, but I really enjoyed the evening," Trump said. "The questions to me were far tougher, and that I supposedly -- according to what everyone is telling me, and the call-ins and everything, I won. But the questions to me were not nice. I didn't think they were appropriate. And I thought Megyn behaved very badly, personally."

He was referring to Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host who asked a question that won Trump some of his biggest laughter and applause.

"You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,'" Kelly said.

"Only Rosie O'Donnell," joked Trump. When the laughter died down, Trump decried "political correctness" and told Kelly he had "been very nice" to her and could always change his mind. Two hours later, he was still stewing.

"I thought it was an unfair question," said Trump in the spin room. "They didn't ask those questions of anybody else. So I thought it was an unfair question. But you know what? The answers were good, obviously, because everyone thinks I won."

They didn't ask that question of anyone else because NO ONE ELSE on that stage has been caught calling women 'fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals'.

Good grief. She "behaved very badly"??? Really? Because she didn't kiss your pompous butt? Because she called you out on your history of misogyny?

What a whiny crybaby. Yeah, good luck winning a general election without the woman vote.

If the GOP picks this lunatic, they deserve what they get.
Posted by The Center Holds | Fri Aug 7, 2015, 02:10 AM (26 replies)

Labor Day, Schmabor Day

I remember this from childhood:

Feel free to disagree.
Posted by The Center Holds | Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:39 AM (5 replies)

Mu(sick) - She tears popular culture a new one

--Madiha Bhatti

I found this pretty amazing and spot-on.

We are living in a time of cultural entropy, and we have to stop giving money to people who degrade our culture and society.

I would think (perhaps foolishly) that this is something the right and left could agree on.
Posted by The Center Holds | Sat Aug 23, 2014, 05:40 PM (7 replies)

How good of an eyewitness are you?

Watch the following video, and count the number of passes made by the white team.

If you've seen this already, please don't give it away.

Then watch this video, and answer the questions in it.


In the subject line, just tell us how many passes you saw. Then feel free to comment in the message section.
Posted by The Center Holds | Thu Aug 21, 2014, 05:24 PM (18 replies)

How reliable are eyewitnesses?

Case in point: Piaget Crenshaw

Here's how she describes Michael Brown's shooting now:

She says at about 3:20: "got out of his van and just started chasing after the boy, I'm hearing shots fired. Clearly none of them hit him. But one did graze him, I think as they say in the autopsy report, and at the end he just turned around after, I'm guessing, he felt the bullet graze his arm, he turned around and then was shot multiple times...He was running away so when he turned towards the cop is when he let off the most shots."

But earlier reports have her telling a different version of the events:

Another witness, Piaget Crenshaw, 19, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she saw a police officer attempting to put Brown in the squad car. According to Crenshaw, Brown put his hands in the air and attempted to run off. The young woman said several shots hit Brown as he ran.

Piaget Crenshaw, 19, said she was waiting for a ride to work when she saw a police officer attempting to place Brown in the squad car.

She then said she saw the teen, hands in the air, attempt to flee. Several shots hit Brown as he ran, Crenshaw said.

So, how reliable is eyewitness testimony? This includes the cops' version, as well. Will we ever know what really happened that day?

Why science tells us not to rely on eyewitness accounts

Eyewitnesses are not as reliable as one might believe
Posted by The Center Holds | Thu Aug 21, 2014, 12:11 PM (23 replies)

How honest is your city? Or...Honest Tea is such a lonely word

From July 16 - August 12, 2014, Honest Tea set up unmanned racks of cold Honest beverages offered for $1 on the honor system in 60 locations across all 50 states & Washington, D.C. At every site, information was collected including the number of people who paid or stole, as well as observable characteristics such as gender and hair color.


Highlights of the results (Combines both digital and physical experiment data):

Participants in Honolulu, Hawaii were 100% honest two years in a row.
Honesty returns to the nation’s capital as Washington, D.C. becomes the most improved city, rising to 96% honesty, 16 percentage points higher than 2013.
Minneapolis, Minn. and Providence, R.I. tie for biggest dip in honesty year over year, dropping 12 percentage points to 81% and 80% respectively.
Participants in the online experiment (as determined by authenticating via a Facebook application) were 95% honest. People identifying their relationship status on Facebook as “separated” (100% honest) proved to be more honest than “engaged” (94% honest).
Again, women proved to be more honest than men slightly edging them out 95% to 93% honest.
For the second year in a row, blondes came out as the most honest hair color with 95%. People with black hair were the least honest at 91%.

Read more:

Refreshingly, most people were honest. The shocker: Minneapolis! I guess 'Minnesota Nice' doesn't mean 'Minnesota Honest.'
Posted by The Center Holds | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 05:27 PM (2 replies)

Burned-down QuikTrip: "This is exactly what's supposed to happen"

Ferguson (?) resident DeAndre Smith explains in this clip that the looting and torching of the QT store is "exactly what's supposed to happen when injustices" occur in your community.

Very eloquently stated, and very wrong.

Do you think this is the best way for the residents of Ferguson to respond to the inhumane and demoralizing treatment from the police?

Or would a Gandhi-like non-violent approach curry more favor, more empathy, and serve to better redress the wrongs?

(FWIW, I think both sides have behaved very badly throughout this whole ordeal. I think both the protesters (and their supporters here) and the police (and their supporters here) have made some foolish choices and had far too binary of an approach.)
Posted by The Center Holds | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 09:43 AM (16 replies)

Remember the kidnapped Nigerian girls? They're still missing.

I know the Michael Brown shooting is fascinating and controversial, but there are still more than 200 families who don't know where their daughters are. Imagine not knowing where your child is, or what's happening to her, or who is doing what to her. And imagine you wake up with that same sense of helplessness and dread, every morning, for three months.

And imagine the despair when you realize that everyone--including those famous people and their hashtags--has essentially shrugged their shoulders and forgotten you.

The world has forgotten the Nigerian girls.

The universal outrage that greeted the abduction, and the massive effort to mobilize the global community to confront the terrorists and rescue the girls, has dissipated. Western governments talked tough, promised big, but in the end, did precious little to help save the girls. A world-wide Bring Back Our Girls campaign led by politicians, religious leaders and celebrities swept across continents and energized people. There was hope, but it was only fleeting. Once the sad faces that tugged at our heartstrings disappeared from our TV screens, the outrage faded, and governments moved on to the next crisis in the headlines, promises forgotten. People returned to their busy lives, and the Bring Back Our Girls campaign fizzled. More than 200 girls are brazenly abducted, and what the world does is to shed a little tear, then shrug its shoulders and move on. It is hard to imagine the horror that confronts these girls every waking moment. The terror, the helplessness and the feeling of abandonment must be excruciating.

But concerned and dismayed as people around the world are, we all can’t just march into the Nigerian rainforest and snatch the girls back. That is the responsibility of the government, and the failure rests entirely with what passes for government in Nigeria. And this failure raises the fundamental issue of what use government really is, in many parts of Africa. Dictators, politicians win elections, rig them or seize power all in the name of the people, but once in, look out for only themselves. Some of them plunder the kitty, leaving the vast majority of people impoverished. Others siphon proceeds from vast natural resources such as oil, gold and timber into personal bank accounts. And still others turn their countries into police states, jailing, torturing and killing their own kind. Now we have a government that shows little regard for the safety of its children.

It is inconceivable that a child would go missing in Canada or say Germany, and the government machinery would not go into overdrive to find this one human being. Yet more than 200 girls go missing for three months and the Nigerian president doesn’t even bother to meet the grieving parents, until Pakistani teenager and child advocate Malala Yousafzai prods him. Nigeria has the largest military in West Africa, and an equally large police and security force. Yet vast stretches of the northeastern part of the country have become no-go areas for government forces. Boko Haram has scared off the military and security forces, leaving towns and villages at the mercy of the heartless thugs. Since the abduction, dozens, including the fathers of seven of the kidnapped girls, have been killed by the terrorists. When villagers under threat ask for help, their government ignores them. Corruption is rampant, and the soldiers, poorly armed, poorly paid and motivated, have little or no inclination to put their lives at risk.

What’s happening in Nigeria is symptomatic of government in many parts of Africa: self-serving, uncaring and clueless. It is no surprise citizens are in despair. As for the girls, sadly the nightmare continues. All the rest of us can do is to keep praying for a miracle.

Posted by The Center Holds | Mon Aug 18, 2014, 06:27 PM (9 replies)

Mike Rowe's "SWEAT Pledge" - Would YOU sign it? Agree with it? Or is it nonsense?

Mike Rowe, from "Dirty Jobs" has the following pledge on his website:

(Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo)

1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.

2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.

3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.

4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.

5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.

6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.

7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.

8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.

9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.

10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.

11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.

12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.

What do you think? On target? Balderdash? Typical right-wing 1% garbage? If you disagree--please specify WHY you disagree. Please don't simply say, "That's a gross oversimplification. That's not reality."
Posted by The Center Holds | Tue Aug 5, 2014, 12:24 AM (57 replies)
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