H. L. Mencken’s recipe for dealing with activist judges

Both sides of the political spectrum in the USA have from time to time expressed “reservations” (euphemism!) at the decisions of judges that affect causes, laws and activities which they support.  Ninety-five years ago, H. L. Mencken had a suggestion on how to deal with them. To punish a judge taken in judicial crim. con. by fining him or sending him to jail is a bit too facile and obvious. What is needed is a system (a) that does not depend for its execution upon the good-will of fellow jobholders, and (b) that provides swift, certain and unpedantic punishments, each fitted neatly to its crime.

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So much for Beyond Meat!

The Babylon Bee hits another one out of the park. Look out, Beyond Meat — a new competitor has emerged in the market of turning vegetables into a food that tastes just like meat. But while companies like Beyond Meat use laboratories to turn vegetables into something tasty, this new process uses a much more natural method: feeding the vegetables to a cow. The startup, which goes by the much simpler brand name of “Meat,” came upon this process after using hundreds of millions of venture capital dollars to research how to turn vegetable products into something delicious that could be used as

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The snark intensifies

Many of us have long enjoyed satirical Web sites such as Duffelblog or the Babylon Bee.  Now comes news that IMAO is putting up political satire as well.  It now has a sidebar heading “IMAO Headlines”, containing some truly funny “fake news” stories. Here’s an example. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A local software innovator has created the perfect armor for deflecting individual accountability in the form of a new app called Blame-a-Lyzer, which helps you select just the right target group of people who have absolutely nothing to do with your life that you can blame for most, if not all, of your personal problems.

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Star Wars – Australian edition

This parody fan movie dates from 2013, but until reader Snoggeramus directed my attention to it, I’d never heard of it.  Half an hour of creative and Australian-sense-of-humor funny – what’s not to like? See the movie’s Web site for more information. It looks like there are a whole raft of Star Wars parodies and fan films.  See this listfor the details. Peter

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Move over, Kama Sutra – it’s time for the Archisutra!

Caution:  mildly NSFW content below the break. Trust an architect! London-based architect Miguel Bolivar recently released his side project Archisutra, an architecture and design take on the Kama Sutra. This manual gives you all the data with annotated scale drawings and informative descriptions including categorizations of ‘Typical Location’ and ‘Sustainability’. Each position is inspired by an iconic building and often incorporates the use of designer furniture. (Below is an example from the book. The anatomically correct drawing has been omitted, for obvious reasons.  Click the image for a larger view.) Bolivar explains the project arose from questioning how sex should

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