A Tweet Or Two









Missy Elliott = A+++++++. Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger = OH. HELL. YEAH






Even in liberal California, women’s rights can be denied. The fight never ends



It’s 2015 and some refuse to get it into their DUMB brains that blackface is racist


Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Thursday that the United States would play a greater role in alleviating the increasingly high-profile Syrian refugee crisis, which the United Nations believes to be the worst refugee dilemma in 25 years. “We could do a lot more to protect those people,” Kerry told The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein. Speaking from the State Department, Kerry acknowledged that while America has donated over $4 billion in humanitarian assistance to help Syrians, the situation in their war-ravaged country and in neighboring states remains dire for millions. Kerry did not suggest that the U.S. should be taking in more refugees. Rather, he indicated that any increased American effort would focus on working with existing refugee camps in other countries.



What an idiot









Putin and his minions are morons



White people, why must you take cool dances and make them uncool. Why?!?! 😀


73 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”

  1. September 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    My latest Blog post on a really interesting exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA:

    ‘The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day,” a large-scale installation by Beijing-based sculptor Li Hongbo. Hongbo primarily uses handmade paper to create visually compelling and malleable sculptures that challenge the viewer’s perceptions of metamorphosis in sculpture. Li Hongbo is known for employing handmade paper as his medium, to create malleable sculptures that challenge the viewer’s perception of metamorphosis in sculpture. His fascination with the material and its history, which is an important part of his chinese culture — the oldest known paper fragments in the world date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), and made their way to the west by way of the silk road — began when he attended the central academy of fine arts in beijing where paper was a cheap and readily available resource. since then, the artist has engaged in depth with the material, exploring its endless possibilities. Hongbo’s work can be seen as part of this continuum, drawing from a rich formal and historic tradition. The artist’s fascination with paper and its history started coincidentally when he attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, as paper was a cheap and readily available resource. This ultimately developed into a focused analysis and engagement with the endless possibilities the medium offers as Hongbo progressed through his studies and established his career.

    Building upon his expansive knowledge of paper’s natural strengths and weaknesses, Li Hongbo’s creative’s artistic process sees him applying a honeycomb layer of adhesive between sheets of paper, to form solid yet pliable structures that can elongate, retract, stretch and twist. his installation ‘Irons for the ages, Flowers for the day’ is a composition of brightly colored gun-shaped paper accordions that fill the SCAD museum of art’s pamela elaine potter gallery. The work examines the conflicts of war and weapons, in which Li Hongbo transforms the crude tools of destruction, rendered in vibrant, honeycombed, laminated paper, by reshaping them into delicate abstract forms resembling floral patterns. the artist eliminates any signs of slaughter and chaos that guns evoke, by transposing the sinister intent of guns into a pleasant landscape which instead expresses feelings of optimism…From hippies penetrating the National Guard’s rifles with flower power, to fleeting blooms and butterflies glimpsed amid the chaos of Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, the petal, juxtaposed with the metal of a gun, are as apt a metaphor for our dual desires for war and peace as any. Discussion around mass shootings and gun control have become a part of our everyday lives since the 2012 Newtown massacre, leaving cultural and emotional scar tissue that that is picked at and reopened with a fresh ‘incident’ every month. Hongbo seeks to remind people that the will to kill with so brutal and effective a weapon as a gun surrounds us always, no matter how charming the setting. “Everyone has a dream. Dreams of a comfortable life, a beautiful environment, a peaceful society and so on,” he says. “But some selfish people damage others’ lives and dreams because of their own excessive desires. They revert to guns, one of most deadly weapons be used to threaten and kill people who do not ‘obey’ their dreams of beauty.”…continued’

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      September 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Congratulations, LP! Provocative conceptual art piece.

      Another supporter of the Iran Deal from Oregon, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici:

    • 3 jackiegrumbacher
      September 4, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you for this, LP. It’s a mind stretching piece of art by a brilliant artist.

  2. 4 No Child Left Behind
    September 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm


  3. 5 Vicki
    September 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Catch-up time.
    Right here for the best roundup of todays’ news.
    Thank you once again, Nerdy.

  4. 7 LDS
    September 4, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Congratulations LP!
    Going back to read EVERYTHING!

  5. September 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Wonderful recap of the day/week that was, NW! I hope everyone enjoys their weekend 🙂

    ‘The Star Wars hype leading up to the new films is in full swing, and now that wave of space opera excitement extends to the PlayStation 4 gaming console. Sony rolled out the Star Wars Limited Edition PlayStation 4 on Sunday with a Darth Vader-style reveal of the console on YouTube. Playing the classic film dialogue “Lord Vader… rise…” on the video presentation, the console was officially unveiled at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

    As for the design of the console, it’s emblazoned with a large image of Darth Vader on its side, along with a string of Star Wars logos lining the rest of the case. Sony’s custom 500GB console also comes with a DualShock 4 wireless controller that sports a design element mimicking Vader’s chest plate. The special edition bundle is being offered along with a few gaming goodies, including Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition and a digital voucher for four other Star Wars gaming titles: Super Star Wars, Racer Revenge, Jedi Starfighter and Bounty Hunter. You’ll be able to get your hands on this piece of geek history starting November 17.’

  6. September 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    ‘What if going in for a medical checkup didn’t involve waiting in a sterile white room decorated with cotton balls and otoscope attachments? What if, instead, you could step up to play a game, as if you’re visiting an old-school arcade? That’s the premise of Fitzania, an interactive exhibit that was on display at the UAE’s recent Museum of the Future installation, conceived by Tellart and produced by Specular. Fitzania is like a body-tracking Microsoft Kinect game, imagined for the year 2030. Players are challenged to swing a four-pound ball to match onscreen prompts, all while being inundated by the dazzling digital overload of a projection mapped room. “The angle we were going for was, most kids don’t get enough exercise. The user experience of going to the doctor is terrible and scary to most kid,” explains Dr. Noah Raford, Advisor to the UAE’s Strategic Projects Department. “How could we design an experience that could fit into the larger system of healthcare and wellness.”

    But it’s not just an exercise game. While kids (or adults) played the game, the system would, in theory, be tracking all sorts of biometrics during the challenge. Heart rate. Respiration. Reflexes and cognitive speed. The data would be uploaded to their private medical records, serving as an automated checkup, or another data point before their next physical. The idea may seem a bit absurd, but it’s actually a designed in response to a rapidly shifting medical infrastructure. Increasingly, we’re seeing healthcare shift away from hospital visits to services being offered by pharmacies and telemedicine. At the same time, wearables are teasing the possibilities of more data, drawing a longitudinal view of one’s health, rather than a once-a-year snapshot taken at your doctor. And many insurance carriers are focusing on the potential savings of preventing illness rather than treating it, and offering subsidized coverage of gym memberships and dietary counseling. Fitzania sits at a conceptual epicenter of these trends as a means of mixing decentralized health care with free workouts and the quantified self…continued’

  7. 15 hopefruit2
    September 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Good evening Nerdy, Chips & TOD! 🙂

  8. 17 hopefruit2
    September 4, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    WOOOSH – what an amazing round-up of tweets!! Thanks so much Nerdy! 🙂

  9. September 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

  10. 20 MightyPamela
    September 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Happy Birthday to Alycee, tho it seems she is off celebrating properly, with balloons, and not just hanging out with all of us fine TODObots, but I am cool with that! NW!! as long as it’s okay to realize I will never ever catch up, but the all-in-one-place-all-the-REAL-news, makes an enormous difference in my life!! Thank you, dear NW! And, it is so perfect the way all the children just know who PBO is, they cannot be fooled! Bless their hearts, they are the Future, and PBO is always shaping that energy to go Forward!! ❤ 🐻 ❤

  11. September 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Just went through the evening newscasts to see what if any coverage of the jobs/unemployment #’s….Here is the verdict:

    CNN Sit Room 5: Chicago manhunt, Trump/Hewitt *Gotcha* interview, Clinton E-mail, Migrants, More Trump, U.S. Open Drone// NO JOBS

    CNN Sit Room 6: Chicago manhunt, Trump/Hewitt *Gotcha* interview, Clinton E-mail, VP Biden(will he run) Trump, HRC Pres Conf// NO JOBS

    BBC: Migrant crisis (U.K, Austria responses), Jewel Heist verdict, Guatemala Elex, Test scores based on teenager computer use// NO JOBS

    AJAmerica: Migrants, S.Arabia visit, Yemem war, Iraqi PM protest, Guatemala corruption charges, Sri Lanka Gov reconciliation// NO JOBS

    NBC: Clinton E-mails, Trump/Hewitt interview, Chuck Toad *analysis*, 22 seconds JOBS/stocks, Migrants, KY Clerk, U.S. Open Drone

    CBS: LEAD STORY “At long last the…..Back to Work..Employment graph, lowest rate 5.1 % since ’08, segment on hiring” next story Oil $$$
    hiring effect…4 minutes in all” Chicago manhunt, KY marriage license, Migrants, Trump/Hewitt (best part is they compared
    it to 2000 GWB only being able to name 1/4 World leaders…”but he still won the Presidency”), VP Biden’s Miami speech
    West Coast Drought/Fires

    ABC: Clinton E-mails, Trump/Hewitt, Chicago manhunt, weather, gas$, KY clerk, Migrants, Pests, Tennis Drone, Beaches, Tiger cub// NO JOBS

    PBS: Lead story JOBS/ Stock Market, Migrants, Saudi visit, KY court Clerk, Tennis Drone, Human interest stories, Shields & Gerson analysis

    To recap 5 Broadcasts made absolutely no mentions of the economy/jobs….NBC did 22 SECONDS! CBS/PBS devoted their entire 1rst block

    F*****G Pathetic state of the media in Fall 2015

    • September 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much for this summary. It’s really pathetic that they prioritize bad news every day.
      I don’t watch these shows anymore. Can’t stand MSM.

      • September 4, 2015 at 8:58 pm

        YW, Meta! I used to do it on a nightly basis but couldn’t handle the 24/7 clickbait cable shows bleeding into evening newscasts. I then tried to minimize it to major events (China Climate pact, Cuba, TPA, Irandeal, and monthly job reports….it got so depressing that eventually cut it down to just the monthly job reports…..after tonight it is going to take a lot of summoning my nerves & will to put myself through the facade of what is considered a *newscast* again….only silver lining I guess is nobody mentioned the Cardin NO vote and PBS Newshour did mention Bennett….I guess we can take that as a win 😕

        • 25 jacquelineoboomer
          September 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm

          A big win! Many thanks from me, too, for the summary, LP.

        • September 4, 2015 at 9:11 pm

          All things considered, you may be right.

        • 27 vcprezofan2
          September 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm

          /muttering to self….’Still can’t figure out where he finds the time to do all this and Fitzania too. Probably has TWO researchers instead of the one I had previously thought.’ …. i don’t get it! /

        • 28 Nerdy Wonka
          September 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

          Thanks, LP. I bet if the job news had been negative, all of them would use up 25 of the allotted 30 minutes to crowing about that.

          • September 6, 2015 at 8:33 am

            Without a doubt, NW! Even in these past two weeks….each time the stock market went down 4-500pts Lead Story….following two days up a 1000 nothing, and not a single mention of the 3.7% GDP which was the most under reported story of them all!

    • 30 Nena20409
      September 4, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks for the Nightly News summation.
      There are so many wealthy Dems and a few running huge Media Companies……..Yet they have failed profoundly to understand that they Need to put some effort in building their own News Media.
      When will they learn?
      Those who control the Mass Communication, end up governing that nation……..for the very least, they end up controlling the messages the Masses are receiving.

  12. September 4, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Congrats LP 🙂

    Yet another excellent selection of tweets, NW! Thank you!!!

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving despot ….

    “Revenues from Russia’s Oil Exports Drop 42% to $56 Billion
    14:40 (GMT) http://www.interpretermag.com/category/blog/#9821

    Revenue from Russia’s export of oil has dropped by 42% to $56.23 billion during the first seven months of 2015, RBC.ru reported citing a report from the Federal Customs Service (FTS).

    In the first seven months of 2014, Russia had earned about $97 billion.

    Russia has tried to prevent the fall in revenues by increasing the volumes exported by 7.2% compared to the same period last year or from 131 million tons to 140.6 million tons.

    Revenue from export of petroleum products, despite the increased volumes, fell 37%, from $70.5 billion to $44.4 billion. In fact revenue from all of Russia’s exports fell 30.6% to $210.5 billion. Fuel and energy exports made up 68.5% of these.”

    bbl …

  13. 32 globalcitizenlinda
    September 4, 2015 at 8:44 pm

  14. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    “Buses arrive for refugees walking across Europe” – as seen on CNN.

    We all can feel the horror the refugees have been experiencing. And the whole world is watching. Some countries are stepping up; I do not understand the lack of assistance of others. Maybe they weren’t prepared; maybe it’s something else. Maybe it’s typical of “man’s inhumanity to man.”

    To many, this is “Hungary’s Katrina.” But, of course, to some in our news media (as I heard earlier in the day), it’s all “What Will Obama Do?”

    John Kirby of the State Department said earlier on one of the news shows that the U.S. has given $4B to ease the Syrian refugee crisis, and $25M to ease the European immigrant crisis. And will provide more assistance. I believe I heard yesterday that both Canada and the U.S. have offered to take some of the refugees, as well. (Don’t quote me on any of that, please, but I think I’ve got it right.)

    For me, I’m just glad the RWNJs aren’t in charge of our country. Now or at any time within the next 30 years.

  15. 35 desertflower
    September 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    If anyone is around on Sunday to watch 60 Minutes, there will be a piece that Anderson Cooper does about “mindfulness”…something that we’ve had discussion about around here…Bobfr has spoken about this and his involvement in this… here’s a taste


  16. September 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

  17. September 4, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! Serena won in three sets.

  18. 40 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    LP has won the Golden ⭐ yet again.

  19. 41 Allison
    September 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

  20. September 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    a comment on the site by ChurchLady

    …How odd that our secular democracy has proven to be more truly moral in establishing an I-thou respect for human equality than her particular faith that obscures the humanity of those standing before her in an entirely secular way.

  21. 45 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Another AAA+ collection of Newsy Tweets. Great job, NW.
    Thank you.

  22. 47 GGail
    September 4, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I’m hoping to post the video tribute Tyler Perry made of Bobbi Kristina Houston

  23. 48 amk for obama
    September 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    are we there yet? #41

  24. 52 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm

  25. September 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    But later in the interview Osnos identifies where there is cause for concern.
    So what you hear in that message is really interesting because what they’re saying is that Donald Trump may not win the presidency, but what he’s doing is clearing out space in politics for ideas that were no longer possible – that were previously impossible to express. So what he’s saying is that – and I encountered this over and over again as I talked to people who considered – who know that they are way out on the fringe of American politics – that they say Donald Trump is allowing our ideas to be discussed in a way that they never have been before…It will give a validation in some sense. And that may be the most enduring legacy.

  26. 55 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm

  27. 56 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Pardon me……Go, Rafa, Go go!

  28. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    September 4, 2015 at 9:59 pm

  29. 59 Nena20409
    September 4, 2015 at 10:09 pm

  30. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    This may have been posted but “Pope Francis & The People” is on ABC’s 20/20 now – in preparation for his visit to the United States – if anyone’s interested.

  31. September 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Magnificent tweet collection and curation and commentary, NerdyWonka. Again! So thankful. Thankful also for LovelyPlains for Lovely posts of colorful beautiful amazing things I would have missed.

  32. 64 hopefruit2
    September 4, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    HAHAHaha…someone wants PBO to weigh in on their lil’ discussion… 🙂 🙂

  33. 65 globalcitizenlinda
    September 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Alan Dershowitz and Cornel West seem to have drunk from the same anti-Obama well of resentment & jealousy;

    great that now they are both irrelevant to most rational people

  34. 68 desertflower
    September 4, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Personally, I wish they would find this to be the case all over the country!


  35. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    September 4, 2015 at 11:39 pm

  36. 71 Tally
    September 5, 2015 at 12:38 am

  37. September 5, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Please allow me to repeat a simple fact. We’ve now entered, unquestionably, what historians will call the Era of Obama. In every category that could possibly matter to quality of life for ALL humanity, he has transformed policy and politics as profoundly as an President of the United States of America – And, he’s not even remotely finished expanding and enhancing that transformation.

    Good night TOD and Happy Labor Day Weekend (it’s certainly a very different one than what we and the world confronted in 2008).



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