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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chatterbox: The Internet Is Talking About Lobster Pain and "the Global Menaissance"

Posted by on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Obamacare Enrollment Numbers: Way up.

Reconsider the Lobster: A new study suggests that crabs and lobsters probably feel pain.

Too Many Hypothetical Cars: Why does the United States Department of Transportation keep hugely overestimating the demand for automobiles?

Off the Pot: A Colorado barber takes a stand:

A barber shop in Greeley refuses service to people who smell like marijuana.

The owner of Hugo’s Barber Shop said he felt he had to step in when it got bad.

“I feel that it’s my right to make the statement. It’s the same thing as no shoes no service,” said shop owner Hugo Corral.

Oh, Hey, Here's a Sexist Thing: Did you know that men are spending more money on clothing worldwide? That's news. It's interesting! But Quartz headlines their post about it "The rise of man-shopping in five studly charts." Because apparently, all shopping is by definition "woman-shopping" unless otherwise stated. Quartz also quotes Euromonitor as calling it "the global menaissance.” Why is it any time a male-related trend-piece pops up, the media has to candy-coat the trend in stupid words like "manscape" or "metrosexual" or "menaissance?" Can't we do better than this? I think we can.

Getting the Flappy Band Back Together: Flappy Bird might come back.

Fletch Lost: I think Jason Sudeikis is a pretty good comic actor, but I really don't like the idea of him playing Fletch. Kevin Smith's dream of Jason Lee starring as Fletch felt, to me, much closer to the idea of the book.


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yelahneb 1
Most creatures we eat feel pain. We're gonna keep killing and eating them anyway.
Posted by yelahneb on March 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM · Report this
venomlash 2
@1: It's our duty to show basic gratitude to the creatures on which we prey. To my mind, that means killing them with a minimum of pain and suffering.
It's a moot point for me because I don't eat shellfish.
Posted by venomlash on March 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM · Report this
fletc3her 3
I don't think the problem is so much who plays Fletch as whether the filmmakers understand why the books are fun.

The Chevy Chase movie actually did hit a lot of the notes, but the dark story which is at the heart of the mystery gets somewhat lost. The filmmakers added silly costumes and weird daydreams which are completely out of place and then in exchange we lose some of the more interesting if questionable characters from the book and about half the complexities which befall the character.

I don't see Fletch Won as a necessarily good place to start the story. It presents the character's back story so falls in naturally with Hollywood's obsession with origin stories, but I really think Confess Fletch might be more film-able. Still, you know, jodhpurs.
Posted by fletc3her on March 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4


The New People ran for seventeen episodes in 1969-70 on ABC. An Aaron Spelling production, the series focuses on a group of rebellious lefty college students who have been causing problems for the State Department during a cultural exchange trip to Southeast Asia. They’ve been ordered home, but their plane crash lands on a deserted South Pacific island.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM · Report this
@ 1 Good point cows feel pain too as do pigs.
Posted by dkjndmsahksdhksal on March 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM · Report this
treacle 6
@2 - Right on! Clearly gratitude and respect for our prey animals (or even basic respect for the vegetable food we eat) is significantly lacking in the modern, industrial food "industry". To our spiritual impoverishment.
No comment from the Christians about this that I've ever seen.

Speaking of un-pretty words.. Paul dislikes "vape" and "vaped"... but no comment on the absolute tragedy of the word "menaissance". I mean, bleaurrgghh!
Posted by treacle on March 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 7
I was never aware of any respectable segment of the population that would argue shellfish wouldn't feel pain. I mean, they've got nerves right? That seems rather idiotic.
Posted by mikethehammer on March 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM · Report this
@1,2, &7

Exactly. Treat your live creatures kindly. Don't bang them around on the way home. Buy them as close to dinnertime as possible, and keep them as comfortable as you can. When it's time to cook them, dispatch them quickly with a minimum of dramatics and a little prayer of gratitude for their sacrifice and tastiness.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on March 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM · Report this
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Posted by dangerousgift on March 12, 2014 at 7:18 AM · Report this
venomlash 10
@7: Depends which shellfish. Malacostracans (lobsters, crabs, shrimp) are complex organisms with rather sophisticated sensory systems. Bivalves (clams, oysters, mussels) are for the most part sessile filter-feeders with very simple ganglia suitable only for operating their muscles according to simple rules. An exception to the bivalve rule would be scallops, which are often capable of detecting predators by scent and/or vision (their mantles actually have small but functional eyes) and actually swimming away via a clapping motion of their shells. They're fascinating animals, and although they like all other bivalves lack true brains, their relatively keen senses suggest that they might be capable of feeling pain. There haven't been any real studies thus far.
Posted by venomlash on March 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM · Report this
venomlash 11
@6: If you look at Shechita and Zabihah (the Judaic and Islamic codes of ritual slaughter respectively) they both require that a slaughtered animal be killed with a swift stroke of an extremely sharp knife, cleanly severing the trachea, esophagus, and major blood vessels, causing an instantaneous drop in blood pressure to the brain and rendering the animal unconscious within seconds. If done properly, the death is quick and soft. (Unfortunately, the intensive training involved makes it difficult to slaughter animals in large quantities and maintain the same level of quality.) Animals must not witness the slaughter of another, nor see the blood or carcass of another, nor see the knife used to end them.
Posted by venomlash on March 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM · Report this

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