Don't Panic! Lighten Up!


Girding Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide

gird your loins
© Ted Slampyak
If you've read the Bible, then you've probably come across the phrase "gird up your loins." I've always thought it was a funny turn of phrase. Loins....heh.

Back in the days of the ancient Near East, both men and women wore flowing tunics. Around the tunic, they'd wear a belt or girdle. While tunics were comfortable and breezy, the hem of the tunic would often get in the way when a man was fighting or performing hard labor. So when ancient Hebrew men had to battle the Philistines, the men would lift the hem of their tunic up and tuck it into their girdle or tie it in a knot to keep it off the ground. The effect basically created a pair of shorts that provided more freedom of movement. Thus to tell someone to "gird up their loins" was to tell them to get ready for hard work or battle. It was the ancient way of saying "man up!"

While I've had a vague notion of what it meant to gird up your loins, I've always been curious how exactly you do it. So we did some sleuthing and found these instructions on the Historyzine Podcast and turned it into an illustrated guide for your enjoyment and edification. In case tunics ever come back in style, you'll now know how to gird up your loins and get ready for action.

Yea, now go forth. Gird up your loins and fresh courage take, my brethren.

New York Employee hid $1,200 worth of meat in his pants

Gregory Rodriguez
© AP Photo/New York State Police
In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 photo provided by the New York State Police in Salt Point, N.Y., Gregory Rodriguez, of Ossining, N.Y. is shown.
A New York supermarket employee has been accused of leaving the store with $1,200 worth of meat hidden in his pants.

State police say Gregory Rodriguez, of Ossining, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

Rodriguez works at the A&P in Croton-on-Hudson. Police were called Monday about the theft. Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday.

A state police spokeswoman, Trooper Melissa McMorris, says the theft occurred in one day. She did not know if it involved more than one trip to the store.

Rodriguez was arraigned Tuesday night in Cortlandt and sent to the Westchester County Jail. The court clerk says no lawyer was present and no plea was entered.

'Craven route that would bonerize Machiavelli' Jon Stewart describes 'cynical and childish congress'

© The Daily Show/youtube image capture
In light of Congress' turn toward the "childish and cynical," Daily Show host Jon Stewart said on Tuesday, the classic Schoolhouse Rock song "I'm Just A Bill" needed an update.

"I'm just holding my d*ck as I sit here and wait, while these fat motherf*ckers hold a phony debate," the titular Bill laments in the new version. "I can't take it anymore, I'm done, I'll buy a gun and my brains I will spill on the steps of Capital Hill."

Stewart pointed out that, instead of actually trying to pass legislation, Republicans and Democrats are locked in a game of one-upmanship: Democrats will advance hopeless proposals in order to use the bills as fodder for election attack ads against the GOP, while Republicans run out the clock on the legislative calendar so that they can avoid voting on "volatile" issues before the elections.

Comment: Jon Stewart produces some of the hardest hitting journalism, and gets away with it because it's 'comedy'.

Mr. Potato

Racism crops up when political cartoonist mixes watermelon-flavored toothpaste and Obama

© Jerry Holbert/Boston Herald
The cartoon was changed to 'raspberry-flavored' to avoid any racial sensitivities
A political cartoon published in Wednesday's Boston Herald is being criticized for its use of racist stereotypes, Mashable reports.

The cartoon, by Jerry Holbert, referenced the incident in which Omar Gonzalez, an Army veteran, scaled the White House fence and overpowered a Secret Service agent in order to gain access to the White House - as well as the Secret Service's later admission that, as Holbert put it, the "White House invader got farther than originally thought."

In the cartoon, a man is seen bathing in President Barack Obama's bathtub, and he asks the president whether he's tried "watermelon-flavored toothpaste." Herald readers who saw the cartoon were quick to complain:
This cartoon in today's @bostonherald is racist and offensive. The Herald should

- Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 1, 2014
Snakes in Suits

David Cameron: IS evil - Channel 4 inadvertently accurate in Twitter slip

David Cameron (the one on the right) with like-minded being.
The official Twitter account for Channel 4 news slipped up and appeared to call David Cameron evil.

Although they were trying to say David Cameron had called IS evil, the way they presented it left it open to interpretation.

Channel 4 were reporting on the Conservative Party Conference that is currently being held in Birmingham.

David Cameron was delivering his speech which used NHS spending promises as one of it's most important pledges.

The slip was quickly picked up on by Twitter users rushing to agree with Channel 4's mistake.
War Whore

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Drones

The United States has launched a huge number of drone strikes under President Obama. It's widely accepted and extremely terrifying.

German satire: The information war for Ukraine

At least some Germans can see through the propaganda!


'But, tell us how you really feel . . .'

A message to the US, EU, and UK... with love from Crimeans.

Cell Phone

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy S5


Russian groomers turn ordinary animals into fantastical creatures: Dragon-cats and bee-dogs

An emerald green cat with a dragon tail and a yellow-black dog which looks like a bee... It's not a scene from a futuristic movie, but an animal salon in southern Russia, where groomers turned a cat into a scary dragon and a dog into a buzzing bee.

The groomers from the southern Russian city of Yekaterinburg, in the Urals, decided to stage a beauty contest among their clients.
bee dog
© Ruptly screenshot
"We decided to make a bright summer, pretty dog. That's why we decided to color it as a bee. It's a bright image," says Ekaterina Aidimirova, a groomer and the owner of Pchyolka, a bee-dog. Ekaterina thinks that the dog with its smooth fur really looks like a bee.
dragon cat
© Ruptly screenshot
Vasya, a Siberian cat with grey fur was transformed into a savage dragon at the hands of creative groomers. His skin became emerald-green and his tale was shaved and colored like a dragon's tail.