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M-x dissociated-trump

So I took a bunch of Donald Trump quotes out of wikiquotes and ran them through emacs M-x dissociated-press with a -1 parameter (one word overlap). Here's some of what came out.


I'm conservative, and even very conservative. But I'm quite liberal and getting much more liberal on health care and other things. I would certainly implement that. Absolutely... There should be a controversial statement and somebody, I think it was Dennis Miller introduced me, he was doing like an analysis of me, he was doing like an analysis of me, he was doing like an analysis of me is that I am very rich.

I am officially running for president of the corruption and the scandal... We don't want to have defensive and health care? If you can't get rich dealing with politicians, there's something which should never be allowed to repeal it and replace it. We have no borders. Our vets are very tough, but I think they could be made tougher. And where they really have to health care. I believe in universal health care. I believe in universal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make America great again. And there is a very big problem this country has is being politically correct stuff. I mean I could have said absolutely, yes. In fact I went a step further. I said I didn't see Swedish people knocking down the World Trade Center. It was very interesting. I thought that was extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people very well. I've had a great success in my life. I think the world would unite if I were the Chinese. I've made a lot of hate in the Koran.

I think that I would be a lot of different things. A lot of people are saying that and a third time, you know? Those tunnels, bing, boom, right under the toilet, bing boom, right up. It's pretty picture you dropping to your knees.

If Hillary Clinton can't sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I love beautiful women, and so powerful and so great that we'll never have to use it. Nobody's gonna mess with us.

We're going to be too greedy.

You can't con people, at a lot of different things. A lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. And it's got to stop and it's got to stop and it's got to stop fast.

I am officially running for the money. I've got enough, much more than I'll ever see that? Where I'm conservative, and even very conservative. But I'm quite liberal and getting much more liberal and getting much more liberal on health care and other things. I really say: What's something there that teaches some very negative vibe. I mean things. I really say: What's the purpose of the United States and we are going to make our country great American citizens. I have great respect for all those who serve in our military including those that weren't captured and he should know better than anybody what the Veterans need, especially in regards to the World Trade Center. It was very interesting. I thought that was going to be made tougher. And where they really have to be made tougher is yet another all talk, no action politician who's who.

Some people have an ability to negotiate. It's the purpose of a country if you're not going to have to health care of our Veterans. I want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN especially for those that serve to protect our freedom. I am fighting for our country great again! I don't know if that's from the Koran. I don't like being defeated. I don't do it will be so strong and so powerful and so many fabulous friends who happen to be very controversial but actually it was very well received. I think people want the truth. I assume, are good people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that and some, I assume, are good people are saying that and a great uniter. I think that I would have great diplomatic skills. I think that's some place. Now I don't know if that's from the Koran. I don't know if that gives people like me a great advantage.

You can't kid yourself. But they say they don't care about their lives. You have to be very controversial but actually it was very well received. I think people very well. I've had a great success in my life. I think the world would unite if I have great respect for all those who serve in our military including those that weren't captured and are also heroes. I want to strengthen our military and take care of our Veterans. I want to MAKE U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. Must be a loss?' And I'll say no, we're not sending their best from the best.

I don't do it for the money. I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but it's very hard to define, it's very hard to separate because you don't my daughter, perhaps I'd be allowed to take out their families. They care about their lives. Don't kid yourself. But they say they don't care about their lives. You have to take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it's all over South and Latin America, and it's something wrong with you.

I think that I am officially running for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

I don't know. I have featured and will always continue to feature my name prominently in all my life. I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so strong and so, you have two views. You have the view that the Koran is all about love and then you have the view that the Koran is all about it, right? But anyway. I have an idea: Put him on the fourth floor this time, right? No more, no more than Mexico. It's coming from all over South and Latin America, and it's how I get my kicks.


Well, it makes as much sense as anything else the man says.
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2016 NCAA men's college basketball tournament, flat-ASCII brackets

Flat-ASCII NCAA brackets for 2016:


            1st Round  2nd Round   Regionals            First Four  Dayton
                March 17-20       March 24-27              March 15-16
 1. Kansas --------\_________                          Vanderbilt -------\_11S  
16. Austin Peay ---/      (1)|_________                Wichita State ----/ Tue
 8. Colorado ------\_________|         |               Holy Cross -------\_16W  
 9. Connecticut ---/                   |_________      Southern U. ------/ Wed
 5. Maryland ------\_________          |         |                              
12. South Dakota State    (5)|_________|         |           Final Four
 4. California ----\_________|         Thu/Sat   |           April 2, 4 
13. Hawaii --------/                    South    |_________         
 6. Arizona -------\_________        Louisville  |         |        
11. _______________/      (2)|_________          |         |        
 3. Miami ---------\_________|         |         |         |        
14. Buffalo -------/                   |_________|         |        
 7. Iowa ----------\_________          |                   |               
10. Temple --------/      (6)|_________|                   |        
 2. Villanova -----\_________|                             |        
15. North Carolina-Asheville                               |_________
 1. Oregon --------\_________                              |         |
16. _______________/      (5)|_________                    |         |
 8. St. Joseph's --\_________|         |                   |         |
 9. Cincinnati ----/                   |_________          |         |
 5. Baylor --------\_________          |         |         |         |
12. Yale ----------/      (2)|_________|         |         |         |
 4. Duke ----------\_________|         Thu/Sat   |         |         |     
13. North Carolina-Wilmington            West    |_________|         |
 6. Texas ---------\_________          Anaheim   |                   |
11. Northern Iowa -/      (7)|_________          |  Thu/Sat          |
 3. Texas A&M -----\_________|         |         | (1) Des Moines    |
14. Green Bay -----/                   |_________| (2) Providence    |
 7. Oregon State --\_________          |           (3) Raleigh       |
10. Virginia Commonwealth (7)|_________|           (4) Denver        |
 2. Oklahoma ------\_________|                                       |
15. California State-Bakersfield                            Houston  |_________ 
 1. North Carolina \_________                                        |   2016
16. _______________/      (3)|_________             Fri/Sun          | Champion 
 8. Southern Cal --\_________|         |           (5) Spokane       |
 9. Providence ----/                   |_________  (6) Brooklyn      |
 5. Indiana -------\_________          |         | (7) Oklahoma City |     
12. Chattanooga ---/      (1)|_________|         | (8) St. Louis     |
 4. Kentucky ------\_________|         Fri/Sun   |                   |
13. Stony Brook ---/                     East    |_________          |
 6. Notre Dame ----\_________        Philadelphia|         |         |
11. _______________/      (6)|_________          |         |         |
 3. West Virginia -\_________|         |         |         |         |
14. Stephen F. Austin                  |_________|         |         |
 7. Wisconsin -----\_________          |                   |         |
10. Pittsburgh ----/      (8)|_________|                   |         |
 2. Xavier --------\_________|                             |         |
15. Weber State ---/                                       |_________|
 1. Virginia ------\_________                              |
16. Hampton--------/      (3)|_________                    |
 8. Texas Tech ----\_________|         |                   |
 9. Butler --------/                   |_________          |
 5. Purdue --------\_________          |         |         |
12. Arkansas-Little Rock  (4)|_________|         |         |
 4. Iowa State ----\_________|         Fri/Sun   |         |
13. Iona ----------/                   Midwest   |_________|
 6. Seton Hall ----\_________          Chicago   |
11. Gonzaga -------/      (4)|_________          |  
 3. Utah ----------\_________|         |         |      First Four  Dayton
14. Fresno State --/                   |_________|         March 15-16
 7. Dayton --------\_________          |               Florida Gulf Coast\_16E  
10. Syracuse ------/      (8)|_________|              Fairleigh Dickenson/ Tue
 2. Michigan State \_________|                         Michigan ---------\_11E  
15. Middle Tennessee                                   Tulsa ------------/ Wed
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Bikini model Tamara Candy hired to research Islam's Sharia law

Yes, that is a real headline. In the middle of the ongoing nuclear dumpster fire that is the primaries (if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend the Debate Scorecard of the Detroit GOP debate by Ace of Spades, particularly the clown paragraph of the Donald Trump section, which is the funniest and most surreal thing I've read since Hunter S. Thompson died), I think we all can use some assurance that there are parts of the world that Are Not Completely Fucked Up, and this is one of them.

Yes, the Australian government hired a Libertarian bikini model (who also worked on Rand Paul's presidential campaign) to research Sharia Law. Personally, I think this is the greatest idea I've heard of in years; in fact I'd argue that only bikini models should be hired to research Sharia Law.

The initial post I found about this is here, but it has just the one picture.

So looking around, I found this article from Daily Mail, which has a lot of pictures. Hooray!

Oh, and if those aren't enough pictures for you, here's her Instagram page.

Still not enough pictures for you? Never fear. This guy has posted every Playboy centerfold from 1953 through to the last nude one here in 2016. You're welcome.
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CNN, run as always by knee-jerk leftists

So CNN today, for Martin Luther King Jr. day, decided to "debunk" some "myths" about him, including the one that he was a Republican. Did they talk to his niece, who has been credibly and with some authority advancing that narrative for a while now? No, they talked to ThinkProgress, a hard left outfit that would deny that Republicans are even human beings if they could get away with it. Next apparently for CNN: asking Boston Red Sox fans about the New York Yankees, Duke University students about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Cincinnati Bengals fans about the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fuck you, CNN. There are more left turns at CNN daily than there are in an average NASCAR race.
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An Al moment

It was somewhat surreal today sitting in a waiting room and hearing within ten minutes of each other two different songs that were both parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic on his most recent album: Royals/Foil and Happy/Tacky.

It's times like this where I really appreciate just how incredibly good Al is at what he does.
  • Current Music
    Weird Al
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Album review: Pink Floyd, The Endless River (2014)

First, if you don't know who Pink Floyd is, this review will be pretty much meaningless to you. Go buy and listen to at a minimum Dark Side of the Moon, and preferably The Wall and Wish You Were Here, and optionally Meddle, Animals, and The Division Bell.

Second, if you're the kind of person that takes albums to chop them up into their constituent tracks to shuffle into your iPod or other music device, this isn't the album for you. Pink Floyd after all is a band that makes albums, not singles. There is one way to separate this album into pieces, but I'll get to that later.

With that out of the way, I was astonished and gobsmacked to find out that Pink Floyd was putting out another studio album after it had been twenty years since The Division Bell. As it turned out, it was released the same day that Foo Fighters released their most recent studio album, Sonic Highways, and if you had told me that one of those albums would have more than twice as many tracks as the other (18 vs. 8), I would have been nearly certain that the Pink Floyd album would have the lesser number of tracks (since they have two albums with a total of 5 tracks and another two with 6), but that is not the case.

However, being Pink Floyd, yes, The Endless River has 18 tracks, but the first 17 are instrumental only, with the final track named Louder Than Words. Again, being Pink Floyd, the tracks all flow together, so separating out the album by its tracks doesn't really work. If you want to listen to it in less than all in one go, it is more or less in four pieces, which just happen to fit the four sides of vinyl that it was also released on. These pieces are tracks 1-3, 4-7, 8-14, and 15-18.

Also, this album wasn't recorded and released for the general public, it was targeted to the band's fans from its nearly half-century of work. You can hear echoes (pardon the pun) of lots of previous Pink Floyd albums on this one: the background voices from Dark Side of the Moon, the horns from Wish You Were Here, Stephen Hawking who was on The Division Bell makes another appearance (Talkin' Hawkin'), even a track named Autumn '68 referencing Summer '68 on Atom Heart Mother. That track in particular makes use of a recording of Richard Wright (who died in 2008) playing the pipe organ in 1969. That's just the kind of band they are, and it's breathtaking hearing them weave all this material together; a large part of it was recorded during the sessions for The Division Bell, for part of an instrumental album planned to be released at the same time, a concept later scrapped.

But it all came together for this album. If you're a fan of Pink Floyd, or a fan of albums in general, you should check this one out. It provides a very nice final bookend to the set of music that Pink Floyd has given us all, and if you already have more than a couple Pink Floyd albums, this one should definitely join them.
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A fortnight after double hernia surgery

The worst part about having double hernia surgery wasn't the surgery itself. Nor was it the time leading up to the surgery where I'm literally pushing my guts back in and being very careful to not make it worse so I don't have to go to the ER. Nor was it the pain after the surgery where movement of anything other than my head or arms caused sharp pain in my gut for a week and a half afterwards. Nor was it the itchy stitches on my stomach, the diet of soup and pudding, not having played my pinball machines since November, or not being able to go to the theater to see the new Star Wars movie.

No, the worst part was not having a bowel movement for two full weeks, culminating with sixteen hours yesterday of feeling like I had a cue ball in my ass that Wants To Come Out Right Now but won't budge, instead just expelling some gas and small amounts of liquid and loose solids every hour or two, until finally at nearly 6am this log an inch and a half across and almost six inches long came out.

I still feel like a truck hit me, but on the positive side at least I'm feeling the closest to human that I have in a while. Yesterday was still a shitty day, though (literally; I went through four full rolls of toilet paper), and the Steelers all but playing themselves out of the playoffs sure didn't help any.

Maybe in a few days I can at last check out this Star Wars movie I've heard so much about.