Out of My Mind | Monster Times

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love
When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

I love this song. The Nobel laureate needs to be covered far more than he is. I mean, like every track, at least twice.

And great, loving piece about Dylan here.

An alarming number of people rely on social media, including and especially Facebook, for news. Over the past few months, we have seen how Facebook’s Trending Topics feature is often biased, and moreover, how sometimes fake news slips through its filter. The Washington Post monitored the website for over three weeks and found that Facebook is still struggling to get its algorithm right. From the report:
“The Megyn Kelly incident was supposed to be an anomaly. An unfortunate one-off. A bit of (very public, embarrassing) bad luck. But in the six weeks since Facebook revamped its Trending system — and a hoax about the Fox News Channel star subsequently trended — the site has repeatedly promoted “news” stories that are actually works of fiction. As part of a larger audit of Facebook’s Trending topics, the Intersect logged every news story that trended across four accounts during the workdays from Aug. 31 to Sept. 22. During that time, we uncovered five trending stories that were indisputably fake and three that were profoundly inaccurate (Editor’s note: the link could be paywalled; alternate source). On top of that, we found that news releases, blog posts from sites such as Medium and links to online stores such as iTunes regularly trended. Facebook declined to comment about Trending on the record. “I’m not at all surprised how many fake stories have trended,” one former member of the team that used to oversee Trending told the Post. “It was beyond predictable by anyone who spent time with the actual functionality of the product, not just the code.”” (Link.)

Mandatory Trump Section — You’re warned

You know, the harm to the nation of a President Trump may be limited. Between running his businesses and suing every critic, his involvement will be limited. Can’t be much worse than eight years of Cheney/Bush and we’re still here, only the worse for the wear and tear. Besides, don’t those who hate everything that was good about America have their choice for a term or two?

Trump offers marital advice:

“Psychologists will tell you that some women want to be treated with respect,” he told Nancy Collins in a never-released 1994 transcript from ABC’s ‘Primetime Live.’ “I tell friends who treat their wives magnificently, get treated like crap in return, ‘Be rougher and you’ll see a different relationship.’”
In 2006, a year after he was caught bragging about grabbing women ‘by the p****’, the businessman laughed and shrugged in agreement as he was labeled a ‘sexual predator’ during an appearance on his friend Howard Stern’s radio show.
Lisa Boyne, CEO of a health food company, claims that in the summer of 1996 she saw Trump make a series of women walk up and down a restaurant table so that he could announce whether they were wearing underwear.
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms,” Franken said. “I belong to a health club in Minneapolis — I think you can tell.”
But he’s never heard men engage in locker room talk about forcibly kissing or grabbing women with impunity.
“Our locker room banter is stuff like, ‘Is Trump crazy?’” Franken said. “So I don’t know what locker room — he may work out with Roger Ailes.” (Link.)


A Minnesota man wearing a Donald Trump mask was punched in the face early today as he walked on a Rochester street with a male friend wearing a Hillary Clinton mask, police report.

Meanwhile, good news for Trump: Nancy O’Dell may be available.

Please remember to flush:

Father knows best.

Dating advice from Trump:

“What do you think of Lindsay Lohan?” Trump asked Stern.
“I think she’s hot,” Stern replied.
“There’s something there right?” Trump said. “But you have to like freckles. I’ve seen a, you know, close up of her chest and a lot of freckles. Are you into freckles?”
Stern asked, “Can you imagine the sex with this troubled teen?”
“Yeah, you’re probably right,” Trump said. “She’s probably deeply troubled and therefore great in bed. How come the deeply troubled women, you know, deeply, deeply troubled, they’re always the best in bed?” (Link.)
When the only outlet is Stern, obviously Trump’s pandering would be scummy. No standards, no class.


A former supermodel says that she was so disgusted and offended by Donald Trump at a White House dinner in 1993 that she asked to be moved to another table rather than continue to listen to him ranting about women’s breast sizes and how “fat women aren’t real women.”


Another woman has come forward with allegations that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reached up her skirt and grabbed at her vagina when she was trying to have a conversation with friends at a Manhattan nightclub in the early 1990s.

Always classy. Always:

Donald Trump insulted Khloe Kardashian’s weight before firing her from his reality show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” in 2009.
Several former employees told The Huffington Post that Trump made the comments off-camera before he dismissed Kardashian, a fellow reality TV star, with his catchphrase: “You’re fired.” (Link.)

From the Profiles in Courage by which I Mean Complete Assholes:

Rush Limbaugh: Non-consensual sex is not rape.

Lou Dobbs: Being sexual assaulted by Trump isn’t bad enough; your personal information has to be revealed so you can suffer yet more abuse.

Melania Trump: So many reasons… just the latest.

Deplorable Donald Jr.:

He once suggested that those who “can’t handle some of the basic stuff that’s become a problem in the workforce today … don’t belong in the workforce.”

Of course, all the kids are turds from the orange asshole himself: Seven ways Jr. and Eric are awful.

Marlee Matlin, retarded? Trump allegedly opined so.

Hungarian P.M. Viktor Orban:

Noemi writes, “After closing down Hungary’s largest opposition paper (online archive included) Hungarian Prime Miniter Viktor Orban is steadily and methodically turning back the clock on 27 years of history, steadily edging back towards a dictatorship — except this time with a fascist face.”

Maybe Trump should take a moment away from lying about not being a serial sexual predator and assailant and give Orban a little love.

Mike Pence for so many reasons, but there’s this: “Mike Pence said he didn’t understand why Michelle Obama had so passionately condemned his running mate, Donald Trump, for boasting about forcibly grabbing women by their genitals.” So much so many don’t understand….

More insight from the man who will the nation if Trump’s elected:

“There was an 11-year-old girl who told our staff, and she said this completely unsolicited, she was talking about Donald Trump’s words in campaign commercials,” Light said, according to a transcript obtained by NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard. “She said this: ‘When I hear those words and look in the mirror, they make me feel bad about myself.’ And again, she said that totally unsolicited. What would you say to that little girl?”
“Well, I would say to any one of my kids and any children in this country that Donald Trump and I are committed to to a safer and more prosperous future for their family,” Pence replied. “The weak and feckless foreign policy that Hillary Clinton promises to continue has literally caused wider areas of the world to spin apart. The rise of terrorist threats that have inspired violence here at home, and we’ve seen an erosion of law and order in our streets.” (Link.)

Christ, what an asshole.

Rudy Giuliani; the eternal asshole: “Hillary, we don’t want your socialized medicine. Take it and stuff it up your… I didn’t say it!”

Chris Christie, now and forever:

A judge has found probable cause for a complaint of official misconduct against Gov. Chris Christie related to the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
Judge Roy McGeady issued the ruling Thursday. The case now goes to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which will decide whether to bring the issue to a grand jury for possible indictment. (Link.)

And another disgrace to the species:

It’s a profound paradox that Donald Trump’s deputy campaign manager David Bossie finds himself in today.
He is fighting for a candidate who is facing an onslaught of allegations that he groped and forcefully kissed women over several decades, the same kind of sexual impropriety that Bossie spent decades of his life alleging former President Bill Clinton was involved in.
Bossie helped write the playbook against the Clintons. He personally hit the pavement and investigated Clinton’s sexual improprieties under the guise of moral superiority. His reputation on the House’s Oversight Committee was that of a man laser-focused on uncovering every facet of Whitewater no matter how obscure. (Link.)

Again: Trump attracts only the worst people.

The corporate media, who either don’t know how to treat victims of sexual assault properly or just refuse to allow proper treatment to get in the way of their spewing shit, which is to say reporting the scenarios they want pushed.

Small-handed creep Donald J. Trump himself for calling a reporter “a disgusting human being”. Of course, on one hand he should know, on the other hand, when has Crooked Donald ever deliberately told the truth?

All the Republicans and independents who approved of Trump’s dictatorial promise to jail Clinton through a Star Chamber judicial proceeding — each and every one of them.

On the other hand: They got Hillary acting like the bitch they’ve accused of being for decades. Which is to say, she’s happily giving the Trumpets what they fully deserve.

A team of U.S. researchers from Wayne State University in Detroit have published research in Springer’s Journal of Business and Psychology that dispels the popular belief that baby boomers have a greater work ethic than people born a decade or two later. (Link.)

The exploitation makes it look so. In fact, the boomers were raised to be assholes by the Greatest Generation.

Special forces whackos ask: “The Islamic State has united many in the Middle East. However, what’s going to happen when they’re military defeated and Raqqa is just another town?

Awfully hopeful.

IS’ defeat is inevitable. Questions are: Defeated how? Same way as Al’Qaida — by the creation of another similar group? And as always, Big Oil needs the Middle East far more than the Middle Ease (as a rule) needed the West.

Yahoo wants to take advertising to the next level — that is, the Orwellian level — bombarding people in public places with targeted advertising served up by the surveillance society. That’s according to a Yahoo patent application recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. According to Yahoo, the time has come to move outdoor and public-facing advertising into the digital age — and get there by deploying more intrusive techniques than how it’s now done online.
Introducing “Smart Billboards,” as Yahoo calls them. These digital billboards — which Yahoo envisions being placed along freeways and in bars, airports, planes, ferries, buses, trains, and other public spaces — might rely on video cameras, satellites, drones, microphones, motion detectors, and “biometric sensors” such as fingerprint, retinal, and facial recognition devices. Combined, these “sensor systems,” as Yahoo calls them, analyze their surroundings to determine a common theme to serve up ads, in what Yahoo describes as “grouplization.”
Yahoo’s patent proposal notes that “the sources of data and information that may be used to enable the techniques described herein are virtually limitless.” (Link.)

Not that I’m any expert, but that Yahoo! was built on a fallacy is clear with the 20/20 hindsight. A directory of the entire web was possible for only a short while, and it became very soon that that model could only work briefly and that Yahoo! didn’t have much of a Plan B. The only thing the company has of much value is ad placement machinery — that thing discussed in the quote pretty much flows from that.

By the way: Verizon maybe wants out of the entire deal now.

American justice; from the Not Being Caucasian is a Bitch Dept.:

In the summer of 1994, 22-year-old Elizabeth Ramirez and her friends Anna Vasquez, Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera were accused of raping Ramirez’s two young nieces during a week-long stay at her apartment in San Antonio, Texas. The allegations against the women, all of whom were openly gay, were outlandish and constantly changing. The nieces, their father and grandmother told various authorities and two courts that Aunt Liz and her friends had suddenly called the nieces in from playing one day to strip them naked, hold them down and violently penetrate them with a syringe of unidentified liquid, white powder and a tampon. They claimed one of the women had put a weapon to their heads — a knife in one telling, but later a gun, then two guns. All the women were convicted. Ramirez was tried first and sentenced to 37 years, while Vasquez, Mayhugh and Rivera were tried together and each sentenced to 15 years.
Now, the documentary Southwest of Salem: the Story of the San Antonio Four, tells the story of those convictions, made on the basis of inexplicable allegations and junk forensic science. The film, which will begin airing on the Discovery ID network on October 15th, explains how it all went down at the tail end of a period of nationwide panic that Satan-worshippers were preying on children at daycare, in an atmosphere that was very homophobic. (Link.)

A history lesson:

This reluctance had inspired Congress to pass neutrality acts in the late 1930`s which restricted the American government`s ability to support either party in the conflict, which in practice meant the Allies since the Axis powers were widely regarded with distaste. Roosevelt, who had been corresponding with Churchill for years before Churchill was even part of the Tory government, clearly identified American interests with the hope for British victory. Using tactics like the “bases for destroyers” deal, he attempted to maximize his support for the British while skirting if not actually violating the principle of neutrality. (Link.)

And maybe this is why FDR had to enable Pearl Harbor. War was also needed to goose the economy after the conservatives choked the recovery from the Depression.

Query: Has anything good come from a single reactionary policy?