I thought I would be drawing another strip today. I fell asleep at 6pm yesterday, and was awakened at 3am by my begging cat running across my head, knocking shit over, startling herself, running back across my head, cutting my ear and head, and getting blood all over my pillow.
I got out of bed at 5am, shoveled 2” of new snow before feeding the cats. Then I had to run some errands most of this morning.
Were supposed to get up to 9 more inches of snow tonight. Not to mention a temperature drop to -17 degrees.
I don’t know if I’m having my mold-allergy symptoms, or cold/flu symptoms. So I’m taking it easy today. I’m five days ahead on the strip anyway.
Mark Zuckerberg’s argument in the article he published in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, “The facts about Facebook”, is that people do not trust Facebook because they don’t understand it and the nature of its activities.
The article’s subtitle, “We need your information for operations and security, but you control whether we use it for advertising”, could not be less true:
When the Canadian MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette stood in the House of Commons in June 2017 to deliver a speech on the country’s epidemic of violence against indigenous women, few of his colleagues could understand him.
Ouellette spoke in the Cree indigenous language, and – despite a request for English or French interpreters – no simultaneous translation was provided. His speech was only the second time an indigenous language had been officially spoken in the 151-year history of the house.
Brian Taylor: Sir, let’s put it this way; we have sufficient evidence that will significantly reduce the amount of alimony you have to pay to your ex. Yes, Sir. That’s all we can do for now. Take care. (Hangs up the telephone).
Christa: So, that’s it?
Brian: That’s all we can do.
Christa: So like, I wish, like, we sort of had a little more drama out of this case.
Brian: It’s about getting the evidence that you need to help the client out.
Christa: Maybe if, they had a meth-lab in their house cookin’ it out?
Brian: Who cares? They could be baking cookies in that house, as long as it’s enough evidence to reduce the client’s alimony.
Christa: Maybe they’re insomniacs that just like to hang out? Maybe they’re movie-buffs that love to watch old movies all night? Maybe they’re junkies, and have all the needles layin’ about, helpin’ each other out, and they have to do it in their foot ‘cause they’ve run out of room all up here? How do you know they don’t breed special-tops dogs? Maybe they’re just work colleagues and they’re workin’ on a special project all night? Maybe his bed’s just more comfortable?
Brian: Christa… It doesn’t matter. We were paid to find out where she goes at night, and that’s what we did. End-of-story.
Christa: Maybe they just love to rub each other’s feet, huh?
A long time ago duels to the death were a common way of telling your foes who’s boss. Less commonly remembered was the “duel till first blood” where opponents would battle until the victorious would draw the weaker’s blood. Duels between women were known as Emancipated duels. The most famous of these was in August 1892 between Princess Pauline von Metternich of Austria and Countess Anastasia Kielmannsegg. In order to avoid clothing infecting the would, combatants would often fight topless. The two battled over flower arrangements for the Vienna Musical and Theatrical Exhibition. The countess was declared the winner for drawing first blood but many argued that the princess was the victor because she afflicted her opponent with worse wounds.