“J’Accuse…!” (French pronunciation: [ʒaˈkyz], “I Accuse…!”) was an open letter published on 13 January 1898 in the newspaper L’Aurore by the influential writer Émile Zola.
In the letter, Zola addressed President of France Félix Faure and accused the government of anti-Semitism and the unlawful jailing of Alfred Dreyfus, a French Army General Staff officer who was sentenced to lifelong penal servitude for espionage. Zola pointed out judicial errors and lack of serious evidence. The letter was printed on the front page of the newspaper and caused a stir in France and abroad. Zola was prosecuted for libel and found guilty on 23 February 1898. To avoid imprisonment, he fled to England, returning home in June 1899.
Other pamphlets proclaiming Dreyfus’s innocence include Bernard Lazare’s A Miscarriage of Justice: The Truth about the Dreyfus Affair (November 1896). As a result of the popularity of the letter, even in the English-speaking world, J’accuse! has become a common generic expression of outrage and accusation against someone powerful.
Blame: I was reading something here and for no reason remembered that I had a check from the Power company for my thermostat delivered yesterday - but where is it? Then I remembered I threw out all the junk mail (or I thought was junk mail) for the trash tomorrow!!!
Unblame: I immediately got up and retrieved the trash bag and found the check in the bottom of an empty Walmart bag Free Wifi Thermostat Day!!!
@TheFLP I believe it is those things that fall off the back of a brinks truck, oh, say, 20 minutes AFTER you have driven down that street (that happened to me once many years ago - the 20 minutes after thing). Oh wait, you are supposed to return that money so I guess it is off to work you go.
OK so technically some of this is @tnhillbillygal’s fault. First (already blamed) I drove 600+ miles in the driving rain. So now I go to come home and I drive all day on the 31st (@tnhillbillygal’s fault) in the driving rain, some of the time with winds up to 40-50 mph, with misaligned headlights (pointing down and to the left, did not have time at my mom’s to get that fixed).
THEN… I bag it at 10:30 at night (vans, heavy cross winds that high, driving rain, misaligned headlights… were enough to collectively have me bag driving any longer) and sleep in my car in a rest area. Too tired so don’t get into my sleeping bag, just pull two fleece blankets over me. Seriously @mike808 what the heck were you thinking having the temp go down to 34 degrees so I wake up freezing at 12:30am? I drag my frozen ass out from under the blankets to find the sleeping bag, and then another blanket to put over my head (yeah the hud staff thieves have been at it again, this time my lovely mountain hardware fleece hat and thick fleece gloves - they are older and so much thicker than the newer crap, oh and a nice, thicker sweatshirt “walked” too). So now I am sort of warm. At least the blanket over my head blocks most of the streetlight light (so unblame).
Anyway, for reasons unknown at about 3am a caravan of hard top jeeps pull in. 9 of them. Do they park like normal cars? Nope. They park at right angles to the parking spaces. I was too tired, and it was too cold, to get out and find out why earth there is a bunch of jeeps traveling in a caravan. They were having themselves some sort of nosy fest before settling for the remainder of the night in their respective vehicles.
Here is the unblame part. Still no snow, ice or sleet. And other than a drizzle on the first so light that you had to manually turn the wiper on and off (so that is a blame) the rain finally quit.
Oh yeah. Forgot this blame. So I stopped at not one but two Gander Mountain stores on the way home (none in this state). Camping World bought that chain and then wrecked it. It was one of the better camping gear/clothing stores around and now all they carry is enough guns to kill the entire free world and fishing stuff to fish out the oceans of the world. They also carry a ton of no name junk to go with their billion dollar RV busses and trailers (go figure - well unless once you bought one of those you have no money left perhaps?). They told me they are discontinuing carrying north face too. That stuff is on serious sale. I did find a very nice north face sleeping bag for $44 so that is an unblame. I shouldn’t have bought it since I am broke, but I need it and likely can resell it if I need to for far more than I paid for it. Too bad I didn’t have that the night before. I am leaving this in my car for the apocalypse. Or when I drive to Houston and sleep in my car there too.
I was hoping this was an anomaly, but the first team I looked up was the Florida Gators. Big mistake.
The first live alligator, Albert, came to UF in 1957. Several different live alligators assumed the role of Albert over the years, and even a robotic, motorized reptile held the role. It wasn’t until 1970 that Albert became personified on the field as a full-body vinyl costume.
Reporting on scientific studies often scares us with rules (“Don’t eat raw flour”) and an exaggerated view of their consequences (“because you or your loved ones could get sick and die”).
That scare-into-submission tactic is problematic because it teaches all of us to be poor risk assessors.
Slate’s L.V. Anderson criticizes the “abstinence only” approach instituted by the FDA after the 2016 flour recall. Instead of blindly following that directive, Anderson advocates a calculated risk strategy: “You should educate yourself about the risks of raw flour and make your own decision about whether they’re acceptable, instead of letting the FDA’s doom-and-gloom warnings automatically scare you away from one of life’s most delicious treats.”
56 sick people.
45 million pounds of flour.
The indulgence of a snuck bite of raw chocolate chip cookie dough.
Each of these pieces of information deserves weight in our risk calculations about household dangers.
@lisaviolet@mfladd@mike808@OldCatLady Ah but it doesn’t say if the 45 million pounds of flour was all raw cookie dough people ate rather than the total market of flour used for everything flour is used for… That would change the statistics (risk assessment) a lot.
Mix the egg and cake mix together, then fold in the cake mix. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of pie filling, but I just used the entire can. And I fold it in, I don’t beat it in with the mix.
Use non stick spray on the inside of the pan, pour the mixture in, cover it with a piece of aluminum foil that has been coated on the underside as well. (So the stuff doesn’t stick to it.)
Pour 1 1/2 cups of water into the Instant Pot, place the container with the cake mix onto a trivet.
Close the lid, lock the lid, manually set the timer for 28 to 35 minutes (I just go with the 35 minutes), cook on high. When the timer goes off, let it natural release for ten minutes, then quick release.
It doesn’t make a lot and it’s really moist, spongy, almost, but it’s tasty. Especially with ice cream.
@mike808 If it would fit inside an Instant Pot, I don’t see why not. I have a six quart Instant Pot.
I use a small Corning Ware pan I’ve had forever (before marriage, so that’s been a while). I use the steam rack that came with the pot, it has handles and this little pan of mine fits perfectly inside of it and the handles of the steam rack fit perfectly over the handles on the Corning Ware.
BLAME - kitten woke me up trying to eat my foot through the blanket and then trying to dig a tunnel to get there via the blanket portion over my shoulder. Please explain to me again why I stole this feral kitten from the parking lot? I am having trouble remembering this at 2:33am.
@CaptAmehrican I did the same a couple years back for 6 months and gained 30 pounds. I have stopped the gain but can’t get myself to lose (then regain and repeat) more than 5.
But the goat is right, no fat shaming!!
@therealjrn Conversation I had in the grocery store with a lady with a cart full of pop and chips (we were both looking at cookies - me to have a snack for my 2 day drive home, I settled on oreos). I said, “Good. No nutritional value what so ever and tastes good. I’m in. /Buy”. She laughed and told me she now felt better about her 3 bags of chips and the bag of cookies she was about ready to put in her cart.
Here is the fix for your inability to work the “orders” page at the top of every page of this website.
Click on the profile button (outline of a person’s head), then on “my orders”.
Or bookmark this: https://meh.com/orders
Blame: College peoples are still on vacation for the most part so there are not many surveys to be had for extra monies this week. Hopefully they are all back next week and surveys will be abundant! I need to make some fun monies for IRKs, BOC’s, and random cheap crap.
Blame: I actually spent more than $10 on a bike tire this morning.
Unblame: Provided it gets fulfilled, at $10.09, it’s still 70% less than what it’s selling for elsewhere.
Neutral: Amazon’s search results still sucks and their varying pricing is just as annoying – except when the variable pricing is in your favor. Warehouse deals have helped save a lot of money too, albeit with some bad luck experiences thrown in from time to time.
Blame-I have the month of January off from work and school and I am planning to spend the majority of my time from Jan 1-Jan 28 (the day school is back in session sitting on my ass getting paid for nothing) Ha, its all your fault that I have to sit and do nothing. Now don’t you feel like crap.
@mike808 actually my funding is federal and state. So if the government isn’t open by the end of my current contract which is Jan 28th then I won’t be getting paid. Fortunately my funding is prepaid by the gov for the semester and doled our biweekly.
Blame: I was stolen from yet again out of this hud apartment. It was an inside job as a key was used to get in. I keep all valuables in my storage unit so what did they steal after going through all my stuff this time (this is not the first time this has happened)? My really nice mountain hardware fleece hat and gloves (both no longer made - yes now tagged search items on ebay) and a nice thick zipper up with hood sweatshirt (thick like they don’t make them anymore - can’t remember the brand but bought it in Walmart and Walmart now sells only paper thin ones). And this is supposed to be one of the better hud places. I really, really hope one of my full time applications pan out so I can get out of here again. All this online adjunct contract work just doesn’t cut the grade for steady enough employment to leave. I need a tiny spy camera that the cats won’t trigger!!
@Kidsandliz Why are your cats inside your storage unit? Put the surveillance camera inside the unit.
Why don’t you have pictures of every item you put in your storage unit? Did you file a police report for the theft? If you didnt, the landlords can continue to lie to new tenants and their government reviews and the public that they operate a safe housing facility instead of a crime-riddled den of theives or worse. Without the police report, the police can’t justify more patrols.
@mike808 In my apartment. Don’t have a surveillance camera and it would need to be hidden or they’d just take it too. The problem with reporting it is they would try to kick me out and never let me back in. There is no justice in situations like this. Hid housing seems to be a different animal than regular landlord stuff. This is privately owned, not government owned. I am positive this is an inside job as the person let themselves in my apt. with a key.
@f00l I know. I have a storage unit with a 1968 Mercury 65hp outboard engine in it (and a 58’ Johnson Seahorse). No need for it yet. Just wanted it because I love old outboards. I have been paying for it so long I might have bought a near new one. One day I will get it out of there. There is a longer story to this, but I’m not going to tell it.
Mine is full of “bargains”. IE stupid purchases altho bought because of a great price that day only.
Plus stuff I should get rid of … Old clothes I’ll never wear. Old furniture that’s perfectly good, but I’ll never need more furniture than I have.
Lots of Sherlock Holmes pastiches (100’s?) I purchased because I saw them at HPB and I tend to love these, and I never checked that they might be available in e-book format. I don’t have room for them all.
Lots of other books I’ve read, and they are fine; but they aren’t special enough for me to add bookcases for. So they need to be forwarded to others.
Various memorabilia. Rock concert tshirts and the like.
I’m not wearing them, so …
Clothes that seemed nice once, and they still are. But I’ll never wear them. Dunno why. Just know I won’t.
@f00l@mfladd Just keep repeating to yourself “I shouldn’t consider sunk costs when deciding what to do with the extension of my house and the stuff in it that I am renting”… Too bad you usually can’t have a garage sale at a storage unit.
Least you think I am not guilty too - I am hanging on to some stuff for when (I hope anyway) I can find another full time job and rent something bigger than a shoebox. I have more than that in there that I am selling, slowly and I finally got myself to accept that selling it all for less than it is worth would save me money in the long run (thus make more if one were to flip how I think about it) if I can downsize to a tiny storage unit that just holds my couch, kitchen table, a coffee table, a rocking chair (this apt am in is so small there isn’t room for any of that), and a few other odds and ends.
Blame: I have to wake up extra early in the morning to take my cat to the vet to be fixed. The vet is an hour away and she has to be there by 7:30. I am going to miss her and worry about her.
/giphy pretty kitty
@tnhillbillygal Hope your kitty comes through it fine. The feral I stole from the parking lot is getting fixed next week. I waited a bit on her so she would be attached to me before I caused her a bunch of pain.
@therealjrn You copied what I had posted because? I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t hurt to get fixed since they cut through the abdominal muscles. As a human I have had mine cut and it hurts a good 3 weeks. I wanted the kitten to feel like she could come to me for comfort rather than be scared and thus hide.
@Kidsandliz I called to check on her and they said she came through fine. They texted me a picture of her after she woke up and she looks pitiful. I can’t pick her up until tomorrow as they keep them overnight for observation. I keep looking for her walking around or following me around the house.
Blame: exactly how behind is mediocre brand CS because of the holidays? I put in refund request because of a bricked Morningsave product, but I have yet to hear anything back (two weeks). It’s your fault they are probably swamped @mike808!
Unblame, then blame. Today I got a painkiller shot in my sacroiliac joint, which is good. Blame: I didn’t know it was possible to cauterize the nerves in the joint, which can end pain for months or years, and can be repeated.
Blame: I can’t attend the visitation and funeral of my cousin (technically my 2nd cousin) because nobody will cover my shift tomorrow night. I was willing to come in on Saturday (day of the funeral) after we got back so only needed to cover the 1 shift. Plus my manager who said she’d make calls never did.
It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive each way so theoretically I could go on my own on Saturday but there’s a winter weather advisory so who knows how long it would actually take. (The plan was to go Friday afternoon, attend the visitation and wake, spend the night, and then attend the funeral and luncheon on Saturday.)
@msklzannie you could always Facetime or Duo with someone who is there at the wake or the luncheon and pay your respects livestream 21st century style. Telepresence. It is a real thing now.
Bonus points if you livestream from work and get to bitch that you’re at work while they’re at the funeral and brag at the same time that you’re getting paid to give a livestream eulogy at your 2nd cousins funeral.
And you save the carbon footprint and wasted time of 5 hours of travel.
@OldCatLady I just picked up a copy of Profiles in Courage: Special Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy, Memorial Edition (1964). The Foreword was written on December 18, 1964. The book was dedicated to his (JFK’s) wife. I paid one whole dollar for it. It’s a beautiful book.
Blame because I’ve been too busy working or sleeping to blame the damn goat.
Also, I’m slightly weirded out because my credit card limit just increased (first time since I’ve had that card), but I learned about it from Experian. Actual credit card company hasn’t said anything yet.
Oh, I think I see why — my card will be 10 years old in February. Will I get another increase when it’s old enough to drive?
@f00l@TheFLP Don’t fall for the “raise your limit so you’ll spend more” trick. You can call them and tell them to lower it if you didn’t ask for the increase. Too much unused credit lowers your FICO score, btw.
Due to a calicvirus outbreak (started last October) in the cattery where I volunteer, around 120 cats were euthanized today. The only remaining cats are the 4 or 5 who are up front (a different building). It breaks my heart. I have spent, in some cases, years cuddling some of them, working with some of them to make them less shy and thus more adoptable… I have been crying on and off all day.
Unfortunately the 6 cattery employees lost their jobs as a result of this. They won’t be hired back any time soon because the shelter decided to build a new cattery when they can raise the money (the current one is falling down). These employees can’t get food stamps due to the shut down. Unemployment compensation in this state is hundreds of dollars a month below the poverty line even if you get the maximum. They won’t. They were all paid minimum wage or close to that.
As a result I have started a gofundme to try to give them each $500 to cover food for themselves and their pets (they all have animals they have adopted from the shelter). I will make a separate thread about this too. Please pass this on to whomever might help.
A California town threatened by the sort of wildfires that recently wiped out a neighbouring community is appealing for an unusual type of help: a crack team of goats.
Nevada City has launched a crowdfunding drive, dubbed “goat fund me”, to recruit a herd to munch through acres of wildfire-prone vegetation at the fringe of town.
In an effort to cut down a 450-acre greenbelt, town officials are appealing for $30,000 to acquire the goats. According to the goat fund me page, it can cost up to $1,000 an acre for such specialist grazing, as about 200 goats are able to finish off an acre a day.
Unblame - So I hauled a working wheel chair away from the dumpster at the hud place I live and put it in the back of my car to donate somewhere. Then later today when I was leaving the building Teen challenge was there picking up a bunch of donations (someone moved and the family was dumping almost everything), which included a toilet seat for the disabled. I asked the kids if they wanted the wheelchair. They told me, no, they throw up medical stuff but pick it up if it is part of what someone is getting rid of. So I asked them for the toilet seat which they gave me (the manager of the apt building came out in the middle of this and basically told me off - we are inmates here I think - that I needed not to talk to anyone and stay out of stuff not my business. Fuck her - this part is a BLAME). Anyway I donated both to Thrift City (a non-profit) who was thrilled (they said lots of people come in asking if they sell stuff like that and they hardly get that kind of donation).
I then called the Teen Challenge used store and the manager there is going to set up with Thrift City that they get all their medical supplies that are donated and all the stuff they haven’t sold that they want to get rid of (someone at Thrift City had also taken Teen Challenges name to call them to see if something could be worked out too).
I do dread running into the apt building manager tomorrow as she wasn’t done putting me down and telling me to fuck off when I told her I was on my way to a doctor apt and needed to leave. But other than that (which will cause me trouble here) this was a big win for two charities (which I will tell that asshat when she screams at me tomorrow) and for folks who need stuff like that.
@OldCatLady So much is going wrong in my life that if I can find a way to help others it make me feel a little better about my situation. And really, isn’t that what we all should be doing? I can’t donate money to anything, but I can certainly spend time trying to help.
She is a true asshole. In our lease it says we can’t talk to the postal worker when s/he comes to put our mail in your mailbox. So I waited until she was done and talked to her outside of the building (the previous day’s mail had not been delivered, I have USPS notification about what comes, and needed what hadn’t been delivered). I got screamed at for doing that. I told asshat that last I knew I still had freedom of speech not to mention just how, exactly, was I supposed to find this out from our postwoman if she (mgt) was forbidding us to talk to her? The lease only said while she was putting our mail in our mailbox which I didn’t do. Get me the fuck out of hud. I so need more work than what I have already found so I can get the hell out of here again!!! Don’t get me wrong, I am glad it exists as I am only paying $25/mo in rent due to how little money I have left once you subtract medical expenses from my income, but seriously does that then make me an inmate where I can be ordered around about who I can and can not talk to?
BLAME!! I was supposed to finish grading for last week by last night at 11:50pm. Nope, got everything else done (graded 2 other sets of crap) but still have 12 cases to go (did 2 of them and some didn’t turn theirs in yet so I am saved with respect to those late ones so unblame for that part). The micromanagers are going to ding me for this. I did the exchange crap first so folks had time to mail their box before the postage increase. Didn’t think the f’ing cases would take so long but they are bad (skimmed them first) and it takes longer to grade bad. Usually not so many crappy ones.
Combination of blame and unblame. So I have this roughly 4 mo old kitten who is a darling love bug - a big enough love bug that he is a PITA. And blame because he is a kitten so sleeping through the night is not on his agenda.
I snatched his boney, scraggly butt out of the apartment’s back yard where his dinner buffet came from visitors to the bird feeder. I decided to fatten him up a bit before taking him to the no kill shelter - so unblame for that because had I taken him he earlier he would have likely been put down with the other 120 or so cats a week ago Saturday. Blame though in that now I need to find him a home on my own before I am caught with him here because while they have 10 cats that missed the carnage they have no more room for cages where they are now keeping the cats.
Unblame in that 2 of my cats look nearly identical so people think they are only 1 cat, one is so old she no longer climbs up the cat tree so can’t be seen from outdoors and my feral kitten then (when people see what is in the window) visually counts as cat #2, my “legal” limit. Blame: This thing looks very different and so dramatically increases the odds I’ll be caught.
Unblame - I was handing out money yesterday to the now unemployed cattery workers (from the gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/help-cat-shelter-workers-who-lost-their-job ) and they were so grateful that folks they didn’t know would donate to them. One of them told me this made the difference between eating this week or not since she was nearly out of food and keeping her phone on or not since her phone card was up in 2 days. One of them even tried to give me gas money from the money I just gave her since I was driving all over town dropping off money and she knew I am living below the poverty line too. Even in their desperate situation they are still thinking of others. I refused it and told her this money was for them, not for me. THANKS to those of you have donated to these folks. While the amount may be small, it has made a huge difference and brought several of them to tears.
BLAME because of what happened at the shelter (they still have 10 cats there that weren’t in the back) they won’t take him so now I have to foster him until a home can be found. I’d keep him but I can’t afford to get caught with too many cats - who is sitting in the window at any given time will be the giveaway.
@narfcake You probably weren’t asking the right question on their scripts. If it wasn’t delivered, you want to CANCEL your order, and focus on “not delivered” part. Don’t get sucked into asking for a refund because that routes you to the circular file script.
@CaptAmehrican Yep, it was me.
I tried lighting my excessive flatulence on fire to keep the Midwest warm, but then disaster pants hit me. I think those medical trials I’m in didn’t do anything to eliminate the anal bleeding side effects they mentioned. At least I’m not getting the placebo. Yay, me, .
@eonfifty@f00l@narfcake And after a full long day flying in a middle seat - I arrive in Baltimore to drive three hours hours home in a snowstorm - wtf!!!
People in MD can’t drive in snow - it drives me crazy!!!