Spotted on the Upper West Side of New York City.
Evidence for future generations to judge us by.
What Twitter Does
Whether it’s breaking news, a local traffic jam, a deal at your favorite shop or a funny pick-me-up from a friend, Twitter keeps you informed with what matters most to you today and helps you discover what might matter to you most tomorrow.
-Twitter, About Us
Shortly after midnight in the US state of Utah, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff picked up his Apple iPhone, opened up a Twitter “app” on his handset and began tweeting… Mr Shurtleff [had] used Twitter to announce that most important of all things: the death of a human being, convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner.
-BBC News, Utah firing squad death announced on Twitter
You can read Mark Shurtleff’s Tweet here.
A random sampling from the comments section of Icanhasacheezburger.
Gandhi was like Hitler because he too was hated by Churchill. Lord Adonis is like Hitler because he’s also commissioned road-building. Harold Shipman is like Hitler because he’s also a murderer. Co-presenter of Homes Under the Hammer, Lucy Alexander, is like Hitler because she also has opposable thumbs and is therefore much more like Hitler than, say, a toaster or Droitwich. And lacrosse is like Hitler in that I think they both only have one ball.
–David Mitchell, March 28, 2010. The Guardian.
“Before you start mouthing off about Hitler, you better know your Nazis.“
Reductio ad Hitlerum, also argumentum ad Hitlerum, (dog Latin for “reduction to Hitler” or “argument to Hitler,” respectively) is an ad hominem or ad misericordiam argument, and is an informal fallacy. It is a fallacy of irrelevance where a conclusion is suggested based solely on something or someone’s origin rather than its current meaning or context. This overlooks any difference to be found in the present situation, typically transferring the positive or negative esteem from the earlier context. Hence this fallacy fails to examine the claim on its merit.
The fallacy claims that a policy leads to—or is the same as—one advocated or implemented by Adolf Hitler or the Third Reich, and so “proves” that the original policy is undesirable. For example: “Hitler was a vegetarian, so vegetarianism is wrong.” The tactic is often used to derail arguments, because such comparisons tend to distract and anger.
-From Wikipedia, “Reductio ad Hitlerum“
For a complete list, please consult the internet.
The 9-Pistol Carousel
From the website:
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A few years ago, a hat was found in Brooklyn. It was found in Park Slope, a leafy enclave of Victorian brownstones and Romanesque Revival houses. This is the neighborhood where parents recently won the right to bring kids in strollers into a local bar. The Good Samaritan who had found the hat posted a notice on the Park Slope Parents Web site, with the subject line: “Found: boy’s hat.” “Adorable navy blue or maybe black fleece hat with triangles jutting out of it in all different colors,” the announcement went. “For older child.” Days of enraged online debate ensued: “What makes this a ‘boy’s hat’? Did you see the boy himself lose it?” “HOW DO YOU KNOW it’s for an older child? What does this say about younger children who happen to have large heads?” “It’s innocent little comments like this that I find the most hurtful.” The hat was never retrieved. In Brooklyn, material goods matter, but other things matter more.
-Patricia Marx. “Borough Hall.” The New Yorker, March 8, 2010: pg 32
If you are brave enough, and bored enough, you can read the full email chain referred to [via Gawker].