Pets and Cuteness

Levitating Weiners (Part II)

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:17

Back in the first part of August, we brought you Part I- now Magician & Mentalist Jose Ahonen is back with part II. Hopefully he got stocked up with more hot dogs!

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Maddie, Would You Like A Treat?

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:59

If you do—you know what to do. (You have trained your hoomin well, young Maddie.)

As seen on Lost At E Minor.

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Walrus Intervention

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:41

[Listen. We're here because we want to help get you off the kelp. You should be eating CLAMS! It's really for the best.]

(And hey, as long as we’re Talkin’ Blorp—how ’bout THIS Little Gonzo Wild Man?)

Both photos from the NatGeo Instagram page as seen on BuzzFeed.

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You Are The Wind Beneath My Jowls

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 13:30

Pilatus AKA Pilly The Weimaraner is experiencing the TRUE meaning of “Life In The Fast Lane.” If the car gets pulled over for speeding…who gets the ticket?

From The Squideroo.

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Meet The Mighty Peppermint

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:22

Don’t have a problem at all saying I Love Me Some Yorkie Action. And so when we get an email from Alana and it’s wall-to-wall Yorkster Pix, we have to pay attention. Roll ‘em, C.B.!

This photo series explores Peppermint’s wild side,” she says.

“…with images shot in the style of a nature photographer, capturing a feral animal in their natural habitat..”

“…juxtaposed with not only distinct domestic features, but also the anthropomorphic elements we tend to place on our companion animals.” [Huh? -Ed.]

“Typical with my photography style, there is also an element of whimsy present in this series.” [Now THAT we get. We know "whimsy." -Ed.]





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Bombs Away

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:48

It is a proven fact that Cats Rule The Internet. (See: Lil’ Bub, Grumpy Cat, Maru.) Therefore it is logical to assume that since they Rule The Net, they also do the best Photobombs.

This series of photos (from Mashable) does nothing to disprove that theory.











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Super Mario Otter!

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:30

Problems with your pipes? Call Otto’s Plumbing Repairs! We have just the part you need!


Via unremoved on Reddit, where just about every plumbing pun has already been plumbed.

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Exactly 98 Days ‘Til Christmas

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:05

CollageAnd NO time like the present to order your 2015 Cute Overload Calendar! (Heck, it also has September through December of 2014 on it- you can start using it as soon as UPS delivers it!) Here’s a helpful link to Amazon for the Wall size as well as the Mini size.

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POLL: I Suggest A New Strategy, R2: Let The Wookiee Win

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:09

A woman entered her puppeh in a Petco-Mexico Star Wars contest on FB and they took third place in the judging. [*Note: IMO, the first and second place winners weren't nearly as good. See the Laughing Squid story here. -Ed.]


What do you think? Should Chewie have won? May The Poll be with you.

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Hey! U Over There! Who’s The BEST Puppeh EVER?

Cute Overload - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:04

That’s what we THOUGHT you’d say!

Andrew Y. with the spot.

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Maybe Bowling Alone Isn’t So Bad's Heavy Petting - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 06:30

When Alexis de Tocqueville made his storied visit to America in the 1830s, he observed with admiration the abundance of civic associations, which he believed contributed to the vibrancy of American democracy. In 1995, political scientist Robert Putnam pointed to Tocqueville in “Bowling Alone, his account of the decline of community life in America. Putnam sounded the alarm about a drop in membership in civic associations—everything from the bowling leagues that gave the essay its title, to parent associations and the Lions Club—which in turn led to growing disengagement from politics and public life. Putnam’s work heightened concern about America’s declining “social capital”—the connections that bind a society together through communal activities—and inspired much hand-wringing about the further damage the Internet and other technologies might bring.

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Born This Way?'s Heavy Petting - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 04:45

“Baby, you were born this way.” As soon as Lady Gaga sang these words on her smash hit Born This Way, they became a rallying cry for gay people around the world, an anthem for sexual minorities facing discrimination. The shiny, catchy song carries an empowering (if simple) message: Don’t be ashamed about being gay, or bi, or trans, or anything—that’s just how you were born. Gaga later named her anti-bullying charity after the same truism, and two filmmakers borrowed it for their documentary exposing homophobia in Africa. A popular Born This Way blog encourages users to submit reflections on “their innate LGBTQ selves.” Need a quick, pithy riposte against anti-gay bigotry? Baby, we were born this way.

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How Ira Glass Gets People to Talk's Heavy Petting - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 04:41

The public radio show This American Life is at once old school and ahead of its time. A weekly hourlong program divided into acts, the show’s stock and trade are character-driven stories that are long on surprising plot twists. 

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Corrections's Heavy Petting - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 03:45

In a June 27 "Crime" blog post, Justin Peters originally stated that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is 20 years old. He is 19.

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I Don’t Feel Your Pain's Heavy Petting - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 16:54

George Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin because he perceived him as dangerous. The defense argues he was, the prosecution argues he wasn’t. No one, of course, argues that Zimmerman approached Martin with kindness, or stopped to consider the boy as anything other than suspicious, an outsider. Ultimately Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. A lack of empathy can produce national tragedies. But it also drives quieter, more routine forms of discrimination.

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The Double Secret Danger in the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling's Heavy Petting - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 14:40

For supporters of affirmative action, the Supreme Court’s opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas, Monday’s ruling on affirmative action, is like Animal House’s double secret probation. The Supreme Court did not end race-based affirmative action programs. Instead, the majority of seven doubled down on “strict scrutiny”—the relatively exacting standard courts use to assess whether the government can make a law that treats people differently on the basis of race. This isn’t new—the federal courts have applied strict scrutiny to race-based affirmation action for 35 years, requiring programs to be “narrowly tailored” to serve a university’s “compelling interest” in the pedagogical benefits of diversity. But if the court’s previous rulings already required strict scrutiny, Fisher imposes double secret strict scrutiny.


But Fisher still leaves several questions unanswered. The court said that before turning to traditional affirmative action, schools have to prove that “no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity.” How will we know? Back in 1996, when U.T. used race explicitly, it admitted an entering class that was 4.1 percent black and 14.5 percent Hispanic. Then it turned to a race-neutral admissions policy (the Top Ten Percent plan, with automatic acceptance for the best 10 percent of each high school’s graduating class) and the admitted class was 4.5 percent black and 16.9 percent Hispanic. Because the numbers are similar, it may look as if adding race-based affirmation action was unnecessary. But numbers don’t tell the whole story. Many at UT felt the Top Ten Percent plan was a blunt instrument that didn’t allow admissions officers to consider the varying quality of different high school programs in the state: They worried that the students admitted this way were not on the whole as qualified as those admitted under the more flexible approach that included affirmative action. And the Top Ten Percent plan only worked because Texas’ neighborhoods and high schools are highly segregated. So universities that draw applicants from a pool of less segregated high schools couldn’t use a similar approach.


Another open question: What exactly is a race-neutral means of achieving racial diversity? Some opponents of affirmative action argue that a properly crafted class-based affirmative action plan would yield significant racial diversity. But in order to even get close to the type of racial diversity most affirmative action plans achieve, it’s not enough to simply consider family income or even wealth. You need to include a long list of factors, such as the educational achievement of the applicant’s parents and grandparents, median income of the applicant’s neighborhood, whether English is the main language spoken at home—the list goes on. At some point, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointed out in her Fisher dissent, you have to wonder whether such a “race-neutral” alternative is really just a disguised and hobbled form of regular old affirmative action.


This brings us to the secret part of Fisher’s double secret strict scrutiny. The court’s focus on race-neutral alternatives encourages universities to pursue racial diversity by proxy, or to hide race consciousness in increasingly subjective and individualized reviews of admissions files. Texas’ Top Ten Percent plan, Ginsburg reminds us, is as race-conscious as any affirmative action program: It was devised precisely because admitting a sample of students from each racially segregated public school would guarantee racial diversity at the college level. Any admissions policy that uses class considerations to produce racial diversity has the same problem.


That many opponents of affirmative action are willing to countenance such transparent evasions proves the weakness of the crucial constitutional argument against affirmative action. This is Justice Clarence Thomas’ claim that it’s impossible to distinguish between well-meaning racial classifications and malicious ones, between efforts to promote integration and to promote segregation. After Brown v. Board of Education invalidated explicit segregation in public schools, districts in the South came up with a host of formally race-neutral alternatives, such as assigning students to the same schools they had attended in the past (when the schools were segregated by the force of law). These schemes died because the courts saw them for what they were: segregation by other means. If there is really no difference between affirmative action and Jim Crow, then any race-neutral effort to promote racial diversity should be as illegal as a race-neutral attempt to perpetuate Jim Crow. Indeed, if we follow this logic to its conclusion, the desire to have racially integrated schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods is as morally reprehensible as a bigot’s desire to avoid contact with blacks: The only acceptable position on race is complete indifference.


Fisher also says the courts should not defer to universities about whether they need affirmative action to achieve diversity. But if they don’t defer, then judges must decide how much and what type of diversity is good enough and how much and what type some hypothetical race-neutral alternative would achieve. For instance, consider an alternative to affirmative action that admits most black and Hispanic students on the basis of family income and wealth. Won’t a freshman class in which the black and Hispanic students are disproportionately poor reinforce racial stereotypes, make it less likely that students of different races will have things in common, and hence undermine the benefits of diversity? Can the university consider diversity within a racial group when defending traditional affirmative action?


The Constitution doesn’t answer these questions, nor do courts have any special insight into them. That’s why the lower court in Fisher wisely opted to defer to U.T.’s judgment that it needed affirmative action. Such deference is a good idea, even if you think affirmative action isn’t. There are plenty of respectable reasons to oppose affirmative action: You might think it’s an unjustified departure from the ideal of objective merit. Or that it causes more resentment and racial discord than it’s worth. Or that it’s a band-aid that fails to deal with the severe root causes of racial inequality. Or that its cosmetic egalitarianism distracts from the corrupt, class hierarchy that powers selective universities. But none of these are constitutional reasons. They involve political commitments and public policy judgments. Universities aren’t perfect, but they are better at making these decisions than judges are. And they are kept in line by the political process (which has banned affirmative action in seven states) and by faculty and alumni, many of whom have their own reservations about affirmative action.


Some commentators hope that by forcing selective schools to focus on class diversity, a crackdown on affirmative action is a blow struck against elitism. But instead, restricting affirmative action may turn racial diversity into another luxury that only the most elite schools can offer. That’s the direction public K-12 education has taken since the Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling making it harder for K-12 schools to pursue racial integration. Today, in many cities, you’re more likely to find a racially diverse student body in an elite private school that can still consider race in admissions than in a public school that, for the most part, can’t.


The effect of Fisher may be similar, even though it will apply to both public and private colleges and universities. A rich university with a small entering class can afford to review each plausible application individually and apply the highly nuanced type of evaluation that might yield racial diversity without explicitly considering race. But a cash-strapped public university with a large entering class must rely on a relatively simple formula for much of its screening. Few public schools will be able to turn to something like the Top Ten Percent plan as a simple proxy for race. A rich university can afford costly outreach efforts and big scholarships to attract poor—disproportionately minority—students. A school with a limited budget probably can’t. Thanks to the Supreme Court, the experience of racial diversity may soon become the exclusive mark of an elite education.

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Why Don’t U.S. Senators Hold Old-Fashioned Filibusters Anymore?'s Heavy Petting - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 12:27

Texas Democrat Wendy Davis thrilled abortion rights supporters on Tuesday night with a 13-hour filibuster, helping to beat back a Republican bill that would have closed most abortion clinics in the state. Huge crowds gathered inside and outside the Texas Senate chamber as Davis resisted the urge to sit, lean, or digress. Why did U.S. senators stop holding talking filibusters?

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Supreme Court 2013: The Year in Review's Heavy Petting - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 12:09

* Supreme Court opinions are indeed very long.

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Supreme Court 2013: The Year in Review's Heavy Petting - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 11:58

Windsor v. United States, decided Wednesday, invalidates a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion points out that although laws as to who may marry (blood relatives? children?) differ quite a bit from state to state, federal benefits are uniform across states. That is, if a marriage is valid under one state’s law, that’s enough for the couple to qualify for those benefits, regardless of any differences between that state’s law and another state’s law. But DOMA, enacted in 1996, denied federal benefits to married same-sex couples even if their marriage was lawful. With telling quotations from the legislative history, Kennedy shows that DOMA’s denial of federal benefits to lawful same-sex marriages—alone among marriages—was motivated by a hostility that appears to have no basis related to any public interest. DOMA imposes both financial and psychological harm on same-sex married couples. The imposition is gratuitous. It comes close to saying: We’re not giving you money only because we don’t like you even though you’re loyal, law-abiding, and productive citizens. That sounds like a denial of equal protection, which the Supreme Court has long considered an implicit part of the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment (the due process clause that constrains federal as distinct from state action).

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Step Away From the Tylenol's Heavy Petting - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 11:00

Do you have any Tylenol in your house? Not store-brand acetaminophen pills that you happen to refer to as Tylenol, but the real-deal Tylenol manufactured by Johnson & Johnson? How about Advil or Bayer aspirin? If you’re a doctor, a nurse, or a pharmacist, the answer is probably no. If the answer is yes, you’re wasting your money. And that’s what an awful lot of us are doing, according to intriguing new research from the University of Chicago Business School into the strange economic underworld of pure branding effects.

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