“I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind.” [via, et] “Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader.” [via] So, not just bastards, but crazy bastards? [cf]
“A board member later told a newspaper that he thought the familiar circle with angled lines was also, perhaps, a sign of the devil.” No, not the devil. It’s the sign of Lilith. And, she’s pissed about being thrown under the bus … again.
And, while we’re reclaiming things, I’ve had conversations with people that don’t know what I’m talking about when I mention the ecology flag. I’ve been thinking seriously about flying the ecology flag outside my place to represent.
“Jones Soda is ditching high fructose corn syrup (toxic waste in liquid form) in favor of cane sugar.” When I drank cola, back in the day, I used to love Royal Crown (RC) Cola because they used real sugar, sometimes. The absolute best was to put a 2 liter of real sugar cola out in the snow overnight. The extra cold would sublimate the carbon dioxide into the solution, making the bite of the carbonic acid sharper and the clean taste of the sugar without the corn syrup after taste was spectacular. When corn syrup was new, I had a hard time telling the difference between that and the after taste of sacchrine in diet colas. Blech! Afri-cola was another sugar-based cola which I enjoyed a great deal back in the 90’s. (I remember feeling uneasy about Afri-Cola because of possible Nazi connections, but, while it was around then and from Germany, I’m not seeing much mention of more than guilt by association now.) (I got an e-mail from Jeff over at Pop The Soda Shop clarifying that the German Afri-Cola did indeed predate the Nazis and that there are soda companies that not only use real sugar but also use natural flavouring. Well, Pop The Soda Shop appears to have a pretty insane number of root beers! That’s spiffy.)
“… as with all security measures, what made one party more secure made another less secure.” [src]