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Though unsuccessful, the revamped product caught the attention of Chicago's Brunswick Billiards. In they commissioned Alabe Crafts to make a version in the form of a traditional black-and-white 8-ball. The Magic 8-Ball is a hollow plastic sphere resembling an oversized, black-and-white 8-ball. Inside, a cylindrical reservoir contains a white, plastic icosahedron floating in alcohol dyed dark blue.

Each of the die's 20 faces has an affirmative, negative, or non-committal statement printed in raised letters. These messages are read through a window on the ball's bottom. To use the ball, it must be held with the window initially facing down.

After "asking the ball" a yes—no question , the user then turns the ball so that the window faces up, setting in motion the liquid and die inside. When the die floats to the top and one face presses against the window, the raised letters displace the blue liquid to reveal the message as white letters on a blue background.

Although many users shake the ball before turning it upright, the instructions warn against doing so to avoid white bubbles, which interfere with the performance of the ball itself. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Magic 8-Ball A Magic 8-Ball response. Amazing Origins of Timeless Toys , pp. Toys portal s portal. Skip-Bo Toss Across U. Feld Entertainment Ringling Bros.

He is just the best! One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

With my apologies, I'm posting this without additional content today, because I simply haven't had time to do it. Between getting up to speed on the abundance of news today and writing all the earlier content, I have totally lost the hours that doing this compilation takes every day. To be honest, it's 2: As always, share what you've been reading that we need to resist today in comments.

The implication, and understandable supposition, is that Feinstein sat on the report because she didn't think a decades-old accusation should be introduced into the hearing, because it constitutes a personal rather than a legal objection to Kavanaugh's nomination — which, if true, would be incredibly awful.

As we await further information, I have a concern about the piece — which is that it's missing what I feel is a crucial piece of information. In one place, the piece reads: She had repeatedly reported the allegation to members of Congress and, watching Kavanaugh move toward what looked like an increasingly assured confirmation, she decided to end her effort to come forward, a source close to the woman said.

Feinstein's office did not respond to requests for comment. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities. And the reason is that it's critically important to know what the woman sought and requested in order to understand the situation. This is something I have learned as someone who's written about rape culture for 14 years, and it's something I've discussed with reporters who break stories about rape cases: Sometimes survivors contact you and they legitimately aren't sure what they want when they reach out.

More times than not, they actually don't want to go public with their stories, especially when you are honest with them about what it will mean for their lives. Many times, more than anything else, they want someone to give a shit. They want someone to believe them. They want to be heard and to be validated. Sometimes they say, "Do with this information what you will, but leave me out of it. Making a formal second-hand allegation based on the statement of someone who won't even go on the record anonymously isn't responsible, even if you believe them.

Note that, for example, writing about an "open secret" regarding a chronic abuser is meaningfully different than formally entering into the Congressional record an allegation of a specific charge made by someone who does not want to participate, even given assurances of anonymity. Or maybe Feinstein totally shit the bed! The point is, I can't know that if I don't even know the basic facts about the guidelines set by the woman making the allegation.

I have absolutely zero investment in defending anyone, irrespective of political affiliation, who conspires to conceal allegations for any reason, against the wishes of the person making the allegations. My central concern is always the person making the allegations. Which is why I would like to hear from her, even if anonymously, what she was seeking and whether she was willing and able to press forward.

I am worried that whoever leaked this information did not have her best interests at heart, and may be thrusting her into public view and put her at risk of doxing and worse. Did they have her consent to leak this information? Was she fully prepared to move forward or not? Was this leak about holding Feinstein accountable for a legitimate failure, or about one of her colleagues being pissed off at her because she wouldn't use something "explosive" against Kavanaugh?

I just want to get clear on this before I go any further. Because I have no idea what the woman making the allegations actually wanted in the end, and that matters to me. The details are still very sketchy at the moment, but Paul Manafort has reportedly agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Bob Mueller's investigation: Dropping all the remaining charges against him doesn't. What concerns me at the moment is that George Papadopoulos agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation, too, and then got 14 days in jail after offering nothing of any substance.

Another thought I just had: Maybe it isn't the current president who has promised Manafort a pardon. Maybe it's the man who believes he is the future president — the current vice-president who was hand-picked by Paul Manafort. Spread over wide swath of south Lawrence and northern part of NorthAndover with several others across Merrimack River in north Lawrence. Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3. It arrived as a Category 1 storm, bringing winds of mph, "making it the second strongest wind ever measured there.

And it's only 9: About people have already been rescued, and more are still awaiting rescue. Naturally, the shaming of people who didn't evacuate has already begun.

I have a few thoughts about that. Instead of shaming people who didn't evacuate, consider the reasons why some people might not have evacuated despite urgent warnings. Incarcerated people are, in some cases, disallowed from evacuating. Working class folks may have feared losing their jobs: The evacuation itself, including gas, lodging and meals out of town, also would be expensive. It's not as straightforward as: Anyone who stayed behind is a dummy who didn't heed warnings and now doesn't deserve rescue.

When we treat evacuations as "every person for themselves," we can't be surprised that not every person is able to evacuate. Anyone who lived through, or can read an account of, what happened in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina should understand the foolishness and cruelty of shaming people who are unable to evacuate. Frequently the people who can't are the most vulnerable. Hosted by a pink sofa. Have a seat and chat. Suggested by Shaker BlueJean: If I have questions for anyone I know personally, I just ask them.

If I have questions for anyone I don't know personally, it's typically someone in power and there's no guarantee they'll answer, or answer honestly, so I wouldn't bother asking. I guess I'd probably ask Kate McKinnon if I could buy her a drink, and hope she had nothing better to do for the next hour. Mighty wee Lissa, pushing her grandparents on a bench swing, And please note that they don't have to be pictures from childhood, especially since childhood pix might be difficult for people who come from abusive backgrounds or have transitioned or lots of other reasons.

It can be a picture from last week, if that's what works for you. And of course no one should feel obliged to share a picture at all! Only if it's fun! Jeff Bezos is really starting to get on my last good nerve: The Bezos Day One Fund will award grants to organizations and civic groups engaged in "compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support" to young families, as well as fund a network of "Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities," Bezos said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Most important among those will be genuine, intense customer obsession," Bezos wrote. But I do know the "principles that have driven Amazon" include abusing employees and exploiting corporate deregulation to build a monopoly that will gut entire communities and create devastating access deserts , so. Naturally, I am all for building more schools and giving hungry people all the food they want and need, but I am deeply suspicious of this proposal, which is a weird and unsettling hybrid of charitable giving and corporate marketing-speak.

I've seen that before. It never turns out well. He's going to hasten the privatization of public education in the United States in the process. And the vulnerable kids he's claiming he wants to help are going to get hurt the most. This is your semi-regular thread in which fat women can share pix, make recommendations for clothes they love, ask questions of other fat women about where to locate certain plus-size items, share info about sales, talk about what jeans cut at what retailer best fits their body shapes, discuss how to accessorize neutral colored suits, share stories of going bare-armed for the first time, brag about a cool fashion moment, whatever.

I just had to update my prescription and get a new pair of glasses from the eye doctor, because my eyes are getting precipitously worse as I age and they weren't great to start! It is still such a luxury, for which I am immensely grateful, to have a spare pair of specs, after spending my childhood and most of my adult life constantly worried about breaking my glasses. I am entirely unable to function without them, so having a backup pair relieves me of so much anxiety. I get my fairly boring, functional pair at the doc's office, and then go for something fun with the other pair.

And, as I have mentioned before , accessories were the first place that I learned to have style as a fat woman, and I still love to rock a fabulous accessory. Which I feel like my glasses are, even as they are also a necessary medical device. As always, all subjects related to fat fashion are on topic, but if you want a topic for discussion: What are some of your favorite accessories?

Have at it in comments! And please make sure if you're soliciting advice, you make it clear you're seeking suggestions—and please be considerate not to offer unsolicited advice. Sometimes people just need to complain and want solidarity, not solutions. I am not receiving anything in return for my recommendations here, nor am I affiliated in any way with any of the companies mentioned herein. Any endorsements made are on products I purchased myself, just because I like them! As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Here are some more things in the news today Democrats fail in bid for U. Supreme Court nominee documents https: Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov in critical condition in Moscow toxicology unit suffering from suspected poisoning.

As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. I love Puerto Rico!

All day every day I am incandescently angry that this man is president. Occasionally he says or does or tweets something so obscene that I briefly fear my anger will go supernova and tear a hole in the universe. Susan Sarandon was a complete asshole during the election — one of Bernie Sanders' most obnoxious surrogates, who splained at Dolores Huerta, asserted that Hillary Clinton was "more dangerous" than Donald Trump, said that a Trump presidency was "more likely" to usher in positive change than a Clinton presidency, and then voted for Jill Stein.

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