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I've been pre-occupied the past few days with an earworm from a Youtube video that was probably a meme 6 months ago, but I'm old and a parent so I get graded on the meme curve. It popped into my awareness because K1 was killing time waiting for restaurant seating with the related app.  Carefully follow me below the dingledoodle squigglie dKosagnocchi dividerthingie fold after a word from our sponsor...


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So here's the video that spawned the earworm I've been humming for 3 days:

Really, if you haven't heard it before, give it a listen. The rest of this diary depends on it :)

The catchy little jingle was part of a safety campaign by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It spawned a cottage industry of related videos and of course, listening to it over and over, I got to wondering about a parody I hadn't seen around yet. So I give you the first stanza of


Dumb Ways To Govern
(yes, I know govern has two syllables. Work with me here)

Shut down the Government
Change the rules to stop dissent

Cut programs for the sick and poor
Lie and obfuscate what your side is for

Dumb ways to govern, so many dumb ways to govern...

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In answering a question Isara asked about ACA subsidies for Congressional staffers, JamesGG set up a nice zinger by Cali Scribe.

weatherdude channels Hunter in his diary My first-hand account with The Obama's death panels, then in the comments wins the Internets with this gem.

Top Mojo for yesterday, October 14th, first comments and tip jars excluded. Thank you mik for the mojo magic! For those of you interested in How Top Mojo Works, please see his diary FAQing Top Mojo.
  1) I accept that their votes on certain issues... by Meteor Blades — 157
  2) Where were the police in riot gear? by Betty Pinson — 125
  3) check out League of the South for the genesis by entlord — 121
  4) Actually, they're worse by banjolele — 103
  5) I noticed that the "Million Vet March" organizers by mumtaznepal — 101
  6) You know what's even worst? by JoanMar — 98
  7) I live in upstate NY by Araguato — 93
  8) As much as I want to make this political by sideboth — 89
  9) Go for it! Red states cut off from Fed trough... by Ralphdog — 88
10) My hope is that by Youffraita — 84
11) I feel like I am watching old Flash Gordon serials by Denver11 — 82
12) look, more potential republican congressmen by askyron — 76
13) Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) is out of excuses! by bobswern — 73
14) my god, there are dozens of them by BennyToothpick — 67
15) any experienced software developer can tell you by AntonBursch — 67
16) I've not seen any print media by pajoly — 65
17) The only "game" this could have changed... by angry marmot — 65
18) Yeah, but it's like letting a suicide bomber by Einsteinia — 64
19) I'll support this man by Sandy on Signal — 64
20) They hoisted a confederate flag by Siri — 62
21) What a beautiful, patriotic act by those vets by 4Freedom — 62
22) Not actually new by kamrom — 61
23) happee moondai by Debbie in ME — 60
24) kind of about race and kind of not about race by mightymouse — 60
25) I actually have a neighbor much like that. by Eileen B — 60
26) i had to wait in line at the doctor the other day by AntonBursch — 60
27) The next time you see an idiot flying those colors by jbob — 58
28) Actually it does negate their intransigence, by Fonsia — 56
29) Websites like this one?  Some apps are crap by Norm in Chicago — 56
30) maybe they can ask dad for a loan. by AnotherAmericanLie — 55
31) Maybe not just our boys by The Geogre — 55
32) aha, their real agenda by ssmt — 55
33) Because today is expected to be a slow one.... by Bill in Portland Maine — 55

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