July 25, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (7-25-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day

Every discussion about bodies - whether in the media or amongst friends - is about how to avoid the horrible fate of looking like me. When you say that you shouldn't have eaten that lunch or dessert, or when you announce your new year's resolution to lose 5, 10, 25 pounds, you are saying that you don't want your body to end up like mine.

-- someone writing under the nomme de gras 'Your Fat Friend'

Status: True.

Valerie Jarrett Scolds Americans For Drinking Beer During A Heat Wave

And instead recommends staying inside with the air conditioning cranked up. Except....

John Kerry: Air Conditioners Are As Big A Threat As ISIS

So then dress lightly and try to catch a little breeze beneath your local wind farm I guess.

Clinton Campaign Manager: Russia Hacked The DNC And Is Releasing The Emails Now to Help Trump

Status:Very likely true.

So It Turns Out That The MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Its Final Flight A Month Beforehand

And the Malaysian authorities kept this fact from the public. Black holes and secret landing strips in Pakistan hardest hit.

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Democratic National Coven, Night One

—Ace

Yeah that was deliberate.


Posted by Ace at 07:11 PM Comments



Ghostbusters Falls Off 50% from Already-Disappointing Opening Weekend

—Ace

Not terrific. Really not very good. Sad!


Sony’s Ghostbusters took a tumble on its second weekend. The $144 million comedy earned $21.6m (-53%) to give it a new $86.8m ten-day cume. That’s a sharp fall for a comedy, and dreams of a 3.8-4x multiplier are now out the window. It’s about on par with Pixels and The Boss. So now it’s a question of which of those two precedents matches up. It’s still looking like a cume of $135m-$150m by the time it’s done.

Um, compare to how the media reported on Pixels' box-office. The media hates Adam Sandler.

So they portrayed it as a box office bomb.

So if Ghostbusters -- with a much, much better known IP than Pixels -- is doing about as well as Pixels, is it not a bomb as well?

Or are we just not saying, because that would be anti-Woman?

Are facts now Anti-Woman?

Answer: Yes, of course they are, they always have been. Any fact a liberal doesn't like is "anti-[some member of the liberal coalition]."

Posted by Ace at 06:34 PM Comments

Monday Moron Medical Monitoring

—Ace

Quick explanation of so-called "Bulletproof Coffee:"

The coffee was popularlized -- and I guess invented -- by David Asprey, author of "The Bulletproof Executive." Here's his video about it.

He makes various claims about the coffee which strike me as ludicrous -- he says his !Q has gone up 20 points on the coffee --- but there is one big part of the coffee that seems solidly-based.

The coffee recipe is just two tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter (Kerrygold has one of the most widely distributed of such butters; look for the silver label for unsalted (gold is salted)), and some medium-chain triglyceride oil, available from Amazon in various forms. I use coconut oil, but not for any particular reason. (SEE UPDATE.)

I also put a lot of Saigon cinnamon in mine, plus non-sugar sweetener (stevia for me -- I don't taste the bad taste many object to).

The point of the coffee for those doing Intermittent fasting and/or Low Carb High Fat is that you're actually having a small meal, composed of almost 100% fat, but this meal does not produce any insulin response, as fat doesn't trigger an insulin release.

So, as far as intermittent fasting, even though you actually are breaking your fast with a shot of calories and fat, you're not breaking your fast as regards the hormone you actually care about -- insulin. No insulin is being raised, so as far as your insulin metabolism knows, you're still in your fasted state.

Yet you're getting some calories, which will make it easier for you to hit the 16 (or 18, or 20) hour mark without eating.

If you're doing Low Carb High Fat, you just swapped out one meal for a small meal that's 100% dietary fat, so that helps you on LCHF ratios.

Remember, don't just replace carbs with protein. At some point your body will figure out the trick you're pulling on it and start burning protein for glucose (and producing the insulin response). Eat more protein, but not too much more. You want to swap the carbs for fat, not a ton of extra protein.

People add the cinnamon because it's a natural stimulant that adds to the kick of caffeine and also, I think, is supposed to have some additional fat-burning effect beyond the simple metabolism-boosting effect. I kinda doubt that though. But we have a doctor who prescribes cinnamon capsules to patients, so maybe he can elucidate on that for us.

Since I've been adding cinnamon I've gone from two cups of coffee in the morning to just one, which is good for me, because too much caffeine makes me jittery and trips my anxiety switches.

Now, I know people whom make their coffee with heavy whipping cream, which is also 100% fat (or nearly so). So the question arises: Why have your coffee with weirdo creamer like butter and coconut oil, when you could get the same basic metabolic effect from heavy whipping cream?

I have no idea why you wouldn't do that. I think Asprey just popularlized this butter-and-oil recipe (he claims that he drank tea with yak butter in the Himalayas and it endowed him with superior performance in all ways) and so this is what I'm doing. I don't see how the heavy whipping cream version would be inferior for IF or LCHF purposes.

I would say this, though: Butter keeps a long time. That means you pretty much always have creamer in the morning, and never have one of those oh-no-I'm-out-of-creamer-and-didn't-go-to-the-supermarket-last-night black coffee mornings. So even if you're going the whipping cream route, maybe just have a stick of unsalted butter in there. Just in case.

Okay so here are my accountability stats: Had another lame week of weight loss. I dropped through the 187 resistance point Friday, down to 185.5, but have lost nothing since then. I actually I gained slightly -- 185.7.

Still, 20 pounds down from two months ago, or around then. Maybe two and a half.

The last time I lost weight I was losing 3-4 pounds per week many weeks, but I was doing something else then too: Walking at a hard pace for 40-50 minutes, 4 times a week. I haven't been doing that. I might have to start doing that again, especially now that my shoulder's got me out of commission for weightlifting.

So: How are all of you doing?

PS: Broseidon King asked if he could post his lift figures here. Of course you can/should. Any medical/health/exercise goal can be posted here. It's not just weight loss.

If you want to talk about your GAINS, BRO, then talk about your GAINS, BRO~!

Oh: Last time people were debating the best way to drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (which might reduce insulin, especially at night -- though this is unproven).

I've been having it in coffee cups with cold water and ice and stevia. The water cuts the vinegar, obviously, but it's still a small enough amount to drink that you can power it down in a (not terribly pleasant) minute.

A coffee cup, especially a big coffee cup, seems to me to be the right compromise between cutting the vinegar and yet not making so much liquid it's hard to get down.

A Note on Adding MCT Oil to Your Coffee: Remember when I pooped my pants a few months ago?

Yeah, that was from MCT oil. You sort of have to add it slowly, to get your body used to it. It gets things moving smoothly out of your body -- a little too smoothly if you start with loads of MCT oil.


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BernieBoos: Now Sanders Booed When He Tells His Supporters to Vote for the Haggard Queen

—Ace

Off to a great start, fellas.


The Debbie Disaster has been averted, however: Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said she'll no longer be appearing at the convention.

Woman driven out of convention by threat that loud candidate's ill-tempered male fans would cause a disturbance.

That's how they would have played it if this was the RNC.

So Anti-Woman:


Posted by Ace at 03:11 PM Comments

Oh My: Sanders Supporters Plotting Challenge to Tim Kaine on Ticket

—Ace

There was talk about blocking Pence (and inserting a Cruz or someone else) at the RNC, but that fizzled.

The BernieBros are talking that up now, too.

A group of Democratic delegates backing Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) said Monday that they are actively exploring a challenge to Sen. Tim Kaine’s (Va.) vice presidential nomination.

...

Solomon said he hoped the DNC release information within hours on how to submit a challenger to Kaine, which he said would require the signature of 300 delegates.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Booed at Florida Delegation Breakfast at Start of Convention

—Ace

What a sweetie.

A meeting of Florida Democratic delegates descended into chaos when outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took the stage Monday, with critics holding up signs with the word "Emails" and Bernie Sanders supporters booing the congresswoman loudly, even after she began speaking.

"We have to make sure that we move forward together in a unified way," Wasserman Schultz said during brief remarks. "We know that the voices in this room that are standing up and being disruptive, we know that is not the Florida that we know. The Florida that we know is going to make sure that we continue to make jobs."

The audience was roughly half supportive of Wasserman Schultz and half detractors, though the angry participants were louder than the other half. Those attendees began to chant, "Shame! Shame! Shame!" while Wasserman Schultz was speaking..

I like how anything you say to a Democrat is parried by "We shouldn't be talking about this, we should be talking about how to Make Jobs for the Middle Class."

Apparently even at breakfast, Democratic footsoldiers -- who probably have never worked in the private sector, let alone owned a company-- are expected to hush up and just Make Some Jobs while they eat their eggs.


Fearing an embarrassment when she approaches the podium, Democrats are now pressuring the sneaky snaggletooth to abandon her role at the convention altogether.

Oh, and Nancy Pelosi was booed at the California delegation breakfast.

Furthermore, they chanted "Lock her up!" at that breakfast.

Dudes: It's only breakfast and they're already in meltdown.

Posted by Ace at 12:47 PM Comments

Trump Takes the Lead in Two Post-Convention Polls

—Ace

CNN:

The bounce is back.

Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups.

Morning Consult:

In the national poll, conducted from July 22 through July 24, Donald Trump pulls ahead of Hillary Clinton by 4 points, a sizeable swing from the past week, when the former secretary of State was clinging to a 2-point lead. In a three-candidate scenario including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee pulls in 10 percent of the vote, and Trump still leads Clinton by 4 points.

It's a popular thing among NeverTrumps to disclaim any responsibility in this election by saying "Trump is doomed anyway." It's a comforting way to evade making any hard choices. I know, because I said it myself four months ago when I said I wasn't going to say anything to help Trump, because he was doomed anyway, and I might as well keep my virtue.

But he could win. I still think he's disfavored to win (though I'm less confident of that now), but this idea that NeverTrumpers are enamored with -- that opposing Trump is an absolutely free choice with no downside consequences whatsoever -- appears to be a bunch of babytalk.

That doesn't mean anyone is obligated to help a man he or she considers unfit for office and a bad person besides. But the various Twitter-generated slogans exist to arrest thought, not spur it.

This is a serious choice and should be considered seriously, not simply by stringing together a series of Twitter argumentative memes that substitute for thought.

Posted by Ace at 11:36 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Battle of Valmy
Horace Vernet

This overly propagandized battle had been used by France to tout the glories of the French Revolution, and to show that The People! were ascendent. But....the real reason they won this battle is the professional backbone of French Army regular cavalry and artillery who actually knew what they were doing. It wasn't even a big battle, unlike one that occurred about 50 kilometers to the east and 124 years later, near a little town called Verdun.

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Monday Morning News Dump (7/25/16) [Mis. Hum]

—Open Blogger

Democrat Convention Schedule
Monday, July 25, 2016
11:15 AM

Free lunch, medical marijuana, and
bus ride to the Convention
Forms distributed for Food Stamp enrollment.
1:30 PM

Group Voter Registration for Illegal Immigrants.
3:15 PM

Address on "Being the Real You"
Rachel Dolezal, former Head of the
Seattle NAACP and Caitlyn Jenner
4:30 PM

"How to Bank $200 Million as a Public
Servant and claim to be broke"
Hillary Clinton
4:45 PM

How to have a successful career without ever
having a job, and Still avoid paying taxes!
A Seminar moderated by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson
5:00 PM

Medal of Freedom presentation to Army deserter Bo Bergdahl for serving with Honor and Distinction
National Security Advisor Susan Rice
5:30 PM

Invitation-only Autograph Session Souvenir photographs
of Hillary and Chelsea dodging Sniper Fire in Bosnia
6:30 PM

General vote on praising Baltimore rioters,
and on using the terminology "Alternative
Shoppers" instead of Looters"
7:30 PM

Breakout session with Bill Clinton for
women on avoiding the upcoming draft
8:30 PM

The White House "Semantics Committee" Meeting
General vote on re-branding "Muslim Terrorism"
As "Random Acts of Islamic Over-Exuberance"
9:00 PM

"Liberal Bias in Media How we can make it work for you!
Tutorial sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS,
The Washington Post and the New York Times
With Guest Speaker, Brian Williams
9:15 PM

Tribute Film to the Brave Freedom
Fighters Still incarcerated at GITMO
Michael Moore
9:45 PM

Personal Finance Seminar -
"Businesses Don't Create Jobs"
Special guest Pocahontas aka Elizabeth Warren
11:00 PM

Short film, "Setting Up Your Own Illegal
Email Server While Serving in a Cabinet
Post and How to Pretend It's No Big Deal"
Hosted by Hillary Clinton
11:30 PM

Official Nomination of Hillary
Bill Maher and Chris Matthews

Somebody spent a lot of premium time putting
this agenda together. Don't let it go to waste.

h/t The Internet

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Overnight Open Thread (7-24-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

Ticino is one of Europe's loveliest places, combining a very Italian dolce vita with trademark Swiss efficiency. Things work here in a timely fashion as they don't always in neighboring Italy. It's a minor miracle that Switzerland has made Italians work like Germans - while losing none of their fine food, wine and culture. Locals aren't excessively fond of Swiss Germans - they find them stodgy - but they look down a bit on Italians across the border too, who never can quite seem to make their trains run on time. As they do in Ticino.

That said, not much exciting happens in Ticino. The canton seldom makes Swiss headlines - much less beyond this small country. About the only noteworthy thing that happens in Locarno, the canton's second city, situated on lovely Lago Maggiore under the Alps, is the annual international film festival every August. Since 1946, that draws movie stars and therefore press. Not much else gets the international media to Locarno.

Suddenly, that's changed. And the issue is one of the most hot-button ones in all of Europe, indeed across the West right now: the role of Islam in public life.

-- from Swiss Italians Say No to the Burqa

Quote of the Day II

And yet one thinks of the aphorism of the Roman poet Horace: Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret - "You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps on coming back." The issue of transgender bathroom integration in public schools may well come to resemble the debacle of forced bussing 40 years ago, where compulsory liberalism was forced into headlong retreat by a ferocious public backlash.

It is ironic that liberals who otherwise champion the sanctity of nature when it comes to global warming or endangered species or pristine forests draw the line when it comes to human nature.

-- Steven Hayward in The Genderfication of U.S. Politics

Quote of the Day III

Because her husband was intestate, she sought to dilate her fungible assets; despite cunctation for titivating, she managed to masticate and lucubrate far into the night.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Stung by Wikileaks Revelation, Resigns as Chair of DNC

—Ace

Dirty deeds done Deb cheap.

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee resigned Sunday after a trove of emails were disclosed showing DNC officials had worked to undermine the underdog presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement that she would leave her post at the DNC at the end of this week’s convention. She said she would still open and close the gathering and would address the delegates. ..

Given antipathy to her from hundreds of Sanders delegates who will be in the hall, it is likely that she will be booed each time she takes the stage.

Mr. Sanders has long accused Ms. Wasserman Schultz of favoring presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and had wanted her fired. But the Clinton campaign stuck by her and it was thought that she would survive until her term expires after the November election.

Then Friday, the WikiLeaks website released a database of more than 19,000 emails allegedly sent from DNC officials between early 2015 and mid-2016. Some of the emails show DNC staffers discussing ways to weaken Mr. Sanders’s campaign.

In one email to colleagues, a top DNC official suggested ways to undermine an unnamed person who appears to be Mr. Sanders: “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”

She's resigning to prove her objectivity, and to further prove her objectivity, she's taking a job with the Hillary Clinton campaign.

That's right: She has an entirely new job now -- doing anything necessary to get her corrupt bud elected.

Totally different from her last job.

The good news is, she's incompetent as f*ck.

Posted by Ace at 07:04 PM Comments

Food Thread: Packaged Food: Is Any Of It Good? [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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Nevergiveup's kosher lunch: courtesy of the United States Army

Our intrepid Navy dentist is slumming with the United States Army for awhile, but at least he is eating well! Any Morons actually enjoy these meals?

And....what are the best packaged foods? Obviously potato chips and other snack foods are pretty damned good most of the time, but how about other stuff? I remember as a kid getting immense enjoyment out of Swanson frozen dinners, but that's because it was a treat, and we had to behave really well to get them (yes, my parents were smarter than their children).

******

A Moron who shall remain nameless (because I simply cannot remember who) suggested this site, and it's sort of fun. The blogger is suspiciously SJWish, but I did get a chuckle out of the first part of her biography....

I am the crazy neighbor with paint under her nails, glitter everywhere, a cat in every window, & the Christmas tree up all year.

Anyway, the link goes to a post about great Depression era recipes and cookbooks. interesting stuff, and indicative of how incredibly well off even the poorest among us are....

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What Makes You Happy? [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

The news cycle has been unrelenting this year. I know it's taken its toll on me and those around me. I need a break, so this thread will be politics- and news-free.

Several months ago, I attended a funeral for someone I had never met. She was a long-time and much-beloved employee at my husband's new workplace. I knew very few people at the funeral (really more of a memorial service) and virtually none of the people or places or events in the stories that they shared about her.

It was one of the most moving services I've ever attended. The siblings and coworkers of the woman being honored were very eloquent, managing to express their love and admiration of this woman through their grief. (This greatly impressed me because when I attended my own mother's funeral, I could not even manage to muddle through a scripture reading without breaking down.)

I don't recall many specifics about what her loved ones said, except for one thing: in this woman's last months of life, after battling cancer for several years, she experienced a period of relative health. During that time she made sure she spoke frequently with her family, especially her sons, as well as with clergy, lawyers, and financial planners (one of her sons is disabled so much planning was needed). And she did one more thing: she threw herself into pursuing an exercise regime that featured pilates.

And it gave her joy.

This was a woman of considerable intellect and emotional depth who invested much of her final time on Earth in something purely physical. And she did it not because she wanted to look better in a bathing suit next summer, but because it made her happy.


What makes you happy?


Below are a few links related to this topic that might help get the discussion going:

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Open Thread for Politics, News, and Misery [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Here's an open thread for those of you who don't want to hang out on the Happiness thread which is posted above.

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(Picture from here.)

Speaking of which, Deez Nuts is disappointed:

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Alcohol Is Your Friend...In More Ways than One. [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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A few months ago I was in need of the model number of a toilet. Of course the number was printed inside the tank -- how convenient! -- but they had put it behind the valve assembly, where no human could read it. So I took out my trusty cell phone, not realizing that for whatever reason, unknown to sentient humans, the plumber who had installed the toilet had adjusted the water level to within 1/2 inch of the top. I took a quick photo of the number as I realized that I had just plunged my phone a few inches deep into a tank of water.

I shook the excess water out, warmed it in front of a blow dryer (yeah, they say not to. Why?). And low and behold all of the buttons, except one, worked, and the screen wasn't cloudy.

But the lone holdout was the back button, and my phone is crap without it. So when I got home later that night I checked replacement cost, threw up a little, and then started thinking.

Water and alcohol are fast friends. In fact, alcohol would rather be around water molecules than other alcohol molecules (If Jay Guevara is reading this, please to check my work). So I pulled out my trusty bottle of 91% propyl alcohol, poured a few inches into a glass, and immersed my phone. After about 10 minutes I pulled it out, let it dry overnight, and presto! The back button worked perfectly.

I think a few things were going on. First, there was residual water in the phone that was shorting one button, and the alcohol slurped that up. Second, I got to it quickly and displaced the water, so little or no corrosion took place. Third, The water only rose a few inches into the phone, and I kept it upright, so it didn't flood the entire thing.

I was lucky, but if this were to happen again I would certainly try 91% alcohol over rice or some other desiccant.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 07-24-2016: It's Commies All The Way Down [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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University of Michigan Law Library


Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are lovely, safe spaces are for losers, and nobody cares about what kind of snowflake you are, so suck it up, buttercup. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. And these don't count.

Geez people, go home and read a book.

There's no hope.

Posted by: Country Boy at July 17, 2016 08:31 PM (zzzTG)

(The AoSHQ Sunday Morning Book Thread approves of moron Country Boy's take on the Pokemon Go fad craze national obsession)


Nood Communism

A couple of weeks back, I was complaining of Howard Zinn and other rat bastard commies rewriting of history to make the American founders out to be nothing but greedy, slaving rich guys. I got an interesting response:

#30: https://tinyurl.com/brjhz

Posted by: Country Singer at July 03, 2016 11:39 AM (GUBah)

The page links to a list of "Current Communist Goals", #30 of which is

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

Sounds about right. So, the question that occurred to me was, where did this list come from? It looks pretty much like the things the rat bastard commies have been up to for the past several decades, but I want to know where it came from. Did the commies just sit down one day and draw it up as a list of action items (perhaps inspired by Lenin's essay What Is To Be Done?) or was it put together by anti-communists who wanted to explain their own observations of what they saw the rat bastards doing?

As it turns out, it's more the latter: the list appeared, unsourced, in the book The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen, who compiled it from a variety of material:

If the student will read the reports of Congressional hearings together with available books by ex-Communists, he will find all of these Communist objectives described in detail. Furthermore, he will come to understand how many well-meaning citizens have become involved in pushing forward the Communist program without realizing it. They became converted to Communist objectives because they accepted superficial Communist slogans. Soon they were thinking precisely the way the Communists wanted them to think.

TNC is an interesting book. In its day, it sold over 2 million copies, according to the Amazon description.

The Naked Communist contains a distillation of more than one hundred books and treatises on communism, many written by Marxist authors. This text that reviewers have called "the most powerful book on communism since J. Edgar Hoover's Masters of Deceit" sees the communist as he sees himself - stripped of propaganda and pretense. Readers are offered an explanation of the appeal of communism, its history, its basic and unchanging concepts - even its secret timetable of conquest.

It starts out with a biography of Karl Marx and his friendship with Engels. I did not know that he came from a long line of rabbis, but even so, one day when he was about 5 or 6 years old his father came home and announced "Hey, guess what, we're all Lutherans now." So young Karl was baptized into the Lutheran Church. This switcheroo was so sudden I think it must had quite an effect on how he came to view religion, i.e. all there is to the universe is a bunch of atoms banging around. Marx's materialistic philosophy is discussed in the next chapter, followed by bios of Lenin and Stalin and the history of communism in Russia

Skousen has also written many other books, such as The 5000 Year Leap (which apparently Glenn Beck used to hype back when he was on Fox), The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution, as well as a couple of other nood books, The Naked Capitalist and The Naked Socialist.

Also books on Mormon theology and history too numerous to list.

You can actually download The Naked Communist in a variety of formats for free here.

And on a biographical note:

Mr. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, are the parents of eight children, 50 grandchildren, and more than 120 great-grandchildren.

And this is why Mormons will soon be taking over the world. They're the only one having lots of children.

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EMT 7/24/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Today, I feel like sleeping in for 4 to 8 more years.

Posted by Open Blogger at 06:00 AM Comments

Emergency ONT - Niedermeyer's Dead Horse

—Open Blogger

I have no idea if an ONT is on the way, but here's a fresh thread to tide you over.

I watched an ABC 'In An Instant' episode tonight about the Aggie bonfire collapse in 1999. I had forgotten about it but boy, oh boy, were there some heart-wrenching stories told.

In case you've forgotten about it, you can read the story here, from April 2000.

When it was over, 12 young lives had been lost and 27 people had been injured. At a school for engineering, a flawed design was employed, over and over, despite warnings.

It's all so senseless.

BTW, I've never been a fan of ABC's '20/20' program but this new 'In An Instant' series is one of the best shows on tv. It's endlessly gripping and fascinating, and not in that sense that you feel you're being deliberately manipulated. They basically just let those who were part of the story tell the tale.

You should check it out some night.

So, that's it. Here's hoping for better content before the night is through.

Have a great night.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 07-23-2016 [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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(thank you to an anonymous moron for the cartoon)


Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of stalemates and perpetual checks. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon.


“Chess is 99% tactics”

--Richard Teichmann


White Mates In 1


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FEN: [3rr3/pp1q1p1p/2p1b1pk/3p4/3Q2PP/1P3B2/P1P1RPK1/4R3 w - - 0 1]

Nothing too fancy.

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The Sunni-Shia Schism Ain't What It Used To Be [CBD]

—Open Blogger

The news that we have taken official action (writing their names on a list!) against some al-Qaeda thugs isn't news. Where they are operating shouldn't be news either, if any of us were actually paying attention to that mysterious motivating factor common in essentially all terrorist activity on earth.

U.S. Levies Terror Sanctions Against Iran-based al-Qaeda Leaders

Three senior al-Qaeda operatives landed on the Treasury Department's Specially Designated Global Terrorists list on July 20, joining the U.S. government's international who's-who of terrorist operatives. What's perplexing is that two of the three al-Qaeda figures aren't based in the stereotypical al-Qaeda hangouts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen. Instead, they're hiding out in a country that's seen its relations with the U.S. and the broader international warm considerably in recent years: Iran.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

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Welcome to the AoS Pet Thread, where hairballs and slobber are a way of life.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Summer Foraging [KT]

—Open Blogger

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The mysterious, but not elusive, common daylily

Good afternoon gardeners. And a special welcome today to foragers, preppers, campers, and hobos. And those with an interest in genetics, developmental biology or related fields. Are you out there this afternoon, Y-not?

For today's thread, I went foraging through the comments on some recent AoSHQ threads. A couple of weeks ago, in the Food Thread, WhatWhatWhat? took us foraging for common daylilies, "one of the very best and easiest to harvest of the wild foods." Sounds fun. Here's a sample, but read the whole thing:

The common Day Lily stands about chest-high and grows in clonal groves. You rarely see just one. The buds and flowers (including opening and withered flowers) are edible. So are the roots and young shoots, but July is the time for the buds and flowers. The buds sort of resemble green beans and taste, to me, like a combination of green beans and mushrooms all in one (but it's very difficult to describe the taste of wild foods.)

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Thread below the Gardening Thread 23Jul16 [KT]

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General Mills is trying to tap into the kid demographic that wants turmeric in its Trix.

They haven't found a good natural blue or green color yet. The red color is iffy, too. They like the purple.

Actually, this content is only an excuse to re-post Ace's famous Kaboom thread.

Note to those new to Ace of Spades HQ: Do not try to comment on old threads. Ask me how I know. There is still time today to comment on Y-not's topical thread below this one.

Open thread. Have a great weekend.

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Our Common Ground [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Now that the GOP convention is over, it may seem as if the divisions within the Republican party (and on the Right more generally) are sharper than ever. To some extent they are, but I'd like to encourage the horde to find something - ANYthing - constructive to do in the public arena to stop the Left's continued attacks on freedom. Despite all that has happened, I believe there IS common ground on which we can fight together.

In my case, I plan to focus on identifying Senate and Congressional races where a conservative candidate needs my help.

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Open Thread [Y-not]

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Open thread for those of you who don't want to talk about Senate or House races.

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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]

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Good morning Morons, it's Saturday.

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EMT 7/23/16 Windy City Edition [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Halfway through my Chicago trip. Not as bullety as I'd feared, so that's good.

The nice thing about my schedule here is I'm eating just one meal a day, so the intermittent fast thing is in play. Taking an extended meal from 6ish to 8ish every night. Plus I'm walking around 3 miles per day.

Although tomorrow morning I may need to have some pancakes. More than likely I'll just sleep though.

Will be interesting to see what the weight is when I get back home.

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Overnight Open Thread-The Friday Edition [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

You wanted CDR-M, after last night's Yokopalooza you might take Maetenloch, however tonight you will have to settle for me.


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Run, run like the wind for moar content..........................................

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Hillary Picks Tim Kaine as Her Running Mate, for Some Reason

—Ace

I guess because he speaks Spanish, poorly, as most Democrats do.

(FoxNews is now claiming he speaks it well.)

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Batman V. Superman: Ruminations on Deicide With Occasional CGI Sparkles

—Ace

I finally saw Batman V. Superman.

I did not see it, however, with the 30 minutes of footage they'd cut out, but then offered earlier on PPV. I saw the theatrical cut.

How was it?

Well, before I say, let me say I heard a lot of bad things about this movie before hand. Therefore, my expectations were pretty low.

That's important.

How was it? It was... not bad. Pretty good. Flawed. I can barely remember it, to be honest with you. But I thought it was okay.

First things first: Ben Affleck made a good Bruce Wayne and Batman. Oddly -- I don't know why he made this choice -- he sort of has a light southern drawl in his guise as Bruce Wayne.

Why? Bruce Wayne's a damn yankee. Gotham is obviously a New York City analogue. Is Ben Affleck's idea of "rich" the same as his idea as "Georgian"?

But that little odd choice aside, he was good. He looked like Wayne. He had -- for once -- the almost glowing playboy handsomeness I imagined Wayne would have. (See him portrayed in the WB animated "World's Finest" where he suavely picks up Lois Lane, stealing her right from Clark Kent, using nothing but his looks, charm, and billion-dollar trust fund.)

He was physically large and carried himself with the weight of age -- a bit like the Frank Miller Dark Knight, except around early 40s instead of middle 50s. (Alfred in the movie says he's been fighting crime "for twenty years.")

Also, Batman finally wore something that looks like the actual Batman costume: Dark cowl and cape, gray body.

Let's move on to Lex Luthor. I thought I would hate this performance. Luthor was portrayed perfectly in the WB animated series: A large imposing genius who had made himself physically strong not due to any need to be physically strong, but because he was a megalomaniac who could not live with himself if he were not strong enough to kill a man with his bare hands.

This film offers the waifish Jesse Eisenberg, as far from the new cartoon Luthor as you can get.

I was able to accept his performance for a while because it was stated he was Alexander Luthor, and he got his company from his dad; therefore, I reasoned, this is just the "Real" Luthor's son.

Later on, though, they say that the orginal Lex Luthor is dead. (They couldn't stop themselves from making Bruce, Clark, and Lex all be the sons of dead fathers.)

However, by the time they confirmed this was the real Luthor, I had begun to appreciate Eisenberg's take. No, this is not my favorite sort of Luthor, but this was a good Luthor, even if not the choice I would have made.

This Luthor is waifish, vain, callow, needy, and obviously psychopathic. I think the Red Letter Media guys noted this Luthor has a great deal of The Joker's DNA in him. Indeed, he does -- this Luthor reminded me a lot of the Joker maniac minion who Harvey Dent tries to torture in the Dark Knight, the one Batman stops him from hurting, saying "He doesn't have any information. Look at him -- he's psychotic."

Would I have gone this way? No, I would not have stepped into The Joker's Character Space to make a character that was kind of like The Joker. But what is on screen is still pretty good.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman: One of the toughest characters in the world to cast. Think about it: Wonder Woman must be physically hot, and therefore ripely, voluptuously feminine. But, simultaneously, she must be heroically athletic, because she's a superhero.

How do you find a woman who is both Lynda Carter and Rhonda Roussey at the same time?

I don't think you can. So instead they hired a very skinny model. However, even though she doesn't really fit the busty raven-haired pin-up model take, nor the muscular athlete take, she has a kind of strong, confident presence that makes you say, "Okay, sure, this is Wonder Woman. Close enough."

She's Israeli. I mention that because Wonder Woman herself is Greek -- she shouldn't be Anglo. She should be Mediterranean-looking. Gal Gadot is that, so it works for me.

She isn't given much to do. But the little she's given, she does pretty well. She's meant to come across as pretty, mysterious, and maybe dangerous. She does.

I really loved Henry Cavil as Napoleon Solo, and I do like his corny, wholesome take as Clark Kent. But I have to say, this is really much more of a Batman movie than a Superman movie. I always feel bad that Superman gets short shrift. I like Supes. I don't love him like Batman, but the fact that I like him makes me feel bad when they don't really do much with him.

Cavil was fine, Clark was fine, Superman was fine. But... Wanted more.

Amy Adams is not at all my idea of Lois Lane. Just... no. I'm going to have to insist on the fast-talking spitfire Lois Lane, not this quiet, vulnerable mousey version.

The plot operates on two levels: the emotional, meta-level, where details don't matter so much, and the actual specific mechanisms of the plot.

The emotional, overarching plot is good: Bruce Wayne hates Superman because he personally witnessed the carnage Superman (accidentally) caused in Metropolis, and lost a lot of his own employees in the fight in Man of Steel. (He seems to have an office in Metropolis.) He has made it his last major goal to defeat the most dangerous threat to humanity on the planet: Superman, a much bigger threat -- potentially -- than even Joker.

Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is, somewhat cleverly, the Nietzchean Uberman, the man who must make himself greater than God by killing God. Or, God's closest physical analogue, Superman.

Luthor entertains himself by noting various myths of deicide, and thinks of himself as Prometheus, the Titan who wanted to save humanity from the gods.

All this chatter about Man Versus God and the need for man to bow to god -- or to make god bow to man -- is actually pretty decent. It's clever without being overclever, I think. It's literate without being show-offy and pretentious.

So it works.

Then we have the actual plot, the things that actually happen in the movie.

I'll make this short: very little of the actual plot makes sense. Luthor's specific plans don't make sense, Batman's specific desire to kill Superman -- based only the possiblity that Superman could go rogue -- doesn't make sense.

In the comics, Bruce always had a plan to kill Superman, if it became necessary to do so. He plotted it; he prepared for it.

Just in case.

In this movie, Bruce doesn't just plan; he executes. And I do mean executes. (Or tries to, at least.)

Again, just based on his hunch that this Kryptonian could be a problem down the road.

Does this make sense? Is this Batman, or is this Luthor? Luthor would just kill Superman because he wants to kill Superman.

But would Batman?

No. No, he would not.

Superman's desire to oppose (not kill-- just warn off) Batman makes sense, but it's also not really that dramatic. Superman actually behaves rationally. He doesn't act like a God-Murdering Zealot like Batman. So I have to say, while Superman makes sense, he's just not as interesting as the lunatic Batman, who makes no sense, but is compelling, as lunatics often are.

The only reason Superman even fights Batman is because... Luthor has some kind of idiotic plan to force him to.

It doesn't really make sense.

The action is not particularly good. There's too much CGI -- a favorite effect is to have Superman speed into a blur; but the blur looks like a fast, blurry cartoon -- and there's too much obvious computer cartooning and nothing really feels visceral and real when they start flying around.

Can Batman really survive some of the concussion hits he takes just because he's wearing armor? If I wear plate armor, can I survive being hit by a truck?

That said, I have to tell you, the non-action parts, the parts where Batman is investigating Luthor and Superman, or when Superman is looking into Batman's increasingly-violent crime control in Gotham, or Bruce Wayne following around the mysterious Dianna Prince -- is all pretty good.

It all looks pretty good (the actual physically photographed stuff, rather than the computer generated crap). It's "dark," tonally, but not so dark you can't see. It conveys darkness, while actually having enough light and color in it to please the eye.

It's just the plot is kind of stupid, and there's a bunch of set-up for the next one, whose plot is now completely spelled out. See, Bruce Wayne keeps getting some kind of psychic images -- not his own psychic power, I came to believe, but rather, he is being sent signals from a psionic on another planet -- of a coming apocalypse.

What's obviously going to happen is that "Darkseid" from the planet Apokalypse is going to come to earth and enslave Superman and make him Champion of Apokalypse and have Superman pummel the earth into submission, and Batman and Wonder Woman will have to recruit the rest of the Justice League to fight Superman.

Um... didn't they just sort of fight Superman? They're going to do that again?

Ah well.

Lot of stuff in the movie taken from videogame interpretations; you'll see bits of the Arkham games design aesthetic, as well as some stuff from Injustice.

Overall, I liked it. Not a disaster.

But also not a triumph, alas. It's a shame; they had almost all the ingredients of a real winner here. All they managed, though, was a single.

Oh Wait: I forgot the dumbest thing in the movie.

For some bizarrely stupid reason, Luthor conspires to make it look as if Superman... killed a bunch of terrorists. Because, he thinks, this will turn American opinion against him.

Killing terrorists. The American public will say, "How COULD you, Superman?!!?"

Whatever.

But even worse, how are these terrorists killed?

Remember, Luthor's trying frame Superman for their deaths.

So the terrorists are killed.. with bullets. Because, you know, Superman carries a gun.

Why not kill them with ruby red lasers to simulate a projectile weapon Superman actually carries -- you know, his eyes?

Nope. Bullets.

And not just bullets-- but super special hypermetal bullets that are made by exactly one company: LexCorp.

Gee, that'll really throw people off the scent, huh?

"General, these men were killed with bullets."

"I see. Sounds like Superman."

"Indeed. And there's more -- the bullets were made by Superman's archenemy, Lex Luthor."

"Well, I've heard enough-- arrest Superman!!!"

Later on, Luthor tries to frame Superman again.

But this time, he's smart enough not to use bullets.

This time, he uses a bomb.

You know -- he blows them up with a bomb, Superman-Style.


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American Satisfaction in Country Drops from Horrific 29% to Abysmal 17%; Right-Leaning #SmartSet Complains Trump's Tone Was Too "Dark"

—Ace

Fingers on the pulse of the national mood, these guys have.

Last night I observed of the #SmartSet's (and CNN's) finding that the speech was "too dark:" "I congratulate those of you living in comfortable circumstances that many Americans do not."

Various geniuses -- geniuses because they had the acumen to open a Twitter account -- pronounced that a good convention speech should have "uplift" in it. Many -- including the dummies at CNN -- contrasted Trump's speech unfavorably with Reagan's "Morning in America" theme.

Here's the problem with that: It's fucking stupid. "Morning in America" was Reagan's 1984 election theme. That was the happy, uplifting campaign, because the country was doing well and Reagan already had the job as presidency.

OF course he's going to paint an uplifting picture! If he painted a "dark" picture, he'd be criticizing himself.

But what was his 1980 theme, when he was the insurgent, trying to kick Jimmy Carter out of office?

Well: It was a searing indictment of America under Carter. It was, in fact, dark.

And how could it not be? You can't convince a country to make an abrupt change in direction until you have convince them that the present circumstances are no longer tolerable.

This is obvious.

But our genius #SmartSet doesn't get it.

One of the reasons they're plugging for this ridiculous theory is that it serves to push their Water-Fueled Robot Boy favorite, Marco Rubio, a famous happy-talker.

As I said many times: One of the problems I had with Rubio was his sunshiney-everything's-happy tone. If everything is sunny, shiny, and happy, Marco, why would I bother changing the current political team in charge of the country?

If they have America in this swell of a shape, why shouldn't I keep them in charge?

Anyway, if you don't believe me about Reagan, here's his 1980 convention speech. Not his sunny "Keep me office" 1984 speech; this is his dark, angry "this other guy sucks and is destroying everything" 1980 speech.

By the way, the #SmartSet is angry because Trump, by "running down" America, seems to be saying America isn't great right now. And it is, darn it!!!

Reagan's 1980 campaign theme? "Let's Make America Great."

As if it wasn't so great under Carter. As if it needed to be made great.

And just remember this the next time you get your information from CNN or the slightly more liberal GOP #SmartSet.

So here you go: Here's that sunny, uplifting, Gee Isn't America Doing Swell Under Jimmy Carter speech Reagan gave in 1980. Feel the Rubibot Happytalk.

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Munich: Three Suspects on Run; Police Suspect "A Terrorist Attack;" Attack Took Place Near Stadium

—Ace

Here's a French account. The American media lies.

LIVE: A hail of gunfire burst out in mall near the Olympic stadium of Munich, causing at least six deaths. The police suspect "a terrorist act." Three alleged shooters are still on the run.

All the trains coming into Munich are cancelled.

...

Remember, terrorist act doesn't mean Islamist terrorist attack -- terrorists come in different flavors.


Other reports claimed he was "ranting about immigrants."

That's not quite dispositive, though, as there are conflicting accounts. For example:


We only know two things:

1. Barack Obama will continue being confused about the motive long after the rest of the world knows the motive.

Unless the motive is anti-immigrant xenophobia -- then he'll be Johnny on the Spot.

2. It's Germany's easy-breezy gun culture which is to blame for this. America must give up its childish fetish for guns posthaste.

Check out Obama in the upper left:


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New Regular Feature: The Monday Moron Medical Monitoring Thread

—Ace

I'm going to do this Monday because -- you may have noticed -- it really takes me a while to get going on Mondays. Might as well do a post on Sunday that I can hold over for Monday.

Anyway, if you're now doing some kind of health regime, get your data ready to post on Monday. If you're on the "Take weekends off" type regime, maybe take your data today or tomorrow a.m.

I'll also post those stupid health tips I see. Like I'll mention cinnamon in the next one. I know most of this is crap, and I know some will say, "Ace, boy you're dumb. All that supplement crap is for the dummies. It's a sales gimmick."

Yeah, I kind of know that, Ill-Tempered Hypothetical Critic, but I have to tell you, there's often a good psychological benefit to this bullshit. If I accept -- wrongly -- that St. John's Wort will give me an extra boost in muscle growth when I lift, buying St. John's Wort will probably give me bigger gains.

Not because If-I-Believe-It-It-Must-Be-True or the placebo effect.

No, I'll probably have better gains because, now armed with a (fake) magic potion, I'll probably hit the gym more often than I otherwise would have. After all, gotta get the full benefits of this Magical St John's Wort Muscle Stimulator.

And of course, there is real stuff mixed in with the bullshit or "bro-science" as weightlifters call it; cinnamon is a stimulant, and, like any stimulant, it will help reduce weight a bit simply by boosting resting metabolism.

But, you know, there's like five things that actually have proven effects (beet juice powder will knock about 5 mm Hg off your blood pressure, for example; not a lot, but it's something), so expect mostly bullshit.

I might just make shit up like Chocolate Gives You Longer, More Spiritually Fulfilling Orgasms. Seems to be what "nutrition scientists" and the media do, anyway.

Also, there was continuing chatter in the last thread. Check it out if you like. For eample, if you like pizza, buy those low-carb tortillas they have at every supermarket. It makes for a low (6g) carb "pizza crust" for oven-baked pizza. 8-9 minutes at 450 or 500 degrees. Watch it, because when it's ready at this temperature it turns and burns fast.

That's actually my own recipe, by the way. I think. I think I just noticed those in the market and realized I could use them for pizza.

Hmmm... Solution to bunless burgers: Toast a portobello mushroom and use it as the bottom bun for a burger.

It will retain some of that sweet sweet fat that has most of the burger flavor.

From Tami and Bosk.

Posted by Ace at 02:35 PM Comments

Multiple Dead Feared in Shooting in Munich Mall Fast Food Court

—Ace

And so it goes.

Note this has not been related to terrorism yet, and also keep in mind there are plenty of mass shootings having nothing to do with Islamism.

Still, given the recent up-tempoing of ISIS attacks on soft targets where civilians gather in Europe, one certainly has suspicions in that direction.

Police: Up to 15 Dead. More horror.

Corrected: It happened in Munich, not Berlin.

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Twitter's Stock Downgraded from "Hold" to "Sell"

—Ace

That's because it's essentially a petri dish for stupidity, cowardice, cruelty, and impotent hatred, and we already have plenty of that without it.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Golden Gate Bridge
Ray Strong

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Overnight Open Thread (7-21-2016)

—Maetenloch

Know Your Enemy Part XXVI: The Ginger

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Trump Speech Reactions Thread

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