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August 24, 2013

Overnight Open Thread (24 Aug 2013)

NSA officers spy on love interests. LOVEINT. Oh I'm sure there is a lot of that going on and then some. I'm sure some POLINT is happening too. One would be naive to think it isn't, especially when you see what is happening at the IRS and what has happened to such people as Joe the Plumber, Christine O'Donnell and even the Presidential candidates in 2008 when a State Department employee improperly accessed their passport files. Oversight is a joke and nobody is punished. We're only seeing the tip of the iceberg with all of this stuff. Can't wait for the ObamaCare navigators that have had no background checks and little to no training to begin handling your PII (personally identifiable information), your medical history and records, your IRS records, financial data, criminal records, etc. Hell, census workers have more training.

Bacon Bar

Oh. My. A bacon bar. Damn. Why did it have to be in Chicago? Here's the menu. I want to try the bacon peanut brittle.

Historic Uses Of Urine

From gunpowder to teeth whitener: The Science Behind Historic Uses Of Urine.

Even though early Europeans knew about soap, many launderers preferred to use urine for its ammonia to get tough stains out of cloth. In fact, in ancient Rome, vessels for collecting urine were commonplace on streets–passers-by would relieve themselves into them and when the vats were full their contents were taken to a fullonica (a laundry), diluted with water and poured over dirty clothes. A worker would stand in the tub of urine and stomp on the clothes, similar to modern washing machine’s agitator.

1911 Pistol

This pistol has fought in every American war for a century. I love the 1911 pistol.

What Apple is to consumer electronics, John Browning was to late 19th and early 20th century firearms. The 1911 is his most famous design. The typical 1911 is 8.25 inches from tip to tail and weighs 2.49 pounds empty — about as much as a trade paperback book. The 1911 is made of steel, steel and more steel, and takes a magazine that holds seven bullets.

The 1911 has seen service in World War I, Mexico, Haiti, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic (twice), Lebanon, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iran, Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War, the Iraq War and Afghanistan. It has chased bad men from Pancho Villa to Osama Bin Laden.

Geek Squad Snoops

This isn't gonna help Best Buy stay in business. Best Buy staff post woman's nude pictures online after fixing her computer. I never trusted those Geek Squad folks. Plus, you'd be amazed how much help you can get online to fix computer issues.

Movie Fight Scene Compilation

Jewish Food Weaponry

It's a bit complicated just to get a piece of apple in some honey but who cares, it involves a crossbow! Israeli engineering students develop unique way to dip apples in honey. Video at the link.

B-24 Ball Turret View

It's a long video but pretty sweet. GoPro video shows point of view from the retractable ball turret of a B-24 bomber.

Liberals Taking A Swing At Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill was a drunken bullshitter - BBC helps to rewrite history.

It's no secret that Churchill had a speech defect which was apparent when he was drunk or sober. He also enjoyed a tipple and was often three sheets to the wind in the House of Commons; whether these had any negative affect on his wartime leadership or the reception of his speeches, is not proven.

In his desperation to justify these assertions this professor claims that his research revealed that when Singapore fell to Japan in 1942 one Londoner said that Churchill's rallying speech was "f*****g b******t and a f*****g coverup". The professor doesn't enlighten us on what the other eight million Londoners had to say.

This is obviously a rewriting of traditional history that paints Churchill as a great war leader and his speeches as inspirational oratory that kept the morale of the nation high during the dark days of Hitler's blitzkrieg across Europe, when Great Britain stood alone. Churchill possessed all the characteristics and values that self loathing 'progressives' despise. Patriotism, Christianity, Imperialism, free enterprise etc. The combative content of his speeches are enough to send any socialist, hippy, peacenick, or CND supporter into fits of apoplexy.

Detroit Wildlife

Looks like roving packs of stray dogs isn't enough for Detroit. How about some big cats too?

Ambling down the block a couple of weeks ago with his 1-year-old daughter perched on his shoulders, Antwaun Asberry sensed something was behind him.

He turned around and spotted a tall creature that appeared to be a cat, only a lot bigger.

“His tail is longer than my arm,” Asberry, a 6-foot-5 Detroiter with a lanky build, said of the cat. “I was like, what the (expletive) ... I don’t know what it is. I just want it gone.”

Cat Video

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