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May 14, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (5-14-2014) - He-Man Wimmen-Hayters Club Edition

Oh noes - They done found out our misogynist ways!!

Socialist Unclear on Why People Think She's a Socialist

Because you didn’t build that – the people did.


Unclear on the Concept...

Of what the term Nazi stood for.


Or which group really got the National Socialists’ swastikas in a bunch.


U.S. Strategic Command to Conduct Massive Nuclear Response Drill

A Sunday press release announcing the May 12-16 “Global Lightning” exercise explicitly noted that the event’s timing is “unrelated to real-world events.” Observers of ongoing East-West tensions will note, however, that Russia on Thursday conducted its own large-scale nuclear response drill under the supervision of President Vladimir Putin. That exercise was widely promoted in Russian media and included the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile and submarine-fired ballistic missiles. “Exercise Global Lightning 14 has been planned for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario,” U.S. Strategic Command said." - Defense One

Ah the Cold War  - it’s been a while but I kinda missed you.


How Harry Reid Has Broken the Senate

Yet the White House and Mr. Reid's dominant liberal wing won't take the chance that a bipartisan coalition might pass these amendments, most of which the House has passed or soon would. President Obama would thus face a veto decision that would expose internal Democratic divisions. So Mr. Reid shut down the amendment process. Republicans then responded by refusing to provide the 60 votes necessary to clear a filibuster and vote on the underlying bill.

It's important to understand how much Mr. Reid's tactics have changed the Senate. Not too long ago it was understood that any Senator could get a floor vote if he wanted it. The minority party, often Democrats, used this right of amendment to sponsor votes that would sometimes put the majority on the spot. It's called politics, rightly understood. This meant the Senate debated national priorities and worked its bipartisan will. Harry Reid's Senate has become a deliberate obstacle to democratic accountability.

Forget the Twinkie – Here Comes the Closeted Gay Defense

Well I’m sure it is tough being a closeted gay in rural Texas, but I doubt it’s murder-body-in-freezer-empty-the-bank-accounts tough.

In 1996, Tiede shot Marjorie Nugent, 81, and sealed her body in a freezer in her home. Tiede, an assistant funeral director in Carthage, struck up a friendship with Nugent and the two became close companions, living, traveling, and shopping together.

After Nugent’s killing, Tiede continued spending her money and was rather charitable in the community. Police discovered her body nine months later, hidden under frozen food.

According to the Texas Tribune, psychiatrists that examined Tiede learned he had been sexually abused from the age of 12 until he was 18. The suppression of this led him to be able to disassociate himself from reality, including a murder by his own hand. Living as a closeted gay man in a small East Texas town also created issues for Tiede.
Bernie Tiede, the Carthage man who fatally shot a wealthy widow in November 1996 and was later sentenced to life in prison for the crime could be freed on $10,000 bond, after the DA who prosecuted him agreed to free him.


Breaking You Away From Your Choice Habit

If you like your health provider network, you can keep your now smaller more selective health provider network without worrying your pretty little head about alternatives.

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”


Dept of HHS Threatens Mocking Blogger

Your satirical posts are not appreciated citizen.

Racist ThinkProgress Asserts Colion Noir Must Have Been Manufactured By The NRA

Apparently they have factories where they create well-spoken pro-gun minority activists. Now that Jessica Goldstein knows their secret, they must destroy her.

Small Town Policeman/Carpenter/Animal Control Officer Shot and Killed

Arkell was 48, but looked younger. He was a part-time cop (a pretty normal thing in NH cow country) and had been on the job for 15 years. He also was a carpenter and was the town’s animal control officer, collecting, caging and caring for stray cats and dogs. He was born and grew up in Brentwood, and knew many if not most of the citizens. He leaves behind a wife and two teenaged daughters.

Untreated mental illness is the issue that no one on the left (and not so many on the right) want to discuss. But it kills.


Mammograms Are Worthless

At least based on this study of 99,000 women over 25 years. This graph pretty much says it all – having mammograms done annually makes no difference in long-term survival.


Full disclosure: Your humble narrator once had a mammogram done. I had an on-going ache in my right pec and the doctor was pretty sure it was just a strained muscle. But because of the symptoms, breast cancer being in the family, and the fact that guys do get breast cancer, she decided better safe than sorry and sent me off to the lady clinic to get my pec squeezed into a vise. And if you wimmen think it’s tough with yer boobies and all...well just try getting a sub-A cup pec into the clamp! Anyway nothing was found and my breast was far more sore from the mammogram than from the initial injury. But at least I’ve now got some lady test street cred.

Related: No More Pap Smears? I don’t even know what a pap smear is but I like to imagine it involves some kind of intelligent robot arm and lasers and shit.

Your CDs Are Dying

Maybe. The CDs I’ve had since the 80’s still play just fine but apparently some older CDs are deteriorating and my be become unplayable soon.

Fenella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress is trying to figure out how CDs age so that we can better understand how to save them. But it's a tricky business, in large part because manufacturers have changed their processes over the years and even CDs made by the same company in the same year and wrapped in identical packaging might have totally different lifespans. 'We're trying to predict, in terms of collections, which of the types of CDs are the discs most at risk,' says France. 'The problem is, different manufacturers have different formulations so it's quite complex in trying to figure out what exactly is happening because they've changed the formulation along the way and it's proprietary information.' There are all kinds of forces that accelerate CD aging in real time. Eventually, many discs show signs of edge rot, which happens as oxygen seeps through a disc's layers. Some CDs begin a deterioration process called bronzing, which is corrosion that worsens with exposure to various pollutants. The lasers in devices used to burn or even play a CD can also affect its longevity. 'The ubiquity of a once dominant media is again receding. Like most of the technology we leave behind, CDs are are being forgotten slowly,' concludes LaFrance. 'We stop using old formats little by little. They stop working. We stop replacing them. And, before long, they're gone.'

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