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June 24, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (6-24-2015)

The Tragic Tale of Ariel Ronis and Escaping the Shaming Spiral of the Social Media Mob

The mob is cruel, vicious, and happily self-righteous in their thirst for blood. It's also fickle. So if the primary and secondary targets of the outrage mob turned off their social media for just 72 hours, a lot of the power and harm of the mob would be dissipated.


Looking For a Gothic Tale of a Southern Belle Gone Bad, a Crazy Fake Doctor, Murder, Incest, Uzi Gun Fights with Police, and a Suicide Bombing?

Well just go here and you'll get all that and more. Thanks to Jeff Dobbs at Just One Minute for bringing this story to my attention. I can't believe I missed this when it happened. And yes there was a Lifetime movie of it.

On June 3, 1985, a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Fritz Klenner exploded on N.C. 150 in Summerfield.

The bomb also killed Susie Newsom Lynch, his first cousin, lover and co-conspirator.

Her sons, John and Jim, were in the Blazer and already dead - poisoned and shot - when she or Fritz flipped the switch.

An hour earlier, Fritz tried to gun down police officers with an Uzi near the intersection of Friendly Avenue and New Garden Road. He wounded two officers, one seriously.

Those dramatic events revealed a tale too sensational even for Hollywood to script, one of wealth, power, incest, mental illness.

And deaths. So many senseless deaths.

Lindsey Graham: I've Totally Had Girlfriends in the Past

Sure both were in foreign countries and are possibly dead or otherwise unavailable now for comment but still - girlfriends.

Shock European Court Decision: Websites Are Liable for Users' Comments

Thank God that isn't true here. Yet.

Etsy Bans the Sale of Spell, Hexes, and Potions

Also Confederate flags. But Amazon at least still seems open to spells and hexes.


We Are Now Living in Interesting Times

Psst Wanna Make Some Easy Money? Start Issuing Your Own private Parking Tickets

Not legally enforceable but also not illegal either.

Josephine Cochrane, Dishwasher

There are those who bitch and moan about a problem, and then there are those who actually go out and do something about it.

She hated washing dishes. She hated the way her servants did dishes. She hated the way dishes often chipped during washing. She longed for the day when a machine washed dishes. She waited. And waited. Then waited some more.

In 1886, Josephine Garis Cochrane finally said, "If nobody else is going to invent a dishwashing machine, I'll do it myself."

And she did.

...Cochrane had an advantage. She actually had washed dishes. She knew what it took. Her machine involved placing dishes individually in racks and then spraying hot, soapy water on them. She used water pressure instead of scrubbers to do this. Then she rinsed the dishes. With the help of George Butters, she built one and got a patent on December 28, 1886. She debuted the machine at the 1893 world's fair in Chicago to rave reviews. Orders came through from restaurants. In 1897, she hired Butters and began the Garis-Cochran Dish-Washing Machine Company. Selling the machines to her neighbors was not going to cut it. The Palmer Hotel in Chicago placed an order. She realized hotels and restaurants were where the money was and she had to track it down.


Why Route 66 Was Decommissioned


Hey Do You Know Guns and Live Near Georgia? Then the Casting Directors of 'The Walking Dead' Are Interested in You

Sorry for the late notice but then this was only posted yesterday.

For Wednesday 6/24 and possibly Monday 6/29 - we are looking for men mid 20's to 40 years old with firearms experience - Caucasian, African American, Hispanic - really any ethnicity with some decent amount of firearms experience - former military, police etc. very much encouraged to apply - email a recent photo, experience, all clothing sizes and contact info to: [Casting Call Details Removed at Casting Director's Request]


Parade Magazine, August 1971


Well Given Her Brother, Trace, Maybe Miley Cyrus is the Normal One


The Group knows your sins but doesn't care.

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