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November 25, 2015

Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving Edition


If you didn't see yesterday's post on how to screw with your Millennial Vox-reading nieces, check it out.


Rubio's Maneuver Might Have Crippled Obamacare

By keeping fresh government money out of the "risk corridors" (a mechanism by which the government would reimburse money-losing insurers via a slush fund), he might have hastened the death spiral of Obamacare.

Montana Daily Newspaper Plans to Reveal All Previous Posts by Anonymous Commenters

They're changing to a named-commenter system. And they say it would be too hard to have current comments by user name, while leaving old comments anonymous. Despite the fact they previously guaranteed anonymity. "Oh well!" they were quoted as saying.

Nerds and Hot Chicks Are Just Oil and Water

Angry, useless self-harming nerds continue to go after Katherine Timpf for saying she doesn't like Star Wars.

Yeah, that'll show them that you're well-balanced.

Paradigm Shift 2070: One Man's Vision of the Future

This scientist, Sam Hyde, has a lot of interesting facts you can use in your Thanksgivingmanship activities.

No, but seriously, apparently his schtick used to be to bluff his way into conferences, claiming a series of made-up credentials, and then give, well, the kind of speech you see below. He conned a local TED x conference into letting him speak, claiming to have done all these humanitarian things in Mogadishu, and then... well, you can see.

He also bluffed his way into an anime conference. He takes us through his understanding of Japanese culture, which he just read about six minutes ago. Things are going weirdly enough, and then he skips forward to World War II, when he announces, "The Japanese are getting good at building things to kill everyone. Of course, we had to put them in camps because they're subhuman."

A slide projected on the screen shows a Japanese man in an internment camp with the caption, "subhuman."

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