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April 16, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (16 Apr 2016)

This is who is teaching our teachers. Professional educator: grades, showing up on time are a form of white supremacy. GTFO. That is utterly ridiculous.

Human Spies

This is very true. Why computers may never replace human spies.

Despite repeatedly coming under suspicion, Philby fed British and American secrets to Moscow for three decades before ultimately defecting in 1963. His survival, he told officers of the East German Stasi spy service in 1981, was partly down to organizational ineptitude and his privileged position as a member of Britain's ruling class.

Oh boy do we have organizational ineptitude in spades and you can just change ruling class with member of the new privileged class and you can see why we have problems like Hillary, OPM, Lin, Snowden and Manning.

In other news, this outta be fun to control in secured spaces. Samsung just patented smart contact lenses with built-in camera.

Europe's Dangerous Summer

I could see Putin testing NATO's Article Five (an attack on one is an attack on all) before Obama leaves office.

The fact is, it may be too late to deter such a campaign if Russia acts quickly enough, before the European migrant crisis and the tensions that it engenders are brought into control, before a new American administration that is more comfortable with American leadership comes into office. There needs to be some recognition that, as in Crimea, when this thing starts, it will happen very, very quickly. And it could start any day.

Buck Rogers

On this day in 1981, the last episode of Buck Rogers aired. Erin Gray. Enough said.

Hand Washing

Do jet hand dryers really spread more germs than paper towels? I don't know, but they do make you deaf. They installed one at work and it isn't even heated air so folks are still using paper towels which run out by 1300. It's almost like being in Venezuela.

Metallic Glass

Fascinating. Engineers have created a new material with an unusual chemical structure that makes it incredibly hard and yet elastic.

Flying Video

High Velocity Aerial Filming from Peter Degerfeldt Blue Sky Aerial on Vimeo.

Adaptive Camouflage

Hmmm. Color-changing polymer adapts camouflage to match surroundings.


Saying 'America is a melting pot' is a microaggression, Purdue class teaches. Well shit, why don't they just say fuck America and let's Balkanize it? Maybe apply Biden's Iraq plan? Friggin' idiots.

Additional microaggressions listed on the worksheet include: "Where are you from," "There is only one race, the human race," "Everyone can succeed in society if they work hard enough" and "I believe the most qualified person should get the job."


Well, you gotta use val-u-rite for starters. "Vodka doesn't necessarily make bad cocktails, but every bad cocktail has vodka in it."

[The common belief is that] vodka is the province of unsophisticated, brand-obsessed drinkers trying to get drunk as efficiently as possible

Is that wrong?

Cat Video

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