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May 06, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (6 May 2016)

The corporate cure for sexual harassment only feeds the disease.

the flaws in the training programs also speak to the more fundamental problem of the selective and arbitrary nature of sexual-harassment categorizations themselves.

We all know in the real world the off-color joke told by the cool male coworker may be deemed acceptable, but when uttered by the awkward, pot-bellied, older guy, it's contributing to a hostile environment and potential fodder for a lawsuit.

A woman who wants to go out with her colleague or even her supervisor may well be flattered when he makes an advance, but the hapless guy who mistakenly thought she was interested can end up in big trouble.


Big Pharma

FDA will require e-cigs and contents to be reviewed. Based on comments I've read on this story, most folks are missing who is really behind this. They keep saying that big tobacco is behind this but in reality, they dominate sales of e-cigs (as noted in the article) so why would they want to hurt the sales of their product? What isn't noted in the article but implied is Big Pharma's role (nicotine patch and gum).

"In the meantime, we know there are many other proven cessation tools available," Burwell (HHS Secretary) said.

Of course Big Govt has a stake too as they are losing out on tobacco taxes.

SMOD Substitutes

While the tragic comedy known as Election 2016 rolls on, what doom lies on the horizon that could fill in for SMOD, who isn't projected to arrive in time for November?

Well, Mount St. Helens is recharging its magma stores, setting off earthquake swarms. Nah, that won't be big enough.

How about this? Southern San Andreas fault 'locked and loaded', warns scientist. No, that won't do either.

I guess we'll just have to keep looking up at the skies, waiting for SMOD to grace us with a visit. We do have the eta Aquariid meteor shower to watch tonight and tomorrow with about 30+ meteors per hour so there's that.

News Bloopers

Spin Machine

Yes, it's true and not just not in regard to Iran. White House admits it played us for fools to sell Iran deal. See also Obamacare, the economy (nobody believes 5% unemployment), ISIS, etc.

Captain Obvious Statement Of The Day

Pentagon says ISIS ambush that killed Navy SEAL was a surprise. Isn't surprise the key part of an ambush?

Raise your hand if you actually believe this new red line from Kerry/Obama? Serious consequences? Too funny. Most likely just another hashtag effort with maybe a song from James Taylor.

Longest Golf Club

At just over 22 feet!

Caffeinated Shampoo

Wut? Can shampoos with caffeine thicken men's hair?

War Movie Soundtracks

I must admit there are a few tracks I didn't recognize on this list of 20 outstanding soundtracks from war movies. I think I would've at least had the Patton main theme on this list.

Dog Video

Tonight's ONT brought to you by the chemistry of a hangover:

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