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May 20, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (20 May 2016)

Finally, some sanity in the bathroom wars. College reverses decision, rehires famed Delta Force hero.


Well Duh

Not shocking to those with a brain. IMF: Iran must stop funding terror, money laundering if it wants to join global economy. Too late now with sanctions not in place. Gotta have a fake success story for SCOAMF.

Green Military

Costly renewable energy regulations prevent our military from doing its job. This is among many things that keep the military focused on political BS rather than warfighting prowess.

In other green energy news, world's largest solar plant catches fire.

some of Ivanpah's mirrors were misaligned. That means that the sunbeams were concentrated and focused on the wrong spot, causing electrical cables to catch fire.
Workers and firefighters were reportedly able to put out the blaze in about 20 minutes, but it left the plant with melted and scorched implements.

Inverted Bass Solo

Gun Furniture

Gun sales drive specialty 'concealment' craze.

Drinking

The drunkest (and driest) cities in America. Dang Wisconsin. 5 of the top 10 are in Wisconsin.

Also related. Everyone in the world is drinking less alcohol except Americans.

Koreans Try Whisky For The First Time

Oh c'mon. Compared to Soju, whisky is damn smooth.

Spyplanes

Heh. Sigmund Freud's guide to spyplanes.

"Schaulust is a German word which describes the pleasure we feel in looking. This curiosity or scopophilia is a powerful pleasure and one that if not indulged in directly will leading to sublimation in another activity, often one remarkably similar to erotic voyeurism. The love of a military aircraft find its roots in the Purified Pleasure Ego, that facet of the ego that projects its own badness onto external objects. The spyplane, exemplified by the erotically supercharged SR-71 is an example of the hyper-sexualisation of the object (often bolstered by patriotism, itself a product of the Uber-Ich). Sitting at such a giddy vertex of powerful impulses makes the spyplane a powerful symbol. It is because of this that the spyplane occupies such a particularly potent appeal to the unconscious."

Money

A third of cash is held by 5 U.S. companies. Two of those companies (Alphabet (Google) and Microsoft) were in the top 5 donors to Obama in 2012. I'm sure the other 3 are mostly democrat donors too.

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