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September 23, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (23 Sep 2016)

I think the current nationwide police recruit shortage will only get worse, especially in the current climate of hate we're trudging through. Keep that in mind if you think the cops will be responding in a timely fashion when you need to call them. You best be prepared to handle things on your own until they can arrive.

Also, most of you have a first aid kit but have you thought about perhaps having your own trauma kit? Could come in handy with the times we're living in.


Security Clearances

They really do hand out security clearances like candy. CIA Director reveals he was a communist sympathizer.

Another thing they hand out like candy? Immunity. FBI gave chief Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and two other staff immunity. So we're handing out immunity for things "no reasonable prosecutor" would prosecute? Does not compute.

China

China's artificial islands are a bigger deal than you think.

Self Defense Training


h/t tmi3rd

Merging Lanes

Good lord this should be obvious to those with a brain. During my daily commute, I'll never understand why I see folks that will stop in their lane with another quarter mile of open lane ahead of them and try to force their way into a lane already barely creeping along and causing a backup in the lane they're currently in. Transportation officials say that staying in your lane until the lane actually merges is better. Also, don't be that asshat in the already clogged lane and try to straddle the line and block both lanes.

PSA

Yo! If you happen to find a USB memory stick lying around or in your mailbox, you best just throw it away. Cops warn of malware-infected USB sticks placed in mailboxes.

Science Writing

The problem with science writing. Oh this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Obstreperous writers and scientists have identified some of the troubling trends in this way of conveying science to the public. For example: the fetishization of MRI imaging and the “neuro” prefix; the shallow and overly visual obsession with astronomical objects; silly genetic reductionism; the bizarre neglect of fields like chemistry, linguistics, ecology, and geology; wild speculation about the adaptive functions of certain traits in organisms; the irresponsible coverage of irreplicable psychological studies; and just the general credulity towards phrases like "studies show" and "the data says."

I would add the phrases "consensus says", "97% of scientists", and "the science is settled".

Spider-Man Theme

B-21 Raider

So the B-21 is going to be called Raider. Here is the list of rejected names which included Ace Of Spaces.

Saving A Great White Shark

Hope they tagged it because I have a feeling it will come back to bite someone in the ass. The amazing rescue of a juvenile shark who beached himself while chasing seagulls.

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