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October 27, 2016

Thursday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/27/16) [Mis. Hum.]

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This day in history. October 27, 1964 Ronald Reagan gave his famous "A Time For Choosing Speech" Here is the written text of his speech.

Here is the actual speech. Fantastic 29 minutes of The Gipper. It didn't help Barry Goldwater but it launched Regan's political career.

Our National Anthem, performed by a special young man. A job well done.

77 years ago today America's first hijacking took place.

Now - late on the afternoon of 27 October 1939 - Pletch was looking forward to going solo. He was not going to take the controls in the usual way, however. He was going to do so after shooting his pilot in the back of the head.

He may be long forgotten now, but Pletch came briefly to America's attention that autumn after booking tuition in Missouri with a pilot by the name of Carl Bivens. Midway through the third of these sessions, while airborne at 5,000 feet and sitting in the rear seat of a tandem training plane equipped with dual controls, he pulled a revolver from a trouser pocket and, without giving any warning, sent two .32 calibre bullets through Bivens's skull. Pletch then managed to land the plane, dumped the instructor's body in a thicket, and took off again, heading north to his home state to...well, what he intended to do was never really clear, and we will come to that.

Immigration in Europe is not going to end well. Syrian refugee has struck it rich in Germany scamming the system. Industrious little guy.

James Comey is called out. Retired FBI agent authors pointed letter to Comey. It is too bad that the MSM didn't pick up on it.

Polls are confusing. Understanding the American public is as well. Record number of Americans oppose gun bans. Yet how many of these Americans will vote for a Democrat who wants to destroy the 2nd Amendment?

Wow, simply unbelievable. NPR reports on Wikileaks. They are a day late and a dollar short but at least they are reporting it.

Israel will not back down on its history.

Israel presented an ancient fragment of text in Hebrew referencing Jerusalem and recalled its ambassador to UNESCO in a gesture of protest against a resolution which criticized Israel for restricting Muslims' access to a holy site in the city.

Hey Honey, let's live longer. Before we hit the sheets (wink-wink) let's have another slice of garlic toast.

Give me a burger and a beer. Different strokes for different folks. Wine and insects does that sound tantalizing to you?

Is the ONT bullsh!ting you? Are you a fibber? How much do you know about the science of stretching the truth? Take the quiz. It's painless, really.

Neanderthal sex could explain why Europeans and Africans have different immune systems.

Scientists investigating the immune system of modern humans have found significantly different responses in Europeans and Africans, and ancient breeding with Neanderthals tens of thousands of years ago could be partly to blame.

The discovery could explain why Africans are generally born with stronger immune systems than Europeans, and why they're more predisposed to certain autoimmune conditions.

Devotees of science versus followers of religion. Are only the latter to be taken to task for their alleged superstition?

Throughout the modern Western world, it is taken as a given that the religious members of a society are naive ignoramuses who are immune to rationality, to science, to the facts of life, believing as they do in ancient superstitions.

They are to be contrasted with the rational beings from the secular part of the society, like scientists, as well as that part of the population who believe in, and who revere, science and said scientists, and who altogether, as one, laugh their heads off at the hopeless credulity of the religious folks.

But ain't it true that once you start going into the details of the scientific scoops -- in an entirely rational, an entirely factual, and an entirely scientific manner, I might add -- a somewhat different picture starts to emerge?

When we start to follow the news somewhat critically, aren't we surprised to learn how one scientific "fact", or "truth", after another turns out to be wrong or spurious?

And furthermore, isn't there a darker, a much darker, side to the affair, one that the rational science thinkers cannot seem to fathom?

Warning: this post, in seven parts, is the length of a book chapter.

A lengthy read. But very interesting.

The Dating Game. Did you know that a convicted rapist and serial killer was a contestant?

Back when I was a kid, recess was given to elementary school students. Kids need recess not substitutes.

There is a psychiatric hospital still open in England. Although it is still open a portion has been closed and abandoned for over 40 years. It's an eerie place.

There are some extremely creepy places in this world. Places that have been left abandoned for decades or even places that hold mysteries that have yet to be solved. That is exactly how this creepy place in York, UK has been left. Some thought it was an abandoned psychiatric hospital, but it's still in used to this day. But one part of the hospital has been abandoned for over 40 years and this photographer decided to take a look. These images are disturbing to say the least. Take a look below at this abandoned psychiatric hospital.

Are you a people watcher? When you people watch do you look to see who is carrying? How to spot a concealed handgun.

Photos from yesteryear. The era before political correctness.

The Cubs are in the World Series.Anything is possible, folks.

The average High School Guidance Counselor should read the following.Don't do what you love for a career, do what makes you money. There are exceptions to this rule but for the most part it makes sense.


Do you like Halloween? Are you into Jack O' Lanterns? Here's a cool way to carve a pumpkin.

How to recycle old Halloween costumes. Good luck if your kids have steel trap memories.

Canadian bad candy. Why does such an objectively inferior product continue to thrive? Quite simply, a holiday where strangers give candy to children has a way of encouraging illogical consumer choices fiscal responsibility. Maybe our Canadian Morons will chime in about this candy.

Remember this PSA? The actor has had a change of heart. He now favors legalization of marijuana.

News tips and charitable contributions can be sent here.

It take's a group and not a village. The Yahoo Group.

A Chippewa County district judge ordered Rongstad committed on the basis of mental illness and chemical dependency. Your Genius Award winner.

Feel good story of the day.

Tonight's ONT has been brought to you by a simpler time.

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