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April 17, 2017

Monday Overnight Open Thread (4/17/17)

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What do all of these items have in common? Rumor has it, they were all developed for Mondays.

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work. You're the opposition party. Not the Democratic Party. You're the opposition party. The media's the opposition party. Stephen Bannon


Quote II

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. Peter Drucker


Quote III

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again. Robert A. Heinlein


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The score card DJT is facing at the moment: North Korea, Russia, Syria, Iran and ....?
Well now a major #NeverTrump publication wishes him to speak out against Venezuela. Silence is not an option.

The increasingly dystopian, socialist-led nation of Venezuela is again on fire. Rocked by social unrest that is being met with a violent response from police and pro-government forces, the regime of Nicholas Maduro is teetering. In tragedy, there is opportunity. President Donald Trump has been handed a chance to right one of the greatest injustices of Barack Obama’s presidency. By so far failing to speak out against Maduro’s brutal regime, however, Trump is repeating the mistakes of the past.

In the last week, five Venezuelans—including a 13-year-old child—have been killed either by police or by the few “protesters” demonstrating violently in support of the government. The turmoil has been ongoing for the last two weeks and follows the failure of a virtual coup by a government desperately clinging to power.

In an perfect world imperfect world Trump is damned if does and doesn't. WTF is he to say? "Quit acting like socialist slugs". What do the Neo-cons warmongers want, a red line in the sand?


Maybe the Pope should speak up.


Traditional men's jobs are fading away. Yet women's traditional jobs are increasing. Why more men will soon find themselves doing women's work.

Many fields that are traditionally dominated by women are set to expand in coming decades, while many jobs currently dominated by men are not. That's the result of new research published Wednesday by Jed Kolko, an economist at job search site Indeed, which shows that less-educated men may especially face challenges in the job market of the future.

Jobs in the United States are still strongly divided by gender. A little more than one-third of men and a little less than one-third of women work in fields that are at least 80 percent staffed by their gender, according to census data analyzed by Kolko.


Going to the grocery store there are a couple of rows of snacks. We take the potato chip forgranted. Japan has a shortage of potato chips.

Thanks to a series of typhoons that hit northern Japan last year, the potato crop was poor, which has led to a very big problem this year: potato chip scarcity.


Projects. Sometimes they go right. Sometimes they don't. Even grade school students get miffed when something doesn't go right.

So I’m watching this Rube Goldberg contraption. It’s the shizzle. It rifles through Newton’s wastebasket, looking for new Laws of Motion after the first three aren’t enough to get the job done. It uses hydraulics, and electromotive force, and combustion, and every darn thing they can lay their hands on in the modern snouthouse. If it’s available at the mall, it’s integrated into the action. The hammer blow to turn on the power strip and start the fan is inspired.

Then, after 6 full minutes of glorious time wasting, you introduce some sort of porcine progeny, a water balloon, and what sounds to my ear like an off-camera F-bomb, followed by a mumbled punchline that spoils the joke.

Do you have a break room where you work? Do you have a kitchen where you work? Do you have thieves? Who stole all the forks?

It happened again recently.

I made my way to the kitchen, opened the cutlery drawer, and ... nothing.

No forks, no spoons, no teaspoons. Once again, I ate my salad with a soup spoon - which was retrieved dirty from the dishwasher. (Yes, I washed it.)

Over protective parenting. Is the world more dangerous for kids than it used to be?

Is this the case? Are children today more likely to be assaulted, kidnapped, or killed than they were a few decades ago?

Today we’ll take a nuanced look into the surprising answers to these questions.


Are you a hard worker? Are you dependable? Are you honest? If you answered "YES" to all of these, you may not be cut out to be a gubmint employee.

"Las Vegas-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official used his government credit card to purchase a $14,799 gym membership.
A conservative advocacy group released documents purporting to show EPA contracting officer Kevin Broadnax bought a 37-year membership at Super Sport gym on April 11, 2017. Broadnax used his government charge card to pay for his nearly $15,000 membership.
The sheer amount of paperwork related to the transaction suggests that multiple EPA officials were aware of the purchase."

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The ONT Musical Interlude

April 17, 1934, Born on this day, Don Kirshner, who launched the careers of Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Harry Nilsson, The Monkees and The Archies. He died on January 17, 2011. via thisdayinmusic.com


April 17, 2007, Bryan Ferry was forced to make an apology after praising Nazi iconography in a German magazine. Talking to Welt am Sonntag, he said the Nazis "knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves...I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags. Just amazing - really beautiful." British MPs asked shoppers to think twice about shopping in Marks and Spencer asking for Ferry to be dropped as the face of the M&S Autograph menswear collection. Ferry said he was "deeply upset" by the publicity surrounding the interview. via thisdayinmusic.com

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Do you have a child in college? A niece, a nephew perhaps a grandchild? Do you know of young adult headed to college? Pass this along to them, a rebuttal of the white privilege claim.

If you are a white student in college, you doubtless hear daily that white people are evil, the principal cause of everything wrong with the world. Whiteness is bad, white people are bad. We are to blame for everything.

If you believe this, you are being gamed. What you are being told is nonsense. If you have the intelligence and self-respect to think for yourself, ask:

“What have other races and ethnic groups accomplished in the world compared to what we white people have?”

Global Warming Climate change. Why people remain skeptical about climate change.

• I'm so old, I can remember that in 2008 Al Gore predicted that the Earth's ice caps would have melted by 2013 (don't the poles, four years later, still seem to be around (while the polar bear population seems to be thriving)?).


Canadians have reason to celebrate. Provinces agree to free trade.

So politicians from the regions and federal government were in a self-congratulatory mood after they signed a “Canadian Free-Trade Agreement” on April 7th. Brad Duguid, Ontario’s economy minister, who hosted the gathering, pronounced the deal “a major leap forward”. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business presented each of the ministers with its Golden Scissors Award for cutting red tape.


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42 hilarious wives 'Ettes, and the "Love Notes" they left for their husbands. #6 strikes home doesn't it 'Rons?
h/t Bebes Boobs

Which violation gave him away? All of them.Genius Award Winner.


Quite the Gent. The Feel Good Story of The Day.


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