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May 01, 2017

Monday Overnight Open Thread (5/1/17) May Day Edition

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Quotes of The Day


Quote I

If it’s one of these things that is going to ultimately bring about some unintended consequences ... look, I'm nervous about the minimum wage because when we raise it to hurry up to get to an endpoint, it’s like that whack-a-mole game—something else pops up somewhere else. It’s like rent control.
I want an environment where the companies that are most responsible for hiring are dramatically encouraged by the market to keep the business here, and if we get ahead of ourselves and make it by fiat or some kind of mandate, I just figure that mole’s gonna pop up out of another hole and we’re gonna have to whack it. Mike Rowe


Quote II

We have the wealthiest societies in human history - countries like Norway and New Zealand - that can't project power to their own borders. And we have basket-case states, like North Korea, which has an all but undetectable GDP. But it's a nuclear power.

Sooner or later if North Korea's nuclear, if Sudan goes nuclear, if Yemen goes nuclear, and all the rich countries spend nothing defending themselves, the world will collapse. Mark Steyn


Quote III

We rolled the dice with the future of this country, And I think it’s going to come up snake eyes. Pat Buchanan


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A startling revelation by the U.K, There are 6,000-10,000 jihadists roaming about the country.

“Activity continues around the clock to identify and stop these threats,” said Basu, before his shocking admission that “we are making arrests on a near daily basis”.

Good and bad news The ONT guesses.


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The difference between a "Plumbing Degree" and a "Gender Studies Degeree" Initiative and grit.

“Traditionally, vocational subjects have attracted students considered to be of low ability, or who are looking for an easy qualification. But my students, past and present, are passionate, committed, and deserve every chance to be successful in whichever subjects they choose. Students who take vocational subjects have a clear idea of the path they wish to take. They know what they want to do once they leave the comfort of compulsory education.”


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Did you ever own an ugly car? No, not one full of rust and Bondo, but A truly ugly car. The 10 ugliest cars of all time. Or at least somebody's opinion.

Funny how AMC was the winner. Their predecessor Rambler made nice cars.


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Clean, wholesome Sweden not so angelic after all. Largest mosque in Sweden damaged by arson.

Sweden’s largest Shiite mosque, which has thousands of members, has been badly damaged by a raging fire in the northern Stockholm suburb of JakobsFerg, in what police suspect was an arson attack.


The fire at the Imam Ali Islamic Center appears to have started in the building’s facade Monday overnight. The blaze was first reported shortly after 11pm on Sunday. Police suspect it was set intentionally. Swedish intelligence agency Sapo was immediately informed, as is routine when a mosque is involved.

“Apparently, it [fire] started from the outside,” Lars Bystrom, a press spokesman for the Stockholm Police, said, as cited by the Swedish daily Aftenposten.


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The ONT is not trying to be political. The GOP continues to let us down, Obamacare repeal, Continuing Budget Resolutions. But, hey!!! On the bright side of things, Hillary Clinton, is not POTUS.

‘What’s going on in your camp?’ an Obama aide, David Simas, asked Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.

‘I don’t think we’re going to win,’ Mook replied.

'I don’t think you are either,' Simas agreed. 'POTUS doesn’t think it’s wise to drag this out.'

Now Mook had to tell his boss that Obama was interested in a smooth transfer of power to his successor, Trump, and that Clinton needed to give up any last-ditch hopes that the swing states would somehow flip for her.

‘I don’t see how you win this,’ Mook told Clinton.

'I understand,' she told Mook.


The smirk and schadenboner still exist.

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Equal opportunity offender, Bill Maher strikes again.


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Roger Goodell, NFL Commish, consistently inconsistent. Marijuana is bad, bad and bad.

We look at it from a medical standpoint. So if people feel that it has a medical benefit, the medical advisers have to tell you that. We have joint advisers, we also have independent advisers, both the NFLPA and the NFL, and we’ll sit down and talk about that. But we’ve been studying that through our advisers. To date, they haven’t said this is a change we think you should make that’s in the best interests of the health and safety of our players. If they do, we’re certainly going to consider that. But to date, they haven’t really said that.


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You envision carjacking as a crime in a bad neighborhood. Hell you can be carjacked while in the convenience of your own home.

Many high-end cars now use a keyless start system, which means they can be unlocked simply by having a fob nearby.
The fobs contain computer chips and security codes that are detected by a computer inside the car.
Once the fob has been recognised as being close by, the driver can start the car’s engine with just the press of a button.

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Could childhood depression be reduced if we let the children play?

Gray, who is the author of the 2016 Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, says that a cultural shift towards a more interventionist approach to child rearing is having dire consequences. "Over the same period of time that there has been a gradual decline in play," he told Reason's Nick Gillespie, "there are well documented, gradual, but ultimately huge increases in a variety of mental disorders in childhood—especially depression and anxiety."


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They might talk with funny accents, eh. But our neighbors to the North are Pro-America.


Canadian hockey fans sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Sunday when microphone malfunctions prevented the singer from being heard.

Country singer Brett Kissel was meant to sing the American national anthem before the Anaheim Ducks were to face off against the Edmonton Oilers for the third game of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Though he tried, Kissel's microphone would not work properly.


Edmonton? Do we blame or thank Vendette?


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The ONT Musical Interlude



Actually it feels like a day in November. Nevertheless, a nice song for this 1st day of May.

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May 1, 1939, Born on this day, Judy Collins, US singer, (1968 US No. 8 & 1970 UK No.14 single 'Both Sides Now'). via thisdayinmusic.com

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Wasting time is psychologically important.


There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted. But the truth is, a life spent dutifully responding to emails is a dull one indeed. And “wasted” time is, in fact, highly fulfilling and necessary.

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During WWI there was such a shortage of cotton, doctors were afraid of running out of bandages. Creativity led to the use of Moss as a bandage.

What were the Allied Powers to do? A Scottish surgeon-and-botanist duo had an idea: stuff the wounds full of moss.

Yes, moss, the plant. Also known as sphagnum, peat moss thrives in cold, damp climates like those of the British Isles and northern Germany. Today, this tiny, star-shaped plant is known for its use in horticulture and biofuel, not to mention its starring role in preserving thousands-year-old "bog bodies" like the Tollund Man, which Smithsonian Magazine revisited last month. But humans have also used it for at least 1,000 years to help heal their injuries.

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OUCH, that is going to leave a mark!


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There is no such thing as 'Stand Your Comb Laws' but there is a Genius Award Winner.


When dreams come true. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.


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