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August 01, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (8/1/17) Back To Normal Edition

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability. George Bernard Shaw

Quote II

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. G. Gordon Liddy

Quote III

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. Frank Lloyd Wright


The hijacking of Brillante Virtuoso. Unsolved mystery.

It was July 2011, and the threat of Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden had never been more severe. The Brillante’s crew of 26 Filipinos, including Tabares and the ship’s captain, Noe Gonzaga, 57, set up the standard deterrents. Around the deck’s perimeter they fitted coils of razor wire, aimed eight high-pressure hoses for blasting attackers off the hull, and propped up a scarecrow in overalls, to suggest the presence of a watchman. Deep inside the tanker, they stocked a mechanical space with food, water, radios, and medical supplies—a panic room in the event pirates did come aboard. Most of the crew had faith that would never happen. They knew the ship’s owner, a company called Suez Fortune Investments Ltd., had arranged for a small security team to rendezvous off the Yemeni port of Aden, as an escort through the most dangerous part of their journey.


Areas of Germany have been taken over by Sharia Law and Hells Angels Muslim biker gangs.

German Muslims have established a self-styled biker gang — modelled on the Hells Angels — aimed at protecting fellow Muslims from the "ever-growing hatred of Islam," according to Die Welt.

The emergence of the group, which aspires to open chapters in cities and towns across Germany, has alarmed German authorities, who have warned against the growing threat of vigilantism in the country.


Marijuana, is it a gateway drug to harder drugs? A gateway drug to murder? Colorado District Attorney thinks so.

“Marijuana is the gateway drug to homicide in our community and across our state, and people need to start recognizing that,” May said at the news conference. He went on to say that Colorado Springs had 22 homicides in 2016, and eight were directly tied to marijuana.

In a statement, the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council called May's comments "utterly false" and "extremely dangerous." The council said numerous studies show "no correlation between cannabis use and violent crime."

Tied to 8 murders? In what way? Illegal sales? Rip off of dealer who has more than pot in his possession? Any other suggestions or knowledge on this Morons?

Alcohol was tied directly to many deaths when prohibition was legal.

The ONT believes there is more to this than meets the eye.


More marijuana news. Law enforcement still searching for a reliable pot DWI test.

"It's a brave new world," said instructor Chris Halsor, referring to the years since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.

There are now more marijuana dispensaries in Colorado than there are Starbucks shops, said Halsor, a Denver lawyer and former prosecutor. And though consuming cannabis is legal across the state, driving under its influence is not.


As an AoSHQ Cob I'm a little disappointed Ace doesn't send us out on assignment. Vegas. Machine Gun. Targets and Helicopter. Some assembly required.

It wasn't all fun and games, though. Like any honest reviewer, I feel compelled to include some of the downsides of the experience. For one, I've never been to Las Vegas in the summer, and the moment I stepped out of the airport I felt as though I'd stepped into a pizza oven. It was never under 100 degrees the entire time I was there. I suppose the targets I was shooting at from the helicopter could've been more interesting. Plus, the NBA Summer League was in town and the San Antonio Spurs were staying at my hotel—all the professional basketball players walking around made me feel short. Also, the gun jammed a couple times during the flight and that was kind of ann—OH WHO AM I KIDDING THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES I'VE EVER HAD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE! EVERYBODY SHOULD DO THIS!

C'mon Ace, assignment, it's for the Kids Morons.


Adam Carolla testifies before Congress regarding freedom of speech.

It's about time that right of center folks testify. There certainly has been enough left of center Hollywood types testify on shit they know nothing about.


Gavin McInnes of course NSFW

The ONT Musical Interlude

August 1, 1964, Born on this day, Adam Duritz, Counting Crows (1994 UK No.28 single 'Mr Jones' 1996 US No.1 album 'Recovering The Satellites'). via thisdayinmusic.com


August 1, 1942, Born on this day, Jerry Garcia, guitar, vocals, The Grateful Dead. He was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story. Garcia also founded a variety of side projects, including the Saunders–Garcia Band, the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of Mary, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Garcia died from a drugs-related heart attack on 9th August 1995. via thisdayinmusic.com


Could this be the inspiration for the next Smoke On The Water?

Probably not.


No one ever said being a police officer was going to be easy. But use the brains God gave you. And do your job the right way.

Maryland prosecutors have tossed 34 criminal cases and are re-examining dozens more in the aftermath of recent revelations that a Baltimore police officer accidentally recorded himself planting drugs in a trash-strewn alley.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said that, in all, 123 cases are under review in the wake of a scandal in which one officer has been suspended and two others put on administrative duty. Body cam footage revealed nearly two weeks ago showed one of the officers planting drugs when he didn't realize his body cam was recording. The Baltimore Police Department's body cams, like many across the nation, capture footage 30 seconds before an officer presses the record button. The footage was turned over to defense attorneys as part of a drug prosecution—and that's when the misdeed was uncovered.


The ONT is not a big fan of Kevin Williamson. Williamson maintains his Holier-Than-Thou position.

Working-class and middle-class Americans don’t have any legitimate complaints about the modern world — they’re just bigots expressing “status anxiety,” according to Williamson. “I think it’s status anxiety. You have a situation in which you have men, particularly blue collar men, looking at the myth of what working class life was like in the post-war era, 1950s and 1960s … this story that’s not entirely true that you could just get out of high school and go to a factory, make enough money to support a family and buy a house,” Williamson said.

I'm surprised he didn't wish all of you rednecks to up and die while he was at it.

Just another paycheck conservative. Wonder if he blew Joe in the Green Room.


something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.
"there are a number of anomalies in the present system"
synonyms: oddity, peculiarity, abnormality, irregularity, inconsistency, incongruity, aberration, quirk, rarity

The Green Bay Packers are an anomaly

The Packers are owned by the people. The team's 361,060 shareholders have saved the organization from financial collapse more than once during its nearly 100-year history. This group forms the fanatic core of the famously fanatic town, and today they are gathering at Lambeau Field for the annual shareholders meeting.


Once upon a time there was a political party who stood up and did the right thing. Nah, just kidding you.

After failing to pass Obamacare repeal before leaving for their August recess, congressional Republicans will return after Labor Day with a deadline looming to raise the debt ceiling. There will be only 12 working days for Congress after members return to deal with the issue.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent a letter to members warning that unless action is taken to raise the debt ceiling by September 29, the government will not be able to meet all of its financial obligations.

There will be a handful of decent congressmen and senators who will do the right thing. The problem is that they are a minority in the land of whores and thieves. And that doesn't include the people off of Capitol Hill.


Tired of potato chips? Bored with nacho chips? Cheese puffs to orange for you? Then jellyfish chips may be the snack for you.

Dealing with jelllyfish infestations, which can foul up power plants, swimming areas, and fisheries, is no easy task. While South Korea has deployed swarms of autonomous robots to grind the animals into a paste, Danish researchers have taken another tack: get them into the snack aisle. They have developed a way to turn cnidarians into something resembling potato chips.


What does every citizen need when it comes to election season? A Bull Shit Meter. Department of Defense’s mad-science division Darpa, wants to build such a detector.

ADAM RUSSELL, AN anthropologist and program manager at the Department of Defense’s mad-science division Darpa, laughs at the suggestion that he is trying to build a real, live, bullshit detector. But he doesn’t really seem to think it’s funny. The quite serious call for proposals Russell just sent out on Darpa stationery asks people—anyone! Even you!—for ways to determine what findings from the social and behavioral sciences are actually, you know, true. Or in his construction: “credible.”



Too mean? We think not at The ONT. The college paper of the University of Iowa and "Cognitive Privilege"

There are many kinds of privilege besides white privilege: cognitive privilege, for example. We now know that intelligence is not something we have significant control over but is something we are born with. We are living in a society in which success is increasingly linked to one’s intelligence. ... Thus, the accident of having been born smart enough to be able to be successful is a great benefit that you did absolutely nothing to earn. Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart.


Another "institution of higher learning" has let the inmates run the asylum.

A Chicago art professor has resigned, saying a “small cadre of militant LBGT students with an authoritarian agenda” created a “toxic environment” for him.

Michael Bonesteel—a renowned expert on comic books and outsider art who taught popular classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for the past 14 years—explained in an exclusive interview with The Chicago Reader that he resigned after students repeatedly filed complaints accusing him of racism and homophobia because he failed to provide “trigger warnings” before introducing controversial subject matter.


The Left eating The Left, California Style. Government train not so environmentally friendly.

California’s high-speed train project is likely to continue to be buffeted by environmental challenges as a result of a decision by the state’s top court.
In a 6-1 ruling last week written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the California Supreme Court decided that federal rail law does not usurp California’s tough environmental regulation for state-owned rail projects.
The decision has broad significance, lawyers in the case said.


Penis enlargement?Ouch. And that doesn't include death.

Every year, about 8,400 men go under the knife to get a larger penis.
This number does not account for the men who get penis elongation surgeries, since the two procedures (enlargement and elongation) are often performed at the same time — despite expert recommendations that they be done weeks apart.
Now, men might be more inclined to listen, since the dual operation has claimed its first fatal victim: an otherwise healthy 30-year-old Swede.


15 Fascinating Facts Unearthed In Famous People’s Death Records.


She was trying to turn around her life. Genius Award Winner.


Quite the best friend. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.


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