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April 15, 2018

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (4/15/18 )

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“You know, maybe I don’t need to say this because it’s pretty obvious: we are living in challenging times. We’re living through a war on truth, facts, and reason. Watching as racists and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and in the White House.”Hillary Clinton

Quote II

“The Conservative does not despise government. He despises tyranny. This is precisely why the Conservative reveres the Constitution and insists on adherence to it.” Mark R. Levin

Quote III

“Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other peoples' freedom and security.” William F. Buckley Jr.

Quote IV

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” Max Lucado

Quote V

Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name, liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names, liberty and tyranny. The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was murdered this day 1865.


Will 100,000 square feet be enough to grow 4.5 million pounds of greens annually? Firms are betting on vertical planting to do so.

For as long as I can remember, people have been hyping vertical farming — growing crops indoors, using vertical space to intensify production.

Its virtues, relative to conventional agriculture, have long been clear. Indoors, the climate can be controlled year-round. Pests can be minimized, and with them pesticides. Water and nutrients can be applied in precise quantities. By going up rather than out, a vertical farm can produce more food per acre of land. And by siting close to an urban area, it can reduce long distribution chains, getting fresher food to customers’ tables, quicker.

Its drawbacks have become equally clear. They mainly come down to cost. Farming well requires deep know-how and expertise; it has proven extraordinarily difficult to expand vertical farms in a way that holds quality consistent while driving costs down. Optimizing production at a small scale is very different from doing so at a large scale. The landscape is littered with the corpses of vertical-farming startups that thought they could beat the odds (though several are still alive and kicking)


The ONT Musical Interlude


April 14, 1945, Born on this day, English guitarist and songwriter Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple, who had the 1970 UK No.2 single 'Black Night' and the 1973 US No.4 single 'Smoke On The Water'. Deep Purple were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre. Blackmore later formed Rainbow who had the 1981 hit single 'I Surrender'. via thisdayinmusic.com


April 15, 1967, Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Somethin' Stupid'. They became the only father and daughter act ever to score a No.1 single. UB40 singer Ali Cambell covered the song in 1995 with his daughter Kibbi. Robbie Williams had a 2001 UK No.1 with his version of the song featuring Nicole Kidman. via thisdayinmusic.com


The nice thing about the free market is the fact you have free choice. If you don't care for a product you don't have to use it. But of course the left isn't satisfied with that. They have to vilify and demonize products they don't care for.

On Friday, The New Yorker honed in on a serious threat to the lives of all New Yorkers: the arrival of Chick-Fil-A in their homey little corner of the universe. In a 1400-word diatribe titled “Chick-Fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City,” one Dan Piepenring wrote that New Yorkers should not accept the intrusion of a popular restaurant serving chicken because the owner happens to be a religious Christian. “The air smelled fried,” Piepenring wrote, ominously. “New York has taken to Chick-fil-A…And yet the brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism.” What signs are there of this incipient theocracy? Its Atlanta corporate headquarters – not its New York store or any of its other stores – has Bible verses and a statue of Jesus, and its stores close on Sundays. That’s it.


Laws. Rules. Regulations. These could be the 27 weirdest laws in the world.


After a tragedy the solution is always to throw more money at "the problem". The murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were not caused by a lack of money or of modern technology. Various government agencies let those killed and wounded down.

Hermosa Elementary in Artesia, New Mexico will be installing gunshot detection devices.

School districts in New Mexico have begun installing advanced gunshot-detection devices in the wake of February’s Parkland school shooting.

Used by the military to detect snipers and missiles, and police in Chicago and Baltimore to deter gun violence, gunshot-detection devices are becoming a popular tool to save lives—and, now, a reminder of the potential violence facing America’s students.

Hermosa Elementary in Artesia, New Mexico, received a free pilot installation of the devices in April. The sensors, each roughly the size of a pack of gum, are attuned to the specific audio signatures of gunfire. Sharp enough to distinguish between real gunshots and firecrackers or other loud noises, the sensors also transmit the location of gunfire they detect.

What good is a gun shot detection device if the stationed police officer sits on his/her ass and allows the shooting to continue?


WWII collaborator girls.

It’s 1942 and the Germans occupy and dominate the vast majority of Europe. They were there, on the scene, and the local men either were not (dead, in prison camps, in hiding) or were greatly diminished in status. Like soldiers of every army of every period of history, as soon as the Germans got comfortable, they started scouting around for women. And, as always in times of military occupation, there were willing women to be found.


There is an old saying, "Crime doesn't pay." And in this case it didn't.

A GoFundMe fundraiser for a German shepherd puppy’s emergency surgery reportedly received nearly 700 donations over 28 days, totaling $14,065. But police now say the dog’s owner intentionally caused the injuries and GoFundMe has promised to refund the donors. The 5-month-old dog, Atlas, died on February 3rd.

When the dog’s owner, 24-year-old Reid M. Herjo, was stopped by police in Medford, New Jersey in January, Herjo said that Atlas needed to go to the vet after being hit by an ATV, according to the Courier-Post. But a few days after police pulled him over, they got a tip that Herjo had harmed the dog on purpose, leading them to open an investigation.

Special place in hell for this person.


John Boehner and his tears left Congress. He's back in the news and appears to be a new man with new beliefs.

A metaphor that can capture the dramatic about-face performed this week by John Boehner—the hard-core conservative former Speaker of the House of Representatives, who’s now on the board of a legal marijuana company—may not exist.

A Koch brother renouncing petroleum and living a carbon-neutral life. Richard Spencer at a Black Lives Matter march. Steve Bannon on the steering committee of the local Democratic Socialists of America. A metamorphosis, a one-eighty.

Whatever. The description isn’t nearly as important as the forensics, and the meaning. This, you see, is a trend piece.

Hard core conservative? Hardly.


Unless you have been living under a rock you have heard of Laura Ingraham’s little brouhaha with the anti-gun teenager, David Hogg. Several advertisers dropped their support. Laura came out swinging and it looks like she has recovered one of her sponsors.

Ace Hardware has resumed advertising on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after initially saying it would pull advertising.

A spokesperson for Ace Hardware had told The Wrap last week that it did “not have any plans to nationally advertise on Ingraham’s show in the future.”

However, a company spokeswoman backtracked on that statement in an email to The Hill Friday. The development was first reported by The Wrap.


If you don't succeed at first, try try again. Or not.


Well, he certainly blew that bl*w job. Genius Award Winner.

A woman died after her German doctor lover allegedly sprinkled cocaine on his penis before she gave him oral sex.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Andreas Niederbichler, 42, was charged after the woman collapsed and died in February.

The Daily Mail reported that she was rushed from the doctor’s home in Halberstadt, southeast of Hanover, after consensual oral sex.


One good deed leads to another. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.

An anonymous restaurant patron is being hailed for causing a ripple effect of kindness after he paid for a hockey team’s dinner tab earlier this week.

The Barracudas are a midget team for the Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association. Every year at the end of the season, the youngsters raise money for a celebratory dinner and give the rest of the funds to charity.

This year, they planned on donating their excess charity money to a fundraiser that was created for the Humboldt Broncos.


Tonight's ONT has been brought to you by The Laws of Physics.

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Notice: Posted with permission by AceCorp, LLC. No more credit from the liquor store.

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