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June 03, 2018

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (6/3/18 )



The Quote of The Day



Finally a coffee cup that expresses my sentiments about England's Royalty.



I know several morticians/undertakers. They are funny guys. Confessions of an undertaker.

Caleb smiled. He was a tiny bit famous, as it turns out, and not just here in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. He’s been featured on the national news. His blog, Confessions of a Funeral Director, gets 500,000 hits a month. This has partly to do with his irreverent sense of humor — he once tweeted, “I always tie the shoelaces together of the dead. Cause if there is ever a zombie apocalypse, it will be hilarious” — but mostly to do with his eloquent candor. In our culture of face-lifts and fountain-of-youth diets, he seems to have struck a nerve. It’s his self-professed mission to reacquaint us with the fact that we’re going to die, and that it’s most likely not going to be pretty. “The professionalization of death,” as he puts it in his funny and illuminating TED talk, “has left the rest of us death amateurs.” As you can imagine, this doesn’t sit too well with the average mortician, whose livelihood depends on this amateurism. Of course, Caleb is not your average mortician. He reads Kierkegaard and Grace Jantzen, the feminist theologian. There’s a bit of the philosopher-poet about him. He calls death a “sacred space where we can embrace the silence.” Perhaps there’s no greater freedom, he says on his website, than to live life with a healthy relationship to death. Before he buries us, he wants to make us more human.

Caleb covered the dead woman back up. “Big, but I don’t think she’s grease fire material.”

“Grease fire?” I asked.

“Have to be careful with the obese ones. They can start a fire in the retort and burn the place down.”


I know I would rather be an undertaker than this guy. Wowza.High rise scaffolding prepper. Heights better not bother you.


There has to be a Howard Dean, Bernie Sanders or Mary Cloggenstein joke in there somewhere.

Remote workers: the state of Vermont wants you.

Starting in 2019, Vermont will pay people who move there and work remotely for an out-of-state employer $10,000 over two years to cover relocation expenses, coworking memberships, computers, internet, and other work-related expenses. Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill into law on Wednesday (May 30)


What do you consider your greatest freedom as an American? Free speech? The right to bear firearms? The right to drink alcoholic beverages? What about freedom of association?

Free Association & Equality Before The Law

If you are going to pick one thing that is a must-have for a liberal western society, the most likely choice is equality before the law. Things like free speech, elections and private property are important, but they are dependent upon equality before the law. After all, if the ruling class has privilege over everyone else in the law, that will turn to an advantage in disputes over property, politics and even speech. If you look at the list of “rights” we consider to be essential to a civil society, all of them count on equality before the law.


Meet Juana Barraza, wrestler by day, murderer by night.

Wrestlers, or Luchadores, often wear colorful masks as they perform daring acrobatic leaps off the ropes to grapple with their opponents. It makes for an interesting if not weird spectacle. But for Juana Barraza, her antics in the ring obscured a far stranger – and darker – compulsion behind the scenes.

By day, Juana Barraza worked as a popcorn vendor and sometimes a luchadora at a wrestling venue in Mexico City. Stocky and strong, Barraza took to the ring as The Lady of Silence as she competed in the amateur circuit. But in the darkened streets of the city, she had another persona: Mataviejitas, or “little old lady killer.”


The ONT Musical Interlude



Pull over, hand them your license, insurance card and keep your mouth shut. A motorcyclist is hit by California Highway Patrolman.

The California Highway Patrol has launched an internal investigation after a trooper was caught on video crashing into a motorcyclist during an attempted traffic stop and knocking him off his bike—a collision that fellow bikers say was intentional, but police claim was the end result of a chase that began on a nearby freeway, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The crash occurred during a Memorial Day Weekend group ride in Rancho Cucamonga, just east of Los Angeles in an area of Southern California known as the Inland Empire. Hundreds of bikers participated in the event, and many of them witnessed the incident as they waited at a stop light. One of them, a woman named Sonia Villalobos, happened to be recording a Facebook Live video at that exact moment—and it's her footage that's at the center of this firestorm.


"I hate everyone and everything, and with the power of my AR, you will all know who I am." - Nikolas Cruz

What loophole do you close to prevent this?


Even soccer fans will be forced to care.

Chants of the word "puto," which is commonly seen as a homophobic slur, were recently heard at an L.A. Galaxy game on the team's "Pride Night."
Despite the word's reputation, it remains popular among fans, especially in Mexico, who insist upon its harmlessness.

Chants of the homophobic slur "Puto" were heard at a recent Los Angeles Galaxy home match, which was also the club's "Pride Night," a night to celebrate LGBTQ inclusion, according to Cyd Zeigler of Outsports.

So what is a "puto"? According to the Urban Dictionary:
spanish word for a male prostitute. sometimes it´s offesive for homosexuals. in mexico it is used for cowards and traitors.
no seas puto no le digas a nadie que hice trampa. dont be puto, dont tell anyone i chated.
echate una chela, no seas puto.drick a beer dont be a puto.(don't be a pussy)

It would have been OK to call them feckless c*nts.


Not 1. Not 2. But 6 phones. Can you hear me now? Genius Award Winner.

Israeli border police on Wednesday arrested for the second time an Arab who was trying to scale the security fence surrounding Jerusalem, and then, minutes before he was placed behind bars in the Ofer security prison, they discovered and removed six cellphones from his body – before he was able to distribute them to fellow inmates, the Border Police Spokesperson’s office reported.

The suspect was initially spotted by the Border Police Nitzan battalion on Tuesday evening, attempting to scale the security fence near al-Ram, just outside the capital’s north-eastern municipal boundary. He was picked up, interrogated and sent home.


We continually report on the cesspool of higher education. The University of Memphis is Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.

In a symbolic way of acknowledging Memorial Day, the University of Memphis announced this week that they would soon be offering free tuition to the children and spouses of fallen service members.

The university will be waiving the tuition for any Tennessee residents 24 years or younger who qualify for the Folds of Honor scholarship.


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