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January 28, 2020

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (1/28/20)



The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"What it's caused is a number of safety, health and security issues onboard our aircraft, which has led to minor things like animals loose in the cabin to very serious safety issues where untrained animals have attacked flight attendants or other passengers or other legitimate service dogs," Taylor Garland, a spokesperson for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Quote II

“I was living in a nice flat, had a good job and had three cars. I had a lot of savings behind me and I was lucky enough to be very secure. But it was all just ‘stuff’ to me and didn’t really mean anything. So I decided to get rid of the lot and set off with Bandit.”Charlie Hammerton

Quote III

'I think western art has centred on a sexualised version of the female body more than other cultures,'

'I think it's about opening our eyes to it and saying, 'What is this? I this realty soft porn for the elite, dressed up in a classical guise?'. Dame Mary Beard

Quote IV

"It's a gateway to more laddish behaviour and - if it just goes unchecked - it's a signal of a more laddish culture,"Chartered Management Institute head Ann Francke

Quote V

Let me restate this last paragraph: Romney’s highest and best use is babysitting kids. Trump’s best use is smashmouth rugby with Democrats. This is not a hard call. Steven Hayward


Reactionary populism. According to these two politicians, it will tear us apart.

Reactionary populism in its most dangerous form will tear at the very fabric of our society if we do not address the challenge of economic inequality. We see the scourge of authoritarian populist movements across the globe and believe there is a moral and economic imperative to reduce this widening gap.

Our backgrounds could not be more different, but we are motivated by our faiths to tackle this growing problem. One of us is a Republican Catholic representing a very conservative district in Florida and was the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 2005-2008. The other is a Democratic Hindu, representing a very progressive district in California and had a grandfather who spent time in jail as a freedom fighter in Gandhi’s independence movement.

Both of our faiths teach us to care for the poor. Jesus taught us to be radical in our service. Gandhi drew inspiration from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and said his goal was to “unify the teaching of the [Bhagavad] Gita and the Sermon on the Mount.” He believed Jesus was one of the world’s greatest teachers.

I don't know much about the Hindu religion. And I'm uncertain how its tenets address this issue. Jesus radical? Love thy neighbor as thyself. Love the Lord thy God with all your heart. Not to radical.

I'm of the belief that politicians have contributed to most of the problems these two congressmen discuss. From student loans to rent control to farm practices, the federal government has its tentacles in every facet of our lives. Time to repeal instead of creating more rules and regs.


How do those all you can eat buffets make money? The first step is to keep Ana Navarro & Jonah Goldberg away.

The economics of all-you-can-eat buffets
Is it possible to out-eat the price you pay for a buffet? How do these places make money? We looked at the dollars and cents behind the meat and potatoes.

Few things epitomize America more than the all-you-can-eat buffet.

For a small fee, you’re granted unencumbered access to a wonderland of gluttony. It is a place where saucy meatballs and egg rolls share the same plate without prejudice, where a tub of chocolate pudding finds a home on the salad bar, where variety and quantity reign supreme.

“The buffet is a celebration of excess,” says Chef Matthew Britt, an assistant professor at the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts. “It exists for those who want it all.”

But one has to wonder: How does an industry that encourages its customers to maximize consumption stay in business?

To find out, we spoke with industry experts, chefs, and buffet owners. As it turns out, it’s harder to “beat” the buffet than you might think.

Cheap shot? Probably, fortunately I don't get paid to care.


China Southern Airlines has balls. Passengers were made to ride with passengers from Wuhan, China.

hina Southern Airlines passengers refused to board a flight when they realised Wuhan residents would be flying with them. The flight from Japan to China was delayed when around 70 passengers needed to be convinced to board the flight. The hostility stemmed from fears that the passengers from Wuhan might have been infected by the deadly coronavirus.

The flight from Nagoya to Shanghai was disrupted when some passengers, identified as residents of Wuhan, were confronted by other passengers. After recognising their accents, the other passengers turned hostile, in an effort to prevent them from boarding the flight.

Reportedly, 70 passengers who live in Shanghai tried to prevent the 16 passengers from Wuhan to board the flight. After a five hour delay, the airline was able to finally convince the protesting passengers. The travellers from Wuhan were finally able to board the flight and fly to Shanghai.



Obsess much Lawrence O'Donnell. Is he acting or is he just this retardedmentally challenged?

Lawrence O’Donnell: Trump may have killed Soleimani “to influence Bolton not to testify to the Senate”

MSNBC prime time host tweets bizarre theory, and his followers spread it far and wide.


Lengthy Paul Joseph Watson this evening. NSFW


Boar hunting. Not for the faint of heart.


Reactionary populism not enough for you? Let's ban tourism because 'Climate Change'.

Read the piece front to back and you might conclude the entire planet has morphed into one giant, eco-friendly playground, with new nonstop service to Ulaanbaatar and Lima making access easier than ever.

It’s all bullshit, of course. A 2018 study published in the journal Nature Climate Change announced tourism alone—that’s nonessential pleasure travel—is responsible for 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The traveling public is freaking out. It knows about flight shaming; it loves Greta Thunberg; and it’s ready to bid au revoir to Volvic, Dasani, and plastic straws. But it still wants to sit on a beach in Aruba.

I live in an area that relies on tourism. Small business owners attempting to make a living. Trying to give their children a bright future. The author of this story, Chuck Thompson, can go pound concrete chunks.


The fight against illegality continues to evolve. Albatrosses are being used to find illegal fishing.

No creature knows the sea quite like the albatross.

Boasting wingspans of up to 11 feet—the largest of any bird alive today—these feathered goliaths, native to the Southern Ocean and North Pacific, are built to soar. Gliding at speeds that often exceed 50 miles per hour, they can cover vast swaths of the sea in minutes, all the while scouring the water for bright flickers of fish. Some species are known to spend years at sea without touching down on land, and a few have even been documented circumnavigating the globe.

With their keen eyes and wandering ways, albatrosses are, in a way, the de facto “sentinels of the sea,” says Henri Weimerskirch, a marine ornithologist at the French National Center for Scientific Research.


It's about time. Exotic service animals likely to be banned.


Las Vegas is a major tourist destination. The city has decided to change its slogan.

Las Vegas is revising its famous "What happens here, stays here" slogan.

The city's new catchphrase, which will be unveiled on Jan. 26 during the Grammy Awards, will be "What happens here, only happens here," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which had said earlier this month that it planned to unveil a new slogan on Sunday, didn't immediately return a request for comment.


Did George Harrison have the State of New York in mind?

New York Requires Citizens to Obtain ‘Stargazing Permit’ To Admire the Stars in Public Parks

One, two, three, four, one, two
Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
Don't ask me what I want it for
(Ah ah, Mr. Wilson)
If you don't want to pay some more
(Ah ah, Mr. Heath)
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
Now my advice for those who die (taxman!)
Declare the pennies on your eyes (taxman!)
'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
And you're working for no one but me (taxman!)


Well, it seems the Brits aren't as well behaved as they claim. Ordering chicken through bars at a local KFC.

Bouncers on the door of your local takeaway is one thing, but it’s got so bad for staff at a KFC in Birmingham that they now have to serve chicken through metal security wiring. The safety measure was reportedly put in place at the Moorland Avenue branch in Chelmsley Wood after a young woman leapt over the counter to attack a staff member in the kitchen. Photos show chunky metal bars bolted to the ceiling and counter holding five rows of wiring stretched across with gaps just about big enough to pass a family bucket through. More importantly, they are small enough to prevent any potential attacks coming from the other direction.


The ONT Musical Interlude

On this day: 28 Jan 2015
Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5m (3.3m) in missed royalties by a Los Angeles court. The singer claimed his former manager, Gerald Goldstein, and lawyer, Glenn Stone, had cheated him out of earnings dating back more than 20 years. In 2011, it was reported he was homeless and living in a camper van after falling on hard times and fighting drug addiction problems. via thisdayinmusic.com


On this day:28 Jan 2005
English drummer and singer songwriter Jim Capaldi died of stomach cancer aged 60. He co-founded Traffic with Steve Winwood who had the 1967 UK No.2 single 'Hole In My Shoe'. Capaldi also had the solo 1975 UK No.4 single 'Love Hurts'. Capaldi also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and George Harrison. via thisdayinmusic.com


You know those "comp hours" earn them before you spend them. Just ask our Genius Award Winner.

The former head of a Massachusetts State Police barracks was allegedly cruising in Bermuda when he claimed to be working according to a court filing reported by the Boston Globe.

David Andrade, a former lieutenant was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court Friday on charges he collected more than $11,500 worth of paid time off.

Andrade allegedly took days off and submitted claims for 22 holiday compensatory days that he never accrued.


It sucks being in the hospital. It really sucks if you are a child. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.

Jason Momoa stopped by the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on Monday morning to visit with the brave patients and their families.


Weekly commenter stats for week of 1-27-2020

Top 10 commenters:
1 [557 comments] 'TheJamesMadison, 003 with a License to Kill' [78.19 posts/day]
2 [495 comments] 'Joe Mannix (Not a cop!)'
3 [472 comments] 'rickb223'
4 [412 comments] 'Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo'
5 [403 comments] 'Mike Hammer, etc., etc.'
6 [386 comments] 'flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner'
7 [383 comments] 'raimondo'
8 [375 comments] 'Skip'
9 [358 comments] 'Christopher R Taylor'
10 [345 comments] 'Tom Servo'

Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [352 names] 'raimondo' [49.41 unique names/day]
2 [49 names] 'davidt'
3 [47 names] 'rickb223'
4 [44 names] 'Notorious BFD'
5 [38 names] 'Jimmy Lennon's Junior'
6 [35 names] 'flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner'
7 [33 names] 'Meade Lux Lewis'
8 [32 names] 'Deplorable Ian Galt'
9 [32 names] 'wth'
10 [31 names] 'freaked


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