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October 11, 2021

Monday Overnight Open Thread (10/11/21)

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough. Maurice Maeterlinck

Quote II

“Millions of Americans have been sold a fraud that the election was stolen. Republicans have a duty to tell the American people that this is not true. Perpetuating the Big Lie is an attack on the core of our constitutional republic.” Rep. Liz Cheney (RINO-WY)

Quote III

“We still have time before the 18th. We don’t know what the full impact will be and how many people will choose to leave state employment,” State Ferries spokesperson Ian Sterling


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Being a white man always means you have to pay. Rappers and Muslim clerics not.Jon Gruden out of NFL head coaching job.


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Come 2024 I'll have to keep my eye on Craigslist and the various shopper outlets for some good deals.

Gasoline-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers will soon be a thing of the past in California. Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that will ban the sale of small internal combustion engines predominately used in lawn and garden equipment, starting as soon as 2024.

The new law, authored by Assemblyman Marc Berman from Menlo Park, will offer rebates for consumers to purchase electric replacements, and it builds on previous rulemaking already underway at the state’s air regulator, the California Air Resources Board, better known as CARB. The phaseout will begin as soon as is feasible or by January 1, 2024, whichever comes later.


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I don't know about you. But I feel so much better that Dr. Fauci has said it is OK for kids to go trick or treating.

Dr. Anthony Fauci provided some good news to kids just a few weeks before Halloween. The nation's top infectious disease expert said that it is safe for children to go trick-or-treating this year.

"You can get out there – you're outdoors for the most part, at least, when my children were out there doing trick-or-treating – and enjoy it," Fauci said on CNN'sState of the Union. "I mean, this is a time that children love. It's a very important part of the year for children. I know my children enjoy it.

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged against trick-or-treating, calling it a "high risk" activity amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Fauci said that those who are not vaccinated should still take some extra precautions if they choose to go out and celebrate Halloween.


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Misanthropic? You be the judge. I bet she'll never do this again.

THIS is the tragic moment a mum-of-three leaped 80ft to her death when a botched "free-flying" jump went horribly wrong.

Harrowing footage shows Yevgenia Leontyeva, 33, calmly stepping over the edge of the rooftop of a hotel in Kazakhstan as she got ready for her daredevil plunge.


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OK, the speed has been demonstrated. What we need to know is it a self-mulcher or is it a bagger?

A British man broke a Guinness World Record when he built a riding lawn mower that reaches a speed of 143.19 mph.

Tony Edwards, a mechanical engineer from St. Martins, Shropshire, England, said he became interested in building the world's fastest lawnmower about two years ago.


"I know that a guy from the U.K. had the record at one point, at 96 mph. Then I think Honda had it at 116mph, and then a team from Norway did it at 132 mph, and I thought I'd give it a try," he told the Shropshire Star.


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Do you think Merck would be pushing for this if they weren't immune from litigation?

The next generation of treatments for COVID-19 could come in the form of pills, nasal sprays, or inhalers, Insider's Aria Bendix and Andrew Dunn previously reported.

Other companies are testing oral antiviral medicine for COVID-19. Pfizer and Roche are expecting trial results by the end of the year, Insider previously reported.


Cynical? I guess so.


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LOLGF'd Sideways!

A government-subsidised renewable energy plant run by Drax is the biggest single source of carbon dioxide in the UK, according to new analysis shared exclusively with Sky News.

Drax’s Yorkshire power plant receives multimillion pound subsidies for burning woody biomass pellets to generate renewable electricity.

New research by climate think tank Ember said the plant is among the biggest sources of carbon dioxide and PM10 (particulate matter of 10 micrometres and smaller) air pollution of all EU power stations – when biomass emissions are included – more even than some of Europe’s dirtiest coal plants.

Yet the emissions are not counted towards the UK’s total.

The UK excludes these biomass emissions from its total count, because – like the EU – it treats bioenergy as immediately carbon neutral on the assumption that forest regrowth soaks up the carbon again. Advertisement

But recent science disputes this carbon neutrality, said Ember’s chief operating officer Phil MacDonald. In fact there is a “real risk” that biomass is responsible for “significant emissions” he said.

Duncan Brack, a policy analyst who has authored a report questioning biomass policy, said electricity bill-payers were “in effect paying to increase carbon emissions to the atmosphere”.

Drax claims to have reduced its emissions by 90% since replacing coal with sustainable biomass. A spokesperson called Ember’s interpretation of the figures “completely at odds with what the world’s leading climate scientists at the UN IPCC say about sustainable biomass being crucial to delivering global climate targets”.


But, but, but it's renewable and we did something.


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I'm OK with ditching the Columbus Day Holiday. F*cking bureaucrats already have too many 3 day weekends.


Celia Viggo Wexler Columbus Day is not a holiday the U.S. — and Italian Americans — should celebrate
We need to stop trying to salvage a holiday that brings us no glory while reinforcing the pain of the descendants of the people Christopher Columbus exploited.

As an Italian American tyke, I was proud to celebrate Columbus Day. It didn’t merit the attention that St. Patrick’s Day got in my Catholic school, with the Irish dancing, shamrocks and green cupcakes. But it still mattered. One of my ancestors discovered America. How cool was that?

It’s difficult to give up the myths that shaped the Italian story in the Americas. But these myths are holding us back.

Turns out the Irish had the better role model. No matter how you look at it, Columbus is not somebody we Italians should honor. And we should quit our efforts to salvage a holiday that brings us no glory while reinforcing the pain of the descendants of the people he exploited.


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This is just too good to hang onto until Saturday's Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Yes, dogs can embarrass you to.

Dog owner red-faced when pet pooch vomits sex toy in the middle of a vets visit

The dog took everyone by surprise when it spewed up a sex toy, and while the owner was relieved to get the dislodged item out, a vet assistant felt sick after watching the canine vomiting

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The ONT Musical Interlude


Rolling Stone Magazine is attempting to culture cancel Eric Clapton.

Since having a severe negative reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this year, he’s become an outspoken opponent of the COVID vaccines. He has promised not to perform in venues with vaccine mandates, collaborated with Van Morrison on some anti-vaccine/anti-lockdowns songs, and even bankrolled an anti-vaccine rock group.

And his recent outspokenness as a vaccine skeptic has many of the cultural gatekeepers looking to have him canceled. Rolling Stone magazine has even run a lengthy hit piece on Clapton that blasts his vaccine skepticism.

“Clapton recently embarked on a U.S. tour booked in red states despite surging transmission numbers and death rates — and at venues that largely don’t require proof of vaccination,” David Browne of Rolling Stone writes with horror. “In the process, this Sixties icon, who embraced the sex, drugs, and rock & roll lifestyle as much as anyone in his generation, has drawn praise from conservative pundits


Does this bring back in memories? If anyone or anything should be canceled it is Rolling Stone Magazine.

First published in Rolling Stone in November 2014, the roughly 9,000-word feature story described a student called Jackie’s experience at her first fraternity party at the University of Virginia – and specifically, her account of how she was brutally gang-raped by seven men while other fraternity brothers looked on.

In the story Jackie was pushed through a low-lying glass table and pinned to the ground amid shards of glass. “‘Grab its motherfucking leg,’ she heard a voice say. And that’s when Jackie knew she was going to be raped.” At one point a fraternity brother shoves a beer bottle into her as others cheer. Afterwards Jackie stumbled away from the frat house barefoot and bleeding in the middle of the night, and called several friends for support only to have them raise concerns about the “social price” of Jackie reporting her rape.

Five years on, the lessons from the Rolling Stone rape story

The magazine’s publication – and ultimate retraction – of a story about an alleged gang-rape at the University of Virginia led to reflections about media ethics and understanding victims of sexual assault


Five years ago, when Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s “A Rape on Campus” article first appeared, the bombshell story ignited a conversation about sexual violence on college campuses.
First published in Rolling Stone in November 2014, the roughly 9,000-word feature story described a student called Jackie’s experience at her first fraternity party at the University of Virginia – and specifically, her account of how she was brutally gang-raped by seven men while other fraternity brothers looked on.

In the story Jackie was pushed through a low-lying glass table and pinned to the ground amid shards of glass. “‘Grab its motherfucking leg,’ she heard a voice say. And that’s when Jackie knew she was going to be raped.” At one point a fraternity brother shoves a beer bottle into her as others cheer. Afterwards Jackie stumbled away from the frat house barefoot and bleeding in the middle of the night, and called several friends for support only to have them raise concerns about the “social price” of Jackie reporting her rape.

But cracks soon surfaced in the story. Erdely hadn’t factchecked her central source, and Jackie’s claims were not borne out by subsequent reporting. “We have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced,” Rolling Stone wrote of Jackie, before ultimately retracting the story.

Now five years later, in the aftermath of #Metoo, what was its legacy really?

In a way the story presaged a wave of high-profile dedication to sexual assault reporting across news organizations, as well as attacks from many – including the president and his supporters – that the media are an enemy who can’t be trusted.

The story’s trail of destruction was also significant for the people directly involved. Rolling Stone faced years in the courts, paying out millions to those who suffered reputational damage – losses which may have contributed to the sale of the magazine in 2017 amid other financial strains


Born on this day: 11 Oct 1946
American rock, R&B, and soul singer, Daryl Hall, from Hall and Oates, who had the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Maneater', plus five other US No.1 hits. Hall scored the solo 1986 UK No.28 single 'Dreamtime'. Since late 2007, he has hosted the web television series, Live from Daryl's House, which is now aired on MTV. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. Hall and Oates have sold an estimated 40 million records, making them the third-bestselling music duo of all time via thisdayinmusic.com


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Born on this day: 11 Oct 1962
Scott Johnson, from American rock band Gin Blossoms, who had the 1994 UK top 30 hit single 'Hey Jealousy', from their first major label album, New Miserable Experience (1992). via thisdayinmusic.com


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You want hot food. I'll give you hot oil or it is alleged. Genius Award Winner.

OCTOBER 8--A drive-thru dispute at a Wendy’s in Tennessee turned felonious when a restaurant manager doused a customer with hot oil, leaving the victim with burns and extensive blistering, police allege.

Demarrus Pritchett, a 21-year-old shift manager, is facing an aggravated assault charge following a confrontation Tuesday at a Wendy’s in Huntingdon, a town about 115 miles west of Nashville.

As detailed in a criminal complaint, Pritchett was involved in a “verbal altercation” with customer Zayveon Johnson over “food obtained in the Wendy’s drive-thru.” Johnson, cops say, contended that the items he received were cold.

A police review of store surveillance footage showed that while Pritchett was “conducting a cash refund,” he returned to the restaurant’s kitchen “to obtain the hot oil in a metal pan.” The scalding oil apparently was taken from a deep fryer.


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Remember when you walked to school and back home up hill both ways? Not these little tax exemptions. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day. Unless you are on the school board.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An enterprising parent found a luxurious solution to the bus driver shortage, but the local school board is not happy he's using a limo to take the children to school.

Sean Rogers Jr. is rolling out the red carpet to get kids in central Ohio to school.

A parent using a limo to address the school bus driver shortage is drawing fire from the school board.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An enterprising parent found a luxurious solution to the bus driver shortage, but the local school board is not happy he's using a limo to take the children to school.

Sean Rogers Jr. is rolling out the red carpet to get kids in central Ohio to school.
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"Everybody is so shocked. Like, who is this guy pulling up in a limo or whatever? Then everyone wonders who was in the backseat," he said.

Rogers decided it was time to pull out all the stops after his kids missed school on Friday when their bus didn't show up.

So, he borrowed a ride from his dad's limousine service and hit the road.

"You know, everybody always wants to say, 'Oh, let's, let's help the community. Let's stop this violence,' and all this type of stuff. Well, I feel like a big step of stopping the violence is part of getting kids to school instead of letting them skip school and go out here and get into trouble," Rogers said.

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