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Nov 07 2017

Open Thread

The more opportunities there are in a Society for some persons to live upon the toil of others, and the less those others may enjoy the fruits of their work themselves, the more is diligence killed, the former become insolent, the latter despairing, and both negligent. - Anders Chydenius

110 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. geeknerd says:

    Did I hallucinate a quote about idiots?

  2. Billy Mitchell Weeps says:

    Another hate hoax – this time from the USAF Academy.

    Original story.

    Now: “One of the cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School allegedly targeted by racist remarks has been found responsible for the act.”

  3. TED says:

    Their hopes crushed by the Electoral College, America’s snowflakes are desperately crying out for our help.


  4. KirklesWorth says:

    The liberal UK Independent fawns over Jon Stewart.

    Independent: Jon Stewart perfectly summed up one year of Donald Trump in four words

    (Stewart) “You know who I want to vote for is that very staid, professorial gentleman from Kenyan birth who has an articulate sense and is a bit standoffish, that’s the guy that I really love. But since he’s not running this year, I’m gonna check out the ‘grab ‘em by the pussy’ candidate,“ he joked, mimicking those people. “How do you even get there?” he asked, delivering the question on everybody’s lips: “What the f*ck, man?“

    I guess Stewart doesn’t care about Bernie Sanders getting screwed by Hillary Clinton and how we would all be saying “What the f*ck, man?“ if she were elected.

    Related Jon Stewart douchebaggery: Fox News: Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah mock Trump at fundraiser for veterans

    Stewart marveled at the fact that 10-15 percent of Barack Obama supporters voted for Trump. “How do you even get there?” he asked. “It’s like a guy who’s like, ‘It didn’t work out with my girlfriend so now I’m going out with a toaster.'”

  5. KirklesWorth says:

    CNN has the gall to talk about Trump’s “approval” rating using one of their oh-so-accurate “polls”.

    CNN: How people feel about Trump’s America, in charts

    Last year, President Donald Trump’s victory defied conventional wisdom and brought to a close a campaign that pitted the two most unpopular presidential candidates in the history of modern polling against one another. A year out from the election, Trump remains unpopular, as do the Democrats, the Republicans and Congress. Here is a look at where things stand. Trump has reached lows in his approval rating unseen by any president at this point in their presidency.

  6. hoagie111 says:

    Anders Chydenius sounds like a raging white supremacist to me. And is name is gay!

  7. hoagie111 says:

    Or as Obama would say: coop.

  8. Chicongo education so epsillent.
    I’ll never forget his Corpsman “corpse man”.

  9. Mr. Freemarket says:

    What are the odds that he will be kicked out of the academy?

    BTW, when will Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria be giving his speech on telling the truth?

  10. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Just ask Vince Foster….

  11. Mr. Freemarket says:

    I hope Huma liked her email.

  12. Mr. Freemarket says:

    This is what happens when your check to the DNC is late too often.

  13. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Irony is often lost on democrats.

  14. Mr. Freemarket says:

    No…no…don’t hit me….I’m gay.

  15. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Let’s blame Home Depot.

  16. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Apparently the check didn’t clear.

  17. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The Democrat Party:

    The party that supported slavery
    The party that supported Jim Crow laws
    The party that supports unrestricted immigration from Muslim countries
    The party that supports eliminating your right to defend yourself.
    The party that cheated Bernie Sanders during the primary so that Hillary Clinton could become the first woman president.

    Yeah…that party.

  18. Bodhisattva says:

    While Harvard is a “private” university they still get lots of taxpayer dollars in the form of student grants, loans and research money as well.


    Harvard University hosts anal sex workshop

    A workshop at Harvard University on Tuesday night delved into the ins and outs of anal sex, with a presenter denouncing the “stupidity of abstinence” and the joys of “putting things in your butt,” according to a College Fix reporter who attended the event.

    The workshop was held as part of the Ivy League university’s Sex Week, which launched Monday and runs through Nov. 12. Titled “What What in the Butt: Anal 101,” the event drew nearly 50 students.

    At one point the presenter leading the workshop passed out gloves and butt plugs to students as she offered instructions on anal relaxation techniques.

    “Remember it’s all about practice, practice, practice,” said the presenter, Natasha, a representative of the Cambridge-based adult shop Good Vibrations.

    Showing students a special medical-grade butt plug, she said “a local guy named Greg makes these—salt of the Earth!”

    Identifying the event with the sexual positivity movement, Natasha said the goal was to “encourage people to go after their desires and not feel shame.”

    “Come up front guys, were gonna have some dirty fun,” she said as the presentation began.


    Noting “not all men have penises, not all women have vaginas,” she added “the butthole is the great sexual equalizer. All humans have a butthole.”

    Pure moonbattery. In other words… INSANITY.

  19. Bodhisattva says:

    He’s not alone…

    Plague feared to go GLOBAL as death toll rises in ‘worst outbreak for 50 YEARS’
    PLAGUE is continuing to spread in the “worst outbreak” in 50 years – but scientists fear the worst is yet to come as it could go global.

    While it very well could go global some countries will be more prepared and will handle it better – like ours.

  20. KirklesWorth says:

    Cons. Daily Post: NBC Exec Reveals Devastating News For NFL, Sponsors Threatening As Protests Rage

    The Conservative Daily Post published an article last week which showed that half of football’s golden equation, beer and pizza, were leaving the N.F.L. Papa Johns could no longer tolerate the disrespect seen by the kneeling players and their foul antics. Many had wondered if the famous Clydesdales horses or another beer company was going to be the next to trot away, but it seems that things are passed even that! According to a chat that was “moderated by AdAge on Friday,” America’s floundering football league is in deep trouble as “NBCUniversal executive Linda Yaccarino” said during a chat that “no advertisers have pulled their spots but several have threatened to.” This is “NBCU’s chairman of advertising sales and client partnerships,” so this is not conjectured on behalf of those boycotting, as Awful Announcing reports. Yes, “several“, as in many. They are about to left by a whole slew of advertisers over this foolishness.

  21. Bodhisattva says:

    Hawking failed to check the weather report:

    Let the games begin…it is now snowing in State College and Altoona in upstate Pennsylvania and the look to winter is suddenly upon us in the Mid-Atlantic region. Low pressure today will head towards the Mid-Atlantic coastline and a cold rain in the I-95 corridor may actually end as a mix of sleet or snow tonight to the north and west of the big cities. A powerful cold front will arrive with gusty winds on Thursday night and usher in an Arctic blast for Friday and Saturday with the lowest temperatures of the season so far. An overall upper-atmosphere pattern with “high-latitude blocking” is looking increasingly likely for later this month and that could result in more cold air outbreaks for the Mid-Atlantic region by the time Thanksgiving week rolls around.

  22. Bodhisattva says:

    I didn’t see this coming…

    Mariah Carey Accused of Sexual Harassment
    In a draft lawsuit, the superstar is accused of calling her former head of security a white supremacist and sexually harassing him.

    Mariah Carey allegedly referred to her former head of security as a Nazi, a skinhead, a Ku Klux Klan member, and a white supremacist, according to complaints contained in a draft lawsuit reported by the website TMZ.
    Lawyers for Michael Anello, who headed up Carey’s security company, have prepared the papers, which also accuse Carey of exposing herself to him.

    Somehow a woman exposing herself to a man… to me anyway… doesn’t rise to the level of sexual harassment.

    But I guess when there’s a big settlement at state, anything goes.

  23. KirklesWorth says:

    Wishful thinking and projection by CNN.

    CNN: Analysis: Election 2017 is going to send the GOP into a total panic

    Ed Gillespie’s resounding loss in Tuesday’s Virginia governor’s race — coupled with a series of other losses in lower-profile races around the country — will likely take what was bubbling concern among Republicans about their prospects in the 2018 midterms and transform it into a frothing cauldron of panic. That panic is born not from the fact of Gillespie’s defeat but the way in which he lost — and the role President Donald Trump and Trumpism played in that loss. Gillespie, like lots and lots of Republicans in the House and Senate, is very much an establishment figure. A former chairman of the Republican National Committee. A senior member of Bushworld. A GOP lobbyist. A conservative but someone willing to compromise. A pragmatist not an ideologue.

  24. Bodhisattva says:

    National anthem lyrics prompt California NAACP to call for replacing song

    The California chapter of the NAACP is pushing to get rid of the national anthem, calling the song racist and anti-black, CBS station KOVR-TV reports.

    “This song is wrong,” chapter president Alice Huffman told the station. “It should never have been there, and just like we didn’t have it until 1931, it won’t kill us if it goes away.”

    As quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick started the NFL protests during the anthem that quickly spread to bring attention to racial injustice in the country. But Huffman said Kaepernick’s message was lost when it turned into a debate about the flag.

    It never was about racial injustice, since the alleged racial injustice is a farce, a lie, completely fabricated.

    And if you didn’t already know, the third verse of the national anthem, one that I wager most people don’t even know exists and have never heard, does talk about slaves – but not black slaves. Men were enslaved to work for the British Navy. That’s the slaves they’re talking about. Not black slaves who were enslaved by their own kind in Africa then sold into the world market.

  25. Bodhisattva says:

    Democrats won a couple easy victories in relatively insignificant races in states where it’s no big surprise they won and they’re acting like the tide is turning.


    The only race with any real significance, IMHO, is they did win the governor’s office in Virginia:

    All that race proves is that attack ads are foolish and do not work. We saw the same lesson with Hillary Clinton’s failed bid to defeat Trump with attack ads.

  26. Bodhisattva says:

    I was posting about the same thing at the same time.

  27. Bodhisattva says:

    Bet you can’t wait to try and guess their race/ethnicity – was going to leave out “basketball” because that’s a huge hint:

    3 UCLA basketball players arrested in China on shoplifting charges

  28. Bodhisattva says:

    Easy come, easy go

    More than $300m of cryptocurrency has been lost after a series of bugs in a popular digital wallet service led one curious developer to accidentally take control of and then lock up the funds, according to reports.

    Unlike most cryptocurrency hacks, however, the money wasn’t deliberately taken: it was effectively destroyed by accident. The lost money was in the form of Ether, the tradable currency that fuels the Ethereum distributed app platform, and was kept in digital multi-signature wallets built by a developer called Parity. These wallets require more than one user to enter their key before funds can be transferred.

    On Tuesday Parity revealed that, while fixing a bug that let hackers steal $32m out of few multi-signature wallets, it had inadvertently left a second flaw in its systems that allowed one user to become the sole owner of every single multi-signature wallet.

    The user, “devops199”, triggered the flaw apparently by accident. When they realised what they had done, they attempted to undo the damage by deleting the code which had transferred ownership of the funds. Rather than returning the money, however, that simply locked all the funds in those multisignature wallets permanently, with no way to access them.

    “This means that currently no funds can be moved out of the multi-sig wallets,” Parity says in a security advisory.

    Effectively, a user accidentally stole hundreds of wallets simultaneously, and then set them on fire in a panic while trying to give them back.

    “We are analysing the situation and will release an update with further details shortly,” Parity told users.

    Some are pushing for a “hard fork” of Ethereum, which would undo the damage by effectively asking 51% of the currency’s users to agree to pretend that it had never happened in the first place.

    Two years ago, of an Ethereum app called the DAO resulted in $150m being stolen. The hard fork was successful then, but the money stolen represented a much larger portion of the entire Ethereum market than the $300m lost to Parity.

    The lost $300m follows the discovery of bug in July that led to the theft of $32m in ether from just three multisignature wallets. A marathon coding and hacking effort was required to secure another $208m against theft. Patching that bug led to the flaw in Parity’s system that devops199 triggered by accident.

  29. Bodhisattva says:

    This one fits in with the quote chosen for this open thread… and is a possible explanation for why the British keep electing socialists:

    Dementia now Britain’s biggest killer, overtaking heart disease for first time

    And apparently it’s a growing problem in the U.S. as well, judging from our election results.

  30. Bodhisattva says:

    Well at least he has some balls – most Republicans don’t.

    Ryan breaks record for shutting down floor debate

  31. Mr. Freemarket says:

    And we must thank CNN for their valiant efforts to bring Trump’s presidency to this low approval point in his presidency. Without them, only NBC, ABC, and CBS might have not been able to accomplish it.

    Of course, were Hillary president, who knows how low her approval rating might be.

  32. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Trump will probably never appear with the red flag of communism behind him.

  33. Mr. Freemarket says:

    It is simply unfair for these digital organizations to make and destroy currency, and with it, people’s wealth.

    That’s the job of the Federal Reserve!!!

  34. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Virginia…..DC South….

  35. Mr. Freemarket says:

    What do you call someone who is willing to compromise with the devil?

  36. KirklesWorth says:

    I sometimes get scooped by you as well.

  37. KirklesWorth says:

    I tried to figure out that stuff, but it sounds like a bunch of hocus-pocus to me. Like “mining bitcoins” – it is just computer busy-work producing nothing except a unique identifier that somehow equates to money.

  38. Ol' Uncle Lar says:

    Apparently, Hawking has never read Robert Frost…

  39. Ol' Uncle Lar says:

    Probably true, but that’s a Turkish flag.

  40. Ol' Uncle Lar says:

    They misspelled “Dolts”.

  41. KirklesWorth says:

    Western Journal: James Woods: Not a Single NRA Member Has Ever Been Responsible for a Mass Shooting

    While the National Rifle Association is frequently the target of criticism following a mass shooting, one popular conservative tweeted what he called the “actual facts” about the organization. In the wake of Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, actor James Woods used social media to link an Independent Journal Review article which suggested that no NRA member has been responsible for a mass shooting.

  42. Mr. Freemarket says:

    I stand corrected.

    Of course, back in the day, everyone understood that red was the color of communism and socialism, including the National Socialists of Germany.

    From my perspective, Obama is in political agreement with both Islam and Communism.

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  48. Mr. Freemarket says:

    If only there were laws concerning who can buy/rent/drive a truck.

  49. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Naaah. Just send them to the re-education camps. Starting with the college professors.

    Remind them to bring warm clothes.

  50. seaoh says:

    Brazil nut Esau to crack?

  51. Bodhisattva says:

    People claim it’s the wave of the future… I disagree. Money from nowhere, for no reason. But that’s what the government does, actually. So maybe there is something to it.

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