August 28, 2017

Mid-Morning Open Thread
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The Masterpiece Or The Mysteries Of The Horizon
Rene Magritte

Don't ask me what the hell this is...I just post the stuff. It's up to you to figure out why the artist did what he did.

Actually, the painting sort of irritates me. It screams elitism and wry facial hair and man bun and hipster aesthetic. I get that subtext can be important, but why must it be brute force?

Hopefully it will irritate some of you so I am not the only one...

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The Morning Report 8/28/17
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Good morning kids. Sorry about the lack of a pretty picture for the top of the post. Evidently my Photoshop license has expired and I have to sort that out with Adobe (I'm running a 10-year-old version [on a 7-year-old Mac] and the live chat "experts" in Mumbai were unable to help).

At any rate, the start of a new week and our top story is Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Despite Governor Abbott's praise of President Trump's handling of the disaster, we have yet again another Democrat mayor, Houston's Sylvester Turner who refused to issue orders to evacuate the city. While yes, getting over six million people to leave town in an orderly fashion would have been difficult, there was time and there was infrastructure and manpower to initiate the process and mitigate the misery. But no. And guess who will get the blame? In any case, prayers for the victims and for those who are having to deal with this catastrophe.

Meanwhile, in Berkeley, once again a peaceful rally for supporters of President Trump and free speech were viciously set upon by so-called "Antifa" terrorist thugs who beat them mercilessly as, yet again, the local police for the most part sat on their hands. While the Democrat/MFM/Cultural-Academic Complex cheers the thuggery, and their GOP wing stay silent or equivocate, the only person who has so far condemned this is the President. And this means that the violence will become more frequent and more widespread. There is no excuse for the police not to have cracked down. It is apparent that they have been ordered by the city officials to essentially do nothing to protect the rights of citizens to peacefully assemble. This is not a healthy situation for the rule of law and for the maintenance of order in a civil society.

Speaking of traitors, flunkies and imbeciles, I give you McStains, Flake, Ryno and others who have attacked PDT's pardon of Joe Arpaio. It should be noted that it is within the purview of the President to issue pardons and that Arpaio was convicted by an Obama appointee in what amounted to a very minor yet highly politicized "crime." The GOP is not only dead, they are an active political enemy entity.

Lastly, on a positive note, Bernie supporters are not at all pleased with the dismissal of the lawsuit against the DNC, essentially charging it with rigging the primary for the Deranged Dipsomanic who will never be president of the United States. They are now actively looking to break away from the Democrat Party, to which I say hell yes! Too bad they don't see that the farschimmelt crackpot they so idolize was in on the scam too. Heh. Then again, there is no opposition party to take advantage of this. Oh well.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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August 27, 2017

Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (8/27/17)
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(Good evening Ladies & Gentlemen Morons)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"It is virtually impossible to compete in today's global economy without a college degree." Bobby Scott

Quote II

Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen. Foka Gomez

Quote III

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Quote IV

Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihoodthe virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. Theodore Roosevelt

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I'd Rather Be in Texas
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The weather in Berkeley, Ca. is beautiful right now. 80 degrees, sunny skies, the kind of weather that inspires California dreaming. Meanwhile, much of Texas is being pounded by several FEET of rain. Houston is basically underwater at this point.

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Food Thread- CBD On Special Assignment
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Chef Charles is on special assignment this week. You get me. It could be worse. At least that is what you should tell yourself. Over and over and over again. more...

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Flood Thread
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I'm at church, and didn't bring any content with me.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-27-2017
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National Library of Austria, Vienna

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants which only goes to show that you're never too young to own a crappy set of pants.

"We Did Everything First"

Part of the complicated dynamic of Cold War relations with the USSR was the Russians' inferiority complex where they were in competition with us in every area so they had to insist that they did it first, they invented it first, they got there first, and everything they did was better.

And I believe the same thing is happened with the Islamic culture. Because face it, Islamic countries tend to be dirt poor and the ones that aren't owe their prosperity to Western technology and the Western need for the oil they're sitting on top of and have no use for themselves. Knowing this must sting a little. Or maybe more than a little.

That's why we get doofuses like Qasim Rashid, Esq., a American Muslim apologist who evidently believes, and wants everyone else to agree, that everything in the world that's noble and good came from Muslims. Like America. To do this, he hitches a ride on the Afrocentrism train and lets his freak flag fly. Namely, he cites They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima as an authorative source. The trouble is, this book is, at best, controversial, i.e. many scholars think it's complete rubbish:

Van Sertima combines poor research, half-truths, and pure fabrication to propose that people from Africa journeyed to the Americas and bestowed upon Native Americans civilization and all of its trappings. Van Sertima replaces 19th century Eurocentrism with 20th century Afrocentrism that aims to try and strip Native Americans of their history, culture, and heritage just as white colonists did. This is by no way a history or scholarly book, but instead a piece of fiction that preys upon those with poor critical thinking skills and apathy to research his claims further.

Lots of other books promoting various flavors of "afrocentrism" on that Amazon page. I'd like to hear boulder terlit hobo's take on Van Sertima's book.

Scanning through Mrs. Rashid's Twitter TL, he sounds just like your standard-issue left-wing moral scold. He appears to be down with all of the items on the left's PowerPoint presentation. Reminds me of Linda Sarsour: both are Islamic supremacists who have burrowed their way into the progressive hive, and what are they doing there? Most of what progressives espouse would get them executed in an Islamic state, yet the two are tolerated and one of them (Sarsour) is usually in some leadership position. Are they playing the progressives for chumps?

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®


Usage: I can't think of a single sentence that uses all of the words interrogatives, tergiversation and reinvestigator. Perhaps you can.

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EMT 08/27/17
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Those Sunday 5 a m. toddler blues EMT.

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August 26, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (26 Aug 2017)


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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 08-26-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]
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The Future of the Theater

It doesn’t look very good.

And this isn’t the first time, either.

OregonMuse sent me that link, and it got me back to thinking about a post I had started to write but then lost somehow. So, let’s talk about actually getting up, out of the house, and going to the movies.


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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread (Featuring Dress Pr0n) 08-26-2017
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Chess Masters by Oscar Grafias
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Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, I pick out a few lovely, modest, conservative dresses for the 'ettes to admire and appraise. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to be forced to bathe in tomatoes on a Saturday afternoon, even if it is with a bunch of cute little kids.

Problem 1 - White To Play (53

Hint: White mates in 2

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
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h/t Mike Hammer

Good afternoon. Thank you for stopping by the AoS Pet Thread. Grab a beverage and something to nibble on and enjoy the Pet Thread. more...

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Stylin' [KT]
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A bee (probably a bumblebee) enjoying Illiniwek's new flower border

Hello, gardeners and friends of gardeners! Special greetings to those currently battling flooding. We are thinking about you.

This week, I have also been thinking about the differences in the ways we approach gardening. Some of our veggie gardeners check in regularly with progress reports and sometimes recipes. Flower lovers send more photos. Illiniwek has planted a large border of annual and perennial flowers from seed. This seems awfully bold to me. More photos from his new border later.

Just below the fold, there are a couple of photos from a member of The Horde who specializes in a single genus of plants. I love this, too. It reminds me of an appreciation expressed by a junior high school history teacher for people who take it upon themselves, on an amateur basis, to become expert in some topic or area of interest. Examples might include an aspect of local or regional history, geology or botany. He thought these people made society better. I think he has a point. The photos below from today's featured specialist are fascinating. Today, I am focusing on three garden approaches for which I currently have photos: more...

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Virtual Reality [KT]
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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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This can't be real.

Morning. Hoping everything is going OK for members of The Horde affected by the hurricane. And those helping with relief. Check in if you are able.

During the past couple of weeks, have you learned about a news event and then thought, "This can't be real"? Will turning to Virtual Reality make things seem more or less like, you know, reality? About the photo above:

In case being a fast-food employee wasn't hard enough, KFC is now putting its workers through a bizarre initiation rite: a creepy BioShock-esque virtual reality "escape room" replete with narration from an omnipresent, mildly demonic-sounding Colonel Sanders. Cool!

Have you run into any new uses of virtual reality lately? more...

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump
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Good morning. Pour yourself a mug. Then dive into the weird news of the week. Here are just a few incidents that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ.


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EMT 08/26/17
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EMT - use it wisely.

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August 25, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (25 Aug 2017)

Those of you morons in Texas be safe. Hopefully folks heeded the warnings. It'll be interesting to see if those 40" plus rain readings in the models bear out. It probably will if that storm just sits there over Texas/LA over the next week as the models indicate.

Live stream from Rockport, TX. more...

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Stephen King: Because You Have Blocked Me From Your Twitter Timeline, Donald Trump, I Hereby Block You From Seeing My Horrible, Horrible Movies
— Ace

Here's a Friday night topic: What movie cliches started out stupid and became stupid and played out over time?

Professor Science: "What is this 'whiteboard' you keep referring to?"

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AGAIN: Two Police Officers Protecting Buckingham Palace Wounded by Man Wielding Knife;
No Word Yet on Whether It Is Terror-Related

— Ace

I'm just it's all a coincidence that Al Qaeda and Hamas and ISIS have been telling their cultists to go on "stabbing intifadas" and stab the infidels wherever they find them and suddenly a whole bunch of infidels are being stabbed.

The officers were treated at the scene for minor arm injuries and were not taken to hospital, the Metropolitan Police said.

The force said the man, who was stopped outside the royal grounds, has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assault.

It is too early to know whether it was terror related, police said.


The BBC understands no members of the Royal Family were in Buckingham Palace during the incident.

The Met would not comment on witness reports that a man was wrestled from a car by officers after appearing to drive his vehicle towards them.

Oh, he was driving towards them in a car, too? Well we certainly haven't seen any recent terror attacks in England (or Italy, or Germany, or France) involving running down cops or civilians in vehicles.

This religion is bringing us so much peace we'll all be dead of it soon.

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Indonesian "Militants" Arrested for Plotting Radioactive Dirty Bomb Attack
— Ace

FYI, Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country, the country always first to be brought up when people argue that not all Islamic countries' citizens pose terror threats, and also not on the travel ban list. (Thanks to @nowhere_NH for pointing that out.)

So: Dirty bomb. Good times.

Religion, peace, of. Some assembly required.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian militants planned to detonate a radioactive dirty bomb, security sources said, highlighting the rising ambitions of extremists to wreak destruction in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.

But experts cast doubt on their expertise, equipment and chances of success.

The plot was foiled when police raided homes and arrested five suspects in Bandung, West Java, last week, the sources with direct knowledge of the plot said. After the raids, police spoke of a plan to explode a "chemical" bomb but provided no other details.

The plot comes as Indonesia grapples with an influx of militants deported from other countries and the fallout from the Islamic State-led siege in the southern Philippines city of Marawi that regional leaders and analysts worry has energized militants across Southeast Asia.

The plot involved getting low-radiation Thorium 232 (half life: 14 billion years) and converting it to highly radioactive uranium 233. This web page explains how that works.

Authorities say they doubt that the "militants" could have achieved that technical process. It looks to me -- a total ignoramus, admittedly -- that the process requires some source of free neutrons to inject into the thorium. The web page suggests to me the typical way to do this is to put the thorium near a nuclear reactor, and allow the bleed of escaping neutrons to bump the thorium up into uranium.

I don't know if there are other ways to do that, or if these "militants" had some kind of access to a nuclear reactor or some other source of free neutrons.

It should be pointed out that building a nuclear reactor is not as difficult or expensive as you might guess.These homebrew "fusors" will generate free neutrons as a byproduct of fusion. (Yes, fusion -- but this kind of fusion requires tons more energy of input than it outputs, so this kind of easily-done fusor is not the type of self-sustaining fusion reactor that we're spending billions to research.)

My guess would be that a DIY fusor would pump neutrons out at such a slow rate it would take years and years to turn thorium into a respectable amount of uranium, but, again, this is just my guess based on the low output of a garage fusor.

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