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Open Thread- 7/2/2014


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread, videos )

TomCat
- 145 days ago - politicsplus.org
Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).



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Gloria picchetti (299)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 4:25 am
Horse jumping puzzle time; 6:22.

I shared the SCOTUS poll on FB.
 

Lona Goudswaard (72)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 5:12 am
Hope your Air-conditioner works satisfactorily and gets you through the coming warm days OK. Any plans for the 4th of July?

Upworthy: While I can't get excited about the prospect of living underwater, I do see the necessity of experimenting with the possibility. I hope I don't have to see it in my lifetime that people on the coast are forced to live on man made islands that are buildings or worse, underneath the surface of the oceans, because by that time most vital agricultural land will have disappeared too and many will be starving or have starved already.

The New Yorker: By putting a picture with the article of Mark Zuckerberg Andy is making fun of Facebook customers, but he wisely left the companies name out of his article, because it could be any gigantic corporation really. And it would have surprised only a certain kind of customer, those with the propensity to vote GOP. But sadly these uninformed and unworldly do number in the millions.

Daily Kos: LOL That video was both hilarious and very effective in getting the message across. But your suggestion for an "open carry" law is even more hilarious. That would get rid of at least two or three right wing Teabangelists who'd certainly die of shock just by mentioning the toys.
 

Pat A. (116)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 5:42 am
New Yorker – Andy didn't get me this time, as I had just read an article in The Guardian – they have apparently been experimenting on people without their consent – wake up people, what is next?!

Hope your AC does its job and keeps you cool and kitty fresh, TC!
 

Birgit W. (150)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 6:22 am
Thanks TC.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 6:44 am
Dildo freedom!
Dildo freedom!
I have to guess that there is no law that says one can't openly carry one's toys; this could be a little like the bra burning revolt of the '60's!
On a separate note, taking the "open thread " title literally:
Yesterday's NY Times "Well" section of the Science Times reports a possible epidemic of Measels in the U.S.A., brought about by people buying into the SERIOUSLY DEBUNKED idea that the Measels vaccine causes Autism.
The British physician who published a study makiing that claim, in The lancet, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, was barred from practicing medicine , by the British Medical Council, in 2010, the same year that The lancet retracted the study.He was found to have engaged in putting out "fraudulent data, and ethics violations," according to the article.
PLEASE, vaccinate your kids, and spread this around, as when the percent of a communities population that is unvaccinated drops below 95% the disease can find vulnerable targets!
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 7:31 am
Excellent factual summary on the research by Mitch; and there is something called committees for the protection of human subjects for a reason requiring consent of the subjects and ethical debriefing relating to the experimental conditions they were subjected to. I look forward to someone pushing the legal penalties (CA's since they are based here) for each and every violation (have to pay the victims and the government).
Warren and Leahy are the two voices who seem to remember the Sherman Antitrust Act and seek it to be used as intended.
Is someone researching how to help us grow gills? Or are the plans to have us be slaves to the corporations building underwater quarters.
I can see a man claiming the women's toys felt threatening if displayed in public and claiming they should be defined as a weapon.
 

Dave C. (224)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 9:01 am
thanks for a good laugh......well done.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 9:03 am
5:42 I read the description before I saw the picture and though that would really be something to see. And it would have. (Maybe Baba Yaga's house?) But alas, it was just a typo.

Up worthy - I'm not thrilled about living underwater either, which may be kind of odd, since I'm not claustrophobic and don't go out very much. Maybe it's the thought of all the other people in there, since I am an introvert. But I can see where it might be the future. And yes, of course, the idea would be putting us at the mercy of the monied corporations which build these things. (Perhaps I should add that dreamy is in the eye of the beholder, and there wasn't any in mine.)

The New Yorker - Using the name would have defeated the purpose, since it is not the corporation which is the target of the satire, but the sheeple. I think even using the picture may have been a mistake, This could be any corporation, or all corporations. Chevron, for instance, has a court order to read my emails if they want to, because I signed a petition a while back. Then there are government agencies. And we see these people on Care2 as well. "Why would you care that someone is reading your emails or listening to your cell phone when you don't have anything to hide?" Well, it's that little thing called the Fourth Amendment. Plus that little quote from Cardinal Richelieu that many people cite: "Give me six lines written by the most honest man on earth and I will find something in them to hang him." Those of us who lived during the McCarthy era, even just the tail end of it, have seen this in action.

Daily Kos - I'm so glad you posted this. Yes, it is priceless. I downloaded it too. Of course there is no law against open carry of sex toys (for people or ducks), it's only social pressure that keeps us from doing it. It did occur to me that, although I'm sure as many Republican women as Democratic women own them, there are some Republican men who might see them and not know what they are.

Cartoon - Yup, they did. Hence RICO. And they've learned to evade that too.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 9:27 am
Well Winnie is home and doing well. He hates only eating little bits and waiting 2 hours til the next meal. But what he hates even more is not being able to eat kibble. The other 2 hate not having wet food. The other guy's grass is always greener, eh! Anyway, really good to have him home.

Puzzle β€” 2:57 Move over puddy tat! Coming through!!

Upworthy β€” Very cool, but I had that instant claustrophobic feeling . . . took all the joy out of it.

The New Yorker β€” "… Harland Dorrinson, twenty-nine, a caterer from Albuquerque. β€œLike a lot of other people, I feel used.”" I'd say more like stupid. But isn't it 1984?

Daily Kos β€” Quite funny, but I doubt that Republicanus/Teabaggers can understand the message. Isn't it Alabama that bans the sale of such items, and bans their possession? They'd really be offended and the connection would be lost.

Cartoon β€” Didn't they though!
 

Pat B. (353)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 10:53 am
Upworthy: I'd take an hour of my time and scuba dive, but would have to continue living on land. Brings back memories from years ago, diving in FL/Caribbean/ waters for hours at a time. It's a beautiful world down there, as long as man leaves it alone. (which they won't).
New Yorker: Heard about this, I don't, and am not on FB. Not suprised though, a company using it's customers for financial gain? Nah!! Really???? lol
Daily Kos: LMAO, 'May the Force be with you, Princess Leia.!!!
You're hotter there than I am here in TX., temp. @ 93 or so tho' very humid this week. Hope you get your groceries processed quickly, and then take a breather, with your AC cooling your cat pad. Your counter is going up steadily, so glad for you. Well, it's a lazy day for me, done helping my friend with moving and cleaning, now what to do? Have a good day, take care, and Thanks, Tom.
 

Chris C. (150)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 12:30 pm
SO GLAD I never went on Facebook...I like to stay off the grid. No cell or i phone either. I don't see a need for everyone to know what I am doing every minute of the day!

Ian Somerhalder is my hero. Not only is he gorgeous but he is an amazing animal activist and loves cats!
 

Yvonne White (232)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 2:05 pm
Frankly, I thought Facebook had been running "experiments" from day one..isn't that what Corporations do? – figure out how to sell more of whatever they're hawking? I'm sure the results will not be lost on the NSA either. I don't see masses of data lying idle, the computer programmers KNOW how to cherry-pick what they want & when they want it.
 

Katie D. (103)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 4:20 pm
Lovely Video.
Thank You TomCat
 

Gary A L. (136)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 5:42 pm
thanks TYC I've been extraordinarily busy remodeling my own home for a change instead of others it's no fun living in a home that looks like a bomb hit it
 

Gary A L. (136)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 5:44 pm
I meant TC sorry I'm a little burned out it's a little harder doing this stuff at 67
 

Edith B. (143)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 9:09 pm

98 degrees should be illegal!

Upworthy: Anyone who lives on a coast should learn how to live under water!

The New Yorker: I can't believe Andy would be surprised by this.

Daily Kos: That was a hoot!

Cartoon: They learned how to evade it and have developed it into a highly polished skill!

 

James Maynard (67)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 10:23 pm
Think there have been a couple
different attempts at living under
the sea, but, this may be the
most adventuresome........
New Yorker - "Shocking!" he
said, "Just shocking!"
Kos - Yes, kids will be kids...
Another accurate cartoon...
How do you do that so
consistantly?.....
Ha ha ha , it may feel like
"house" jumping with my
bad time...............
 

TomCat S. (234)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 10:54 pm
Thanks all.

The A/C did a marvelous job. I was one cool cat!!

I hope that the ladies here are well armed. ;-)
 

Terrie Williams (772)
Friday July 4, 2014, 7:23 am
...Sorry.....still giggling over the 'toyz' article........

Glad your AC is highly efficient over there Cat Man....you are going to need it come August and September.
 
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