Friday Night Open Thread

Seeing isn’t always believing.

All the hoopla over “fake news” is kinda silly. Sure, some people will fall for anything. I don’t really mind it, though. It helps me identify who the real idiots are. Hint: almost everyone you meet.

Of course, misrepresenting the facts is nothing new. Sometimes, it’s just a joke. Sometimes, it’s something taken out of context. Sometimes, though, it’s an out and out lie.

One that was missed? Sure. The flag raising at Iwo Jima.

What? You didn’t know that iconic photo wasn’t real? Well, it was. However, it was the second flag raised. The first was a smaller flag, and there was not film crew taking pictures during the raising.

Oh, well. That’s what’s on my mind. But this is about you. What’s on your mind? What do you want to talk about? It’s Friday Night Open Thread, and it’s time for you to take over and discuss whatever you want.

Who wants to start?

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Want Peaches? Plant Apple Seeds!

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.

Which, as anyone familiar with Wikipedia knows, is how fake news is usually created.

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Or Maybe Webster Was Just a Limey-Hating Grammar Nazi

[How British and American Spelling Parted Ways] (Viewer #67,849)

I’ve always noticed that Brits spelled things with too many letters, but I thought there might’ve been a good reason for Americans to shorten them up, like saving a fortune in typesetting costs or something. Turns out it was just a 19th-century Mac-vs-PC standards battle.

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Link of the Day: The Other Way to Look at Trump’s First 100 Days

[High Praise! to Scott Adams’ Blog]

President Trump’s First 100 Days

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Terrorist-Killing Should Be an Olympic Sport

In an anti-terrorism speech, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has warned that he can be “50 times more brutal” than Muslim extremists.

I don’t know if Trump plays poker, but I wouldn’t mind a good “I’ll see your 50 and raise you 100” speech.

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So… Not At All?

[Submitted by Anonymiss of Nuking Politics (High Praise!)]

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Straight Line of the Day: China’s Planned Moon Base Will Feature…

Works like this: I feed you Moon Nukers a straight line, and you hit me with a punch line in the comments.

China’s planned moon base will feature…

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The Illustrated Frank J: Liberals Want to Do to Science What They Did for Healthcare

[source]

[when dumb people science]

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Puppet Show, Spinal Tap, and Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton appeared at the Tribeca film festival, where she said of elephant poaching “We’ve got to bust this market so it can’t come back.”

Weird… wasn’t that her health care plan, too?

[title reference link]

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Cartoon of the Day – Speech


[Steve Kelley – GoComics]

I really don’t have a problem with Obama accepting $400,000 — or any amount of money — for a speech. I have a problem with anyone that would want to pay him $400,000 — or any amount of money — to hear him speak.

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Thursday Night Open Thread

It’s your turn.

What’s on your mind? Have anything you’d like to share? A joke? A link? Advice?

It’s Thursday Night Open Thread! The floor is yours.

Who wants to start?

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Watch That Backswing, TroutMaster

Trendy now tourist destination: Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, which now offers an exclusive fly-fishing experience.

Just be careful you don’t snag some family’s inner tube on their way out to Miami.

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Death by Lego!

[Oh no! Not the Lego] (Viewer #211,459)

Ya know, this should NOT have been interesting for 13 minutes, yet somehow I couldn’t stop watching.

Also, I’m surprised how well he was able to hit a target with completely unaerodynamic bricks. I can’t wait until he gets a real high-speed camera and we can see if the bricks tumble out of the pistol.

Hmmm… and what if you rifled the barrel and made them spin?

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Link of the Day: Satire – McCain: Russians Set Up Electoral College to Steal Election

[High Praise! to The People’s Cube]

McCain: Russians set up Electoral College to steal election

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I Don’t Know Why They Didn’t Implement My Idea When Obama Was in Charge

The Secret Service said it would end public access to a sidewalk along the south fence of the White House due to a recent rash of fence-jumpers.

Seems like overkill. Just put some “pedestrian-free zone” signs on the lawn.

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