Link of the Day: Star Trek v. Star Wars

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Why did the Stars Wars and Star Trek worlds turn out so differently?

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Link of the Day: More Optimistically Titled “How Donald Trump Accidentally Saved the NFL”

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Fumbled: The Story of the United States Football League

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Link of the Day: Like Evel Knievel Before Motorcycles Were Invented

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The Man Who Tightroped Niagara Falls on Stilts

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Link of the Day: It’s Like a Cross Between Smug and Boring: Smoring!

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Why Does NPR Have Such a Specific Sound?

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Link of the Day: Satire – Hillary PR Team Twitter Feed

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Hillary PR Team Twitter Feed

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Link of the Day: Snopes Tries, Fails, to Make John Wayne Look Bad

John Wayne once said that the taking of land from Native Americans was justifiable because they were “selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”

Not exactly… but you can judge for yourself.

Anyway, Wayne sums it up quite nicely in the penultimate sentence:

What happened between their forefathers and our forefathers is so far back — right, wrong or indifferent — that I don’t see why we owe them anything.

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Link of the Day: Drone Strike Infographic

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Armed Drones: President Obama’s Weapon of Choice

It’s factually interesting enough, but mostly it seems to lament the collateral civilian casualties that result.

Me, I’m of the mind that if people in Muslim countries don’t want civilian casualties, their governments need to exterminate the terrorist rats’ nests themselves. Because if we have to do it for them, it’s gonna get messy.

Anyway, if Obama were a Republican, this infographic would’ve been created by someone on the left about 7 years ago.

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Link of the Day: Stop Grousing. Life Is Good

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Why the World Is Better Than You Think in 10 Powerful Charts

Not sure I believe all this – AVERAGE education is 20 years? More than half of Americans have a PhD? Really?

Also, that “teen birth rate” thing is a bit deceiving. It used to be those teens were married. Out of wedlock births would be more instructive, and that’s not a pretty picture.

Nevertheless, I believe life is getting better, in general, for most people, compared to the lives their parents lived. We’re awash in an embarrassment of luxuries that we take for granted.

Well, SOME people take them for granted. I lived on a ship for 4 years. I adore and cherish every luxury I have.

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Link of the Day: And Number 13 – The Very Jewish Mel Brooks Played a Nazi Scientist in “The Muppet Movie”

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12 Surprising Facts About Mel Brooks

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Link of the Day: RiffTrax – the Origin Story

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The Bomb Squad: How RiffTrax Revives Bad Movies

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Link of the Day: Children’s Joke Noir

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Why Did the Policeman Go to the Baseball Game?

In my head, the cop is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Link of the Day: They’ve Forgotten Who They Work For

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They’ve Forgotten Who They Work For

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Link of the Day: The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

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The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries

Taken from the webcomic Schlock Mercenary. Which is one of the few remaining things on the internet that started before the Towers fell. If you want to start from the beginning, go here.

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Link of the Day: Hands Off My Banana – Why Britain Left the EU

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Bonfire of the EU laws: From crooked cucumbers to powerful vacuum cleaners, the barmy Brussels regulations we can now get rid of

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Link of the Day: Honestly, I Thought It Was Just an Urban Legend

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Does Tapping a Soda Can Really Prevent It From Fizzing Over?

Truth is (and I’ve tested this) any can of soda, no matter how vigorously shaken, is safe to open after resting for 20 seconds.

Please note that this does NOT hold true for soda in plastic bottles of any size.

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