Thursday Morning Open Thread


(Scott Meyer’s website)
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Whatever our philosophical differences, at least we can all agree that glibertarians are inherently mock-worthy.
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So… I got nothin’, how ’bout you?






31 replies
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    harlana says:

    Reposting as it seems to be at the top of the news, and also for your amusement

    Christine O’Donnell walks off Piers Morgan interview after being questioned about her views on gay rights issues

    Also, a drunken, rather hefty Gerard Depardieu pees on a plane

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    Michele Bachmann Was Inspired By My Dad and His Christian Reconstructionist Friends — Here’s Why That’s Terrifying
    By Frank Schaeffer

    “The evangelical rubes who are Bachmann’s foot soldiers never realized that the logic of their “stand” against government had played into the hands of people who never cared about human lives beyond the fact that people could be sold products. By the 21st century, Ma and Pa No-name were still out in the rain holding an “Abortion is Murder!” sign in Peoria and/or standing in line all night in some godforsaken mall in Kansas City to buy a book by Sarah Palin and have it signed. But it was the denizens of the corner offices at Goldman Sachs, the News Corporation, Exxon, and Halliburton who were laughing.”

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    Winston Smith says:

    Ironically, this comic opens with a quote from Penn Jillette who is a glibertarian extraordinaire.

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    Johannes says:

    My street is being used for location filming yesterday and today, for Gods Behaving Badly with Sharon Stone and Phylicia Rashad out on the stoop across the street. As we’re watching the filming, out teenage house guest asks, “Who’s this Sharon somebody?”

    I grow old, I grow old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

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    harlana says:

    @Raven (formerly stuckinred): I don’t understand the victimization thing – these people have their mega-churches all over the place here and, believe me, they concentrate an enormous amount of energy attracting young, impressionable people and they are VERY successful at it. I should know, my ex-bf’s sons (all 4) have been captured by one of the more popular ones here. They have so much fellowship, support, bodies, money – why in hell do they feel persecuted?! Being an evil Dem in a red state is very lonely so I really don’t want to hear about how marginalized they are, it is a MYTH, it’s like a 600 lb. man screaming that you didn’t bring him a barrell of twinkies with a giant red bow while he’s working his way through a stack of Little Debbies.

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    Baud says:

    Payback, bitches.

    The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation’s largest credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, according to two people interviewed by the government and another briefed on such interviews.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Baud: Bwahahahaha!

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    Dr. Squid says:

    How about the newest Squid? 2:55am.

    I’m kinda tired now.

  9. 9
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Dr. Squid: Congratulations!

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    @Dr. Squid:
    Congratulations! And if you think you’re tired now…

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    dmsilev says:

    The other day, I got to tour the shiny new library that my employer just finished building. A set of 50 foot tall industrial robots grab boxes of books off shelves in an underground cavern, and they’re delivered up to the glass-domed ground level to the patrons:

    http://i66.photobucket.com/alb.....C_1153.jpg
    http://i66.photobucket.com/alb.....C_1157.jpg
    http://i66.photobucket.com/alb.....C_1137.jpg

    Very cool, but on the other hand, it’s another omen of the upcoming robot apocalypse.

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    gnomedad says:

    @Dr. Squid:
    Congratulations, it’s a … Squid!
    Had to be said.

  13. 13
    gnomedad says:

    @dmsilev:
    If you’re not afraid of blowing your cover, where is this library?

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    @Dr. Squid: Best wishes to all.

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    dmsilev says:

    @gnomedad: University of Chicago.

    Here’s the official blurb on the library: http://mansueto.lib.uchicago.edu/

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    R-Jud says:

    Congrats! L’il Squid looks pretty tired, too. May you be blessed with a healthy and placid child who sleeps through from no later than four weeks onwards.

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    JPL says:

    @Dr. Squid:
    Congrats and what a beauty.

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    HRA says:

    Congratulations to the Squid family.

    @dmsilev:

    If only…. Our facility is so old time.
    It’s amazing and begs to be seen in person. I passed on the urls to be gawked at. Thanks for sending it.

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    drkrick says:

    @harlana: That’s (one of) the weird things about the evangelical types – it’s not enough for them to believe what they believe and be free to live by it – everyone around them has to ALSO believe what they believe and live by it or it’s an intolerable and dastardly attack on them and everything that’s sacred.

    In addition to being about as un-American and anti-freedom as any attitude could be, it’s an absolutely guaranteed path to perpetual frustration and anger. I guess if there’s no chance of being thrown to the lions they have to feel like a martyr somehow.

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    Emma says:

    @Dr. Squid: OHMYGOD, Squid, that’s one hell of a pretty result. Now get some rest!

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    dmsilev says:

    @HRA: They will be offering public tours, once things calm down a bit (right now, the librarians are in the middle of loading ~1 million volumes into the new system, so things are a tad …chaotic in the underground space).

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @harlana:
    Christine O’Donnell is still not clear on this very basic point about media interviews: the interviewer gets to pick the questions, not the interviewee. Piers Morgan is a smarmy git and a journalist of dubious integrity, but he’s entirely in the right here.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @dmsilev: I hate to think of the heating/air conditioning bill for that domed space. It’s pretty, I’ll give it that but really, are the Manseutos also picking up the tab for its operation now that it’s built.

    (FYI: I remember the wars over the building of Bobst Library at NYU in the early 1970s. I also remember seeing the books being kept on the floor of the basement library space before NYU got Bobst and open stacks.)

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Raven (formerly stuckinred): Thanks for linking to the article. Very scary shit.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Dr. Squid: That’s the cutest squid I’ve ever seen. Congrats!

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    Robert Waldmann says:

    YOu don’t “have nothing” ! You have a lot of money (at least by worldwide standards). However, I’m pretty sure you don’t have a big ugly mustache.

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    From BoingBoing: Why Poor People Support Tax Breaks For The Rich

    http://boingboing.net/2011/08/.....-rich.html

    The authors ran a series of experiments where students were randomly allotted sums of money, separated by $1, and informed about the “income distribution” that resulted. They were then given another $2, which they could give either to the person directly above or below them in the distribution.
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    (Emphasis mine) In keeping with the notion of “last-place aversion”, the people who were a spot away from the bottom were the most likely to give the money to the person above them: rewarding the “rich” but ensuring that someone remained poorer than themselves. Those not at risk of becoming the poorest did not seem to mind falling a notch in the distribution of income nearly as much. This idea is backed up by survey data from America collected by Pew, a polling company: those who earned just a bit more than the minimum wage were the most resistant to increasing it.

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    Alwhite says:

    @Winston Smith:

    Yup and an overly sanctimonious one at that. I love their work but Penn has one ugly mind & should be avoided IRL.

    BTW my most recent experiences have lead me to examine my existence up till this point & I am afraid I now disagree with PGs comment at the start. I realize that I am a shlimazel and it is all about luck.

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    Argive says:

    @Alwhite:

    P&T: Bullshit! really suffered at times from all the heavy libertarianism.

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    jeff says:

    “Whatever our philosophical differences, at least we can all agree that glibertarians are inherently mock-worthy.”

    Yes, but can I ask that Balloon Juicers exercise some constraint over at League of Ordinary Gentlemen? Farting in blog comments does not make us look reasonable. They will respond to arguments made in good faith. Glibly, perhaps, but politely.

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