Late Night Open Thread: The Stars Abide

FlightLapse #01 – MilkyWay from SkyProduction on Vimeo.


Many thanks to commentor Raoul.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Ha! I knew a new thread would appear as soon as I put my kitty update at the bottom of the previous thread:

    I’m pretty convinced now that the animal dermatologist has the right diagnosis (pemphigus, an autoimmune disease that attacks skin cells), because two days of steroids have been a freakin’ miracle cure. Annie is already coming out from her hidey-hole under the dining room table and demanding her wet food treat. There’s still a slight chance it could be something nastier, like a specific form of lymphoma, but she’s matching all the symptoms of pemphigus and the standard treatment is working like a charm.

    The downside is that we’re now looking at several months — if not years — of figuring out what her maintenance dose of steroids is to keep the pemphigus under control while not injuring her health. Sigh. But it’s better than lymphoma.

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    ruemara says:

    @Mnemosyne: Yay for Annie!

    I have 1k images to review from tonight and 4 gigs of footage to sync. And I’m pretty sloshed from 9oz of sake.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Here’s to a Labor upset against the Tories next week.

    Even I can hope.

    And fuck the Corbyn haters and naysayers. The man’s got more brass and steel then any of his opponents.

    You’d think seeing Hillary Clinton getting shit on by the media for shit she wasn’t guilty of would have clued people in.

    But no, falling for the exact same fucking trick again and again seems to be a recurring problem on our side.

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    Mike G says:

    Fox News’ latest flaccid attempt to manufacture outrage for rageaholics: Wonder Woman’s costume isn’t jingoistic enough —

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    Mnemosyne says:


    9 oz of sake is a lot of sake. I would do your syncing tomorrow, personally, along with anything else requiring fine motor skills.

    @Mike G:

    Uh, they realize that Wonder Woman is an illegal immigrant, right?

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    Even I can hope.

    Who are you, what did you do to TenguPhule?

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    I think somebody posted a link to that vid a month or so ago, it’s quite impressive. Less impressive, but a valiant effort is this photo of the Milky Way from the cave entrance here in Glendale.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Every pessimist was once an optimist.

    And if Corbyn manages to pull off that miracle, maybe we have a fighting chance here too.

    Maybe I can risk believing again. In Hope. In Justice.

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    @Mnemosyne: Hooray!

    Switching topics: I just watched the first episode of the new Twin Peaks. I, um, huh, so that happened.

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    Morzer says:

    This Tuesday, an Oklahoma State Senator was charged with child prostitution after being caught in a hotel room with an underage boy.

    Three felony charges were filed against Ralph Shortey by Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn. The charges include engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution, according to KFOR.

    In the wake of Shortey’s arrest, LGBT advocacy groups noted his support for anti-LGBT legislation such as a proposed “bathroom bill” from last year.

    KFOR reports that communication records show the teen told Shortey that he needed money for spring break, to which Shortey allegedly responded, “would you be interested in ‘sexual’ stuff?”

    In the wake of his arrest, the Oklahoma Senate voted to bar Shortey from all his work as a Senator. He is married with three children and was also the manager for Donald Trump’s campaign during the primaries.

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    Anne Laurie says:


    I think somebody posted a link to that vid a month or so ago, it’s quite impressive.

    Yup, it was Raoul — that’s why I gave him the hat tip.

    Been saving the link for a night when we needed something awesome / soothing, especially since (believe it or not!) not every Balloon-Juice reader has a chance to read every thread…

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    Also, I made a little sample page for the comic I decided to start!

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    TenguPhule says:


    He is married with three children and was also the manager for Donald Trump’s campaign during the primaries.

    And there’s a lot more like him in the Trump supporter circle.

    A lot more.

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    Morzer says:

    A member of a rightwing militant group that has violently clashed with anti-Trump protesters has been given a commemorative portrait of Donald Trump by a Republican political operative who worked on the president’s election campaign.

    John Beavers, a self-described “free speech warrior”, was presented with a framed replica of a Trump portrait following the violent clashes in Berkeley, California, in April.

    Ann Coulter cancels speech (again) – but battle for Berkeley’s political soul rages on
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    Beavers’ nose was broken during the fracas on the university campus, and a widely circulated image from the protest showed his face gushing with blood.

    Three days later, Beavers posted a photo of himself receiving the Trump portrait from Adam Benton, who was paid almost $9,000 to work on “field consulting” for the Trump campaign. Beavers had a bandaged nose in the photo.

    The image is further evidence of links between Republican officials in the Pacific north-west and rightwing activists who are regularly seeking out confrontations with anti-fascist, or “antifa”, protesters.

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    leeleeFL says:

    @Mike G: Why are we even talking about what Roger Ailes’ misbegotten hate child is spewing? Ignore, resist, survive. Very bitter morning. Gutted by the latest crap in London. I am Irish, and am almost praying(?)that it’s the f’in IRA.

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    leeleeFL says:

    @Morzer: What a perfect turn of events. In prison child molesters are called Short Eyes! The Universe has a sense of humor! Whocoodanode?

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    Morzer says:


    It is remarkable what a series of amazing coincidences of this sort conservatives seem to generate.

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    leeleeFL says:

    @Morzer: Not really, they screw everything and everyone. The kids are just less likely to fight back. Hateful f–ckers!

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    leeleeFL says:


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    zach says:

    PM Theresa May:

    Everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would. Our society should continue to function in accordance with our values.

    As a mark of respect, two political parties have suspended our national campaigns for today. But violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process, so those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the General Election will go ahead as planned on Thursday.

    Mayor Sadiq Khan:

    One of the things the terrorists want to do is stop our way of life, stop our freedoms, stop us enjoying mingling and mixes on a Saturday night in the heart of London, having a good time. They want to stop us in the general election and the democracy we have. We can’t allow them to do that. We will not be cowed by terrorism. Nor will we let them win. We have shown in previous decades our stoicism and we will show that in the next days and weeks.

    … (separately to BBC) …

    Just like terrorists evolve and find new ways to attack us, harm us, disrupt, the police and experts find new ways to keep us safe. Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed.

    Khan is literally delivering the same message as May. So, Trump takes Khan’s “no reason to be alarmed” statement out of context (meaning: no reason to be alarmed about cops; not that it’s unreasonable to be worried about terrorism) to score points in US politics.

    Can’t imagine why Trump picked Khan to attack…

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    debbie says:


    Have you seen the banner photo on Trump’s feed? I can’t imagine a crowd that large at any of his appearances. I’d bet it’s a FAKE PHOTO!

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    Kay says:

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account
    At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!”

    Oh, STFU you windbag and get some work done.

    Donald Trump’s entire Presidency has consisted of criticizing other people and destroying things other people achieved along with vague promises of how he will be better.

    Time’s up, clown. Show us an accomplishment. Campaign’s over.

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    debbie says:


    Not that they’ve ever had a high opinion of Trump, but the BBC’s overnight coverage was pretty dismissive of him. You’d have thought they had moved their studios to Scotland!

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    Kay says:


    Trump said he had a secret plan to defeat terrorism that was very, very easy and also fast. How’s that going? Can I put that next to The Wall, Trumpcare, The Tax Plan, and Jobs as something he promised but can’t deliver?

    Employment numbers are going DOWN, not up. How long does he imagine he can go without a single actual accomplishment? This poor mayor is dealing with a crisis and the President of the United States is sitting on his fat ass thousands of miles away evaluating the mayor’s performance? The President who has accomplished absolutely nothing of his own?

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    @Kay: Remember the travel ban was supposed to be a temporary measure for 90 to 120 days until they could “figure out what was happening”; it’s been 130 some days. Have they figured it all out yet? I thought he was going to hire the best people. Is Jared all there is?

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    Kay says:

    Team Trump should aim lower. Try to be minimally decent people who achieve “competent”. That will be difficult enough for Trump’s low quality hires. “Transformative” is WAY beyond their capabilities. If they were smart they’d recognize their very limited talents and set a goal of legislative tweaks to the accomplishments of more talented Presidents. That’s hard! It’ll be all they can manage.

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    debbie says:


    Repeated, because it seems to have disappeared.

    Kay, you’d be surprised at how many have asked that actual question on Trump’s twitter feed. Just as surprisingly, he’s never responded.

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    Laura says:

    @Quinerly: the comments . . . . the vitriol, the misogyny, the . . . .I need a shower.

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    Anya says:

    @zach: Khan’s spokesperson dismissed Trump’s comments with a burn. Notice the omission of “President”?

    “The mayor is busy working with the police, emergency services and the government to coordinate the response to this horrific and cowardly terrorist attack and provide leadership and reassurance to Londoners and visitors to our city. He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police – including armed officers – on the streets.”

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    Anya says:

    @Kay: Also, the Atlantic hurricane season is upon us. Does the Trump government has any hurricane preparedness? I hear they didn’t even hire key people. The good news is the Obama administration put things in place but will they use it?

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    No One You Know says:

    @Anya: Why would they use something from the Obama legacy they are dismantling? I fully expect them to observe Hurricane season complaining that 1) Obama’s preparation is a failure because it didn’t prevent hurricanes, and 2) climate change doesn’t exist because there’s still a hurricane season!

    Assuming there’s a coherent statement from the WH Communications Staff at all.

    Why, yes, this is assuming the glad is half-full. Why do you ask?

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    Another Scott says:

    @Major Major Major Major: It’s coming together very nicely, and very quickly. Keep at it!


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    Another Scott says:

    @Kay: And his plans to sell of half the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a time of falling oil prices. Etc., etc.

    Idiot is as idiot does…


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