Thanks for all the fish

Open thread as we wait for the cosmic bypass to be built

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    Stable genius made the front page on ICHC/lolcats!

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    Lapassionara says:


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    lamh36 says:

    Follow Follow @brianstelter
    Statement from @FoxNews spokesperson: “Fox News will not be hiring Steve Bannon.”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Jonathan Swan gets very bitchy about the Wolff book, and any reporting that disagrees with what he knows to be true

    @ JaxAlemany
    WH source confirms CNN report but says that aides have been told to make a decision ASAP as some staffers are exiting the White House as early as President’s Day weekend.

    Jonathan Swan@ jonathanvswan
    Weird. I’m told unequivocally that this did not happen.

    Jim Sciutto‏Verified account @ jimsciutto
    “Two of the most senior officials who are on the potential departure list are Don McGahn, the White House counsel, and HR McMaster, the national security adviser.” Facing staffing exodus, Trump struggles to fill West Wing

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    Virginia says:

    I guess we should be glad dolphins do not have thumbs.

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    When I see “so long and thanks for all the fish,” I assume that someone’s leaving. Don’t scare us like that!

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    Adria McDowell says:

    I, for one, await the time when our dolphin overlords take control.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: (Since you repeated the comment from downstairs, I’ll repeat the reply…)
    I know that Wolff said the Trump hates McMaster, he’s too gloomy and talks about details.

    ETA: McGahn may just career self preservation or an attempt to keep himself out of jail.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Oh, God, Cole’s Twitter feed is squeeing so hard over Yuki. I think there’s gonna be an addition to the household.

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    kindness says:

    If Fox won’t hire Bannon then we are doomed to CNN doing so.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Someday, somebody on one of these talking head segments doing the wide-eyed “whatever has happened to Lindsey Graham…?” thing, someday one of them is going to speak the word “kompromat”

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    Mnemosyne says:


    As Douglas Adams said in the above-quoted book, humans think they’re smarter than dolphins because all dolphins do is loll around in the water all day swimming and making little dolphins, and dolphins think they’re smarter than humans for the exact same reason.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: it’s almost like no one wants to work for this guy?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @kindness: One News America.

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    chris says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Had to look him up. Swan works for Axios and gets very bitchy on Fox. Fuck him.

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    Chip Daniels says:

    @Adria McDowell:

    I, for one, await the time when our dolphin overlords take control.

    If present trends continue, by 2019, this may cease to be satire.

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    different-church-lady says:


    If Fox won’t hire Bannon then we are doomed to CNN doing so.

    Hell, why not the New York Times at this point?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    That is a damned cute picture, you have to admit.

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    different-church-lady says:


    Had to look him up. (Blank) works for (blank) and gets very bitchy on (blank). Fuck him.

    Saving that to the clipboard.

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    @different-church-lady: Move over David Brooks, your replacement is here.

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    lollipopguild says:

    @Mnemosyne: Several years ago i remember reading a story about a scientist who was studying dolphins who told the reporter that he and several other scientists in this group felt that the dolphins were studying the scientists.

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    chris says:

    A bit of light relief. The story of the polite paparazzo with a cute picture of Justin and son Hadrien outside Chubby Funsters.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Yes. It reminds me of the classic joke about how dogs were “domesticated”:

    Dog: “Have you noticed how if you cock your head and look at the humans a certain way they just start flinging pieces of meat at you?”

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    chris says:

    @different-church-lady: You’re welcome, I think.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Steeplejack: LOL. That’s hilarious. I wish he’d give us a Yuki update. He’s got to be keeping that dog.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Hell, our cats have us trained and they only have brains the size of a walnut. I’m sure dolphins do much better at training humans.

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    Roger Moore says:


    If Fox won’t hire Bannon then we are doomed to CNN doing so.

    I think he’s going to try to find a new billionaire sugar daddy and start a new propaganda rag.

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    Fellow New Englanders and cold climate dwellers, I have a question. After the epic cold of the last two weeks, I noticed some drips and condensation in several places, all over the house (basement and near the attic door) since it started warming up from yesterday. Drips have stopped, should I be worried. The house is well insulated and this didn’t happen last winter.

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    @Steeplejack: OT: I read this post and thought of you for some reason.

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    @Roger Moore: That’s the plan, and then run for President.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I saw that on the other thread, but I have no idea what CNN report is being referenced, so the whole thing makes little sense to me.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled: I had the exact same thought!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: Hope so! Off to look at Cole’s twitter page.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: Dammit, Cole – why don’t we get that sweet photo posted here? What are we, chopped liver?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled: @WaterGirl: I thought the same thing, we were losing another front-pager!

    I think the tweets about personnel reference a story about the stampede for the exits and people being leaned on to make up their minds and give adequate notice if they are leaving, I was more struck by Swan’s admission that being “unequivocally’ assured of something by this gang don’t count for much. I’ve seen him on TV a few times and he’s an arrogant prick, rolling his eyes and interrupting people.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Ha! Thanks.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    A friend of mine lives on Tybee Island and spends hours just about every day taking her little boat out and interacting with the dolphins. After doing this for close to 20 years, she knows most of them individually and they recognize her and introduce their calves to her. She’s not trained in marine mammal biology or anything, but she has a real affinity for the dolphins, and they with her. Just sent her the link to the Guardian story in case she hadn’t seen it. They are so fucking smart.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Roger Moore: Would not surprise me one bit.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I wouldn’t worry about it. My house is doing the same thing. I assume it’s because super cold air can’t hold much humidity at all, and now that it’s warming up the air we’re getting more humidity.

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    lowtechcyclist says:

    @Mnemosyne: Having the book right here:

    man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars, and so on – while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.

    In the tweet, there’s a link to the Guardian piece it’s referring to. Go there, read the whole thing. The tweet is just an appetizer.

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    Ken says:

    @Mnemosyne: Someone else joked, “There are no reports of dolphins attacking humans. So either they’re smart enough to not attack, or they’re really smart and attack only when there will be no survivors.”

    At least, I think it was a joke.

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    chris says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Next time it gets really cold check for ice and drafts in those places. Extra cold air sneaks in through tiny gaps in the insulation/vapour barrier and freezes the moisture in the warm air. Now it’s melting and you have little drips.
    Unless, of course, it’s mouse pee?/

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    @chris: Thanks I have also noticed that the wood floor near the kitchen sink is slightly warped.

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    Another Scott says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Check for water leaks under the sink (and in the plumbing in the basement ceiling (if you have one) under the kitchen). It might be nothing, but water is an excellent solvent… :-(

    Good luck!


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    chris says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Warped is OK, it got wet at some point. Damp and warped is not. Check for leaks under the sink maybe?

    ETA: Too slow! My experience was a small O-ring in the sink drain that let go. Tiny leak for a long time.

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    Roger Moore says:

    I don’t think Bannon wants to be president. He’s the kind of person who prefers to be the power behind the throne to being the one sitting in it.

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    SteveinSC says:

    BREAKING BREAKING—Susan Collins vows to really, Really, REALLY vote with Democrats on net neutrality restoration!!!!!*

    *Pending an offer from Mitch Mcconnell of new highway for Maine

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    Ragbatz says:

    “One dolphin starts (1) tearing pieces of litter into smaller pieces & trading each piece in for a reward …..”

    Ah, gaming a fee for service system.

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    @chris: I don’t see a leak, and only noticed the warping yesterday.

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    chris says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Plumbers check for leaks with toilet paper. Touch the pipes and area around them, if it gets wet…

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    chris says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Another Scott mentioned the basement. I have seen a pinhole leak in an old copper pipe shoot an invisible jet of water across twelve feet of basement. Couldn’t figure out how my workbench got wet til I felt it on my hand.

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    @chris: Will do. The drips in the basement have completely stopped now.

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    Wow, that’s almost crow level of intelligence.

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    jmw says:

    Neoliberal dolphin strikes again.

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    Ken says:


    *Pending an offer from Mitch Mcconnell to consider someday discussing a new highway for Maine

    Let’s be realistic about her principles.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @SteveinSC: @Ken: The edit is perfect.

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    Gvg says:

    @chris: I had to evacuate my apartment, oh 30 years ago because suddenly the carpet was wet. Repairs found that the copper pipes in the walls had sprung 6 different leaks. According to management, when the old copper pipes aged to wear thin, they were thin everywhere. They replaced the pipes and dried the carpet with huge fans. I was too young and timid to make them pay me for losing my apartment for a week.

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    chris says:

    @Gvg: My sister and her spouse had to move out of their brand new condo for three months after they’d been in it for four months. They noticed the hardwood floors buckling and the one of the walls went sorta… soft. Their unit and the two underneath had to be stripped to the studs and refloored because there was mould everywhere to boot. All because of a couple of badly made plumbing connections.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    @chris: Looked him up too. He’s from Australia. Is he by any chance related to Murdoch or is there some pro-conservative reporting gene out there?

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    @Gvg: @chris: You guys are scaring me. These incidents that I am describing only happened in the last 2 days. We have been here for over a year and last year was fine, no drips or leaks etc.

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    Wait what?

    we’re teaching dolphins to kill gulls?!

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    chris says:

    @schrodingers_cat: No worries, it’s probably just because of the extreme cold and condensation. My sister’s place was a disaster because the water couldn’t dry anywhere in the concrete shell so it just kept spreading.

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    chris says:

    @Felanius Kootea: Oz does have its very own RWNJs.

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    mawado says:

    It just dawned on me, the dolphins have a better concept of the future than Republicans.

    I’m gonna see a dolphin about a bourbon.

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    misterpuff says:

    After a fish reward, she goes back down, tears off another piece of paper, gets another fish, and so on. This behaviour is interesting because it shows that Kelly has a sense of the future and delays gratification.

    The Dolphins are more advanced than Drumpy and the GOP.
    No surprise.

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    Wapiti says:

    @PaulWartenberg: Nah. They’re training each other to kill gulls. They’re both protected species so it’s all good.

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    Stardus614 says:

    The dolphin is an entrepreneur working within an aquatic system of capitalism, Also, it is clearly a much better negotiator than the shitgibbon currently polluting the oval office.

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