Monday Night Open Thread

My new thing is to try to get good pictures of Rosie. They’re not very easy to get because she shares both my disposition and my feeling about cameras, but I got two good ones tonight:

She looks rather peaceful and happy, which lasted all of about ten seconds because I moved in for a close shot and she immediately started to look away because she was just OVER my shit:

She’s a good dog.

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    And a comfy-looking bed to boot, good for her.

    I guess I’ll just postpone my Samwise thread then :)

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    Aleta says:

    That’s beautiful picture.

    Foolish question, you probably turn the camera sound off on your phone/device to take her picture right? My dog avoided the phone and ipad like mad when it was pointed at him because he hated that noise. Eventually I tuned in to the reason and turned it off.

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    NotMax says:

    Open thread? Curioser and curioser.

    A model and escort from Belarus who caused a sensation by claiming to have information linking Russian interference to the election of President Donald Trump said Monday that she no longer has the evidence and will not talk about it.

    Anastasia Vashukevich, who also uses the name Nastya Rybka, pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting and conspiracy to solicit in a court appearance in the Thai resort city of Pattaya to prepare for her trial along with seven co-defendants. Lawyers will submit legal submissions at another hearing next week at which the court is expected to set a date for testimony to begin.

    Vashukevich, Russian self-styled sex guru Alexander Kirillov and six other people were arrested at a sex training seminar in Pattaya in February and have been in custody ever since. All the defendants, who could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, pleaded not guilty.

    Vashukevich told The Associated Press that she had turned over audio recordings to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whose conversations about election interference she claimed to have taped.

    She has said she provided “escort” services to Deripaska, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and who has links to Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager now being tried in the United States on money laundering and other charges.

    Speaking to an AP reporter in the courtroom in Pattaya, Vashukevich said she had promised Deripaska she would no longer speak on the matter, and that he had already promised her something in return for not making that evidence public. Source

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @NotMax: This is surprising to anyone?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    She’s a beauty.

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    PJ says:

    @Adam L Silverman: It’s surprising she’s still alive.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @PJ: I’m a bit surprised. Most likely part of the deal with Derispaska is that he pays to keep her alive in jail and he pays to buy her out of the charges.

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    NotMax says:

    On the more positive news front –

    And then there’s Maud.

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    PJ says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Maybe there was some evidence in the hands of third-parties that would have come out in the event of her sudden demise.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @PJ: I do not know.

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    jnfr says:

    So good to see Rosie! Has she relaxed with you all over time?

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    Doug R says:

    Woman at Trudeau function heckles Justin about paying for “illegal immigrants”, Trudeau calls her racist:

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    spudgun says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Aww, don’t wait too long – I love Samwise pix! He’s a handsome boy–

    Rosie is such a sweetie-boo – glad you’ve been able to snag some photos, John.

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    Bill Arnold says:

    Another good Paul Krugman piece; related to the one a couple of days ago (18 Aug).
    The G.O.P.’s Climate of Paranoia (Aug. 20, 2018)

    In short, if you followed the evolution of the G.O.P.’s position on climate change (not that Republicans believe in evolution, either), you shouldn’t be surprised at the party’s intellectual and moral collapse under Trump. For Republicans, ignorance has been strength for a long time.

    He also includes an interesting point about bad faith arguments and a common characteristic of people who make them:

    There’s also, I believe, an additional relevant lesson from the climate story: the special rage of those who knowingly act in bad faith.

    Climate denial is a deeply cynical enterprise; the people misrepresenting evidence and sifting through emails for “gotcha” quotes have to know that they’re not being honest. Yet their rage against “elitists” who continue to point out inconvenient truths is very real…

    Also of interest is a Eric Levitz NYMag piece today(?): Trump’s Base Has Become Too Delusional for the GOP’s Own Good

    For decades now, the conservative movement has sought to keep its core voters confined to a carefully curated media ecosystem — one where the Democratic Party is a Marxist-Islamist organization, America is the world’s most over-taxed nation, illegal immigrants bear sole responsibility for the stagnation of middle-class wages (and/or all violent crime), and there’s never been a better time to buy gold coins.

    Original has a bunch of hyperlinks. It manages to cover similar territory without mentioning climate change. TBH, I have a hard time with mental modeling of people who can (and do) coerce their minds to Believe such arguments.

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    rikyrah says:

    Awe 😍
    So beautiful 😄 😍

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    Platonailedit says:

    Anyone else po’ed that the mobile version of bj has been shitcanned? It was much stabler than desktop.

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    Suzanne says:

    Rosie-Roo! She’s the best. She looks adorable.

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    jl says:

    Thanks for Rosiepix. At first, she probably thought Cole was bringing more fish. Was on to his tricks by the second shot.

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    Beautifulplumage says:

    Look at Rosie’s bright eyes and lovely paw action. Great pic!

    OT: Puget Sound had a brief break from the forest fire smoke over the weekend, but now it’s back and raining little ash bits. Very eerie, red sun & moon, and not changing until Wednesday.

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    Jay says:

    @Doug R:

    Storm Alliance are Nazi’s.

    I wish the CBC would stop pussyfooting around on that issue.


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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Thai gaols are are bit like 18th Century gaols.

    They can be a hellhole, or with the application of a bit of baht they can be converted into, if not luxury, then at least a Motel 6.

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    Fair Economist says:

    Good news! University of North Carolina students topple treason monument protected by Republican legislators.

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    Kelly says:

    @Beautifulplumage: The smoke has been slowly building here in the Willamette Valley since sometime last night. We’re also looking forward to Wednesday’s fresh air off the Pacific. I’ve seen reports of smoke today even on the Coast.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    The new version is kind of okay on my phone, but it won’t load on my iPad that has a much older version of iOS on it. It just keeps trying to reload until it fails.

    It’s the fucking video ads. They keep force reloading the page. I sent Cole screenshots of the 3 I could see earlier.

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    @NotMax: Maud, Baud …

    Who can tell the difference?

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    L85NJGT says:

    “I’m not a Democrat,” said another Abilene voter. “But I’m sure as heck not voting for Ted Cruz.”

    Can we deport him to Canada?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice:
    Maud & Baud? They need a third: Daungerous To Know.

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    @Amir Khalid: Shhhh, that’s jl’s code name.

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    Mary G says:

    Thanks for the Rosie pix, they are excellent. She looks so much healthier these days.

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    L85NJGT says:

    @Bill Arnold:

    I just read someone’s defense of coal power on strategic grounds. They used the phrase “the bad guys”. Trump diehards have the critical thinking skills of an eight year old on a sugar rush, and have no grasp of the multiple factors pulling their worldview apart. They just interpret Trump as promising no change.

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    NotMax says:


    Space Force will run entirely on coal.


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    EBT says:

    Whoo was a good birthday overall.
    Some kind soul got me a new keyboard; and my nerdy friends ended up getting me a total of 6 booster boxes, and a fat pack.

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    jl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: The Maud is a fitting simple of Baud 2016!, Baud 2020! and probably all future Baud campaigns. Try to show some respect for the great wrecks of history (including me!), young man.

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    jl says:

    @Fair Economist: I read about Silent Sam earlier today. It was one of the hundreds of mass produced anonymous yeoman Confederate soldier statues put up. IIRC, it was put up in 1913, for Jim Crow and white supremacy, not really to commemorate any real Civil War history. Not much of a loss.

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    @jl: Oh silly jl, the Baud!2020 campaign will not be an old sea going wreck, it’ll be a coal fired space ship.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Someone should mention that coal-fired spaceships are 19th century, Jules Verne-era tech.

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    @Amir Khalid: We have to show sensitivity to the good voters of West By God Virginia.

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    Reminded of Boilerplate (and others of his ilk), one of the earliest and greatest internet faux history sites.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @L85NJGT: you broke him, you bought him

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    DEMcDermott says:


    May I suggest the following for capturing great photo’s of anxious/agile quadrupeds: Video them and then scan through the individual frames until you find the best (there may be many, this is a Warning) and do a screen save. Then delete the video, or save it if you want. Also works great with bipedal hominids and other forms of wonder in nature.

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    GregL190 says:

    Their good dogs, Brunt.

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