Thursday Night Open Thread

Tomorrow is a big day for the Mueller investigation, with the Cohen sentencing document dropping. I have a full day of stuff I have to deal with so I will probably not catch it live, but I do think there is one thing to remember that seems to have been forgotten- Cohen recorded Trump, and the FBI and Mueller have it. We might learn what was in those recordings tomorrow.

In other news, the fundraiser is still ongoing, you can click paypal to the right or below or email me for a snail mail address.

As I stated, we are entertaining bids from multiple web developers, and some of you have mentioned you have someone in mind who may be interested. That’s great, but this time around we are moving away from friends, family, boyfriend/girlfriend/ fiance, etc. If you know of a web developed you would recommend, send me the email/web address, and we will contact them and they can put together a bid after we go through their portfolio.

Finally, it is still not too late to submit pet pics. Use the email to the right and submit them asap.

I have a dental appointment tomorrow and I am not thrilled about it. Just a routine check-up cleaning, but as I age every time I go to a doctor they manage to find something else broken. Going to the doctor anymore is like opening up the wall in an old house you are renovating- “do I really want to know what is going on back there?”






53 replies
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    Pogonip says:

    I’m putting off getting a crown till the temporary filling gives up the ghost. Those darn crowns are expensive.

    How’s Lily?

    Hungry Joe, how are you and your dog?

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    John Cole says:

    @Pogonip: Lily is a god damned angel.

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    Jay Noble says:

    There is specullation the Flynn has some tapes too and don’t forget Omarosa has recording too!

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Going to the doctor anymore is like opening up the wall in an old house you are renovating- “do I really want to know what is going on back there?”

    Let’s hope there is no asbestos in there, or otherwise you will pay through the nose (or mouth) for its removal.

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    I gotta nephew who is great with the cyber. You oughta give him a call.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    Have you considered asking young Barron Trump, boy genius?

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    Happy to help you evaluate portfolios.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    Side note for an open thread: The original developers of Fallout have announced a new fallout-ish game tonight called “The Outer Worlds”, set on space colonies. It looks good:

    https://kotaku.com/obsidians-next-game-the-outer-worlds-is-basically-fal-1830918400

    If you played it, they made Fallout: New Vegas which is well known for having amazing writing and choice.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Yeah. I’m only in my 30s and I feel like this most of the time. And have had to pay for asbestos removal once or twice.:/

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @MisterForkbeard:
    I’ll second that Fallout: New Vegas recommendation. I’ve never been able to get into games like Fallout, but I love the stories and lore. I’d absolutely love to see either a pre-war Fallout game involving a detective/agent investigating the Enclave/Vault-Tec or one set immediately after the nuclear holocaust has happened.

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    eemom says:

    as I age every time I go to a doctor they manage to find something else broken. Going to the doctor anymore is like opening up the wall in an old house you are renovating- “do I really want to know what is going on back there?”

    Just wait till yer my age. Don’t need to go to the doc….parts fall off every morning when you get out of bed.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @MisterForkbeard:
    I’m in my 20s and I feel old compared to when I was a young child. It hurts to get on my knees on a hard surface anymore and get back up.

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    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: New Vegas didn’t quite grab me, I tried a couple times.

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    Kay says:

    Tomorrow is a big day for the Mueller investigation

    Oh, yay. My family bonds around Trump legal problems- we text one another when there’s what we call “developments”

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    Yarrow says:

    @John Cole: Can we have a Lily picture? She is the sweetest.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Kay: Warm up your texting fingers. They’re going to be busy tomorrow.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Kay:
    😁😁😁😊😊

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    rikyrah says:

    @Yarrow:
    Lily and others…animal pictures are always welcome😍😍

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Major Major Major Major: New Vegas’first few hours weren’t that good, tbh. I liked it (especially if you turned on survival mode) but it doesn’t get really interesting until maybe 1/3 of the way through the game. Or the DLCs, those are excellent. But I know several people who didn’t like it, so YMMV.

    They also did Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, which is my favorite Star Wars story. And Tyranny, which was a really novel premise.

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    Another Scott says:

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: I’ve been telling my Mom “I feel old” since I turned 25. She’s about 35 years older than me, so that must have been annoying.

    I guess you never completely grow out of being a brat, you know?

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Did you ever play Fallout 3 or 4? My best friend in high school loved the 3rd Fallout game. I liked Fallout 4 for it’s fish out of water plot where your pre-war character is cryogenically frozen and wakes up in the future. Though it gets shit on, I like it for the twist at the end, which I won’t spoil even though the game is 3 years old now.

    I also thought it was very prescient with the synths storyline and I thought Maxson’s Brotherhood of Steel was a perfect Hitler/Nazi analogue. I was disgusted by the apparent support they got with real people back when.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    anybody watching CNN?

    on Lemon @ donlemon
    15m15 minutes ago
    We were evacuated in the middle of my live show. Bomb threat. We’re running taped programming. NYPD is investigating. Stay tuned. #cnn #nypd

    ETA: More

    Holly Figueroa O’Reilly @ AynRandPaulRyan
    9m9 minutes ago
    At 7:08 PM, Trump tweeted “FAKE NEWS – THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
    At 7:42 PM, CNN was evacuated.

    Words matter.

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    lamh36 says:

    Forget bout all dat…

    I GOT A 96% (192/200points) ON MY TERM PAPER!!!

    ooh if I get a REALLY good grade on the final quiz…i could end up with a LOW A!!!
    even without the last quiz…I’ve got a B

    https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/1070865126671204352?s=21

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    @lamh36: nice!!

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: I loved 3, but how much of that was just excitement at the return of the franchise? 4 I played and found too meandering. Then a year later I picked it back up, relocated the plot, and started enjoying it again. Was very happy to return for Far Harbor. But it’s not an amazing game.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @MisterForkbeard:
    LOL I guess not.

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    tobie says:

    @lamh36: Congratulations!

    A propos tomorrow’s sentencing document: I’m assuming there will be a heavily redacted addendum, which will mean Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus deferred. Maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised. Good luck at the dentist, Cole!

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    Isn’t there a gaming kerfuffle about the latest Fallout not being ready for prime time?

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    Ken says:

    @Another Scott: IIRC, MIT applied a machine learning algorithm to social media, and ended up with a sociopathic computer. It had “learned” that hateful, violent content maximized the number of responses and “thumbs up”.

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:
    Congratulations👏👏👏

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @lamh36: Rock on! That’s a hell of a score

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    Ken says:

    @tobie: I kind of enjoy playing mad libs with the redacted posts. “Individual 1 then ________ at Individual 2 (STONE) while shouting ‘I said to _______, not pay her off!’ Now I have to call Putin and tell him to ______ her too, and I still owe him _____ for the last time.”

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @NotMax: Yeah. Fallout 76 is a sort of side story, and its multiplayer centric. It launched with a number of standard MMO bugs and the standard Bethesda bugs, which meant it was pretty buggy.

    But it’s not as bad as the current gaming zeitgeist wants to say it is. Shitting on the game is just sort of the cool thing to do right now, but I’m having a lot of fun with it playing as a explorer.

    Oh, and as long as we’re talking post apocalyptic games here, Mutant: Year Zero just came out. It’s a tactical RPG based on an old 80s tabletop game, and its relatively cheap at $35 and pretty great for the price. Hell, your main character is an anthropomorphoc pigman who is kind of pissed he’s a pigman. Interesting at least l.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    It’s not. Fallout: New Vegas was, according to a lot of fans.
    @MisterForkbeard:

    What do you, as a Fallout fan think of a pre-war Fallout game set in the waning days of a decadent, dying civilization?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @lamh36:

    Congratulations! Way to nail it.

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    khead says:

    @NotMax:

    There are…. Issues. And it’s not quite what Bethesda promised or, uh, suggested even.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: Calling it “Fallout: America 2020”?

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: I think that’d be fine, but I don’t think I’d trust Bethesda’s interpretation of it. One of the common criticisms of the Fallout universe (as made by Bethesda) is that while the original two games were placed in a world that was “What if the 50’s vision of the future was true, and then a nuclear apocalypse happened?” while Bethesda’s interpretation has been “Culture never evolved from the 50s, got even MORE kitschy and the microprocessor was never invented,then the nuclear apocalypse happened?”.

    The original devs had a much more interesting vision and I would have liked to have seen their 2077.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @lamh36:

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations!

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @MisterForkbeard:
    I’ve seen fan interpretations that say that the culture did evolve, but had regressed due to nostalgia within the last few decades before the Great War. It was the government’s way to boost morale by reminding the population of happier times.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @MisterForkbeard:
    I’ve also always been curious what would have befallen the Fallout world if they had managed to avert war and solve their energy problems. If memory serves, they were very close to a post-scarcity world.

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    Sab says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷: Just you wait until your knees dont work. I am insanely healthy for a person in their sixties, and I absolutely cant squat down to look at something or pick something up and then stand up with anything approaching dignity.

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    Aleta says:

    @lamh36: That’s fantastic!

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    Aleta says:

    WaPo, Travis M. Andrews
    Kevin Hart announced on Twitter early Friday morning that he was stepping down from hosting this year’s Oscars ceremony after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked him to apologize for a number of his old tweets that used homophobic language, which he initially refused to do.

    “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” Hart tweeted. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

    Earlier in the evening, he posted an Instagram video in which he refused to apologize for the tweets.

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    Aleta says:

    billy eichner @billyeichner
    This is not good. A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple. Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men. On the surface it may not look like it. Underneath, it’s far more complicated.

    billy eichner @billyeichner
    I’m no saint. We just wanted a little understanding, a little explanation. Apologies are tough – they leave you vulnerable. Toxic masculinity is real. I deal with it in my own way too. So on that note, I appreciate @KevinHart4real apologizing. And apology accepted. That’s all.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Aleta:

    It sounds like some of Hart’s friends finally convinced him that he was being an ass and needed to apologize. I’m glad that he did and made it a full apology.

    Now where do we go to petition the Academy to make Tiffany Haddish the host instead?

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    J R in WV says:

    @lamh36:

    So glad you are doing well, it’s a technical class, ins’t it? You better get that A if you want to keep basking in the total approval of Top jackal 1000 bloggers!!! ;-)

    Hang in there and learn the secrets of the universe, or at least a tiny slice of it. Or a piece you can use to work with.

    Hang in there and suck up all the know-how you can get your eyes on! And best of luck with the rest of it~!!!

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    Aleta says:

    @Mnemosyne: That’s a good idea, Tiffany Haddish.

    I didn’t know what Billy Eichner meant by “Toxic masculinity is real. I deal with it in my own way too.’ re: apologies. I looked it up and it seems to be a term made up by men. Not meaning that ‘masculinity is toxic,’ but describing Western cultural expectations of how men should act (be tough, insist on higher status than others, dominate, apologies make you look weak). It might have come from the Good Men Project. Some gay men say it’s internalized for them too. I think my older sister adopted it in order to advance in an Army-dominated work environment.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Aleta:

    I’ve seen feminists use the term “toxic masculinity” before, and it seems to mean exactly what you said — cultural expectations that are put onto men that are harmful both to them and to our society at large. “Boys Don’t Cry” and all that.

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    Aleta says:

    Twenty-four employees at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey were taken to hospital after a robot accidentally punctured a can of bear repellant.

    The 255g can containing concentrated capsaicin, a compound in chilli peppers, was punctured by an automated machine after it fell off a shelf, according to local media.

    Obviously a cover up for a bear-detecting robot they had on site that misread the environment.

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    Aleta says:

    Twenty-four employees at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey were taken to hospital after a robot accidentally punctured a can of bear repellant.

    The 255g can containing concentrated capsaicin, a compound in chilli peppers, was punctured by an automated machine after it fell off a shelf, according to local media.

    Obviously a cover up for a bear-detecting robot they had on site that misread the environment.

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