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Friday 16th of August 2019

R.I.P. Peter Fonda. Peter Fonda, ‘Easy Rider’ Actor and Screenwriter, Is Dead at 79

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Thursday 15th of August 2019

“The war in Afghanistan has become America’s longest war not because U.S. security interests necessitate it, nor because the battlefield realities are insurmountable, but because of inertia.“ Overcoming Inertia: Why It’s Time to End the War in Afghanistan

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Wednesday 7th of August 2019

“In any other business, hard work is something to behold. Why not in film performance?” Nicolas Cage on his legacy, his philosophy of acting and his metaphorical — and literal — search for the Holy Grail.

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Tuesday 6th of August 2019

“The data on bananas causing suicide is about as conclusive,” said Dr. Ferguson. “Literally. The numbers work out about the same.” Politicians Again Blame Video Games for Shootings, Despite Evidence

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Times: Shootings Spur Debate on Extremism and Guns, With Trump on Defense

Alexander Burns writing in the paper of record:

The politics of American gun violence follow a predictable pattern in most cases: outraged calls for action from the left, somber gestures of sympathy from the right, a subdued presidential statement delivered from a prepared text — and then, in a matter of days or even hours, a national turning of the page to other matters.

But after a white supremacist gunman massacred 22 people in El Paso, the political world hurtled on Monday toward a more expansive, and potentially more turbulent, confrontation over racist extremism.

What we need–at the very least–is a dialogue. Unfortunately, the NRA-types are unwilling to even discuss our nation’s massive problem of gun violence. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m a libertarian for fuck’s sake, so I’m squarely in the ‘2nd Amendment Supporter’ corner. But, what I’m not is a fucking ostrich sticking my head in the sand*.

The writing’s on the wall, people: seventy percent (70%) of Americans do not own a single firearm of any kind — not even grandpa’s old hunting rifle kept in a rifle case in the attic. And when those 70% get good and fed up with the gun violence, and the NRA-types aren’t even willing to discuss the situation, those 70% will take unilateral action and none of us 2nd Amendment supporters are going to like it one little bit.

Here’s a radical idea: let’s talk this out like grown-ups, shall we? Who knows, maybe we can find some common ground, and make our nation safer for ourselves and our children.

yeah, in a minute…
* Yes, yes, I know that otriches don’t really stick their heads in the sand, but stick with me here, okay?

Holy Shit! Man Walks on Moon +50 Years

As you no doubt well know by now, today marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Lightyear, er uh, that is to say, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walked upon the surface of the Moon 50 years ago today, while astronaut Michael Collins orbitted the Moon in the CSM.

There’s no shortage of web coverage for this anniversary, so I’ll just link to NASA’s “Apollo 50th” site (above).

Remembering the great Steve McNair 10 years after his tragic death

Jim Wyatt at TitansOnline.com:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ten years after his tragic death, quarterback Steve McNair remains in the minds of Titans fans, especially on this day.

Indeed. As always, the 4th of July is bittersweet for a Titans fan: while I revel in the memory of Steve “Air” McNair’s amazing performances, I still shake my head in bewilderment at a life taken far too soon.

Saturday 1st of June 2019

Working a little in my home office this morning and just got a phone call—I don’t think I’ve ever before had a phone call ring simultaneously on my iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac mini. Wow!

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Washington Post: Trump’s prized Doral resort is in steep decline, according to company documents, showing his business problems are mounting

David A. Fahrenthold and Jonathan O’Connell:

The troubles at Trump Doral — detailed here for the first time, based on documents and video obtained under Florida’s public-records law — suggest the Trump Organization’s problems are bigger than previously known. This is also the first known case in which a Trump Organization representative has publicly acknowledged the president’s name has hurt business.

The decline at Doral is especially significant because the resort had seemed better insulated from political backlash than other Trump properties, protected by its place in golf’s history, by its recent renovations, and by its location in a booming state that Trump won in 2016.

It wasn’t.

Reason Roundup: White House Seeks Social Media Sob Stories from Conservative Snowflakes

Elizabeth Nolan Brown at reason.com:

Was someone mean to you on Twitter? The White House wants to know about it. As of Wednesday, a new tool on the White House website allows visitors to report suspected “political bias” from social media companies. “Too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies,” the site says.

[…]

The White House is portraying the initiative as an effort to defend free speech.

Its tempting to merely laugh at this sort of absurdity, to gawk at the blubbering fools who spent years ranting about easily-triggered liberal “snowflakes” only to literally make it a federal matter when their Facebook account gets suspended. And sure, the self-owning MAGAservative chorus of “No one liked my tweet, I must be shadowbanned!” is a special delicacy.

[…]

The saddest part is that so many Republicans are proving themselves willing to go along with it, out of ignorance or convenience or both. They’ll throw away the whole open internet, their own First Amendment freedoms, and everyone else’s because, by golly, they want those anti-speech snowflakes on the left to see conservatives’ sick AOC memes in their timelines one way or other.