A.M. Links: Ted Cruz is Still Talking Obamacare, US Drone Base Moving Out of Djibouti, Rare Photograph of Abraham Lincoln Discovered

  • abraham lincoln was a good old manLibrary of CongressTed Cruz started his non-filibuster speech on the Senate floor against Obamacare yesterday and is still talking. Some Republicans are worried the strategy will backfire.
  • Forty state attorneys general wrote a letter to the FDA urging the agency to regulate e-cigarettes, for the children.
  • Disney World canceled a program that let disabled children get in front of lines after an outcry over the resale market for those privileges.
  • A series of drone crashes there have forced the US to move its fleet out of Djibouti.
  • Iran’s new president avoided the anti-Israeli rhetoric that was typical of his predecessor at his first UN speech, but the Israeli delegation walked out anyway. On the sidelines, Hasan Rouhani met with the French president but not with President Obama.
  • A joint statement by eleven Islamist rebel groups in Syria rejects the authority of the National Coalition, the main rebel umbrella group in the country.
  • Canada and Japan agreed in principle on setting up a Canadian military logistics base on Japanese territory.
  • The death toll in Pakistan’s magnitude 7.7 earthquake has risen to at least 230.
  • A shipment of gold headed from Paris to Zurich on an Air France flight arrived 44 kilograms short. Authorities suspect the apparent theft was an inside job.
  • A former Disney animator has found the second photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg ever discovered. The animator said when he discovered the blurry image he felt like he knew Lincoln and that the former president was a good man.

Follow Reason and Reason 24/7 on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.  You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here. Have a news tip? Send it to us!

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Ted Cruz started his non-filibuster speech on the Senate floor against Obamacare last night and is still talking.

    You know who else was just like Hitler?

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    Himmler?

  • ora44||

    Start working at home with Google. It’s the most-financialy rewarding I've ever done. On tuesday I got a gorgeous BMW after having earned $7439 this last month. I actually started five months/ago and practically straight away was bringin in at least $74, per-hour. visit this site right here www.Pow6.com
    (WORK LESS EARN MORE)

  • Snark Plissken||

    Adolf Schicklgruber?

  • Rich||

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    You mean there was another world leader who advocated corporatism, large-scale infrastructure construction, and persecuting ethnic minorities?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Other than Obama?

  • SIV||

  • Brett L||

    Point of Order: Is using Stalin, Pol Pot or Mao just and equivalent reductio ad Hitlerum?

  • Anomalous||

    No, it's reductio ad Stalinum.

  • Art Vandelay||

    Mr Pitt?

    "And our stock will rise HIGH!"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Some Republicans are worried the strategy will backfire.

    Can't we all just go along to get along?

  • Ted S.||

    Some Republicans are worried the strategy will backfire.

    Name them.

    Well, I could guess which ones: McConnell, McCain, and Lindsey Graham for starters.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Collins, if you're defining Republican loosely.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Since there's no ideological standards anymore, it's anyone registered to vote as one.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    What's Peter King? Chopped liver?

  • fish||

    Yes! Left out in the sun for an afternoon.

  • SugarFree||

    And raped by a parade of stray dogs.

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    OK, I laughed pretty darn hard at that one...

  • SweatingGin||

    Cody Wilson shows up in the New Yorker talking about Bitcoin

    Author makes it a fairly objective, almost informative article, until the end.
    And then, boom. Right off the rails, complete with a false "illicit gun into
    the desert".

    Spoiler: ROADZ makes an appearance.

  • robc||

    I currently own .01311 bit coins.

    $1.63 at current conversion rate.

    Im rich!

  • db||

    I don't understand why you feel the need to tell us every time you get paid for a blow job.

  • SweatingGin||

    I could very easily gamble away all my bitcoin holdings on Satoshi Dice.

  • robc||

    I got all of mine on Seals with Clubs.

    btc is entirely for online poker purposes.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Disney World canceled a program that let disabled children get in front of lines after an outcry over the resale market for those privileges.

    Isn't it easier to wait in line in a wheelchair?

  • sarcasmic||

    'Sexist' gorilla sent for therapy after biting one female and sneering at others
    Patrick, a 430lb Western lowland gorilla, is to be sent to live in his own bachelor pad after failing to socialise with other animals
    Staff at his new home at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in South Carolina are known for working with gorillas with behavioural problems
    The hand-reared ape only ever engaged with one other gorilla, Jabari, who was shot dead after escaping and injuring three people in 2004


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....emale.html
    Poor gorilla. His only fried was killed by the police.

  • sarcasmic||

    *friend*

  • Rich||

    Also, friend chicken.

  • Brett L||

    Maybe he thinks cops look like female gorillas.

  • Anomalous||

    Damn dirty ape!

  • Matrix||

    Native American grandmas capture flag from Neo-Nazis in North Dakota

    Yeah, it is technically property theft, but fuck the neo-nazi douchebags.

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    I hate Illinois North Dakota Nazis.

  • fish||

    Goddamn but I can't wait to see what the "FAIL" guys are going to do with that photo!

  • Michael S. Langston||

    It's never to late...

  • Brett L||

    At what point does openly stating that they wouldn't respect your rights if they could take over the government a violation of the NAP?

  • CE||

    Democracy always sounds like a great idea, until you're outnumbered.

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    If you're counting coup what point does this give you?

  • Spoonman.||

    If you're an old lady? That has got to be 1000 points.

  • JW||

    They won the game!

  • sarcasmic||

    Monaco meets Harlem! Michelle Obama welcomes glamorous Princess Charlene to New York reception for first wives


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....wives.html
    Look at the princess recoil from the wookie's touch.

  • Rich||

    recoil from the wookie's touch

    Nice band name.

  • SugarFree||

    Really more of an album title.

  • KMA Too||

    Hey, don't knock the simple "Wookie's touch" for a band name.


    Less is more, and all that.

  • Tonio||

    I recall reading that it was bad form to touch (incl handshakes) English royalty without a specific invitation. Presuming that this might also be the protocol with royals from other countries. It's also possible that the Princess has met very few black people, Monaco not having had any colonies.

    Also, testing posting after the Great Squirrel Insurrection of 9/24/13.

  • Pelosi's Accommodator||

    She was raised in Africa.

  • Tonio||

    Didn't know that. So she married into royalty?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Royalty are such pussies these days. In the old days, you'd go up, slap the monarch as hard as possible, and challenge him to a duel. . .of drinking whatever your people happened to ferment.

  • Pelosi's Accommodator||

    Married to an Olympic swimmer twenty years your junior...it's good to be the prince.

  • Tonio||

    Ah...thanks.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Royals are like the cops: They don't like it when commoners touch them.

    Since the wookie's SS guys are much tougher than the princess' guys, nobody got hurt.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Rich||

  • ||

    Um, no. Unless you're in Sweden.

  • Rich||

    Please, Ma'am. Look at the flowchart!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Totally relevant and related, this bit about Hendrix.

    No, it is relevant--keep reading.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The animator said when he discovered the blurry image he felt like he knew Lincoln and that the former president was a good man.

    Yeah that's pretty much every low information voter in a nutshell.

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    Feeeelings, nothing more than feeeeelings!

  • CE||

    Only good men wear tall hats made of animal skins.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Are Robots Killing The Middle Class?



    The economy grows, innovation ratchets up — but jobs do not. Even during the 2000s, when productivity grew at a faster pace than it had in decades, median income declined slightly. Is creative destruction breaking the middle class? Has technology outpaced our ability to adapt? Are robots destroying the prospects of a vibrant future?

    Maybe. But the theory has a few holes.

    For starters, technology always kills jobs. American industry did not stumble upon innovation in 2007. The first ATM machine was installed in 1969, after all, and some of you may never have spoken to a live bank teller. Are today’s modernizations really more disruptive than those hatched during the first half of the 20th century or the Industrial Revolution? It seems unlikely that Facebook is a bigger game-changer than the mass production of the automobile.
  • Matrix||

    Luddites, unite!

  • Bee Tagger||

    Are Robots Killing The Middle Class?

    Fine, I'll see that movie.

  • ||

    Hey, baby, wanna kill all humans?
    /Bender

  • robc||

    The Humans are dead.

    /FotC

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    Affirmative. I poked one, it was dead.

  • Drake||

    Taxes are killing the middle class.

  • Matrix||

    I have it on good authority that taxing the middle class more will make them more prosperous.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    multiplier effect

  • Ted S.||

    I think one of Asimov's laws prevents the robots from killing the middle class.

  • UnCivilServant||

    These were never implemented.

  • fish||

    Because....Republicans!

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    SEKWESTER!

  • Fluffy||

    This author obviously missed my paper, published here in the comments, proving that median household income only appears to be dropping because household size is dropping.

    So fuck robots, man.

  • CE||

    They don't have that kind of robot yet.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    The first ATM machine

    Good job, federalist.

  • UnCivilServant||

    ATMs are not all that useful. Most of the time I have to visit the ATM, then go inside and get the demoninations I actually want from the Tellers.

  • sarcasmic||

    Was an American security team inside Kenya massacre mall? Harvard graduate claims she was rescued by 'Americans' after she saw man sat next to her shot dead


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....icans.html
    Second pic. Can you tell who's security and who's police?

  • The DerpRider||

    Welp. The one on the right with his finger on the trigger and about to shoot a fleeing civilian screams cop to me.

  • sarcasmic||

    That's what I was thinking.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Did one of them look like Bruce Campbell?

  • Adam.||

    Chuck Finley?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yeah, that guy.

  • sarcasmic||

    CNBC host under fire for adopting Indian accent and asking if rupees 'were good at 7-Eleven' on air


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....leven.html
    Well? Are they? Article doesn't say.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Accents on-air are only acceptable when discussing foreign foods.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Or if they're white lower-class accents, since then you're attacking an acceptable target.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Only if there are 7-11s open in india, which are probably run by American immigrants.

  • Fluffy||

    When will Madonna be published for her ongoing routine mocking English accents?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Your sweet, sweet morning butthurt:

    PopSci: Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments
    ...If you carry out those results to their logical end--commenters shape public opinion; public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded--you start to see why we feel compelled to hit the "off" switch.
    Even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader's perception of a story.

    A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science....

  • Matrix||

    Shorter PopSci:
    "Commenters don't agree with us on anthropogenic global warming, therefore, we won't allow people to comment."

    Take your ball and go home.

  • fish||

    The Cartman Protocol!

    http://tinyurl.com/screw-yu-guys

  • CE||

    Even shorter PopSci:

    We would rather watch our traffic drop to 1994 levels than to let people rip our faulty logic in public.

  • Brett L||

    Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television.

    Mendaciously saying that the points on the graph all fall in the "95% certainty distribution" while failing to note that they are all on one side of the distribution is problematic. I don't think its wrong at all to say that we would not expect all of the last 200 monthly measures to diversge in the same direction increasingly further away from the trend line. It is statistically possible, but about like winning the lottery. The drift from the fit has a trend, which is not a standard deviation at all.

  • Ted S.||

    public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded

    As we'll see starting next Tuesday when businesses all over the country feel complelled to wear pink or be seen as wanting women to die.

    I suggested several years back that the NFL spend October focusing on raising awareness of pancreatic cancer in honor of Gene Upshaw, and last year suggested leukemia in honor of Colts' coach Chuck Pagano, and the answer I get is pretty much, "Don't you like breasts?!?!?"

    But that's not the sort of public opinion they're interested in now, is it?

  • Swiss Servator, Helvetica FTW!||

    "Don't you like breasts?!?!?"

    Certainly.

    But I am fairly sure that there is close to total "awareness" that breast cancer exists and you can be screened, etc. Not so much for other cancers, as you rightfully suggested.

  • Mainer2||

    I'm more of an ass man.
    In fact many people have told me..
    You're an ass, man.

  • Snark Plissken||

    Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again.

    Gee, almost like the Age of Enlightenment, and look how that turned how. Can't have those fractious minorities sowing doubt among the converted educated.

  • CE||

    The origins of climate change? Didn't the climate change a lot more before permanent human settlements started than it has since?

  • Tonio||

    Yeah, the scientific community was warned repeatedly at the beginning of the AGW thing that this would negatively affect their credibility for at least a generation. Of course they didn't listen, and are now seeing the fulfillment of that warning.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Good point - it demonstrates statists are statists and never conclude that their knowingly faulty arguments could soe seeds of mistrust.

    Nope- like the NSA - what's the problem with the NSA? Listen to statists and they'll tell you - Snowden is the problem and people shouldn't be "angry".

    Same here - why don't people believe scientists as much as they used to? Not because for years these same scientists have been peddling misery after misery, none of which has come to fruition.

    Nope - it's because people are stupid and easily influenced by other stupid people.

    How to fix both problems? Make sure people don't know what's going on or ensure people aren't allowed to have an influence over it.

    That'll show 'em to trust us!

  • Fluffy||

    Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again.

    Last time I checked, the scientific method said that everything is always up for grabs always and forever.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I think the problem for many of them is that they decided to treat this like they do discussions of evolution vs. creationism or the Moon hoaxers--dismiss the skeptics out of hand because what they're attacking is so clearly established.

    But, see, that's not at all the case with AGW or even with a lot of other climatology. Skepticism here is completely warranted and completely reasonable.

  • Brett L||

    The other difference being that evidence may be found by anyone seeking it that evolution is the "theory" that is consistent with all the facts that we have, and that the simpler proposition is that those giant rockets that shot off the pad out of sight really DID go to the moon, because GPS works.

  • AlexInCT||

    Religious fanatics, and have no doubt that AGW is a cult, will not tolerate dissent. As I have told every single one of these buffoons I have had conversations with recently about the death spiral their cult is in, due to the fact their political masters used the “chicken little” approach to cow the masses, it’s about time this stupid cult that refuses to respect the scientific process and only offers progressive/collectivist political solutions to what clearly would call for an engineering/technological one, died a horrible death.

    I was nice though and told them not to give up hope and to go invent a new crisis to blame man for. They can then sell the same stupid and blatantly political progressive solutions.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Canada and Japan agreed in principle on setting up a Canadian military logistics base on Japanese territory.

    As long as it's not the other way around.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    Canada should ride the US's military welfare as far as they can. Why does Canada need a base in Japan?

  • UnCivilServant||

    For the inevitable invasion of mainland china by the Canadian Caribou Corps. (They have not acutally used Caribou since the invention of the APC, but kept the alliterative name)

  • PD Scott||

    Caribou are a very green way to wage war. Besides, horses don't have antlers. No, the Canadians will use their caribou to fake Santa visiting China, but the goodies will turn out to be guns, grenades and poultine for collaborators.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Maple Dawn?

    RUI SHI!

  • PD Scott||

    Ponds for geese blown off course?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Welcome to the Age of Denial
    ...Meanwhile, climate deniers, taking pages from the creationists’ PR playbook, have manufactured doubt about fundamental issues in climate science that were decided scientifically decades ago. And anti-vaccine campaigners brandish a few long-discredited studies to make unproven claims about links between autism and vaccination.

    The list goes on. North Carolina has banned state planners from using climate data in their projections of future sea levels. So many Oregon parents have refused vaccination that the state is revising its school entry policies. And all of this is happening in a culture that is less engaged with science and technology as intellectual pursuits than at any point I can remember.

    Thus, even as our day-to-day experiences have become dependent on technological progress, many of our leaders have abandoned the postwar bargain in favor of what the scientist Michael Mann calls the “scientization of politics.”...

  • trshmnstr||

    “scientization of politics.”

    Two points.

    First, you got the words backwards. You meant the "politicization of science"

    Second, maybe if you stopped trying to push public policy based on the junk and fad science of the day, politics and science may develop a bit of separation again.

  • Brett L||

    This is just example 354973 why Michael Mann isn't nearly as smart as he thinks he is.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Just like college sports and coke sold to you from that guy in the bathroom stall, "Science" has never been pure.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Naked and afraid? Haunted house invites thrill-seekers to be scared in the nude

    Afraid of ghosts? Afraid of being naked? Now you can combine both these fears into one giant scream fest.

    Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania is opening its first 'haunted scream park that is meant to expose participants to 'a new kind of fear.'

    You know who else was naked and afraid?

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    Warty's latest "friend"?

  • fish||

    +1 Abducted hitchiker

  • UnCivilServant||

    Does anyone hitchike anymore?

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

  • STEVE SMITH||

    YES AND STEVE SMITH GLAD OF IT!

  • waffles||

    This sounds pretty good. I always felt scarehouses only worked if the victim felt vulnerable. Some people get scared easily because they always feel somewhat vulnerable. For me taking of the clothes might just do the trick. I like to be scared, but I like to be naked even more.

  • Lord Humungus||

    go on...

  • ||

    I like to be naked even more.

    For some reason "Mr. Bonus" comes to mind.

  • CE||

    And don't worry, they don't have night vision cameras, or a website.

  • sarcasmic||

    That really is a nose job! Chinese man has new nose grown on his FOREHEAD to replace the original which was damaged in a car crash


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/hea.....crash.html

  • Matrix||

    I guess when his grandpa took his nose, he didn't put it back on quite right.

  • Swiss Servator, Helvetica FTW!||

    +1

  • Rich||

    I suppose he wears a hat in the rain.

  • sloopyinca||

    Sloth Love Chunk!

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    The Scientization of Politics
    The politicization of science—or, as Michael Mann calls it, the scientization of politics—is a familiar reality for Americans concerned about climate change. Instead of focusing on how to address the problem, we've spent years debating whether there's scientific consensus that there is one (the answer is yes). That's the result of a dedicated campaign by corporate interests to spread doubt and discredit scientists.

    Michael Mann has more experience with the process than most. Mann is a climatologist, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, and author of the books Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. In this talk, he discusses how to approach climate science in a politicized world....

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Michael Mann has more experience with the process than most. Mann is a climatologist, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, and author of the books Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. In this talk, he discusses how to approach climate science in a politicized world....

    Appeals to authority are the first resort of scamsters.

  • sarcasmic||

    Gym teacher 'performed sex acts with one of her students, 15, inside his car in same month she divorced bodybuilder husband'


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....udent.html
    She can "abuse" me anytime.

  • Matrix||

    a 15 year old has a car?

  • Ted S.||

    Dammit, Matrix, that's the first thing I was thinking too.

  • Snark Plissken||

    I had a car at 15. In NM.

  • Tonio||

    He's obviously very advanced for his age.

  • db||

    I can't wait for Cruz's principled proposal to legalize meth now that he has firsthand knowledge of its beneficial effects.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Republicans Block Proposal For National Science Laureate, Fearing Science
    ...The proposal should have passed easily. But last week, Larry Hart, a former Republican congressional aide and current representative of the American Conservative Union (the country's oldest politically conservative lobbying group), sent a letter to House Republicans claiming that this position is far from benign. Hart writes that the laureate, appointed by President Obama, "will share his view that science should serve political ends, on such issues as climate change and regulation of greenhouse gases."...

  • db||

    Paging Dr. Ferris, Dr. Floyd Ferris...

  • Ted S.||

    Why should the government be funding a "national science laureate", anyway?

  • Doctor Whom||

    Without a government science laureate, who would pay any attention to science? Why do you hate science so much?

  • Rasilio||

    As I said to one of my progressive friends on Facebook when she posted this last week...

    "Thank goodness they did, the last frigging thing we need is MORE politicization of science and enforcement of dogma on research and the appointment of this position can ONLY lead to that result as that individual will become the go to guy for the media on reporting science issues and therefore the person appointed to the position will be done on the basis of political beliefs and not scientific merit"

  • fish||

    It's a pity we can't "comment" on the article at popsci.

  • sarcasmic||

    Audrina Patridge shows off her slim figure in tight-fitting black and white dress at video game launch


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs.....aunch.html
    Waaaay to skinny for John.

  • Ted S.||

    Never heard of her.

  • robc||

    Meh.

    That is unfair, as she is clearly better looking than meh. But I expect more from morning links.

    Anything under a 9 is a waste of a link.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Yeah, not impressed either.

    I would have gone with this link that was off to the side:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs.....Miami.html

  • robc||

    Yep.

    1. Better looking
    2. Sideboob

  • Rich||

    Possibly NSFW.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Good call.

  • robc||

    Only if you have a really lame work.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Some of us do.

  • sarcasmic||

    I don't do Real Housewives.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

  • sarcasmic||

    Um...

    A CTRL+F for housewives came up empty.

    Seriously though, I have no idea who she is, other than she's way to skinny for John.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    She is "famous" for being on The Hills.

    If you are going to exclude Real Housewives, I would exclude her as well.

  • sarcasmic||

    I don't know what that is. I just saw some chick that was too skinny for our pet chubby-chaser and thought I'd post a link.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Ha, never mind then. Continue to do DM links your way, no need to change.

  • sloopyinca||

    What's up with that pic of "Joanna's friend"? Is she friends with Thumbelina?

  • Ted S.||

    I know there's a limit on two links per comment, but it's not as if there is a limit on the number of comments one can make.

  • UnCivilServant||

    There is - eventually you anger the Squirrl God and it sends its minions to interfere with your comment ability.

  • Bee Tagger||

    A former Disney animator has found the second photograph of Abraham Lincoln ever discovered.

    It's a little too convenient that he appears to be mid-song with an indigenous animal.

  • sarcasmic||

    The yoga teacher who GAINED 40lbs to prove it's what's inside that counts


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem.....eauty.html
    John wept tears of joy.

  • Rich||

    That is some lame-ass rationalization.

  • Drake||

    Did she notice men less interested in getting inside her?

  • Lord Humungus||

    flexible flubber.

  • Spoonman.||

    Thanks to science, my wife was given two vaccines today, which will protect both her and our unborn child from this year's flu (probably) and tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis for many years. That's fucking awesome.

  • Spoonman.||

    Thanks to capitalism, I can get those two vaccines at Costco this weekend so that if for whatever reason the vaccines don't take with the baby there is less likelihood I will pass it on to here. That's fucking awesome as well.

  • CE||

    Thanks to freedom, I haven't had a shot in 20 years.

  • Brett L||

    Nice. Everything progressing nominally?

  • Spoonman.||

    Yep. Had an additional ultrasound because a bout of food poisoning inspired the doctor to caution, and everything is looking great.

    Everything going correctly for you and yours as well?

  • Brett L||

    As best we can tell, everything is perfect. She'll probably get vaccinated next week. Glad to hear you're good, too.

  • sloopyinca||

    This is for both of you: when are the due dates again? I've been gone for a while and can't keep up. Also, didn't someone else just had a baby on here?

  • robc||

    Do you have another on the way and is there a winning name so far?

  • sloopyinca||

    We do have another one on the way. 12/4 for us this year.

    No name yet, but the auction started last night!

  • Brett L||

    12/3 for me. I think someone does have a fresh young'un but don't recall who.

  • sloopyinca||

    I can't remember either.

    Hey, our due dates are a day apart (12/4 for us). Hopefully we'll all have them on December 2nd and that can be officially declared libertarian Day!*

    *That would be two for us and one for you on the 2nd. Sounds live a quorum of infants to me.

  • SugarFree||

    Sounds like Baby Fight Club can finally get off the ground.

  • Spoonman.||

    My baby's due on 11/20.

    But the due date isn't very certain because my wife and I succeeded too quickly to get a handle on what the normal schedule was. Once they did the ultrasound they made it earlier by a bit.

  • sloopyinca||

    Ah. They haven't changed our due date yet, but I suspect she'll be here a week or two early. Hopefully she'll come over Thanksgiving weekend (but not on Saturday during the scUM game).

  • Brett L||

    Our ideal would be the Saturday after Thanksgiving as we both want to attend the annual day-after-turkey-day fish fry where we hooked up last year. Its a family affair (of people neither of us are related to), so there are probably some 15-25 year olds that need to be reminded that nobody thinks they can get pregnant until they do.

  • sloopyinca||

    Are you guys basically doing a real-life remake of Knocked Up?

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    I would love a vaccine for STD's.

  • Spoonman.||

    Costco will provide Gardisil for $153.99, apparently.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    It seems like a large number of people out there have at least HPV. I would like to avoid running into something on my quest to wife a nice young lady.

  • Tonio||

    HPV is pretty much pandemic at this point, and it's transmissible by non-sexual contact. GLWT.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    Yeah it troubles me, and disgusts me a bit.

    I started living with 3 guys recently after living with a GF for 2 years. Every one of them has HPV and most of their friends do. These guys sleep around a lot. I thought I had made it out of the jungle with the last GF, but they keep pulling me back in!

  • sloopyinca||

    I smell a sitcom!

  • Brett L||

    Guest-starring Michael Douglas.

  • Tonio||

    Troubling - yes. Disgusting? That's...sad.

    It's a disease, not a moral failure. And the transmissibility of HPV is such that you can catch it from a kiss from grandma.

  • AlexInCT||

    I am not kissing your grandma anymore...

  • Tonio||

    That's good, Alex, very good. Dead since the seventies and all that.

  • ||

    At least they're testing guys for HPV now. For a long time it had to be specially requested. If you're really concerned about it get tested (throat and urogenital swab) and if you're negative get the vaccine. If you're positive let your dentist know so he or she can keep an eye out for unusual symptoms and talk to your doctor about what to keep an eye out for and then continue on with your life.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Meanwhile in New Jersey

    Man Hooks Testicle-Chomping Fish, Piranha's Cousin, in NJ Lake

    A fisherman at a New Jersey lake got a surprise when he hooked an exotic fish that's been rumored to feast on testicles.

    His 10-inch catch turned out to be a pacu, which is a gentler cousin of piranhas found in South America's Amazon River.

    The fish Tom Boylan landed Saturday in Passaic's Third Ward Veterans Memorial Park had rounded teeth and an orange belly and fins. Boylan, a retired bus driver, was "shocked, surprised, amazed" by his catch, especially by the "human-like teeth."
  • trshmnstr||

    *in really high pitched voice* My pacu was really nice! He never chomped my testicles.

    In seriousness, though, those fish are really cool. They are, however, known as tank-busters in the aquarium hobby. Mine liked to pile all the gravel in one corner and splash water all over the floor.

  • Rich||

    IRS rides 1884 'dead horse' law to defense of tax preparer rules

    the administration sees the "Horse Act of 1884" as providing ample authority for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to regulate the tens of thousands of preparers

    I'm actually kind of shocked that the administration allows people to prepare their *own* returns.

  • db||

    Why? It's totally voluntary.

  • Matrix||

    basically, if you're too good at getting people more of their own money back, you won't pass their tests.

  • Ted S.||

    A law from a decade before Pollock v. Farmers' Loan and Trust Co. is relevant to income taxes how exactly?

  • KDN||

    KOCHS HELPED FUND CHALLENGER

    Says all you need to know about this.

  • Tonio||

    We have our own space program?

  • KDN||

    Rockets powered by orphan tears and the bonemeal of starved senior citizens.

  • UnCivilServant||

    That's not a terribly good fuel. You'll go bankrupt before you hit space.

    I guess the market has spoken in that case.

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

    If only the Cold Equations guy had a rocket like that.

  • Lord Humungus||

    wait, wut?

    Why do people want to eat babies? Scientists explain.

    Not literally, of course. That would make us no better than hamsters or wolf spiders. But pretend baby-eating – that is, explaining to an infant that she is so cute that you just want to gobble her up, or, in extreme cases, gently grabbing a pudgy appendage and making Cookie-Monster eating sounds – is not unheard of among H. sapiens.

    Why is that, anyway? Why do babies always seem so metaphorically delicious, even when you're not particularly hungry? Using brain scanners and pajamas, an international team of scientists is closing in on a answer.
  • Rich||

    OK ....

    Why do people say "Eat me"?

  • Brett L||

    I assume they are women who enjoy cunnilingus.

  • waffles||

    Somebody funds this!?

  • Swiss Servator, Helvetica FTW!||

    Yes. German taxpayers...

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Global warming and the chilling of politics
    ...For critics - variously described by climate-change advocates as ‘sceptics’ or even ‘deniers’ - the IPCC’s problems, and the palpable interference of governments in what is often presented as a purely science-led process, shows that the science is not really as scientific as is made out. Rather, say the critics, the science has been compromised by politics: it has been politicised....

    ...The science of climate change has, over the past two decades, become a substitute for political argument, a means to justify and legitimate policies and politicians. Whereas once a political vision, an idea of the good life, might have guided a set of policies, now it is The Science, and a modelled idea of the not-so-good life, which determines policies. Climate-change science is therefore called upon to fill in the big ideas-shaped hole at the heart of contemporary public and political life. It is there to tell us, and our rulers, what to do. The IPCC exists because of a profound political need for it to. ...

  • sarcasmic||

  • Matrix||

    if it's warmer today than yesterday, it's man's fault.
    if it's cooler today than yesterday, it's man's fault.
    if it's the same temperature today as yesterday, it's man's fault.

    Got it!

  • sarcasmic||

    Human activity must be causing changes.

    The climate is changing.

    Therefore human is causing the climate to change.

    Circular reasoning FTW!

  • UnCivilServant||

    That just means my AC is on the fritz and the maintenence man failed to fix it.

  • Brett L||

    I installed a thermometer that I had to rewire the first winter, because the A/C worked but not the heat. Then the next spring, because I had wired the heat but not the A/C. Turns out I needed a jumper wire to make them both work, which was obvious once I had both failure conditions. Mostly, the QA department just did poor testing on the install.

  • UnCivilServant||

    I never have to turn on the heat, even in the dead of winter. The location of my apartment means that my neighbors provide that (sometimes to the point where I have to open windows in winter).

  • Brett L||

    Thermostat. Jesus.

  • UnCivilServant||

    I can't just go into their apartments and turn down their heat. They're the ones footing the bill for it anyway.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Oh, sorry, I thought we'd hit the point in the page where things compacted into a column.

    You were only correcting yourself.

  • Brett L||

    No worries. It makes me miss the old days when we were all P Brooks.

  • waffles||

    I'm still thinking about thermostat jesus. He came to save us from hot and cold and kept everything at 68 degrees and 23% humidity.

  • UnCivilServant||

    68 degrees? Why so stiflingly hot?

  • waffles||

    Because I like to be naked.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    STAND STRONG BROOKSIE!

  • John||

    Every killer ideology since the French Revolution has tried to disguise itself as "science". The French Revolutionaries built a temple to Reason. Marxism claimed to be a scientific discipline. Race based fascism had its own "science" of racial superiority.

    Science is just the political left's way of saying shut up and do what I tell you.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    I believe South Park did a great episode on "Science" in the future.

  • Matrix||

    oh my science!

  • AlexInCT||

    I am still scarred from that picture with Mr. Garrision post sex change surgery being the science dudes lover....

  • Bee Tagger||

    Some Republicans are worried the strategy will backfire.

    Wouldn't that engine have to have a chance of working in the first place for there to be a backfire?

  • Brett L||

    Some Republicans are resentful that Cruz can formulate a strategy. Others *cough*McCain*cough* are just angry that he's taking away their TV face time.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    I turned on CNN this morning because it is the only national news network I get (basic cable), their coverage of this thing just disgusts me. Every mention of it is with a teaspoon of spite and condescension. I could only imagine if it was a Democrat up there talking against some Republican program. It would be a 24/7 felating competition.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Americans in Poll Doubt Economy Rebound in Defiance of Forecasts

    mericans are losing faith in the nation’s economic recovery even as forecasters expect growth to accelerate, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.

    Fewer people anticipate improvement in the economy’s strength over the next year than in the last survey in June, with 27 percent saying the expansion will be more robust, down from 39 percent who expected improvement three months earlier.

    Forty-four percent of poll respondents say they expect the economy, which has expanded for nine consecutive quarters, to remain about the same, while 28 percent see it weakening.
  • Brett L||

    Relevant: Butthurt that curve smoothing in the BLS "hides" the recovery. Oddly for The Atlantic, the guy is getting pilloried in the comments.

  • John||

    The guy writes for Atlantic. That alone is a pretty good indication he is stupid. Beyond that, even if he is not stupid, he lives in the I95 bubble where everything is great. He probably does think the economy is great.

  • KDN||

    the I95 bubble where everything is great.

    You mean the 495 bubble? Along the stretch of I95 where I live, things are not particularly good.

  • John||

    But the type of people who write for the Atlantic don't know those places exist. For them the I-95 bubble is Washington and New York. The rest is just scenery on the train or driving there.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I-95 is pretty long. But there's actually multiple 495s as well. There's at least the one around DC and one around Boston.

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

    You can expect multiples of any three-digit interstate; those are reserved for beltways and spurs.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I know. I was pointing out that "the 495 bubble" isn't really more descriptive than "the 95 bubble".

  • KDN||

    Yeah, I realized after I wrote that; technically the Lincoln and Queens-Midtown tunnels are on I-495 (rather the former is supposed to be but Robert Moses couldn't convince the city to tear down half of midtown to complete the highway).

  • Lord Humungus||

    David Frum: Can Ted Cruz Win by Losing?

    The plan is obvious enough: to emerge as the next acknowledged political leader of American conservatism in the apostolic succession that begins with Robert Taft, continued through Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp, and has had no agreed successor since Newt Gingrich's retirement from Congress in 1998. Since then, radio and TV talking heads have displaced politicians as the standard bearers of the conservative cause. But a political movement inescapably requires political leadership—and that position has been vacant too long. The electric response among conservatives to Rand Paul's drone filibuster—despite the many ways in which Rand Paul's libertarian politics slant against the grain of conservatives in the country—shows the avid hunger among conservatives to see that vacancy filled.
  • Drake||

    You lost me at "Frum."

  • John||

    Frum was telling the world in 2010 the Republicans were doomed because none of them voted for Obamacare and thus wouldn't get credit for how great it was going to be and how popular it was going to be.

  • SIV||

    Frum and Nick Gillespie go to great pains to "split" Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

    I guess they are both reading their journo-list-serv.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Right now, different factions under the "less government" tent have a clear enemy and will have it for a while. Later on, if they manage to prevail, they can turn on one another.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Ban the evil of horse riding now!
    ...Perhaps you should do some maths, Piers. Even if Mother Jones was a little reticent about the total casualties, I calculated that there have been 509 deaths in mass shootings in the United States since 1982. That averages 16.4 deaths per year. Taking into account America’s much larger population, that’s a lower rate than horses kill in Britain....

  • Damned Fool||

  • Rich||

    If horses are "inherently and naturally" vicious then so are dogs, cats, cows, pigs, rats etc

    Ban 'em all.

  • Brett L||

    Well, cats, pigs, and rats will eat your face off if you fall down dead near them. Dogs, only if they don't know you. Cows aren't smart enough to recognize you as good to eat.

  • Spoonman.||

    Rabbits will take a nibble of your toe calluses because they aren't smart enough to know they aren't good to eat.

    Also your pants, etc.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Dogs, only if they don't know you.

    Not so! Be wary of wolf dogs!

    http://news.msn.co.nz/worldnew.....-wolf-dogs

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    I'm more afraid of my fellow human than any other animal on this planet.

    Ban humans.

  • Azathoth!!||

    We will, when the stars are right.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • robc||

    And yet, still better than Minnesota.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Size Mattered to Ancient Bear, Penis Bones Suggest

    Researchers recently studied a collection of penis bones from an extinct species of bear in Spain. Compared with today's bears, this ancient creature, named Indarctos arctoides, had a surprisingly large penis bone that suggests it had infrequent but long-lasting sex sessions, the study found. And the females may have used penis size to assess their mates.

    Human males today don't have a penis bone, formally called a bacula, but it is found in many other mammals, including chimpanzees and gorillas. Whereas humans depend on blood pressure to stiffen up their sexual member, a penis bone helps animals keep their penis reliably erect for intercourse.
  • db||

    No fucking way would I want to have a bone in my penis. Broken penis hurts enough without one. I don't even want to think of some of the compound fractures possible in that world of horror.

  • SugarFree||

    I'd have my penis bone bonded with adamandium.

  • Swiss Servator, Helvetica FTW!||

    Wolverpeen?

  • SugarFree||

    SCHNICK!

  • Lord Humungus||

    Local Weathermen Arrested After Fight Breaks Out Over Rain Chances for this Weekend

    During Baskin’s forecast later in the Fox16 newscast he explained the rain chances for the weekend by saying “Saturday should be an absolutely beautiful day for those of you participating in the Big Dam Bridge 100 bike race. Unlike what other community college educated meteorologist will tell you, the rain should hold off until midday Sunday where we will have a 40% chance at showers and isolated thunderstorms.”

    Monahan took a jab back at Baskin’s comments during his KARK forecast saying “Pay no attention to what some cajun who has married all 5 of his cousins at some point says, pack your ponchos this Saturday because we are going to see a 50% chance of rain starting in the afternoon Saturday and ending well before Sunday.”

    After the KARK broadcast Monahan returned to his desk to find a note from Baskin that said “Meet me by the flag pole out front.”
  • Brett L||

    "I killed somebody with a trident"

  • Andrew S.||

    Brett, I've been meaning to talk to you about that. You should find yourself a safehouse or a relative close by. Lay low for a while, because you're probably wanted for murder.

  • db||

    Did it rain or not?

  • Swiss Servator, Helvetica FTW!||

    That was my first question.

  • Apple||

    It's a joke.

  • PD Scott||

    Did anyone notice this story off to the side: Local woman arrested for encouraging and distributing photos of minors with bacon.

    FTA:“Ms. Boyd’s site features people doing things such as having a 3 way bacon eating, eating bacon with members of the same sex, mass bacon eating orgies, and eating bacon with animals. It is really disturbing,” LRPD spokesperson Cassandra Davis says. “While those are disturbing, what is truly horrific is that there are a number of photos of kids eating bacon, and even grownups eating bacon with children. Through our investigation we even saw people soliciting bacon photos with newborn children. We can not stand for this.”

  • UnCivilServant||

    ... What.

  • some guy||

    A joint statement by eleven Islamist rebel groups in Syria rejects the authority of the National Coalition, the main rebel umbrella group in the country.

    It just keeps getting better and better. Remind me again why certain people are so eager to jump into this mess...

  • Rich||

    the main rebel umbrella group

    Wait -- isn't that the CIA?

  • UnCivilServant||

    No, they're the rebel exchecheur

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Wow, *eleven* Islamist groups. Yeah, that sounds like the side we want to support.

    Obligatory joke: (1) The Islamic People's Front, (2) the People's Front of Islam, (3) The Islamic Popular People's Front, (4) the Holy Jihad Warriors, (5) the Holy Warriors of Jihad, (6)Syrian Jihad, (7) Jihad in Syria, (8) Syrian Mujahadeen, (9) Holy Mujahaeen of Syria, (10) al-Quaeda in Syria, (11) the Cleveland Browns - oops, wrong joke.

  • Swiss Servator, Helvetica FTW!||

    You let us down, one more time.

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    The joke you wanted was SPLITTERS!!!

  • Lord Humungus||

    Whether It Defunds Obamacare Or Not, The Republican Party Remains Captainless

    Having said that, Armstrong acknowledges that the GOP is in a bit of a malaise over the question it too often presents as output versus distribution. “The GOP is in a tough position because it is telling folks there is no free lunch, you have to live within your means and that you have to be responsible for yourself – in other words you have to earn the lunch and pay for it. The Democrats on the other hand are saying you don’t need to be responsible for yourself and don’t have to pay for the lunch and the State will take care of you, so therefore keep voting for us. In some respects that is an easier sale and hard to compete with. The appearance is that you are getting something for nothing. But as people demand that government show results for what it has ‘given’ out – the report card doesn’t reveal less crime, less poverty; or more wealth, entrepreneurship and business ownership; or that people are better educated or that we have more stability.”

    He continued, with advice for his Party, “So the GOP has to be more tactful and show that the only ‘free lunch,’ is in fact a safety net that you pay for while emphasizing that a nanny state comes with a loss of freedom.
  • Ted S.||

    The party that doesn't have its candidate in the White House one year after the presidential election is "captainless"? And that's news?

  • Pro Libertate||

    The easiest course for the GOP is the libertarian mantra of we all do better with a free market. More pie for everyone.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Who really lost the recovery? A second look at America’s stagnant new normal

    Republicans often counter by blaming uncertainty generated by big budget deficits and sweeping new regulation such as the Affordable Care Act. Bordo has his own theory, outlined in a new paper, The Recovery of Housing and the End of the Slow Recovery? Blame the housing collapse rather than the financial crisis, he says:

    The recent recovery is much slower than historical averages after deep recessions, largely attributable to the unprecedented housing bust that accompanied the financial crisis. … The shortfall attributed to problems in the financial sector was not able to account for the recovery’s slow pace.

    However, when residential investment was taken into account, the improvement was particularly noticeable in the recent recovery. Residential investment is not a large component of national expenditure but it is closely linked to the purchase of consumer durables and other housing-sensitive sectors, which stimulates consumption.
  • Pro Libertate||

    This is what irks me. Not very long ago, people would've voted out any president presiding over a pathetic economy like this one. Now, people accept non-growth as the new normal.

  • AlexInCT||

    Which people accept that? You mean the ideological & partisan hacks whom also happen to be the ones hardest hit by the current task masters stupid policies? Because I can certainly tell you I don't accept the disastrous economic situation of the last decade or so...

  • Michael S. Langston||

    You know which other President was praised over non-growth after an economic depression?

  • Lord Humungus||

    Home gold rush is over

    One market participant told me that for many firms who went into the buy to rent trade thinking it would be an easy trade to buy homes and rent them and hold them for a while, “this REO fund thing is not turning out the way people planned.”

    So with the various attempts at monetizing the trade either not doing well or taking long to come to fruition, the temptation for smaller firms to sell to larger rivals mounts. The gold rush that began nearly two years ago is coming to an end.
  • Spoonman.||

    Does this mean that the overdue real housing correction is coming soon? That would be nice.

  • waffles||

    Agreed. Cash buyers were everywhere I looked the last time I was in a position to buy.

  • waffles||

    Ah but the article seems to indicate smaller portfolios of homes just being sold up the food chain. The smallest player, a young family using a mortgage for a first home, really is left in the dust.

  • Rasilio||

    SF'ed the link here

  • Lord Humungus||

  • Brett L||

    Florida man can't even do charity right. He has a plan to give away free shotguns and ammos to poor people. Can't find poor people who want a free shotgun. In Florida.

  • sarcasmic||

  • Rich||

    A court in China has sentenced a man to death for killing a two-year-old girl in Beijing over a parking space

    Han Lei, 39, pulled the toddler out of her pram and threw her to the ground after her mother refused to make way for his car

    Ha! So much for American exceptionalism!

  • db||

    Holy shit.

  • Ted S.||

    So are two-year-olds any good at parallel parking?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    They must be from Fukien province.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    A former Disney animator has found the second photograph of Abraham Lincoln ever discovered. The animator said when he discovered the blurry image he felt like he knew Lincoln and that the former president was a good man.

    Please, Ed. As a libertarian, you are to refer to him solely as the Butcher of Atlanta and Mass-Murdering Dictator.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    But he was good at it!

  • Loki||

    The animator said when he discovered the blurry image he felt like he knew Lincoln and that the former president was a good man.

    ...because you can totally tell that from a fucking picture. Which is more likely: that you can tell what kind of person someone was from a blurry old photograph, or the fucker's been brainwashed by the Lincoln fellaters who write high school history books?

  • Cdr Lytton||

    DON"T TALK SHIT ABOUT HONEST ABE!!1!

  • Lord Humungus||

    Obamacare's average monthly cost across U.S.: $328

    Americans will pay an average premium of $328 monthly for a mid-tier health insurance plan when the Obamacare health exchanges open for enrollment next week, and most will qualify for government subsidies to lower that price, the Obama administration said on Wednesday.

    The figure, based on data for approved insurance plans in 48 states, represents the broadest national estimate for how much Americans will pay for health coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law next year. The prices of the new plans are at the heart of a political debate over whether they will be affordable enough to attract millions of uninsured Americans.

    question for those who self-insure - are these prices all that low? .

  • Rich||

    HHS said the average price was 16 percent lower than its own projections on premiums.

    Unexpected!

  • UnCivilServant||

    I doubt it. For the pool of State Employees in New York (plus eligable local employees) the individual coverage premium runs about $312 per month (combined employer/employee price). I seriously doubt the individual market would come down to that. (We're regarded as being cheap for the NY insurance market)

  • Lord Humungus||

    one thing not mentioned in the article (unless I missed it) was the average deductible, coverage, etc for this "average" mid-tier plan.

  • robc||

    question for those who self-insure - are these prices all that low? .

    Its more than double my current rate...so No.

  • Steve G||

    Want. Out. I don't use $328 in med services in an entire year.

  • Brett L||

    For reference, my HDHP was $350 per qurater and pretty much a gold-plated BCBS plan with a high deductible. In fact, my total annual out-of-pocket if I hit the deductible versus this copay plan was lower. With a $3M/year, $35M lifetime cap and paying BCBS prices for things below my deductible.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Librarian doesn't like the fact that 9-year-old keeps winning the prize for reading the most books - it excludes the other kids - proposes drawing winners' names out of a hat instead - library aide protests - library aide gets fired - then the librarian who came up with the hat idea gets fired as well.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com.....sey/69606/

  • Enough About Palin||

    Walesa: Poland and Germany should unite!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new.....alesa.html

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    You know who else, etc.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Poland is not naturally an independant polity, it must merge with either lithuania, russia or germany to survive.

  • FatherBrain||

    The link in the Lincoln photo story is broken. Please fix.

  • Ted S.||

    Technically, all of the links are broken since they go to 24/7 and not the actual articles.

  • waffles||

    Reason is blogspam.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    But the link one is extra broken. They went full Sugarfree.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    you NEVER go full SF!

  • Biden's Scroteplugs||

    How can Lincoln be in the same photo twice? Since the link was Sugar Free'd it can only be something to do with a Warty Hugeman Time Travel Adventure.

  • Swiss Servator, Helvetica FTW!||

    Hey, SF - new material!

  • SugarFree||

    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.

  • Biden's Scroteplugs||

    in the unaltered timeline the Union lost the war after Lincoln's disastrous Blame the Jews Gettysburg Address.

  • SIV||

    A former Disney animator has found the second photograph of Abraham Lincoln ever discovered. The animator said when he discovered the blurry image he felt like he knew Lincoln and that the former president was a good man.

    You mean "second at Gettysburg". Photography was over 20 years old by the time of ol' dicatator's election.

    Lincoln pics

  • John||

    Yeah he was a real dictator alright. The Lincoln virus really is incurable.

  • SIV||

  • Michael S. Langston||

    It's missing a lot based upon books and documentaries I've seen - though I'm not enough of a Lincoln researcher nor wiki participant to try to add anything...

  • SugarFree||

    Still not the worst popular story on 19th century photography I've ever read.

  • SIV||

    I think I remember but we need links!

  • SugarFree||

  • SugarFree||

    Oh, wait. I see what you were asking. I can't remember it exactly. It was some sort of Daily Mail nonsense. (Not the Victorian Death photos, but that one was pretty bad as well.)

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    Didn't know if this has been done already. 107 man goes out in a blaze of glory in a firefight with SWAT.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/.....6987.story

  • Lord Humungus||

    this story will let me down one more time.

  • UnCivilServant||

    It doesn't count, he didn't take any SWAT with him.

  • Loki||

    A shipment of gold headed from Paris to Zurich on an Air France flight arrived 44 kilograms short. Authorities suspect the apparent theft was an inside job.

    Or maybe they just mismeasured or one of the scales weren't calibrated properly? TOP. MEN. and all that.

  • waffles||

    44kg is way too much to be a calibration error. It's also pretty damn heavy.

  • Loki||

    Goddammit, I'm trying to come up with a plausible sounding cover story so they don't realize it was me. YOU'RE NOT HELPING!!!

    Oh wait... SHIT!

  • UnCivilServant||

    that's 96.8 pounds - or about three bars.

  • Swiss Servator, Helvetica FTW!||

    I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS!!!!

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    5 Hilariously Bizarre Early Careers of Famous People
    ...Brosnan was studying acting in London's Oval House Theatre as a youth when he happened to pass by a fire-eating workshop. While the more rational of us might have walked away from the class on how best to light your own face on fire, Brosnan saw that there was a bunch of topless women in the class and signed right up. Apparently, part of the act was that the participants would drag the flames across their bare chests, and wearing a bra just got in the way of things. So if you come away from this article with only one interesting bit of trivia, let it be this: Pierce Brosnan loves himself some flaming tits....

  • Sevo||

    There's still entirely too many jobs in CA, so the legislature makes hiring more expensive:
    "The governor signed SB 770 so that workers can care for extended family members without jeopardizing their economic well-being," said Jim Evans, a spokesman for Brown."
    Now, your 'extended family' is, oh, anyone you'd like. But see, it won't cost anything since the government it paying for it.
    http://www.governing.com/news/.....ornia.html

  • sloopyinca||

    I hope it makes the main page, but in case you all missed it, The Jose Geurena murder* settlement is in.

    *I don't care what those fuckers say, that man was murdered and left to bleed out with his son beside him.

  • Damned Fool||

    At least they didn't bill his family for the ammunition.

  • SIV||

    No acknowledgment of the correction on the Lincoln photo story.

    Here's a picture of the "good Lincoln"

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    The Lincoln picture is blurry, but I think I see him performing a circumcision.

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

    What a mensch.

  • Jon Lester||

    And Cruz has just wrapped it up after 21 hours.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Noticed Pippa is in the Daily Mail from the links upthread:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs.....-Khan.html

    Get her while you can, boys. She's going downhill fast.

  • db||

    Re: Abe Lincoln. Has any U.S. President ever stood on a pile of corpses deeper than he did at Gettysburg to make a political speech?

GET REASON MAGAZINE

Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online

  • Video Game Nation: How gaming is making America freer – and more fun.
  • Matt Welch: How the left turned against free speech.
  • Nothing Left to Cut? Congress can’t live within their means.
  • And much more.

SUBSCRIBE

advertisement