Obama Hugs Ebola-Free Nurse, Does ISIS Have Chemical Weapons?, Conan O'Brien's Halloween Costume Is 'Slutty Madeleine Albright': P.M. Links

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    Dallas nurse Nina Pham was declared Ebola-free today, and promptly flew to the White House where President Barack Obama gave her a hug. Since a doctor in New York City came down with the virus, health officials remind us again: WHATEVER DO, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON'T PANIC! Because of this new case, some lawmakers want to require a 21-day quarantine for any doctors returning to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations. Meanwhile, this savvy dude just sold "Ebola.com" for $200,000.

  • Is the Islamic State using chemical weapons in Iraq? We're going to find out, says Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • Missouri police are gearing up – literally, riot-style – in anticipation of protests in case a grand jury doesn't charge Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.
  • The Georgia Senate race is a statistical tie, according to one poll. Another indicates a slight lead for Democrat Michelle Nunn. Could it help the Donkey Party keep the Senate?
  • Conan O'Brien joked on Twitter: "I picked out my Halloween costume. I'm going as 'Slutty Madeleine Albright.'" The former Secretary of State responded: "I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien—but that might be too far fetched."
  • Speaking of Twitter, Queen Elizabeth II signed up today and wrote, "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting." Because nothing says "Information Age" like "@BritishMonarchy."
  • Breaking Bad action figures join the esteemed list of Things That Upset Some Moms Who Represent All Moms, so they've been removed from Toys "R" Us.
  • Hey, it's the weekend, so here's some good news: TLC is cancelling Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

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292 responses to “Obama Hugs Ebola-Free Nurse, Does ISIS Have Chemical Weapons?, Conan O'Brien's Halloween Costume Is 'Slutty Madeleine Albright': P.M. Links

  1. …and promptly flew to the White House where President Barack Obama gave her a hug.

    Phamtastic photo op.

    1. Authorities are still puzzled by how her arms were later ripped off.

    2. Hello.

      “Breaking Bad action figures join the esteemed list of Things That Upset Some Moms Who Represent All Moms, so they’ve been removed from Toys “R” Us.”

      Why don’t I have a reverse ‘R’ on my keyboard again?

      1. You’re not Russian?

      2. You’re not a hardcore Ko?n fan?

        1. How did you do that?

          You’re like fucking Doug Henning!

          1. I cheated and copied and pasted from Wikipedia.

          2. You’re like fucking Doug Henning!

            I didn’t know you were into gay necrophilia. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

            I too can type foreign characters, such as the ? and the ?, although I worry whether the squirrels will block the post for it.

            1. You’re all too sexy for Milan.

      3. They get stopped at the border.

        Here, take some of mine: ???

        Do you need them upside-down? ???

        1. But can you make them blink?

          1. Nyet.

  2. Missouri police are gearing up ? literally, riot-style ? in anticipation of protests in case a grand jury doesn’t charge Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

    “They complained when we militarized the police, but we did it for times like these, when we have to quell riots about police abuses.”

    1. There are 1000s of people abuses in this country.

      This was not one of them. Unless you think 6’5″ 300 lb people who just robbed a store should be able to pummel police and steal their guns.

      Beyond that, the whole point of police is largely to protect private property.

      I realize many here probably have fantasies about mowing down waves of looters, but in reality, that’s not gonna work out well for anyone. It’s best to leave riot control to the police.

      1. D’oh. That should be police abuses.

        But I mean seriously, there are so many better cases to rally around, instead of this guy or that Meyers.

        Why not the guy that got shot in the Wal-Mart? That’s a perfect case?

        But I guess because he had a toy gun, he deserved in the eyes of liberals, and I guess Cosmotarians…

        1. What the fuck?

          Reason ran several bits about the Wal-Mart shooting and the only people who were defending the cops were assfaces like Tony.

        2. Ever notice that every case the media whips into a frenzy is centered around race and involves a victim that turns out to have been a criminal?

          It’s almost like the media is more interested in dividing the public for the benefit of both political parties than it is in exposing real police abuse.

          Which happens dozens of times a day across the country but only gets the media spotlight when it involves a black thug.

  3. Speaking of Twitter, Queen Elizabeth II signed up today and wrote-

    #DoubtIt

    1. You’re on a roll, Fist…

      1. Don’t encourage him.

    2. My understanding is she actually did write it. She was going to be declaring the exhibition open anyway, so they stuck her in front of a tablet and had her type and send the message.

      1. “My father had to take this nation through one of the most difficult times in its history and this is what I’ve been reduced to.”

        1. #Imtooroyalforthisshit

  4. Conan O’Brien joked on Twitter: “I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as ‘Slutty Madeleine Albright.'” The former Secretary of State responded: “I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched.”

    The real question is: is it worth the lives of 500,000 dead Iraqi children?

    1. If we’re talking about Madeleine Albright shouldn’t we be asking if it was worth 1k dead and million displaced Serbs and Albanians?

        1. Its funny – Albright may just be a warmonger on par with Kissinger, but she gets a pass on *two* wars, both started with as little authorization as Bush II’s or any of Obama’s.

          1. Those were good wars because there was no oil under those countries.

  5. “I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched.”

    Diplomacy.

  6. Meanwhile, this savvy dude just sold “Ebola.com” for $200,000.

    The best part is the 200K is actually shares in Gary Johnson’s company.

    1. Does it manufacture Ebola?

  7. ‘Slutty Madeleine Albright

    Three words I never thought I would ever see in the same sentence.

    Must start drinking earlier.

    1. Could have been worse, could have gone as slutty Janet Reno.

      1. The horror… the horror…

        1. It IS Halloween after all.

      2. Slutty Hillary Clinton. Now go burn out your eyes with a hot poker.

        1. Hillary Clinton in a thong and pasties singing Hey Big Spender. That is all.

          1. I’ve lost my will to live.

              1. I’m living in the wrong fucking country.

              2. Thank you, JW. Now, I have another problem…

                1. Another life saved, is thanks enough.

              3. You’re doin’ God’s work, JW.

              4. Greatest. Show. Of. All. Time.

              5. Oh, I just gotta….

                #Gutterballs

      3. *swishes empty brain bleach bottle*

        I hate you

  8. Missouri police are gearing up ? literally, riot-style ? in anticipation of protests in case a grand jury doesn’t charge Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

    I have a very bad feeling that this is going to make the Rodney King riots look like a walk in the park.

    Though I completely expect that he’ll be indicted and then found not guilty at trial. So we may have to wait a while.

    1. Great. Just let the mob indict an obviously innocent man.

      1. Would the police then have free rein to open fire in that instance?

      2. So another Ox-Bow Incident?

      3. an obviously innocent man

        No need for hyperbole, he undoubtedly has a valid affirmative defense, but he still shot someone.

        1. I’m of the opinion that we should let them riot anyway, bad premise or not.

          It’ll set a precedent, and we can then look forward to the inevitable revolution.

          I can hope, can’t I?

    2. I have a very bad feeling that this is going to make the Rodney King riots look like a walk in the park.

      Nope, not a chance in hell.

      The Rodney King riots got as bad as they did because the police intentionally pulled back from confrontation when they start. Daryll Gates (the chief at the time) was an old time cocksucker hardass and basically told the city to go fuck itself, as in so you think we’re too tough, fine we’ll sit this one out.

  9. The Georgia Senate race is a statistical tie, according to one poll.

    Libertarian candidates disenfranchise GOP candidates.

    1. If nobody gets to 50%, there will be a runoff in January.

      1. And the libertarian should pay for the cost of that!

      2. That is a good rule. We need more of that.

        1. And yet the libertarian is still only going to get single digits. 🙁

        2. Irv makes sense if you are gonna do that.

  10. “WHATEVER DO, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON’T PANIC!”

    People don’t think the universe be like it is, but it do…

    1. Only if you have the correct towel.

      1. +1 hoopy frood

  11. where President Barack Obama gave her a hug.

    Bill Clinton woulda got more than that.

    1. Looked across the aisle and who did I see? Bill Mother Fuckin’ Clinton sittin’ next to me.

      1. Sticking his willy in a sweet honey. . .

  12. Is the Islamic State using chemical weapons in Iraq? We’re going to find out, says Secretary of State John Kerry.

    And if so, we’re definitely going to, um, invade.

  13. Rep. King: U.S. Needs To ‘Go All Out With Surveillance’ Of Muslims

    Only after they “go all out with surveillance” of Irish-Americans.

  14. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
    Interesting tidbit: The lady is dating a pedophile.

    For some reason, TLC thinks that might look bad in a reality TV series about child beauty pageants.

    1. “Interesting tidbit: The lady is dating a pedophile.”

      Convicted child molester. Guy did ten years. That fat bitch just lost her lottery ticket.

      1. Jeesh. I hope the dad gets custody in the divorce.

        1. The skwerlz have returned.

      2. convicted of molesting the lady’s relative.

    2. I clicked on the Honey Boo Boo link and now cannot unsee it.

      1. Keep in mind that she has lost a lot of weight. That’s the AFTER picture.

        1. How will we go on without the Human Thumb?

  15. This is your daily reminder that Ebola is not a threat to America. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to get my flu shot.

    1. Because the commenters at reason are hysterics? Or are you doing a Shepard Smith impersonation?

      I hope that flu shot gives you a rash.

      1. Some commenters at Reason are hysterics/xenophobes crassly using Ebola to get more restrictions on cross-border movement. One of our area yokeltarians has seriously tried to blame the EVD-68 outbreak on furriners on the basis of one paper he doesn’t understand.

        1. A couple over the top responses are blanket hysteria?

          I grow tired of the hysteria over the “hysteria”. Please stop.

          1. It’s not a couple. A critical amount of the commentariat is displaying a lack of deference to expertise and instead relying on their own ‘gut feeling’. This is unacceptable. It’s especially disturbing because now I can’t trust them wrt AGW.

            1. It’s not a couple. A critical amount of the commentariat is displaying a lack of deference to expertise and instead relying on their own ‘gut feeling’.

              Wait, what?

              Why would any idiot think that laws/rules preventing people from entering the country would be any different than laws/rules regarding owning guns?

              People do know that laws don’t have any magical powers, right?

              1. IS actually physically restricting flights a law/rule? Or is it an action?

                Because while your point stands, it’s irrelevant here.

                1. S actually physically restricting flights a law/rule?

                  Well, I’d assume it’s some TOP (wo)MAN’S order. So yes; it’s attempting to deny a human a natural right, which (whether you believe it to be right or wrong) impossible.

            2. Since when do we show any deference to expertise?

              Soinds like top men.

            3. “A critical amount of the commentariat is displaying a lack of deference to expertise”

              BFD, you know that’s not your problem with them, especially because in this case that lack of deference is somewhat justified.

              1. Nope. That’s my problem with them: they are talking out of their ass.

                1. Says anonymous internet guy about other anonymous internet guy.

            4. ‘A lack of deference to expertise’

              Says the Canadian armchair general who refuses to serve lecturing people on ROEs.

              1. Um. Is this supposed to have a point?

            5. Who in the fucking fuck is doing that, Cyto?

              1. Cyto didn’t like a paper I linked to that showed EV-D68 was far more common in Central America than it used to be in the US. He refuses to acknowledge that 2+2=4 because it conflicts with his desire for open borders.

            6. The Hit n Run commentarial is skeptical of the proclamations of Top Men?

              That cannot be allowed to stand!

          2. It won’t.

          3. Yeah, its more than a couple.

        2. “yokeltarians”

          I’ll go make some popcorn. Butter OK with everyone?

          1. Only if it’s really butter, not the fake stuff. ;-0

            1. I only want the fake stuff…

              1. And by fake you mean silicone?

                1. Well, saline works too, but not as well.

                  1. As long as the saline is derived from childrens’ tears.

                  2. Well, saline works too, but not as well.

                    Yeah. It’d make the popcorn a bit saggy soggy.

                    1. Saggy sucks, if you know what I mean.

          2. Can you put bacon bits on it too?

            1. Ew no just some salt and oregano with the butter please.

              1. Fuck that I want bacon on everything.

              2. Fuckin’ Canadians…

                1. If it’s Canadian Bacon, you can keep that shit.

  16. Block Insane Yomomma “considering” mandating a quarantine period for all health care workers returning to the U.S. from west Africa.

    Great, he’s “considering” implementing something that should have obviously been implemented weeks ago.

    I guess he’ll “consider” putting stricter travel restrictions in place when an infected Liberian collapses in front of the White House gate.

    1. “I guess he’ll “consider” putting stricter travel restrictions in place when an infected Liberian collapses in front of the White House gate.”

      I suspect the guy will collapse well inside the building.

      1. Nah – they have *definitve* ‘shoot to kill’ orders now.

        I wouldn’t even look at the White House with a cross expression if you’re anywhere within a 1/4 mile of it.

        1. Well, that’s no good. I’m reliably informed that shooting people gets blood all over the place.

          1. That’s why you have the Federal Crimes Scene Sanitizing Service – remember, you can’t professionalize until you federalize – and then you send the (hugely inflated) bill to the family members.

            Don’t forget the minor children who are on the hook because of the money the horrible criminal spent raising them – that was, morally, the government’s money anyway.

        2. Am I the only one who thinks that situation may have been staged, in order to make it more kosher to murder anybody near the white house at any time for any reason?

          1. On the grassy knoll with a check from LBJ in his pocket.

    2. Great, he’s “considering” implementing something that should have obviously been implemented weeks ago.

      Only for ignorant yokels that don’t have any understanding of Ebola epidemiology.

      1. Yokels? Isn’t that like nigger and kike?

        1. Yokels? Isn’t that like nigger and kike?

          Protip: Racial slurs don’t have any impact whatsoever on white people.

      2. Still pretending that you’re a subject matter expert and sticking to that story about how it’s basically impossible to spread this disease?

        Better hope that those worst-case scenarios the WHO is putting out there for west Africa don’t come to pass, or you’re going to have one tough sales job on your hands.

        1. America =/= West Africa

          I have far more expertise than you or many people here. So far, Ebola in America has shown extremely little propensity to spread.

          1. “I have far more expertise than you or many people here.”

            I’d like to take the opportunity to speak for only myself when I say, sure internet guy, sure.

            1. I’m starting to think that Cyto is Palin’s Butt Plug.

          2. It spread to the treating nurses.

            1. It spread to one (1).

              1. Okay two. Still not to the room-mates.

          3. I think we’ve found our fake Dunphy.

    3. In what fucking universe do you think that calling him “Block Insane Yomomma” makes you not look like an abject moron? Seriously, I’m intensely curious as to what’s going on in your feverish brain here. There are so many other things you can call him, but you chose something so stupid I think it gave me cancer. Do you think it’s witty? Funny? Please enlighten all of us.

      1. Hey! Your comment just gave ME mange!

        1. Finally, it works!

          1. Quickly, to the Lou Diamond Phillips Mobile!

      2. It was so witty I forgot to laugh. Or even make a connection.

        Actually, I didn’t even read his post, so there’s that.

    4. I guess he’ll “consider” putting stricter travel restrictions in place when an infected Liberian collapses in front of the White House gate.

      Personally, I’d give the dude a medal and carry him in.

    5. “Block Insane Yomomma”

      Please shut up.

  17. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Pretty landing, though.

    And sorry about your guns, Washington.

    1. They can buff that right out at the carwash.

    2. Damn, that hurts.

  18. Breaking Bad action figures join the esteemed list of Things That Upset Some Moms Who Represent All Moms, so they’ve been removed from Toys “R” Us.

    Well, that puts the kibosh on my American Horror Story playset.

    1. Yeah. Ditto my ‘Gangbang Style’ set featuring porn stars and celebrities of your choice.

      1. Is that related to my award-winning children’s book ‘Shitty Chitty Gang Bang Runs a Train’?

        1. Its a parody of K-Pop videos.

    2. They’re just pissed that Skyler White was depicted as a witch.

      1. If L4D2 taught me anything about Witches, it’s that incendiary ammo is preferred method of dealing with them.

        1. If L4D2 taught me anything about Witches, it’s that incendiary ammo is preferred method of dealing with them.

          ftfy

          1. Why do you want the poor gun barrels to suffer, anon?

            Think of the children!

      2. I think the action figure was a better actress.

    3. Well, that puts the kibosh on my American Horror Story playset.

      You jest, but…

    1. One guy takes out three home invaders. Damn. That gentleman is tough.

      1. He has a particular set of skills.

        1. I’ll say.

          The homeowner, Kenneth Byrd, 67, was shot multiple times, the release said.

    2. The Byrds were pushed to the back of their home and instructed to open a safe.
      When the men tried to rape the couple’s granddaughter, Byrd grabbed a gun and exchanged shots with the assailants, Sealey said.

      Don’t these home invaders know, never commit more than one crime at a time?

      1. Holy shit! I’m not the only one that knows that universal law!

        You can pretty much always get away doing only 1 illegal thing at a time. If you add a second, you’re virtually guaranteed to be caught.

    3. “Later, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that two people who had been shot came to McLeod Medical Center in Dillon, South Carolina.”

      You see, criminalizing home invasions simply discourages the burglars from getting necessary medical care if they’re shot!

  19. Because of this new case, some lawmakers want to require a 21-day quarantine for any doctors returning to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations.

    This should be something the CDC or any of our three Ebola Czars should be considering. If you’ve just come back from swimming in Ebola lake by caring for Ebola patients in the Hot Zone, then maybe, you know, some kind of testing or quarantine should take place.

    1. Not necessary at this point. Ebola is not a threat to America.

      1. “Ebola is not a threat to America.”

        I’m not at all concerned about teh Ebolas, but that statement is merely your opinion. It’s tantamount to declaring that God exists. Or God does not exist. Or there are no black swans.

        1. It’s supported by all the epidemiological evidence.

          1. But not logic.

            1. Yeah, logic doesn’t work that way.

              1. It does when you use circles!

              2. Not that I don’t think that a short-term quarantine wouldn’t be prudent.

        2. m not at all concerned about teh Ebolas, but that statement is merely your opinion.

          I’d say you’re wrong on that point.

          1. +1 more opinion

              1. +1 humorless cunt who should die in a grease fire

                1. It was a joke. Opinions, assholes, etc.

                  Who’s the humorless cunt NOW!?

                  1. Still you.

                    1. Yeah but you’re wrong.

                    2. “Yeah but you’re wrong.”

                      Go the fuck away.

                    3. No you got me fair cop.

                    4. No one would miss you if you killed yourself, I imagine.

                      Some would even cheer I think.

                    5. I’d miss me.

                    6. Interestingly, I wasn’t talking to you.

  20. So I’m reading over at Cafe Hayek today,

    http://cafehayek.com/2014/10/m…..ctive.html

    And he’s talking about why successful entrepreneurs don’t have an obligation to pay higher tax rates. His argument is that entrepreneurs already ‘donate’ most of the value of their innovation to the public and only capture 2%, as such its the *public* who is getting outsized benefits.

    those who enjoy disproportionate benefits from whatever entrepreneurial innovations are made possible by government-supplied infrastructure are, thus, arguably the general public rather than the successful entrepreneurs.

    One thing he doesn’t note however is – what’re the options to using ‘public’ infrastructure.

    There’s pretty much only one builder of roads in this country – government. To say that government, with its self-given monopoly backed up by the use of force, deserves more money from these guys because it provides the infrastructure they use to make money is to ignore the fact that *there’s no other option*.

    1. I think you’re wrong here. The Boy Scouts specifically adopted a road in my neighborhood.

      1. The Boy Scouts specifically adopted a road…

        I don’t think that means what you think it means.

        Maybe the Boy Scouts have agreed to pick up trash on a regular basis. This is usually what is meant by adopting a road, or a park or whatever.

        I very much doubt that they have undertaken to finance the construction costs and manage the maintenance of or collect fees or tolls from users of “their” adopted road.

        1. Hey, I once saw a Boy Scout Troop pouring asphalt into potholes. Half of them, anyway, the other half were just sitting around scratching their butts. I think it was some kind of union training program.

          /just a joke

          1. Just because you saw a troop pouring asphalt doesn’t mean they have control of the construction or planning of the road.

            They likely were just helping on an Eagle Scout project or the like.

            1. To repeat what I said, that was JUST A JOKE!!!!

              1. But in non-union states, they should try it.

              2. I know I know, but “Kreel Sarloo”‘s response was so amazingly dense that I could not legitimately tell if serious.

                I’ve found my new favorite trolling tactic, and had to test it immediately. Thank you Kreel. Thank you.

          2. I once saw a Boy Scout Troop pouring asphalt into potholes. Half of them, anyway, the other half were just sitting around scratching their butts. I think it was some kind of union training program.

            What kind of asshole would put half those kids to work – the Union approved ratio is one worker to ten ass scratchers.

          3. I once saw a Boy Scout Troop pouring asphalt into potholes. Half of them, anyway, the other half were just sitting around scratching their butts. I think it was some kind of union training program.

            What kind of asshole would put half those kids to work – the Union approved ratio is one worker to ten ass scratchers.

    2. When I bought my car that I use to get to work, Ford didn’t insist that I keep sucking their cooperate dicks, day in and day out. They didn’t even demand a statue of them.

      I paid them for their contribution to my success and we parted ways.

      Funny how that works.

      1. When I bought my car that I use to get to work, Ford didn’t insist that I keep sucking their cooperate dicks, day in and day out. They didn’t even demand a statue of them.

        To be fair, Ford only doesn’t keep you on their cock because they’ve been sued (like many other automakers) for trying that shit before.

  21. Dallas nurse Nina Pham was declared Ebola-free today, and promptly flew to the White House where President Barack Obama gave her a hug.

    You know, I soooo want Obama to come down with Ebola now – not because of any personal animosity, but because this is what anyone who does stupid grandstanding political stunts (on *my* dime, no less) deserves.

    1. It would be funny.

      1. The White House said that Mr Obama cancelled his appointments today due to a case of the flu. Mrs Obama has decided to remain on vacation in Hawaii with the girls.

  22. Speaking of Twitter, Queen Elizabeth II signed up today and wrote, “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting.” Because nothing says “Information Age” like “@BritishMonarchy.”

    Or the British adviser on technology in the House of Lords who was horrified when she recently discovered this mapping application online in which she could see her own house from the air.

  23. This pisses me off.

    The timing of these cases is even more interesting given that a member of another campus frat, Delta Upsilon, was just cleared of rape charges on Friday, a day after the new allegations against the frat surfaced. A woman had accused 20-year-old Eugene Quillin of drugging and raping her on September 27. After an investigation, the Alameda County District Attorney’s office decided no sexual assault had been committed, they told reporters. The charges have been dismissed and Quillin’s record will be sealed.

    Using a false accusation as evidence in unrelated cases that they must be true. Unbelievable. It was a lot more than just dropping the case:

    The charges were dismissed Friday, the same day Quillin was scheduled to enter a plea. Judge Gregory Syren granted an 851.8 motion filed by the defense ? indicating a factual finding of innocence ? that seals off and destroys the records of Quillin’s arrest. The motion differs from expungement because the motion, under Penal Code 851.8, indicates Quillin shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place.

    1. If they’re going to try to shame him like this, he ought to use his 6A right to confront his accuser and publicize her.

    2. The charges have been dismissed and Quillin’s record will be sealed.

      Well, I bet he’s relieved about that! No harm done.

    3. Fun fact on that: “investigating criminal misconduct” is actually the cops’ job!

      blinks

      The utter lack of self-awareness…

  24. Watch That Windows Update: FTDI Drivers Are Killing “Fake” Chips (scare quotes mine, because there are is a grey area that I don’t feel like covering, unless asked)

    They released an update today to reverse it, but AFAIK it does not fix any devices they bricked, you’re on your own for that. And it’s totally fucked up that they did it in the first place.

    1. Incredibly, Microsoft’s sales are increasing.

      1. Cute.

        FTDI developed the driver; Microsoft only distributed it.

        1. “Microsoft only distributed it.”

          In their official channel no?

    2. If I understand that correctly, they aren’t bricked per se (soft bricked, maybe?), but would likely require a special driver or even kernel modification to restore.

      Also it is very likely that the new drivers were developed by FTDI themselves, and so are just distributed (albeit automatically) through Windows Update.

      1. Soft bricked is still bricked by most people’s usage (though I do generally think it might be useful to have a separate term). But yes, what it does is set the PID to zero, and in most (all?) cases tools can be used to restore the PID.

        And I am aware that Microsoft is playing the role of distributor, not developer. Hackaday is writing for an audience that is generally aware of that fact, and it didn’t occur to me to mention it, lest the likes of Cytotoxic use it as an opportunity to get obnoxious.

        1. Fair enough.

        2. Pardon? There was nothing ‘obnoxious’ about my post. I was expressing my dismay at this: http://business.financialpost……ederated=1

          1. Pardon you, indeed. There was plenty obnoxious about your post, not that anyone here expects you to realize what.

            1. Like what?

              1. hey, uh, it’s easier to measure dicks with tape measures. Or, in my case, 18 wheelers.

    3. Company takes action to stop people from stealing its shit. News at 11.

      1. What is it that you think they did?

        1. I think they released an update to brick counterfeit chips. Why should counterfeiters reap the rewards of continuous software updates at no expense?

          1. The counterfeiters aren’t the ones paying the price; it would seem to be a simpler (and less tortuously destructive) choice to simply not support those devices.

          2. 1. This does not only affect counterfeiters, it affects end-users who bought devices containing the counterfeit chips without realizing it. Yes, it is ultimately the fault of whomever put the chips in there in the first place (or passed it on to that person as real), but we do not make decisions in a vacuum.

            2. If all they wanted to do was ensure that “counterfeiters [would not] reap the rewards of continuous software updates at no expense”, then they only needed to have the driver refuse to handle the counterfeit devices, not overwrite their PIDs.

  25. get ready for more gun derp

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyli…..le-n233371

    1. Oh, trust me, I’m already getting ready to avoid local news even more than I already do.

    2. Police said the shooter, identified by law-enforcement sources as popular freshman Jaylen Fryberg, was dead. Just last week, he was crowned homecoming prince at a football game.

      MUH NARRATIVE

      1. Just last week, he was crowned homecoming prince at a football game.

        That is clear evidence, right there, of a big mental problem that must be addressed! We must insist on taking the guns out of the hands of homecoming princes!

        1. What the fuck is a homecoming “prince?” Isn’t it homecoming King?

          What the fuck.

          1. I think the king has to be an upperclassman, so prince is probably given to a sophomore/freshman to avoid the appearance of elitism, or something.

            1. Uh, isn’t the ENTIRE POINT the appearance of elitism or something?

              This isn’t rhetorical, I really thought this to be the case.

              1. I don’t fucking know. They destroyed the position of valedictorian, why wouldn’t they go after homecoming king?

          2. A member of the homecoming court. Keep in mind, he was a freshman. The homecoming king is likely a senior.

            1. Ok, no joke, but I literally (not figuratively) have no fucking idea what any of this means anymore.

              1. Fucking Royalists.

  26. Nickelback’s new song deemed Western Propaganda by Chinese newspaper

    Neither the song nor the article mentions China or the Occupy protests in Hong Kong directly, but Nawaz does say that the Canadian band is, “trying to export the Occupy [Wall Street] movement, blended with a dash of violence, to Asia, where the vested interests of the West are no longer realizable through diplomacy…”

    With a nice dash of hackneyed “durhurhur Nickelback sux” memery” (I don’t like them, but I find it irritating)

  27. I guess that study I posted yesterday was accurate. Many women view criticism as traumatizing.

    I have been terrified of inviting a deluge of abusive and condescending tweets into my timeline. I did one simple @ reply to one of the main victims several weeks back, and got a flood of things I simply couldn’t stand to read directed at me. I had to log offline for a few days until it went away.

    1. So one actress blogging that she didn’t want to deal with some Twitter responses means that “many” women can’t handle criticism.

      Enjoy your collectivizing. Of course, you always do.

      1. Jesus. Couldn’t even read the first 7 words before you comment?

        Once more for the cheap seats:

        I guess that study I posted yesterday

        And yes. “Many” is so collectivizing. Quick, stop me before I use an accurate word again!!!

        the study in question.

        Women were more likely than men to find their most recent experience with online harassment extremely or very upsetting?38% of harassed women said so of their most recent experience, compared with 17% of harassed men.

        Dunno. Is almost 40% enough to consider the word “many” accurate? I think i’m gonna have to assume you’re ESL.

        1. This survey was conducted May 30 ? June 30, 2014 and self-administered via the internet by 2,849 web users, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

          A self-administered internet survey?

          AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          Are you actually this stupid?

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          Oh please, more! More!

          1. It’s not like they had to seek it out, dipshit. You’re so big on methodology, maybe read the whole section:

            All current members of the American Trends Panel were originally recruited from the 2014 Political Polarization and Typology Survey, a large (n=10,013) national landline and cellphone random digit dial (RDD) survey conducted January 23rd to March 16th, 2014, in English and Spanish. At the end of that survey, respondents were invited to join the panel. The invitation was extended to all respondents who use the internet (from any location) and a random subsample of respondents who do not use the internet.

            Of the 10,013 adults interviewed, 9,809 were invited to take part in the panel. A total of 5,338 agreed to participate and provided either a mailing address or an email address to which a welcome packet, a monetary incentive and future survey invitations could be sent. Panelists also receive a small monetary incentive after participating in each wave of the survey.

            This is not like so many that we see that just sits there and waits for links from interested bloggers to send their sycophants to participate. No one had any idea what these questions would entail, and they were contacted randomly by phone.

            Try again.

            1. and a random subsample of respondents who do not use the internet.

              So at least some portion of the survey takers either lied or are functionally retarded.

              That’s useful info.

              1. So at least some portion of the survey takers either lied or are functionally retarded.

                I’m reminded of your comment downthread. and I agree wholeheartedly.

            2. Oh god this is too good. Scramble and spin, there, tuff gai!

              You used an idiotic self-administered internet survey to “prove” that “many” women can’t handle criticism. And then instead of going “well, yeah, those are notoriously unreliable”, you dug in instead. You. Are. A. Fucking. Idiot.

              I don’t have to try anything again, you do all the work for me, you fucking imbecile. Thanks for that, by the way.

              HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

              1. Maybe use a few more caps. Ya know, instead of any data or even a dictionary. Seems to be working great for you so far.

                1. Ooh, yes! Neg me! It works so well for all your millions of conquests, it has to work on me too!

                  AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

                  Oh, and keep on avoiding the fact that you thought a self-administered internet study means something. That is, by far, the funniest and most pathetic thing about this entire situation. You were so stupid you just believed it because you wanted it to be true. Oh god this is delicious.

                  1. You were so stupid you just believed it because you wanted it to be true.

                    Are you a wizard?

                    1. I prefer Warlock.

                    2. Ok, but I was under the impression that warlocks were like wizards only preferred bestiality to little boys.

                    3. Yes, your impression is correct. Is that your goat?

                  2. So instead of any kind of argument, you’re now going with something you made up in the fetid wasteland you call your mind. I probably should have realized how futile responding to you would be when you considered “many” to be a collectivizing word.

                    1. “Many” is a useless term. It can me 3 or 3000000000.

                    2. “Many” is a useless term. It can me 3 or 3000000000.

                      Now that is a legitimate criticism. You are correct. It is vague. I should probably have said that it appears that the group complaining the most about harassment appears to heavily pull from the largest percentage of survey respondents who are traumatized at double the rate of the other category by internet interactions.

                      Phil Phish got doxed, threatened and run off the internet, but you hardly see it mentioned. Meanwhile Sarkesian and Brianna Wu are on CNN, MSNBC, BBC etc.

                      And the article linked above dovetails nicely with this one. As well as countless others I’ve seen.

                      She considers this:

                      Chris @octowombat
                      For what it’s worth, with all due respect, @AmandaMarcotte does not exactly come across as a happy, fulfilled person to me. So there.

                      harassment. Harassment worthy of restructuring internet communications as we know it, no less.
                      (continued underneath)

                    3. (continued)

                      And I just see link after link after link between those screaming about how horrible their internet harassment is and how broad they actually consider the phrase “harassment” to cover. I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say they’re pulling from that group of 40% who feel traumatized. So it leads to the thought process that I detailed in a reply to you down-thread. I should have been more clear, but I forget that not everyone is seeing the stuff that I link.

                      I’ll cop to unclear, but collectivist it’s not.

                    4. Epi is a twat who likes to use words he doesn’t understand (ex collectivist) but I don’t put too much stock in this survey. Self-selection? No.

                    5. Self-selection? No.

                      It’s not self-selected. I agree, those are mostly useless. And I’m not saying this is the word of Zod, or anything, but consider this:

                      No one chimes like this in the comments on a reason article that uses a pew survey with the same methodology to talk about attitudes towards pot legalization, do they?

                    6. Holy fuck you’re stupid. You are the collectivizing element you dumb fuck, not the word “many”. You have the track record of being a moronic misogynistic fuck–that makes you a collectivist, by the way, I know you have trouble grasping these things–and it’s hilarious watching you post idiotic shit which you think reinforces your collectivism without realizing how stupid it makes you look.

                      Keep this up, this shit is comedy gold.

                    7. You have the track record of being a moronic misogynistic fuck–that makes you a collectivist

                      Interesting. Care to back that up with anything? Anything at all? Got a link? Cause there’s no shortage of comments to mine through. Go ahead. Give it a whirl.

                      Keep this up, this shit is comedy gold.

                      Why am i not surprised that someone dumb enough to expect that everyone agrees with their own private vocabulary is easily amused?

                    8. You have the track record of being a moronic misogynistic fuck

                      “DEM PANTIES GONNA DROP WHEN SHE SEES HOW SENSITIVE I AM!”

    2. SJW irony alert:

      I know it feels good to belong to a group, to feel righteous in belonging to a cause, but causing fear and pushing people away from gaming is not the way to go about doing it. Think through the repercussions of your actions and the people you are aligning yourself with. And think honestly about whether your actions are genuinely going to change gaming life for the better.

      Man, they really, really hate it when they’re not the ones with the torches and pitchforks, don’t they?

    3. You have the strangest definition of study.

      1. I thought that was code for watching porn.

        1. That makes a whole lot more sense. Well carry on then.

      2. You are correct. Survey would have been more accurate. Apologies.

        1. Just one apology is needed. Why do you feel the need to collectivize everything?

    4. Many women view criticism as traumatizing.

      Many people are idiots. Women, being people, do not surprise in this regard.

      1. Agreed. But at numbers almost as high as 40 percent, it helps to explain some things I was wondering about. I’ve read so many articles complaining about harassment, then seen the examples posted. Most of the stuff the SJWs post is just rude criticism, usually lighter than what they themselves dish out on twitter.

        I just figured they were faking. But maybe most of them aren’t. Maybe they really feel that getting called an idiot for labeling someone a rapist because of an unsourced blog post they read is really vile harassment.

        It changes my perspective on a few things.

  28. Hey, it’s the weekend, so here’s some good news: TLC is cancelling Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

    NOoooooooooooo…!!!

    Conan O’Brien joked on Twitter: “I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as ‘Slutty Madeleine Albright.'” The former Secretary of State responded: “I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched.”

    And I’m going as the million-Iraqi-dead-is-worth-it Madeleine Albright, because I really want to scare some kids next Friday.

  29. Officer Wilson just wanted to help that boy. He was going to buy him an ice cream cone, and give him a ride home.

  30. There are 850 164-year-old voters in New York City. Yes, you read that right.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..n-process/

    1. I knew it! Highlander WAS a documentary.

      1. Yes, BuSab, The Highlander was a documentary, and events happened…in real time.

        (jumps off cliff)

        1. Without bathroom breaks.

      2. There can be only … 850.

        1. Since NYC banned long blades, it makes the whole decapitation thing trickier. I mean do you have any idea how long it takes to get a fellow immortal’s head off with a fixed blade less than 4″ long?

          1. Dude. Lightsabers.

          2. What does ‘incompetent’ mean? What does ‘baffled’ mean?

            (I love that line…)

            1. You’re telling me that the newstand guy who’s busting the chief detective’s balls wouldn’t have a long ride to the station in 1980’s NYC?

              I call bullshit. Totally ruins the realism of Highlander.

          3. Well, yes. ISIS has some instructional videos on the subject.

    2. Unpossible. Voter fraud is a right-wing myth.

      Of course, this would happen in a conservative stronghold like New York City.

  31. In other news, Amber Vinson, the other nurse with Ebola, that nobody gives a shit about because she’s black, also was declared Ebola free.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..ola-virus/

    1. Is it possible nobody gives a shit because she is ebola-free?

      Side note: I didn’t give a shit in the first place.

    2. Sell your blood! And, ideally, your plasma B cells, so we can make them into immortal hybridomas and screen them for the ones secreting neutralizing monoclonal antibodies!

    3. The black part probably plays a role, but I think “homely” and “not a media whore” are probably more significant.

    4. Pretty much.

      Attractive young Asian girl? Great for photo ops

      Overweight meh black woman? Who were you again?

    5. In other news, Amber Vinson, the other nurse with Ebola, that nobody gives a shit about because she’s black, also was declared Ebola free.

      Now, normally I think the racial grievances towards the press are bullshit or even backwards. But I’ve got to give you this one. While having read about her, I didn’t even know she was black. I guess they just use the other nurse’s picture every time they talk about them both in an article.

  32. “Ron Paul to Jesse Ventura on nonviolent drug offenders: “Pardon ’em all””

    http://www.salon.com/2014/09/0…..on_em_all/

  33. There’s an awful lot of hostility on here for a post without any Tony, Shreek, or Bo comments. Is it a full moon or something?

    1. Epi’s on the rag or something.

      1. I think his hooker ran off with his stash last night while he was in the can.

      2. Let me explain. No that would take too long let me sum up. Epi’s just in a lot of pain because he jumped off a cliff and broke something because a talking milkshake told him Highlander was a documentary and Coeus was watching a porn survey that Epi thought was bullshit and eh scratch that…he’s on the rag.

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