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'I'm too high to read the menu, can you read it out to me?'

"I winked and nodded -- it was only 5pm, so it was not too busy, plus he was really nice about it, so why not?
As I proceeded to read out our seven-item menu, he 'oohed' and 'aahed' as if I were juggling knives. When I finished, I asked what he'd like, and he responded with the most contented smile, saying, 'Everything sounds delicious! I'll have it all!' Restaurant Customers Who Were Straight-Up Garbage Disposals - Off the Menu - Thrillist

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MSNBC Anchor: "Our Job" Is To "Control Exactly What People Think"

BRZEZINSKI: "Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job." - - | Zero Hedge
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The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.


Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi: We say that the observable Universe extends for tens of billions of light years,
but the only way to really comprehend this, as humans, is to break matters down into a series of steps, starting with our visceral understanding of the size of the Earth. A non-stop flight from Dubai to San Francisco covers a distance of about 8,000 miles – roughly equal to the diameter of the Earth. The Sun is much bigger; its diameter is just over 100 times Earth’s. And the distance between the Earth and the Sun is about 100 times larger than that, close to 100 million miles. This distance, the radius of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, is a fundamental measure in astronomy; the Astronomical Unit, or AU. The spacecraft Voyager 1, for example, launched in 1977 and, travelling at 11 miles per second, is now 137 AU from the Sun. But the stars are far more distant than this. The nearest, Proxima Centauri, is about 270,000 AU, or 4.25 light years away. You would have to line up 30 million Suns to span the gap between the Sun and Proxima Centauri.

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Silent Twins: The Haunting Case of June and Jennifer Gibbons


Born in 1963, June and Jennifer were moved by their Barbadian parents to a small town off the coast of Wales called Haverfordwest.
Known for its tranquility, the town and the twins had but one thing in common: Quiet. Amazingly, the two had never spoken to anyone else their entire lives. Instead, they communicated with each other in a strange, birdlike language only they could understand.... “We have become fatal enemies in each other’s eyes. We feel the irritating deadly rays come out of our bodies, stinging each other’s skin. I say to myself, can I get rid of my own shadow, impossible or not possible? Without my shadow, would I die? Without my shadow, would I gain life, be free or left to die? Without my shadow, which I identify with a face of misery, deception, murder.” | The Lineup

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Through the first half of the Cold War, the Middle East remained a sideshow.

In 1979, however, all that changed radically.
First, rising protests against the brutal police state of the American-backed Shah of Iran led to regime collapse, the return of dissident ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and the declaration of an Islamic Republic. Then Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding 52 hostages for more than 400 days. Of course, by then few Americans remembered the CIA-instigated coup of 1953 that had toppled a democratically elected Iranian prime minister, preserved Western oil interests in that country, and started both lands on this path (though Iranians clearly hadn’t forgotten). The shock and duration of the hostage crisis undoubtedly ensured that Jimmy Carter would be a one-term president and—to make matters worse—Soviet troops intervened in Afghanistan to shore up a communist government there. It was quite a year. How We Got Here | The American Conservative

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The warning lights have been flashing, and the klaxons sounding, for more than a decade and a half.

But our pundits and prognosticators and professors and policymakers,
ensconced as they generally are deep within the bubble, were for the most part too distant from the distress of the general population to see or hear it. (So much for the vaunted “information era” and “big-data revolution.”) Now that those signals are no longer possible to ignore, it is high time for experts and intellectuals to reacquaint themselves with the country in which they live and to begin the task of describing what has befallen the country in which we have lived since the dawn of the new century. Our Miserable 21st Century | commentary

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'Mismatch' between the way our senses evolved and modern world is making us ill, experts warn

Professor Kara Hoover, of Alaska University, said humans’ noses appeared to be

“in a state of mismatch” with the modern world. “Our sense of smell evolved in very odour-rich landscapes in which we were interacting regularly with the environment,” she said. “Now today we’re not interacting with the environment and we’re in very polluted places. | The Independent

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And now "the absurd"

The elites lost their mojo by becoming absurd. It happened on the road between cultural appropriation and transgender bathrooms.

— wretchardthecat (@wretchardthecat) February 17, 2017

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America’s unfortunate record over the past couple of decades,

whether in economics, in politics, or in foreign policy, doesn't suggest that the "meritocracy" is overflowing with, you know, actual merit.
In the United States, the result has been Trump. In Britain, the result was Brexit. In both cases, the allegedly elite — who are supposed to be cool, considered, and above the vulgar passions of the masses — went more or less crazy. From conspiracy theories (it was the Russians!) to bizarre escape fantasies (A Brexit vote redo! A military coup to oust Trump!) the cognitive elite suddenly didn’t seem especially elite, or for that matter particularly cognitive. Trump and the crisis of the meritocracy: Glenn Reynolds

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Progressivism, the civic religion of the North, has degraded into a lunatic cult and marginalized itself.

Donald Trump is supposed to be the 12th invisible Hitler, returning to impose a dictatorship on America.
The trouble is, Trump sounds like a Jewish guy from Queens and his kids converted to Judaism when they got married. So far, his most enthusiastic supporter among world leaders is the Prime Minister of Israel. They ain’t making Hitlers like they used to. This comes after the nation twice elected a black guy president. The unhinged hatred of white people that has carried the Left for generations has descended into madness. The Confluence | The Z Blog

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It’s not just the lack of companionship following a spouse’s death.

It’s that a large part of living involves being there for someone, to help them, care for them and (if you’re a man) protect them or (if a woman) feed them.
(I speak here of a traditional couple, where roles are clearly defined and assumed with willingness and even joy. I have no idea how “modern” couples function, nor do I wish to follow that tangent here.) Once that part of the relationship has ended, what’s left is… not much. In my case, I can cook for myself, clothe myself, defend myself and generally look after myself and my needs. But so what? I’ve always been able to do all that. What a relationship means is that you can do all that, not just for yourself but for someone close to you — and it’s not a duty or obligation; it’s a pleasure to do it, to share it, and to give all that to someone you love. A Reason To Live – Splendid Isolation

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Okay, everybody remember where we parked.


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Leonardo's To-Do List

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Exit Interview: I Spent 20 Years Behind the Wheel of a Big Rig


I did four seasons on the ice roads, in the northern part of Canada.
I'd haul diesel fuel to diamond mines over frozen lakes for six to 10 weeks in the winter. I did a fair bit of hauling fertilizer throughout Saskatchewan for a few weeks after that, in the springtime. I just did a year and half of driving road trains in Australia -- double and triple trailers out of Perth to communities in the North-West. They're 53 and half meters [175.5 feet] long, and can weigh basically the weight of three and a half semis at once. | Atlas Obscura

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Riot Control Training and Riot Suppression Tips

Ah, but what if the rioters don’t run, but hundreds (and hundreds) of them decide to stand and fight?

Be still my heart. Oh, joy; oh happy-happy-joy-joy. These assholes know how to posture, but fight as a group, by which I mean a collective and mutually supportive action, not just a lot of people fighting at the same time? It is to laugh. If they try to stand, you don’t send a few to the hospital. You send them all to the hospital…or the morgue; whatever the market will bear. Rubber bullets, you know, fired from point blank range, are not necessarily non-lethal. -- EveryJoe

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(Speech and Press): Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell

It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it's benefits, than is done by it's abandoned prostitution to falsehood.
Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables. General facts may indeed be collected from them, such as that Europe is now at war, that Bonaparte has been a successful warrior, that he has subjected a great portion of Europe to his will, &c., &c.; but no details can be relied on. I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false. - - Amendment I

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Publishers are hiring 'sensitivity readers' to flag potentially offensive content

These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source:
a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as "dealing with terminal illness," "racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families" or "transgender issues." - Chicago Tribune

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You're different at 14 and 77 says personality study | Daily Mail Online
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It is important to no-platform the people in charge.

It would glorious if all Trump voters dropped their cable sub this month, but that’s not happening.

People like their entertainments. What you can do is build your own media platforms by relentlessly supporting the new ones coming on-line now. Gab is becoming a useful platform that is beyond the control of the Cloud People. Vox Day is starting a news service designed to curate news stories in a way that undermines the media model. .My Advice to the Alt-Right | The Z Blog

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The Question of the Age is Islam: Why the Lie?

Angela Merkel says Europe must take MORE refugees and Islam 'isn't source of terror'

Why the lie?

Pope Francis: 'Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist'

Why the lie?

Monday morning links - Maggie's Farm

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How to move a painting the size of football field


The Battle of Atlanta made its debut in February 1887 in Detroit. Senator Logan had died in December of 1886 and the work was advertised as "Logan's Great Battle" in homage to him.
His cavalry charge to reinforce the Union lines was a featured scene in the cyclorama. Believe it or not, this massive painting more than 370 feet wide and just shy of 50 feet high was designed to be moved. After it was shown in Detroit, vast swaths of the canvas were draped on wooden frames and taken on the road where it was shown in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. The Cyclorama opened in Indianapolis in May of 1888 and by then Wehner’s company was in trouble. He sold The Battle of Atlanta to a local exhibitor. In 1890, that company sold it to promoter Paul Atkinson of Madison, Georgia. The History Blog

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So they hate Trump but what are these protestors and their media enablers for?

They are for children but also for killing unborn ones with no restriction, no apology, and no need for a fee.
They are for LBGT and women's "rights," but ally themselves with Muslims who practice FGM, oppose abortion, treat women like cattle, and promote and engage in honor killings, and advocate death for LBGT people. They are for women's rights, but want men who think they are women to use women's washrooms. They are for free speech, but shut down anybody who disagrees with them, and, of course, ally themselves with Muslims who oppose freedom of speech and thought as part of their core dogma. They are against racism but try to stir up old racial animosities and conflicts that had long been resolved, buried, and forgotten. The DiploMad 2.0: Madness and Chaos: the Left in the Time of Trump

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Loving the Call of Their Murderers

Hushed reverence amongst leftists as they heed "Allahu Akbar" call to prayer at anti-Trump march.

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 20, 2017

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The modern American Left is obsessed with removing things.

I don’t know how or why it came to this, but it has.
They want to take away your single-occupancy vehicle. They want to take away your ability to operate your private business according to your religious convictions — except Muslims, who will get a pass. They want to take away your right to choose where your kids are schooled, and how. They want to take away your furnace, and your air conditioner — global warming, cough, climate change, cough, reasons, cough. They want to take away your options at restaurants, and also at the grocery store — you will no longer be allowed to have “bad” things in “bad” quantities. They want to take away your right to own firearms and defend yourself, your family, and your property — because only the police should have guns. Even though the same mouths claims the police are out of control and kill black people for sport. How the ctrl-Left drove me away from American liberalism | Brad R. Torgersen

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Spock was the epitome of logic in the original Star Trek series.
Although he had a human mother, it was the Vulcan half that was firmly in control. If he said that something was interesting, as I understood it, then he was describing an expected, objective fact. That notion is embedded deeply in today’s popular culture: cable news segments, websites and Facebook posts compete for our attention with surprising but allegedly genuine – interesting – truths. Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea | Aeon Ideas

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L.A.: "We're number one!"

Traffic study ranks Los Angeles as world's most clogged city

When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world. Drivers in the car-crazy California metropolis spent 104 hours each driving in congestion during peak travel periods last year. That topped second-place Moscow at 91 hours and third-place New York at 89, according to a traffic scorecard compiled by Inrix, a transportation analytics firm.

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In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Eppersonfrom San Francisco, California, accidentally invented the Popsicle.


It was a chilly evening when he decided to make himself a soft drink.
He mixed soda powder and water with a wooden stirring stick but somehow forgot about his drink and left it on the porch. When he woke up the next morning andreturned to the porch his drink was frozen with the wooden stir stick stuck in the frozen liquid. He ran the glass under hot water and licked the frozen treat off the wooden stir stick. He had invented a new treat and named it Epsicle. - - Vintage News

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Thoughts While Shaving


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I didn't choose thug life....


Vintage Photos Of Depression Era Gangsters And The Lawmen Who Gave Chase - Neatorama
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The demographic most opposed to President Trump is not a racial minority, but a cultural elite.

It was a war between Davos, Conde Nast, GQ, Soros, MSNBC, Hollywood, Facebook and America. And America won
. The "resistance" is a collection of elites, from actors at award shows to fashion magazines to tech billionaires, decrying a popular revolt against their rule. They are not the resistance. They are dictators in exile. They had their chance to impose their vision on the people. And they lost. The revolution will not be brought to you by BMW, by a Davos conference, by $100 cologne that smells like nothing or by Facebook lobbying. It will be brought to you by the comeback of America. Sultan Knish: The Elites are Revolting

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Ivanka Trump brand tops Amazon Best Sellers list

- Story | WNYW
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Be engaged in the political process.

While the "big" elections tend to get the most attention, we can be engaged in local politics, too.
This does not mean you should run for office, though that is certainly an option for some. Even if you cannot serve in an elected capacity, your local officials need to know who you are and what you stand for. In my local town, we had a county commissioner running for reelection this past year. He had not done a good job, but is well known in the community and seemed to have the inside track on getting his seat back. So what did we do? We found a guy who offered a better choice, we supported him, and we got him elected. If he doesn’t follow through, then we will get rid of him  next time. This is something we can all do. Whether it is a mayor, sheriff, or any other local office, get good people in there. Use that same principle for state representatives, state senators, and on up to national office. Moving Into Meatspace -- Men Of The West

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Regarding the Much Missed Happy Acres


I keep getting inquiries about Happy Acres, whose Tumblr site was nuked by the floating chunks of sewage at Tumblr. I haven't heard from Mr. Acres of late, but he has said in the past that he will be back. In the meantime he is still active on Twitter with his characteristic pith and humor. Follow him at HappyAcres (@HappyHectares) | Twitter
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The Japanese: Nuked Too Much or Not Enough?


Cat and Dog Paw-Themed Ice Cream Is Now a Thing in Japan
To many Japanese feline lovers, cat paws smell like nice things (right from caramel crepes, to wheat and sunflowers) and their soft, smooth texture is considered mysteriously soothing. Cat paws are so popular that a couple of years ago, a company came out with a hand-cream that not only left the users' hands as smooth to the touch as a cat's paw, but also made their skin smell like it too. But now, the organizers of the 2017 Japan Pet Fair, are taking this obsession one step further with two unique ice creams designed to have the texture and flavor of cat and dog paws.

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These are the days of miracles and wonders


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Develop a new Civil Defense Organization.


This organization is not designed to replace government services on a day to day basis, but is there to supplement the regular structures when the scope of the problem makes it impossible for the traditional organizations to meet the need.

* The organization can be created by any private or public institution from a small church or informal neighborhood group all the way up to the Federal Government, with a heavy emphasis on local involvement.

* Ideally, the organizations will be physically centered around local fire halls, schools, and churches, due to their central location and existing infrastructure (e.g., parking for vehicles, communications, sanitation, and bulk cooking facilities. Concepts For A New Civil Defense Organization: Part I – Overview | Western Rifle Shooters Association

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My liberal friends are gleefully scouring the semi-fake news and sending me articles that show Trump is “incompetent.”

That’s the new narrative on the left. The Hitler illusion is starting to fade because Trump refuses to build concentration camps as his critics hallucinated he would.

And Israel likes Trump, which is making the Hitler illusion harder to maintain. So the critics are evolving their main line of attack from Hitler to “incompetent,” with a dash of “chaos.” You’ll see those two words all over the Opposition Media’s coverage. It isn’t a coincidence. How to Evaluate a President | Scott Adams' Blog

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