fear breasts, as the moth fears the candle
Sunday, 22 April 2018

Is this the third party ultimatum?

quote [ Bernie Forces Ask Clinton And Top Democrats To Recommit To Cutting Superdelegates

"We believe that the passage of these reforms is a fundamental and necessary step," reads the draft of a letter from Jeff Weaver, a top Sanders adviser ]

Is the Democratic party an open and a (Small D)democratic party ...or not?

[SFW] [politics]
[by bbqkink@2:21amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Verne Troyer Dead at 49

quote [ Verne Troyer has died at 49. ]

You ready mini-me? Okay
[SFW] [obituaries] [+4 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:32pmGMT] [5 comments]

Ghosts In The Reels

quote [ The problem with 30 to 50 years is that any tape drive that wrote that data probably no longer can read and write data just because it has exceeded its expected lifetime. ]

Just read that digital film archives also rely on magnetic tapes.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@8:05pmGMT] [2 comments]

Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional

quote [ Indiana's ban on "selective abortions," which was signed into law in 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence (R), is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The law banned women from having abortions based on the gender, race or disability of the fetus.

The law imposes an "undue burden" on a woman's right to get an abortion, said the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. ]

I remember the circle of old white men congratulating each other after the ram-rodded this through originally
[SFW] [Big Brother]
[by knumbknutz@2:41pmGMT] [10 comments]

Here's Why You've Never Heard Of The Titanic's Chinese Survivors

quote [ A century ago, a racist press muddied their names when it didn't ignore them entirely. ]

A titanic shadow
[SFW] [history] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:33pmGMT] [1 comment]

What's On Steam

quote [ Every single Steam launch in bite-sized capsules. Updated every 10m. ]

It seems Theodore "90% of everything is crud" Sturgeon was entirely too optimistic.
[SFW] [games] [+4 Informative]
[by arrowhen@12:02amGMT] [7 comments]

Friday, 20 April 2018

Stench Leads to Home Crawling With Stolen Tortoises—10,000 of Them

quote [ A gruesome discovery by authorities in Madagascar highlights a grave threat to a highly endangered species of tortoise. ]

I wonder how many turtles I could fit in my house?
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+3 WTF]
[by satanspenis666@8:50pmGMT] [6 comments]

“2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made

quote [ Hippies may have saved “2001.” “Stoned audiences” flocked to the movie. David Bowie took a few drops of cannabis tincture before watching, and countless others dropped acid. According to one report, a young man at a showing in Los Angeles plunged through the movie screen, shouting, “It’s God! It’s God!” ]

Nice deep recollection of anecdotes. Protip: turning off Javascript immensely speeds up page loading.

[SFW] [tv & movies] [+6 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@6:49pmGMT] [11 comments]

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign

quote [ "During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign," DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

"This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency." ]

Now that's how an opposition party behaves. "Unprecedented treachery", well put.
[SFW] [politics] [+7 Good]
[by hellboy@5:50pmGMT] [14 comments]

This Is What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

quote [ Eastern Washington had cheap power and tons of space. Then the suitcases of cash started arriving. ]

This is one of the things that drives me crazy about vapocurrencies. "Mining" is exchanging actual work, in the form of energy burned, in return for nothing of intrinsic value. That same energy could be used for lots of more useful things, including processing SETI or Kepler data (which has a very small but still far larger chance of yielding something of actual value), rather than doing nothing more than contributing to global warming and the entropy of the universe. At least the tulip bubble looked pretty and was useful, if nothing else, for fertilizer.

[SFW] [business] [+4 Interesting]
[by hellboy@5:46pmGMT] [12 comments]

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