Ridiculous Spam Attack Open Thread

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The title says it all — we’re under attack by dozens of new accounts, apparently all originating in India by way of anonymous proxies. A few weeks ago we were attacked by the same crew — they always post the same idiot spam, consisting of user support telephone numbers that may or may not be genuine — but this time is an order of magnitude worse. They’re obviously running some kind of script that lets them post LGF Pages as fast as possible.

So for now, I’ve turned off new registrations, and here’s an open thread to play in while I clean up the mess and consider how to prevent it from happening again.

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191 comments

1
HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:15:09am

Thanks Charles. Sorry about these problems.

2
Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:17:17am

It was like it was completely automated.
And they anticipated accounts being shut down and kept creating new ones by adding an number or letter to the earlier accounts.
Quite amazing to watch in action.

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lawhawk  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:19:28am

Prevent anyone from posting more than 1 new page in a X span (minutes/hours).

Prevent new registrants from posting pages until they’ve obtained a positive karma score.

Prevent new registrants from posting pages until X days after registering. If they fail to post into a discussion within that time, kill their registration.

Some combination of the above.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:20:04am

Looks like 27 accounts total.

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makeitstop  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:20:38am

Just think of how bad the attacks would be if LGF was relevant…

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gocart mozart  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:20:52am

I have been PERMANENTLY Suspended from twitter for the following exchange which apparently qualifies AS “targeted harassment”

[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:21:34am

re: #4 Charles Johnson

Looks like 27 accounts total.

JFC.

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makeitstop  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:21:37am

re: #6 gocart mozart

I have been PERMANENTLY Suspended from twitter for the following exchange which apparently qualifies AS “targeted harassment”

[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

Well, that sucks. I enjoyed your tweets!

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:21:52am

re: #6 gocart mozart

I have been PERMANENTLY Suspended from twitter for the following exchange which apparently qualifies AS “targeted harassment”

[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

[Can’t find this tweet right now: twitter.com ]

Can’t see it.

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alloutofcrazyhere  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:23:02am

Time to starting putting in a CAPTCHA like system?

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lawhawk  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:23:03am
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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:23:04am

My recommendation is that new registrations should only be allowed to post pages when:
1. They have introduced themselves in a main thread and posted at least 10 comments in the conversation

2. They have received 10 updings.

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Birth Control Works  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:25:29am

I need some help with a printer … .

/

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:26:03am

re: #3 lawhawk

Prevent anyone from posting more than 1 new page in a X span (minutes/hours).

Prevent new registrants from posting pages until they’ve obtained a positive karma score.

Prevent new registrants from posting pages until X days after registering. If they fail to post into a discussion within that time, kill their registration.

Some combination of the above.

As I mentioned last thread, follow Daily Kos’s rule that you can’t comment the first 24 hours after registration.

And the accounts can’t plus or minus other comments for a set period after registration. This prevents multiple accounts being registered simultaneously to get positive karma.

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Birth Control Works  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:27:04am

Any hatchling that doesn’t immediately clean-up their goo should be banned.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:27:21am

“Do it on your own time” Say people who have no doubt tweeted right wing slogans while working.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:28:54am
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wrenchwench  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:28:56am

re: #3 lawhawk

Prevent anyone from posting more than 1 new page in a X span (minutes/hours).

Prevent new registrants from posting pages until they’ve obtained a positive karma score.

Prevent new registrants from posting pages until X days after registering. If they fail to post into a discussion within that time, kill their registration.

Some combination of the above.

re: #12 The Vicious Babushka

My recommendation is that new registrations should only be allowed to post pages when:
1. They have introduced themselves in a main thread and posted at least 10 comments in the conversation

2. They have received 10 updings.

Can’t help thinking of SpaceJesus. Positive karma score is not definitive of much.

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unproven innocence  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:30:25am

A thread-relevent Rachel Maddow post video from March 20:

Russia Seeks Parity With US On Cyber-Power | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Another from March 21:
Rachel Maddow looks at the role of Russian bot networks and cyber war tactics during the 2016 U.S. election and notes that those things didn’t just go away after the election.

Russia Continues Info-War Tactics In US | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:32:25am

Good grief. They managed to post more than 450 pages.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:33:00am

Good thing I have the NUKE command. They’re all gone now.

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:33:18am

Bob Costas, saying what I think:

BOB COSTAS: Part of what’s happened is that sports and patriotism and the flag have been conflated to such an extent that people can’t separate out any nuance. If you go to see “Hamilton,” which is about the founding of the republic, no one said, wait a minute. Don’t raise the curtain until we hear the national anthem. Went to see “Saving private Ryan” no one said turn off the projector until we’ve had the national anthem. It’s in sports where this stuff happens.

Sometimes movingly, sometimes I submit cynically, because wrapping yourself in the flag and honoring the military is something which no one is going to object to. We all respect their sacrifice. We all honor their sacrifice, and yet what it has come to mean is that the flag is primarily and only about the military.

This is no disrespect to the military. It’s a huge part of the narrative, but Martin Luther King was a patriot. Susan B. Anthony was a patriot. Dissidents are patriots. School teachers and social workers are patriots. And yet at Yankee stadium, if we can shift sports, not only play the national anthem before the game but “God bless America” at the seventh inning stretch 81 games a year and say, please rise as the Yankees honor a military guest. I have no problem with that. I stand every time I’m in the ballpark no matter what it is, I stand. And certainly respect the military person they bring out there. But never a schoolteacher, or social worker. Patriotism comes in many forms, and what has happened is that it’s been conflated with — with kind of a bumper sticker kind of flag waving, and with the military only. So that people cannot see that in his own way, Colin Kaepernick, however imperfectly, is doing a patriotic thing and so, too, are some other players.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:33:50am

re: #20 Charles Johnson

Good grief. They managed to post more than 450 pages.

as I said…it was amazing to watch happen in real time.

Like a biblical plague, they were…

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Dr. Matt  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:34:36am

Gene Simmons is trying to be a bigger racist than Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Shitler combined:

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JordanRules  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:37:11am
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Eventual Carrion  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:37:44am

re: #24 Dr. Matt

Gene Simmons is trying to be a bigger racist than Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Shitler combined:

[Embedded content

Gene Simmons:”I know the culture in Africa is loincloths, but I don’t carry around a bow&arrow and wear a loincloth” ]

Funny, Ted Nugent does

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:39:02am

re: #24 Dr. Matt

Gene Simmons is trying to be a bigger racist than Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Shitler combined:

[Embedded content]

Guy is a shitty musician and an even shittier human being. Rock died in 1988? Uh no Gene. It’s still alive and well and you were never talented. Just great at marketing yourself.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:39:43am

re: #26 Eventual Carrion

Funny, Ted Nugent does

Snap.

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Stanley Sea  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:39:55am

Boop

“Everyone should know, including the president, this is what real locker room talk is,” Lockhart said.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:40:32am

re: #29 Stanley Sea

Boop

[Embedded content]

Good. They did nothing wrong.

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Skip Intro  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:41:22am

This issue was mentioned here a few days ago. Here’s confirmation.

iOS 11 is causing massive battery drain problems

A study conducted by security research firm Wandera shows that iOS 11 is causing iPhone and iPad batteries to drain faster than ever — much faster. The difference between iOS 10 and iOS 11 is anything but minor; batteries can drain in half the amount of time following the upgrade.

Wandera’s report shows how, on average, an iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 takes 240 minutes of usage to drain the battery from 100 percent to zero. With iOS 11 installed, this number plummets to just 96 minutes — over twice as fast.

betanews.com

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:41:43am

re: #29 Stanley Sea

No discipline for anthem-skipping teams as NFL fires back at Trump

Ah, remember those halcyon days when all the teams stayed in the locker room until after the national anthem?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:42:26am

re: #32 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Ah, remember those halcyon days when all the teams stayed in the locker room until after the national anthem?

Thanks Obama. No seriously the practice started in the Obama years.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:43:08am

re: #33 HappyWarrior

Thanks Obama. No seriously the practice started in the Obama years.

That is one of those major nuances that is left out of the shouting match…

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Skip Intro  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:43:30am

re: #32 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Why is the stupid anthem played at every sports event down to little league baseball?

How about saving it for special occasions?

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Birth Control Works  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:43:36am

i got chores

bbl

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Dr. Matt  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:44:43am

re: #27 HappyWarrior

Guy is a shitty musician and an even shittier human being. Rock died in 1988? Uh no Gene. It’s still alive and well and you were never talented. Just great at marketing yourself.

His litmus test is whether a musician gets recognized and mugged by fans walking down the street. Fucking idiot.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:45:00am

re: #35 Skip Intro

Why is the stupid anthem played at every sports event down to little league baseball?

How about saving it for special occasions?

The World Wars actually.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:45:46am

re: #37 Dr. Matt

His litmus test is whether a musician gets recognized and mugged by fans walking down the street. Fucking idiot.

He thinks he’s the best because he’s made tons of money. Well Robert Johnson died in poverty and he had more talent in his pinky than Gene does in his entire body.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:46:29am

re: #38 HappyWarrior

The World Wars actually.

Yep, originally instituted as a way to honor returning veterans.

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jaunte  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:48:09am
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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:48:56am

re: #40 Eclectic Cyborg

Yep, originally instituted as a way to honor returning veterans.

Speaking of returning veterans, I was reading about how in the South, black soldiers were told not to wear their uniforms because it would offend sensibilities. Yeah and wingnuts say everyone was a lot less “PC” in those days when they couldn’t even handle a black man in a US Army uniform.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:49:15am

re: #41 jaunte

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Never been a huge Dean fan but props to him speaking out.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:50:21am

re: #25 JordanRules

Are they planning on tipping all these people out of their wheelchairs to make it easier to arrest them?

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Semper Fi  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:51:30am

May I express a little rant in honor of this open thread? I’ll try to be cool about it.

I don’t know why the Liberty Mutual tv commercials make me so angry with them. Maybe its just that the Southwest seems to be deluged many times per hour and that repetitious interruption is so bothersome. Maybe. However, to my mind it’s their commercial misuse of the Statue of Liberty that has so much historical meaning to me. I’m not an immigrant but its not difficult for me to imagine what place she holds in the minds of millions who are.

It is so bad that I immediately switch channels when a LM commercial starts…and that is several times per day.

Thank you.

Rant off

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Stanley Sea  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:52:20am

re: #45 Semper Fi

I named it Brad.

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jaunte  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:52:22am

re: #43 HappyWarrior

Good luck everybody!

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:53:00am

re: #47 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Good luck everybody!

He’s such a dick.

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jaunte  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:53:39am
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Ace-o-aces  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:53:51am

She did really set it up on a tee though…

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sagehen  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:53:54am

re: #46 Stanley Sea

I named it Brad.

Nothing can replace Brad.

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:54:47am

re: #42 HappyWarrior

Where did you read that?

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Stanley Sea  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:54:56am

re: #51 sagehen

We’re so mean

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:55:04am

re: #51 sagehen

Nothing can replace Brad.

Has Liberty Mutual called yet?

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sagehen  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:55:48am

OT: anybody watch Star Trek Discovery last night?

Is it worth my time?

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Dr. Matt  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:55:59am

re: #31 Skip Intro

This issue was mentioned here a few days ago. Here’s confirmation.

iOS 11 is causing massive battery drain problems

betanews.com

I followed a link from that story to find this out:

In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories.” The company says that “both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available…..”

I never noticed that. And I had been using the control center over the weekend to turn them off thinking I was preserving battery life.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:56:04am

“Mommy, what did we do that week 30 million people lost their healthcare?”

“We spent most of it arguing about football players kneeling for the Anthem.”

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:56:11am

re: #50 Ace-o-aces

[Embedded content]

She did really set it up on a tee though…

Only in America can you commercialize “patriotism” this way. She’s free to do what she wants.

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Stanley Sea  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:56:26am

Marco Rubio just arrived in PR.

Good.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:56:44am

re: #52 Belafon

Where did you read that?

I think it was on the SPLC’s facebook page when they did an article on an unsolved case of a returning black WWII vet.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:57:26am

newyorker.com

My mistake Belafon, it was the New Yorker.

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Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:58:17am

Still not up to watching Ken Burns Vietnam doc but getting close. I know a lot of you have seen it. How is it moving along? Don’t worry about spoilers, I know how it ends.

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Semper Fi  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:59:01am

re: #57 Eclectic Cyborg

“Mommy, what did we do that week 30 million people lost their healthcare?”

“We spent most of it arguing about football players kneeling for the Anthem.”

That deserves more updings but I’m limited to one.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:59:19am

re: #62 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Still not up to watching Ken Burns Vietnam doc but getting close. I know a lot of you have seen it. How is it moving along? Don’t worry about spoilers, I know how it ends.

Just finished the first half of 1968. I find it very fascinating since we hear Vietnamese voices as well.

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 10:59:45am

re: #45 Semper Fi

May I express a little rant in honor of this open thread? I’ll try to be cool about it.

I don’t know why the Liberty Mutual tv commercials make me so angry with them. Maybe its just that the Southwest seems to be deluged many times per hour and that repetitious interruption is so bothersome. Maybe. However, to my mind it’s their commercial misuse of the Statue of Liberty that has so much historical meaning to me. I’m not an immigrant but its not difficult for me to imagine what place she holds in the minds of millions who are.

It is so bad that I immediately switch channels when a LM commercial starts…and that is several times per day.

Thank you.

Rant off

For nearly the first dozen of those commercials, the woman always got into a wreck, but the man in the commercial was the one hit. That finally changed with the couple where the woman goes “Until one of us-” and the guy hangs his head.

It’s very similar to my observation that there were about four years from that one dating site with the older man (I can’t think of the sites name, it’s not match.com) where only the man would speak in the commercials.

Edit: EHarmony is the site’s name. Only the guy spoke. It was creepy.

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Stanley Sea  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:00:25am

re: #62 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Still not up to watching Ken Burns Vietnam doc but getting close. I know a lot of you have seen it. How is it moving along? Don’t worry about spoilers, I know how it ends.

I’m behind. Need to catch up tonight.

I think it is very educating.

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makeitstop  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:00:55am

re: #47 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Good luck everybody!

Have a great time!

Asshole. (Trump, not you.)

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jaunte  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:01:07am

re: #46 Stanley Sea

I named it Brad.

I don’t know why the agency thought they could annoy everyone into buying insurance.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:01:19am

re: #47 jaunte

That was five days ago. Not a word from Trump about Puerto Rico since then.

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jaunte  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:02:02am

re: #69 Charles Johnson

He’s focused on the things that put money in his pocket.

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gwangung  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:02:28am

re: #64 HappyWarrior

Just finished the first half of 1968. I find it very fascinating since we hear Vietnamese voices as well.

Some of my Vietnamese friends are still a little unhappy that Burns still did not do enough to bring Vietnamese voices into the discussion.

I think it’s a fair issue to discuss (since, after all, it WAS their country).

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:02:50am

re: #68 jaunte

I don’t know why the agency though they could annoy everyone into buying insurance.

Well, if you can’t get Flo, a gecko, JK Simmons, or the Mayhem guy, you gotta go to plan E.

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wheat-dogg  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:03:11am

re: #62 Shiplord Kirel, live from behind wingnut lines

Still not up to watching Ken Burns Vietnam doc but getting close. I know a lot of you have seen it. How is it moving along? Don’t worry about spoilers, I know how it ends.

I’ve watched the first two segments so far, up to 1963 and the JFK assassination. I’ve learned several things I never knew before, since I was only 7 when JFK died. For example, the incredibly corrupt Diem regime,which got so bad the USA told the South Vietnamese generals, do what you will, we have no say in the matter.

Several of the US experts interviewed said it was obvious from the very beginning that a war with the North was a losing proposition, but no president wanted to admit to it. So, we stayed with it far longer than was logical.

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jaunte  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:03:21am

Football/flag jingoism shores up the base, who ignore their own interests once again while R’s give a massive tax cut to the super-rich.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:03:26am
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MsJ  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:03:29am

re: #50 Ace-o-aces

[Embedded content]

She did really set it up on a tee though…

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Stanley Sea  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:03:37am
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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:03:43am
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MsJ  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:04:17am

re: #55 sagehen

OT: anybody watch Star Trek Discovery last night?

Is it worth my time?

We (hubby and I) both liked it quite a lot.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:04:30am

re: #64 HappyWarrior

Just finished the first half of 1968. I find it very fascinating since we hear Vietnamese voices as well.

How does it stack up to the earlier PBS documentary, Vietnam: A Television History ?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:04:35am

re: #71 gwangung

Some of my Vietnamese friends are still a little unhappy that Burns still did not do enough to bring Vietnamese voices into the discussion.

I think it’s a fair issue to discuss (since, after all, it WAS their country).

It’s definitely a fair issue. You can’t discuss the war without hearing their perspectives. I actually found out one of my mom’s good friends who is from Vietnam lost her father in the war.

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electrotek  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:04:58am

re: #73 wheat-dogg

I’ve watched the first two segments so far, up to 1963 and the JFK assassination. I’ve learned several things I never knew before, since I was only 7 when JFK died. For example, the incredibly corrupt Diem regime,which got so bad the USA told the South Vietnamese generals, do what you will, we have no say in the matter.

Several of the US experts interviewed said it was obvious from the very beginning that a war with the North was a losing proposition, but no president wanted to admit to it. So, we stayed with it far longer than was logical.

I’ve pissed off a few Vietnamese-Americans when I condemned Ngo Dinh Diem which they see with rose-tinted glasses. Of course, this was over in Garden Grove, CA, otherwise known as “Little Saigon”.

How can anyone support such a repressive regime like that? Especially a Catholic one that literally attempted to wipe out Buddhism in the country?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:05:21am

re: #80 Dr Lizardo

How does it stack up to the earlier PBS documentary, Vietnam: A Television History ?

Can’t say having not seen that.

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Stanley Sea  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:06:33am

re: #71 gwangung

Haven’t seen you in awhile! Nice!

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:07:16am

re: #82 electrotek

I’ve pissed off a few Vietnamese-Americans when I condemned Ngo Dinh Diem which they see with rose-tinted glasses. Of course, this was over in Garden Grove, CA, otherwise known as “Little Saigon”.

How can anyone support such a repressive regime like that? Especially a Catholic one that literally attempted to wipe out Buddhism in the country?

It’s all about who you talk to. My brother went to lunch one day at a Cuban restaurant owned by a Cuban immigrant. The guy not surprisingly was very anti Castro and apologetic about the Bautista regime and resented any suggestion that Cuba had problems pre-revolution.

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dangerman  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:07:23am

re: #11 lawhawk

[Embedded content]

ITS IN ALL CAPS!

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:08:20am

re: #75 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

They’ll find a new outrage when their coffee cups aren’t up to par.

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electrotek  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:08:28am

re: #85 HappyWarrior

It’s all about who you talk to. My brother went to lunch one day at a Cuban restaurant owned by a Cuban immigrant. The guy not surprisingly was very anti Castro and apologetic about the Bautista regime and resented any suggestion that Cuba had problems pre-revolution.

Not shocking, Bautista was horrible. How can anyone defend him when he fled to fascist Spain under Franco when things got tough for him?

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gwangung  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:08:44am

re: #84 Stanley Sea

Haven’t seen you in awhile! Nice!

Off writing a play. We’ll see what happens next….

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:08:46am

re: #83 HappyWarrior

Can’t say having not seen that.

For those who may be curious or who’ve never seen it, here’s episode 1 of VIetnam: A Television History. It was first broadcast in 1983 on PBS.

Vietnam a Television History Episode 1

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Shropshire Slasher  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:09:26am

I am very happy to see Company of Thieves have decided to continue touring.

Company of Thieves - Oscar Wilde (Live at House of Blues Chicago 9/22/17)

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William Lewis  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:09:54am

re: #22 Belafon

Bob Costas, saying what I think:

“To be a radical is, in the best and only decent sense of the word, patriotic.”

Michael Harrington
Socialism
1972

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:10:05am
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gwangung  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:11:26am

re: #82 electrotek

I’ve pissed off a few Vietnamese-Americans when I condemned Ngo Dinh Diem which they see with rose-tinted glasses. Of course, this was over in Garden Grove, CA, otherwise known as “Little Saigon”.

How can anyone support such a repressive regime like that? Especially a Catholic one that literally attempted to wipe out Buddhism in the country?

It’s a question you can ask Americans, of course, given the repression in Ferguson and Standing Rock (not to mention our adventures overseas). Supporters give the excesses a pass while still generally supporting the former state, thinking they could have fixed the worst of it.

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:11:36am

re: #93 goddamnedfrank

“So you’d better stop protesting, or we will.”

Either treat us as a fascist regime or we will become one.

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gocart mozart  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:12:01am

re: #9 HappyWarrior

1. (asshole) Photoshop of Obama smoking a bong
2. (Me) That’s a fake photo you goat fucker
3. (asshole) Obama really is a crack head
4. (Me) You really are a goat fucker.

That’s it, a 30 second exchange. I looked at his timeline and it was wall to wall Hillary-hate. I blocked and reported him. The next morning I found out I was suspended, I “appealed” they told me I will not be reinstated. They claim that constitutes “targeted harassment.”

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wheat-dogg  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:12:02am

re: #82 electrotek

I’ve pissed off a few Vietnamese-Americans when I condemned Ngo Dinh Diem which they see with rose-tinted glasses. Of course, this was over in Garden Grove, CA, otherwise known as “Little Saigon”.

How can anyone support such a repressive regime like that? Especially a Catholic one that literally attempted to wipe out Buddhism in the country?

For the same reasons people can support Trump — they figure they’d be safe from the leader’s oppressive policies. Who cares what happens to those other people?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:12:03am

re: #93 goddamnedfrank

[Embedded content]

WTF. Be grateful you’re not shot, don’t protest us such a lovely message. BTW Jeffries, people like you prefer NK’s system to ours and it’s obvious every time you speak.

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sagehen  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:12:10am

re: #64 HappyWarrior

Just finished the first half of 1968. I find it very fascinating since we hear Vietnamese voices as well.

They also made a deliberate choice that the only American politicians shown at all are in historical news clips; all the people today telling their memories are ordinary folk (draftees, draft dodgers, enlisted, family members). Last night’s episode included a guy with the most astonishing mustache I’ve ever seen, and a man in his 60’s confessing for the first time ever, on camera, to the thing he’s most of ashamed of doing in his entire life.

During the Tet Offensive, right in the middle of battle, somebody in his unit found a girl who was willing to fuck everybody in the unit if they’d give her a bunch of C-rations. So they did. All these years later, it still haunts him more than any of the violence.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:12:57am

re: #88 electrotek

Not shocking, Bautista was horrible. How can anyone defend him when he fled to fascist Spain under Franco when things got tough for him?

This guy my brother inferred was very much of the pre revolution elite.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:13:40am

re: #93 goddamnedfrank

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ummm….I believe being shot by police is the entire point of #TakeAKnee

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sagehen  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:14:16am

re: #71 gwangung

Some of my Vietnamese friends are still a little unhappy that Burns still did not do enough to bring Vietnamese voices into the discussion.

I think it’s a fair issue to discuss (since, after all, it WAS their country).

Because subtitles are a bitch. He did manage to bring in more than I’d ever heard before.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:14:19am

re: #94 gwangung

It’s a question you can ask Americans, of course, given the repression in Ferguson and Standing Rock (not to mention our adventures overseas). Supporters give the excesses a pass while still generally supporting the former state, thinking they could have fixed the worst of it.

Yep. Ditto what’s already said. Good to see ya.

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dangerman  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:14:24am

re: #65 Belafon

For nearly the first dozen of those commercials, the woman always got into a wreck, but the man in the commercial was the one hit. That finally changed with the couple where the woman goes “Until one of us-” and the guy hangs his head.

It’s very similar to my observation that there were about four years from that one dating site with the older man (I can’t think of the sites name, it’s not match.com) where only the man would speak in the commercials.

My beef is the implication they didn’t read their policy and know the terms of what they were buying in the first place. They “found out” about their coverage after the accident..when they needed it…. Cause originally they bought it on the cheap without adequate coverage

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Romantic Heretic  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:15:15am

re: #44 The Vicious Babushka

Are they planning on tipping all these people out of their wheelchairs to make it easier to arrest them?

Shhhh! Don’t give ‘em any ideas!

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William Lewis  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:15:23am

re: #50 Ace-o-aces

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She did really set it up on a tee though…

I am so glad I am not on Twitter because I couldn’t have resisted asking the NSFW question.

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Stanley Sea  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:15:47am

re: #89 gwangung

Off writing a play. We’ll see what happens next….

Good luck, keep us posted.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:16:20am

re: #102 sagehen

Because subtitles are a bitch. He did manage to bring in more than I’d ever heard before.

He’s had NVA, ARVN, Viet Minh, Vietcong, & civilian voices.

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b.d. (bill d.)  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:18:03am

re: #93 goddamnedfrank

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So anytime Jeffress complains about so-called Christian oppression in the US we should remind him that he is lucky he isn’t in North Korea?

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:18:59am

re: #109 b.d. (bill d.)

So anytime Jeffress complains about so-called Christian oppression in the US we should remind him that he is lucky he isn’t in North Korea?

No, that’s persecution.//

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:19:32am
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goddamnedfrank  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:20:37am
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lawhawk  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:21:10am

How dare people who’d be most at risk of losing their health coverage because of the GOP mendacity protest and complain about the GOP’s treatment of health care funding as a piggy bank for the rich to exploit and shift all the burdens to those who can’t afford them.

The GOP will try to wait out the protesters.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:22:16am
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Romantic Heretic  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:22:48am

re: #90 Dr Lizardo

Another excellent documentary on Vietnam, The Ten Thousand Day War. It’s a Canadian production.

Vietnam The Ten Thousand Day War 01of13 America in Vietnam

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:23:12am

re: #113 lawhawk

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How dare people who’d be most at risk of losing their health coverage because of the GOP mendacity protest and complain about the GOP’s treatment of health care funding as a piggy bank for the rich to exploit and shift all the burdens to those who can’t afford them.

The GOP will try to wait out the protesters.

Any word from the self professed free speech activists?

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JordanRules  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:24:40am

Look at Americans with sustained action, paying attention to multiple things at once.
Good step by Target.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:25:45am

The spammers are checking registration over and over. They’re really determined to keep posting their stupid garbage for some reason. It’s really weird - I don’t understand how they even benefit from these posts.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:27:24am

re: #117 JordanRules

Look at Americans with sustained action, paying attention to multiple things at once.
Good step by Target.

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Good move.

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BeachDem  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:27:42am

re: #41 jaunte

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Yam is busy insulting people and starting wars—he has no time for Puerto Rico.

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Kragar  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:29:11am

re: #118 Charles Johnson

Can you just do a block based on their email source such as “*@indiaspammers.com”?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:30:54am

*blink*

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:31:30am

re: #118 Charles Johnson

The spammers are checking registration over and over. They’re really determined to keep posting their stupid garbage for some reason. It’s really weird - I don’t understand how they even benefit from these posts.

I saw the posts the last time around, except for the phone numbers they looked totally nonsensical, like the mal-formatted product of a bot that’s gone haywire.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:31:51am

re: #121 Kragar

Can you just do a block based on their email source such as “*@indiaspammers.com”?

They’re all different email addresses, and usually from places like gmail and yahoo, so blocking by email domain isn’t feasible.

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:32:20am

re: #118 Charles Johnson

The spammers are checking registration over and over. They’re really determined to keep posting their stupid garbage for some reason. It’s really weird - I don’t understand how they even benefit from these posts.

I think you might be practice. For what, I’m not entirely sure.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:33:13am
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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:33:15am
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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:33:16am

re: #122 Backwoods_Sleuth

*blink*

The one group I bet Republicans will ignore. Why should they, if the group is going to support them no matter what?

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Jay C  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:34:03am

re: #82 electrotek

I’ve pissed off a few Vietnamese-Americans when I condemned Ngo Dinh Diem which they see with rose-tinted glasses. Of course, this was over in Garden Grove, CA, otherwise known as “Little Saigon”.

How can anyone support such a repressive regime like that? Especially a Catholic one that literally attempted to wipe out Buddhism in the country?

Well, it’s actually easy to understand if one views it in the light of the usual methodology of French colonialism (which the overwhelming majority of Americans tended to ignore/dismiss/negate wrt Vietnam for decades). IOW, the Vietnamese who “mattered”, were all “Good Catholics” - I.e., tied to “The Civilized World”. - Buddhism was the “peasant religion” of the crude unwashed masses out in the paddies.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:34:18am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:36:02am

Rand can not be bribed with healthcare money for Kentucky.
He will vote for nothing less than a complete repeal.

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Shropshire Slasher  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:36:25am

Who needs a documentary on the Vietnam war when you have Sam Kinison?

“Back To School” - Sam Kinison

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ObserverArt  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:37:18am

re: #22 Belafon

Bob Costas, saying what I think:

Bravo Bob Costas!

By the way…this appears to be one those days where there is no hope to catch up on a thread. Posting is too rapid.

But I sure need me some Little Green Footballs, because as I am sure others are finding out, there is nowhere to hide from this flag/sports/honor thing.

If everyone would just agree with something like Costas wrote then we could just move on.

Something tells me The Don has done this for a reason. He is readying his army of followers with stuff like this.

All I can think of is he realizes he is in deep with the investigations and he hopes his Army of Trumpers will protect him from ejection.

Many feared this could get ugly. This could get ugly.

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Ace-o-aces  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:38:15am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:38:29am
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Dr Lizardo  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:38:33am

re: #115 Romantic Heretic

Another excellent documentary on Vietnam, The Ten Thousand Day War. It’s a Canadian production.

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I’ll have to check that out…..looks good.

There’s a lot of good stuff on YouTube - it’s not just all ranting, swivel-eyed loons and frothing-at-the-mouth Flat Earthers. There’s a great documentary on the Spanish Civil War, a BBC documentary on WWI and many others.

Of course, there’s also some glorious vintage ’70s woowoo, which I like to watch every now and then; it’s good for a hearty chuckle.

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Dr. Matt  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:39:33am

re: #118 Charles Johnson

The spammers are checking registration over and over. They’re really determined to keep posting their stupid garbage for some reason. It’s really weird - I don’t understand how they even benefit from these posts.

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:40:19am

re: #135 Backwoods_Sleuth

Aristocrats don’t care what happens to the rubes. They’re just interrupting his nap time.

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ObserverArt  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:40:22am

re: #23 Backwoods_Sleuth

as I said…it was amazing to watch happen in real time.

Like a biblical plague, they were…

My very small forum of racing fans had a similar attack back when I did a new software version. I hadn’t had time to set up the account creation tools and in one night I had about 40 new memberships that were all just spammers.

My recommendation to spammers that do shit like that: Get a fucking life. What are you going to gain by spamming a forum of 140 or so members?

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Ace-o-aces  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:40:27am
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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:42:00am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:42:01am
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ObserverArt  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:42:43am

re: #24 Dr. Matt

Gene Simmons is trying to be a bigger racist than Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Shitler combined:

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Simmons is as big a con artist as Trump.

He conned Indianapolis Motor Speedway out of millions for an advertising program for their IRL/Indy Racing League that got them nothing but laughed at and ridiculed. Of course Big Gene walked off with a few millions and that was that.

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BeachDem  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:42:58am

re: #78 The Vicious Babushka

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Stephen Sondheim, 1956:

Immigrant goes to America,
Many hellos in America;
Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico’s in America!

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:43:12am
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Kragar  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:43:40am
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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:44:18am

re: #124 Charles Johnson

They’re all different email addresses, and usually from places like gmail and yahoo, so blocking by email domain isn’t feasible.

It’s just a damn shame how much trouble you or I could get into just by having some white hat coder return the favor by way of a stiff finger poked into the chest. My impression is that prosecutors have zero tolerance. Even for self defense with counter-stroke code.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:44:27am

oh dear…

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electrotek  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:44:51am

re: #129 Jay C

Well, it’s actually easy to understand if one views it in the light of the usual methodology of French colonialism (which the overwhelming majority of Americans tended to ignore/dismiss/negate wrt Vietnam for decades). IOW, the Vietnamese who “mattered”, were all “Good Catholics” - I.e., tied to “The Civilized World”. - Buddhism was the “peasant religion” of the crude unwashed masses out in the paddies.

Nailed it very well here.

Although ironic how that doesn’t seem to apply with regards to Myanmar.

Plus, I don’t expect a large chunk of Americans to know where or what Dien Bien Phu is/was.

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:44:55am

re: #144 BeachDem

Stephen Sondheim, 1956:

Immigrant goes to America,
Many hellos in America;
Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico’s in America!

Puerto Rico
You ugly island
Island of tropic diseases
Always the hurricanes blowing
Always the population growing
And the money oweing

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GlutenFreeJesus  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:46:10am

re: #55 sagehen

OT: anybody watch Star Trek Discovery last night?

Is it worth my time?

Yes. And no.

I thought it was great. But the rest will only be aired on the CBS subscription service.

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:47:14am

re: #151 GlutenFreeJesus

Yes. And no.

I thought it was great. But the rest will only be aired on the CBS subscription service.

IMHO, a big mistake.

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BeachDem  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:47:18am

re: #101 Backwoods_Sleuth

ummm….I believe being shot by police is the entire point of #TakeAKnee

What? It’s not “THE TROOPS???” My surprised face.
//

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:47:34am

re: #148 Backwoods_Sleuth

oh dear…

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Patriotic lesson? Fuck you.

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:48:17am

re: #55 sagehen

OT: anybody watch Star Trek Discovery last night?

Is it worth my time?

Yes, and I unapologetically enjoyed it. Really tired of the various flavours of ST haters and superfans unhappy about it.

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ObserverArt  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:48:31am

re: #45 Semper Fi

May I express a little rant in honor of this open thread? I’ll try to be cool about it.

I don’t know why the Liberty Mutual tv commercials make me so angry with them. Maybe its just that the Southwest seems to be deluged many times per hour and that repetitious interruption is so bothersome. Maybe. However, to my mind it’s their commercial misuse of the Statue of Liberty that has so much historical meaning to me. I’m not an immigrant but its not difficult for me to imagine what place she holds in the minds of millions who are.

It is so bad that I immediately switch channels when a LM commercial starts…and that is several times per day.

Thank you.

Rant off

Okay…rant about commercials. Hyundai “Sweet Caroline” commercial. Repeated on too many channels too many times during one program too many times a day. Arrrrrgh!

That is all.

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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:48:46am

re: #151 GlutenFreeJesus

Yes. And no.

I thought it was great. But the rest will only be aired on the CBS subscription service.

I wonder if that will stick.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:48:50am

Mr. I attacked Gold Star families and said I like people who aren’t captured has no room at all to “teach patriotic lessons.”

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:49:04am

re: #137 Dr. Matt

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Varek Raith  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:49:16am

re: #151 GlutenFreeJesus

Yes. And no.

I thought it was great. But the rest will only be aired on the CBS subscription service.

In the US.
It’s on Netflix in most other places.
Yarr!

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:51:16am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:51:19am

re: #96 gocart mozart

1. (asshole) Photoshop of Obama smoking a bong
2. (Me) That’s a fake photo you goat fucker
3. (asshole) Obama really is a crack head
4. (Me) You really are a goat fucker.

That’s it, a 30 second exchange. I looked at his timeline and it was wall to wall Hillary-hate. I blocked and reported him. The next morning I found out I was suspended, I “appealed” they told me I will not be reinstated. They claim that constitutes “targeted harassment.”

Assuming you’re on broadband, just unplug your model for like an hour. Maybe you’ll get a new IP. Just sign up again. ;)re: #152 Dr Lizardo

IMHO, a big mistake.

Yup. Yuge.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:54:11am

OK, I’m writing some code to only allow posting pages after being registered for a week. That should give me time to recognize and block potential spammers.

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MsJ  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:54:56am

My god. Could someone please get the fucking first lady a stylist? Every single thing she wears in public is an abomination.

She looks three feet tall with a bowling pin waist. Shit, she looks like a plaid bowling pin.

And it probably cost $5000.00.

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danarchy  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:54:58am

re: #55 sagehen

OT: anybody watch Star Trek Discovery last night?

Is it worth my time?

Are you willing to pay $6 a month for CBS All Access for the privilege to watch it? Otherwise don’t bother watching the first Ep. It was pretty standard star trek fair, I was not impressed enough to shell out the cash to watch the rest.

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Kragar  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:55:54am
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JordanRules  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:56:06am
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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:56:41am

re: #164 MsJ

My god. Could someone please get the fucking first lady a stylist? Every single thing she wears in public is an abomination.

She looks three feet tall with a bowling pin waist. Shit, she looks like a plaid bowling pin.

And it probably cost $5000.00.

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She’s commemorating the Twin Towers with those pants. Are you not a patriot?!!!

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Mike Lamb  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:57:03am

re: #161 Charles Johnson

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But some white players did it too—can’t be about race!!

In your face libtard!

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:57:41am

re: #164 MsJ

My god. Could someone please get the fucking first lady a stylist? Every single thing she wears in public is an abomination.

She looks three feet tall with a bowling pin waist. Shit, she looks like a plaid bowling pin.

And it probably cost $5000.00.

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I’ll bet her husband picks out all her outfits so she shouldn’t look better than him.

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Belafon  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:57:48am

WFAA has a page up about whether or not players have to stand. It includes the thing going around facebook and fact checks it false: wfaa.com.

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MsJ  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:57:59am

re: #165 danarchy

Are you willing to pay $6 a month for CBS All Access for the privilege to watch it? Otherwise don’t bother watching the first Ep. It was pretty standard star trek fair, I was not impressed enough to shell out the cash to watch the rest.

I wouldn’t either. It’s on regular cable here (Space, like US SyFy), not solely via the web.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:58:57am

re: #164 MsJ

that outfit can induce migraines.

I am not joking.

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Kragar  Sep 25, 2017 • 11:59:10am
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Ace-o-aces  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:01:16pm
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MsJ  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:01:39pm

re: #170 The Vicious Babushka

I’ll bet her husband picks out all her outfits so she shouldn’t look better than him.

She looks like shit. But she still looks better than him. They are both so obviously New Money, it’s crystal clear why NY society wanted nothing to do with them.

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MsJ  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:02:11pm

re: #173 Backwoods_Sleuth

that outfit can induce migraines.

I am not joking.

It’s like a bad test pattern.

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:02:13pm

re: #167 JordanRules

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Great coach but a greater guy.

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ObserverArt  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:02:48pm

re: #101 Backwoods_Sleuth

ummm….I believe being shot by police is the entire point of #TakeAKnee

They don’t care about the original point. They have shifted the conversation away from that to the old patriot tests of the past. I believe that is the reason all this is being done.

They are drowning the actual concerns of actual Americans with their litmus test of “respect for the flag” and any slight to their patriotism disqualifies you as an American thus they are right to ignore it.

Religion and the Flag. It is here. It is wrong. It is un-American.

Fucking fascists are using evangelical teachings tied to a symbol to form a religious army for Trump.

And the sad thing is, he is just using them. He isn’t religious, it’s just another tool for his con.

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MsJ  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:04:44pm

Have The Social on in the background. Trump just got a full audience Boo. They are taking about the NFL brouhaha.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:06:10pm

re: #96 gocart mozart

1. (asshole) Photoshop of Obama smoking a bong
2. (Me) That’s a fake photo you goat fucker
3. (asshole) Obama really is a crack head
4. (Me) You really are a goat fucker.

That’s it, a 30 second exchange. I looked at his timeline and it was wall to wall Hillary-hate. I blocked and reported him. The next morning I found out I was suspended, I “appealed” they told me I will not be reinstated. They claim that constitutes “targeted harassment.”

Targeted? Against goats? I loved your tweets. So sorry man

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JordanRules  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:07:09pm

re: #178 HappyWarrior

Indeed!!

I’m also glad he exists so I don’t have to concede GOAT coach arguments to Belichick. LOL

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Dr Lizardo  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:07:23pm

Well, good night Lizards. Another day tomorrow. On the bright side, a four-day weekend owing to a state holiday on Thursday with my students all taking the day off Friday.

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austin_blue  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:07:24pm

re: #163 Charles Johnson

OK, I’m writing some code to only allow posting pages after being registered for a week. That should give me time to recognize and block potential spammers.

That sounds easiest. Just remember to put that on the registration page and explain why, or otherwise they’ll be all “Wha? Why can’t I post? Is the site broken or am I randomly banned?”

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MsJ  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:07:35pm

re: #180 MsJ

Have The Social on in the background. Trump just got a full audience Boo. They are taking about the NFL brouhaha.

Damn. These wimmens are in fire. And absolutely spot on, talking about owners vs players and harkening back to owners and what their slaves could and couldn’t do.

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Jay C  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:08:35pm

re: #149 electrotek

Plus, I don’t expect a large chunk of Americans to know where or what Dien Bien Phu is/was.

Well, true and false: - depending on what version of “Dien Bien Phu” history “Americans” picked up from the media at the time. Which, as I recall, was something along the line of:

-Vietnam was French colony
- French turned Saigon into “Paris of the Orient”.
- WWII, then something-something Commies took over.
-French came back and threw Commies out.
- Dien Bien Phu = big battle where French got their asses kicked
- Geneva Conference of 1954 where “everything got settled” - i.e., Korea-style Partition
- Everything was jake til the Evil Commies tried to take over the Noble (Catholic) Freedom-Loving Democratic Anti-Commies; and “WE” had to step in.

And which is still a viable historical narrative…

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b.d. (bill d.)  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:12:24pm

re: #164 MsJ

My god. Could someone please get the fucking first lady a stylist? Every single thing she wears in public is an abomination.

She looks three feet tall with a bowling pin waist. Shit, she looks like a plaid bowling pin.

And it probably cost $5000.00.

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Is Harry flashing a gang sign?

//

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Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:12:25pm

re: #42 HappyWarrior

Speaking of returning veterans, I was reading about how in the South, black soldiers were told not to wear their uniforms because it would offend sensibilities. Yeah and wingnuts say everyone was a lot less “PC” in those days when they couldn’t even handle a black man in a US Army uniform.

Wasn’t just in the South. And not just after WWII. Last night, on the Vietnam docu-series, they had an interview with one of the recurring narrators. He was a Marine who came home, was standing outside Logan Airport in Boston, wearing his uniform, and the cabs just kept whizzing past him. Until a cop stepped in front of one of the cabs and said, “You have to pick this man up.”

The cabbies response?

“I don’t want to go to Roxbury.”

You can serve your country and earn all the medals you want. You can sign multi-million dollar contracts. And a certain segment of the population will not see past the concentration of melanin in your skin…

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HappyWarrior  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:20:12pm

re: #182 JordanRules

Indeed!!

I’m also glad he exists so I don’t have to concede GOAT coach arguments to Belichick. LOL

Haha he’s better than Belichick.

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Khal Wimpo (the extinguisher of tiki torches)  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:27:27pm

re: #164 MsJ

My god. Could someone please get the fucking first lady a stylist? Every single thing she wears in public is an abomination.

She looks three feet tall with a bowling pin waist. Shit, she looks like a plaid bowling pin.

And it probably cost $5000.00.

[Embedded content]

Is Prince Harry giving her the “devil horns” sign, or was he caught mid-tucking his hand into his vest, Napoleon style?

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TedStriker  Sep 25, 2017 • 12:30:28pm

re: #55 sagehen

OT: anybody watch Star Trek Discovery last night?

Is it worth my time?

re: #151 GlutenFreeJesus

Yes. And no.

I thought it was great. But the rest will only be aired on the CBS subscription service.

re: #152 Dr Lizardo

IMHO, a big mistake.

re: #155 Unshaken Defiance

Yes, and I unapologetically enjoyed it. Really tired of the various flavours of ST haters and superfans unhappy about it.

re: #160 Varek Raith

In the US.
It’s on Netflix in most other places.
Yarr!

This is one instance where I wouldn’t feel bad at all about “acquiring” episodes through “alternate means”; I’ve been a Netflix subscriber for more than a decade-and-a-half, back when it was only DVDs and before they got into creating original content. ST: Discovery may be CBS’ baby, but Netflix paid all of the production costs for the entire series and I’ll be damned if CBS is going to get to double-dip on me, because I’ve paid my fair share for it, just as with Netflix’s original series.


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