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"The light bulb conspiracy"

last monthHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. A hat tip to my cousin in Barcelona for sending me the link to this video, which is a European production aired by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.This is a documentary that examines the history and present implementation...Show More Summary

PSA: Subsonic Squib

Hat tip to Bradley for sending us the link to this video. It is a public service announcement. Many of us have heard of squibs happening. Just like a DQ in a competitive match; there are two kinds of people out there, those that have had it happen and those that will. I only have […] Read More … The post PSA: Subsonic Squib appeared first on The Firearm Blog.

Clearstory Statement on Nazi War Diggers

This is an undated statement by the production company of "Nazi War Diggers" now apparently retitled "Battlefield Recovery" (Hat tip Andy Brockman for the link): Battlefield Recovery is a 4 x 1hr history series that throws light on less...Show More Summary

China passed 250M 4G users in July, more than double the subscribers in the U.S.

China’s 4G mobile users surpassed 250 million for the first time at the end of July, according to newly released data (link in Chinese) from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (hat tip to TechNode). If you throw 3G users into the mix, that number shoots up to a whopping 695 million users, with China’s total mobile user […]

Who Wants To Forge Their Car’s History?

Hat tip to reader Alexander who sent us a link to a comprehensive 1991 BMW 325ic’s service history offered up on eBay because someone just probably wants them for the “novelty.” The items reportedly include purchase paperwork and dealer maintenance records for an Alpine White, automatic convertible built around April 1991. Show More Summary

Walmart has commissioned a new truck

5 months agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Presumably the next step will be to make it driverless. With a hat tip to my old classmate Wren.

Earth Day Founder Loved Earth Day So Much He Killed His Girlfriend and Composted Her

Seriously, NBC News wrote a piece on Earth Day founder Ira Einhorn, who had killed his girlfriend and put her body in a trunk. And hat tip to The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway for the link.

Is Social Media a fad?

8 months agoHumor / odd : GDay World

[youtube=] My favourite line is “what happens in Vegas, stays on Flickr.” Data sourced from (follow @equalman). Hat tip to Nathan Bush for the link to the vid. The post Is Social Media a fad? appeared first on

Fennec fox plays with two girls

8 months agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Those who found the image of the captive fennec fox disturbing should enjoy this video of a fox interacting with two little girls on his home turf, so to speak. A hat tip to reader Ellen S. for locating the video.Its name...Show More Summary

Face soap is not an existential crisis for manhood

9 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Hat tip to Erik Loomis for linking to this whiny piece by Andrew O’Hagan in the New York Times style magazine. O’Hagan is mad by the supposed pressure men are under these days to groom themselves extensively, which he fears—because of course he does—is taking away his...

Links I liked

Russ Roberts interviews Josh Angrist, king of causality Does LaTeX lead to more paper errors than R? (I prefer LyX) (Hat tip to Development Impact blog for the last two) AEJ Applied has an astonishingly good special issue devoted to microfinance … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Gunfondlers: Big Fans of Statistics, But Only the Invented Ones

Hat tip to commentor Howard Beale IV for the AddictingInfo link: The Texas House approved the use of “panic buttons” in lawmakers’ offices after several incidences earlier this month where open-carry advocates showed up to bully andShow More Summary

Are women inherently less trustworthy than men? (Answer: No, but people believe it.)

11 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Hat tip to Feministing for linking this soul-searching piece by Damon Young at Very Smart Brothas, where he analyzes how men—and he includes himself in this—are socialized so often to assume women are lying/crazy/hysterical until proven otherwise, at least when women are saying things...

Open Thread: Make Your Own #Shirtstorm

Hat tip to comentor Morzer for the TPM link: Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor happily showed off his tattoo of the Philae lander to the media on Wednesday, as the spacecraft approached what would be the first ever landing on a comet. But it was Taylor’s colorful shirt adorned with images of scantily clad women, [Read more...]

Mick's Tape: A guide to Internet mayhem

Welcome to another Wednesday Hump Day Link Dump Day. Hat tip (H/t) to RedEye Social Media Lady Jessica Galliart (If you aren't already, you should follow her.) for that alternate name suggestion for Mick's Tape, my weekly round up of...Show More Summary

Louis Farrakhan: Ebola and AIDS are "race targeting weapons"

last yearNews : Reason

From Louis Farrakhan's official Twitter feed (hat tip: Mark Hemingway). The link goes to an article in the Nation of Islam (NOI)'s Final Call by Farrakhan that alleges, among other hings: What is the method that they [the U.S. government] are going to use to depopulate? Through civil wars in which depleted uranium and Agent Orange are used. Show More Summary

Feds Threatened Foley’s Parents, Tumor Knocks Rob Ford Out of Race, Germany Bans ISIS Symbols: P.M. Links

last yearNews : Reason

James Foley's parents say the Obama administration threatened to charge them with supporting terrorism if they paid the ransom o the ISIS terrorists who ultimately killed the man. (Hat tip to Francisco d'Anconia) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford,...Show More Summary

Suddenly Popular.

An xkcd of obvious linguistic relevance; since you’ll wonder: lahar. Don’t miss the mouseover text, and just to get it out of the way: I, for one, welcome our new God-Empress overlord. (Hat tip to John Cowan for sending me the link....

Meanwhile, About That “Global Warming” . . . .

A few new articles from the past couple of days (hat tip to Drudge for these links): Unusually cool summer leads to fall colors... in mid-August. 90F days in DC? Unusually few this year – 40% fewer than average. West Virginia sees record low temps in mid-August. It’s not just this month, […]

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