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

6 days agoNews : 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, […]

Floodwaters in Switzerland

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YouTube link. An impressive but somewhat misleading sight. Those are not boulders being pushed down the streambed (explanation below the fold)...A hat tip to Skipweasel at Neatorama for this observation: "That's ice. You can see it floating, on occasion. It gets very grubby in the muddy water you find on eroding mountainsides."

Video of Palestine in 1896

2 months agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. An excerpt from "Palestine: Story of a Land", by Simone Bitton. This footage was taken by the Lumiere brothers in 1896; the voiceover and audio effects are modern additions.A hat tip to Gerard Vlemmings, who found this and posted it at The Presurfer.

Unspoken love

2 months agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. I'm going to end my blogging day with this absolutely delightful advertisement for a Peruvian hardware store. The explanation for what is happening comes at the very end... A hat tip to reader John Farrier, who posted this at Neatorama.

NC Board of Elections website showing incorrect info on election night; news outlets contacting counties

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

A hat tip to Wautauga Watch for linking to this story from WSPA in Spartanburg, SC. On election night the NC State Board of Elections site was showing incorrect information on the races - news outlets wound up calling local county offices...Show More Summary

6 White Hat Link Building Tips for 2014 and Beyond by @venchito14

White hat link building is any tactic employed on behalf of a website to acquire backlinks in which […] Author information Venchito Tampon Venchito Tampon provides custom link building services to different businesses from different countries. Show More Summary

Guantanamo & the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

I think I owe someone a hat tip for this link. Carol Rosenberg, at the Miami Herald, still slogging away on the Gitmo beat: GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — The military judge in the USS Cole bombing case has ordered the CIA to give defense lawyers details — names, dates and places — of [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

Great Steve Jobs Video (& Transcript) from 1990 on Continuous Improvement

Hat tip to Brent Brewington (@BrentBrewington) for sharing a link to this amazing video via Twitter. Starting at about 7:54 into the video, Steve Jobs talks about continuous improvement. Here is a little more background about the video, shot in 1990, when Jobs was 35 years old and CEO of NeXT Computer. I admit I […]

A Weekend Oddity – the “Members Only” Museum

One hint, folks: it ain’t about clothing. It’s called the Icelandic Phallological Museum.  Hat tip to Drudge for the link. No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – you read that correctly.  Discretion/consideration of your environment recommended if you elect to visit the link, particularly if there are small children around.  (IMO it’s not […]

More Light and Shadow...

7 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

So it turns out that Angela Merkel and Benjamin Netanyahu didn't invent that shadow Hitler mustache bit. (Hat tip to the person who sent me this link via email... but it's an email that I can't find right now so I can't think you by name.) [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The difference between dogs and cats

8 months agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. A dog demonstrates to the puppy how to walk down stairs, then encourages it to do so. In the second clip a cat demonstrates the feline equivalent of this encouragement. A hat tip to Miss C at Neatorama for the via and for a much-needed laugh this morning.

VIDEO: Boehner BUSTED For Blocking Benghazi Select Committee

Guest Post by Mara Zebest Benghazi family members and dozens of military officers take on Boehner’s role in blocking an independent investigation of Benghazi. Hat Tip BirtherReport: The letter is posted at this link for all to read.

Reindeer moon

Hat tip: Comics Curmudgeon (follow the links and look for the moon synonym). Here is a 2005 reindeer economics post: From the WSJ's Evening Wrap: How much is one of Santa's reindeer worth? According to the Danish Air Force, about $5,000. That is what they paid Olavi Nikkanoff, a Danish...

A Handful of Language Links

Learn to read Korean in 15 minutes, in comic form, by Ryan Estrada. (Hat tip to All Things Linguistic.) Written by psycholinguist Jessica Love, Psycho-Babble is the Thursday flavor of the Daily Scholar column, which is part of Phi Beta Kappa’s online magazine American Scholar. In what I take to be a misguided attempt to […]

President Obama roundly castigated by a member of the Irish parliament

11 months agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. This occurred earlier this summer during the president's state visit to that country. A hat tip to reader Peter for bringing it to my attention.

Assorted links

1. Will Baude on the role of lawyers in Average is Over. 2. Our new service sector jobs (homeless iPhone fight edition, hat tip Alex). 3. Ashok Rao’s perfect policy platform. 4. Kathryn Davis remains one of our most creative writers. 5. 1981 debate: David Friedman vs. George Smith.  And equine cloning services.  But will […]

Must Watch Video: Greg Gutfeld At Right Online And Defending The Dream Summit

Guest Post by Mara Zebest Hat Tip RightScoop: Watch Greg Gutfeld at Right Online and defending the Dream Summit. Greg Gutfeld gives a delightful speech and worth watching. Gutfeld also references this kitten story (link provided for anyone that missed … Continue reading ?

Noctilucent clouds AND the aurora borealis - at the same time

last yearOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Filmed by Maciej Winiayczyk in the sky above Caithness.Hat tip to reader Shaun for alerting me to a related video at the BBC.

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