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An Open Letter to Our Superb Owl Guests

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:13:27 PST

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To the thousands of people who are even now acclimating to the bitter cold upon your arrival at our airport, we bid you welcome. Please, stay. Be our guest. Here are some things you should know.

Please, don't joke or complain about the cold. This isn't the 1970's; you do not have to know somebody and wait until the day before your trip to make a phone call. You can spend 5 minutes on your phone looking up the weather and know exactly how cold it is going to get here, and plan accordingly. We don't think it's funny, and if you're that much of a dumbass, we're likely to just stick your tongue to a light pole and leave you there; that is far more amusing.

We understand that a popular sportsball event is a cause for heavy drinking. We agree wholeheartedly; just look at the history of Minnesota sportsball, we can all empathize. However, please be aware that drinking and severe cold do not play well together; alcohol does not keep you warm. We do not want to be cleaning frozen, alcohol-preserved corpses off our streets on Monday morning. Use the skyways. If in doubt, remember the rule of thumb: If your face hurts, you went the wrong way.

After the game, some of you will be frustrated, most of you will be drunk, and as a result, many of you will be both. You will also, whether as a result of over-indulging or merely a result of being a borderline sociopathic -------, feel some sense that not living here means you are free from consequences. However, if you decide to riot in our streets, I feel obligated to mention that there are people who do live and work in this city. I, in particular, will already be having to pick my way through puddles of vomit on my way to work in the morning, and I would really rather this process not be complicated by having to dodge crime scenes and answer questions on the local news cameras. Also note that the extreme cold presents us with the unique capability to literally keep our prisoners on ice. You might want to think twice before tearing up our town on your way out.

We hope you enjoy your stay. We hope your team wins. (Actually, we don't, but we're all Scandinavian so we have to be polite.) Just don't ruin it for the rest of us.

Cracked: Another Conservative's Journey to the Non-Stupid Side

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:26:20 PDT

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Some of you may remember when I posted a Page that told my own personal story of "conversion" from full-on right-wing ------- to a social liberal and fiscal moderate. The following Cracked article illustrates much the same principle, and it proves the point that how we treat people matters. If we refuse to let ourselves get baited by trolls, and we conduct ourselves with intelligence and sanity, it will make a difference. We may never know it, but that shouldn't discourage us.

I know a lot of liberal-leaning types think that backwards conservatives (especially Trump voters) can never change, because they've never seen such a change. They've never seen someone go from saying "ALL LIVES MATTER BETA CUCK SNOWFLAKE" to suddenly saying, "Oh no, racism is systemic." And no public, visible conversions mean it must not happen, or it must be super rare.

But wait. We all know nobody likes to admit they are wrong, but did you know nobody likes to admit they were until very recently wrong? A lot of people change quietly and play it like they were on the right side the whole time, whistling innocently. I did. I used to think poor people were poor because they were lazy. I used to think sexism and racism were over. I used to think Christianity was "under fire" in the U.S. I used to think corporations were so much more efficient than government and we needed those clever, no-nonsense businessmen in charge of our corrupt, bureaucratic government. Now I get yelled at for being a politically correct "SJW" who wants handouts for everybody.

How did this real-life conversion happen? Let's start at the beginning.

Cracked: 5 Reasons Trump Will Be the Nominee

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 06:35:20 PST

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As we head into Super Tuesday and, by all appearances, the emergence of Donald Trump as the Republican Party nominee for the office of President of the United States, this article comes out, from a Ben Carson campaign source. It's written from an insider perspective, describing how "non-traditional" candidates such as Trump and Carson get and maintain their support. Long story short: Americans are sick of typical politician BS, and the enthusiasm for Trump isn't necessarily because of his policies, but because of his "refreshing honesty" and a self-made campaign that isn't as beholden to big money interests. Which, if you ask me, is almost more scary than the thought of people supporting him because he's evil.

Read the article here.

Cracked: 4 Important Facts About Militias the Media Never Mentions

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:20:07 PST

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As the Oregon standoff has provided endless amusement and frustration on both sides of the aisle recently, the linked article is very timely. The author makes it clear that the nutters behind the show are, well, nutters with a political agenda - but by the same token, the last point in the article does provide a point of validity that we should think about the next time some idiot group decides to go off their rocker.

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Attacking Police Now a "Hate Crime"

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:44:38 PDT

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Anyone who is more than half-aware of the news has seen the recent rash of highly publicized murders committed by police officers against innocent, unarmed civilians. The country has become rather polarized over these events, with both sides spurring increasingly radical lines of argument in an attempt to rationalize their position. Today, the city of Red Wing, Minnesota adopted a resolution that has classified attacking a police officer as a hate crime:

The city of Red Wing is the first in the state and the second in the nation to pass a resolution designed to protect police officers from harm.
The resolution calls for anyone who hurts a police officer to be charged with a hate crime. The hope is cities across the country adapt this stance.


"They are targeting not the person but the position and the authority," Pohlman said.

The article is clearly written with a pro-police slant, and I have to say, it's not that I don't empathize with the plight of police nationwide. However, as I mentioned in a front page thread elsewhere on this site, maybe if officers stopped shooting unarmed innocent people, they'd get more respect?

FiveThirtyEight: Blacks More Likely to be Murdered When Arrested

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:27:48 PDT

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This awesome statistical analysis by Nate Silver's famed crew at puts some numbers to something that the recent spate of media attention has been hinting at: If you are black and you get arrested, you are almost twice as likely to get killed as a white person. But before the wingnuts interject with [wingnut]BUT BLACK-ON-BLACK VIOLENCE!!![/wingnut], the article goes on to conclude:

African-American arrestees are at a considerably higher rate of arrest-related death by homicide than whites. Those homicides are overwhelmingly likely to be committed by law enforcement personnel, not other jail inmates.4 The U.S. Justice Department counted 2,958 arrest-related homicides between 2003 and 2009; 99 percent of those were committed by law enforcement.

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Minneapolis African American Activist Injured During Arrest

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:54:53 PDT

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The state of Minnesota is not exactly known as a hotbed of racism; in fact, as far as the United States goes, it has a fairly decent record of progressivism and is home to a sizable enclave of Somali refugees. That being said, police tried to pull a Rodney King the other night in South Minneapolis. I'll let the article do the rest of the talking:

Al Flowers, a Minneapolis activist who spoke out last week against increasing violence in north Minneapolis, was arrested after an altercation with police officers at his home early Saturday.

Flowers, 55, was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center and then booked at 4:30 a.m. in the Hennepin County jail on pending charges of assaulting a police officer, according to Minneapolis Police.

His family and friends say that Flowers suffered injuries to his head and torso during the arrest, and by late Saturday, leaders of the black community were demanding a meeting with the mayor and chief of police

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I'm normally very supportive of the police, but this is one of those times where their actions appear to be indefensible.

Gizmodo Hyperventilating About FBI Camera Spying

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 11:03:10 PST

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So I saw an article linked from FARK this morning that, while brief, was absolutely unhinged in its tone. Since the source article is so short, I'm only going to link it here rather than posting an excerpt. However, I do want to talk about its source article: A Washington Post report on the FBI surveillance of a suspected terrorist. The key point I wished to raise from this article, totally refuting the hysterical claims of the Gizmodo article, is here:

The ability to remotely activate video feeds was among the issues cited in a case in Houston, where federal magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith rejected a search warrant request from the FBI in April. In that case, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Smith ruled that the use of such technology in a bank fraud case was "extremely intrusive" and ran the risk of accidentally capturing information of people not under suspicion of any crime.

Smith also said that a magistrate's court based in Texas lacked jurisdiction to approve a search of a computer whose location was unknown. He wrote that such surveillance software may violate the Fourth Amendment's limits on unwarranted searches and seizures.

Notice that this is at least two cases where the judges rejected the use of this surveillance. The FBI can't just go installing malware on anyone's computer willy-nilly. Gizmodo has totally overblown this story into a hysterical meltdown about the FBI's invasiveness, but just like with all dudebro complaints, it falls apart when you examine the actual circumstances of its use.

NASA: Voyager 1 Has Left The Building

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:07:06 PDT

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For the first time, NASA has publicly confirmed what many people have suspected and speculated: On August 25, 2012, the Voyager 1 probe exited the Sun's little bubble in space and began an exciting new journey into the interstellar medium. CNN has more here.

CNN) -- At the edge of the heliosphere, you wouldn't know by looking whether you left the cradle of humanity behind and floated out into interstellar space. You would just see unfathomably empty space, no matter which side of the invisible line you were on.
But scientists now have strong evidence that NASA's Voyager 1 probe has crossed this important border, making history as the first human-made object to leave the heliosphere, the magnetic boundary separating the solar system's sun, planets and solar wind from the rest of the galaxy.
"In leaving the heliosphere and setting sail on the cosmic seas between the stars, Voyager has joined other historic journeys of exploration: The first circumnavigation of the Earth, the first steps on the Moon," said Ed Stone, chief scientist on the Voyager mission. "That's the kind of event this is, as we leave behind our solar bubble."
A new study in the journal Science suggests that the probe entered the interstellar medium around August 25, 2012. You may have heard other reports that Voyager 1 has made the historic crossing before, but Thursday was the first time NASA announced it.

Cracked: 5 Scary Myths You Probably Believe About the Economy

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 05:21:37 PDT

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This article is one that I even went so far as to link on my Facebook because all my right-wing nutjob friends love to bring out the ZOMG TEH ECONOMY IS TANKING IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD THANKS OBAMA meme whenever the latest nontroversy peters out. Not being an economic expert, I can't vouch for the soundness of any of the bullet points raised, but it is at the very least thought-provoking.


Cracked - The 5 Most Popular Ways Statistics Are Used to Lie to You

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:27:03 PDT

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This article, in a nutshell, sums up the most common fallacies committed using statistics. This is the sort of thing that gets taught in introductory statistics classes (which, by the way, I think every school child should be required to take, exactly for this reason).

Humans are terrible with numbers. They just don't fit in our brains. It's why scientists can hammer us with statistics about global warming but we will stop believing in it as soon as it gets cold where we live. It's not our fault -- the human brain just isn't built for this, and quite frankly, we don't really need to process huge numbers to get by in our everyday lives. You don't have to understand long term data trends in order to change a goddamn light bulb.
But there are some basics that everyone should know. Each of them sounds incredibly simple when it's explained, yet each of them will fool you again within days of reading this article. So try to keep in mind ...

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Nirther Queen Orly Taitz in Hot Water

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:30:03 PST

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I don't have a good link handy, but from browsing around various Nirther-related websites and fora, I was able to discover that Nirther queen Orly Taitz has posted an unhinged screed on her website, (WARNING: this site is infected with all manner of evil malware, proceed with all due caution), indicating that she has been served with an Order to Show Cause from the Marion County Superior Court. The gist of it is that there is a proceeding on November 27 to determine if the court should find her in contempt, presumably because she or someone with whom she is affiliated posted an audio recording of a hearing at this court on YouTube. As usual, Orly goes off the rails, accusing the judge of trying to cover up for ObamaForgeryGate in a letter that will certainly only make Judge Reid more angry. A snippet of it is posted below for your reading pleasure.

Dear Judge Reid,

1. I received from you a letter stating that this court intends to hold a hearing to show cause regarding release and publication of a certain audio transcript of the October 22 hearing, which contains expert testimony of forgery in the birth certificate of Barack Obama. 'Parties are ordered to show cause whether or not they should be in Contempt of Court for the release and posting on 'Youtube' of the audio recording of October 22, 2012 hearing, all in violation of this court order and pursuant to the Code of Judicial Conduct rule 2.17'

2. Your Honor, please listen to your own instructions on the audio CD of the hearing. The only court order in regards to recording given by you, was an order, stating that there 'should not be any video recordings and no cameras in the courtroom.' You did not give any other orders in relation to recording, posting on you-tube or anything else.

3. I did not violate your order and I did not make any video recording and I did not have any cameras in the courtroom.



Honorable Judge Reid should vacate November 27, 2012 proceeding. Honorable Judge Reid should conduct independent investigation or order Attorney General of Indiana to conduct a criminal investigation of forgery in identification papers of presidential candidate and soon to be certified President –elect Obama, in light of the fact that evidence of this forgery was in front of the court and admitted into record on October 22, 2012 without any rebuttal evidence from the defense. Honorable Judge Reid should STAY CERTIFICATION of all votes received by candidate Obama AND STAY CERTIFICATE OF ASCERTAINMENT BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF INDIANA pending completion of the investigation of elections fraud and forgery of the identification records of candidate Obama, which were used as a basis of his identity and legitimacy for the position of the U.S. President per precedent of Miller v Campbell, 10-cv-000252 US District Court of the District of Alaska.

Not exactly the kind of tone one wants to take with a judge who is holding a hearing to possibly find you in contempt of her court.

My Case for Barack Obama

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:11:19 PST

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I'm a conservative evangelical Christian. It says so in the title. For 90% of my life, I have been taught one thing: Abortion is wrong, Democrats are pro-abortion, therefore Democrats are wrong. For the vast majority of my evangelical friends, this election boils down to nothing more than that. Sure, gay marriage may crop up from time to time, gun nuts wax polemic on the topic of the Second Amendment, and there may even be a few sidelong references to Obamacare; but by and large, when the conservative Christian community talks politics, it all comes back to abortion.

But there's more to voting than just one issue.

As Americans, we have to consider more than just our one pet cause; we have to think about the country as a whole. I do, personally, think that abortion is wrong; but is it somehow "less wrong" to implement poorly-thought-through cuts in social services that could kill as many people as are aborted? Is it "less wrong" to send men and women in the flower of youth, the best and brightest, off to die in foreign lands at the behest of some old warmonger? How can any Christian in good conscience vote for policies like these? How can any good Christian vote for someone whose party openly embraces racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination when Jesus Himself commanded us to tolerance and living at peace?

The correct answer is: You can't. And I will never understand those who do.

Consider this a public break with my past. I love being a Christian, and I love my conservative community; but I do not agree with their single-minded view of politics. There is so much more to being an American voter than abortion. President Obama, while his record may not be perfect, will be much better on more issues than Mitt Romney could even hope to be. I think I can forgive him his more permissive stance on the issue of abortion when I consider the totality of other things that he is right about.

An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:51:41 PDT

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Dear Mr. Romney,

I am average America. I am a hard-working lower-middle-class man who sits behind a desk for 8 hours a day to put bread on the table and keep a car in the garage. I have a wife, a son, three cats, and a small but very warm circle of friends. I have good parents who raised me on American values of kindness, generosity, loyalty, and focused determination.

And I have had enough of your bull----.

I am sick and tired of you and your cronies sitting around behind closed doors talking down your noses to each other about how we're all no-good freeloaders. I have had enough with you prattling on and on about being "job creators" and your value to society and the economy. I am absolutely fed up with you bashing our sitting President and those who agree with him solely because he's not you. Guess what? At this juncture, that's a selling point! You are arrogant, you are condescending, and worst of all, you don't even realize it. And we are tired of being treated like nothing more than pawns on your political chessboard. We are middle America, and we are no man's pawns. We are PEOPLE. And we will be heard. So STFD, STFU, and learn some humility as we teach you what really powers the engine of this economy - the backs and the brains of average America.

Thank you.

World Net Daily Crackpot Jerome Corsi: Obama Married a Pakistani Man

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:47:22 PDT

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Jerome Corsi claims Obama was married to his Pakistani roommate before he married Michelle.

In a video recently uploaded to YouTube, tea party activist and author Jerome Corsi said there was evidence that President Barack Obama was married to another man before he married Michelle.


In his video, he claimed multiple pictures proved that Obama wore a ring on his wedding-ring finger before he married Michelle in 1992.

The stupid, it burns. I really have no other words to describe it.

Iran's Ahmadinejad to Leave Politics, Newspaper Reports

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:15:16 PDT

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will leave politics when his second term comes to an end, and does not envision a Vladimir Putin-style return to office after sitting out for a term, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

"Eight years are enough," the controversial Iranian leader told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

I would've been a lot more skeptical if this had come from an Iranian source, but he told a German newspaper instead. I'll believe it when I see it. The article makes some interesting comparisons to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well. We could see a similar play if Ahmadinejad is able to bring himself back from the purported political disfavor in the eyes of the mullahs.

Faux News: Global Warming Skeptics as Knowledgeable About Science as Climate Change Believers, Study Says

Tue, 29 May 2012 05:31:45 PDT

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I don't even know what to say about this one. The complete misreading of this study, which is borderline pointless to begin with, is breathtaking. It's just the latest demonstration of just how hard Fox "News" falls down when it comes to confirmation bias.

Too Hot for TED: Income Inequality

Thu, 17 May 2012 09:13:38 PDT

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Too Hot for TED: Income Inequality

'We've had it backward for the last 30 years,' he said. 'Rich businesspeople like me don't create jobs. Rather they are a consequence of an ecosystemic feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit. That's why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.'

The full text of the speech can be found here. It's a fascinating talk in and of itself, and the fact that TED decided it was too controversial for them is really a shame. It's an interesting theory. Certainly it makes more sense than the whole "Tax the hell out of the poor and leave the rich to do their thing" that America has been running on since forever.

New Video of Governor Walker Discussing Anti-Labor Strategy

Fri, 11 May 2012 06:59:45 PDT

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TPM: Scott Walker talking to Beloit billionaire and major contributor Diane Hendricks

A newly released video in Wisconsin could potentially have profound effects on the state's recall election: Republican Gov. Scott Walker shown telling a wealthy supporter in January 2011 — before he introduced his legislation to roll back collective bargaining for public employees — that it was part of a 'divide and conquer' strategy to take down organized labor, and potentially turn Wisconsin into a right-to-work state.

Not that this is truly unexpected, given how virulently anti-labor Walker is, but if this gets out before the recall election has run its course, he could be in for a world of hurt.

George Zimmerman 'injured' in attack on Trayvon Martin

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:05:21 PDT

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ABC News: George Zimmerman's attorney to argue self-defense, stand your ground law because he was injured during the confrontation

The attorney counseling George Zimmerman, who shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin as he was walking home from the store with a bag of Skittles, says if charges are filed, Zimmerman will argue that he acted in self-defense and that Florida's stand-your-ground law applies.

Attorney Craig Sonner said the public is only hearing part of the story, and when all the facts come out, it will be clear that Zimmerman acted in self defense. A grand jury is scheduled to begin hearing the case April 10.

"George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, and had an injury to the back of his head, he was attacked by Trayvon Martin on that evening," Sonner said. "This was a case of self defense."

When asked why Zimmerman went after Martin, even though a 911 dispatcher told him not to, Sonner said: "Those are questions that will be answered."

I'm sorry, but this whole thing is just despicable. I would imagine that his injuries resulted from Martin not going down without a fight, and really, who can blame him?

Birthers Sue Calif. Over Candidate Eligibility

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:19:37 PDT

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - People who believe President Barack Obama was born in Africa have filed a lawsuit demanding California's secretary of state verify the eligibility of presidential candidates before allowing them on the November ballot.

Minor party politicians and voters aligned with the so-called birthers movement filed the suit in Sacramento that also raises questions about Mitt Romney's eligibility to run for president. Attorney Gary Kreep tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that stems from Romney's parents living in Mexico for many years.

The suit was filed by Republican primary write-in candidate John Albert Dummett Jr., Markham Robinson of the American Independent Party of California and others. Robinson was among those who claimed in 2009 Obama was ineligible to be president.

So if I believe everything I read on the Internet, Mitt Romney is now a sooper-sekrit Mexican Mormon who intends to return Texas. I say, let him./

Rush Limbaugh's New Friend: Westboro Baptist

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:16:57 PDT

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Clear Channel inside sources say the company is considering sponsorship from the Fred Phelps ----head Brigade

Reno – There are not many companies, as of late, willing to advertise on Rush Limbaugh's syndicated radio show. Limbaugh's controversial comments on Sandra Fluke's personal life and testimony have cost him over 140 sponsors and forced Premiere Radio Networks to suspend national ads for at least two weeks.

However, it is not all doom and gloom for Limbaugh's show. Sources inside Clear Channel, which owns Premiere Networks, indicate that the company is considering an offer of sponsorship from Westboro Baptist Church. The church made headlines locally in Reno for threatening to picket Brianna Denison's funeral. What kind of advertisements Westboro Baptist Church is offering for broadcast is unclear.

If the offer is accepted it would put LifeLock and Lear Financial, the only major businesses to stand with Rush Limbaugh, in strange company. LifeLock provides identity security services, while Lear Financial is known for encouraging people to invest in gold, silver, and platinum.

Messages left with Westboro Baptist have not yet been returned.

If these are your new friends, GOP, I'm glad I left. Don't bother calling until you grow up. I won't be waiting.

Twoofers' Super-Magic-Nano-Thermite Goes Poof

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:35:05 PST

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JREF: WTC Dust Study Feb 29, 2012 by Dr. James Millette


The red/gray chips found in the WTC dust at four sites in New York City are consistent with a carbon steel coated with an epoxy resin that contains primarily iron oxide and kaolin clay pigments.

There is no evidence of individual elemental aluminum particles of any size in the red/gray chips, therefore the red layer of the red/gray chips is not thermite or nano-thermite.

The linked thread contains some details as to the origin of the study, as well as the full summary; I have quoted above only the direct conclusion. Long story short, however, it was determined that Steven Jones's "super-magic-nano-thermite" is, as anticipated, a load of crap; what they were actually analyzing turns out to be an as-yet-unidentified red primer paint. Don't expect this to penetrate through the thick skulls of any 9/11 Twoofers, however; they'll just invent ways to discredit Dr. Millette's work so they can keep believing in their super-magic-nano-thermite controlled demolition theory.

Minnesota Next on Right-to-work List

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:10:12 PST

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Minnesota Legislature introduces right-to-work bill

Right-to-work is a set of regulations that forbid unions from requiring membership or dues in employment contracts. In a state renowned for its support of unions (the DFL is the Democratic, Farm, and Labor Party, after all), this could be a very tough battle. It'll be especially interesting considering our neighbors to the east, Wisconsin, and their battles with union-busting governor Scott Walker.