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Open Shawshank Redemption Thread

Independence Open Thread

The Scottish independence vote is Thursday. Elections guru Sam Wang estimates: "“yes” has an outside chance, maybe 1 out of 4, of winning. This will be a nailbiter" 


I favor independence. Scotland can solve its currency problems, it can't solve an English government bent on slashing and privatizing its institutions.


Astronomy = We're Hicks Open Thread

Astronomy has a special way of puncturing a guy's sense of importance. First you find out the sun is a smallish star. Then that we're on the outskirts of our galaxy. 


Now it turns out our galaxy is on the last subway stop to the most distant suburb of some super galaxy cluster called Laniakea: 

We're hicks, astronomy, OK? We get it.

Open and Thread-like

Wired reports the icloud/nude celebrity photo hacks relied on law enforcement surveillance technology: 

Tonight is the Best Night for Meteors Open Thread

Tonight is peak of the best meteor shower of the year.


Watch it on Wired's Live cam if you're viewing is obstructed because of clouds or because of ...

The Rise of Modern Science and Christian Theology

“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it’s comprehensible”

- Albert Einstein


Einstein's quote contemplates the possibility of nature not succumbing to scientific explanations and asserts that a universe explicable by science is in fact improbable.


One Question Narcissist Test - Open Thread

If you're more interested in how you answer the question than in how a single question can be framed which tests for narcissism, then maybe you don't even need to answer the test question.

What're the 2014 midterms about? -Open Thread

It's August already and I'm wondering whether either party has defined one or more central issues on which the 2014 election is being run. If so, I haven't noticed. What do y'all think?


Also, here's a summer jazz album by the inestimable Art Blakey:


Systemic Financial Fraud - It's Real and the Government is Typically Indifferent

I've run into skepticism lately about systemic bank fraud and/or law enforcement looking the other way. Here's a short diary on the systemic mortgage fraud that contributed to the housing bubble/financial crisis and a likely side effect today of the "soft on financial crime" approach by the government - systemic auto loan fraud during the recovery. 


Weekend Open Thread

Hope y'all are enjoying the summer as best you can.


Can summer evening chill jazz increase your enjoyment? Only one way to find out:

(This is an early "fusion jazz" album from '69 -- overshadowed by Miles's other fusion albums around the time, "Miles Ahead" ('68) and "Bitches Brew" ('70). It's my fav. among the 3.)

Weekend Open Thread

Leave any thoughts below, and here's some very chill jazz music for a relaxing summer weekend:


Junk DNA and The Sting Open Thread

Most non-coding human DNA has no biological function, so don't buy into the common "modern science has discovered junk DNA probably isn't junk after all" narrative.


Around the World Open Thread

In Italy, a new law allows prisoners to reduce their sentences by reading books.


In the UK, a new law forbids family and friends from sending books to prisoners.


In Iran, women are posting pics of themselves on facebook sans headscarves.


Young Blood Reverses Aging

More precisely, infusing young blood in mice reverses many of aging's central effects:


Scottish Independence and Texan Wild Boars Open Thread

Scottish Independence is losing ground despite Chomsky's support. The latest poll shows momentum swinging to "No" on the referendum, 51 to 37.


Texans actually aren't eating enough bacon and ham:

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