Thursday, July 19, 2018

There Is No Apocalypse Here

And the world goes on:
The massive coffin, which was recently excavated in the city of Alexandria, has now been opened, according to a statement released Thursday by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. A layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the sarcophagus indicated that it has not been opened since it was closed more than 2,000 years ago.

Three skeletons and sewage water were found inside the sarcophagus, the Ministry explained, in a Facebook post. “The initial preview of bone structures suggests that they are most likely to belong to three officers or military soldiers,” it said, noting that one of the skeletons appears to have an arrow wound.

Mystery has surrounded the sarcophagus since its discovery was announced earlier this month. The Independent, citing local reports, said that Egyptian officials have been mocking suggestions that opening the sarcophagus would unleash a curse.
Some might argue that's already happened...

Don't Take Them Out To The Ballgame

Millennials are upset that a baseball team is treating them like millennials:
The Tampa Bay Rays’ Double-A affiliate, currently with a record of 15-11, tweeted last week: “Want free things without doing much work? Well you're in luck! Riverwalk Stadium will be millennial friendly on Saturday, July 21, with a participation ribbon giveaway just for showing up, napping and selfie stations, along with lots of avocados.”

Vice president of fan engagement, Mike Murphy, told Fox News this is just one of 70 promotions the Biscuits offer for their home games, ranging from Outdoors Night to Military Wednesdays and Autism Friendly Night.

This season marks the first full year under new management, and the team is testing out its funny bone.

“80 percent of the people in our front office are millennials, myself included, and we’re just having fun with some of the clich├ęs that people point out about millennials,” Murphy said.
Some cliches exist because they're true...


Why do environmentalists hate safer pipes?
Line 3 is a crude oil pipeline that stretches 1,097 miles from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin, running through Minnesota along the way. Constructed to hep the U.S. meet its growing need for oil, the pipeline still provides around 400 thousand barrels of oil a day.

However, Line 3 is very old. Originally built in the 1960s and put in operation by 1968, the pipeline has experienced serious degradation. Enbridge, the energy company that operates Line 3, says it has been forced to reduce oil output due to corrosion and other defects. The Canadian company now says a replacement pipeline is needed for safety reasons.

While government regulators appear to agree with Enbridge — the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in June unanimously approved their proposal — other groups are sharply opposed to the idea.

“They’re bringing highly toxic, highly poisonous tar sands oil directly through major watersheds and the last standing reserve of wild rice that the Ojibwe have to harvest,” Bill Paulson, a member of the Ojibwe tribe, stated to CNN. “Our culture is the wild rice and gathering and being out in the woods. If there’s a threat to that, then there’s a direct threat to the people.”
So where will they gather if the pipe fails due to its age? Lawyers' offices?

Free Hate For All?

For Facebook, some hate seems to be more equal than others:
"But overall, let’s take this whole closer to home. I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong."

"In the case of the Holocaust deniers, they might be, but go ahead," the interviewer interjected.

"It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent," Zuckerberg continued. "I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly. I’m sure you do. I’m sure a lot of leaders and public figures we respect do too, and I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say, 'We’re going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times.' What we will do is we’ll say, 'Okay, you have your page, and if you’re not trying to organize harm against someone, or attacking someone, then you can put up that content on your page, even if people might disagree with it or find it offensive.' But that doesn’t mean that we have a responsibility to make it widely distributed in News Feed."

Zuckerberg stressed that he wants to "make sure that our products are used for good."

"At the end of the day, other people blaming us or not is actually not the thing that matters to me. What matters to me is how are people using our services, and are we acting as the force for good that I know we can and have a responsibility to [be]," he said. "It’s not that every single thing that happens on Facebook is gonna be good. This is humanity. People use tools for good and bad, but I think that we have a clear responsibility to make sure that the good is amplified and to do everything we can to mitigate the bad."

Zuckerberg later emailed podcast host Kara Swisher to clarify his remarks.

"I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that," he wrote. "...These issues are very challenging but I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech."
Then why does Zuckerberg seem to have such a problem with actual good speech?

The Anarchist In Resistance Clothing

Another "tolerant" leftist gets busted:
Mark Einerwold, 43, was arrested "on multiple burglary charges and for the sale or transportation of a destructive device," KDLT News reported.

Authorities say they found multiple explosive devices as well as aluminum nitrate and aluminum powder, which authorities say have no use other than for an explosive device.
Authorities also seized multiple firearms and a homemade firearm silencer from the residence.

Einerwold said he was $350,000 in debt and had no assets in his application for a court-appointed attorney.

In court, prosecutors said that police found a pistol, sawed-off shotgun and a silencer in a backpack in Einerwold's home. In addition, police reportedly found a "manifesto" that issued threats toward law enforcement and the government.

Captain Jason Gearman with the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department said they also found an "antifa" jacket and "indications of extreme hatred for the police, fire and the government." Antifa is a militant movement of extreme left-wing anarchists who often use violent means to protest right-wing and "fascist" organizations and ideas.
Real fascists always copy Communists...

Blue Vs Red

They're just not that into her:
“She’s carrying on and she ain’t gonna make friends that way,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) told The Hill. “Joe conceded, wished her well, said he would support her…so she doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about.”

“She’s not asking my advice,” he added, “[but] I would do it differently, rather than make enemies of people.”

If Ocasio-Cortez wants to be successful in Congress, she needs to learn to forge working relationships with fellow Democrats, even if they’re not as far left, said Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.).

“Meteors fizz out,” Hastings said. “What she will learn in this institution is that it’s glacial to begin with, and therefore no matter how far you rise, that’s just how far you will ultimately get your comeuppance.”

“You come up here and you’re going to be buddy-buddy with all the folks or you’re going to make them do certain things? Ain’t happening, OK?” he added.
You're on your own, kid...

They're Doing It For You

Democrats claim to have a winner:
Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, co-chair of House Democrats’ messaging arm, and her colleagues unveiled the new line Wednesday after a private meeting with members. They say it sums up the party’s position on three core issues: health care costs, infrastructure projects and efforts to expose corruption.

“We basically put it all on paper to say here are our top issues — they’re simple, they’re easy to understand,” the lawmaker told Politico. “That’s how you break through this tweet machine coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

She added that no one thought the message was “poetic,” although they agreed it conveys “the answer to what we stand for.”
Which is...what, exactly?