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Assorted Stupidity #76

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  • And why has your client not appeared today? the court asked Edinburgh solicitor Roy Harley. Harley said he didn't know, but noted that "[t]o be frank, My Lord, when he arrived at my office [last week] he was wearing a fluorescent green Batman outfit. I think drink had been taken." The court accepted that explanation. "I will defer the matter to next Tuesday," he said, "but perhaps you could tell him not to dress as Batman, or Robin for that matter," on that occasion.
  • Max, who sent me that item, points out that not only is a Batman costume inappropriate for a law office, fluorescent green is inappropriate for a Batman costume. Although anything fluorescent would be bad, actually.
  • Q: When does a positive recommendation letter not help you get admitted to the bar? A: When you failed to disclose that the person who wrote it for you only did so because he agreed to write it to get you to drop a lawsuit against him. There are lots of other reasons why this gentleman will not be practicing law in Massachusetts, but that's the most interesting one.
  • Is there anything that can't be improved by getting law enforcement involved? How about middle school? Jefferson Parish School District in Louisiana has 40,000 students. Over 1,600 of them were referred to police and arrested in just one year—more than ten times the number in the parish next door—often for heinous crimes like not having a hall pass and throwing Skittles at someone on the school bus. "Are we really here about Skittles?" a judge reportedly said. Yes, Your Honor. The charges were battery (because the Skittle found its target) and "interference with an educational facility." Normally I think of the federal government for trumped-up charges like that one, but I forget that the states are our laboratories of democracy.
  • It isn't entirely clear how much this contributed to the arrest, but it is still worth reporting that three men who robbed the Build-A-Burger in Mt. Morris, New York, left "a steady trail of macaroni salad" behind them because they ate out of the bowl during their escape. (Thanks, Elisa.) Police reportedly followed the trail to a nearby hiking path which they also found littered with parts from the cash register they had stolen along with the bowl. This was less of a sure thing than finding the guys who stole GPS devices, but still a pretty good lead.
  • David Andreatta of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle writes that this doesn't surprise him, because Deby Hill's macaroni salad is "darn good."So good that "[i]f you accidentally drop a noodle, as I did Monday, you pick it up with all the tenderness you would a day-old chick and grieve for what might have been." That's good macaroni salad, and good writing.
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A new way to use the Story view while on https (SSL)

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Modern browsers are taking your privacy and security seriously with new restrictions for sites that use https. You can choose to use NewsBlur over https, which will encrypt your communications with NewsBlur and prevent eavesdroppers—hackers, the government, other people on the same wireless network as you—from seeing what you see. While that’s not necessary for everybody, SSL/https is a priority for some and NewsBlur supports this beautifully.

However, what modern browsers like Chrome and Firefox do is not allow you to embed an insecure http-only site in an iframe from a secure https site. That means that the Story view in NewsBlur does not load a thing for many users who are reading NewsBlur over an https connection.

Today I’m launching a fix for this. It’s not perfect, but this will allow you to still get at some of the content while getting around the https-only issue. This feature will proxy http-only sites in the Story view, resulting in a hacked-together but workable view of the original story.

At best, the Story view will look like this:

At worst, the Story view will look like this:

While it’s not ideal, it’s a whole lot better than a blank page. Let me know how this new proxied Story view works for you. And if you want it to work flawlessly and are willing to use an unencrypted connection, just use the http version of NewsBlur instead of the https version.

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earthisalie: carlboygenius: Correcting Internet...

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earthisalie:

carlboygenius:

Correcting Internet DisInformation: The American Space Pen / The Russian Pencil

thank you for this.

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leiter420
1997 days ago
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Good example of not trusting the Internet at face value
DGA51
2000 days ago
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I've been around long enough to remember when there were advertisements for "the space pen that writes upside down" in the Sunday supplements of newspapers. Yes, I even remember newspapers. As for putting the story to rest -- it's a zombie and no matter how many times you kill it, it keeps on shambling back.
Central Pennsyltucky
HarlandCorbin
2000 days ago
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Yay for putting this old story to rest!
blaisepascal
2000 days ago
Given that this old story has been "put to rest" dozens of times before, I doubt that this will be the last.
mwclarkson
2000 days ago
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"because snide morons on the internet never know what they are talking about"
Providence RI USA

"If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell wed all say..."

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“If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.”

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anonymous reader on The Dish

One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

(via mysweetetc)

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synapsecracklepop
2048 days ago
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While I generally appreciate the point being made re physical v mental illness,I feel obliged to point out that people with MS have a life expectancy similar to that of the general public. Late last year, a single study - for the first time ever - showed we might have 6 fewer years on the mortal coil, but that's still more time than, say, a smoker.
Atlanta
DGA51
2048 days ago
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I've always thought that "after a long illness" covered that base.
Central Pennsyltucky
tante
2048 days ago
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On death after struggle with depression
Berlin/Germany
marmalade
2048 days ago
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Well said.
Sussex, UK
Technicalleigh
2048 days ago
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indeed.
Vancouver BC
skorgu
2049 days ago
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http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/a2NXEze_700b.jpg

Fish

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[Astronomer peers into telescope] [Jaws theme begins playing]
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lucasbfr
2123 days ago
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#xkcd
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jessaustin
2124 days ago
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If the sharks have FTL travel *and* sensing (widely-distributed radio antennae could substitute for the latter), we're boned. Otherwise we're fine.
sjk
2115 days ago
We have nothing to fear from space sharks. "Global Warming" will kill us all before the space sharknado gets here.
Michdevilish
2124 days ago
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It's an ocean out there
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teh_g
2124 days ago
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Alt text: [Astronomer peers into telescope] [Jaws theme begins playing]
Roseville, CA
gcapell
2124 days ago
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killing_Star

Anti-vaxx? How about pro-disease?

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2014 measles rise

Measles cases in the U.S. just hit a two-decade high. In case you can't already guess why, assistant surgeon general Dr. Anne Schuchat explains:

The current increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people.

From Aeon, Polio whack-a-mole:

The great allies of infectious diseases are no longer poverty, nor dirt, but the global anti-vaccination movement.

Tags: medicine   polio   vaccines
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yaserbaqi
2126 days ago
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Filled my Facebook
mw
2127 days ago
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Selfish? I really have no idea. But there's no doubt that they're among the stupidest of people.
tante
2127 days ago
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The great allies of infectious diseases are no longer poverty, nor dirt, but the global anti-vaccination movement.
Berlin/Germany
mikejurney
2128 days ago
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Parents who choose to forgo vaccinating their children are among the most selfish of all people.
New York, New York
lizamu
2128 days ago
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The great allies of infectious diseases are no longer poverty, nor dirt, but the global anti-vaccination movement.
New York, New York
lrwrp
2129 days ago
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