Link Me Up, Scotty - Give the kids a chance edition

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

For the first time, the Olympic Committee is fielding a "Refugee Olympic Team" comprised of refugee athletes who will still get an opportunity to compete in spite of their countries and communities being in turmoil. This makes my heart happy.
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Michael Barrett, who leads Missouri's Public Defender system, has assigned the job of defending one of his indigent clients to...the Governor of Missouri. Now I want to marry Michael Barrett and have his babies.
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An Army vet and Purple Heart recipient was really offended when the Trumpsicle accepted that Purple Heart during his fundraiser in Nantucket. So he created a GoFundMe page to raise money to send the Trumpscile to a combat zone so he could actually earn that medal. The success of the page (and where the money is really going) tickles me no end.
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The Guardian takes on the challenge of being a sportscaster reporting on female athletics. "NEWS REPORT: [Female Athlete] did [sports] today. [Describe sports.] THE END. Sportswriting accomplished!" Why can't some men keep their sexy-time feelings out of their jobs?

H/T Sister Jeri
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The late Captain Khan's combat brigade commander has a few words for those who would disrespect and dishonor his and his family's sacrifice. Here's the thing I don't understand about the Trumpsicle's remarks on this matter: Gold Star families are a sacred cow in this country. Only a bloody idiot would disrespect them while running for public office. But I don't believe the Trumpsicle is an idiot. He's a sociopathic reprobate, but not an idiot. So is he deliberately tanking his own candidacy so he can claim the election was "rigged" when he gets shellacked? Or is he so very thin-skinned that he's willing to tank his own candidacy because he just can't shut the fuck up when someone has the temerity to criticize him? It's probably both, but I find his psychopathy endlessly fascinating. And, apropos of everything:

This morning's tally from Nate Silver's 538 2016 Election Forecast
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I'm posting this one for the Smart Man - guitar players' minds are unique. Like THAT's news.
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An article on how "Makerspaces" can transform libraries. Our own library district is moving in this direction, too. But we need to get our three new libraries open, first.
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Your feel-good story of the day: Bride tracks down the recipient of her father's donated heart and asks him to walk her down the aisle in her father's stead. And of course he said "yes." THERE'S SOMETHING IN MY EYE.
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Humpback whales around the world on are duty against orcas who are trying to hunt a meal. Inter-species cooperation and protection. Tell me again how whales aren't sentient creatures.
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An article about communal narcissism. At first I thought this might apply to me (because everything pertains to me, dontchuno), but when I read on (and thought about the quiz), I decided no, not even a little. Hurray! A mental health problem I cannot claim as my own!
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You want to know what irritates Atheists? THIS.
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Humans of New York is doing a new series entitled "Invisible Wounds" which focuses on our returning veterans and their unique stories. Well worth your time, especially for civilians.
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A woman with ovarian cancer decided to stop treatment after thirteen years and prepares for her death. These conversations are so, so important.
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Video of my Heart: Coleman Sweeney is the world's biggest asshole.

H/T BrainDoc

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