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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2012
    A few words from Batman:
    Give fear the finger; I'm going to the 10:00 am showing tomorrow.
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    ...damn. Got something in my eye.

    Bikers Against Child Abuse make abuse victims feel safe

    These tough bikers have a soft spot: aiding child-abuse victims. Anytime, anywhere, for as long as it takes the child to feel safe, these leather-clad guardians will stand tall and strong against the dark, and the fear, and those who seek to harm.
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    My Dad's mates are bikers and they always looked out for me growing up
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2012 edited
    StefanJ - until you posted that, it hadn't occurred to me that, of course, Batman is probably the most famous anti-gun hero in the world.

    I'm not sure that it would matter, but I really hope that's a coincidence.

    Edit: Also - I believe we have one or more Whitechaplains in the Denver area - be a pal and let us know you're ok, eh?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2012

    Agreed. I own a shotgun for shooting trap (to quote Eddie Izzard "Clay pigeons are fuckers! They don't even eat...flies!").
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2012
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    And now for the good news!

    Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries

    A newly discovered water source in Namibia could have a major impact on development in the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2012
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2012
    Any confirmation on the rumor that while engaged in his shooting spree, James Holmes crapped his pants? I had understood that Holmes had soiled himself with both urine and feces while murdering people. Does anyone know if James Holmes defecated with his clothes on? BTW, please feel free to spread these questions to as many boards, news areas, etc as possible.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2012
    @johnjones: Indeed, the only reason he gave up was because he wanted a nappy change.

    And the only reason he told the cops about the booby-traps was because he remembered that he had his wife -- one of those pillows printed with an Anime character on it -- tied up in the closet. (She wouldn't put out for him.)
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2012
    No, no, no. This is something at least semi-serious. Figure a lot of these fuckers do this sort of thing for the fame, fear and twisted "respect" that it gets for them. So, I want to rip that away. I want "James Holmes" and "shat himself" to be linked in the public's mind in order to destroy whatever mystique this bastard has cultivated. I literally want to shit on any sense of triumph that he's gained out of this. And I want to do the same thing to the next guy and the guy after that and so on. I want to start the meme that "Spree killers shit themselves" to perhaps discourage people from spree-killer. No, you're not cool. You're just a nutjob that can't control your bowels. That's the idea I want to burn into the public mind. Anyone up for spreading that around just a little bit?
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    This from my friend Nick O'Malley, the US correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald:

    "Before the dead had even been carried from the cinema in Colorado on Friday afternoon a CBS broadcaster said in a solemn radio editorial:

    'We'll eventually find out who James Holmes is, but he's not a terrorist, we're told, and thousands of other showings were peaceful, so really we have to start seeing these things as natural disasters, like an earthquake or a tornado.'"

    Mind boggling. I'll post the link to the rest of the article when it's up - he's only just filed it.
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2012 edited
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2012
    Person 1: Whatcha doing?
    Person 2: Building a jellyfish out of a rat heart.
    Person 1: ...Oh.
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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2012 edited
    That rat heart/jellyfish story is one of the feakiest things I've seen in a while.

    Then there's this: Craig Venter has created the first complete computer simulation of a living organism.

    Oh and there are now five known exoplanets potentially capable of supporting Earth-style life.

    Welcome to the future, fuckers.
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2012 edited
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    Daily dose of cyberpunk from the "not actually cool" files

    The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit

    It was one of the biggest secrets of the post-9/11 era: soon after the attacks, President Bush gave the CIA permission to create a top secret assassination unit to find and kill Al Qaeda operatives. The program was kept from Congress for seven years. And when Leon Panetta told legislators about it in 2009, he revealed that the CIA had hired the private security firm Blackwater to help run it. "The move was historic," says Evan Wright, the two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist who wrote Generation Kill. "It seems to have marked the first time the U.S. government outsourced a covert assassination service to private enterprise."