A Very Short Post on the Seriously Important News of the Day

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Black Sabbath lands at #1 on the Billboard chart for the first time in their career. Let me just say: OZZZZZY! Dial up 13 on your music streaming service of choice. It’s a great album. Classic Sabbath. And don’t get all weird about the first single, “God is Dead?” Note the question mark, and remember that [Read More...]

NeverWet Looks Amazing

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Better living through chemistry! More information. H/T: Victor Lams [Read more...]

Mysterious Medieval Manuscript is Probably Not a Hoax

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The Voynich Manuscript has baffled everyone since it was first acquired (or, some say, forged) by collector Wilfrid Voynich in 1912. Probably dating to the 15th century and originating in Northern Italy, the manuscript consists of 240 pages of vellum covered in a mysterious, indecipherable script and illustrations of non-existent plants, astronomical diagrams, tiny naked [Read More...]

Facebook’s “Shadow Profile” Problem

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Sometimes it takes a big screwup to reveal a bigger problem. The news that Facebook maintains so-called “shadow profiles” of both users and–some allege–non-users is not new. Privacy groups started raising red flags about the policy at least two years ago, but the details remained obscure. A “shadow profile” is, basically, extra data on you [Read More...]

8 Happy Things From My Week

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Summer is already shaping up to be a lot looser here on GATM. Traffic is always a little lower in summer, and the content tends to be slightly less serious in general. We’ve also been going through quite a lot here, and the heavy thoughts are not coming with great ease, so here are a [Read More...]

Melissa Etheridge’s Dangerous New Age Babble

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Angelina Jolie has been in the news recently for choosing to have a double mastectomy, even though she does not have breast cancer. She does, however, have the BRCA gene mutation which could lead to breast cancer, and although a voluntary double mastectomy is a radical choice, it’s also a reasonable one. This is not an [Read More...]

Egypt to Tourists: Don’t Come Here

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On November 17th, 1997, the Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya terrorist group massacred 62 men, women, and children–4 of them Egyptians and the rest foreign tourists–at the famous Deir el-Bahari ruins in the culturally rich city of Luxor, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. This week, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi named Al-Gama’a member Adel Asaad al-Khayyat as [Read More...]

Disqus and Combox Blacklisting

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It looks like it’s time for my quarterly reminder that there is a combox policy, and that dialog with trolls is not part of my job description. I know a lot of bloggers just have a free and open comment policy: anything goes! I don’t. If you’re too tired to check out the whole combox [Read More...]

See How Mel Blanc Did All Those Voices

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Courtesy of OpenCulture, here’s a look at the voice of Mel Blanc, whose amazing vocal range and skill at characterization brought most of the Looney Tunes characters to life. How do you “see” a voice? You stick an optic laryngoscope down Mel’s throat and have him talk, which is just what one clever ENT did. [Read More...]

Let Me Get This Straight…

Our New Best Friends in Syria show us their respect.

In the midst of revelations exposing the worst violations of our 1st and 4th Amendment rights in the nation’s history, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is, for the third time in his presidency, authorizing military aid and action in a country in which we have no direct interest and without consulting either Congress [Read More...]

A Face From the Past

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You can be excused for thinking the face pictured above is a modern mugshot of some dude who just robbed a Piggly Wiggly. In fact, it’s an archer who died in the sinking of the Mary Rose,  a ship from the fleet of Henry VIII (spit). The Mary rose was sunk in 1545, discovered in [Read More...]

Happy Bloggy News

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The wonderful Simcha Ficher has moved to Patheos because she knows we get all the best money and glory and trolls here. You can find here her, and she even retained her Willendorf Venus-in-a-lounge-chair header image, guaranteed to freak out 98% of the readers of Spirit Daily on sight! SCORE! My first dose of Simcha [Read More...]

And Your Orwellian Phrase of the Day Is …

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… “least untruthful.” It sounds better than “lying to Congress” or “perjury,” doesn’t it? Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is really struggling to explain why he told Congress in March that the National Security Agency does not intentionally collect any kind of data on millions of Americans. His latest take: It’s an unfair question, [Read More...]

Transhumanism’s “Futurama” Future

This is TOTALLY going to happen.

Every child who grew up in the 1970s knew for a fact that Walt Disney’s head had been “frozen” to await a future in which science has progressed enough to heal his cancer-ravaged body and restore him to life in order to provide joy for future generation. None of that was any more true than [Read More...]

PRISM, Tech, and Trust UPDATED

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“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” Barack Obama “Unfortunately you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of [Read More...]


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