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Name: Steve
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I just did the 2015 Census thing requested by the Census Bureau....

Did all of you get a big envelope from them containing the demand you do the 2015 Census test ? I did. Of course I immediately noticed the big bold black letters in MUST BE COMPLETED BY ORDER OF LAW or some such verbiage. Ok no big deal, I'm used to that sort of thing with government documents.

The questions are a bit nosey but just standard Census questions. No questions on income, which surprised me. Of course they ask your ethnicity, and under "White" they list Lebanon for an ancestral country. I wondered, why not list Syria and Israel too ? I think Jordan was listed ? I forget. Egypt was listed. I'm no expert on ethnicity and middle-eastern countries for sure.

I can just imagine the hard right-wing Tea Party types going full OBAMA_COMMUNIST_MUSLIM_KENYAN_FEMA_NAZI over this and refusing to do it. You can do it over the internet, which I did. If you refuse to do it over the net or cannot do it that way, then the CB comes to your door.

$21,325: Dream Machine 2015, dead tree Maximum PC magazine Oct. 2015

CPU = Intel Core i7-5960X = $1,050

Motherboard = Asus Rampage V Extreme = $470

RAM = 64 GB DDR4 Corsair Dominator = $1,495

GPU = 4x EVGA GeForce TitanX Hydro Copper = $5,200

SSD = 4x Samsung 850 PRO 1 Terabyte = $2,560

HDD = 4x WD Black 6 Terabytes = $1,200

Cooling = EKWB custom-loop cooling = $450

Case = CaseLabs Magnum SMA8 = $520

Case Paintjob = Smooth Creations = $800

OS = Windows 8.1 = $100

Monitor = 27 inch 5K Dell Ultrasharp UP2715K = $2500

Mouse = Logitech Daedalus Apex = $70

Keyboard = Razer Blackwidow Chroma = $170

Headset = Kingston HyperX Cloud II = $100

Speakers = Adam Audio 5.1 System = $3,700

Sound System = Sound Blaster X7 = $400

LED Strips = Logisys RGB LED = $90

PSU = EVGA SuperNova 1600 = $450

They do this every year to demonstrate the theoretical limit of consumer-grade computing power. Of course it's ridiculous overkill but to people like me, it's interesting to read. YMMV. It's also going to be outdated within a few years, as always.

Swedish Teen Model Blasts the Fashion Industry for Labeling Her 'Too Big

http://www.people.com/article/swedish-model-Agnes-Hedengard-too-big-for-industry



A 19-year-old model from Sweden is using YouTube to take a stand against the fashion industry that she says has labeled her "too big" for the runway.

In a video shared earlier this week, Agnes Hedengard wore only a bikini as she posed in front of a mirror and explained why she struggles to find work despite her seemingly good looks.

"I have worked as a model for about five years now, but up to this day I don't get any more jobs since the industry thinks I'm too big," she said. "They think this is too big."


Hedengard, who said she is 5'11" with a body mass index of 17.5 (which would technically put her in the "underweight" category, according to the National Institutes of Health), pointed to her body parts as she told viewers, "They think my butt is too big and they think my hips are too wide."

also here: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/swedish-model-agnes-hedengard-19-branded-too-big-hits-out-at-fashion-industrys-body-standards-on-youtube/story-fneuz9ev-1227499248316

Opinions about US economy in the near future ?

The recent stock market volatility sparked this question. I'm a bit concerned that the official unemployment rate will start going back up. It's been at 5.3% for two months now.

Happy National Dog Day! Here are some videos of presidents and their dogs.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/26/one-a-day-like-today-we-could-all-use-pictures-of-presidents-and-their-dogs/

Wednesday is National Dog Day, one of the more-than-365 pseudo-holidays each year that give us an opportunity to try out a new hashtag on social media. In this case, though, it's a welcome one, for a variety of reasons. First, the day is meant to promote dog adoption which is a good thing that you should do. Second, dogs are objectively great. And, third, the other news out there in the world is so numbingly grim and horrible that talking about dogs is in all ways preferable.

We figured that you, like us, could use a nice little mental break from the day's horror. So we took advantage of the day's theme to pull out some wonderful videos of presidents past and present, playing with or celebrating our canine friends. Enjoy.

videos at link!

Stop everything, Seattle: Amazon will bring liquor to you in an hour

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-amazon-one-hour-booze-delivery-20150826-story.html

(yes original headline)

The next time you're out of liquor at a party or can't bear to get up from the couch to go buy beer, and you're in certain parts of Seattle, Amazon wants to help.


The online retailer has added alcohol to a growing number of items its Prime Now members can order for one-hour delivery, but only in the company's hometown of Seattle.

Here's how it works: If you pay $99 a year to be an Amazon Prime member (which includes free two-day shipping, video streaming, etc.), then you can download the Prime Now app for Android and iPhone. The app includes a number of items for delivery, including beer, wine and liquor, milk, ice cream and toilet paper. Because you never know when you're going to need an emergency ice cream sundae and a bottle of wine. Plus, if your big-screen TV breaks during an important game, you can have one of those delivered in an hour or less too.

If you use the app for two-hour delivery, the service is free. Want that bottle of tequila at your door in an hour or less? It will cost you an extra $7.99. In a nod to the limits of convenience, you can also only use this magical service from 8 a.m. to midnight.

My current EDM jam: Delerium (ft. Jael) - After All [Official Music Video]



eta: I actually like this remix better

BEST campaign ad in history, and it's from CANADA! (this is funny not controversial)



Love it!

Black pitmasters left out of US barbecue boom

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33994947



The US is in the midst of a barbecue boom. But as television programmes and restaurants celebrate mostly white pitmasters, are the cuisine's African-American roots being forgotten?

After a morning of peeling potatoes, Daryle Brantley sits at the only table outside of his counter-service restaurant C&K Barbecue. His daughter Jamila emerges from the midcentury building, a barbecue outpost that has been perched on a corner in north St Louis county since 1963. She has two white Styrofoam containers in her hands - rib tips with a side of baked beans and coleslaw, and the combination sandwich, which is two pieces of white bread piled with rib tips and crispy baked pig snouts. The meat is smothered in a tangy tomato- and vinegar-based sauce, which the restaurant is known for. Everything is made fresh each day, in house.

Since taking over from the original owner in 1983, the Brantleys have enjoyed a great deal of success with their traditional St Louis-style barbecue. There are lines out the door, as well as accolades from both local and national media, from Maxim magazine to PBS. There's even a line in the 2002 movie Barbershop extoling the virtues of the ribs at a fictionalized "C&K on 75th".

"You just got to believe in what you're doing and keep it consistent. That's why we've survived over the years," says Daryle, then gestures to the steaming boxes in front of him. "Once you taste that, you'll see."

more at link

Meet The Members Of Donald Trump’s White Supremacist Fan Club

(yes original title)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-white-supremacists_55dce43ee4b08cd3359dc41a

The members of what one might call Trump’s white supremacist fan club include:

The Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi news site, endorsed Trump on June 28. “Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it’s time to deport these people,” the site said in its endorsement. It then urged white men to “vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests.”

Richard Spencer, director of the National Policy Institute, which promotes the “heritage, identity, and future of European people,” said that Trump was “refreshing.” “Trump, on a gut level, kind of senses that this is about demographics, ultimately. We’re moving into a new America,” Spencer said. “I don’t think Trump is a white nationalist,” Spencer added, but noted that Trump embodies “an unconscious vision that white people have -- that their grandchildren might be a hated minority in their own country. I think that scares us. They probably aren’t able to articulate it. I think it’s there. I think that, to a great degree, explains the Trump phenomenon. I think he is the one person who can tap into it.” Spencer, Osnos notes, is not the stereotype of a prejudiced yokel: At 36, he is clean-cut, and boasts degrees from elite universities. The Southern Poverty Law Center, Osnos says, calls Spencer “a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old.”

Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a Virginia-based white nationalist magazine, said: “I’m sure he would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.” Taylor later told Osnos: “Why are whites supposed to be happy about being reduced to a minority? It’s clear why Hispanics celebrate diversity: ‘More of us! More Spanish! More cucaracha!’”

Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group, said Trump was “good” for the white racist cause. “I love to see somebody like Donald Trump come along,” Hill said. “Not that I believe anything that he says. But he is stirring up chaos in the GOP, and for us that is good.” Osnos attended a speech Hill gave to a crowd of cheering followers in which he railed against the “cultural genocide” of white Americans, which he said was “merely a prelude to physical genocide.”

Brad Griffin, a member of Hill’s League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace, has written that his esteem for Trump is “soaring,” and has lauded the candidate for his “hostile takeover of the Republican Party.”


Add to all these David Duke, ex-KKK Grand Wizard.
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