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Raging Pencils by Mike "Bullseye" Stanfill

Gun Manufacturer kickbacks.

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Vote Early. Vote Often.

reddit brokeI like Reddit. It does a great service bringing obscure and, often, important issues to the forefront. I mean if you want to stay current on Ron Paul, atheism, XKCD or the finest babes on the net, then go to

However, Reddit is fucked up.

The problem is the down-voting system as it allows users to arbitrarily eliminate an otherwise good link, or to use the capability of down-voting as a tool of vengeance.

I'm particularly active on the Comics sub-reddit and it's clear to me that if you wanted to favor a particular set of comics you just simply down-vote all the others as they appear, usually around midnight. As there is a flood of web-comics, all competing for the same eyeballs, it's not hard not imagine someone sock-puppeting multiple accounts to cripple the competition.

If, on the other hand, there's only an up-vote then there's less opportunity for chicanery, except those who vote ironically or as a complete goof. Plus, all new links would now only be judged relative to zero. So a total of 200 up-links is just that, 200. Not 397 up and 197 down. This is undoubtably more honest metric.

It's within the realm of possibility that the programmers at Reddit have intentionally offered the down-vote as a tool to appeal to the base instincts of its users. If so, then they've done a good job of it.


thermiteDo you know what thermite is? It's a chemical compound that burns at over 2500 degrees Celsius. Steel melts at 1500 degrees Celsius.  Jet fuel burns at about 800 degrees Celsius. Jet fuel cannot melt steel. Thermite can.

When they got to the bottom of the big pile of jumbled metal that used to be the World Trade Center they found huge pools of molten metal, exactly what you'd expect to find if you'd used thermite on the vertical support beams of the structures.

They even found these pools of molten metal under Building Seven, which wasn't struck by an airplane that day.

I bring this unfortunate subject up again because a recent study by the Open Chemical Physics Journal has discovered the remnants of super-thermite in the samples of material collected from around the buildings after 9/11. You can read more about it here.

I'm one of those people who, after information began leaking out about the events of 9/11, hasn't believed for a second any part of the government's official story. For one thing, if you understood how the Towers were constructed you'd understand they could never have fallen the way they did. And for both of them to collapse in the exact same fashion defies credulity.



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Bonus Pop Culture
Music: Code Monkey, from the amazing Jonathan Coulton.
Animation: Legend of Black Heaven
AMV: Kagatoamv

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Today's Google Chow.
Congress. Exterior. Day.
Reproter: "Senator! Over 44 people have been killed recently in senseless mass shootings. Are you planning to do something about it?"
Senator: "You're damn right I am! I'm going to ask for a HELL of a lot more kickbacks from the gun manufacturers."