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Noah Friedman
Call me Fishmeal.
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This watch showed up with something I bought on ebay, and it looked like a fun exercise in hand-eye coordination so I assembled it. Unfortunately it doesn't work because the center wheel and lower balance jewels are missing. Oh, and the escape wheel is broken. But I didn't go blind.

This is a 6 ligne movement, or about 13.5mm in diameter.
Wittenauer 6FC
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The lesson here is never trust police.

Who Better Than To Call With A Math Emergency Than 911?

Should you expect the right answer?

Yes. Just not 100% of the time...

Ten year old Lena Draper had an emergency: she couldn't finish her fifth-grade homework.

So she decided to do what she was taught to do in an emergency: call the police and tell them she needed help.

The department came to her rescue, messaging the girl back after she posted the math problem (8 + 29) x 15.

Someone at the department wrote back, "Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence it would be 37 x 15."

Lena followed up with another problem:

(90 + 27) + (29 + 15) x 2

To which someone at the department replied, "Take the answer from the first parenthesis plus the answer from the second parenthesis and multiply that answer by two."

Though the department went above and beyond its duties, in a math faux pas, the answer given to Lena ended up being incorrect, as pointed out by a friend of Lena's mother.

(The correct answer is to add the numbers in the second parentheses and multiply only that by 2, then add it to the numbers in the first parentheses.)

Lena's mom, Molly Draper, said she was tickled that the police department tried to help her daughter with her homework.

"I didn't believe her and asked for a screen shot. I thought it was pretty funny. And I love that they went ahead with it," she told ABC News.

In response to the incident, the Marion PD posted on its Facebook page that it is a full-service police department that makes every emergency a cause to be answered.

When asked if Lena's math problem ever got answered correctly, her mom said, "I hope so. But we'll see when she gets her paper back."

Relentless Car Alarm is the new name for my band.

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States rights, but only when it suits them.

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Border Patrol; has broad authority to search and detain you, and seize your phone or computer indefinitely. Don't cross the border with anything you care about. Get a burner phone and a chromebook. Wipe the chromebook before you come home.
Here's a case of a U.S. citizen being "asked" to unlock his phone when he was leaving the country.

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I guess this is somewhat like my reaction to people like Ann Coulter: don't give them the attention they so desperately crave, because they are likely just trolling.
Remember when the ghost writer for Art of the Deal came out?
meet Milo's punky media strategist, and listen to his advice

I remember feeling like this about Marshall McLuhan: that the only people who read some of his more dire warnings regarding mass media and manipulation were marketing programs, by the middle 60s and 70s. No one read McLuhan and said, "Oh crap, we need to instate significant public initiatives to shore up media literacy as part of basic civics, or we're toast!"

They just put his books in marketing and political science programs, and journalism schools, and said, "Here's how you manipulate the masses.". Exactly what he was analyzing, to warn against.

Well, here is a guy who demonstrated how easy it was to take a broken system and fuck with people. And rather than being heard with an unpleasant message, as a sentinel, his work got picked up by the alt-right as a media cookbook.

Do you think that if he gives us advice on how to short sheet the alt-right, we'll be able to short circuit our gut reactions to his own methods long enough to do it? 

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A long and depressing article but an important explanation of the need for public dissent: to shape the 80%'s perception of normal behavior.

Trekkies Gorn Wild

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Hey kids: super fun happy slide! sled!
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