Open discussion thread for Friday August 20th

I’m going to try an experiment where we have a daily discussion thread here where anything goes.
I know only self-posts have comments right now, and that’s to try and focus commenting attention on original content here on the site (which takes thought) rather than what I predict will eventually become a HUGE influx of links (easy to post) and people come into the comments to post one-liners and otherwise hit-and-run. If you want to hit-and-run, I’m totally down with that… just submit a link. If however you want informed comments, think out your article or submission and post it as a self-post.
As always, I’m sure someone will disagree with me, so let me know in this open discussion. If you’re a first-time visitor or lurking and have yet to create an account… well, here’s the link to register, get on it already.