What? Whaat?

Donald Trump leading revolution of white working class
The Washington Times

Everyone's looking for what Winston Churchill called a pudding with a theme.…

Or as Che Guevara put it, "The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall." ... Read the full story

Is there nothing from which we may be spared?

The nice thing about being a candidate for something…

Tech's real role in student debt

Hillary Clinton's campaign advisers sought to explain the student debt deferment portion of her tech agenda ... Read the full story

…is that you can say just about anything you want to without worrying because there is always somebody else to explain what you mean. No one will ever ask why the people doing explaining are not the ones who are the candidates and you're not just sitting at home watching the TeeVee like everybody else. 


Blowing over

Party that's going to keep us safe is, well, scared

Anxiety mounts over GOP convention's security - POLITICO

It's more dangerous. It's going to be far more dangerous for every one of us," said Regina Thomson, a delegate from Colorado.

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When a little more executive overreach might be a good idea

More than 5,300 U.S. water systems violated lead-testing rules last year - The Washington Post

And the report found that despite more than 8,000 documented violations of the EPA's "Lead and Copper Rule," the agency took a formal enforcement action in only 908 cases. "This lack of accountability sends a clear message to water suppliers. ... There is no cop on the beat," the NRDC authors write.

You don't expect Congress to fix this, do you?

None of the above

Poll Asks Who Would Make a Good President, Voters say Neither

Sometimes it's best to just shut up

Northampton teen sent to hospital after snapping turtle bites finger, refuses to let go
NORTHAMPTON -- A teenage boy was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a snapping turtle bit down onto his finger for 20 minutes before releasing it. The finger was saved, but the 15-year-old was not spared bite marks, police said. The teen...

The Massachusetts Environmental Police were contacted for advice on how to remove the turtle from the teen, but did not respond.

Some things never change

Your Grandmother's Driverless Car
The Atlantic

The driverless vehicles of the 1920s were called "phantom autos," and they were remote-controlled by the tapping of a telegraph key. Read the full story

Driverless cars never ran yellow lights or veered into the wrong lane, Lynch added, and "that's more than a lot of cars with drivers in them do."


Adventures in time

The Lyndon, Vermont, Time Capsule
First mentioned in an 1891 Vermont newspaper, the capsule is an iron box containing proceedings of the town's centennial celebration. It was scheduled to be opened on July 4, 1991. Citizens have looked in the town vault, the bank and the library but have not found the box. The time capsule may not have been buried at all, since some ceremonies were canceled due to rain. Lyndon residents have vowed not to lose their new time capsule which is set to be sealed July 4.

This and eight other "most wanted" missing time capsules are listed on the website of Oglethorpe University's  International Time Capsule Society (http://goo.gl/tP8Cns). There is apparently no reward for finding one. But if you find one maybe your name could be listed in another time capsule somewhere and get lost too. 


As long as it makes 'em bigger and tastier, we're all for it

Perdue Announces Industry-First Animal Care Commitments

SALISBURY, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 27, 2016--Perdue Foods today announced a renewed focus on animal care...

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We're gonna run out of single quotes if we don't get over this 'Brexit' thing

Is this the end of "Live Free or Die"?

New Hampshire bans animal sexual assault : The Humane Society of the United States

This bipartisan effort was initiated to address the disturbing and prevalent issue of animal sexual assault in the Granite State.

And, um, how prevalent, exactly?

Sounds like a perfect fit

Net gains: Sharapova to Harvard Business School during ban

BOSTON (AP) - Maria Sharapova says she's headed to Harvard Business School while she serves a two-year doping ban. The 29-yea...

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declares Friday 'Pet Sounds Day' in honor of Brian Wilson performance | masslive.com

See, you just push this little button on your keychain…

Remote Starter Causes Car to Drive into Joliet Canal - Joliet IL Patch

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A cat fight in Texas

Texas city council votes to oust library cat

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) - A North Texas city council has started a cat fight by voting to oust the furry mascot of the c...

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All this science stuff may be fine in its place but…

How the sounds you hear affect the taste of your beer

…some people just can't leave well enough alone.

The really good news …

Conservative columnist George Will leaves GOP due to Donald Trump - NY Daily News

…is that maybe both of the major parties will crash and burn this year and then we can find something else to do. I hear the EU has an opening. 

But no kilts. Or bagpipes.

Donald Trump: Scottish Muslims coming to U.S. is OK - NY Daily News

Good morning

Maybe I am no good at taking tests (or maybe I'm too good, or maybe the test…)

I took the little test on this Time web page (http://goo.gl/fZgJnj) about, presumably, prevailing attitudes in various parts of the country. It said l'm best suited to one of the darkest green states (Oregon; relaxed and creative). But I live a continent away in one of the darkest blue states (Massachusetts; temperamental and uninhibited), and I spent my entire childhood and half of my adult life in red states (Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Georgia; friendly and conventional).

Can you spell "mongrel"? Or "dumb test"?

Bernie keeps on ticking

DNC Convention Costs Leaving Young And Poor Delegates Out In The Cold
Inquisitr News

The exorbitant costs of attending the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia on July 25-28 this year, is threatening to leave some delegates out in the cold. The DNC strongly requires delegates to stay at an appointed hotel, and costs for a room start at $569 per night, plus tax and fees, with the hotel requiring a five night minimum, putting base costs for attending the convention in the thousands, effectively shutting out anyone below a certain income bracket. Sanders and Clinton delegates are Read the full story


The exact number of pledged delegates is still up in the air with the vote in California still being counted, and with Bernie Sanders pulling back four percentage points from the initial announced results. Hillary Clinton was announced the winner of California by 13 percentage points, but she now only holds a lead of nine, with the predominantly Bernie Sanders-leaning provisional votes still being counted.

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Piracy. Arrrgh.

I Voted for Donald Trump. So Why Am I in Elizabeth Warren's Trump-Bashing Video? - POLITICO Magazine

What is this, Boy Scouts?

I get merit badges from Walgreens for walking. They arrive in an email. Congratulations, the email says.

Walgreens has an app that hooks in to the pedometer app on my iPhone and counts my steps. Walking points get added to points I earn for performing other praiseworthy actions like, for example, buying stuff at Walgreens. I can use them—the points—to buy more stuff. At Walgreens.

Like this morning, for example, I traded in some of my healthy walking points for not one but two bags of potato chips. Win-win.

Let's not waste any money on music

Politico The House of Representatives is telling the military to lower the volume. Lawmakers who have been advocating for reducing the size and cost of military bands - now a half-billion-dollar a year enterprise - won a key victory Thursday with passage of a ...

We have plenty of music as it is. In fact you might say we have a music glut. Have you ever been on a bus next to one of those guys who's singing along with his iPod?

If they try reducing the size and cost of military wars, that might possibly be a good thing too.

Gives new meaning to "singing like a bird"

Chatty parrot may be submitted as evidence in murder trial
Fox News

A foul-mouthed parrot may provide key evidence in the murder trial of a Michigan woman accused of killing her husband more than a year ago. Read the full story


Joe Biden warns against…wait for it…

Listing global irritants like mass migration, terrorism, climate change, Biden said those factors are leading to leaders "peddling xenophobia, nationalism, and isolationism," including in the United States.

nationalism in the United States!

Make it illegal, duh

There'll always be an England

The British are frantically Googling what the E.U. is, hours after voting to leave it 


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Up in Bernie's state

Swamp Bats Defeat Mountaineers

BRATTLEBORO [VT] >> Closer Michael LaBeau, who is a Bellows Falls Union High School graduate, fanned two batters in 1.2 innings of work and picked up his fourth save of the season as the Keene Swamp Bats downed the Vermont Mountaineers 5-3 in front of 1,463 fans at Alumni Field on Thursday night.

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Keene is in New Hampshire, just across the river and a little bit down the road from Brattleboro and 39 miles from where I am if I'm a crow, according to Siri. I don't know how far that is in swamp bat but maybe some day I'll find out. 

This could still be a lot of fun

Huffington Post The Sanders campaign compiled an email list with 130 million names, a donor list that produced over $200 million in contributions, and a volunteer army of millions of enthusiastic supporters.

The establishment Democrats still don't get it. Bernie's passionate supporters actually believe in his agenda, and they view the Democrat Party as deeply entangled with Wall Street and the top 1 percent. They are not going to volunteer for Hillary no matter what Sanders says.

Well now, here's a thought to boggle the mind

Coward Paul Ryan is a tool for the National Rifle Association - http://goo.gl/nErLzf

Ryan is so gutless that he is backing a presidential candidate he doesn't like.