8.28.2016

Disillusioned much?

Donald Trump Is Going To Be Elected

Huffington Post They voted for him when The History Channel went from showing documentaries about the Second World War to "Pawn Stars" and "Swamp People.

Just dinner and a movie is OK but otherwise it's iffy

Is It Morally Acceptable to Love Machine Guns?

The Atlantic

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Yeah, because bunnyburgers

Hong Kong's first rabbit cafe

Hong Kong's first rabbit cafe offers customers the opportunity to play with bunnies while having a bite to eat, but vets warn that this could stress the fluffy animals.


8.27.2016

The definitive analysis

Why Don’t People Like Hillary Clinton?

 

Flow charts can describe any problem

XKCD

Sure, what could possibly go wrong?

BioCurious - Silicon Valley’s Hackerspace for Biotech

 

We're not sure viral underwear is exactly what we're looking for

The World’s Most Comfortable Revolutionists Find Power in Their Pants – Medium

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If you've got this guy's support you've definitely arrived…somewhere

Paul Wolfowitz: 'I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton' - POLITICO

"The former George W. Bush administration official who is often referred to as the ‘architect' of the Iraq War says he will likely end up voting for Hillary Clinton for president this fall."

Seems fair to me

Hillary Clinton calendars won't be released until after election - NY Daily News

"The schedules drew new attention this week after the AP analyzed the ones released so far. The news agency found that more than half the people outside the government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton while she was secretary of state had given money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation."

Cheney got away with it too.

Nothing short of glorious, this is

BleachBit "stifles investigation" of Hillary Clinton | BleachBit

"The IT team for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used the open source cleaning software BleachBit to wipe systems "so even God couldn’t read them," according to South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News. His comments on the 'drastic cyber-measure' were in response to the question of whether her emails were simply about 'yoga and wedding plans.'"

The organization that makes BleachBit, the open-source privacy software used to delete thousands of purportedly personal emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal home-brew server, is using the ensuing flurry of hyper-publicity to push it’s product. A screen grab from BleachBit’s home page:

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The BleachBit web site goes on to note…

Jonathan Zdziarski quoted on CNN.com argued, "Someone trying to cover their tracks would likely pay for and use a much more expensive, specialized data destruction tool," but commercial tools leave a money trail.

Good point. Also, if God can’t read the deleted emails, neither can the FBLOLI.

Bunky, if you’re making secret yoga plans you ought to get yourself a copy of this software. It’s free.

Steampunk by the bay


Woman Escapes Police Custody In Front Of Jail
SF Gate

According to police a search by foot, car and airship ensued… Read the full story


8.26.2016

And here's a novel idea

Homeland Security chief weighs plan to protect voting from hackers - CSMonitor.com

"Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said he's considering whether to designate the US election system as critical infrastructure…"

Elections “critical”? Naaaw. Really? 

Right

Could there be a habitable planet just 4.25 light-years away? - CSMonitor.com

"Proxima b sits within the habitable zone of its star – an enticing clue that it could indeed host life. But it takes a lot more than temperatures conducive to liquid water to make a place livable."

For example, does it have an NFL franchise yet? Or Spam? Or Twitter?

Sooner or later we won't be able to get a date at all

Caught between two allies, US makes a clear choice - CSMonitor.com

"Like a suitor letting one side down gently, the US in effect told the Syrian Kurds, we do love you, but we love and need Turkey much more."

Who woulda thunk

Utah Man Lost At Sea Classified As Missing Person

SF Gate


Oh oh, hubbub at the bacon festival


Controversy over delay in San Jose bacon festival
SF Gate

Bacon enthusiasts are getting mixed messages as to why the Bacon Festival of America, held annually in San Jose for the past three years, has been forced to change dates from Labor Day weekend to October. Read the full story


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8.25.2016

This doesn't look suspicious or anything, does it?

Covering up the $1.3 billion payoff to Iran | New York Post
The topic erupted at the State Department's daily briefing on Tuesday and Wednesday. That was after Claudia Rosett reported in the New York Sun that the administration made 13 transfers of $99,999,999.99 each.
http://goo.gl/Dicw9T

Ok, maybe a little. 

We are not

Are We Feeling Collective Grief Over Climate Change?
Scientific American (blog)

This is beginning to look like a Great Ecuadorean-Wing Conspiracy

From Reuters News:

Assange says WikiLeaks to release 'significant' Clinton campaign data

WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange said on Wednesday his organization planned to release "significant" information linked to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before the Nov. 8 election.

Or Australian-Wing. Or Russian-Wing. Or wingnut. Something. 

Here we'd call it being mean to the dog, but there…

From Reuters News:

Nigerian man faces charges for naming his dog after president

A Nigerian man is being charged for provoking people and "breach of peace" by naming his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari and painting the name twice on the pet, police said on Wednesday.


And, speaking of Texas…

From Reuters News:

Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

To protest a new state law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas on Wednesday openly displayed sex toys, an act considered illegal under local indecency laws.…

"This is a very funny campaign," said protester Rebecca Galor, 20, who picked up two sex toys.



The Internet comes to Vermont

Brattleboro Police Urge Caution on Internet

BRATTLEBORO >> "The Brattleboro Police Department or Reformer's Facebook has probably been vetted and probably is accurate. But if you go to open sources, that's a pretty terrible idea," Police Chief Mike Fitzgerald said. "As a matter of fact, it just defies logic. Because anyone can put anything they want on those types of media sites. There's no credibility there." ...

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Is it too late to get on the November ballot?

Dog-gone: Canine candidate re-elected Minnesota town mayor

CORMORANT, Minn. (AP) - The four-legged mayor of a northwestern Minnesota village greets voters like a true politician.… 

Cormorant resident Karen Nelson says Duke "greets everyone" who comes to the village of about 20 people nestled among lakes about 180 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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There'll always be an England

NYTimes: World's Largest Aircraft Crashes, Gently, in 2nd Test Flight
Stephen McGlennan, the chief executive of Hybrid Air Vehicles, said the airship had "a slight technical issue." 

8.24.2016

There's always something geekier than you

Watch a giant domino tower fall after 7 hours of building with 3,242 dominoes / Boing Boing
http://goo.gl/8mpkOS

Fast-casual is the something something

America's Fastest-Growing Restaurant Is On a Roll - Bloomberg

www.bloomberg.com

Across the country, seasoned fast-food franchise owners are scrambling to join the fast-casual wave.

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What, we still have an FBI?

The FBI Is Questioning Indiana's Sketchy New Vaping Law

VICE

The FBI seems to share an opinion with many vapers in Indiana that the state's new vaping laws look a little fishy. The agency has been interviewing lawmakers and business owners in Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star, trying to get answers on a bizarre, strict law that is shuttering vape businesses in the state and giving a special power to one local business. Last year, Indiana passed a law setting out standards for vaping manufacturers wishing to sell in the state. Read the full story


The U.S. has not declared war on anybody since December. 1941

So what was all that shooting about, you may ask. Well, stuff like this, for starters…

Is Obama Enabling the Next President to Launch Illegal Wars?
The Atlantic

If his administration gets its way, it would be even easier for future commanders in chief to take military action without approval from Congress. Read the full story

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8.23.2016

Luckily for Clinton, Justice is blind

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

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Noted


"Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions."


― Winston S. Churchill

'Ouch'

'Drunk' driver rams into a line of parked luxury cars | New York Post

Pictures from where we were

Seldom-seen photos show what America looked like in the 1940s…in color
A new book highlights the work done by the photographers of the FSA.

https://goo.gl/LDIbtm

8.22.2016

Ever get the feeling you're being bought?

Hillary Clinton Campaign Reserves Another $80 Million in TV Ads
https://goo.gl/841MPx

This is some kind of Zen, right?

Lamborghini Must Be Humble, Says CEO Stefano Domenicali
https://goo.gl/5n7W2H

And this was St. Ronnie?

The Forgotten Government Plan to Round Up Muslims - POLITICO Magazine

"The 40-page memo described a government contingency plan for rounding up thousands of legal alien residents of eight specified nationalities: Libya, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan and Morocco. Emergency legal measures would be deployed—rescinding the right to bond, claiming the privilege of confidential evidence, excluding the public from deportation hearings, among others. In its final pages, buried in a glaze of bureaucratese, the memo struck its darkest note: A procedure to detain and intern thousands of aliens while they awaited what would presumably become a mass deportation. Van Der Hout read the final pages carefully. The details conjured a vivid image of a massive detainment facility: 100 outdoor acres in the backwoods of Louisiana, replete with specifications for tents and fencing materials, cot measurements and plumbing requirements."

We give up

Powell on Clinton email: 'Her people have been trying to pin it on me' - POLITICO

"Asked why he believed that to be the case, Powell responded, 'Why do you think?’"

Sure, happens all the time

Huma Abedin denies active role at radical Muslim journal | New York Post

"'My understanding is that her name was simply listed on the masthead in that period [1996-2008],' Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said hours after The Post broke the bombshell story."

I'm not sure this is what the Donald has in mind but…

…yes, America was great—in at least one time and at least one place, and that place was North Platte, Nebraska. The story of it is in a book by Bob Greene called Once Upon a Town, now on our work avoidance reading list.

About eight years after the end of WWII I was on a train full of Boy Scouts headed from Chicago to Santa Anna, CA, and the train made a stop in North Platte and the folks there reenacted their North Platte Canteen for us. I still remember it, even though at the time I had no idea what a big deal that really was. This book tells the story.