…the only thing I have left from my brief military career are two pairs of woolen boot socks (one pair khaki and the other, unaccountably, black) issued in basic training—half-century socks. They may (I hope) never wear out. Because they're perfect in, well, boots on a chilly, sloppy New England day like today. Like, emphatically, today. Although by noon it's only a fraction below freezing, so nicely warming up. (The socks work fine in slippers too.)
Two days after Friday's storm, roads resemble ice rinks and highways north and west of Dallas are strewn with abandoned cars, KPAX in Missoula, Mont. reports.
Putting aside the question, what is a station in Montana doing reporting traffic conditions in Dallas, the photo of Dallas' blizzard-congested I-35 is worth a look. A real close look (yes, Bunky, there is some snow there).
Though the games might appear to be unregulated digital bazaars, the companies running them reserve the right to police the communications of players and store the chat dialogues in servers that can be searched later. The transactions conducted with the virtual money common in the games, used in World of Warcraft to buy weapons and potions to slay monsters, are also monitored by the companies to prevent illicit financial dealings.
Here's a story with a War Games vibe: Elves, trolls, and supermodels, monsters and spies and real spies, all milling around and chasing each other and them too—actually, sort of sounds like fun.
It's 8ºF at O'Hare. But it's 35º here.
Just one little hitch…
By early Monday, the majority of the energy associated with Dion will be over Canada.
However, it appears there will be a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain in parts of New England…
Wintry mix, it's called. Oh yeah.
From this morning's Times:
Two years ago, White House officials told The Boston Globe that the president had never met Onyango Obama, known as Omar, Mr. Obama’s uncle. But Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Thursday that the 2011 statement was incorrect. In fact, the two men lived together briefly while the president was a student at Harvard Law, Mr. Carney said.
Remember the proposal that Obama's US Department of Agriculture has been pushing since spring 2012, the one that would speed up kill lines in poultry slaughterhouses while simultaneously slashing the number of federal inspectors who oversee them? As I've reported before, the plan involves a unleashing a barrage of antimicrobial sprays onto chicken carcasses as they zip down the line.
Oh, and also:
…"government agencies have not conducted independent research into the possible side effects on consumers of using the chemicals," Kindy reports.
In case you were wondering.
Some social conservatives embrace a seasonal victimhood this time of year, complaining that Christians are continually being mugged by anti-Christmas atheists bearing court orders. But the map pinpoints only a handful of alleged secular assaults, one of which is titled: “Salvation Army Volunteer Using Smaller Bell After Business Owner Complains.”
Dutch scientists make the world's first lab-grown burger from cow muscle cells, fetal calf blood, and antibiotics. In a live-streamed tasting, the patties are pronounced "close to meat" but "not that juicy."
Angola is in the process of acquiring the recently-decommissioned Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias, according to one news report. The entire Angolan navy has just 1,000 sailors. The 643-foot-long Principe de Asturias needs 830 sailors to fully function.
"There's no doubt there's more stuff going on," said Nathan Kroeplin, who supervises DNR law enforcement in Dane County.
Yes, no doubt. A lot of shivering, would be my guess. Nude beaches in Wisconsin? Brrrrrr.
"There's so little that's new to buy for the holiday season," said Candace Corlett, president of WSL Strategic Retail, a retail consultancy. "The idea of a subscription service is fun and exciting."
According to The Washington Post, the Obama administration said Healthcare.gov processed 18,000 insurance enrollments during the most recent 24-hour period, “nearly double the previous record.” Great. But consider that on Cyber Monday last year, Amazon filled 306 orders per second. That’s 26.5 million orders in the most recent 24-hour period. This year, it’s hard to imagine that number won’t be higher.
…It so happens that Amazon is now offering the world a set of online infrastructure services, the AWS cloud, specifically designed to handle the massive amounts of traffic the White House hoped to juggle from the get-go (Netflix and Dropbox are both clients). But it took a different route, and in the simple terms of e-commerce, it’s still stuck in 1996.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was floored when his daughter Liz became the target of a Facebook "attack" from within the family for her opposition to gay marriage.
…consistent with a vision put forward by the Google co-founder Larry Page, who has argued that technology should be deployed wherever possible to free humans from drudgery and repetitive tasks.
Experts say there may be as many as 30,000 unmanned private and government drones flying in this country by 2020, ratcheting drones into a $90 billion industry, generating 100,000 jobs. A degree in drone management can’t be far off.
One primary pleasure of the Coen brothers’ new movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis” — a film that is abundant in its pleasures — is revisiting a New York that most New Yorkers thought was gone for good: Greenwich Village of the early 1960s, when downtown was teeming with bohemians and dreamers and not with lost tourists holding upside-down maps.
"There's a reputational loss that has already taken place about the capacity of government to cope with complexity and deliver services," says Ted Marmor, a leading expert on Medicare.
The Obama administration has agreed to destroy Syria's most lethal chemical weapons at sea after failing to find a country willing to do it on their soil, the White House confirmed over the weekend.
The weapons make up a little less than half of Syria's arsenal and are supposed to be out of the country by Dec. 31…
Much social research shows that people prefer to receive information that they agree with instead of information that challenges their beliefs. This problem is compounded when social networks recommend content based on what users already like and on what people similar to them also like.
For the record, Amazon promises that "safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.
Regular countries, like regular people, are obliged to say they're sorry. You invade your neighbor, for instance, and an apology is indeed in order. With an exceptional superpower, however, it's another matter. For Washington to apologize, whatever the issue, would be like the guest of honor at a formal dinner arriving in jeans. Nobody would ever forget it or think well of you again.
Personally, I blame William McKinley.
Fifteen-year-olds in the United States score in the middle of the developed world in reading and science while lagging in math, according to international standardized test results being released on Tuesday.