"The rain-related concerns reported at the Duke Energy's coal ash dams came just days after the company reached a controversial settlement with the state over its widespread coal ash pollution. Last week, DEQ [North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality] agreed to dismiss a $25.1 million fine against the company and drop its case over contaminated groundwater at Duke's Sutton plant near Wilmington. In exchange, Duke will pay the state $7 million, which will go into a fund for public schools."
"Her most impressive elision concerns trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. When she announced her opposition to Judy Woodruff on the “PBS NewsHour” she was performing a flip-flop of the sort that leaves gymnasts gaping and applauding. As CNN pointed out, she’s praised the deal 45 separate times, at one point calling it “the gold standard in trade agreements.”"
For more info on this state of affairs, climate.gov.
"The church that predicted the world’s end in October 2011 is now sure today is the day. Or maybe tomorrow."
"'This shows that in China now we’ll try almost anything that we see on the Internet,' Wang Hao, a college student from northwest China wearing a sprig of clover, said while strolling a Beijing street. 'Nobody knows what it means, but we do it anyway.'"
"'We need to disrupt the old order in Washington, D.C.,' Mr. Bush says in the ad, as an image of President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton together flashes on the screen."
…if we can get Jeb! and H arguing about who’s the real Washington outsider.
"Airbus is a pioneer in space-saving ideas that have given airplanes smaller seats and seats where you basically stand. But a new Airbus patent application takes the space-saving measures to a new extreme by suggesting that travelers can be stacked on top of each other. "
If you've run out of movies to watch, now, you might want to consider watching now, then. (Click the link, above.)
"The government has been relying heavily on an untrustworthy ally, which is the United States, and this fault should be fixed."
"Violent baby names are on the rise as gun-lusting Americans pull the trigger on names like ‘Magnum,' ‘Shooter' and ‘Caliber,' according to troubling new data from Nameberry.com.
Names inspired by knives, intimidating movie stars, tough girls and warriors have also spiked."
"“Regrettably, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux have effectively become almost part of the ISIS brand,” said Mark Wallace, CEO of the anti-terror nonprofit Counter Extremism Project. “In nearly every ISIS video, they show a fleet — a convoy of Toyota vehicles and that’s very concerning to us.”"
Why are we just sitting here? We could be bowling.
On second thought…
"A Titanic-sized supership that once ferried presidents, Hollywood royalty, actual royalty and even the Mona Lisa has a place in the history books as the fastest oceanliner in the world. The owners are now racing to avoid having the ship, the S.S. United States, relegated to the junk heap."
It ferried me to Le Havre in January of 1958.
We both could use a new coat of paint.
…but somehow the whole idea of “tweeting” invariably cracks me up.
"In fact, more than 120,000 people tweeted at McDonald’s asking for breakfast throughout the day in the past year alone."
…I take along a big canvas bag, sort of like the bags newspaper carriers used in days of old—but this morning I left the bag at home because all I wanted was a small container of hummus and an avocado. (Let’s keep that among ourselves, OK? There is a reputation at risk here.)
And, having zipped through the store, my meager purchases in hand, I saw an empty checkout lane and strode up to the woman there, saying thusly: “Good morning. I’d like these in a plastic bag, please."
She said to me: “Paper or plastic?"
We’re doomed, right? I know.
"New research from Google reveals that not only does baby got back – baby’s also got many, many dial backs from 911 call centers."
"Fiorina’s undergraduate degree was cause for much discussion when she entered her name into the race. While her time at Stanford yielded the medieval history and philosophy degrees, she has since earned graduate business degrees from both Maryland and MIT."
Imagine our relief.
"350 rolls of toilet paper
"The New York Jets played the Miami Dolphins in London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, a game that saw New York come away with a 27-14 win. As part of the team’s trip planning, a Jets intern apparently advised that the toilet paper in London is of inferior quality. So the team hauled over 350 rolls of top-tier American TP to be safe."
"The two countries are rivals in the Syrian conflict, with Turkey calling for an end to the rule of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Russia presenting itself as Assad’s most important ally."
"The company is boasting the souped-up Barbie can deliver 8,000 lines of conversation and will enhance the relationship between child and doll.…
But judging from the static coming from parent groups and others since Hello Barbie was unveiled in March, the doll may also deliver 8,000 hours of agita for Mattel brass."
Also, why does that picture remind me of Bill Cosby?
"As recently as Friday, Mr. Obama said he would take all steps necessary to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq."
"But Mr. Pearson, a former McKinsey & Company consultant, has said he has a duty to shareholders to wring the maximum profit out of each drug. "
Drilling for Oil in Fargo (ABC): We never liked oil drilling shows even when they were set in Texas, where they belong.
Minority Report (Fox): It doesn’t take a precog to know this is a crime.
Scream Queens (Fox): Said to be a mashup of Glee and American Horror Story. We lasted three episodes of each, so we figure Queens for 1.5.
Heroes Reborn (NBC): Why?
Quantico (ABC): Annoyingly beautiful kids join the FBI. One of them is a terrorist. Probably not her.
Blindspot (NBC): Naked woman found in Times Square. Whoa! Who thought of that idea?
"Speaking to a crowd of 6,000 supporters, the Vermont senator stressed that his campaign is different from others as it's 'designed not only to elect someone president of the United States, but to build a political movement.'"
"Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate, is not fundamentally different from the scion of the Bush dynasty. She is instead a perfect stand-in for Jeb Bush if, as appears likely, the Republican Party should reject him for the sin, as with House Speaker John Boehner, of appearing too moderate. For Democrats, appearing moderate is quite easy, as Clinton proved as a senator and secretary of state: Just carry water for the military-industrial complex and Wall Street while pretending to be concerned about the ordinary folks who suffer from those costly policies."
"“As he raised his weapon and pointed it at the boy, he said, ‘I’m going to shoot you,'” John Molinelli, Bergen Country Prosecutor, told NBC 4 New York."
Like those stupid coupons they keep giving me at the drugstore. Usually, they're for hair products (I have no hair), or they're discounts on AA batteries. The only thing I own that runs on AA batteries is my mouse—everything else runs on rechargeable lithium (except one tiny AAA flashlight right over there).
I do not need battery discount coupons every time I buy toilet paper.
Of course…wait…I could always use them for…
"KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States airstrike appeared to have badly damaged a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing at least 19 people, including patients and staff members, and wounding dozens.…
Accounts differed as to whether there had been fighting around the hospital that might have precipitated the strike. Two hospital employees, an aide who was wounded in the bombing and a nurse who emerged unscathed, said that there had been no active fighting nearby and no Taliban fighters inside the hospital."
"The head of Florida’s Libertarian Party resigned this week because one of the candidate’s running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat sacrificed a goat in the woods."
"The last word from the El Faro came at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, when the Coast Guard learned the ship was flooding, had lost propulsion and was listing 15 degrees."
Jeb Bush on gun violence: 'stuff happens' http://t.co/njeOSnoDEE | AP Photo pic.twitter.com/bd1Nk4fAcy— POLITICO (@politico) October 2, 2015
Liberals are unfairly taking Jeb Bush's "stuff happens" out of context. http://t.co/Qbk9fIKSIZ @brianbeutler pic.twitter.com/KiJK9cL4vq— New Republic (@NewRepublic) October 2, 2015
Whew. At least we don't have to think about that messy Oregon thing any more—we can obsess on Jeb!.
Meanwhile, I have a solution to this whole problem: Simply change the second amendment, by further amendment, to read "…the right of the people to keep and bear muzzle-loading flintlock muskets shall not be infringed."
Which is, after all, pretty much what they had in mind. (Maybe we could include knives and tomahawks.)