9.22.2017

You’ve got to admit…

… it's kind of fun having two people named Kim in the news. How will we ever keep them straight?

The one in North Korea recently called Donald Trump a dotard, a word so thrillingly mysterious the New York Times itself felt compelled to write an article explaining it, possibly for the benefit of those dullards in the Midwest.

Give us a break. A dotard, Bunky, is a person in her dotage (or his, of course), old and weak.


Kim Jong-un Called Trump a 'Dotard.' What Does That Even Mean? - The New York Times


Yes, it’s an emoji pretzel: The Salty Guy

Finally, yeah

Ohio finally prosecutes somebody for sex with a dog | New York Post


"This is an unspeakable act," said Cleveland Animal Protection League president Sharon Harvey. 

"But at least now we finally have something we can do about it."

Can you spell “quintessential"?

This is it! An app that lets you scan the barcodes on the products you're looking at and tells you who is boycotting them and why. We love this. We will never have to buy anything again.


Buycott | Vote with Your Wallet - UPC Lookup Database, Find Barcode Scanner, Boycott

https://www.buycott.com/

9.21.2017

Or how about a padlock?


Thieves near US bases in Germany stealing keyless cars

Owners of keyless cars may want to keep their key fobs in a metal box or even the freezer, following a string of recent car thefts near U.S. bases in Germany.

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Fine, Now all those stray Mexican bunnies will be sneaking across the border…

… because they'll know they can find a home in California.


California 'Puppy Mill' Ban Would Also Cover Kittens and Bunnies - The New York Times


https://goo.gl/GPJMpm

9.20.2017

Original, but not by much

Man dressed as clown running for city council seat


Payaso donned a rainbow wig, red nose and clown makeup in recent campaign photos and videos on social media.

I love this!

Pamela Anderson admits she isn't actually dating Julian Assange | Page Six



And in the same spirit of full disclosure I am admitting I am not dating Angelina Jolie. 

Finally

I've been meaning to check into this for quite some time but just haven't got around to it – namely, why is it that opponents of Obamacare or single-player healthcare plans always insist working Americans get their health insurance coverage from their employers , implying it's free to the employee, when that's not how I remember things at all?

Well, here's the answer. This report from the Kaiser foundation maps explains that employers pay a portion of employees' health insurance premiums, but the employees themselves pay, on average, $476 per month themselves.

So, not free exactly.

2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation


9.19.2017

Coin

Put the coin in the slot.

https://projects.playables.net/coin/

The homeowner blues

Beyonce and Jay-Z: Legal fight over new estate's fourth pool


File under First World solutions to First World problems

From Reuters News:

After Irma, special oxygen masks helped Florida pets breathe easier

Soon after millions of Floridians lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week, firefighters in the city of Titusville responded to an emergency call at a home where a gasoline-powered generator had been running in an attached garage.


Too early to start planning for Christmas?

Before You Spend $2 Billion on Your Own Submarine, Read This - Bloomberg


The real excitement, as Sebastian the Crab once sang, is "under the sea."


There's a rule about using private email? Who knew?

Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump's Voter… — ProPublica


President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. 


9.16.2017

The Packers again

There is only one team among the top three on Nate Silver's list of most loved football teams that isn't also in the top three of the most hated and that is, of course, Green Bay.

Meanwhile, "there are very few corners of America where Patriots fans won't be behind enemy lines."

http://53eig.ht/2fcggjl

9.15.2017

The Packers are the winningest team in the NFL

Yes, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have won the NFL channel championship 13 times. The Bears are in second place with nine wins. Yes, the Bears.

The Providence Steam Rollers won only one once, in 1928.

All this and more football trivia at Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/2x7Npmc

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Creatures of the web

Spotted masquerading as a subhead in an AP story about the anti-virus company, Kaspersky Lab:

A RUSSIAN COMPANY WITH TIES TO RUSSIA

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9.14.2017

But where's the tinfoil?

Chinese vendors are already marketing face masks as iPhone…

The Verge Chinese vendors on online marketplace Taobao never resist a chance to peddle their goods. Just days after Apple announced the iPhone X that replaced the home button's Touch ID for Face ID, Chinese merchants have launched "protective masks" in



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The pie is always better in the sky

Bernie Sanders' single-payer proposal ignores the hardest thing about single payer.


But the reality is that 16 Democrats did not back a fully workable single-payer plan Wednesday. At best, they backed half of one. While the Sanders bill details how a "Medicare for All" system would work, it tap dances around the all-important question of how to pay for it.

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Tom who?

Tim Kaine gets totally snubbed by Clinton's campaign book - NY Daily News


Kaine is only mentioned eight times in the 500-page tome — fewer times than George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Elizabeth Warren, James Comey and the Soviet Union.


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