5.24.2018

Curious, these earthlings

Russia will try again this fall. Congress doesn't seem to care. - The Washington Post

Russia will try again this fall. Congress doesn't seem to care. - The Washington Post


When top intelligence officials went to Capitol Hill one morning this week to give House members a classified briefing on the security of the upcoming elections, only 40 or so bothered to show up.


It’s a wonder we haven’t blown ourselves up already

Security troops on US nuclear missile base took LSD

WASHINGTON (AP) — One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. A third admitted, "I absolutely just loved altering my mind."

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Or, assuming the troops elsewhere or not much different from our own, it's a wonder somebody hasn't done it for us.


5.23.2018

A letter from the FBI (oh yes)

“No person can overcome the facts, not even a fraud like yourself. Lend your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure. You will find yourself and in all your dirt, filth, evil and moronic talk exposed on the record for all time. . . . Listen to yourself, you filthy, abnormal animal. You are on the record.”

That paragraph was just one in a letter sent by FBI operatives to Martin Luther King in an effort to drive him to suicide. You can read a lot more about it here.

In its ongoing effort to save the American public from evil, FBI agents and (ahem) informants infiltrated the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the anti-(Vietnam) war movement of the ‘70s and, in a spirit of bipartisanship, a raft of right-wing organizations as well. Some say there are still so many FBI agents and informants in the KKK that the entire Klan observes federal holidays.

Now comes the FBI’s selfless effort to prevent the Russians from diddling the 2016 Trump campaign, or to prevent the 2016 Trump campaign, or simply to extend its (the FBI’s) run.

As Faulkner wrote in Requiem for a Nun, “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

If making America great again…


…means bringing back No. 2 pencils I’m all for it. I picked up a couple of them at the drugstore the other day and they beat those wimpy mechanical jobs all to Toledo. And when they wear down you can get them sharpened here.

So she should be hearing back in 2036?

Message in a bottle washes ashore in Canada 18 years later

Message in a bottle washes ashore in Canada 18 years later


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5.22.2018

And they call it artificial “intelligence”

Grocery sees dirty word in 'Summa Cum Laude,' censors cake

Grocery sees dirty word in 'Summa Cum Laude,' censors cake


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But wait. Maybe we do have to worry about it taking over.

5.21.2018

OK, this does sound a little weird

America's Newest Beauty Billionaire Built An Empire Targeting Women's Eyebrows

America's Newest Beauty Billionaire Built An Empire Targeting Women's Eyebrows


Anastasia Beverly Hills brings in an estimated $340 million in annual revenue, according to WWD

5.20.2018

Making Pluto Great Again

You Won't Like The Consequences Of Making Pluto A Planet Again

You Won't Like The Consequences Of Making Pluto A Planet Again



5.17.2018

The blue-state way

Lawmaker accused of choking political rival at restaurant

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state lawmaker has been accused of choking a political challenger during a chance enc...

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Shhh, let’s not tell us

Chinese mass-indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China's new indoctr...

Since last spring, Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese — and even foreign citizens — in mass internment camps. This detention campaign has swept across Xinjiang, a territory half the area of India, leading to what a U.S. commission on China last month said is "the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today."

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Shame on those guys

Japanese Rail Operator Says Sorry For 'Inexcusable' Departure 25 Seconds Early : The Two-Way : NPR

Japanese Rail Operator Says Sorry For 'Inexcusable' Departure 25 Seconds Early : The Two-Way : NPR



Meanwhile, I am planning a trip by Amtrak next month and if that train stays within 30 minutes of it's scheduled time I will be pleased (and relieved).

5.16.2018

Oops

Force that protects U.S. nuclear weapons loses explosives on North Dakota road, offers $5,000 to get them back - The Washington Post

Force that protects U.S. nuclear weapons loses explosives on North Dakota road, offers $5,000 to get them back - The Washington Post


Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing Security Forces team were traveling on gravel roads May 1 in North Dakota when the back hatch of their vehicle opened and a container filled with the explosive ammunition fell out, according to a statement from Minot Air Force Base.