(And somewhere in the world it's probably April 1.)
TORONTO (AP) — They clutter your dresser and cost too much to make. They're a nuisance and have outlived their purpose.
Meanwhile the American zinc lobby, etc.
As you know, our candidate, Newt Gingrich—despite the consensus among historians that he will be more effective than all previous Presidents combined—has recently run into some fundraising difficulty. Therefore, we are announcing the following changes to campaign policy.…
Or maybe you can.
Business Insider - The Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement office is getting an "indefinite delivery" of an "indefinite quantity" of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK.…
The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum penetration for terminal performance."
…but it lies. It's friggin' icy cold. Where did we go wrong? We want hot.
Found on the Yahoo News page listed under "News for You":
One month later, some of us fail to understand what this is about.…
…to paraphrase (but not very much) Oliver Wendell Holmes:
Controversy equalizes fools and wise men, and the fools know it.
She also has concluded, after careful "statistical analysis" of the more than 1,700 pieces of graffiti she has documented at the Reg since September 27, 2007 — and judging by the words and doodles she has found scrawled — that a University of Chicago student is 63 percent more likely to be happy than sad. How does she know this? Because she categorized student graffiti into a handful of topics such as sex, school spirit and advice; transcribed and interpreted each piece of graffiti; converted her findings into spreadsheet data; then, using simple math, she crunched and considered her data. But in general, according to their scribblings, students hate chemistry, finals, themselves, the University of Chicago, everyone, Obama — and that's about it.
They love Milton Friedman, chemistry, silence, Allison, the University of Chicago, tiramisu, life, chocolate cake — and tons more.
According to the new shipbuilding plan (.pdf), released Wednesday by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the Navy won’t build any new ballistic missile submarines until 2021. It won’t build any big-deck amphibious assault ships, key for the Navy and the Marines to fight as a team, until 2017, when it will build… one more. After next year, the Navy won’t fund the construction of ships above replacement levels until 2018. All told, the Navy’s downgrading the total number of ships in 30 years it wants to maybe 300, a drop of at least 13 ships. And all this will occur as the Navy surges in the Persian Gulf and the Western Pacific.
The man tipped to be China’s next leader has told Apple that foreign firms should protect workers, state media said Thursday, as the US giant fends off criticism over factory conditions in China.
Second, could someone explain to me how the U.S. Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli Jr., could have been so unprepared to defend the ACA? For goodness sakes, he was unprepared to answer the questions on broccoli and limiting principles -- two issue everyone knew would come up.…
Maybe it's true what they say about Boston.
The settlements out there with banks like Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and UBS cover hundreds of localities in virtually every state in the union. The sheer number of cases suggests that this activity is epidemic and systematic – in other words, that it’s simply the way to do business in America.
Madrid - Spanish banks have come under fire recently for many reasons, including foreclosures on thousands of homes. Madrid's high-class escorts are getting revenge.
The ladies have taken it on themselves to regulate the Spanish banking sector by withholding sexual favours from bank employees.…
George Healy, Washington Examiner- Ronda Storms, a Republican state senator in Florida, introduced legislation to bar the use of food stamps to purchase "salty snack foods" and sugary treats. She's nicknamed the legislation the "No Twinkie Left Behind Act."
New York Times' food columnist Mark Bittman praises Storms for raising the important question: "How do we regulate the consumption of dangerous foods? ... The government isn't doing its job," he argues.
In ruling on the constitutionality of requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance, the Supreme Court faces a central test: whether it will recognize limits on its own authority to overturn well-founded acts of Congress.
There appear to be indications the Supremes (including at least two of them who really should be recusing themselves from this deliberation) are about to bat down all or part of the so-called Obamacare law and all the usual suspects are running for cover just as fast as they can. The D's, meanwhile, even at this late date, seem totally incapable of defending or even explaining with any conviction any of the health care law in any public place. Alas.
A lot of people don't like the health care law in question, and not all of them because they think it overreaches. Many, myself included, don't like it because it doesn't go far enough (and the proverbial nose under the tent will be soundly smacked every time). What we need to do is grow up, join the company of respectable nations, and establish a decent national health care plan.
But of course we won't.
And now the sun's come out so we just have rain. And it may be a little chilly, but it's still spring.
As a guy who once owned the kind of field camera you have to mount on a tripod and put your head under a black cloth to use (a 4x5 Super Graphic) I can appreciate the insane weirdness of building a camera into an iPad. I'm not talking about the front-facing camera (or is it rear-facing?), the one you use for video chats and the like, but the other one, the one you would actually take a picture with if you wanted to, say, bring your iPad to shoot the 4th of July parade. They say it's pretty good. I'm thinking, why?
True, there are other things I don't understand about the state of photography today, too. Like, why is it, now that people have the technical means to take a virtually perfect picture virtually every time, has there suddenly developed a craze for pictures that look like they were taken in 1960 and have been sitting in the sun ever since. We used to go to great lengths to avoid that (archival papers, UV-blocking glass, Cibachrome), but now there are all sorts of apps to do it, and do it instantly. I can understand how that might be fun once or twice (I've done it myself once or twice), but Instagram? Really?
Oh well. Maybe I should see if I still have that dark cloth around somewhere. And would an iPadTriPod be the product of the year or what?
SAN DIEGO — At Mitt Romney’s proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.
I suppose if he goes to Washington and lives in the White House the cars will just have to take the stairs.
In a bizarre case of political correctness run wild, educrats have banned references to “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests.
That’s because they fear such topics “could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.”
Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays aren’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism.
Even “dancing’’ is taboo, because some sects object. But the city did make an exception for ballet.…
Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. Poverty is likewise on the forbidden list.…
Of course, cold is 40 now, not 10. Still. What was the matter with last week, I'd like to know. I liked last week just fine. Let's go back to that.