US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to pressure Congress to pass his mortgage refinancing plan, arguing it would help working families and strengthen the middle class.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Not everyone’s pulse will quicken with a glimpse of a 1956 I.B.M. Ramac actuator and disk stack. For many, too, the 1959 Telefunken RAT 700/2 analog computer will just look like a cross between an antediluvian switchboard and the control panel for a German submarine.…
Bloomberg - Nineteen of 20 cabinet-level agencies disobeyed the law requiring the disclosure of public information: The cost of travel by top officials. In all, just eight of the 57 federal agencies met Bloomberg’s request for those documents within the 20-day window required by the Act.
Do your children light up when they see those golden arches?
It's playing, the movie, on the same marquee as Hotel Transylvania. And Halloween is still a month away.
(I looked it up and the movie is really named (I think) Beasts of the Southern Wild. I don't know about the evil part but it sounds fine.)
At some point, everybody will be able to not drive, no matter how impaired they are. “Some people have other disabilities, some people are too young, some people are too old, sometimes we’re too intoxicated” to drive, [Google's] Brin said on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal
LOS ANGELES — The California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video posted to YouTube that has inflamed parts of the Middle East was arrested for violating terms of his probation, authorities said Thursday.
"Gherkin" — I like saying it. It's vaguely Indian sounding. "Kerfuffle." That's just fun, with so many F's packed into three syllables. "Diphthong" is sly because it's hiding a silent H, the H right after the P; it's there, but you wouldn't know it. And "hornswoggle?" Just hearing it, I'm on the deck of a frigate, there are seagulls soaring above, and someone is playing a jig.
…hauling my cup of coffee as usual, and another guy walks across from the other side of the street to speak to me. He's in his late 20s maybe, he's wearing jeans, a baseball jacket and hat, and carrying a suitably-battered brown leather case, and says to me thusly:
"Excuse me, I'm going to an interview and I need to know, does this look like a purse?"
I give it a good gaze and say to him, "No, it looks to me like a briefcase."
"Oh thanks," he says, visibly relieved, "I needed to hear that." And went on his way.
I hope he got the job, or whatever it was he was interviewing for.
It did look like a briefcase, mostly.
It bordered on scandalous that Obama, joined by the first lady, would make time to sit down with the women of “The View” even as he declined foreign leaders’ requests to meet with him one on one in New York this week.…In 2008, Obama ran as a personality, not a politician, and he’s sticking to the shtick.
Dana Milbank via Undernews
Some pupils have turned to radical solutions to get round the ban on sugary snacks - at one school, a black market has sprung up in chocolate syrup.
Students at a high school in New Bedford, Massachusetts are bringing syrup into school and selling it to friends so they can make their own contraband chocolate milk, according to the Standard-Times.
This doesn't mean a War on Chocolate now, does it? Because if it does, I'm defecting.
You've been warned.
A new report from U.S. academics delivers a harsh blow to the “dominant narrative” of U.S. drone warfare in Pakistan. Drone attacks are “counterproductive,” lead to large numbers of civilian deaths and create an environment of constant fear, states the report, countering the prevailing idea that drones offer precision and mitigate civilian risk. The report suggests too that the drone program has not made the United States any safer.
Or maybe not so much. If you didn't see this coming you must be a D. Or an R.
WASHINGTON -- Concern is mounting among some Senate Democrats that President Barack Obama will make a deal with Senate Republicans during the lame-duck session that would result in changes to the benefit structure of Social Security.
(If I had any money for betting, which I don't. Still.)
Over the weekend, in the Massachusetts Senate race, the respective candidates trotted out their respective mayors of Boston…It was a perfect miniature of the thing into which Brown seems bound and determined to turn this race: a match-up between a mook like alla ya mooks, and the smart chick from Harvard.
“The truth will turn out to be somewhere in between,” Ms. Langley said. “Richard III was a medieval man, and a medieval king; he was a man of his time. But what we know of him doesn’t stack up to his being a brutal man and a serial killer. Now, perhaps, we can finally get to the real Richard, to the truth that lies behind the Tudor lies.”
From a story about the (possible) discovery of King Richard III's remains in the New York Times.
No the remains are not in the New York Times. The story is.
Despite being the richest nation on earth, the United States is, according to the World Health Organization, by a wide margin, also the most anxious…