I went to the drugstore earlier this week to stock up on paper products and while I was there bought a little package of the Walgreen's version of designer chocolate and put it in the same bag, and then didn't unpack the bag when I got home or even look in it until just a few minutes ago when I retrieved a roll of paper towels and found, right there in the bag where I'd left it (and forgotten it) chocolate!
My day is complete, and it's only 4:00.
“The president has talked a lot about ‘we should talk,’” McKeon said. “We should talk with Iran, we should talk with other people. And yet when we have a problem, he doesn’t want to talk. I cant tell the president how to do his job, he knows more about the problem than obviousy I do. But I think we just ought to get it solved. That’s what a leader does, he fixes problems.”
The State Department travel alert was based on the same intelligence that prompted it to close 21 U.S. embassies and consulates on Sunday, August 4, chiefly those in the Muslim world, a U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The Great Bull Run is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It's set to kick off Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip south of Richmond, Va.…
Or, why go to Pamplona when you can get gored right here at home?
About 100 women and men go into the Shizuka New York skin care salon, just off Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, each month to get the treatment, which is promoted as a way to keep the face soft and smooth using an enzyme in the poop to gently exfoliate the skin.
The lesson in retailers' boycott of Rolling Stone's August issue – featuring Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – is that publicity of almost any kind pays, say media analysts. The magazine saw its newsstand sales surge.
That’s why publishers like Vice and Gawker have begun partnered content-creation arms. Add The Huffington Post to the mix. This week it is officially taking the wraps off its new in-house branded content agency, HuffPost Partner Studio. Its charter is to make advertising that looks like regular Huffington Post content.
The doc says, "That's easy. Eat low-fat cheese."
"Really?" the guy says. "If I eat low-fat cheese will I live forever?"
"No," the doc says, "but it will seem that way.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country’s sports minister said Thursday…
And…wait for it…
While activists and organizations supportive of gay rights have called for a ban on Russian-made products like Stolichnaya vodka…
Oh, the merriment!
On Friday, the Toronto Star reported that an anonymous government scientist who had been to the spill site—which is operated by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.—warned that the leak wasn't going away. "Everybody [at the company and in government] is freaking out about this," the scientist told the Star.
The Russian government “has been signaling this for some time” that it planned to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum, a US official tells CNN. In the wake of Snowden now leaving the Moscow airport “I don’t think it’s a shock,” that it has been granted, he said. “We are not shocked or even surprised,” the official said.
Let him stay in Russia. Forever. Problem solved.
[Add: And also Edward Snowden's Russian Future: No-Show Job, Lousy Apartment]
That scheduled audit is among several high-profile investigations the OIG is postponing or canceling, including a review of the state insurance exchanges that are set to open later this year as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. The Center for Public Integrity first reported on the scrapped projects last week.
As the clear balloon transforms from a taut bubble to a limp pile of thin material, you can’t help but think of a ventilator slowly ceasing to pump air into human lungs.
Starting in August, Google plans to make Internet speeds at all 7,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. 10 times faster than the current AT&T-powered service. For cities equipped with Google Fiber, Google says the Internet speeds in Starbucks coffee shops could increase as much as 100 times.
Small-town police departments across the country have been gobbling up tons of equipment discarded by a downsizing military - bicycles, bed sheets, bowling pins, French horns, dog collars, even a colonoscopy machine - regardless of whether the items are needed or will ever be used.
From January to June, U.S. authorities made 902 requests for user information on 1,319 separate Twitter accounts, according to the report.
…and just to put this whole thing in a little bit of perspective, the total number of Twitter users is reported here as 554,750,000, of which 1,319 is 0.00024%. Of course, not all Twitter users are U.S. citizens, but nothing in the Twitter report claims all the subjects of government data requests were U.S. citizens either. Or any of them, for that matter.
So while your anonymity on Twitter may be of serious—and legitimate—concern, the odds are pretty clearly on your side.
Rose Will Monroe was one of the 40,000 who toiled at the 332-acre Ford Motor Co. facility that churned out nearly 9,000 B-24 Liberator bombers during the war. Monroe, who moved from to Michigan from her native Kentucky during the war, starred as herself in the film, and the Rosie character became one of the best-known figures of the era as well as an enduring symbol of female empowerment.
President Obama's Tuesday trip to an Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn., has raised eyebrows (and hackles) in the bookselling community. Publisher's Weekly ran a provocative story titled "Does President Obama Hate Indie Bookstores?" that called Obama's visit "a slap in the face" to booksellers.
Five years later, the executives that were in charge of Bear's headlong dive into the cesspool of subprime mortgage lending hold similar jobs at the most powerful banks on Wall Street: JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Deutsche Bank.
For the past week or so, the occasionally tolerable mid-Atlantic swamp-hamlet of Washington, D.C., has been under constant attack by a paint-tossing vandal—or, rather, as authorities discovered yesterday night, a vandalesse.…
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, still hanging out in a Russian airport and possibly departing for Venezuela soon, would really like to finally put this idea that he's a spy for China and/or Russia to bed. He swears it's not true, and that it's all The New York Times's fault.
[Whatever he is he's not what he claims, would be our guess.]
.@GovHowardDean: "Everything you say comes down to who’s paying you to say it." http://t.co/cBoktPYtc0
7/30/13 9:18 AM
(Ahem, the quote in the tweet above is not exactly what Dean said but hey, it's the internet and all that. Anyway.)
Beats me but I'm all for it, whatever. How cool is National Cheesecake Day?
But the results from the summer mapping expedition in the Gulf are in, and the actual dead zone turned out to be somewhat smaller: 5,800 sq. miles, or about the size of Connecticut.
(One could also say Connecticut is about the size of a big puddle of polution in the Gulf but of course, one would not.)
"Without any doubt, the greatest single frustration has been our inability, in quite a number of cases now, to carry out the deportation orders that we've won in federal courts. We can't carry them out because governments of Europe refuse to take these people back," Eli Rosenbaum, the longtime head of the Justice Department agency charged with investigating accused Nazi war criminals, said in the 2011 documentary "Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals."
"It's unusual, but it makes really good landmarks when people come to our house," she said. "You can just say come down to the giant KFC bucket and turn right."
For Washington, the essential rule of thumb goes something like this: we do what we want; we get to say what we want about what we do; and U.N. ambassadorial nominee Samantha Powers then gets to lecture the world on human rights and oppression.
Viewed in the most charitable light, one-way flights allow homeless people who currently live in Hawaii but have a family or better job opportunities on the mainland to be able to move. Viewed more cynically, officials in Hawaii will use this initiative to coerce homeless persons into leaving, freeing the state from any further obligations to help them.
…Peter Andreas's Smuggler Nation veers toward the lecture-hallish from time to time, in keeping with Andreas's professorial position at Brown University. But this tale of smuggling's role in the American story, from the colonial era in New England to last week on the Mexican border, is well worth the effort if history (or globalization) is your thing. It's on the list.