Here's a lyrics selection to get you in the mood: "Space is a pure void. Why should it be stringy? Because it's quantum not classical. Nonrenormalizable. Any way you quantize. You'll encounter infinity. You see."
Moxie originated as a patent medicine called "Moxie Nerve Food," which was created around 1876 by Dr. Augustin Thompson in Lowell, Massachusetts. Thompson claimed that it contained an extract from a rare, unnamed South American plant, which had supposedly been discovered by a friend of his, Lieutenant Moxie, who had used it as a panacea. Moxie, he claimed, was especially effective against "paralysis, softening of the brain, nervousness, and insomnia."
Where can I get some of this stuff? (Why, in New England, apparently.)
NY Times - A little more than 24 hours after an IT contractor gunned down a dozen workers at the Washington Navy Yard, the CEO of the company he worked for sent an email to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus saying he has the experience to help the military improve its security.
Pia Interlandi’s clothes are to die for. No, really.
The government contractor that ran the background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden also vetted the alleged Navy Yard Shooter, The Hill has confirmed.
40 federal agencies – including nearly a dozen typically not associated with law enforcement -- have armed divisions.
OK some number, plus or minus a few (they're journalists not accountantants, I guess). Still:
The Environmental Protection Agency, whose armed agents in full body armor participated, acknowledged taking part in the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force investigation, which it said was conducted to look for possible violations of the Clean Water Act.
They sorta get to the point eventually. [Emphasis mine.]
All the big private prison companies—CCA, GEO Group, and the Management and Training Corporation—try to include occupancy requirements in their contracts, according to the report. States with the highest occupancy requirements include Arizona (three prison contracts with 100 percent occupancy guarantees), Oklahoma (three contracts with 98 percent occupancy guarantees), and Virginia (one contract with a 95 percent occupancy guarantee).
Or class reunions? Or maybe film festivals? Somebody's going to have to think of something because even when crime rates go down states are required by contract to keep their prisons full.
The House’s passage today of the Republican leadership’s bill to cut SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) by almost $40 billion over the next decade marks a new low for an already dysfunctional Congress.……why is it those big agribusiness corporations don't step in here and smack those "Republican leadership" guys upside the head? Forty billion? Bunky, people who get help from SNAP don't eat the money. They spend it. On food. (If you think $1.40 per meal leaves people playing around money you ought to sue your brain surgeon for theft). They spend it on food, and it winds up in the pockets of said big corporations in the end. Forty billion. This is the very kind of free (i.e. government-fluffed) market economics these R's have wet dreams about.
SNAP recipients already are preparing for an across-the-board cut in their SNAP benefits beginning in November that will reduce their modest benefits to less than $1.40 per person per meal.
So what's going on?
The bankruptcy of strategic thought in America today left the Administration and the country with nothing but these choices: use military force or do nothing. The weight of public opinion against another ill-defined commitment and the massive effort that would be required to really stop the slaughter in Syria meant that the military option was meaningless. Yet, America’s braintrust, which has been faithfully trying for over two decades now to stuff the amorphous post-1989 world into a Cold War box, could think of nothing more than a Vietnam-era campaign of high-explosive resolve to maintain “credibility.”
"The relief you are now experiencing is made possible by a gift from Michael Zinman," read circular silver plaques above the urinals in the men's restroom of the Van Pelt Library.…
Library officials would not, however, disclose exactly how much it costs to sponsor a urinal.
The State Department signaled that it would not insist that Syrian President Bashar Assad produce the list Saturday, the end of a seven-day period spelled out in the framework deal that Washington and Moscow announced last weekend in Geneva.
Next they'll be telling us there's gambling at Rick's.
And just in time. It's become terminally annoying. Henceforth "turn" will do just fine.
Retransmission consent refers to the rates that cable or satellite companies pay local broadcast stations to carry their signals to subscribers.
…as soon as we solve the whole government shut-down thing. And Syria. And something about oil. And Wall Street. And the minimum wage.
But really. We care about the cable company. We do.
…said Barney Frank, a former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts. “I just think there’s a real cultural lag on the national security stuff.…"
To clear my head, I went for a walk along the Aare River, on Schifflaube Street. Along the way, I found a small grocery shop and stopped to buy some nectarines. As I went to pay, I was looking down, fishing for my Swiss francs, and when I looked up at the cashier, I was taken aback: He had pink hair.
In this week’s issue of PNAS, a group of researchers reports the wealth of information that can be found buried in the earwax of a blue whale.
Zaltsman wants Tebow to fly to Moscow for the Black Storm's semi-final against the Moscow Patriots in the American Football Championship of Russia on Sept. 28 and also play in the final if they advance.
Tebow's agents reportedly are urging him to not play.
Also why don't they just call it Real Football and be done with it?
"Starr literally shot himself in the foot when drawing an unauthorized small caliber weapon out of his ankle holster," said a current State Department official, referring to an incident in 1981.
Here's the next million dollar idea: Build a hotel across the street from every hospital in the nation and call it Hotel Precaution.…
U.S. policy toward Assad could best be described as, "We want him to go, but not right now."
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A dozen people died in a shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. It was the deadliest attack at a domestic military installation since November 2009…
OK, one and a half. But November 2009 was not quite four years ago. So we're talking about the deadliest attack in four years. Reminds me of those signs I used to see out on the factory floors: Massacre Free For 1460 Days. Or maybe today, if we're lucky, 1.
To borrow a term from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” this week’s “Breaking Bad” was a barbaric yawp of an episode, one that reached into our chests, yanked our hearts into our throats until they nearly reached our uvulas, let go of those hearts during the commercial breaks, then yanked them back up again as soon as the action resumed.
I've never been so grateful for commercial breaks.
To see if your state has passed a law on this issue — or has a bill pending — check out the map below…
Apparently it's allowed in more states than not, including the one I'm in. Of course I don't have an employer, but then I don't do Facebook either. So take that.
For many environmentally conscious Americans, there’s a deep satisfaction to chucking anything and everything plasticky into the recycling bin—from shampoo bottles to butter tubs…Little do they know that, even if their local trash collector says it recycles that waste, they might as well be chucking those plastics in the trash bin.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S.-Russian plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile…
‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”
Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor…
The U.S.-Russia plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons by next summer faces many hurdles and includes "unrealistic" deadlines, says former U.N. weapons inspector David Kay, who worked on efforts to detail chemical weapons in Iraq.
Kay says the plan will require an international military presence — "boots on the ground" — to make sure the weapons don't fall into the wrong hands.
Which explains a lot, huh, me living in New England and all. And it was this morning. Cold-ish at least. And dark and rainy. So I went back to bed. Before I knew it, it was 10:00.
If you're looking for an advantage to being unemployed that's pretty much it. It's also a disadvantage, of course, but I do it now and then anyway.
Most jellyfish are little more than gelatinous bags containing digestive organs and gonads, drifting at the whim of the current. But box jellyfish are different. They are active hunters of medium-sized fish and crustaceans, and can move at up to twenty-one feet per minute.
According to a new report from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, discarded food accounts for a staggering amount of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet with this explosion in US military cyber-operations – and with the corresponding boom in the number of defense contractors to support cyber-activity – comes concern that a rapidly expanding "cyber-industrial complex" could jeopardize the openness and democratic ideals of the Internet.
I have difficulty with the concept of anonymous openness, in the first place. And in the second, what democratic ideals? (Yes I know there's that domain name board or whatever it's called, and W3C, and at least some of their members are elected, I think. But still.)
Used less than well, it can be a bit creepy, sort of on par with having a kid's uncle listen outside her bedroom during a slumber party.
If that's what you call a bit creepy…