"Ironically, in 2011, House Republicans issued a press release characterizing the early retiree grants as ‘a $5 billion bailout fund for state governments, Fortune 500 companies, and Hollywood unions.’"
More valuable than I think would be about $13.00. Way more valuable would be $13.50.
"Somewhere upriver, just after 1 p.m., an icy keystone had given way, triggering a torrent of ice, logs and other debris over Upper Falls, then Middle Falls, then Lower Falls and finally out into Lake Superior."
"How much is fresh air worth in smog-choked China?
A jar of air from Provence, France, sold last month for $860.
The jar was part of a conceptual art project by Beijing artist Liang Kegang…"
"On Thursday, a Senate committee in South Carolina voted to expand the state’s so-called ‘Stand Your Ground’ law to approve the use of deadly force to protect a fetus. The proposal would grant pregnant women protection from prosecution if they were defending their ‘unborn children,’ defined as ‘the offspring of human beings from conception until birth.’"
"'Is that somebody throwing something at me?' Clinton said after the object flew past her on the stage at the Mandalay Bay resort. 'Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?'
"This is crazy, even by Florida standards."
Yeah, I know, it’s an old, old, and not so funny joke. Sorry. But it’s true.
"Comcast will come out of this merger one of the most powerful telecommunications providers in the country, with the weight to make even otherwise big content providers like Netflix bend their knee. They have the money to play the Washington game and turn the tables in their favor."
"Bat-Erdene Dashdemberel, the minister of defense, spoke warmly about the strength of the American-Mongolian bond. ‘Mongolia is a peace-loving country,’ he said of a land that still reveres its native hero, Genghis Khan. "
It was 46º this morning. I'd forgotten it ever got that warm. And it might be even warmer by this afternoon. Also, maybe, rainy.
Rain, curiously, would be a good thing. I need to do some cleaning around here before I dare the windows open. Also, I dust under my bed in years that end with 4. So there’s that. With the weather we’ve been having lately—sunny, warmy—it’s been tempting to be outdoors. Maybe if it rains enough I’ll stay in and get some stuff done. Or take a nap.
I’m so old I remember the government’s saying Don’t worry, nobody will ever know your Social Security number but the Social Security Administration and you.
…reading about the now-famous Heartbleed Bug (click on the link for a techie but not too techie discussion). There are all manner of non-technical discussions available, not all in agreement but all, pretty much, right. Nobody really knows. The general advice is to change all your passwords (I know, I know), but it is probably not a good idea to do this until you are made aware by your various servers that their software has been patched.
And, before you do change your passwords it would be a good idea to review this advice from US-CERT.
ADD: Here’s a handy Heartbleed test page for checking servers you use.
"The virus was first noticed less than a year ago, and since then, millions of piglets in 27 states have died; causing the price of certain pork products to spike."
"A year ago, most of us would likely have scoffed at such paranoia. But in the post-Snowden world…"
If this guy was scoffing at paranoia a year ago he was about 20 years behind the times already.
BTW, this Heartbleed flaw in OpenSSL is serious and also instructional, instructional because of the Open. Geeks have long held as an article of faith that open-source software was way, way safer than the proprietary kind because thousands of eyes inspecting the code, blah blah. Or, as it turns out, not. Ouch. (And now floating the idea this flaw is there because of some nasty intelligence service? Come on.)
"A top U.S. diplomat says the United States is helping Ukraine comb through a 'treasure trove' of documents recovered from the government of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in order to prosecute corrupt officials. "
"The agency said enforcement action is possible against U.S. food businesses or importers if companies try to cut those sweeteners into real honey and do not label the product correctly. If those sweeteners are added, the label should read ‘blend of sugar and honey’ or ‘blend of honey and corn syrup.’"
"‘I’m just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man…'"
"Being conversant in the Ukraine crisis is different from being conversant in ‘Game of Thrones’"
Way to go! We’ll be back for more. Maybe in a decade or two.
"‘I am very much anti-Bubble Wrap and think we should be giving our kids safe risks, but that doesn’t mean exposing them to actual risks,’ said Ashley Merryman, a co-author of a parenting book called ‘NurtureShock.’"
(Sorry about the commercial, but Hulu.)
"Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown was so busy picking a new state that he forgot to pick a party.
Whoever filled out Brown’s formal statement of organization for his campaign exploratory committee left blank the small gray box asking for the candidate’s party affiliation."
A bunch of J-school types get all hissy about Jenna Bush Hagger’s NBC News interview with Daddy, ho hum:
“…what are the ethical implications of turning over an interview with a former President to his own daughter?"
"The undefeated titans of the sport this season will meet Tuesday night in an historic championship game when UConn plays Notre Dame. It will mark the first time in NCAA basketball history that unbeaten teams will play for a title when the former Big East rivals face each other."
"A big data analysis might reveal, for instance, that from 2006 to 2011 the United States murder rate was well correlated with the market share of Internet Explorer: Both went down sharply."
“And over all lay a smell,” as Will Irwin wrote, “which I have never heard mentioned in any book on war— the smell of half a million unbathed men .… It lay for days over every town through which the Germans passed.”
Tuchman, Barbara W. (2009-07-22). The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I (Kindle Locations 4903-4905). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
"The president stayed at The Hotel, a twenty-seven story hotel in the center of the [Brussels]. The estimated cost for the president's stay, including about two weeks for an advance team, was $1,522,646.36."
"(Reuters) - Companies across America are blaming the brutal winter for weak first-quarter results…
Weather was mentioned in 219 S&P 500 earnings conference calls between January 1 and April 1, compared with just 125 in the first three months of 2013."
"Wilson's VP of Digital, Tom Gruger, told Engadget that…the goal from the beginning was to 'provide actionable data to players so their training could be more focused on 'actual' rather than 'perceived' performance.'"
"Over the past three-plus decades, according to official homicide data reported annually by law enforcement agencies nationwide, there have been on average about 20 mass shootings a year, with neither an upward or downward trajectory. The only increase has been in publicity and dread."
"Complication rates from diabetes in the United States are generally higher than in other developed countries. That is true even though the United States spends more per patient and per capita treating diabetes than elsewhere…"