"A new security bug in OpenSSL encryption was revealed and patched Thursday, just a few months after Heartbleed threatened hundreds of thousands of secure web servers. The new bug is the most serious of several security breaches revealed by the OpenSSL group in a formal advisory today."
…well, maybe not.
"‘They can see that you’re connecting to Amazon and that you’re looking for remedial algebra books,’ said Nadia Heninger, an assistant professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania. "
"The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words. ~National Review"
"LONDON (AP) — An 89-year old World War II veteran who was reported missing from a nursing home in England has been found in Normandy after traveling to attend D-Day commemorations, police said Friday.…
"The force said Jordan left the home wearing his service medals and joined a group of veterans heading to France by bus."
Was bringing Bergdahl home, given the price, the right thing to do: Yes.
Was Bergdahl AWOL when he was taken: Maybe yes, maybe no.
Will he be court-martialed? No.
Will he be punished for anything in any material way? No.
Will Obama be impeached? No.
Will looneys ever quit braying at the moon? You’re kidding, right?
There. Nothing more to see. Move along.
"Geologists have identified what they say is a new class of rock.
"'Plastiglomerates', as the new rocks are called, form when plastic debris washes up on beaches, breaks down into small pieces, becomes mixed in sand or sticks to other rocks and solidifies into an agglomerate mixing all of the above. Such rocks, say US and Canadian boffins in a paper titled An anthropogenic marker horizon in the future rock record, have ‘great potential to form a marker horizon of human pollution, signalling the occurrence of the informal Anthropocene epoch.’"
"Elite universities in France pay their students to study, whereas here families must save for years if they hope to send a child to an elite private university."
"Not that we’re advising you to do any such artery-clogging, time-consuming thing, of course. "
You don’t want to miss this, do you?
"Last month, when Vermont passed a new law requiring food and beverage manufacturers to label genetically modified foods, Big Food went ballistic. The Grocers’ Manufacturers’ Association, a trade group that represents Monsanto, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and other giant food companies, warned that the labeling law—the first of its kind in the nation—was 'costly' and 'critically flawed,' and vowed to sue the state to force it to scrap the measure."
"This hypocrisy now pervades the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and has even infected several fearful Democrats. When they could use Sergeant Bergdahl’s captivity as a cudgel against the administration, they eagerly did so, loudly and in great numbers. And the moment they could use his release to make President Obama look weak on terrorism or simply incompetent, they reversed direction without a moment’s hesitation to jump aboard the new bandwagon."
[Noted by our Midwest bureau.]
This Times editorial is worth reading from start to finish. Click the link, above.
"The Ohio Legislature is currently considering a measure to ban insurance coverage for abortion care, even in cases of rape, incest and when the pregnancy is life threatening.…Lawmakers are also maneuvering to ban birth control coverage for public employees and Medicaid recipients. "
"A startling ingredient has been found in IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Ralph Lauren products: gold from North Korea, illegal under the current US sanctions against the pariah state."
"TOKYO (AP) -- A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile."
“…on Monday nights when the Bears play, crime in Chicago drops 13 percent on average."
"One thing the Mississippi Republican establishment and the Tea Party seem to agree on is that you’re not supposed to remind people that their state is way more dependent on Washington than the average food stamp recipient."
"The Detroit Institute of Arts is the second largest municipally owned museum in the country and contains art from all over the world. Art has been collected by the museum since its opening in 1883."
"The Fed stirred up market festivity,
In spite of low business activity,
From the joy that relates
To their keeping the rates
At zero, as is their proclivity."
And an old Crab took the opportunity of saying to her daughter "Ah, my dear! Let this be a lesson to you never to lose your temper!" "Hold your tongue, Ma!" said the young Crab, a little snappishly. "You're enough to try the patience of an oyster!”
–Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
"‘She’s funny, she’s interesting and she’s a weirdo — which is all I ask for in a person.’"
"Over the last few months, lenders have begun approving loans for jumbo borrowers who don’t strictly meet the usual rules for, say, income documentation or credit score minimums, but can compensate for these shortfalls in other ways."
"GM has recalled 2.6 million of its most popular models to replace a defective switch that it has linked to 13 fatalities. Some families who lost loved ones in fatal crashes have complained that GM should not have sent them notices to bring in cars for repairs."
"Obama will no doubt be sympathetic to Poroshenko’s requests. He’s had his own experience with rough beginnings as a green politician, having inherited the Oval Office amid two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."
Obama didn’t “inherit” his job, he vigorously campaigned for it for over a year, spending millions in the effort. And the wars and the economic crisis all began before he was even nominated for office. If he didn’t want to do the job he shoulda just stayed home. Likewise Poroshenko, who asked for what he’s got.
The point of this little drama may well be (or not be) valid, but casting its players as just two guys struggling under the hardships thrust upon them is journalistic malpractice, at best.
"The Polish city of Krakow is only the latest to withdraw its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after a public referendum. So many localities have dropped out of the running that the games might just be hosted by the last contender standing. "
…in a Raymond Chandler novel, even the one by the Irish writer Benjamin Black called The Black-Eyed Blonde. And Bogey plays the lead, of course—the hard-boiled private eye, Philip Marlowe. If you like it noir you’ll want to read this book. It’s here, and on the list.
"(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked France whether it would be willing to put forward International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde as president of the European Commission, two French sources briefed on the exchanges said."
Raquel Welsh, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot were “hotties” when they were young. Oh yes. And so much more:
"But here is Victoria's secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their more macho-sounding counterparts, probably because their monikers make people underestimate their danger, the researchers conclude."
"This mega yacht features a missile defense system, indoor theatre, two swimming pools, twin helipads and a bulletproof master bedroom."
"‘We are reluctant to ignore the ordinary meaning of ‘chemical weapon,’ ’ Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for six justices, ‘when doing so would transform a statute passed to implement the international Convention on Chemical Weapons into one that also makes it a federal offense to poison goldfish.’"
"‘It just isn’t clear what has gone into the increase in hospital charges for the past decade,’ said Dr. Hamilton Moses III, chairman of the consulting firm Alerion Advisors and an adjunct professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University. ‘But if you look at the Veterans Administration and the amount of administrative costs that are eating up the moneys that should go to direct health care, that’s a pattern that is repeated everywhere.’"
"The female students say they weren’t trying to violate the dress code, but they wanted to dress appropriately for the Canadian province’s unseasonably warm weather. Temperatures reached nearly 70 degrees last week…"
Seventy degrees? A heat wave? Well, OK, if they say so.
Meanwhile, name me one thing that would not distract a high school aged boy.
"The good news after the departure of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki over the wait-list fraud scandal is that a new consensus has developed on Capitol Hill that veterans should have the option to choose outside providers for their medical care."
The bad news is these guys think that’s good news.
…1959, in fact…you can’t go wrong by spending an hour and a half with The Mouse That Roared.
"Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, pro golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas sports gambler 'Billy' Walters are reportedly the target of an investigation by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged insider trading."
"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Sunday that it was 'disturbing' for the administration to negotiate the transfer of five detainees at Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the Taliban’s release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl."
Also, “He would want it that way."
Wait, here’s one—Edna Ferber. From a short story about Chicago entitled That Home-Town Feeling:
“Here an electric sign blazons forth the tempting announcement of lunch. Just across the way, delicately suggesting a means of availing one's self of the invitation, is another which announces ‘Loans.'
"South Clark Street can transform a winter overcoat into hamburger and onions so quickly that the eye can't follow the hand.”
From an anthology of Ferber’s stories called Buttered Side Down, available from Project Gutenberg here.