…arrives…wheeze cough cough…at the stop sign. Its engine dies. Driver, conscientiously, looks both ways, kicks the starter. Kicks the starter again. Aha. It drives off. Cute little car.
"Few Americans read more than two books a year, much less a month. Only 28% of Americans read more than a book a month in 2013, according to a Pew Research Center study."
"WASHINGTON — None of the passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over eastern Ukraine used a U.S. passport to check in, according to internal Obama administration emails about the incident.
"However one American citizen did die on the flight, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed: Quinn Lucas Schansman, a dual citizen of the United States and the Netherlands."
"Enjoy unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month."
Yeah, it’s sort of a commercial (unrecompensed). But still. If you’re a serious reader this pretty much puts an end to the discussion about vendors. (I’ve been reading e-books from a public library for the last couple of months but the selection is somewhat sparse. Meanwhile, the last e-book I purchased cost $13.00.)
" From the report: ‘Gyges is an early example of how advanced techniques and code developed by governments for espionage are effectively being repurposed, modularized and coupled with other malware to commit cybercrime.’"
"Teff, another gluten-free superfood, are highly nutritious tiny seeds grown in Ethiopia.…Ethiopia remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with chronic malnutrition, so it is unfortunate that a grain so nutritious—it’s high in iron, protein, fiber, calcium, you name it—isn’t helping to nourish the population. But high global demand has made the price too expensive for the country’s poor…"
"US Attorney Melinda Haag's office in San Francisco said the 61-year-old fugitive was apprehended 'after the US Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security researched social media websites and found Legaspi's Facebook page."
"As Scientific American explained in 2009, a glacier eliminated all native earthworms from the Great Lakes region some 10,000 years ago, and the forests evolved without them; now, those who invade the area—as discarded bait, trapped in tire treads, or imported via mulch, perhaps—are leaving forest floors barren."
Adam Kwasman, a Republican congressional candidate and state legislator, also showed up to protest the children's arrival. When a school bus was spotted, Kwasman tweeted a picture of it with the words, "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law."
Kwasman even regaled a local reporter with what he said he saw on the bus:
"I was able to actually see some of the children in the buses and the fear on their faces. This is not compassion."
That was until the reporter informed Kwasman that the children on the bus weren't migrant children but local YMCA campers who, according to "reporters at the scene," were "laughing and taking pictures on their iPhones."
Kwasman's response: "They were sad, too."
–Midwest and Elsewhere Bureau
"Three Street View cars equipped with specialized sensors capable of detecting methane were dispatched in Staten Island, Boston, and Indianapolis."
"The case sets an important precedent for Chinese companies interested in investing in the United States."
"In New York City history and lore, the Second Avenue subway is the Loch Ness Monster crossed with the Abominable Snowman.…
“At $2.23 billion per mile, the Second Avenue subway is orders of magnitude more expensive than similar projects across the world."
"The Wall Street Journal adds the Pentagon already scrapped plans in 2012 to equip the Afghan air force with 20 C-27 cargo planes because an Italian contractor failed to deliver enough of them that were flyable."
"Today’s infographic lists 10 psychological studies that have been proven to convert consumers to saying ‘yes’."
"People are becoming addicted to Nutella. Some are speculating that the company is putting drugs in Nutella to make people addicted. There are even rumors of people injected Nutella right into their veins.
"Germans are blaming the Italians for stealing the Nutella. ‘Italians are born theives,’ said one top German official. ‘I’m sure we will find all of our stolen Nutella in Italy.’"
The Weekly World News, on it’s Google Books page, says…
Rooted in the creative success of over 30 years of supermarket tabloid publishing, the Weekly World News has been the world's only reliable news source since 1979.
So who could doubt?
"As a result of this incident, all TSA agents in Orlando are being shown copies of a D.C. driver’s license."
"Thor, the lightning-wielding superhero played by the very manly Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel movies, will be embodied as a female in all-new series launching this October.
[And] "In recent months, new titles have focused on veteran heroines Black Widow, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel and Elektra, as well as introducing series around a new Ms. Marvel character, whose secret identity is a Muslim American teenager from Jersey City."
“If you like your political campaigns bloody, then you have to be cheered by the new poll that found Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis beating Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a hypothetical matchup 45 to 36."
"The Valley is accustomed to seeing Springfield social services kingpin Heriberto Flores carry out his plans…"
Sounds pretty ominous to me.
"Who still uses DOS, and for what?"
"The researchers examined LastPass and four other Web-based managers and found critical defects in all of them. "
"On the whole, readers are likely better off using a password manager than they are using the same password for multiple sites. For that reason, Ars still recommends that people use a password manager. However…"
"Patrick Sensburg, chairman of the German parliament's National Security Agency investigative committee, now says he’s considering expanding the use of manual typewriters to carry out his group's work.
“…'In fact, we already have [a typewriter], and it’s even a non-electronic typewriter,' he said."
"Take New Hampshire, unhappy owner of massive cracks and potholes from the overly long winter. Thanks to congressional indecision, the state put off seven major paving projects and 11 other projects (including bridge repairs). That bump you feel from the road could be a crack in the Highway Trust Fund."
"Several days ago, for example, anti-Israel hackers defaced one of the most popular Israeli Facebook pages, StatusHunter, replacing the content with a slideshow purporting to show how the IDF was making Gazans suffer."
Oh, the humanity.
"Here’s some of what the TSA found during one recent week: 42 firearms, 74 credit card knives, inert grenades and a live smoke grenade, eight ounces of bear repellant, knives in the handles of brushes and combs, and 17 stun guns. Of the 42 firearms, 35 were loaded and nine had rounds chambered.
"TSA keeps a jaunty blog reporting such finds…"
Long-hair dog in a white convertible, blonde girl driving, whangs through a red light at the corner by the grocery store, no harm done. It’s a slow, sleepy corner on an otherwise slow, sleepy day, nobody in a rush. Everybody sees it coming and waits. Me too.
This is perhaps one advantage to being a dog.
"Before you get excited about naming HAT-P-7b after your first pet goldfish, it's worth taking a look at the restrictions the IAU places on its minor planet names. The 16 characters or less must be 'pronounceable (in as many languages as possible)' and non-offensive in any language or culture. The names of living persons are verboten, pet names are 'discouraged,' and you can't use a name that is commercial or has political, military, or religious connotations."
"The settlement, signed over the weekend, caps months of negotiations, during which the government demanded $12 billion and threatened to sue Citigroup, according to the sources."
"Today, shop owners keep plastic bags and rubber bands handy to wrap around their feet when they have to get to their cars through rising waters, while householders have found that ground-floor spaces in garages are no longer safe to keep their cars. Only those on higher floors can hope to protect their cars from surging sea waters that corrode and rot the innards of their vehicles."
"WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) – A German defense official under investigation for alleged spying was in contact with a U.S. State Department officer rather than American intelligence agencies, raising questions about whether any espionage occurred, U.S. officials familiar with the case told Reuters on Friday."
(Added to our list of work avoidance tools this date.)
"The debate is a hot one, and a lot of non-technical privacy regulators have been led on by sweet promises from the companies that they regulate about the possibility of creating booming markets in highly sensitive personal data that is somehow neutralized through a magic 'de-identification’ process…"
"There’s no question in my mind that more people will see the images of the president playing pool and sharing a meal with ordinary people than will hear Ted Cruz or Governor Perry criticizing the president for not going to the border,’ Pfeiffer said…"
Pfeiffer, commenting on Obama’s recent tour of Colorado and environs, is a White House senior advisor. And the “ordinary people” of whom he speaks are, mostly, the Governor of Colorado.