An excellent dramatization of the Dashiell Hammett classic, "The Maltese Falcon," starring Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrmann. (Check your local library for this one, or find it at Audible or from other sellers.)
"The golden state’s historic drought is forcing once-squeamish Californians to take a new look at ‘toilet-to-tap’ water re-use."
All water is, one way or another, more or less, toilet-to-tap. It’s just about how long that takes.
"Maybe Amazon really is rattled by the whole Authors United phenomenon organized by Douglas Preston. The writers are encouraging their readers to email Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief executive, and tell him to stop holding books hostage as the company negotiates with Hachette Book Group."…because I simply don’t know enough about it. But, Dude, for authors who benefit, under U. S. Copyright, from protection lasting "to life of the author plus 70 years” to complain about anybody holding books hostage is
"Fifty years ago Sunday, reacting to reports of a Navy encounter with enemy warships in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam…"
…is having to go through stuff like this all over again.
"A US official said the Iraqi government had provided a planeload of ammunition to Kurdish fighters in Erbil, in what the official called an 'unprecedented' act of military cooperation between Baghdad and the Kurds, who have long feuded over land and oil."
Ain’t that cute? Meanwhile…
"US air strikes prompted renewed calls on jihadi online forums for attacks on the United States and oil interests in the Gulf."
"The U.S. has launched a second round of airstrikes against a target of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL)…"
"‘In the barn for 90 dairy cows, methane built up for unknown reasons and was probably ignited by a static discharge, exploding in a darting flame,’ said local police in the central town of Rasdorf in Hesse state."
"As part of the bailout of the auto industry in 2009, Obama’s Treasury Department authorized spending $1.7 billion of government funds to get a bankrupt Michigan parts-maker back on its feet — as a British company. While executives continue to run Delphi Automotive from a Detroit suburb, the paper headquarters in England potentially reduces the company’s U.S. tax bill by as much as $110 million a year."
"My opponents Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes will spend $100 million to show the people of Kentucky how much they care. Honestly, I don’t care about Kentucky. I care about that sweet, sweet cash."
"'As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be drawn into fighting another war in Iraq,' Obama said.
"Even so, he outlined a rationale for airstrikes if the Islamic State militants advance on American troops…"
"Marilyn Hartman, a 62-year-old homeless woman who was arrested seven times this year for trying to sneak aboard flights at San Francisco International Airport, bypassed two ticket checkpoints by sneaking past guards and went undetected throughout a Southwest Airlines trip from San Jose to Los Angeles on Monday. "
"'I buy Italian produce, often French wines and cheeses,' she said. 'If they ban these, I will be sad, but what can you do?' Taking a triumphant bite of her Russian-made ice-cream, she declared, 'This is ours -- it's tasty.'"
"VIERA, Fla. – Marie Maxwell says she was watching Jeopardy when she heard a knock at the door of her home in the Suntree neighborhood near Viera. When she opened it, an alligator she believes was longer than 6 feet was staring at her."
"DORSET, MINN. — A 5-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.…
"Eric Mueller, a 16-year-old from Mendota Heights, Minnesota, won when his name was drawn from the ballot box during the annual Taste of Dorset festival."
"AT&T called the FCC's proposed timeline for improving location-finding technology 'unrealistic' and wrote that forcing providers to 'incrementally' improve their systems will 'waste scarce resources (i.e., time, talent, and money)'"
Scarce talent, too.
Imagine our dismay.
"Did you ever wish you could just transform any text anywhere on the Internet with ‘I am Groot’?"
"He was eating a burger right next to King when the activists arrived. He shook their hands, took a bite, then fled, as if he’d forgotten that he’d promised to be somewhere else, like another state."
"As it turns out, there is big money in marijuana prohibition."
"Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been married for 73 days, a significant number given that her last marriage, to basketball player Kris Humphries, ended after 72 days."
"Oppel really hits his stride in this book, mixing science with science fiction and wrapping it in a fantasy tortilla."
"More than 57,000 children have been caught crossing the United States border alone since October — double last year’s number. President Obama has called the surge an ‘urgent humanitarian situation,’ and lawmakers have called for hearings on the crisis."
"The device is designed to aid with surveillance, enhance situational awareness, and help with ‘communications research.’ For years, this type of inflatable spy technology has been sold to the military for ISR (intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance) missions, but only more recently has it come home to roost."
"Obama’s order requires companies seeking federal contracts to disclose labor law violations over the previous three years. That includes statutes covering pay, safety, health and collective bargaining, as well as past civil rights violations."
"‘It was 36 years, one month and seven days late,’ said Louise Lareau, the managing librarian at the Children’s Center on 42nd Street, of a stained copy of ‘Making the Best of It: A Common Sense Guide to Negotiating a Divorce’ — withdrawn during the Carter administration and returned in May 2013."
"Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, with the assistance of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease control, received Mr. Brantly, a father of two, on Saturday. A second American stricken by Ebola, Nancy Writebol, is scheduled to be flown to to the same Atlanta facility shortly."
Here, and now on the list.
A Cold War spy tale from the unambiguous 60’s featuring a Long Island airport named Idlewild and a restaurant described, with a straight face, as camp. Including a Russian defector, fiery Cubans, unhappy wives, and the French, naturellement. And other exotica. Straight, goes down smooth.
"By 2013, health care dominated in the majority of states and manufacturing became a niche player."
…where I live, half the people are employed taking care of the other half. You can see it happen just about everywhere, here. (Also, very cool map.)