"The ink is barely dry on the initial sales figures for the iPhone 6, and already the Internet is awash with rumors related to its successor."
"There’s one scene this season in which a Reagan impersonator visits a Republican retreat, and we have him say things that Reagan actually said, and the room starts booing him. Within 10 minutes dinner rolls are flying, because he’s cherry-picking these Reagan quotes that were dangerously reasonable."
Noted by our Midwest and Elsewhere bureau.
“In our endless search for a light at the bottom of the well, we zip on out to Richmond, California, where Chevron dumped $3.5 million into the city elections and got beaten down into a lovely, spreadable paste.…
"You mean the voters in a city are reluctant to trust an oil company just because its local refinery has blown up only twice in the last 20 years? Why do you hate America, Richmond?"
"Pageants like these typically serve as glittery infomercials for the cities where they take place—‘Visit Ordos, or Dunhuang, or Dalian, or Chengdu: wealthy enough to import foreign pageant queens!’"
I need to get myself some of this "scratch" stuff because I keep hearing you can make just about anything from it
It’s sort of like some weird, old-fashioned substitute for 3-D printing, I think.
"There is no evidence, of course, that a regular infusion of banana ice cream and fudge chunks inspires a person toward liberalism. Because two-thirds of the Ben & Jerry’s in the United States are found in Democratic districts, however, the mere presence of a store in a district raises the statistical odds that its residents are people who vote for Democrats."
"In addition to her work with the Universal Zetetic Society, she was also poet, songwriter and wrote pamphlets on a wide variety of subjects. Blount was a progressive thinker and humanitarian. She was a vegetarian…"
"The conservative America Rising PAC published their own anti-Clinton memo Wednesday morning: 'Behold The Wreckage of Hillary's Midterm Drubbing.'"
"‘Normally in incidents like this it’s not people smashing up their own car, but he was able to prove it was his,’ said local police spokesman, Anastasio Gallo. ‘We think he must have been under a lot of stress at work lately…"
"‘Enough about 2014. Let’s talk about 2016.’
— CNN Anchor John Berman this morning, making sure the nation doesn’t linger too long on an election that we still don’t know the final results of."
"The disparity between the under-30 and over-60 was the widest it's been in a decade, those polls found. The seniors comprised 37 percent of the electorate; young people made up 12 percent."
"The $92-million surveillance web, formally known as the Border Integrity Technology Enhancement Project, will be concentrated in more than 100 ‘high-risk’ cross-border crime zones spanning 700 kilometres of eastern Canada, said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Joe Oliver, head of technical operations."
"Airport border guards didn't believe that the slimmer version of Ross Connor was the same as the chubby-faced cheeky guy that appeared in his official ID photo."
"Branch can’t attend morning intelligence briefs, or sit with the other services’ intel chiefs when they meet with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said a naval intelligence source, who spoke on background because he was not authorized to speak to the press."
"Citing one of several pseudonymous sources in the book, Attkisson wrote that her computer was likely hacked by 'a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.’"
"According to The Virginian-Pilot, Judge Steven Frucci ruled that making suspects provide their passwords so police can snoop through their phones is a violation of the Fifth Amendment because it would force suspects to incriminate themselves. But in the same ruling, the presiding judge decided that demanding suspects to provide their fingerprints to unlock a TouchID phone is constitutional because it’s similar to compelling DNA, handwriting or an actual key—all of which the law allows."
"Maine ballot question 1 would prohibit the use of donuts to trap bears…"
"As part of an annual pumpkin festival at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Pennsylvania last week, organizers dropped a mammoth 1,717-pound gourd from a crane."
At least in Chicago there's only one team to crash and burn (and they didn't play last weekend…whew)
"The 2014 New York football season is over after only two months, ending Monday night when the Giants joined the Jets in football hell."
"‘The person was driving a Mini Cooper — I’m just glad the person’s OK, those are not exactly the biggest vehicles,’ Boutell said."
"Despite clear geographical limits to the Ebola outbreak, many Americans seem confused."OK, maybe a little. That Africa place is pretty big. Check it out.
“…international scientists and even filmmakers, led by Yvon Le Maho of the University of Strasbourg in France, created a remote-controlled rover disguised as a chick to snuggle up to shy penguins in Adelie Land, Antarctica – the same place where the 2005 documentary March of the Penguins was filmed.
"Researchers watched from more than 200 metres away."
"Virgin Galactic owner Sir Richard Branson has said it was 'quite hurtful' for his company's engineers that claims were made about their spacecraft exploding."
"Great Falls is the happiest Montana city among the big three urban areas of Billings, Missoula and the Electric City, a study says."
"One of Montana’s most well-known white supremacists is recruiting members for a new Ku Klux Klan, one which he said will be all-inclusive and shows he no longer holds supremacist views.…
"Though he won’t say exactly how many members this new KKK group has, the organization will not discriminate against people because of race, religion or sexual orientation."
That’s the character named Jack Reacher in the novel, Killing Floor, the first in Lee Child’s best-selling series featuring said character, describing a Bentley automobile.
I give up.
It’s a book I picked up as a free sample from audible.com; I managed to wade through about half of it. Except for a comically improbable chase scene through the Atlanta airport, it’s easily the dullest “thriller” I’ve ever come across. Clearly, a lot of people disagree with me, but I’m declining to add it to our reading list. I’m also declining to listen to the second half of it.