"Before he died in an Amsterdam fire at age 31, Evans had painted nearly 4,000 stamps from 42 imaginary nations, bearing dates from 1852 to 1973."
“…the guidelines will not end the FBI’s ability to collect racial and ethnic information about neighborhoods, a practice known as ‘mapping’ that has long disquieted civil liberties advocates, said Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, who is familiar with the new policy."
Maybe I should spend more time with the sports pages.
"Many years ago, during the 1980s, I witnessed a killing: a New York City cop shooting an unarmed homeless man near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was later called as a grand jury witness in the case. The grand jury did not indict the officer."
…but even funnier might be waiting until the Defenders of Privacy figure out the cops are taking pictures of them just waking down the street. OMG! What if they catch you smoking when you’ve promised your insurance company you’ve quit? Or eating a donut?
What if they’re beaming pictures to some three-letter federal agency? Or Roswell?
Pretty soon we’ll be needing full-body tinfoil suits.
"Kim Jong Un's name is not allowed for newborns and people who share the name must not just stop using it but must change it on their birth certificates and residence registrations, KBS reported, citing an official North Korean directive."
"Panelists for a session called Today’s Free Speech Environment repeatedly argued that shareholder efforts to enforce political contribution disclosure requirements are an attempt to silence the business community."
"Pontiac police said Bryan Kryscio was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of unlawfully driving away an automobile."
"Just a few shavings of the coveted ingredient can cost hundreds of dollars in restaurants, according to CBS news. "
"The new study, published in The BMJ, finds that women who more closely followed a Mediterranean diet had longer telomeres on the end of their chromosomes. "
"‘We don’t call them drones, we call them unmanned aircraft systems integration… "
Every syllable counts.
"'The vast majority of passengers have no nefarious intent but forgot their firearm in their carry-on bag,' TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein wrote in an email."
…it’s people who can’t even keep track of where their freaking gun is.
"Sen. James Inhofe…the 80-year-old Republican from Oklahoma is one of the most notorious deniers of human-induced climate change. He has contended that God controls the Earth's climate, not Homo sapiens, and he has quoted the Bible to make this point: 'As long as the Earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.' And Inhofe, thanks to the recent elections, is in line to chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee when the Republicans assume control of the Senate next month. He has vowed to do all he can to block regulations aimed at cutting emissions."
"‘Extensive analysis has found no causal link between vaccination and these serous adverse events.’"
Me, I don’t want to think about 2016 until, well, 2016. And even that might be too soon.
…when it’s time to give up on the Bears and start rooting for the Packers to win everything. At least they’re from the right division. And, they’re far enough away I don’t have to hear about them constantly, unlike this local bunch. This morning’s Boston Sun-Times (who even knew there was a Boston Sun-Times?) carried 736 stories about Sunday’s game, all suggesting the most glorious thing the Packers have ever accomplished, in the entire history of the Green Bay franchise, was to beat the Patriots yesterday. So you can see.
"Seriously. Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), their budget guru, are considering altering the way Congress calculates the costs of tax cuts—a move that could make big tax cuts for the rich appear less costly than they really are."
"Elonis maintains that these statements, despite their quite horrifying tenor and tone, were not ‘threats’ within the meaning of the First Amendment. Rather, he insists that they were therapeutic statements…"
"Plastic surgeons in United States have seen a surge in demand for procedures ranging from eye-lid lifts to rhinoplasty, popularly known as a nose job, from patients seeking to improve their image in selfies and on social media."
"Researchers who heavily rely on social media data when studying human behaviour have been warned that such information can be very easily skewed."