In Minnesota? In freaking February?

Man, 22, And Woman, 52, Busted For Having Sex In Stranger's Hot Tub | The Smoking Gun:

"(the temperature outside was in the mid-20s)"

Right. That’s what I mean.

Foiled again

My plan to stay indoors all day is blasted: It’s snowing. Not much, only an inch or two right now, but it’s supposed to snow all night, which means whatever I get off the sidewalks before it gets dark will be just that much less to get off in the morning. So, worth it. Out I go.

But stupid she was not

Call it a day

What happens when it's just too cold for anything to happen

Weather Videos | Weather Underground

I'm sure it's no match for my 1000-below parka

In fact it’s warmed up to 9º so what’s the big deal. But I have absolutely nothing that needs to be done today—not one thing that can’t wait until Monday or even Tuesday—so I’m going to try staying indoors all day. I tried this once last week and didn’t make it past 1 PM, but I’ve spent the entire morning thinking lazy and I think I’ve got a shot at making it all the way today. Anyway it looks like there might be a lot of shoveling to do tomorrow, so recuperating is pretty much guaranteed. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, party girl?

Ginsburg admits she wasn't sober at State of the Union - NY Daily News

"Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal hero with a studious demeanor, was pictured nodding off during President Obama's address to Congress last month."


Imagine our joy

Winter Storm Neptune: Blizzard Watches Issued from Cape Cod to Maine, Including Boston; Blizzard Warnings in Michigan | Weather Underground

"Winter Storm Neptune is poised to deliver a bitter blast of high winds and snow to a swath from the Midwest to the Northeast, including parts of New England still struggling to recover from a series of major snowstorms virtually unprecedented in modern times."

We ought to be on the edge of this, not the center; could get 8 or 10 more inches, but maybe less. Currently we have about 20 inches on the ground.

The good news: This should be over by sometime Sunday morning, and Monday is a holiday. So probably not as disruptive as the last three storms, which were all on Mondays. Also, spring is right around the corner.

Or, maybe it's just another UFO coverup

Bats on the border: Giant colonies of flying mammals taking over Texas' night sky | Fox News Latino

"At 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, a cloud of bats popped up on U.S. Air Force radar above the cave-dotted savanna of the Edwards Plateau. The swarm appears on the radar image as a massive green and blue blob."

In or out

Saudi Arabia Is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border

"Even though walls aren't as infallible as they were two centuries ago, they're absolutely exploding across the world. Besides obvious examples like Israel's 'separation barrier' in the West Bank and the United States' own farcical partial wall at the Mexico border, there are dozens of other countries building walls around themselves right now. There's the 1,050-mile-long fence between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, There's the 700-mile trench being dug between Afghanistan and Pakistan. There's the wall that Greece put up along its border with Turkey. North Korea and South Korea, too."

Temp could get to zero in New York

Arctic chill hits NY. Weekend could set record low. - NY Daily News

"‘Sunday could be the coldest day in at least 20 years,’ Mayor de Blasio said Thursday during a press conference at City Hall. ‘This is serious stuff.’"

Imagine the horror.

PS: It’s a balmy 2º here, says Weather Underground.


Sort of like Valentine’s Day and Halloween rolled into one

CBP’s Ag Specialists Inspect Valentine’s Day Flowers to Ensure They are Pest-Free | Homeland Security

"On any given day, the agriculture specialists process about 16.4 million cut flower stems; but in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, our specialists are looking at a massive 378.2 million stems."

How could this be any funnier?

Tank crashes into elderly couple’s garden | New York Post

"The tank belongs to a military driving school…"


Yacht snarls traffic in snow-clogged downtown Boston | New York Post

"BOSTON — This was one hull of a traffic jam."

Because one endless war is not enough

Obama asks fresh war powers, says IS group 'going to lose'

"While he proposed legislation to terminate in three years, Obama said, 'It is not a timetable. It is not announcing that the mission is completed at any given period. What it is saying is that Congress should revisit the issue at the beginning of the next president's term.'
"Whatever the outcome, Obama's request puts Congress on the path toward a vote that could reverberate unpredictably for years."

Also gravity (even though it is a law)

Scott Walker Just Got Asked If He Believes in Evolution. He Punted. - NationalJournal.com

"'That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or the other.'"

But it's a trick

The Feds Want Your Grandma to Teach You How to Be Safe on the Internet - NationalJournal.com

"That's why the government has recently tried to tap into older adults' social networks to educate them about online security, enlisting the seniors themselves to teach others how to use the Internet safely."

And anyway, they don’t want my grandma to teach anybody anything about the internet, guaranteed. 

I'll be waiting for an apology

Where Dietary-Fat Guidelines Went Wrong | TIME

"A little fat may not be harmful, while too much of it can be unhealthy, and even fatal. But in the latest review of studies that investigated the link between dietary fat and causes of death, researchers say the guidelines got it all wrong. In fact, recommendations to reduce the amount of fat we eat every day should never have been made."

Worse than watching tennis

A record 3,415 Americans ditch their passports - Feb. 12, 2015

"'From an international perspective, the world is split into two halves -- the people who are desperate to get U.S. citizenship, and the people who are desperate to give it up,' Chris McLemore, senior counsel at Butler Snow, told CNNMoney in December."

Watch the pot bubble

The First Hollywood Movie to Kill Obama - The Daily Beast

"British action-adventure Kingsman: The Secret Service features Colin Firth as a dapper, tailored super spy, Samuel L. Jackson as an evil billionaire with a Russell Simmons lisp, and slick shenanigans that’d make James Bond jealous. It also boasts a controversial moment that rivals the explosive, hacker-baiting money shot that earned Sony’s The Interview the ire of North Korea."

Wait, what?

Here's Why You Shouldn't Drink Coffee Before 9:30 in the Morning | Mother Jones

"It's the beginning of a new year, and everybody on the Internet has embarked on a juice cleanse…."

Can you spell “fat chance”?

The Internet of Pits

Google acquires patent for new odor removing wearable - NY Daily News

"The product would look like a small, portable fan that can be attached to the waistline or the neckline of a shirt."

And not geeky looking or anything like that, at all.

What's the joke?

NH cops issue joke arrest warrant for Punxsutawney Phil - NY Daily News

"‘He told several people that Winter would last 6 more weeks, however he failed to disclose that it would consist of mountains of snow!’ the department wrote under a picture of the groundhog from the film ‘Caddyshack.’"

Problems above my pay grade

Prostitute on DSK sex romp: ‘It was a slaughterhouse' - NY Daily News

"'I dare you to distinguish between a prostitute and a naked socialite.'"

Out the window, AM


One good thing about this frequent snowing…

…is that it stays looking white and clean. As soon as we stop getting a little more new snow every day (the weathercreatures are calling it a “dusting”) it’ll turn all black and ugly an disgusting.

Whoever told you cold, winter air was “fresh” air was bonkers.

Does this mean we're done with the old one?

Tim Cook hails Apple Watch health benefits: 'Sitting is the new cancer' 

YA new war, and already lost

Obama proposes war authorization against Islamic State - Chicago Tribune

"Obama's proposal bans 'enduring offensive combat operations,' a novel term in military force authorizations. Its ambiguity is designed to bridge the divide between lawmakers opposed to ground troops and those who say the commander in chief should maintain the option."

Not just for kiddies any more

Elgin Community College student among latest measles cases - Elgin Courier-News

"The release noted that the measles virus 'spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. The majority of the people who get measles are unvaccinated.'"

Say it ain't so, Joe

Jackie Robinson West stripped of Little League title - Chicago Tribune

"'I know what they did and what they came from,' said Nedra Jones. 'Actually, I'm upset and disappointed because now my son has the mad face because he feels like he did something wrong and he didn't.'"

Once again the adults screw things up.

Why is this just vaguely disturbing?

Word of the Day | Definition, Word Origins, and Quotes at Dictionary.com

"It was a high-pitched sneeze, a most delicate sternutation , the merest zephyr tangled in a pretty, powdered, finger-tip of a nose. -- Eric Linklater, Magnus Merriman , 1934"

Keeping an eye on things

French Toast Alert System | Universal Hub

"The French Toast Alert System has been developed in consultation with local and federal emergency officials to help you determine when to panic and rush to the store to buy milk, eggs and bread."

If the power goes out, all bets are off.

Imagine our relief

Scientists now know why popcorns pop | Science | The Guardian

"Their study concludes that rather than being due to the brittle kernels cracking open or ricocheting around the pan, the distinctive ‘pop’ is due to pressurised water vapour rapidly escaping from the interior. As the vapour is expelled, the cavity inside the kernel acts as an ‘acoustic resonator’ resulting in an audible pop. ‘Such a scenario has been applied to … the ‘pop’ of a champagne bottle cork,’ the authors write.


Plowed out

And no more snow until tomorrow!

But are they good, sugary shoe laces or just the boring old regular kind?

Death of the bake sale: New rules mean healthier fundraisers

"Government rules requiring schools to hold more nutritious fundraisers, along with a trend toward healthier eating in schools, could mean trouble for the long-beloved bake sale. In response, schools are selling everything from fruit to kid-friendly shoe laces."

Come on. If you can’t have a bake sale now and then, what’s the point? (And when are they going to ban Girl Scout cookies?)


We try to avoid this kind of thing, but here's one we like

19 Words That Mean Something Completely Different In The Midwest - Swifty.com

On political philosophies

Government Quotes & Sayings (Governments, Democracy, Bureaucracy, State, Federal, etc):

"Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true. ~Polish Proverb"

Isn't this the kind of thing we have immigrants for?

Can you smell someone’s political views? One study says maybe. - Vox

"To test this creative hypothesis, the researchers first had to get their hands on some body odors from politically opinionated people."

Seen on the street

What is a "selfie stick"?

The 7 Weirdest Things People Left in Uber Cars | TIME

Wait. Really?

We can't wait for the movie

Melanie's Marvelous Measles Anti-Vaccine Movement Book - Amazon Customer Reviews - Esquire

"Again, there's really no point arguing with Stephanie Messenger. I mean, if you wanted to, you could cite the World Health Organization, and the fact that 16 people die from measles every hour, but who the hell are they, other than global experts?"

PS: Customer reviews from Amazon.com

Gone yesterday, here today

Report: US Giving ISIS Targeting Intel to Assad -- News from Antiwar.com

"The great thing, from the Syrian perspective, is that they don’t actually have to change their behavior, and they can go from a nation the US is angrily condemning for its brutality to a US partner in the war against the newest enemy, in the newest US adventure.


Neither snow nor rain nor…well, OK, maybe snow

Which is a lot more than Congress could do

Science Finally Determines How Many Licks it Takes to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Pop

Why is this starting to sound so familiar?

Obama tones down talk of military aid for Ukraine - NY Daily News

"President Obama backed off from threats to arm Ukraine soldiers to fight Russia, but didn't rule out the possibility either…"

(In our opinion it would be a good thing to not send military aid to Ukraine but it would also be a good thing to, occasionally, pick a side and freaking stay on it.)

We'd be happy to share

'It's ridiculous': Record snowfall blankets New England - NY Daily News

"BOSTON — More than 2 feet of fresh snow piled up in parts of New England on Monday, breaking records set during the Blizzard of 1978 and testing the patience of officials and commuters as forecasters warned of more winter misery later in the week."


Boomers still booming after all these years

“The human experience has a crisis”: MacArthur genius Ai-Jen Poo on America’s “elder boom” and the labor of dealing with death - Salon.com:

"‘I think the aging of the baby boom generation and the changes that that’s starting to bring about in terms of relationships between millennials and boomers, millennials and their grandparents, family caregivers and paid caregivers and seniors … There’s a whole bunch of relationships that are changing and that are creating major openings in how people understand our interconnectedness and how people understand the urgency with which we have to start dealing with these issues,’ Poo told"


We just can't wait to hear more about this

Michelle Obama: 'Cheese dust is not food' | Chicago

"In an interview in the March issue of Cooking Light magazine, Mrs. Obama says Sam Kass, the family’s former personal chef, had taken a stand against the boxed variety, which includes processed cheese powder among the ingredients."

Think we won’t?

"Forever" stamps don't last forever

I have only two left. That can’t last more than another two years at best, because every year about this time I have to send a census form to the town. There is nothing on this form but a signature and a date but it must be done. 

There might, however, be forever snow. It’s already looking like the sidewalks need shoveling again and it’s not even 10:30 yet. AM.

Pretty soon it's going to start looking like real snow

Another foot or so overnight.

And it's still coming down. It'll probably need shoveling again this afternoon.

It's been snowing, more or less, since the Super Bowl. Maybe we should have let those birds win.

At least they get July 4 off, by law

Missed school time, much like snow, piling up | Boston Herald

"School spokeswoman Denise Snyder said the public school administration wants to meet with teacher union officials to discuss options such as working through holidays and spring break to make up for lost days."



Franklin County has highest rate of unvaccinated students in state | The Recorder

"State Department of Public Health statistics shows that 94.5 percent of students entering kindergarten in Franklin County for the 2013-2014 school year had immunization. The state average is 98.5 percent. Hampshire (96.1), Berkshire (96.4) and the Cape Cod counties (95.1) are close to Franklin, but all of the other counties hover just above or just below 99 percent."

Does this mean I'm not grassroots or I'm hopelessly out of touch?

Jones On Warren: Name On 'Lips Of Every Grassroots Democrat’ | The Daily Caller

Don’t run, Lizzie; you’ll do us a whole lot more good right where you are.

Imagine our relief

Jihadis 14, Crusaders 2 | National Review Online

“…the Crusades mythologized by Islam’s apologists were a two-century blip whose only practical legacies are a few ruined castles."

Finally, we can fight about stuff that happened in 1099. Or whatever. How cool is that?

Exactly how long are these three minut

Truthout | Fearless, Independent News and Opinion

"On January 22, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it had moved the minutes hand of its 'Doomsday Clock' ahead two minutes, from five minutes before midnight to three minutes before midnight."

Chicago plowing snow

Animation: Mapping Chicago snow plows during the blizzard | Chicago

"To create the visual, ClearStreets.org ‘scraped’ data on where the city’s 300 plows were located over the duration of the snowstorm… "

Because the last thing we want to see around here is more nice kids

Staged kidnapping of boy: why parents should avoid using fear (+video) - CSMonitor.com

"Police in Lincoln County, Mo., say a 6-year-old boy was subjected to a violent kidnapping arranged by family members who worried he was ‘too nice’ and wanted to scare him to teach him to be warier of strangers."

This will be on the exam

Climate‐driven vertical acceleration of Icelandic crust measured by continuous GPS geodesy - Compton - 2015 - Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online Library

We never would have wondered if it hadn't been for Some Guy…

Here’s What Happens When You Boil an iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola | TIME

…who writes, "I wonder what would happen if you just boiled about $600 cash."

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We'll all just have to guess

There’s some kind of winter carnival going on this weekend, here, and at least there’s plenty of winter for it, so I guess that’s good. Friday night around 6:00 the thing kicked off with a “parade of lights,” which turned out to be more of a contest for how many Christmas-tree lights could be strung on a truck. Anyway, there was no band, and I’m not sure you can have a parade without a band—isn’t there some kind of rule?—which would make this event a drive-by of lights, at best. We went to a pizza joint and got a table next to a window so we could watch from there.

Yesterday (and while it lasts) there’s an exhibition of ice sculptures on Main Street, all based on characters from a movie called Frozen (I don’t know anything about this movie except Fox News says it’s scary if you’re a boy), all looking vaguely like they’ve escaped from a punchbowl somewhere. They might look marginally more interesting today than they looked yesterday because today they must have a few inches of snow on them. But we’re not up to trudging a nearly-mile over unplowed streets to find out so we’ll just have to guess.

Trains rule

This Train Plowing Through Snow Is Absolutely Astonishing | Mother Jones

"This video—of a Canadian National Railway locomotive making a meal out of snow drifts left by major blizzards in New Brunswick—is like something directly out of Snowpiercer…"

It happens here all the time—we call it snow

Mysterious Ash Shower In Washington And Oregon: What Could It Be? : SCIENCE : Tech Times

"Residents in parts of Washington and Oregon have seen a mysterious substance falling from the sky that people describe as white and ashy. Its origin, however, remains a mystery."

(More last night, more today, more, more…)