"Seventy-thousand people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association’s convention opening on Friday in Tennessee, and not one of them will be allowed to come armed with guns that can actually shoot. After all the N.R.A. propaganda about how “good guys with guns” are needed to be on guard across American life, from elementary schools to workplaces, the weekend’s gathering of disarmed conventioneers seems the ultimate in hypocrisy.
"There will be plenty of weapons in evidence at the hundreds of display booths, but for convention security the firing pins must be removed."
See also this in the Tennessean.
[Noted by our Midwest and Elsewhere bureau.]
"A California car builder has constructed his very own mobile man cave — capable of traveling up to 100 mph and comes complete with full size pool table, television, electric dart board, refrigerator and high-end sound system."
"Fiscella told Barcroft that he originally wanted to build the car as a prop for his billiards store. But he eventually made the awesome decision to add on all the bells and whistles typically found in one’s manspace."
“[The] misattribution is a textbook example of a widespread phenomenon in the world of quotations: Churchillian Drift.…
"Britons tend to attribute anything vaguely political to Churchill (and before Churchill, Disraeli); Americans like to credit anything folksy to Mark Twain, and before Twain, Benjamin Franklin."
"At just 22, a very young (and avowedly Communist) Jimmy Wechsler argued in The Nation (December 18, 1937) that the view that the WPA’s workers were mere ‘boondogglers’—and that the program was only ‘nourishing parasites’—was wrong. He carefully compiled statistics on how much the program had already achieved: ‘29,000 miles of new roads, 1,099 school buildings, 1,440 recreational centers, and 3,350 miles of new trunk and lateral sewers,’ and so on."
Not a whole lot, but enough to leave tracks in the streets and footprints on the walks. Enough to, you know, see. Make stuff white. Again.
Sure it'll melt, and probably by the end of the day. And it's supposed to rain tonight.
(And why is it always supposed to get warm tomorrow?)
"Fish and Game officials strongly backed the ban after lab results showed conclusively that four bears were killed by eating chocolate in September.
"The two female bears and two cubs were found dead within 50 feet of a baiting site that had been laden with donuts, chocolate mints and 90 pounds of baking chocolate."
"His masterpiece was the pioneering concept album 'Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America,' a work produced in two volumes that sounded seamless although they were recorded 35 years apart. They took the listener from the time of Columbus' arrival in North America (he couldn't pay for the land he'd just discovered because it was Columbus Day and the banks were closed)…"
"Russian hackers penetrated a White House computer system and were able to eyeball sensitive information — including details of President Obama’s schedule that were supposed to be secret, a new report said Tuesday.
"The hackers were believed to be the same ones who cracked into computers at the State Department in recent months, CNN reported."
"‘There is no longer any valid basis for the current salt guidelines,’ said Andrew Mente, a professor at McMaster University and one of the researchers of a major study published last year by the New England Journal of Medicine."
Which, come to think of it, is about as good an argument for American education as you can make.
…since there are 38.8 million people in California, many of whom, we presume, flush now and then. You can do the math.
"The president’s top nerd, MIT-nuclear-physicist-turned-Energy-Secretary Ernest Moniz…"
Get real, right?
"The bell’s clapper oscillates back and forth constantly and quickly, meaning the Oxford Electric Bell, as it’s called, has rung roughly 10 billion times, according to the university. "
(Only if it’s for a very, very big lap.)
"Photos from the earliest egg rolls to today."
"Sure enough, when the researchers tracked the movements of spiders at different temperatures they found that the cold made them sluggish. At 59 degrees Fahrenheit, the spiders moved no faster than 20 cm a second. At the top temperature of 104 degrees, they nearly tripled that speed."
"The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) isn't wild about this phenomenon and made this map, which shows the US hospitals with fast-food chains inside them:"
"That's the takeaway from a fascinating slice of data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week looking at sleep levels by income group. Crunching numbers from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, CDC researchers found that the relationship between income and sleep is linear and positive."
"While the movement is likely a political pipe dream, powerful Brits publicly backed the idea — perhaps seeking mayoral bans on fizzy pop, black cabs and high-calorie bangers and mash."