"Tourists in Yellowstone National Park got a little too close to the wildlife this week, and one mother just couldn’t bear it."
“[University of New Hampshire] sports law professor Michael McCann has designed the four-credit undergraduate class to look at the legal underpinnings of the NFL scandal."
"[Sap] has complex components that are things we also need to stay healthy, just like the trees."
"This effort to recast Clinton as a folksy, down-to-earth, woman of we-the-people is, however, about to collide with the reality of American politics in the money-crazed, post-Citizens United era. Winning the White House in 2016 will cost somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion -- money raised by the candidate's own campaign and outside groups like super PACs and dark-money nonprofits."
"‘For example, the Muslim Brotherhood has conspired for decades to attack our civilization from within – and they have succeeded immensely,’ Waller wrote. ‘The Brotherhood’s fingerprints are on everything from our nation’s failed foreign policies to Ferguson, Missouri.’"
We’re staying right here under our bed, no kidding.
"The 21-year-old British viral marketer is the man behind #KardBlock, a browser extension designed to scour your feed of all things Kim, Kanye, Kris, Khloe, Kendall, and even the occasional Rob and Bruce. In other words, Shamsi seeks to do something that has been all but unimaginable since about the middle of 2007: make the Internet a Kardashian-free zone."
"For your volunteer efforts, we would provide things like: no cost jail cells for visiting family from out of state, hugs from the better looking detectives and accolades on our world renown Facebook page. We would also give you coffee. We always have coffee."
"This kind of joy cut deep into New England's longstanding custom of dutifully savoring all possible misery.
"Here is a brief but relevant lesson in Boston etiquette. When riding an elevator with strangers, there are only two acceptable topics of conversation: (1) weather and (2) the elevator itself. If you’re in an elevator in greater Boston in May and someone comments on the good weather, the proper response is: ‘We deserve it!’ If you don’t respond with the words ‘deserve’ or ‘earned,’ you failed at that conversation."
…a weekly back in the mid-1940s, it published some of the finest photojournalism ever and was the way we saw the world.
Today is the 70th anniversary of V-E day, the end of World War II in Europe.
"Four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady could face an NFL suspension — and a tarnished legacy — after a bombshell report found that he likely knew the balls in this year’s AFC Championship game were deliberately deflated and it’s ‘more probable than not’ Patriots personnel were behind it."
"Do you want the next president to be somebody who brags about not being a politician?
"Think about that for a minute. ‘Politician’ isn’t a popular term right now. But claiming that you’re not one when you run for president is a little like applying for a job as brain surgeon by announcing, ‘I am not a physician.’"
…to remember when audio was this bad—or this miraculous. It’s an 1890 recording of Alfred Lord Tennyson reading his poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade, made on an Edison wax cylinder. To my ear it’s nearly unintelligible—a striking example of the vast improvement made in audio reproduction over the last century or so.
(The recording is in an audio format called Ogg Vorbis, which will play natively in the Firefox, Chrome, or Opera web browsers or on special audio software.)
"Daimler Trucks North America has unveiled the first self-driving commercial truck licensed to drive on U.S. public highways."
"We’ve started the new week with more ‘shocking’ revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency, a foreign intelligence agency, is actually conducting foreign intelligence operations."
"There is no room for argument, no bargaining: anything the computer finds outside its limited understanding causes the type of tantrum expected of a spoiled brat. The machine stops itself — and its user — cold with a simple, chilling ‘WHAT?’ or a curt accusation of ‘ILLEGAL INSTRUCTIONS.’ But when everything works, it’s magical."
Let’s see how it looks after, say, six centuries.
"Some conspiracy theorists have postulated that the exercise is a ruse to institute martial law, possibly involving underground tunnels and five recently closed Wal-Mart stores."
Maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have one here after all.
"A major reason that hasn't happened is there simply aren't enough primary care physicians to handle all the newly insured patients, says ACEP President Mike Gerardi, an emergency physician in New Jersey."
"A website attacking Carly Fiorina reinforced an important digital-age campaign lesson: Secure your domain names."
"At times, the man could be seen thrashing around while police attempted to secure him. Police had to call in help from the fire department after the man appeared uncooperative."
"How likely is it that millennials will find themselves far enough from civilisation (for which, read a battery charger) that they’ll be caught short and disappear like the girls in Picnic at Hanging Rock?"
"‘If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,’ he told BuzzFeed."
"Sanchez made 10 attempts to escape [Cuba], finally making it to Mexico by boat, then across the Texas border in 2008. Now he reveals all in his new book, ‘The Double Life of Fidel Castro.’"