The feds now paint a different Denny Hastert. One who was allegedly breaking banking laws to secretly pay off an “Individual A” to the tune of $3.5 million for “past misconduct.”
–Carol Marin in the Chicago Sun-Times
…how did Hastert, who, according to the Washington Post, entered congress in 1987 with no more than $270,000 net worth even get $3.5 million to pay out in hush money?
That congressin' must be pretty good work.
Wesleyan officially endorses campus residences such as “Women of Color House,” “Light House” for Christian students and “Open House” for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexural, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamorous, Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities.”
Google also announced a new partnership with Levi Strauss in which the companies would try to make interactive garments that would allow people to do things like send someone a text message by swiping their jacket cuff. The companies said they were hoping to integrate the technology into an apparel line next year, but did not say what kind of clothes or how much they might cost.
“It’s a horrible idea,” said Paul Atchley, a psychologist at the University of Kansas who studies driver distraction.
But dumb is cool.
Our jeers and think pieces are all leading to the same place: a Kardashian’s bank account. It doesn’t matter if you love them, hate them, or love to hate them—the Kardashians are going to have the last laugh.
H/T Some Guy in Seattle
(We don't know who John Wall is either, but we saw an airplane just last week.)
POINT REYES STATION: At 8:29 p.m. a passerby reported an elderly couple pulled off the road in an unsafe spot.
With the aid of a camera and facial recognition software, the technology was slightly tweaked to instead recognize the official symbols and logos on the uniforms worn by Russian police. And as they approached the billboard featuring the advertisement for Don Giulio Salumeria’s imported Italian goods, it would automatically change to an ad for a Matryoshka doll shop instead.
See for yourself here.
Owing to the fact that people generally need phones to apply for jobs and enroll their children in school, and elderly citizens need to be able to call their families and emergency services, the government decided in the '80s (under Ronald Reagan, no less) to institute the Lifeline Assistance program. In 1996, Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act into law, which offered either cell phones or landline services to low-income Americans.
“We are the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave—forty-three million. Think about that,” [Obama] said.
…(although it is both of those things), it's also a public health issue—and difficult to see how a country just recovering from a collective meltdown over a couple stray cases of ebola doesn't get that. When you dock people's pay for not coming to work sick, you're just plain dumb.
[The story is here.]
A list of ten not running appears in this morning's NYTimes. It includes Iron Man and…
Schrödinger’s cat is both running and not running for president, kind of like Jeb Bush.
GARLAND, Maine — At some point on Wednesday — halfway between swatting my fifth ant, squashing my third spider and filling my autumn-weight camouflage jacket with a gallon of sweat — I realized we must be doing something (or many things) wrong.
Despite our best efforts, the turkeys were not participating in our first outing of the spring.
No spring-weight camouflage?
They talk about transcendence now, mapping a human's brain and moving it into the computer. It doesn't exist yet. Now, a person exists with memories and feelings and consciousness. But every place you go, every purchase you make, every keystroke, everything you do in your life, it's all stored out there on the Internet in the cloud, so you've been transcended, you're sort of out there. Who am I? I have memories of my life, and if they're all out there, all my photos, phone calls, it has a more accurate memory than my own brain. So we might already be out there.The internet knows you better than you know yourself.
OK, maybe it's too late for all eleven, but five or six at least, if you get right at it.
(This story is from a publication called The Oregonian. They must be some serious hamburger eaters there.)
A Southernism we love: You might as well go out and let the moon shine down your throat. It means you’re taking medicine that won’t be effective or eating something flavorless. Not to be confused with pouring moonshine down your throat, which would be both flavorful and effective. This is part of a complete episode.
Accustomed to extreme parental oversight, many seem unable to steer themselves. And with parents so accessible, students have had less incentive to develop life skills.
“A lot are coming to school who don’t have the resilience of previous generations,” Dr. Jones said. “They can’t tolerate discomfort or having to struggle. A primary symptom is worrying, and they don’t have the ability to soothe themselves.”
…while meanwhile, from the other side of the world…
"‘Out of an abundance of caution,’ the Defense Department ‘has stopped the shipment of this material from its labs pending completion of the investigation,’ Warren said."
But this morning, reading a newspaper (maybe we should start calling them newsscreens), I ran across a really good new word, one definitely worth keeping: tendentious.
Look it up.
"Wait, I've got some greener ones here."
New Englanders are good with apples, but beyond that the get pretty confused.
The United States does not in fact have any requirement that employers offer their workers vacation time. That makes it unique among developed countries. Twenty others guarantee that citizens will get paid vacation, ranging from 30 days in France to 10 in Japan and Canada. Five even go so far as to make sure workers get a bit of extra pay to cover vacation expenses. Thirteen countries also tack on a required number of paid holidays; the U.S., again, does not require employers to offer any paid holiday time.
The Clinton global charity has received between $50,000 and $100,000 from soccer’s governing body and has partnered with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association on several occasions, according to donor listings on the foundation’s website.
"It sounded like one lady walked up and asked the other lady if she was in line for the waffle maker. She didn't answer so this lady started to make her waffle. The other confronted her and said, 'That was my waffle' and the other lady said, 'No, it's mine' and then it went down hill from there," Cole said.
And an extra-special bonus to this story: Ice cream sprinkles!
That's why they spell it M!ch!gan.
"Mr. [Ben] Cohen [of Ben & Jerry’s fame] whipped up the audience by noting, ‘Some say that voting for Bernie is throwing your vote.’ As their boos subsided, he continued, ‘I say that voting for anyone else is flushing our country down the drain. And sometimes the underdog wins.’"
…we’ll be voting for Bernie to the bitter end, which we expect to arrive all too soon. Then we’ll be looking for someone second best.
"On the back, it says 'Pantsuit Up.' It is truly horrific in every imaginable way and for just $30 (plus shipping and handling) it can be yours in a size Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, or Extra Extra Large. "
"The philanderer, who has not been named, said the steamy scenes were in a holdall that went walkabout on a number 17 bus from Scarborough to Eastfield."
And anyway, tape is so old-school.
"Listen up—some of them might just save your life."
Read this when you have a few minutes to think about it.
"‘Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived,’ Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre said. ‘This is remarkable – had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died.’"
–Some Guy in Seattle