Brits try to influence U.S. election

America's easy decision
The Economist

The week ahead: America's easy decision International NOV 4TH 2016 • ONLINE EXTRA Anne McElvoy hosts a special looking forward to the US election on November 8th. Editor in chief Zanny Minton Beddoes explains The Economist's endorsement. Also: the final verdict on the polls, Donald Trump's appeal to Vladimir Putin and why Florida could be a swing and miss state for Hillary Clinton Read more at economist.comRead the full story

No more just walking around in Brattleboro

Brattleboro continues down path to pedestrian safety | The Brattleboro Reformer | Brattleboro Breaking News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

On Tuesday, the Department of Public Works will have a recommendation for buying "traffic safety equipment for a variety of explicitly identified locations in town," according to an administrative report from the town. The Select Board voted in September to spend $30,000 on pedestrian safety devices with the money coming from this year's budget.

There are advantages to being a curmudgeon

The New York Post published this morning a list of the 20 worst songs of all time (https://goo.gl/2sNAoY) and I've never heard – or even heard of – 19 of them. One, I have at least heard of, I have maybe heard, but couldn't hum a few bars if you paid me.

So hearing bad songs is one thing, at least, I think I'll stop worrying about.

Hope you've got plenty of clean socks

Samsung recalling 2.8 million exploding washing machines - NY Daily News

"We're talking about ... a very serious hazard of the tops of these washing machines completely blowing off"

Not a good year for Samsung, it seems.


A refreshing hour of grown-ups talking

Thanks to our Pacific Rim Bureau, here are links to two 30-minute political debates between Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein:

You may not agree with everything that gets said (I don’t), but pay attention to how much mud gets thrown. Pay attention to how many FBI investigations are involved. Pay attention to how many times the moderator gets shouted down. Basically, none. What a relief.

Just two people, addressing issues. Wouldn’t it be a treat to be deciding which is the greater of two goods?

I don't know what it is but I don't want it anyway

Wait, what happened to the Russians?

U.S. authorities warn of al Qaeda threat to election


Federal officials have warned authorities in New York, Texas and Virginia about an unspecific threat of attacks by the al Qaeda militant group around Election Day, putting local law enforcement on alert the weekend before Tuesday's vote, officials said on Friday. 

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Now I'm really confused.  

Flat cheese

I need some flat cheese because I finally solved the puzzle of how to make a decent grilled cheese sandwich with whole wheat bread (Hint: Don't use whole wheat bread).

The best thing about flat cheese (other than sandwichability) is that it's cheap. No, it's not the kind of cheese you want to serve at your next big dinner party but 1) I don't give dinner parties and 2) you could probably roll it up and stuck some toothpicks in it and nobody would know. For making grilled cheese sandwiches, all it has to do is melt.

Some people like to put other things beside just cheese in their grilled cheese sandwiches, which I will say no more about because it's wrong.

Good news from the Washington Post: it's still not as bad as Nicaragua

An even more depressing election than our own

The Washington Post

The U.S. should end the flow of money to Venezuela's budding Ortega dynasty. Read the full story

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You got nothing on me, says Clinton, just like in every TV show you ever saw

The FBI reportedly found more emails related to Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state

SF Gate

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst The FBI says it found new emails related to Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, CBS News reported on Thursday. It is not known whether the emails are relevant to a case involving Clinton's private email server, the network said, but the messages do not appear to be duplicates of emails the agency has already reviewed, according to an unnamed US official cited by CBS News. 

"I am sure they will reach the same conclusion when they looked at my emails for the last year — there is no case here," Clinton said at a campaign rally in Ohio on Monday.

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Or fry one in butter.

The first thing Hillary will have to do is fire herself

Cybersecurity Recommendations for the Next Administration: Keep Cybersecurity Front and Center - Lawfare

“While the next administration will reap some of the benefits of what’s been done, it can’t afford to relax on this front. If anything, the next administration must prioritize cybersecurity even more."

You ain't seen nothing yet

Undernews: Problems we haven't worried about yet

"Will says his favorite so far is 'Burn due to water skis on fire – V9107.’"

After 108 years, they get one more inning

Cubs win first World Series since 1908 with 8-7 win over Indians - NY Daily News
"We didn’t care about a goat; we cared about each other, we cared about getting outs and we cared about playing good baseball."
Go Cubs!

ADD And who else but the Cubs could tie a 7-game series?


I'm not going to say the word, "goat," all day

Go Cubs!

Petting Petunia

life on Instagram: “An outtake from the July 14, 1952 photo feature: ANIMAL LENDING LIBRARY—California children learn about wildlife by taking home borrowed skunks, rats and porcupines. This unpublished photo features student Dirk Schwartz with a skunk named Petunia or Blossom (the library had two skunks for lending). According to LIFE, the Sacramento lending library had 40 animals which circulated at the rate of 20 a week. (Carl Mydans—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #wildLIFEwednesday #1950s”

"ANIMAL LENDING LIBRARY—California children learn about wildlife by taking home borrowed skunks, rats and porcupines."

What are we going to tell the children?

Yeah, I know Trump poses problems in that regard, but what about these women who cheat on their exam?

Donna Brazile out at CNN amid leaks to Clinton campaign - Oct. 31, 2016


Because he's honestly a liar?

Donald Trump More Trustworthy Than Hillary Clinton, Poll Finds

46% of likely voters say Trump is more honest and trustworthy than Clinton Read the full story

And under the bus she goes

Here's why Huma Abedin, not Hillary Clinton, may be the criminal - NY Daily News


Difficult to imagine, I know, but…

Print Your Precinct Before the Web Gets Hacked - The Daily Beast

" A well-targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack to standard, everyday services like Google or Apple Maps could leave people who don’t know exactly where to vote without a way to know where to be—or how to get there."

…we had eleciions even before Apple Maps.

Look. If you don’t know where your polling place is, ask your mommy.

This miserable election has consumed 2.0552061 percent of my life. Roughly.

Here’s how much of your life has been wasted with this presidential election. - The Washington Post

What is an advanced beginner, please?

Also what is East Coast Swing? And while we're at it, what are yoga pilots?

Just stay where you are and we'll shoot around you

US aircraft to block Islamic State militants fleeing Mosul in Iraq - Middle East - Stripes

"Iraq's government is encouraging civilians to stay put and avoid trying to flee, lessening the likelihood they will be grabbed as human shields."

We desperately need a third party

Podesta paid $7,000 a month by top donor - POLITICO


When you know you're too old to understand anything any more…

Gannett Co. drops bid for tronc, Chicago Tribune's parent company | Chicago Sun-Times

…is when you learn the Chicago Tribune is owned by a company named tronc.

Someone was asking me the other day about the definition of "hubris"

Hillary already planning her giant victory celebration | New York Post


Finally, some news that's not about this horrifying election

Patient burned by mid-surgery explosion when laser ignites fart - NY Daily News


Clearly our rich guys are not rich enough

A Guy in Dubai Spent $9 Million on a License Plate for His Rolls-Royce

Fortune Emirati high-rollers are spending big on personalized license plates. Dubai-based Indian property developer Balwinder Sahni considers himself "a simple man"—his two Rolls-Royce cars with single digit license plates not withstanding.

Bionic spinach goes to war

Nanobionic Spinach Plants Engineered To Detect Buried Explosives

Tech Times 

"This is a novel demonstration of how we have overcome the plant/human communication barrier" 


Democrats do it to themselves

CNN severs ties with Donna Brazile - POLITICO

CNN says it is "completely uncomfortable" with hacked emails showing former contributor and interim DNC chair Donna Brazile sharing questions with the Clinton campaign before a debate and a town hall during the Democratic primary, and has accepted her resignation.


Don't pour your mother-in-law into that violin!

Powdery substance at Met may have been cremains, police say

SF Gate

NEW YORK — A powdery substance a man sprinkled into the orchestra pit at New York's Metropolitan Opera may have been an opera lover's ashes, police say. Read the full story


Student Taking Topless Selfie While Driving Crashes into Police Car

... Read the full story

See? It's working!

Grown-ups' new schemes to ruin Halloween | New York Post

Despite our fears, no child has ever been poisoned by a stranger's candy on Halloween. 

Wait a minute…

The Cubs are still there??

Me, I'm staying under the bed

Some Florida parents plan to arm themselves while going trick-or-treating over clown concerns

Fox News

Some Florida residents plan to take some extra precautions when they trick-or-treat with their children on Monday amid reports of creepy clowns scaring communities.… 

"I'll be carrying for sure, I'm not leaving to chance," she said. "I'm terrified of clowns already and if one messes with me or my kids it'll be to the hospital or morgue they go."

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What we're seeing here is a demonstration…

…of how fast the Clinton machine can crush someone who gets in its way.

Opinion | On Clinton Emails, Did the F.B.I. Director Abuse His Power?
The New York Times

If the announcement influences the election, it could be a violation of the Hatch Act. Read the full story

Until not much more than 48 hours ago Comey was a touchstone of integrety for refusing to recomend Hillary Clinton be prosecuted for reckless handling of classified and sensitive State Department information (and possibly other matters); now he's a thug. Now, it's the Clinton campaign accusing the Director of the F.B.I. for violation of government ethics rules.

My head spins.

(OK, now I'm not going to talk about this any more.)

Putin who?

For Democrats, Anthony Weiner Makes an Unwelcome Return

New York Times Carolyn B. Maloney, the congresswoman from the Upper East Side, was riding in a taxi on Friday when she heard the news: Emails discovered in an investigation into Anthony Weiner's sexting

It's Carlos Danger we're worrying about now. And, of course, the F. B. giggle I. 

Maybe Putin was not so bad after all. At least we can say it with a straight face.

Meanwhile, let's have the election a month early next time, put an end to all these October surprises.

I was going to but now I'm not…

…getting involved in discussing this whole new Clinton cyber security wrangle. I've made up my mind.

I'm writing in a vote for the Keystone Kops.

The dog did it

Abedin reportedly pleads ignorance of how emails at center of latest Clinton probe got on computer

Fox News

Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reportedly has said she does not know how tens of thousands of emails related to the FBI investigation of her boss' personal server were found on a laptop she shared with her now-estranged husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.… 

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that several Clinton allies have suggested the Democratic nominee distance herself from Abedin, who has had a professional relationship with Clinton for two decades. In that capacity, Clinton's team defended an unusual employment arrangement in which Abedin was paid by the Clinton Foundation, a consulting firm called Teneo and the State Department all at once.

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If these guys run the country the way they run their own affairs, we are in for a long, long four years.