Why Democrats Now Need the F.B.I. Director, James Comey - NYTimes.com
In Their Coastal Citadels, Democrats Argue Over What Went Wrong
The Wall Street Journal
"The Democratic Party has a history that it's been about working Americans. We cannot be a party of the East Coast, West Coast and metropolitan areas."
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The theory helps to explain the great mysteries of the cosmos and also answers why we have yet to find intelligent life beyond our planet, Professor Caleb Scharf says.
This could be the answer to every question on the physics exam.
Teen Birthrate in Rural Areas Across the U.S. Is Over 60 Percent Higher Than in Cities
Science of Us
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report examines teen birthrates across the U.S. …
The report's authors didn't explain why the teen birthrates were lower in urban areas, the Los Angeles Times noted. They also didn't examine abortion rates during the same time frame, nor did they look into the sex-education programs offered at schools in the different counties.
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NYC construction boss used Chinese workers for 'slave labor' - NY Daily News
A Chinese national accused by the feds of using "slave" laborers to perform construction work in New York and Long Island is the nephew of a billionaire who has come under FBI scrutiny for donations to the Clinton Foundation.
When pigs fly: Porcine parts, presumably, scatter on highway
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Lt. Gregory Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol said Wednesday that the two affected lanes were closed nearly two hours while emergency crews mopped up. He said by phone: "We had a mess, basically. The smell was very strong."
Trump remains frighteningly behind in cybersecurity
Network World As we move into 2017, cybersecurity concerns continue to escalate. This past few months, we've seen some scary incidents, such as the Oct. 21 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the DNS services at Dyn that used IoT devices like home routers ...…
OK, so Trump doesn't know cybersecurity, but no one who voted for him seemed to care.
See what I mean?
An Oklahoma man was arrested on Saturday after leading police on a 208 mph chase.…
The driver then pulled over, dropped his keys out of the window, and was arrested and later charged with reckless driving and felony eluding.
I am all for reloading felonies. But I didn't know there was a speed limit in Oklahoma.
Hungary mulls staying on daylight saving time all year round
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - A Hungarian parliament committee has given its initial, unanimous approval for Hungary to remain in ...
Why don't we all just rotate time zones one not sure the east. Or west. Whichever. I never could quite get that straight. But this is a terrific idea.
…it would be safe to throw away that little “information for voters” booklet they sent around. But it wasn’t, quite yet. Not until I read the part about a new law that’s not really a law yet, but will be by 2022 if enough people vote for it, which they did, about being nice to pigs. It turns out, as of 2022, people in this state will not be allowed to eat pigs they’ve been mean to. Unless the pig is on a pizza or in soup. Or, presumably, in a can marked SPAM.
Whew. Lucky about the SPAM.
Also you can still haul your pig around in a truck if you’re taking it to the county fair. And chickens—you have to be nice to the chickens if you want to eat the eggs. Otherwise you’ll be breaking the law.
Maybe I should cut out that page and keep it.
The Washington Post
A series of intelligence briefings will deal with covert actions, contingency plans for using nuclear weapons and even the names of major foreign agents.
…let me just say, be careful what you wish for.
And for the record, I’m agin’ it, Maude.
Also for the record, currently, with Michigan and New Hampshire still outstanding but essentially tied, Clinton leads in the popular vote by 395,050 votes (according to Politico 11/13)—out of about 121,000,000 votes cast. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s within the margin of counting error.
…I am shocked, shocked, by the notion that someone would attempt to lead our noble press corps astray by proffering a gift or, worse, praise. Just imagine.
Squirrels, after working on the problem all summer, have finally figured out how to get onto the neighbor’s bird feeder. The secret is climbing 20 or 25 feet straight up a string that, from my kitchen window, looks about as thick as a fishing line. The string’s purpose is to keep the feeder, which hangs from a tree limb on an even longer (and somewhat sturdier) string, from swinging too much in the wind.
Of course, having a squirrel hanging onto the string might make the system even more stable, so maybe this is a win-win. For everybody but the birds.
…of all the hyperventilation now consuming the tech press (Trump! OMG!) is that while Russian hackers are now terrifyingly evil Edward Snowden, a hacker in Russia, is a privacy activist. You could never just make that stuff up.
Or that the malevolent Rudolph Giuliani may soon be eavesdropping on your every pizza order, or that two "smaller tech companies in San Francisco” are, according to Buzzfeed, thinking about moving out of the country (OMG!), possibly (we’re just saying here) to whatever foreign clime all those celebrities are decamping for. We are distressed.
There is, however, some good advice embedded in all the gibberish, some of which you can read about here. Do. No reason the Russian hackers (or anybody else) should know you ordered the pepperoni.