At Least 6 White House Advisers Used Private Email Accounts - The New York Times
Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.
Melania takes first solo foreign trip as first lady | New York Post
She traveled to Toronto at the head of a seven-person US delegation to the Invictus Games, an international competition for wounded veterans organized by Britain's Prince Harry.
… it's kind of fun having two people named Kim in the news. How will we ever keep them straight?
The one in North Korea recently called Donald Trump a dotard, a word so thrillingly mysterious the New York Times itself felt compelled to write an article explaining it, possibly for the benefit of those dullards in the Midwest.
Give us a break. A dotard, Bunky, is a person in her dotage (or his, of course), old and weak.
Kim Jong-un Called Trump a 'Dotard.' What Does That Even Mean? - The New York Times
This is it! An app that lets you scan the barcodes on the products you're looking at and tells you who is boycotting them and why. We love this. We will never have to buy anything again.
Buycott | Vote with Your Wallet - UPC Lookup Database, Find Barcode Scanner, Boycotthttps://www.buycott.com/
Thieves near US bases in Germany stealing keyless cars
Owners of keyless cars may want to keep their key fobs in a metal box or even the freezer, following a string of recent car thefts near U.S. bases in Germany.
More info at: stripes.com/apps
… because they'll know they can find a home in California.
California 'Puppy Mill' Ban Would Also Cover Kittens and Bunnies - The New York Times
Well, here's the answer. This report from the Kaiser foundation maps explains that employers pay a portion of employees' health insurance premiums, but the employees themselves pay, on average, $476 per month themselves.
So, not free exactly.
2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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After Irma, special oxygen masks helped Florida pets breathe easier
Soon after millions of Floridians lost power in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week, firefighters in the city of Titusville responded to an emergency call at a home where a gasoline-powered generator had been running in an attached garage.
Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump's Voter… — ProPublica
President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business.
Meanwhile, "there are very few corners of America where Patriots fans won't be behind enemy lines."
The Providence Steam Rollers won only one once, in 1928.
All this and more football trivia at Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/2x7Npmc
Chinese vendors are already marketing face masks as iPhone…
The Verge Chinese vendors on online marketplace Taobao never resist a chance to peddle their goods. Just days after Apple announced the iPhone X that replaced the home button's Touch ID for Face ID, Chinese merchants have launched "protective masks" in…
Bernie Sanders' single-payer proposal ignores the hardest thing about single payer.
But the reality is that 16 Democrats did not back a fully workable single-payer plan Wednesday. At best, they backed half of one. While the Sanders bill details how a "Medicare for All" system would work, it tap dances around the all-important question of how to pay for it.
Impossible Foods explores meat-free lamb, chicken, pork and fish
The product is served in 40 upscale restaurants, including New York City's trendy Momofuku Ssäm Bar, where chef David Chang uses it to replace pork in his $19 Spicy Sausage & Rice Cakes dish.
> In its own way, Mitt's refusal to exit gracefully is as pathetic as Hillary Clinton's last-gasp attempt to maintain her own relevance. They have strutted and fretted their hour upon the stage, and it's about damn time both of them were heard no more. Talk about a tale told by an idiot …
(Via Boston Herald)
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Harvey storm-water releases were unlawful government takings: lawsuits
Owners of homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey are claiming billions of dollars in damages by federal and state water releases from storm-swollen reservoirs, using a legal tack pursued without success in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Several lawsuits filed in federal and state courts in Texas claim properties were taken for public use without compensation.
The fare boxes in our new busses spit out these little cards in lieu of actual money when a person puts too much actual money into the box to begin with.
Unfortunately, you can't stick them into a coffee machine.
PETA drops lawsuit arguing animals have right to own property | Ars Technica
While Naruto didn't win the legal right to own the famous monkey selfies, he can thump his chest in a victory of sorts. Under the terms of the settlement, Slater has agreed to donate to Naruto's habitat one-fourth of any proceeds from the sale of the selfies.
Status of Illini game at South Florida undetermined due to Hurricane Irma
The status and location of Illinois' game Friday night against South Florida is undetermined due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma…
Business Insider UK
Most tech industry experts assume such AR devices will eventually replace the smartphone. After all, why carry a phone if you can view your text messages, edit spreadsheets, and watch Netflix through your glasses or contact lenses?
Um…to make a phone call?
Of course, maybe it's different in the UK.
Facebook Says Fake Accounts Likely Tied To Russia Bought $100,000 In Political Ads
Irma strengthens as it nears Florida: 'It's going from crappy to worse'
Hurricane Irma strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it inched closer to Florida, where hundreds of thousands are without power hours before one of the most powerful storms in the Atlantic hits.
We've reached peak pumpkin spice with PSL cough drops - NY Daily News
U.S. House unanimously approves sweeping self-driving car measure
The House measure, the first significant federal legislation aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market, would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year. The cap would rise over three years to 100,000 vehicles annually.
"Trump Organization's Ethics Lawyer's Wife" might be a pretty close second.
Former CIA director Petraeus joins KKR backed security firm
Former United States CIA Director David Petraeus said Thursday he has joined the board of a large cybersecurity company controlled by investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR & Co. LP), taking his most prominent role in the private sector.
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Fowl play: Dutch man imprisoned for stealing plastic duck
The guys who said Clinton had a 99% chance of winning last year‘s election say the Bears won't win the Super Bowl in 2018
2017 NFL Predictions | FiveThirtyEight
Democrats' Russia strategy: Organize protests and avoid impeachment talk
One core piece of advice from activists trying to coordinate the Democratic party's messaging on Trump's Russia ties: Don't invoke impeachment.
The federal probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia poses more risk to Trump's presidency than any other – but it could also backfire if Democrats are too eager to capitalize on it in the coming weeks.
Irma is now one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic
There's an 'increasing chance' that Florida will be impacted later this week and in the weekend Read the full story
Although, really, when they say "one of" it sounds like they're not 100% sure, doesn't it? Sort of takes the edge off.
Significant Digits For Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 | FiveThirtyEight
The New York Daily News has been purchased by Tronc Inc., the company with the third-dumbest name in the industry.
Russia says U.S. actions towards its consulates are 'state hooliganism'
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday that Washington's actions towards Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States could be described as "state hooliganism".
I haven't heard much about hooligans in recent years but maybe I've just been looking in the wrong place.
Big tech's muscle reaches far and wide in D.C.
On Wednesday, the New America Foundation — a think tank funded by Google as well as one of its co-founders, Eric Schmidt — ousted members of its Open Markets program, its anti-monopoly research arm, that had openly criticized the Web giant's growing power. Google and New America have said the move was not motivated by the group's remarks.
A look at NYC's contentious statues as uproar over removal mounts - NY Daily News
Most heroes often have a little villainy in their past.
Who Owns the Internet? | The New Yorker
Thirty years ago, almost no one used the Internet for anything. Today, just about everybody uses it for everything. Even as the Web has grown, however, it has narrowed. Google now controls nearly ninety per cent of search advertising, Facebook almost eighty per cent of mobile social traffic, and Amazon about seventy-five per cent of e-book sales.
Massive 'dragon boogers' wash ashore in Canada
It's not every day that a strange blob of seemingly otherworldly goo washes up on a Canadian lake, but when it does you can be sure it'll make headlines. In Canada — which is home to moose, maple syrup, timbits and literally nothing else — there's a little place called Lost Lagoon, which is a... Read the full story
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Correction rolls back original contention, but existing story is still of little utility.
"Two sources tell NBC News that Manafort's smartphone notes from the meeting included the words 'donations' in close proximity to the reference to the Republican National Committee."
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Megan Garth might be the best field kicker at the school, but she won't be joining the team at her private Christian school. Read the full story
…I had a role in the smashing two-night run of a high school senior class play called "Time Out for Ginger," about the havoc caused by a girl trying to join the football team. The play could be mounted again this school year and still be timely. In all the years that have passed since my star (ahem) turn we've managed only to make the subject more complicated and immeasurably more unintelligible. As witness this from one Col. Seth Hathaway, head of the Prince Avenue Christian school in Bogart, Georgia:
"While the school recognizes the changing roles of girls in organized sports, its covenantal partnership does not support the belief that mixed athletic contact sports should traverse a spectrum from high school varsity all the way down to the second grade."
In other words, Girls Keep Out.
Sitting slumped in your chair all day at work? AI agents are here to ruin your nap. Read the full story
'U can be my nurse': General allegedly sent racy texts to soldier's wife | New York Post
Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington, a two-star general in charge of US Army Africa who is based in northern Italy, allegedly sent dozens of messages to the woman in Europe, who is married to an American soldier, USA Today reports.
Wells Fargo finds an additional 1.4 million potentially fake accounts - The Washington Post
"We apologize to everyone who was harmed by unacceptable sales practices," Wells Fargo chief executive Timothy J. Sloan said.
Oh wait, what?
Fort Campbell soldiers sold stolen Army gear to buyers overseas, U.S. Attorney says
Six soldiers and two civilians were indicted Wednesday on charges they conspired to steal and sell Army equipment, from printer ink to machine gun parts and the sight for a grenade launcher, on eBay.
Crew to attempt removal of mysterious object from beach
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Workers will try to remove a mysterious circular object with steel legs that has puzzle onlookers since it was found lodged underwater off a Rhode Island beach.
Statistically, risks to people from sharks remain low. The last fatal attack recorded in Massachusetts was in 1936.
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I don't know. That word, "fatal," seems like a bit of a hedge to me. (And just recently on the Cape a shark tried to eat a surfboard so how would you count that, exactly?)
The Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) was invented by 25-year-old creative strategist Maryellis Bunn, a Laguna Beach native who says she came up with the idea after growing bored of Manhattan.
Taibbi: Blame Media for Creating World Dumb Enough for Trump - Rolling Stone
This presidency has become the ultimate ratings bonanza. Trump couldn't do better numbers if he jumped off Mount Kilimanjaro carrying a Kardashian.
A Trump supporter was sucker-punched by a counterprotester. Why isn't it a hate crime?
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Richard Losey, 20, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery with a hate crime enhancement. But California prosecutors later dropped the hate crime charge. Read the full story
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Girl Scouts have had enough of the Boy Scouts | New York Post
"It is entirely dishonest to claim to be a single gender organization while simultaneously endeavoring upon a co-ed model."
I'm not so worried about companies censoring Nazis, but I am worried about the implications it has for everyone else. I'm worried about the unelected bros of Silicon Valley being the judge and jury, and thinking that mere censorship solves the problem. I'm worried that, just like Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince woke up one morning and decided he'd had enough of the Daily Stormer, some other CEO might wake up and do the same for Black Lives Matter or antifa. I'm worried that we're not thinking about this problem holistically.
China newspaper claims US Navy is 'hazard' in Asian waters
A Chinese newspaper on Monday castigated the U.S. Navy for being more of a "dangerous obstacle" than a protective force while sailing through Asia-Pacific waters -- the written rebuke coming as the Navy chief ordered a wide investigation of the Pacific Fleet following two recent collisions that left at least seven sailors dead. Read the full story
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Eclipse comes complete with myths and superstitions | Times News Online
In ancient times, native people in Colombia shouted to the heavens, promising to work hard and mend their ways.
Live updates: Monday Oregon solar eclipse 2017 traffic reports, travel times | OregonLive.com
The Wheeler County Sheriff's Office has closed Burnt Ranch Road, the access road to the Painted Hills Viewing Area near Mitchell, because of traffic backing up onto U.S. 26, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.
Photos: 1960s School Kids Preparing to Safely Watch Solar Eclipse | Time.com
"The collision east of Singapore between the guided-missile destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot) Alnic MC was the second involving a ship from the Navy’s 7th fleet in the Pacific in two months."
Does anybody know how to work this newfangled radar thing?
Little Makanda bracing for hordes of eclipse-watchers
"Ever since NASA announced that Makanda is the place to be, we've seen an increase in visitors," said Jeremy Schumacher, an employee for Makanda Eclipse, headquartered in the Eclipse Café.
"Gallup suggests that the new name for 'liberal arts' could be '21st century skills' because branding the exact same coursework as '21st century skills' fares better among participants in Gallup marketing tests."
21st century skills? Really? Isn’t that something about selling real estate?
Note this link is to a web site that used to employ that little Tucker so maybe we could call it, I don’t know, 18th century skills. In any event it seldom has much resemblance to real news.
Aliens could conquer Earth with maps NASA 'foolishly' sent to space | New York Post
Many scientists now believe contacting extraterrestrials is a spectacularly bad idea.
The Prime Minister of Australia said “the laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia."
Oh really. And what kind of ant was it?…
"Scientists used CRISPR to disrupt a gene known as Orco in the clonal raider ant."
"Foodies snatched up the eatery’s roughly 300 reserved spots within six hours of the announcement of its opening last week.
The cheesy menu items run from $8 to $22, including a Flamin’ Hot and White Cheddar Mac N’ Cheetos, Cheetos meatballs, Cheetos grilled cheese and yes, Cheetos-crusted fried pickles."
Science Says: Lightning is zapping fewer Americans, not more
New York Magazine
Plague, famine, heat no human can survive. This is not science fiction but what scientists, when they're not being cautious, fear could be our future.
But no matter how well-informed you are, you are surely not alarmed enough.
If you're looking for a way to start off your week on a terrifying note, look no farther.
Or maybe a better idea would be to just go back to bed.
World-famous Fulton Fish Market goes online - NY Daily News
"Currently, 90% of the fish consumed in the U.S. is lower-quality frozen product imported from overseas, while 75% of fish caught in our waters — among the cleanest and safest in the world — goes to wealthy markets overseas, said Mike Spindler, CEO of fultonfishmarket.com."
One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile.
So concludes an in-depth study...
"Wow — (work) is pretty taxing place for many people," Maestas says. "I was surprised by how pressured and hectic the workplace is."
"In principle, Kim Jong Un could hit the United States with a nuclear weapon," said Elleman, a former scientist at Lockheed Martin's Research and Development Laboratory who also worked as missile expert for U.N. weapons inspection missions. "In practice, I think they are probably a half-year to a full year away from having something that will work more often than it would fail."
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We've got another six months easy – maybe even a year. What's the worry about? We might even make it all the way to iPhone 9. (Heard any good rumors yet?)
GAO: Did $1.5 billion in military music boost morale? - Stripes
"Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., complained during a House committee meeting in 2011 that the Pentagon spent $1.55 billion on military bands, performances and tours over a four-year period."
Honolulu Yo-Yo Pro Evan Nagao Sets Sight on World Championship - NBC News
"Should last-minute eclipse-seekers expect to pay extra for airfare, too?
"The short answer: Heck yeah."
Imagining President Pence | FiveThirtyEight
"There's technically plenty of room for every American to pack into the narrow zone from Oregon to South Carolina where the total blackout will occur, shown on this eclipse map. But…"…you can now save yourself the travel, the discomfort (too few porta-potties), the anxiety and the possible destruction of your eyes/cameras by seeing the upcoming solar eclipse right here, right now!
Just click the link above.
(And they’ve done a few. Remember the Newton? That desktop that looked like an ice cube?)
"The news comes from none other than KGI Securities’ acclaimed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a new report obtained by AppleInsider Kuo said the integration of a fingerprint reader into the iPhone 8’s display has not only been 'cancelled' but Touch ID will be scrapped entirely from the phone."
But this would be a whopper. With face recognition only and no fingerprint ID, you’d have to be a contortionist to use Apple Pay.
“iPhone 8,” by the way, in case you haven’t been obsessing about your tech news recently, is the press’s designated name for a rumored tenth anniversary iPhone Apple is expected to introduce soon, along with an iPhone 7s and 7s+, named according to what has become a normal annual upgrade sequence. “iPhone 8” will probably not be the product’s eventual name but, hey, who can wait for anything around here?
"AUGUST 1--During a post-nuptial dispute, a Tennessee newlywed removed a 9mm pistol from beneath her wedding dress and pulled the trigger while pointing the weapon at her new husband, police charge."
And here’s the punchline:
““…a lot of astrologers are expecting some kind of downfall, some kind of ruin, some kind of difficulty.”
How do they do that?
The police boycott of Dunkin' Donuts is fully on | New York Post
The police boycott of Dunkin' Donuts is apparently heating up, as a sergeant was spotted Sunday walking into the 73rd Precinct station house with trays full of what appeared to be generic, corner-market brew.
Pacific Northwest is hazy, hot, and bothered
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Seattle and other cities endure a prolonged heat wave while wildfire smoke from Canada creates an unusual haze.
The Seattle Department of Transportation twice this week closed the 100-year-old University Bridge to cool it down, spraying water on the structure to keep the metal from expanding and damaging the span.
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Skunk in bed: Connecticut boy gets stinky wakeup
It's not clear how the skunk found its way into the boy's bed, but no one was happy about the outcome.
LBJ launches Medicare: "You can't treat grandma this way"
Watching the craziness in the Senate this week, as Mitch McConnell and the GOP's zealots drove their clown car into a brick wall and yet another effort to take away health care coverage from millions crashed and burned, I thought back to a different turn of events. It was 52 years ago this Sunday — July 30, 1965. Two American presidents celebrated the birth of Medicare, the most significant advance toward national health insurance in America's history. I was a White House assistant at the time, Read the full story
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Two Minutes Of Darkness With 20,000 Strangers | FiveThirtyEight
"That's creating huge logistical challenges for towns along that several-thousand-mile route. Hundreds of small municipalities will be in the crosshairs of what could be an enormous one-day population boom, creating significant challenges for traffic management, sanitation and emergency services."