11.24.2017

11.23.2017

Just when we thought we had run out of things to freak out about


The unfortunate side effect of LED lighting
The Verge

Environmental concerns drove the move into adopting long-lasting LED lights, but now there's the risk of too much light which leads to a new set of problems. The paper notes that artificial light emission into the environment will "continue to increase, further eroding Earth's remaining land area that experiences natural day-night light cycles. This is concerning because artificial light is an environmental pollutant." 

Read the full story


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Bombardier bombs

Subway's newest $740M train breaks down in less than a day - NY Daily News


The R179 model from Bombardier that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tested Sunday couldn't last a day on the rails before it was yanked, a source told the Daily News.

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Follow the money

Big donors threaten to bolt from Democrats — and that's a good thing - Salon.com


In a recent interview on MSNBC, Democratic Party megadonor Stephen Cloobeck blasted his party's leadership for embracing the populist rhetoric of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and threatened to cut off funds to the party if it moves too far left. "It drives me nuts," complained Cloobeck…

11.22.2017

No, really…

Here's the deal with all those turkeys terrorizing the suburbs - The Washington Post


The birds of late have been accused of cracking roof tiles outside Sacramento, dangerously disrupting traffic in western New York and "terrorizing" residents near Akron, Ohio.…


Today’s nomination for the Darwin Award

This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat - The Washington Post

11.17.2017

Mission creep


Before the new addition it was the plain old county courthouse. Now, it's the Justice Center.

I expected to see Batman and Wonder Woman wandering around the premises, but they must have been out on a mission or something.

He qualifies for public housing


Trump organization worth one-tenth of previously reported value
Boing Boing

While the Trump Organization claimed $9.5 billion in sales last year, Mr Trump's public filings suggest revenues of less than a tenth of that amount, between $600 million and $700 million. Read the full story


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Trouble in Superland

From The Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes under fire for timing of 'Justice League' review
Critics and fans alike question the review site's role


https://goo.gl/v6hScS

11.10.2017

Ooops

A driverless bus got into a crash during its first day on the job - The Washington Post


As it turns out, you don't have to be human to have a bad first day of work.


Cheated out of a chance to catch bubonic plague

Cruise passenger booted for staging 'mutiny' over canceled itinerary | Fox News


The Telegraph, who referred to the man's actions as a "mutiny," reports that 53-year-old Alain Jan and his wife boarded a Costa cruise bound for the Vanilla Islands of the Indian Ocean on Oct. 26. After two days of travel, however, the captain announced that three scheduled stops in Madagascar had been canceled due to an outbreak of the bubonic and pneumonic plague on the island nation

You have to wonder just how bright these people really are

Facebook revenge porn fix includes asking users to file nude photos


"Facebook's latest attempt to wipe revenge porn off its platform: asking users to send their own nude photos."
https://goo.gl/r8xudJ

11.06.2017

Walking is starting to look like a pretty good deal

Parking Spaces That Could Make You Rich - The New York Times


According to Parkopedia's 2017 Global Parking Index, the most expensive cities in the United States to park are New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Chicago. Abroad, it's London, Zurich, Amsterdam, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Top average rates are about $600 a month in New York and London, $47 a day in Sydney and $33 for two hours in New York.

https://goo.gl/DFFx4o

11.02.2017

Blame comes cheap

"The company [Facebook] said Russian agents spent just $46,000 on advertising — compared to the $81 million the Trump and Clinton campaigns dropped — but Russia's effort still managed to reach over 126 million users."

And they got all the blame.

Quote of the day

"Maj. Patrick Moran of the Environmental Police says he's never before had to investigate a tuna in the woods."

10.28.2017

On Wisconsin

A Wisconsin man got locked in a walk-in beer cooler. He had 'everything that he needed,' police say. - The Washington Post


When the doors locked behind him at midnight, he decided that rather than shout for help, he would just camp out, police say.

https://goo.gl/69C3g1 
(This is a paywall link, but everything you need to know about the story is in the paragraph above.)

10.26.2017

Rain ends

Already?

This artificial intelligence may start tracking you soon | New York Post


It's already 1984 in China.

(Actually, this story is worth having a look at. And I'm thinking a movie with Tom Cruise.?

10.25.2017

Is this just another case of Trumpitis on CNN’s part…

…or am I missing something here?

The following two paragraphs are taken verbatim, sequentially, from a story on the CNN website:

41 state attorneys general subpoena opioid manufacturers - CNN


"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency," President Trump said in August. "It's a national emergency." 
However, five weeks later, the administration has yet to make an official declaration about a national emergency on the opioid epidemic.
https://goo.gl/PKbBkV

What does it take to make an official declaration beyond making a declaration and calling it, officially, official?

You haven’t paid much attention to this global warming thing, have you, until right now

World wine production 'to hit 50-year low' - BBC News


https://goo.gl/8gGtNY

A little-almost November

10.23.2017

Go ahead…spoil everything

A breakdown of the worst Halloween candy - NY Daily News


A sweet that invites widespread catty scorn, candy corn is meant to resemble a kernel but instead each piece just looks like a tiny, faceless, naked Donald Trump.

And maybe see a shrink.

Making sports great again

The Cubbies didn't make the Series and the Bears are scoring more points on defense than offense.

Whew.

Things are back to normal in sports.

10.19.2017

Spam crime!

Spam thefts prompt Hawaii retailers to lock up the canned meat - NY Daily News


"Items electronically monitored for theft," a sign in front of Spam under lock and key at an Oahu Walgreens read this week.

May be peeking in your window soon

The Hubble Space Telescope Is Falling | Forbes Mobile



10.18.2017

This is, was…

…National Cyber Security Awareness Month (Are you ready for this? NCSAM.), so…


Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Common Internet of Things Devices May Expose Consumers to Cyber Exploitation


https://goo.gl/nLp6ih

Should have stopped with ping-pong

Pole dancing could be on track to becoming an Olympic sport - NY Daily News


https://goo.gl/mx5VhF

10.17.2017

But no pennies though, right?

Man vows he's penniless in court; deputies find $4K on him


https://goo.gl/S5caEm

Soaring beyond the bounds if irony


Opinion | Trump beat Silicon Valley at its own game. Now it must prove itself.
The Washington Post

The tech world must fight to deepen our democracy.

Even if tech companies do not adopt the journalistic standards of newspapers, they must offer readers, particularly students, some way of distinguishing fact from opinion.

  Read the full story


10.16.2017

One good thing Ronald Reagan did was…

I was going to say the good thing but maybe there was another one I missed, I'm trying to be conservative here. (Get it? Conservative?)

Anyway, one good thing Ronald Reagan did was make ketchup a vegetable. It's done wonders for my diet.

(Hot dogs for lunch.) 

Campaigning for the lawyers' vote?

Trump campaign's legal spending tops $1 million during third quarter - POLITICO


https://goo.gl/zj1SyE

10.15.2017

Another big goose flyover

Every time I put my head out doors there's another flight of geese headed south. Do they know something I don't know?

Nope. I know it too.

Imagine the lab

Northern Michigan University offers marijuana degree


https://goo.gl/25B6Q4

10.12.2017

Wait until The Donald hears about this

Scientists Can Read a Bird's Brain and Predict Its Next Song


In April, Elon Musk announced a secretive new brain-interface company called Neuralink. Days later, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared that "direct brain interfaces [are] going to, eventually, let you communicate only with your mind." The company says it has 60 engineers working on the problem.
Also: Of course we will totally trust Facebook's "direct brain interface." we can't wait for Twitter to do the same thing.

10.10.2017

I didn't vanish…

…I discovered television. Who knew? Pictures, sort of like little movies about all kinds of things. And anxious people. Wore me out, looking at that television news. I mean, I know there are two sides to every story but do they have to shout at each other?

Also, cops and doctors everywhere.


10.07.2017

Is this tree green?

When I first moved here, about 20 years ago or so, Columbus Day weekend was the traditional peak of the autumn color season. Now, as you can see, not so much.

10.06.2017

All this time it’s been the Russians spoiling everything (those meenies)

The Breakthrough: How a Reporter Uncovered Widespread Russian Meddling — In the Olympics


When it came time to test the athletes during the Olympics, Russian agents replaced tainted urine samples with clean ones in the dead of night through a hole in the wall of a testing laboratory.

Stop! Please stop!

Democrats arrive at peak stupid

Democrats look to wreak havoc in GOP primaries

The idea: Elevate the GOP's most extreme option in each race, easing Democrats' path to victory in a range of states tilted against them.


They haven't had enough of "extreme options" yet?

The near miss

Arrested drunk man claims he time traveled to warn of aliens

The man told police he was only able to time travel because aliens filled his body with alcohol. He noted that he was supposed to be transported to the year 2018, not this year.

https://goo.gl/NGwckY

Me, I'm a time traveler from the past and I can totally relate.

10.05.2017

10.04.2017

Wait, we're talking about REelecting this guy now?

Republicans Stand by Trump as Majority of Americans Oppose His Re-Election


https://goo.gl/6ygx8S

Commie salmon!

NKorean workers prepare seafood for US stores, restaurants

HUNCHUN, China (AP) — The workers wake up each morning on metal bunk beds in fluorescent-lit Chinese dormitories...

This means Americans buying salmon for dinner at Walmart or ALDI may inadvertently have subsidized the North Korean government as it builds its nuclear weapons program, an AP investigation has found. 

Read the full story

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LOL Well, maybe IQ isn’t everything

NYU professor Scott Galloway: Big tech regulation is coming


"If you pit the U.S. administration against Amazon," Galloway said, Amazon comes out on top. "The collective IQ of the administration right now versus Amazon is woefully undermatched."

This is very possibly a true statement, I get it, but still. We can hope, can't we?

This is getting to look more and more like a banana republic every day

You gotta be…wait…really?

IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax


contract award for Equifax's data services was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities database Sept. 30 — the final day of the fiscal year. The credit agency will "verify taxpayer identity" and "assist in ongoing identity verification and validations" at the IRS, according to the award.

10.03.2017

If you haven't changed your passwords yet, better get going


A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts, new parent company Verizon Communications Inc. said on Tuesday.


Equifax hack affected 2.5M more Americans than first believed

The national credit bureau revealed Monday that another 2.5 million people are believed to have gotten their personal information swiped during the cyber attack — bringing the total up to 145.5 million.

Now we get down to it

Russians took a page from corporate America by using Facebook tool to ID and influence voters - The Washington Post

https://goo.gl/5aZnLM

Yep, the same advertising technology that sells you Wells Fargo bank and Equifax, not to mention the R's and the D's, is what allowed those sneaky Russians to weaponize (in the overwrought lingo of MSNBC commentators) the information battlespace (ditto) that is Facebook to attack (ditto the ditto) our recent presidential election.

"These are the same methods and sophisticated tools that the pharmaceutical companies were using, that big oil companies were using," said Philip N. Howard of Oxford University's Computational Propaganda Project. "This was regular ad technology that regular advertisers use."

Facebook, of course, assures the Congress it can keep those pesky Reds from using the advertising tool they call "Custom Audiences" to make mischief in the future. 

But wait…

Custom Audiences also allowed a business to know when consumers had viewed a particular pair of shoes on a website so that they could be repeatedly shown an ad for those shoes on Facebook and elsewhere online. As consumers spent more time on social media, the tool became a driver of Facebook's ad business — and of the company's sevenfold increase in value since its initial public offering in 2012.

Italics mine. 

10.02.2017

Trump has been bad for gun sales but this Las Vegas thing…

Gun maker stocks skyrocket after Las Vegas massacre | New York Post


Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands jumped 2.3 percent in morning trade, Sturm, Ruger & Co. shares climbed 3.7 percent and Vista Outdoor shares rose 1.4 percent.

10.01.2017

Brought to you by the letters N, C, S, A, and M

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


https://goo.gl/uhAX7m

Get busy and read about this stuff.

But what if the Associated press?… Oh, never mind

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:

Just…Dunkin'?

Dunkin' Donuts dropping 'Donuts' from name and downsizing menu

Right now, most Dunkin' Donuts offer 30 varieties of doughnuts, but by the end of the month, most will offer only 18. If you're lucky, your Dunkin' will be one of the select stores that offer 24 different varieties, according to Nation Restaurant's News

And only 18 kind of donuts? That's horrible! Is this something the Russians are doing too? It's downright inhumane!

https://goo.gl/yG2Z5b
(Via Western Mass News)

9.30.2017

Discovering fake fake news

Taibbi: Latest Fake News Panic Appears to Be Fake News - Rolling Stone


We Americans are clearly too dumb to read our own news, and quite capable of destroying ourselves over nonsense without the help of outside parties.

9.29.2017

We are waiting for Nashville to come on the market

We say flying cabinet members to, say, Asia econo-class would be a totally good use of their time, not


Questions Pile Up for White House About Top Officials' Private and Military Aircraft Use
Bloomberg

The White House's travel headache is growing with new revelations about top officials' use of military aircraft. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, whose use of taxpayer-funded private jets drew the ire of President Donald Trump, now faces scrutiny for using military jets that reportedly put his total travel tab above $1 million. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is also drawing attention, as a report said he took private or military planes at least four Read the full story


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Give the racist books to the poor kids, says Cambridge, MA, school librarian


'Racist propaganda': Librarian rejects Melania Trump's gift of Dr. Seuss books
The Washington Post

A White House spokeswoman said it is "unfortunate" that sending books to children has been turned into "something divisive."

  Read the full story


Maybe the Russians are good for business if you sell voting machines


Michigan plans to replace all voting machines by 2018
www.detroitnews.com

Read the full story

Menu notes from all over

Legalized Cannabis May Be a Windfall for McDonald's and Taco Bell - Bloomberg


The munchies are driving up fast-food sales in states where marijuana is legal.

9.28.2017

Read on

Banned Books Week: 'In 2017, censorship comes from an outraged public' | Books | The Guardian


"It's particularly true in the US. It's not as prevalent in the UK but it's not unheard of," said Ginsberg. "We aren't branding cheeks for seditious libel; we no longer have a censor in chief. But we have a different kind of censorship … that allows the anger of the mob to force both publishers and authors to censor themselves out of fear.

Moments we're sorry we missed

These NYC curmudgeons are a dying breed | New York Post


Mimi's was among Bricker's first jobs when she moved to the city from Long Island at age 20. Most nights she sings with the bar's pianist, Chicken Delicious…

Cubbies get it done

9.27.2017

Another take on The Book

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton – digested read | Books | The Guardian


https://goo.gl/FCNXzu

Thanks, Captain Obvious! You too, Reuters!

Reuters: 


Trump urges NFL to ban players kneeling during anthem

Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic rival in the 2016 election, called Trump's comments "a huge, loud dog whistle to his supporters" in an interview with CBS.


And here's how you spin a news story, boys and girls

Moore Trounces Trump-Backed Candidate in Alabama Senate Race - NBC News


https://goo.gl/rBZCBV

Sounds like the good guy won, right? Yay!

But no, the guy who won is Roy Moore and he's worse than Trump. Yikes! 

So me, I'm not much encouraged by this trouncing here. 

(Also it was a Senate race primary, might as well mention that.)

9.26.2017

OK, I’m confused

Using private email accounts is bad now? 

Shame on them!

At Least 6 White House Advisers Used Private Email Accounts - The New York Times


https://goo.gl/M9z3Lv

9.25.2017

Wow! Does this mean Bernie is off the hook?

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.

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$0.002 of this is MY MONEY and I WANT IT BACK

Tom Price to halt taxpayer-funded travel on private jets - POLITICO


POLITICO has identified more than $400,000 in charter jet spending for the HHS secretary's travels since May.

9.24.2017

TWO football games today…

…on my one-channel TV app; New England v Houston and Cincinnati v Green Bay (oh oh, sorry Cinci). A football orgy, and better watch as many as possible before Trump shuts the whole thing down. (He couldn't, could he? I mean, a nuclear war is one thing but shutting down the NFL? I don't think so.)

Melania's first solo foreign trip is to…Canada

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.

I wonder if she needs a passport to get back home.

9.22.2017

You’ve got to admit…

… 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


Yes, it’s an emoji pretzel: The Salty Guy

Finally, yeah

Ohio finally prosecutes somebody for sex with a dog | New York Post


"This is an unspeakable act," said Cleveland Animal Protection League president Sharon Harvey. 

"But at least now we finally have something we can do about it."

Can you spell “quintessential"?

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, Boycott

https://www.buycott.com/

9.21.2017

Or how about a padlock?


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.

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Fine, Now all those stray Mexican bunnies will be sneaking across the border…

… 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


https://goo.gl/GPJMpm

9.20.2017

Original, but not by much

Man dressed as clown running for city council seat


Payaso donned a rainbow wig, red nose and clown makeup in recent campaign photos and videos on social media.

I love this!

Pamela Anderson admits she isn't actually dating Julian Assange | Page Six



And in the same spirit of full disclosure I am admitting I am not dating Angelina Jolie. 

Finally

I've been meaning to check into this for quite some time but just haven't got around to it – namely, why is it that opponents of Obamacare or single-player healthcare plans always insist working Americans get their health insurance coverage from their employers , implying it's free to the employee, when that's not how I remember things at all?

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


9.19.2017

Coin

Put the coin in the slot.

https://projects.playables.net/coin/

The homeowner blues

Beyonce and Jay-Z: Legal fight over new estate's fourth pool


File under First World solutions to First World problems

From Reuters News:

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.


Too early to start planning for Christmas?

Before You Spend $2 Billion on Your Own Submarine, Read This - Bloomberg


The real excitement, as Sebastian the Crab once sang, is "under the sea."


There's a rule about using private email? Who knew?

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. 


9.16.2017

The Packers again

There is only one team among the top three on Nate Silver's list of most loved football teams that isn't also in the top three of the most hated and that is, of course, Green Bay.

Meanwhile, "there are very few corners of America where Patriots fans won't be behind enemy lines."

http://53eig.ht/2fcggjl

9.15.2017

The Packers are the winningest team in the NFL

Yes, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have won the NFL channel championship 13 times. The Bears are in second place with nine wins. Yes, the Bears.

The Providence Steam Rollers won only one once, in 1928.

All this and more football trivia at Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/2x7Npmc

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Creatures of the web

Spotted masquerading as a subhead in an AP story about the anti-virus company, Kaspersky Lab:

A RUSSIAN COMPANY WITH TIES TO RUSSIA

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9.14.2017

But where's the tinfoil?

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



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The pie is always better in the sky

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.

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Tom who?

Tim Kaine gets totally snubbed by Clinton's campaign book - NY Daily News


Kaine is only mentioned eight times in the 500-page tome — fewer times than George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Elizabeth Warren, James Comey and the Soviet Union.


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9.13.2017

OK, this is just plain wrong

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.



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Yep, that's where I went to school

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_140786551641593.jpg?w=263

For me? Really?

Just stick to the point, please

Carr: Mitt Romney won't fade away quietly

> 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 …


http://bit.ly/2y7dRLo


(Via Boston Herald)

There’s an angle on everything

From Reuters News:

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. 


9.12.2017

You may think it’s too good to be true, but this little card is worth a nickel

It was worth $.15, as you can see, but I used a dime.

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.

Go ahead and say it: the monkey wins again

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.


9.11.2017

Football game pre–rained Out?


Status of Illini game at South Florida undetermined due to Hurricane Irma
Chicago Tribune

The status and location of Illinois' game Friday night against South Florida is undetermined due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma…

 Read the full story


9.10.2017

We chortle

The fight to replace the iPhone and other smartphones is on — here's what to watch for in round one (MSFT, GOOG, GOOGL, AAPL, AMZN)

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?

Read the full story

Um…to make a phone call?

Of course, maybe it's different in the UK.


Oh no! Hillary’s book just came out and already it needs a rewrite!

Facebook Says Fake Accounts Likely Tied To Russia Bought $100,000 In Political Ads



It was Facebook's fault!

We should have known. 

Geezers attack

Case Dropped In Kardashian Book Vandalism | The Smoking Gun



So if you've got an all-electric car you're stranded


Irma strengthens as it nears Florida: 'It's going from crappy to worse'
CNN

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. 

Read the full story


9.08.2017

I didn’t know we had these

It's a cop car with a bicycle strapped on the back, presumably for chasing people through the park, or possibly chasing some kid across the playground. Who knows, but it must be useful. And it looks cool too.

So then, no big deal

The big Equifax data breach was just a mid-range hack, it turns out.

U.S. Vote, by the way, is just a non-profit that (ahem) helps people vote in a non-partisan way.
(http://bit.ly/2vLjayg)

So pumpkin spice haircuts are not the only thing?

We've reached peak pumpkin spice with PSL cough drops - NY Daily News


According to Candy Hunting, there are also pumpkin spice: Milano cookies, Frosted Mini Wheats, Toaster's strudel, Nestle Tollhouse cookies, Rice Krispies Treats, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Oreos, Werther's Original and Thomas' English muffins. Don't worry, that last one is made with real pumpkin.

W00t! Bears lead NFL North!


LATER: OK, it was fun while it lasted. 

At least they won’t be txting

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.


Somebody once said…

…that, based on the most popular genres at his local bookstore, a book entitled "Abraham Lincoln's Doctor's Dog" would be the best seller of all time.

"Trump Organization's Ethics Lawyer's Wife" might be a pretty close second.

http://nyp.st/2vKlXb5

Stand down, Stephen King

VA watchdog: Tomah staff failed to report rogue dentist | Local | lacrossetribune.com



"Rogue dentist" is the scariest thing I've heard so far. 

9.07.2017

Dude, this is really reassuring


Sarah Sanders: '95 percent of what the president says is not a lie'
ABC News

The president's press secretary was a guest on "The View." Read the full story


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This former CIA director who couldn’t keep his super sexy emails private is now a security guru


Former CIA director Petraeus joins KKR backed security firm
Reuters

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.

  Read the full story

You're on your own. 

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Don't…um…with the duck

Fowl play: Dutch man imprisoned for stealing plastic duck


https://apnews.com/3694751a39d247b581d038b0c47f7aae

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



Read it and weep. 

9.06.2017

Good news from New England

I’m walking right past the drugstore…

… Walking past it right now and I'm thinking, why not stop in and buy something unhealthy? They have a two-for-one sale of potato chips.

Finally, somebody pins it down

The apocalypse 'will begin on September 23' – and it's written in the pyramids | Metro News



Dems go with more money


Democrats launch super PAC to win back statehouses
POLITICO

Democrats have lost roughly 1,000 legislative seats and 27 chambers since 2008. 

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Protest but don’t make waves


Democrats' Russia strategy: Organize protests and avoid impeachment talk
USA TODAY

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.

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9.05.2017

All right! Another Trumpicane!


Irma is now one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic
The Verge

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. 

Don’t do that!

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.

Now I'll be up all night trying to figure out what the first and the second are.

But no discount on your ticket, I’m betting

Delta Will Promote Pilots to Captain—if They Can Fly This Old Plane - Bloomberg


The promotion requires flying an unloved, aging plane nicknamed the "Mad Dog."

9.04.2017

Hooliganism!


Russia says U.S. actions towards its consulates are 'state hooliganism'
Reuters

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". 

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I haven't heard much about hooligans in recent years but maybe I've just been looking in the wrong place.

And yet there is no Cownado

Shark Versus Cow: Which Is Deadlier? - ABC News



(Noted by our Pacific Rim bureau.)

9.03.2017

We never for a minute thought so

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. 


They're closing in

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts library is reminding residents that Chuck E. Cheese tokens are not an acceptable form of payment for overdue book fines.

A look at NYC's contentious statues as uproar over removal mounts - NY Daily News

Fear the pure of heart.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-remove-nyc-iconic-statues-article-1.3464427

A wobblier sentence would be difficult to imagine.

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.


9.02.2017

Essential reading

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.


Oh, Canada


Massive 'dragon boogers' wash ashore in Canada
BGR

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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I’m saying "W" in close proximity to "TF"

Opinion | NBC News whiffs on Russiagate story

The Washington Post

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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Once upon a very long time ago, midway through a previous century…

Georgia high school refuses to let girl on football team

The Washington Post

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.

Maybe that part about the machines taking over it’s really true

How Artificial Intelligence will tell if you're slacking off at work

Fox News

Sitting slumped in your chair all day at work? AI agents are here to ruin your nap. Read the full story



9.01.2017

Are my feathers green?


Is Trump Obsessed With Hillary Clinton? 
Newsweek

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Globalized

'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.


Yep, sounds negative to me all right

Wells Fargo: There were nearly twice as many potentially fake accounts opened than originally thought


Earlier this month, Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan warned his employees to brace for more negative headlines  

Good call there, Timothy. 

8.31.2017

It wasn’t "unacceptable sales practices,“ bunky, it was fraud

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. 


Let's add another five years to his sentence just for trying to jerk our chain like that.

Oh wait, what?

And all this time I thought eBay was just about old used books

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.


Oh, well, thank you HuffPo for finally clearing this up


Kim Kardashian Finally Reveals What She Thinks Of Donald Trump And It's Not Good
HuffPost

Kim Kardashian is not a fan of President Donald Trump, that much is now clear. ... Read the full story


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8.29.2017

The Big Ouch

Most Homes in Tropical Storm Harvey's Path Don't Have Flood Insurance | KTLA



8.28.2017

My electricity score


I feel like I should go out and pollute something just to keep from being perfect. 

Mooom

Police: Mom fires gun found at mall to see if it was real

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