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



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.


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.


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



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



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. 


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



Put the coin in the slot.


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. 


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."



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


Creatures of the web

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




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


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.


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.



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.


Yep, that's where I went to school


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 …


(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. 


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.


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…

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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?

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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'

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. 

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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.

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.


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. 


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

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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You're on your own. 

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Don't…um…with the duck

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

Read it and weep. 


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

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

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.

Read the full story


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."



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". 

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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.)


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.


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.


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

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


Are my feathers green?

Is Trump Obsessed With Hillary Clinton? 

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.

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. 


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

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

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The Big Ouch

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


My electricity score

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


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

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Oh oh, I’m shaping up right now

Pennsylvania couple sees image of Jesus in baby's sonogram

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple says Jesus showed up in their daughter's sonogram picture...

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Just chomping off an arm or a leg is OK then?

Sharks rattle nerves on Cape Cod, but attacks on humans rare
BOSTON (AP) — You can't blame beachgoers on Cape Cod for being jittery after a spate of recent shark sightings ...

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?)

Imagine what must be going on inside that little tin


I don’t know how much of this is trolling

Probably quite a bit. Still…

Petition seeks to rename Roosevelt Island, calls FDR 'racist' | New York Post

I want to be an expert on work avoidanceism

What authoritarianism experts think of Trump's decision to pardon Joe Arpaio - The Washington Post

Why not? It sounds just as important although, true, authoritarianism has more syllables.

OK, this is possibly the funniest thing I have ever read

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.

Also possibly the dumbest, although competition in that category is 


And so begins our Season of Remorse

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.

Every time the press goes on a tear about something, what follows is a season of self-reflection and remorse, an orgy of tut-tutting by the punditocracy. This serves, I suspect, as a sort of self-declared vacation during which no one really needs to think too much for a month or so, by which time another Great Cause will have arisen and off we'll go again. 

Taibbi's piece here is an excellent start to this round and definitely bears reading.


Pretty nifty of rationalization

A Trump supporter was sucker-punched by a counterprotester. Why isn't it a hate crime?
The Washington Post

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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Walmart is now selling pricey organic avocado toast | New York Post

Now you're sorry.


Imagine our surprise

Facebook 'friends' aren't real, judge says - NY Daily News

The 10-page ruling established that not all Facebook "friends" are people with whom members have close relationships, the Miami Herald reported.


Looks like we have some catching up to do

Ukraine has removed all 1,320 statues of Lenin | The Independent

And speaking of which… oh, never mind

American-Indian boy banned from school for having long hair | New York Post

Schools Superintendent Greg Poole said Oates has the right to take her child elsewhere.

Now there's a red line in the sand you betcha

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."

Those Girl Scouts, they've been goody-goody all too long. And the boys, I don't even know where to start with them – although the image of a single-gender organization does begin to fade.


"Holistically" is not a word I'm likely to use, but that aside

The Internet's "Nazi Purge" Shows Who Really Controls Our Online Speech

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.

This piece from Buzzfeed News (another doesn't-happen-very-often) raises a serious question about the internet, the First Amendment, the meaning of life and the holistically hypeability of the Great American Solar Eclipse, namely. who runs the internet and why and what are we going to do about it.

EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which styles itself the ACLU of the internet, published a piece the other day making many of the same points as Buzzfeed's, while ProPublica seems to take the opposite view in this article called Despite Disavowals, Leading Tech Companies Help Extremist Sites Monetize Hate.

You can name your poison here: I tend to favor EFF's formulation although First Amendment wonks insist it only applies to government censorship and not fooling around by Twitter (still network neutrality suggests all information should be handled the same way). But the Southern Poverty Law Center invoked by ProPublica is highly respected on this issue. 

The bottom line is this, IMO: We should spend less energy screeching at each other about things that happened in the past and start paying more serious attention to how things are gonna be. Because gonna-be is where we'll all end up.

Finally some good news (from the Onion)

Study: 0% Of People Die From Getting Fingers Lodged In Bowling Ball And Being Dragged Down Lane

(So if you're looking for a sport…)


Apparently the big payoff is a picture of…

…dark. And I thought I was easily amused.

So far, it's more fun watching traffic than the sun. Maybe it will be better when it turns up on Netflix.

And score one for China

China newspaper claims US Navy is 'hazard' in Asian waters
Fox News

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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Oregon traffic

Do not be fooled

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. 

Obviously you can't work in the dark so you get an extra four minutes off today.

And now the Eclipsalypse

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. 

A final word to the wise from LIFE: “Don’t forget to come out for fresh air.”

Photos: 1960s School Kids Preparing to Safely Watch Solar Eclipse | Time.com

Don't forget, this all happened in Illinois.

Tankers 2; Navy 0

USS John S. McCain arrives in Singapore with ‘significant damage’ | New York Post

"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?

Up for it

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. 


Why not "rocket science"?

Gallup: Change Liberal Arts Name | The Daily Caller

"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. 



Get the best seat in the house

The best apps for watching the total solar eclipse

Whether you plan to see it in person or via live stream, these apps will help you plan for and view the upcoming solar eclipse. Read the full story

Stay at home.

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I wasn’t worried enough already?

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.

I don't know which many scientists they're talking about, but many is quite a few.


So forget about your pie are squared

The Laws of Mathematics and the Laws of Nations: The Encryption Debate Revisited - Lawfare

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."


Not this kind 🐣

Florida man gets 6 years for firing gun while taking selfie

We're from the biology lab and we're here to help

Scientists use ‘molecular scissors’ to create world’s first mutant ants | New York Post

Oh really. And what kind of ant was it?…

"Scientists used CRISPR to disrupt a gene known as Orco in the clonal raider ant."

How wonderful.

All this and the Big Apple too

Cheetos-themed eatery opens in Tribeca, thousands on waiting list - NY Daily News

"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."


We were informed …

…by our Pacific Rim bureau (Lynn C Dot) that today was National Relaxation Day but we were too relaxed to mention it.

Now if we could only do something about the politicians

Science Says: Lightning is zapping fewer Americans, not more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lightning — once one of nature's biggest killers —is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we've learned to get out of the way.

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Ain’t gonna rain no more no more

Ain't gonna rain no more
So how in the heck can I wash my neck
If it ain't gonna rain no more?


Wow! Take that, you…you…

…quomodocunquizing clusterfists and rapacious varlets [who] have given of late such cannibal-like proofs, by their inhumanity and obdurate carriage towards some (whose shoos-strings they are not worthy to unty).


It could rain in your hopeful upturned face

Eclipse weather

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Be more scared

When Will The Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

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.

Read the full story

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.

What’s wrong with this paragraph?

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."

The Fulton Fish Market, which is no longer at Fulton Street, alas, but in the Bronx, is also now online at http://bit.ly/2vwBAW5

Academics study work, discover it's hard

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."

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At the farmers market it’s all about elixirs

Maps! Printed on paper! Who could have imagined?

Will Phone Networks Fail on Eclipse Day? Printable Detailed Route Directions from California and Seattle featured on ... - IT Business Net (press release) | Info Bank News

The Apple of politics?

"Elizabeth Warren is an increasingly popular brand that people want to associate with," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. "She's the Apple of politics."

A journey into history

"Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said way back in 2005…"


Google is eating the open internet


Google never wants you to leave its growing internet real estate. Read the full story

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The new senior center is part of a drainage project?

The mysteries of government funding never cease.

All right, see that?

North Korea still mastering how to deliver a nuke to US

"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?) 

OK, now that’s starting to sound pretty grim

"This is going to be like having 10 Carolina-Clemson football games on the same day," Duvall said.

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Grumpy music-hating D from Minnesota would rather spend the money on bombs?

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."

Once again the Democrats break my heart. 


Yo, watch this yo-yo guy

Honolulu Yo-Yo Pro Evan Nagao Sets Sight on World Championship - NBC News

http://nbcnews.to/2hOlZMo (The first video on the page.)

Near the dawn of time, even before Snapchat, the yo-yo guy would come around to the playground every spring and do tricks, and we would all go out and buy yo-yos and try to do the same thing – but nobody was ever like this.

(Noted by Sam Guy, reporting from America's sunny Northwest.)

What’s new in American cuisine

Taco Bell testing Firecracker Burritos sprinkled with popping candy | Fox News

"I was very confused by the whole thing, but it was only $1.49."

Looking on the bright side

A nuclear winter would mean we wouldn't have to worry about global warming any more, we could burn all the hydrocarbons we want, and the coal miners could have their jobs back.


Here's some news from the weather service

No snow in the forecast for this weekend.


Experimental WPC Day 4-7 Winter Weather Outlook


Eclipse your credit card too

Airfares to solar eclipse destinations soar to astronomical levels - The Washington Post

"Should last-minute eclipse-seekers expect to pay extra for airfare, too?

"The short answer: Heck yeah."


A few words about words

Irregardless - Imply/Infer, Amuse/Bemuse, and Other Usage Problems Solved With Limericks | Merriam-Webster


If Trump is a rock, this is the hard place

Imagining President Pence | FiveThirtyEight


Thanks to us (and, well, TIME magazine)

Solar Eclipse Map: See How the Eclipse Will Look Near You | Time.com
"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.

The rest of the country lives, apparently, in blissful peace

Political advertising in the United States:


I just discovered…

 … I have Spam on my lists.

 It’s on my Grocery list, it’s on my Shopping list, which is for non-grocery items, and it’s on my Reminders list.

Think I’ll forget?

We mentioned avoiding work, right?

Chicken on a Raft

(Includes audio.)

This is either the wrongest rumor ever or one of the stupidest things Apple's ever done

(And they’ve done a few. Remember the Newton? That desktop that looked like an ice cube?)

New iPhone 8 'Cancellation' Reveals Apple's Biggest Gamble

"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?

Shotgun weddings seem quaintly old-fashioned but…

Cops: Bride Pulled Handgun On Her Groom | The Smoking Gun

"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."

Everybody wants in on the act

The Solar Eclipse Could Mean Disaster for Trump, According to Astrologers

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?

Or they could just buy a coffee pot…

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.

It’s so hot in Seattle they’re watering the bridge


Pacific Northwest is hazy, hot, and bothered
The Washington Post

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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Overheard at the laundromat

1st Person: Do you know what time it is?

2nd Person: No, I don’t have a phone.

(Meanwhile, about three feet above their heads is a big old schoolroom-style clock.)


Another reason you don’t want to go to Connecticut

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.


Gotta admit. He knew how to get things done

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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Here’s an idea: Let’s just be Republicans!

Democratic Campaign Chief Suggests Party Back Anti-Abortion Candidates

The basic message: Don't go there Read the full story

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Can you spell “I’m staying home”?

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."