"Computer programmers, actuaries, statisticians and film and video editors are all among the most at-risk for offshoring, while telemarketers, insurance underwriters, mathematical technicians and library technicians are all at risk of automation."
Automated telemarketers. If that doesn’t make your blood run cold nothing ever will.
The most disturbing revelation from this study, however, is this:
"Since the recession that ended in 2009, researchers estimate 'half the net establishment growth [or business formation] in the United States … occurred in just 0.64 percent of the more than 3,100 U.S. counties.’"
Ghost towns now, and more ghost towns tomorrow.
Twitter taunts: Ex-Hillary and Obama aides reveling in the Don Jr. controversy | Fox News
Airbnb host must pay $5,000 in damages for canceling reservation - NY Daily News
Can Calculus be far behind?
At first I thought Trump wanted to be the first US dictator. He has the bravado and greed involved, but he's not smart enough. Doesn't know enough about how dictators work. Then I thought he wanted to institute a US oligarchy. That might work. He's probably good at passing out goodies and getting rich on the kickbacks. But, that's not it either.
What we've done is given up the White House to a crime family. Think about it. The leader of the group is . . . wait for it . . . The Don. Now that Donald. Jr. has found his ass in the grinder, he has lawyered up. He hired Alan Futerfas. As the Huffington Post put it, "Later Monday, Trump Jr. announced he had hired Alan Futerfas as his lawyer. Futerfas is known for representing the Gambino, Genovese and Colombo crime families."
It's all just too perfect.
Umbrella-sharing startup loses nearly all of its 300,000 umbrellas in a matter of weeks: Shanghaiist
Each lost umbrella costs the company 60 yuan to replace, but Zhao has not yet given up hope. He reportedly plans to release another by the end of the year. If at first you don't succeed...
Chuck Schumer calls for crackdown on 'snortable chocolate' | New York Post
"I can't think of a single parent who thinks it is a good idea for their children to be snorting over-the-counter stimulants up their noses," Schumer blasted.
"It all began when Jerry Lynn lowered a TV wire down to the living room. In order to know the location of the wire in the wall, he attached an alarm clock to it."
"Chestnut has dominated the chowdown throwdown for years, eating 70 franks and buns last year to top his then-record and take back the title from Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie. The 25-year-old Stonie came in third on Tuesday, with 48 franks and buns."
Luckily Sam Guy in Seattle noticed this or we might have had to wait another decade to celebrate anything at all.
“In Hawaii, Spam — it’s literally all around you,” Ravi Kapur, chef at the James Beard Award-nominated restaurant Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco, told NBC News. “When Spam was on sale, there’d be a limit — limit 10 per person. "
Which reminds me, I’m down to one. Better put it on the list.
I checked with Romeo. Yup, only one t. Juliet.
But it turns out that in the official NATO phonetic alphabet the word Juliett, which stands for the letter J, is spelled with two t's. Juliett. You can see for yourself: http://bit.ly/2uCZfAF
So now I know. Wherefore art thou?
Escaped elephant strolls through Wisconsin neighborhood | KOMO
NASA clarifies: We don't have child sex slaves on Mars | New York Post
"There are no humans on Mars. There are active rovers on Mars. There was a rumor going around last week that there weren't. There are," Guy Webster, a spokesperson for NASA's Mars exploration, was forced to tell The Daily Beast. "But there are no humans."
From Reuters News:
Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets
Western technology companies, including Cisco , IBM and SAP , are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.
Obama's secret struggle to retaliate against Putin's election interference - Washington Post
Donald Trump's ancestral brothel gets a new lease on life - Macleans.ca
The current U.S. president may own resorts on four continents, but his ancestralfortune began with a two-storey outfit selling swan meat and sex in Canada.
It's Too Hot For Some Planes To Fly In Phoenix : The Two-Way : NPR
We sat alone in the back of a car and snuggled like a couple of kids. Both of us were younger then we had any right to be. There was a kiss, but I won't say who did it.
When I woke there was a cool breeze and the sky was clear and blue.
I hope I see her again.
We made a date for Wednesday.
But there was also a really good sale on ground beef and nobody ever hand-raised a hamburger.
Party Time for the Weapons Industry (https://bloom.bg/2sHsncs)
Russia threatens to treat U.S. coalition aircraft as targets over Syria (http://wapo.st/2sHxKbi)
Convenient is that?
Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion - CNET
Here is a nifty piece from the BBC about modern-day steganography (the art or practice of concealing a message, image, or file within another message, image, or file) that gives new meaning to the notion of reading between the lines.
BBC - Future - Why printers add secret tracking dots
…but here it is again, this time from Politico.
Putin offers James Comey asylum - POLITICO
Taking a bus is a problem in itself. For example, the nearest city bus stop to my house is right in front of the grocery store I use, so to take a bus to the grocery store I have to walk to a bus stop farther away and take the bus from there. You can see.
I could take a bus to Boston—I'm pretty sure they have Ubers in Boston—but they also have one the best public transportation systems in the country (and one of the first) in Boston so what would be the point of that?
COVFEFE Act would make Trump's tweets official records | New York Post
"If the president is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference," Quigley, a member of the House intelligence committee, said in a statement.
Has this guy never heard of the Internet?
We don't need to preserve Trump's tweets – they will haunt us for all eternity. The internet never forgets anything.
"Tweets are powerful, and the president must be held accountable for every post."
There you go, Quigley old boy. Making progress. Slowly.
Here's the title Quigley picked for his act in order to make the acronym work out COVFEFE: it's the "Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically For Engagement" Act.And yes, it was "intelligence" committee.
Trump is Trump, and will always be - NY Daily News
The odd behavior of many Republicans — the stated belief that Trump, like cheese, will get softer with time…
Victuals - Words Commonly Mispronounced | Merriam-Webster
English is difficult to spell. Like this word. What a relief.
I've imagined this about English speakers: People of my age know how to spell words they aren't quite sure how to pronounce; a lot of younger folks know how to pronounce words they aren't quite sure how to spell. I fancy this is because a lot of us geezers learned new words by reading them, while a lot of younger people learn new words by hearing them. That makes sense somehow, doesn't it?
Well, anyway, here's a little help on some of it.
Pakistan, in a First, Sentences Man to Death Over Blasphemy on Social Media - The New York Times
"The forensic report of his mobile phone showed that he had committed blasphemy in at least 3,000 posts," Mr. Qureshi said.
The Comey hearing was Washington's great fashion show of 2017 — and Comey dressed like its star - The Washington Post
Boy oh boy, did the folks on Capitol Hill look spit-shined and polished for the question-and-maybe-answer session with Comey, carried live on every major network.
The basement is always wet when it rains. Today, it's raining a lot. It's been raining a lot for the last week or so.
"The millions of Twitter bots that President Trump counts as followers could eventually be "weaponized" to spread fake and misleading news stories …"
False info on the internet? We are shocked! Shocked, I tell you!
The press…the media…whatever it is we call it these days…should really put their collective faces in a paper bag and b r e a t h e.
Or is there a little covfefe here?
"Mosquitoes are not a bigger problem across the city this year, however, said Julien Martinez, spokesman for the city Health Department."
"Some growing regions in Ivory Coast and Ghana, the second-largest producer, have been dry and need moisture to aid early crop growth, according to Gaithersburg, Maryland-based MDA Weather Services. Trees are also stressed from a lack of moisture in Indonesia’s Sulawesi region."
"“It was banging and it didn’t stop banging,” a neighbor told the Bild newspaper."
Kumail Nanjiani Tells Grads To 'Have Sex With An Immigrant'
Immigrants may feel a little tense about what's happening in American these days, but comedian Kumail Nanjiani has a plan to make things feel a little more relaxing for everyone. ...
"Have sex with an immigrant," Nanjiani told the graduates of Grinnell College in Iowa during a commencement speech. "We're going through a tough time right now, and it would just be really great for morale."
Shared from Apple News
'Unbearable:' Bear seeking doughnuts tears off car bumper
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ A bear with a sweet tooth ripped off the bumper of a car used to deliver doughnuts in Colorado then tried to claw its way through the trunk to get inside.
"Slashing funding for the sensible Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million annually to $0. Potentially closing the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency’s Region 5 office in Chicago, which includes the Great Lakes National Program Office, and transferring its staff to Kansas. Rolling back Clean Water Act standards that protect safe, clean drinking water.
What are they thinking?"
"The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Trump administration is 'drafting plans to privatize some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities.'"
And I’m opposed to selling it off. It’s like eating your seed corn or something. (I’m not a farmer. I’m just pretending I know what that means. But I think it means it’s stupid, which happens to be exactly what I mean, so it works. It’s dumb.)
Plus, I can’t see how selling a rest stop on the Interstate makes much difference to the national state of affairs. But maybe a nice bauble for the occasional campaign contributor…
The Republican National Committee is backing a petition that would allow political campaigns and businesses to leave automated messages on your voicemail, without your phone having to ring.
MUCH LATER: I don't know what I had in mind when I wrote "final" at the head of this pos, but whatever it was, it was not meant to be prophetic. Relax.
Those New Yorkers—hard to please.
(Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way?)
I do not need a personal task manager. I do not need any sort of task manager at all because I do not do tasks, at least not the kind that need managing in any way.
Although if you ever come up with anti-task software let me know and I will put it on my Things to Think About Maybe Someday list.
…well, a rose, probably. But “George” would rhyme with “charge,” and other delightful things.
"The U.S. services have lost credibility by becoming the leakiest in the world."
"The Vatican has a strict rule about how women must dress in the presence of the Pope. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, enforced no such rule on the Trumps, even though women who live in the conservative Muslim kingdom are expected to be covered in public."
It’s hard to stay on top of this stuff. Me, I never even understood hair. Why is hair political. Why, in fact, is hair. I say, off with it.
Not that I could say much else.
I know this because I spent a week there last Sunday night.
In the course of a round-trip to Ohio by Greyhound, I became intimately acquainted with three bus stations, in fact: New York's Port Authority building at 42nd and 8th (dingy but tolerable, and moderately entertaining); the bus station in Cleveland (you wouldn't want to be there twice but yet I was); and Toledo (The Pit).
The agent at Toledo mumbled under his breath, "why do they keep sending people here?"
I have the feeling I was lucky to have got out at all.
Also, a shout-out to Greyhound for installing new seats that are even more uncomfortable than the old ones. And they said it could't be done.
I am off for Vermont in the morning, but only for a few hours. So how bad can that be?
Royal treatment: Dutch King reveals he piloted KLM passenger flights - CNN.con
"Obviously the atlas is rather a tricky thing to read — though it has wheels fixed onto it to make it easier to move around"
The World: ship is 'most exclusive floating city' - CNN.com
Home to the world's only full-sized at-sea tennis court, a 7,000-square foot spa and fitness center, and 12,000-bottle wine collection, this ship has visited 1,213 ports and sailed 641,000 nautical miles.
Also there seems to be only one picture in the story, but maybe that’s just because I’m not counting right.
“When Facebook’s new fact-checking system labeled a Newport Buzz article as possible 'fake news', warning users against sharing it, something unexpected happened. Traffic to the story skyrocketed, according to Christian Winthrop, editor of the local Rhode Island website."
My grocery schedule needs to be revised.
President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a meeting in the Oval Office last week, according to reporting by the Washington Post.
"I think those same members of Congress will begin to speak out," said one senior Republican House member granted anonymity to speak candidly.
Shared from Apple News
"The man holding the Pepsi could be seen throwing at least one punch with the can of soda still in his hand."
Oh. Just another internet joke.
When you've finished it you can keep current with the continuing story here (if not in your local newspaper).
"In fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn."
The Seasteading Institute – Opening humanity's next frontier
"I fell in love immediately." Talking to the incomparable David Frizzell, Leadership Consultant and host of the Team Guru Podcast, reminded me of how I felt when I first grokked
…is follow Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Where is Johnathan Swift when we need him?
“I still can’t believe this I’m so disgusted it’s the only water I ever drink I will never in my life drink it again … It looks like a freaking octopus just looking at it makes me sick,” Kline wrote in a Facebook post along with photos of her horrifying discovery.
News release: Workers prepare to remove Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans, 2nd Confederate monument to be removed
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — News release: Workers prepare to remove Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans, 2nd Confederate monument...
Let's hope this is the most dispiriting thing you hear all day.
Australia warns travelers to not bring in hitchhiking toads
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian quarantine authorities on Thursday urged travelers through Asia to avoid…
The black-spined toad found by a biosecurity officer inside the shoe had only recently died and was probably alive when the passenger put the shoe on in Indonesia, O'Connor said in a statement.
Did he or didn’t he? Will he or won’t he? And what about her? I’m thinking Hillary is right this very moment busily re-writing her much anticipated(and much already paid for) book.
I really don’t care how it turns out. I’m just enjoying the show. This year has bee pretty dreadful so far but I think it’s about to turn around.
And, Giuliani for AG? Christie?
"“These findings challenge the widely held perception that areas characterized by shallow-water methane seeps and/or strongly elevated sea−air methane flux always increase the global atmospheric greenhouse gas burden,” reads the study’s executive summary."
Or get bored to death.
(FYI, this is from that little Tucker’s former web site.)
…after we’re done with the Russians why don’t we open an investigation of all the foreign influence in U.S. politics? Imagine what would crawl out from under that rock.
Donald Trump showed that the field of people who could be elected president is larger than just senators, governors and vice presidents. And his underwhelming approval ratings so far suggest that anyone who wants to be the commander-in-chief should run in 2020 — at the moment, President Trump looks vulnerable.
Clinton campaign tell-all may become TV series | New York Post
"Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign,"the best-selling book written by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, has been optioned by TriStar Television and Davis Entertainment as a limited television series, according to the New York Times.
"Britain’s looming departure from the EU, therefore, has cast a cloud over Gibraltar’s future because Brexit could see it shut off from the rest of the EU. That possibility is already having an indirect impact on Gibraltar, by magnifying the appeal of other low-tax jurisdictions such as Malta."
Billions of dollars of steel, glass and metal were no match for Mother Nature on Friday afternoon, when rain poured through the roof at the Oculus train station like a "shower overhead," sending drenched commuters slipping and sliding for the door.
Democrats aghast over DHS chief John Kelly's deportation tactics - NY Daily News
The Washington Post
"Ugly-fruit jam and state-bread beer are big business…
"According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans threw away 38 million tons of food in 2014 alone — much of it unbought, unmarketable or unharvested food that was still perfectly edible."
"Flying Pigs" installation will block Trump sign in Chicago - Archpaper.com
The helium-filled balloons will then be floated, single file, from a construction barge in the Chicago River at just such a height to obscure the 20-foot-by-141-foot Trump sign. The single day installation is expected to be launched in late August or early September.
"Once you see it, you can never unsee it.…"
How immigration and cultural values affect what people do with their faces
"For a study published last year, researchers compared the official photos of American and Chinese business and government leaders. After coding them according to their levels of "facial muscle movement," they found that American leaders in all contexts were both more likely to smile and showed more "excited" smiles than the Chinese leaders did."
This card was issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts solely for the purpose of establishing identification of the bearer.
Nobody knows cartoons like the New Yorker's Bob Mankoff. Were mine good enough for him? - The Washington Post
"This is almost like work," he faux-whined in a nasal New York-ese as the cartoonists paraded through, their submissions among the 500 he reviews in a week. "I've dedicated my life to avoiding work. This is like the Motor Vehicles Bureau."
IT WAS the classic shot-chaser combination. First India's Supreme Court upheld a recent decision barring retail sales of alcohol within 500m of a state or national highway. Then it extended the ruling to hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs.
One bar has constructed a maze with pre-fabricated concrete walls that artificially increase the distance from its front door to the highway to just a little over 500m. The zigzag warren leading up to the watering hole has been nicknamed the "Wall of Love" and cost some 200,000 rupees ($3,000) to build.
NYPD: Woman shot at point-blank range saved by her purse
Yale Grad Students Go on 'Symbolic' Hunger Strike Where They're Allowed to Eat
…"protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on."
"Yale doctoral students currently earn a stipend $30,000 a year, receive free health care, and have their $40,000 tuition paid in full, according to Yale News."
Choosing to drink at Coup “makes you feel like you’re doing something,” attorney Matthew Hayes told the AP. “Instead of just getting sotted, you can also throw something to a good cause.”
The Economist explains: Why there is a shortage of sand | The Economist
"Water can be used as a propellant in space or split into hydrogen and oxygen, and then recombined and combusted. Deep Space Industries Inc., an asteroid mining company, has developed a thruster that heats water into a steam propellant, according to Goldman."
Facebook Is Pioneering Technology That Allows Users to Type Using Just Their Thoughts
BUT says "We're working on a system that will let you type straight from your brain about 5x faster than you can type on your phone today."
We say, this is one of the most terrifying ideas we've heard in a long, long time.
Social media causes runners to exercise even more - NY Daily News
Researchers have discovered that people's fitness routines are heavily dependent on how they feel about other people's fitness routines.
The Washington Post
Paul Begala, a former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, called the impromptu photo "a white trash Mount Rushmore."
How long before SNL satirizes itself?
Berkeley reverses decision to cancel speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter - The Washington Post
"What are they going to do? Arrest me?"
From Reuters News:
Trump to order U.S. Treasury to delve into taxes, post-crisis reforms
U.S. President Donald Trump will order the Treasury on Friday to find and reduce tax burdens and review post-financial crisis reforms that banks and insurance companies have said hinder their ability to do business.