Follow the suds.
New Year's Freeze-Out: It Can Still Get Cold, Even in a Warming Climate by Bob Henson | Category 6 | Weather Underground
Indeed, some parts of the eastern U.S. are expecting bitter, record-breaking cold for New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean human-produced climate change is something we've put behind us.
"International Falls, the so-called icebox of the nation, plummeted to minus-36 Wednesday, breaking the previous record of minus-32 for the date."
Not all of the games will be good but some will be terrific, and all of them have a chance to be entertaining. I saw, a little while ago, for example, what seemed at first to be a replay of that Vikings-Packers game the other night, people all bundled up looking cold, but it turned out this game was in Dallas, go figure. Maybe there's a Dallas, Wisconsin, but I don't think so.
Not to worry, though. I spent all last week buying groceries so I can hold out here for a while. And I think Amazon can deliver Spam.
Plus, the ice should be gone by April.
Loud orgies of Mexican fish could deafen dolphins, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian
"And when hundreds of thousands of fish get together to spawn once a year "the collective chorus sounds like a crowd cheering at a stadium or perhaps a really loud beehive", said study co-author Timothy Rowell from the University of San Diego."'
The winter solstice is Wednesday: 7 things to know about the shortest day of the year
The winter solstice is upon us: Wednesday, December 21, will be the shortest day of 2016 for anyone living north of the equator (and Tuesday night was the longest night of the year). If pagan... Read the full storyShorter version: Spring is on its way.
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'Rentable parents' will meet your teacher or significant other | New York Post
China, already known for rented girlfriends and boyfriends, is now offering people an opportunity to rent fake parents to avoid potentially awkward situations.
Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year's Holiday Parties - Bloomberg
Vox Media Inc. is limiting employees to two drinks apiece at its Dec. 12 holiday party to curb "unprofessional behavior," but so far it's the exception.
Inside the demise of Al Franken - POLITICO
It's painful to do it," Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said Wednesday after urging Franken to step down. "But here are these courageous women who have come [forward]. It's a fact pattern that is pretty obvious."
But a moment ago I used the phrase "keep and eye on," and the iPad heard "keep an ion."
So there's that.
The War on Christmas: From Trump to the Puritans. And Henry Ford too. - The Washington Post
Christmas is not in danger. In fact, 92 percent of Americans asked by the Pew Research Center in a 2013 study said they celebrate Christmas. Even 87 percent of non-Christians said they celebrate the holiday.
The Puritans would be appalled.
Rescued pig gets big break on Broadway | New York Post
Builders race to save football's Eagles from Billy Penn jinx
Believers in the Curse of Billy Penn say it doomed the city's sports teams for decades after the city's first skyscraper broke tradition and rose higher than the William Penn statue topping City Hall.
Your Christmas tree could be home to up to 25,000 insects - NY Daily News
Buckley: When Harvard and Yale bring The Game to Fenway Park next year, it will be an iconic event | Boston Herald
Maybe you can save on airfare by flying the plane yourself!
American Airlines scrambles to find pilots to cover holiday rush | New York Post
Flights that are scheduled without a captain, first officer or both originate from Dallas-Fort Worth, Boston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Charlotte, NC, according to a company memo to the APA that was seen by Bloomberg.
The unfortunate side effect of LED lighting
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."
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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.
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…
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.…
Hillary Clinton backs husband and Franken, blasts Trump and Moore - NY Daily News
Trump organization worth one-tenth of previously reported value
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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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
Facebook revenge porn fix includes asking users to file nude photos
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.
"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."
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.
(This is a paywall link, but everything you need to know about the story is in the paragraph above.)
41 state attorneys general subpoena opioid manufacturers - CNN
World wine production 'to hit 50-year low' - BBC News
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.
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.
Scientists Can Read a Bird's Brain and Predict Its Next Song
Also, cops and doctors everywhere.
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.
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.
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.
Me, I'm a time traveler from the past and I can totally relate.
Republicans Stand by Trump as Majority of Americans Oppose His Re-Election
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.
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."
IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax
A 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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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
(Via Western Mass News)
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
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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'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."
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.
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.
Moore Trounces Trump-Backed Candidate in Alabama Senate Race - NBC News
Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.
Melania takes first solo foreign trip as first lady | New York Post
She traveled to Toronto at the head of a seven-person US delegation to the Invictus Games, an international competition for wounded veterans organized by Britain's Prince Harry.
… it's kind of fun having two people named Kim in the news. How will we ever keep them straight?
The one in North Korea recently called Donald Trump a dotard, a word so thrillingly mysterious the New York Times itself felt compelled to write an article explaining it, possibly for the benefit of those dullards in the Midwest.
Give us a break. A dotard, Bunky, is a person in her dotage (or his, of course), old and weak.
Kim Jong-un Called Trump a 'Dotard.' What Does That Even Mean? - The New York Times
This is it! An app that lets you scan the barcodes on the products you're looking at and tells you who is boycotting them and why. We love this. We will never have to buy anything again.
Buycott | Vote with Your Wallet - UPC Lookup Database, Find Barcode Scanner, Boycotthttps://www.buycott.com/
Thieves near US bases in Germany stealing keyless cars
Owners of keyless cars may want to keep their key fobs in a metal box or even the freezer, following a string of recent car thefts near U.S. bases in Germany.
More info at: stripes.com/apps
… because they'll know they can find a home in California.
California 'Puppy Mill' Ban Would Also Cover Kittens and Bunnies - The New York Times
Well, here's the answer. This report from the Kaiser foundation maps explains that employers pay a portion of employees' health insurance premiums, but the employees themselves pay, on average, $476 per month themselves.
So, not free exactly.
2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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.
Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump's Voter… — ProPublica
President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business.
Meanwhile, "there are very few corners of America where Patriots fans won't be behind enemy lines."
The Providence Steam Rollers won only one once, in 1928.
All this and more football trivia at Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/2x7Npmc
Chinese vendors are already marketing face masks as iPhone…
The Verge Chinese vendors on online marketplace Taobao never resist a chance to peddle their goods. Just days after Apple announced the iPhone X that replaced the home button's Touch ID for Face ID, Chinese merchants have launched "protective masks" in…
Bernie Sanders' single-payer proposal ignores the hardest thing about single payer.
But the reality is that 16 Democrats did not back a fully workable single-payer plan Wednesday. At best, they backed half of one. While the Sanders bill details how a "Medicare for All" system would work, it tap dances around the all-important question of how to pay for it.
Impossible Foods explores meat-free lamb, chicken, pork and fish
The product is served in 40 upscale restaurants, including New York City's trendy Momofuku Ssäm Bar, where chef David Chang uses it to replace pork in his $19 Spicy Sausage & Rice Cakes dish.
> In its own way, Mitt's refusal to exit gracefully is as pathetic as Hillary Clinton's last-gasp attempt to maintain her own relevance. They have strutted and fretted their hour upon the stage, and it's about damn time both of them were heard no more. Talk about a tale told by an idiot …
(Via Boston Herald)
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Harvey storm-water releases were unlawful government takings: lawsuits
Owners of homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey are claiming billions of dollars in damages by federal and state water releases from storm-swollen reservoirs, using a legal tack pursued without success in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Several lawsuits filed in federal and state courts in Texas claim properties were taken for public use without compensation.
The fare boxes in our new busses spit out these little cards in lieu of actual money when a person puts too much actual money into the box to begin with.
Unfortunately, you can't stick them into a coffee machine.
PETA drops lawsuit arguing animals have right to own property | Ars Technica
While Naruto didn't win the legal right to own the famous monkey selfies, he can thump his chest in a victory of sorts. Under the terms of the settlement, Slater has agreed to donate to Naruto's habitat one-fourth of any proceeds from the sale of the selfies.
Status of Illini game at South Florida undetermined due to Hurricane Irma
The status and location of Illinois' game Friday night against South Florida is undetermined due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma…
Business Insider UK
Most tech industry experts assume such AR devices will eventually replace the smartphone. After all, why carry a phone if you can view your text messages, edit spreadsheets, and watch Netflix through your glasses or contact lenses?
Um…to make a phone call?
Of course, maybe it's different in the UK.
Facebook Says Fake Accounts Likely Tied To Russia Bought $100,000 In Political Ads
Irma strengthens as it nears Florida: 'It's going from crappy to worse'
Hurricane Irma strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it inched closer to Florida, where hundreds of thousands are without power hours before one of the most powerful storms in the Atlantic hits.
We've reached peak pumpkin spice with PSL cough drops - NY Daily News
U.S. House unanimously approves sweeping self-driving car measure
The House measure, the first significant federal legislation aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market, would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year. The cap would rise over three years to 100,000 vehicles annually.
"Trump Organization's Ethics Lawyer's Wife" might be a pretty close second.