“Hey, honey, let’s tee up some Titleist Hash Browns!
And, mmmm, some Eggs Benedick’s Sporting Goods.”
Headline in Canada’s National Post:
[Naomi] Shawana fled the store with both vibrators (the second was worth about $100) and left the area in a waiting taxi — her means of getting to the store. –National Post
Comment: “I received an unusually large tip,” said the taxi driver, “after bringing the trip to completion.”
“Hey, we’re trying to play a tennis match here.”
Two pros are playing at the Sarasota Open when the match was interrupted, amusingly, by a couple having very loud sex nearby.
At first, the announcers thought it must be someone’s cell phone.
They soon realized that this was real.
Naturally, it occurred in Florida.
Tiger Woods had no comment.
Topics and articles chosen with care. Linked articles in bold purple
At least 11 dead, 30+ injured.
No one has claimed responsibility yet, but everyone suspects Islamic terrorists associated with the fighting in Syria.
A crackdown by Putin is certain.
◆ Democrats have enough votes to filibuster Gorsuch. (New York Times)
Comment: Mitch McConnell won’t let it prevent Gorsuch’s confirmation. For D’s in purple and red states, this opposition is perilous. Their base loves it, their donors love it, but the general public does not.
Rita Cheng had the courage to tell students they had to confront ideas they don’t like.
Comment: Well, they didn’t like that idea.
◆ White House says mainstream media not showing interest in Obama-era spying (Washington Post)
Comment: Absolutely right. In a separate post (here), I show screenshots from CNN, NYT, and WaPo that completely ignored the revelations about Susan Rice on Monday. That’s worse than spin.
Comment: CNN is the name of a former news organization
◆ Odd, new job titles: “Sales Enablement Associate” Yes, someone just emailed me with that title.
Comment: Like all right-thinking people at universities, I object to Enableism.
I’m waiting for the followup on who made the shoelaces for each team.
Hat tip to Timothy Favero
I hate it when this happens.
Your closing argument is smokin’. . . and, suddenly, so are your pants.
Stephen Gutierrez, who was arguing that his client’s car spontaneously combusted and was not intentionally set on fire, had been fiddling in his pocket as he was about to address jurors when smoke began billowing out his right pocket, witnesses told the Miami Herald.
He rushed out of the Miami courtroom, leaving spectators stunned. After jurors were ushered out, Gutierrez returned unharmed, with a singed pocket, and insisted it wasn’t a staged defense demonstration gone wrong, observers said.
Instead, Gutierrez blamed a faulty battery in an e-cigarette, witnesses told the Miami Herald.
“It was surreal,” one observer told the Miami Herald.
Austin man who was ‘having sex with a fence’ charged with exposure (Action News Jax)
Eleodoro Estala, 32, was arrested for indecent exposure after he was seen exposing himself and making lewd gestures around 11:25 a.m. Wednesday at a residence off North Lamar Boulevard [in Austin, TX], according to the affidavit. –Action News Jax
Comment: “Ok, not that weird,” said an Austin tourism official.
The perp’s lawyer, Lionel Hutz, blamed the online dating site for “giving my client an address and not making clear they meant a ‘person at that address.’ He relied on this website, and they failed him.”
A Georgia woman was arrested Wednesday after she reportedly slammed into a chicken truck, fled and then told officers who tracked her down that she hit the vehicle because she was a vegan. . . .
The woman, identified as 26-year-old Judith Armstrong, refused to come out of her house unless deputies secured a warrant. . . .
Authorities said Armstrong faces charges of hit-and-run, aggressive driving, driving under the influence, and obstruction. –Fox News and WXIA
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◆ Two fascinating articles by Paul Roderick Gregory investigating Russian hacking (Forbes.com)
The media’s focus on Trump’s Russian connections ignores the much more extensive and lucrative business relationships of top Democrats with Kremlin-associated oligarchs and companies. Thanks to the Panama Papers, we know that the Podesta Group (founded by John Podesta’s brother, Tony) lobbied for Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank. “Sberbank is the Kremlin, they don’t do anything major without Putin’s go-ahead, and they don’t tell him ‘no’ either,” explained a retired senior U.S. intelligence official. According to a Reuters report, Tony Podesta was “among the high-profile lobbyists registered to represent organizations backing Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.” …
That’s not all: The busy Podesta Group also represented Uranium One, a uranium company acquired by the Russian government which received approval from Hillary Clinton’s State Department to mine for uranium in the U.S. and gave Russia twenty percent control of US uranium. –Paul Roderick Gregory for Forbes
Gregory is a professor of economics at the University of Houston, specializing in Russia, and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution
◆ “Actually, Sweden is having big trouble with Mideast refugees,” writes Rich Lowry, who focuses on economic issues rather than crime (New York Post)
By welcoming a historic number of asylum-seekers proportionate to its population, Sweden has indeed embarked on a vast social experiment that wasn’t well thought-out and isn’t going very well. The unrest in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby after police made an arrest the other night underscored the problems inherent in Sweden’s immigration surge.
Sweden’s admirable humanitarianism is outstripping its capacity to absorb newcomers. …
There’s a stark gap in the labor-force-participation rate between the native-born (82 percent) and the foreign-born (57 percent). As the Migration Policy Institute points out, Sweden is an advanced economy with relatively few low-skills jobs to begin with. …
The fiscal cost is high. According to Swedish economist Tino Sanandaji, the country spends 1.5 percent of its GDP on the asylum-seekers, more than on its defense budget. Sweden is spending twice the entire budget of the United Nations high commissioner responsible for refugees worldwide. Pressed for housing, Sweden spends as much on sheltering 3,000 people in tents as it would cost to care for 100,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. –Rich Lowry for New York Post
◆ There is better news from Sweden: “Confused Randy Elk Mounts Wooden Elk in Swede’s Garden” (The Local, Sweden)
Actual quote from the article:
“I shouted at him ‘get lost’, but he didn’t give a toss,” [79-year-old Ove] Lindqvist said, explaining that the elk only left once it was content. –The Local
Amid rumors that the iPhone 8 will incorporate advanced facial recognition features, the Hebrew-language website Calcalist (via Times of Israel) is reporting that Apple recently acquired Realface, an up-and-coming Israeli startup with impressive real-time facial recognition software.
Lending credence to rumors that the iPhone 8 may forgo the use of Touch ID in favor of facial recognition, Realface’s software is said to be sophisticated enough such that it can reliably be used as a foundation for mobile-based biometric authentication. –Fox Tech
The Times of Israel story on the buy-out is here.
Israel is a high-tech powerhouse, and Apple has moved to capitalize on those capabilities, purchasing four Israeli high-tech firms in recent years.
◆ Kenneth Arrow, a Nobel Prize economist and a true great, has died, aged 95 N (New York Times)
When Professor Arrow received the award in 1972, [Paul] Samuelson wrote, “The economics of insurance, medical care, prescription drug testing — to say nothing of bingo and the stock market — will never be the same after Arrow.”
Professor Arrow — a member of an extended family of distinguished economists, including Professor Samuelson and Lawrence H. Summers, the former Treasury secretary and adviser to President Barack Obama — generated work that was technically forbidding even to mathematically oriented colleagues.
But over the decades, economists have learned to apply his ideas to the modern design of insurance products, financial securities, employment contracts and much more. –New York Times
The extended obituary concludes with a wonderful story about his prodigious, wide-ranging learning:
Eric Maskin, a Harvard economist and fellow Nobel winner, told of a good-natured conspiracy waged by junior faculty to get the better of Professor Arrow, even if artificially. They all agreed to study the breeding habits of gray whales — a suitably abstruse topic — and gathered at an appointed date at a place where Professor Arrow would be sure to visit.
When, as expected, he showed up, they were talking out loud about the theory by a marine biologist — last name, Turner — which purported to explain how gray whales found the same breeding spot year after year. As Professor Maskin recounted the story, “Ken was silent,” and his junior colleagues amused themselves that they had for once bested their formidable professor.
Well, not so fast.
Before leaving, Professor Arrow muttered, “But I thought that Turner’s theory was entirely discredited by Spencer, who showed that the hypothesized homing mechanism couldn’t possibly work.” –New York Times