Sunday, 22 April 2018
quote [ "nude" gunman shot dead four people and injured two more in the early hours of Sunday at a restaurant on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, police said.
Eyewitnesses said the member of the public who grappled with the shooter stopped him reloading his assault rifle. The shooter later fled the scene leaving the weapon, which is thought to be an AR-15, behind. ]
A good guy with balls stopped the bad guy with a gun, so "only" 4 dead.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
quote [ Seven inmates are dead and 17 injured after fighting at the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in Bishopville, S.C., authorities said.
Clashes among inmates at Lee Correctional Institution here erupted about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, state Corrections Department chief Bryan Stirling said at a news conference. The fighting spread to three housing units, but no officers were wounded, he said.
Stirling defended the length of time it took to put down the disturbance, saying law enforcement officers had to muster at the housing units one at a time, retaking control and placing inmates back in the cells. Such efforts routinely can take 90 minutes for just one dorm, he said. ]
This is the worst, but murder is not unusual at this prison. Cruel, but not unusual.
Monday, 16 April 2018
quote [ Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN., becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honor. The Pulitzer board announced the selection on Monday, calling the 2017 LP "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life." ]
I did not see this coming.
A lot of this guy's material is over my head/beyond my experience, but I sure like the way he delivers it.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
quote [ Simply a collection of some amazing recent aerial images showing the vast diversity of landscapes across China, from cities to mountains, deserts to sea shores, and much more. ]
I love this stuff.
(this post is quickish)
Saturday, 14 April 2018
quote [ President Trump announced Friday night that the U.S. and its allies had launched attacks on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack last week by President Bashar Assad's regime.
In televised remarks from the White House, Trump said the attacks were underway, and that Great Britain and France were also taking part. ]
Maybe Russia will retaliate, and we can quit talking about pee pee tapes.
Friday, 13 April 2018
quote [ How much drivers can make working for Lyft and Uber has long been a topic of conversation and third-party studies. Now, Lyft is providing some more clarity around how much people can make driving for its platform.
Wages, of course, depend on a variety of factors, like the market, number of trip requests accepted, time of day, length of trip, whether it’s surging and so on. ]
Well, it depends, of course. It looks to me like it comes to around $15 - $20/hr.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
quote [ When it comes to marijuana, former House Speaker John A. Boehner has gone from “hell no you can’t” to supporting the board of a cannabis corporation.
Acreage Holdings, which calls itself “one of the nation’s largest, multi-state actively-managed cannabis corporations” announced the former Speaker joined the company’s board of advisers.
Boehner said his views on marijuana had “evolved.” ]
Another case of one's understanding reflecting one's paycheck.
In extended, current Speaker Paul Ryan wants to spend more time with his family.
quote [ If lawmakers want to regulate Facebook, they might need to get on the same page about what problem they’re trying to solve.
Is Facebook a monopoly? Does Mark Zuckerberg think it has a liberal bias? Why am I suddenly seeing chocolate ads all over Facebook? Do I have as many friends as I think I do? Is Facebook spying on the emails I send via WhatsApp?
Those were just some of the questions senators asked of the Facebook founder and CEO during a hearing on Tuesday. It was the latest evidence that regulating Facebook will be complicated for Congress: Policymakers seem all over the place on what the biggest problem with Facebook is — that is, if they understand what it does at all. ]
This is kind of embarrassing. Is the Senate staff also 80 years old?
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
quote [ Armed with satellites and drones, archaeologists discover new Nasca lines and dozens of other enigmatic geoglyphs carved into the earth.
Unlike the iconic Nasca lines—most of which are only visible from overhead—the older Paracas glyphs were laid down on hillsides, making them visible to villages below. The two cultures also pursued different artistic subjects: Nasca lines most often consist of lines or polygons, but many of the newfound Paracas figures depict humans. ]
New tech = surprising new archaeological discoveries. Drones with high-res cams can see things satellites and airplanes missed.
Monday, 9 April 2018
quote [ Mr. Cohen is at the center of several aspects of the special counsel’s investigation. He also acknowledged paying $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump.
The seized records include communications between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen, which would likely require a special team of agents to review because conversations between lawyers and clients are protected from scrutiny in most instances. ]
Mueller has handed this off to New York Southern District US attorney, it's now a separate thing from Mueller's investigation.
Link is New York Times, full text in extended, plus more from WaPo.
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