Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"The US Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday, Aug. 23 that it plans to purchase 11 million pounds of surplus cheese for $20 million"

"The department noted the cheese surplus is at its highest level in 30 years and dairy producers’ revenues have dropped 35% over the past two years."

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Hugo Award-winner Binti is really good



$2.99 at Amazon.

"Our mission is to protect the future of our national icon by adopting one sick and injured Koala with every mattress purchase."

KoalaMattress.

"Sir Ian McKellen was offered one million pounds to dress as his Lord Of The Rings character Gandalf and officiate at the wedding of a Facebook billionaire"

"I said, 'I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings.'"

Shadows of the Empire Evolution covers



By Duncan Fegredo. Via.

"Hundreds of Americans wash up illegally in Canada after river party"

R:

About 1,500 Americans floating down a river that separates the United States from Canada had to be rescued from the water when strong rains and winds sent them illegally into Canadian territory, the country's coast guard said on Monday.

The Americans were taking part in the annual Port Huron Float Down on Sunday in the St. Clair River, which runs between the U.S. state of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario.

...

"They were terrified of entering another country without documentation. No one carries their passport or any ID, and a lot were drinking alcohol," Peter Garapick, superintendent of search and rescue for the coast guard, told CBC television.

Ghostbusters Rowan figure available for preorder



At the BBTS.

"Supercell’s latest game, 'Clash Royale,' has delivered declining revenue for four consecutive months"

"The videogame-research firm estimates July 'Clash Royale' revenue at $62 million, less than half of the $133 million the game generated in March"

"Massachusetts to tax ride-hailing apps, give the money to taxis"

"The law says the money will help taxi businesses to adopt 'new technologies and advanced service, safety and operational capabilities' and to support workforce development."

I assume part of the plan if Spider-Man wasn't available for Captain America Civil War:

"Is This An Ad? Beyoncé And Her Super Bowl Airbnb"

BF:

It was a freebie! According to reps for Airbnb, Beyoncé was not paid to post about her stay. However, a source familiar with the situation told BuzzFeed News that her rental fee was comped by Airbnb (the host got paid).

“We’re huge fans of Beyoncé and we’re thrilled to see her Facebook post and hope she was crazy in love with her Airbnb listing,” Airbnb wrote in a statement at the time. This is, you’ll notice, doesn’t indicate whatsoever that Beyoncé wasn’t a paying Airbnb customer — to me, this statement implies the opposite, that she is a paying customer.
The FTC has rules – lots of rules – about how bloggers or social media stars are supposed to disclose if they’re getting paid to post about a product or company. But these are confusing, especially if it’s not a paid ad, but a free gift like a comped hotel room – something that celebs get all the time. The general rule of thumb, though, is that the average person should be able to tell if something is an ad or not.

I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on this kind of stuff, and I couldn’t really tell. Bobby Finger, host of the Who? Weekly celebrity gossip podcast, wrote in Jezebel that he wasn’t sure if it was an ad, either. If someone whose job is writing and podcasting about celebrity gossip can’t tell if this was an ad or not, then how is the average person supposed to know? Especially when Airbnb PR’s statement to the press at the time was so ambiguous.

"China’s Corpse Salvagers Profit From Misfortune"

SO:

Hundreds of people went missing as a result of China’s summer of heavy rains, floods, mudslides, and dike breaches, according to the latest figures, and most of the missing have since been found dead. Around the country, opportunistic scavengers make money when they find these lost bodies.

According to an article in newspaper Chinese Business View, a man known only by his surname Wang was asked to pay 100,000 yuan ($15,000) to a corpse salvager who had found the body of his sister.