Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Early voting results


"thousands of Russians deployed to Syria by a shadowy, private military contractor known as Wagner, which the government doesn’t talk about"

"thousands of Russians deployed to Syria by a shadowy, private military contractor known as Wagner, which the government doesn’t talk about"

American Gods

TA:

Gyms provide ritual and community, serving as a sort of religion. They also promote values American culture already worships—capitalism and overwork.
BF:
"In terms of contact and relationship with YouTube, honestly, the algorithm is the thing we had a relationship with since the beginning. That's what got us out there and popular,” Tanner told BuzzFeed News. “We learned to fuel it and do whatever it took to please the algorithm.”

"Ron's Ron shirt was just as bad as Ron himself."

"We used predictive keyboards trained on all seven books to ghostwrite this spellbinding new Harry Potter chapter":

"Death Eaters are on top of the castle!" Ron bleated, quivering. Ron was going to be spiders. He just was. He wasn't proud of that, but it was going to be hard to not have spiders all over his body after all is said and done.

Deluxe The Last Jedi Luke figure available for preorder (with Porg)



At the BBTS. Two different Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly figures, too.

"Why Melania, Ivanka and Jared's mayoral election votes didn't count "

NYDN:

the First Lady did not sign the envelope she put the ballot in

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[Ivanka] didn’t mail it until Election Day—which was too late to be counted

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Jared Kushner, didn't mail his back at all

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Officials said the President’s ballot was fine. But that was before the Daily News pointed out to an official that the date of birth on his application was a full month off.

"Welcome to SportsBusiness Journal’s 12th annual rundown of the gift packages provided by college football's bowl game organizing committees"

New Mexico Bowl: Oakley sunglasses; Oakley 5-Speed backpack; Lit tumbler; beanie; Gildan stadium blanket; cap; Fidget Spinner

"Starbucks' [internet provider] Hijacked People's Laptops to Mine Cryptocurrency"

As soon as we were alerted of the situation in this specific store last week, we took swift action to ensure our internet provider resolved the issue and made the changes needed in order to ensure our customers could use Wi-Fi in our store safely"

"When his wife got a traffic ticket, he tried to fight the system with science. It turned into a battle over free speech"

LAT:

using a stopwatch and two high-definition video cameras, Järlström ran his own tests on the intersection where his wife was ticketed. He said his findings showed that the intersection’s yellow lights ran on average 0.14 seconds, or 4%, shorter than advertised. He complained to the city.

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But some of the biggest interest came from the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, which regulates engineers in Oregon. After the board received an email from Järlström in 2015 presenting his idea, it launched an investigation — into Järlström.

On Nov. 1, 2016, the board sent him an civil notice finding that he was practicing engineering without a license and fined him $500.

“By asserting to a public body in correspondence that he is an (‘excellent’) engineer, and asserting to the public media in correspondence that he is a (‘Swedish’) engineer, Jarlstrom held himself out as, and implied that he is, an engineer,” the board wrote in its citation.

San Francisco's new acting mayor is London Breed

SFC:

She grew up about half a mile from City Hall in a housing project that was later razed by the city. She often speaks in public about growing up poor and surrounded by violence. Her brother is in prison and her younger sister died of a drug overdose.

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It would have been difficult to predict such a change in political fortune months ago when Breed was challenged from the left for re-election. Her district, which includes the Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley, Fillmore and Western Addition neighborhoods, has traditionally been one of the most liberal in San Francisco. Frustrations among voters focused on issues like the scarcity of affordable housing and a perception that City Hall’s moderate wing, Breed included, caters to tech companies and gentrifiers.

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If Breed is ultimately elected mayor, her path will be akin to how Feinstein became acting mayor in December 1978 after the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
Related: "Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco"
since the SPCA started guarding its facilities with the robot — known as K9 — a month ago, the homeless encampments have dwindled

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Knightscope rents out the robots for $7 an hour — less than a security guard's hourly wage

"At 310,296 words, [the Alabama constitution] is 12 times longer than the average state constitution, 44 times longer than the U.S. Constitution, and is the longest and most amended constitution still operative anywhere in the world"

Wikipedia says, "This supported provisions that essentially disenfranchised most blacks and poor whites, and further limited local autonomy"

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