Friday, August 17, 2012

Link roundup

1. NY Times:

In spite of clich├ęs about Nascar dads and Walmart moms, the actual share of voters nationally who are up for grabs is probably between just 3 percent and 5 percent in this election, polling experts say. The Obama and Romney campaigns are expected to spend on the order of $2 billion, in part to try to sway this tiny share of the electorate.
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2. "Moving beyond the delivery driven chain concept, Domino's is creating 'Pizza Theaters' where the artist are the pizza makers." (Frozen pizza is easily as good as Domino's.)

3. Speculation as to how Julian Assange might try to escape the Ecuadorian embassy:
London police have been stationed outside the embassy building since Assange holed up there in June. He could try to sneak past them in disguise, perhaps trying to lose pursuers in the aisles of the nearby Harrods department store. But he would be liable to arrest if identified.

Spiriting him to a private airfield or secluded port seems like an option, but legal experts say police will be vigilant for escape attempts.

"As soon as he steps off the premises, even if he goes through an embassy car, he can still be arrested — and will be," extradition lawyer Julian Knowles said.

What about smuggling Assange out of the embassy in a diplomatic pouch? As far-fetched as it sounds, it is not without precedent.
4. US military developing anti-suicide nasal spray as deaths hit record numbers.

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