Sunday, May 14, 2017

48. 5/14/17



"Unlike Apple or Microsoft, which make money primarily by selling devices or software services, Google derives most of its revenue from online advertising -- much of it targeted through sophisticated use of people's data. Questions about how Google might use data gleaned from students' online activities have dogged the company for years ... Google declined to provide a breakdown of the exact details the company collects from student use of its services."

They came, they conquered, they collected all your personal info.

Sports 1 SCALING PAST DEATH

"Atop K2, the second-tallest mountain on the planet, winds can reach hurricane strength, temperatures can fall as low as minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit and glacial icefalls dislodge hunks of ice the size of cars."

"Rough sleep precedes a climb. It's as if the dark imaginings of Hieronymus Bosch scamper through the cranium."



SR 3 TRUMP À LA MODE

"You heard it here first: James Comey was fired because during his White House dinner with Donald Trump, when dessert arrived, he noticed that the president had two scoops of ice cream to his one, and dared to remark on it. Don't believe me? ... [I]t's as credible a claim as most of what came from White House officials ..."



BOOK REVIEW 16 DEATH BY OIL

"In 1923, the Osage tribe took in more than $23 million by leasing land to oil prospectors -- the equivalent today of more than $400 million."


When Dave Eggers loves a book, he lets you know:

"You will feel that familiar thrill at having been successfully misdirected, but then there are about 70 pages left in the book. And in these last pages ... Grann illuminates a sickening conspiracy that goes far deeper than those four years of horror. It will sear your soul. Among the towering thefts and crimes visited upon the native peoples of the continent, what was done to the Osage must rank among the most depraved and ignoble."


"In 1834, Harvard students rebelled against a teacher's demand that they memorize their Latin textbook by breaking the windows of his apartment and destroying his furniture. Students later burned the college president in effigy and set off a rudimentary explosive in the chapel."

"If you're still using 'cutie_pie_98@hotmail.com,' then 'it's time to retire that address.'."

Ya think?

A1 MONTHS LATER, TRUMP CRAVES CREDIT FOR WIN

"In the small dining room next to the Oval Office where he works much of the time, President Trump keeps a stack of color-coded maps of the United States representing the results of the 2016 election. He sometimes hands them out to visitors as a kind of parting gift."

The gift that keeps on giving.


MAGAZINE 48 HOUSE RULES

"The average homeowner boasts a net worth ($195,400) that is 36 times that of the average renter ($5,400)."


A perfect example. Metro Boston, and these folks pay $915 a month + $368 condo fee. Before moving, he had rented an apartment for $1,500 a month ... if he had continued to rent, he would have had steeper monthly payments that would have only accelerated in subsequent years.

If you can possibly avoid it, don't rent! You're just pissing your $ away.

ARTS 32 RICH, FAMOUS AND OH SO VULNERABLE

"On the online interview show 'Hot Ones,' celebrities are confronted with questions and 10 chicken wings slathered in increasingly spicy sauce."


and of course, this ...

"Just after Padma Lakshmi finished the final wing, he earnestly asked, 'Of all the animal testicles that you've eaten in your life, which pair do you think has the best shot of becoming a mainstream menu item?'"



A1 WITH NEW TOOLS, EVEN NONEXPERTS CAN LOCK UP DATA

Can you imagine seeing this pop up on your screen?



Styles 11 DESIGNS THAT DO MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

"Nearly 40 million Americans -- about 12 percent of the United States population -- have disabilities."

Bravo for thoughtful people everywhere.


"Grandparents today spend 64 percent more on their grandchildren than they did just 10 years ago, doling out, for instance, roughly $4.3 billion a year on primary and secondary school tuition."

"As a reporter, I would push my daughter in a swing and read a research paper at the same time. Today I love taking my granddaughters to the park, playing tea party, sitting on the floor with them coloring. My attention is all theirs."

TIME MACHINE
May 14, 1887
130 years ago

Page 4 MUSIC AND BEER

A stark denouncement of the corruption involved when a "respectable" establishment is deemed acceptable, when it is, in fact -- infamous!

Page 1 THE POLICY OF THE CZAR

"It is rumored that Herr Bleichroder's agent, on behalf of three large banking firms in Berlin and four in St. Petersburg, has concluded an extensive arrangement for converting the present outstanding Russian loans into new issues, with a view to raising Russian credit abroad."

More Russian meddling.

Page 1 LIEUT. MOTT'S MURDERER TO HANG

Many articles from this era are short and succinct -- like this one.

Page 1 McGLYNN TO BE EXCOMMUNICATED

The article does not explain why he is being excommunicated. For that, you have to read this. One hundred and thirty years ago to the day -- and we're still talking about whether or not the clergy should or should not talk politics from the pulpit.

Page 5 A PLAGUE OF CATERPILLARS

"The rails for several miles on the trestle of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad over the Great Peedee Swamp are so thickly covered with caterpillars as to impede the progress of trains, it being necessary for trainmen to sweep them off the rails with brooms."



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