Musicians have better memories

Musicians have better memories

Pacific Standard – A new meta-study concludes musicians tend to have stronger short-term and working-memory skills than their non-musical counterparts. The research, published in the online journal PLoS One, finds they also appear to have a small advantage in terms of long-term memory. “Musicians perform better than non-musicians in memory tasks,” writes a research team led by […]

Century-old national park Saguaro blasted with shotgun

Century-old national park Saguaro blasted with shotgun

One of the more reputable on-line news organizations in Tucson, Tucson Sentinel.com, reported on this story earlier this month and, frankly, it’s kinda disgusting. It’s about some clown shooting up a Saguaro cactus at the Saguaro National Park on the west side of Tucson. For the uninitiated, the Saguaro is native to the Sonoran Desert in […]

NYC civil summons replace minor criminal ones

NYC civil summons replace minor criminal ones

NY Times – A new law enacted in June gave New York City police officers the discretion to issue a civil summons, rather than a criminal one, for offenses such as public urination and public drinking. It appears that many officers have opted to do neither. Officers issued 4,370 criminal summonses from June 13, when the […]

Reading this while walking? In Honolulu, it could cost you

Reading this while walking? In Honolulu, it could cost you

Wow, now we have to legislate common sense! – Ed. You see them everywhere: people walking with their eyes glued to their mobile phone screens on busy streets. But walking and texting can be dangerous — and cities in the United States and Europe have begun to do something about it. Honolulu has passed a law, […]

Fire – The idiocy of Gov. Moonbeam and the media

Fire – The idiocy of Gov. Moonbeam and the media

Out of Touch SF Cronicle: “As the Wine Country fires close in, rancher in Bangor, CA awaits rescue for 72 horses” —- (clueless about CA geography – Bangor is about 150 miles northeast, in Butte county. Writer finally corrected headline after many FB comments) “The fires occured in year of record-breaking setting heat and persistent […]

Pol of the day

Pol of the day

Miami Herald – A congressional candidate from Miami …Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she’s been aboard a spaceship … crewed by aliens. Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life, she says. Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, a Republican […]

Canada may legalize drunken canoeing

Canada may legalize drunken canoeing

Impaired operation of a powerboat can easily pose dangers for other watercraft and water users. Canoes, probably not so much. A proposed change would also exclude from “vessel” such muscle-powered conveyances as kayaks and inflatable rafts. [Lowering the Bar]   —Overlawyered    

Report: Bill Clinton threw Hillary’s manuscript in the trash

Report: Bill Clinton threw Hillary’s manuscript in the trash

Poor Hillary Clinton. She just can’t figure out what happened. 2008 was supposed to be hers, and 2016 was really supposed to be hers. So, she’s running around the country shilling her book, embarrassingly titled What Happened. She’s selling plenty of copies to her sycophants, but there’s one person who remains unimpressed — her husband Bill Clinton. Edward Klein, who […]

Robotics pioneer proposes new religion where AI is God

Robotics pioneer proposes new religion where AI is God

A new religion has been founded:  The Way of the Future. Its purpose, in the words of its registration documents, is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”  The messiah of this new religion is Anthony Levandowski, a key engineer of self-driving cars who is now in big legal trouble for stealing Google secrets […]