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* He used to be a battle rapper. Which means if any legislative business in at least the next two years depends on members being able to freestyle bars and rhymes, he’ll easily carry the session.
* “Who would want to steal a 16-year old Chevy Silverado?” Come on now. We all live in Bell Curve City.
* I touched on this story in last week’s wrap up, and a surprising twist we have learned in the past week is that there’s some salt in that pepper shaker.
* If you’re this particular victim and you’re reading this, check to see if Illinois has a crime victims’ compensation fund.
* And this is part and parcel of the real reason why a lot of political professionals despise the person of Donald J. Trump Sr. It’s because he’s showing that they’re not that much necessary. He’s rewriting the rule book in such a way that it leaves the incumbent cabal of political professionals and their whole industry out in the cold.
* “Obama’s Coalition,” seems to be mis-sold as younger voters and non-black minorities. When in reality the driving force behind it was 70-year old Mamie.
* Don’t worry, they are throwing everything and the kitchen zink at Peter Thiel, and he seems to be doing fine.
* When you play with fire, and do it criminally, you just might burn yourself, thereby implicating yourself.
* Why the hell not? Armed suspects are social justicey, cops are not.
* They’re becoming so ridiculous that they take our side’s ridicule as serious proposals. Though from the general universe that brought you the Sokal Affair, that shouldn’t be a shock.
* They demanded their safe spaces, and they got them. And now we act so surprised when they use them.
* He’s a science teacher. Specifically, chemistry. Or so I am presuming. Just because I want to find a way to work a “Breaking Bad” pun into it.
* “Providing Urban Learners Success in Education High School.” I’ve read some gawdy school names in the last handful of years, but that takes the cake. You should know it’s a last chance high school, and not surprisingly, among its students is a 20-year old grown man who is dumb enough to let a security guard watch his bookbag which also happens to have a gun in it.
* Yawn. Wake me up when the original KKK graffiti incident shows to be a hoax.
* They might as well merge, nobody else would have either one of them.
* A longform in IEEE Spectrum about the hitches in the path to an LED-lit future. The path itself LED-lighted.
* I have used this space through the years to flaunt all my geeky hobbies and obsessions, among more important matters. So it’s probably going to surprise very few of you that I’m also a Ham. Albeit not a very active one. But I still keep up with the news from that universe, and here is some good recent news.
* One really big lingering mystery about dinosaurs that is just now beginning to be solved is their surface coloration.
* I’ll say it again: How can we take any of this big imminent talk seriously when no human has been beyond low Earth orbit since December 1972?
* The kids, 13 and 14, took it well. Maybe because they’re trying to figure out how to join the fun and make it a group orgy.
* If judges are handing out raid warrants based solely on IP addresses, then they should know that IP addresses are not imminently associated with particular individuals or particular domiciles.
* Spencer Elden should look forward to taking a swim every five years, on the ones and sixes. He did this five years ago for the 20th anniversary.
There’s also a lesson hiding in this story. He’s 25 now, which means he was born in 1991, which makes sense, because he as a baby when he was photographed for the album art for “Nevermind” released that year. Nirvana is one of the most prominent grunge and alt rock acts associated with the 1990s teenage and young adult popular culture, my generation when we were younger. (Hint: “Nevermind” was released in the same month I started high school.) Yet, Elden is a Millennial, and as I have been told and have observed since then, the popularity of Nirvana, Metallica, and the others like them, has not waned one bit in the transition from the teenage and young adult consumers of popular culture transitioning from Generation X to Millennials.
* My reaction to this story is the same is my reaction to this story which I did in the wrap-up three weeks ago: Animal husbandry affects the evolutionary trajectory of species that are under human supervision.