Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Woman with nose bleeds in China finds tooth in nose

Doctors at Hunan Provincial People's Hospital, in Changsha, in south central part of the country, said when they first saw the strange circular object lodged in the woman's nose they didn't immediately know what it was.

Ear, nose and throat specialist Zhou Jianpo said: 'Scans showed a high-density shadow in her right nasal cavity.

'We thought it was a foreign object or some sort of stone.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Paul Manafort & Donald Trump – Corrupt Practices | National Review

If you believe the federal indictment handed down against him, he is a pretty serious criminal, having engaged in a sprawling tax-fraud and money-laundering scheme to hide income he earned working as the unregistered agent of a foreign government.

But what is most troubling about the Manafort story isn’t the new news — it’s the old news.

via www.nationalreview.com

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Italian Runner Wins Venice Marathon After All The Favorites Take A Wrong Turn : The Two-Way : NPR

But the small group of runners leading the race followed them anyway, straying more than 100 hundred meters off course and apparently onto a main thoroughfare. A video captured the crucial, crushing moment the runners learned of the error and turned back.

via www.npr.org

Fancy this happening in Italy.

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After 20 Years, Can Cornell Finally Bust Open Its Great Pumpkin Mystery? : The Two-Way : NPR

"From what I know, the reason that they didn't confess initially was that it was a huge thing and they were college kids and it was potentially illegal," Manjoo tells NPR. "I mean, I think it was illegal — and it was dangerous, and they worried they might get in trouble.

"But all of that has passed now. Now they're just legends."

via www.npr.org

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Airbags put on lampposts to protect Salzburg 'phone users' | Daily Mail Online

Lampposts are being covered in airbags to stop so-called 'smartphone zombies' bumping into them as they walk around staring at their screens in an Austrian city.

Salzburg authorities say tourists are increasingly hurting themselves by not looking where they are going while checking their devices.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Florida man reveals pet scorpion in his mouth | Daily Mail Online

The footage from Miami, Florida, shows the pet owner open his mouth and his black scorpion crawl out. 

It is believed to be named after the biblical character Mordekai, from the book of Esther.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

N.B. It is a very large and therefore not a very venomous scorpion.

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Come to America

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The Bloodsucking Economic Policies of the Real Dracula - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world

Incredibly, though, there is a real but lesser-known horror story behind Dracula — a story of the long-term effects of inflationary policies and a consequent campaign of economic nationalism, rather than of a mythic, powerful undead creature: interventionism pursued terrifyingly, diligently, to its logical ends.

via fee.org

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Manafort Indictment: The Drive-By Media Misinformation Campaign Continues | The Rush Limbaugh Show

Peter King has sat through many of these witnesses and said today on Fox that he’s seen no evidence whatsoever of any collusion and nothing in these indictments has anything to do with Trump. But that’s not the point. The point is that the media is saying, “It’s the first step! It’s this; it’s that. It’s the first step that Mueller’s taking on the way to indicting Trump,” and that’s all they’ve got to say because the audience watching them, reading them, listening to them is going to hear that, and they’re probably going to believe it.

via www.rushlimbaugh.com

This is a pretty good summary of where things currently stand on Russiagate or whatever you want to call it, from the POV of the pro-Trump right. I can identify some facts amidst all the opinion, but I will leave that job to you. For myself, I don't know exactly what is going on or how it will play out. I sense there are many ties of loyalty behind the scenes and many partisan motives. It's a right old wilderness of mirrors. I no longer have the energy to stay tuned to this stuff all the time. I do have a job, after all and lizards to feed. Hippos to swim with. Books to read.

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Judge halts Donald Trump's transgender troop ban - Washington Times

The ruling by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly breaks new legal ground for courts in Washington, D.C., finding that transgender status is a “quasi-suspect” legal category deserving of heightened protections by federal courts. She said Mr. Trump’s policy creates an “inherent inequality” that likely violates the Constitution.

via www.washingtontimes.com

This is the first I've heard of a "quasi-suspect" category. But I don't do Con Law much.

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