Wed. Aug 22

5 lessons from today’s news:
(1) Do not take Uber to the massage parlor
(2) Be lazy, live longer
(3) Use Google and be happy, except if you’re an app developer
(4) Your local hospital may turn into a drug store
(5) Thank God the Army’s finally doing something about Niger. Oh wait!

“If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!”
So-called President Trump, via tweet this morning.

Cohen wouldn’t accept Trump pardon, his lawyer says
Vice News
 He added that Cohen has information regarding a Russian conspiracy to “corrupt American democracy” and “a failure to report that knowledge to the FBI” — information he is willing to share with FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Massage Envy sued, sex assaults charged
East Bay Times
A Bay Area resident and five other California women have joined a national wave of litigants suing Massage Envy on allegations that the spa giant routinely turned a blind eye to male employees who sexually assaulted their clients, enabling the men to victimize again.

Massive hurricane approaches Hawaii, schools already closed

Priced Out of Health Insurance, Americans Rig Their Own Safety Nets
~Consumers frustrated by high costs are bypassing the bureaucracy with patchwork plans~
The Bergevins, who rent a snug little house near downtown Boise, Idaho, are joining a small but growing number of Americans rigging their own medical safety nets. They’re frustrated by the high costs, opaque pricing, and maddening bureaucracy of health insurance.
In their quest for a different way, they’re meeting doctors like Julie Gunther who are also fed up. These physicians have opted to reject insurance, instead charging patients directly in return for more personalized care.

“We’re all going to die,” Uber driver screamed at passengers
Sacramento Bee
Mark Filanov, 36, of Rancho Cordova was driving for Uber when he refused to let the three friends out of the vehicle and made threats against their lives, according to the sheriff.

US to build Niger drone base at cost of $100,000,000 plus plus plus
The Intercept

Ho hum. Another Congressman indicted for stealing money
San Diego Union Tribune

Animal Crackers uncaged! (NPR)

New animal crackers packaging sets the mighty beasts free.

oprahpizzaBecause you’ll be too busy to cook during the Trump impeachment trials?
Oprah Winfrey unveils new line of frozen pizza
(No link. USA Today ran this piece of junk in hopes of future ad revenue.)

Survival of the laziest
Phys. Org
Looking at a period of roughly 5 million years from the mid-Pliocene to the present, the researchers analyzed 299 species’ metabolic rates—or, the amount of energy the organisms need to live their daily lives—and found higher metabolic rates were a reliable predictor of extinction likelihood.

Hospitals closing in favor of online, drug store clinics
Crain’s Chicago Business
Hospitals have been closing at a rate of about 30 a year, according to the American Hospital Association, and patients living far from major cities may be left with even fewer hospital choices as insurers push them toward online providers like Teladoc Inc. and clinics such as CVS Health Corp’s MinuteClinic.

Google to filter out bad news, and boost happy stuff

App developers in revolt against Apple, Google
“It feels like something bubbling up here,” said Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie. “The dollars are just getting so big. They just don’t want to be paying Apple and Google billions.”

Hackers claim you watch porn, demand bitcoin blackmail

Japan slaughters 177 whales “for science.”




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