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March 31, 2018

The Biggest Chick-fil-A Ever Opens in FiDi (Manhattan Financial District)


Chick-fil-A FiDi’s rooftop Photo via Chick-fil-A

New York City Chick-fil-A lovers can eat the controversial fried chicken with the sun on their face, with a new five-floor location with a rooftop terrace — the largest ever — now open in the Financial District.

Starting today, the 12,000-square-foot franchise space, at 144 Fulton St. between Nassau Street and Broadway, opens up to the public for its roster of beloved fried chicken sandwiches. The five-level location has 140 seats, two kitchens, a semi-private dining area, and of course that rooftop terrace with a view of the World Trade tower.

When this location was first announced, press materials announced that the design was built to “give a subtle impression of the Twin Towers” as an homage to the site of 9/11. That language has now been scrubbed, and instead the design purportedly has no specific inspiration.

Chick-fil-A is not without its complications. The company has a history of donating to anti-LGBTQ causes, with millions of dollars of the chain’s past profits funding groups that oppose same-sex and support conversion therapy. On the other end of the spectrum, the NYC locations have donated more than 17,000 pounds of food to New York Common Pantry, an organization that feeds the hungry.

5 floors ? Who knew.
March 29, 2018

thought experiment: Jeff Bezos versus the Idiot in the White House

If you were Jeff Bezos of Amazon, how would you handle the Idiot in the White House ?

Stay quiet ? Come out fighting hard ? Nuanced polite statement ?

Reference: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/us/politics/trump-amazon-taxes.html

I don't know quite what I'd do.


In 2015, shortly after Mr. Trump started his attacks against the company, Mr. Bezos joked on Twitter about sending the candidate into space on a rocket made by Blue Origin, a space exploration start-up Mr. Bezos owns.


But since Mr. Trump became president, Mr. Bezos and Amazon have become much quieter about his attacks. The company has refused to comment publicly about them. People who work there say privately that, while they do not enjoy Mr. Trump’s tweets, they are more likely to prompt eye rolling rather than some form of crisis control.
March 29, 2018

Would you pay $2600 for a smartphone ?

Huawei also showed next year's flagship. The third phone produced in partnership with Porsche, the Porsche Design Mate RS features the triple Leica in the P20 Pro, adding both an underglass fingerprint sensor, and wireless charging. It'll set you back €1,695 (£1485/ $2103) for the 6GB RAM/256GB storage model or €2,095 (£1835/ $2600) for the 6GB/512GB version, and is available from 12 April.


I dunno. If I had that kind of cash, it would have to be pretty incredible to buy it over a laptop with a larger screen that you can get more work accomplished on.
March 28, 2018

15 Heartwarming Facts About Mister Rogers


Fred Rogers—who was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on March 20, 1928—remains an icon of kindness for the ages. An innovator of children’s television, his salt-of-the-earth demeanor and genuinely gentle nature taught a generation of kids the value of kindness. In celebration of what would have been his 90th birthday, here are 15 things you might not have known about everyone’s favorite “neighbor.” (Bonus fact: he's getting the Funko treatment!)

According to Benjamin Wagner, who directed the 2010 documentary Mister Rogers & Me—and was, in fact, Rogers’s neighbor on Nantucket—Rogers was overweight and shy as a child, and often taunted by his classmates when he walked home from school. “I used to cry to myself when I was alone,” Rogers said. “And I would cry through my fingers and make up songs on the piano.” It was this experience that led Rogers to want to look below the surface of everyone he met to what he called the “essential invisible” within them.

Rogers was an ordained minister and, as such, a man of tremendous faith who preached tolerance wherever he went. When Amy Melder, a six-year-old Christian viewer, sent Rogers a drawing she made for him with a letter that promised “he was going to heaven,” Rogers wrote back to his young fan:

more at link
March 28, 2018

If Trump Fires Mueller, Will He Reap the Whirlwind?


Rick Wilson is a GOP operative.

It’s not a matter of if, but when, Trump fires Mueller, triggers the constitutional crisis that stains his presidential legacy forever and brings down the Republican majority.

Here’s what would happen immediately: nothing. The GOP would go into “Furrowed Brows and Deep Concern” mode, and pretend it didn’t happen. Republicans fear Trump’s tweets, Fox News and his base more than they revere the oath they swore to uphold the Constitution. I’ve said this before, and the joke is less of a joke and more of a caution at this point, but Trump could kill and eat a live baby on the South Lawn of the White House and the GOP caucus would shrug and say, “Well, he’s new at this. He’s not a traditional politician.”


What happens after the firing? Mueller is smart, and I presume he has a lot of the process set to continue on autopilot in the event that he gets taken off of it himself unexpectedly. Most of the FBI’s work will continue regardless of whom the president fires.

Oh, and one thing Trump might not be anticipating as he considers the possibility of firing Mueller: The tidal wave of leaks from the FBI and intelligence community would be astounding.
March 28, 2018

Great site for comprehensive world-wide weather measurements


After all, unless you go to the Norway site, where else are you going to find the current readings for Honningsvag ?

32F and I'm guessing cloudy, since that was the last reading.


Coordinates: 70°58′43″N 25°58′36″E, northernmost city in Norway
March 28, 2018

Trump attack unleashes oppo against Mueller


When President Donald Trump lashed out against Robert Mueller by name earlier this month, the president’s supporters sprang into action—treating the chief Russia investigator to political campaign-style opposition research.

Within hours, the Drudge Report featured a story blaming Mueller, the special counsel leading the Justice Department’s Russia probe, for the FBI’s clumsy investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks when Mueller ran the bureau. The independent pro-Trump journalist Sara Carter posted a story charging that Mueller, as a federal prosecutor in Boston in the mid-1980s, had covered up the FBI’s dealings with the Mafia informant Whitey Bulger. Carter was soon discussing her findings in prime time with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Meanwhile, Trump supporters on Twitter circulated video of testimony Mueller gave to Congress ahead of the 2003 Iraq War in which he endorsed the view, later proven false, that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

To some, the barrage looked coordinated among pro-Trump allies and media outlets, a concerted effort to tarnish Mueller’s reputation as part of a political strategy to undermine, or even eventually fire, the Russia investigator.

The un-American bastards. It won't work.
March 28, 2018

How is everyone ? Check in, please

I'm about an 8 overall. Just got back from Europe 13 days ago, weather is good, no dramas, and my new medication Parnate seems to agree with my biochemistry so far. The Selegiline just made me way too damn irritable, sigh.

How are you ?

March 28, 2018

Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan


Sensing an opportunity in Facebook's squandering of public trust through its previously unrestrained giveaway of user data, Mozilla on Tuesday unveiled a defense against the social ad biz in the form of an add-on for Firefox called Facebook Container.

The Firefox add-on, as its name suggests, attempts to contain Facebook's tracking attempts, in an effort to provide refuge from the internet advertising panopticon.

Along similar lines, Mozilla last week said it would stop advertising on Facebook in an effort to encourage CEO Mark Zuckerberg to improve Facebook privacy settings. It also said it plans to implement a basic ad filter in Firefox later this year.

Mozilla began developing Containers for Firefox in 2016 and started deploying them last year. The technology provides a way to create contexts (tabs) in which browser-based data – cookies, indexedDB, localStorage, and cache – can be sandboxed.

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