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Current events

Board stiff

Awww, the fragile flowers; did their feelings get hurted?

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst skipped out on a scheduled meeting with The Des Moines Register on Thursday, prompting criticism from one of the paper's leading political columnists.

Beggars can be choosers

Tough guy

Huh. Apparently, you can call a terrorist a terrorist instead of "a suspect in an alleged incident of workplace violence."

Speaking for the first time since a gunman attacked parliament earlier today, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the week’s multiple assaults “a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.”

Well, fancy that

We're just finding this out now? Evidence supports officer's account of shooting in Ferguson, The Washington Post is reporting:

RIP, Ben Bradlee

Creativity 101

If you've been in an office very long at all, you've undoubtedly had to endure more than one brainstorming session, those gatherings that usually produce little more than a stiff breeze. "Remember, there are no stupid ideas!" Remember that?

That's not the way creativity really works. Here's Isaac Asmimov, in a recently discovered, until now unpublished essay:

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Right to try

Choo-choo

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On the fly

CDC Director Thomas Frieden has "expressed regret" (love those weasel words) that he kept saying "Hey, we can handle this Ebola thing" when we clearly weren't ready for it:

In fourteeen hundred and ninety-two . . .

Happy Columbus Day! Or are you one of those Indigenous People's Day weenies?

For the first time this year, Seattle and Minneapolis will recognize the second Monday in October as "Indigenous People's Day." The cities join a growing list of jurisdictions choosing to shift the holiday's focus from Christopher Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants.

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