News Of Interest

Ex-governor of Virginia indicted after corruption probe

Jan 21 (Reuters) – Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including fraud and false statements after an investigation into loans and gifts from a supporter, court papers filed on Tuesday said.

Source: Reuters

 

1 Dead in Purdue Shooting; Suspect in Custody

A man opened fire Tuesday inside a basement classroom at Purdue University, killing one person and prompting officials to send a text alert to students telling them to seek shelter, police and the university said.

The suspect, who is believed to have targeted the man who was shot, surrendered to a police officer within minutes of the attack at the Electrical Engineering Building, Purdue Police Chief John Cox said.

Source: ABC News

 

Nearly 3,000 US Flights Cancelled As Snow Hits Northeast

More than 2,900 flights into, out of, and within the U.S. have been cancelled today, as the Northeast braces for another wave of freezing weather and heavy snow.

Source: SFGate

 

$1 Billion for a Perfect N.C.A.A. Bracket, Courtesy of Warren Buffett

Each March, tens of millions of brackets are filled out in the hopes of predicting the outcome of the N.C.A.A.’s men’s basketball tournament. But the odds that a bracket will be perfect, that is, every game guessed correctly, are long — to the tune of 9.2 quintillion to one.

Source: NYTimes

 

Pope to global elite: Do more for poor

n an address read by Cardinal Peter Turkson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said it was intolerable that thousands die each day from hunger.The pope urged leaders to adopt a new “political and business mentality” and to put their skills to work for the benefit of those living in dire poverty.

Source: CNN

 

HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD? IF IT’S ON THIS ‘MOST COMMON PASSWORDS’ LIST, NOT VERY

If your password is “123456” or ”Password,” you’re doing Internet security wrong — and you’re not alone. According to password-management firm SplashData, which analyzed passwords that hackers posted online last year, the top two most common passwords are “123456,” and “Password.” Good job, people. 

Source: Bustle

Winter Weather Advisory

Ok, I know this is a little later than I usually post but we had company until just a little bit ago. Add to this some issues with our 14 year old… Did I mention he’s 14? Umm, yeah…

 

I was hoping to put together a new workflow for posting here, but I was sidetracked. I suppose I should just take a little time each day to see what I can do. I do have several other blogs I use for experimenting, so I will post any future tests to one of those.

On a different note, today has been pretty much a mess. We had more Winter weather move in leaving us with 4-6 inches of snow which has been followed by sub zero temps and winds gusting up to 30Mph which will push the wind chill to -30 or -40 degrees F.

Because of these conditions, my work shift has been cancelled. The kids are also getting a snow day so they’ll be home all day Monday.

Oh, I had the pleasure of being outside for over an hour clearing our driveway which, odds are, will be drifted in again by morning.

Oh well, at least I’ll be warm and dry tonight. 😛

Quite A Day

Well today has had its ups and downs… (but more ups!)

First of all we woke up to more than three inches of snow on the ground, actually I think we had closer to five at our house. Then had a fight and near meltdown with the oldest when he was told he was going to shovel the drive. I probably should have stuck to my guns, but o be honest, I wasn’t up to fighting about it, not today so I just did it myself. 

The A was called into work which left me with no choice but to walk to Costco to get dinner. No big deal except they haven’t bothered with the residential roads around our house which means the whole way was pretty much a sheet of ice… as I found out on the way to the store. One second I was up, the next I was on the ground. Fortunately my pride is a bit bruised along with some other parts of me but nothing seems to be broken. Still, I am going to be stiff and sore by morning.

Funny enough I feel it was worth it after my time in the store. I went out without my hair, (which considering my fall, I am glad for). No makeup. Just a sweatshirt, jeans, work boots, and a ball cap… and well, my coat of course… Now I was wearing silicone “boosters” so I have a little chest going, but you can’t tell in my winter jacket, at least I don’t think you can… anyway, I was correctly gendered several times, mis-gendered only once, and one time a woman stopped to talk to me about what I was getting for dinner, (meatloaf with mashed potatoes), she at first called me ‘sir’ until she looked at me and corrected herself with “Miss” and she apologized!

I think I spent the whole time smiling.

Now I don’t expect everyday to go as smooth, but it has been a real confidence builder to say the least.