Now they’re even deporting American-born pandas
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Bowling Green Massacre
Kellyanne Conway thinks she took too much flak for citing a nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” to justify President Trump’s travel ban. She said she simply meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists,” complaining later, “I misspoke one word.” Except, according to The Washington Post, she doesn’t appear to have misspoken at all; she seems to have believed that the Bowling Green massacre was a real thing. How do we know? Because she cited the same nonexistent attack in separate interviews with two other outlets – Cosmopolitan magazine and TMZ. Or, perhaps she was referring to last September’s Ohio State vs. Bowling Green football game, which OSU won 77-10.
Eight wealthy people, six of them Americans, now make as much as the poorest 3.6 billion earthlings. According to the international charity Oxfam, they include Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg. Those three men alone account for $426 billion, more than the $406 in assets owned by the poorest half of the world’s population, according to the BBC.
Panda go home
Now they’re even deporting American-born pandas. Bao Bao, the 3-year-old female giant panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., will be shipped to the People’s Republic of China, as part of the deal that brought her mother and father here. Under the arrangement with the Chinese, babies born to China’s pandas in zoos abroad must be returned prior to their reaching sexual maturity at around age 5 or 6. Bao Bao will be four on Aug. 23. She’ll be shipped home by FedEx to a quarantine facility in Dujiangyan City in Sichuan Province.
Move aside Bobby Flay, the science of robotic food prep is here. Now, a robot that is essentially a pair of mechanical arms guided by a central processor can prepare crab bisque by mimicking videotaped movements of professional chefs. The bulky machine prototype, which is placed in front of a stove and an array of prepositioned kitchen tools and ingredients, is expected to cost $100,000 when it goes on sale in 2018, according to New York magazine.
Prepare for the worldwide bacon shortage. In the United States, the country’s bacon reserves are at the lowest levels in half a century. The Ohio Pork Council reported that demand for frozen pork belly, most frequently made into bacon, is outpacing supply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the supply of frozen pork belly is at its lowest level since December 1957. The total pork inventory dropped 41 million pounds last month alone, leading prices to jump 20 percent in just three weeks.
No more FM
Norway has abandoned the FM radio spectrum in favor of digital radio programming delivered over the internet. The New York Times reports that Denmark, Britain and Switzerland also are considering dropping FM radio programming – even though it will likely harm small radio stations and advertisers trying to reach automobile drivers.
Bye-bye debit card
Wells Fargo is the first U.S. bank to abandon debit cards in favor of a smartphone app customers will use to tap the bank’s ATMs for cash. Starting in the spring, Wells Fargo customers will use an eight-digit access code along with their PIN to access the bank’s machines. Despite research that shows that fraud increases along with digital ATM access, J.P. Morgan and Chase are also signaling they’ll move to cardless ATMs.