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Football Season

August through February, over six months, that is still shorter than Tax Season (January 1st to October 15th).  When will both of these become year-round sports?  Answer: when they find players who can survive them year-round.
With the talent returning to Columbus after a national championship, it was clear Ohio State would open 2015 ranked No.1 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Oregon are in the top five.
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This Sounds Like Something a Guy Would Do.

She might take that as a compliment or an insult.  I meant both.
After years of testing and tinkering, Alexia McKenzie has transformed her life into a smooth operation managed by apps and hardware.
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That's Entertainment!

There are over 30 announced candidates for President, and you are only hearing about one, The Donald.  Why?  Everyone else is just white noise (apologies to Ben Carson and George Bailey).
Dennis Rodman has endorsed Donald Trump for president. On Friday, the five-time NBA champion tweeted that the Donald “has been a great friend for many years.” “We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016,” he added. Trump responded on Twitter, writing, “Thank you @DennisRodman....
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Reminds Me of a Story

Almost twenty years ago, Bill Gates and Robert Stempel were on a panel at COMDEX.  Bill was touting the PC, saying  that if cars had progressed as much, they would cost less than $50 and get a thousand miles per gallon.  Mr. Stempel, who oversaw GM's first electric car, the EV1, responded by saying something to the effect, "And they would crash every day."

Neither saw this coming for either of their products.
Security bug allows remote attack of Uconnect system, letting hackers apply the brakes, kill the engine and take control of steering over the internet
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Headlines that Work

Before you were born, when news reporting was confined to a small number of  media outlets, headlines such as this were rare (they omitted the first word, which was 'First').  However, the headline is a grabber, as to imply that born children have higher IQs than what?  Unborn children?  Were they referring to the fictional Jason Borne (the Borne Identity)?  If so, they misspelled the surname.  Perhaps they were referring to the unborn children.  Whatever, the headline draws attention.

To make it even more confusing, the lede refers to the physical appearance of siblings and not their order of birth.  Not until paragraph four do they get to the 'first born' issue.  All told, the conclusion is a long-winded 'no'.  By traditional journalist standards, this article is a D-. 

However, this is not about journalism, it is about entertainment and getting noticed.  Even when Pulitzer and Hearst were building news empires, it ultimately came down to 'what sold'.  This strange headline will draw viewers and get add revenue.  It works because the headline attracts curiosity and leaves the facts behind.  That is an essence of great marketing.
If you're part of a family where your siblings look nothing like you and you're wondering whether or not one of you is predisposed to succeed in life while
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OMB!

Tom Brady, four-time Super Bowl champion and two-time NFL MVP, is heading to the big leagues of court.  He has the "Super Star of kicking pro sports butts" for a lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, going up against the "Cleveland Browns of NFL commissioners," Roger Goodell.  It is like the New England Patriots going against 1920 Akron Pros (all of whom have died, BTW).

Well, the one difference is that this game is not football.  It is about employer/employee arbitration, which the courts are very shy about overruling.  Arbitration is how the underfunded court system keeps its head above water.  Overruling "agree upon" arbitration, as this was, opens the floodgates of civil appeals.  Of course, this case may be an exception, as Tom Brady's reputation may be an interest of national security or civil rights.

No kidding, Tom Brady is the god of the Church of Monday Night Football, unless you are a Jets fan or a Colts fan or a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan or a Bears fan or a Cowboys fan or a Packers fan or a Raiders fan or a Saints fan or a Vikings fan or a Chiefs fan or a 49ers fan or a Bengals fan or a Dolphins fan or a Ravens fan or a Panthers fan or a Jaguars fan or a Chargers fan or a Giants fan or a Titans fan or a Cardinals fan or a Rams fan or a Bills fan or a Texans fan or a Steelers fan or an Eagles fan or a Lions fan or a Falcons fan or a Buccaneers fan or  . . .
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Why is Trump Ahead?

It is not about Trump.  It is about everyone else who is going through this presidential gauntlet.  They are being paraded around like a beauty pageant, while Trump acts like he owns the show.  As long as the other candidates have to behave (in order to get funding), Trump will appear to have more courage to speak out and less fear of looking unfundable.

If these candidates behavior can be affected by the people who are funding them (not only to inhibit them but perhaps to control them), then what kind of leader would any one of them be?  A puppet.

One might reply, "If Trump were a career politician instead of a rich businessman, he would probably act the same way."  That misses the point, too.  Trump is not a career politician.  In spite of his vitriol and rhetoric, he is leading the polls because he is unlike the rest.  Trump does not need to be a great candidate to win the nomination.  He just needs to be preferred over this pack of politicians.

"What about Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson?"  They are acting like politicians, and they are doing a good job convincing people that they are like the rest.  It is done to get funding, to which neither seem to be having much success.  The only thing worse than a pandering politician is an underfunded, pandering politician.

All in all, it is great entertainment.
With the first Republican presidential debate just days away, the party's White House contenders seem to be doing all they can to get voters' attention.
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Insecurity

The difference between a tool and a weapon is intention.
Last year, more than 1 billion Android devices shipped around the globe. Security firm Zimperium says this vulnerability could affect 95 percent of them.
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Government Control

Guess who is editing our motion pictures?
In a 2013 script for the movie "Pixels," intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one of China's national treasures — the Great Wall. That scene is gone
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Baby? Weight Gain!

Like son, like father.
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Cheating the Cheater

Does one bad turn deserve another?  Do two wrongs make a right? Must  social order be occasionally violated in order to preserve society?  The answer to those seem to depend upon the results.

Whatever the morality, it is entertaining.  This story is not over.
Hackers believed to be responsible have threatened to release user data for every day the website is live.
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