As an exciting new feature of the Curmudgeonly Professor Blog, we are sharing the most important tidbits and gleanings from today's news, as reported by USA Today . As follows:
- Republicans have gazillions more bucks to spend on state governor and legislator races, proving that the GOP is the party of the rich and we miserable Democrats are just poor people who can't afford to pay for our elected officials.
- page 1: strong Canadian dollar and drop in housing prices luring Canadians to Arizona "and other states where the weather is warm and the housing cheap."
- page 3: Census reports cohabitation up 13%, in case you're interested. Maybe to deal with unemployment.
- page 2: U.S. fattest country with 36% of women and 37% of men fat. Including me. I helped these stats. Only 3% of Japanese are fat.
- page 2: U.S. does rotten job in science education; K-12 math education ranks 48th worldwide. And "49% of U.S. adults don't know how long it takes for the Earth to circle the sun." That's nothing. The other day I asked my wife, "Which is it, does the sun circle the earth, or visa-versa." Mrs. Strong explained all this stuff in 7th grade science but I was busy piddling around and goofing off and never got it straight even though she had these little models of stuff rotating around other stuff. Just like daylight savings time. I have no idea how that works.
- page 3A: more storms, less drought. Get out umbrellas, etc.
- page 6A: in Wyoming, motorcycle fatalities are "surging" while most do not wear safety helmets. I worry every time I see some moron on a motorcycle who thinks he's immortal and his brains won't splatter when he gets in an accident.
- Now onward to Section B: Home sales rose slightly in August after big drop in July; airlines and fliers dealing with regulatory change and passenger gripes over extra fees, etc.
- The Vegas line says BYU will lose to Nevada, third loss in row, more weeping and wailing.
USA Today has a bunch of other interesting stuff, like in the financial and entertainment sections. But look at it this way: If you didn't look at the papers at all today, and you read this post, you at least know more than you would have otherwise. Known. Whether this news summary becomes a regular feature depends on whether we have an outpouring of popular support. Like one or two readers. Thank you for your attention.