ODDITIES & SOCIAL BLAH BLAHS

By Malcolm Out Loud | The latest and hotest in social blahs and those oddities that leave you shaking your head.

Are You Breathing Just a Little and Calling it a Life?

We’ve just returned from being evacuated from our home during Hurricane Irma, and our ice-maker is working! Be aware this is no small thing—it has …

Happiness

Keep Leftist Politics Out of Sports

I’m a guy. And like most guys, I enjoy watching sports on TV. I’m a “has-been” track and field and soccer athlete long past his prime. Every year I …

Black Lives Matter

Planting Mustard Seeds in the Minds of our Children

Last year at this very time, I received a phone call from my new inherited friend,(Ret). Marine Chief Warrant Officer III, Mr Ozzy Ramos. In his …

U.S. Marines

Berkeley loosens rules on police pepper-spraying protesters

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in 20 years, police in the city of Berkeley can use pepper spray on violent demonstrators.<p>The City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday to allow police to use pepper spray to repel attacks on officers and others during the kind of violent protests that have rocked …

Policing

Is the new iPhone face recognition system a gimmick or the future of smartphones?

Apple is known for its big technological gambits. After helping defining the path of modern technology for the first decade of the new millennium …

Touch ID

Boomer Esiason ‘lost and heartbroken’ over arrest of radio partner Craig Carton

Following Craig Carton’s arrest on fraud charges last week, a shaken Boomer Esiason said he was “praying” for his radio partner of 10 years on New York’s WFAN. On Monday, Esiaison revealed that he’d had his first conversation with Carton since the arrest, one that he described as “very somber.”<p>“I’m …

Relationships

Woman sues Delta after in-flight snack broke her tooth

A woman is suing Delta airlines over an incident she says happened to her on a flight from Turkey to Los Angeles in 2015.<p>The California woman tells …

Airlines

Melissa McCarthy's SNL Brilliance Won Her Yet AnotherEmmy

It's honestly hard to believe that we're only nine months into 2017. Since Donald Trump took office on January 20, it seems like life (well, at least the news cycle) has been moving at a million miles a minute.<p>During his short time as Commander-in-Chief, Trump has tried, and failed, to distance …

Melissa McCarthy

Pope Francis suffers black eye after Popemobile stops suddenly

Pope Francis suffered a black eye after hitting his head on the Popemobile when his vehicle stopped suddenly.<p>The pontiff was met by hundreds of …

Christianity

Most Hurricanes That Hit The US Start in The Exact Same Location

This is where storms like Irma begin.<p>Just weeks after Hurricane Harvey caused destruction in Texas, Irma has made landfall in Florida - and there are …

Weather

Meteorologists have never seen a storm like Irma

Just days after Hurricane Harvey brought historic rainfall to parts of Texas and Louisiana, another potentially catastrophic hurricane looms in the Atlantic.<p>Hurricane Irma rapidly strengthened over warmer than normal ocean waters on Tuesday into a Category 5 storm with estimated wind speeds of 185 …

Weather

Apple is about to reveal its $5 billion campus to the public — here's what you need to know

Apple will unveil its new iPhones next week, but the biggest reveal may be the company's new headquarters.<p>Located in Cupertino, California, just down the freeway from its previous headquarters, the new building, dubbed Apple Park, is a single ring about a mile in circumference. It's set in a large …

Construction

The fight to replace the iPhone and other smartphones is on — here's what to watch for in round one

Earlier this year, the biggest companies in tech all outlined their visions for the next big thing in computing. Now, things are about to get real.<p>When Apple holds its big event on Tuesday, it won't just be unveiling the iPhone 8, it's going to kick off another wave of announcements from the tech …

Augmented Reality

Facebook says it sold ads to Russian 'troll farm' during 2016 campaign

Facebook told congressional investigators on Wednesday that it sold political ads during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to a so-called Russian troll farm that was looking to target American voters.<p>"In reviewing the ads buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 …

Advertising

This is what the media should be telling you...

I want Americans to pay attention to something other than Melania Trump’s shoes. The American media is doing a great disservice to our country – …

North Korea

Smartphone prices are about to get insane

For about the last decade, if you walked into any phone store, you could reasonably expect to pay about $200 for a brand new iPhone — but those days are all but over.<p>The iPhone 8, which is expected to launch at a special media event on Sept. 12, is widely forecast to have a starting cost somewhere …

Phones

Man fleeing police tries to swim to safety, but he finds a shark instead

Even as desperate attempted escapes from the police go, getting chased by a shark makes for a particularly harrowing story. As detailed by WWAY …

Policing

Rents are collapsing in some of America's biggest cities

An inconvenient math for housing is beginning to dog Chicago: The third largest city in the US has been losing population for years. Not huge numbers, but it adds up… In 2016, according to the Census estimate, the population dropped by about 9,000 people. Since 2014, the population has dropped by …

Real Estate

This once-serene island is absolutely overrun by tourists

With its whitewashed walls and blue domed roofs, Santorini, Greece has become the dream holiday destination for millions.<p>But the beautiful Greek …

Travel

Shaq and John Cena sing together in amazing Carpool Karaoke promo video

Two enormous humans — Shaq and John Cena — got together for what looks like an awesome episode of the <i>Carpool Karaoke</i> series that’s available on Apple Music.<p>Shaq shared the promo video on Thursday so you can see for yourself.<p>Here’s the full-width YouTube video if you prefer watching this instead:<p>It …

Carpool Karaoke

Poor student lives the high life after $1M financial aid snafu

A student who received a staggering $1,080,000 instead of her usual $108 monthly university financial aid is in hot water after going on a massive …

Money

IOC warns 2018 Olympic organizers of white elephant venues

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The International Olympic Committee warned organizers in Pyeongchang on Thursday that they risk creating white elephants from 2018 Winter Games venues.<p>Completing a final full inspection visit before the Feb. 9 opening ceremony, an IOC panel predicted a successful …

Olympics

Mall giant suing Starbucks for closing all Teavana locations

Memo to Starbucks: You can’t close hundreds of mall locations just because you feel like it.<p>That’s the gist of a lawsuit from mall giant Simon …

Starbucks

Dog carrying bag of food turns out to be the hero Texas needed

In times like these, even ordinary creatures do extraordinary things.<p>In troubled times, we all look to heroes to step up and lead us from a dark …

Dog Food

Kathy Griffin Ended Friendship With Anderson Cooper After He Condemned Graphic Trump Photo

CNN anchor co-hosted network’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Griffin for a decade<p>Kathy Griffin weathered an immense backlash after she posed for a …

Kathy Griffin

How is Your Opinion Formulated?

The airwaves are filled with pundits second-guessing President Trump at every turn. I have a deep abiding respect for military men and women who have …

Foreign Policy

The guy who started DJI becomes Asia's youngest tech billionaire

As recreational drone popularity takes off, so has the wealth of DJI founder Frank Wang Tao, whose company is the world's biggest consumer drone maker.<p>Wang has cracked the <i>Forbes</i> "Richest in Tech"list of the world's top 100 in the industry, taking the 76th spot with $3.2 billion.<p>And at 36, Wang is …

China

Amazon Is Secretly Becoming a Bank

Welcome to the Bank of Amazon (AMZN) .<p>The e-commerce giant has launched a capability for UK shoppers to pay for products and services using cash, …

Investing

Nude blogger thanks Instagram for suspending her account and proving her point about censorship

A nude Instagram blogger whose account was suspended and subsequently reinstated has posted a message for "social media giants" and their nudity guidelines.<p>Body positive blogger Jessa O'Brien—creator of The Nude Blogger Instagram account—had her account suspended three weeks ago after someone …

Instagram