So 3 Austro-Hungarians walk into a bar: Istvan Tisza, Alois Aehrenthal, and Leopold Berchtold. Who are we kidding? Tisza wouldn’t go in before securing Transylvania and getting veto power on the bar tab.
Yesterday I took the bus downtown for my annual checkup.
As my stop was approaching I started getting ready to get off the bus, when I discovered I had a giant wet spot on my left thigh.
Where did the water come from? It was water, wasn't it? Please let it be water!
It didn't appear to come from my shoulder bag.
Was it when I put the pan in the sink to soak? Could I have splashed that much water?
Then I reach for my hair clip and find half of the clip has broken away. What! When did that happen? How did it happen?
At my checkup I found out I was doing the exact wrong thing for my dry skin. For future reference: do not apply retinol (aka Vitamin A). It DRIES out your skin. Vaseline is better.
Today I rode the train downtown and during the ride I felt water on my leg. I had a large wet spot on my right thigh. What!
This time I found the culprit: I hadn't closed my water bottle tightly and it had been leaking straight through the shoulder bag onto my leg. There wasn't much water in the bag, and nothing in the bag looked impacted.
Two days in row. Two. That I failed to close the water bottle tightly enough.
I had a normal reaction. The water bottle, about 60% full, was tossed - water and all - at the Jackson stop.
It's alleged that Russian advertising on social media platforms turned the election for Trump.
The Democratic Party refers to the above as Russian hacking.
Q: What, precisely, did the this amorphous group of Russians do to impact the 2016 election?
Q: How do you know it was Russians?
Q: How did their actions impact vote totals?
Q: Which states were the focus?
Q: If it was the "Russians" and they did it by "advertising", then why was their advertising better than Clinton and the DNC's?
Q: Why didn't Clinton and the DNC's advertising work?
Q: Which group(s) were targeted by the "Russian" advertising?
Q: Proctor & Gamble cut $100mn from digital advertising with zero impact to sales growth. How come the "Russians" are better at digital advertising than P&G?
Q: What foreign agents acted on Clinton and the DNC's behalf during the 2016 election?
Q: How many foreign agents supported Clinton's candidacy?
Q: How effective were their efforts in social media?
Q: How were votes affected by "Russian" advertising quantified?
Q: Who successfully reproduced the vote counts using the methodology?
which the Senate then voted immediately and passed 36-19 to meet the veto override. 1 Republican joined the 35 Democrats in passing that bill.
The House had already adjourned for the 4th of July holiday - they're expected to vote today, 5 July 2017.
If the House passes the bills to meet the veto threshold, then these are some of the things that will happen:
Mayor Emmanuel gets the OK to refinance pension funds; raise the city's 911 tax by $1.10 to $5.00 per phone line per month; receive $300mn next year for Chicago Public Schools.
The state will cut back on the share of income tax receipts that go to the CTA and Metra.
The individual tax rate goes from 3.75% to 4.95% permanently (at least, there is no sunset provision as the last income tax hike had).
The corporate rate goes from 5.25% to 7%.
Both take effect July 1 - but the Dems had wanted it to be retroactive to Jan 1.
The General Assembly expects the hikes to bring in add'l $5bn/year.
Dropped the idea of extending sales tax to services such as dry cleaning.
Budget includes a projected sale of the Thompson Bldg for $300mn.
Operations of most depts will be reduced 5%.
Colleges and universities payouts will be cut 10%.
2017-06-18: En March! wins absolute majority in French parliamentary elections.
Parties supporting Macron will hold 350 of 577 seats in parliament.
Les Republicans and allies will have 137 seats.
Socialist Party reduced to 44.
Communist Party and Unbowed (the far left parties) will have 27.
National Front will have 8 (including Marine Le Pen, elected to French Parliament for 1st time).
2017-06-20: Two ministers quit French government as reshuffle looms. (Reuters)
Armed Forces Minister Sylvie Goulard quit because of an investigation into her center-right Modem party's affairs in European Parliament.
Minister for Territorial Planning, Richard Ferrand, left on Monday, 19 June 2017, who is facing a different judicial probe.