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Incoming news bulletins, Captain....
Today was full of sad ones, weird ones, scary ones. In no particular order:

* Ben died.

Ben Sauer was a five year old boy from a neighboring town, one of two twins always dressed in blue to distinguish him from his brother. A few months ago, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and his sad road came to an end last night. The struggle took on the Twitter hashtag #blue4ben, which expanded into general local consciousness in recent weeks; his grieving mother, who blogged much of the experience, announced his passing earlier today. Currently, at least two threads of comments on the local fishwrap accuse his family of attention-whoring because there are so many other unheralded childhood cancer victims in the halls of Roswell Park.  Such commenters should get deadly cancer themselves and see how they feel about it.


* Google searches for a solution to its omniscience.

The highest court in Europe has ruled that Google must comply with requests to remove "irrelevant or excessive personal information from search engine results." The Spanish complainant was offended because his name brought up search results of a 1998 court case leading to the repossession of his home.  So now, the complainant's name will produce search results for "got to remove search results of a 1998 court case leading to the repossession of his home."

I suspect Larry and Serge's reaction to this decision will simply be to buy Europe and nullify the decision.  "We'll start with a tender offer for  Poland," Page said, "They're used to it by now."

No, Larry Page actually didn't say that. But wouldn't it be fun if a search engine picked up this blog quoting him as saying it?


* On January 1st, NASA was asked to remove itself from its place of residence....

That request came from its Russian dictator ex.

Granted, it's not until 1/1/20, but the great hopes of the foundation of the Federation coming from the International Space Station are now mired in international politics over Ukraine and Crimea. The USA will no longer be able to just hitch a lift to the ISS while Vlad the Imperialist is in charge.

Of course, there are other ways to make sure that people get shot into space....


* Bounce house with two Albany-area kids goes airborne

The bounce house was swept up in a "sudden and strong burst of wind," according to a police statement.

The boys fell to the ground after the inflatable house was lifted 15 to 20 feet into the air, police said.

The 6-year-old was found in the street, and the 5-year-old was found in the apartment building parking lot, police said. The boys were airlifted to Albany Medical Center, but the extent of their injuries was not known.

A police investigation determined that several adults were monitoring the children and that the bounce house had been properly staked to the ground.

Clearly this is a problem in need of state governmental attention. I modestly propose that the Guv, Assembly Speaker and That Dude From The State Senate all meet in a similarly-staked inflatable castle when they next meet in budget talks.  Between the global-warming high winds and the hot air inevitably coming from inside the structure, they might be able to achieve orbit and dock with the ISS:)

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