We’re getting a politico on the payroll to keep an eye on UFO’s

When President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, so began the 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to tell Congress what they know about UFOs.

No, really…

It should…describe in detail “an interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government” and designate an official responsible for that process…

The submitted report should be unclassified, the committee said, though it can contain a classified annex.

1. My position on UFO’s is unchanged. Especially in light of the behavior of Looney Tunes like Trump. Given the science required for travel between solar systems much less galaxies, why would we expect species that advanced to want to deal with human beings?

2. If the choice of political hack falls before Trump leaves, we only get someone the Fake President can beat on the golf course. Daffy Duck, maybe?

Is Alzheimer’s Caused By Germs?

❝ Dr. Leslie Norins is willing to hand over $1 million of his own money to anyone who can clarify something: Is Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia worldwide, caused by a germ?…

It’s an idea that just a few years ago would’ve seemed to many an easy way to drain your research budget on bunk science. Money has poured into Alzheimer’s research for years, but until very recently not much of it went toward investigating infection in causing dementia…

❝ For instance, would we see a day when dementia is prevented with a vaccine, or treated with antibiotics and antiviral medications? Norins thinks it’s worth looking into.

RTFA for more details and significant indicators, as well.

Love the one you’re near: GPS-enabled stalking, erm, dating

LORI CHEEK was walking through the meatpacking district of Manhattan when she spotted a handsome man sitting with friends amid the dinner crowd outside Pastis. As she neared his table, she flashed a diminutive black card.

“I nestled it in his French fries,” she said, “and kept going.”

As Ms. Cheek, 37, disappeared into the July night, the man plucked the card from his fries. It read: “Look up. You might miss something.” Below, in smaller letters, were the words “find me,” a code and the address of a new Web site for singles.

Move over, Match.com. This is the next generation of online dating. Unlike traditional dating sites where members spend hours on computers writing autobiographies and scrutinizing photographs, a raft of newfangled dating tools are striving to better bridge the gap between online and real-world romance…

It’s almost like you’re shopping online,” said Ms. Cheek, “but you’re shopping in real life.”

At the same time, these hybrid dating tools still enable users to keep their names and personal information private for as long as they like…

Card users said companies like FlipMe! and Cheek’d are emboldening them to approach people who might otherwise have been missed connections. They also appreciate how the companies reverse the online dating process — observe someone in person first, then send an electronic message. There’s no need to contend with false advertising on dating Web sites.

RTFA. Long, sometimes humorous, sometimes silly, interesting to me because someone is always finding a new feature to seed and flower on the Web.

Axe murderers will probably love this.

Sweden tracking down webcam strippers

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Sweden’s tax authorities are seeking the bare facts about webcam strippers’ income, estimating that hundreds of Swedish women are dodging the law. The search involves tax officials examining websites that feature Swedish strippers, in an effort to identify them and chase them for tax returns.

The tax loss is estimated at about 40 million Swedish kronor ($4.8 million) annually.

Project leader Dag Hardyson said 200 Swedish strippers had been investigated so far. He said the total could be 500.

“They are young girls, we can see from the photos. We think that perhaps they are not well informed about the rules,” said Mr Hardyson, head of the tax authority’s national project on internet trade…

Mr Hardyson told BBC News that the strippers could be liable to pay about half of their earnings in tax. Striptease via webcam is quite legal in Sweden, unlike prostitution, he added.

I don’t think they have any costs really – almost 100% of what they earn is pocketed. Many have regular work and this is extra income. We want them to register their activity as a business – it’s still taxable, even if it’s a hobby,” he said.

He stressed the difficulty of identifying strippers, saying the contact information on the websites was often “not obvious”.

He says they investigate the sites manually. Does that mean he’s using both hands – to surf? Har!