Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Californians Are the Worst Drivers in the United States, Study Finds

Every state has bad drivers. The morning and evening commutes are filled with all sorts of driving shenanigans. From texting to doing makeup, distracted driving is an ongoing issue. Self-driving cars may help but full level autonomy is still years away. Ask anyone and they will tell you that their state’s drivers are the worst. So who really has sub-par drivers? That honor has been bestowed to the country’s most populated state.

Worst States

1. California
2. Minnesota
3. Utah
4. South Carolina
5. Washington

Best States

46. Arkansas
47. Michigan
48. Mississippi
49. Florida
50. Rhode Island

(Quote Wizard)


Feds reportedly spent $22M on mysterious UFO program

The US government apparently suspected the truth was out there after all. The federal government spent about $22 million funding a covert Pentagon project that investigated reports of unidentified flying objects. Even though the Department of Defense decided to defund the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program in 2012, its backers say the program remains in existence. The program investigated sightings of aircraft that appeared to move at very high speeds with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift. The program also reportedly studied videos of encounters between unknown objects and American military aircraft. The program’s initial funding came largely at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada who has had a long-held interest in space phenomena, according to the newspaper. On Saturday, Reid renewed his call for the US to fund UFO research in a tweet that linked to the New York Times newspaper. (New York Times)


UPS pre-orders 125 Tesla electric semi-trucks, largest order yet

United Parcel Service Inc announced that it is buying 125 Tesla Inc all-electric semi-trucks, the largest order for the big rig so far, as the package delivery company expands its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles. Tesla is trying to convince the trucking community it can build an affordable electric big rig with the range and cargo capacity to compete with relatively low-cost, time-tested diesel trucks. This is the largest public order of the big rig so far, Tesla said. The Tesla trucks will cost around $200,000 each for a total order of about $25 million. UPS expects the semi-trucks, the big rigs that haul freight along America’s highways, will have a lower total cost of ownership than conventional vehicles, which run about $120,000. (Reuters)


Employers are pumping up perks

Overall compensation is growing at the fastest rate in two years — but wages aren’t driving that growth. Instead, companies are boosting benefits, increasing spend on perks such as paid leave (up 5% from a year earlier), retirement plans (up 11.2%), and insurance (up 3.5%). These sweetened compensation packages help businesses attract talent as US unemployment hovers at a 17-year low. (The Wall Street Journal)


North Korea is “directly responsible” for the WannaCry cyber attack

According to the Trump administration,“We do not make this allegation lightly”. WannaCry — which infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries earlier this year — has been linked to Lazarus Group, a hacking entity that works on behalf of the North Korean government, a White House official told reporters. (CNBC)


Attorney arrested for filming sex with inmate in women’s jail

Authorities say a Florida attorney used his position to gain access to a women’s jail and film himself having sex with a female inmate. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office news release says 54-year-old Andrew Spark was arrested Sunday (12/17) and charged with soliciting for prostitution and other counts. Detectives began investigating him last month following a tip that he was soliciting sex from female inmates at the Pinellas County Jail. The evidence shows he had sex with one 28-year-old inmate at least six times since her June arrest on drug charges. Spark has never represented the woman, but investigators say he began paying her for sex about three years ago. Detectives are trying to determine if the attourney engaged in similar activity at other jails. Spark is free on $5,300 bail. (NY Post)


Sarah Palin’s son beat up dad in drunken rage: court records

The eldest son of ex-Alaska Govorner, Sarah Palin, beat up his own father after he broke into his parents’ home in a drunken rage, according to documents released by local police. Track Palin, 28, was busted Saturday (12/16) and charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and criminal mischief, and remains in custody. A court document said the younger Palin wanted to visit the home to retrieve a truck. But his father, Todd Palin, told him to stay away because Track Palin was drunk and on pain medication, according to a police affidavit and charging documents. Todd Palin answered the door armed with a pistol when his son arrived, but Track broke a window to get into the house and then started savagely beating Todd, cops said. The younger Palin threw his dad to the floor and hit him repeatedly in the head, leaving him covered in blood and with a liquid oozing from his ear, the documents said. When cops arrived, they saw the parents fleeing the house in separate vehicles, Todd Palin with blood running down his face and Sarah Palin looking “visibly upset”. Police confronted Track Palin, who called them “peasants” and told them to lay down their weapons, according to the documents. Eventually, Palin left the house and was handcuffed. He told cops he had told his father to shoot him several times, according to the documents. A judge set Track Palin’s bail at $5,000, and he remained jailed at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer, Alaska. (LA Times)


Wednesday keeps us going with:

*International Human Solidarity Day
*Games Day
*Mudd Day
*National Sangria Day
*Poet Laureat Day
*World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

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