Trump: "The nice thing about Twitter, in the old days when I got attacked it would take me years to get even with somebody, now when I'm attacked I can do it instantaneously, and it has a lot of power. You see some genius statements on Twitter. You see some statements coming out which are Ernest Hemingway times two." [Dowd, "Year of Voting Dangerously"] ... ... Another science-fiction theme might become science-fact: "Mini drones sporting horsehair coated in a sticky gel could one day take the pressure off beleaguered bee populations by transporting pollen from plant to plant, researchers said." [Scientific American] ... ... Britney Spears is playing the cougar to get younger men. She was just a virginal teenybopper cockthrob when I was already a dirty old man. Sometimes, too often now, I feel as though I have lived too long. ... ... Pentagon intelligence official: “Since January 20, we’ve assumed that the Kremlin has ears inside the SITROOM”. [Observer] ... ... George F. Will: "The simultaneous arrival of saturation media (broadcast, podcast, Internet, etc.) and uncivil discourse might be a matter of mere correlation, not causation. It would, however, not be rash to think otherwise." [One Man's America] I received my collection of George Will essays. I have come to see essays as being non-fiction's analogy to fiction's short story. And although I am not a fan of short stories, I am into essays in a big way: some good information in one sitting, more bang for the buck.