"The oil glut — the unsold crude that is piling up around the world — is a quandary and a source of investor anxiety…"
Really, I like the stuff. I make it with cinnamon and maybe some berries or a good glop of yogurt on top. But it’s just not the right thing for a dark, cold, rainy January morning like the one we have here, now.
So I was setting up to make eggs and sausage when I had this thought: What about a nice peanut butter and banana sandwich?
"Republican donors, who had long assumed that the outsider candidates would self-destruct and that voters would rally around someone such as former Florida governor Jeb Bush, are suddenly adjusting their thinking and strategies."
"In late December the Produce Alliance, a manager of 50 specialty distributors, rated the level of cauliflower, which usually ranges from high to low, an 'ACT OF GOD.'"
Actually we kind of like cauliflower, and it’s also good4U. But it’s not like we’re going to starve without it. We have plenty of potato chips and other stuff.
Did Jeb look last night like a guy who’d wandered into a buzz saw or what? Loath as I am to see another Bush (or Clinton) in the White House (these are the only two people in the entire country who can do that job?) I still have to think Jeb is the most decent man in the Republican race. Granted, it’s a pretty low bar. But still. His father is a decent man, I think, not that I agreed with him on much. And I don’t even want to think about the other one.
Meanwhile Bush has landed Lindsey Graham’s endorsement, so there’s that.
"New York’s taxes may be high, but it’s not a net taker from the federal till. On the contrary, it’s one of the biggest net subsidizers — while Cruz’s state, Texas, gets back more from the federal government than it sends to it in taxes."
Apparently this is joyful news.
"Here are some things that have been compared to moonshots: Google Books, nuclear fusion, Google Glass, artificial brains, drone delivery, getting from New York to London in one hour, a really big home run.
Here are some things that actually are moonshots: going to the moon."
"Michele Ribeiro, Oregon State’s interim mental health promotion director, explained that going to Starbucks and purchasing coffee involves implicit bias and relates to white cops shooting black people 'because it is a common, everyday thing people do.'"
…and it’s a good thing, Apparently the rebels were running critically short of body wash and French vanilla creamer, not to mention boxer shorts—had the makings of a real tragedy. (In fact it almost was.)
"The skull on a whale is quite thick and it’s virtually impossible to shoot it with a high-powered rifle…"
…I don’t believe in wind chill. If I did it’d be pretty nippy out there (I spent the morning doing errands and laundry); it’s blowing so hard there is, I’m told, an Advisory. (I don’t believe in advisories much either. I might if I were driving a boat or a truck or even a car but I’m not, I’m just walking around, so who cares?)
Everybody knows that in the winter, the wind feels cold. Wear a hat.
Otherwise, it’s a perfectly pleasant January-in-New-England day, 25-ish and cheerfully sunny.
"Too often in recent years with the rise of social media, student-athletes and students have developed a misplaced idea that they can say whatever they want wherever they want and get away with it."
"Officers were able to climb into the hole and give the man aid before pulling him to the surface, police said."
"It feels different this year. The Patriots have dutifully signed up for the playoffs with their usual first-round bye and second-round home game (thank you, Buffalo, Miami, and New York), but this year it feels that in order to go to the Super Bowl, they are actually going to have to (gulp) . . . earn it. Imagine."
"'Although we are disappointed, we are celebrating the fact that this is a historic case,' he said. 'For the first time we are arguing that an animal can own property, rather than merely being a piece of property himself. [Sic—shouldn’t that be ’theirself’?]'"
"PETA argued he [the monkey of the second part] should be declared owner of the photos and receive damages for copyright infringement that would be used for habitat preservation."
"Past culprits have included 'leaves on the line' and 'the wrong type of snow.'"
"The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, a show of force following North Korea's nuclear test last week."
I’m not quite comprehending the symbolism here.
"Did you notice the team going 1-12 on third down while it was dismantling Georgia 38-10 earlier this season? Or 4-12 while squeezing the life out of Michigan State in the semifinals?"
"Yes, squirrels and other animals cause hundreds of power outages every year and yet the only confirmed infrastructure cyberattack that has resulted in physical damage that is publicly known is Stuxnet."
"Perhaps only in Minnesota would people go to a hockey rink to get warm."
Maybe I'll just stay right here. Or see if I can.