Mmmm gimme doughnut

 'Unbearable:' Bear seeking doughnuts tears off car bumper

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ A bear with a sweet tooth ripped off the bumper of a car used to deliver doughnuts in Colorado then tried to claw its way through the trunk to get inside.

All right. That's it.

Trump EPA plan endangers a global gem — our Great Lakes | Chicago Sun-Times

"Slashing funding for the sensible Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million annually to $0. Potentially closing the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency’s Region 5 office in Chicago, which includes the Great Lakes National Program Office, and transferring its staff to Kansas. Rolling back Clean Water Act standards that protect safe, clean drinking water.

What are they thinking?"


Much of what we now call "infrastructure" was, once upon a long time ago, called "public works"

Lessons to be learned from privatization of parking meters | Chicago Sun-Times

"The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Trump administration is 'drafting plans to privatize some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities.'"

And I’m opposed to selling it off. It’s like eating your seed corn or something. (I’m not a farmer. I’m just pretending I know what that means. But I think it means it’s stupid, which happens to be exactly what I mean, so it works. It’s dumb.)

Plus, I can’t see how selling a rest stop on the Interstate makes much difference to the national state of affairs. But maybe a nice bauble for the occasional campaign contributor…

Here's some nasty news to start your final weekend

Republicans want to let robocallers spam your voicemail - The Washington Post

The Republican National Committee is backing a petition that would allow political campaigns and businesses to leave automated messages on your voicemail, without your phone having to ring. 

MUCH LATER: I don't know what I had in mind when I wrote "final" at the head of this pos, but whatever it was, it was not meant to be prophetic. Relax.


Not exactly a glowing review

New Amazon bookstore looks like airport desperation pit-stop | New York Post

Those New Yorkers—hard to please.

Whar's the matter with kids today?

Methanol detected for first time around young star

(Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way?)

First, no

The all-new Things. Your to-do list for Mac & iOS

I do not need a personal task manager. I do not need any sort of task manager at all because I do not do tasks, at least not the kind that need managing in any way. 

Although if you ever come up with anti-task software let me know and I will put it on my Things to Think About Maybe Someday list.

A rose by any other name would be…

…well, a rose, probably. But “George” would rhyme with “charge,” and other delightful things.

How Shakespeare spoke: Original Pronunciation, rhymes, and puns | OxfordWords blog""


Thanks! I was wondering about that

Why Trump women wore veils but not headscarves on foreign trip - NY Daily News

"The Vatican has a strict rule about how women must dress in the presence of the Pope. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, enforced no such rule on the Trumps, even though women who live in the conservative Muslim kingdom are expected to be covered in public."

It’s hard to stay on top of this stuff. Me, I never even understood hair. Why is hair political. Why, in fact, is hair. I say, off with it.

Not that I could say much else.

Helen Gone of our travel department agrees…

…if the Toledo bus station is the last place on earth, don't go there. You will be better off just…not.

I know this because I spent a week there last Sunday night.

In the course of a round-trip to Ohio by Greyhound, I became intimately acquainted with three bus stations, in fact: New York's Port Authority building at 42nd and 8th (dingy but tolerable, and moderately entertaining); the bus station in Cleveland (you wouldn't want to be there twice but yet I was); and Toledo (The Pit).

The agent at Toledo mumbled under his breath, "why do they keep sending people here?"

I have the feeling I was lucky to have got out at all.

Also, a shout-out to Greyhound for installing new seats that are even more uncomfortable than the old ones. And they said it could't be done.

I am off for Vermont in the morning, but only for a few hours. So how bad can that be?