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Sunday, March 09, 2014

You'll soon be waking






* Alley.

* When is a political contribution a bribe?. Bottom line: When a public sector union gives a contribution to a politician, it's evil and begets corruption. When wealthy individuals and businesses give contributions to a politician, it's wholesome and good government. So says the multi-millionaire who received hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions from the wealthy. *snort*

* Pizza Hut's 2,880-calorie monster: a taste of a burgeoning global food crisis:

A chilly late autumn day in 2013 and I am sitting in a central London branch of Pizza Hut trying not to be noticed. I wanted a table towards the back but they directed me instead to one here, in the window. I turn my body away from the glass, but it makes no difference. I am well over six foot, have a chest so big there are plans to build a high-speed rail link between my nipples, and have hair like an unlit bonfire. Plus I whore about on television. Sitting in a public place inconspicuously is not part of my skill set.

Read the whole thing. It gets much better and more serious than that.

* How Wonder Bread Saved Civilization. Before it was the scorn of nutritionists, fortified white bread was a health food breakthrough that helped stop disease and win a war.

* Are Chicago's elite private schools as diverse as they claim to be? The socioeconomic makeup of the city's private schools is a public policy issue—or should be one.

* Don't they know how to fold a newspaper? (Thanks, Jayette.)

* How to fold a broadsheet (pdf).

* How to fold a pressman's hat.

* Since 1880, at least 533,443 female babies in the U.S. have been named Marie (female ranking #54 in popularity out of 63,246 female names in SSA database). At least 2,193 male babies have been named Marie (male ranking #2,493 in popularity out of 38,015 male names). About 59 percent of the people named Marie since 1880 are no longer living.

* Marie....

Posted by Marie at March 9, 2014 8:53 PM