Calvin Trillin gem of an essay on the picking of restaurants

One of the wonderful things about the population density of NYC is that anyone can have friends of every age, most cultures, every gender, and more — and there’s a place to eat that will suit each of us. Not everyone goes out to eat at restaurants regularly but it's definitely far more prevalent here … Continue reading Calvin Trillin gem of an essay on the picking of restaurants

Huge, bi-partisan, public land bill worth a look

This bill passed with Republican and Democratic support. A shame that doesn't happen more often. The Washington Post has done a fine job here of describing the skeleton of a huge expansion in public lands. Now if only we could limit commercial exploitation of these lands thru drilling, improper forest management, and more. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/02/12/senate-just-passed-decades-biggest-public-lands-package-heres-whats-it/

Gmail’s internet-based service is providing many new right-click features

A substantial revision to Gmail's web-based email app is being rolled out now.  I highly recommend checking out this article from Tom's Guide that also links to other useful Gmail tips: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/gmail-right-click-options,news-29390.html But here's a quickie summary from Boy Genius Report.: https://bgr.com/2019/02/12/gmail-update-new-right-click-menu-coming-to-all-gmail-accounts/ Gmail is finally getting the right-click features we’ve always wanted Chris Smith @chris_writes February … Continue reading Gmail’s internet-based service is providing many new right-click features

Water weight is changing Antartica in unexpected ways

Antarctica was once a very different land containing tropical climates. The melting of the ice sheets and snow accumulated over thousands of years is bringing that land back to the surface. That movement is so major that the ice shelves around the continent are being affected. Nature is mighty. https://www.livescience.com/64758-meltwater-is-breaking-antarctica.html Lakes of Melted Snow Are … Continue reading Water weight is changing Antartica in unexpected ways

In case you like the food kit concept but wonder how green they are

I've tried several of the major and minor food kit services that deliver you exactly what you need in the way of ingredients for X number of usually very tasty meals. From personal experience, I was appalled at the amount of packaging required to safely bring refrigerated ingredients to my door and eventually stopped for … Continue reading In case you like the food kit concept but wonder how green they are

DHS reducing its capability to handle foreign meddling with our elections

With each fresh proven allegation about foreign interference in our elections, you'd think we'd be more alert rather than less. No. You might even think such activity would be viewed as a serious threat to national security (unlike a procession of poor non-white people wanting to enter our country). Also no. This sort of neglect … Continue reading DHS reducing its capability to handle foreign meddling with our elections

GOP administrations 38 times the criminal convictions of Dems over 55 years

Whether or not you agreed with President Obama's views, there were no top officials facing corruption or other criminal accusations. This administration? A different story. Turns out the contrast between Republicans and Democrats can be seen as standard over the course of at least 55 years. https://rantt.com/gop-admins-had-38-times-more-criminal-convictions-than-democrats-1961-2016/ GOP Admins Had 38 Times More Criminal Convictions … Continue reading GOP administrations 38 times the criminal convictions of Dems over 55 years