The “Save the Children. And the Elephants” News, 17 March 2016

BBC; Global News Podcast.

Quotes from the News:

“One in seven prime age men between the ages of 25 and 54 isn't working.” David Wessel (NPR; WAMU The Diane Rehm Show)

“Be it resolved that the House of Representatives (1) recognizes magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure and (2) supports efforts to make certain that magic is preserved, understood, and promulgated.” HR 642 Ladies and gentlemen, your American Congress at work. (Slate/Panoply, The Gist podcast)

“It's intriguing – and I think telling- that the number one, hottest enterprise- productivity software company is literally called Slack.” Matt Yglesias (Slate/Panoply, Vox, The Weeds podcast)

“So if I look at Trump's Make Health Reform Great Again. [plan], it basically looks like to me like some intern took some notes on some Republican healthcare plans and, like, turned in this document and they put it on the Internet and that was Donald Trump's healthcare plan…On policy you see him gravitating towards the ideas of the Republican Party by like looking at what the ideas are, taking some notes, and then putting him on his website but then you don't actually see the people who think about those ideas…”Sarah Kliff (Slate/Panoply, Vox, The Weeds podcast)

Merrick Garland “has friends everywhere along the aisle — not just across the aisle. I talked to nothing but conservative judges today, who disagree with him on many things, who love him and respect him and say that he respects them; that as a chief judge, he is the model judge, the person who makes sure that everybody's view is heard and everybody's view is considered.” Nina Tottenberg [and if you're not in love with Merrick Garland after his acceptance speech for the Supreme Court nomination, you have a cold, tiny heart] (MSNBC; The Rachel Maddow Show)


This is What the World Looks Like through the Eyes of Syrian Children:

Drawings by Syrian children

Global Post/Save the Children


Food and Drink: An Update on the Mucky Duck, Southport Road, Indianapolis. Originally, they received a very mixed review. Yes, they still have trivia on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM. Yes, they still have a bizarre dress code posted, but it's much shorter now. They still have a great patio. They've replaced the cheap and sour-smelling carpet with lovely and hygienic stained concrete and the place is much tidier now. Service still needs work. They're hiring cooks, which they probably should. Case in point: a twenty-five minute-plus wait for an $11 appetizer platter comprised of the following— 4 onion rings, 12 cheese balls, 12 fried pickle chips, 4 wings. The wings were good but lukewarm; the cheese balls good but also lukewarm. The pickle chips were not good (neither in breading nor in pickle quality) and they were cold. Four sad onion rings do not even deserve a sentence. The entire plate for eleven American dollars still *pisses* me off, quite frankly. Mucky Duck is improving but not enough to go there without the trivia.



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