SPACE SUIT: Neil Armstrong’s 1969 spacesuit has been restored and will be put on display at the National Air & Space Museum in DC. It’s taken four years and cost $700,000 to get back in show off condition.
CEO PAY DISPARITY: Digest this middle-class. In the 1970s corporate CEOs earned 30 times their workers pay. In 2017 they earned 361 times. Now, don’t you feel better that you’ve voted for conservative economics?
FedEx DIVORCES: For whatever reasons FedEx has announced it will no longer be hauling packages for Amazon. I think it may have something to do with Amazon boxes bearing something that resembles a phallic symbol!
BUSING: According to Borowitz Ivanka has come out against busing; “I’ve never taken a bus in my life – they’re gross!”
IS TRUMP STUPID? That was a recent question asked on a cable news show. I don’t know if he is stupid, which could be forgiven. What I’m sure he is, however, is willfully ignorant. That cannot be forgiven, of anyone, especially a president.
MOST AMERICAN CAR: Want to buy an American made car? According to factors like most American factory jobs created, national source of parts, and influence on the US economy, the closest you can get to US made is the Jeep Cherokee. Ironically Jeep is owned by the Italian company, Fiat.
VETTING: “Before Trump took office, his transition team vetted dozens of people for potential roles in the administration. That kind of thing leaves a paper trail — one that’s now at least partially public. Axios obtained nearly 100 documents that detail the potential vulnerabilities of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, among lots of others. Many of the “red flags” had to do with negative comments about Trump.” Axios
SCOTCH WHISKEY: 90% of Scotch whiskey is sold outside the UK and 90% of Scotch sold is blended Scotch. Single malt makes up the remainder of the market. Come and enjoy a wee dram with me!
MONEY HONEY: There used to be a good economic argument to be made for $1 coins — coins are more expensive to make but last much longer than paper money. But now, driven in part by our increasingly cashless world, that’s no longer the case. In 2011, a typical paper dollar lasted for a little more than three years — now it lasts nearly eight. The Government Accountability Office estimates that the government would lose between $611 million and $2.6 billion over three decades by eliminating the dollar bill (NPR)
LAUNDRY STARCH: Have you tried to buy a can of spray starch lately? Almost non-existent. As a kid in SC poor people would buy boxes of lump starch and eat it. When it hit the tongue it would turn to a sweet sugary substance.
KENTUCKY ELK: Apparently Kentucky’s program to reintroduce elk is working. Coming through the mountains of Eastern KY I saw any number of elk crossing signs.
GOING ELECTRIC: According to Reuters, in March, fully electric cars made up nearly 60 percent of the new-car market in Norway, a world record. A recent increase in the electric sales coincided with deliveries of Tesla’s Model 3 and Audi’s e-tron. The country aims to end sales of all fossil-fuel vehicles by 2025.
TRAFFIC FEES: NYC may soon join London and other major cities who charge driver’s extra fees to enter the more congested areas of the city. The plan seems to be aimed at both reducing vehicular traffic and raising money to repair the subway system.
POOR WHITE CRACKERS: I spent the day driving through the mountains and valleys of North Georgia. Everything is in bloom here and it really is beautiful. I came down from one mountain into a creek bottom and was stunned by a sea of red, white, and blue. There was a small army of native-born poor American white crackers, donned with red, white, and blue kerchiefs around their necks and bright red MAGA caps on their heads, working the blooming onion fields. I did some research and the blooming onions will be exported to Australia, thus improving our nation’s trade deficit. This freaking Trump is working his genius. Who needs immigrant pickers when you got a bunch of poor white crackers? BTW, I swear on a stack of Trump autographed Bibles that this is true!
DONALD SOPRANO: Watching Tony Soprano engaging in patient-client conversation with his shrink, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, is exactly what it would be like if Trump was to ever seek psychological therapy. Trump and Soprano’s personality traits are so similar.