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.
WHAT’S FOR DINNER? And, just as importantly, who’s making it? Six percent of Americans now say they get food delivered to them every day, and more than a third of people are ordering more delivery than they did a year ago. Venture capitalists are salivating at what this might mean for startups in the food-delivery business. (WSJ)
BILL MAHER: “I see some mean people are saying President Cuckoo’s Nest is losing it because he called Apple’s Tim Cook “Tim Apple” in a meeting. Ridiculous. He’s at the top of his game, and just signed a nuclear arms deal with Chick Corea.”
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HORRIBLE JOB: “Facebook content moderators working for the company Cognizant in Phoenix aren’t allowed to talk about their work. Nor are they even allowed to talk about the fact that Facebook is Cognizant’s client. But day after day, for hours on end, with short and closely monitored breaks and for $28,800 a year, they watch terrible, terrible things. These things include videos of murders, which, they know, violate Section 13 of Facebook’s community standards.” (The Verge)
DOGS ON CHAINS: WTF is with having a dog and keeping it outside hooked to a chain? What sick psycho need does that satisfy? So much for it’s a dog’s life being a good thing!