1050 Cleaning the Bomb Test Site
There’s plenty of serviceable, lightly used shrapnel around, so it’s time to clean up the scraps and leave them neatly collected here.
--The Bloomberg Administration has let a contract to Northrop-Grumman for sugar detectors it will place at the exits of every shop that sells sugary beverages. But it can’t afford to staff all locations. So if you exceed the Maximum Allowable Quantity, MAQ, prison bars will shoot out of the ground to hold you until the arrival of an agent of the Sugar police, which could take awhile, depending on traffic.
--They first considered sugar-sniffing dogs. But that would require an act of the City Council because it would require creating a new training facility. And there’s that staffing issue again.
--Only 14 days to go and the Olympics freak show will be over, two little weeks. Cause for celebration. Anyone know which of NBC’s 23 cable channels is going to carry the tiddlywinks final between Sudan and Monaco?
--On a serious note, it’s been 40 years since the Palestinian terrorist attack on the Israeli team at the Munich Olympics. Since then, no progress has been made in relations between the two sides, despite concessions galore from the famously rotating governments of Israel. As Pete Seeger sang “when will they ever learn?”
--Former colleague Bob Shannon of CBS/FM has been taken off the on-air rotation about eight months into a sick leave. Everyone knows Bob and what a huge talent and wonderful person he is. And no one is talking about what ails him, though it’s probably something more serious than an ingrown toenail.
--Welcome to the fray, RocksTV, a British Television outfit that wants to compete here with JTV and Liquidation Channel. It’s something to watch with the sound turned off. The English pitch-birds are a pleasure to see but you can’t understand a word they’re saying.
--If you have a few dozen Facebook friends who post their every location, you have two things. First is an annoyance -- as in who cares where you are. Second is fodder for blackmail in case someone DOES care where they are.
--Hansel and Gretel’s bread crumb trails on Facebook aren’t the greatest annoyance. There are those who have to post 40-thousand photos a year of themselves and from places they believe we should all swooningly care about. Next comes the tonsil cam, or worse, the toilet cam.
--The country’s psychopathic gun nuts are helping population control in two significant ways. First, they’re eliminating people they consider extraneous, some of which may not be. Second, they’re discouraging immigration along with the attending of movies, elementary schools, high schools, colleges, shopping at malls and other overdone activities.
--Happy 107th birthday, aunt Trude Frohman. We will have to celebrate without you again this year. It’s the 15th year we’ve had to do that.
I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®
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