Today we go where few dare to read. With reason.
First comes the news that scientists have found evidence that mankind wandered around North America thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
Big woop, you say. But aren’t you the least bit curious how researchers made this discovery? Of course you are.
Human coprolites. There you have it. Fossilized feces. Found ‘em scattered in an Oregon cave. I won’t go into further detail except to wonder out loud if the team entered the cave with that finding as their objective. There are better jobs.
All was going well until the Main Stream Media got their hands on the story. Specifically, the New York Times. Oh, the story was written as tastefully as could be. It’s the graphics ‘twere the culprit.
Ever faithful to “newspaper of record” the photo editor ran a picture of the fossilized feces. The "why" will forever be a mystery. Then they compounded the grievous error with a click-through and these damnable words: “Enlarge this image” adjacent to an icon of a magnifying glass. Enlarge this image? Are you nuts?
Wipe your shoes before you come in.*
OK. Last mention herewith.
Austin, TX, is urging grocers to quit using plastic bags. The city cites clogged landfills, choked wildlife, and such. Instead, they tout reusable bags or recycled paper bags. But phase out the plastic.
Good idea, but there will be consequences. How will pet owners pick up dog poop in the future? Those plastic bags were the working symbol of good pet-owner hygiene. Human, dog, plastic bags equal good citizenship on our block.