Who, the People?

We the People

 

News Headline: “The U.S. is not a democracy but an oligarchy, study concludes.”
B.R., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Oligarchy? Isn’t the better word plutocracy?”
Neither word.
We live in a nation where the wealthiest few increasingly run the show and engage in many corrupt practices, which they largely get away with.
This is because we, the people, have repeatedly voted in ways that allow this to happen.
So we’re talking about a vibrant democracy.

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QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update:

Peter Cervelli, a volcano expert at the U.S. Geological Survey, reassured the public this  week by predicting there won’t be a major eruption ‘”for the next ten thousands of years,” adding:
“We are always prepared to be surprised.”
And who doesn’t like a good surprise?

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A battered icon

Jesus Pancake 2

J.K., a Chicago reader, writes:
“You wrote about a California diner that found an image of Jesus on a Mickey Mouse-shaped pancake.  I went to the news story linked in your item, and the pancake doesn’t look Mickey Mouse-shaped to me.”
A call was placed.
“Cowgirl Cafe.”
The pancake with Jesus on it. The stories said it was cooked Mickey Mouse-shaped. But it doesn’t look Mickey Mouse-shaped.
“One of the employees bit off the ears.”
Thank you.
“You’re welcome.”
Talk about sacrilege. . . .

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