A short take on today’s stories

BY JOE GENCO

–Interesting read from Erin Koprevich. Suck it up, buttercup. If your world sucks and your life sucks and everyone you meet sucks the real problem is you. It’s sort of like if everyone you meet is an asshole perhaps you should look in the mirror. http://thoughtcatalog.com/…/hate-to-break-it-to-you-but-yo…/

–I was never much for Star Wars. I watched the first couple and then lost interest. Penn Gillette’s recap of meeting Carrie Fisher at the Adult Video Awards, however, is interesting. http://www.cnn.com/…/opinions/carrie-fisher-penn…/index.html

–A writer from Erie, Pa. shares a fawning endorsement of our fine city. http://www.goerie.com/…/2016…/buffalo-revival-spurs-revisits

–Bored teens, wandering around The Gonorrhea Mall, apparently get in fights and end up being arrested. Why does anyone shop at that place? http://wivb.com/…/a-dozen-young-teens-arrested-at-walden-g…/

–A Conservative Congressman from South Carolina, interloping with a Republican study group, speculates about how his interests might best be advanced with a Republican Congress and Trump in the White House. I think we are witnessing the perpetuation of the oligarchy. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/…/po…/article123104179.html

–An artichoke with legs is on the verge of extinction because Chinese people use its scales as medicine and its meat is a delicacy. I never heard of a pangolin either. http://www.npr.org/…/china-announces-its-largest-ever-seizu…

–Deep thought from Ben: If we are going to make America great again, to what time are we trying to get back? Perhaps 1980 or 81 when Steppenwolf played the Hassle Free Wehrle Drive which also screened soft porn? Or was it some time sooner or later?

–Planning travel? Consider where your dollar goes furthest. Here’s a list of nations with currency that had the greatest 2016 decline. The one that seems most fun could be Turkey. http://money.cnn.com/…/inv…/worst-currencies-2016/index.html

–Polar bear versus walrus. I won’t tell you who wins. Watch the video. http://www.bbc.com/…/st…/20161219-polar-bear-versus-walruses

–Among the silliest calls received by Chatham-Kent, Ont. police in 2016: Cops checked the welfare of a woman who posted “he’s trying to kill me” on Facebook. Apparently, it was a reference to her husband’s flatulence. Oh for fart’s sake. http://chathamvoice.com/…/top-silly-calls-to-local-cops-in…/

–I guess I don’t listen to much pop music. I’ve only heard of 6 of the Top 20 artists to release pop albums in 2016. http://www.rollingstone.com/…/the-1975-i-like-it-when-you-s…

–Boyd Curiosity: If your lawn is average, I’m told it hosts 100 different kinds of animals big enough to be visible.

–This makes more sense. Name Paladino to coach the Bills. Why not. http://tommunist.com/2016/12/pegulasnamepaladinobillscoach/

–Rex might be gone, but as long as Whaley is still here, any coaching search is doomed for more mediocrity. http://www.espn.com/…/in-tasking-doug-whaley-with-finding-c…

–Meanwhile, the Jets come to town with ill winds circling Todd Bowles and the media, at least Manish Mehta, calling for continuity because 2 years isn’t enough. Umm ahh how long was it Rex got again? http://www.nydailynews.com/…/todd-bowles-deserves-vote-conf…

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