A short take on today’s news


–A Key Bank security guard who tackled and apprehended a bank robber appears destined to lose his job for not following protocol. He should have just watched and reported later. Yeah, I’d get fired for that, too. http://wivb.com/…/local-security-guard-could-lose-job-afte…/

–Ted-x Buffalo represents the sort of intellectual discourse to which we should all be paying attention. Here Allison Sagraves talks about her role as a citizen data scientist, counting penguins. https://www.buffalorising.com/…/become-a-citizen-data-scie…/

–National Fuel, a robust and successful company, has filed for a rate hike that will cost the average homeowner $69 per year. Naysayers are questioning whether the hike is to actually support infrastructure or to enable borrowing and expansion and (egads) fracking. http://www.dailypublic.com/…/national-fuel-fracking-dollars…

–The American Dialect Society has named “dumpsterfire” as its word of the year. http://www.sfgate.com/…/It-s-official-the-2016-Word-of-the-…

–The oligarchy lives. Just as Obama gave ambassadorships to those who raised the most coin, so goes Donald. Drain the swamp? More like change the alligators. The game does not change. Thanks Dave Levinthalhttps://www.publicintegrity.org/…/barack-obamas-ambassador-…

–Dave Levinthal, twice in one day. A poet offers his opinion of how standardized Texas elementary school testing formats his poems in such a way as to make the resulting questions incomprehensible. http://www.dallasnews.com/…/answer-staar-test-questions-poem

–North and South Korea are bickering like schoolyard bullies, each afraid to throw the first punch. I suppose that rhetoric has been flying forever, but I am more remain scared. http://www.cnn.com/…/south-korea-kim-jong-un-bri…/index.html

–Here’s a fun detail buried in the repeal of the Affordable Care Act: Your employer contribution to health benefits could become taxable as income. In exchange you would receive a $7,500 standard deduction for health insurance. I have mixed thoughts about this and am not sure I fully understand the proposal. http://jamiedupree.blog.ajc.com/…/obamacare-repeal-gop-loo…/

–Boyd Curiosity: In old England, beer was a breakfast food.

–Things are looking up for the Canadian economy. http://www.cbc.ca/…/busin…/canada-economy-forecast-1.3924590

–I started listening to NPR’s Austin 100 yesterday, the Top 100 songs as seen by NPR from South-by-Southwest. Here’s the link. http://apps.npr.org/austin/

–Zach Brown, one of the Bills’ too slow, can’t tackle linebackers, felt compelled to Tweet about Kiko Alonzo Sunday. Hey, here’s a thought. Trade Shady for Kiko. He only has a few years left and Kiko could be the start of a rebuilt defense. http://www.miamiherald.com/…/miami-do…/article125325974.html

–Playing with Sabres points earned by goalie: Nilsson: 15 of 24 possible points, 6-3-3, 62.5%. Lehner 23 of 52 possible points, 9-12-5, 44%. Switch their roles and 32 points from Nilsson, 11 from Lehner. That gives the Sabres 43 points, one behind the Senators for the final playoff spot rather than 39, 5 points out. Fire Bylsma already.

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