Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pigging Out On This Plate

Almost dinner time, so take a look at today's Globe menu:

"Last Titanic lunch menu, saved by survivor, going to auction" Associated Press  August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The Titanic’s last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard a lifeboat before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction.

Abraham Lincoln Salomon was one of a handful of first-class passengers who boarded the lifeboat — dubbed the ‘‘Money Boat’’ or ‘‘Millionaire’s Boat’’ by the press because of unfounded rumors one of them bribed seven crew members to quickly row the boat away from the sinking ship rather than rescue others.

The menu, which listed corned beef, dumplings, and other savory items, is signed on the back in pencil by another first-class passenger, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who escaped on another lifeboat. It’s believed the two men lunched together that fateful day in 1912....


My companion will have the fish:

"Before dinosaurs, water bug was Earth’s first big predatory monster" Associated Press  September 01, 2015

WASHINGTON — Earth’s first big predatory monster was a weird water bug as big as Tom Cruise, newly found fossils show.

Tom Cruise is really some sort of water insect?

Almost half a billion years ago, way before the dinosaurs roamed, Earth’s dominant large predator was a sea scorpion that grew to 5 feet 7 inches, with a dozen claw arms sprouting from its head and a spike tail, according to a new study.

Scientists found signs of these new monsters of the prehistoric deep in Iowa, of all places....

You all done with your plate?


It was the ‘‘first real big predator,’’ and the last one in recorded history will be known as man.


"The problem with plastics in the ocean is increasing as the world makes more of the stuff."

Little bit of indigestion there.

I'll have the pork:

"Indiana officer, denied ‘oink’ vanity plate, sues" Associated Press  August 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s highest court heard arguments Thursday on whether a police officer was wrongly denied a vanity license plate saying ‘OINK,’ which state officials had deemed offensive.

Solicitor General Thomas Fisher told the Indiana Supreme Court that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has the right to reject offensive messages sought on personalized license plates. Indiana revoked the officer’s plate, just as it could deny a request for a plate bearing a racial slur, he said.

‘‘Every license plate has government speech on it,’’ Fisher argued. ‘‘The BMV needs discretion to operate this program successfully.’’

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, representing Greenfield police Officer Rodney Vawter, says the BMV decision violates free speech rights.

Vawter sued the BMV after it revoked his plate, a tongue-in-cheek reference to his job. 

It's the same double standard that applies to the n- and f- words.


Would you like a soda to wash that down? 

Of course, we could always order Chinese....

I like to go for a walk after dinner, so....

"Police stumped for a motive in Manchester, N.H., shooting" by Andy Rosen Globe Staff  August 31, 2015

A longtime advertising sales employee at the New Hampshire Union Leader, described as an “extraordinary individual,” was shot to death Sunday evening and investigators are looking for the driver of a pickup truck seen pulling away after the attack.

Denise Robert, 62, of Bedford, N.H., was walking on a darkened street in a quiet, upscale area of Manchester around 9 p.m. after going to a gym and shopping at several stores. She regularly walked in the area on Sunday nights, according to Manchester Police Chief Enoch F. Willard.

Willard resisted defining the shooting as random, reasoning that Robert was not in an area prone to violence.

“I believe there’s some sort of intent here,” he said at an afternoon news conference. “I just don’t know what it is.”


This blog is full up for today. 

Time to put on some music and fall asleep.

UPDATE: Reward offered in shooting death