The news you may have missed (which I forgot to post before going to bed last night):
- Sometimes a news headline leaves you simply asking, "What?" That's what I asked after I read this headline: "Mozzarella arrests made after counterfeit cheese found in Italy". There are many laws in Italy which are publicly ignored both by criminals and the authorities (simply look on the sidewalks of Rome for evidence of this), but food they take seriously.
- The Illinois Department of Transportation expects new construction zone signs equipped with radar speed detection to save more lives. One wonders why these new signs will be effective if the old signs that threatened heavy fines and imprisonment were ineffective. Road signs, after all, are not efficacious.
- According to Credit Donkey, college graduates this year would do well to move to my hometown of Quincy, Illinois, which comes in at #8 among the best top cities for college grads in 2014 for the following reasons:
The Gem City is home to 62,000 people, many of whom apparently like bars. The commute is on the low side here, and the median rent is well below the average median rent of $720.
- Unemployment rate: 5.1%
- Population with bachelor’s degree: 13.7%
- Median rent: $606
- Commute time: 17.1 minutes
- Bars per 10,000 people: 5.19
It is commonly said - with some exaggeration - that Quincy has a bar and a church on every corner. It was even said that Quincy had more bars than churches. That, however, is untrue. One of the sociology professors at Quincy University looked into this question and the numbers to be close, but churches outnumber bars.
- Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has compiled a list of 76 instances where President Obama and/or his administration has abused the power of office.
- In Ohio, a county probate judge has ordered a man to stop reproducing. Regardless of what you think of the man in question, this sentence should deeply trouble you. Other governments have forbidden certain segments of the population from reproducing, and it did not end well.
- Christians in Jerusalem are concerned they may not be allowed to see their spiritual leaders - including Pope Francis - during the upcoming apostolic journey to the Holy Land.