By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, I must beg your indulgence to make today’s Water Cooler an open thread; I got bogged down in trying to dope out what the heck Dimon, Bezos, and Buffett are up to in their new and extremely vaguely-defined health care venture. (I also ran out of storage space on my Mac and Yahoo Mail — I know, I know… — where are my sources are, decided to act up.) So if anybody knows of a mail program that’s free, includes the ability to direct mail to folders via macros, has good search tools, and the good iOS app my workflow demands, I’m open to it; but I’ve tried Yandex, and it’s not good enough, especially its app. –lambert
Talk amongst yourselves, but allow me the pleasure of doing a minor happy dance that at the Super Bowl, for once, the good guys (here’s why) won. That’s a very good start for 2018. (Disclosure: I lived in Center City Philadelphia for several years — right near the Ritz, in fact — and really did come to love it. I also lived in Boston for seventeen years, and didn’t have one twinge of nostalgia for it when I left, although one can hardly blame the Patriots for that.)
So herewith some random, post-game Tweets:
The Bill Belichick postgame press conference is the closest we’ll get to seeing Henry Kissinger put on trial for his crimes
— Dan O'Sullivan (@Bro_Pair) February 5, 2018
So there is justice. And then there are the fans:
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 5, 2018
Sure, the Ritz, but why stop there? What about the Wharton School and the Philadelphia Fed?
He’s got a point:
Can’t wait for the #BlackLivesMatter Hayes to trash Philly fans for trashing the city. Surely @SheriffClarke will be popping up on @FoxNews to call them thugs and to decry the lawlessness. https://t.co/X6HjPKtzI3
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) February 5, 2018
I mean, the Ritz awning jumpers weren’t dragged away by Imperial Storm Troopers, right?
And then this call, ZOMG:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 5, 2018
Somehow, I don’t think the bearded Patriot dude on the sidelines is saying “How do you igure…”
Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, with (a) links, and even better (b) sources I should curate regularly, (c) how to send me a check if you are allergic to PayPal, and (d) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please place it at the start of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. Today’s plant:
This is another hopeful crocus, which I believe I have run before, but all the plant pictures are trapped in my mail as well… (This is in fact what crocuses would look like in my garden after the snow is gone, because I mulch with dead leaves.)
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