War and chickpeas

From CQ Politics: Like Hansel and Gretel hoping to follow their bread crumbs out of the forest, the FBI sifted through customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores in 2005 and 2006, hoping that sales records of Middle Eastern food would lead to Iranian terrorists. The idea was that a spike in, say, falafel sales, combined with other data, would lead to Iranian secret agents in the south San Francisco-San Jose area.

Libraries, and other wastes of time

The following is the text of a half-page advertisement placed in the Winters Express newspaper of February 20th. It was paid for by the “Save Winters Committee” of Winters, California. A new library will end up costing the people of Winters over $30 million in new taxes… And for what? A library that is only used by less than seventy people a month. It would be far cheaper for Winters to hire taxicabs and send people to the University of Davis Library than for us to pay millions of dollars to entertain a few people.