Produced by Gary Drevitch
WHEN YOU GET A BUS RUNNING ON BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE, GIVE US A CALL
Several weeks back, we promised our readers we'd monitor George Lucas' new education magazine, Edutopia, for any new developments on standardized testing in Tatooine or busing in the Cloud City. We've yet to spot any news on those fronts, but the Sept./Oct. issue did have an item of note on the switch in school buses from diesel to vegetable-oil infused biodiesel fuel. The fuel is more expensive, of course, but grants from the Clean School Bus USA program are keeping down the cost of trials. Which is all very interesting, but the article's litany of statistics on bus pollution remind us again how much lower in quality school buses are compared to commercial or public buses, especially in terms of ventilation. In short, the air quality inside the bus is worse than the air quality outside. Enjoy your carpool.
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, THEY'LL BE GIVING THE VOTE TO THE SITH LORDS
One more from Lucas: A report on the campaign to lower the voting age. California lawmakers with an extraordinary amount of time on their hands are considering a bill to give a one-quarter vote to 14- and 15-year-olds, and a one-half vote to 16- and 17-year-olds. These lawmakers may have forgotten that the reason 18-year-olds have the vote is because that was the Vietnam-era draft age. If you're old enough to be a warrior in defense of our policies, you're old enough to vote on them, the thinking went. There's no similar motivation to lower the voting age to the driving age, unless California has renamed itself "Beyond Thunderdome."
HEY, DON'T TALK THAT WAY ABOUT OUR MOM, SHE'S A SAINT! PARDON? OH, SORRY, YOU MEAN OUR KIDS' MOM . . .
Parenting has a major article in its latest issue called "How to Make Love to a Mom." The article isn't available online, but we'll reproduce a few of the subheads for you here and let the jokes write themselves:
"Let me get more shuteye"
"Learn to love 'speed sex'"
"Be flexible about timing"
"Watch what I'm doing"
"Give me a hand"
Parenting has a less ribald item in their November issue offering "Superstore-shopping secrets." It's notable only in that it features the single most stunning piece of advice we've ever seen in a major magazine:
"One-stop shopping is convenient, but it can also feel like one big scavenger hunt. To save your sanity. . . . Tackle the store on two separate days, especially if toiletries and groceries are on different sides."
December 6, 2004 | Permalink |
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