First, a new story kicks off today, Prophecies and Penalties. Meet data analyst Emily Fisher. She’s going home. Great? She doesn’t think so. She’s even less happy about the reason why. You can start with chapter one, “The Iron Lady.” And a new chapter will go up every Friday before noon, Boston time (GMT – 5).
Second, it’s the birthday of that cheerful fellow who predicted that we’d inevitably starve due to population growth, Robert Malthus (1766); the man with the wheel, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. (1859); union leader and landfill participant, Jimmy Hoffa (1913); sometime fake Amish woman Florence Henderson (1934), and your truly (19%*). Despite these legendary names, today is not an official holiday in Massachusetts, Tuvalu, or Svalbard, though in New Jersey the police celebrate the day by digging through yet another landfill without success.