First off, Happy Earth Day! I hesitate to talk about this topic at all because I'm about to make fun of a lot of people's religious faith... but here goes. When people speak with you about some radical change that will save the world - not just on environmental issues but on any issue - and they do so with religious fervor, you should either rigorously question what they are saying until you find the gaping hole in their theory, or simply run like hell. I present to you the results of radical change to save the Earth. Blood is being shed because of a cockamamie idea which turns out to be not a lot better than witch doctor science. At least witch doctor science has a placebo effect; but this snake oil was sold as having better effects on all of us than aspirin, penicillin, and Dr. Mertens Hair Restorative Tonic, rolled into one. Unintended consequences? Sure, it's possible to be surprised by what happened here. But only if you were willfully blind to the warnings. No, it's not the end of the world yet, and I'm sure the press reports are subject to the usual distortions and exaggerations, but there's clearly a problem here caused by bad policy. Remember this the next time somebody says they're here to save you, and all it will take is radical change, and by the way, they have *exactly* the plan... Thus endeth today's sermon, flame away in comments if you think we just haven't tried hard enough to convert our food sources into fuel for our cars and homes, and that if we try a bit harder or encourage the Brazilians to raze the rain forest to grow extra cane sugar for the Escalades, that it will all work out for Ma Earth...
Different subject - you probably think that Shaquille O'Neill was the first sports star to transition from playing to singing. But he was just following in some much smaller footsteps... Fausto Coppi's. Seriously. Check this out - Coppi and Bartali sing a duet.
Okay, that wasn't good enough for you? Fine.
How 'bout I let this jackhole steal ten minutes of your life, that you'll never get back? Here, have a heaping helping of that insane little dude, the Opinionated Cyclist.