Feline Friday: The well read cat

Well-read RomeoYes, it’s another Feline Friday. And this week Romeo’s in more than his fair share of the photos, like this one where he pretends to have read everything, at least those on the lower shelf.

But it’s been quiet in the cat world. And that’s good when you’ve got four geriatric cats.

So without more fussing, check out the week’s photos!

–> See all of this week’s Friday Felines!

Check these Legislative Reference Bureau resources

If you haven’t browsed the various resources available through the Legislative Reference Bureau recently, I think you’ll find a lot of interest.

Here are a few:

iClips, Headlines to your desktop.

A very handy daily compilation of the top local, national, and sometimes international news. This is one that should be bookmarked for regular visits.

LRB Library Reference Desk.

Lots of good links here to journals, organizations, etc. Definitely worth browsing for future reference.

Magazine Sites.

Quite a range, from the Congressional Quarterly and Monthly Labor Review to publications of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Yale Law Journal, and plenty in between.

LRB on Twitter (@LRBlibrary).

Interesting tidbits find their way here. You might as well be among those who see them.

In any case, you’re paying for these resources, so might as well make good use of them!

Marlo’s back!

Mr. MarloMarlo has been “on vacation” from our morning expeditions while his person was traveling for several weeks. But they’re back, and seeing Marlo again is a real treat!

Well, seeing his person was also a treat, but…Marlo is just extra cute and he knows it!

As you can see, he is an expert beggar with a very expressive face and accompanying body language. And he’s persistent!

–> See more of Mr. Marlo along with Pumpkin and Hao!

The Amazon-Whole Foods future

As soon as it was announced that Amazon is taking over Whole Foods, investors quickly bet against other retailers. Walmart, Costco, and Kroger stock lost nearly $19 billion (yes, with a ‘B’) in value last Friday.

Since we now live near a Whole Foods store, I’m interested in how this is going to play out and how it will affect us as consumers.

I’m a bit puzzled by the immediate financial hit to brands like Costco.

Is it really times to give up that Costco membership? I don’t think so.

At the end of 2016, Whole Foods had 431 stores and had scaled back new store openings, while Costco had 727 locations.

Costco boasted about 85 million members. Amazon Prime numbers, the closest comparison, are secret, but estimated somewhere between 54 million and 80 million (a number that reportedly includes trial memberships and student members).

Up until now, Costco seems to have competed effectively with Amazon in areas where they overlap, such as electronics and apparel, so I’m not convinced this is necessarily going to be a slam-dunk for Amazon to pull off.

Amazon also has the daunting task of digesting Whole Foods without undermining the things that the WF brand stands for. Or, perhaps, they think that doesn’t matter.

Then today I read a fascinating article, “Amazon’s new customer,” at stratechery.com.

It’s a very perceptive analysis of Amazon’s approach and well worth pondering.

And now I’m not sure what to think!