Ozone action

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So tomorrow is to be an ozone action day in the Chicago area, meaning that those in "sensitive groups" who have sensitive lungs should limit their outdoor activity. And those who pollute (most of us) should try not to. As a sensitive grouper because of my asthma, I therefore should stay indoors in the air conditioning, which filters out many allergens and pollutants, but uses up much energy. And I shouldn't ride my bike, but if I drive instead, that's no good, either. I plan to row on the polluted Chicago River, which is filled with untreated sewage, though the EPA says it needs to be swimable. I like what BART does in the Bay Area: lets people ride the train free on when the ozone is high, on Spare the Air days. Free is always a good incentive. I think all public transit should be free. Which is a dangerous thing to say in these Government is Bad times. It used to be that the anarchists were the ones saying There's no government like no government. Now it's the guys in suits holding tea bags that they could steep safely if they wanted to because the manufacturer had to follow guidelines set by the FDA and OSHA and so on.

{photo courtesy of Tripadvisor}