Cutting Wine & Cheese Could Save Colorado's Southwest Chief

According to the Denver Post, “Cuts in luxuries may save Colorado Southwest Chief stops, Amtrak says“.

Garcia said he was heartened that Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman promised to help rescue the line by cost-cutting measures, including eliminating complimentary wine and cheese, as well as pillow chocolates, flowers and vases, and newspapers on three of its routes.

The move comes as the railroad moves to answer congressional criticisms and stop the losses from its food and beverage service alone that totaled $72 million in fiscal 2012, according to the news website Politico Pro.

To keep the Southwest Chief on its current route, Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas share the costs of the track maintenance and upgrades with Amtrak and BNSF. The plan calls for the states to each provide $4 million annually for a decade.

It would be really great if we had a good quality train system alternative to flying in the US. I hate flying.

Chicken McNuggets Is Still Not Pink Goo

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Back in 2010 the internet freaked out about a picture of pink goo that was claimed to be mechanically separated chicken. I wrote “Fake Picture Of Mechanically Separated Chicken” where I try to explain how it’s not possible.

McDonalds Canada has released a video “Pink goop in Chicken McNuggets? McDonald’s Canada answers (Super Bowl XLVIII)” (apparently it was a Canadian Superbowl ad) that shows how mechanically separated chicken is used to make Chicken McNuggets.

The offical ingredients list of Chicken McNuggets from the McDonald’s website

Ingredients: White Boneless Chicken, Water, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Seasoning (Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavoring [Botanical Source], Safflower Oil, Dextrose, Citric Acid), Sodium Phosphates, Natural Flavor (Botanical Source). Battered and Breaded with: Water, Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Yellow Corn Flour, Bleached Wheat Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate), Spices, Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Corn Starch.

What surprises me is the source of the original pink goo picture still has not been identified.