Daily Bafflements

The BafflerApril 09, 2015
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The future of commuting, for a few of us. / Leap

• Richard Nixon’s “Western White House” is on the market for $75 million. Unfortunately for prospective buyers of the San Clemente, California estate, you won’t be able to fill the pool or the fountain any time soon.

• In Maharashtra, India, where more than 10,000 farmers have recently committed suicide, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is preaching the gospel of “innovation [and] entrepreneurship” to eradicate the region’s crippling poverty.

• Leap, a San Francisco-based private bus service, is offering commuters the opportunity to skip municipal buses they call “crowded and dirty” (in the words of one startup professional) in favor of “polished wood, black leather, spacious seating, and…two varieties of iced coffee, cold-pressed juices, yoghurts and granola bars.”