“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of another… There are just some kind of men who are so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one; you can look down the street and see the results.”—Harper Lee (via notalwaysluminous)
“In an April conference call, TCF Bank Vice Chairman of Lending Craig Dahl explained the segment’s allure. Consumers with a car loan “pay it before their home mortgage loan and they pay it before their credit card loan,” he said, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript.”—Try not to get yourself into a situation where you have to make choices like this.
“A leading scientist was ejected by fellow audience members during a performance of Handel’s Messiah after he took the director’s invitation to “clap and whoop” to the music a step too far by attempting to crowd-surf.”—
"Proportion of head injuries rises in cities with bike share programs" (Washington Post)
"Study: Cities with bike shares saw spike in head injuries" (MyNorthwest.com)
"City Bike Share Programs Shown to Increase Risk of Head Injury" (KMBZ)
"Brain Injury Rate Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out" (NPR)
Great post. The type of bikes used in bike share programs are some of the safest bikes on the streets of cities. They’re slow, upright, with well-tuned breaks. That’s not the type of biking that leads to higher cases of head injuries.
“This is the second time that January Jones has been cast in 1962 opposite an actor with a pork based name. The first was in Mad Men (2007) opposite Jon Hamm and then this alongside Kevin Bacon”—X-Men: First Class (2011) - Trivia - IMDb (via rickwebb)
Though the renewable energy sector is growing, is popular with the public and is generating new jobs — and the solar industry now employs 140,000 more people than our nation’s coal mines — conference attendees focused on hindering this sector, especially solar. Minnesota Rep. Pat Garofalo, who recently received national attention about a racist tweet concerning NBA players, quipped, “solar is dumb.”
Legislators from Utah and Oklahoma bragged about slowing the development of solar energy in their states. Oklahoma Senator A.J. Griffin passed a bill to tax individuals using distributed generation from solar panels or wind turbines to “protect our most vulnerable utilities.” ALEC wants to tax people who use small scale solar or wind or who drive electric cars. According to ALEC, property owners should have a right to kill a person on their property, but not use solar or wind energies on their property without paying a tax.
”—What kind of MN state legislator would work against forms of energy generation that are far healthier and actually made in Minnesota (unlike natural gas and coal)? Pat Garofalo.
A few hundred years ago, we decided that owning an estate and a noble title didn’t make you special and that if you wanted to make something of yourself you ought to contribute actual value rather than skimming off what everybody else was doing.
It’s not really clear to me how holding and rearranging massive amounts of capital is any different in principal from that landed nobility thing we parted ways with centuries ago.
What am I missing?
I think people had an easier time visualizing the wealth of the extraordinarily wealthy when wealth largely scaled with land.
This is a town that voted to switch from being a dry town to either damp (can possess but not sold) or wet back when one of my coworkers at a bar was about to start a new job there as a public service officer.
The current law enforcement system has problems. When troopers need to fly in to resolve disputes, someone’s getting arrested. People know this, so it can get messy when troopers finally arrive.
When the disadvantaged and the disenfranchised of a prior generation were left behind in our central cities, it was a terrible injustice. Crime and disinvestment followed poverty in a cycle we now too often subconsciously think of as inevitable. But they were left behind in neighborhoods that still functioned. People there could still get around without a car. They could still get groceries. They could walk to school, even if it was a bad school. At least initially, there were still jobs.
When we abandon our exurbs and distant suburbs – something I see as inevitable — if we leave behind the poorest and most disadvantaged, we won’t be leaving them in functioning neighborhoods. We’ll be leaving them in total isolation. Places without grocery stores that can be walked to. Places without transportation. If the 1960’s inner city was inhumane, this will be far, far worse.
“Imagine being in line at the grocery store and, feeling that the person in front of you was taking too long to get out their money, standing directly behind them while yelling at them to fuck off. That would be really, really weird! And it happens to me as a person who travels by bicycle all of the time. … There is literally nothing I can do that makes people madder than just riding my bike the way I am supposed to.”—"You almost ran me down while screaming ‘get the fuck out of the way’" (via Brooklyn Spoke)