Monday, July 21, 2014

The Worst Person In The World

Charles Ramsey.

Final Edition

of West Coast Keys, from me, at least.

Happy Hour Thread


Social Experiment

Rusty's sense of his own masculinity is so tied up in his supposed love for football and anything that (to him) makes it less manly, such as toning down the impact of violence a bit or adding an out gay dude is deeply upsetting.

Tourists First

I don't really know anything about Millenium Park, but I am very well acquainted with the "do everything for visitors" mentality.

It also tends to give visitors the wrong idea of cities, that urban living is about the mass of cars that travel to big events, about the tourist spots and the skyscrapers, that it's all about scale instead of the finer points of walkable neighborhoods.

Other Ways

They've stopped shutting off water in Detroit for FIFTEEN DAYS. Hopefully it'll be more.

I get that collections are an issue, but aggressively shutting off water, especially in summer, is not especially smart policy. They're shutting off for people who are 60 days/$150 past due. That's really really aggressive.

Also, too, don't read the comments at the linked article.

Destroying The Local Public School System

The state has run the Philly school system for over a decade now. Won't go into the full history, but roughly speaking if you add a bunch of charter grifters (not all charters are bad) to the mix, and then you cut the spending drastically, there isn't even enough money for the grifters, who get to go to the front of the line for their handouts in most cases.

The best option for the coming year does seem to be to open a fully staffed school system and let it run until the money runs out, in part operating under the assumption/hope that there will be a new governor in January.


I get that the construction workers are going to start early, I just don't get why their noisiest work has to begin the day, including the traditional "yelling at each other."

Morning Thread

Never enough for you peeps.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Even Later Sunday

Feel like the blog was extra sucky this past week. Not entirely sure why. Sometimes I don't have much to say.

Hopefully tomorrow will be extra bloggy!!!

Sunday Night

Tomorrow is...


Really don't think it matters too much if Markos and some of his staff don't attend a conference.

"Pathogen Mishaps"

Cheery headline.
The recently documented mistakes at federal laboratories involving anthrax, flu and smallpox have incited public outrage at the government’s handling of dangerous pathogens. But the episodes were just a tiny fraction of the hundreds that have occurred in recent years across a sprawling web of academic, commercial and government labs that operate without clear national standards or oversight, federal reports show.

Spurred by the anthrax attacks in the United States in 2001, an increase in “high-level containment” labs set up to work with risky microbes has raised the number to about 1,500 from a little more than 400 in 2004, according to the Government Accountability Office.

I guess the response to risky microbes was more risky microbes?

Not A Drop

Hopefully this is wrong and the miracle rains arrive.
California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.

With more than 80% of the state in an extreme drought, dry conditions will probably continue and won't improve much in the next few months, said climatologist Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Late Night Thread

Working my way back to EST.

Saturday Crass Commercialism

Twin Peaks... all of it and some more.


I didn't attend Netroots Nation this year, mostly because it was at an inconvenient time. Anyway things change! Discuss.

Saturday Lunch