Monday, July 23, 2018

NYC Can't Exist Without The Subway

If all the rail in Philly disappeared over night, it would be bad but the city wouldn't collapse. NYC would just collapse. You can't have that kind of population density (both resident and daytime) without a high capacity mass transit system. There is no room for all the cars.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, after declaring the subway to be in a state of emergency, promised that a rescue plan by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would deliver results. The authority’s chairman, Joseph J. Lhota, said subway riders would see improvements “relatively quickly.”

But one year later, subway service remains in many ways the same — dismal.

There Will Always Be National News Coverage

It's the local news that's the problem. Bad management and vultures have hastened its demise, but I don't quite know what the business model is.

The New York Daily News is shedding about half of its editorial team, marking a grim development for the venerable but beleaguered tabloid.
An email sent to staffers on Monday morning said that the paper's parent company Tronc is "fundamentally restructuring the Daily News," an effort that will gut the newsroom and dramatically shift editorial priorities. The unsigned email was sent from Tronc's "talent and engagement" team.

So What

I guess if you're a politician trying to save your job then blaming everyone else is a useful strategy, but it won't change the reality that the EU doesn't particularly care and "no deal" is going to destroy the country.

Britain’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has warned there is a risk of the UK leaving the EU in March 2019 without a deal because of stalling by the bloc’s negotiators, and that British views of Europe would sour as a result.

The Attention Span of A Gnat

Another Monday, another day of President Deals making crazy war threats (Iran) on the twitter machine.

By day 2 of war he would have forgotten all about it.

Morning Thread

Shut up Comey edition.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

America's Worst Humans


American Journalism In One Tweet


Do Better

It's really not much to ask of politicians, is it?

Morning Thread


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday Night

Rock on.

Saturday Evening

Scott killed himself. I don't know why. We all have demons. I saw frabbit a few months before he died.

Outcomes

Some of us are very into the daily bullshit of politics. It is our hobby. Some of us get mad when we don't think we are eating as well as we should be eating.

Do Be Do Be Do Be Do

Some people are in positions of power. Most of us are not. I suppose I am a little bit inbetween. Most of us can't do much of anything and I get mad when people who have actual power do not use it.

Post Lunch-Pre Happy Hour Thread

8 Years

Use power when you have it.

Is It Le Weekend?

Life has been crap lately. Be excellent to each other.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Nostalgia Sucks

And Mistki is good.

Gotta Get Down On Friday

It's late and I am tired and (as always) lazy so I cannot write the full essay on this, but once upon a time I thought that sharing things on the internet might provide an alternative marketing strategy. There was a moment when this was true. I do not think it is true now. I tried. You have all always hated my videos. I thought that was funny. But some of those bands are/were good. I will try to resurrect a few over the next few weeks. I saw Pretty Girls Make Graves once in a tiny venue that no longer exists. All 30 of us had a great time. A great band, a great name, a great song, a great video.



Happy Hour Thread

I am sure a news dump will ruin your weekend, but until then... get happy!

Politicians

I don't think I have been to DC in...um.. 6 years? I used to go regularly for various reasons. I am not important and I never was. Occasionally my butterfly wings flap in the right direction and this is the best thing I can ever do.

But politicians are... good. By good I mean bad. They are good at telling you what you want to hear. I am a just a hick, but I am constantly amazed by how often journalists pretend they are not being played. I was played a few times. I get it. It's why I don't do that anymore. It's also why I have contempt for the journalists who are played. I was dumb. I know they are not. They like lying to you.

Armchair Revolutionaries

"We need to..." is one of my infinite pet peeves. Organize. Do. A "general strike" is a favorite by people who will not shut down the system or threaten their incomes by being involved in a general strike. The people who can shut things down with a general strike are the ones who are most vulnerable to its consequences.


Your rich car dealer friends are the problem, not the janitors. Stop it.

I Am So Tired

My sweet kitty died. Life has been otherwise complicated. Blogging is going to suck for a bit. Or not! It is always so exciting and unpredictable.