Pick your jobs forecast:
Crime rates tick up across national parks. When someone says “national parks”, minds turn to verdant mountain valleys ... the truth is a little different: “While Yellowstone National Park had the biggest number of violent incidents directed at park service officers last year (16), nearly half the total took place in urban areas where US Park Police patrol: the National Mall, the Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate Bridge, the Camp David perimeter, and dozens of parks and parkways in the Washington, D.C. area.”
The canary in the mine. Britain seems to have a similar problem to ours ... consumer spending fueled by house prices.
CJR Daily Spin Buster:
Digital Outback Photo:
Leica DMR Experience Report. 35mm Film Leica + 10 MP digital back = Not bad. Cost is too high to be competitive.
What to pack, when shooting football. Carrying all that weight around ... where are the high-protein snacks?
NY Times Books:
The Irascible Prophet: V. S. Naipaul at Home. “The time came when I began to ponder the mystery—Conradian word—of my own background.”
Editors, endangered species?
Escaping the ‘Net. In praise of books.
Invention & Technology:
The beauty of the bomb. More a siren, perhaps. The article discusses the mysterious ‘initiator.’ More info here (be sure to scroll down; poor formatting on my browser almost denied me the rest of the article).
The contributions of Von Neumann to the A-bomb project are not well-known. Mythology in Princeton NJ is that Oppenheimer got stuck with the detonation method, and called for Von Neumann’s help. Von Neumann took the train down to Los Alamos (~4 days each way). Upon arriving, Oppenheimer explained the problem. Von Neumann put his head in his hands for five minutes, filled a chalkboard with equations and drawings ... and immediately took the train back to Princeton. At least, that’s the story I got from an elderly man who claimed to have been one of Von Neumann’s assistants.
Fossil Poachers Find Easy Pickings on Remote Federal Land. Lots of acreage, few protectors.
Avian Flu Vaccine Called Effective in Human Testing. Major manufacturing hurdles, however.
NY Times Editorial:
That Hissing Sound. Krugman hears the housing bubble deflating, slowly.
NY Times Editorial:
A Richer Life Beckons Congress. On the subject of lobbying; once again, I hardly see the wolves agreeing to legislate reduced access to their chicken coop.
NY Times Letters to the Editor:
What Should the Democrats Do? The first ends with a great comment: “Republican Lite is not going to bring voters to the booths in 2008 any more than it did in 2004 or 2000.”
SF New Mexican:
Richardson promises DWI crackdown at rally. Governor Richardson has made a promise; follow-through on this one will give us an idea of his Presidential capabilities.
NY Times Arts:
When Old and New World Met in a Camera Flash. How long has your family been “American”?
Details Emerge Of Civil War-Era Remains in D.C. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t just happen to Native Americans.
Ex-Prosecutor: Marilyn Monroe wasn’t suicidal. Juicy conspiracy tidbits within. Fire up your imagination.
King David’s Palace Is Found, Archaeologist Says. But everyone else is skeptical, since she’s been claiming this for years.
The Fall of the House of Saud. “Signs of impending disaster are everywhere, but the House of Saud has chosen to pray that the moment of reckoning will not come soon—and the United States has chosen to look away.”
It must be so much fun for critics to compete over how to most creatively describe a flop.