The Last Ones Standing. There are only four Shakers left on earth.
NY Times Books:
“If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini and don’t take it off until you’re 34.” The neck is particularly susceptible to sun damage. You’ll see many a lady in Santa Fe with a scarf, even in summer.
NY Times Europe:
Hot German July Doesn’t Faze Farmer Who Reaps the Sun. “In 2004, Germany passed a new law that guaranteed people who built solar parks a minimum price for each kilowatt of electricity that was two to three times the market price. That prompted Mr. Gärtner to investigate the possibility of turning his fields of corn, wheat and barley into rows of photovoltaic panels.”
Some things, it takes a federal entity to jump-start.
NY Times Washington:
G.O.P. Nears Vote to Increase U.S. Wage. I think the successful passage will shatter the old-time conservatives from the present GOP. They used to hate the minimum wage with a verbal violence, in decades past. That this is a purely a last-minute political move based in shallow self-interest, rather than a genuine desire to make lives better, is clear and garners my thoroughgoing disdain. They’ll probably find a way to mitigate the rise via tax law, or other shenanigans later on, once they’ve maintained their majority. I’d rather they stuck to their political philosophy, in spite of the benefits a higher minimum wage would realize, and beat them in the court of public opinion. Wishy-washy turnabout politics is worth less than nothing. Going to the voting booth is useless, when candidates flip-flop on their core philosophies.
And they wonder why voter turnout is down ... harrummmph.
NY Times Escapes:
Las Vegas Makes It Illegal to Feed Homeless in Parks. “Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joins several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks.” Twelve thousand people, many of whom are mentally ill. Sounds like Manhattan in the ‘80’s; no mercy for a humanitarian crisis. How hot is it in Las Vegas parks right now? So offer the meals in open spaces near the social service locations ... or, come to think of it, the mayor’s parking space.
Cities with this large a homeless issue should take a cue from the old CCC.
SF New Mexican:
Spanish Market is this weekend. I will be there, as usual, taking photographs ... and trying hard not to spend, spend, spend. The level of creativity was dialed up significantly last year, so I’m excited to see what’s on display tomorrow.
As you can see on the Plaza webcam,
we had rain last night. Nice and cool for sleeping.
Going With Your Gut: Strengthening Your Sixth Sense. A fascinating article about a subject most are afraid to admit they believe in.
The eye speaks to me.
NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:
Cold, Hard Facts. A scientist protests the misuse of his studies. “The disappointing thing is that we are even debating the direction of climate change on this globally important continent. And it may not end until we have more weather stations on Antarctica and longer-term data that demonstrate a clear trend.” Via RC3:OI.
A hard look at aerosols. “Satellite data shows that aerosol pollution comes from many sources and travels quickly. China’s pollution reaches North America in five days. North American pollution reaches Europe in three days.” Local pollution effects go global.
August 12th will be the IBM PC’s 25th birthday.
The ethics of war. “Both sides in the argument presume that proportionality in war has some broadly accepted meaning which rational people can discuss, refine and apply to real situations. Are they right?” Further explanatory site on bellum justum.
beats the mainstream camera sites (at least, the ones I visit) by pointing to images of the new Nikon D80.
Illusions of identity. “... should a British citizen who happens to be Muslim have to rely on clerics and other leaders of the religious community to communicate with the prime minister?”
NY Observer, off the record:
The YouTube Devolution. “In The Life of Samuel Johnson, Boswell describes the hero having fled the room while someone was reading one of his old works aloud—“and somebody having asked him the reason of this, he replied, ‘Sir, I thought it had been better.’”” A window to the past brings only that ... a window. The reference is there out of context. Once upon a time, we *were* innocent enough to laugh at corny jokes, to drive “Killing Me Softly” to number one for endless weeks in the early ‘70’s, to gravitate to mindless disco like a moth to a flame, to do a myriad of other things that seem completely illogical today.
But then, we’re still wearing neckties today. Neckties. In a heat wave. Those torture devices designed to trap heat from escaping a shirt, during the mini-ice age in 1800’s Europe. If the past could look at us, they’d say “these blokes are all crackers.”
NY Times Books:
Guggenheim Study Suggests Arts Education Benefits Literacy Skills. The only people to paint what they could not first describe, would probably be Neanderthals.
NY Times Art & Design:
When Anguish Among Artists Became Both Respected and Expected. “... turned from pleasing the world to indulging themselves: they rebelled against conventions, proclaimed their uniqueness, disdained the bourgeoisie as philistine, savored their own melancholy and formed cliques. Many also chose a bohemian lifestyle to exhibit their otherness.” Sounds like weblogging to me.
In Texas, Conditions Lead to a Rabble of Butterflies. Hmmm. I seem to remember swarms of ‘sex bugs’ ... small fly-like things attached in twos ... east of Houston, late summer. Rice fields? Can’t recall. Your radiator would get packed with the things.
NY Times Sports:
Breaking a Barrier 60 Years Before Robinson. “Their presence was accepted if not widely acknowledged in the 1880’s, passed off with a wink and a nod, a dodge that labeled players like Grant as Spaniards, Portuguese or Arabs.”
NY Times Fashion & Style:
SF New Mexican:
“Fran Mainella, head of the National Park Service since 2001, said Wednesday she will resign from the agency that has often been at odds with environmentalists and Westerners.” The Park Service isn’t necessarily the problem, but the change in philosophy in the last ... six years.
SF New Mexican:
SF New Mexican:
Richardson scandal! Teddygate! Bark, bark, bark ...