SciAm: Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West.
“The colossal Navajo Generating Station, which burns 22,000 tons of coal a day in large part to push water hundreds of miles across Arizona, is among the nation’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters, contributing to the very climate change that is exacerbating the drought.” You start talking water in the West, you’d better be packing heat. Just sayin’. It’s way beyond a ‘hot button’ issue.
FishbowlNY: The Economist Gets a Proper Canadian Rebuke.
“Vienna, Vancouver and Geneva always seemed to do well. Pleasant cities, yes, but mind-numbingly boring. What right-minded person would rank Vienna a better city than Rio, or Vancouver preferable to Paris?” Ooooh, them’s fightin’ words. I know a couple o’ folks who’ll take umbrage ...
Authentic Jobs: Designers at Hillary for America.
If you’re looking, this could be very entertaining.
AP/Big Story: Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances.
WaPo/APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000.
“The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called ‘Get Transcript.’ In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.”
Archaeology News Network: Ancient shipyard used by Admiral Zheng He may lie beneath construction sit
Wow. Noteworthy is the fact that ‘austerity’ destroyed Zheng He’s 3,500 ship fleet in 1525. So much for Confucianism. History repeats thusly [thinking of other voyages of discovery we need to commit to].
Nice Marmot: The Growth of Oligarchy.
Yep. It’s been many years now since Princeton University made more money as a real estate holding company than as a university. They could drop the whole education side of things and be quite well off.
Guardian.UK: ‘Nightmare’ California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem.
“Because it has not been urbanized, the Gaviota coast region, which stretches from Goleta to the northern boundary of the Vandenberg air force base, also has been viewed as the healthiest remaining coastal ecosystem in southern California – at least, until now.” *Crying*.
Vox: Health insurance plans are getting crummier, and these charts prove it.
Deductibles are getting insane for the amount of $ paid. And many don’t allow HSA backup.
The Atlantic: Many Americans Still Aren’t Spending.
“Volatility—especially for month-to-month earnings and consumption — continues to plague American families. Nearly half of respondents reported income swings of more than 30 percent on a month-to-month basis, and more than half of respondents said that their spending shifted by 30 percent or more in an attempt to balance budgets — with earners at opposite ends of the economic ladder seeing the most significant monthly variations.”
naked cap: More on the Myth of Outsourcing’s Efficiency.
Particularly good. Do take this one in.
Guardian.UK: Texas governor stops cities and towns banning hydraulic gas mining.
“The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has signed a bill into law that prohibits cities and towns from banning a gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracking, giving the state sole authority over oil and gas regulation.” Would you expect any less from Texas?
The New Yorker: In Defense of Amtrak.
“A profit-maximizing, reëngineered train could squeeze five or perhaps six seats into the same space, making basic economy miserable enough that more people might pay to escape it.” What the hell. I sentence this author to a couple of years of commuting on the NE Corridor, before he can write about Amtrak again.
WalletHub: 2015’s Best Cities to Start a Business.
Hyperallergic: Entire First-Year MFA Class Drops Out in Protest at USC.
Bad form, on the part of the school.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe’s Construction Sector - Bad Ugly.
Guardian.UK: Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to ‘catastrophic’ oil spill, experts warn.
“Unforgiving conditions in the Arctic’s icy waters not only make the chances of a spill likely, the complete lack of infrastructure in place to deal with a potential disaster means the consequences of the move could be calamitous, environmental activists and experts say.” I hear the words of Nick Fury: “We need a response team.” Ain’t no Avengers in the Arctic.
Vox: Can Bernie Sanders push Clinton left on climate?
It would make her more palatable to me. A nice incentive for wind and solar would go a long way, along with a turn away from fracking. Bill C. was closer to center than any Democrat before him. There needs to be a readjustment toward left, esp. after Obama. As mentioned before, what we consider ‘center’ today is distinctly rightwards of what ‘center’ was pre-Reagan.
Smithsonian: The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest.
“... I think the way the media is depicting Baltimore, especially, is as if the choice is either don’t protest, which may lead to violence, or accept the lot. I mean part of the notion of calling people thugs is painting a lot of people with a broad brush and I think that’s a challenging thing to do.”
Telegraph.UK: The coming digital anarchy.
BBC: The subtle science of selling – a six-step guide.
These techniques are actually much more effective and widespread than this article would have you believe. I’m reading a book right now that’s peeling my eyelids off with revelations about how I’ve been played over the years. I’m only partway into the book now, but I already think it should be on every high school reading list. We have automatic reactions to stimuli that salespeople know, and we don’t. I don’t want to spoil it now; I’ll do a longer post when I’m finished with the tome.
Angry Bear: Jeff Jacoby on drug prices.
Analyzing a justification for doubling of drug prices: “Jacoby’s analysis is a classic example that if so many bloggers or public pundits knew half as much as they though they knew, they would be geniuses.”
Dissent: A Conservative Case for the Welfare State.
“Today’s conservatives often suggest that the American welfare state is alien to the American experience, imposed on the nation during a particularly vulnerable time in its history by a quasi-dictatorial Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Commonweal: The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism.
“One consequence of this seismic cultural shift is the train wreck of contemporary higher education. Nothing better exemplifies the catastrophe than President Barack Obama’s plan to publish the average incomes earned by graduates from various colleges, so parents and students can know which diplomas are worth the most in the marketplace, and choose accordingly. In higher education as in health care, market utility has become the sole criterion of worth.” My italicized emphasis. Gag.
NBC/First Read: Foundation Questions Continue to Plague Clinton.
“Now all of these stories are complex and murky. But what they all reveal — especially the New York Times’ piece on the uranium deal — is the APPEARANCE of a scandal. Even if you take the Clintons at their word that there was no quid pro quo with these donations to the Clinton Foundation to buy influence, that’s not what the donors may have been thinking.”
Later: New York Magazine, “... the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy.” Again, emblematic of what this race is going to be like with Clinton as nominee. Doesn’t this feel like folks have been storing up the vitriol for ages, waiting for a finger to be pulled out of the dike? Everyone, Left *and* Right, wants to get their pound of flesh.