Pacific Standard: California’s Lax Policing of the Fracking Industry.
“The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them.” !^$%$^@#^%!%$ [Holding my hand to my throat, practically strangling myself, so I don’t start shouting again.] There is no such thing as a useless resource.
The Atlantic: Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?
OneHeadlightInk: Turns out movies DO make money for New Mexico.
NY Times: Rich People Shrug Off High Taxes.
“Despite the common political argument that local governments need to coddle high earners with low taxes, lest they take their wealth elsewhere, rich New Yorkers, at least, seem to accept with equanimity the burden of contributing to civilization.” OK, that’s it. We can end the tax cut insanity then?
Neatorama: “Human Props” Who Stay in Luxury Homes But Live Like Ghosts.
The trick is, one must be ready at all times to vacate the premises completely at the drop of a hat.
The Atlantic: Turbulence Ahead - The Coming Pilot Shortage and How It Came to Be.
“The First Officers I flew with at American Eagle came there with over $200,000 in debt for a job that pays $22,914 per year, to start.” Becoming a pilot used to be a virtual guarantee of a high-paying job; the industry was ‘Napstered’ even before Napster existed.
The Dish: Tax Cuts Don’t Pay For Themselves.
How many goddamn times need it be said? Reagan/Contract with America/Bush II/today … we need to put a stake through the zombie’s heart, immolate the corpse and forget the location.
Guardian.UK: US drought to deplete Lake Mead to levels not seen since 1930s.
“California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming wouldn’t see direct cuts in their share of river water, but officials have acknowledged there would be ripple effects.” Water wars are gearing up. Just wait.
VQR: Losing Sparta.
NY Times: A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals.
Naked Cap: Arctic Seafloor Methane Release is Double Earlier Estimates.
PC World: Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with unlimited cloud storage.
“There are no asterisks on the storage. [snip] It’s truly unlimited at Google scale. We don’t want customers to spend time worrying about storage.” Been waiting for this cloud tier to drop; haven’t you all, also? But wait a bit … see if responses dive even further in price.
Modern Farmer: The Abstinence Method.
“Large-scale agriculture proponents reject any link between farms and human health problems. In publications and testimony, spokespeople for conventional meat production have said that taking away antibiotics would cut productivity and raise costs. But the Netherlands’ success demonstrates this isn’t true.”
Contently: New Report Reveals Just How Drastically Brand Engagement is Plummeting on Facebook.
Hitching your wagon to any service, whether Google, Facebook or other(s), seems the height of unwisdom these days.
ArtsJournal/CultureCrash: What if Music Streaming Collapses?
Medium/The Nib: The Case Against Sharing.
WCPO: Burt Reynolds faces foreclosure.
The Bandit is looking fragile. Man, time has flown.
New Eastern Outlook: Washington‘s Shale Boom Going Bust.
“As a whole shale energy companies spend more than they are making in net profit, creating a bubble of “junk” bond debt to keep the Ponzi game going. That bubble will pop the second the Fed hints interest rates will rise, or even sooner.” It’s like a drug, a politico-economic pyramid scheme. When it goes crunch, it’s the people who live in fracking areas who are really gonna get the hurt. Via NakedCap.
kottke: Kickstarter Boost.
“Direct pledges to those projects from kottke.org readers ranged from just over $400 to almost $12,000 with an average of about $4,600. kottke.org also participates in Amazon’s Associates program and over the past 12 months, kottke.org readers have collectively spent an average of $23,000 per month at Amazon.” Interesting.
Later: Oof. Maybe the wrong timing.
WSJ: Fed Officials Downplay Financial Stability Concerns.
My old man used to call Wonder Bread, “The Incredible Shrinking Bread.” Why buy air, was his point. Like that unfortunate product, this article manages to give us text that reveals absolutely nothing we don’t know already.
Vox: It’s three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets.
“A new study is out providing support to one of my favorite ideas in public policy — that the best way to deal with the challenge of homelessness is to give homeless people homes to live in.” One of the early popular Almanacs (remember that book craze in the ‘70’s) created an infographic showing that if you took the American defense budget and rerouted it for just one year to housing the homeless, you could give each homeless person a $250,000 house.
WSJ: Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition.
CityLab: How Heavy Metal Tracks the Wealth of Nations.
NY Times: Please Turn to the Chapter on Obscurity …
NY Times: Norman Rockwell’s Art, Once Sniffed At, Is Becoming Prized.
The priggishness over Rockwell in serious art circles has been unmerited for a long time now. “A mere illustrator.” It’s like saying Michael Jackson was without merit because he was a mere pop star and didn’t compose any symphonies. I certainly can’t paint as well as Mr Rockwell - can any of the critics?