nakedcap: Are Locavores a Threat to Feeding the Planet Efficiently?
Interesting discussion. I wonder, if today’s cities had preplanned for local food production acreage, would CASTE still hold true?
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JamesEdition: Luxury real estate in Tavoleto Italy - Castle.
8 floors. Let’s get a bunch together and buy this. It could be “Castle Blog.” Much more entertaining than all that other IndieGogo and Kickstarter stuff we drop pocket change into.
BBC: The Texas town that banned fracking (and lost).
Extraction company strongarms. They buy a lot of influence.
NY Times: New Jersey Needs to Raise the Gas Tax to Repair Bridges and Roads.
Guardian.UK: Low oil prices force Oklahoma drilling workers to seek out new livelihoods.
“If only we knew then what we know now.” You did, if you’d paid any attention at all to the boom-and-bust history of the American West.
Economist: Watch out.
“Few economies have ever gone as long as a decade without tipping into recession — America’s started growing in 2009.” Cynics. Noticeable growth (meaningful increases in tourism; fewer gallery/restaurant bankruptcies) just started in the last two years in Santa Fe.
BusinessInsider: Most affordable small towns.
BWAH-HAH-HAH. Waterflow, NM sits between two powerplants - true. Tip of the iceberg. Surrounded by oil wells, some of the worst air quality in the country. Unlined waste pits. Still seem like a bargain?
Nagasaki, Dresden, etc. were probably cheap too.
This post puts Business Insider on my ‘probation’ RSS list.
Atlantic: The Hospitals That Overcharge Patients by 1000 Percent.
The Economist: Manhood.
No news as to whether the Caitlyn Jenner treatment will help ... (ducking swiftly) ...
NPR/Interview: Wednesday Martin, Author Of ‘Primates Of Park Avenue’.
“We talk a lot about power dynamics in the workplace but we don’t talk about power dynamics in the other workplace, where so many women spend their time: the world of the stay-at-home mom. And in that world, relationships between women are rife with power dynamics.” Always have been, IMHO.
NY Times: Let’s Celebrate the Art of Clutter.
“When I die, just please, rent a warehouse, and put everything away. You are too young to understand the value of what I have bought. Someday you will want these things, and you’ll only have to shop in your warehouse.” I have a few boxes stowed away, that have turned into recycle bins. Everything old ends up new again.
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 ...
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.”
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.”
WalletHub: 2015’s Best Cities to Start a Business.
PewForum.org: America’s Changing Religious Landscape.
“Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages.”
Collectors Weekly: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine?
NY Times: Drillers Answer Low Oil Prices With Cost-Saving Innovations.
MessyNessyChic: The Lost French Castle that’s taking 25 Years to Re-Build.
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.
Guardian.UK: Big Coal’s big scam - scar the land for profit, then let others pay to clean up.
Britain, but the strategy is oh-so-familiar.
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.”
A Continuous Lean.: Living Vicariously Through Other People’s Junk.
Does this mean I’m not actually late with spring cleaning ... ? “I’m being trendy.”