Trains! The “Holy Codswalloping Corruption, Batman” Edition

Technically this is a Peter Recommends, because he’s been referencing it off and on since it was published last October, but he finally sent it to me yesterday: The New Yorker – BOSS RAILThe disaster that exposed the underside of the boom. By Evan Osnos It’s very long, and I could’ve quoted the whole thing […]

Categories: People and Current Events

In My Glorious Rule… (II)

Rich people would be forced to contribute to public works. Why, in the Bay Area, where houses (albeit large ones, but nothing particularly old or historic or haunted or with a moat) sell for a hundred million dollars, do we have a historic lighthouse begging for change so it can be repaired before it literally […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Serious Question (On Real Estate, Rich People, and Equality)

I have a long essay/rant/screed/ramble in my head on the topic, and honestly, who wants to read that (read also: who wants to type it out), but thinking is easy; working out a solution is another thing entirely. Is there any particular reason of liberty and equality and the rest of all that jazz why […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Gold

In honour of: There’s this (curtsy: vanderleun): Gold Bullion Vault – Periodic Table of Videos From the Periodic Table of Videos project.

Categories: Science and Nature

Congratulations, EU!

The European Union has won the Nobel Prize! Hurrah! Now, I was under the impression that, since the awards from the Nobel Committee can’t be awarded posthumously, then it must necessarily therefore go to an actual, upright person, but I suppose if you only count living citizens of the European Experiment, it still works, sort […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

More Than Me Whining Again About a Lack of Terraced Housing In This Country

Telegraph – Harry Mount: Architectural beauty – and private home ownership – relieve poverty There’s a show on BBC 2 called “Secret History of our Streets” which sounds amazing: Caledonian Road is near where I was brought up – and the programme illustrates really well how architectural beauty, and private ownership, relieved the poverty of […]

Categories: History

Hey Guys, What’re Y’All Doing With Your Millions This Year?

Daily Mail – For sale – a Jane Austen fantasy: Entire £50m Georgian Bath crescent goes on the market for the first time in 200 years How bout it?

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXXIII

I think this can be taken as a commentary on all national film councils (Peter was telling me about the Canadian animated-short-Oscar-nominees saying their funded projects took 2 and 6 years respectively), but the British ones do tend to be awfully one-trick, eh? Erm, language, and NSFW. Kevin Curtis is a Dead Man

Categories: Entertainment

The Sane, Sensible, Not-Screeching-Down-a-News-Feed-On-Facebook-For-Three-Days-Straight Reaction

From today’s Best of the Web: [Y]ou might consider following the advice of our friend Susan Carusi: Give to a local breast cancer support group, “which provides counseling and assistance to women diagnosed with breast cancer. At least this way you know exactly what the money is being spent on.” Probably also more practical than […]

Categories: People and Current Events

In Which Cranes Are Grounded By the FAA

Good lord: AP – Bird plane runs afoul of federal regulators Ten young whooping cranes and the bird-like plane they think is their mother had flown more than halfway to their winter home in Florida when federal regulators stepped in. Now the birds and the plane are grounded in Alabama while the Federal Aviation Administration […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Quick Links: Death Penalty! Mannequins Smoking at Dinner Parties! European Economics! Writing!

I have stuff stacking up. And I’ll never get around to any of it if I force myself to make a new post for each of them, but I wanna pass ‘em along anyway… Telegraph Blogs – Toby Harnden: American Way: The shallow anti-Americanism of the ‘I am Troy Davis’ crowd Retronaut – CYNTHIA, 1932 […]

Categories: Wildcard

When Men Were Men and Life Was Cheap

/delete rant about modern sensibilities Two stories: WSJ – Violence Vanquished We believe our world is riddled with terror and war, but we may be living in the most peaceable era in human existence. Why brutality is declining and empathy is on the rise. Quoting briefly, but read the whole thing: A look at the […]

Categories: History

A Selection of Riot Links

Just some stuff I’ve read today that I found all worth reading: Prospect – David Goodhart: The riots at the end of history Guardian – Deborah Orr: UK riots: society must change fundamentally if we are to move on We must put aside petty political squabbles and find a way to give everyone a stake […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Of Rioters and Cheryl Cole

First, a good point well made about the rioters in London: Painting these riots as some kind of action replay of historic political streetfights against capitalist bosses or racist cops might allow armchair radicals to get their intellectual rocks off, as they lift their noses from dusty tomes about the Levellers or the Suffragettes and […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Of Interest:

You can search Redfin for Long Island homes between 10 million and No max. Open guesses on which one is Katherine Hepburn’s estate.

Categories: People and Current Events