Civic virtue and nostalgia
Remember when all u had to say to scold someone for sexist/racist/homophobic behavior was “hello, this is the 90s!” Not gonna lie, I’m a little nostalgic for that. For believing in the inevitability of progress.
I’ll say it again: stupidity is not a civic virtue.
So far this year more Americans have been killed on U.S. soil by toddlers than terrorists
It’s true. A far too long list of gun deaths caused by ➤kids with guns
Trenton Mathis and three other children were placed in the home, which was deemed unsafe by CPS, late last year after ‘abuse and neglect’ was reported in their parents’ home which resulted in their removal from their residence, then placed with their great-grandparents. Both great-grandparents were at the home when the shooting took place, according to police.
Another story idea for the folks at Jezebel?
Racist Red Dawn tweets.
Red Dawn came out this weekend. Racebending’s review + bit of historical context is here: Red Dawn Remake: Our Review and Reflections
Or … maybe it’s more of a Gawker kind of idea …
Last night, southern Manhattan reportedly received a 13.88-foot storm surge, a record high and more than enough to flood much of the city. We’ve all seen the pictures. What’s more, according to Ben Orlove, director of the Master’s Program in Climate and Society at Columbia University, about a foot of that surge would not have been there if not for the sea-level rise already caused by climate change over the course of the 20th century.
So, yes, we knew. We knew well ahead of time that this could happen, and we knew global warming was already making it worse. We knew, but we did virtually nothing. (Well, New York did empanel a sea-level-rise task force, which put out a report — and you can see how that turned out.)
This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life?
Cops in USA to drive around in pornoscannerwagons, covertly irradiating people and looking through their cars and clothes - Boing Boing
Now what could possibly go wrong?
(What a word: pornoscannerwagons. I want to say it in an effete German accent.)
@GraphicMatt dismantles @TOMayorFord on transit | #TOpoli #TTC #TeamFord
There’s no shortage of observers willing to blog, analyze, poke fun, and detail all the myriad injuries, both large and small, that Team Ford is inflicting upon the city. Irrational mean-spiritedness, making up “facts” as they go along, sandbagging rookie councillors, and an overall spirit of childish vindictiveness — everything they do contributes to the overall effect of making Toronto a smaller, meaner, dirtier and less functional place to live.
Special mention must go, however, to Matt Elliott for his dedicated, comprehensive, and thoroughly researched posts at Ford For Toronto. What’s especially admirable is that he never sinks to the kind of cheap invective you’ll find on sites like mine. He lays out the numbers and lets them speak for themselves.
Today’s post merits particular attention. In a few short paragraphs, Matt sets out just how badly Team Ford’s incomprehensible, incoherent approach to public transit sets us back. It’s an object lesson in the importance of a cautious, reasoned approach to public policy, and the cost of leaving these decisions in the hands of people who act like petulant five-year-olds.
Any wise guy can wank on about the stupidity of the “War on the Car” meme. Matt brings the facts. If you haven’t bookmarked his site, do it today.