Gerry Canavan

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* The rich are different: Fremont police to offer pay-to-stay jail program.

“It’s still a jail; there’s no special treatment,” Devine said. “They get the same cot, blanket and food as anybody in the county jail, except that our jail is smaller, quieter and away from the county jail population.”

More Evidence That Colleges Are Giving Money to Those Who Need It Least.

* Run it like a business watch: MSG management has paid almost a billion dollars to renovate an arena they don’t own and which the city is tearing down in ten years.

* America as world-historical blip. Not nearly enough attention to energy here.

The Charitable-Industrial Complex.

And with more business-minded folks getting into the act, business principles are trumpeted as an important element to add to the philanthropic sector. I now hear people ask, “what’s the R.O.I.?” when it comes to alleviating human suffering, as if return on investment were the only measure of success. Microlending and financial literacy (now I’m going to upset people who are wonderful folks and a few dear friends) — what is this really about? People will certainly learn how to integrate into our system of debt and repayment with interest. People will rise above making $2 a day to enter our world of goods and services so they can buy more. But doesn’t all this just feed the beast?

* The fact is that Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft are all integral components of the US cyber-surveillance system. Nothing, but nothing, that is stored in their “cloud” services can be guaranteed to be safe from surveillance or from illicit downloading by employees of the consultancies employed by the NSA.

Katee Sackhoff, Maggie Q, Tatiana Maslany, Danai Gurira, and Michelle Rodriguez talk misogyny, at Comic-Con.

* Notes on the Detroit Bankruptcy.

* How derivatives helped bankrupt Detroit.

New $444 million hockey arena is still a go in Detroit. Detroit’s budget deficit is only $380 million.

So why has Detroit suffered unlike any other major city? Planning, or the lack thereof for more than a century, is why Detroit stands out. While cities like Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles (don’t laugh – Detroit and LA essentially boomed at the same time) put a premium on creating pleasant built environments for their residents, Detroit was unique in putting all its eggs in the corporate caretaker basket. Once the auto industry became established in Detroit, political and business leaders abdicated their responsibility on sound urban planning and design, and elected to let the booming economy do the work for them.

So, to sum it all up:  we have the Lords of MOOC creation, afloat for now on some misguided venture captial (and lots of sunshine blown up the skirts of university presidents), who are giving away a product that no one seems to want to pay even $89 for, probably because only 10% of users come away with much of anything.  And yet, we’re assured that this is completely”disruptive” “for good or ill” and, more importantly, “inevitable.”

 

* To minimize the risk of collision between spacecraft and space junk, the U.S. Space Surveillance Network tracks all debris larger than 10 centimeters. These images represent all man-made objects, both functioning and useful objects and debris, currently being tracked.

* Women At Merrill Lynch Were Instructed To Seduce Their Way To The Top, Lawsuit Alleges.

* Loyalty oaths at the ACLU. I mean really.

* #overlyhonestmethods.

The order of authorship was determined by  a twenty-five-game croquet series held at Imperial College Field Station during summer 1973.

* And Maria Bamford has a new web series. You’re welcome.

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  1. Re: America as world-historical blip: I’m deeply, deeply suspicious of these “it’s deep structural change” arguments because they strike me as convenient methods of ignoring the specific political harms done which have changed our economic system over the past several decades. If it’s all robots, why worry about the crushing of unions, etc?

    Stephen Frug

    July 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    • …which is to say: let’s reinstate the notion of the public/the commons, amp the top tax rate up to 70%, reinvigorate unions, massively boost public spending on infrastructure, education, etc, and on and on, and see how things are. If there’s still a problem, then we’ll talk.

      Stephen Frug

      July 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      • There’s still no more oil and still no solution to climate change there, but I’m on board for that as the First 100 Days of the Frug Imperium.

        gerrycanavan

        July 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      • I agree climate change is going to be Hell. But it’s not an explanation for the bad things over the past forty years: we did that without any help from cc.

        Stephen Frug

        July 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm


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