Politicians here are like helicopter
parents, mishandling the city in the same blatantly narcissistic manner
as parents who bear children for the sole purposes of shaping those
children in their images.
Although it’s a small step, the
inexorable link between women’s rights and the use of the bicycle has
forged a trajectory toward female independence throughout history, and
seeing the cultural implications and results of female bicycle use in
Saudi Arabia will be incredibly interesting — and perhaps mimic how
bicycles affected the suffragist movement here at home.
You want news of a real weapon of mass
destruction? Try ammonium nitrate fertilizer stored in tanks in the tiny
town of West, Texas. At least 14 dead. Hundreds wounded. High school
and nursing home blitzed. Dozens of homes destroyed.
According to the results of a new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll,
Republicans would rather have their freshman college student break an
ankle while streaking or live in a dorm with a farm animal than teach a
sex ed class. WORLD -1
I have laundry facilities in the basement of the apartment building where I’m now living. At 8 a.m., I thought I was getting
an early start but there was Eve down there in the laundry room sitting
at a table reading a book. I thought it could have been a Bible, but
wasn’t sure. She eyeballed my two trash bags of dirty clothes.
It makes me sad, angry and bewildered
every time I see a black person littering, just blatantly tossing down
with impunity and careless disregard for their surroundings the remnants
of their ghetto diets and their ghetto lifestyles
WEDNESDAY APRIL 17: The Vermont House of Representatives last
week approved a bill that will reduce the penalty for possessing up to
an ounce of marijuana. The bill passed by a 2-to-1 margin, which shouldn’t
come as much of surprise in the state that Phish is from.
At the end of past spring classes I’d
spend weeks in a thick-headed fog, obsessing over the state of America’s
education system; I was confused by our simultaneous political
demonization of China and our dependence on Chinese students to grow and
improve our science and technology departments.Wow, I used to think. Then in spring 2009 — after three years of teaching it — I realized how piously I had been thinking.
On April 15, Cincinnatians focused their
attention on a nearly 400-year-old city 800 miles from us because, in
the grand scheme of things, that’s really not so far away. We watched, listened
and talked about what happened to hundreds of people at the finish line
of the world’s most famous marathon.
MONDAY APRIL 15: Believe it or not, a cruise ship full of
people are miserable and pissed off. In the most recent case of this
happening, a seven-day Caribbean cruise on a Crown Princess ship turned
real un-fun after the toilets stopped flushing.