Mark Maynard used to blog about local stuff, often in depth and things that weren't getting covered elsewhere. He has since been lost to Trumpworld and it's a shame. There's a massive opportunity cost to folks immersing themselves in Trump and making him their dominant interest and pastime. I think the shift in his blog is a great example of the cost to other things.
"If two men in a world of more than 7 billion people can provide €300million to restore Notre Dame, within six hours, then there is enough money in the world to feed every mouth, shelter every family and educate every child. The failure to do so is a matter of will, and a matter of system."
"I live on the border of two states with extremely different minimum wage laws. I worked for a company that moved over the border from the state with the higher (though still not sufficient) minimum wage to the other state. We were able to keep our jobs but we had to take a pay cut. Meanwhile, the boss bought a new house in California and kept her house here as well.
During the process of the move, I happened to find a Post-It note with the admin credentials to the payroll system. Every week for the few months I stayed on after the move, I gave myself and my co-workers a few extra hours of pay to make up for the money they were trying to save.
Nothing happened to me. And it felt like a good deed."
This was a story of workplace resistance on Steal Something From Work Day https://crimethinc.com/2019/04/15/steal-something-from-work-day-2019-three-stories-of-workplace-resistance
The Ann Arbor Townie Calendar is a thing that has a number of important dates on it, including home football games, art fair, the car show, and other things that are useful to know. You can subscribe to it here https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=OXA2NHByYnAwdDRtMDFqcGFqbWoyMDZjcGNAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ
"Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat."
"I thought you just told me they used radio."
"They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat."
@typingmonkey I saw this and immediately thought of you. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/04/james-fallows-leaf-blower-ban/583210/ #banLeafBlowers
Art and Climate Change
@samfirke related to the "story" to tell about climate change: https://www.swiss-miss.com/2019/03/this-is-powerful.html
@hypomodern ha! of course! Imagine how differently the roll out would have been if they didn't have money to burn. Not a chance these things would have shipped with wheels that size or more secure batteries...VC math makes me mad.
Just sent @dzombak $14 and I declare that I am official sponsor of all toots sent in February on a2mi.social
#StoppedWatched someone riding a Bird scooter away from Pioneer HS. They were wearing a ski helmet and goggles, suggesting that this ride was premeditated. Are there always Bird scooters available at Pioneer?
This is the first time I've seen anyone wear a helmet on a Bird.
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