News

The Lasting Legacy of David Koch will be the Burning Planet

Will America’s ‘Least Sustainable City’ vote to kill rail transit? – The Washington Post

Such organized opposition has killed transit projects elsewhere. Donors to Building a Better Phoenix include the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a group with ties to Americans for Prosperity, an influential political advocacy organization funded by oil industry billionaires Charles and David Koch. David Koch died Friday. Americans for Prosperity has campaigned against transit in Arkansas and Utah, and in 2018 the group led a successful door-knocking campaign to defeat a light-rail project on the ballot in Nashville.


News

Trump is Following in the Footsteps of Wallace, Nixon, and Reagan

Why Donald Trump is just following in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps on race – The Washington Post

Racial issues were central to Reagan’s political success during the 1966 California gubernatorial election. He denounced the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 while running radio ads referring to urban areas as “jungles.” Regarding fair housing, he emphasized: “If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so.” This resonated well with white conservative suburban voters in places such as Orange County, Calif.


Sometimes it’s important to be reminded of the obvious.

News · Sports

Pay the Women Now!

Pay the U.S. women’s soccer players a bounty. They’re an American treasure. – The Washington Post

I don’t want to hear another word about whether the Americans scored too much or over-celebrated. This is a team in full attack mode, fighting not just to win a World Cup, but to prove a larger point about their worth. They’ve been denied fair pay compared to their men’s team for years and they’re out to make a statement about just how good they are, both on the pitch and in the court of public opinion. You don’t make up a chronic pay gap with ladylike restraint. You do it by kicking through a wall.


There is never anything to add to a Sally Jenkins’ article.

Tech

The Modern P.T. Barnum Strikes Again

Elon Musk Says “Hyperloop”; Tunnel Is Now Just a Normal Car Tunnel Because “This Is Simple and Just Works”

Yes, for those keeping score, in a mere two years we’ve gone from a futuristic vision of electric skates zooming around a variety of vehicles in a network of underground tunnels to—and I cannot stress this enough—a very small, paved tunnel that can fit one (1) car.

The video’s marketing conceit is that the car in the tunnel beats a car trying to go the same distance on roads. You’ll never believe this, but the car that has a dedicated right of way wins. Congratulations to The Boring Company for proving dedicated rights of way are important for speedy transportation, something transportation planners figured out roughly two centuries ago. I’m afraid for how many tunnels they’ll have to dig before they likewise acknowledge the validity of induced demand.


News

Herman Wouk dies at 103, but “a Legend Never Dies”

Herman Wouk, Perennially Best-Selling Author, Dies at 103 – The New York Times

Herman Wouk, whose taut shipboard drama “The Caine Mutiny” lifted him to the top of the best-seller lists, where he remained for most of a career that extended past his 100th year thanks to page-turners like “Marjorie Morningstar,” “Youngblood Hawke” and the World War II epics “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” died early Friday at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 103.

His death, just 10 days before his 104th birthday, was confirmed by his literary agent, Amy Rennert. She said he had been working on another book when he died, although, as was his custom, he had declined to discuss its subject until it was finished.


First thing I thought of when I saw on twitter he had passed was Babe Ruth’s famous quote (reintroduced to the world in the Sandlot) “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

We lost a legend.

News · Tech

Hey San Francisco, Time to Buy Some Pie!

Custard’s Last Stand: Mission Pie vs. the gig economy – Mission Local

Her frustration isn’t that the “shut-in economy” has advanced to the point that contracting with a third party to have pies sent to your home is the epitome of San Francisco normal. If people desire delivery, let the people have what they want. It’s deeper than that. Heisler’s workforce is all employees. They have health insurance. She hands over payroll taxes and, additionally, with more than 20 employees, she and her co-owner Krystin Rubin are subject to any number of “employer mandates” this city has chosen to impose on its resident businesses.


This whole article explains how the “gig economy” is destroying society, and I am glad someone is standing up to it instead of giving in. I hope this being in SF, the story spreads wide. In the mean time, if you live near this place go and buy some pie!

Tech

Good Take on My Favorite iOS App

Signature features – All this

Drafts, for example, is commonly thought of as an app for writing small bits of text that then get shunted off some other app—Mail, Messages, Reminders, Evernote, another text editor—where they “belong.” And there’s no question Drafts is spectacular at this because it launches quickly to a blank note and it has a big library of actions for moving text into other apps. Its developer, Greg Pierce, even markets Drafts as “where text starts.”

But for me, Drafts has become the place “where text is.” The power that comes from its library of actions—especially the Script action—allows me to treat Drafts as my iOS version of BBEdit, the place where I do all of my iOS writing, no matter what the text is for or how long it is.


The power the Drafts app is that everyone will have a different answer to the question, “What does Drafts do best?”. Here is an example I tweeted out yesterday.

Sports

Life As a Mets Fan

Yankees plan to seek rotation help before trade deadline, with Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler among possible targets | SNY

If the Yankees don’t acquire Keuchel, they will pursue a trade. We’re sure to hear Madison Bumgarner’s name mentioned in rumors and reports, but the Yanks are not alone in viewing Bumgarner as a shell of his former self, at least at the moment. Texas’ Mike Minor and Toronto’s Marcus Stroman are two of the better pitchers who might be available.

And here’s a wild card option: If the struggling Mets find themselves out of contention by summer, expect the Yankees to inquire again on Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler.


It’s not even Memorial Day yet, and I am reading about the Mets as sellers. This team is built to win now. They have already blown most of the post 2015 window so might as well just blow what is left?

Music

The Boss is Back!

Bruce Springsteen Writes New E Street Band Album, Plots Tour – Rolling Stone

Bruce Springsteen won’t release his new album Western Stars until June 14th and the public has only heard a single song from it, but he’s already written a big batch of songs for a new E Street Band record that he says will lead to a tour. He shared the news with Martin Scorsese at a Netflix promotional event in Los Angeles.


Finally some good news showing up in my news reader!

News

Time to End Horse Racing

At Kentucky Derby, cloud of Santa Anita horse deaths hangs over sport – The Washington Post

As Tim Sullivan of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported, Churchill Downs has lost 43 thoroughbreds to racing injuries since 2016, or 2.42 per 1,000 starts, 50 percent higher than the national average. Some of the proposed changes at both Santa Anita and Churchill Downs involve a phasing-out of Lasix, the diuretic and anti-bleeding medication long used in horse racing. Others wondered whether the sport needed to change anything other than the Santa Anita track surface.


This is torture. A civilized society should do better.