Tuesday, June 07, 2005
- It's going to be a hot one in Chicago today, with an expected high around 90° F (and even hotter tomorrow) - a great time to mix up some chilled twist shandy, eh?
- Chill-out goes
to the dogsmainstream: it's got no beat, plus, you can fold your laundry to it.
- Neil Gaiman tells us how to make a great pot of tea
- In Slate, David Plotz embarks upon on a short, scary career as an undercover sperm donor and infiltrates the seamy world of modern eugenics
- There will be about ten thousand unhappy campers at Cook County Jail in Chicago - one of the country's largest - when the facility goes smoke-free at the end of the summer. Just thinking of the nic fits is frightening.
- "Everyone is entertained to death": The Guardian UK talks with Brian Eno; and BigO Magazine has Eno's Music from Glitterbug available for download
- A nice, big, foamy mug of WTF: Quotes from American Taliban [via Wither in the Light, who very appropriately adds, "look elsewhere for sanity."]
- Feministing links to a sharp Washington Post article in which former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright takes President George W. Bush's anti-choice and anti-family planning policies to task; there's a great quote we'd all do well to remember there, too:
"Health is viewed as a soft issue, what has to be done is it has to be viewed as a tough, hard security issue," Albright said. [keep reading]
- Bob Herbert offers a sobering op-ed piece in The New York Times on "The Mobility Myth":
The gap between the rich and everybody else in this country is fast becoming an unbridgeable chasm. David Cay Johnston, in the latest installment of the New York Times series "Class Matters," wrote, "It's no secret that the gap between the rich and the poor has been growing, but the extent to which the richest are leaving everybody else behind is not widely known."
Consider, for example, two separate eras in the lifetime of the baby-boom generation. For every additional dollar earned by the bottom 90 percent of the population between 1950 and 1970, those in the top 0.01 percent earned an additional $162. That gap has since skyrocketed. For every additional dollar earned by the bottom 90 percent between 1990 and 2002, Mr. Johnston wrote, each taxpayer in that top bracket brought in an extra $18,000.
It's like chasing a speedboat with a rowboat. [keep reading; via Rebecca's Pocket]