That’s my favorite entry in the second annual Freakonomics’ six-word new American motto contest. It captures our hubris, as well as a tongue-in-cheek reference to a crucial moment of the current financial crisis, while also being chillingly true—for better or for worse.
MUSIC Kings of Leon Yeah Yeah Yeahs The Decemberists Fleet Foxes TV On The Radio Animal Collective Silversun Pickups Bon Iver Santigold Of Montreal Peter Bjorn & John M. Ward Grizzly Bear M83 Girl Talk The Gaslight Anthem The Walkmen Chromeo (dj set) Blitzen Trapper Passion Pit John Vanderslice Bishop Allen Ra Ra Riot The Dodos Beach House
COMEDY Zach Galifiankas Demetri Martin Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job
Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, THE DECEMBERISTS, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Of Montreal, Explosions in the Sky, Peter Bjorn & John, Doves, M83, The Walkmen, Sun Kil Moon, Blitzen Trapper, John Vanderslice, and The Dodos.
Wow this is incredible. I always wondered about players like this when I played hockey. The players that were average when considering easily measurable skill stuff like goals or assists or face-off wins, but had something you couldn’t quite put your finger on. Somehow they had an understanding of the subtle percentage plays like forcing a perimeter shot or going into the corner the right way. You just got this sense when watching them, and only if you were on their team, so you could watch them enough to notice patterns. Or not even patterns but the feeling of the game being slightly shaped.
Besides their always fantastic Boy of the Week feature, East Village Boys also posts interesting interviews like their latest, “Hello Sailor!” The interview was conducted with an anonymous member of the US Navy who just happens to be gay. Topics discussed include the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, trying to figure out who is and isn’t gay in the Navy, and the freedoms and restrictions of the military.
Fareed Zakaria on why the economy in Canada faring better than the U.S.:
So what accounts for the genius of the Canadians? Common sense. Over the past 15 years, as the United States and Europe loosened regulations on their financial industries, the Canadians refused to follow suit, seeing the old rules as useful shock absorbers. Canadian banks are typically leveraged at 18 to 1—compared with U.S. banks at 26 to 1 and European banks at a frightening 61 to 1. Partly this reflects Canada’s more risk-averse business culture, but it is also a product of old-fashioned rules on banking.
Canada has also been shielded from the worst aspects of this crisis because its housing prices have not fluctuated as wildly as those in the United States. Home prices are down 25 percent in the United States, but only half as much in Canada. Why? Well, the Canadian tax code does not provide the massive incentive for overconsumption that the U.S. code does: interest on your mortgage isn’t deductible up north.
Yesterday the Virginia GOP came very close to taking control of the state Senate, nearly luring a Democratic Senator to switch parties and put them at a 20-20 tie, which would have been broken by the Republican Lt. Governor. Then Jeff Frederick, a state legislator and the party chairman, ruined it all by Twittering this:
Big news coming out of Senate: Apparently one dem is either switching or leaving the dem caucus. Negotiations for power sharing underway.
The Dems then read the message, quickly mobilized to talk the renegade out of it, and stopped the GOP coup before it could happen.
We usually don’t cover state-level politics, but this is just too much. Really, Mr. Frederick, you don’t live-blog about ongoing secret negotiations!
On the other hand, it’s a great way to pick up followers.
“Coming home, landing at Sky Harbor, I used to wonder how people disperse so quickly from airports, any airport – how you are crowded into seats three across or five across and crowded in the aisle after touchdown when the captain turns off the seat belt sign and you get your belongings from the overhead and stand in the aisle waiting for the hatch to open and the crowd to shuffle forward, and there are more crowds when you exit the gate, people disembarking and others waiting for them and greater crowds in the baggage areas and the concourse, the crossover roars of echoing voices and flight announcements and revving engines and crowds moving through it all, people with their separate and unique belongings, the microhistory of toilet articles and intimate garments, the medicines and aspirins and lotions and powders and gels, so incredibly many people intersecting on some hot dry day at the edge of the desert, used underwear fistballed in their bags, and I wondered where they were going, and why, and who are they, and how do they all disperse so quickly and mysteriously, how does a vast crowd scatter and vanish in minutes, bags dragging on the shiny floors.”—Don DeLillo, Underworld
"This is no game. You might think this is a game, but, trust me, this is no game.
This is not something where rock beats scissors or paper covers rock or rock wraps itself up in paper and gives itself as a present to scissors. This isn’t anything like that. Or where paper types something on itself and sues scissors.
This isn’t something where you yell “Bingo!” and then it turns out you don’t have bingo after all, and what are the rules again? This isn’t that, my friend.
This isn’t something where you roll the dice and move your battleship around a board and land on a hotel and act like your battleship is having sex with the hotel.
This isn’t tiddlywinks, where you flip your tiddly over another player’s tiddly and an old man winks at you because he thought it was a good move. This isn’t that at all.
This isn’t something where you sink a birdie or hit a badminton birdie or do anything at all with birdies. Look, just forget birdies, O.K.?
Maybe you think this is all one big joke, like the farmer with the beautiful but promiscuous daughter. But what they don’t tell you is the farmer became so depressed that he eventually took his own life.
1. Call the Edmonton City Transit System hotline 2. Visit the Edmonton City Transit System website 3. Look at a bus route schedules, posted at stops and transit centers 4. Listen to Cadence Weapon’s first album