Oopinions.

Apr 06

Webinar: Urban Growth Trends in U.S. Metropolitan Regions -

For folks who missed the webinar by Dr. Kevin Ramsey from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities and Dr. Garrit Knapp from National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, here’s the video (click link above). Their research can be accessed here: http://smartgrowth.umd.edu/ancRamseyKnaap.html

Oct 19

ilovecharts:

bailapelirroja:

thefoxxypoet:

My only problem is that I wish this graph came with a link to the source of this information. I know this is true, but just to back up facts for people who may not know this information, a source would be awesome.

It’s an easy google. :) Here ya go:
http://www.publiceye.org/defendingjustice/pdfs/factsheets/10-Fact%20Sheet%20-%20System%20as%20Racist.pdf
http://fcnl.org/resources/newsletter/feb00/drug_trafficking_prejudiced_assumptions/
http://cwsl.edu/content/benner/aaRacialDisparityinNarcoticsSearchWarrants.pdf
Fucking bullshit by the way.

Been seeing this around for awhile and was hoping somebody would pull some sources. Thanks.
viafreakingdork 

ilovecharts:

bailapelirroja:

thefoxxypoet:

My only problem is that I wish this graph came with a link to the source of this information. I know this is true, but just to back up facts for people who may not know this information, a source would be awesome.

It’s an easy google. :) Here ya go:

http://www.publiceye.org/defendingjustice/pdfs/factsheets/10-Fact%20Sheet%20-%20System%20as%20Racist.pdf

http://fcnl.org/resources/newsletter/feb00/drug_trafficking_prejudiced_assumptions/

http://cwsl.edu/content/benner/aaRacialDisparityinNarcoticsSearchWarrants.pdf

Fucking bullshit by the way.

Been seeing this around for awhile and was hoping somebody would pull some sources. Thanks.

viafreakingdork 

(Source: onlyexperiments)

Oct 17

The New York Times got Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster to make a batch of the White House honey ale (4.89%) for a taste testing. The verdict:

It was good. Very good.
The aromas were floral with a touch of orange and a metallic note that I sometimes find in honey. On the palate, it was breezy, fresh, tangy and lightly bitter, not bone dry but not at all sweet. I could sense the honey in the round, rich texture of the beer: thickness without weight, like a chenin blanc wine. The soft carbonation enhanced the texture. It didn’t have the insistent rush of bubbles that you would find in a mass-produced beer, or the snappy twang of a pilsner, but rather the soft fizz of a British hand-cranked cask ale.
For me, the biggest surprise was how powerfully the honey influenced the beer in almost every aspect — texture, aroma, flavor — except sweetness. It was a reminder of how extraordinary honey can be both as an ingredient and as a reflection of its particular origins.

The New York Times got Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster to make a batch of the White House honey ale (4.89%) for a taste testing. The verdict:

It was good. Very good.

The aromas were floral with a touch of orange and a metallic note that I sometimes find in honey. On the palate, it was breezy, fresh, tangy and lightly bitter, not bone dry but not at all sweet. I could sense the honey in the round, rich texture of the beer: thickness without weight, like a chenin blanc wine. The soft carbonation enhanced the texture. It didn’t have the insistent rush of bubbles that you would find in a mass-produced beer, or the snappy twang of a pilsner, but rather the soft fizz of a British hand-cranked cask ale.

For me, the biggest surprise was how powerfully the honey influenced the beer in almost every aspect — texture, aroma, flavor — except sweetness. It was a reminder of how extraordinary honey can be both as an ingredient and as a reflection of its particular origins.

Oct 15

According to Corporate Knights, a media and financial company advocating green practices, President Teddy Roosevelt is the greenest president of them all.

Perhaps most strikingly, of the 44 presidents who have held office over the last 223 years, only eight received votes. The others, ranked in order, were Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson, Gerald R. Ford, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.

New York Times, Sept. 20, 2012

According to Corporate Knights, a media and financial company advocating green practices, President Teddy Roosevelt is the greenest president of them all.

Perhaps most strikingly, of the 44 presidents who have held office over the last 223 years, only eight received votes. The others, ranked in order, were Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson, Gerald R. Ford, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.

New York Times, Sept. 20, 2012

I think the more interesting fact from the Credit Suisse report is the fact that “Europe was responsible for 10.9 trillion US dollars of the total global loss of 12.3 trillion US dollars”… that’s 89% of all the wealth lost in 2011!

theatlantic:

Where the World’s Millionaires Live—in 1 Graph

Today, the United States and Japan are home to about 7% of the world’s population, but more than 50% of the world’s millionaires.

Read more.

I think the more interesting fact from the Credit Suisse report is the fact that “Europe was responsible for 10.9 trillion US dollars of the total global loss of 12.3 trillion US dollars”… that’s 89% of all the wealth lost in 2011!

theatlantic:

Where the World’s Millionaires Live—in 1 Graph

Today, the United States and Japan are home to about 7% of the world’s population, but more than 50% of the world’s millionaires.

Read more.

Oct 03


Most states have a history of voting for a particular party and the presidential candidates will count on their votes again. This leaves a handful of states where the election will be decided. These are the election battlegrounds.

Colorado
Florida
Iowa
Michigan
Minnesota
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Wisconsin

Most states have a history of voting for a particular party and the presidential candidates will count on their votes again. This leaves a handful of states where the election will be decided. These are the election battlegrounds.

Oct 01

planetmoney:

How Income Divides Democrats, Republicans, And Independents

planetmoney:

How Income Divides Democrats, Republicans, And Independents

Well, thank you, agglomeration economies. Example of Economic Development 101.
nycedc:

The Wall Street Journal reports on Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche moving its research and development unit to NYC’s Alexandria Center for Life Science: 

Alexandria’s success in attracting Roche reflects a shift in thinking in the pharmaceutical industry, which for years put its research workers in the same complexes as its manufacturing plants. Now, drug companies are putting drug development scientists in so-called research clusters, typically around universities, with the theory that more interaction between scientists will spur better research.
Roche announced in June that it would close its manufacturing and research facility in Nutley, N.J., and relocate a research unit in the area. The company considered keeping those 200 or so jobs at a new location in New Jersey, but ultimately chose Manhattan site, largely because of its location in a cluster of other research companies, said Darien Wilson, a spokeswoman for Roche.
The site, she said, would “allow us to be in the midst of that scientific talent.”

Find out more about the Alexandria Center for Life Science and NYCEDC’s initiatives to support the bioscience industry in New York City. 

Well, thank you, agglomeration economies. Example of Economic Development 101.

nycedc:

The Wall Street Journal reports on Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche moving its research and development unit to NYC’s Alexandria Center for Life Science

Alexandria’s success in attracting Roche reflects a shift in thinking in the pharmaceutical industry, which for years put its research workers in the same complexes as its manufacturing plants. Now, drug companies are putting drug development scientists in so-called research clusters, typically around universities, with the theory that more interaction between scientists will spur better research.

Roche announced in June that it would close its manufacturing and research facility in Nutley, N.J., and relocate a research unit in the area. The company considered keeping those 200 or so jobs at a new location in New Jersey, but ultimately chose Manhattan site, largely because of its location in a cluster of other research companies, said Darien Wilson, a spokeswoman for Roche.

The site, she said, would “allow us to be in the midst of that scientific talent.”

Find out more about the Alexandria Center for Life Science and NYCEDC’s initiatives to support the bioscience industry in New York City. 

Sep 25

[video]

“We didn’t arrest or torture anyone, but we had to torture their writing” — Myanmar’s last “censor in chief.” (via officialssay)

Sep 20

“Can this man truly be so blind as to believe that being the son of an auto executive and governor played no role in his development and access to opportunity? Can he truly believe that having a family with the means to send him to a prestigious boarding school and then on to some of the best colleges in the country had nothing to do with them and everything to do with him? Can he truly be willfully ignorant enough to not acknowledge the huddled masses at the bottom of the hill just because he started his climb half way up?” —

Charles M. Blow, in response to Mitt Romney’s belief that the fact that he and Ann gave away their inheritance money is evidence that they built themselves up from nothing, and their successes can be attributed to hard work alone.

Man oh man, talk about entitlement, lack of self-awareness, lack of thankfulness.

Blow continues…

I’m no longer confident in the basic goodness of his constitution.

One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.

So true. Romney had some respectable creds in his pocket (exs: Romneycare and the sustainability efforts in Massachusetts), and that gave me hope that while he, undoubtedly malleable, weak in principle, and ambitious to a disgusting fault, had at least some capacity to do some good, and compassion enough to extend health care and promote environmental equity. I believed that he was just trying to fake it til he made it in the super right. Now, it appears as if he’s made it, or it was never an act… 

(Source: The New York Times)

[video]

Sep 13

thedailywhat:

Nutella Tootsie Rolls of the Day: Inventive chefDan —  who blogs at the amazing The Food In My Beard — got creative with Nutella for a friend’s wedding: “These things are amazing! Not all hard and gross like most Tootsie Rolls that have been on the counter for a few years. Soft, chewey, and delicious.” Make your own with Dan’s easy instructions. [foodbeast]

thedailywhat:

Nutella Tootsie Rolls of the Day: Inventive chefDan —  who blogs at the amazing The Food In My Beard  got creative with Nutella for a friend’s wedding: 

“These things are amazing! Not all hard and gross like most Tootsie Rolls that have been on the counter for a few years. Soft, chewey, and delicious.” 

Make your own with Dan’s easy instructions. 

[foodbeast]

Brooklyn Is the Second Most Expensive Place to Live in the U.S. -

Manhattan is number 1.

And if you’re wondering about demographic changes over the past decade:

The Black population declined by 10,000 in Crown Heights North (a loss of almost 12% of the Black population), 8,400 people in Flatbush (decline of 14%), 7,258 people in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (decline of 12%), and almost 6,000 people (-5,936) in Bedford (decline of almost 15%).

Sep 05

motherjones:

Did you watch Tammy Duckworth’s speech last night and wonder: Who is that woman? The perpetually upbeat Iraq vet works out in a shirt that says, “Lucky for me he’s an ass man.” Here’s the full story of her crash, recovery, and struggle against a tea party opponent.

motherjones:

Did you watch Tammy Duckworth’s speech last night and wonder: Who is that woman? The perpetually upbeat Iraq vet works out in a shirt that says, “Lucky for me he’s an ass man.” Here’s the full story of her crash, recovery, and struggle against a tea party opponent.

(Source: Mother Jones)