A President Who Misleads Workers, Who Gives Them False Hope 

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Chuck Jones is president of United Steelworkers 1999. When he called Donald Trump on his false numbers regarding the recent deal struck with Carrier in Indiana, Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter. Now, Chuck Jones has responded, calmly and in simple terms.

China’s Loafing Bus 

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The “Traffic Elevated Bus”1 was once touted as a possible cure for traffic woes in China. However, it seems to be straddling no more. Instead, it’s been abandoned, and it’s blocking the road.


Footnotes:

  1. The “bus” appears to run on tracks, which makes it more of a trolley. ↩︎

Staving Off Tyranny 

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder recently wrote a book entitled “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning”. More recently, he wrote a list of 20 lessons to help us stave off tyranny under Donald Trump. That list is well worth reading.

There’s Actually a Special Ball-Cleaning Machine Called the GobbleMuffin 

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

With the dollar strong against the pound, now could be a good time to visit London. If you go, be sure to visit this grownup ball pit/bar, which serves bottomless spaghetti and meatballs for some reason. Act fast, because BallieBallerson closes at the end of 2016. Also, you’ll want to get in before it’s really had a chance to get completely full of vomit.

The Space Poop Challenge 

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Much like those of us on Earth, astronauts in space may find themselves struggling with too much shit. NASA’s looking for help figuring out how to handle this very literal problem.

He Is India’s Answer to Anthony Bourdain 

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Looking at this logo, all I can think is “Otm Shank”.1


Footnotes:

  1. This Simpsons clip is archived here. ↩︎

Where Is Your God Now? 

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Pope Francis is on board with fighting climate change, and he’s calling on science to help.

Not Even Drunk Driving 

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The punishment should fit the crime, and no crime is so heinous as to warrant this.

Muni Stands Strong 

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Last weekend, San Francisco’s Municipal Railway (“Muni”) was hacked, with the hacker demanding a relatively small ransom to unlock their systems. Rather than pay, Muni opened their fare gates while they reverted to an unhacked back-up. With a daily ridership of over 600,000 people, and the fare system being offline for over a day, Muni gave away millions of dollars in rides rather than paying $73,000 in ransom. That’s a strong stance to take, one which may well prevent future hacks.


Update (November 30th, 2016): The hacker who attacked Muni’s system was subsequently hacked himself.

Update (December 4th, 2016): Friend of the site, and erstwhile mailbox pooper James G. sent me a good follow-up link for this. It looks like Muni is estimating that they gave away far less in rides than I thought. While there are some issues with the article, including the fact that gates were open on Friday too, it’s clear that the lost revenue was firmly in the low six figures. The difference is likely accounted for by many riders having monthly passes.

Reducing Bias 

Monday, November 28th, 2016

It can be tempting to paint all of Donald Trump’s supporters with the same brush. After all, it’s tremendously disheartening that so many people were willing to ignore the racist, sexist, bigoted aspects of Donald Trump’s agenda. However, a willingness to overlook is not the same as more than 60 million people who voted for Trump being as horrendous as he is. Proceeding as if that were the case is both inaccurate, and counter-productive.

Instead, it’s useful to understand how those of us who hope to see Trump’s agenda defeated can persuade others to join the cause. Insulting them won’t do it, but listening to them just might.