Disruption, displacement, and derailleurs

(1) Innovations Threaten the Neighborhood Bike Shop (NY Times) “‘The change in the outside world is profound,’ he said. ‘We haven’t been as affected by the internet as bookstores and record stores, but it is coming.’” (2) Generation Lost…

Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)

(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review) “Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims […]

Weekend 363.1

(1) Letter: ‘Empathizing’ with Malloy is ludicrous (Fairfield Citizen) (2) General Electric Planning Job Cuts in Connecticut (Hartford Courant) (3) Connecticut Tax Boomerang (Wall Street Journal) (4) 2016 Regular Session: Winners and Losers (CT News Junkie)

bum! brrum! brrrumble!!!!

“…the roll of drums and the flutter of the flags of empire.” (1) Boris Johnson: Americans would never accept EU restrictions – so why should we? (Telegraph) (2) Troubling warnings for the US from the 1930s (Financial Times – Registration Required)

Weekend 356.0 (…the moon belongs to everyone -or- the man with the mini orchestra)

“cuius regio, eius religio” (1) Garry Kasparov: Hey, Bernie, Don’t Lecture Me About Socialism. I Lived Through It. (The Daily Beast) “A society that relies too heavily on redistributing wealth eventually runs out of wealth to redistribute. The historical record is clear. It’s capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th […]

Weekend 350.0

“On earth we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore be always unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not.” – St. Augustine (1) China’s Ghost Cities (YouTube) (2) Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours review – the romance […]

Weekend 349.0

(1) Yellen’s Job Puzzle: Why Are 20-Somethings Retiring? (Bloomberg)

Swope Redux

(1) Checkmate: The Economic Chess Masters Play a Losing Game (National Review) “The nature of our technologically enabled present global connectedness means that for the first time in human history all economic activity happens in immediate relation to everything else. You cannot isolate the variables, which is a real problem if you believe in political […]

le coup d’oeil de génie

Finished the Michael Korda tome on Ike. I still need to excerpt quotes, but love that his favorite painter was J.M.W. Turner. He “owned” a watercolor of Culzean Castle (by Turner) that hung in his bedroom and that he donated to the National Trust for Scotland shortly before his death. (1) What happens if Greece […]

Weekend 332.0

(1) Eminent domain on steroids? New bill threatens cities, towns (Fairfield Citizen) (2) How Bad Religion Has Bequeathed Us ‘An Anxious Age’ (The Federalist)

Medieval Modernists

(1) Public Transportation Affects Home Values (Fox Business) (2) What Makes Iconic Design: Lessons from the Visual History of the London Underground Logo

Weekend 248.1 (Our Elites)

This is WHY I stopped writing about politics. The first example is local and the second is national BUT both demonstrate the “I got mine, you get yours” attitude of the New Aristocracy. Peggy Noonan wrote an op-ed in 2005 about the elites and since its publication they [elites] have grown more brazen in their […]

Avant le déluge

If you are a student of history (or if you ever read Berlin by Jason Lutes) this quote from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard just gave you chills. Paris has a strange atmosphere right now. It is hard to get a table at the bistros of Saint-Germain, yet people have a sense of foreboding. They know austerity has […]

Weekend 220.1

(1) I would run to you (advertisement for NIKE) (1a) Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus (WSJ) (2) Suddenly Simple: Authentic, organic and local isn’t just about your food—American minimalist furnishings with clean shapes and forthright finishes are all the rage (WSJ) (3) Drawing Interest: The Work of Urban Sketchers (3a) The sketches of Harper […]

Weekend 214.0 (Almost)

(1) The scan is from The Art of the The Secret World of Arrietty. I can’t scan the entire book BUT will add the abandoned gazebo (not tea house) in the garden that was featured in the final shot of the film. (1a) A Dollhouse Fit for a Queen (1b) Spoils! (2) A Bicycle Built […]