The Muppets and How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segal will costar with Jesse Eisenberg in a new movie called The End of the Tour, Jeff Sneider at The Wrap reports:
Segel will play David Foster Wallace, the author of “Infinite Jest” who committed suicide in 2008, while Eisenberg will play Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.
James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) will direct from a script by playwright Donald Margulies, who adapted Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace.
Lots of people are expressing disbelief that Segal can play Wallace. I'll reserve my judgment, although it must be noted that Wallace is an incredibly difficult role. (Very smart people are tough to get right.) But there's an even greater problem with this production: Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is a terrible book. I reviewed it when it came out back in 2010. The book is exemplary of the worst kind of magazine profile writing, in which Lipsky is too obsessed with himself and making sure that he comes across as cool. He seems to miss the point of Wallace entirely while at the same time obsessing over trivial facts about Wallace's writing. It's possible that Eisenberg could capture Lipsky's off-putting neediness and turn his performance into a meta-commentary on the book, but if this production turns out to be a sincere take on Although Of Course, this movie will be very difficult to love.
Just to make the joke about Buzzfeed clear, Sarah Miller also reviews really good books with the same smarmy happiness that she reviews really bad books. Here's the review of Moby-Dick:
“Moby-Dick” was written in a cozy study with original fixtures in a beautiful house in the Berkshires—which is just spectacular at this time of year—by a talented writer and devoted husband and father named Herman Melville (who might have been gay, and that’s O.K.!). “Moby-Dick” is about a whale. This is good news because the ocean, a whale’s habitat, is majestic and powerful, and as we stand at its edge we are able to experience both transcendence and humility, which is such a gift.
The characters are as rollicking and fun as the ocean setting. The narrator, Ishmael, is just a really good guy, while Ahab, a ship’s captain, allows us to remember that anger happens when we don’t process our sadness, which is every bit as precious as our joy. Ultimately, “Moby-Dick” is a gripping story about a diverse group of men putting aside their differences to create lifelong friendships on a hand-crafted sailboat.
I can't think of a better illustration of why all-positive book reviews all the time is a bad idea. Click here for similar "reviews" of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bill O'Reilly's Lincoln book, and "The First Phone Call from Heaven" by Mitch Albom.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! Pearl Jam! Slog! We are in a fierce competition this holiday season to raise money for YouthCare’s Orion Center. And to find out whose fans will are the best fans! Whose fans will do the most to help homeless youth right here in Seattle? Slog is not in the lead! But that's okay! There's still plenty of time (until December 24th) for Slog fans to pull ahead and CRUSH Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans and Pearl Jam fans and prove that Slog fans are the best fans out there!
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans have donated: $30,918.14
• Pearl Jam fans: $24,188.27
• Slog fans: $8,961.00
Fans of those obnoxious, snot-nosed, GIF-pimping upstarts at Seattlish are still donating: $1,895.00 so far! And let's check back in and see how Seahawks fans are doing: Seahawks* fans have donated $0 so far!
Don't forget: Donate and you could win a pair of three-day passes to the 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party PLUS two nights at the Hotel Monaco! Every damn band that plays, plus sleeping it off in style. Just donate by noon on Friday, December 13 (any amount counts!), then forward your receipt and tell us in 100 words or less why you want to party at the Block Party and what you're going to do in your hotel room after. The best reason wins! The winner will be announced Friday afternoon on Slog! Donate to the Orion Center right now!
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
• Pearl Jam fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
• Slog fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
Seattlish fans can go here to give and make a note that it's pro-Seattlish! The fans that raise the most for the Orion Center by December 24th WIN the title of the Best Fans of the Best Band or Best Blog in the Universe Forever!
And give at least $25 to the Orion Center, then forward us your receipt and your commenter handle, and we'll give you a commenter tag on Slog that says SLOG FAN, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FAN, or PEARL JAM FAN! Your choice!
* Again, and in all fairness to Seahawks fans, they weren't part of this charity challenge and there's no landing page where Seahawks fans can donate as Seahawks fans. But is that any excuse? Seattlish fans didn't have a landing page and weren't part of the challenge when I called them out for failing to donate even single dollar to save the Orion Center. And what did Seattlish do then? They jumped in, created their own damn landing page, and started raising money to save the Orion Center! And Seattlish fans have raised nearly $2,000! But the total donated by Seahawks fans remains stuck at zero dollars?!? Don't Seahawks fans care about homeless teenagers? GIVE!
Is this discussion about Santa's race the dumbest three minutes of television news to air this week? If it isn't, I don't think I want to watch the dumbest three minutes of television news to air this week. The climax of this clip sums up Fox News's advice to minorities everywhere: "Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change." And she follows that up with this beauty: "I mean, Jesus was a white man, too."
I know some people who claim that Megyn Kelly is really smart, and that she considers her role at Fox News to be performance art. I just can't buy that.
That subject line doesn't tell half the story. From this week's Last Days: The Week in Review:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 In more predictable news, the week continues with a rain of drugged mice falling on the US territory of Guam. Details come from NBC News, which identifies the cause of Guam's drugged-mouse rain as the brown tree snake, an invasive species that "likely arrived in an inadequately inspected cargo shipment sometime in the 1950s" and has since grown into an expensive, slithery nuisance. In addition to feasting on the region's exotic birds, the estimated two million brown tree snakes in Guam routinely cause trouble for the island's industrial complexes, which are "regularly bedeviled by power failures caused when the snakes wriggle their way into electric substations—an average of 80 a year, costing as much as $4 million in annual repair costs and lost productivity," reports NBC. Lucky for Guam, brown tree snakes "have an Achilles' heel": acetaminophen, with one-sixth of a standard Tylenol pill containing enough to kill a brown tree snake. Which brings us to the aforementioned rain of mice, each one of which was stuffed with a deadly dose of acetaminophen, tied to a cardboard parachute, then dropped from a low-flying helicopter, with roughly 2,000 such mice rained down on the forested areas of Andersen Air Force Base this past Sunday. As you read this, snakes are OD'ing all over Guam. Let this be a lesson to us all to adequately inspect our cargo shipments.
Indulge your nostalgia for last week with the rest of Last Days here.
Remember how a couple weeks ago Boeing's machinists rejected the company's
last best only contract offer to build the new 777X in Everett, and Boeing announced that it would not return to the negotiating table, and instead request bids from other (mostly non-union) regions? And remember how all the serious people who've never lifted a wrench in their lives yet know what's good for Boeing machinists better than Boeing machinists do, sighed in unison that even a job with lower pay and no pension is better than no job at all, and then cursed the short sightedness of union members for not caving to the company's demands?
Yeah, well, Boeing is back at the negotiating table after all, because maybe the machinists aren't as stupid as the serious people presume them to be. Because maybe Puget Sound Boeing workers have a little leverage being the best-trained and most productive aerospace workforce in the world, working at existing facilities that would take billions of dollars and several years to reproduce elsewhere? And maybe they understand Boeing better than casual outside observers do, no matter how serious these observers believe themselves to be?
Not saying that this is a done deal or anything. Boeing and the machinists still might not be able to come to terms. But this idea that the machinists were powerless to do anything but accept management's initial offer was just plain stupid. And suicidal from the perspective of what's left of our nation's labor movement.
A Ban on Gay Sex: India's supreme court recriminalized gay sex illegal all over again after a previous ruling decriminalized it. The UN says the ban violates international law. Clearly this calls for civil disobedience...
Bertha Will Be Stuck for Weeks, at Least: Tunneling experts predict it will take a long time just to figure out what's blocking tunnel-digger Bertha, which/who has been lodged under downtown since last Friday, let alone remove the blockage. Officials say they might need to send in divers (who work under high-pressure air in front of the machine) to break up the obstacle or dig six stories down to extract the object. That could take "several weeks." But remember, nothing could possibly go wrong.
Cute Blond Texas Teen: He ducks a prison term for killing four people while driving drunk because, no shit, his lawyers made a case that he'd been raised wealthy and didn't respect the consequences of breaking rules. Instead of incarceration, he has to do a stint at an expensive rehab center in California.
Some Movies: About some stuff were nominated for some awards.
Narrower Seats in Coach: Airbus wants to slim down the middle and window seats so that it can widen the aisle seat. As WSJ reports: "The new seat would be ideal for the expanding market of very large passengers, Airbus said [in obviously the greatest pun evar]."
Retail! Sales are up 0.7 percent last month, filling corporations with holiday cheer.
Humans Have Macabre Traditions: Throngs of people are waiting in the sweltering South African heat to view a week-old body.
That "Fake" Sign-Language Interpreter at Mandela's Funeral? His name is Thamsanqa Jantjie, and he's gotten complaints about signing for the African National Congress before. Jantjie claims that at Mendela's service he was hit by a schizophrenic episode in which he had hallucinations and he believed he was being chased. Here's he is, in his own words:
"What happened that day, I see angels come to the stadium ... I start realizing that the problem is here. And the problem, I don’t know the attack of this problem, how will it comes. Sometimes I react violent on that place. Sometimes I will see things that chase me,” Jantjie said...
Asked how often he had become violent, he said “a lot” while declining to provide details.
Blogger: She wants (a) a free meal from a restaurant on Christmas Eve and (b) is now charging $75 to people who want to talk to her.
From the ABC TV show “What Would You Do”:
What happens when a black man brings his white girlfriend into a barbershop in Harlem?
I recall once stepping into a cab in the middle of Midtown Manhattan and requesting a ride to some place in the upper part of Lower Manhattan. The driver (a black African) thought for a minute (there was a red light ahead and traffic building behind us) and decided the money wasn't good enough and told me he didn't want to drive me there. When I stepped out of the idiot's cab, a driver in the truck behind the cab honked repeatedly and loudly at me (the light was now green and the cab was gone). I looked at him. The driver (a white male New Yorker) looked me, threw up his hands up, stuck his head out of the window and said: "What the hell are you doing? If you are in the cab, the driver has to take you where you want to go. That's rule. Don't you understand that? Those are the rules."
Despite all of their problems, New Yorkers of all colors have an usually deep sense of an urban ethic.
Glenn Beck points out that Time magazine once made Hitler man of the year. So why, he asks, don't they make Ted Cruz man of the year? Because Time is a bunch of fascists, that's why! That logic totally checks out.
Incidentally, Time did choose Ted Cruz as a runner-up to Pope Francis for Man of the Year, and they ran a fairly positive profile of Cruz, too. But they didn't place him on the same pedestal as Hitler, so Glenny is upset. Poor, poor Glenny.
. . . isn't easy, but today's service industry workers are less secure, with fewer benefits, than the household servants of the past whose work they replace.
Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access.
The White House-based press corps was prohibited from photographing Mr. Obama on his first day at work in January 2009. Instead, a set of carefully vetted images was released. Since then the press has been allowed to photograph him alone in the Oval Office only twice: in 2009 and in 2010, both times when he was speaking on the phone. Pictures of him at work with his staff in the Oval Office — activities to which previous administrations routinely granted access — have never been allowed.
Instead, here’s how it’s done these days: An event involving the president discharging his official duties is arbitrarily labeled “private,” with media access prohibited. A little while later an official photo is released on the White House Flickr page, or via Twitter to millions of followers. Private? Hardly.
Still, this was a good one.
Says artist, Stranger Genius, and former Laurelton resident Ellen Forney in the press release: “It seems like every artist in Seattle has either lived in the Laurelton or slept with someone who lived in the Laurelton.”
And I wrote this back in 2004, about my beloved new home, in a Stranger article called "Sexual Real Estate":
It always struck me funny that my apartment building looked just like my junior high school. Then, even in my first few nights there, I realized that the building was similar in more ways than one. I had moved into the Home of the Horny Teenager. More specifically, the Home for Horny Teenage Girls. My almost exclusively female neighbors aren't literally teens—quite the opposite. Most of the women in my building are in their 30s and are extremely creative people: artists, writers, independents. They're also the hottest, craziest, and sexiest women I've ever met. And the LOUDEST. I've never heard so much sex in any apartment in my entire life. From the moans and groans and actual bed frames breaking and crashing onto the floor in the apartment above me to the tantric, mind-blowingly long sessions in the apartment next door, this is one randy establishment...
Will an orgy break out at the opening? I can't promise it, but I wouldn't be surprised by it either. A long list of participating artists, after the jump...
Everything that Danny Westneat said about the GET Program and UW President Michael Young's stupid, stupid characterization of it as a "Ponzi scheme," plus this: GET is not an investment; it is insurance.
Young said the GET program, because it’s a defined-benefit plan (it pledges to pay no matter what happens to the investments), is a ticking time bomb.
That's the whole fucking point!
I've been through this before—as an investment, the GET Program was designed to be very conservative, returning the average inflation rate for college tuition (about 6.5 percent) as opposed the 10 percent-or-so returns one historically gets on the market. But that is okay, because when we pre-paid our daughter's tuition more than a decade ago, we did so knowing that no matter what might happen, she would at the very least have tuition and fees paid for at the best Washington State public university she could get in to.
We weren't buying double-digit returns. We were buying peace of mind. The fact that we got double-digit returns was only due to our feckless legislature and its refusal to raise the revenue necessary to adequately fund higher education.
And to be clear, GET is only potentially "a ticking time bomb" if the legislature once again forces double-digit tuition hikes. As long as tuition rises at the historic inflation rate, GET will remain more than adequately funded. And this is a variable that is entirely within the legislature's control.
Why is this so hard for people to understand? And why is Young so hostile to our state's only tuition program that aids middle class families?
First, Christian radio host Janet Mefford accused Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll of plagiarism. Then, things got weird. Then Mefferd seemed to back down to pro-Driscoll pressure. Now, Slate's Ruth Graham just published some new information:
[Mefferd] says her apology shouldn’t be mistaken for a recanting. “I stand by my allegations of insufficient sourcing, absolutely and unequivocally,” she said by email. “His plagiarism is a very serious ethical and moral breach. Academics and journalists alike have lost their jobs over less than what Mark Driscoll has done.” Mefferd says that “no attorneys were involved in this situation” and that no one at Mars Hill Church, where Driscoll is pastor, suggested she remove the materials.
On Monday, Mars Hill made its first explicit comment on the issue since Driscoll’s original interview. In a corner of its website devoted to the Driscoll book with several paragraphs apparently copied wholesale, the church posted a statement blaming a research assistant for “citation errors”: “During the editing process, content from other published sources were mistaken for research notes.” The head of communications at Mars Hill did not respond to an email and direct messages on Twitter requesting comments from the church or from Driscoll.
Ah, the old blame-the-assistant trick. Oldest gambit in the Good Book. Remember when Jesus blamed the cleansing of the temple on Peter, and everybody had a good laugh about it later on? Good times.
Nathan Hale High School health teacher Annemarie Michaels-Plumpe writes this letter to the editor about a party last Friday, sponsored and covered by The Stranger, celebrating the one-year anniversary of marijuana legalization. Held at Seattle Center, the party was 21 and over, and hidden from public view inside a closed canopy. But Michaels-Plumpe says adults having fun with pot in a somewhat public setting sent a dangerous message to children:
I am writing this letter in response to Ben Livingston’s Stranger article entitled: Antidrug Activists Try to Shut Down Pot Party -Treatment Professionals Say Celebration at Space Needle Is Bad for Children.
There is evidence that favorable community opinion about a drug such as alcohol or marijuana correlates with not only increased use by teens but also an impression among them that the dangers are less than they might be. Allowing for marijuana use as long as the public cannot see its use—such as throwing a party to celebrate the legalization of a drug by using that drug in a large group, in a public place where families gather—is definitely sending a clear message about our community’s opinion on the use of marijuana.
The Yes for SeaTac Prop 1 campaign sent out a press release this afternoon saying that they "fully expect" King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas to toss out the historic $15 an hour minimum wage initiative at a Friday hearing.
We fully expect the county judge, who previously ordered SeaTac Prop 1 off the ballot and was quickly overruled by the state appeals court, to rule in Alaska Airlines' favor again. If the judge agrees with Alaska Airlines to take away paid sick days, living wages and tip protection for 6,000 people, we intend to file an emergency appeal to the WA Supreme Court on Monday.
Alaska Airlines and other plaintiffs have attacked the initiative with a kitchen sink full of legal arguments, from challenging whether it truly qualified for the ballot to arguing that the Port of Seattle preempts the authority of SeaTac to regulate airport wages to challenging the power of municipalities to regulate wages at all. Darvas already has one poorly reasoned and inevitably overturned pro-Alaska/anti-minimum-wage ruling to her credit, and the plaintiffs have given her plenty of ammunition to deliver another.
So don't fret too much about her ruling. This issue will ultimately be decided by the state Supreme Court.
As to what this court case ultimately means for Seattle, well, it depends on the arguments that she accepts. The only issue likely to impact the effort to pass a minimum wage in Seattle would be the question of whether municipalities have the authority to set a minimum wage. They probably do, but it's not entirely settled law. So if Judge Darvas does not find this issue grounds for tossing out SeaTac Prop 1, then the subsequent legal proceedings might have little legal impact here.
In my next Inhabitant Session, which includes food prepared by Blak of Silent Lambs Project fame, and beats provided by an official black weirdo, OC Notes, will not answer the question of what do with free time but why we find ourselves in the amazing circumstance of that not being the biggest question in our lives. How did free time become something that worries us not because we have lots of it and do not know what to do with it? We instead live in a world that makes free time scarce or a bad thing for financial reasons. This will be my last Inhabitant Session.
Rawstock's Klausterfokken, which describes itself as "a relentlessly entertaining barrage of raw cinematic power [that] will pummel audiences mercilessly with glorious imagery, poignant violence, and erotically-charged comedy...It’s a visual and aural assault that will leave you tenderized and fragile. It’s RAWSTOCK’s gift to Seattle for this Holiday season." Full info here.
What about all-female Led Zeppelin tribute bands? Or The Nerdist podcast?
If you feel pretty good about any or all of these things, join me for today's December Ticket Bonanaza over on Line Out where we're giving away tickets to Metalachi (please click for amazing band photos), Zepparella, and Chris Hardwick!
Official Chinese news outlets say the country's record-breaking air pollution has made Chinese people smarter, funnier, more egalitarian, and, um, better protected from missile attacks.
On Monday the website of the state broadcaster CCTV published a list of five "unexpected benefits" brought by the smog.
It said the haze had unified Chinese people, as they found solidarity in their complaints; equalised them, as both rich and poor people were vulnerable to its effects; enlightened them, as they realised the cost of rapid growth; and "made Chinese people more humorous", as smog-related jokes proliferated on the internet.
It had also helped to educate people, it said. "Our knowledge of meteorology, geography, physics, chemistry and history has progressed."
The Global Times, a nationalist tabloid published by the Communist party's official People's Daily, added one more advantage: the smog could bolster China's military defences by affecting guided missile systems.
"Smog may affect people's health and daily lives. But on the battlefield it can serve as a defensive advantage in military operations," it said. The article buttressed its argument with a list of historical precedents, such as Serbian soldiers burning tyres to impede Nato planes.
Some of the media links are no longer working, but as of this writing, the CCTV page is still up. According to a crappy Google translate, "Even foreigners also joined in the fun, create a 'Beijing cough' of the disease... Haze inspired the Chinese people's sense of humor, humor is a source of strength to overcome the haze."
That's right. Just laugh your wheezes away!
Please remember this the next time a government starts grumbling about whether an independent press is more trouble than it's worth.
Yesterday, Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced the companies it hopes will build the technology necessary for the first private mission to Mars. Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. were awarded contracts to study and develop a Mars lander and a data link satellite, respectively, for a 2018 exploratory mission. If that mission is successful, Mars One hopes to begin a human colony on Mars by 2025. The lander and satellite would each test concepts and technologies needed to sustain human life on another planet.
I had kind of given up hope that I'd see a human on Mars in my lifetime. If they pull this off, it'll be the greatest reality TV show in history.
Originally posted July 29,1010
I am a man who has been in an open marriage for 10 years. My wife dates men on her own, and I get to enjoy the occasional threesome with her and one of her partners. (We had no luck dating women or couples.) The problem is, she is clearly more interested in "her" dates than in "ours," probably because the hotter guys are more interested in her alone than in us together. My wife is GGG, but it is hard for her to persuasively feign interest in the guys who are interested in us both. And it is frankly depressing to watch her go through the motions with one of "ours."
Does being GGG require her to be a good actress, or does it require me to pretend that I believe her when she claims she enjoys the three-ways we have together?
Is This A Silly Problem?
My response after the jump...
According to a new report in Mother Jones, at least 194 children have been killed with guns in the one year since the Sandy Hook massacre. But that number, based on media accounts, appears to far underestimate the carnage. A new study of pediatric health records estimates that guns (mostly handguns) kill more than 500 children and teens each year, with as many as 7,500 more injured.
It's not like we can't do anything about this. We just don't.
MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors say they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman after his girlfriend said in a sworn statement she did not want to pursue the case.
Call me crazy, but I suspect this isn't the last we'll hear from old George Zimmerman.
Canada's postal service will phase out door-to-door delivery over the next five years. Citing the rise of digital communications and a projected loss of CAD$1 billion by 2020, Canada Post today outlined a series of actions that it would take to streamline its organization and reduce losses. In particular, cutting out direct to-door delivery — which is currently only used to service one-third of Canadian households — will "provide significant savings," Canada Post says. Mail will still be delivered to community, grouped, lobby, and rural mailboxes, which make up how the remaining two-thirds of Canadian households receive their mail.
The cuts will put somewhere between six and eight thousand Canadian postal employees out of work. Man, this is depressing. You're supposed to be our sensible, stable older sister, Canada! Don't you foresee a time in which a national delivery network might be a valuable thing to have? Can't you do a better job at this being-a-country thing than us? If we don't have you to look up to, Canada, who will provide an example for us?
There are three larger structural changes he's trumpeting today: First, he's hiring two deputy mayors—one with an external, community focus and one with an internal, city government focus. Second, he's bringing the position of budget director back inside the mayor's office. And he's also creating a new department, called the "Office of Policy and Innovation," full of people serving as in-house policy consultants.
The new "executive leadership team":
Deputy Mayor, external: Hyeok Kim
Interim Deputy Mayor, internal: Andrea Riniker
Budget Director: Ben Noble
Director of the Office of Policy and Innovation: Robert Feldstein
Communications Director: Jeff Reading
Lead hires in the new Office of Policy and Innovation:
Deputy Director: Mike Fong
Transit and Transportation: Andrew Glass Hastings
Organizational Effectiveness: Steve Lee
Police Chief Search and Police Reform: Tina Podlodowski
Waterfront and Seawall: Jared Smith
The mayor also announced new department heads, including a replacement for Julie Nelson, whose firing we reported this morning. Three are permanent, two are interim:
Another reason that I was mad at the protester who was pretending to be a snotty, anti-poor tech guy: The world is full of snotty tech guys who are blatantly, unrepentantly anti-poor already. Valleywag's Sam Biddle introduced the world to AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman this morning. Gopman published a (public, but now deleted) Facebook post complaining about the poor people in downtown San Francisco:
Just got back to SF. I've traveled around the world and I gotta say there is nothing more grotesque than walking down market st in San Francisco. Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash I have no clue. Each time I pass it my love affair with SF dies a little...The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it's a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. And that's okay....You can preach compassion, equality, and be the biggest lover in the world, but there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. It's a burden and a liability having them so close to us. Believe me, if they added the smallest iota of value I'd consider thinking different, but the crazy toothless lady who kicks everyone that gets too close to her cardboard box hasn't made anyone's life better in a while.
Philip W. Eaton wrote an editorial for the Seattle Times in October that was very similar in spirit to this internet rant. The thing I don't understand is that the people who complain about having to see homeless people—and that is exactly what these internet rants are, they're people who are upset that they have to lay their eyes on poor people—are usually the same people who don't want to pay more in taxes. How are you supposed to "remove" these people from the streets if you're not willing to fund the programs that will help them? Do you want to wall off the poor into their own ghettos, or make it illegal for them to exist in downtown areas? Both those "solutions" would result in a very different America than the one we were born into. If we all agreed to put a significant portion of our taxes toward "solving" the homeless "problem," we could make a significant dent in homeless populations. But we as a society have decided that low taxes are our priority. This is a direct result of that decision.
A 3.5 billion-year-old freshwater lake on Mars, now dry, may have been an ecosystem where life could thrive, according to an analysis of data collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover.Mars has become for humans (or the human imagination) something like the plot we find in the 80s horror/noir movie Angel Heart. Every new discovery—it once had water, it once had lakes, it once had a rich atmosphere—has the aspect of a clue to a crime, a murder that was committed by the very person investigating the case. Is what's happening here (the anthropogenic extinction of animal after animal; climate change; the depletion of the ozone) what happened on Mars?
Though Mars is now cold, rocky and sterile, it was once warmer and wetter. The lake that may have fostered microbial life is now the crater where the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Curiosity landed in 2012, according to six papers presented at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco and published online in the journal Science.