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The Interstate Highway System is a Mess
This is a slate writer, but on some levels I kind of agree with what he is saying. The Interstate highway system is a complete mess. I should note, the neighborhood I live in, Takoma/Takoma Park, was part of the now famous "Highway Revolts". It is a beatiful neighborhood largely because it ended up being untouched by the interstate. It was able to retain it's transit focused streetcar suburb focus, largely because it won. Likewise the highway revolt may be why DC is finally growing again, as it lead eventually to the metro and neighborhoods being preserved (which is a different kind of mess, but more beneficial to the city). While not everybody can live in a Jane Jacobs type neighborhood, it has stood out the cities and neighborhoods with successful highway revolts have been in high demand as we have reached a stage of mega-commutes in some cities. In fact gentrification may be less about housing, and more about the inversion that happens when vehicular traffic reaches it's limits. 
I hate the Interstate Highway System. I realize that this is an awkward time to bring this up. Many of you are no doubt planning road trips, and I’m sure you’re grateful for the fact that you do not have to traverse dirt roads in your Conestoga wagon en route...
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Oh boy, a libertarian view of highways! So what about tolls on commercial trucking? Or would those tolls be another source of corporate welfare with subsidized rates for the most damaging vehicles.

Visiting Vancouver I can see the appeal of high density living. There's beautiful water line development. But it's pretty expensive for regular people.
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Awesome to see so many women involved in this, and yeah, that guy from Queen. 
When Kyle Cassidy got a call Friday afternoon from his longtime collaborator Kate McKinnon to see if he wanted to photograph the scientists behind NASA’s New Horizons space probe, he didn’t think twice before he agreed. He threw a bunch of equipment in a suitcase, got in his car, and drove from Philadelphia to...
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Hopefully I'll go from scientist to rock-star, sort of the opposite of Brian May.
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Marvel Comics Hip-Hop Variant Cultural Appropriation
I have a co-worker that occasionally talk about comics with. His name is Julian Lytle, and what he was best known for was being a founding artist of a tumblr known as Longboxes on 22s, which for years has mashed up comic book characters and hip-hop covers. This is what he did outside of his day job. A few months ago Julian told me about how Marvel was using Hip-Hop covers eerily similar to his own for a few variants. It should be noted, Julian has been doing this for several years at this point, so the lack of even acknowledgement felt off to say the least. The problem is it just got much worse, and in this case it really is the worst case of cultral appropriation. They are not only producing several more of these variants, but in many cases they are lifting directly from the longboxes on 22s posted artwork. 

I should note, I love marvel comics, and so does Julian. He is the type of guy who had a who's who of Marvel characters around his desk. This is the thing, Marvel could have very easily asked Julian and company to produce these covers, they would have likely have been thrilled at the opportunity. However, that is not what has happened. If you are wondering why some people are upset about appropriation in this case, it is not the fact there is comic character mash-ups, it is the fact they are lifting directly from the artists who created the concept and have been producing artwork for years. It is because they did not bother to reach out, or even recognize Longboxes on 22s. It is because Marvel missed a golden opportunity to support artists of color and their creative work. Julian Lytle and the others involved with Longboxes on 22s deserve this recognition, and the opportunity. 
esterday Marvel released a preview for their October comics solicitations. The kicker is that they will have about 50+ Hip-hop cover variants. We saw them do this earlier this year with their varia...
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There are probably people in Marvel who respect Julian's work, and who even want to show some respect, but Legal probably warned them not to say anything.
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Brace yourself folks, the China bubble just burst, problems which have been known for years have reached a breaking point. Greece is not really that big of a deal, this however is. It's US housing crisis big.
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+Dec Kelly Isn't Finland IN China?

(paraphrasing the movie "Idiocracy")
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My new album is finally finished. After months of work, and some very late nights. 
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Yay!
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The Workforce Participation Rate Noise
There has been notes about the drop in the workforce participation rate this month. However, if one digs into the data where the participation rate has dropped suggest this is more noise, than an onimous sign in terms of the labor economy. The workforce participation rate dropped a great deal for two groups, one is those with a bachelors or higher, which has had both a high participation rate, and a very low unemployment rate (2.5%), that many economists and policy analysts would consider full employment situation. The other group is those with some college, an associates, or technical training. While this group is not at full employment, it is very close to it with 4.2% unemployment. 

The participation rate for the other two groups, those with a high school education, and those with less than a high school education remained, pretty close to unchanged.

So what is happening? 

A long time what was predicted as the wave of boomer retirements may very well be happening. In addition some women may be deciding to have kids after putting off the decision. When at or near a full employment situation for a subgroup it is not unusual for there to be occasional drops in labor participation based on both retirement and childrearing. As people become more confident, they are more likely to retire and they are more likely to have kids. This is not people quitting the workforce out of frustration, this is people leaving it because they are optomistic. Considering where the drop in participations happened, this article is not nearly as accurate as it may think. This is why when looking at labor reports, it is not a good idea to just look at top line numbers. They are rarely reflective of what is going on in the economy. Educational attainment just happens to be one of the better maps which is out there in determining where the problems are. If you have high unemployment and declining labor participation that is a bad thing. If you have low unemployment, if not full employment, and declining labor participation, it usually is not a bad sign, and may even be a positive indicator. 

This time, the drop in participation rate may fall into that positive indicator group. This is not discouraged workers, in fact it is likely people leaving to go onto another stage in life. Something that mostly happens when the economy is looking brighter.
Here is the reason to be somewhat happy with today's jobs report: In June, U.S. employers added 223,000 workers to their payrolls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since the beginning of 2013, the U.S. country has added, according to my trusty Excel spreadsheet, exactly 223,000 jobs per month...
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Syntetic Theater is a DC Area Arts Treasure
Both Fox and the WSJ have no taste, and no appreciation for art. This is not the least bit surprising from conservatives though. I have been to many Synetic's silent Shakespeare productions, as well as many others from the company, and they are for the most part some of the best theater performances I have ever been too. I have been calling Synetic the DC areas hidden secret for some time. Synetic is just as much a dance troupe as it is a theatrical group, and that part is missed in these screeds. It should be noted Shakespeare has been adapted to Ballet since at least 1935, so the concept of blending Shakespeare with dance (and removing the words) is anything but new. The contemporary approach to dance and theater may not suit all tastes, but  it is without question a form of fine art. Shakespeare has been interpreted and re-interpreted many times over, in the form of Operas (18), Ballets (6), and contemporary film, both explicitly and loosely based on his works. What Synetic does is not the lowest common denominator, but possibly one of the highest. It targets the universality of the stories, in a production that provides some of the best dance, set work, and music from an independent theater group in the country. This group is provided federal funding for a reason, because they have done a significant amount of work to advance the arts. This is frequently an innovative theater, that is willing to take risks. 
If you are ever in DC, and Synetic has a production running, go see it. The company is a national treasure, and a large reason I have not left DC. 
Turning the controversy over the productions into a debate about federal funding of the arts.
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"Both Fox and the WSJ..." You say that as if there's any distinction.
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Yup we are screwed. 
In what may prove to be a turning point for political action on climate change, a breathtaking new study casts extreme doubt about the near-term stability of global sea levels. The study—written by James Hansen, NASA’s former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many of whom are considered among the...
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+David Strumfels Be specific. Wrong where? According to what data?
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Scientists do have a sense of humor.
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Don't they mean the "Not a Planet" of your Nightmares?
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This needs to become a national policy, I knew about it's success before. It is absolutely astounding. The more a woman can delay having children, the better her life outcomes become. The reason why is simple, education. The more education a woman has, the better not only her life will turn out, but also her future children's lives. This has been known for some time. Long term birth control is oddly one of the most effective means then in terms of poverty reduction. It is also one of the most effective policies in terms of increasing the graduation rate of poor women. There are very few sure fire things in terms of policy, but free long term contraception available at any age, without parental consent is one of them.
 
Since 2009, Colorado has had the single most effective anti-abortion program in the country. In its first four years (for which we now have full data), it reduced abortions by 42%, and teen pregnancies by 40%. And there is nothing particularly startling about the success, because it was done by the most obvious means possible: give contraception to women who want it but can't get access to it, namely teenagers and people who can't afford it. 

"Startlingly," this turns out to work quite well, quite inexpensively, and make basically everyone happy. ("Startlingly" is in quotes because I suspect that if I asked someone who knew nothing about American politics, "what would you do to decrease the rate of unwanted pregnancies?," they would probably guess pretty much exactly what Colorado did, and be not at all startled that it worked) 

(This is not actually a horribly new story, there are just some more numbers out. We've known that this has been working well for quite some time.)
A program to offer long-acting birth control, like free IUDs and implants, has helped reduce teenage pregnancies by 40 percent and abortions by 42 percent.
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"But if we can't keep women pregnant and poor, how will we control them?"  whine the male supremacists. "If women have the same chances that we do, how can we keep our spot on the top?"
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The Greek situation is looking worse and worse. I am really tempted to write something in-depth. But I will leave it at this, austerity does not work.
We’re staying in Europe! says the headline of the Greek liberal paper Kathimerini today.
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In a past life I was a professional research and policy analyst.  I worked primarily on science (environmental) and labor policy, but I have also worked on everything from civil rights/liberties to healthcare issues.  Somehow I was roped in by technologists and they have assimilated me into their development processes.
 
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This shop is pretty straight forward, they serve three things, Falafel, fries, and vegan brownies. Not one of these things is bad. The Falafel and fries are probably the best you will find in DC. The toppings for the falafel are numerous. As much as people say Ben's Chili Bowl is DC's institution, I would argue this place is just as much. Both have begun to spread beyond their original locations. The food is of course vegan/vegetarian friendly, in fact there is no meat at all. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I love this place to death, it is easily the best cheap eat in DC, if not one of the beast eats period.
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Thai Food places when they are good get some very simple things just right. One being tofu Pad Thai. For the Pad Thai at Kin Da, the sauce had great balance, and the texture of the tofu was nearly perfect, light and fluffy, but also filling. Never mind the generous portion which is provided with the meal. The ginger beef my partner had was also excellent. The prices are as reasonable as they come for Thai food in DC. Most importantly the service staff was attentive. I cannot comment on their sushi, but so far this place is a win for Takoma Park. Reasonably priced good thai food, with great service. My local Thai place, just happens to be one of the better ones in the DC area.
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This place is very local for me, and I go here quite often. The reason I am taking off one star is because service on some nights can be hit and miss, and I find their tables a bit cramped on the main level. With that being said much of the food they serve here is pub food that I am partial about. The pulled pork nachos are a particular favorite, as it is a sweeter alternative to nacho far. I also particularly like the ribs they serve which are very reminsnat of what is typically served in Chicago. St. Louis style sauce, and fall of the bone tender. I have actually had other things on the menu, and I have yet to be disappointed with the food. If you stick to pub fare you will be good, but if you vere into other things you may be disappointed.
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There can be many things written about this resturant, but one thing to me has stood out. How fantastic the ramen is. More specifically the Ramen broth. The DC area in general loves it's noodles, Pho is pretty much a regional dish at this point, and one of our better known resturants is a Ramen bar. Sushi Jin's Ramen, from what I have experienced, is right there alongside the best. There is a good variety of Ramen dishes, and every one is delicious.
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It is really hard not to love Pyramid Atlantic. It is an awesome local resource, whether you are a visual artist, or a fan of experimental music (Sonic Circuits has shows here). The venue has classes, seminars, etc. The more time I spend at the place, the more I love it.
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reviewed 6 months ago
This is not the best BBQ I have ever had. But I really do like the place for it's general atmosphere, and the BBQ is good, mostly of the St. Louis variety. The ribs are quite delicious and tender, and the sandwiches and burgers are quite good.
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This is a simply awesome music store. Great music stores are hard to find, between the presentation of their instruments and their used guitar inventory, it was an amazing experience. It helps their owners who run the shop are extremely friendly. I ended up buying a vintage guitar here, it is hard not to support a store like this.
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