The Koch’s destroy a transit project in Tennessee

The Koch Brothers, the Lannisters of U.S. Politics, just killed Nashville’s first transit project by passing a law that makes the planned project impossible to implement without significant change (that would require renewed approval from the Fed. and add years to the timeline). But why?

And sometimes, the Kochs do something that just seems like dickish villainy for the hell of it. Like, why is Americans for Prosperity lobbying hard against a mass transit project in Nashville, Tenn.?

Alex Pareene’s piece is worth a read. Exposes how completely disgusting the Koch’s groups are.

I can’t help but also think this is yet another example of how difficult it is for America to implement policy when one side completely opposes all solutions in the sector. How can there be real compromise when one side is coming to the table while the other completely destroys it?


Colbert to replace Letterman

I love Stephen Colbert. But I just don’t see him being anywhere near as good if he’s not in his satirical Colbert Report character.


Time and Money

Here is what I learned from 40 years of traveling: Of the two modes, it is far better to have more time than money.


Philly uses skyscraper to play Tetris

For the second year, a Drexel University professor, Frank Lee, utilized the side of a skyscraper this past weekend to play Tetris to ring in the opening of Philly Tech Week 2014.

This year’s performance, with over 1,400 LEDs may be deemed the world’s largest Tetris game by Guinness.

Another reason, in a long list, why Philadelphia is a totally underrated place to live.


Slice of Life #7: Pocket Knife with seafood utensils

Idea: A multi-function pocket knife with special tools for shucking oysters, cracking shells, meat pick, and bone tweezers. Perhaps even a shrimp deveiner. Would be perfect for summer outings.


We’re all looking at maps incorrectly

The Mercator map, the most prevalent map today, is grossly inaccurate, a result of transferring a curve to a flat surface. Added to things-I-did-not-know.


Michael Jackson composed demo of Beat It

After last week’s news that a new Michael Jackson album will be released in May, this great demo appeared to listen to a bit of Jackson’s genius.

Amazing.


The annual spaghetti harvest

I don’t usually enjoy the media’s April Fools’ pranks, but this one strikes me as so unbelievably absurd, yet plausible, that it perfectly captures the mood of the day.


The .01%

How You, I, and Everyone Got the Top 1 Percent All Wrong

A few weeks ago, I shared this graph (from the World Top Incomes Database) showing how the top 0.01 percent—that’s the one percent of the 1 percent—was leaving the rest of the top percentile behind.

It’s not hard, really, to see how much of an issue this is to the health of the economy, overall, if the rest of the folks aren’t seeing growth that suggests it’s trickling-down. Add several more tax brackets to our tax code so that a billionaire isn’t paying the same rate on their last dollar as someone making $400,001—individuals who much more resemble the average earner than the average billionaire.


Why do Japanese Trains arrive on time?

Great video takings a look at behind the scenes efforts to ensure Japanese light rail arrives promptly and without many interruptions.