Sunday, October 12, 2014

What Columbus Day?

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. All the turkey, none of the genocide. Next time we colonize a new world, let's hope for less smallpox and more spaceships.

Never did write up that Jack Hatch event from Thursday, but it's all there in the tweets.

Interesting read of the week is this Iowa Republican piece on targeted legislative races. Watching what little TV I watch, the spot I'm seeing in eastern Iowa is for Ken Rizer, challenging Dem freshman Daniel Lundby.

And what's the greenest way to live? Certainly not in a refrigerated city in the desert, but maybe not in a tiny house off the grid either. Maybe it's... New York City?

The last thing we need to do is reject “the metropolis” in favor of “rustic aspirations.” What purveyors of  handwringing pastoralism don’t get, and are very invested in not getting, is that the big, crowded, dirty, dense metropolis, the kind where people can actually live happily without owning a car, is in fact hugely better for the planet than the way most First Worlders live. 

The average Vermonter burns 540 gallons of gasoline per year, and the average Manhattanite burns just 90.

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