“Call me old fashioned but I still think democracy is better than corporatist negotiation. And when we have a president as articulate and thoughtful as the one we now have — more capable than almost any occupant of the Oval Office in modern times to educate the public about real challenges and real solutions — he and his advisors do a disservice to the American people when they make the important deals in secret.”—Robert Reich: The Obama Plot for a Carbon Tax
“The whole article is premised on a bizarre, semi-Utopian notion that it’s really about whether a black man displays actual anger, rage, or emotion, when we all know very well that it’s not — it’s about your manner and your social class, whether you seem unruly or “street” or outside the social comprehension of white Americans, which methods you choose to project (or not-project) masculinity or confidence, etc. At some point here, actual oh-so-scary anger is bleeding over into several tons of related cultural baggage and fetishism and anti-social mystique and whatnot. And so far as I can tell, pretty much the last of these things that’s really pronounced in contemporary radio is actual substantive rage, especially any political kind — unless I missed one hell of an entertaining Nat Turner Day on Hot 97.”—a grammar: obvious preaching to choir
The MTA unveiled on its Web site yesterday a service that can provide commuters an official verification of a train delay. The service is a much-needed improvement over the old system, which required people to write in to or call the agency. It usually takes five to 15 business days for the verification to be e-mailed to the rider — and the request’s progress can be checked with a tracking number that’s provided immediately.
The MTA is being lauded for making a form. A form!
Jay Walder is doing a great job pushing the MTA into the late 20th century (CSV files with schedules for developers, for example). Coming from an agency with an annual operating budget of $7.2 billion, though, announcements like this are just laughable.