Monday, September 22, 2014
Lost or changing as the days come down to you
* I meant to post this last week: The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage:
In 1894, Chicago was the Midwest’s gateway to the rest of the United States. Twenty-four different railroad lines centered or terminated in Chicago, covering the nation in over forty thousand miles of rail. Farmers, merchants, craftsmen and factories hoping to bring their goods to the rest of the nation — and potentially, to the rest of the world — had to first bring those goods to Chicago to begin their journey down one of the city’s many rail lines. Without Chicago’s railroads, much of the country lost its access to the nation’s commerce and was essentially plunged back into a pre-industrial economy.
On May 11, 1894, a strike began just outside of Chicago in a company town run by one of the wealthiest Americans who has ever lived. By the strike’s bloody end, up to a quarter of a million workers joined together in solidarity with the strikers. Two federal judges, working in close collusion with federal officials who were themselves very much in league with Chicago’s railroad executives, would place the full power of the federal judiciary on the side of union-busters. President Grover Cleveland, acting on the advice of the railroad attorney he placed at the head of the Justice Department, would eventually send federal troops to Chicago. At the height of the conflict, Harper’s Magazine claimed that the nation was “fighting for its own existence just as truly as in suppressing the great rebellion” of the Confederacy.
* Correction: I gave the mayor credit for the bike lanes, when in fact, it was a decision by the Springfield Planning & Zoning Commission: Second Street gets bike lanes, but reviews are mixed,
* Constant stranger, you're a kind person. You're a cold person, too. It's down to you...
Posted by: Marie at 9:52 PM |
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Close your eyes
Posted by: Marie at 9:15 PM |
Saturday, September 20, 2014
I told you
* Very informative, and not what we usually get in the news about Yemen: Sana'a:
While everyone else was content to build mud huts, tents, old caves or other basic dwellings, industrious Yemenis put up skyscrapers using only stone, mud, and lime. Confined by its protective wall from growing outwards, the city instead grew up, a forest of tower houses from five to nine stories high. These beautiful dwellings still stand, an ancient urban landscape where only the satellite dishes and metal water tanks tip you off that you are no longer in the Middle Ages.
* The U.S. Embassy in Yemen has two job openings.
Conservationists are temporarily renting 14,000 acres from rice farmers and flooding them just long enough to give the migrating birds the rest and food they need to survive their flights.
Within hours of workers flooding the field two weeks earlier, hundreds of migrating birds appeared.
Posted by: Marie at 10:48 PM |
Friday, September 19, 2014
I ride my bike
I didn't try it on.
* Chicago: 'Slow Roll' cyclists aim to revive neighborhoods:
Starting on Saturday, Reed, 41, and Julien, 39, are determined to bring recreational biking to neighborhoods like Chatham when they lead Chicago's first "slow roll," a growing biking movement in which groups of bicyclists leisurely coast through struggling communities before rallying to support a local business.
* One of the questions I have wanted to ask our mayor, who's running for re-election, is what are you doing to make Springfield a place where people want to live and be and work and maybe move to. I'm sure he'd have some typical politician answer about the economy and business and tearing up blighted neighborhoods.
But the honest answer is nothing. His administration has made no changes to make Springfield a vibrant, exciting place where people can be proud to live.
That is, until now. I think his administration may have had a rare stroke of genius. This week they reconfigured the traffic lanes on Second Street for two miles from South Grand to North Grand to allow for bicycle traffic in both directions. Second Street is one of our few two-way streets that runs through downtown. It also runs right past the Statehouse.
Good for the administration. Good for the people. Good for life in Springfield.
Posted by: Marie at 8:35 PM |
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I have lived
1965 Cadillac deVille Convertible in the wild. My dream car. One of 'em, anyway. (I think 65 is right.)
When they finally found him, nearly four hours into the search, the child was 11 feet below the surface of the dune. His body was limp, and his skin was cold. His eyes were glazed and open. According to multiple first-responders, he had no pulse.
Posted by: Marie at 8:09 PM |