SOME OF THE OLDEST IN U.S. IN 1929
My friend Jim Stone, who has been visiting from Massachusetts, sent this fascinating video of some of the oldest old in the U.S. talking on camera about their lives in 1929.
ONE DAY IN TRUMP CORRUPTION
The Washington Post, now famously, posted Donald Trump's 2000 lies during his first year as president.
At New York magazine this week, Jonathan Chait wrote about Trump's four newest corruption stories that broke in just one day. One example:
”A report yesterday found that Trump’s infrastructure council is filled with business owners who stand to benefit from the policies Trump is advancing. For instance, Richard LeFrak, one of the developers on Trump’s
“The plan writ large would steer public funding toward privately owned infrastructure projects that would benefit the developers on Trump’s committee, as well as potentially members of his own family.”
You can read more here.
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A LONDON CABBIE
London cabbies famously study for several years before they are allowed to get behind the wheel of a London taxi. As the YouTube page explains, they
”...must pass The Knowledge, universally regarded as the world’s toughest taxi test. Applicants often take two to four years to prepare for the infamous exam, memorizing over 25,000 street names and 20,000 points of interest.
“Only one in five applicants pass the test, giving The Knowledge the same success rate as the U.S. Navy SEALs.”
Take a look:
TGB reader Pat Trimbell sent this video of artist Theo Janzen's Strandbeast creations.
”Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic materials of this new nature. I make skeletons that are able to walk on the wind so they don't have to eat,” writes the artist on his webpage.”
WHAT WOLVES BROUGHT TO YELLOWSTONE PARK
Although this video about wolves' return to Yellowstone Park was made four years ago, it is still valid. I wonder if the changes will survive Trump.
VOTING AT HOME INCREASES TURNOUT
When I moved to Oregon in 2010, I was pleased to discover that all voting is done at home and submitted via snailmail. Now there is some research showing what Oregon has known since they began this kind of voting:
”The study found that vote at home increased overall turnout by 3.3 percent, and by even more among young and low-propensity voters. The implication is clear: Anyone who cares about improving turnout should make expanding vote at home a top priority.
“...Turnout rates in the states where everyone can vote at home — Oregon, Washington and Colorado — have increased since the system was adopted, and they’re now among the highest in the country.”
The issue is a bit more complex than that excerpt makes clear and you can read more here.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DOG PHOTOGRAPHER
Many years ago, I produced a TV segment about dog photographer William Wegman and have been delighted with his work every since. (Long before his stint began on the Today Show, a young Matt Lauer was the interviewer on that program.)
As the YouTube page explains:
”Welcome to Wegman’s Wild World of Weimaraners, where dogs bake cakes and lounge like royalty. Known to the world as the 'dog photographer,' William Wegman has spent the past 45 years dressing and posing his canine muses in elaborate ensembles, finding whimsy in the absurd.”
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