02 4 / 2014

sunfoundation:

BREAKING: The Supreme Court has handed down its #McCutcheon v. FEC decision, deciding to strike down aggregate limits on direct political contributions by claiming they are unconstitutional based on the First Amendment.  
It’s another major blow to America’s campaign finance system.
While we are not surprised by today’s outcome, we are disappointed that the plutocracy we predicted is now sanctioned by the high court. Thanks to the high court, wealthy donors can now pour millions more into federal elections - the decision effectively ties a big bow around Congress and delivers it to the 1%.Read Sunlight’s full response to #SCOTUS's decision here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/04/02/sunlights-response-to-scotus-ruling-on-mccutcheon-v-fec/

sunfoundation:

BREAKING: The Supreme Court has handed down its #McCutcheon v. FEC decision, deciding to strike down aggregate limits on direct political contributions by claiming they are unconstitutional based on the First Amendment.  

It’s another major blow to America’s campaign finance system.

While we are not surprised by today’s outcome, we are disappointed that the plutocracy we predicted is now sanctioned by the high court. Thanks to the high court, wealthy donors can now pour millions more into federal elections - the decision effectively ties a big bow around Congress and delivers it to the 1%.

Read Sunlight’s full response to #SCOTUS's decision here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/04/02/sunlights-response-to-scotus-ruling-on-mccutcheon-v-fec/

28 3 / 2014

28 3 / 2014

somervilleurbanag:

Finally! Finally! Finally! The crocus are coming at Quincy Street Park!

Yay!!!

25 3 / 2014

21 3 / 2014

new-aesthetic:

Twitter / utku: “Twitter is blocked in Turkey. On the streets of Istanbul, the action against censorship is graffiti DNS addresses.”

new-aesthetic:

Twitter / utku: “Twitter is blocked in Turkey. On the streets of Istanbul, the action against censorship is graffiti DNS addresses.”

18 3 / 2014

somervillema:

You know that colorful, ornate house you’ve always wondered about in Davis Square? Here’s the story.

I need to find a way to get myself inside!

17 3 / 2014

"…my position is that we eventually shouldn’t “pirate” files, but it’s premature to condemn people who do it today. It would be unfair to demand that people cease sharing/pirating files when those same people are not paid for their participation in very lucrative network schemes. Ordinary people are relentlessly spied on, and not compensated for information taken from them. While I would like to see everyone eventually pay for music and the like, I would not ask for it until there’s reciprocity."

Jaron Lanier, “Who Owns The Future” (via memeengine)

12 3 / 2014

atlurbanist:

Saying goodbye, slowly, to the suburban experiment
Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was an interesting guy. Among many other things, we was a fan of cities and good urban planning. He also gave a warning voice against the rise of car-centric suburbia as it was happening in the 20th century. Here’s a quote from him, emphasis from me:

In the suburb one might live and die without marring the image of an innocent world, except when some shadow of evil fell over a column in the newspaper. Thus the suburb served as an asylum for the preservation of illusion. Here domesticity could prosper, oblivious of the pervasive regimentation beyond. This was not merely a child-centered environment; it was based on a childish view of the world, in which reality was sacrificed to the pleasure principle.

atlurbanist:

Saying goodbye, slowly, to the suburban experiment

Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was an interesting guy. Among many other things, we was a fan of cities and good urban planning. He also gave a warning voice against the rise of car-centric suburbia as it was happening in the 20th century. Here’s a quote from him, emphasis from me:

In the suburb one might live and die without marring the image of an innocent world, except when some shadow of evil fell over a column in the newspaper. Thus the suburb served as an asylum for the preservation of illusion. Here domesticity could prosper, oblivious of the pervasive regimentation beyond. This was not merely a child-centered environment; it was based on a childish view of the world, in which reality was sacrificed to the pleasure principle.

(via thisbigcity)

11 3 / 2014

heyareyoucool:

I dropped one of my two cans of beans on the ground for my new friend, and we engaged in the DayZ tradition of staring at the ground and hoping it would eventually appear. It didn’t.

We’d met near a construction site a few minutes ago and decided to explore together. On the roof of the parking garage, we found a blue backpack. I put my last can of beans in the pack, hoping he could then take the pack and find the beans inside, and open them with his machete.

While he waited hopefully for the beans, I ran off to loot a couple warehouses. We agreed to meet back at the site in five minutes. When I got back, I found him at the bottom of the site, dead, most likely from a fall.

In his pack were the beans. He’d opened them but only eaten half. He’d saved the rest for me.

Every post of this feels like a better short story than anything I ever wrote in Fancy Writing Classes.

10 3 / 2014

gordonshumway:

"I don’t experience life as a story and when I do, I feel very queasy about it. My life does not have a narrative arc. Things happen and you respond to them, but I don’t experience life as a story." 
"I’m an experimental artist because I like that thrill of ‘This has never happened before.’" 
"I’m drawn to revolution because people work with each other in different ways. I would rather be part of a revolution than in a party." 
"When you’re stuck [creatively], just try to do the worst thing you could possibly do. Write the worst story, paint the worst picture. It’ll have a lot of energy in it […] and you’re not worried about it." 
Laurie Anderson Strand Bookstore 6 March 2014

gordonshumway:

"I don’t experience life as a story and when I do, I feel very queasy about it. My life does not have a narrative arc. Things happen and you respond to them, but I don’t experience life as a story." 

"I’m an experimental artist because I like that thrill of ‘This has never happened before.’" 

"I’m drawn to revolution because people work with each other in different ways. I would rather be part of a revolution than in a party." 

"When you’re stuck [creatively], just try to do the worst thing you could possibly do. Write the worst story, paint the worst picture. It’ll have a lot of energy in it […] and you’re not worried about it." 

Laurie Anderson
Strand Bookstore
6 March 2014