Wheat: Endangered

September 16, 2021

Wheat is consumed by billions of people worldwide. A virulent crop fungus now threatens their food supply. From Undark Magazine.

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Dollar Stores

September 15, 2021

There are more than 34,000 Dollar General, Dollar Store, and Family Dollar stores across the country, more locations than Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Target combined. A new one opens every 6 hours, usually in a lower-income area. Dollar General is a Fortune 500 company, worth more than Coca Cola. Dollar stores did it the old-fashioned way: scamming poor people.

More:

“The economics of dollar stores,” Zachary Crockett, The Hustle

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Fred Hampton

September 14, 2021

On December 4, 1969, the Black Panther Party’s Illinois chairman Fred Hampton was murdered by police. He had founded the multicultural Rainbow Coalition. A Vox video.

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9-11 Urban Legacy: Cities of Bollards

September 13, 2021

9-11 Urban Legacy: Cities of Bollards

“It used to be that D.C. architecture consisted of graceful Georgetown mansions, neoclassical federal buildings — and, of course, the monuments. When the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts was founded in 1910 to guide Washington’s architectural development, it reviewed designs such as those of the Lincoln Memorial and the Federal Triangle. Over the seven years I’ve served on the commission, however, an increasing amount of time is spent discussing security-improvement projects: screening facilities, hardened gatehouses, Delta barriers, perimeter fences, and seemingly endless rows of bollards. We used to mock an earlier generation that peppered the U.S. capital with Civil War generals on horseback; now I wonder what future generations will make of our architectural legacy of crash-resistant walls and blast-proof glass.”

— Wittold Rybczynski, Meyerson professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania.

Read more:

“The Blast-Proof City,” Wittold Rybczynski, Foreign Policy

“I Came, Eyesore, I Conquered,” Witold Rybczynski, Slate

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I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

September 12, 2021

“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” written by Diane Warren, interpreted by Boyce Avenue, with Jennel Garcia, 2020.

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Why Girl

September 12, 2021

“Why Girl,” recorded by The Precisions, 1967.

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Louisa

September 12, 2021

“Louisa,” written and recorded by The Teskey Brothers, 2017. Music video by Nick McKinlay.

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Wild Blue Wind

September 12, 2021

“Wild Blue Wind,” written and performed by Erin Rae, 2017.

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Everyday Seems Like Sunday

September 12, 2021

“Everyday Seems Like Sunday,” by the Swan Silvertones, 1951.

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Bagel Day

September 11, 2021

Bagel Day
Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop was near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there was a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

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