Cities:[C1] Joel Kotkin argues that you can’t turn Los Angeles into Chicago with old town revitalization, and instead focus on making the suburbs the best they can be.
[C3] Los Angeles has a pretty basic problem.
[C4] Some industrious and tourism-minded city in the US should totally buy this and become an anime mecca. Someone on Twitter recommended Bethlehem. I think it would be especially brilliant for a city associated with steel.
[C5] What’s kind of interesting about this piece from Aaron Renn about the limits of what Gigabit Internet can provide cities looking to be tech hubs is that Kansas City enjoys a reputation as a pretty decent place to find tech work. Or maybe that makes his point, as a lot of it is on the Kansas side of the border rather than Kansas City proper (which has the Internet).
Religion:[R1] Peter Beinart explains how godlessness aided the rise of Trump and the current political environment. (Not that he would phrase it that way.)
[R2] Terryl Givens on the relationship between Mormonism and (other) Christianity.
[R3] All is not well in the Church of England.
[R4] This touches on why my wife has no interest in working in another Catholic hospital. Most places she’s been, the standard is “You don’t have to provide the service, but you do have to give them a referral.” As an ethical obligation, I think that’s about right in non-emergency situations.
Energy:[E1] Of all the potential energy sources that could be developed, it’s turning emissions into energy that makes me the most giddy.
[E3] I almost wonder if they didn’t actually discover this oil last year, and kept quiet for fear of a creative Executive Order, because the outlook for getting to drill sure looks an awful lot better now than it would have then.
[E5] Jacobin points to alleged Canadian misdeeds involving mineral exploitation and other things. Did Canada run over Jacobin’s dog or something, because they sure hate our neighbors to the north.
Space:[S1] Fish, it turns out, don’t like space.
[S4] Killjoy doesn’t even begin to describe Sam Kriss.
[S5] Back to the moon?
[S6] The story behind a Soviet mission to save a dead satellite.
Transportation:[Tr1] How United Airlines is going to great lengths to keep its crews out of Venezuela.
[Tr2] Commutes are getting longer.
[Tr3] Americans are not yet sure about riding in robocars.
[Tr4] When I was a kid and I got in trouble, I never lost the ability to drive, because preventing people from driving is a burden on everyone else. This is especially true for grownups. If you have more than one truck on the road at once california fleet maintenance is necessary for you.
[Tr6] The solar roadway is not working out as well as we had hoped.
Technology:[Te1] This will end badly. As will this. I mean, seriously.
[Te2] So what is Twitter?
[Te3] Bring back your dead! Bring back your dead!
[Te4] I wish Hughes all the success with this. I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of DSL any time soon, but more options are better (and some people have very few options.
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