Interesting times, indeedOriginally published by DK on November 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm
https://www.theverge.com/21507966/foxconn-empty-factories-wisconsin-jobs-loophole-trumpOriginally published by DK on October 19, 2020 at 11:32 am
Now I can mute everything, right?Originally published by DK on September 26, 2020 at 9:04 pm
“May her memory be a revolution”Originally published by DK on September 20, 2020 at 7:25 pm
What’s the difference between a bookkeeper in the garment district and a Supreme Court justice? One generation.Originally published by DK on September 20, 2020 at 4:56 pm
It’s exhausting reading about the issues of 2020, but there is one topic I can’t stop thinking about. What will be the long-term impact on the economy if people change their thinking (and spending) on what’s really important to them? On one hand, I feel like there will be a lot of pent-up demand for things like travel. On the other hand, how many industries will find demand drop-off for good? My own personal spending priorities have shifted quite a bit during the pandemic (out of necessity), but I can easily picture some of these changes being permanent…Originally published by DK on August 31, 2020 at 7:43 pm
Originally published by DK on August 26, 2020 at 11:03 am
I don’t really participate in politics or political discussions, either in real life, or online. Why? I have always believed that a true key to a peaceful life and a polite society is to not discuss politics or religion. Why? Because these are divisive topics. Likely over ninety percent of human conflicts have hinged on these topics, and by extension most of the death and destruction throughout human history. I have political and religious beliefs, but none of you know what they are because I keep them to myself. The world would be a better place if most folks lived this way. Sure, I vote, but nothing I see on Facebook is going to change how I vote, and I’m not so foolish as to believe I can influence how anyone else votes. So I don’t even participate in online political discussion.
I’ve been thinking a lot about safety lately. The pandemic, political and economic turmoil, return to work plans – all of these have safety components that give me anxiety and make 2020 feel like even more of a challenge. What exactly is the condition of being safe? I like these definitions: freedom from danger, risk, injury or loss; unhurt, harmless, cautious. Of course, safe can also mean unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction – also sometimes useful, but not what I’m writing about today.
The spread of COVID and the tools and policies available to manage the threat have become overtly political, which is unfortunate. I’m lucky that I really don’t have to fight any physical battles with people who won’t wear masks or follow guidelines and have the economic stability to isolate at home as much as I can during the pandemic. I’ve already decided I don’t *need* to visit casinos, go to movie theaters or drink in bars right now and I tend to favor take-out over eating inside at restaurants that are offering that option (and winter is coming, patio people). Correctly wearing a face mask to Target or the grocery store is literally the easiest thing you can do to keep the economy running, limit the spread of the virus and help keep people safe.
Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, which has resulted in a surge of bike sales and golf rounds. These are both things I love to do in a “regular” year, so this has been a great way to pass the time (and keep my move streak alive). It’s funny that some of the outdoor things I like to do aren’t always considered safe: danger is part of the appeal with downhill skiing and single-track mountain biking, for example. But even with those activities, I’m more cautious the older I get. Running has always been important to me, but I’ve even turned that down a notch, preferring strenuous hill walks to full out running for speed (at least for now).
I’m very fortunate that sports, concerts, travel and food have played significant roles in my life. Venue safety is part of my career, so I pay close attention to what others are doing. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a great experience with the Saints returning to live baseball in our neighborhood, so we only bought tickets to two games. Why? We didn’t feel safe: no security at the gates, seat maps that placed people at the drink rail immediately behind us, other fans not following the guidelines and limited staff to enforce the rules. I get the economics, but what is the long-term damage to your brand if people don’t feel safe? We did have a good experience at the Minnesota Zoo a few weeks back and expect to have a good experience at the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade next week, but it seems critical to me that you get safety figured out.
I miss live music, but I don’t see that industry coming back for a while. The next ticket I have is for a November 27th show at the Fitzgerald, a theater I love. Even with masks and a limited audience (which isn’t possible, since tickets are already sold), I can’t imagine any scenario that would make me feel safe enough to go on that date (and near-zero chance it doesn’t get rescheduled again like every other show I still have tickets for from 2020). I’ve also been reading a lot about Disney, and while thoughts of an uncrowded Disney World are tempting, my internal safety meter says tell Mickey we will see him again later.
The activities I’ve talked about so far mostly involve things that a majority of people would consider first-world privilege. I’m still employed, we’re not facing eviction and we have food on the table. Everyone in the family is still healthy. We have a bit of an economic safety net thanks to inheritance. We have access to reliable transportation. Middle class white males don’t have to face the same issues that women and people of color do as part of their daily existence (I’m working on a draft “On Race” post that I hope to publish soon). So what other safety issue is front and center for me? Crime rates.
When we moved from the suburbs to Lowertown, my mom was very concerned about our safety (even though she also lived in Saint Paul). The area has had ups and downs from a crime standpoint, but I’d never felt threatened here (even at night). The pandemic and the protests following the death of George Floyd have changed the look and atmosphere of downtown Saint Paul. According to the Pioneer Press, there have been more than forty recent arrests in the area around Mears Park and Union Depot for fighting, drug dealing and other criminal activity (including a shooting). Homelessness has also been on the rise and a small tent city can now be seen outside our windows near I-94. There are people needing obvious mental health assistance. I wish I knew the answers to these problems – what we are doing now isn’t working and something needs to change…Originally published by DK on August 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm
I ❤️ The EconomistOriginally published by DK on August 18, 2020 at 10:09 am
Joe Biden is the Democratic equivalent of George H.W. Bush — another ambitious vice president who believed in loyalty and decency more than in any particular set of ideas…Originally published by DK on August 18, 2020 at 9:21 am
Originally published by DK on August 8, 2020 at 9:27 pm
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/coronavirus-american-failure/614191/Originally published by DK on August 3, 2020 at 11:01 am
Home of the Anishinaabe and DakotaOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 10:23 am
Outside Octo Fishbar, LowertownOriginally published by DK on June 27, 2020 at 12:05 am
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-one-should-want-four-more-years-of-this-taste-of-ashes/2020/06/01/1a80ecf4-a425-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.htmlOriginally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Just like in real life, I try to avoid discussing politics and religion on this site. As an avid student of history, however, I’m really fascinated by the changing face of the Republican party in the United States. In particular, the formation and actions of The Lincoln Project, support from some of the Minnesota Republicans of my youth and the reaction on the “new right” by people like Jason Lewis to these efforts.
As I’ve (reluctantly) shared in the past, I do not consider myself a Republican or a Democrat (or a conservative or a liberal). I like to evaluate all issues independent of the pre-conceived platforms of those labels and form my own opinions on a case-by-case basis. What I find interesting about the Lincoln Project is how some people I thought would always be set in their ways have changed their position over time. Take Steve Schmidt for example. Here’s the guy who pushed John McCain to select Sarah Palin and worked with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Arnold Schwarzenegger on Trump:
Originally published by DK on May 20, 2020 at 10:19 am
The 43rd President of the United States listened to Trump’s inaugural and turned to the former Secretary of State and said, “well, that was some weird shit.” Indeed it was. Trump, raged about “American carnage” and described a dystopic America that existed only in the fever dreams of a noxious mix of conspiracy theorists, demagogic commentators and dishonest propaganda platforms getting rich by spreading the disinformation planted by foreign intelligence services. Three years on it turns out Trump’s speech was prophecy. He has brought devastation to America. His legacy will be mass death and economic collapse caused by his staggering incompetence and ineptitude. The United States is the epicenter of Covid-19 disease and death and the reason is because of Trump. Trump has failed at an epic level. He has divided the county and stoked a cold civil war. He has lied more than 17000 times and desecrated the American Presidency. He has assaulted American patriots, our most important institutions and attacked the rule of law. He is corrupt, indecent and utterly lacking character. He processes none of the qualities of greatness and goodness that have steered our country through its’ darkest nights. He is a fool without compare. He is intellectually unfit and mentally fragile. He is unworthy of his office and unfit for its duties. We are living in a moment of American weakness unlike any of us have ever seen. Trump is the architect of that weakness. He is the instrument of our precipitous national decline. Recovery from this disaster will take many years. Trump is not capable at any level of leading it. The election ahead is the most important this country has faced since 1864. Let it end this rancid era of the reality show Presidency. Let it send this tiresome and ignorant bully back to Trump Tower and cleanse the stench of his corruption, idiocy, racebaiting and failure from our national life. The name Trump will long linger. It will stand for suffering and unnecessary death. It will stand for economic collapse and financial ruin. It will stand for failure and weakness. It will stand for decline and dishonesty. It will stand for stupidity and indecency. But mostly it will mark a tragic time in America where the worst leader in our long history, a man so outmatched by history’s test was the President. He will be remembered rightfully as the worst one we have ever had.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/13/21020885/foxconn-wisconsin-deal-renegotiate-tax-subsidy-lcd-factory-plantOriginally published by DK on December 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm
The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.Originally published by DK on July 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm
Practically neighborsOriginally published by DK on July 9, 2019 at 4:35 pm
Growing up, there were two things we never talked about: politics and religion. I’ll leave the latter for another day, but the former is something that I’ve really come to dislike as I’ve grown older. I mean, politics are everywhere, of course, whether it be at work, in the news or at a family gathering. But as far as traditional Republicans versus Democrats, right versus left and conservative versus liberal, I’ve had just about all I can take. I’ve never been a fan of political parties – why can’t all elections be like those for mayor, school board or judge? I don’t need to see an “R” or “D” behind your name – tell me your qualifications, what your positions are and how you came to those conclusions. Party platforms are an intellectual cop-out, in my opinion.
We all form our key values as we mature and I find it interesting how these can change over time (and how they are shaped by our individual experiences and environments). I’ve always held the Golden Rule in high esteem and try to follow the “Thumper Rule” online (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”). Some of my other favorites?
- Love and kindness
- Knowledge, expertise and dedication
- Fairness and equality
- Civility and respect
Closely related to these values are other things important to me: family and friends, culture, education, science, history, nature, fitness, sportsmanship, fine food, live music, good writing, silence. I used to think that I hated rules (especially those seemingly arbitrary ones created by “the man”), but really I just hate dumb rules (i.e. – this).Originally published by DK on April 24, 2019 at 1:00 am
And all them politicians, they all lyin’ sacks of shit. They say better days upon us, but I’m sucking left hind tit…Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm
http://www.startribune.com/gov-tim-walz-faces-troubled-it-agency/504650992/Originally published by DK on February 27, 2019 at 12:02 pm
…no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace…Originally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 2:34 pm
The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight…Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm
Can’t imagine the logistical planning required for thisOriginally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 10:24 am
Still don’t like to talk politics or religion, but thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in the 2018 election. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, there are currently 4,064,389 eligible voters in the state. That site is not at 100% reporting across the board yet, but the governor’s race had 2,586,298 total votes recorded, while the two U.S. Senate races had 2,596,877 (Klobuchar/Newberger) and 2,587,320 (Smith/Housley) total votes cast. The would indicate a 63.6% turnout for a midterm election – more than 13% higher than the last midterm in 2014 (which is great, but still kinda sad overall).
Not going to provide detailed opinions on any of the races locally or nationally, but I will say this is the first time I’ve ever had a perfect ballot – every person and issue I voted for won… 😎🥇Originally published by DK on November 7, 2018 at 10:42 am
Tough week with stress, health, cold weather, tech gremlins and politics/news, but still trying to fight the good fightOriginally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 11:44 am
Why don’t you kick yourself out – you’re an immigrant too…Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Respect our authoritay ✊Originally published by DK on July 12, 2018 at 9:02 am
…you can only ignore the will of the people for so long and get away with it…Originally published by DK on June 30, 2018 at 12:05 pm
While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics…Originally published by DK on June 21, 2018 at 11:21 pm
Hiawatha bike trailOriginally published by DK on May 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm
Today’s tax cuts have no bipartisan support. They have no intellectual grounding, no body of supporting evidence. They do not respond to the central crisis of our time. They have no vision of the common good…Originally published by DK on December 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/05/securing_electi.htmlOriginally published by DK on May 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm
Just grab ’em in the biscuits…Originally published by DK on February 25, 2017 at 4:22 pm
We’ve really gotta lay low for awhile. This is not the time to bust out a new racket…Originally published by DK on February 9, 2017 at 10:57 am
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_EyesOriginally published by DK on February 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter…Originally published by DK on January 20, 2017 at 9:29 am
So much nationalism up here (just like ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸)Originally published by DK on December 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm
St. Paul will never get rid of the skywaysOriginally published by DK on November 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm
Make cereal great againOriginally published by DK on November 8, 2016 at 6:24 am
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/-MEDIA-STATEMENT—NIGA-Chairman-Stevens-Issues-a-response-to-Wall-Street-Journal-Commentary.html?soid=1102207044813&aid=UCcNFaIYXg4Originally published by DK on August 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm
The magazine rack at the Winona ShopkoOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm
Originally published by DK on February 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm
Two items, five bubbles to fill inOriginally published by DK on November 3, 2015 at 6:41 pm
Space is WasteOriginally published by DK on October 23, 2015 at 10:57 am
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3722261-minnesota-senate-upholds-rule-forbidding-eye-contactOriginally published by DK on April 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm
Florida doesn’t need the casino industry. The casino industry…needs Florida.Originally published by DK on February 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/the-miracle-of-minneapolis/384975/Originally published by DK on February 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm
http://jobsfordelaware.comOriginally published by DK on February 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm
My absentee ballot has arrivedOriginally published by DK on October 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm
Eagan Community CenterOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2014 at 8:35 am
http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2014/04/minnesota-lotterys-online-push-hits-bipartisan-legislative-wallOriginally published by DK on April 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm
Nevada Governor Brian SandovalOriginally published by DK on March 21, 2014 at 10:07 am
Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate.Originally published by DK on December 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm
Election Day 2013Originally published by DK on November 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/08/restoring_trust.htmlOriginally published by DK on August 7, 2013 at 10:28 am
Nitty Ditty Nitty Gritty Great BirdOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm
Nine out of ten tax-filers pay for help to complete their returns.
http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2012/12/has-casino-money-improved-lives-minnesota-s-indian-reservationsOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104259/they-took-our-jobsOriginally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm
Remember when your politics, religion, and income were nobody else’s goddam business? That was nice.Originally published by DK on November 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/opinion/brooks-thurston-howell-romney.htmlOriginally published by DK on September 18, 2012 at 9:39 am
http://xkcd.com/1044/Originally published by DK on April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Still way behind on posts, so here’s the most recent…
A week ago Saturday, Colleen and I went down to Roy Wilkins Auditorium (site of our high school graduation) to see Tenacious D, Ben Harper and the Beastie Boys for a Rock the Vote concert. We’ve never seen any of them before and tickets were only $35, so we decided to use the valuable tickets instead of selling them to a broker (the 6,000 ticket show sold out instantly).
I was just as excited to see the D as I was the Beastie Boys, seeing as how my work servers are named JB, KG, Lee and Sasquatch. They only played for about 45 minutes, but it was awesome:
- Dude (I Totally Miss You)
- Kyle Quit
- The Government Totally Sucks
- City Hall
- F*ck Her Gently
The Ben Harper set was extremely loud. I didn’t really know much about him going in, but he played well and was enjoyable. JB and KG came out for some vocal contributions during a cover of Queen’s Under Pressure, which was one of the highlights of the night for me.
The Beastie Boys set was a total flashback to our high school days. 44-year-old MCA is still our favorite – such a cool, unique voice. He definitely has lost a step on Mike D and King Ad-Rock, though. Mix Master Mike shined during Three MC’s and One DJ and I loved the opening to No Sleep Til’ Brooklyn, which sent chills down my spine.
The sound in the auditorium wasn’t the greatest for their vocals, but it was plenty loud on everything else. The boys all played instruments during the encore, which was a trip to watch. I especially enjoyed seeing MCA play the distinctive riff from Gratitude. I was also happy to have Ad-Rock repeatedly correct Mike D about which city he was in. Maybe it was that Andy Samberg hair messin’ with his mind…
Here is the set list, as quoted by the Star Tribune:
- Super Disco Breakin’
- Flute Loop
- Alright Hear This
- Sure Shot
- Pass the Mic
- Check It Out
- Root Down
- Body Movin’
- No Sleep Til’ Brooklyn
- Right Now
- Three MC’s and One DJ
- So What ‘Cha Want
- — Encore —
- Biz Vs. Nuge
- Time For Livin’
Vote for Yo Mama!Originally published by DK on November 10, 2008 at 8:42 pm
As I do for every election, here are the people and issues on my ballot this year (as far as I can tell), along with links to various web sites. I don’t make public endorsements on this site – I just encourage everyone to get informed before election day, then get out there on November 4th and fill out your ballot as an intelligent, knowledgeable voter.
- Barr/Root, Libertarian
- Baldwin/Castle, Constitution
- Calero/Kennedy, Socialist Workers
- McCain/Palin, Republican
- McKinney/Clement, Green
- Nader/Gonzalez, Independent
- Obama/Biden, Democrat
- Charles Aldrich, Libertarian
- Dean Barkley, Independence
- Norm Coleman, Republican – Incumbent
- Al Franken, Democrat
- James Niemackl, Constitution
U.S. Representative – District 2
State Representative – District 38A
County Commissioner – District 3
- Thomas Egan – Incumbent
- Scott Holm
Soil and Water Supervisor Supervisor District 2
- Marian Brown – Incumbent
- Victoria Dvorak
- Scott Norstad
Soil and Water Supervisor Supervisor District 4
- Chris Nielsen – Incumbent
- Peter Thomas Schaffer
Soil and Water Supervisor Supervisor District 5
- Michael Carr
- Joe Meyers – Incumbent
Minnesota Supreme Court – Seat 3
Minnesota Supreme Court – Seat 4
Judge – Minnesota Court of Appeals – Seat 16
Judge – District Court – Seat 32
Eagan City Council – 2 seats
Eagan City Council – 1 seat (to fill vacancy)
- Buzz Anderson
- Gary Hansen
State Constitutional Amendment
- Shall the Minnesota constitution be amended to dedicate funding to protect our drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore our wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve our arts and cultural heritage; to support our parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?
- Vote Yes Supporters – Vote Yes Minnesota
- Vote No Supporters – No Sales Tax Increase
City of Eagan Carriage Hills Referendum
- Shall the City of Eagan be authorized to issue and sell its general obligation bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $10,250,000 for the purpose of acquiring approximately 120 acres of land formerly known as the Carriage Hills Golf Course for public facilities, recreation, and open space uses?
- Questions and Answers (City of Eagan)
NOTE: Uncontested races not listed.Originally published by DK on October 17, 2008 at 12:09 am
A while back I received an email from 7 Minute Miles reader Rick Kelley of Minneapolis. He wanted to raise awareness about a local advocacy group called Circus Reform Yes!
From the group’s website:
Minnesota-based nonprofit advocacy group for wild animals used in entertainment. It is our philosophy that the use of wild animals in circuses is inherently inhumane. Circus Reform Yes believes in the power of compassionate, humane education to make profound changes in society’s attitude, and to alleviate the unnecessary suffering caused by the archaic institution of wild animal circuses.
I will never forgot the truly awful circus that came to the Eagan Civic Arena several years ago that I vowed never to attend again. And as you can tell from my fetishes page, I much prefer Cirque du Soleil to circuses with animals.
If you live in Minneapolis and would like to show your support of this group, there is a city council hearing today at 1pm in the council chambers at City Hall (350 S 5th St, 3rd Floor, Minneapolis).Originally published by DK on September 12, 2007 at 1:00 am