7 Minute Miles

Historic 🇺🇸

Posted Saturday, November 7th, 2020 04:12 pm GMT -6 in History,News,Politics at 4:12 PM

Interesting times, indeed

Originally published by DK on November 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Bucky needs to be smarter

Posted Monday, October 19th, 2020 11:32 am GMT -6 in Business,Links,News,Politics,Technology at 11:32 AM

https://www.theverge.com/21507966/foxconn-empty-factories-wisconsin-jobs-loophole-trump

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2020 at 11:32 am

All done with my civic duty

Posted Saturday, September 26th, 2020 09:04 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Politics at 9:04 PM

Now I can mute everything, right?

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2020 at 9:04 pm

Notorious

Posted Sunday, September 20th, 2020 07:25 pm GMT -6 in History,Politics at 7:25 PM

“May her memory be a revolution”

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2020 at 7:25 pm

RBG

Posted Sunday, September 20th, 2020 04:56 pm GMT -6 in History,Politics,Quotes at 4:56 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

A Return to Normal?

Posted Monday, August 31st, 2020 07:43 pm GMT -6 in Business,Mini Posts,Politics,Shopping at 7:43 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

Politics and Religion

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 11:03 am GMT -6 in Friends,Politics at 11:03 AM

Wise words from my friend Chuck:

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.

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2020 at 11:03 am

On Safety

Posted Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 09:07 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Food,Personal,Politics,Science,Work at 9:07 PM

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

Bill The Gates

Posted Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 10:09 am GMT -6 in Politics,Reading,Science at 10:09 AM

I ❤️ The Economist

Originally published by DK on August 18, 2020 at 10:09 am

Bret Stephens

Posted Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 09:21 am GMT -6 in History,Politics,Quotes at 9:21 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

The Unraveling of America

Posted Saturday, August 8th, 2020 09:27 pm GMT -6 in History,Links,Politics at 9:27 PM

The Unraveling of America  

Originally published by DK on August 8, 2020 at 9:27 pm

Anatomy of an American Failure

Posted Monday, August 3rd, 2020 11:01 am GMT -6 in Links,News,Politics,Science at 11:01 AM

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/coronavirus-american-failure/614191/

Originally published by DK on August 3, 2020 at 11:01 am

Columbus, NO MOR

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2020 10:23 am GMT -6 in History,Politics at 10:23 AM

Home of the Anishinaabe and Dakota

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 10:23 am

What Lorin does on breaks?

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2020 12:05 am GMT -6 in Art,Politics at 12:05 AM

Outside Octo Fishbar, Lowertown

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2020 at 12:05 am

A canine hunger for petting

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 12:52 pm GMT -6 in Links,News,Politics at 12:52 PM

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.html

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Shifting Landscapes

Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 10:19 am GMT -6 in Politics at 10:19 AM

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:

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.

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2020 at 10:19 am

Looks like Bucky got duped

Posted Friday, December 13th, 2019 02:50 pm GMT -6 in Business,Links,Politics,Technology at 2:50 PM

https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/13/21020885/foxconn-wisconsin-deal-renegotiate-tax-subsidy-lcd-factory-plant

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

The Elders

Posted Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00 pm GMT -6 in History,Politics,Quotes at 10:00 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

Looking good, Met Council

Posted Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 04:35 pm GMT -6 in Business,Politics at 4:35 PM

Practically neighbors

Originally published by DK on July 9, 2019 at 4:35 pm

The Important Stuff

Posted Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 01:00 am GMT -6 in Family,Mini Posts,Personal,Politics at 1:00 AM

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

Definitely worth your time

Posted Sunday, April 21st, 2019 07:00 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics at 7:00 PM

Click to access report.pdf

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Puttin’ People on the Moon

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2019 12:41 pm GMT -6 in Music,Politics,Quotes at 12:41 PM

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

Not enough $$$ in the world

Posted Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 12:02 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics,Technology at 12:02 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

Nate White

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2019 02:34 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Quotes at 2:34 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

Winston Churchill

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 07:28 pm GMT -6 in History,Politics,Quotes at 7:28 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

Secret Service nightmare

Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:24 am GMT -6 in History,Politics at 10:24 AM

Can’t imagine the logistical planning required for this

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 10:24 am

Election 2018

Posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 10:42 am GMT -6 in Mini Posts,Politics at 10:42 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

NotATweet: Don’t let the turkeys get you down

Posted Friday, September 28th, 2018 11:44 am GMT -6 in News,Personal,Politics,Weather at 11:44 AM

Tough week with stress, health, cold weather, tech gremlins and politics/news, but still trying to fight the good fight

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 11:44 am

Icky Thump

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 04:30 pm GMT -6 in Music,Politics,Quotes at 4:30 PM

Why don’t you kick yourself out – you’re an immigrant too…

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Noise, Noise, Noise!

Posted Friday, August 10th, 2018 10:12 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics at 10:12 PM

Noise, Noise, Noise!

Originally published by DK on August 10, 2018 at 10:12 pm

I’m an outlaw, quick on the draw

Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2018 09:02 am GMT -6 in Business,Politics at 9:02 AM

Respect our authoritay

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2018 at 9:02 am

John A. Boehner

Posted Saturday, June 30th, 2018 12:05 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Quotes at 12:05 PM

…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

Charles Krauthammer

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2018 11:21 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Quotes at 11:21 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

Missed this campaign

Posted Monday, May 7th, 2018 01:57 pm GMT -6 in Design,Football,Politics at 1:57 PM

Hiawatha bike trail

Originally published by DK on May 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

David Brooks

Posted Friday, December 8th, 2017 12:34 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Quotes at 12:34 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

Bruce on Elections

Posted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 03:23 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics,Technology at 3:23 PM

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/05/securing_electi.html

Originally published by DK on May 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

My Top 7 Online Publications

Posted Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 12:52 pm GMT -6 in Business,News,Politics,Reading,Technology at 12:52 PM

* paid subscriber

(Also just resubscribed to the print edition of The Economist)

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm

POTUS45 (or Digital Underground)

Posted Saturday, February 25th, 2017 04:22 pm GMT -6 in Music,Politics,Quotes at 4:22 PM

Just grab ’em in the biscuits…

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2017 at 4:22 pm

City Pages

Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2017 10:57 am GMT -6 in News,Politics,Quotes at 10:57 AM

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

Never heard of this before

Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 09:46 pm GMT -6 in History,Links,Politics at 9:46 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Winston Churchill

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:29 am GMT -6 in History,Politics,Quotes at 9:29 AM

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

The moose outside should’ve told ya

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 09:02 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Pop Culture,Travel at 9:02 PM

So much nationalism up here (just like 🇺🇸)

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Don’t listen to Minneapolis

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 06:40 pm GMT -6 in Politics at 6:40 PM

St. Paul will never get rid of the skyways

Originally published by DK on November 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm

It’s that time of the year

Posted Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 06:24 am GMT -6 in Food,Politics at 6:24 AM

Make cereal great again

Originally published by DK on November 8, 2016 at 6:24 am

The Loophole Economy

Posted Thursday, August 4th, 2016 01:15 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics at 1:15 PM

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/-MEDIA-STATEMENT—NIGA-Chairman-Stevens-Issues-a-response-to-Wall-Street-Journal-Commentary.html?soid=1102207044813&aid=UCcNFaIYXg4

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm

This might be part of it

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016 03:05 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Reading at 3:05 PM

The magazine rack at the Winona Shopko

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Proud to Be

Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2016 10:52 pm GMT -6 in Links,Personal,Politics at 10:52 PM

Originally published by DK on February 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Tiny ballot this year

Posted Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 06:41 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Politics at 6:41 PM

Two items, five bubbles to fill in

Originally published by DK on November 3, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Mr. Helvetica

Posted Friday, October 23rd, 2015 10:57 am GMT -6 in Politics,Pop Culture,Quotes at 10:57 AM

Space is Waste

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2015 at 10:57 am

Is this the Onion?

Posted Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 03:33 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics at 3:33 PM

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3722261-minnesota-senate-upholds-rule-forbidding-eye-contact

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Posted Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 03:16 pm GMT -6 in Business,Casinos,Politics,Quotes at 3:16 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

tl1 – Minneapolis Rules

Posted Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 01:49 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics at 1:49 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

Great lobby example from DE

Posted Monday, February 16th, 2015 04:45 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Links,Politics at 4:45 PM

http://jobsfordelaware.com

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Vote!

Posted Thursday, October 30th, 2014 09:02 pm GMT -6 in Politics at 9:02 PM

My absentee ballot has arrived

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

The Boondoggle

Posted Sunday, July 20th, 2014 08:35 am GMT -6 in Politics at 8:35 AM

Eagan Community Center

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

Minnesota Lottery Gone Wild

Posted Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 05:06 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Links,Politics at 5:06 PM

http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2014/04/minnesota-lotterys-online-push-hits-bipartisan-legislative-wall

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Good Morning Governor

Posted Friday, March 21st, 2014 10:07 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Politics,Travel at 10:07 AM

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2014 at 10:07 am

Nelson Mandela

Posted Thursday, December 5th, 2013 07:14 pm GMT -6 in History,Politics,Quotes at 7:14 PM

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

Did you?

Posted Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 01:46 pm GMT -6 in Politics at 1:46 PM

Election Day 2013

Originally published by DK on November 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Secret this, secret that

Posted Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 10:28 am GMT -6 in Links,Politics at 10:28 AM

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/08/restoring_trust.html

Originally published by DK on August 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

George H.W. Bush

Posted Monday, April 29th, 2013 05:59 pm GMT -6 in Music,Politics,Quotes at 5:59 PM

Nitty Ditty Nitty Gritty Great Bird

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Schumpeter

Posted Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 11:14 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Quotes at 11:14 PM

Nine out of ten tax-filers pay for help to complete their returns.

Originally published by DK on April 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm

How did I miss this?

Posted Monday, April 1st, 2013 04:30 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Links,Politics at 4:30 PM

http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2012/12/has-casino-money-improved-lives-minnesota-s-indian-reservations

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Every other ad in Arizona

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 07:33 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics,Television at 7:33 PM

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104259/they-took-our-jobs

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

@tbtduluth

Posted Monday, November 5th, 2012 09:38 pm GMT -6 in Music,Politics,Quotes at 9:38 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

Thurston Howell Romney

Posted Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 09:39 am GMT -6 in Links,Politics at 9:39 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/opinion/brooks-thurston-howell-romney.html

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

Romney or Bucket?

Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 12:27 pm GMT -6 in Links,Politics at 12:27 PM

http://xkcd.com/1044/

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Beastie Boys and Tenancious D at Roy Wilkins

Posted Monday, November 10th, 2008 08:42 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Music,Politics at 8:42 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:

  • Kielbasa
  • History
  • Dude (I Totally Miss You)
  • Kyle Quit
  • Friendship
  • Saxaboom
  • The Government Totally Sucks
  • Wonderboy
  • City Hall
  • F*ck Her Gently
  • Tribute

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
  • Intergalactic
  • — Encore —
  • Biz Vs. Nuge
  • Time For Livin’
  • Gratitude
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Vote for Yo Mama!

Originally published by DK on November 10, 2008 at 8:42 pm

You Choose – Election 2008

Posted Friday, October 17th, 2008 12:09 am GMT -6 in Politics at 12:09 AM

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.

President/Vice-President

U.S. Senator

U.S. Representative – District 2

State Representative – District 38A

County Commissioner – District 3

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)

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

Circus Reform in Minneapolis

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 01:00 am GMT -6 in Politics at 1:00 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
 

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