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January 17, 2015

"This Is The Greatest Shakespeare Audition Fail You Have Ever Seen"

I haven't seen all that many "Shakespeare audition fails," granted, but if I had, this would probably rank right up there.

"Top 10 Coldest Places on Earth"

Places that probably wouldn't mind a little global warming.

January 16, 2015

"The Myth of Gentrification"

Oh, my: this is an eye-opener.

Of course, displacement is not the only way in which gentrification could harm the poor. Residents of gentrifying neighborhoods might stay put but suffer from rising rents. Freeman and Braconi found that rents did rise in gentrifying neighborhoods in New York. But rising rents had an unexpected effect: As rents rose, residents movedless.

“The most plausible interpretation,” the authors concluded, “may be the simplest: As neighborhoods gentrify, they also improve in many ways that may be as appreciated by their disadvantaged residents as by their more affluent ones.”

. . . 

McKinnish, White, and Walsh aren’t the only researchers whose work suggests that blacks often benefit from gentrification. In his book, Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality, sociologist Patrick Sharkey took a close look at black neighborhoods that saw significant changes to their ethnic composition between 1970 and 1990. He found that when the composition of black neighborhoods changed, it wasn’t because whites moved in. That rarely happens. For black communities, neighborhood change happens when Latinos begin to arrive. Sometimes these changes can be difficult, resulting as they often do in new political leaders and changes to the character of the communities. But Sharkey’s research suggests they also bring real benefits. Black residents, particularly black youth, living in more diverse neighborhoods find significantly better jobs than peers with the same skill sets who live in less diverse neighborhoods. In short, writes Sharkey, “There is strong evidence that when neighborhood disadvantage declines, the economic fortunes of black youth improve, and improve rather substantially.”

"Something about the Crusades . . . CNN with up-to-the-moment analysis of church bombings in Europe."

You can laugh--I did--or you can cry a little. Either response is reasonable.

"Congress Fiercely Divided Over Completely Blank Bill That Says And Does Nothing"

Sounds real, but it is The Onion, of course.

A blank piece of legislation that says nothing, does nothing, and contains no text whatsoever has been the source of heated debate in Washington this week, and has sharply divided Congress along partisan lines, Beltway sources confirmed Thursday.

Known as S.0000, the bill, which doesn’t have sponsors, co-sponsors, or an author, has reportedly drawn starkly contrasting opinions from legislators in both the Senate and House of Representatives, and has paved the way for a major legislative battle in coming months.

January 15, 2015

"Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants"

The oldest was established in 803. That's old.

"The Real Reasons Trader Joe's Wine Is So Cheap"

What you suspected seems to be true: at $2/bottle, a couple of corners have to be cut.

"Backwash"

"I tried a Japanese wonder toilet. Americans need to drastically rethink the way we clean our butts."

January 14, 2015

"Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas"

Just when you think you've heard it all . . . 

"The future of management training is simulations"

I think this is true of more subjects than just management.

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