The NYPD's 'Work Stoppage' Is Surreal (thc0655)
My first response to this news was confusion. I get why the police are protesting – they're pissed at Mayor de Blasio, and more on that in a minute – but this sort of "protest" pulls this story out of the standard left-right culture war script it had been following and into surreal territory.
I don't know any police officer anywhere who would refuse to arrest a truly dangerous criminal as part of a PBA-led political gambit. So the essence of this protest seems now to be about trying to hit de Blasio where it hurts, i.e. in the budget, without actually endangering the public.
“A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance,” Mr. Bratton wrote.
The gesture has come to symbolize the tension between the de Blasio administration and the Police Department over the mayor’s response to protests against fatal encounters between police officers and unarmed civilians, including the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island in July.
The Case Against Credentialism (jdargis)
With their regression charts and biographical data, sociologists have demonstrated that the saga of the self-made success was partly myth. The Americans business titan of the late nineteenth century was more likely to have been born to a comfortable, educated, urban family than to have been a son of toil. Still, McClelland never claimed that the folktales he analyzed—about bad fairies and magic spiders and friendly giants—were literally true. What mattered was that they were told and heard, and that they shaped a culture's attitude. Repeated in schoolrooms and parlors, emphasized in speeches, novels, and popular magazines, the folktales of American business successes emboldened the impressionable public to try. When the sociologist Ely Chinoy studied a community of autoworkers in the 1950s, many people told him that they viewed their jobs in the factory as temporary. Their real dream was to strike out on their own, with a farm, a gas station, or a store.
Cafferkey’s condition has deteriorated despite catching the virus early and having world-class infectious disease experts working on her behalf, according to the Guardian. She is being treated in an isolation unit at the hospital, receiving survivors’ plasma containing “Ebola-fighting antibodies” and an experimental antiviral drug that “is not proven to work,” according to the Guardian. In recent days, doctors have been able to discuss treatment options with the patient because she is a nurse, according to the Daily Express.
The latest discussions about raising the gas tax come as the Energy Information Administration estimates that the average American household will spend at least $550 less on gasoline next year than it did in 2014, a result of lower prices and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks that can travel farther on fewer gallons.
Ace calls his flat-panel trap “a fundamental scientific and environmental discovery” and contends that it could collect sunlight at high enough temperatures to shatter the barriers to a solar age. The device can capture more than 90 percent of the rays that hit it, as much as 10 times more than sun-tracking photovoltaic panels being installed around the globe, he said.
Ready to shiver? Arctic air to put America on ice (Arthur Robey)
The wind and cold could mean wind-chill factors that will make the temperature feel like 30 degrees below zero—50 degrees below zero in Minneapolis and Chicago, said meteorologist Ryan Maue of the private Weather Bell Analytics. He called it "old-timer's type of cold."
Kocin predicts a small Midwestern band of intense snow along with the cold, with some also in parts of the Northeast.
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