Bankhead from the outside looks like a place that would be pretty hard to love. In other words, it is much like much of the United States. The Atlanta neighbourhood has seen better days, yes, and with some investment from a multi-award winning musician with roots there Bankhead may rise up yet.
Beyond the hustle
Three part WABE/NPR series with podcasts
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Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if paying people properly became the new, trendy, totally ‘in’ thing to do? High time.
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Looks as if we are not the only ones who feel an almost homonymic gravity of some kind drawing the phrases ‘buck-a-beer’ and ‘go fuck yourself’ into the same orbit. This piece captures the general atmosphere of a hyped up, hot, and violent summer in a province that needs a sex-ed snitch line like it needs another massive forest fire.
Please read and share this powerful piece.
What buck-a-beer feels like to an alcoholic. I’ve been sober for five years, but my province is being led by a politician who seemingly prioritizes cheap beer over other, more urgent, issues—and it sucks
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If Ontario’s new Drug Ford government thought they could just cancel a large scale test of a basic income program and everybody would just forget about it they may be disappointed. What an embarrassment. Where’s all this business intelligence Ford is supposed to have? Poverty is bloody expensive and Ford gave indications during the election campaign that the pilot would be respected. This cancellation represents a total poverty of imagination and total failure to embrace reality and deal with complexity.
A buck a beer? Go fuck yourselves. One of their own party elders wrote the paper the test is based on. Senator Segal is quite eloquent here on CBC regarding the cancellation.
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Political illiteracy is rocket fuel for neoliberalism and populism. An example surfaces par excellence via CBC.
To wit, a well enough meaning doofus, with plans to go to business school now in tatters, blithely describes the crash entrance into his life of a new reality in the form of Doug Ford with a machete. Honestly, what the hell is wrong people?
Ontario PC voter worried about family’s future without basic income pilot
cbc.ca (audio 6:23)
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In a balanced community, the trails and parks are major assets. Greenery and recreation outside are important to so many things, from the development of children to cleaning the air we breathe. Scenery and recreation are fairly described as necessities.
Something is off when such assets are pressed into use as places to live. Anyone travelling to Los Angeles lately will have been struck with the scale of urban outdoor living there. It seems like much of the city has been commandeered by raggedy tents and tarps stretched between poles and sticks to define some privacy for people experiencing socio-economic difficulty.
Such encroachment is problematic in a host of ways. Safety and hygiene are a challenge for the homeless, to say the least. Outdoor living in parks and along trails also reduces the pleasure and benefit of such places on the part of others. It can eliminate that pleasure and benefit completely in some cases. So, in the best uncomfortable-to-read tradition of this blog we therefore link you to a newspaper item about Hamilton, Ontario.
Hopefully, this issue will receive some sensible amelioration. Just as the smoke from burning fires in the north seeps across the horizon a sense of psychological uneasiness with the social prospects for Ontario swirls outward as the primal, humid days of Premier Ford’s era unfold.
Hamilton’s ‘out-of-control’ rental market is pushing more homeless to camp out in parks and on streets, advocates say
The Star/Hamilton Spectator on msn.com
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Okay, it’s a world of news, bad news, really bad news, and fake news but the finding that Canada is at the bottom of the list of developed countries for progressive spending should cut through the noise and be nothing less than devastating. Right? Like, what are we all living our lives here for?