Saturday, August 30, 2008

BREVITAS

MONEY & WORK

ABC -
The Commerce Department reported that personal income dropped by 0.7 percent in July, the largest decrease in nearly three years.

ECO CLIPS

Washington Post
- On the map, it's a long, squiggling line running along the East Coast. It starts in the Maine backcountry and meanders until it hits the Florida Keys. For bicyclists, it represents a 2,930-mile journey on trails, urban streets and genteel country thoroughfares that they hope will become as famous as the Appalachian Trail: the East Coast Greenway. Members of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the organization that mapped the trail, have been working on the project since 1991. The alliance doesn't construct bike paths; it maps existing ones, a time-consuming process that includes field-testing. It's still in the early stages of putting up signs to guide bicyclists along the way. . . Although the group's dream is to have the entire route go off-road, only 20 percent of the current path is car-free.

MEDIA

Jennifer Merin, Women's Media Center -
[A] study from [Martha Lauzen], the guru of women-in-Hollywood statistics and analysis indicates that 70 percent of movie reviews published in America's top 100 daily newspapers are written by men, and that 47 percent of those publications -- almost half -- ran no reviews written by female critics.

OUTLYING PRECINCTS

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY TALKS WITH GRIST

FURTHERMORE. . . .

Good Magazine -
Authorities at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam have etched the image of a black housefly into each urinal. It seems that men usually do not pay much attention to where they aim, which can create a bit of a mess. But if you give them a target, they can’t help but try to hit it. Similar designs have been implemented in urinals around the world, including mini soccer goals, bulls-eyes, and urine video games. Since the bugs were etched into the airport urinals, spillage has decreased by 80 percent.

PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH CARTOONIST R CRUMB


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