If you want to help this site become some kind of cross between Andrew Sullivan, Tim Pool, and [pick your favorite fiction writer], then click here, and — also — re-blog.
(I mean — can you imagine how much better my Occupy Wall Street coverage would have been if I was ever actually there?)
Quick commentary here: Evan Fleischer is a smart guy who has done amazing work covering news on Tumblr and elsewhere. He has some impressive credits to his name. The fact that he has to encourage you to click a link to make a little money is very unfortunate. I would recommend reaching out to him with job offers.
Listen, Tumblr folks who read this blog: When you say that you aren’t offering up monetization models to end users because it structures the shape of the community, this is what happens. Smart people with smart commentary can’t follow up on their awesome skills and make a career of this through your platform. That’s really sad, and it would be so easy to fix.
In Latvia, a massive building collapse at a supermarket in the country’s capitol, Riga, has killed at least 51. Dozens more remain trapped in the rubble. “There were torrents of water coming down off the roof. We headed into the back of the supermarket, the aisles were covered in produce and concrete and people lying on the floor,” one eyewitness said of the scene.
A sad tale from the world of baseball: On Thursday, Michael Weiner, the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, died at 51. Weiner suffered from inoperable brain cancer, but notably stayed on the job despite his very visible condition.
In case you’re curious about what 3,700-year-old wine tastes like, go to Israel and get a taste of some stuff that predates Jesus. (EDIT: Take that back; the wine’s evaporated, but the recipe still lives.)
The problem with wind energy is that the giant blades kill golden eagles.
Spotify has a ton of money.
enche says: Why's that image in the Time&Life collection dark to y'all
» SFB says: Because at the time the photo was taken, JFK was running short of both time and life. Given that context, the photo collection name takes on a different meeting. — Ernie @ SFB
Eventually it got to the point where everyone… you couldn’t ignore it. It was obvious he was going through a difficult time. I don’t know where they ended up taking him but he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and did get treatment for a while and I know he was on medication.Tony Walters, a friend of Gus Deeds • Discussing the mental health situation of his friend, the son of Virginia politician Creigh Deeds. The state is currently doing an investigation into why the younger Deeds was released from a hospital despite being under emergency medical custody, which led to the attempted murder/suicide just hours later. The older Deeds was released from the hospital Friday.
It’s for the homeless. Not for Wolf. It’s for the homeless veterans. It’s not for Jim Wolf. They helped me because I was a poster child.Jim Wolf, the homeless veteran who was featured in a viral video earlier this month • Discussing his recent arrest after causing a disturbance in a Burger King. Wolf, a Grand Rapids, Mich. resident, says that while he’s struggled in recent days—he has started drinking again, which led to the arrest—he is trying to improve his situation, knowing that the pressure’s on thanks to the video, which has been viewed more than 15 million times. (His quote speaks to the fact that he doesn’t want his situation reflecting on Degage Ministries, which released the video in an effort to earn donations for their homeless services.) Wolf has entered rehab in the wake of the arrest.