Jumping in the 145th Street Station | December 6, 2013 | gothamist
As Lutherans exit pew in Brooklyn Church, Arab Christians move in | A misleading headline; the church is a Lutheran church with a growing ministry to the Arabic speaking community in Brooklyn. Just because they’re not white and German doesn’t mean they aren’t Lutherans (or will be). | December 23, 2013 | New York Times
Comedian Aamer Rahman on Reverse Racism | Yep. | December 2, 2013 | The Hairpin
A Brooklyn Church Uncovers a Long Hidden Celestial Scene | December 25, 2013 | New York Times
Steve Harvey and President Obama surprise some White House tours | December 18, 2013 | People
This Chart Blows Up The Myth of the Welfare Queen | This month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared yearly spending between families that use public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, and families that don’t. And surprise, surprise, households that rely on the safety net lead some pretty frugal lifestyles. On average, they spend $30,582 in a year, compared to $66,525 for families not on public assistance. Meanwhile, they spend a third less on food, half as much on housing, and 60 percent less on entertainment. | December 17, 2013 | The Atlantic
Peyton Manning RSVPs to a fan’s wedding | December 3, 2013 | First and Orange
The Sunday of Doom But he just learned that the Church of Sweden never followed the suggestion of Pope Pius XI, in 1925, and instituted the feast of Christ the King. Instead, since 1921 the Swedes have called the final Sunday of the church year Domssoendagen, or “The Sunday of Doom.” | November 21, 2013 | Magdalene’s Egg
An Armored Hoodie | I am Knight
This is How We Die Now Every year, premature death ‚Äî that is, death attributable to causes other than old age ‚Äî deprives people of a combined 1.7 billion years of life they could have enjoyed. 1.7 billion years. Think of everything those people could have done ‚Äî the children they could have had, the jobs they could have done, the people they could have loved, the things they could have created that now won’t be. | November 20, 2013 | Washington Post via The Big Picture
Which charts to bring up when someone says we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. | November 10, 2013 | The Big Picture
What a wild picture of the sun | November 19, 2013 | io9
For the bottom 90%, income in 2012 dropped by 10.7% compared to 2002. | November 11, 2013 | WSJ via The Big Picture
Photos: Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz Now Painted Over White | Pictures by joshiku | November 19, 2013 | gothamist
The New Danish Royal Family Portrait is Super Creepy | November 18, 2013
Sisterhood of the Traveling Handbags. | A bag contains just as many memories as a journal. | November 18, 2013 | Man Repeller
Kmart’s new Joe Boxer ad | It seems a few people aren’t thrilled with it. I personally think they are going for the Lutheran demographic. Who else wants to see a bell choir? | November 18, 2013 | Huffington Post
How the Media would have covered the Gettysburg Address | November 19, 2013 | NY Mag
The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel | Game of Thrones, 100 years before. November 8, 2013 | io9
Personal Finance for Engineers (at Twitter) | November 10, 2013 | The Big Picture
crucigramasycafe.com : Eleven Doctors Running | November 18, 2013 | io9.
The GOP’s new target for voter disenfranchisement: women. As of November 5, Texans must show a photo ID with their up-to-date legal name. Only 66% of voting age women have ready access to a photo ID of this nature, as many women have not updated their photo IDs with either their married names or their name after a divorce. This disenfranchises 34% of women voters, while 99% of men are home free. Similar laws now exist or are in the process of being passed in numerous other states. | October 20, 2013 | Brad Delong
Placing Literature: Where Your Book Meets the Map | October 23, 2013 | Hugh Howey
Why the “Maximizing Shareholder Value” Theory of Corporate Governance is Bogus Directors and officers, broadly speaking, have a duty of care and duty of loyalty to the corporation. From that flow more specific obligations under Federal and state law. But notice: those responsibilities are to the corporation, not to shareholders in particular. | October 21, 2013 | Naked Capitalism
Off the Charts | Policy insights beyond numbers | October 21, 2013 Brad Delong
Five Things Super Successful People do before 8 am | This morning I did exercise but I had a danish for breakfast. I don’t know if that counts. | October 23, 2013 | The Big Picture
WSJ: Where the Good Jobs Are. In 1980, salaries for workers with a high-school diploma in Austin and Raleigh were significantly lower than the national average. Then those cities became important hubs for IT and life science, respectively. Salaries are 45% higher, and the gap keeps expanding. High-school graduates in Austin and Raleigh don’t work harder or have higher IQs. The ecosystem around them is different. Most industries have a multiplier effect. But none has a bigger one than the innovation sector: about three times as large as that of extractive industries or traditional manufacturing. Clearly, the best way for a city or state to generate jobs for everyone is to attract innovative companies that hire highly educated workers. | October 24, 2013 | Brad Delong
The Big Picture: Reagan’s Million Jobs Month explained. What happened was a big strike ended bringing a large number of workers back to the job. A million jobs were not created.
io9: Google Maps has a Doctor Who Easter Egg
Naked Capitalism: Five Reasons Congress Should be Deeply Ashamed about Jobs
The Hairpin: A Chat with Mikki Kendall and Flavia Dzodan About #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen With my recent disappointment with who the ELCA churchwide assembly seemed to ignore, or at least punt, the discussion on race, I found this conversation to be a welcome voice and why the conversation on race shouldn’t be ignored.
io9: I really want to see the new Korean movie, Snowpiercer.
The Big Picture: The Great Eruption in the sky is still going on.