September 2nd, 2011

Link: http://dailykos.com/story/2011/09/02/1012938/-American-Lung-Association-to-file-suit-against-EPA;-environmental,-health-groups-feel-double-crossed?via=blog_1

The White House has blocked EPA's new ozone rules. That would be the Obama White House not the Bush White House.

I'm sure Obama cares so it must have been the threat of a filibuster or something. Or something.

Obama Woos Independents

August 29th, 2011

After spending my whole voting life as a Democrat, I'm surprised to find that I'm now an independent. But when my party's candidate is a fuck up and I am willing to explore other options, I suppose that's what I am.

Huh. Weird.

Team Obama

August 29th, 2011

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I saw one of these today. All I could think was "Really?! You're enthusiastic enough to put that on your car . . . Really?"

Further evidence that I'm an alien living among a species that I cannot understand.

"Did Emily Snyder Sign Off On The City Park Bike Detour?"

August 25th, 2011

Thanks for the e-mails. I don't know whether Ms. Snyder, Denver's bike planner, signed off on the goofy detour that City Park is sending out.

One of the people involved in this effort hasn't heard from her in a couple days despite many e-mails. He's guessing she's being "a good team player."

I'm guessing she's James The Second. But we'll await developments.

A Test For Denver's Bike Planner . . . Cupcake or Advocate?

August 23rd, 2011

A chance for Denver's Bike Planner to show that she can actually do something: Can she get another city agency that plans to block a major bike route to provide a safe and direct detour? We'll see.

I'm betting on cupcake and hoping I'm wrong.

City Park Construction Will Block Major Bike Route

It will only take one line and 5 minutes . . . . and it will help us all.

During museum construction, City Park is blocking off the park road that connects East HS, Steele, and Harrison with Montview and Monview's bike lanes. This will cut bike access to and from East High School as well as access from the south and west to Odyssey, Denver School of the Arts, Blessed Sacrament, Stapleton, and Fitzsimmons via the Montview bike lanes. It also will block one of the main commuter routes to [National Jewish,] south Denver and disrupt commutes east and west to and from downtown.

As of yesterday, though the fences blocking the road were going up, there was no plan for a bike detour. Today, there are more fences and still no bike detour plan.

Please send a short message to Britta Herwig, the City Park person, and Emily Snyder, Denver's bike planner asking what the plans for a detour are.

The message need not be more than a line. Just let them know that people care about bike routes.



Here's a museum person that might be worth adding as a cc:


I've mentioned City Park's wonderful bike planning before:
Denver's Heart-Stopping Bike Planning and Denver Detours Cyclists.

Harper's Magazine

August 21st, 2011

Link: http://harpers.org/

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From Harper's.

I love Harper's. Don't always agree, but the essays often compel me to consider alternate ways of looking at the world. Cheap, too.

Political Consultant On A Rocky Hillside

August 21st, 2011

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How to Beat Obama

Run as a Republican against the corporations and rich people that are preying on us.

That position has appeal across party lines and everywhere else. Plus, I can't see how Obama could credibly respond.

First, Obama won't say "I'm more against the corporate state than you are" because he doesn't believe it. And, even if he lied, his record doesn't support that position.

Second, if he throws "corporate sellout" stones at the Republican Party as a whole, the Republicans can throw the same stones back. The candidate can reach back to Republicans who actually were progressives. Voters will conclude that both parties are the same and vote for the individual who says he's different. Huntsman is already mentioning long gone Republicans that had brains as models on some issues.

Obama could end up running on the "corporations aren't so bad but I'm on your side" platform. And that would be accurate, amusing, and fatal.

Volunteer For Clothing And Beer

August 20th, 2011

Denver B-cycle needs your help!

Volunteer and get a 2011 t-shirt!

August 28th & September 10th

We are looking for enthusiastic members of the Denver B-Cycle community who are willing to serve as B-cycle ambassadors for two major cycling events coming up in the city of Denver. Your job will entail helping us successfully operate two fundraising components to these events. For the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, we will be operating a donation based bike valet near the finish line of the final stage of the race. For Tour de Fat, we will be operating a temporary B-cycle station and informing participants about a special fundraising effort that will be taking place that day through Chipotle.

All volunteers will be given a brand new 2011 Denver B-cycle t-shirt for their efforts and one B-cycle Buddy Pass good for a free 24 hour Access Pass to share with your friends and family. Those volunteering for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will receive a USA Pro Cycling Challenge shirt as well. Those volunteering for Tour de Fat (who are 21 and over) will receive two free beer tokens for contributing their time and talent. To sign up just reply to this email and let us know which shift (or shifts) you would like to work and what size t-shirt you wear (we have men's & women's sizes)!

Volunteer shifts needed:

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Final Stage, August 28th, 14th & Colfax (Webb Building Station).

3 Volunteers: 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM

6 Volunteers: 10:30 PM - 1:30 PM

6 Volunteers: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

New Belgium's Tour de Fat, September 10th, City Park.

4 Volunteers: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

4 Volunteers: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Thank you so much! We hope to see you all soon!