Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cambridge's Postmodern Sidewalk Experiment

I walked by as this section of sidewalk was being poured so I was surmised to find it hardened in this state the next day. What happened? Did a union crew take an ill-timed lunch break?

The city did eventually dig this out and repour, but it was funny while it lasted.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

We'll Always Have Paris When It Sizzles

The Weather Channel app on my iPhone declared today was a nice day for President Trump to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord on climate change: Road conditions wet, running conditions ideal, and the temperature a very pleasant 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

If one thought to click play, there was also a video on the impending horribles of Trump pulling out delivered by a cute weather girl highly-trained meteorologist. Elsewhere on the internet, there is video of former Secretary of State and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who signed the accord for the U.S. back in December 2015, saying "kids will have worse asthma in the summer."

I'm afraid a great deal of the political problem in this country stems from confusing the question of whether something is happening with the question of what can feasibly be done about it. I have a friend with a beach house on the sand in a neighborhood behind a seawall. The wall was crumbling with age and the waves seemed to be getting higher. The town's solution was to build a higher wall. And what else could they do?

Does it help when some of the alarmists say we are already beyond the point of no return?