Here’s a quick assignment for The Village Voice.
New York’s electoral votes, as well as it’s Senate seat and all but one of the House seats in the city are safely in the Democratic column. Rather than help run up the score here, some liberal-minded transplants to the city are voting by absentee ballot in their home states with the hopes of turning them blue.
I like Citi Bikes. My complaint with them is that they’re not in enough places, like near where I live and work. Others are less enthusiastic about the blue bikes for everyone. There seem to be a lot of complaints about them ruining historic neighborhoods, begriming parks and ruining the splendor of their 19th Century panther statues. I think that’s nonsense. But, these guys won’t stop complaining, I designed something that should assuage their concerns–a bike share appropriate for the history they are trying to preserve. If anyone from Motivate is out there reading this, feel free to send me a hefty consulting fee.
Now that Labor Day has passed, we’re in the home stretch to Election Day. (Hooray!) While most are focused on the race for president, there are a thousands of other people running for state and municipal offices that are essential to keeping the government functioning. Unfortunately, most voters have no idea who those people are or what the offices they seek require. That’s a problem. The University of Chicago Magazine profiles a three alumni who may have a solution. The three have launched a start-up to educate voters about who’s running in the down ballot races and what is at stake. Their goal is to take the guesswork out of voting and end “the uniformed picking the unknown.”
Below a few ideas that failed to receive a plurality of votes:
Here’s a quick assignment for the Washington Post. The buzz around bees is not good. They are dying off in large numbers. Pesticides are thought to be responsible. Now, environmentalists are fighting hard to protect the insects from what they believe are the toxic effects of farming. Read the story here.
Everyone loves dividends. Waiting three months for them, especially if you’re a retiree relying on them to help pay the bills, is less popular. Fear not, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is here with a list of dozen high-quality stocks that pay a return to shareholders every 30 days.
For the past year or so, I have been illustrating the ‘Fire For Effect’ column in World War II Magazine. Here’s a few recent entries.
What was the most dangerous job during the war? Maybe, being a German general. Wehrmacht officers had a tendency to lead from the front, resulting in an unusually high casualty rate among the officer corps.
In the summer of 1944, the Allies were convinced that victory was imminent. The Norman invasion and the liberation of France were big blows, but the Germans retreated, were able to patch themselves up and launch a major counter-offensive.
Imagining a world where Germany doesn’t launch Operation Barbarosa. If Germany honors the Molotov-Ribentrop pact and never invades the Soviet Union the outcome of the war might have been very different. Would an authoritarian, Axis super bloc of Germany, Russia, Italy and Japan have emerged victorious?
Here’s a quick assignment for The Boston Globe. Americans are stuck. Most can’t change jobs and forget about moving to another city to seek out other opportunities. Economic mobility is dying and it is taking the economy with it. Read all about it here.