Pennsylvania is still spending taxpayer money on ads about a law that is not applicable to this election. So, not a good use of money — something we can agree on regardless of political beliefs, right?
Commonwealth Court won’t stop state ads on voter ID (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
You can call Governor Corbett’s office at 717.787.2500 or leave him a note via his website
Philly is outlawing feeding individuals who are homeless in public spaces. I do that twice a week here in Pittsburgh and can’t help but roll my eyes at the arguments for the ban. Its not about helping the homeless, its about pretending the problem doesn’t exist.
On Wednesday, I finished the last book (for now?) in the Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman. I’ve been moping around since then, feeling like I’ve lost a friend. Lippman’s a great writer and I’m going to console myself by reading all of her non-Tess books and think about visiting Baltimore at some point in the future.
On repeat: this video which I watched repeatedly, as I’m at a loss as to how to find a legit .mp3 of it.
So, have a nice sweaty weekend.
Another Freakonomics bit (though, not on Marketplace) about using peer pressure and shame to get people to do the right thing. YES.
I think everyone read Ezra Klein’s piece in the New Yorker about the perplexing phenomenon of politicians totally changing course on policy, using the Affordable Health Care Act as example, but if you haven’t, you should. (In other news, I finally got a subscription to the New Yorker.)
Some research highlighted how Americans, when thinking about choices, are less bothered by income equality. Oy.
And I read this book last weekend. It is set in August 1845 when the NYPD was brand-new and follows one of the new “copper stars” as he tries to figure out why a young girl he met is covered in blood. I definitely recommend it (as does my friend, G, who told me about it in the first place) — and there will be a sequel next summer.
Anyways, Happy Weekend: