Austin Stands Up To Corporate Bullying

A quote from Reuters on the Prop 1 debate that raged in Austin this week: “On-demand ride companies have spent millions of dollars ahead of a Saturday vote to overturn a measure mandating fingerprinting for their drivers in Austin, Texas, a sign they are willing to play hardball politics with cities pursuing such requirements.

Campaign finance records show that Ridesharing Works for Austin, a lobby group financed almost exclusively by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft, had collected more than $8 million in contributions and spent $5.4 million in opposition of the fingerprint ordinance as of the end of April.

In contrast, the group backing fingerprinting had spent about $83,000 of its $100,000 in campaign contributions, the records show.”

At The Edge Of The World Pt. 3

Part 1 * Part 2

The Deva’s response wouldn’t leave my head. I realized the urgency of my situation, and that I might be this way, whatever it was, for a long time. As soon as I arrived home, I walked around to all of the nearby gardens to make sure and introduce myself. It became a daily habit for me to carry water to the plants and make sure they were thriving. They may be my only source of food very soon.

In The Dust Of This Planet

In this fascinating edition of Radiolab, Jad discusses the interesting interplay between Nihilism and Pop Culture and how these tendencies help shape our image of “cool” throughout the ages. Endlessly thought provoking, this podcast really informs and entertains one of the hardest philosophical thoughts of all time: Is Life Meaningless?

Someone might say,
“Look, this is new,”
but really it has always been here.
It was here before we were.
11 People don’t remember what happened long ago, and in the future people will not remember what happens now.
-ECC 1:10-11

This American Life – Three Miles

What can I say about this piece? This is an absolutely gripping piece of radio storytelling that sheds some much needed light on wealth disparity in our education system. The themes hit hard, and the story of these kids always hovers somewhere in the back of my mind. I guess the only thing I can say is… I’m sorry. This listen won’t be enjoyable.

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. – Thomas Jefferson