I have a thought.
Let's throw all of the people saying climate change is sham science for nefarious political and money-making gain a bone. Let's just admit that the shrinking polar caps, retreating glaciers, sea levels rising, historic temperature records, and bizarre weather phenomenons across the globe are just what you say they are. They are some kind of monumental coincidences and naturally occurring cycles that are not impacted to any degree by man. Let's admit that all of this would be occurring no matter what our fossil fuel usage or deforestation practices.
There, you are right, scientists are wrong. Settled, end of discussion.
Now, let's turn our attention to something more tangible. Have you see the crappy air quality that is hanging over city after city around the world? Wow, that sure does stink. In some cities, lots in Asia but some in the good old USA as well, there are days when you can't even see the sun. There are days when getting a clear breath without coughing is impossible. How about we do some things to help clear that up.
- less gas burning cars on the street and more bikes and walking and mass transit and electric cars
- buy local to save on transportation costs
- invest in alternative fuels and more renewable energy like wind and hydro and solar that don't send that smoke into the air
- make our living spaces more efficient so we use less fuel to heat and cool them
- recycle more
The ideas seem endless, so throw in a few of your own. Heck, we could even put some financial burden on those people messing up our air, and reward ideas that help it.
Wouldn't that then be cool, knowing that the things we were doing made air better to breath and everything just a bit healthier. We might even get personally healthier too.
Then, after we all work together for this obvious and easy to see result of improved air quality, just for fun we can see what also coincidentally happens to polar caps, glaciers, sea levels, temperature records, and bizarre weather phenomenons across the globe. Who knows, we might observe another monumental coincidence and witness that naturally occurring cycles that are not impacted to any degree by man go in the other direction.
Heck, I'm a PR professional, if we can agree to do these things and accept that the weather impact, global temperatures thing is merely coincidental, I'm willing to push that story out at a discounted rate. Science, hah, I say.
I can only imagine the reception I would have received in my burgeoning business years in the early eighties had I announced, “I have a great $135,000 business model. Let’s let people take pictures of themselves making stupid faces and pitting them against others with nothing better to do.” Today’s intersection of technology, narcissism and “entertainment” has created some truly inexplicable entrepreneurial successes. My ability to be surprised is now officially shut down. I’d take a picture of what that looks like, but I don’t have the app.
Agree. Overton Square was a usable, relevant and strong asset. The parking garage also was a great move and investment. Overton Square was a one of a kind. The Coliseum is just an old monstrosity. Very different issues. Crosstown, also very different kind of asset.
I have lived in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Dallas, in addition to my current Memphis home. What do those first four cities have in common (along with many, many other cities)? They all tore down arenas that had outlived their usefulness. They all realized that arenas were not meant to last forever, that memories of what people saw and did there remain memories no matter what happens to the building, and that moving on from the past is a good thing. It is called progress. A “did you know” item – even venerable Madison Square Garden in NYC isn’t the original. It is the FOURTH building to have that name. The first three – torn down. With respect to both sides of the argument, let’s get on with it.
Your call for police departments to “man up and acknowledge their bad apples” is one of the best positioned arguments on the issue I have read. Unfortunately this posture of "protect your own no matter what" permeates so many organized labor organizations, to the detriment of the reputation of the organization overall. From teachers to bus drivers to NFL players, the representing labor organizations seem to go out if their way to protect even the most obviously unqualified or, at times, criminally inclined members at the expense of the reputation and good work of its majority. There are bad people in every profession. If others in those professions would acknowledge that and help clean house, it would benefit everyone – fellow professionals and the customers of those professions alike.
My compliments to Theatre Memphis on this creative performance. Shakespeare lends itself so well to creative times and settings because the stories are so timeless. In college, for a project in a theater class, I did the same thng with Comedy of Errors – set it as a western. This past summer, the Royal Shakespeare company in Stratford-upon-Avon (where Shakespeare was born) staged a version of As You Like It that was set in a kind of futuristic limbo with music from electronic to folk to jazz and a unique all black padded staging. That too worked great.
Seems like knowledge of transit systems, budgeting, demographic trends, operating a complicate business, negotiating with unions and creative use of resources would be a bit more important on a resume than "rides the bus."
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