You've probably seen this already but for the record, we will have a second today at which the date and time is 12:34:56 7/8/9.
1) Security concerns: I picked up my wife at the airport yesterday and passed that electronic sign which reminded me that the threat level is orange. It's been orange since the Timberwolves were a good team. But it's an electronic sign that can be easily changed if a decade comes along in which the threat level is pink. It's silly, of course. We don't know the difference between orange and pink and there's nothing we can do about it anyway. How would we change? Walk backwards through the metal detector?
In Boston, the same "security concerns" are preventing artists -- armed with a canvas and a paint brush -- from painting the the tall ships that arrive in port this week.
Meanwhile, today a representative of the GAO will testify on Capitol Hill on its report on lax security at federal buildings across the country. The agency was able to smuggle bomb-making material into the buildings without detection. But at least the watercolors were kept out.
2) The New York Times has a slideshow of images of ethnic clashes in China.
The situation is providing yet another case study in how a government controlling the media can use it to full advantage.
3) Wonjon Park has cancer and it's leading him to live through his art.
4) California is a basket case and proponents of legalization of marijuana smell an opportunity. Marijuana, Time claims, is California's biggest cash crop.
5) Is it still camping if Minnesota officials make wireless Internet available at state campsites? The Rochester Post Bulletin columnist makes fascinating points in describing a recent camping horror story:
One of the things I like most about Carley is that there are no electrical hookups there, which scares away RV users and others who create temporary cities, complete with television sets, laptops and air conditioned sleeping quarters. To power all of those devices, they have to fire up a gas generator. Ever try to sleep at 6 a.m. on a summer morning with the windows open when your neighbor is mowing his lawn? Then you know what it's like to spend a night across from an RV at Carley, only amplify the noise by a magnitude of four.
Great idea! Camping horror stories. Got any?
Related: No political vacation.
Bonus: What's ahead for Al Franken? Former senator Dave Durenberger has an idea.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) - Did someone say "basket case" and "California?" Kerri Miller tackles state budget woes across the country. Second hour: Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.
Midday (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - Carleton College International Relations professor Roy Grow will be in the studio to discuss rising tensions and ethnic violence in China. Second hour: Live broadcast from the National Press Club, featuring Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Talk of the Nation (1 - 3 p.m.) - First hour: The politics of health care and an analysis of what Sarah Palin's resignation means. Second hour: New York Times columnist Roger Cohen discusses his recent two week reporting trip -- to Iran.
Cohen was on Charlie Rose a week or so ago. Scroll to 18:50 below, unless you want to hear even more about Michael Jackson.
All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) - In late 2007, the leader of a Somali resistance group delivered a fiery speech at the Minneapolis Convention Center, calling for fighters to take up arms against the Ethiopian invasion. This happened before any of the missing Somali men left Minneapolis. MPR's Laura Yuen also reports on a Somali radio station interview with one of the missing men from Minnesota.
Former MPR producer Annie Feidt, now working in Alaska, will report on reaction to Sarah Palin's resignation. David Welna -- another person with a Minnesota connection -- will report on the latest congressional push to ditch the "don't ask; don't tell" policy in the military.(2 Comments)
State Rep. Laura Brod has suspended her exploratory campaign for governor, according to Gary Miller, who writes at Truth vs. the Machine and helped spearhead a Draft Brod movement.
Miller posted a letter from Brod which said some undisclosed health problems prevent her from running at the moment:
Recently I went in to the doctor for a yearly check up, and unfortunately, found that I had some results from routine diagnostic tests which were concerning. Last week, a second opinion confirmed what I originally learned and set forth a treatment plan, after which I am certain I will get a clean bill of health. Over the holiday weekend, my family and I decided right now is not the right time to begin a campaign for the Governor so we are suspending the conversations I have been having related to the potential of my candidacy so we can focus our energy where it needs to be and will evaluate where things are at in late summer.
A picture essay in The Times Magazine on Sunday and an expanded slide show on Nytimes.com entitled "Ruins of the Second Gilded Age" showed large housing construction projects across the United States that came to a halt, often half-finished, when the housing market collapsed. The introduction said that the photographer, a freelancer based in Bedford, England, "creates his images with long exposures but without digital manipulation." A reader, however, discovered on close examination that one of the pictures was digitally altered, apparently for esthetic reasons. Editors later confronted the photographer and determined that most of the images did not wholly reflect the reality they purported to show. Had the editors known that the photographs had been digitally manipulated, they would not have published the picture essay, which has been removed from Nytimes.com.(h/t: Sam Choo, All Things Considered) (37 Comments)
The Metropolitan Airports Commission's decision to spend more than $2 million to upgrade airport signs providing directions to either the Humphrey or Lindbergh Terminal is low-hanging fruit for many people. "A waste of money" or "people should be responsible for figuring it out" are the most common complaints.
It actually makes a lot of sense because a real close look at the current signage reveals it doesn't make much sense. (Push the play button below)
When I talked about this with Mary Lucia on The Current on Wednesday afternoon, Sara Bible of St. Louis Park was courageous enough to share her story:
I have to admit that when I first started taking the light rail to the airport, I once panicked when we arrived at the Humphrey terminal and so I got off and then had to run to get back on when I realized I really wanted the Lindbergh Terminal. Also, this past Memorial Day I had a friend arrive from Houston. He called to say he'd arrived but we couldn't find him at the gate. He had flown in on US Airways and had no idea that there were two airports in Minnesota nor which one he was at. He checked his boarding pass and it wasn't indicated. Even I don't know which airlines are located at each terminal. And you can't designate one the international terminal because flights fly internationally from both terminals. It is quite confusing and I've lived here for almost 4 decades.
Why do we have it "in" for airport travelers? And how many of the signage critics have never benefited from a highway sign telling us that the exit ahead is the one we want?(39 Comments)