Parents v. county in HIV baby dispute, the price of booze, is the end near for SXSW, where snow smells like money, and the people who do 'throwback' jobs.
Radio still rides shotgun, the radio audience measuring group Arbitron points out in a news release today on the commuting times of people around the country.
That's good news for radio employees everywhere, given that radio -- superior as it is -- is no longer the favorite medium in the home. But in cars, we've got you.
But not for long, the Minnesota numbers point out.
In fact, one Minnesota/North Dakota radio market -- Grand Forks, East Grand Forks -- the commute time is only 14 minutes. That puts the market at #275 of the 275 radio markets in the United States.
This is all based on this week's release of the American Community Survey, which tells us more about our daily lives than we need to know.
But, for the record, the average commuting time in Minneapolis-Saint Paul is now about 24 minutes. Curiously, that's only increased a little over three minutes in the last 23 years.
Compare that to this claim from a transportation institute in Texas, which I wrote about last month. The study says Twin Cities commuters "waste" an average of 34 hours a year commuting. Broken down, it actually showed the average commute of about 25 minutes.
Although the latter survey had an air of calamity about it, the fact it jibes with the census data reveals that we've got it pretty good and things haven't gotten nearly as bad as we often think they are on the roadways. Especially since we've got company on the trip.
As for you, Duluth-Superior, your one-way commute is about 20 minutes now. That's a 13-percent longer commute than in 1990, almost the same as the Twin Cities. Both trail the increased congestion of Mankato-St. Peter-New Ulm, which has jumped 20 percent since 1990.
MPR News reporter Tim Posts video acknowledging his mistake on snow prediction for the latest storm allows me the opportunity to provide a, perhaps, unpopular observation: The weather forecasters, whom we delight in mocking, have been remarkably good this season at predicting storms. I can't recall a single "miss."
A few years ago , NewsCut had the Golden Snowball challenge, in which we had a contest to judge what meteorologist was consistently the most accurate when it came to forecasting snowfall amounts. We learned who that was at the time, and also learned a valuable lesson that we carry with us to this day: A lot of weatherpeople have remarkably thin skins, almost as thin as bloggers. We haven't bothered with the contest since.(3 Comments)
Let us consider this idea: If there were more women elected to office, there wouldn't be a sequester and a budget problem right now?
CBS This Morning provided a fascinating panel of women opining on the subject today.
"Women strive for consensus, they collaborate better," Jarrett said.
Valerie Jarrett, Condoleezza Rice, and Lesley Stahl all acknowledged that progress for women has been much greater than it often seems on a daily basis -- "astounding," Stahl said. The exception, they said, is in getting elected.(5 Comments)
Should protesters who are against legalized abortion be allowed to hold signs and posters showing aborted fetuses?
They can in Minnesota, but not in Colorado.
In 2005, Kenneth Tyler Scott and Clifton Powell led a demonstration outside Saint John's Church in the Wilderness, a Denver-area church they said was liberal, embraced Bill Clinton, and ran astray of teachings of the Bible. They held signs of aborted fetuses. Although they never entered church property, the church sued them for private negligence and won.
Subsequent rulings in the appeal court and the state supreme court limited the time they could demonstrate, blocking out Sunday worship time. They were barred from setting foot on the block around the church and portions of a neighboring block.
The court said it was necessary to protect children "from exposure to certain images of aborted fetuses and dead bodies."
Is it? The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether it's something the Supreme Court needs to decide.
Eugene Volokh, who writes the law blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, took the case and filed his brief this week to the high court. He's a professor of law at UCLA, writing today...
I'm not opposed to abortion myself, and I understand the sentiment behind the decision, but it strikes me as potentially very dangerous. The same arguments could apply to other disturbing images -- for instance, images used by some animal rights protesters, by anti-war activists, anti-drone strike activists, and so on. The arguments aren't even limited to images; see Bering v. SHARE (Wash. 1986), which used the same rationale to hold that an injunction could ban "picketers' oral use of the words 'murder,' 'kill,' and their derivatives."
And beyond that, it seems to me that the upholding of new content-based restrictions, especially on political speech, helps undermine the strength of First Amendment protections more generally. I think the Ninth Circuit was quite right in taking the opposite view in Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc. v. Los Angeles County Sheriff Dep't (9th Cir. 2008), and rejecting a "'minors' exception to the prohibition on banning speech because of listeners' reaction to its content." "It's for the children" has long been a slogan for all sorts of restrictions on individual rights, some justifiable but some not. I'd rather that the strong rule against content-based speech restrictions on political speech not fall victim to this slogan as well.
Why not? Because it would be easier to prevent publication of things like this, for example -- a Tibetan monk immolating himself to protest persecution. Gruesome indeed, but does it serve a purpose in informing people? Volokh says it does.
There's another area where this question might ring a bell for Minnesotans, however: The Westboro Baptist Church picketing the funerals of soldiers.
After church members picketed the February 2006 funeral of Andrew Kemple in Anoka (he was killed in Iraq), the Minnesota Legislature followed other states in passing legislation making it a crime to "disrupt" a funeral.
It mirrored a law passed in Missouri, which a federal court blocked. Supporters appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court then to decide the issue. It did so in 2011. Ruling against the Maryland father of a soldier killed, the court said the protesters had the right to protest. It wasn't close; eight of the nine justices agreed.(4 Comments)
When it comes to pudge, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, you're no Boulder, Colorado.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is out today, showing the Twin Cities weighing in at #38.
The survey is based on interviews with 350,000 in 2011, with those surveyed reporting their height and weight, which is averaged out to a body mass index, or BMI.
Anything above a 30 is considered obese. (ed note: Previous version of post indicated percentages listed was BMI; it is not.)
MSP registered with 22.4% of its people obese. Duluth checked in at 22.9. Those are the only two Minnesota cities on the list. In the state as a whole, 24.7% are obese.
Madison, Wisconsin had both beat, however, with 22.1%. That puts it at 33rd on the list, although we suspect the numbers were skewed by thin Minnesotans who attend the University of Wisconsin. Over all, 27% of Wisconsin people are obese.
And if you'd like to calculate your own BMI, here's a calculator.
And here's the state-by-state map.
A "watered-down" gun bill finds favor at the Capitol, Gabby Giffords returns to the scene of the crime, the east tries our snowstorm on for size, and an old-fashioned filibuster in the Senate breaks out because the U.S. won't rule out using a drone to kill Americans on U.S. soil.
Here's today's news discussion with Mary Lucia on The Current.(0 Comments)