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Anyone happen upon one of the new parking meters downtown over the weekend; what did you think?

With more people flocking downtown, [Kansas] City is upping the ante by injecting smart technologies into the downtown parking experience. The goal is to make parking downtown more user-friendly, so the City is installing single and multi-space parking meters.

For this 90-day demonstration, four different smart-parking technology vendors are installing meters in the River Market, Crossroads Arts District and Central Business District. Paid parking will be new for the River Market, with the demo meters on 5th Street, 3rd Street, Main Street and Grand Boulevard.

Enforcement of the new meters will be weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and time regulations at meter locations will not change. The parking rate is set at $1 an hour in an attempt to encourage parking space turnover…

…The meters start operating on Friday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m. The meters have all been installed except at the Crossroads, where they should be in place within 30 days.

You can leave feedback “about your experience” with the new meters either here or here.

For our part, you won’t catch us anywhere near the areas the new meters are going in: A buck an hour is simply a money grab. We spent a part of our summer in Breck and they, too, have installed new meters, which you can use a phone app, or just give the damn things coins or (magnetic) money. Breck charges for the first hour, on the busiest street in town, just 50 cents 1.

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  1. Their page is misleading, suggesting that an additional hour will cost $1.50, and more after that; the truth is you can buy 15 minute increments for as long as you need at a cheaper rate.

Sustainable Urban America

The U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Goals Index 2017 is out. 1

What’s that, you ask? Well, let’s cut to the document’s abstract:

America is the world’s richest large economy, with the world’s leading technologies and institutions of higher learning. Yet, the United States of America (U.S.) is falling behind other countries on a range of indicators relating to quality-of-life, economic opportunity, and environmental management. Nowhere is this problem more apparent than in American cities, which are home to 62.7 percent of the domestic population. The Sustainable Development Goals, universally adopted by the world’s governments in 2015, aim to set a framework for action on sustainable development. The U.S. Cities SDG Index aims to help urban leaders address the many sustainable development challenges affecting their cities.

Below is a sample of their findings:

Final Results

Kansas City gets called out a few times – good news, (mostly) ‘meh’ to bad news:

  • Goal 13, which is measured by carbon emissions per capita, is one of the worst scoring goals for all city regions in the Index. Particularly poor performers are concentrated in the Midwestern Region of the U.S., in cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Memphis.
  • Goal 7, Kansas City ranks 6th in the Affordable Clean Energy index
  • Goal 8, Kansas City also ranks 6th in the Decent Work & Economic Growth index

The complete findings for Kansas City by index: 2

But, hey! Looks like city hall will continue to ram a street car down our throats, our wishes be damned. 3

That should count for something…

Sustainable Urban America

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  1. You can download it here.
  2. No, we don’t know why Goal 8 isn’t green.
  3. A city-wide light-rail system would make sense, but nooooooo, we have to have a streetcar.

Lees and Orts

KC floodingOver the years we’ve resided on 3 continents, 8 countries, 7 states (within the US), as well as over a dozen cities. We were once partners in a business in Kansas City.

Not once were any of those homes/offices located in a low lying area, much less a well known flood plain.

But, hey! That’s just us…

Lees and Orts

It still remains our considered opinion that The Sopranos (The Best TV Show of All Time 1), was a documentary.

Warren (Dog Rest Him) of course objected, claiming we suffered from an idée fixe. We so wish he was around to see la costra nostra’s takeover of the White House:

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Thursday that he doesn’t know if his relationship with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus can be repaired, and he urged Priebus to publicly prove that he has not leaked damaging information to the media.

“If you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds, we have had differences. When I said we were brothers, from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel, other brothers can fight with each other and then get along. I don’t know if this is repairable or not — that will be up to the president,” Scaramucci said in a phone interview with CNN early Thursday morning, referencing the biblical brothers without mentioning that Cain murdered Abel.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said in a statement late Wednesday night: “We have seen an astonishing increase in the number of leaks of classified national security information in recent months. We agree with Anthony that these staggering number of leaks are undermining the ability of our government to function and to protect this country.” Flores added that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom the president has repeatedly attacked this week, “will aggressively pursue leak cases wherever they may lead.”

Mooch had earlier tweeted “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45” and then later deleted it. 2

The tweet popped up within minutes of Politico’s revelation that Mooch is still making millions off his old businesses.

If we were Priebus, we’d take a pass on any boat ride OMP/Mooch might invite him along on.

Lees and Orts

Goodbye and good riddance:

President Donald Trump has formally nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to serve as the State Department’s ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

Brownback has served as Kansas governor since 2011. His name has been in the mix for the post for weeks, before the White House announced his pick.

If confirmed, Brownback will serve effectively as the head of the Office of International Religious Freedom within the State Department. That office is charged with promoting religious freedom as a key objective of U.S. foreign policy, according to the State Department’s website. The office’s mission is to monitor “religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommend and implement policies in respective regions or countries, and develop programs to promote religious freedom.”

Browback seems an odd choice to promote religious freedom, seeing as how he’s more of a religious bigot. But, you know, fuck it – Brownbackistanis need a break.

Sadly, they’re unlikely to get one as Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who shares many of lil’ Sammy’s stupid and e-vil beliefs, will step into Brownback’s soiled loafers.

And so it goes…

Lees and Orts

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  1. For it’s time…
  2. What a fucking ultra maroon! Those forms are public. Have you ever seen a WH administration so full of incompetent jackasses? We mean…beside the Reagan WH.

Speaking of Billboards

Not a globe...Sheesh – talk about your week for billboards…

The Flat Earth Society meets this evening at 6 PM, sponsored by Test The Globe KC. The meeting is being held at Barley’s Kitchen + Tap, at 11924 W 119th St. in OP.

Wondering whether the billboard was just a real life troll, I reached out to Jared Davis, the putative head of Test The Globe KC. Below is the transcript of our brief conversation:

Jared

So…I’m curious about your upcoming event and wanted more details; …was still curious about which scientists would be speaking about the “flat earth” speculation, and what evidence they might be presenting.

Also, I see you have not attended college, and so wondered what scientific evidence convinced you the earth is flat? In fact, where and when did you first hear about the idea?

Thanks in advance for your time.

Nick

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Hello Nick!

Long story short there is no detectable rotation of the earth, Coriolis effect is a hoax. There is also no detectable curvature on the supposed ball we live on. We are told we can circumnavigate our globe in 24,901M. If that’s the case spherical trigonometry would provide us a formula of 8in of curvature PER mile SQUARED. Also we are told that the horizon line on flat water from eye level is 3miles. But with the help of ocular devices or optics we are able to see ships, shorlines at 10 to even up to 30 miles orso, So start there. Why does the north star never move if we are whobbling whirling and shooting through our solar system at over 66K mph and our solar system moves through the galaxy at over 550K mph but the pyramids are still aligned with orions belt after thousands of years.. Some things to think about. IF you would truly like to learn more I can recommend some good material.

Thank you for your questions Nick.

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Jared,

All interesting stuff, however…what about millions of hours of video shot from varying spacecraft showing the earth as a globe?

Nick

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Nick

Im my oppinion its all bogus. We as flat earthers have sent up weather balloons. Over 110K feet up and ZERO curve at all. Horizon rises to eye level. Its all deception.

Ever think of how hard it would be to land an airplane against the rotation of the earth at 1000mph?

Did you know moonlight is cold? I can show you a simple experiments that proves moonlight is cool. Proving its not reflecting the sun

You mentioned science then resort to spacecraft showing earth being round. Im on the ground. And so are you. And with that being said there are plenty of scientific repeatable experiments we can do to prove we are not on a spinning ball.

Jared

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Jared

So…taking you for your word, then…why does all of earth’s sciences (and scientists) claim the world is a globe. As an add-on, what –in your opinion–is causing “global” climate change? Or is there even such a thing?

Nick

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Nick

Well for one they are all government scientists. Most of them masters at remembering “information” just to sound smart regurgitating it. As far as climate change ive honestly not looked too much into it. Gravity is a theory and cannot be proven. Density and buoyancy take gravitys place. The big bang is a theory which needs the theory of gravity for it to work. Theories on theories. What i DO know is there is no detectable curvature on our 24,901M sphere NOR is there any detectable movement. As we are told we are spinning on our axis at over 1,000mph

Jared

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There you have it, one surmise seeking to supplant another: until you actually open the box the cat is both dead AND alive. 1 2

Flat earthers are not as rare as one might suspect, and many of them are beginning to feel persecuted. Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek) did a voice-over for a flat earth film.

So…if you’re looking for a place to escape the heat, not to mention that tiring non-gravity, there are worse places to sip a beer and hold a conversation tonight than Barley’s Kitchen + Tap. 3

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  1. Though it’s safe enough to say that, in this particular case, the flat-earth cat is dead, unopened box or no. ’cause…science!
  2. OUR surmise is most flat earthers are home schooled…not that there’s anything wrong with that. In general, we mean.
  3. If anyone goes, shoot some vid to share with the group, please.

KIPP KC Charter School

Didn’t KCPS okay a KIPP KC Charter School?

The reason we ask comes from the Houston Chronicle:

“Mary Courtney was one of KIPP Houston’s biggest advocates, even as she had to borrow money from relatives to keep up with payments to the charter school.

“She drove to Austin during School Choice Week, talking to lawmakers about why they should better fund charter schools. She volunteered on campus. She paid thousands in fees so her boys and other students could have access to books and science materials.

“But that was before she realized the fees she was paying were optional, something never mentioned by teachers or principals or on the fee agreement forms that the schools – KIPP Liberation College Prep and KIPP PEACE Elementary – tied to student registration. Now, Courtney and several other KIPP Houston parents are furious because they believe they were duped by the charter nonprofit system into paying for what they believe should be a free public education.

On a whim we downloaded the student handbook in question, and if you look at page 23 you’ll see that parents can be charged fees for picking up a confiscated cellphone, picking up children late after school, not to mention the infamous (though undefined) “etc.” category.

What a fuckin’ racket.

“At no time if I thought the fees were optional would I have paid for them, especially when I’m struggling to put food on the table or clothes on my children’s backs,” Courtney said. “It’s a lot to ask of a single parent, and it’s wrong for them to allocate fees from parents, especially knowing the demographic area where a majority of their school campuses are.”

It would ne nice to know if what appears to be a bait-and-switch tactic is being promulgated throughout the KIPP empire, more specifically right here in River City.

Hmm. Anyone know a local newspaper that still does investigative journalism?

KIPP KC Charter School

Dead in the Water

KC Confidential: Dead in the WaterFor the Kansas City folks who follow such things, KC Confidential, Hearne Christopher’s vanity project, is down again.

Near as we can tell the blog went offline sometime this past Thursday. This is the second time in less than 6 months the blog has been shuttered. After the last instance, which lasted roughly a week, Christopher claimed “bad actors/commenters” had hacked his site. 1

As the site’s registration expiration date doesn’t fall until right before Thanksgiving this year, we can only assume Christopher attempted another ‘fix.’

We’d email an enquiry Chrostopher’s way, but we don’t want to set off Christopher’s lavish paranoia…

Dead in the Water

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  1. Though a cursory study of the site’s headers revealed at the time almost everything about his WordPress instance to be so far out of date an 11-year-old script kiddie could have brought KC Confidential down by accident.

Idle Thoughts

If you live in Kansas City, go vote. I don’t particularly care whether you favor Sly and the Council Stoned’s GO Bonds proposal (though, frankly, if you vote for those you’re less numerate than the very worst Powerball addict), but go and vote. I would recommend you vote for the itsy bitsy step toward decriminalizing dope, at least within city limits. But vote.

Get into the habit of voting. Remind yourself it’s your actual civic duty. Keep voting every time an election comes up.

You never know when your vote might save or damn your country.

The list of polls are here; the official sample ballot here.

AFTERNOON UPDATE: There were a exactly eight people in my polling place a few minutes go. Only one of us was there to vote.

Idle Thoughts

Jeff Sessions made plain today that the ReThugs are intent on undoing every single damned thing “that black mothefucker” put into place; that OMP‘s neo-Confederate Kleptocracy is going to forcefully move blacks back into their place and there’ll be no damned sass about it:

  • If you’re beaten, maimed and even killed by the police, well then, boy, it’s because you deserve it.
  • If you are not educated, or only minimally so (in order to keep you off the streets), it’s because you don’t deserve it.
  • If you can not find work that pays a living wage, tough shit, boy; you’re lucky we let you work at all (in order to keep you off the streets).
  • If we flood your neighborhoods with drugs in order to both pacify and incarcerate you, boy, it’s only what you deserve.

No, Sessions did not come out and actually say those things. But you could see it in his beady little eyes and the nearly unrestrained glee with which he made his announcement.

You can see it in OMP‘s cozying up to a military dictator.

You can see it in Ben Carson’s awkward self loathing, Betsy DeVos’ mannered prescriptions for school “choice”, and the arrogantly dismissive attitudes of Scott Pruitt & Mike Pompeo

To paraphrase Huey Walker, “The OMP years are going to make the Nixon years look like the Eisenhower years.”

Put another way, it appears slavery, rapine, pillaging and looting is back on the menu. 1

Idle Thoughts

Speaking of rapine…

Out of the blue, and with no warning, the Well Hell Michelle gal infected me this morning. And like most of the delicately awkward  situations in which I’ve found myself, it was Warren’s fault. 2

A long time reader emailed me overnight to say that she had run across a comment Warren had posted on Well Hell Michelle‘s site and would I be interested in the link? Sure, I said, though isn’t that blog defunct? Whereupon the lady informed me she had accidentally run across the archives and yadda yadda yadda…

Foolhardy chap that I am I followed the link, whereupon (almost before the page had rendered) F-Secure popped up letting me know I had been dosed (didn’t Well Hell Michelle have some connection to the pr0n industry?)  Rude, just freaking rude. If you’re going to retire, retire.

Don’t leave honey pots around to tempt the wicked weak…

Idle Thoughts

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  1. And this from people who seriously thought Spock had Antonin Scalia killed, Obama was coming for everyone’s guns and HRC was running a pedo ring out of a WDC pizza joint. Actually, when you stop to consider it, the deplorables is far too mild an appellation.
  2. No, Warren’s still dead, damnit. We’ll not see his like again…