Linky Friday: Fifty Stories For Fifty States

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Glyph
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    “Alaska: Researchers plan to give away pregnancy tests in Alaska bars.”

    One can only hope that this plan goes better than that time researchers gave away pregnancy tests to Alaskan bears.Report

  2. Avatar Glyph
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    Also, I’m no chemist but that “LSD steak” story sounded fishy to me the first time I heard it. As I understand it, heat destroys LSD, and the steak was cooked in an oven. So it was either something else, or maybe there was so much LSD that it wasn’t totally destroyed?Report

  3. Avatar Gerry
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    Massachusetts?Report

  4. Avatar Brent
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    PA link doesn’t match the description.Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    People have been talking about moving up and reviving Buffalo for years. The area is a lot more economically depressed than Philadelphia ever was. Philly always had natural tourism (for reasons obvious to today) and the Barnes Foundation. Pharma and Insurance industries are located in and around Philadelphia, and many major colleges and universities. There are universities in Buffalo including a major SUNY campus but it is a very harsh winter up there and a very hard sell.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Saul Degraw
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      Nobody REALLY wants to shuffle off to Buffalo, then?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Glyph
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        4 weeks out of the year, it’s the nicest place in the world to live. Not contiguous weeks, of course.

        There was also a decent run for their football team for a while.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Glyph
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        This is America. Losing in the finals is worse than finishing last.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Glyph
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        Who knew that musical theatre was in your realm of knowledge?

        More seriously, there seems to be a story about artists and other types from NYC moving to Buffalo every few years and then discovering that there is great and cheap property but no jobs? Certain parts of NY State have revitalized because of the increasing costs of NYC but those areas tend to be much closer to the city as to allow a commute a few times a week like Hudson, NY.

        Maybe this says something about my personality and luck of where I was born but I don’t understand moving to an area unless you have school or a job lined up unless it is a real boom town where jobs are a dime a dozen. I was visiting my mom and she had International House Hunters on and the episode featured a young couple from New Jersey that wanted to move to Puerto Rico for the Island life. At one point, they mentioned that the husband was a construction worker and they thought it would be easy for him to get work in Puerto Rico. My only thought on hearing this was that they were both on the naive to dumb side because they don’t know that Puerto Rico’s economy is in shambles and the island is poor. Very, very poor.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Glyph
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        Buffalo may seem cheap at first, but soon you realize how hard it is to live with the bills.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Glyph
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        There is no shame in consistently being the best team in the AFC.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Glyph
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        Who knew that musical theatre was in your realm of knowledge?

        Hey, you take that back.

        My knowledge of that song comes from far more reputable sources, like Abbott & Costello and Looney Toons and Afghan Whigs.

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      • Avatar Jonathan McLeod in reply to Glyph
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        I, too, was introduced to the phrase by Mr. Greg Dulli.Report

    • Avatar dhex in reply to Saul Degraw
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      when your plan includes “high speed rail from nyc” you should probably just give up then and delete the article from laptop. it’s one of those “super cheap urban living” fantasies, along with “find a cool neighborhood with no downsides that’s 20% under what i want to spend” and “make every property ever built from now until forever rent controlled” and “eat enough florida steak to imagine a world in which either of the previous two plans is remotely feasible”.Report

  6. Avatar Jonathan McLeod
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    Will, I haven’t gone through all (actually, any) of these yet, but kudos in putting together this appropriately-themed (and lengthy) Linky Friday.Report

  7. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Nebraska: The link goes to a “page unavailable” apology.

    Texas: The house was located south of Fort Worth, not near San Antonio. The owners’ insurance policy doesn’t cover earth movement, so they’re probably out the $700K cost of construction. Hope the geologists who reportedly gave the site a clean bill of health back in 2012, prior to construction, have good liability insurance. The cleanup tab the owners will have to cover will be about $100K.Report

  8. Avatar Will Truman
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    Massachusetts added, Texas corrected, and Pennsylvania and Nebraska links updated.Report

  9. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    Since you forgot DC, an NPR tradition, visitors at the National Mall reading the Declaration of Independence.

    http://www.npr.org/2014/07/04/328204572/reading-the-declaration-of-independence-a-tradition-continuesReport

  10. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Vermont: So, what are they going to do for electricity? The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant (75% of in-state generation) is due to close at the end of this year. Do they expect Hydro-Québec to pick up the slack? Is there enough spare capacity in neighboring states? Do they have the transmission facilities to import that much more power?Report

    • Avatar greginak in reply to Michael Cain
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      Vermont: I read through the comments on that piece and where they will get power from wasn’t discussed. There was a lot of concern about Big Companies/out of state developers and how much the noise and turbines would have messed up a natural area. Those may be decent points but just being more efficient isn’t really an answer. They also seem up in arms about consumers having to pump out money to the developers. So that may have some decent points but no answers.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Michael Cain
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      The nuke people in Vermont cited the low cost of natural gas as the reason for the closure, so I’d assume natural gas. And maybe out of state generation?Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Will Truman
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        Interesting. Vermont Gas, apparently the only supplier in the state, and Canadian owned, says on its FAQ page that all of its gas is sourced from Canada, most of that from Alberta ultimately. It only serves a part of the state, all of thatt (relatively) far from the Vermont Yankee site. In-state NG generation on that scale would seem to require some combination of pipelines and new plant construction. There would be some potential benefits to reusing the non-nuclear parts of Vermont Yankee (similar to the Fort St. Vrain power plant in Colorado, where the steam turbine and generator has been reused with NG as the heat source in place of the retired reactor).

        I don’t know much about the New England ISO, but this summary page has an overdependence on NG as the #1 risk to reliability in the region. IIRC, this past winter the ISO had to dispatch significant amounts of oil-fired generation because of constraints on the delivery of NG. IIRC, in Nine Nations of North America way back in the 1980s Garreau suggested that New England would rather freeze in the dark than compromise their ideals. Fortunately, not my problem.Report

  11. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    A surgeon in Ohio makes $2,800,000 a year.

    But he has to pay the full tax rate on that, because he’s not something socially useful like a hedge fund manager.Report

  12. Avatar Gingerbug
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    Re: Pennsylvania. Regularly drug testing middle school children is so effing crazy. And the comments on that story in favour of it? Nice way to off shore your parental responsibility. Ugh is all I can say. (that and that I’m glad I’m Canadian) .Report

  13. Avatar Kolohe
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    Maryland, (not) my Maryland?Report

  14. Avatar Plinko
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    Related to WI – The Naturist Society mentioned in that article is headquartered in my hometown, I once turned down a temporary gig editing their newsletter.
    I found it exceedingly odd to have them in our town, I figured one would prefer a home where the climate is a bit friendlier to the lifestyle 8 months of the year.Report

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