The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco / open to pedestrian traffic only, during its opening in May 1937 (top) and on its 50th anniversary in May 1987 (bottom).
In 1987, the weight of the 300,000 people that crossed the bridge caused it to sag by 5 feet.
My dad and I were watching it live on TV and he had to assure me that the bridge wouldn’t break or collapse.
This is a 30 foot tall eyeball. Smack dab in the middle of downtown Dallas. It’s by artist Tony Tasset, originally created for a temporary exhibition in Chicago — now part of an exhibition co-sponsored by the Nasher Sculpture Center and the swanky five-star Joule Hotel. (ahem, we are not staying there) An example of the private arts investment reshaping Dallas. You run into all kinds of this cool stuff all over town.
All Things Considered Host Melissa Block and Senior Producer Matt Martinez are broadcasting from member station KERA in Dallas, TX. Follow along as they report on big changes in this super-sized state.
Chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry's latest cookbook 'Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean and Southern Flavors Remixed' is scheduled for release on April 8, 2014. In this groundbreaking cookbook Terry draws from African, Caribbean, and Southern food to create over 100 enticing vegan dishes. You can pre-order 'Afro-Vegan' via Amazon, iBooks, Google Books, IndieBound and Barnes & Noble.
The national book launch party will take place in Oakland, CA at SoleSpace on April 9, 2014, but you can also check Terry as he tours throughout the US (and a few venues in the Caribbean) in support of the new book.
"Rising star chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry is known for his simple, creative, and delicious vegan dishes inspired by African American cooking. In this landmark cookbook, he remixes foods of the African diaspora to create exciting and approachable recipes such as Jamaican Patties Stuffed with Maque Choux, Berebere-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders, Crispy Teff-Grit Cakes with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Peanuts, and Groundnut Stew with Winter Vegetables and Cornmeal Dumplings. He also explores key African ingredients that are popular in Caribbean and Southern dishes—like okra—tracing their history and giving them cultural context. Afro-Vegan will delight Bryant Terry fans; vegetarians and vegans looking for exciting new recipes; cooks interested in African, Afro-Caribbean, and Southern cuisine; and health- and eco-conscious eaters."
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ARUN RATH: You are huge now; there’s no getting around the fact that you’ve made it big. It’s kind of amazing that this is actually your first studio album.
Sonny Moore (a.k.a. Skrillex): Yeah. What does studio album mean?
You tell me.
I don’t know! I didn’t really do my record in one studio, you know what I mean? When you say “studio album,” it feels like I went away to a studio in the mountains for a month. But it was made in so many different places — like, the Chance the Rapper record was done in Seattle after one of his shows, just randomly.
You can release music in so many different ways, and even though the mainstream media and certain people might not pick up on it because it’s not through the normal avenues, it’s still effective. I’ve put out four EPs in the last three and a half years, and probably just as many or more singles and remixes throughout those years. So I’ve put out the equivalent of many studio records, just in a different way.
I feel like people don’t take you as seriously unless you’ve done a “studio record” — which is OK, but I think it’s also important to not limit yourself to that, and show that you can release music and be successful in other ways. Especially in the world of electronic music, kids are so fast and prolific. They’re making stuff, and then the night they made it they’re playing it out live, it gets shot on a cellphone, it’s already on SoundCloud. So how do you accentuate that movement? That’s how I’ve always kind of seen things. Recess happened naturally. In the beginning, I wasn’t even sure if I was gonna release an LP or what it was gonna be, but those were the songs that I wanted to put out at the time.
The only thing that’s weird to me is when people say that — all of a sudden, it’s this thing. You definitely get a lot more attention when you put more songs together. But my core fans have never complained; whenBangarang came out, it wasn’t like, “Where’s the album?” Because they know that I’m putting out remixes and stuff in between. I don’t think there’s any right way to do it. Maybe I’ll make a four-disc epic record one day, and maybe the next day I’ll make a single or something.
The Golden Gate.
Parker Millsap – “Old Time Religion” (live)
Pairs Well With…The Devil Makes Three, Trampled By Turtles, Alabama Shakes
Parker Millsap’s roots-laden solo debut just found release this month and it’s the strongest the Oklahoman singer-songwriter has sounded. The record is covered in gospel and blues, even beyond the direct opener “Old Time Religion”. Relationships with God seem to be top-of-mind, though don’t expect anything resembling contemporary worship music (ed. note: thank God.) on Millsap’s self-titled album. This is a blues record, but not in a rollicking nature, rather these songs are pared back to let Millsap’s gritty, soulful voice to interweave personal stories with brushed nostalgia.
Four years after Deepwater Horizon disaster, US agrees to let BP oil rigs back into the Gulf
March 14, 2014
Get ready, Gulf: BP is back.
The U.S. government on Thursday announced that it will lift the ban that prevented BP from seeking new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico, ending a lawsuit filed by the British oil company that said it was being unfairly punished for its disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The announcement comes nearly four years after the Deepwater explosion, which killed 11 crewmen and resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
“This is a fair agreement that requires BP to improve its practices in order to meet the terms we’ve outlined together,” Craig Hooks, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Administration and Resources Management, said in a statement. “Many months of discussions and assessments have led up to this point, and I’m confident we’ve secured strong provisions to protect the integrity of federal procurement programs.”
Following the Deepwater spill, BP wasn’t always banned from seeking federal oil leases in the Gulf. For more than two and a half years after the disaster, the U.S. government continued to purchase fuel under contracts with BP. The last lease sale BP participated in was in June 2012, when they acquired deepwater leases. The U.S. government only announced that it would ban BP and its 21 related entities from seeking government contracts in November of 2012 and January of 2013.
BP filed its lawsuit against the U.S. government in August 2013, claiming the ban was unfair and didn’t take into account the company’s “strong safety record,” the lawsuit reads. The lawsuit sought to make the ban “null, void, and unenforceable,” and asked the court to prevent the EPA from enforcing it.
The agreement announced by EPA to let BP back into the Gulf will end that lawsuit, and will also establish a so-called “administrative agreement” designed to keep BP in check. Under the agreement, BP will be required to retain an EPA-approved independent auditor to conduct annual reviews and report on BP’s compliance. The agreement, EPA said, will include requirements on ethics, corporate governance, and safety procedures. There will be “zero tolerance” for retaliation against employees or contractors who raise safety concerns, the EPA said.
Just because BP wasn’t allowed to bid for new oil leases in the Gulf for the last few years, however, doesn’t mean that the company wasn’t drilling in the Gulf. BP had existing leases it was allowed to operate — more oil leases in the Gulf than any other driller, in fact. It also holds leases in the Gulf from non-U.S. contractors. In November, for example, the companyadded two new drilling rigs to its offshore Gulf of Mexico operations, under a long-term contract to BP from Seadrill Ltd, an international offshore drilling contractor.
That November announcement brought the company’s total number of Gulf rigs to nine. Now, with the ban on federal drilling leases lifted, the sky’s the limit.
It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they’d earn more. Any attempt to force employers to pay them more will only kill jobs.
According to this…