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March 23, 2017

Trump Calls Obama To Talk About Chancellor Merkel from Conan O'Brien

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March 22, 2017

Add many architects to the various groups...who are distressed by Trumps 2018 budget proposal

Add many architects to the various groups—like environmentalists, the poor, the elderly, and people with disabilities—who are distressed by Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal. The president, in a preliminary proposal released Thursday, envisions steep cuts to, or outright elimination of, many programs that architects say benefit their profession. With Trump looking to dramatically scale back domestic discretionary spending across the board, the programs at risk cover a wide array of issues, including housing, transportation, arts, and urbanism.

Here are some of the main programs—as identified by architecture lobbyists and housing advocates—at risk:

(List is below, but the entire article by Ben Adler at the Architectural Review is at

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
Affordable housing programs within HUD
Smart growth-friendly programs in HUD and the Department of Transportation (DOT)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Energy Star

If Congress does pass a budget, rather than following the recent practice of continuing current funding levels in the face of legislative gridlock, few of these proposed cuts would be fully enacted. Even many Republicans would object to some of them. Stephen Glaude, CEO of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development and a former HUD undersecretary in the first Bush administration, for example, told CNBC that he finds the prospect of ending CDBG “alarming.”

But the real cause for alarm is not the unlikely chance that popular programs like CDBG will actually be zeroed out; rather, it’s the president’s vision to do so.
March 21, 2017

World's Longest Skyscraper

One World Trade Center is the tallest building in New York City and the United States at 1,776-feet-tall. 217 W. 57th Street will become the tallest skyscraper in New York when it is completed in 2019 at 1,550 feet. One Vanderbilt won’t be much shorter when it reaches its planned height of 1,401 feet in 2020. It’s no secret with all of these planned and under construction skyscrapers in the Big Apple, New York has become infatuated with the intoxicating allure of the supertall.

An architecture firm based in New York and Athens, however, has created a conceptual skyscraper that would surpass all of these towers at 4,000 feet. But there is a catch: the building wouldn’t be 4,000 feet tall, it would be 4,000 feet long.

building Design and Construction article here:
And the view from the top
March 21, 2017

Thomas Jefferson on periods like the Trump administration

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1798, after one of his defeats,

"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt... If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."
March 16, 2017

Royal Robbins died at age 82

He was one of the pioneers of modern rock climbing. His 1971 book, Basic Rockcraft launched modern rock climbing techniques.

His books make me into a climber.

For those not into climbing prior, to his work, anchors called pitons were hammered into cracks. He (along with Yvon Chouinard) advocated a clean climbing ethic with the development of new techniques and removable anchors.

March 15, 2017

I dove into the DU archives to see what DU posted on June 18, 1972*. Heres what I found:

* June 18, 1972, if you may remember was the day that the Washington Post reported on a break in at the DNC office in the Watergate Hotel in DC.

(Note: I’ve redacted the user names to protect the innocent)

Here’s some threads I found from 6/18/1972

Could Woodward and Bernstein actually be republicans?

I think Woodward and Bernstein took the bait tonight..

Woodward and Bernstein Lands a Scoop, Then Makes Readers Wait

The Big Letdownski

My heroes got played tonight.

So, basically, they have nothing

Shame Woodward and Bernstein Shame!

Y’all have been watching too much damn teevee. No one gets a single clue that brings everything down and everything doesn’t get wrapped up neatly at the end of the hour like in a police drama on some crappy network. All the Presidents Men didn’t take 2 hours to solve; it was months and months of investigations.

Report of the break in: 6/18/1972

Nixon Resigns: 8/9/1974

PS Woodward and Bernstein continued to uncover stuff into 1976.


Grow up, DU.

March 8, 2017

Trump Talks To Obama About His Wiretap Claim -Conan O'Brien

There's tons more of these Conan's YouTube page, this has been a recurring feature for a while.

March 7, 2017

Amid Islamophobia and travel bans, one mosque offers a lesson in caring

And yes, some were from the very countries whose residents the Trump administration — once again — wants to ban from entering the United States. Because who knows what they are doing in those mosques?

Let’s take a look.

Because all the activity at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society’s branch in Chantilly? It’s a free medical clinic.

The ADAMS Compassionate Healthcare Network has been open for nearly three years and has treated hundreds of patients, including refugees, day laborers and military veterans.

Local Mosque operates a free medical clinic open to all.

Great article by Petula Dvorak in today's Washington Post

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