Normalizing fascists

"When Hitler’s party won influence in Parliament, and even after he was made chancellor of Germany in 1933 – about a year and a half before seizing dictatorial power – many American press outlets judged that he would either be outplayed by more traditional politicians or that he would have to become more moderate. Sure, he had a following, but his followers were “impressionable voters” duped by “radical doctrines and quack remedies,” claimed the Washington Post. Now that Hitler actually had to operate within a government the “sober” politicians would “submerge” this movement, according to The New York Times and Christian Science Monitor. A “keen sense of dramatic instinct” was not enough. When it came to time to govern, his lack of “gravity” and “profundity of thought” would be exposed."

Checks are the economic dinosaurs Americans won’t give up

"Online payment systems like Venmo and Paypal are benchmarks of the digital era of banking that we're living in. There's also Zelle, a new peer-to-peer payment app launched by big banks like J.P. Morgan and Bank of America. So you might expect paper checks to be disappearing, but Americans just won't let their checkbooks go. In the U.S., people wrote about 38 checks on average in 2015, compared to 18 in Canada, 8 in the U.K., and almost none in Germany. Katie Robertson wrote a piece about Americans’ attachment to checks for Bloomberg. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal spoke to her about why Americans are refusing to get with the economic times. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation. "

Map: Long Pond Turtle Pond Loop

Map: Long Pond Turtle Pond Loop

This 4 hr trip includes an optional hike up Long Pond Mtn. (additonal 2.5 hrs and 900 ft uphill). It is almost entirely in the Wilderness Area, where day trip use is limited to groups of 15 or less. It can be started at either end or may be done as an "out and back trip" from either end. Our Floodwood Outpost is the logical start point and our shuttle helps facilitate the one way trip.

Google Maps: Median Age Of County Population

The median age of the population varies from county to county. Typically, rural counties have the oldest median-aged population, especially in Appalachia, Upper Mid-West and the Rocky Mountains. Blue and green counties are the youngest, while yellow is median, while orange and red counties are the oldest median aged population.

Data Source: AGE AND SEX, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

You’re Fired! – 98 Acres in Albany

"Of the more than 90 prime contractors and hundreds of subcontractors at the South Mall site, only one was ever fired by the State of New York: The Foster-Lipkins Corporation, builder of the Corning Tower and the Swan Street Motor Vehicle Building. The contractor’s performance on the 44-story tower was, at times, dangerous and embarrassing. And it was ultimately costly to the State. Yet firing Foster-Lipkins was not an easy choice for the South Mall construction coordinators."

Map: High Tor Wildlife Management Area

Map: High Tor Wildlife Management Area

The High Tor Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of approximately 6,800 acres. It has numerous ecological habitats with many steep wooded hills, gullies, eroded cliffs, and wetlands. The largest part of High Tor WMA is approximately 3,700 acres just east of the Village of Naples and is primarily scenic, steep wooded terrain. It is intersected by administrative truck trails usable as foot access to the more remote sections of the area. Immediately north of this area are about 2,200 acres of lowland marsh, forested wetland, and grassland which lies between State Routes 21 and 245, bordering Canandaigua Lake and extending up West River valley. This area is drained by the famous Naples Creek. East of the southern end of Canandaigua Lake is a third part of the area known as South Hill. This portion is composed primarily of 900 acres of overgrown fields with steep wooded hillsides.