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We surrender. From the Gothamist:

Several tipsters have sent us photos of the flags, which upon closer inspection appear to be whitewashed or weathered American flags. So maybe it’s America that’s “over,” not Brooklyn?
One passerby, Rick Bruner, says, “I ride my bike over most every morning and the normal flags are not faded, so this is definitely something different. I didn’t know if it was for a protest or a movie?”

We surrender. From the Gothamist:

Several tipsters have sent us photos of the flags, which upon closer inspection appear to be whitewashed or weathered American flags. So maybe it’s America that’s “over,” not Brooklyn?

One passerby, Rick Bruner, says, “I ride my bike over most every morning and the normal flags are not faded, so this is definitely something different. I didn’t know if it was for a protest or a movie?”

The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.

—Ivan Illich

Good lord, we’re France!

Good lord, we’re France!

(Source: csmonitor)

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

—Henry David Thoreau

(Source: moralanarchism, via bootyregrit)

Bureaucratic Insanity: Therapy Ducks Not Allowed

From The Marion Star:

Darin Welker is facing a citation and a hearing in Coshocton Municipal Court for owning 14 ducks, as they are in violation of a village ordinance.

Welker, who lives on Grandview Street in West Lafayette, was cited June 23 with a minor misdemeanor. He said he uses the ducks for therapy after being wounded in 2005 in Iraq and should be allowed to keep them…

“I came back (from Iraq) with a major back injury, and between the back injury and the (post-traumatic stress disorder) that I also brought home, there were numerous problems,” Welker said…

“Taking care of them is both mental and physical therapy,” he said. “(Watching them) keeps you entertained for hours at a time.”

Welker hasn’t worked outside his military service since 2000, he said.

The law in West Lafayette about farm animals kept within the village was adopted in 2010.

The relevant section states no “chickens, turkeys, ducks, live poultry or fowl of any kind, horses, ponies, cows, calves, goats, sheep, or live animals of any kind except dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds or mice shall be kept in the Village. No person shall keep or harbor rabbits which cause inconvenience or annoyance to persons of ordinary sensibilities by smell, unsightly housing, or trespass, or which cause damage to the property of others.”

Read on.

The Economist: Wouldn’t a Global ID System Be Great?

From their article, Estonia Takes the Plunge, they write:

…That has left a gap in the global market—one that Estonia hopes to fill. Starting later this year, it will issue ID cards to non-resident “satellite Estonians”, thereby creating a global, government-standard digital identity. Applicants will pay a small fee, probably around €30-50 ($41-68), and provide the same biometric data and documents as Estonian residents. If all is in order, a card will be issued, or its virtual equivalent on a smartphone (held on a special secure module in the SIM card).

Some good ideas never take off because too few people embrace them. And with just 1.3m residents, Estonia is a tiddler—even with the 10m satellite Estonians the government hopes to add over the next decade. What may provide the necessary scale is a European Union rule soon to come into force that will require member states to accept each others’ digital IDs. That means non-resident holders of Estonian IDs, wherever they are, will be able not only to send each other encrypted e-mail and to prove their identity to web-service providers who accept government-issued identities, but also to do business with governments anywhere in the EU.

This whole article is transphobic. Trans people’s identity isn’t a disease. Just because I have a penis doesn’t make me any less of a woman.

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Based on this Harvard Study, New York City is among the most unhappy places in the nation, as are the entirety of New Jersey, Philadelphia, Detroit and Los Angeles. Other notable mentions include large parts of Indiana centered around Gary and Seattle, Washington. Well, with all the rain, who can blame them.  This study controls for demographics, and concludes that the reasons have more to do with decay than any area’s relative wealth.
They write:

The residents of declining cities report less happiness than other Americans. Although this unhappiness is at least as strong among new residents of such places as long-term residents, some people continue to move to these areas. These areas also seem to have been less happy historically during the era in which these now-declining cities prospered.

Based on this Harvard Study, New York City is among the most unhappy places in the nation, as are the entirety of New Jersey, Philadelphia, Detroit and Los Angeles. Other notable mentions include large parts of Indiana centered around Gary and Seattle, Washington. Well, with all the rain, who can blame them.  This study controls for demographics, and concludes that the reasons have more to do with decay than any area’s relative wealth.

They write:

The residents of declining cities report less happiness than other Americans. Although this unhappiness is at least as strong among new residents of such places as long-term residents, some people continue to move to these areas. These areas also seem to have been less happy historically during the era in which these now-declining cities prospered.

Flint, Michigan Headed Toward Bankruptcy

From Zero Hedge:

Flint may be Michigan’s second city to plunge into bankruptcy unless retirees accept cuts in health benefits that threaten to unravel a balanced budget. As Crain’s Detroit reports, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley (Flint’s third emergency leader since it was placed under state control in 2011) warned “If we have no ability to mitigate the cost of retiree health care, that’s going to make it very difficult for the city to remain financially stable over the next few years.” As Eric Scorsone notes, ”Flint’s at the forefront, but a lot of cities are on the same train, and that train is headed for the cliff.”

Read on.

BRICS Plan To Become “Political Alliance” To Reform The International Financial System

Xinhua reports,

The BRICS mechanism has been fully developed and can transform into a political alliance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

"BRICS grows and matures in all directions," the diplomat told state-run Rossiya 24 TV channel.

Lavrov said the “qualitative” growth of the mechanism to a degree made it possible to transform into a political alliance, which is especially noticeable in its work within the Group of 20 (G-20) on global economic and financial affairs.

BRICS that groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa has many allies in the G-20, the minister noted, naming Argentina, Mexico and Indonesia in particular.

"They speak in the common voice with BRICS in the G-20 on the reform of international financial system," the diplomat said.