William McPherson was the editor of the Washington Post
Book World and won a Pulitzer Prize. He retired early to explore and document Eastern Europe just after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Now he is poor and living in a welfare-subsidized housing project.
His article in The Hedgehog Review
is a clear-eyed personal look at surviving on an economic knife's-edge in America.
When you're the 44th largest university in the UK, how do you set yourself apart and gain some attention in the era of viral video? You release a short film showing an alien invasion and your student body's reaction to it
. And, yes, that is the voice of Locutus of Borg (he is the University's Chancellor
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a new interactive mapping tool
for Community Planning and Development agencies, interested agency partners, and the public. [more inside]
, aged 84. She was best known for her Oscar winning performance in Hud in 1963
, in which she co-starred with Paul Newman. [more inside]
Wajahat Ali, a solo practitioner from California, takes on Wells Fargo in an attempt to get his clients' home loan modified. Lots of ball dropping and passing of the buck ensues. He describes
the Kafka-esque nature of the experience.
has joined forces with Enigma
for the release of Rainmeter 1.0
, which finally makes code-diving for the creation of [HUD-styled]
desktops a thing of the past. (via: 1 2) [more inside]
Bored on your summer vacation? Well, the US government has lots of fun stuff for kids to do on line
. Learn fascinating facts about cows
(and agricultural marketing
!) from the Department of Agriculture. Take a ride to Money Central Station
with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. If you live in a federally-funded housing project, HUD wants you to learn more about being a good citizen
. Want something more action-packed? Help FBI Special Agent Bobby Bureau go undercover
, or become one of America's Crypto-Kids
at the NSA. Play thrilling puzzle games
or visit the world's most secret museum
at the CIA. Play more games
or become a Disaster Action Kid
at FEMA! And no list of government kids' pages would be complete without revisiting the children's art contest from the ATF, which I've linked to before...
Space Shuttle Discovery lands.
(WMV) Watch for the view from the cockpit.
Oops: Impostor scams Louisiana officials
Burned by the yes men. A prankster poses as a HUD honcho and promises NOT to destroy perfectly good housing projects slated for demolition. later, the prankster explained:
The New Orleans projects are sturdily constructed brick buildings that, nevertheless, are slated for demolition, he said.
"Basically, the real reason, of course, is they want to develop New Orleans into something pleasing to tourists -- even more pleasing."
. Wikipedia has info on more of their exploits
. My favorite was the bhopal
HUD money for poor now earmarked for religious buildings.
Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, says "The 'faith-based initiative' was bad enough, but now Bush wants taxpayers to foot the bill for church expansion projects. This policy is outrageous as well as patently unconstitutional; it is bound to spark litigation." [ACLU article here
Yet another case of zero intelligence.
Two days after Tiffani Ann Alvera notified her public housing resident manager that she had obtained a restraining order against her husband for domestic violence, she received a notice to vacate the apartment within 24 hours. The notice said, "You, someone in your control, or your pet, has seriously threatened immediately to inflict personal injury, or has inflicted substantial personal injury upon the landlord or other tenants," and specified her husband's assault.
"I've been hit with ultrasonic bullets and ultrasonic lasers that can penetrate the human skull.
A good name for the ultrasonic bullets and ultrasonic lasers that can penetrate the skull are 'Skull Penetrating Ultrasonic Bullets' and 'Skull Penetrating Ultrasonic Lasers'."
I thought I was up on my conspiracy theories, but a student of mine dug up this long testimonial by a guy who claims to have been targeted by UltraSonics, a "secret police force," after installing a booming sound system in his car. Supposedly the UltraSonics use "extremely advanced surveillance, harassment, and non-lethal weapons technology" to corral neighborhood undesirables into mental hospitals. (As would follow, both pharmaceutical companies and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are identified as co-conspirators.)