Cats for Clunkers?
It had to be Michigan where the Humane Society is promoting its free cat adoptions like used car sales
... That's right folks, Certified Pre-Owned Cats! Standard 4-paw Drive! 100,000 Purr Warranty! Made in Michigan and Better than New! But before you take that cat home, check out Catfax.org
because nobody wants a lemonpuss. lol.Found at Consumerist so it must be legit [more inside]
posted by wendell
on Aug 21, 2009 -
Detroit is one of the most visually interesting cities in the world, however it is also one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented. Detroit Book of Love
is a group of photographs illustrating what contemporary Detroit artists have been doing in regards to developing an understanding and appreciation for this complex and diverse city; from street portraits of the survivors, to the landscapes of wild new growth, to the industrial leftovers. As a group they show Detroit as it is, not what it should be or what it once was. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Aug 7, 2009 -
A year and a half ago, a professor of underwater archeology at Northwestern Michigan University discovered a pattern of stones
40 feet below the waters of Lake Michigan. The story has been surprisingly under-reported, given that the Stonehenge-like structure is potentially estimated to be 10,000 years old. One of the stones even appears to have a mastodon carved on it
posted by jon_hansen
on Jan 5, 2009 -
alike are struggling with the decision to bail out the under-performing American automakers. But what will happen to the cities and towns of the Midwest
if the automakers fail? Flint, Michigan
provides an interesting template. In the 1960s and 70s, Flint had a population of 200,000 and was home to some 80,000 autoworkers. Today, after many plant closures, relocations, and worker buyouts
, only 8,000 autoworkers remain. So, what are we to do
with cities like Flint? There have been lots of ideas, like demolishing dilapidated houses
, renovating brownfield sites like Chevy-in-the-Hole [pdf]
, downtown business renovation
, and increasing community participation by giving ownership of vacant lots
to local homeowners. [more inside]
posted by billysumday
on Dec 5, 2008 -
For over a thousand years, fishermen all over the world have been using cormorants
to help them fish in lakes and rivers. In Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, cormorant fishing
on the Nagara river
has continued uninterrupted for the past 1,300 years. In Guilin
, China, cormorant birds are famous for fishing on the shallow Lijiang River
. The islands of the Beaver Island archipelago in Northern Lake Michigan
host what may be the densest concentration of the big, black diving birds on the continent, an estimated 50,000 that eat about 9 million pounds of fish from the surrounding waters from spring through fall. Fishermen and tourism interests want the state and federal governments to cut the number of double-crested cormorants around the Beaver Island group by half
, raising the ire of bird lovers and animal-rights activists who say the cormorants aren't at the root of the problem.
posted by mrducts
on Jul 1, 2008 -
Fiscal Pressures Lead Some States to Free Inmates Early,
says the Washington Post. Across the United States, a financial crisis is brewing in our nation's correctional systems. California, which has the largest prison system in the nation
, (housing 170,000 inmates with a capacity of only 100,000), plans to increase the budget for new prison construction
by 7 to 14 billion dollars
, on top of releasing 22,000 nonviolent prisoners on unsupervised parole. Other states, especially Michigan, face an even more dire situation... [more inside]
posted by Avenger
on May 5, 2008 -
Adultery could mean life,
Michigan's second-highest court reported that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in prison. Michigan's Supreme Court majority has held that it is for the Legislature, not the courts, to decide when the absurdity threshold has been breached.
posted by IronWolve
on Jan 16, 2007 -
Creativity, Inc: Dave Eggers
is a proprietor. A shopkeeper. Perhaps even a franchise magnate! It was his keen perception of unmet needs in niche markets that led to the opening of a growing array of supply houses across the country. Among them: The Pirate Store
, for the well-outfitted swashbuckler;
The Boring Store
, a subtle, unassuming purveyor of goods for secret agents; the Superhero Supply Store
, in Brooklyn, carrying all the eyewear and accessories today's world-savers require; and Greenwood Space Travel Supply
, where customers are reminded of the space-travel axiom "A lack of preparation is a prescription for mishaps." If these sound like curious business ventures for a celebrated author, there's a reason: the storefronts
, though real, are just that - fronts
. They're the streetside faces (and fundraising arms) of the nonprofit 826National
, a family of learning centers for kids ages 6-18. The 826 'stores' provide free field trips
, creatively themed writing workshops
, and one-on-one instruction
. Supported by an impressive field of cultural types
(including Ira Glass, Sarah Vowell, Sherman Alexie, and others), the program is growing. Coming soon: Michigan 826 will open Monster Union Local 826
, and 826LA
will open the Echo Park Time Travel Mart.
posted by Miko
on Jan 11, 2007 -
America's worst school violence ever
was not a recent event
, but the Bath School disaster
of 1927. Andrew Kehoe
, a school board member upset with his tax bill, used dynamite and some pyrotol
from WWI-era military surplus to blow himself up along with the elementary school of Bath Township
, Michigan, leaving 45 dead and 58 injured. See a 1927 book
on the disaster, a list of victims
, the coroner's inquest
, a historical marker
, a memorial park
, an oral history from a witness
, and a 1920s KKK rant
denouncing Kehoe as an agent of the Roman Catholic conspiracy.
posted by jonp72
on Oct 5, 2006 -
Take a trip with me to 1913.
To Calumet, Michigan
, in the Copper Country
I'll take you to a place called Italian Hall
Where the miners
are having their big Christmas Ball
This time of year, Woody Guthrie
's haunting ballad "1913 Massacre
" brings to mind one of the most tragic incidents in American labor history. At the midpoint of the bitter and violent miners' strike of 1913-14
, miners and their families gathered for a Christmas party given by their union. An unidentified "stupid person
" gave the shout of "fire
", causing a panicked rush to escape. Unable to get out the door, more than 70 people
, mostly children, were smothered to death. A forthcoming documentary (main link) explores the legacy of the event, using Guthrie's song as its starting point.
posted by Miko
on Dec 21, 2005 -
Transit in Detroit
details an urban planner's initiative to cut the costs of the city's traffic congestion-relieving highway expansion by proposing a transit system combining light rail and bus-rapid-transit. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Nov 25, 2005 -
The Dead Schembechlers
- a college football rivalry goes punk rock crazy. (Background audio on first page & lyrics pages)
Rising up out of Columbus, Ohio's “Wolverine Hatecore” scene, The Dead Schembechlers have earned the dual titles of "The Best Damn Punk Band on the Planet" and "The Band Most Likely to Have Their Eyeballs Gouged Out If They Ever Show Up in Michigan."
Hey Ho... Fuck Bo!
posted by putzface_dickman
on Nov 17, 2004 -
Only about 350 of the original 400 structures designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright are still standing. As of last week, that number has decreased by one
. The demolition of the 1916 W.S. Carr house
in Grand Beach, Michigan was the first Wright building in over 30 years to be demolished. Mark another loss to the heritage of U.S. Modernism.
posted by ScottUltra
on Nov 16, 2004 -
are delicious! Smother them in ketchup, but be sure to use Heinz. Help the old folks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and sample a complete meal in a tidy compact envelope of flaky pastry goodness. Don't forget to check out the beautiful pasty cam pictures.
posted by Shike
on Oct 18, 2004 -
While reading up on the Detroit City Council's latest brainstorm, African Town
, I stumbled upon this blog
that highlights many of the once great, now decaying buildings of my former hometown. If you've ever wondered what was inside some of those ancient, boarded up buildings, there are some great photos here.
posted by Oriole Adams
on Sep 30, 2004 -
The fabulous ruins of Detroit:
"After decades of blight, large swathes of Detroit are being reclaimed by nature. Roughly a third of this 139-square-mile city consists of weed-choked lots and dilapidated buildings . . . rather than fight this return to nature, urban farmers have embraced it, gradually converting 15 acres of idle land into more than 40 community gardens and microfarms — some consuming entire blocks." [note: NY Times link]
posted by ryanshepard
on Dec 9, 2003 -
"They have no business debating the efficacy of gay marriages, any more than they should be debating the pullout of troops from South Korea"
North of Detroit, a county commissioner and avowed Christian Conservative pushed a resolution supporting an amendment to the Michigan state constitution, declaring marriage to be a strictly man-and-woman affair. It passed in Oakland County's Board by a narrow margin. But the county executive, a longtime prominent conservative, won't let it go without a fight, and says that with an urban county seat, Pontiac, they should have better things to do-- like their jobs. Is a county board seat an appropriate forum to push another agenda, or should they be more concerned with fixing roads and economy?
Does such a resolution at such a low level of goverment even mean anything? Meanwhile, some couples are saying heck-with-it and making that trip 'cross the Ambassador Bridge.
posted by marzenie99
on Sep 18, 2003 -
Old white Congressman tells black activist to get out of his state: "The people of Michigan have a simple message to you: go home and stay there. We do not need you stirring up trouble where none exists. Michiganders do not take kindly to your ignorant meddling in our affairs. We have no need for itinerant publicity seekers, non-resident troublemakers or self-aggrandizing out-of-state agitators." (pdf link -- emphasis added)
You'd be forgiven for assuming this letter was written in 1965 from a southern segregationist to a civil rights activist. But the writer is actually the most senior Democrat in Congress, John Dingell
, the activist is University of California Regent (and Affirmative Action opponent) Ward Connerly
, and the letter was written July 6, 2003. It seems Dingell isn't happy with Connerly’s efforts to promote a Michigan ballot initiative outlawing the use of race as a factor in hiring and college admissions
. But Connerly isn't one to just bow his head and shuffle back to Cali
: "[T]he term arrogance does not begin to capture the essence of a United States Congressman advising an American citizen to refrain from participating in the affairs of his government. Ironically, your advice is the echo of southern segregationists who sought the comfort of states' rights to practice their discrimination against black Americans. Have you learned nothing about 'civil rights' from that horrible chapter in our nation's history?" [via Critical Mass]
posted by pardonyou?
on Jul 22, 2003 -
"Toronto flings garbage at Michigan" no no!... - US Courts Canadian Crud!
...Eh?, well, OK: Toronto trucks it's tons 'o trash
across the border to dump in Michigan landfills, and some Yanks are eager to buy
, although others..."It's so disgusting we don't even talk about it...Why can't they keep their garbage over there?" .....[''We need to put an end to this desecration of our beautiful state,'' fumed Representative Candice S. Miller, Republican of Michigan who also warned that terrorists or weapons of mass destruction could be concealed
amidst the rotting food and used diapers.]
......"Relations between the United States and Canada have been souring for two years....Canada's wishy-washy stance on the Iraq crisis...has irked Washington" chides the Boston Globe, clearly piqued that Boston is not in a position to catapult cannisters of it's garbage and toxic waste northward at Canada
, towards the "Great Concavity" of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite
Jest". [other shades of "....Jest" loom as "...a reputed haven for terror groups." whispers the Globe...just like in Wallace's book!]
.....Toronto can't find any Canadian communities willing to furnish an immense garbage pit, while "Michigan's underused landfills are famous for courting crud
from outside the state's borders.": They approached Toronto with the deal. ["Ontario, meanwhile, accepts imports of toxic industrial sludge, low-level radioactive waste, and other dangerous refuse from Michigan and other US states."] Garbage
is a protected "free trade" commodity under NAFTA and Michigan may need the 'trash jobs': NAFTA has spurred automakers to
shift production away from the US and build new factories in Canada and Mexico
. Canada's auto
factories are 7%
than US ones and have lower health care costs. ["The growth of imports to the
U.S. from these factories has contributed substantially to the growing U.S. trade deficit and
the related job losses."
]. So: Canada sends garbage and shiny new autos south: the US sends radioactive sludge, spittle, jobs and curses north.
Meanwhile, walk across the border and the
per 100,000 (per year) drops from 42.6
(Detroit, USA) to 2.2 (Windsor, Canada)
Canadians somehow flinging all their fear and murderous rage into the US along with the garbage?" (asks the Daily Tabloid)
posted by troutfishing
on Mar 10, 2003 -
Michigan: Land of Alternative energy? "DTE Energy
[Detroit Edison] said Monday it has a deal to build and test a hydrogen system capable of generating more than 15,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. The $3-million test project, funded by DTE and the U.S. Department of Energy, is to be operational in 2005. "
Wayne State University is also jumping on the bandwagon
. What, if anything, is your town doing (or claiming it will
posted by PinkStainlessTail
on Sep 24, 2002 -
Not a hoax!?
'We are in Mrs. Lentz's Computer Class at Clara Bolen
Elementary in Tawa City, MI. We are doing an experiment for the art and science fair to be held in April at our school. We are trying to see where our email can travel in the space of one month.'
posted by asok
on Mar 12, 2002 -
Jesus at 250 feet.
Tom Monaghan, best known as the owner of Domino's Pizza, wants to build a 25 story high crucifix on his Ann Arbor, MI property. Is this a monument to religion or a really tacky roadsign?
posted by fujikosmurf
on Jan 29, 2002 -
Fireplace log may cause fire.
No kidding? "Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch" releases it's winners of "Wacky Warning Label" contest. Click on "Wacky Warning Label" button. Also, be sure to check out past winners, such the bottle of sleeping pills which says, "Warning: May cause drowsiness".
posted by msacheson
on Jan 24, 2002 -