On Thursday, speaking in front of a packed house at a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled his latest plan to overhaul how the federal government addresses poverty. At the center of the Republican’s sweeping proposal was a pilot project that allows states to consolidate federal food stamps with 10 of the government’s other, large-scale anti-poverty efforts into a single, supersized “opportunity grant” program. The GOP’s reigning policy wonk explained to the friendly crowd that the move would cut red tape and give state and local officials the flexibility they need to maximize the impact of each federal dollar spent. “My thinking is, get rid of these bureaucratic formulas,” Ryan said. “Put the emphasis on results.”
If you’re a regular TV-watching citizen, the steady stream of remarkably decent dramas is nothing but a good thing. Wherever you look, perhaps on some cable channel you have never heard of, a surprisingly solid drama is airing. But speaking as a TV critic, the ongoing flood of totally decent television is punching leaks in my roof. I have buckets under the ceiling and the windows and I have to find time to empty them all. I am well aware that there does not exist a violin in the world small enough to play for the TV critic awash in reasonably well-made television, and yet please, tiniest being in the world, play it for me, as I try not to drown in all the TV good enough to watch.
"The fruit fly has a very long and distinguished career in science. At a facility considered a Nirvana for scientists, researchers pursue greater understanding of biomedical processes, using test subjects like dragonflies and zebrafish." PBS News science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how the Janelia Farm Research Campus supports groundbreaking basic research. Here's the YouTube link.
I love a good sarcastic fantasy packed with sideways glances at the genre. Robert Kroese's Disenchanted kept me laughing and laughing.Read the rest
Yuppie #1: “I never put my race down on those forms. Why should I be
classified by race?” Yuppie #2: “I feel the same way about putting my height down on my driver’s
What's a rapper do to after getting to the top of the music industry? Turn his gaze to the world of sports, of course. Following in the footsteps of Jay Z, Lil Wayne is set to launch a sports management company, according to TMZ. As TMZ reports, Weezy's first client will be none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, the immaculately chiseled Portuguese soccer player.
Wayne is a known sports fan: He once blogged for ESPN, and memorably feuded with members of the Miami Heat for a number of terrible reasons. Nothing has been officially announced, but Ronaldo did tweet a photo of himself throwing the Young Money sign with... the Japanese prime minister's office. What a world we live in.
Watch the video for "Rich as Fuck":
For good measure, here's Ronaldo making the pass that almost screwed Team USA out of the World Cup. RIP, World Cup:
NYU student: “I read the Sunday paper on Sunday–the whole thing–and it really wasn’t that bad! You should try it” Walking in Union Square
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