10.04.16

10.04.16

Today’s buzz looks at extinct birds.  In one of my former abodes, I had printed color images of a great auk and a passenger pigeon on the wall near the door.  Whilst at the Shaw Art Fair this weekend, one of the artists was selling limited etchings of extinct and endangered birds.  Sure enough, a great auk and a passenger pigeon were two of the options.  I purchased them and they serve as today’s inspiration.

The Dodo

The Dodo

Right Now with Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m watching:  Westworld (the TV series)

What I’m listening to: LA Noire Full Soundtrack

What I’m reading: Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS: The Story of How a Book Happened

What I’m doing: Trying not to get into too deep of a funk over some recent developments

The Great Auk

The Great Auk

We’re Buzzing

Trump backers realize they’ve been played as WikiLeaks fails to deliver October surprise: For weeks, Donald Trump backers had hyped the possibility that WikiLeaks was on the verge of publishing documents that would doom Hillary Clinton’s chances in November. But it now looks like the WikiLeaks’ founder borrowed a page from the GOP nominee’s own playbook.

3 Who Studied Unusual States of Matter Win Nobel Prize in Physics: David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz were recognized for transforming the understanding of matter that assumes strange shapes.

How Donald Trump and other real-estate developers pay almost nothing in taxes: Donald Trump might have been able to avoid paying taxes on as much as $916 million in income over an 18-year period, according to documents the New York Times published over the weekend. The figure is a sensational one, but the Republican presidential nominee would be far from the only real-estate magnate to find ways of exploiting the rules to cancel tax bills.

The Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon

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The Moa

The Moa

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The Carolina Parakeet

The Carolina Parakeet

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Couple donates property to Detroit River wildlife refuge: The gift by Clarice and Clive Taylor of Gibraltar includes 20 acres of wetlands, 14 acres of agricultural lands and nine acres of oak-hickory woodlot and planted grasslands.

Former Wells Fargo Employees Describe Toxic Sales Culture, Even At HQ: Wells Fargo workers blame a toxic high-pressure sales culture for pushing some workers to engage in deceptive practices — even in the bank branch at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.

Where Are The 40,000 Students ITT Tech Left Behind When It Closed?: Community and nonprofit colleges across the country are recruiting former ITT Tech students who face a tough decision: roll the dice on transferring credits, or lose them all for debt relief.
The Huia

The Huia

Still Down A Justice, Supreme Court Term Is Off To A Restrained Start: Starting the term with an eight-justice court means it could remain short-handed, and often deadlocked, on some of the most controversial, and difficult, issues of the day.

Who Is Elena Ferrante? Supporters Say NOYB: Writers and critics from many quarters responded quickly to an Italian journalist’s excavation of financial records in an effort to identify the author who writes as Elena Ferrante.

Neither Trump Nor Clinton Is the End of the Republic: Abraham Lincoln concluded his first inaugural address with a hopeful message. “We are not enemies, but friends,” he declared. “We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

#LocalGov Confidential

Incoming Missouri House member from St. Louis denies colleague’s rape allegation: Steve Roberts Jr. was accused publicly of rape by fellow incoming Missouri House representative Cora Faith Walker.

Ex-St. Charles County jailer gets $141,894 in settlement of harassment suit: The plaintiff, Shari Schnur, had alleged that co-workers sexually harassed her and supervisors didn’t end “the hostile work environment.”

Slay repeats his call for city-county cooperation, MetroLink expansion: This was Slay’s last year delivering the keynote address.

City leaders considering 15-year tax break to planned development in the Grove: Under the plan, public agencies would forgo $710,000 in property taxes per year.

Richmond Heights OK’s tax-supported expansion of shops near Galleria: The expansion, just south of the original development, will tack on about 90,000 square feet of retail space, about 28,550 feet of office space, up to 165 apartments and about 860 parking spots.

St. Louis Art Museum returning favorites to display: Works by O’Keefe, Bingham, Remington and Milles back Oct. 22.

Lake Forest To Explore Joint Firefighting Efforts: The Lake Forest City Council is exploring short- and long-term solutions to funding pension liability for police officers and firefighters, which may lead to more taxes and eventual joint fire services with other towns.

The Réunion Swamphen

The Réunion Swamphen