Things seen: Catalan independence?

Without choosing sides, I hear that the region of Catalunya has a familiar dilemma. Catalunya, like American blue states, is more productive and sends more tax revenue to the national government, than Spain returns in services. Catalunya comprises the culture center of Barcelona; has a language and some autonomy already. I have no idea what the majority of people want. Many say “we are Spanish AND we are Catalan.” National police meanwhile boosted independence, predictably, by trying to suppress the election.

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Was Coco Chanel a Nazi Agent?

The facts do more than “contend”. There is a risk in putting Chanel’s actual life at a comfortable arms-length… as if her notorious anti-Semitism and less-known espionage duties were balanced by her considerable success, fame and a general atmosphere of seduction and glamour. Myths (and more importantly, brands) are protected first of all things, and this permits the repetition of history.

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New York’s Oldest Subway Cars, Beautiful Symbols of a Sad Decline | The New Yorker

The R32s were built by the Budd Company, and because of their corrugated stainless steel construction, they were called Brightliners. They boasted modern intercom systems with crisp sound. Their plastic benches were a huge step up from the tattered rattan-wicker seats of older cars. Over 40 years later, and well past their original design life, roughly two hundred of the original R32s still operate on New York City’s C, J, and Z lines. They are the oldest subway cars still in service in the city, and among the oldest still operating in the world.

“The Budd Company filed for bankruptcy in 2014, meaning that the R32s have not only outlasted their intended period of service but have outlasted their manufacturer. They have lived through eight mayoral appointments and ten Presidents. They are essentially your grandmother’s Volvo from the sixties, if that Volvo had millions of miles on its odometer and was responsible for getting your entire family to and from work, and if Volvo had gone out of business several years ago.”

Source: New York’s Oldest Subway Cars, Beautiful Symbols of a Sad Decline | The New Yorker

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Meet NYC’s Best New Slice Of Pizza: Gothamist

Gotham West Market, 600 11th Avenue

Source: Meet NYC’s Best New Slice Of Pizza: Gothamist

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Synth Soundtracks For Films That Don’t Exist « Bandcamp Daily

A roundup of soundtracks so good, it doesn’t matter that the movies they score are imaginary.

Source: Synth Soundtracks For Films That Don’t Exist « Bandcamp Daily

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The East Village’s Wave of Vietnamese Food – The New Yorker

New York’s Vietnamese eatery district seems primed to burst its old Chinatown boundaries.

Source: The East Village’s Wave of Vietnamese Food – The New Yorker

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10 Years Ago, Epic 2-Hour Storm Paralyzed the Subway – DNAinfo

The Aug. 8, 2007 storm forced the MTA to re-evaluate its emergency preparedness. 

Source: 10 Years Ago, Epic 2-Hour Storm Paralyzed the Subways and Summoned Change – Jackson Heights – New York – DNAinfo

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22 Low-key Bars and Restaurants in NYC

Low-key neighborhood eating and drinking joints like these are being shuttered by high rents — so go support these bars and restaurants right now.

Source: 22 Low-key Bars and Restaurants in NYC

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Tolerance is not a moral precept – Extra Newsfeed

Tolerance] is an agreement to live in peace, not an agreement to be peaceful no matter the conduct of others. A peace treaty is not a suicide pact.When viewed through this lens, the problems above have clear answers. The antisocial member of the group, who harms other people in the group on a regular basis, need not be accepted; the purpose of your group’s acceptance is to let people feel that they have a home, and someone who actively tries to thwart this is incompatible with the broader purpose of that acceptance. Prejudice against Nazis is not the same as prejudice against Blacks, because one is based on people’s stated opposition to their neighbors’ lives and safety, the other on a characteristic that has nothing to do with whether they’ll live in peace with you or not. Freedom of religion means that people have the right to have their own beliefs, but you have that same right; you are under no duty to tolerate an attempt to impose someone else’s religious laws on you.

Source: Tolerance is not a moral precept – Extra Newsfeed

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Things seen: August 12, 2017

A note on today’s violence in Charlottesville. Slavery is the original sin at the founding of this country. And now instead of confronting the error and correcting it, people are compounding it, expanding their prejudices to include more imagined enemies… deflecting responsibility, defending it with more violence. Deepening the debt.

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