MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 7/6

Minnesota Blog Cabin summer vacation

Minnesota Blog Cabin will be on hiatus next week, beginning Monday, July 9. We will return to bringing you the best of Minnesota blogging on Monday, July 16. Now, without further ado, your round-up…

The non-zombie court

from Cows and Graveyards by Steven Maloney

Democracy has to run on avery simple folk assumption: people are trying.  They might be mistaken, gullible, emotionally erratic, insufficiently informed, improperly trained in updating beliefs, out of touch with evolving norms about appropriate behavior in contexts, etc. None of these problems indicate that people are not interested in maximizing their happiness or social welfare, just that they might be wildly incorrect on the subject.

Just one minute… to honor the memory of Munich at the 2012 Olympic Games

from TC Jewfolk by Sally Abrams

However one interprets the refusal – including the belief that a moment of silence would anger some Arab participants, or that it would be a stark reminder of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian dispute – the refusal itself demonstrates that one of the essential lessons of the Munich massacre, perhaps the central lesson, has yet to be learned. And it is this: Evil perpetrated on the Jews never ends with just the Jews. Terrorism for political ends is a now worldwide scourge.

Unemployed and unenthusiastic

from Barataria by Erik Hare

The employment picture is definitely not good.  There are ways of looking at it that are simply terrible though as we manage to stay relatively even overall.  The “enthusiasm gap” that Obama is suffering from right now is a symptom of a much bigger gap between generations that will be with us for a very long time.

Train in vain

from Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood by Mark Heuring

There will always be people who prefer to ride trains. There just aren’t that many of them.

Why cutting government now is future stupid

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

Here is the problem. This baby boom retirement trend is in full swing and will be for at least a decade or two. These people leave the work force and, maybe, in theory, these laid off government workers will get some of those private sector jobs.

Just one problem. Retirees expect more services from their government. They have come to rely on more mass transit. They need elder care…preferably in their homes. They frequent libraries, expect full police protection. Legal help for scams and business fraud. They want their grandchildren to have top quality education. And the ancillary services that upgrade their homes (sewer, water, street maintenance, street lights, and power) need to be maintained and upgraded. And they want the zoos and parks available to them.

What the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune cuts mean for the PR industry

from Communications Conversations by Arik Hanson

…with Times-Picayune ratcheting down its print schedule and moving to more online content, what does this news mean for us, as PR counselors? I see a five opportunities for PR folks.

The great Minnesota bagel showdown

from TC Jewfolk by Jeff Mandell

I refuse to admit defeat (which should come as no shock to anyone who knows me), but this was not a scientific taste test. There were so many flaws that I don’t even know where to begin. So while my two “experts” completely destroyed my bagel theory, I still can’t figure out where to go from here. Are they so far removed from real bagels that their taste buds and senses betrayed them? Or are Bruegger’s mass-produced and oddly flavored bagels actually good?

The rays of ravishing light and glory…

from Tim Droogsma’s Blog

Every 4th of July, I’m drawn again to John Adams. While all of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence deserve our eternal gratitude, Adams earned a slightly larger portion.

My dream come true: a little free library installed in my hometown on the southwestern Minnesota prairie

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

“I love books. They are part of my heart and soul,” Todd Bol said Sunday as he stood outside the cafe near the over-sized birdhouse style library anchored on a post. I listened and snapped photos as Troy Krause, editor of The Redwood Falls Gazette interviewed this man who has seen his LFL story spread to media outlets worldwide, from The Huffington Post to The Los Angeles Times and beyond.

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