Here’s some stuff you might like.
Business: Imagine your business is not located in a particular city, and has never operated or advertised there. Despite that, your business is so well-known and beloved in the city that someone takes it upon him or herself to put a “Your Business Coming Here Soon” sign up. People in the city get so excited about your business coming to town they call the local media, which finds out that, no, your business is not actually coming to the city. The local population is despondent. The whole story becomes not just local but national news. What would you do? You’d swim around in your Olympic-sized pool filled with hundred dollar bills, that’s what you’d do.
Law: During the Great Depression, some private timberland owners couldn’t afford to pay their county property taxes, so they forfeited the land to the counties. The counties, in turn, couldn’t afford to manage and replant the frequently denuded parcels, so they entered into an agreement under which they transferred the property to the state, in exchange for a promise that the state would manage the property in a manner that generated the “greatest permanent value” of the land. For a long time, that meant harvesting trees and returning some of the revenue to the counties. In 2001, Oregon adopted a new management plan for the land that added recreation and environmental factors into the definition of “greatest permanent value.” A bunch of counties and taxing districts sued the state for breach of contract, seeking $1.5 billion in damages, arguing that one party to a contract cannot unilaterally change the meaning of that contract. If the plaintiffs win, forest management practices for large swaths of state-owned land would presumably change in favor of greater harvests in the future.
Politics: The headline “Deschutes County has equal Republicans, Democrats” is a little premature (as of the most recent voter count, there were still 531 more Republicans than Democrats registered in the county). But that margin is shrinking – quickly – and Deschutes will soon be a plurality Democrat county, perhaps by the 2020 election. It was only 11 years ago, during the 2008 campaign, that Bend – the most liberal city in the county – became plurality Democrat.
Et cetera: When I started college, I thought I wanted to be an engineer like my grandpa. Then my freshman year I took calculus and, well, hahaha. A politics and history double major, law school and a career consisting of words instead of numbers would work just fine, thanks. Now it turns out my struggles with higher math weren’t really my fault. According to a Seattle school district proposal, math probably oppressed me. The plan invites teachers to explore with their students the malevolence of math:
“identify the inherent inequities of the standardized testing system used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color,” “explain how math has been used to exploit natural resources,” and, my favorite, “explain how math dictates economic oppression.”
I guess math dictates economic oppression by adhering to the outdated, exploitative and hegemony-sustaining
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