Last one (I think) from Pittsburgh, from the Duquense Incline, inside the machinery room:
9 July 2011, ISO-100, 1/320 at f/5.6, 18mm, here.
Yet another view of PNC Park, from the Warhol Bridge, after the fireworks:
9 July 2011, ISO-1600, 1/30 sec. at f/5.6, 29mm, here.
Continuing the Pittsburgh theme, a view of PNC Park as the groundskeepers set up for the .38 Special concert:
ISO-3200, 1/15 at f/2, 50mm, here.
The indefatigable Paul Krugman smacks down the excuses for why the government has failed to get the economy going:
[A] destructive passivity has overtaken our discourse. Turn on your TV and you’ll see some self-satisfied pundit declaring that nothing much can be done about the economy’s short-run problems (reminder: this “short run” is now in its fourth year), that we should focus on the long run instead.
This gets things exactly wrong. The truth is that creating jobs in a depressed economy is something government could and should be doing. Yes, there are huge political obstacles to action — notably, the fact that the House is controlled by a party that benefits from the economy’s weakness. But political gridlock should not be conflated with economic reality.
This is the frustration: the GOP does not want the economy to improve. I hope Americans understand this by next November.
As TPM's David Kurtz puts it:
Republicans are taking the country to the brink of default demanding spending cuts that will signify their commitment to fiscal responsibility, smaller government and austerity—but for reasons that are political in the macro- and micro- sense, they can't come up with a list of cuts that actually gets the job done. It's not that they can't do the math.
One begins to feel like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis...
The Roberto Clamente Bridge in Pittsburgh, after Saturday night's fireworks, from the Andy Warhol Bridge:
9 July 2011, ISO-6400, 1/4 sec. at f/5, here.
Pittsburgh, Pa., exactly 24 hours ago:
ISO-100, 1/250 at f/5.6, polarizing filter, here.
After almost almost a year hiatus, the 30-Park Geas resumed yesterday in Pittsburgh:
Not only did I see a Cubs 6-3 win and a surprise, game-ending double play, but also a .38 Special concert complete with fireworks:
(My theory, not shared by the people around me, was that the fireworks were to celebrate the Cubs win.)
More photos today and tomorrow.
When in Rome:
13 October 2007, Canon 20D at ISO-200, 1/400 at f/6.3, 76mm.
The Economist's Prospero blog piles on the Cubs after attending the Crosstown Classic last week:
Teams like the Cubs give people a safe space in which to lose. Fans get the benefits of commiseration without incurring any real costs. The predictable losers also allow other teams to win. So really the Sox fans should be grateful for the Cubs. Such losers may not be so lovable on scrutiny, but their ineptitude has an extra civic function: they take one for the team. They’re a sacrifice fly.
And on the Fourth of July, yet! Limey bastahd.
He may have a point, though.
Snapshot from the corner of Franklin and Randolph recently:
22 June 2011, Canon SD1200 at ISO-100, 1/160 at f/13, 14mm, here.