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No, there is no nude beach in Rogers Park

That's just one of the absurdities that I encountered over the course of the last 24 hours:

  • A prankster put up an official-looking sign declaring Loyola Beach on the north side of Chicago clothing-optional. Unfortunately no one was fooled.
  • For the 15th or 20th time since its founding, critics accuse the US Navy of adapting too slowly to emerging risks in order to preserve tradition and Mississippi jobs. (Really, this comes up about every 20 years.)
  • Of course, it doesn't help that we currently have no Chief of Naval Operations, Army Chief of Staff, or Marine Commandant, thanks to US Senator Tommy "Never Could Beat Alabama" Tuberville (R-AL).
  • A working group that didn't include historians has proposed how sweeping changes to Chicago-area transit can help it become more like 1960s Baltimore more quickly: concentrate on "financial viability" at the expense of fast, frequent service. Because we really have learned nothing in the last 75 years.
  • Illinois has become the third-largest home of data center space in part because we have a lot of office parks no one wants anymore.

Finally, Arizona continues to allow residential development as if the state has as much available water as Illinois. Because we really have learned nothing in the last 75 years.

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  • David Harper

    9/6/2023 8:22:13 AM +00:00 |

    Apropos Arizona, you may be amused to know that the area around Cambridge has similar issues.  The UK government recently announced plans to build a quarter of a million new homes in and around Cambridge, to turn it into "the Silicon Valley of Europe" over the next two decades.  One local MP, himself a member of the governing Conservative Party, criticised the plans as "enormously destructive of our environment", because the region simply does not have the water reserves to support the existing population, let alone more than double that number of people.  The Cambridge area has far lower rainfall than much of the rest of the country, and relies on water drawn from chalk aquifers, which are being depleted faster than Nature can replenish them.

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