Oct 26

FRONTLINE’s Ebola Outbreak

This morning, a person on a Facebook comment thread posted a reference to the PBS show Frontline’s Ebola Outbreak documentary from September.

I watched and it is a mind blowing look at what is going on in Africa. While most of the focus of the mainstream United States media has been given to scaring us, the real story on Ebola is still in Africa.1-Fullscreen capture 10262014 35324 PM-001 This is where our attention should be focused.

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Oct 24

Malala: ‘Instead of sending guns, send books’


A seventeen-year-old who makes more sense than most people older and supposedly wiser than her.

Malala Yousafzai spread more of what makes her amazing Tuesday at Forbes first annual Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia.

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Oct 21

Buffalo Attracting the Young Ones


I wrote a post in 2007 about how Buffalo’s brain drain wasn’t real.

From that post:

We all know that Buffalo and WNY’s population continues to decline…but a study due out tomorrow points to the real problem…it is not the people we lose or the so called “brain drain”…it is that our region fails to attract people to move in.

Fast forward to 2014 and Buffalo is seeing a dramatic rise in young people calling the B-lo home.

From New York’s The Village Voice:

Looking for the young, fabulous people ready to make their mark on the big city?

Forget Brooklyn. It’s all about Buffalo now.

That’s what this City Observatory report picked up by the New York Times suggests, at least. Since 2000, Buffalo has seen a 34 percent spike in the number of recent college grads moving to the Queen City. Buffalo’s growth rate of 25- to 34-year-olds came in 7th after cities like Houston, Nashville, and Portland. Sister cool cities, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, have seen 32 percent and 29 percent increases, respectively.

And New York? The capital of the hip, the creative, the hungry?

This city’s college-educated 25- to 34-year-old population has increased by just 25 percent over the same amount of time.

This is what Buffalo’s been waiting for.

Colin Dabkowski from the Buffalo News is spot on with this assessment from the article.

Why do the kids love Buffalo? “That’s the story we’ve we’ve been doing for a long time,” says Colin Dabkowski, an arts reporter with the Buffalo News. He’s seen the city’s influx of young people, which started in about 2006, get accelerated by the recession. He says people choose the upstate metropolis for one big reason: it’s cheap.

“Being able to eat is more important than saying you live in Williamsburg,” Dabkowski says. “Where you can afford to have studio space and one job instead of two you’re more likely to create something interesting…the conditions for creativity are much better here than in New York.”

What I find interesting about the rise of the young ones in this town is that they are bring a new energy to the city and believe in making a difference here. You can see it in everything from the local preservation movement to local art scene to everything in between. They are helping reshape and redefine Buffalo.

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Oct 15

Buffalonians are outraged this morning

Buffalonians are outraged this morning. Not about failing schools. Not about poverty. They are outraged about some words on the floor of a store in the Galleria Mall.

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The outrage began on Twitter when someone posted the above photo with the words wide right and no goal. What followed has to be the worst example of Buffalonian outrage ever.

Here is the Twitter stream for the hashtag #BanLuluLemonInBuffalo.

I don’t think the store’s intentions were bad. Heck, I’ve seen t-shirts over the years referencing the same with a sense of local unity on what Buffalo has endured with its professional sports teams.

The controversy is dumb. It makes Buffalo look dumb. It’s a yoga pants store.

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Sep 28

Your Chances of Dying From…

Your Chances of Dying
From: Best Health Care Degrees

Found this interesting graphic about the your chances of dying from a number of different activities and is share worthy.

I have decided I would like to die at a dance party. The problem is that I don’t really go to dance parties. This means the probability is even lower than the chart indicates.

So it goes.

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