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December 2nd, 2013
thesmithian
…look at the size of refrigerators you have in the U.S. They’re much, much bigger than the ones we traditionally would use in Europe and the U.K. …If the refrigerator is that much bigger, that means it uses that much more energy. So…you can imagine a quite rapid phase-out of the existing refrigerators for much smaller designs, but also much more efficient designs. We will have to fly much less often than we do now. We’ll have to think about…maybe things like hygiene, where we’ve now normalized showering every day, sometimes twice a day. That means we have to wash—change our clothes every day, and then we have to use more washing machines. So you see this sort of build up, one thing after another…over the last ten or 15 years we’ve moved from what were quite high carbon lifestyles to…extraordinarily high carbon lifestyles, and we’ve made them normal…in that time, emissions have gone up. We have squandered the chance now pretty much to make a gradual, evolutionary change to how we do what we do…now we’ve left it to the point where we need…radical, almost overnight change, particularly amongst those of us that are actually the major consumers.
June 17th, 2013
thesmithian

…this commercial…captures both the race and gender dimension of a segregated workforce. The two women and single black man play the role of service worker, while the two white men are a pilot and an engineer. Each is framed as being literally born to do these jobs, thus the insistent and troubling naturalization of these hierarchical roles.

more.

February 23rd, 2013
thesmithian
…it appears that Republicans in Congress have decided that instead of compromising—instead of asking anything of the wealthiest Americans—they’d rather let these cuts fall squarely on the middle class. And here’s what that choice means…thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off, and tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, causing delays across the country…Already, the threat of these cuts has forced the Navy to delay the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf—affecting our ability to respond to threats in an unstable part of the world. And just this week, the Pentagon announced that if these cuts go through, almost 800,000 defense employees—the equivalent of every person in Miami and Cleveland combined—will be forced to take unpaid leave. That’s what this choice means.
President Obama, in his weekly address.
February 6th, 2013
thesmithian

…only now has Asiana agreed to consider a uniform with trousers during the next uniform redesign…As of now, Asiana regulates its female flight …attendants’ appearances down to the number of hairpins they’re allowed to wear, whether or not they’re allowed to wear glasses…the amount of eyeliner they wear…earring length and, of course, skirt-only uniforms.

more, at Jez.

May 10th, 2012
thesmithian

From the airy, light-filled check-in area, visitors will pass…into a series of…light-filled atriums—the architecture makes much use of skylights, windows, and soaring ceilings—with a mezzanine lined with restaurants, shops, and seating. Other design features include floors of granite sourced from the world’s quarries, an enormous chandelier, and an…array of glass discs suspended from the ceiling programmed to light up and change color in coordination with plane departures.

more from a story that begins:

Visually speaking, Atlanta’s new international terminal kicks ass.

here.

October 9th, 2011
thesmithian

…the price of fuel is likely to keep rising and that the pressure to  reduce fuel emissions has never been higher, and what you get is a huge  increase in recent years in the airline industry’s efforts to develop biofuels capable of powering aircraft.

more.

…the price of fuel is likely to keep rising and that the pressure to reduce fuel emissions has never been higher, and what you get is a huge increase in recent years in the airline industry’s efforts to develop biofuels capable of powering aircraft.

more.

May 5th, 2011
thesmithian

Edmund G. Brown Jr.—he’s always preferred Jerry—arrived from Sacramento not on a  state aircraft (and certainly not a private jet, as was the preference  of his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger)  but aboard Flight 896 on Southwest Airlines. As Brown walked off the  plane…he was essentially alone, save for a few  police guards who hung off to the side. There were no press aides, no  advance staff, no speechwriters, no policy mavens; in short, nothing  like the bustling entourage…that typically buffers a  chief executive.

more, here.
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art: painting by Don Bachardy

Edmund G. Brown Jr.—he’s always preferred Jerry—arrived from Sacramento not on a state aircraft (and certainly not a private jet, as was the preference of his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger) but aboard Flight 896 on Southwest Airlines. As Brown walked off the plane…he was essentially alone, save for a few police guards who hung off to the side. There were no press aides, no advance staff, no speechwriters, no policy mavens; in short, nothing like the bustling entourage…that typically buffers a chief executive.

more, here.

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art: painting by Don Bachardy

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