Yankees Tell Banksy to Go Home
Oct 29, 2013
Banksy, the secretive British street artist, has worn out his welcome in New York. On location in The Big Apple during the month of October, Banksy has unveiled new street art each day this month, though Mayor Bloomberg calls much of the work graffiti. We think some of Banksy’s art is kinda clever, and some of it is just weird.
Many New Yorkers seemed to like Banksy’s daring creativity, but the artist stepped over a line Sunday with a rant published in The New York Times about the construction of One World Trade Center, which he calls the biggest eyesore in New York. Further, he says the skyscraper "so clearly proclaims the terrorists have won." As one might guess, intelligent and respected New Yorkers are lining up to argue the contrary—and suggest that Banksy pack his spray paint and go home. This is one time we tend to agree with the Yankees.
Keystone Pipeline "Recreational Corridor"
We give Kinder Baumgardner an "A" for effort and creativity, but even he must know his plan to turn the Keystone Pipeline into a "recreational corridor" is unlikely to become reality. As the creative director for the SWA Group, a Houston-based architectural firm, Baumgardner has sent a proposal to the State Department and TransCanada Corp, suggesting the pipeline also include a bike trail. What’s not to like about a bike trail? Except this one’s 1,300 miles long and would cost $400 million to construct.
You know you’re big when you make news by taking items off the menu. McDonald’s is that big, of course, and they’re scrapping their Dollar Menu in favor of the Dollar & More Menu. Translation: the company can’t continue to sell items on the Dollar Menu for a dollar anymore. However, the menu transition at Micky Ds gave some creative types at Thrillist the idea to build a sandwich with all the things you’ll no longer be able to buy for a dollar. They called it the McMonstrosity. They made fun of it. Then they ate it. They called this giant sandwich "one of the grossest combinations of grease and sugar since the Jersey Shore crew worked at an ice cream shop."
Women Taking Control of Agriculture
Capital Press reports that women are changing the face of Oregon agriculture as they assume control of family farms. The article profiles several women who have shunned careers off the farm to return to their roots. One woman interviewed for the story said the trend of daughters returning to the farm "will help keep agriculture viable." We have no doubt about that.