Tag Archives: Detroit
+ Videos of Saudi Women Daring to Drive | Social media is helping to change the world once again.
The main force behind the protest is Manal Al Sharif, who was arrested on May 22nd for disturbing the public order by uploading a video to YouTube of herself driving. In that video, Sharif and the woman filming her lament the humiliations and expenses that women must endure by having to depend on taxis, hired drivers, or family members for rides. One woman she knows spends a third of her salary on her driver, Sharif says.
+ What I Learned From Architect Barbie | Barbie gets a makeover, and a new career, thanks to a University of Michigan research fellow.
I had expected Barbie to show up in a black power suit and Corbusier eyeglasses. In other words, architecture would come first, Barbie second. Instead, some students reversed the order. Their dolls explored architecture on Barbie’s own terms, from an über-feminine angle that celebrated fashion, hairstyles and makeup. In these dolls, I was confronted by the “femmenism” or “girl power” of a younger generation, which seeks empowerment by playing up femininity in contexts that prohibit it.
+ Detroit’s school for young moms rescued from closure | Although the school will be taken over by a charter school company, it is a major victory for young women in need of more flexible education opportunities.
A school for teen mothers with a 90% graduation rate (almost twice the national average) was slated for closure this year due to the draconian budget cuts being administered in Detroit. To add additional controversy, the decision was made by anemergency manager, appointed by the Governor, in a seeming effort to side-step the decision-making powers of elected officials.
This is an ancient kind of story, Amber’s is. We hold up “fallen” women as cautionary tales so that others will know not to follow their wanton paths. But being propped up as the fallen woman is never very much fun.
+ Yoplait Pulls Ad Accused of Promoting Eating Disorders | When advertising crosses the fine line between promoting a product and encouraging unhealthy behavior.
Today the National Eating Disorders Association applauded Yoplait for agreeing to pull a yogurt ad that echos the internal monologue of someone suffering from an eating disorder. In its defense, the company says it didn’t see anything wrong with the ad — and that’s precisely the problem.
President Obama exits following his address on Monday.
Many of you have been going through tough times for longer than you care to remember.Â And I won’t pretend that the tough times are over.Â I can’t promise you there isn’t more difficulty to come.Â But what I can promise you is this:Â I will fight for you.Â You’re the reason I’m here today.Â I got my start fighting for working families in the shadows of a shuttered steel plant.Â I wake up every single day asking myself what can I do to give you and working people all across this country a fair shot at the American Dream. (March 30, 2009)
“Good, but not good enough.” President Obama emphasized this particular point in yesterday’s address that focused on the administration’s recommendations for the struggling U.S. auto industry. Recall in February, GM and Chrysler both offered to restructure their companies and provide the government with comprehensive plans to stay afloat. After thorough evaluation, Obama’s Auto Task Force decided that the the plans don’t go far enough in attacking the problems plaguing the auto companies and put a date on company restructuring.
The reactions to the administration’sÂ have varied from agreement to resigned dissent. Unsurprisingly, the Michigan delegation, though voicing support for the plan, is deeply concerned with the possible repercussions of the recommendations on an already struggling state. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) wrote only today, “I urge the Obama administration to review carefully the progress made by Chrysler and GM in 30 and 60 days, respectively, and give strong consideration to allowing more time for restructuring. The fate of these corporations and their cumulative impact on the national economy are too important to be subjected to an arbitrary deadline” (USA Today).
Is the deadline “arbitrary” and unjustified? There’s obviously multiple perspectives. Take a look at the actual plan and then make your own decision.
And it’s understandably a mitten’s great fear
That the automotive industry will dissolve, disappear.
So then tell me your take
On this new driving stake
Just whisper sweet wheels to my out of state ear.
The Great Cobo Hall
A Quick Guide to the deal that is currently tearing Detroit apart:
Cobo Hall was built in 1960 as a convention center to serve Detroit. It is most famous for being the home of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), although at various times it has been the home of the Pistons, a soccer team, Madonna, Bob Seger, and, most recently, Jay-Z. Since construction, Cobo Hall has fallen into severe disrepair, poor oversight and management, and an ever increasing amount of debt. The past two directors of Cobo have admitted to taking bribes and the hall operates at a net loss of $15 million dollars a year for the Detroit general fund.
Additionally, attendees of the NAIAS have started threatening to move their product debuts to other auto shows. ie Chicago. A move of the NAIAS would instantly remove $500,000 dollars a year from Detroit’s economy and possibly affect nearly 16,000 jobs that depend on the NAIAS.
With the City of Detroit broke and Cobo losing money a host of regional interests banded together to help renovate and expand Cobo. Together Governor Granholm, the State Legislature, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties, and the City of Detroit constructing a plan to remove Cobo from direct oversight by the City of Detroit and by administered by a board representing the five regional interests. Additionally, the State would fund a renovation and huge expansion of Cobo to fit grow needs.
All decisions of the five member board must be unanimous in order to pass. Meaning that Detroit would still have a significant veto and say in the future of Cobo. This regional agreement has passed the State Legislature and all other parties, except the Detroit City Council.
The Wrench (more…)
Yes, true, there’s much more to this news
Yet it’s Obama’s rhyming that fore me does amuse!
But for the sake of intellect
Please go ahead and dissect
What you think of this car plan, does it help or abuse?
U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI) put his pen to the paper (or Internet, really) yesterday in a small opinion piece on the Huffington Post. Geithner’s recent announcement of TARP 2, with its sparse details, sent ripples a few days ago. Conyers comments on both Geithner and the steps needed to make American citizens “hopeful again.)
The strength or weakness of the Obama plan shouldn’t be measured in terms of the day-to-day nerves of investors. I think there are three measures that make more sense: (1) in the short term, does the public at large think that this administration has learned from the mistakes of the Bush administration; (2) also in the short term, does the public at large think that this administration knows what it is doing and has a specific way forward that will work; and (3) in the long term, did the plan work? (Rep. Conyers, Huffington Post)
Check it out.
I wanted to find a picture of the event described below.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm, waving a sign that said â€œWeâ€™re electric,â€ walked behind the Chevy Volt with GM employees as the car led the procession of 2010 models gleaming in the lights and flashbulbs.
~ The Detroit Free Press – describing the unveiling of electric cars at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show
Last week Governor Gladiator (Granholm) announced the creation of nearly 7,500 jobs in the State of Michigan and billions of dollars that are going to be invested in these new jobs.
Also, last week President Bush bypassed the Southern Resistance (Senators Corker, McConnell, and Shelby) and created his own auto industry bailout. Funny thing was, the bailout turned out to be almost exactly like what the Senate would have passed two weeks ago. This will aid the industry in these next couple of months and hopefully usher a new era of strength in the American auto industry. You have to give it up to the UAW, the Big Three, Democrats, and President Bush (gasp) for working together and seeing the need to stand with the American worker.
One more thing on the Southern Resistance – (more…)