Links: Funding an Arena, Hawking on Heaven, a Newt's Twitter

In an article on the future of the New York Islanders hockey club, Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy takes the objectivity he has been using up until the final paragraph and throws it out the window:
So it's up to Nassau County voters on Monday to decide if they're better off with a revenue-generating arena for the next 30 years or let Nassau Coliseum's main tenant leave, thereby losing millions in potential tax revenues and more importantly, jobs.
This ending leaves a bitter taste in one's mouth, because the rest of the article is actually quite informative.  So, why the need make a judgement?  In any case, voters rejected the proposal by "about 57 percent to 43 percent".  I'll leave you to make your own snarky comment about Leahy's article - it's way too easy - and instead make a snarky comment regarding TSN's reaction:
The cost to run the referendum was estimated to be $2 million, which Wang said he would pay, but only if voters approve the project.
Ha!  Sounds awfully similar to the old ploy of, "If you're not gonna vote for me, don't vote at all."  I have no opinion on whether Nassau County was right or wrong to vote against the proposal - it's a tough position either way, and I'm not the one that'll have to be paying for it - but insulting them for their decision is wrong and trying to force a county that's already in financial trouble to vote your way using the threat of money is even worse.


Click this link for the headline, read it for Hawking's illuminating observations.


Newt Gingrich (you know, just another lame duck trying to win an irrelevant nomination for an irrelevant election) has 1,325,842 followers.  So, what, right?  Most of them are probably fake, or something, right?  Yeah, right.  According to a former staff member, "Newt employs a variety of agencies whose sole purpose is to procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them."

That's just hilarious.  Gingrich is the only reason I'm paying attention to this whole affair; it's like watching George W. Bush, but without the fear that he may actually do something genuinely dangerous (which he unfortunately did).

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