“If we can find a bunch of billionaires around the world to move here, that would be a godsend,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said somewhat peevishly when the buildings — none yet completed, some yet to break ground — had become a political football in the campaign for his successor. “Because that’s where the revenue comes to take care of everybody else.” - today's NYT (emphasis mine)
This is just a super fucked up way of looking at the world, welcome back to serfdom, I guess. I didn't know that I needed the Koch brothers and all these other "tilt the world in my favor" assholes to "take care of" me. In fact, I'd outright disagree with it. There are a bunch of things you can read or watch to give you a better look at it, you might want to start with "Park Avenue" on Netflix while you're wrapping presents tonight. If you or I "need" people like Stephen Schwartzman, who once compared the prospect of actually charging income tax on income rather than letting people skate on this bullshit carried interest deal to Hitler's invasion of Poland, may god save us all.
In brighter news, today I resign at work. I'm moving back to RI in a few weeks. It's been lovely living in DC but I'm better off in RI. Riding and racing there is a bit of a question mark but the job I'll have there beats the snot out of the one I've got here and being about a half a day's travel closer to me family is going to be pretty good too.
Crashed on a grease spot near a construction site on Saturday. Stupid me, of all the people in the world I should know to expect the areas downhill from construction sites to be hella greasy but nope. Watching the front wheel let go is never a calming site. Good thing I'm skilled at crashing because if I'd put my arm out there's like a 90% chance I'd have a broken collarbone right now instead of just some nasty rash on my knee, hip, elbow, and shoulder.