Urbana Natura in New York

The New York Daily News has a slideshow up on New York’s urban jungle: wild animals around town. Animals: some people hate them, fear them. I love them, all kinds–and they seep through our cities because of our choices and their needs.

Good for Mary Tyler Moore, btw. It’s one thing you don’t want animals inside your own apartment, but it’s another to try to remove them from the city entirely. Yes, they can and do smell and make a mess. Man up: the city needs a sentience besides our own.

And that Yates guy is totally not getting his damage deposit back.

This is what we should be spending ARRA money on

Take a a look at this story:

Toxic Waters – Saving U.S. Water and Sewer Systems Would Be Costly – NYTimes.com

Water managers and infrastructure needs specialists have been warning us for years that our water infrastructure is big trouble. It’s been hard to get any attention paid to the sector, since there are no bridge collapses.

We finally got a big Federal commitment to infrastructure–$10 Billion–but that is only going to scratch the surface.

This quote I think is particularly telling:

“We’re relying on water systems built by our great-grandparents, and no one wants to pay for the decades we’ve spent ignoring them,” said Jeffrey K. Griffiths, a professor at Tufts University and a member of the E.P.A.’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council.

Americans need to grow up and learn that government services cost money.