Thanks, Barry Ritholtz
❝ According to Micah Latter, who lives on Gay Street in New York City, someone has been chaining a massive wooden cross to various fences around her neighborhood since Good Friday. It’s fairly safe to say that whoever is responsible is trying to make a statement, which is odd considering that the street was named in 1833, when the word ‘gay’ had a much different meaning.
❝ Latter explains on Instagram that the cross first showed up chained and locked to her apartment gate, and that the owner kept moving it around every few days. So this weekend, Latter’s neighborhood banded together to make sure whoever is moving the cross gets a surprise when they next pay a visit.
They turned it into a “love cross” by painting it in the rainbow colors of the pride flag.
❝ “As a Christian, the cross is a sign of love, peace, and hope and it was clear the mysterious owner of the cross was not sharing those same values…”
A friend suggested to Latter that she should celebrate the cross rather than letting it get to her. So on Saturday, she texted equally frustrated neighbors with her plan: “We’re rainbow painting the cross. I’ll bring paint and Champagne for anyone that can make it.”
❝ Latter estimates that more than 50 people showed up, and it wasn’t just neighbors.
❝ “My favorite part of the event were locals sharing the experience with strangers. We had two tourists from Brazil stay for the entire painting; we had kids skateboarding by stop to paint; we had many straight couples, gay couples, and a transgender couple all sit, paint, talk, and stand in the street sharing stories. It was a magical NYC moment.”
Latter also added her own locks, so that the owner can’t remove the cross. “It belongs to the street now…”
❝ Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center generate groundwater and soil moisture drought indicators each week. They are based on terrestrial water storage observations derived from GRACE satellite data and integrated with other observations, using a sophisticated numerical model of land surface water and energy processes.
❝ The drought indicators describe current wet or dry conditions, expressed as a percentile showing the probability of occurrence within the period of record from 1948 to the present, with lower values (warm colors) meaning dryer than normal, and higher values (blues) meaning wetter than normal. These are provided as both images and binary data files.
Important stuff even if you don’t earn your living from the land. That ain’t a large number of folks as the percentage of US population. Their products are significant even in a global economy.
Sooner or later, everything in these maps is going to affect your life.