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Bwoglines: Does The L Train Ever Work Edition

Happening in the World: One would think a world map would include all countries on Earth, but New Zealand seems to elude mapmakers across the globe. Ikea had to apologize when a Redditor posted a picture from a Washington, D.C Ikea, where they noticed the BJÖRKSTA world map did not include New Zealand. Fortunately (and unfortunately), New Zealand is used to it, and no true harm was done. Some New Zealanders have made light of these transgressions, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Even the New Zealand government’s 404 page doesn’t show New Zealand (on purpose though).

Happening in the US: Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, has declared a state of emergency as the state braces for its second snowstorm of the week. Seattle is predicted to receive 6-8 inches of snow, which is a lot for a state that averages 6.8 inches of snow in a year. If this does happen, it will be only the 4th time since 1991 that Seattle has gotten 6 inches of snow in one sitting. Though, some isolated areas of the Northwest are expected to get around a foot of snow. Due to the state of emergency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has limited the number of hours commercial truck drivers can be on the road. Only drivers transporting milk or de-icing roads are exempt.

Happening in NYC: After suffering from controversy, the L Train continues to have problems (shocker). In addition to the packed platforms and late trains came the smell of burning oil. The noxious odors began early this week. Passengers and MTA employees started to feel ill, and it all came to a head on Tuesday when passengers complained about the smell. After the complaints, service was stopped for 2 and a half hours to investigate the fuel smells at the Graham Ave stop in Williamsburg. However, MTA employees and passengers still reported the smell of fumes on Thursday. It is still unknown what exactly caused the smell, but the MTA says that they could have been caused by nonflammable heating oil outside of the subway system.

Happening on Campus: On Tuesday, Professor Ariana Mangual Figueroa from Rutgers will be giving the first lecture in a three-part series, Children and Youth on the Move titled “Speech or Silence?: Citizenship and Childhood in Contemporary Schooling.” Professor Figueroa will discuss a decade-long ethnographical study on mixed-status Latino families in the U.S. on whether students decide to disclose or disguise their legal status in school. In which, she argues that an analytic focus on how and when elementary school students begin to talk about their status. The talk will be held in Barnard Hall at 6 pm in the James Room.

Documentary of the Week: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. It’s amazing. I love it. I will never fold the same way again. She made folding my laundry fun and I thank her for it.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous We need to emulate the Tokyo Yamanote line with a mid-city loop, connecting all the major retail centers so lower middle class retail workers can gain job mobility and bargaining power.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Demandments of the Inner Slog

    As sitting is the new smoking, transit riders must always stand to avoid bladder flappers and beaner skid marks.

    Pedestrians will cross busy intersections with underground concourses.

    Cyclists must dismount at busy intersections. Drivers who force cyclists into illegalities will lose licenses.

    Commercial trash must be stored, if not moved, underground.

    Crossing tolls and transit fare will be congestion priced proportional to number of users in the previous two hours.

    Schools and libraries will be replaced with free wimax services.

    No curbside delivery during rush hours.

    Build a loop subway at the city half-radius connecting retail workers with major malls.

    An uninterrupted LI-NJ tunnel as well as east-west cross-Manhattan underground highways will be built.

    Thrice-lost homeless will be implanted with GPS and infusion pumps.

    Cameras will track panhandlers, performers and vagrants on trains and stations.

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