No. 112: Taking in the Long View

⁂ Nashville's Alt-Daily ⁂ Nashville Parks · Woo-Girls on Pedal Taverns · Bitcoin Bulls · Woke-acracy · Much More!

Good morning everyone.

A cool, sunny fall day is ahead of us here in Nashville. Below, we take a tour through time with William Harwood as he gives a brief, cosmic tour of the Nashville park system, discuss the impending transpotainment ordinance on the docket at tonight's council meeting, and put Bitcoin's latest bull run into perspective.  

Last night, the Titans eeked out an upset win against the Buffalo Bills, 34-31, on the back of another stellar performance from Derrick Henry.

Thanks for reading.

Entertainment
William Harwood kicks off his series exploring the parks of Nashville with a timeless view from Luke Lea Heights tracing the origins of the city, its park system, and possibly even life itself (Read)
Nashville

🎉 PLEASE DON'T STOP THE WOO-GIRLS

Nashville Metro Council will be meeting tonight and the spicy topic of the evening will be downtown party vehicles — known euphemistically as transpotainment. We give this ordinance discussion a 200 on the Scoville heat scale - about the spice of a pepperoncino — because the only people who really care about the implications of this ordinance are downtown alco-preneurs. On the flip side are the annoyed locals who dodge pedestrians in the downtown area like a game of frogger while navigating all sorts of obscure vehicles filled with inebriated passengers that flood the streets of lower Broadway and Midtown. Of course, the moms of the Hume-Fogg High School children who got flashed by a pedal tavern patron certainly won’t be too averse to seeing new regulations for the party vehicles either.

Up for its 3rd and final vote, the ordinance calls for the creation of a metropolitan transportation licensing commission that will inspect and license entertainment transportation. The most notable adjustment will be to the mechanisms of enclosure. The vehicles will need to have the proper metal, plexiglass, or glass sides and a roof to continue operation.

WILDEST TRANSPOTAINMENT OPTIONS

The appeal of the transpotainment industry lies in recreating the thrill of drinking while in a moving vehicle—a slow-moving vehicle—without the attendant risk of getting arrested.

  • Jacked Up Monster Truck A monster truck with what looks like two wooden benches bolted to the truck bed so you can drink alcohol in a moving vehicle.
  • The Nashville Tractor A tractor pulls a trailer that can fit up to 40 people so you can stand up and drink alcohol in a moving vehicle.
  • Music City Party Tub The most infamous party ride: a trailer with a big bathtub in the back so you can drink alcohol in a moving vehicle.
  • Hell on Wheels A big military truck with two guardrails affixed so you can drink alcohol in the back of a moving vehicle.
  • Music City Party Fire Engine Yeah. It's just a fire truck modified to drink alcohol on while it's in gear.

HEADLINES

  • Cooper outpaces challenger Kelly as redistricting looms (Post)

DEVELOPMENT

  • Medical office building sells for $8.56M (Post)
  • Dowdle Completes The Adaptive Reuse Of Bellevue Theatre (Now Next)
  • One Bredesen-founded company acquires another (Post)
  • South Nashville apartment complex sells for $15.5M (Post)
  • La Quinta Inn located on Donelson Pike sells for $8M (Post)
  • N.C. development company pays $32.52M for ballpark-area site (Post)
National

📈 Bitcoin Blow Out

Bitcoin is in the midst of another bull cycle floating near its all-time high of $64,863. It's been an appropriately wild year for the original cryptocurrency as inflation fears wash through the nation and establishment players begin to take strong stakes for and against it.

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, in good company with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, says "Bitcoin is worthless", "unsustainable", and, in some cases, "dangerous". Meanwhile, a loose coalition of personalities like dot-com huckster Mark Cuban, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and a smattering of emerging personalities like Anthony Pompliano and Nic Carter take up its defense. Tomorrow, the first Bitcoin ETF hits the NYSE. Politicians such as Blake Masters in Arizona, Cynthia Lummis in Wyoming, and Mayor of Jackson, Tennessee, Scott Conger have incorporated Bitcoin into their platforms. Twitter has recently allowed users to "tip" one another using Bitcoin using a layer-two technology called the Lightning Network.

Many Bitcoin advocates point to Gold as Bitcoin's main competitor. Gold has a market cap of $11 trillion and Bitcoin of $1.1 trillion. Both assets possess a similar value proposition and offer investors a predictable, stable supply flow disconnected, in theory, from the fiscal gymnastics of the Central Banks. The wealth generated by Bitcoin, and other associated cryptocurrencies like Ehtereum, continues to fall into the hands of people with strong anti-establishment attitudes.

Silicon Valley's politics have often been eulogized as somewhere between libertarian and techno-utopian socialism depending on where in the media cycle we are, but never before has a group of technologists eaten the proverbial political dog food themselves. Bitcoin represents a material rebuttal to the growing tyranny of United States monetary policy. In the coming years, it's likely that the money entering American politics will grow a new appendage helmed by the crypto-community beating the "End the Fed" drum with more consequence than any prior coalition. Something to keep an eye on.

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🦄 WOKE-ACRACY

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Covid Gutter
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OPINION

HEADLINES

  • TSA says 40 percent of workforce unvaccinated ahead of November deadline (The Hill)
  • Heavy-handed Melbourne police 'check coffee cups' to ensure residents aren't violating mask mandates (Telegraph)
  • Florida currently has the LOWEST per capita COVID cases among the contiguous 48 states. (NYT)
  • Unlike LA, San Diego won’t issue an indoor COVID-19 vaccine mandate, county says (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Former Atlanta Hawks guard Brandon Goodwin claims COVID-19 vaccine ended his season (Peachtree Hoops)
Around the Web

🌅 MUST READ: “Biopolitics” Are Unavoidable In the struggle to fight COVID-19, terms like “public health” and “community health” have been bandied about in an attempt to describe the ways in which our health as individuals is not dependent on ourselves alone.

🐝 The Christians Who Mock Wokeness for a Living The Babylon Bee, an online satire publication, has become a popular destination for Christians disaffected with megachurch culture and right-wingers who crave clever commentary about the hypocritical left.

☢️ Researchers find few adverse health effects in wildlife exposed to low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident The research team studied rat snakes and wild boar across a range of radiation exposures, examining biomarkers of DNA damage and stress.

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