From this Friday forward, Here's What's Awesome will bring you a fresh meme from the depths of web culture. This week, Misleading Doctor - who sets you up with a little news at the top of the image, only to turn that news on its head at the bottom of the image.
Next week on the Exchange – We begin looking at our state’s painkiller problem, New Hampshire nears the top when it comes to their abuse, we’ll look at what some in the state are doing about it. Then our Issue Tuesdays series continues as we compare the Republican Presidential candidates and their plans on the environment. We sit down with New Hampshire Public Radio's President Betsy Gardella, and on Friday we bring you a perennial favorite, our interview with Charles Dicken’s great great grandson who talks with us about the great author and performs part of his one-man Christmas Carol..
The state’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, or LCHIP, has funded 23 projects across the state. But this could be the last year the program exists to help protect everything from historic buildings, to forests, to farms.
The LCHIP managers say about $1 million in state money has leveraged about $ 13 million in projects. Executive Director Dijit Taylor says one unusual site involves a farm on the state’s western border.
“It includes two islands in the Connecticut River, one of which has the potential to be a campsite for people canoeing down the river.”
Back in the mid-2000's, peer to peer lending web sites like Prosper and Lending Club bet that ordinary people could take the place of banks. The business model was both daring and consistent with the hyper-connected internet culture. The idea was that people who needed loans could connect with investors willing to bet on getting paid back with a little interest. Prosper’s faith in crowd-sourcing replacing traditional risk-assessment tools used by banks turned out to be a mistake.
The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier today, with usual suspects Meryl Streep and George Clooney making the grade along with newcomers Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling getting nods for acting. Award nominations generally have some surprises for Hollywood, but the industry doesn’t always heed the message. As we approach the 2011 best-of-extravaganzas, Word of Mouth is asking two of our favorite movie critics to review some of the things Hollywood has learned.
The first-in-the-nation caucus state has been overflowing with Republican Presidential candidates, all hoping to be the number one choice of caucus-goers in early January. We’ll find out what they’re saying and how they’re playing in the Hawkeye State and how that compares to the campaign this year in New Hampshire.
At first, many New Englanders seemed on board with this alternative energy source, but now some these projects are encountering stiff breezes. We’ll find out how Wind Power is playing at the local level in the Granite State and how recent debates have become more nuanced and less black-and-white than in the past.
If there is a patron saint of modern Republican tax policy, it is economist Arthur Laffer. Laffer is best known for the Laffer Curve – a graph of the theory that under the right circumstances, a cut in tax rates produces higher tax revenues. The Laffer Curve was the keystone of so called Reaganomics.
Laffer was in Manchester today to present a very different idea – one that so far Republicans have been slow to embrace.
Yesterday, StateImpact liveblogged the Joint Economic Session. Members of the House and Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees gathered for hours to hear economists offer projections on where the global, national, and state economies are headed in 2012.
Every since I was a young boy, I played the... gumball? The Gumball Pinball Machine is a real-life mashup of two iconic machines - turn the gumball machine handle and three candies roll onto a baseball-themed pinball board.
Sadly, losing a ball doesn't mean snack time - it goes back into the rotation.
On a slightly related note, I found what may be the world's greatest pinball dance while writing this column. If the lighting had been better, total meme fodder. Dancing Pinball Player never tilts!