"What's on Tap" is a weekly round-up of stories and links that may be interesting to Drinking Liberally patrons.
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- The Capital Boulevard Corridor Study workshop is Thursday at Bobby Murray Chevrolet at 6:30 p.m. Register, attend, and speak up.
- Help the Raleigh Public Record track stimulus spending in Wake County. What do the projects look like? How many jobs remained after they were done? Were our tax dollars wasted?
- The state NAACP is planning a mass demonstration against the end of Wake County schools diversity policy on July 20. (Typical of the N&O, that’s about the extent of the story.)
- This Week in Congress, courtesy of Congress Matters and Daily Kos.
Local & State
- The Color Wall at the D. H. Hill Library at NCSU is back – it will be re-lit for Hillsborough Street’s grand reopening on September 25.
- Get your graze on. The Downtown Farmers’ Market GrazeFest is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Plaza in the 400 block of Fayetteville Street.
- The NC Pesticide Board (did you know there was such a thing?) tries to sweep AgMart under the rug.
- Is the Josephus Daniels House and Masonic lodge also the world’s smallest naval base?
- It’s late, and I just couldn’t come up with a better way to put this. So, just how small is your penis, anyway?
- Manly church? Again, how small is it?
- Thanks to a compromise Monday, the Senate finance reform bill will regulate swipe fees, the charges banks and credit card companies pass to merchants, who pass them to you.
- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has at least 67 votes to end the Senate practice of secret holds. But can she get Majority Leader Harry Reid to act?
- The BP oil disaster, as seen by God. It’s everywhere.
- The Texas GOP wants to keep government out of our lives. Oh, except for making everyone speak English whether they want to or not; requiring every woman seeking an abortion to have an invasive sonogram; interfering with medical breakthroughs by banning stem cell research; and making the issuance of a same-sex marriage license or the performance of a same-sex civil ceremony a state felony.
- That buzzing sound you hear? The vuvuzelas have come to America – and they may have cost the Florida Marlins a win.
- More oil is spilled in the Niger delta in Nigeria every year than has been lost in the BP-Transocean Gulf of Mexico disaster.
- The Betacup project is devoted to solving the problem of the wasteful disposable coffee cup. See the winner and finalists here.
- “Yes to coriander, no to Kassams”: Israel lifts ban on civilian goods that allegedly never existed.
- The world has nuked itself over two thousand times, with half of those in Nevada and the surrounding desert. Try to stop watching this video – I dare you.
- Russia says Belarus owes them $192 million. Belarus says fine, but Russia owes Belarus $217 million. So Russia does what anyone would expect them to do – they threaten to cut the supply of gas to Belarus by up to 85%. The world is flat, indeed.
- A European satellite has discovered six new exoplanets, bringing the number of discovered planets outside our solar system to about 450.
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