Newsweek May 22, 2013

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01 pedal power

THE KENT Avenue Speedway is a one-mile-long straightaway that cuts through a bustling waterfront neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in an area where luxurious glass condominiums grow up between crumbling brick warehouses on the banks of the East River. It’s a racetrack. Or, rather, a “racetrack”—in reality just a stretch of bike lane some tech-savvy cyclist decided to turn into a competitive space. So he marked it on Strava, a premiere cycling app that uses GPS to let cyclists track their rides, record their best times, and share the news with friends and competitors. The starting gate sits where Franklin Avenue meets Kent, the finish line near the base of the Williamsburg Bridge. To date, 1,568 different cyclists have competed on the raceway a total of 4,710 times, all tracking their performances…

drying up

VENEZUELANS KNOW about adversity. Throughout Hugo Chávez’s erratic 14-year rule, blackouts were as common— and seemingly as endless—as El Comandante’s harangues. And sugar, coffee, and meat regularly went missing from the markets. Yet Chávez always managed to rise above it all, deftly blaming the usual suspects— capitalist speculators, provocateurs, and elite media—and then airlifting in butter and milk for the people. Pity poor Nicolás Maduro, Chávez’s handpicked successor, who inherited Venezuela’s dysfunctional economy but none of the bons mots or Machiavellian guile that characterized his larger-than-life political godfather. And with Venezuelans running low on toilet paper, Maduro should be worried. The shortage is breeding not just anger but political blowback for the regime. “Down with government! Long live Chávez,” is the telling message scrawled on one wall in Caracas, where the struggle…

03 gawker’s crack gamble

TORONTO MAYOR Rob Ford entered City Hall on Tuesday with his back to a throng of reporters who had gathered at the elevator to follow him. But Ford wasn’t going to escape that easily to the City Council meeting on a casino expansion—after all, it’s not every day that there’s a video going for $200,000 that allegedly features the mayor smoking crack cocaine. But then again, this is Rob Ford we are talking about—only six months ago, an Ontario judge ordered that Ford be removed from office after improperly using the city’s letterhead to solicit $3,150 in donations for his high-school football charity. Ford later won on appeal and remains in office. But back to the alleged crack smoking. On Thursday, Gawker posted a lengthy description of a video the website…

04 happy tumblring

YAHOO, MEET Tumblr. Tumblr, meet Yahoo. Please don’t mess with any of our favorite Tumblrs, like the beauties below. BEST TUMBLR FOR BREAKING NEWS SHORTFORMBLOG What’s black and white and red all over? ShortFormBlog, of course.eye-catching breakouts and easily digestible numbers. The folks behind Short-FormBlog really understand how to adjust Tumblr’s features to deliver the most visually engaging way to tell the day’s big story. MOST LOL-WORTHY ANIMAL TUMBLR CATS THAT LOOK LIKE RON SWANSON Pawnee City Parks Director Ron Swanson of NBC’s Parks and Recreation likes whiskey, woodworking, and red meat. His dislikes? Any form of leafy vegetable and organized government. No word on whether or not cats are included on that list, but we hope he’s flattered by these furry feline lookalikes. BEST CROWDSOURCED TECH TUMBLR THE INTERNET WISHLIST Do you wish Google Glass could scan someone’s…

enough about jonathan karl

FOR OBAMA’S supporters, the true Benghazi scandal at the moment has nothing to do with the White House. No, the scandal is about ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. The Karl saga began earlier this month, when he reported that the administration’s public talking points about the Benghazi attacks went through 12 revisions before Susan Rice read them on the Sunday shows. Previously, the White House had said that it made only one change to the talking points that were crafted by the CIA. But Karl’s story, along with an earlier dispatch by The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes, obliterated this contention. They showed that a number of topics discussed in the initial CIA draft—prior attacks on Western targets in Benghazi, warnings of the deteriorating security situation, the radical group Ansar…

06 the great breast-feeding guilt trip

AT A neighborhood children’s fair this month, a friend who had just had her third child six weeks earlier ran into another mother. “Are you breast-feeding?” the woman immediately asked my friend. My friend answered that she was not, for a medical reason. The other woman expressed her horror. And 15 minutes later, she found my friend once more. “I can swing by your house and drop off some breast milk,” she offered. Stunned, my friend thanked her, but told her it would not be necessary. In the era of competitive parenting, my friend is among many mothers socially shunned for offering her children FDA-approved formula. Public policy to encourage breast-feeding has also piled on the guilt, with New York’s “Latch On NYC” urging hospitals to “restrict access to infant formula by hospital staff,…