WBEZ | platinum coin http://www.wbez.org/tags/platinum-coin Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Big gamble proposed for Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/big-gamble-proposed-chicago-104760 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/guns_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagoarchitecturetoday/6308304166/" target="_blank" title="Ext 01 by Chicago Architecture Today, on Flickr"><img align="right" alt="Ext 01" height="214" src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6108/6308304166_704c3c592f_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></p><p><strong>CHICAGO GAMBLE: CASINO AT THOMPSON CENTER?</strong> Two key leaders of the city&#39;s labor and business organizations are proposing <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/17444009-761/labor-chief-pushes-for-casino-at-thompson-center.html">turning the <strong>James R. Thompson Center</strong> into a casino and hotel complex</a>. The mayor&#39;s communications director tells the <em>Sun-Times</em> it&#39;s too early to talk about location for a casino, but she says the city and the state are losing money by delaying a decision to bring casino gambling to Chicago.</p><ul><li><i>Crain&#39;s Chicago Business:&nbsp;</i><a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130107/BLOGS02/130109853/rta-threatens-to-cut-off-cta-metra-funds?CSEdit=1">RTA threatens to cut off CTA, Metra funding</a>.</li></ul><p><b>WHEN YOU WANT TO SHOW YOUR GUN YOU REALLY CARE. </b>Gun-rights activists inspired by last year&#39;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/01/157731345/chick-fil-a-appreciation-day-brings-out-supportive-crowds">Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day</a> have declared Jan. 19 &quot;<a href="http://gunappreciationday.com/">Gun Appreciation Day</a>.&quot; NPR&#39;s Mark Memmott notes that date falls not coincidentally <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/07/168800569/gun-appreciation-day-is-jan-19-conservative-groups-declare">just before Barack Obama&#39;s second inauguration</a>.</p><ul><li>Obama inauguration tickets&nbsp;<a href="http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/545/article/p2p-73937420/">mistakenly put on sale early</a>.</li></ul><p><a href="http://balkin.blogspot.com/2011/07/obamas-top-secret-plan-to-solve-debt.html" title="Trillion Dollar Coin by DonkeyHotey, on Flickr"><img alt="Trillion Dollar Coin by DonkeyHotey, on Flickr" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8497/8349514053_2145ff6522_m.jpg" style="float: right; width: 220px; height: 220px;" /></a></p><p><b>TO COIN A RAISE.</b> Could President Obama use a technicality -- <a href="http://balkin.blogspot.com/2011/07/obamas-top-secret-plan-to-solve-debt.html">the power to mint platinum coins in any denomination, including <b>a trillion dollars</b></a> -- to dodge the debt ceiling if Congress doesn&#39;t act by this summer? <a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/422658/january-07-2013/the-platinum-debt-ceiling-solution">Stephen Colbert says</a> Americans should have seen it coming in Obama&#39;s original campaign slogan: &quot;Change.&quot;</p><ul><li><i>Gawker:&nbsp;</i>Could platinum coin&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5973717/your-guide-to-the-trillion+dollar-platinum-coin-that-obama-can-mint-to-save-the-world">drive plot of&nbsp;<i>Ocean&#39;s 14</i></a>?</li><li>Wired:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/01/brennan-2/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+wired/index+(Wired:+Top+Stories)">&quot;If You Thought Obama&rsquo;s Drone Godfather Was Powerful, Wait &lsquo;Til He&rsquo;s at the CIA</a>.&quot;</li></ul><p><b>HEY, CITY OF CHICAGO: PAY ATTENTION.</b>&nbsp;New York City is&nbsp;<a href="http://transportationnation.org/2013/01/07/nyc-unclutters-parking-signs-with-redesign/">uncluttering its parking signs</a>&nbsp;with the help of a firm that also&nbsp;<a href="http://new.pentagram.com/2012/02/new-work-microsoft/">designed the new logo for Microsoft&#39;s Windows 8</a>.</p><p><b>CROWDED HOUSE RACE.</b> In the election to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. as the 2nd Congressional District&#39;s voice in Congress, <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2013/01/_22_people_in_all_file_as_candidates_for_the_illinois_2nd_congressional_district.html">22 people have filed as candidates</a>: 17 Democrats and 5 Republicans.</p><ul><li>Eric Zorn: Letter to state lawmakers advances &quot;<a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2013/01/worst-argument-ever.html">absolute stupidest argument against gay marriage</a>.&quot;</li></ul><p><object align="right" height="220" width="220"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74033128&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=artwork" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="220" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74033128&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=artwork" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="220"></embed></object><b>JOURNALISM TODAY.</b></p><ul><li><i>Politico</i>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/politico-layoffs_n_2425623.html">lays off staffers</a>&nbsp;in post-election restructuring.</li><li>On WBEZ&#39;s&nbsp;<strong><i><a href="https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/magazine-heaven?in=afternoonshiftwbez/sets/week-of-january-7-2013">Afternoon Shift</a></i></strong>, Rick Kogan spotlights Chicago&#39;s City Newsstand -- the Midwest&#39;s largest magazine store.</li><li>During Consumer Electronics Show, AP running&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ap.org/Content/Press-Release/2013/AP-provides-sponsored-tweets-during-electronics-show">sponsored Tweets</a>&nbsp;-- from Samsung -- on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ap">its primary Twitter account</a>.</li><li><i>The Atlantic:</i>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/01/181354-people-twitter-think-theyre-experts-twitter/60686/">181,354 People on Twitter Think They&#39;re Experts at Twitter</a>.</li><li><i>The Onion:</i>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/4-copy-editors-killed-in-ongoing-ap-style-chicago,30806/">4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence</a>.</li></ul><p><strong>NETFLIX ADDS.</strong> &quot;Revolution&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Fringe&quot; are among the shows to be available on-demand in <a href="http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/01/netflix-warner-bros/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+wired/index+(Wired:+Top+Stories)">a new deal with Warner Bros</a>.</p><ul><li>McDonald&#39;s <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/mcdonalds-mighty-wings_n_2425645.html">testing &quot;Mighty Wings&quot;</a> in Chicago.</li></ul><hr /><p><object align="right" height="220" width="220"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74007156&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=artwork" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed align="right" allowscriptaccess="always" height="220" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74007156&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=artwork" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="220"></embed></object><em>Clarifying an item <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/chicago-digital-104727">in this blog</a> and on <a href="https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/011307-morning-shift-seg-d">yesterday&#39;s edition of <b>Morning Shift</b></a>: A source within the Chicago Tribune (where this blogger worked for 11 years) confirms that yesterday&#39;s wraparound ad for &quot;Book of Mormon&quot; wasn&#39;t a first for the paper.</em></p><p><em>Soundtrack for preparation of this edition: Crowded House, &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjBwAYIxUso">Don&#39;t Dream It&#39;s Over</a>.&quot;</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/taxonomy/term/22441/feed">Follow this blog by RSS</a>. 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