World’s Worst Social Media Top 20 List

 

Here we go again. Another day, another list.

Not sure what media entity put this together but it is part of a collection of similar lists that apparently we can’t resist clicking on. It is part of a catalog that includes “Tattoo Do’s and Don’ts”, “MORE Hot Chicks With Tattoos”, “Insane Man Caves” and “More WTF Tattoos!”

The “20 most dangerous neighborhoods in America” which has two sites in Memphis and one in West Memphis should probably also double as one of the 20 worst lists in America as well … with or without tattoos.

Consider: Downtown Memphis is #12. Of course this is a slide show. And when you get to Downtown Memphis you will see as the photo with this entry – because a list is nothing without the photo – the Memphis Police Association billboard reading “Danger enter at your own risk.” “This city does not support public safety.”

The paragraph that goes with all of this says that the 38126 zip code has a violent crime rate of 67.26 per 1,000 residents. No source given for the statistic or why the zip code for South Memphis is used in a listing for Downtown Memphis, which is 38103 and 38105.

The same zip code shows up in the #15 entry for the Gaston Park section of Memphis but with a different violent crime rate of 82.9 per 1,000 residents.

The photo to go with Gaston Park shows a photo from The Commercial Appeal of the demolition of the Cleaborn Homes public housing development with a back hoe visible.

“When homes in a neighborhood are allowed to look like the one pictured here, you know it must be a very bad area,” the entry reads without mentioning the backhoe in the picture just rammed the rather sizeable hole in the side of the brick building because it is being demolished and nobody lives there anymore – because it is being demolished. Did I add that it is being demolished. Because I don’t want to forget to add that it is being demolished.

There is one interesting statistic in this entry, however, which is useful if it is true.

“17 percent of its residents travel more than an hour to get to work which is the longest commute rate in the entire country.”

That sounds distinctly like a commute rate on the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

 

 

 

Congrats to Memphis companies on the 2013 Inc. 5000 list

Congratulations to the Memphis-area companies who made the 2013 Inc. 5000 list, Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S.

  • Pathmark Transportation
  • Evolve Bank and Trust
  • Logistical Systems
  • Memphis Invest
  • Pool Contractors Supply
  • Arthur Rubber Company
  • Monogram Food Solutions
  • Wunderlich Securities
  • directFX solutions
  • Cornerstone Systems
  • Unistar-Sparco Computers
  • remitDATA
  • archer-malmo
  • International Sourcing Co.

The full list is here.

Plough Foundation gives big gift to Rhodes College

The Plough Foundation has awarded a $4.4 million grant to Rhodes College to go toward the renovation and expansion of the college’s sciences facilities.

To that end, Rhodes will host a community celebration Aug. 21 at 4:15 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center lobby on the college’s campus.

In recent years, Rhodes has added new majors and academic programs in biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience, environmental sciences and studies, and community health and urban studies. Despite that fresh interest in the sciences, Rhodes’ current science buildings were built more than 50 years ago and need to be renovated to accommodate the type of research-based, interdisciplinary group work required in today’s environment.

 

David Brookings plays again in Memphis for the first time in four years

David Brookings is coming back to Memphis from the West Coast to play his first Memphis show since 2009 later this month.

He’ll be at the Poplar Lounge on Aug. 31 with special guests Chris Wilhite and Bryan Dease.

David, a singer-songwriter with a melodic, modern Beatle-y sound, worked at Sun Studio from 2003 to 2009. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area in the fall of 2009 to work for iTunes.

He still writes songs and has a sixth album due out in September.

Valerie June, and “a little bit of Memphis”

The New York Times has a nice write-up of Valerie June and her new music.

“It’s a little bit of Memphis,” she says about her new record. “I went to two churches – one was black, and one was predominantly white – and I learned about all kinds of music.”

Valerie’s website is here.

Dansette

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