Saturday, May 31, 2014
...You Missed the Starting Gun
The sh*t has hit the fan, Roshomon style with Canadian content. ("content" UPDATED)
UPDATE: Now with a Special Guest Appearance by Friend of the Blog and Unreconstructed Cheers fan Lance Mannion.
saturday night beneath the plastic palm trees
how the purity myth perpetuates rape culture
the 9 most influential works of scientific racism, ranked
why essentials have gotten more expensive while toys have gotten cheaper
Friday, May 30, 2014
Chickenhawks with Poor Strategy, or With Friends Like These...
- Report publicly and in detail that already strained resources are going to be Stressed Out Beyond All Repair
firedmarginalized and attacked for that.
- Be proven accurate; if anything, too optimistic
- Get re-hired to, among other things, try to clean up the mess you warned people would happen
- Watch others cut your funding repeatedly, which was never enough to deal with the original problem, let alone the exacerbations you cited.
- Watch those same others complain that you're not doing your job.
- Resign, in the hope that the same assholes who cut your funding will—for the first time in the past decade—actually support the mission you were trying to accomplish
- Have that resignation grudgingly accepted by a man who knows what a position he put you into
- Have some brain-dead twit who gets credited by many of the assholes mentioned above as Serious—you know, someone who opposed everything you said at the time, now admits you were right, but never gave the slightest thought to the consequences of what you were saying*—complain not that you were forced to resign, but that your boss's acknowledgement that you were making the best of an untenable situation is a bad thing.
*Note, in fact, that Yglesias's reasons are self-contained: as one reviewer of his self-serving Heads in the Sand noted:
Even in 2002, CIA analysts accepted the finding of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Saddam Hussein was not building nuclear weapons – the claims of The Threatening Storm ran contrary to the very best intelligence available at the time.
So the first three "reasons for a mistake"—Erroneous views of foreign policy in general, Elite signaling, and Misreading the Politics—are all exemplified by buying into the Pollack hype. (At least Ezra Klein acknowledges seeing Pollack saying at the time that it would be really easy to f*ck up an invasion. Yglesias must have been loathing left-wing antiwar activists that day.
homeschooling is just plain creepy
why is the nra afraid of studies on gun violence?
what language does your state speak?
Thursday, May 29, 2014
working at amazon is a soul-crushing experience
conservatives' strange obsession with slave mentality
and rip poet maya angelou
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
why does the right have such a problem with history?
prestigious colleges don't make you happier in work or life
the unbearable whiteness of liberal media
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
down the penrose lane
more at penrose on politics
pick up artists are using the santa barbara massacre as a marketing ploy
dumb moves that sound smart: buying a house
top 10 reasons the gop's benghazi witch hunt is just a fund raising ploy
Monday, May 26, 2014
isla vista. It's personal.
i think it resonates deeply with me after the slaughter on the streets.
science proves women aren't controlled by their periods
widespread anti-biotic resistance found across 71 environments
americans no longer trust the supreme court
Sunday, May 25, 2014
all the president's bankers
charter schools: fraud, mismanagement and waste
stop saying i have a boyfriend
Saturday, May 24, 2014
saturday night banjo
unions are unfairly blamed for detroit's woes
9 maps showing how climate change is affecting the us
school accused of covering up sexual assaults by students who are relatives of school district officials
(update: principal has been fired)
Friday, May 23, 2014
Got The Rooster, Got The Crow...
Yeah, folks, I'm still not dead -- and still lazy as ever. Enjoy...
here's the made in america memorial day cookout shopping list
americans raid their 401(k)s
the 6 principles of the new populism
Thursday, May 22, 2014
hedy lamar invented bluetooth in 1942
she blinded the gop with science
abandoned paris subway stations reborn as nightclubs
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
celebrating basic, the programming language that made computers personal
scotus is fighting to make the us a theocracy
the comic book universe in infographic form
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
freestyle on toca tuesdays
do you feel that mandatory love for babies?
usa: the world's newest third world nation
son of senator pushing for strict voter id laws caught with fake id
Monday, May 19, 2014
rainy days and mondays
the men who poisoned charleston's drinking water now have a new business
10 lessons every govt official should learn before considering privatization
and rip 50's crooner jerry vale and godfather/annie hall cinemaphotographer gordon willis
Sunday, May 18, 2014
women ceo's more likely than men to get fired
it's very expensive to be poor
fossil of a new flying dinosaur discovered in china
the next great plague: alzheimer's
Saturday, May 17, 2014
saturday night at the world
the wam! jill abramson reader
answering climate change deniers
us public pensions outperform peers in the 1st quarter
Friday, May 16, 2014
love you til friday
Thursday, May 15, 2014
every thursday night
inside the nra plot to terroruze america
the typical member of the 1% is an old, white man
take the quiz: contemporary christian music or 50 shades of grey
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
global fast food workers strike planned for tomorrow
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
forever tuesday morning
advertising revenue, not knowledge, is the goal of sunday morning chat shows
Monday, May 12, 2014
railway train football monday
racism isn't dead, it just has a better marketing department
who makes money off of standardized testing?
there's no evidence that executions defer crime
Sunday, May 11, 2014
your phone is giving away your position regardless of privacy settings
mega-church pastor committed adultery, viewed porn
anti-tax nuts threaten missouri's economy
Saturday, May 10, 2014
saturday night at the movies
the conservative argument for raising the minimum wage
young, well-behaved galaxy amazes astronomers
unload your 401(k)
Friday, May 09, 2014
living it up (friday night)
nearly 50 people busted for dancing on the subway this year
why is the media so silent about mental illness?
24 species of shark that have killed fewer people than jack bauer
Thursday, May 08, 2014
the nra vs. moms
the invisible warrior report: easy to be hard
couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
trayvor martin is happening agian
welcome to scarfolk...we hope you survive
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
forever in your tuesday
democrats that move to the right lose elections
privatized schools hurt poor kids
and, as we said before, congratulations to digby for winning a hillman prize!
Monday, May 05, 2014
environmental news stories sund....i mean monday
cangerous chemical invades west wichita drinking water. residents of a west wichita, kansas, neighborhood learned in march that their private water wells had been contaminated with pcf, a chemical likely to cause major health defects. they’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old - kmuw 89.1
wake up and smell the soaring cost of coffee. arabica coffee beans – by far the most popular variety of coffee – have been fetching around $2 a pound on the world market, double the price of a year ago. climate-related events in Brazil, the world’s biggest coffee grower, seem to be causing the most froth amongst international market traders - climate news network
climate change is clear and present danger, says landmark u.s. report. climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no american will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on tuesday - the guardian
india's farmer suicides: are deaths linked to gm cotton? more than 270,000 indian cotton farmers have killed themselves since 1995. campaigners say a contributing factor may be the high price of genetically modified seeds flooding the market, which is piling pressure on poorly paid growers, forcing many into a cycle of unmanageable debt. - the guardian
scientists warn of quake risk from fracking operations. underground disposal of wastewater from fracking may pose a much greater risk of causing dangerous earthquakes than previously believed, particularly in areas of the u.s. southwest and midwest where earthquake faults have not been mapped extensively, seismology researchers said - national geographic
‘above normal’ early season Interior alaska fire danger projected. fire officials are projecting “above normal” early summer wildfire danger this year in much of alaska, including most of the interior - fairbanks daily news miner
Freedom is Slavery: On the Occasion of Gary Becker's Death
11 September 1973 was a good thing, and not the day that led to all the rest of the medal-winners "great accomplishments."
push it to monday
why chocolate is good for you
why blogging and twitter are making us smarter
and yet, technological law will soon be re-shaped by people who don't use email
Sunday, May 04, 2014
the progressive revolt in american cities
court reporter really, really hated his job
new starwars movies: who needs girls?
Saturday, May 03, 2014
saturday night at the parties
how the obscenely wealthy are strangling our democracy
nyc cops get drunk and shoot civilians
and rip 60's tv star (and stephanie's dad) efram zimbalist, jr.
Friday, May 02, 2014
last friday night
and, america's middle class is no longer the world's richest
6 studies prove everything republicans know is wrong
apple's new commercial feature a song about a large penis
Thursday, May 01, 2014
every second thursday millionaires
indiana and tennessee have the most meth labs