s skippy the bush kangaroo: August 2016

skippy the bush kangaroo

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

the wednesday cheesy song

does elon musk even understand urban geometry?

a new radical liberalism can counter trump

economic anxiety is (part of) why white men are so pissed off

new research completely rewrites the history of hiv in america

and now it's time to play "cheese or font?"

posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

tuesday afternoon

trump's economic team is a who's who of what's wrong

of course clinton will be hawkish as president

is black lives matter turning socialist?

voting rights victories are piling up

we transcribe entire donald trump sentences so you don't have to

and rip the best willy wonka, and secret ingredient of mel brooks' greatest films, gene wilder
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 11 comments

Monday, August 29, 2016

Random Notes of the Weekend...and beyond

  1. I love Kellie Pickler, but I cannot watch I Love Kellie Pickler. Parallels to Buck Owens trying to return to his legendary music career post-Hee-Haw are unfair in amplitude, but not frequency.

  2. When Larry Summers is in a position of power, his positive accomplishments are rather limited (at best). When he is out of power, though, he often makes a solid back-bencher, as with this subtlety:
    But to say that the case for a rate increase has strengthened is not to say that it has reached the point of being persuasive.
    That is quality trolling.

  3. The lack of an Ombudsman at the New York Times means Maggie Haberman will still have a job after today.

  4. Tyler Cowen apparently believes (I suspect "thinks" is not accurate) that Heather Boushey's research findings (which he declares to be "thoughtful and intelligent") do not justify government policies. In other news, water is wet.

  5. I leave McMegan's most recent idiocy on health insurance to Susan of Texas, because she should be given credit for hitting the trifecta, with this for the win and this for show fitting on either side.
posted by Ken Houghton at 2:10 PM | 2 comments

monday shut down

george w. bush and the hole in history

noaa confirms 2015 highest everything for global warming

how comcast convinced customers to buy "nearly worthless" service plans

humpback whales have been observed saving other animals from killer orcas

mississippi police want to arrest satanists for turning dead people gay
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 1 comments

Sunday, August 28, 2016

sunday bloody sunday

many web sites are designed to be intentionally confusing

donald trump is not a novelty

why denying climate change is a violation of human rights

woman accidentally killed during police demonstration on lethal force

tired of waiting for corporate high speed internet, minnesota town builds its own

and rip the man who developed the grandfather of the modern laptop computer, john ellenby
posted by skippy at 1:28 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, August 27, 2016

dublin saturday night

we're trashing the oceans, and they're returning the favor by making us sick

get ready for the largest prison strike in history

6 human activities that pose the biggest threat to drinking water

crows use things to carry things, a feat previously thought to be accomplished only by humans

the chinese  tunnel of books
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 1 comments

Friday, August 26, 2016

full frontal fridays

hillary clinton will be good for business says chamber of commerce lobbyist

why insects are declining and why it matters

the white nonsense round-up on social media

english bulldogs have reached a genetic dead-end

the smithsonian will pay you $64,000 a year to drink beer 

and rip choo choo from top cat, former aftra president and great character actor marvin kaplan

posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, August 25, 2016

thursday strut

trump used campaign contributions to buy $55,000 of his own book

u.s. officials are no longer talking about defeating isis

let's stop labeling 14 year olds as sex offenders

white people think racism is getting worse.  against white people

the after-school satan club 
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

spring summer and wednesdays

donald trump is hardly unique

america is  losing its longest war

the most and least federally dependent states

the case against the media by the media

here's a list of every sexist moment from the olympics
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

tuesday after

is the present worse than any futuristic dystopia?

obama's legacy:  are black voters still fired up?

ford considers closing factories and raising prices in europe after brexit

sea food chain in hot water over "cold fish hillary" ads

the best joint-roller in the world
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Monday, August 22, 2016

monday school

costs of hospital procedures almost impossible to find online

america keeps lethal nukes all over europe for no good reason

cities need more mass transit, not more uber

taking out a reverse mortgage ruined my life

instead of asking "are robots becoming more human" we should ask "are humans becomimng more rototic?"

posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, August 21, 2016

sunday best

why obama has failed to close guantanamo

the oil glut could be much smaller than believed

bush official:  saudi ties to 9/11 hidden to protect iraqi war narrative

u.s. responsible for 1/2 of the world's arms sales

8 years after they helped wreck the economy, ireland sends 3 bankers to jail
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, August 20, 2016

posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

drive-in saturday

england's plastic bag usage drops by 85%

stockholm syndrome:  why unions must stop backing anti-labor candidates in primaries

this is your brain on silence

hillary clinton is raking in millions from gop doners

don't feed your cat! hide his food instead,  it's healthier

and rip bob newheart's mr. carlin and rugrats' stu pickles, jack riley 
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Friday, August 19, 2016

friday's tye die nightmare

police shouldn't ask if a shooting is justified, but if it's avoidable

the frackopoly comes to power

worst recovery in post-war era explained by cuts in government spending

neoliberalism almost killed balitmore

pastor who called hurricanes god's punishment against gays just got his home flooded
posted by skippy at 12:03 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, August 18, 2016

thursday side of the street

is trump eager to let the nukes fly?

nurses and doctors are fighting back against coroporate healthcare by unionizing

scientists confirm multiple climate records broken in 2015

social security: if it ain't broke...and it never, ever will be

why did the koala cross the road?
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

sounds from a wednesday morning

how trump is helping christian america commit suicide

the group responsible for the culture of violence in america:  men

global temps on course for another record this year

where books are all but nonexistant

louisiana's disappearing island: american's first climate refugees

and rip 34-year host of the mclaughlin group, john mclaughlin
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

When to Stop Reading a "Non-Fiction" Article

Mark Thoma sends us to Benjamin M. Friedman. Given that imprimatur, one expects precise analysis. (Mark, after all, is an econometrician by trade.)

So it was surprising to stop reading so early. Specifically, I gave up on this cretinous piece of garbage at:

especially during the president’s first year in office, when the Democrats held a filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate

Just so you know I'm not pulling from context:

The most pressing among [other economic problems than that "roughly one in six Americans — 50 million in a population of 307 million — had no health insurance"] was, and remains, financial reform. Rather than advance its own set of proposals — especially during the president’s first year in office, when the Democrats held a filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate — the administration largely left the matter to Congress.

So this is the usual argument. The stimulus had been passed, so "the Obama domestic agenda shifted to health care." I consider this horseshit*, but your mileage may vary.

What is clearly horseshit though, except in the most technical of senses, is the claim that "the Democrats held a filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate" as if that were for the entire first year of Obama's presidency, not just from 07 July 2009 (when Al Franken was finally sworn in as the 60th Democrat) to 25 August 2009 (when Ted Kennedy died).

Less than two months isn't even close to a year, and "a lie is a very poor way to say hello."** It's an even poorer way to premise the rest of your "but Obama didn't try to deal with MY problems" article—especially when he did.

Billmon was correct ten years ago; the Washington Post should have been destroyed with fire and sword. (Indeed, Billmon just neglected to mention the need to salt the earth at 1150 15th street NW.) Jeff Bezos appears determined to continue the tradition.***

*The Administration did, after all, continue to support and argue for "financial reform"--the Consumer Financial Protection Board was founded on 21 July 2011.

**in the words of Edith Keeler and/or Harlan Ellison

***This is datapoint number 1,000,000 or so in favor of that.
posted by Ken Houghton at 12:47 PM | 2 comments

Select Short Subjects

It's The Next Day and I still have no idea what the name of the blonde woman (girl? likely under 18) who won the Balance Beam Gold Meal is. Thank you, ESPN, NBC, and the New York Post for your continued demonstration of your reporting skills.

Rudy G. would like to pretend he didn't kill a large number of firefighters on 11 September 2001.

Doctor Anti-Vaxxer finally dog-whistled enough that she has to deny she's an anti-vaxxer. The example of her reasoning presented convinces me that I wouldn't see her if I had a fever, let alone vote for her.

If The Nightly Show had preceded Trevor Noah's TDS, which one would have been canceled? I know which way to bet, if it's really a ratings question.
posted by Ken Houghton at 7:01 AM | 2 comments

tuesday 5 pm

the sharing economy:  independent contractors or endentured servants?

the zika virus moves north

feds shut down "tech support" scammers, freeze assets

kuwait temps hits a high of 129.5 degrees
here's some live animal cams for your pleasure
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 1 comments

Monday, August 15, 2016

monday scabby monday

by packaging the olympics, nbc insults the viewers and athletes

how much is donald trump really worth?

4 planets  you never heard of

8 manatees found dead; toxic algae suspected

pokemon go players can walk shelter dogs in muncie, indiana

and rip picket fence's lawyer (among other great roles), yiddish actor fyvush finkel
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

sunday barbecue

news outlets can't seem to report on women's olympic victories without linking them to men

the psychology of why americans are afraid of historically low crime rates

sharing your netflix password is technically a federal crime

how a guy living in a montana trailer park overturned 150 years of biology

uber, but for picking up dog poop 

and rip r2-d2, actor kenny baker
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, August 13, 2016

did you hide from saturday night?

chances of another chernobyl by 2050 is 50%

navy to name ship after gay rights activist harvey milk

too many deer?  let the cougars return

amazon patents a way to turn churches into drone perches

functioning 'mechanical gears' found in nature  
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Friday, August 12, 2016

friday's salvation

police shootings, economics and empirics

farmers are still fighting for the right to fix their own tractors

the myth of upward mobility in america

white supremacy and sanctioned violence  in the age of donald trump

sly stone awarded $5 million in unpaid royalties
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 1 comments

Thursday, August 11, 2016

thursday nite goddess

police shootings won't stop until we stop shaking down black people

fighting ups, the package king

trump's long history of labor abuse

a comprehensive guide to dismantling neoliberalism

man creates go fund me account so racists can send him back to africa

posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

snowboarding on wednesday

us media finds european terror attacks 19 times more interesting than mideast terror attacks

planned obsolescence  for led bulbs?

yale drops charges  against black man who smashed window depicting slavery

why google wants your medical records

why u.s. companies suddenly love workers 
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

a housing scam grows in brooklyn
posted by skippy at 11:19 PM | 0 comments

tuesday 3 a.m.

2/3 of the world's population have seen incomes stagnate

a bank too big to jail

poor people's movement in a rustbelt town

the lopsided political dialogue with the working class

sesame street fires bob, gordon and luis
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Monday, August 08, 2016

monday salvation

the costs of monopoly: a new view

bernie's not going to be president, stop crying

olympic committee says you can't tweet about the olympics 

gonorrhea may soon be resistant to all antibiotics

police arrest man for glaze on his donuts 

and rip jazz great and clarinetist extraordinaire pete fountain
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, August 07, 2016

sunday arvo

arizona's measles outbreak is fueled by our tax dollars funding for-profit prisons

racism, stress, and black death

traffic is ruining our lives

in defense of the nap 

we need to call breakfast what it often is: dessert
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 1 comments

Saturday, August 06, 2016

deep six saturday

it's time to ring the alarm about white nationalism

in the athlete's olympic housing: blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring 

sanders never had the black vote and never asked why

how the carried interest loophole makes the super-rich super-richer

for many, trump is a symbol, not a man
posted by skippy at 2:00 AM | 0 comments

Friday, August 05, 2016

friday's dust

the fining of black america

native americans defined 5 different genders

should the democratic party be added to the endangered species list?

amazon prime now offers student loans

americans' appetite for stuff is slowing down
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, August 04, 2016

thursday night pregame

mass incarceration is making infectious diseases worse

the full scale of olympic financial disasters revealed

i am an ar-15 owner and i've had enough

the near impossibility of moving up after welfare

the fuzzy fluffy super cute health threat in your backyard
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

sleazy wednesday

inside the secret group of gun owners banned from facebook

7 ways journalists use police jargon  to obscure the truth

how uber secretly investigated its legal foes - and got caught

is blue lives matter a a racist hate group?

the wal-mart of debt collection
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

tuesday #2

would you trust henry kissinger with your social security?

a law professor responds to a complaint about black lives matter shirt

the nrlb pushes back against permatemps

the islamic state's group tweets have dropped substantially in the last 2 years

police shootings, race and he fear defense
posted by skippy at 1:00 AM | 3 comments

Monday, August 01, 2016

monday rain

for journalists and pundits, this election is still about the insipid

the u.s. and nato are preparing for a major war with russia

does the middle class life cost more than it used to?

religion may become extinct in 9 countries, says study

florida official yanks polling place from mosque
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 2 comments