I guess the biggest reason the Big Gulp Ban irks me is not that I feel the need to have a Big Gulp (or the need for anyone else to have one), but rather how it will fuel the Dingbat Wing of the Libertarians to never ever shut up. It’s just a really dumb bit of regulation (serving sizes? come on, man), but I guess it means that Bloomberg is not running for reelection, so there’s that.
choire replied to your post: I’m glad Choire gave us our word(s) of the day. let me help you with the ASS ON THAT! For me, I need them because I don’t wanna know what happens before I’ve seen it.
I'm glad Choire gave us our word(s) of the day.
Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from... →
True story: my great-grandfather on my mother’s side was a Pentecostal snake handler from West Virginia. Huntington, WV, to be specific. I’m not quite sure what he died of, but I do know that he ran a laundromat and that he had thirteen children.
Franklin Roosevelt was right to energetically respond to the Depression. But the...– Go eff yourself, David Brooks (via muchlessmuchmore) On David Brooks World, the underclasses have second stomachs, and can survive for weeks chewing their own cud. (Also, David Brooks is president of the universe, is wise and beloved, etc.)
I’m proud that I didn’t click. (Though I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before someone uses it as their avatar.)
thelalatheory replied to your photo: While we’re all moping around about the death of… Reminds me of my grandmom, who used to love the (now defunct) evening paper. A kid came around to sell her a subscription & she said, No thanks, I liked getting the evening edition & the boy thought for a sec & said, I could bring it at night. I bet that kid is running a website now,...
C’mon, French domain name company, please let me change my admin contact email. S’il vous plaît? It can’t be that hard, and the last time the dude who snagged my old email was getting email meant for me he was a total dick about it.
To clear its streets of cellphone towers, parking meters, Wi-Fi terminals,...– I’d say the inevitable future looks a whole lot more like the New Orleans Times-Picayune cutting bait, but this does sound useful.
“And we kind of thought, ’Wow, this is funny,... →
jaimeleigh: Because, I mean, I have ovaries, and so the only thoughts I’m capable of having are like, about shoes, and hair, and giggle giggle, why is he wearing that?! Gosh, it really is a shame that when my husband turns the hockey game on I just tune right out, because yikes, following a puck around while those silly boys with long hair chase it around? Giggle giggle, that doesn’t interest me...
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thepoliticalnotebook: The Justice Department statistics report that 1 in 3 Native American women have been raped or have experienced an attempted rape, a number more than twice the national average. Incidentally, House Republicans are against a bipartisan-supported provision in the Senate’s version of the Violence Against Women Act which would grant tribal courts greater authority to prosecute...
me: NEVER READ THE COMMENTS
me: "As a taxpayer who recently stood behind several black people at a Kum & Go while they all purchased lots of junk food with their cards, I feel sick. There are no words to describe my frustration with those who encourage benevolence for those that lack initiative."
James: As a taxpayer who recently saw an Asian walking a dog, I am concerned that our animal control officers are not keeping animals out of the hands of fiendish coolies
me: oh my god
James: As a taxpayer who recently stood behind a woman buying tampons, I feel sick. There are no words to describe my horror at a woman who will avoid pregnancy long enough to experience a menstruation cycle, thereby killing an innocent christian life.
James: as a taxpayer who recently stood behind several gay people in line for a gloryhole, i feel sick. there are no words to describe my chagrin at a self-involved man who would assume that whatever's behind that gloryhole is another man.
There’s a radio promo for one of the CBS procedurals with the tagline: The only people more dangerous than serial killers…. Are the people who catch them. I’ll wager that is demonstrably untrue.
Children are not deceived by fairy-tales; they are often and gravely deceived by...– C. S. Lewis on fantasy vs. fact, a timeless and timely reminder of the role of critical thinking in making sense of the stories we’re told. (via explore-blog) Strong words from a man who tried to dupe a bunch of children into Christianity with a little fable about a closet and a giant cat.
rendit: Gonna start over-/misusing “figuratively” out of spite. I’ll be with you momentarily.
Would Glass-Steagall make things slightly better? Sure. But the next time...– A true classic of the straw-man form from Sorkin, here. He spends an entire column arguing against the people arguing for the return of Glass-Steagall. But then he concedes that the return of Glass-Steagall would actually be a good thing. He just doesn’t like people saying that it’s “the ultimate...
rendit: Excuse the shitty comics humor but I figured it out: Girls is just the Ultimates version of Friends.
"Let people think he was a wallflower, rather than... →
rustbelter: When Coase Met Keynes →
yfiles: Two great economists cross paths: RONALD COASE: I can tell you—I was helping when Britain was trying to get a loan from the United States immediately after the war, and I was talking to one of Keynes’s assistants. And Keynes came in the room and walked over to us and the man… Well, Milton Friedman ran over my dog. So there’s that.
Pareene on TED: The model for your standard TED talk is a late-period Malcolm Gladwell book chapter. Common tropes include: Drastically oversimplified explanations of complex problems. Technologically utopian solutions to said complex problems. Unconventional (and unconvincing) explanations of the origins of said complex problems. Staggeringly obvious observations presented as mind-blowing...
Not trying to be a dick, but why exactly are we protesting the NATO summit in Chicago? Is there a legitimate grievance with NATO right now (the wars in Asia? Austerity?)
This is a link to an Op-Ed in the LA Times. →
jasencomstock: thenoobyorker: The writers ask, “Why should the mission statement of the sociology department at UC Santa Cruz claim that a “just, free and equal society” may require “fundamental social change”?” They then say, The catalog description of UC Santa Barbara’s Feminist Studies 230 reads like a parody, offering the “experiences of women of color, both within the U.S. and globally,...
For anybody disappointed that they didn’t get their full initial allocation of...– Felix Salmon, Much ado about nothing (via soupsoup)
Hey there. Montreal is currently having some serious issues over increases to college fees. There’s no occupying of anything, plus they also speak that weird moon-man language of the French, but we should be paying attention/supporting them. (It hasn’t been so well-reported in US media, even though students have been on strike for weeks. Watch and learn.)
brianvan: NBC must really hate its shows. And its viewers. SUPERTRAIN.
And really, how utterly feckless do you have to be to intentionally attribute some poorly-crafted propaganda to an iconic public figure? That kind of desperation is a tacit admission that the position of the forger is so bankrupt as to never be taken seriously by your average citizen.