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Foreign Entanglements: Indonesia’s Burning Boats

On the latest episode of Foreign Entanglements, I speak with Natalie Sambhi about Indonesian politics and foreign relations:

An academic matter

The Michael LaCour affair reminds me that I know of several flat-out crazy and/or evil people who have managed to make it big in the academic world. Or maybe this is just an observation about the world in general. In any case academia seems to have its own peculiarities, some of which are illustrated by […]

“No, Toby. And no more questions about whether this is a joke.”

Patakimentum! In fairness, Pataki was able to get elected governor and didn’t nearly destroy a prominent corporation, so I guess as long as Fiornia remains in the race he can’t actually be the biggest joke in the clown car. Indeed, that would be more a distinctive status than he merits.

They Still Criticize What They Can’t Understand

Megan McArdle knows she wants the Supreme Court to gut the ACA. But like many ACA troofers not entirely sure which particular version she wants to go with. At a minimum, though, she remains committed to the idea that it’s entirely plausible that the Moops invaded Spain: These articles, however, often don’t provide important counterarguments. […]

The Death of the Cool

Scott Walker has something cool for the ladies: mandatory sexual assault for those seeking abortions! During the interview with conservative radio host Dana Loesch, Walker defended a bill he’d signed in 2013 that required women get the ultrasounds. “The thing about that, the media tried to make that sound like that was a crazy idea,” […]

What would you ask Godzilla?

I mentioned this in the previous post, but I figure it’s worth its own. At this weekend’s Dallas Comic Con, I’ll be hosting the panel with Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Tsutomu Kitagawa, a.k.a. the men who played Godzilla. Since I know many of you are likely bigger fans of the franchise than I am, feel free […]

No Game of Thrones podcast this week!

Steven and I apologize for those awaiting it, but if you’ve turned on the news and know where I live, you can probably understand why it’s been difficult for me to find time when the power’s on long enough to record it. And given that Steven and I will both be attending conferences this weekend […]

The Human Toll of FIFA Corruption

1200 dead workers building World Cup projects in Qatar so far. This compares to just a handful of workers dying for other major sporting events in recent years, even in relatively poor nations like Brazil, China, and South Africa. Note that we are 7 years out from the actual event.

Against Consensus Decision Rules

This has been a longstanding hobbyhorse for Loomis, too, but L.A. Kauffman is very much making sense here: If the forty-year persistence of consensus has been a matter of faith, surely the time has now come for apostasy. Piety and habit are bad reasons to keep using a process whose benefits are more notional than […]

Refusing to Tinker With the Machinery of Death

Good for the Cornhusker State: Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday when lawmakers boldly voted 30-19 to override the governor’s veto. There are 10 inmates on Nebraska’s death row — the 11th died this week — but the state has not executed anyone […]

“But there is one thing in this story that checks out. There does appear to be a University of California Los Angeles.”

Oh my: In that section, he lists as one of his awards: “Emerging Instructor Award, UCLA Office of Instructional Development, 2013-2014. One of three UCLA graduate student instructors selected for excellence in their first year of teaching” (formatting his). But a staffer in the office of instructional development told Science of Us that it does […]

Exculpating the Republican Party, 1960s Edition

One thing that many people “know” about the 1964 Republican presidential nomination is that Nelson Rockefeller lost, despite being a frontrunner, because of his marriage to the late Happy Murphy. One obvious problem with the narrative is that if the rejection of Rockefeller was based on “character” reasons, the support should logically have gone to […]

Today’s Edition of the Worst Article of the 2016 Election Cycle

Above: Republican hero Bill Clinton Sometime in late November 2016, when we have all recovered from the election barrage, we ought to hold a vote on the worst article of the election cycle. Today’s entrant is Peter Wehner’s masterpiece of Republican concern trolling that the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left. To […]

When Unions Take Stupid Positions

With leadership like this, it’s hard to believe the American labor movement is in decline: Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. […]

The Aftermath of a Moops Invasion

Should the Supreme Court declare that the card says “Moops!”, I’m inclined to paint the resulting scenario black. Certainly, most people in red states will have to take Flight 505 to another state if they want to be able to purchase health insurance on a functional exchange. I am waiting for the media to accurately […]

Wait, FIFA officials take bribes? Next you’ll tell me bankers rig the financial system

Acting on an indictment by the U.S. Justice Department, Swiss police arrested several top FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, during an overnight raid in Zurich on charges of corruption Wednesday. The U.S. investigation targets alleged wrongdoing that spans 24 years. U.S. prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 14 people, on charges ranging from money laundering […]

“First you didn’t want me to get the pony. Now you want me to take it back. Make up your mind!”

This attempted Politico hit job on Elizabeth Warren really is something. It would be dumb to attack Warren for participating in a NAFTA tribunal in general; you can be a critic of a system while still participating in it while it exists. (You may some recognize this silly “hypocrisy” charge from such classics as “how […]

At Least He’s Well-Positioned to Get a Job at Jukt Micronics

Hmmm: More than one person in the academic world told me that the “Original Data & Grants” section of LaCour’s curriculum vitae — basically just a longer, academic version of a résumé — is wildly unrealistic. For various institutional reasons, it’s simply difficult for graduate students in political science to rack up all that much […]

Republicans and Latino Voters

Bored journalists desperate to create horse-race stories for the 2016 elections can pretend that Republicans could woo Latinos in sizable numbers. We see stories like this pretty much every cycle (the 2012 Latino vote was a total wild card! OK!!!) And maybe they could except that the primaries are going to be a clown show […]

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