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#ActuallyEthics: A Contest

One of the best–ok, maybe the only–good thing to come out of #GamerGate has been the #ActuallyEthics meme. We all know that “ethixxx” has served as a cover for the worst kind of misogyny, but many GGer’s still it’s insist this is all about journalistic integrity. #ActuallyEthics takes aim at this stubborn insistence by taking […]

Is Upstate New York Like Alabama? (SPOILER: No).

Murc in comments [combining two]: That’s the flip side, yes. I enjoy pointing out that without the city, upstate New York is basically Alabama…upstate New York is economically impoverished and composed a lot of strongly conservative white folk. In other words, the south. Well, I happen to have another upstate resident right here — myself. […]

Jack Bruce

R.I.P. For the two or three readers in the audience who might be interested in that kind of thing, I quite liked the Tony Williams tribute he put together with Vernon Reid and John Medeski. On a related note, the recent documentary about Ginger Baker — which I think is still on Netflix streaming — […]

Plutocrats Hate Poor People Participating in Politics

The plutocracy might say the quiet parts loud in China because it doesn’t matter. But the economic elites in the US agree–and always have–that the poor should not have the same rights in the political arena. They might spice it up with rhetoric about “responsibility” or something, but it’s really just that the poor have […]

Belated Creature Feature: Interview with the Esteemed Herr Doktor

You may know LGM commenter herr doktor bimler as the the quick-witted smarty-pants who makes you look at weird stuff, but I know herr doktor bimler as a quick-witted smarty-pants who makes me look at weird stuff and also is a fancy-schmancy school doctor. I’ll let him take it from here: I am a lowly […]

Health News as Entertainment

Hiltzik has another good piece, this time featuring maps of preventable diseases to show the impact of the anti-vaccination foolishness. The general outlines we know here since we have slammed on the anti-vaxxers many times. But I thought this was an important point we probably haven’t really covered: The surge of measles and whooping cough […]

Throwing that Punk Party with the Right Level of Tasteful Decor

If there’s one thing the world needs, it’s Martha Stewart’s website telling people how to host punk rock parties. The comment section is really great here. A couple of weeks old, but I figure most of you hadn’t seen it.

Andrew Sullivan: Team GamerGate

Does this surprise anyone? It didn’t surprise me in the least.

When Misogyny and American Gun Culture Meet

The results can be horrible: Two students are dead after one of them opened fire Friday morning in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, according to law-enforcement sources. Police said four other people were wounded  in the 10:45 a.m. shooting. Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter that he […]

Bobo’s Comedy Classics

Shorter Verbatim David Brooks:  “The federal government should borrow money at current interest rates to build infrastructure, including better bus networks so workers can get to distant jobs. The fact that the federal government has not passed major infrastructure legislation is mind-boggling, considering how much support there is from both parties.” Yes, it’s a real […]

Friday Links

Related to our discussion of Bartlett’s story yesterday, Julia Azari has some interesting thoughts about how to think about Obama’s ideology here and here. On voting rights, the GOP is perennially the party of polling place goon William Rehnquist.  BREAKING! Martha Coakley should not be nominated for competitive political offices.  The new Willie Horton ad […]

(Ed: How about a dark-skinned guy with a squeegie that looks like scythe? Can you get me that?)

My coworker, who is from East Africa, did not appreciate this image on the front page of USA Today.

It Is A Sordid Business, This Supreme Court Permitting States to Discriminate on the Basis of Race

Shorter John Roberts: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race. Unless racial discrimination can provide electoral assistance to the Republican Party, in which case it’s perfectly fine.”

Apparently, An Oxford Education Isn’t What It Used To Be

Charles C.W. Cooke is very upset that people who oppose antidiscrimation laws are compared to people who oppose antidiscrimination laws: In this manner, too, have we come to discuss the ever-diminishing scope of private property rights, our debates centering nowadays not on whether individuals should have a general right to decide whom they will serve, […]

Honestly, I wouldn’t even know what one looked like

COP: Have you noticed anything unusual this morning? SEK: Not to my knowledge. COP: Nothing at all? Not even a…suspicious dump truck? SEK: A suspicious dump truck? I’ve seen a lot of dump trucks across the street, at the construction site, but I don’t know what would make one suspicious. COP: You know, like one […]

The Fortress of Solitude

Hi all!  You may remember me from my guest blogging stint this summer. I’m supposed to be a new permanent blogger for LGM but I have been terribly remiss.  But I saw The Fortress of Solitude, a new musical at The Public theater based on the Jonathan Lethem novel, and I had so many swirling […]

Those Who Fail To Learn From the Results of Nominating Shitty Candidates Are Doomed To Keep Losing

The Titantic, the Hindenberg, the 2007 New York Mets, Martha Coakley: National Democrats are haunted by memories of Martha Coakley’s unforced stumbles and missteps in 2010, which cost them a U.S. Senate seat in one of the country’s bluest states. Four laters later, the Massachusetts attorney general might be about to blow another major contest: […]

Campaigning, Alaska-style

Yes, the town of Wasilla will forever have to live with the shame of launching Sarah Palin’s political career, but it’s not their children’s fault, and they didn’t deserve this: The Alaska Dispatch News reported that students and staff at Wasilla High School said U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) “acted in a disrespectful and sometimes offensive manner […]

“Dane Cook with a better vocabulary and an accent.”

Let’s just say that when Russell Brand briefly had that dreadful show that followed up Louie — come back Colin Quinn, all is forgiven — his choice of sidekick was Hank Kinsgley Mr. Matt Stoller.

Changes in VMT forecasting

Earlier this year, in a lengthy post about the disastrously stupid plan to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct with a risky, costly deep bore tunnel with no access to downtown Seattle (update: still not looking good!), I expanded my complaint to WSDOT’s planning process, mirrored by DOTs around the country. They exhibited a stubborn refusal […]

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