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One of human history’s greatest fighters for justice has passed. Rest in peace.
Today is the largest mobilization of fast food workers in history, with workers across the country engaging in a one-day strike. The basic demand is a $15 an hour wage. SEIU has played a major role in spurring this movement, even though it has little to gain immediately since the chances of a union contract [...]
I might have you trumped.
Tom Scooca’s defense of snark as a justified response to smarm is, you know, brilliant, necessary, stuff like that there. A teaser: Over the past year or two, on the way to writing this essay, I’ve accumulated dozens of emails and IM conversations from friends and colleagues. They send links to articles, essays, Tumblr posts, [...]
The West has reinvigorated its war on wolves and the Obama Administration has sadly capitulated to Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, in what is yet another example of its poor policy toward public lands that originated with the Salazar appointment to Interior and has not improved at all. This is been one of the weakest performances [...]
I have some thoughts on a new report on policy proposals to address the American scandal of mass incarceration.
Excellent post from Dybbuk at OTLSS on a new “initiative” from the Law School Admissions Council –the agency that administers the LSAT — designed to entice high school students and first and second year undergraduates “particularly but not exclusively those from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds” into eventually enrolling in law school, via images suggesting [...]
My criticism of most 3rd party political campaigns are well known. I see them, personified by the Nader campaigns, as quixotic attempts every four years to show left-wing anger with the Democratic Party but completely lacking any legitimate political strategy, movement-building skills, or long-term plans. They appear and disappear and nothing happens during the election [...]
The Project on Student Debt has just released a study, indicating that 71% of 2012 graduates of non-profit colleges and universities graduated with student debt, and that on average these students borrowed $29,400 over the course of their college attendance (This figure does not include accrued interest on debt. It is also an underestimate, since [...]
Johnathan Bernstein has an addition to my recent series of posts on health care reform: One key point that Lemieux doesn’t mention this time: in one sense, this really isn’t about 2009 at all. It’s about 2007 and 2008, when the three leading Democratic presidential candidates converged on essentially the same plan (with Obama famously [...]
This week’s Diplomat column examines the implications of the diffusion of precision strike: The concern apparent in Watts’ monograph is the increasing lethality of Chinese precision-strike systems. Conventional Chinese weapons can now, or will in the short future be able to, destroy or disable the most sophisticated and advanced U.S. Show More Summary
I get atypically angry — seriously pissed off — at the discourse surrounding gun control in the United States. This, in part, explains the colourful language I employed while digesting the NRA’s response to Sandy Hook, and why I’m happy that my daughter is growing up and going to school in England (note, she is [...]
Today’s winner: Katie Couric.
I was sad to read about the death of Judy Rodgers. The Zuni Cafe Cookbook has long been one of my favorites, and I’ve been able to visit the namesake restaurant several times (including on my honeymoon.) Her signature recipe is for roast chicken with bread salad, which (sans pine nuts) I’ve had many times [...]
I’ve been waiting for Dahlia Lithwick to take on the argument that corporations can “exercise” religion (and hence can claim exemptions from laws that don’t even significantly burden the religious beliefs of their owners) for a while. Thankfully, she now has. And she has a definitive new addition to Barney Frank’s dictum that for Republicans [...]
Regarding Auburn-Alabama: If Alabama backup kicker Adam Griffith hits the 57-yard field goal, Alabama wins without having to go to overtime. The odds of that kick going through the uprights aren’t great at any level. Since 1999, pro kickers are 31-for-87 (35.6 percent) on field goals from between 56 and 58 yards out, and they’re [...]
Well, duh. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened last week in northwestern Georgia, where a 72 year-old, with Alzheimer’s, Deanne Westbrook, wandered into a stranger’s yard three miles from home. He twice tried to open the door, around 4am, then wandered out into the yard. Instead of waiting for the cops, Joe Hendrix shot and killed [...]
When you’re online– posting, talking to people, sharing your opinion–it’s natural to want to put your best face forward. We want people to think we like good food, cool music, and have tastefully-decorated homes. (Not mine, of course–my house is floor to ceiling early 80’s unicorn art.) In short, we want folks to think we’re [...]
As long-time readers know and new readers were reminded yesterday, I’ve long been intensely irritated by claims that the Affordable Care Act proves that Barack Obama is a hapless sellout because it was a “Republican plan.” The rather obvious problem with this line of argument is that any non-trivial number of Republicans have been willing [...]
Gonna file this under “too crazy to be true”: Angola is in the process of acquiring the recently-decommissioned Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias, according to one news report. The entire Angolan navy has just 1,000 sailors. Show More Summary