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The Keystone Jobs Plan

It’s underwhelming: Citing the State Department final environmental impact statement, the lawmakers say the project would create 42,000 jobs. But it takes the economy less than a week to create that many permanent jobs. What’s more, these pipeline jobs wouldn’t be permanent. The State Department report uses the notion of “job years.” So the project, […]

The Failure Of NSA Reform

The USA Freedom Act was voted down last night. Ronald Bailey is disappointed in Rand Paul, who voted against the bill because it didn’t go far enough: Paul and the rest of his fellow citizens may well come to rue the day that he allowed the perfect to get in the way of the merely […]

Cool Ad Watch

Copyranter spots a “great ‘disruptive’ print ad”: The Wikipedia entry for “Disruptive Innovation” is well over 4,000 words. Native Advertising is considered a Disruptive Innovation. That’s rich. And ironic. Because it is designed to not be “disruptive”. It is designed to blend in, deceive. And it is not an “innovation”. Branded “native” print editorial content […]

Passing Down PTSD

Judith Shulevitz explores the growing evidence that trauma can be inherited – yes, biologically. The controversial implications: At the frontier of this research lies a very delicate question: whether some people, and some populations, are simply more susceptible to damage than others. We think of resilience to adversity as a function of character or culture. […]

How Much Does Keystone Matter?

The Keystone XL vote came up short last night: If just one more Democrat had voted for the measure, it would have gone to President Obama’s desk—and likely been promptly vetoed. The bill was already going to die. The suspense was simply over the identity of the executioner. Rebecca Leber wonders about the significance: In […]

Chewing Over Executive Action On Immigration, Ctd

A reader provides “some perspective from a Midwestern family”: Our college age son is expecting a baby and his 19-year-old girlfriend is undocumented. She has lived in the USA since she was four and is a high school graduate. She’s bright, mature, goal oriented, and resilient – but has had little opportunity to advance economically […]

Trapped By Trash, Ctd

Boer Deng updates us: Fretting over space junk is universal among people who care about satellites or space travel. Even partisans in Congress agree that it is a problem. “The scientists who predicted climate change started the same way I did,” [space-junk expert and astrophysicist Don] Kessler muses. “They were thinking about what would happen […]

Is Screen-Time Bad For Babies?

Lisa Guernsey reads through a guide on the subject: For years, the [American Academy of Pediatrics] has told parents to avoid using screens with children younger than 2. It’s a recommendation based on an understandable concern that parents will substitute screen-watching for the warm, real-world interactions children need. But it doesn’t allow for the possibility […]

The Best Of The Dish Today

And so the branding begins … Meanwhile, a quip from the in-tray about this post: So, in 2014, it’s “lumbersexual” and “bears”. In 1991, when I was in Montana, it was just called “Missoula”. And another reader who, I think, may be onto something: Do you feel like we’re in the midst of something big, […]

Male Culture In The 21st Century

Perhaps not coincidentally this week, in the wake of gamergate, The New Republic, as part of its 100th anniversary, has republished my June 2000 essay, “Male Culture Should Be More Than Beer, Sex, and Cars”. After bemoaning the often sexist tropes promoted in glossy men’s magazines, I argue: The notion of the “gentleman,” or indeed […]

Yglesias Award Nominee

“The current climate of McCarthyism within some segments of feminism and the left is so ingrained and toxic that there are active attempts to outlaw some views because they cause offense. Petitions against individuals appear to be a recent substitute for political action towards the root causes of misogyny and other social ills … The […]

Those Victorians Weren’t So Prudish

Historian Fern Ridell would have you know that they enjoyed rather spirited sex lives: A book called The Art to Begetting Handsome Children, published in 1860, contains a detailed passage on foreplay, and shows us that, for the Victorians, sex, pleasure and love were concepts that were universally tied together. In A Guide To Marriage, […]

There But For Fortune Go You Or I …

William McPherson describes how he became impoverished and what it’s like: If you’re poor, what might have been a minor annoyance, or even a major inconvenience, becomes something of a disaster. Your hard drive crashes? Who’s going to pay for the recovery of its data, not to mention the new computer? I’m not playing solitaire […]

Face Of The Day

An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man cries during the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Twersky in Jerusalem, Israel on November 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes burst into a Jerusalem synagogue and killed four Israelis before being shot dead. By Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images.

Grubergate Still Going Strong

Fox News continues to cover the ACA architect’s controversial remarks: Cillizza tries to understand Republicans’ obsession with Gruber: Nothing makes conservatives more angry than the belief, which they think is widespread among liberals, that they are stupid. That if only conservatives read as much as the left or had the intellectual capacity of the left, […]

Drowning In Abuse

Katy Waldman absorbs an exposé by Rachel Sturtz on “the scourge of sexual abuse in competitive swimming”: Sexual abuse cases in youth sports “happen with much greater frequency than people realize,” Sturtz asserts in the Outside piece, and then goes long on the institutional forces that have allowed the abuse to silently metastasize. Unlike most […]

A Setback For Abenomics

Japan slips into recession, with second straight quarter of GDP contraction. (-1.6% in Q3) — Matt Phillips (@MatthewPhillips) November 17, 2014 Japan’s economy is officially in a recession again, after its GDP shrank for two consecutive quarters. Show More Summary

Tumblr Of The Day

Bad Kids Jokes, also on Twitter: what is white and black and can fly??! a fridge with black paint on it falling from a tree — bad kids jokes (@badkidsjokes) November 3, 2013 what did the toloit roll say to toilot? i keep getting ripped off and wiped on big bums — bad kids jokes (@badkidsjokes) […]

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