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Long Read Watch: A Scholarly Discussion of Our New Aristocracy

Via Professor Krugman’s blog, a footnote to my last post. “We” should probably have a Book Chat about Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but I’m hoping a less innumerate front-pager will volunteer. This space reserved for your ad.

"British Pathé, the U.K. newsreel archive company, has uploaded its entire 100-year collection of 85,000 historic films in high resolution to YouTube."

"The collection, which spans 1896 to 1976, comprises some 3,500 hours of historical footage of major events, notable figures, fashion, travel, sports and culture. It includes extensive film from both World War I and World War II."Wow. Beautiful. It's all here. Explore! I'll cherry-pick one:

Common Core Required Readings Include R-Rated Material

Via Liberty Unyielding, more evidence that Common Core is awful (content warning): Last December, the Newburgh (N.Y.) School District yanked “Black Swan Green” from its ninth-grade reading list after outraged parents complained about...Show More Summary

Yee Received Bloody Pig's Head with Meat Cleaver in 1990s

More bizarre facts about California State Sen. Leland Yee are coming to light, and they range from receiving the severed head of a pig several years ago, to allegedly supporting or creating laws to benefit special interests who supplied him with campaign contributions. Show More Summary

Man Accused of Smothered Crying Son Over Video Game

The charges fit the alleged crime, even if the headline lacks a bit of context: A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff’s deputies said Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. Show More Summary

Franklin Graham Praises Putin’s Gay Crackdown

Franklin Graham: The Anti-gay Crackdown Is Putin Doing ‘What’s Right For Russia’ (via http://crooksandliars.com) By David April 20, 2014 11:05 am – Comments Rev. Franklin Graham on Sunday said that he stood by earlier comments agreeing with so-called gay “propaganda” bans in Russia because President Vladimir Putin was doing “what’s right” for the country. Rev.… […]

Climate Catastrophe Now & The Most Important Question About Obamacare

Dennis Trainor talks with Dr. Jill Stein, President of the Green Shadow Cabinet about the recently published U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment on climate change. The findings, combined with theShow More Summary

3-Year-Old Shoots 2-Year-Old Brother

A 2-year-old College Ward, Utah, boy has died after being accidentally shot by his 3-year-old sister. Police said the boy was shot in the stomach with a.22-caliber rifle Friday evening in the family's home. "The gun had been used earlier in the day by the victim's father and was set down after returning home," said Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Show More Summary

New Takes On An Old Classic Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

Courtesy of Weird News: Sir Mix-A-Lot is a musical genius. When he created "Baby Got Back" in 1992, he crafted a musical masterpiece that can be recreated in any genre without losing a beat. Like your big butts in jazz?...

Western Lawmakers Hold Summit to Talk Federal Land Takeover

It’s about time, folks: It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders fromShow More Summary

A TEMPORARY LIFE: Just Visiting: The Neverending Job-Hunt Grind. “Little did I realize that gradua…

A TEMPORARY LIFE: Just Visiting: The Neverending Job-Hunt Grind. “Little did I realize that graduate school would turn out to be yet another lesson in the school of hard knocks. Here’s the hardest lesson of all: from the moment you begin graduate school until you’ve actually earned tenure, your position is contingent, your future success [...]

Ralph Reed: Better No Parents Than Gay Ones

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday, during a discussion of Russian President Vladimir Putin prohibiting same-sex adoption, former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed was asked, "Would you rather have a child sitting in an orphanage than have gay parents?" Reed would not say that a child being adopted by gays would be better off. Show More Summary

David Gregory Proves Why He's So Bad For The National Dialogue

My husband, the attorney, has a golden rule for asking questions of a witness in a trial: never ask a question in such a way that you don't already know what will be the answer. I can only presume that David Gregory, rather than playing...Show More Summary

5 Value Add '1st Team All-Americans' Battle in Heat's 99-88 Win

When former Indiana Hoosiers great Cody Zeller took the court for the Charlotte Bobcats, it marked the first time I recall seeing five former College Value Add All-Americans in the same NBA game (see All-Time Value Add database here) and nine players who were in the top 1% of Value Add players. Show More Summary

UKIP's European Election Billboards Cause Twitter Storm

A series of new advertising billboards from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) have caused a storm on Twitter just hours after going up around the country. More professional than their previous efforts, these UKIP billboards will take the party into May's European Elections, and focus on the party's core themes: immigration, jobs, and sovereignty. Show More Summary

Breitbart Sports Favorites 8-2 in NHL Playoffs So Far

NHL teams given at least a 60 percent chance of winning in the Breitbart Sports Playoff Table are 8-2 heading into Easter Sunday's games. One of the two upsets was of the Boston Bruins by the Detroit Red Wings, who according to Las Vegas had a respectable 4% chance of taking the Stanley Cup. Show More Summary

Open Thread: The Flower of Our Modern Nobility

NYT sends a corporate heir to cover a White House conference of corporate heirs: http://t.co/yWWHGNb3k2 Pièce de résistance — billmon (@billmon1) April 19, 2014 Oh, look, a bunch of adorable little baby chicks and bunnies for Easter:...Show More Summary

Mother of Denver Nuggets Star: God Told Me to Choose Life 72 Hours Before Scheduled Abortion

JaVale McGee is one of the most electric players in the NBA. But the high-flying Denver Nuggets superstar was 72 hours away from being aborted before God decided to intervene. His mother, Pamela, who herself was a professional basketball...Show More Summary

Report: Jim Buss Told Lakers He'll Step Down if Team Not Contenders in Three Years

Jim Buss, who runs the basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, said he would step down from his post if the Lakers are not competitive in three to four years. The Lakers finished with the worst record since the franchise moved...Show More Summary

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