Category Archives: politics

On race, bias, identity and other grad-school bullshit

Last night, Jonathan Coulton opened for Aimee Mann on the first night of their tour in Washington, and this happened: JC: This is a song about a giant squid who hates himself Crowd: Whooooooooooooo!!! I laughed. Then something hit me. … Continue reading

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Lent’s over. So what do I say now?

No Twitter. No political-ish discussions, more or less. That was what I intended to do during Lent, which I observe as much for the secular self-improvement aspects as the religious meaning. By the letter of the law, I cheated. On … Continue reading

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Real-life high school lesson in why journalism works

The other lesson here: When reporters find someone’s credentials are not what they seem, maybe it’s a good idea to listen. Source: These high school journalists investigated a new principal’s credentials. Days later, she resigned. – The Washington Post

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Andrew Sullivan rips left-wing speech disruption

And it’s hard not to say he has a point: Here’s the latest in the assault on liberal democracy. It happened more than a week ago, but I cannot get it out of my consciousness. A group of conservative students … Continue reading

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Old-guard GOP offers to fix problem GOP thinks doesn’t exist: climate change

Ted Halstead of the Climate Leadership Council says the political left and right have stalled on climate action in part because they disagreed about the means to fixing the problem. I’d argue it’s because the right has convinced its followers … Continue reading

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No, terrorists are not racing through U.S. airports

Let’s talk about deliberate misinformation for a minute. Here’s the myth du jour: The travel ban / Muslim ban / airport advisory is the only bulwark between the good old USA and tons of terrorists disguised as refugees. The facts: … Continue reading

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What SHOULD be the lead Trump story today …

The stories about Trump and Spicer embellishing the inauguration crowd are important because they show how brazen these folks are willing to be about lying. Sure, plenty of politicians have lied — it’s the big black mark on the Clinton legacy — … Continue reading

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