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4 April 2014

politics & culture

The Super-Rich Should Quit Their Jobs

3 April 2014

politics & culture

Pure satirical brilliance: L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

It didn’t seem like they did.

“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

20 January 2014

politics & france

Hollande’s Romances Turn Into a Political Spectacle

Caught in a clandestine affair that is more bedroom farce than Shakespearean drama — a beautiful actress, a scorned woman at home, surreptitious comings and goings on a most unpresidential scooter — Mr. Hollande is testing the limits of France’s famous tolerance for private indiscretion and leaving himself vulnerable to ridicule.

11 October 2013

culture & politics

A New Way To Measure Happiness Finds The True Happiest Countries In The World

3 October 2013

politics

The Two Basic Facts That Should Be in Every Shutdown Story

  1. If the House of Representatives voted on a “clean” budget bill — one that opened up the closed federal offices but did not attempt to defund the Obama health care program — that bill would pass, and the shutdown would be over. Nearly all Democrats would vote for it, as would enough Republicans to end the shutdown and its related damage. (And of course it would pass has already passed the Senate, repeatedly, unless the minority dared filibuster it, and would be signed by the president.) For illustrations of the wanton damage, see here and here.
  2. So far House Speaker John Boehner has refused to let this vote occur. His Tea Party contingent knows how the vote would go and therefore does not want it to happen; and such is Boehner’s fear of them, and fear for his job as Speaker, that he will not let it take place.

6 September 2013

politics

Rep. Alan Grayson: Stop Focusing on Sending Message on Syria

28 August 2013

politics

General Wesley Clark: When Our Wars Were Planned

Dick Cheney makes me ashamed to be an American.

22 August 2013

politics

Can You Solve Slate’s Gerrymandering Jigsaw Puzzle?

6 August 2013

business & politics

McDonald’s proves it’s impossible to live on minimum wage

17 May 2013

politics

Pathetic: Ohio Republicans Push Law To Penalize Colleges For Helping Students Vote

29 April 2013

humor & politics

Republicans: Obama Must Take Action in Syria So We Can Criticize Action He Took in Syria

18 April 2013

culture & politics

Next Week’s School Shooting Victims Thank Senate For Failing To Pass Gun Bill

“Great job, guys,” said 14-year-old Jacob Miller, one of nine junior high school students who will be shot next week by a mentally ill gunman wielding a legally acquired assault rifle that was purchased at a gun show. “My classmates and I are really proud of you for cowering to the NRA and caring more about politics than my friends and I getting shot and killed. It totally makes sense. You’re the best.”

3 April 2013

politics

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

2 May 2012

politics

What if realists were in charge of U.S. foreign policy?

13 April 2012

design & politics

GOV.UK design principles

  1. Start with needs
  2. Do less
  3. Design with data
  4. Do the hard work to make it simple
  5. Iterate. Then iterate again.
  6. Build for inclusion
  7. Understand context
  8. Build digital services, not websites
  9. Be consistent, not uniform
  10. Make things open: it makes things better

5 April 2012

science & politics

A Message From a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change

I’m going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I’m a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I’m a Penn State meteorologist, and the weather maps I’m staring at are making me very uncomfortable. No, you’re not imagining it: we’ve clicked into a new and almost foreign weather pattern.

24 March 2012

politics & culture

Top 10 Lessons of the Iraq War

3 March 2012

food & politics

Is the food revolution just a great big fat lie?

From the multimillionaire chefs who claim to be just like the rest of us to the multinationals making public health policy, there’s something a bit iffy about the new food culture

22 February 2012

politics & design

Fox Still Struggling With Basic Chart Concepts: Gas Price Edition

10 February 2012

media & politics

Anil Dash: The Right Wing’s $7 Billion Media Subsidy

Considering how much conservatives and right-wing political personalities in the United States claim to hate the liberal media, it’s remarkable how much money they’ve been able to funnel into the coffers of the liberal media institutions they malign.