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  • Donald Trump (Black Version) - written by Prince, performed by The Time (1990)

    08/24/2016 12:24:39 PM PDT · by oblomov · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1990 | Prince
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOAifG-mc1I
  • Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union

    08/23/2016 12:46:26 PM PDT · by oblomov · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | 23 Aug 2016 | NOAM SCHEIBER
    Students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities will be allowed to vote to unionize under a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board that found that they are employees under federal labor law. The case arose from a union election petition filed by a group of primarily graduate students at Columbia University, who are seeking to form a union that will join the United Automobile Workers. The three Democratic members of the board made up the majority; the lone Republican member dissented. A fifth spot on the board has been vacant since last year. The...
  • Ohio’s GOP Senate Candidate Is Resisting Trump’s Downward Pull

    08/22/2016 3:18:15 PM PDT · by oblomov · 43 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 22 Aug 2016 | Harry Enten
    Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and a few other key states are struggling under the weight of Donald Trump’s candidacy. But there seems to be at least one exception: Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Polling released in the past few days — including a Monmouth University survey of Ohio released on Monday — confirms that Portman is not being swamped by the anti-GOP sentiment Trump is stirring up. The Monmouth poll found Trump down by 4 percentage points and Portman ahead by 8. The new Monmouth survey is in line with the...
  • Review: ‘Lo and Behold’, the Danger, and Potential, of the Digital Revolution

    08/21/2016 6:23:57 PM PDT · by oblomov · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | 18 Aug 2016 | A.O. Scott
    “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” is Werner Herzog’s documentary about the internet. For some readers, that sentence will be sufficient. One of our most intellectually ambitious filmmakers — a self­professed seeker of ecstatic truths, a tireless foot soldier of cinema — tackles what he calls “one of the greatest revolutions” humanity has experienced. The combination of Mr. Herzog’s doggedly curious sensibility and the mysteries of the digital universe seems both improbable and irresistible. In the course of a singularly peripatetic career, that curiosity has most often taken Mr. Herzog, who will turn 74 on Labor Day, into...
  • The Clinton and Trump Economic Plans: Growing the State or the Private Sector

    08/19/2016 4:54:26 PM PDT · by oblomov · 4 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 19 Aug 2016 | Valentin Schmid
    With poll after poll saying the economy is the most important issue in the presidential election, the candidate who connects with voters on this subject has a good chance of winning it all. Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s economic plans offer a clear choice. Trump seeks to revive American greatness with policies aimed at kick-starting economic growth. Clinton seeks fairness and more benefits for the middle and working classes. Their proposals fall on either side of one question: Is the state or the individual better at spending the peoples’ money? Trump clearly thinks the people—as individuals or through the companies...
  • Clinton And Trump Are Losing A Lot Of Young Voters

    08/19/2016 3:33:03 PM PDT · by oblomov · 26 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 19 Aug 2016 | Harry Enten
    Donald Trump received one of his better polling results on Thursday — at least since the conventions. The highly regarded Pew Research Center released a survey showing Hillary Clinton leading Trump by 41 percent to 37 percent, with Gary Johnson at 10 percent and Jill Stein at 4. Consequently, Clinton’s chances of winning the election dropped 2 points in both our forecasts, to 86 percent in polls-only and to 76 percent in polls-plus. The fact that a 4-point deficit is a “good” result for Trump should give you a sense for how poorly he’s doing. Clinton remains a clear favorite...
  • The Culture Of The Smug White Liberal

    08/19/2016 2:55:42 PM PDT · by oblomov · 42 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 17 Aug 2016 | Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.
    I have spent my life as a Democrat which probably isn’t that surprising considering that I am African-American. One of the things that always attracted me to the party were the ideals of equality, fighting for the little guy and our openness to differing opinions, but lately I have seen my party take a turn that makes me uncomfortable. Somewhere along the way we stopped fighting for the little guy and became the party of the smug, educated elites who look down on those with less education and deem them unable or unworthy of being able to make personal decisions...
  • Jeremy Corbyn called for ‘complete rehabilitation’ of Leon Trotsky in Parliament

    08/15/2016 3:30:20 PM PDT · by oblomov · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Aug 2016 | Ben Riley-Smith
    Jeremy Corbyn used his position in Parliament to call for the “complete rehabilitation” of Leon Trotsky, it has emerged despite dismissing concerns about hard-Left entryism as “nonsense”. In 1988, the Labour leader – then a backbencher – demanded the Marxist revolutionary and other communists have their achievements formally recognised by the Russian state. Mr Corbyn was one of a series of prominent left-wingers who put their name to an Early Day Motion, a form of parliamentary petition with no standing in law, which made the call. It came to light after parliamentary staff on Monday uncovered a paper record of...
  • A Distant Elite: How Meritocracy Went Wrong

    08/13/2016 11:40:09 AM PDT · by oblomov · 15 replies
    The Hedgehog Review ^ | Summer 2016 | Wilfrid M. McClay
    From the very beginnings of American history, the concept of merit has enjoyed a certain pride of place. It found a welcoming home in a new republican nation that, from its inception, had sought to proscribe the titles of nobility and other hereditary distinctions of social and political rank, as well as practices such as primogeniture and entail that had long been characteristic of European aristocratic society. But even the most equality-affirming republic would need to generate a pool of talented and effective leaders, a leadership class recruited and empowered for public service. How to find appropriate means by which...
  • [44 PAGES PDF FILE] The Privileged and the Oppressed

    08/10/2016 12:16:01 AM PDT · by oblomov · 9 replies
    The Frontier Lab ^ | July 2016 | Anne Sorock
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OCCUPY WALL STREET AND ITS DETRITUS may have faded from the nation’s public parks, but experienced far-left organizers are ecstatic over the influence of a new movement, Black Lives Matter (BLM). Founded in 2013 around the death of Floridian Trayvon Martin, BLM has within its grasp the radical revolutionary goals the Bill Ayers activists of old, and more recent new class of far-left operatives, had before now been unable to attain. The Frontier Lab’s in-depth research, gained through unanticipated access to organizers, activists, and allies of BLM, deconstructs the movement’s appeal and what the implications for marketers of...
  • Trump fires at least 2 aides

    08/01/2016 6:45:16 PM PDT · by oblomov · 128 replies
    Politico ^ | 1 Aug 2016 | ALEX ISENSTADT and KENNETH P. VOGEL
    At least two senior Donald Trump aides were fired by the campaign Monday in what three sources described as a shakeup. Both aides — Ed Brookover and Jimmy Stracner — had worked for the presidential campaign of former Trump rival Ben Carson, who endorsed Trump after dropping out of the race. Brookover, a longtime GOP strategist, had been working as a political adviser. He played a role in helping to organize this month's GOP convention. Stracner, had been working as the Trump campaign’s western regional political director.
  • Here's the Economist Whose Ideas Guide Trump

    08/01/2016 10:24:14 AM PDT · by oblomov · 7 replies
    Bloomberg View | 1 Aug 2016 | Tyler Cowen
    http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-08-01/peter-navarro-is-the-economist-whose-ideas-guide-trump Link only due to copyright issues
  • We need a tough negotiator like Trump to fix US trade policy

    07/30/2016 9:47:03 AM PDT · by oblomov · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | 29 Jul 2016 | Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is threatening to leave the World Trade Organization and rip up agreements like the North American Free Trade agreement, and his critics predictably are branding him everything from "wrong-headed" to "insane." But here's the real deal. When our politicians and diplomats negotiate trade deals, we lose because they don't know a good deal from a bad one. For instance, when President Bill Clinton signed NAFTA in 1993, he believed it would "create 200,000 jobs in this country by 1995 alone." Instead, the U.S. has lost over 700,000 jobs, according to the Economic Policy Institute, while...
  • J.D. Vance and the Anger of the White Working Class

    07/29/2016 2:17:54 PM PDT · by oblomov · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 Jul 2016 | ALEXANDRA WOLFE
    J.D. Vance didn’t encounter anyone else with a personal story like his when he arrived at Yale Law School six years ago. His early family life in a poor town in eastern Ohio was tough, with a mother who became a drug addict and a partially absent father. He and his sister spent a lot of time with his grandparents, evangelical Christians who were originally from Kentucky and inspired Mr. Vance to do more with his life. His experiences are the basis of his new memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy.” The book started out as a quest to answer questions about his...
  • When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

    07/29/2016 9:06:34 AM PDT · by oblomov · 29 replies
    the Daily Signal ^ | 28 Jul 2016 | Hans Spakovsky
    Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent desire to relieve suffering, the horrifying results of such a practice still lie just beneath the surface. Recently, an elderly Vermont woman found herself repeatedly pressured to commit assisted suicide. Her grave ailment? Only a broken wrist. Nevertheless, staff at her rehab center “repeatedly asked the elderly woman if she was in pain or depressed; then they would remind her that she could commit doctor-prescribed suicide under the new law.” Advocates of assisted suicide have blown off...
  • Bitcoin not money, Miami judge rules in dismissing laundering charges

    07/28/2016 6:51:46 PM PDT · by oblomov · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 25 Jul 2016 | BY DAVID OVALLE
    A Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday that Bitcoin is not actually money, a decision hailed by proponents of the virtual currency that has become popular across the world. In a case closely watched in financial and tech circles, the judge threw out the felony charges against website designer Michell Espinoza, who had been charged with illegally transmitting and laundering $1,500 worth of Bitcoins. He sold them to undercover detectives who told him they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers. But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank,...
  • The new political divide [Globalists of the world, unite!]

    07/28/2016 5:55:51 PM PDT · by oblomov · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | 30 Jul 2016 | Economist editorial board
    Farewell, left versus right. The contest that matters now is open against closed AS POLITICAL theatre, America’s party conventions have no parallel. Activists from right and left converge to choose their nominees and celebrate conservatism (Republicans) and progressivism (Democrats). But this year was different, and not just because Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party. The conventions highlighted a new political faultline: not between left and right, but between open and closed (see article). Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, summed up one side of this divide with his usual pithiness. “Americanism, not...
  • Snopes Caught Lying About Lack Of American Flags At Democratic Convention

    07/28/2016 2:44:23 PM PDT · by oblomov · 66 replies
    Daly Caller ^ | 28 Jul 2016 | Peter Hasson
    Myth-busting website Snopes flagrantly lied about the lack of visible American flags on the first day of the Democratic Convention, claiming an image from the second day of the convention was actually from the first day in an attempt to debunk a factual story from The Daily Caller. First, the facts. TheDC reported on Monday about the lack of visible American flags at day one of the convention. Several flags were briefly on stage for the national anthem and pledge of allegiance, at which point they were carried off stage, as the C-SPAN video for Monday clearly shows at the...
  • Paul Krugman's Bubble

    07/28/2016 7:43:17 AM PDT · by oblomov · 15 replies
    Paul Krugman is confused. He can’t figure out why Americans are so gloomy that they might vote for Donald Trump in November. From the columnist’s perch at the New York Times, things in America seem A-okay: If you want to feel good about the state of America, you could do a lot worse than what I did this morning: take a run in Riverside Park. There are people of all ages, and, yes, all races exercising, strolling hand in hand, playing with their dogs, kicking soccer balls and throwing Frisbees. There are a few homeless people, but the overall atmosphere...
  • Fans call Paul Simon's DNC performance troubling

    07/26/2016 2:34:23 PM PDT · by oblomov · 72 replies
    Fox News Entertainment ^ | 26 Jul 2016 | Foxnews.com
    Paul Simon took to the Democratic National Convention stage last night to perform his hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water." A lot of fans were quick to point out that the singer's performance was, well, troubled. Éponine15191 @Eponine15191 So I've just caught up with the footage of Paul Simon at the DNC yesterday singing Bridge Over TW, I'm so sad for him. He looks sick. #sad 5:26 AM - 26 Jul 2016 Public_Interest @Public_Interest Paul Simon fan here: Paul Simon was awful tonight. 10:05 PM - 25 Jul 2016 Mr. Cummings @APGOPOHHS I've always loved Paul Simon but that was more...
  • [Vanity] The Livid Anti-Trump Conservo-sphere

    07/21/2016 3:11:40 PM PDT · by oblomov · 47 replies
    FR | 21 Jul 2016 | oblomov @ FR
    Moderators, I hope you'll permit the vanity. I wanted to solicit opinion from FReepers on the remaining NeverTrumpers. What amuses me is the degree to which the NeverTrumper disdain for Trump seems to be personal. It goes well beyond the superficial pettiness of a faculty lounge dispute, and seems bitter and vindictive. With some evidence (not much of which I can post here), I'll posit three motives: Personal slight against one or more NeverTrumpers, perhaps an ancient slight Trump has not paid sufficient fealty to the Conservo-sphere of writers and political consultants He has not hired Mike Murphy or Matthew...
  • Births: Preliminary Data for 2015

    06/06/2016 8:30:16 PM PDT · by oblomov · 29 replies
    HHS CDC, National Vital Statistics System ^ | 2 Jun 2016 | Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H., and Michelle J.K. Osterman, M.H.S.
    Objectives—This report presents preliminary 2015 data on U.S. statistics offices in 2015. Comparisons are made with final 2014 data births. Births are shown by age and race and Hispanic origin of mother. Data on marital status, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight are also presented. Results—The 2015 preliminary number of U.S. births was 3,977,745, down slightly (less than 1%) from 2014. For the three largest race and Hispanic origin groups in the United States, the number of births decreased for non-Hispanic white women, increased for Hispanic women, and were essentially unchanged for non-Hispanic black women in 2015. The general...
  • Bitcoin Is Soaring On Unprecedented Burst In Chinese Buying

    05/29/2016 5:04:47 PM PDT · by oblomov · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 29 May 2016 | "Tyler Durden"
    Last September (when bitcoin was trading at $230) we said that "As China Scrambles To Enforce Capital Controls, This Is Great News For Bitcoin" and that it is only a matter of time before Chinese buyers figure out that in a world in which the freeflow of capital out of China is increasingly more suppressed and where physical gold is actively being stored in China but is next to impossible to get it out of the country, it is only a matter of time before bitcoin explodes as China's bubble berserk population scrambles to buy. One month ago, we showed...
  • Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case

    03/23/2016 8:14:01 AM PDT · by oblomov · 21 replies
    Bloomberg View via Yahoo! Finance ^ | 23 Mar 2016 | Noah Feldman
    Before Tuesday, I’d have said that Puerto Rico had no chance to win its legal fight to let its municipalities and utilities declare bankruptcy. That's how the island hopes to resolve its overwhelming debt problems, but the federal bankruptcy code says that it can't. That's what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held last summer, unanimously. The statute seemed so clear that even Judge Juan Torruella, the appellate court’s only Puerto Rican member, concurred in an outraged separate opinion criticizing the federal law. Puerto Rico's Slide Then Sonia Sotomayor stepped in. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court...
  • Colbert Clashes With Letterman's BFF Sandwich Maker Over Missing Tomatoes

    01/09/2016 7:46:11 AM PST · by oblomov · 26 replies
    DNAInfo.com ^ | 8 January 2016 | Nicole Levy
    No one misses David Letterman ... except perhaps Rupert Jee. Miffed about the absence of tomato in his B.L.T., new host of "The Late Show" Stephen Colbert toted a blow-up photograph of his sandwich to its place of origin, Hello Deli, to give shop-owner Rupert Jee a piece of his mind. "It's bacon, lettuce, tomato — the recipe is right in the name! The lack of tomato isn't just an insult to centuries of B.L.T. craftsmen who died toasting bread at Gettysburg; it's an insult to me personally," Colbert said, in segment on Thursday's night's episode. "Stephen, I'm sorry," Jee...
  • Most Dishonest Countries Are China and Turkey

    11/17/2015 9:43:17 AM PST · by oblomov · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    It’s a coin toss between China and Turkey for the title of least honest country, according to a new study. As part of a 15-nation honesty study, researchers from the University of East Anglia had the 1,500 subjects participate in a coin flip, telling them they’d get up to $5 every time it came up heads. The researchers theorized that if the percentage reporting heads was over 50 percent, participants were being dishonest, since heads statistically shows up only half the time. An estimated 70 percent of Chinese participants lied — the most dishonest of the bunch, according to the...
  • Chinese President snubs Mark Zuckerberg’s unborn child

    10/04/2015 10:51:23 AM PDT · by oblomov · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2 Oct 2015 | Emily Smith
    <p>Chinese President Xi Jinping was in no mood to grant favors at his White House state dinner — not even for Mark Zuckerberg’s unborn baby.</p> <p>Among the many tech and media titans who were invited, a few who came to kiss Xi’s ring at the Sept. 25 dinner hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle also asked for something in return.</p>
  • US clears Sprout Pharmaceuticals' Addyi as first drug for female sexual desire disorder

    08/19/2015 6:44:17 AM PDT · by oblomov · 20 replies
    FirstWord Pharma ^ | 17 Aug 2015 | FirstWord Pharma
    The FDA on Tuesday cleared Sprout Pharmaceuticals' once-daily non-hormonal oral drug Addyi (flibanserin) for generalised hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women, with the agency noting it is the first FDA-approved drug available to treat sexual desire disorder in either men or women. The decision follows a majority vote by an advisory panel in June recommending Addyi for approval. The US regular stated that Addyi is being approved with a boxed warning about the risks of severe hypotension and syncope in patients who drink alcohol, in those who use moderate or strong CYP3A4 inhibitors and in patients with liver...
  • The Dream World of the Southern Republicans

    07/13/2015 7:38:57 PM PDT · by oblomov · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 10 Jul 2015 | Howell Raines
    UNLIKE previous Alabama governors, Robert J. Bentley is not a fount of oratory. Nor is he a champion of “kinder and gentler.” His dyspeptic refusal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion, in a state where more than one million of 4.8 million residents depend on the program, betokens a stunning indifference to the Hippocratic oath. (The governor is a dermatologist.) Yet Mr. Bentley recently took a page from the Obama playbook and used a surprise executive order to remove four Confederate flags from the Alabama Capitol grounds, not far from the very spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in...
  • Ugly: The Aftershocks of a Tea-Party Suicide

    07/12/2015 5:12:04 PM PDT · by oblomov · 17 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 15 June 2015 | Marin Cogan
    One evening several years ago, John Mary was up late reading a local blog when he came across a comment from a man who said he lived in Gulfport, Mississippi. The commenter had been watching his kid mow a relative’s lawn, he wrote, when a couple approached the boy and asked if he could cut their grass sometime. The commenter recognized the man. It was Senator Thad Cochran, he wrote, and the woman with him sure as hell wasn’t his wife. The gossip stuck with Mary, a 62-year-old from Hattiesburg, about 70 miles north of Gulfport. But he didn’t think...
  • Horne v. Department of Agriculture struck down!

    06/22/2015 7:19:28 AM PDT · by oblomov · 54 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 22 Jun 2015 | SCOTUS Blog
    Horne v. Department of Agriculture.decision is a big win for those of us who try to make a living in Ag Any net proceeds the raisin growers receive from the sale of the reserve raisins goes to the amount of compensation they have received for that taking. It does not mean that the raisins have not been appropriated for government use, nor can the government make raisin growers relinquish their property without just compensation as a condition for selling in interstate commerce. This is a major blow to government's program of trying to boost prices by keeping crops off the...
  • Brian Williams also told iffy tales of rescuing puppies from fires

    02/07/2015 9:37:41 AM PST · by oblomov · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6 Feb 2015 | Emily Smith
    Long before he was caught lying about his chopper being forced down by enemy fire in Iraq, Brian Williams boasted how he bravely rescued a terrified puppy from a house fire. Or maybe it was two puppies. The truth-challenged NBC anchor told dueling versions of his supposed heroics as a teenage volunteer firefighter with the Old Village Fire Company in Middletown, NJ. In October 2011, Williams waxed rhapsodic about how his dad took him to fires. “I remember one such house fire . . . conducting a search on my hands and knees, when I felt something warm, squishy and furry on...
  • Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say

    01/28/2015 3:26:20 AM PST · by oblomov · 20 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | Jonathan Chait
    Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, who had recently published a column in a school newspaper about his perspective as a minority on campus. The students, who were recorded on a building surveillance camera wearing baggy hooded sweatshirts to hide their identity, littered Mahmood’s doorway with copies of his column, scrawled with messages like “You scum embarrass us,” “Shut the **** up,” and “DO YOU EVEN GO HERE?! LEAVE!!” They posted a picture of a demon and splattered eggs. This might appear to be...
  • Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

    01/16/2015 2:07:39 PM PST · by oblomov · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 Jan 2015 | Robert O'Harrow Jr., Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs. Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing. The program has enabled local and state...
  • Socialize Uber [Collectivism Barf Alert]

    12/17/2014 1:50:58 PM PST · by oblomov · 9 replies
    The Nation ^ | 29 December 2014 | Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert
    In response to a wave of bad behavior by the popular ride-sharing service Uber—with one executive suggesting digging up dirt on journalists who write negative articles about the company—many advocated a switch to Uber’s competitor, Lyft. But this approach ignores the fact that Uber’s abuses are baked into how “sharing” companies operate, a way of doing business that is shared by its competitors. More important, it misses a way to transform these companies that is right there in front of us: by socializing ownership among their workers. Cutting through the marketing BS of Silicon Valley is a good goal for...
  • Liberal Raceaholics

    12/11/2014 4:40:58 PM PST · by oblomov · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Deroy Murdock
    How does one explain liberals’ relentless obsession with race? Democrats and left-wing activists clutch the notion of racism as America’s defining characteristic just as streetcorner drunks cling to their fifths of cheap booze. No matter what, neither community can unhand those bottles. In fact, this debilitating liberal addiction deserves a name: raceaholism. Advertisement Raceaholics like President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, New York mayor Bill de Blasio, overexposed circus barker Al Sharpton, Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, their allies, and their media enablers cannot stop talking about race. They refract almost every issue through that prism. According to them,...
  • The Obama Whisperer

    11/10/2014 5:56:52 AM PST · by oblomov · 31 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 9 Nov 2014 | Noam Scheiber
    Even at this late date in the Obama presidency, there is no surer way to elicit paranoid whispers or armchair psychoanalysis from Democrats than to mention the name Valerie Jarrett. Party operatives, administration officials—they are shocked by her sheer longevity and marvel at her influence. When I asked a longtime source who left the Obama White House years ago for his impressions of Jarrett, he confessed that he was too fearful to speak with me, even off the record. This is not as irrational as it sounds. Obama has said he consults Jarrett on every major decision, something current and...
  • Psychologists Are Learning How to Convince Conservatives to Take Climate Change Seriously

    10/01/2014 2:54:52 PM PDT · by oblomov · 140 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 1 October 2014 | Jesse Singal
    Last week’s People's Climate March drew 400,000 people onto the streets of Manhattan and a great deal of international attention to a subject of dire urgency. But some were skeptical about the event’s overall significance. “The march slogan was, ‘to change everything, we need everyone,’ which is telling, because it won’t change everything, because it didn’t include everyone,” wrote David Roberts of Grist. “Specifically, it won’t change American politics because it didn’t include conservatives.” True enough. If there weren’t such a stark divide between American conservatives and almost everyone else on the question of the existence and importance of climate...
  • What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?

    09/29/2014 1:04:58 PM PDT · by oblomov · 54 replies
    New Republic ^ | 20 Sep 2014 | Cass R. Sunstein
    Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History by Richard J. Evans (Brandeis University Press) As everyone knows, the supreme court 
ruled six–three for Al Gore in the great dispute over the Florida recount in 2000. As everyone also knows, Gore emerged as the ultimate victor in that recount, and with his poetic and moving inauguration address he managed to unify a badly divided nation. For a long period, the Gore years continued the peace and prosperity established under President Clinton, punctuated by the successful prevention of an apparent terrorist plot in 2001, by the enactment of health care reform in 2003 (mocked...
  • Spike Lee’s Racism Isn’t Cute: ‘M—–f—– Hipster’ Is the New ‘Honkey'

    03/01/2014 3:05:35 AM PST · by oblomov · 35 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 26 Feb 2014 | John McWhorter
    It’s interesting that the director of the richest oeuvre of black films in the history of the medium doesn’t understand what the Civil Rights revolution was for. In his expletive-laced comments about the gentrification of Fort Greene during an interview at the Pratt Institute, Spike Lee seemed to think that what we Overcame for was to be grouchy bigots. Basically, black people are getting paid more money than they’ve ever seen in their lives for their houses, and a once sketchy neighborhood is now quiet and pleasant. And this is a bad thing… why? Lee seems to think it’s somehow...
  • Watch out Eurocrats, here come the Pirates!

    01/04/2014 12:45:59 PM PST · by oblomov · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 4 January 2014 | Daniel Hannan
    I once shared a car to the airport with a French MEP, a member of the Front National (FN). He spoke that very correct French which, across the Channel, serves in place of accent as a social signifier. He casually mentioned that the Holocaust couldn’t have happened, at least not on the scale claimed: the volume of the ovens, he creepily explained, was insufficient. The European Parliament has always had its fair share of extremists, eccentrics and outright, drooling loons. With the FN then polling at 6 per cent, there seemed no need to treat any of its MEPs seriously,...
  • Trailer Park Living Invades New York

    12/16/2013 5:24:55 AM PST · by oblomov · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 15 Dec 2013 | Gary Buiso
    There goes the neighborhood! Motor homes have invaded the Upper West Side, sparking fear in the hearts of residents worried their well-heeled haven could fast be transformed into a low-rent campsite. “Why is this ugly piece of junk here?” demanded area activist Gretchen Berger, referring to the rusted RV that has been stationed at Riverside Drive and 74th Street. “It just sort of creeps me out that somebody is living in a parking space, and this may give rise to other people thinking that it’s a cheap way to live on the Upper West Side, where the rents are high....
  • Obamacare Pushing Puerto Rico Further Into Social Welfare State, Doctors Warn

    12/14/2013 11:08:00 AM PST · by oblomov · 25 replies
    Fox News LAtino ^ | 13 Dec 2013 | Bryan Llenas
    People in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico may not be grappling with the botched Obamacare website rollout, but the program could spell disaster for the island, which is facing a financial crisis and where half the population already is dependent on free health insurance, members of the island's medical community warned. Puerto Ricans, who are born U.S. citizens, do not enroll on the healthcare.gov because their government decided not to offer health-insurance exchanges, which offers private plans. Instead, the Affordable Care Act, commonly dubbed Obamacare, has mostly arrived on the island in the form of a $6.3 billion social...
  • Regulators Vote to Back Volcker Rule

    12/10/2013 11:18:58 AM PST · by oblomov · 58 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10 Dec 2013 | Scott Patterson, Shayndi Raice, Katy Burne
    <p>WASHINGTON—All five regulatory agencies put to a vote and approved the Volcker rule on Tuesday, ushering in a new era of tough oversight that drills to the core of Wall Street's profitable markets and trading businesses.</p> <p>The rule will put in place new hurdles for banks that buy and sell securities on behalf of clients, known as market making, and will restrict compensation arrangements that encourage risky trading. The Fed also approved an extension to give banks until July 2015 to comply with the rule, though firms will be expected to make "good faith" efforts to get into compliance earlier.</p>
  • A Response to Glenn Greenwald [leftist apologia for Panopticon state barf alert]

    06/16/2013 11:22:07 AM PDT · by oblomov · 10 replies
    The Nation ^ | 14 June 2013 | Rick Perlstein
    The NSA slide that tech experts say Glenn Greenwald misinterpreted. (The Guardian/NSA, US Federal Government.) Glenn Greenwald has posted a response to his critics today, including myself, titled “;On PRISM, Partisanship, and Propaganda”: “In a Nation post yesterday,” he writes, “Rick Perlstein falsely accuses me of not having addressed the questions about the PRISM story.” Actually I didn’t accuse him of not having addressed “the questions,” but instead a single question, which he still does not address: whether, in his claim that corporations have allowed the National Security Agency direct access to their servers, he misunderstands the meaning of...
  • The Demonization Machine Cranks Up Against Edward Snowden

    06/11/2013 10:56:13 AM PDT · by oblomov · 89 replies
    Reason ^ | 11 Jun 2013 | Matt Welch
    It's always instructive to see who quickly takes the government's side in a dispute with a whistleblower, and what kind of argumentation they deploy. David Brooks was certainly a predictable candidate. Here's a sampling of a few others: Roger Simon, chief political columnist for Politico, former White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, former political editor of U.S. News & World Report: Think you're a loser just because you dropped out of high school and never finished Think you're a dud just because you work as a security guard even though you dreamed of becoming a global savior?the military training...
  • Take the A Train to Little Guyana

    06/09/2013 5:20:57 PM PDT · by oblomov · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 9 Jun 2013 | Kirk Semple
    On an old building at 12 St. Marks Place, hovering above the sushi counters and tattoo parlors, is an inscription chiseled in the stone facade: Deutsch-Amerikanische Schützen Gesellschaft. It marks the location of the German-American Shooting Society clubhouse, long defunct, and is a rare vestige of the German immigrant community that dominated the East Village and the Lower East Side for much of the 19th century. Known as Kleindeutschland, or Little Germany, the community had German saloons and social clubs, German theaters and churches, German stores and workshops, and, of course, tens of thousands of German residents. Little Germany is...
  • A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed

    11/26/2012 5:45:38 PM PST · by oblomov · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 26 Nov 2012 | Robert Herritt
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb has little tolerance for, well, a lot of things. But, as his latest book demonstrates, he holds a particular grievance against the mediocre, the safe middle ground, and most forms of moderation. True to form, Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder, is a work of non-fiction that trades in extremes—a book that, in complete earnestness, offers thoughts on everything from the philosophy of Seneca and the structure of the Swiss government to the value of procrastination and the limits of academic research. He is just as likely to bring in Ben Bernanke and Ralph Nader as Hammurabi...
  • Obama Plans To Declare Victory Early, In Order to Demoralize Romney Voters

    11/06/2012 3:52:58 AM PST · by oblomov · 69 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | 6 Nov 2012 | Brad Thor
    As Romney says: Forewarned. What a dick move. It's such a dick move that a half hour ago, before I read this report, I was just thinking Romney should do it himself. Thor explains that Obama will trust in the media to carry his message of Complete and Total Domination In the Vote in order to keep conservatives, Tea Partiers, and America-loving libertarians home. Forewarned.
  • Sheldon G. Adelson: I Didn't Leave the Democrats. They Left Me

    11/05/2012 5:40:30 PM PST · by oblomov · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 Nov 2012 | Sheldon Adelson
    When members of the Democratic Party booed the inclusion of God and Jerusalem in their party platform this year, I thought of my parents. They would have been astounded. The immigrant family in which I grew up was, in the matter of politics, typical of the Jews of Boston in the 1930s and '40s. Of the two major parties, the Democrats were in those days the more supportive of Jewish causes. Indeed, only liberal politicians campaigned in our underprivileged neighborhood. Boston's Republicans, insofar as we knew them, were remote, wealthy elites ("Boston Brahmins"), some of whose fancy country clubs didn't...