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Speaking Of Insufferable Writers

Posted by Ogged
on 05.30.16

I started reading this (in print, where the byline is at the end on the next page) and thought, "Wow, this sucks. This is Hertzberg's space, isn't it? This can't be Hertzberg." Sure enough, Adam Gopnik. Why isn't he in jail?



 

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Because

Posted by Ogged
on 05.29.16

This is probably more of a midweek post, but presumably I'll be at work, and it's ultimately not much more than clickbait, so: Why you will marry the wrong person.



 

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Blame Indiana

Posted by Ogged
on 05.29.16

Nice look at the difference between New York and Chicago's murder rates.



 

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Tender indeed

Posted by Ben
on 05.28.16

Yikes. Watch those spikes, guys.



 

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White People Are The Least Racist People

Posted by Ogged
on 05.28.16

My wife had a patient come in, a Mexican woman with her three daughters. My wife remarked that she had only boys, and the patient wanted to see pictures.

"They're dark."
"My husband is Middle-Eastern."
"Iraq?"
"Iran."
"Why did you marry a Hindu?"



 

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Gizmo

Posted by Ogged
on 05.28.16

I've been uninterested in the various virtual reality doodads, but the NY Times has been mailing out free Google Cardboard headsets to subscribers and damn if it isn't very cool. There's something about turning your head around to get a 360° view that's, well, immersive. Any apps or videos I should be checking out? The Times's own app is linked here.



 

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Why Is This Kid Getting So Much Love?

Posted by Ogged
on 05.27.16

Nihar Janga is an asshole.



 

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The Rest Of The World Is A Foreign Country

Posted by Ogged
on 05.27.16

So, I guess this is kinda racist.

But personally, I'm more outraged by the plagiarism.

via buzzfeed



 

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Amusing

Posted by Ogged
on 05.27.16


 

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Guest Post - "The tech industry can offer us good governance and prevent further American decline."

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 05.27.16

Chopper writes: Ugh. Few things put me on the nerd-punching side of the equation, but in this case I think there are some swirlies that need to be handed out.

Heebie's take: More of Thiel and his ilk, but this is really particularly silly:


The petition proposed a three-point national referendum, as follows:
1. Retire all government employees with full pensions.
2. Transfer administrative authority to the tech industry.
3. Appoint [Google executive chairman] Eric Schmidt CEO of America.



 

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Things That Have Made Me Hyperventilate Recently

Posted by LizardBreath
on 05.27.16

Well, honestly, there are a number of those. But I was thinking of this story about a hiker who died on the Appalachian Trail in 2013.

She was an experienced hiker in her sixties, who had set out with a hiking companion, but the companion had to quit due to a family emergency. She left the trail to pee, got lost, and couldn't find her way back. She ultimately set up an organized camp, and lived for about a month before she starved or died of exposure. She left messages for her family, which weren't found until her body was found over two years later.

Horrifying, and I also just don't really understand how it could have happened.



 

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Ratings

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 05.26.16

I would probably tune in for a Bernie-Trump cage match, and I haven't watched a single debate so far.



 

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Done Right(er)

Posted by Ogged
on 05.26.16

I've always been surprised that there's not a better high school ranking site than Great Schools, which is really a piece of poop. Turns out, there is. I just stumbled on niche.com, which ranks not only high schools but districts, places, and colleges as well. The rankings, judging by the things with which I'm familiar or have done lots of research on, seem solid; they even ding for lack of diversity. Take a look.



 

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Guest Post - 'Me Before You'

Posted by Heebie-Geebie
on 05.26.16

Witt writes: This is a terrific article. I have nothing to add, except that I was surprised that the book being expertly torn apart in this review was published in 2012 rather than 1962.

Heebie's take: It's a book review of a spectacularly awful book which is poised to be the next spectacularly awful movie. As best I can tell, it's about how disabled people are really pure and virginal and depressed and we can all understand why it's reasonable for them to commit suicide.

A good thing to keep in mind, during the comment thread, is that commenters and lurkers right here might have disabilities!



 

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Playthings

Posted by Ogged
on 05.26.16

Ok then, what can be done to keep people like Thiel (and whoever it was that tried to sue Mother Jones away) from launching these vanity destructions? Capping damages seems like the obvious answer, but with the likely even worse result that there'd be effectively no accountability for shoddy journalism. As ever, it seems like the answer is to tax income and wealth above a certain level at basically confiscatory rates. Too bad the rich control the government and that won't happen. I guess we're screwed!



 

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Plan for the weekend

Posted by Ben
on 05.25.16

Sit at the hotel bar of an evening, reading, with its title and authorship displayed just prominently enough, a copy of … what? Americanists, I call on you.



 

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