Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Please be true

Nate rates.


This analysis is amazingly sophomoric. Remember these names: Michael Barbaro and Matt Flegenheimer.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The fall of our discontent - updated

I feel obligated to record here how close to despair I feel right now. It is incomprehensible to me that this monster may actually get power. It's beyond belief. I don't know what country I'm living in. God willing, by November this dread will be gone, and Trump will be history.

Update: Today's fear and loathing index.

Update 2: The descent into the heart of darkness continues. The horror, the horror.

Update 3: Beyond words. It's down to 51.8%.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Meme theory manque

I read Sapiens by Yuval Harari, and liked things about it. Now he's got a new book out -- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow -- excerpted in Wired. Putting aside his affection for the "brief history" trope... from the excerpt, it seems to exhibit the same strengths and limitations of the prior volume. Meme theory -- and information theory -- are fuller explanations than is his. I'll be interested to see if he addresses either -- e.g., whether Dawkins or Seife or Gleick.or Dyson show up in his index.

The grey lady gets colorful

Surprised to see this in the Times, even as an op-ed. I don't mean because of the language. I mean because of the clarity and emotional intelligence.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Lazy Sunday

I guess the Post had some spare column inches to fill. Tumulty's news-free and pointless recap of the "Clinton scandals" is so without any serious effort that it falls apart before you're a quarter of the way through. She tries to argue that it was Hillary's paranoia and lack of transparency that spawned the vast right-wing conspiracy, when exactly the reverse is obviously the case, as her own feckless recitation of the evidence makes clear.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This is rich, as you'd expect

So RSN's Galindez, after promoting lies and fever dreams through the primaries (e.g., claims that the polls were skewed, that Hillary was "stealing" the election, etc.), now says that all that matters is a shared agenda, not how you achieve it.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was nearly subhuman... but that critique wasn't about "tactics," no. The superdelegates were an abomination to democracy... but that wasn't "tactics," either. But the "Revolution"'s staff that walked out en masse because Jeff Weaver is a bully and liar... oh, they're taking their eyes off the prize.

And that shared agenda? The fact that Hillary and Bernie voted together 93 percent of the time? The fact that the Democratic Party platform represents major concessions to the "revolutionaries"? Well, er, let's move along, citizens. Nothing to see here.