Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Says what needs to be said

This is spot on.

Please be true - updated

Nate rates.

Update: The resurge continues.


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%.

Update 4: Has the worm turned? Please please.

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.