Daily Archive: 12 Nov 2013

Nov 12

My Odd Love of Great White Sharks

When I was just 11 years old, I saw the movie Jaws. This is because I had totally clueless parents. I had Jaws related nightmares well into my teen years. But on the positive side, it got me really interested in Great White sharks. It seems that every month or so, I go on a …

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Nov 12

Robots Demanding That Promises Be Kept

According to the Daily Mail: Firemen were called to a house fire that broke out after a mechanical cleaning gadget somehow switched itself on and destroyed itself by moving onto a kitchen hotplate. Local media in Austria have referred to the incident as ‘robot suicide’ and even suggested it was fed up with the constant …

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Nov 12

Can We End the Filibuster Now?!

The Senate Republicans have just filibustered the third nominee, Cornelia T L Pillard, for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This raises the obvious question that I’ve been asking for years: how long are we going to allow this to go on? No amount of handshake agreements and temporary armistices …

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Nov 12

Don’t Let Merle Haggard Deceive You

Ed Kilgore alerted me to the important news that over at the Washington Post, Richard Cohen was turning to my man Merle Haggard about the fact that people in Iowa really hate supposed moderate Chris Christie. He referenced the fact that over two million people had listened to the live version of the following Haggard …

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Nov 12

Vote You Asshole!

This morning, I was very disappointed in The Daily Show. Jon Stewart went after 60 Minutes in the most tepid way only to throw in some false balance by equating the false story about Benghazi with the Time magazine cover that references the fact that Chris Christie is very fat. Not surprisingly, The Colbert Report …

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Nov 12

The Sculptor, Playwright, and Musicians

On this day in 1915, the great literary theorist Roland Barthes was born. These days he’s fallen out of favor, partly due to many of the excesses of later literary theorists. Also there is a belief, especially among conservative scholars that the only kind of valid truth is that which can be verified. That’s just …

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