Daily Archive: 18 Nov 2013

Nov 18

Peter Wintonick’s Direct Cinema

Documentary filmmaker Peter Wintonick died today at the age of 60. If you know of him, it is probably from his film Manufacturing Consent. And if you are younger, you probably know Noam Chomsky from the film. Made in 1992 with Mark Achbar, it is a three-hour long exploration of Chomsky and his work, most …

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Nov 18

Obamacare Website on the Mend

Jonathan Chait has written a welcome salve for us liberals still bothered by the problems that have plagued the Healthcare.gov website, Obamacare Hyperventilation to Continue Forever! It is important to remember the “dog bites man” aspect of modern journalism. Things that don’t go wrong are not news. Thus we hear about what’s going wrong with …

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Nov 18

Odds and Ends Vol 6

Well, boys and girls, it has been a while since our last Odds and Ends. That may be because I’m just generally slowing down. The fact that there has been little real political news doesn’t help. But I’ve been lazy too, I think. Yesterday, I watched both The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and The Lost …

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Nov 18

GOP Needs to Look Into Alien Abduction

Over at The Monkey Cage, Henry Farrell reports on some really interesting political science (pdf) research, About as Many People Say They’ve Been Abducted by Space Aliens as Say They’ve Committed Voter Fraud. But that headline may give you the wrong idea; the research is very clever and shows that voter impersonation pretty much never …

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Nov 18

Pictures of Louis Daguerre

On this day in 1647, the French philosopher Pierre Bayle was born. He is noted for arguing in favor of religious tolerance. But there’s an interesting aspect to words like “tolerance” and “diversity.” They are exclusive. Sure, we do want diversity in our culture. But if we are to have real diversity, we can’t think …

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