The game seems rigged—and if it is, following the rules is for suckers.– George Packer on what America has gained and what it has lost over the past generation: http://nyr.kr/19YhKOk (via newyorker)
inothernews: There are not “inconsistencies” in the reporting from the Oklahoma storms. There are facts being updated by news organizations as they receive them from local officials. Everything on this and other Tumblr news blogs links back to a source. Journalism 101. I’m just waiting for some asshat to call this a government conspiracy. Because that’s what happens after every...
If I am right, then (religious fundamentalists) will not go to Heaven, because...– Isaac Asimov (via politicalprof)
inothernews: Do highly-engaged humans monetize eyeballs? What does this even MEAN!??
Yahoo buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion, vows not to... →
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said it is acquiring blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion cash, a bold bet by Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the struggling Internet pioneer by co-opting a Web property Damn, Reuters is blunt today. Ah hell, apparently Melissa Mayer ACTUALLY vowed not to screw it up. That’s a really good thing though.
Hank's Tumblr: Thoughts on the Yahoo! Thing →
edwardspoonhands: First, I love Tumblr and want to keep loving it. And yes, it is immediately terrifying to hear that Yahoo (which, from a lot of our perspectives, is a laughably backwards and culturally irrelevant company) is going to own Tumblr. I sympathize. But there are a number of circumstances in which…
Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what...– Clarice Lispector, A Hora Da Estrela I’ve been reading Lispector for the past two weeks, and it’s been - she’d put it - full of splendor. (via jungjoo)
That the Obama administration is now repeatedly declaring that the ‘war on...– Washington gets explicit: its ‘war on terror’ is permanent | Glenn Greenwald (via theamericanbear)
grandpa-amjad: Some girl just said “Israel/Pakistan region” Brb. Gonna kill myself.
MASHABLE: "Police were called to calm Star Wars... →
inothernews: This is, of course, what happens when you bring a sonic screwdriver to a lightsaber fight. Or vice-versa.
After the Supreme Court’s notorious Citizens United decision in 2010 that opened...– DAVID HORSEY, writing in the Los Angeles Times, “The Real Scandal: IRS Gives Tax Exemptions to Political Partisans.” Yep. (via inothernews)
colonizedbywankers: I love this clip. Firstly, everyone except Tommy has a rather interesting definition of “natural”. To them it means “what I’m usually doing”, which usually is lounging around shooting up, stealing stuff, or doing nothing much at all. Secondly, Renton (that’s McGregor) goes off on an immensely quotable rant about how much it sucks being Scottish. Just so you don’t have to...
I think that the most important thing for the intellectual in the public sphere,...– Edward Said, On Defiance and Taking Positions
jungjoo: One of the best moments of my life was when I asked a white girl, “Where are you from?” and she took the name of some city in America and then I said, “Okay, but where are you really from?” Her answer: “What does that even mean?” I wanna know too.
مہرین کسانہ: Pakistani court declares US drone... →
thepeoplesrecord: May 13, 2013 A Pakistani court has declared that US drone strikes in the country’s tribal belt are illegal and has directed the government to move a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations. In what activists said was an historic decision, the Peshawar High…
مہرین کسانہ: Picks for best #longreads of 2012: →
thepoliticalnotebook: These are not in rank order. And I know, there’s still plenty of time for earth-shatteringly good long reads articles to be published between now and the new year. To those writers who will be published in the gap between year-end list-making and the beginning of… Reblogging so this isn’t buried under a zillion liked posts.
mehreenkasana: How do we forge transnational solidarity without over-simplifying stories, erasing differences and becoming cultural gatekeepers?
prehistorian: stop for a minute and realize you are a 10lb brain piloting a slab of meat oh, the things I find while going back through my favorites
A survey of Republicans found nearly half agreed that “an armed revolution in...– Republicans say U.S. headed toward ‘armed revolution’: Poll I’ll see you all at the revolution atop my unicorn with fire-breathing dragons in tow. (via mohandasgandhi) Nothing says “party of Lincoln” like an armed rebellion against a President from Illinois. (via prettayprettaygood) I’m...
Seriously, if we believe a 14 year old is too immature to know how to take a...– “Hey, FDA: Drop the Plan B Age Restriction,” my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)
Finals are over.
and I get to be a vegetable for a day. And by that I mean go home and get new glasses and do some laundry and look for a house and start reviewing blogger/columnist apps and clean up the cesspool that is my room right now. … I am a busy vegetable
Got a final in 1:45, and I can’t fall back asleep. Oh well. Maybe I’ll go watch the sun rise or something.
Politicalprof: What if government isn't "the"... →
politicalprof: What if it sometimes was the problem? And sometimes was the key to to solution? What if people recognized that problems were complex, multi-dimensional and lacked easy explanations like “they” or “that” is to blame? What if people thought seriously about the complexities of the world… This man is brilliant.
Meg Lanker-Simons Cited For Making UW Crushes Post →
prettayprettaygood: University of Wyoming Police have issued a citation to Meg Lanker-Simons for a charge of interference. According to the citation “Subject admitted to making a controversial post on UW Crushes webpage and then lied about not doing it.” An anonymous statement posted to the UW Crushes Facebook page last week caused a controversy. The post stated that the author would like to...
My preferred method of learning is reading stuff, and then applying it somehow. Which usually means writing essays. In that vein (or at least halfway into it-if I’m going to write anything about this, it’s not going to be for at least a week and a half), who has some really good lit on white privilege? Something that starts out real simple, explaining what it is, and then delves into...
Finis sum cum Latinā! (I’m done with Latin!) And yes, that means it’s finals time here in A2. For some reason, finals week is always one of the lowest-stress times of the year for me. Not because I don’t find finals difficult, but because they’re relatively predictable and I know exactly what I need to do in order to do well on them. That’s a rather rare thing in...
For American-Muslims, dread →
Damn good piece on how events in Boston have affected the American Muslim community. It’s a fear-filled time for them, and in a better world it wouldn’t be.
مہرین کسانہ: I’ll say three things clearly so that... →
mehreenkasana: I’ll say three things clearly so that there is no misconstruing: 1. White privilege exists. 2. This is about the instant media positioning from “White Caucasian Male” to Indoctrined Chechen Terrorist. 3. Call me a “terrorism apologist”, and I’ll take you as seriously as I take a worm. Race in… ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Thoughts on Boston
Glad they got the second Boston suspect. Part of me is comfortable about the Miranda public safety exception being invoked here, but another part of me is screaming about how easily that could turn into a forced confession or something similar. Still, all of me is glad that we’re not listening to what Lindsey Graham and McCain are saying right now about invoking NDAA, calling him an enemy...