Bangladeshis are a people squalid enough that death is an acceptable randomly...– Et tu, Matthew Yglesias?
This is what happens when I’m on the subway...
Ideological meaning and agendas are not incidental to thrilling films and...– Reuters’ culture critic Alissa Quart [via GG, obvs]
[The] very nature of the presidency of the United States at its core has become...– Charles P. Pierce | A Bad Idea Gets Worse - Esquire
Not all of it was honest and not all of it was fair and not all of it was...– said the writer of a dishonest, unfair, incorrect screenplay about his critics. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’s’ sharp turn from Oscar glory - latimes.com
Amen to all of this dude.
John Brennan's extremism and dishonesty rewarded... →
“Here we see the ethos and morality of imperial Washington: past support for torture and rendition does not disqualify one for a top national security position; only an extramarital affair can do that.”
This "said no one, ever" thing is going away in...
ZERO CONSCIENCE IN “ZERO DARK THIRTY” | Jane Mayer →
In [Bigelow’s] hands, the hunt for bin Laden is essentially a police procedural, devoid of moral context. If she were making a film about slavery in antebellum America, it seems, the story would focus on whether the cotton crops were successful.
BUS YOUR OWN TRAY: Guns. →
spiegelman: Let’s get one thing straight. The Bill of Rights is not a moral doctrine. It’s the product of a negotiation. The negotiation happened 223 years ago, when different concerns were on the table, when evil existed but didn’t walk into a school and murder 18 children. Rights are the product of politics, they are not bestowed upon you by God, and the Founding Fathers were representatives...
The lessons of tuition inflation —... →
Mike Konczal flags a Department of Education study that shows that the government earns $1.14 back for every dollar it loans to students and asks, “What’s a good word for the opposite of a subsidy? Whatever it is, student loans are that”. it’s called an INVESTMENT. Low interest student loans are a public sector investment in the country’s future. More like this.
Petraeus scandal is reported with compelled... →
[It] is truly remarkable what ends people’s careers in Washington - and what does not end them. [ ] Petraeus has left a string of failures and even scandals behind him: a disastrous Iraqi training program, a worsening of the war in Afghanistan since he ran it, the attempt to convert the CIA into principally a para-military force, the series of misleading statements about the Benghazi attack...
Joe Klein's sociopathic defense of drone killings... →
The reason American 4-year-olds are in danger from terrorism - to the very limited extent they are - is precisely because those empowered in US government and media circles think like Joe Klein does. Soulless cheerleaders for indiscriminate killing like Joe Klein […] are the reason there is a terrorism risk to Americans, not the solution for that risk.
G.I. Joe: Drone Operator! Just in time for the holidays!
Let’s Always Be Friends (demo) by College Kids.
Jim Lehrer: Useless →
Sorry, immigration, reproductive health, LGBT civil rights, the environment, campaign finance, the drug war, and voting rights: None of you matter as much as Simpson effing Bowles! All the cosigns.
The problem is joblessness, and the problem is very concrete. You don’t have to...– Noam Chomsky (via azspot)
While we're waiting for this enormous piece of... →
thedailywhat: Lone Ranger Movie Trailer of the Day: Johnny Depp is Native American spirit warrior Tonto, Armie Hammer is John Reid — “a man of the law, a legend of justice” — and Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham Carter also star. The Lone Ranger is out July 13, 2013. [iwatchstuff]
Our Bipartisan Apathy Toward Civilian Drone Deaths... →
There’s no question that fighting a counterinsurgency is hard. And it’s fundamentally different from fighting a conventional war because it’s difficult to separate militants from civilians — something that insurgents explicitly count on. But even if you accept drone strikes as a legitimate part of counterinsurgency, and even if you accept that civilian casualties are an inevitable part of that,...