Tired from Your Efforts or Just Plain Tired?

August 23, 2014

I have a certain amount of sympathy with the president for the amount of flak he’s getting over his vacations and golf-playing. He’s not the fist president to be the subject of criticism for the amount of golf he’s playing. Ike received almost identical complaints. And the president’s vacation time isn’t out of step with […]

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What I Learned Today

August 21, 2014

Today I learned that the difference in user experience between accessing a touch screen with your finger and with a stylus is roughly equivalent to the difference between shaving with an old, rusty razor blade and a brand-new one.

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Not Even Past

August 21, 2014

Joe Klein calls for addressing race relations in a “thoughtful, provocative way”: You can’t convict a terrified, undertrained cop of murder for trying to defend himself, if that’s what the facts show–but all too often in the past, we’ve exonerated racist thugs who were clearly guilty. We can’t ignore the barbarity that got us here: […]

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The War of Jenkins Ear

August 21, 2014

In reaction to the murder of James Foley by ISIS terrorist and the president’s subsequent remarks, the editors of the Wall Street Journal call for the president to take a stand: The question now—what the world wants to know now, Mr. President—is what are you going to do about it? Six years into this Presidency, […]

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Licia Albanese, 1909-2014

August 20, 2014

Opera superstar of the 1940s Licia Albanese has died: Felicia Albanese was born in Bari, in southern Italy, on July 23, 1909. She began singing as a girl, becoming a pupil of Giuseppina Baldassarre-Tedeschi, a noted Butterfly in her day. Miss Albanese made her debut unexpectedly in 1934, at the Teatro Lirico in Milan. At […]

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Maintaining Resolve

August 20, 2014

There is a lot of meat in Brian Fishman’s post at War Is Boring, “Don’t BS the American People About Iraq, Syria, and ISIL”. I recommend you read it in full. This post isn’t a critique of his but it’s not an affirmation of it, either. It falls into the cateogry of riffing on the […]

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The Other Pension Crisis

August 20, 2014

Yves Smith explains how the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 contributed to the housing crisis and may have rendered company pension funds a lot more secure than they might otherwise be: The result was that the pension funds, which had long been limited to safe assets such as corporate bonds and Treasury securities, […]

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Being There

August 20, 2014

The editors of Bloomberg urge the president to go to Ferguson: Attorney General Eric Holder will be in Ferguson tomorrow. But the president should go, too — if not tomorrow then in the days or weeks ahead. So why isn’t he? Obama said yesterday that his reluctance to say or do more reflects his reluctance […]

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The States

August 19, 2014

400 years ago the emerging states of Europe faced a problem. They had just been through nearly a half century of continuous war being fought with ever more deadly weapons, war everywhere and without end. To bring an end to that situation they created a fiction: the Westphalian state. Under this fiction states were distinct, […]

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Not As Simple As Black and White

August 19, 2014

The most prominent domestic story in the United States, sadly, remains that of the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri Michael Brown by a police officer and the days of demonstrations and riots that have followed it. One of the saddest things about the matter is how impossible it is to write about without pre-conditioning the story. […]

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