I carped about this once before, but that was a year ago or more. I know that TPM is, among other things, a commercial enterprise. I know that means it has to raise money. I wish it would do this... [Read more]
When I learned the sad news that PseudoCyants had died, I wrote a comment as many did. He was a giant in the Cafe. Generous in giving his time and insights, scrupulously fair and always thoughtful, his voice is missed. ... [Read more]
I'm feeling the need to get away--have a little vacation. My temper is running shorter than it usually does, and that's a very good sign. Laughter is the best medicine, as I've been told more than once. This made me... [Read more]
Maybe it's the August heat which makes it especially hot inside the "big tent" that the left populates. But I'm seeing a lot of calling for this and calling for that which strikes me as representative of that frustration. Two... [Read more]
wordles are more than games The summer winds on, we've a new Supreme Court Justice, and in a week or so I'm going to imitate Chaucer, though he did his bit in the spring:. Off I go on pilgrimage... [Read more]
I'm going to quote this verbatim, maybe just adding some bold and italics for emphasis. This came from my bank today:Sovereign Santander Bank.SKIP YOUR NEXT LOAN PAYMENT AND FREE UP SOME CASH: Dear____________Re: loan # ending in _____As a valued... [Read more]
Acerebral a. Without a brain. A word for which there would at first sight appear to be no use, since no entity to which there would be anyh point in applyng the term could in fact possess this attribute. ... [Read more]
This is going to be a quickie. I know, I've promised that before, but this time, maybe I'll keep my word. As is often the case, I'm a penny short and a day late to the debate about WikiLeak's document... [Read more]
the eighth question Awhile back, I posed some simple questions in a highly unscientific survey. The questions related to issues of geographical mobility, a subject which has interested me for a very long time. I asked quesions I've asked... [Read more]
I while back I wrote a piece about how the American Dream has bifurcated into a Horatio Alger version and a Martin Luther King version, and how the Alger version had led to a segregation by social class which made... [Read more]
By Jane Mayer of the New Yorker. If you are wondering how far PBS is willing to go to placate David Koch to keep their funding? It gives you a look into the special documentry "Citizen Koch" and its fall out. The program was never aired except at Sundance. David Koch resigned from WNET on May 16th.
Syrian rebels under siege in a strategic city on the Lebanese border are increasingly turning to social media to wage psychological warfare, according to Vocativ analysts monitoring the region.
The town of Al Qusayr has become ground zero in the war between rebel fighters on the one side and the joint forces of President Bashar Al Assad and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on the other. Some of the most intense fighting has taken place there over the last few days. The New York Times reports both sides consider this battle a turning point in the larger civil war that has been raging for more than two years.