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A Chinese science fiction writer goes to Burning Man.

If your goal is to change culture--

This is a good little example of how you go about effecting changing culture:

Increasing visibility of non-conforming gender communities in stock photos @, March 26.

When "family values" conservatives complain about the influence of "Hollywood liberals" and "the liberal media", this is what they mean. And they are not wrong that it can help usher along culture change. Far more than many protests or the like, which can produce counter-productive blowback.

Pay rates for free-lance journalism

It occurred to me again recently that people don’t know how little we make. My last NYTBR review paid 300 dollars. I had a cover piece in 2014 that paid 600. I read the books i review carefully & often read other works by that same author to understand their whole trajectory.

— porochista khakpour (@PKhakpour) March 24, 2019

Brexit reaching some kinda breaking point


historians have an instinct for those times of cumulative “ event acceleration” where matters sprint past the ability of politicians to contain their consequences - 1642, 1789-93; and, um 1914...Guess what...

— Simon Schama (@simon_schama) March 21, 2019


Glenn Greenwald Bashing Thread. Just because.

Senators Gillibrand and Gardner on a nanny state bender


Periodic reminder that most Americans are not xenophobic.

— Luke W Lockhart (@GraniteJet) March 14, 2019

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Gaming the log

One of the myriad ways to become a "Hit of The Day" on Dagblog, among other things:

On 'splainin'

I am listening to Trump press conference live from Vietnam summit on CNN

The chyron says summit cut short, no deal. But I would like to share a little of what Trump is saying.

He seems in a very friendly and polite mood. Not hyper, calm. Taking a lot of questions.

Trump says it's all been very productive. But not a good thing to be signing anything right now. He'll let Pompeo explain that later.

But everyone's been great: Chairman Kim, China, Russia, they've all been great, real helpful. Great leaders! Pres. Moon. yes, another great leader. Real helpful. President Xi, a great leader. Everyone thinks so, especially in Asia. They are all great leaders!

By the way, in case you foreign reporters didn't know this, you should know it's true: he gets along really well with all world leaders!



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