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October 14, 2013
"How the Media Would Have Covered Columbus’s Discovery of the New World" Props to New York Magazine’s Dan Amira on these—great concept, great execution. Someone really needs to make a Tumblr blog or book based around this idea, if it hasn’t already been done. source

"How the Media Would Have Covered Columbus’s Discovery of the New World" Props to New York Magazine’s Dan Amira on these—great concept, great execution. Someone really needs to make a Tumblr blog or book based around this idea, if it hasn’t already been done. source

18:31 // 6 months ago
The Democrats, they better understand something. What goes around comes around. And if they try to humiliate Republicans, things change in American politics, and I know what it’s like to be in the majority and in the minority, and it won’t be forgotten…we’ve got to turn this around. And the Democrats had better help us.
John McCain, being rather petulent on “Face The Nation” yesterday. He admitted earlier in the interview that the quest to defund Obamacare was “a fool’s errand” to begin with, yet stood firm that Democrats have a responsibility to help the GOP save face. Because vowing revenge against the guys you tried unsuccesfully to screw over after your plan blows up in your face—that’s true leadership. source
18:07 // 6 months ago
October 11, 2013

A true statesman: Ted Cruz spoke today at the Values Voter Summit, a yearly CPAC-esque conservative conference where aspiring GOP presidential candidates often come to flex their muscles. After warning the audience that Obamacare would force abortion pills into the hands of nuns (it won’t), Cruz got heckled by a group of protesters for opposing immigration reform. Like the gentleman he is, Cruz responded by calling the protesters “President Obama’s paid political operatives” and telling them to quiet down so he could talk. This is what they call “acting presidential,” folks. source

16:00 // 6 months ago
October 4, 2013

Mitt Romney declares Seinfeld “the best TV show ever:” Well, now that’s settled. Wonder if any bets were just won?

14:54 // 6 months ago
Obama’s view, which I share, is that the debt ceiling fight is far more important not only than the specific policies on the table, or even the catastrophic economic consequences of a debt breach. It’s a fight to preserve the Constitutional order. And conservatives have resolutely refused to grapple with that fact…If the conservative goal is to create the illusion of winning something for the debt ceiling, then they’ll come back next time to win more, and Democrats can’t allow that.
Jon Chait’s take on why the Democrats are, in the words of the GOP, “refusing to negotiate.” Republicans would reply that Democrats have used the debt limit as a bargaining chip in the past, and it’s thus unfair to excoriate the GOP for “suddenly” attempting to upend the constitutional order. This is a disingenuous argument, though, as Dave Weigel has pointed out; the House GOP’s conduct now truly is unprecedented. source
14:34 // 6 months ago
newsweek:

At $5.45B and counting, GTA has earned more than the combined take of Avatar, Titanic and the entire LOTR film cycle. — "Newsweek: Car Thieves Sink the Titanic”

Now we just can’t stop imagining a Titanic video game in the style of GTA.We imagine throwing Billy Zane’s character over the railings and into the seas below would be a favorite out-of-mission activity.

newsweek:

At $5.45B and counting, GTA has earned more than the combined take of Avatar, Titanic and the entire LOTR film cycle. — "Newsweek: Car Thieves Sink the Titanic


Now we just can’t stop imagining a Titanic video game in the style of GTA.We imagine throwing Billy Zane’s character over the railings and into the seas below would be a favorite out-of-mission activity.

13:30 // 6 months ago
September 27, 2013

Obama’s mindset, in three quotes

  • Gov’t shutdown House Republicans are so concerned with appeasing the Tea Party that they’ve threatened a government shut down or worse unless I gut, or repeal, The Affordable Care Act. I said this before. Let me repeat it. That’s not gonna happen.”
  • Debt ceiling “Voting for the treasury to pay America’s bills is not a concession to me. That’s not doing me a favor. That’s simply carrying out the solemn responsibilities that come with holding office up there. I don’t know how I can be more clear about this.”
  • Hostage taking I’m not going to start setting a precedent, not just for me, but for future presidents, where one chamber in Congress can basically say each time there needs to be a vote to make sure Treasury pays its bills, we’re not going to sign it unless our particular hobby horse gets advanced.”

President Obama threw down the gauntlet on House Republicans this afternoon, saying in his clearest language yet that there will be no negotiatiations whatsoever over funding the government or raising the debt ceiling. Period. This puts a lot of pressure on the House (or John Boehner, really) to pass “clean” bills to fund the government and avert a shutdown, rather than tie those bills to a wish-list of conservative policies. House Republicans may end up passing a funding bill that defunds Obamacare anyway, but it seems pretty clear that Obama will veto that bill if it lands on his desk. This is the speech a lot of liberal Democrats were hoping for the first time the House GOP tried this, in the summer of 2011. source

16:29 // 6 months ago
September 20, 2013
When the world’s leaders meet at the U.N. General Assembly next week, Obama should not only shake hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani but also meet with him privately, hand him a list of a dozen issues to discuss (uranium enrichment, sanctions, regional stability, etc.), and even be prepared to announce, if possible, a time and place for negotiations to begin and a roster of the delegates to be invited.
Fred Kaplan in Slate, arguing that the ascendency of Rouhani to the presidency represents a rare opportunity for a diplomatic breakthrough between the U.S. and Iran. Rouhani, who was elected over the summer, has made numerous conciliatory gestures toward the West since taking office. “No Iranian president, in the entire revolutionary period, has said anything remotely this appealing,” says Kaplan, who sees this as “an opportunity no Western leader can pass up.” While Obama officially has “no plan” to meet with Rouhani at the upcoming United Nations summit in New York, he’s also “open” to meeting with him (you can bet those words were careful deliberated before escaping White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s mouth). If they do interface at all, it’ll be the first time since the Iranian Revolution that the American and Iranian heads of state meet in person. source
21:08 // 6 months ago

Brazilian hacktivist protesting NSA hits NASA instead

  • The Plan A Brazilian hacktivist vandalized 13 U.S. government websites last week, posting messages condemning the NSA for, amongst other things, secretly monitoring the Brazilian president’s phone conversations. (Sample message: Stop spy on us! The Brazilian population do not support your attitude!”)
  • The Backfire "BMPoCWe," the hacker responsible, actually hacked NASA’s websites, not the NSA’s. Whoops.

An understandable mistake, especially if English isn’t your first language. It also bears mentioning that NASA’s website is notoriously easy to hack, so there’s the possibility this wasn’t a mistake at all, but simply the hitting of an easy target. NASA officials say no sensitive data was compromised. source

17:57 // 6 months ago
July 27, 2013
12:22 // 8 months ago