Much hay was made this weekend over the fact that the staid global news outlet The New York Times had the audacity to put the story about Mike Pence's well-timed stunt at Hamilton above the fold, while it relegated the story of Donald Trump's hasty settlement of $25 million over the Trump University lawsuits (an amount which lawyer Lisa Bloom called "power evidence of guilt") to past the jump, in the print edition.
First of all, who is kidding themselves that people are still reading only the New York Times print edition above the fold?! If someone buys the New York Times they gon' turn that shit over, maybe head on brazenly over to A2. And if they're reading the story online, they didn't come to it from the New York Times front page.
Secondly, how is Hamilton, the most dearly beloved Broadway musical in recent memory (so popular, in fact, that tickets are sold out for the next ~2 years) -- playing in the Richard Rodgers Theatre just a few short blocks away from The New York Times...
Without the doing of some thing brand inappropriate
If i don't rend the cloth of this Culture Fit soon i will die
Like the coral
Like two-thirds of the wild
Like the humans on the edge of a rising shoreline
In a ceaseless world
With iceless poles
And icy proles
As the planet heats,
Swallowing our red or our blue pills;
Interned into camps of grievers and shills
Grieve i do and for the West
Our president the Bigly Best!
We'll come and go at his behest
Put down your Freedom of Info Requests
Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet
Joe Walsh got his balls out, and his musket too
The Lefties dream of Saskatoon
We're all gonna get that Change real soon
You'll see when fascism hits High Noon
We'll finish tearing ourselves apart
In the streets and in the dark
Can no longer recreate in this park
Leslie Knope didn't fit the part
She had the mighty audacity
To take purview over Benghazi
Once Bush and...
are not merely empowered to separate us from discerning fact and fiction.
They separate us from debate; civic discourse; meaningful conflict;
From coalition-building; compromise; concession.
They separate us from each other.
Communities seem quaint
Common ground, a shifting place
Quicksand beneath one's feet
We are all swamp things now
The eyes ogle, waiting for us to falter -- for sport
Our shelf lives grow ever shorter
While billionaires transfuse the blood of the young
The youth don't want my mid-life crisis
It bores them so
My tone grates on America's next greats
Ideologies wage the fifth world war out on the vast placeless social media savannah
Faux fantastical beasts feast upon felled paper tigers
One can only hope the most outsized egos
Are the biggest dinosaurs
When the meteor comes
The creator of the also excellent Century of the Self film series released his latest film in October, 2016. Dubbed HyperNormalisation, it offers both a history lesson of the complicated relationship between the West, the Middle East, and Russia, as well as an unflinching look at the roles played by technology, surveillance, and the media on our modern condition of general confusion, destabilization, and surrealism.
Regardless of whether or not you agree that slashing spending, fiscal austerity, balanced budgets, and a low federal deficit are good ideas, the fact remains that the Republican Party does not generally live up to its aims of expense reduction and small government.
As hard as it is to believe, there are still some people who think that Reagan cut the size of government, although Reagan was a big spender and laid the groundwork for the immense national debt we live with today.
(even the Austrian School agrees)
Note: Full historical budget tables, FY 2015
Then there was Ol' Dubya with his two disgraceful wars, TARP bailout, auto bailouts, fiscal stimulus, and tax cuts. Not to mention yanking the election out from under Al Gore's popular win via a leg up from Florida governor brother Jeb.
Turns out, not even gridlock is a decent strategy for preventing escalating expenditures, under the theory that not getting anything done would prevent the government from growing. Apparent...
Another day, another conglomerate mega-merger: most recently this bucket as been filled by AT&T's acquisition offer to Time Warner for $85.4. They expect the deal to close by the end of 2017 -- if they can get through the gauntlet of the FTC and the obvious anti-trust concerns this marriage invokes.
Like Comcast's gobble of NBC Universal, and Verizon's devouring of both AOL and Yahoo, it's yet another sign of media consolidation underneath the banner of a gigantic telecom corporation. Into AT&T's new portfolio from the third largest media conglomerate (after Comcast and Disney) would theoretically go:
Warner Bros. film and TV
Bleacher Report & Turner Sports
10% of Hulu
New Line Cinema
...but not Time Inc., the magazine brand, which was spun off as a separate entity in 2014. Here's a sweet infographic that shows the Terminator-esque reconstitution of AT&T Corp in ...
I still see a lot of denialism on this point from the far-left (or the alt-left, depending on your favored terminology), which is a bit devastating to see as it essentially parrots the pro-Russian ideology of the far-right (both the alt-right and the neo-libertarian flavors). Green Party candidate Jill Stein is an especially pernicious promoter of this myth that Vladimir Putin is a poor, innocent, peaceful world leader who is being bullied by NATO (when in fact, Russia has been the aggressor since its annexation of Crimea in 2014):
DNC hack forensic evidence
Two separate Russian-affiliated adversaries were behind the attacks, according to a post-mortem by cyber-security firm CrowdStrike when the news of the intrusion first broke in early June, 2016. This has since been confirmed by other independent security firms including Fidelis, Mandiant, SecureWorks, and ThreatConnect as well as corroborated by analysis from Ars Technica and Edward Snowden.
At this point the US intell...
He says it "not in a braggadocious way" https://t.co/88ZMW8Lu6q— Neil Irwin (@Neil_Irwin) September 27, 2016
Debate 1 recaps
Markets identify Clinton as the winner
... for his rallies, maybe, but not for his businesses.
It's funny, because Florida has a 5.6% unemployment rate, which is higher than the national average, so you might think some percentage of those domestic unemployed persons might have the skills required to be housekeepers, waters, and cooks...
...but apparently Donald Trump can't find them. Because he needs to hire 78 immigrants for his resort properties. Which seems odd given that his immigration reform platform includes a provision to force American companies to hire from the pool of unemployed domestic labor.
If the candidate is as concerned about helping American workers find jobs as he has claimed, he has yet shown no evidence. This indicates either a hollow claim, or a lack of skill in producing the outcome he is promising.
The federal debt is sort of like the balance on your credit cards, except with much lower interest rates (which we set ourselves). It also hasn’t been spent on consumer goods: it’s been spent on providing federal services, social services, and — generally — running the government.
So, once again this election cycle you will hear histrionic cries about how the national debt should trump (ahem) other priorities in the economic plan.
As long as we are comfortably able to keep paying the interest payments on the debt, there’s no particular reason to really worry about it — certainly not to the point of failing to provide needed services for the government. We have a solid track rating of paying our debts — one of the best in all of history — so we should probably not have a hard time refinancing if the situation ever becomes dire.
We pay about 2.5% interest on the debt, which ends up being a small fraction of our ~$17 trillion GDP. Much of the “debt" is actually money we t...