Ezra Klein: Charts: What if Obama spent like Reagan?
Jonathan Bernstein: A plain blog about politics: Going With Their Strength: "Ted Cruz's questioning of Chuck Hagel today… featured a bunch of dubious Hagel quotes. So I said: 'GOP takeaway from 2012 seems to have been: "wow, we need more campaigns built around out-of-context quotes"'. To which Matt Yglesias had the sensible reply: 'It’s a kind of hammer/nail issue, right? They’re really good at drawing attention to out of context quotes'. Yeah, that's just about right."
Randall Munroe: Interplanetary Cessna: "I've never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive."
The Feast of Saint Brigit: "I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings./I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal./I should like excellent meats of belief and pure piety./I should like the men of Heaven at my house./I should like barrels of peace at their disposal./I should like for them cellars of mercy./I should like cheerfulness to be their drinking./I should like Jesus to be there among them./I should like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us./I should like the people of Heaven, the poor, to be gathered around from all parts."
Kenneth Miller: Manmade Carbon Pollution Has Already Put Us On Track For 69 Feet Of Sea Level Rise: "The natural [i.e., long-run equilibrium] state of the Earth with present carbon dioxide levels is one with sea levels about 70 feet higher than now."
Christopher Mims: Why Facebook will never make a significant profit: "Unlike traditional web search, which is something we often do when we’re looking to spend money, time spent on Facebook does not appear to be time when we’re particularly open to advertisers’ messages. Facebook has had some luck selling ads to those who make mobile apps, but being a parasite on Google’s and Apple’s app economies is never going to be a winning business."
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