Memo to Self: The Claremont Canyon-Panoramic Ridge trail is more of a "we run a bulldozer along it every five years" thing than it is a trail, properly so-called...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Ah. I see. Charles Murray, W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is once again trying to rehabilitate his Racial Science. Burn one cross and spend your life arguing that people with dark skin are genetically inferior, and people call you a racist. Is that fair?
Eric Turkheimer, Kathryn Paige Harden, and Richard E. Nisbett: Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ - Vox: "Podcaster and author Sam Harris is the latest to fall for it... https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/5/18/15655638/charles-murray-race-iq-sam-harris-science-free-speech
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: So did he write his book-signing message—and then did some aide hit the roof and beg him to add "and will never forget"?
Betty Cracker: Trump signs Yad Veshem’s yearbook…: "Trump visited Israel’s Holocaust memorial today. National embarrassment ensued: https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/05/23/trump-signs-yad-veshems-yearbook-open-thread/
I apologize to everyone for the insane electoral college system that has a 10% error rate, and which meant that our getting 3 million extra votes was not enough to stop this atrocious CTF...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Jonathan Chait: Trump’s Russia Scandal Is Becoming a Corruption Scandal: "The firing of Comey, Kushner reportedly advocated for it... http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/trumps-russia-scandal-is-becoming-a-corruption-scandal.html
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Page: No, Marcolito. 66 million of us voted against Trump. 63 million of you voted for him. We-the-people did not get what we voted for: we got what you voted for. Man up, for a change:
Marco Rubio: ‘People Got What They Voted For’: "People got what they voted for. They elected him... http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/marco-rubio-people-got-what-they-voted-for-trump
...I don’t understand why people are that shocked.... [It's] not much different from his very unconventional campaign. And that’s what the American people voted for..."
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage Shame on you, General McMaster! If you are going to work for a liar, you need to have a very good memory:
Esme Cribb: McMaster Says He Doesn’t Remember If Trump Told Russians Comey Was ‘Nut Job’: "“I don’t remember exactly what the President said,” McMaster said... http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mcmaster-says-doesnt-remember-trump-comey-russians
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Matt Taibbi: Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever: "Ailes was the Christopher Columbus of hate... http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-roger-ailes-was-one-of-the-worst-americans-ever-w483013
Live from the Utopian Republic of Letters: An absolutely brilliant choice!
AP: Ian Buruma Chosen as New Editor of New York Review of Books: "An acclaimed essayist and historian has been chosen to succeed the late Robert Silvers as editor of The New York Review of Books.... https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-05-18/ian-buruma-chosen-as-new-editor-of-new-york-review-of-books
...The publication announced Thursday the selection of Ian Buruma, who has been contributing to the Review for more than 30 years. His books include "Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War" and "Year Zero: A History of 1945." Buruma, 65, is a professor of democracy, human rights and journalism at Bard College...
Artemisia: I am now on Team Bannon!
Atossa: Why are you now on Team Bannon?
Artemisia: Because Steve Bannon warned Donald Trump that firing James Comey would be big trouble. Also Rince Priebus did so.
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Ashley Dejean: Report: Top GOP Lawmaker Was Recorded Saying He Thought Trump Was on Putin's Payrolls: "Ryan and McCarthy had met separately with the Ukrainian prime minister... http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/mccarthy-trump-russia-payroll
Live from the Journamalists' Self-Made Gehenna: I remember that it was in July 2005 that I realized that Michael Kinsley had no true friends...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: So why haven't Mike Pence and Teresa May had their Conversation with James and Lachlan Murdoch yet—about how it has all been fun-and-games so far, but now it needs to stop because somebody is about to lose an eye (and Mossad has, we presume, already lost assets)?
How come Pence, Tillerson, Mnuchin, McMaster, Purdue, and company have not already had their conversation with Trump—about how he is the star but not the boss, and how they are willing to use #Amendment25 to make sure he acts the star and not the boss?
Duncan Black: Because I Am Not Serious: "Trump is a senile old man with some sort of degenerative brain condition and he will brag to anybody about anything... http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/05/because-i-am-not-serious.html
Live from the Journamalists' Self-Made Gehenna: Esme Cribb: ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts: Kellyanne Conway Said She Needed A Shower After Defending Trump: "“This is a woman, by the way, who came on our show during the campaign and would shill for Trump in extensive fashion,” Brzezinski said... http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/morning-joe-conway-used-to-say-she-needed-shower-after-defending-trump
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Dan Drezner: The foreign policy implications of Trump’s big mouth: "Most important... is the complete lack of preparation it sounds like Donald Trump went into this meeting with...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Hard to see how anybody will be sorry in a year and a half, three years and a half, or seven years and a half if they spend more time thinking and talking about Trump's dementia, Trump's kleptocracy, and how the Russians somehow have Trump by the plums—and less time defending whatever the Trump idiocy-of-the-day happens to be:
Susie Madrak: Scarborough: 'I'm Not Saying He Has Dementia' But...: "What a fascinating piece of television this morning, as Joe and Mika did a devastating deconstruction of Donald Trump's mental state... http://crooksandliars.com/2017/05/scarborough-im-not-saying-he-has-dementia
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Sarah Kliff: Donald Trump has no idea what health insurance costs: "The Economist asked the president about the fact that many Americans are expected to lose coverage... https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/11/15624328/trump-health-insurance-costs
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Page In which I am pwned, decisively, on twitter:
Brad DeLong @delong: Replying to @Crutnacker @Tengrain: My advice: let Trump live rent-free in your head from 8:00 to 8:15 PM. That's enough. At other hours, evict him...
Jesus HidalgoCristos @JesusHCristos: Replying to @delong @Tengrain @Crutnacker: I've tried. But he continues screaming and banging on pans, & even after he's evicted, the stench of feces he's smeared on the walls lingers.
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: How does this end?
Robert Costa: @costareports on Twitter: "A Republican close to President tells me Trump has been increasingly isolated in recent days. Frustrated, avoiding major public appearances..." https://twitter.com/costareports/status/862355545927372801
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Mistermix: Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight: "When the WaPo alert about Comey’s firing hit my phone, my first response was to laugh... https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/05/10/tragedy-tomorrow-comedy-tonight/
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Josh Dawsey: Behind Comey’s firing: An Enraged Trump, Fuming about Russia: "[Trump] didn't call James Comey.... sent his longtime private security guard to deliver the termination letter in a manila folder to FBI headquarters... http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/comey-firing-trump-russia-238192
Live from... God Knows Where: Megan McArdle: "What interests me is 'Why was the north willing to invade another country over slavery?'..." https://twitter.com/asymmetricinfo/status/859083678672187392
Live from Merrie Olde England: Paul Bronks @virtuallydeadhttps://twitter.com/virtuallydead/status/857834735170723840:
Live from Microsoft Office Hell: Swift on Security: How to figure out why the Excel file on the network share is locked https://twitter.com/Abzol/status/857251772078968832
Live from KKK Cross-Burning Central: Alex Parent politely addresses Jonathan Chait with respect to Charles Murray:
Alex Pareene: The Marketplace of Ideas Could Use a Few Product Recalls: "It has been a bit less than a quarter-century since the publication of Murray’s The Bell Curve... http://fusion.net/the-marketplace-of-ideas-could-use-a-few-product-recall-1794665496
Live from the Ghost of Internet Past: Tim Carmody: Pour some out for the sites that aren’t here: Suck.com: "So many people, after this story went live, answered... http://kottke.org/17/04/pour-some-out-for-the-sites-that-arent-here
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Dan Drezner: Six different ways of looking at a Trump tweet: "Many people are saying that Trump's tweets do not matter. I say they contain some very interesting insights... https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/04/24/six-different-ways-of-looking-at-a-trump-tweet/
Hoisted from Mike Konczal's Archives:Mike Konczal (2013): Reinhart-Rogoff A Week Later: Why Does This Matter?: "Well this is progress...
...We are seeing subtle distancing by conservative writers on the Reinhart/Rogoff thesis. In Feburary, Douglas Holtz-Eakin wrote:
The debt hurts the economy already. The canonical work of Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff and its successors carry a clear message: countries that have gross government debt in excess of 90% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are in the debt danger zone. Entering the zone means slower economic growth. Granted, the research is not yet robust enough to say exactly when and how a crisis will engulf the US, but there is no reason to believe that America is somehow immune.' (h/t QZ.)
Live from the Central Asian-Mediterrean Cultural Interface: Shrimp Saganaki:
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Josh Barro: Trump makes GOP pretend health reform is on table: "The Republican healthcare bill is supposedly coming back from the dead... http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-health-care-reform-dead-2017-4
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Josh Barro: 'Art of the Deal' quote explains Trump's presidency: "One quote from the book that keeps haunting me during Trump's presidency... http://www.businessinsider.com/art-of-the-deal-trump-presidency-2017-4
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Jonathan Chait: Donald Trump Is Just George W. Bush, But Racist: "The Trumpian mix of K Street economics and Breitbartian racial messaging is not a perfectly natural one... http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/donald-trump-is-just-george-w-bush-but-racist.html?mid=twitter-share-di
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Donald Trump hires only the best people!
Richard R.J. Eskow: The Secret Republican History Of Sean Spicer’s Holocaust, In 7 Steps: "It’s possible to get carried away with outrage.... But... http://crooksandliars.com/2017/04/secret-republican-history-sean-spicer-s
Live from the Banks of the Charles River: May 27, 2017 (Tentative): The Future of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning:
Moderator: Seth Lloyd ’82 (Ph.D., Rockefeller University), Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems and Physics, and Director, Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes On the Cosmos_
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Friends don't let friends be Republicans:
Jason Kottke: Climate change is shifting cherry blossom peak-bloom times http://kottke.org/17/04/climate-change-is-shifting-cherry-blossom-peak-bloom-times:
Live from the Human Race Long-Term Planning Bureau: Milken Institute: Global Conference 2017: Globalization in the Crosshairs http://www.milkeninstitute.org/events/conferences/global-conference/2017/program-detail: "May 2: 2:00-3:30 PM: In the 20 years leading up to the financial crisis, international trade grew at twice the rate of global output...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Alex Pareene: You Cretins Are Going To Get Thousands Of People Killed http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/you-cretins-are-going-to-get-thousands-of-people-killed-1792862225: "Here’s what you have to understand about the sort of people who become anchors, nonpartisan pundits, centrist columnists, and cable news political correspondents...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: So Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a plagiarist...
Southpaw on Twitter: "What Gorsuch did was steal the law review author's research--the source set she assembled--and descriptive writing w/o acknowledging her. Fitting for a man who seeks to occupy a stolen seat." https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/849611089176408068
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Zack Beauchamp: Devin Nunes's Wiretapping Claims: "Nunes—the lawmaker charged with leading an investigation into the administration’s unfounded wiretapping allegations...
Live from the Rogue CBP Agency Line: Josh Marshall: Annals of the CBP (Good Times Edition): "That was fascinating. As a coda to our family vacation, when we came through customs at JFK last night...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Donald Trump declares war on the Tea Party—wants all the Teabaggers out of Congress after 2018:
Donald J. Trump: On Twitter: "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!"
Live from the Republicans' Self-Made Gehenna: Let the record show that Paul Ryan has as little contact with reality as Donald Trump:
Jordan Weissman: Let us now appreciate Paul Ryan’s utter failure as a political leader: "The AHCA... somehow achieved the distinction of being panned by policy experts from the left, right, and center...
Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Steve M.: If You're Using Trump's Campaign Promises to Figure Out What He Might Do, You're Doing It Wrong: "Trump's agenda was never anything more than sucker's bait...
Looking Forward to Four Years During Which Most if Not All of America's Potential for Human Progress Is Likely to Be Wasted
With each passing day Donald Trump looks more and more like Silvio Berlusconi: bunga-bunga governance, with a number of unlikely and unforeseen disasters and a major drag on the country--except in states where his policies are neutralized.
Nevertheless, remember: WE ARE WITH HER!
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