The crushing cost of living in America is on the rise — both in reality and in the minds of disenchanted voters.
A deep dive into the great basketball question of our era.
Soldiers & Spies
So if you are a small town in Washington state, how do you increase your population by 36% and your tax revenue two to five times that of other comparable sized municipalities? Economic magic? Nope; just be located close to the border and be thankful for Canadian Amazon shoppers flooding in for parcel pickup.
Nursing burnout, incomplete data, and single payer.
Workin’ Women & Workin’ Men
Using outrage to draw an overreaction from opponents then becomes self-fulfilling prophecy of “See, those people really do hate us”; for Stephen Miller, immigration checks many boxes for engagement by enragement politics.
The moon in our back yard, the sun down the way, and the planets beyond…
You can’t live up to standards that you can’t reach.
Taken: The Canine Edition
The School of Art: Learn How to Make Great Art with 40 Simple Lessons is a book you need to buy for yourself that can teach you a great deal about Art.
If you have kids, you can even say that you got it for them
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Lawyers for Scot Peterson (one of the Deputies on-site during the Parkland shooting) are arguing that Scot Peterson had no Duty to stop the school shooting
Today’s SCOTUS decisions are not world-rocking, but the largely homogeneous agreement is noteworthy. It is likewise noteworthy that neither of these decisions lend themselves to much partisan hand–wringing
Seeking higher ground…
This is the problem for Democrats. All of the comparisons to Hitler, all of the sky is falling rhetoric, and all of the breathless coverage of Trump’s… inept administration will not force people to feel anxious enough. What if… and this is the gut punch question.. what if it turns out the new normal ain’t so bad?
RIP, Anthony Bourdain
Back in May the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the “head tax” under the auspices of raising funds for the homeless. But in the face of opposition from Seattle’s largest businesses, and a certain legal challenge to the law itself, the council has reversed themselves.
Sitting down to write about the moral authority hierarchy of loss in the current political landscape, I found I did not know where to begin. Death, although universal, is too terrifyingly intimate to handle indelicately. But the use of the dead as bludgeons to further essentially ephemeral agendas is abhorrent. And we are becoming entirely too comfortable with it.
The intersection of economics, politics, and Star Wars.
Packing up my office this week to put on the truck, but I still wanted to share. I promise, once this move is complete, I will make these more substantive.
The case involved the practice in Ohio of purging voters who have not voted in several years and who fail to return a notice card confirming their address. The case, Husted v Randolph Institute, et al., concerned whether the practice violated the National Voter Registration Act. SCOTUS says it does not.
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority makes a decision that happens to align perfectly with its own political preferences. It’s all just the damndest coincidence.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a facility born from the drive to accomplish scientific feats before an international competitor does the same. In the modern day race for the worlds most powerful computer, the ORNL-housed Summit supercomputer has put the US back in the lead…for now.
The obituary, long the traditional and biographical announcement of a death in a newspapers, has found new life online and in social media. And apparently the old adage of “speak not ill of the dead” might be changing with it, especially if it helps the notice go viral.
When you suddenly realize that a person you never met had a significant impact on your adult life.
An examination of Upgrade that will spoil the movie. Do not read if you do not want the movie spoiled.
(I suppose the fact that the movie is spoilable at all is a huge spoiler as well. Sorry about that.)
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The Electronic Entertainment Expo
How To Fall?
The impeachment of Donald Trump is the fondest wish of many Democrats. Be careful what you wish for!