Monthly Archive: March 2016

Sunday!

Reviewing, and trying to be somewhat spoiler-free, the first four episodes of Daredevil Season 2.

Saturday!

The games from the 90’s you can go back to. The games from the 90’s you can’t go back to. (Also, on apples and oranges.)

Alcohol, Politics, and Washington

A former denizen of our nation’s capital reflects upon an essential ingredient in the stew that is our politics: delicious, plentiful booze.

Belgium, My Country, Is in Denial

Although Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’sterrorist attacks in Brussels, they were also symptoms of a profoundly Belgian failure. The institutions of a well-policed and efficiently governed state have been evaporating for decades.

Belgium has been torn by the demands of its warring Flemish- and French-speaking communities. At the same time it has been squeezed by an ambitious European project that subsidized and empowered the country’s regions at the expense of the state. Belgian institutions were left hollowed out, impotent to address the strains of immigration and incompetent to penetrate a rising extremist threat.

This is at root a story of failed investment in all forms of capital — physical, human and institutional. For election cycle after election cycle, politicians squandered the wealth of the state to buy their way back to power. Investment became superfluous, vote-buying and social spending the priority. Belgian voters, who allowed this state of affairs to persist, share some of the blame.

From: Belgium, My Country, Is in Denial – Bloomberg View

Weekend!

Holy cow, is it Good Friday already?

Indeed it is.

BLINDED TRIALS: Should a Free Press Ever Be Self-Limiting? Open Thread

“That’s the dilemma for the press. In any previous election, if the Republican presidential front-runner had threatened a rival’s spouse, journalists wouldn’t have had to think twice about covering the incident. They would have known that highlighting such crass behavior would force the candidate to pay an appropriate price. They would have felt — quite rightly — that they were fulfilling an obligation to inform the electorate, which, being composed of sensible and decent people, would react with disgust.

From: Should a Free Press Ever Be Self-Limiting? Open Thread – Blinded Trials II

How Not To Strawman

Thankfully, the world will not be ending anytime soon.

The Punisher’s Alignment

League Alum Jamelle Bouie asked: “On a D&D alignment chart, where would you put The Punisher?”

Conservatives, Donald Trump, and the Unseen

Conservatism stresses deference to the unseen. Trump rejects that out of hand, and he’s on the verge of the Republican nomination. What happened?